One year from now we will know some very cool things about Pluto – National

Posted on 11/09/2018

TORONTO – It may have been demoted from planet to dwarf planet in 2006, but those involved with the mission to Pluto aren’t letting that stop their enthusiasm.

“It’s kind of hard not to be excited,” said Dipak Srinivasan, of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Srinivasan worked as a system verification engineer on the New Horizons spacecraft that is a year out from reaching its destination.

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Pluto – once considered the ninth planet in our solar system – is the most mysterious world in our solar system. At an average distance of 5.9 billion km from the sun (about 3 billion from Earth), its composition and exact nature has eluded astronomers.

But in just one year, that won’t be the case.

New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever built – travelling at a mind-blowing 43,000 km/h  – will pass within 10,000 km on July 14, 2015.

Two of Pluto’s small moons – Nix and Hydra – are photographed here in 2005.

NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team

Getting to this point has been a long time coming for those who have worked on the spacecraft.

“Some of us started working on the mission back around 2000 or 2001, so to finally be at this point right now is very exciting,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons’ Encounter Mission Manager with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

But unlike other spacecraft – such as NASA’s Cassini, now in orbit around Saturn – there will be no stopping: being ultra-fast means being ultra-light which in turn means being unable to stop. That means that the data collected will be within a very short time-span.

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That’s not to say that it will only have a day to observe and collect data: the cameras on New Horizons will be focused on Pluto and Charon – the icy world’s largest moon – months before it arrives. It’s seven scientific instruments will collect data on Pluto’s composition, atmosphere, and as well as how the solar wind might influence the tiny world.

A planet by any other name

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (interestingly, the name was chosen by an 11-year-old British girl).

In 2006, little Pluto was “demoted” by the International Astronomical Union and reclassified as a dwarf planet after similar worlds were discovered beyond its orbit. The decision was met by anger. World-renowned astrophycist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is also the head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, received angry letters blaming him for the “death” of Pluto, claiming he got the ball rolling (in 2000, the redesigned planetarium omitted Pluto from the collection of planets in the solar system, reclassing it as a member of the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond the orbit of Neptune that is home to icy worlds).

But to Holdridge, it doesn’t make a difference.

“To me, it doesn’t matter because it is what it is, regardless of what label you put on it,” Holdridge said. “It doesn’t really change what it is….Regardless of how big or small it may be, it’s still going to be as interesting.”

“It’s all about discovery and just figuring out another piece of the puzzle of our solar system,” Holdridge said.

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But once New Horizons reaches Pluto, its mission isn’t over. Scientists plan to further explore the outer reaches of our solar system in the Kuiper Belt, home to not only Pluto and many other dwarf planets such as Eris, discovered in 2003 by Mike Brown (which lead to Pluto’s demotion), Makemake and Haumea.

The orbit of Pluto and Eris in the Kuiper Belt.

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“One of the interesting things is that we’re going to fly by Pluto, but then the journey is ongoing… It will be interesting to me to see where we go next,” Srinivasan said.

Holdrige is hoping that the mission discovers things that scientists haven’t even considered about Pluto.

“I think it’s the unexpected I’m hoping for,” said Holdridge. “It’s the excitement of discovery.”

WorkSafe report overhauls investigations

Posted on 11/09/2018

VANCOUVER – The agency that investigates workplace accidents in British Columbia will undergo a significant overhaul to ensure cases involving potential wrongdoing can be successfully prosecuted in court, the provincial government announced Tuesday, following botched probes into two fatal sawmill explosions.

The province outlined the changes as it released a report examining both the risks associated with sawmill dust and, more broadly, how workplace injuries and fatalities should be investigated by WorkSafeBC.

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The report, which the government said would be fully implemented, includes more than 40 recommendations, including specialized teams that would work with prosecutors and police, increased inspections, and a wider array of penalties.

Earlier this year, Crown prosecutors announced there would be no charges in connection with two fatal mill explosions in 2012, which each killed two workers. The blasts — first in Burns Lake and then in Prince George — have both been linked to dust from dry, pine beetle-infested wood.

In each case, the Crown declined to approve charges in part because of concerns that evidence collected by WorkSafeBC wouldn’t be admissible.

WorkSafeBC has a range of special powers, such as warrantless seizures, that are designed to allow it to determine the cause of an accident. However, that sort of evidence isn’t admissible in court.

To avoid that apparent conflict, Tuesday’s report said the department that handles injury and death investigations should be split in two.

If investigators determine a case could lead to a prosecution, it would be handed off to a separate team that would start over, obtaining warrants and warning employers of their charter rights. The teams would work directly with prosecutors from the criminal justice branch and a special constable would be assigned to co-ordinate with police.

