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Saoirse Kennedy Hill: Granddaughter of Robert F Kennedy dies – BBC News

August 1st, 2019
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Image caption Emergency services were called to the Kennedy compound on Thursday

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the granddaughter of Robert F Kennedy, has died, a family statement has confirmed.

The 22-year-old daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s fifth child, Courtney, died on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to the Kennedy residence in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Ms Kennedy Hill was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital.

The Kennedy family has seen a number of tragedies including the assassination of Saoirse’s grandfather in 1968.

A statement from the family made to local media said: “Our hearts are shattered by the loss of our beloved Saoirse. Her life was filled with hope, promise and love.”

A statement from her grandmother added: “The world is a little less beautiful today.”

The 22-year-old was a communications major at Boston College, according to the New York Times.

The compound was the summer White House for President John F Kennedy in the 1960s.

President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

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SNK to announce new Neo Geo hardware soon – Gematsu

August 1st, 2019

SNK to announce new Neo Geo hardware soon  Gematsu

SNK will soon announce a new Neo Geo hardware, the company teased. “A next-gen Neo Geo hardware is coming after Neo Geo Mini,” the company said in a …

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Pro-EU Liberal Democrats take parliamentary seat from British PM Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, reduces majority to one – The Globe and Mail

August 1st, 2019

Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodd (C) celebrates with Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey (2ndL) and her team after winning the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, Wales. Britain’s Boris Johnson lost his first major test as prime minister on August 2 when his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival in a by-election that could narrow his parliamentary majority to one. Official results showed the European-supporting Liberal Democrats’ candidate Jane Dodd defeating Chris Davies from Johnson’s ruling Conservative party by 13,826 to 12,401 votes.


Britain’s pro-European Union Liberal Democrats have won a parliamentary seat from the governing Conservatives, a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his first electoral test since taking office.

The loss reduces Johnson’s working majority in parliament to just one ahead of an expected showdown with lawmakers in the autumn over his plan to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without an exit agreement if necessary.

Johnson’s government already relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party for its wafer-thin majority, with just a handful of rebels in his own Conservatives needed to lose key votes.

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The Liberal Democrats won the Welsh seat of Brecon and Radnorshire with a majority of 1,425 votes.

“Boris Johnson’s shrinking majority makes it clear that he has no mandate to crash us out of the EU,” Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, whose party now have 13 seats in parliament, said in a statement following the result early on Friday.

“I will do whatever it takes to stop Brexit and offer an alternative, positive vision … We now have one more MP (Member of Parliament) who will vote against Brexit in parliament.”

Wales, and the Brecon area, voted to leave the EU at the 2016 Brexit referendum, but it is also a region where sheep outnumber people and where the prospect of steep EU tariffs being slapped on Welsh lamb exports in a no-deal Brexit have prompted widespread concern among farmers.

The Brecon vote was triggered when Conservative lawmaker Chris Davies was ousted by a petition of constituents after being convicted of falsifying expenses. Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds won with 13,826 votes.

Davies, who ran again for the Conservatives, came second with 12,401 votes. The Brexit Party came third with 3,331 votes, while the main opposition Labour Party was fourth on 1,680 votes.

The Liberal Democrats had previously held the seat from 1997 until 2015, when it was won by Davies. In the 2017 snap election he held the seat with a majority of just over 8,000 votes.

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Johnson, who took office last week, has said he does not plan to hold an election before Britain leaves the EU but could be forced to if lawmakers try to stop him pursuing a no-deal exit by collapsing the government in a no-confidence vote.

The result in Brecon, where the combined vote for pro-leave parties outnumbered pro-remain, would likely add to calls for a possible Conservative-Brexit Party alliance in any upcoming election.

Pro-EU parties, including the Greens and Plaid Cymru, agreed not to stand in the Brecon election on Thursday to boost the Liberal Democrats chances by concentrating the support of ’Remain’ voters behind one candidate.

The Brexit Party, led by prominent Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, was only launched in April and rode a wave of anger over the government’s failure to deliver Brexit to sweep to victory in the United Kingdom’s European Parliament election in May.

“If the Brexit Party do hang around and the Conservative Party doesn’t deal with them effectively, ie. if we don’t show signs that we are leaving Europe by the end of October, then that could really have some repercussions for our vote not just in seats like this but across the U.K.,” Nick Ramsay, a Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly told Sky News.

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‘We always love you’: Funeral held in Australia for B.C. murder victim Lucas Fowler – CBC News

August 1st, 2019

Lucas Fowler turned dreams of travel into reality and lived a life “many of us envied,” his father said at his funeral service in Sydney, Australia, on Friday.

In his eulogy, Stephen Fowler said his 23-year-old son learned to love camping from a young age and was excited to embark on his latest adventure in B.C. with Chynna Deese, “the love of his life.”

Fowler and Deese, 24, from Charlotte, N.C., were found dead in northern B.C. two weeks ago. Their deaths were soon deemed homicides and triggered a cross-country hunt for two suspects who, despite numerous reported sightings, have not yet been found.

“We are so happy that Lucas and Chynna found each other and had such a great time travelling together, meeting new friends and just milking every last drop of fun out of life. They laughed and loved, and touched the hearts of everyone they met,” Fowler said during the service at Turramurra Uniting Church. 