“It is absolutely essential that once there is a recognition that there is potential for prosecution, the case begins from that point,” said Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

The report also recommends a range of new measures to target employers found to be violating occupational health and safety regulations.

Those include the introduction of tickets and citations, with escalating consequences ranging from warnings to fines; expanding the scenarios in which stop-work orders can be issued; and changing the law to prevent employers from declaring bankruptcy to get out of paying financial penalties.

Opposition New Democrat labour critic Harry Bains said WorkSafeBC had failed to enforce rules that existed before the explosions.

While he said some of the proposed changes were promising, he argued the Liberal government’s plan should have gone even further. In particular, he said the province needs a special prosecutor who would specialize in workplace accidents.

“I think they have not gone far enough to put enough incentives or deterrents for negligent employers to protect workers,” said Bains.

The explosions at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and the Lakeland Mill in Prince George have been linked to combustible dust.

While investigations suggested the explosions were preventable, Crown prosecutors said both mills had taken steps to mitigate the buildup of dust.

The Burns Lake explosion killed Carl Charlie, 42, and Robert Luggi Jr., 45. In Prince George, 43-year-old Alan Little and 46-year-old Glen Roche died.

Family members have called for a public inquiry to examine the explosions and the failed investigations.

Luggi’s widow, Maureen, said an inquiry is still the only way her family and the public will know exactly what went wrong.

“The province has failed me and my children; WorkSafeBC has failed us,” she said in an interview Tuesday.

“They could have prevented this if they were doing their inspections properly. If they did their investigation properly, the Criminal Justice Branch would have called for charges.”

The province has ruled out a public inquiry, pointing to the various reports and investigations that have already happened, as well as the plans for inquests by the BC Coroners Service.

The explosions prompted increased inspections to ensure mills were taking steps to control dust.

The latest phase of inspections found 84 per cent of sawmills tested were in compliance, up from 58 per cent during the previous round. Other manufacturing operations, such as pellet mills, had a far lower compliance rate of 40 per cent.

Why some clothes could pose a safety hazard during MRI exams – Toronto

Posted on 11/09/2018

TORONTO – Health professionals are warning clothes containing metal fibres can be dangerous during MRI(Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

“Because you’re going into a magnet,” Sara Lamothe, a MRI Technologist at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. “You’re putting metal into a magnet. It can actually react and spark or heat up and burn them.”

Jenn Marr learned that the hard way during a recent MRI exam when she was wearing her yoga pants.

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“I was getting a burning sensation so strong that I had to press the emergency button for them to stop the machine and pull me out,” she said.

“I said I’m burning. ‘What do you mean you’re burning?’ Like I’m burning. My legs are on fire.”

No one made the connection with the pants butafter a quick break, Marr decided to remove the pants and try again.

“I was in the machine for 15 minutes and had no burning whatsoever,” she said.

But the technologist still didn’t think the problem was with the pants. The next day, a fifth-year resident  she met told her the pants have silver in the material that can cause burning during the exam.

MRI Technologists admit it is still fairly new. That’s why some hospitals may not ask you if you are wearing certain clothes.

Queen’s University has a MRI Safety Questionnaire that asks patients if they are wearing clothing with silver or gold threading, like Lululemon Silverescent.

Lululemon uses what it calls silverescent technology, according to information on some Lululemon clothing. The technology purports to stop odour-causing bacteria from embedding itself into the clothing.

But according toAlison Matthews David, an assistant professor at Ryerson University, silver or metal fibres can turn up in other brands but you may not know it.

“If you see the label, anti-microbial, in other words it kills microbes or bacteria, it mostly like does that with silver technology. Nano silver technology,” she said.

David is currently writing a bookabout how clothing can cause bodily harm. She says metal has been used for centuries in clothes butit’s more common now in athletic wear.

“We have bacteria on our skin that causes us to smell bad and the silver kills that,” David said.

Lakeridge Health requires all patients to disrobe and use a gown for MRI appoinments. Marr says she would like to see all hospitals adopt the same policy.

“Clearly, you have no idea what’s in the material. I never would have guessed that there would have been any form of metal in these pants.” she says.

Missing Calgary family: Who were Nathan O’Brien, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes?

Posted on 29/09/2019

TORONTO – Hundreds of green balloons filled the sky in southern Alberta in memory of a five-year-old boy who disappeared with his grandparents more than two weeks ago.

In Calgary, the parents and brother of Nathan O’Brien wept and held each other as friends and family gathered in the park across the street from their home.

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There has been no sign of the boy or Alvin and Kathryn Liknes since June 29, but police say there is sufficient evidence to conclude they have been killed.

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In an email to The Canadian Press, Teena Prevost, a sister-in-law of Kathryn Liknes, said her family is praying police are wrong.

“Until the police can show us the bodies of our loved ones we will not believe they are deceased,” she wrote. “Praying we will find them alive.”

Teena is married to Randy Prevost, the brother of Kathryn Liknes, and wants people to know that family is suffering as well.

“Her siblings seem to be all forgotten in all this mess,” she said. “Kathy was an amazing sister and sister-in-law.”

The Liknes’ were planning to move to a new home in Edmonton and then to Mexico.

Alvin, 66, was described as six feet tall with a distinctive walk. He was involved in several oil and gas companies, including Winter Petroleum Ltd., which media reports say was forced to close a few weeks ago.

Flowers and teddy bears are shown at an impromptu memorial for Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes, at the Liknes home in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

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According to the National Post, a registered director at Vecto Resource Services Ltd., along with Alvin, said the grandfather was “a great guy to work with.”

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“…Whether things worked or didn’t work, he was giving his best efforts,” said Bruce Carson. “I can’t picture anybody being angry enough to do what they’ve done.”

“He’s a golfer and he was just ready to start to retire. He was the same age as me; he had a place down in Mexico and was going to spend six months up there, six months up here. They were just a very normal family. Everything about them was kind of average, really, as far as I know they sure weren’t wealthy. I don’t understand why this happened at all.”

Kathryn Liknes, 53, was reportedly a licensed real estate agent in Calgary but had not been a practicing real estate agent for two years, according to the Real Estate Council of Alberta.  A Facebook page describes Kathryn as a website marketing and SEO specialist.

A boy who loved superheroes

Five-year-old Nathan was the middle child of three boys.

Days after his disappearance, Nathan’s mother Jennifer O’Brien said that her son loved to dress up so much as a superhero that she did not have to buy him clothes – just costumes.

Nathan O’Brien and his grandmother Kathy Liknes are shown in a Calgary Police Service handout photo.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Calgary Police Service

“Nathan, I need you to hear my voice right now and I need you to know that mommy and daddy love you more than anything in this world,” said O’Brien at a news conference July 2. “Stay strong, Nathan. We know you are our superhero and I just need you to stay strong and we are going to see you.”

The young boy was described by his mother as a chatterbox and “friendly, smart, and the glue which held the sprawling family together.”

– With files from Tamara Elliott ,  Melissa Ramsay and the Canadian Press

Fire danger in B.C., campfire ban begins Wednesday in Thompson- Okanagan region

Posted on 29/09/2019

Soaring temperatures has increased the fire danger rating to high or extreme across most of B.C.

A handful of new wildfires, some started by lightning, have erupted in the Salmon Arm, Penticton and Merritt regions.

An evacuation alert has been issued for 30 cabin owners at Murray Lake, just South of Merritt due to an aggressive blaze covering approximately 60 hectares.

Forest fire burning at Murray Lake.

On Monday, a wildfire in Chelaslie Arm forced the closure of Entiako Provincial Park and lead to evacuation orders for the Bulkley-Nechako area.

After spending several hours on the grounds and in helicopters, fire crews successfully contained a brush fire on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna. Flames were ignited Tuesday afternoon on the west side of the mountain, which is located near the shore of Okanagan Lake.

A campfire ban begins Wednesday throughout the Thompson- Okanagan region in an attempt to minimize the number of human caused fires. The ban also applies to fireworks.

In Northern B.C., a massive 10,000 hectare fire is burning 56 kilometers west of Chetwynd at Mt. McAllister. The blaze is the largest fire in the Prince George Fire Centre.

10,000 hectares continue to burn near Chetwynd.

High concentrations of smoke and ash have impacted the air quality in Prince George, which may potentially cause problems for locals suffering from asthma or a heart condition.

With record high temperatures coupled with strong winds, experts are predicting more fires in the coming days.

“We have about 16 active fires,” says Fire Information Officer Jill Kelsh, “we are expecting them to get bigger.”

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China growth edges up in possible sign of recovery – National

Posted on 29/09/2019

BEIJING – China’s economic growth edged up in the latest quarter and more than 7 million new jobs were created in the first half of the year, easing pressure on communist leaders as they try to prevent a precipitous slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.

Economic growth rose to 7.5 per cent over a year earlier in the three months ended June 30 from the previous quarter’s 7.4 per cent, data showed Wednesday. The first quarter matched a downturn in late 2012 for the slowest rate since the 2008 global crisis.

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Communist leaders are trying to steer China toward growth based on domestic consumption instead of trade and investment. But the unexpectedly sharp slowdown raised fears of politically dangerous job losses. Beijing responded with mini-stimulus measures based on higher spending on construction of railways and other public works.

“A lot of the June data looks quite strong, stronger than expected,” said economist Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. “I think it should vindicate policymakers’ approach to targeted measures to stimulate growth.”

China’s steady decline from the explosive double-digit growth rates of the past decade has had global repercussions, cutting demand for iron ore, copper and other commodities that helped to fuel its expansion.

The latest growth was in line with the ruling Communist Party’s 7.5 per cent target for the year. Analysts say Chinese leaders are willing to accept even slower growth so long as the economy generates enough new jobs to prevent unrest.

A relatively healthy 7.4 million urban jobs were created in the first half, according to a government spokesman, Sheng Laiyun. He said just over 3 million rural migrants moved to cities during that period to work, a sign of demand for labour.

“In the first half of the year, economic growth was stable. Employment was stable,” said Sheng at a news conference.

Second-quarter consumer spending rose 12.1 per cent over a year earlier, though that was down 0.3 percentage point from the previous quarter, Sheng said. He said investment in factories, real estate and other fixed assets rose 17.3 per cent.

In other positive signs, foreign direct investment in China rose 0.2 per cent in June, rebounding from a decline in May, the government reported earlier. June bank lending grew faster than expected, suggesting growing business activity.

The top economic official, Premier Li Keqiang, had promised earlier the second quarter would show an improvement, though he warned the economy still faced “downward pressure.”

Trade growth this year has been well below the 7.5 per cent level forecast in the ruling party’s plans. That has raised the threat of job losses in export-driven manufacturing industries that employ millions of workers.

The economy also has suffered a blow from a slump in real estate prices and sales due to government controls imposed to cool a surge in housing costs and encourage developers to build more low-cost housing. That has sent shock waves through construction, steel and other industries that rely on real estate and employ millions of people.

Despite the latest uptick in growth, analysts expect China’s expansion to cool further over the coming year.

The International Monetary Fund expects growth to slow to 7.3 per cent next year and to below 7 per cent in 2016. Some analysts expect an even deeper decline, with growth as low as 6.8 per cent this year. That would be stronger than the United States, Japan or Europe but China’s weakest annual growth in two decades.

The latest data show the economy’s reliance on higher government spending to offset weakness in real estate investment, a key growth driver, said Evans-Pritchard.

“We don’t think this is a sign that growth is stabilizing,” said Evans-Pritchard. “The stabilization has been largely a result of government stimulus measures.”

The ruling party has promised sweeping reforms to make the economy more competitive and productive. They include opening more industries such as health care and transportation to private and foreign competition, simplifying taxes and regulation and directing the state-owned banking industry to provide more credit to entrepreneurs that create most of China’s new wealth and jobs.

“The Chinese leadership plans to rely on faster reforms to unleash new sources of growth during the period of structural adjustment,” said UBS economist Tao Wang in a report this week.

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Israel, Hamas agree to Gaza ‘humanitarian’ pause

Posted on 29/09/2019

GAZA, Palestinian Territory – Israel and Hamas agreed to a five-hour U.N. brokered “humanitarian” pause to their 9-day-long battle, offering the most encouraging sign yet that the fierce fighting could come to an end.

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Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has killed more than 200 Palestinians, including four boys struck on a beach Wednesday by shells fired from a navy ship. Israel said it would hold its fire Thursday from 10 a.m. (0700 GMT, 3 a.m. EDT) under a plan to allow Palestinians to restock food, water and other necessities. But it vowed to retaliate “firmly and decisively” if Hamas or other militant groups launch attacks on Israel during that time.

Later, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that following consultations with various factions the Gaza militants had decided to respect the pause as well and would refrain from firing rockets during those hours as well.

Robert Serry, the U.N. special co-ordinator for the Middle East peace process, had asked Israel to agree to a “unilateral humanitarian pause” so that the supplies can be delivered to Gaza, said U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq. Serry will “urge the parties in Gaza to respect that pause,” Haq said.

Israel previously had halted its fire for six hours Tuesday after Egypt put forward a cease-fire proposal that unraveled. Abu Zuhri said Wednesday his group had formally rejected the plan, bemoaning what he called little support from the Arab world.

But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Wednesday in Cairo with a senior official from Hamas to try to salvage the Egyptian proposal.

In Washington, President Barack Obama said the U.S. supports Egypt’s continued efforts to restore the 2012 cease-fire and will use all of its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal to end the violence.

Israel’s military said its forces bombed at least 150 targets in Gaza on Wednesday. It did not provide more specifics, but the Gaza Interior Ministry’s website said 30 houses, including those of senior Hamas leaders Mahmoud Zahar, Jamila Shanti, Fathi Hamas and Ismail Ashkar, were targeted.

Zahar was a key figure in Hamas’ violent takeover of Gaza in 2007, while the other three were members of the Palestinian parliament elected in 2006. Many Hamas leaders have gone into hiding since Israel began its bombardment July 8 in response to rocket attacks from Gaza.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said the Palestinian death toll rose to 222, with 1,670 wounded. Only one Israeli has so far died in the conflict — a civilian distributing food to soldiers in southern Israel on Tuesday evening — largely because of the effectiveness of Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system in downing incoming rockets.

The four boys, who were cousins aged 9 to 11, were killed on the beach beside a coastal road west of Gaza City, al-Kidra said. Seven others — adults and children — were wounded in the strike, which Palestinian human rights activist Khalil Abu Shamalla and Palestinian health officials said came from an Israeli naval vessel.

Hussam Abadallah, a waiter at the beachside al-Deera hotel, said the strike happened about 4 p.m.

A witness who identified himself only as Abu Ahmed said the boys were scavenging for scrap metal when a first shell hit a nearby shipping container used in the past by Hamas security forces. He said the boys fled but a second rocket “hit all of them.”

Abadallah said he saw “white smoke coming from a small room, like a shack, belonging to one of the fishermen not far from the fishing port.”

He said he then saw the boys running.

“We started shouting at them, ‘Run, run here,’ then a shell from the sea landed behind them,” Abadallah said.

Some journalists dining at the hotel jumped from the terrace and helped five children bleeding from shrapnel get to safety in the hotel, he added.

“I will never forget these horrible images,” he said.

Cellphone video circulated on Facebook showed the small, bloodied bodies in the sand. One dead boy was face down, with his legs at sharp angle.

The Israeli army said in a statement it was “carefully investigating” the matter. It said the target of the naval attack was “Hamas terrorist operatives” and that civilian casualties were “a tragic outcome.”

It said the army “has no intention of harming civilians dragged by Hamas into the reality of urban combat.”

The boys’ uncle, Abdel Kareem Baker, 41, raged at Israel after the attack.

“It’s a cold-blooded massacre,” he said. “It’s a shame who come they didn’t identify them as kids with all of the advanced technology they claim they’re using.”

Israel’s security Cabinet approved a call-up of 8,000 additional reservists, according to an Israeli official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to discuss the matter publicly.

The army said 45,000 reservists have already been summoned — a sign that Israel was ramping up its threat to carry out a ground invasion, although experts have said such an action was highly unlikely.

Abbas met with deputy Hamas chief Moussa Abu Marzouk to discuss the Egyptian initiative. An official with Abbas’ Fatah faction told The Associated Press that Abbas and Egypt were trying to get Hamas on board.

Egypt’s ambitious cease-fire plan seeks to restore greater authority for Abbas in Gaza and settle rifts between his Palestinian Authority and Hamas, which took control of the seaside territory in 2007, according to a Palestinian official in Cairo. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release information about the closed-door talks.

Under the proposal, a cease-fire would be followed by talks to resolve the rift between Hamas and Abbas over Gaza, including giving control of the border to Abbas, he said. That would presumably allow a greater opening of the borders, one of Hamas’ main demands, along with the easing of border closures and the release of former Hamas prisoners who had been freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner exchange but were rearrested by Israel last month in the West Bank.

The official, who was in Cairo, said Hamas’ main objection was the power-sharing arrangement.

The militant group views a significant easing of the Israeli blockade of Gaza as key to its survival, but does not believe Egypt’s current rulers — who deposed a Hamas-friendly government in Cairo last year — can be fair brokers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Hamas would pay a high price for rejecting the Egyptian plan.

Al-Kidra, the Gaza health official, said an airstrike in the Gaza neighbourhood of Khan Younis killed four members of the Al-Astal family, including a 6-year-old boy, his 4-year-old sister, and a 70-year-old woman.

In a separate airstrike, a woman and a young girl were killed, al-Kidra said.

Israel told tens of thousands of residents of the northern town of Beit Lahiya and the Zeitoun and Shijaiyah neighbourhoods of Gaza City, all near the border with Israel, to evacuate their homes by Wednesday morning. The Israeli military said in automated phone calls, text messages and air-dropped leaflets that large numbers of rockets were launched from these areas and that it planned to bomb these locations.

“Whoever disregards these instructions and fails to evacuate immediately, endangers their own lives, as well as those of their families,” the message said.

As a result, hundreds of residents of Zeitoun and Shijaiyah were seen walking in the streets, carrying small bags with belongings.

The Wafa Rehabilitation Center in Shijaiyah, which cares for 15 disabled and elderly patients, received several calls demanding the patients evacuate, said its director, Basman Ashi.

An Israel shell hit near the building, damaging the second floor, but causing no injuries, he said. Ashi added that his patients have nowhere to go.

Four foreign volunteers — from Britain, the U.S., France and Sweden — have set up camp at the rehabilitation centre to deter the military from targeting it.

British volunteer Rina Andolini, 32, said the patients range in age from 12 to over 70 and none can walk or move without assistance. She said there are also 17 Palestinian staff members.

The patients are living in constant fear, intensified by the Israeli tank shelling from across the border, she said.

When asked about the situation at the rehabilitation centre, the office of the Israeli military spokesman said its residents “have been asked repeatedly to leave.”

“There is a rocket-launching site in the area,” the military said, adding that Gaza militants use the centre to hide “behind civilians.”

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Estrin reported from Jerusalem. Associated Press writers Peter Enav and Yousur Alhlou in Jerusalem and Sarah El Deeb in Cairo contributed to this report.

SUV plows into southeast Edmonton business – Edmonton

Posted on 29/09/2019

EDMONTON – A vehicle smashed into a small strip mall in Edmonton’s Forest Heights area Tuesday evening.

Paege Hrdlicka was working at a salon at the time when she said she felt a rumble in the building, located at 106 Avenue and 79 Street.

When she looked outside, she saw the two front wheels of an SUV inside the health supply store next door.

“[The driver] just came out and she was pretty shaken up and crying,” she said.

“The first thing she said was, ‘I’m a new driver, I’m so sorry.’”

It’s believed the driver mistook the gas pedal for the brake.

An SUV plowed through the front windows of a health supply store Tuesday evening.

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An SUV plowed through the front windows of a health supply store Tuesday evening.

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“We were just glad that no one was hurt,” Hrdlicka said. “It’s all you can really hope for in these.”

Police said they don’t plan on pressing charges against the driver.

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UPDATE: Pitt Meadows senior regains freedom after his scooter was stolen

Posted on 30/08/2019

UPDATE:

A Pitt Meadows senior has regained his freedom thanks to the generosity of strangers.

After the story aired, the Golden Ears Kiwanis Club, Save On Scooters, Buck’s Garage Doors and Viewer Gary Yee came forward.

Barnett now has a new scooter, which will allow the 70-year-old to get out of the house and take his dog Angus on walks again.

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To protect his new property, there are plans to install a frame and garage door around Barnett’s car port — free of charge.  

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Life is like a jail cell for 70-year-old Alistair Barnett after he had his scooter stolen.

“I’m trapped,” says Barnett, “it’s like a life-sentence.”

Without his scooter, the Pitt Meadows man is using a walker, but he struggles to walk even a few steps.

“I’m denied access to almost anywhere.”

The senior has four collapsed discs in his spine, diabetes and other serious health issues.

He says someone walked into his carport Friday night, which doesn’t have a door, and stole his mobility scooter that was charging there.

The red scooter has a kangaroo emblem on front, a basket, and a Scottish flag behind the seat. The basket contains Barnett’s personal belongings.

The red scooter resembles the above photo.

“My dog keeps looking reproachfully at me saying when are we going on walks?”

Barnett used to take his small, energetic dog Angus for long walks while riding his scooter, but he can’t do that anymore.

“I can’t walk more than a couple of staggering steps.”

He says his furry best friend is also a victim, trapped inside their house, unable to enjoy the outdoors.

Alistair Barnett’s dog Angus. Barnett says he can’t walk his dog without his scooter.

Barnett’s scooter was a gift of mobility purchased by his wife, who cashed in part of her pension to pay for it.

She purchased it on sale for $2500 dollars, but it will cost $5000 dollars to replace, money that the couple says they don’t have.

“I don’t have any money. We’re barely getting by on the pension I’ve got.”

“Life at the moment is very difficult.”

Crews responding to 14-car train derailment in southwest Virginia – National

Posted on 30/08/2019

WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Crews worked Tuesday to get a train back on track after a derailment scattered 14 cars along a rail line in southwest Virginia.

Local officials in Wythe County said there were no injuries or property damage and the state Department of Environmental Quality reported no evidence of any spills from the Norfolk Southern derailment Monday night.

The cause of the derailment was being investigated.

The three-engine, 33-car train was en route from Louisville to the Port of Virginia with cargo primarily destined for export.

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Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman said 12 of the derailed cars were auto carriers while two were double-stack container cars. He could not immediately say what the container cars were hauling.

Officials at the scene concluded the cargo was fingernail polish, which is classified as a low-level hazard, Wythe County spokesman Jeremy T.K. Farley said.

DEQ staff was on the scene and found “no evidence of any spills, or any impacts to people’s health or environment,” spokesman William Haden wrote in an email.

Chapman said Norfolk South crews and contractors were attempting to repair the rail to get the train back on track to Norfolk before salvaging the derailed cars. The line sees about 12 trains a day.

“Right now we are holding traffic until it’s repaired,” he said.

Farley said the derailment runs parallel with a street that includes businesses and houses in Wythe. He said there was no apparent damage to any structures, but he said it was causing some disruptions in the town of about 30,000.

“Our main concern is making sure the public and environment is in no danger and we think that is the case,” Farley said.

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Wrong Jeter trends on Twitter during MLB All-Star game – National

Posted on 30/08/2019

TORONTO – During the 2014 MLB All-Star game Tuesday night, it wasn’t New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter trending on 桑拿会所, but actor Michael Jeter — who passed away in 2003.

It all started when CBS News tweeted out; “Michael Jeter takes bow at his final All-Star game.”

Jeter, the actor, was most famous for the films The Fisher King, The Green Mile, and Jurassic Park III, and the TV series Evening Shade, which he won an Emmy for in 1992. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 50.

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Before CBS could correct itself, 桑拿会所 users picked up on the mistake and soon Michael Jeter tweets were flying fast.

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CBS eventually caught its mistake and removed the initial tweet, but by then Michael Jeter had already started trending.

This is the last All-Star game for Derek Jeter, who is retiring from baseball after this season.

WATCH: Michael Jeter delivers a message in The Fisher King

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World Cup 2014: Storm and Jango’s Picks – Toronto

Posted on 30/08/2019

Follow Global Toronto as Storm the Weather Dog and Jango the Sports Dog challenge each other for World Cup supremacy.

Both pooches will select their daily picks for the duration of the tournament, which includes an option for draws.

At the end, we’ll find out who the top dog really is.


Current Score: 

JANGO – 24 (37%)
STORM – 25 (38%)


World Cup Final:

Germany vs Argentina
Jango  – Germany (winner, 1-0)
Storm  – Germany (winner, 1-0)


Third Place Game:

Brazil vs Netherlands
Jango  – Netherlands (winner, 3-0)
Storm  – Netherlands (winner, 3-0)


Semi-Finals:

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Germany vs Brazil
Jango – Brazil
Storm – Germany (winner, 7-1)

Argentina vs Netherlands
Jango  – Argentina (winner, 0-0, 4-2 on pk)
Storm – Argentina (winner, 0-0, 4-2 on pk)


Quarter-Finals:

France vs Germany
Jango  – Germany (winner, 1-0)
Storm – France

Brazil vs Colombia
Jango – Brazil (winner, 2-1)
Storm – Brazil (winner, 2-1)

Belgium vs Argentina
Jango – Belgium
Storm – Belgium

*Argentina wins

Costa Rica vs Netherlands
Jango – Netherlands (winner, 0-0, 4-3 on pk)
Storm  – Costa Rica


Round of 16:

Brazil vs Chile
Jango – Brazil (winner, 1-1, 3-2 on pk)
Storm  – Brazil (winner, 1-1, 3-2 on pk)

Uruguay vs Colombia
Jango – Uruguay
Storm  – Uruguay

*Colombia wins 2-0

Mexico vs Netherlands
Jango – Mexico
Storm  – Mexico

*Netherlands wins 2-1

Greece vs Costa Rica
Jango – Greece
Storm  – Costa Rica (winner, 1-1, 5-3 on pk)

France vs Nigeria
Jango – Nigeria
Storm  – Nigeria

*France wins 2-0

Germany vs Algeria
Jango – Germany (winner, 2-1)
Storm – Germany (winner, 2-1)

Switzerland vs Argentina
Jango – Argentina (winner, 1-0)
Storm – Argentina (winner, 1-0)

United States vs Belgium
Jango – United States
Storm – Belgium (winner, 2-1)


Day 15 Picks:

Ghana vs Portugal
Jango  – Portugal (winner, 2-1)
Storm  – Draw

Germany vs United States
Jango – Germany (winner, 1-0)
Storm  – Germany (winner, 1-0)

Belgium vs Korea Republic
Jango – Korea Republic
Storm – Belgium (winner, 1-0)

Russia vs Algeria
Jango – Draw (winner, 1-1)
Storm  – Russia


Day 14 Picks:

Iran vs Bosnia-Herzegovina
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Bosnia-Herzegovina won 3-1

Argentina vs Nigeria
Jango – Argentina (winner, 3-2)
Storm – Draw

Switzerland vs Honduras
Jango – Switzerland (winner, 3-0)
Storm – Honduras

France vs Ecauador
Jango – Draw (winner, 0-0)
Storm – Ecuador


Day 13 Picks:

Costa Rica vs England
Jango – Costa Rica
Storm  – England

*Draw, 0-0

Uruguay vs Italy
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Uruguay won 1-0

Greece vs Cote d’Ivoire
Jango – Cote d’Ivoire
Storm – Greece (winner, 2-1)

Japan vs Colombia
Jango – Colombia (winner, 4-1)
Storm – Japan


Day 12 Picks:

Spain vs Australia
Jango – Draw
Storm – Australia

*Spain won 3-0

Chile vs Netherlands
Jango – Draw
Storm – Netherlands (winner, 2-0)

Brazil vs Cameroon
Jango – Brazil (winner, 4-1)
Storm – Draw

Mexico vs Croatia
Jango – Croatia
Storm  – Draw

*Mexico won 3-1


Day 11 Picks:

Russia vs Belgium
Jango – Draw
Storm – Belgium (winner, 1-0)

Algeria vs Korea Republic
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Algeria won 4-2

Portugal vs United States
Jango – United States
Storm – United States

*Draw, 2-2


Day 10 Picks:

Iran vs Argentina
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Argentina won 1-0

Ghana vs Germany
Jango – Draw (winner, 2-2)
Storm – Germany

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Nigeria
Jango – Bosnia-Herzegovina
Storm – Draw

*Nigeria won 1-0


Day 9 Picks:

Italy vs Costa Rica
Jango  – Italy
Storm  – Costa Rica (winner, 1-0)

Switzerland vs France
Jango  – Switzerland
Storm  – Switzerland

*France won 5-2

Honduras vs Ecuador
Jango  – Honduras
Storm  – Honduras

*Ecuador won 2-1


Day 8 Picks:

Cote d’Ivoire vs Colombia
Jango – Cote d’Ivoire
Storm – Draw

*Colombia won 2-1

England vs Uruguay
Jango – Draw
Storm – Uruguay (winner, 2-1)

Greece vs Japan
Jango – Japan
Storm – Japan

*Draw, 0-0


Day 7 Picks:

Netherlands vs Australia
Jango – Netherlands (winner, 3-2)
Storm – Netherlands (winner, 3-2)

Chile vs Spain
Jango – Draw
Storm – Chile (winner, 2-0)

Croatia vs Cameroon
Jango – Draw
Storm – Croatia (winner, 4-0)


Day 6 Picks:

Algeria vs Belgium

Jango – Draw

Storm – Draw

*Belgium won 2-1

Mexico vs Brazil

Jango – Mexico

Storm – Draw (winner, 0-0)

Korea Republic vs Russia

Jango – Korea Republic

Storm – Russia

*Draw, 0-0


Day 5 PICKS: 

Portugal vs Germany

Jango – Portugal

Storm – Draw

*Germany won 4-0

Nigeria vs Iran

Jango – Draw (winner, 0-0)

Storm – Iran

USA vs Ghana

Jango – USA (winner, 2-1)

Storm – USA (winner, 2-1)


Day 4 PICKS:

Ecuador vs Switzerland

Jango – Ecuador

Storm – Draw

*Switzerland won 2-1

Honduras vs France

Jango – Honduras

Storm – Draw

*France won 3-0

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Argentina

Jango – Argentina (winner, 2-1)

Storm – Argentina (winner, 2-1)


Day 3 PICKS:

Columbia vs Greece

Jango – Greece

Storm – Greece

*Columbia won 3-0

Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Jango  – Uruguay

Storm  – Uruguay

*Costa Rica won 3-1

Italy vs England 

Jango  – Italy (winner, 2-1)

Storm  – England

Ivory Coast vs Japan

Jango  – Japan

Storm – Japan

*Ivory Coast won 2-1


DAY 2 PICKS:

Cameroon vs Mexico

Jango – Cameroon

Storm – Mexico (winner, 1-0)

Netherlands vs Spain

Jango – Draw

Storm – Spain

*Netherlands won 5-1

Australia vs Chile

Jango – Australia

Storm – Draw

*Chile won 3-1


DAY 1 PICKS:

Cameroon vs Mexico

Jango – Brazil (winner, 3-1)

Storm  – Brazil (winner, 3-1)

Quebec launches Amber Alert app – Montreal

Posted on 30/08/2019

MONTREAL – iPhone and Android users can now be informed quickly when Montreal police, the Sûreté du Québec or the RCMP issue an Amber Alert.

The Quebec Amber Alert app called Amber QC was launched Tuesday after a year of planning.

It takes a few minutes to download and people will get information on the missing child, any suspects and any car involved in the case.

It’s a free app in French only but police say they’re working hard on an English version.

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Quebec police aren’t the first to use and app for amber alerts, but they are the first to try a new approach.

“We’re not the first to have an app. We are the first to have a geo-locator included,” explains Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Gregory Gomez del Prado.

“It tells people how close they are to the scene of the kidnapping and gives them a better idea of where they should be looking.”

Amber Alert information can also be found on the Quebec Amber Alert Facebook page and on the Sûreté du Québec’s 桑拿会所 page.