A memorial service was held earlier this week for Deese in North Carolina. 

Hundreds of friends and family gathered at the funeral Friday, embracing each other outside the brick building. 

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Fowler’s father, a chief inspector for the New South Wales Police Force, described in his eulogy how his son’s outdoorsy upbringing followed him into adulthood.

One of four children, Fowler and his family took their camper trailer to the same camp ground every year for 20 years. It’s where Fowler learned to ride a bike and swam in the river pool. He played soccer and went four-wheeling and dirt biking with friends. 

Fowler took an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic in high school before going backpacking with a friend. He met Deese in Croatia. He continued his travels to Canada, where he secured a work visa and took a job on a B.C. ranch.

It was at that ranch that he had his first taste of the cold Canadian winter, his father said in his eulogy. 

“His message was: ‘This is what happens when you are out checking fences on a snowmobile in minus 36 C,'” Fowler said, describing a photo he received from his son, beard white with frost. 

Lucas Fowler of Australia shown here in an undated image. He was found dead this week in northern B.C. (NSW Police)

“I wrote back: ‘Easy way to get a haircut – just snap it off’. He wrote: ‘It’s brutal here. Never been so cold with so many layers of good clothes.'”

Deese joined her boyfriend at that ranch a week before they left on their road trip. Fowler said his family never had the chance to meet Deese but they considered her part of their family.

“Lucas leaves us all with so many beautiful memories. He and Chynna live on in our hearts,” Fowler said.

“Lucas, thank you for being part of our lives. We always love you.”

A funeral for Lucas Fowler, 23, was held Friday in Sydney, Australia. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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StockX forced password resets after ‘suspicious activity’ alert – Engadget

August 1st, 2019

StockX forced password resets after ‘suspicious activity’ alert  Engadget

For all the sneakerheads and hypebeasts out there, if you received an email from StockX asking you to reset your password, then it was probably authentic.

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Saudi Arabia allows women to travel without male consent – CTV News

August 1st, 2019

Aya Batrawy , The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 1, 2019 8:26PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:44PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia published new laws early Friday that loosen restrictions on women by allowing any citizen to apply for a passport and travel freely, ending a long-standing guardianship policy that gave men control over women.

The changes are a potential game-changer for Saudi women’s rights in the kingdom. The legal system has long been criticized because it treated women as minors throughout their adult lives, requiring they have a man’s consent to obtain a passport or travel abroad. Often a woman’s male guardian is her father or husband, and in some cases a woman’s own son.

The changes were widely celebrated by Saudis on Twitter, including posting memes showing people dashing to the airport with luggage and others hailing the 33-year-old crown prince believed to be the force behind these moves. But the changes also drew backlash from conservatives, who posted clips of senior Saudi clerics in past years arguing in favour of guardianship laws.

Other changes issued in the decrees allow women to register a marriage, divorce or child’s birth and to be issued official family documents. It also stipulates that a father or mother can be legal guardians of children.

Being able to obtain family documents could ease hurdles women faced in obtaining a national identity card and enrolling their children in school.

Still in place, however, are rules that require male consent for a woman to leave prison, exit a domestic abuse shelter or marry. Women, unlike men, still cannot pass on citizenship to their children and cannot provide consent for their children to marry.

Under the kingdom’s guardianship system, women essentially relied on the “good will” and whims of male relatives to determine the course of their lives. There were cases, for example, of young Saudi women whose parents are divorced, but whose father is the legal guardian, being unable to accept scholarships to study abroad because they did not have permission to travel.

Saudi women fleeing domestic abuse and the guardianship system occasionally drew international attention to their plight, as 18-year-old Rahaf al-Qunun did before Canada granted her asylum. The stories of runaway women have created a flurry of negative headlines for the kingdom.

To leave the country, some Saudi women say they had to hack into their father’s phone and change the settings on a government app to allow themselves permission to leave the country. There were calls in Washington for Google and Apple to block access to the app entirely.

In a lengthy study of Saudi male guardianship laws in 2016, Human Rights Watch criticized it as “system that was ripe for abuse.”

The new rules, approved by King Salman and his Cabinet, allow any person 21 and older to travel abroad without prior consent and any citizen to apply for a Saudi passport on their own.

The decrees, issued Wednesday, were made public before dawn Friday in the kingdom’s official weekly Um al-Qura gazette. It wasn’t immediately clear if the new rules go into effect immediately.

A number of sweeping changes have been promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he drives an ambitious economic reform plan that encourages more women to enter the workforce. He was behind lifting the ban on women driving last year, loosening rules on gender segregation and bringing concerts and movie theatres to the country.

He has also led a simultaneous crackdown on activists, including detaining the country’s leading women’s rights activists who had demanded an end to the very male guardianship rules now being curtailed. The women, among them Loujain al-Hathloul, are facing trial and allege they were tortured in prison.

The crown prince continues to face widespread international criticism over the killing of Washington Post columnist and critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement by the prince, while the kingdom’s own investigation acknowledged the operation was planned by two of the prince’s top aides.

As noted by the Saudi newspaper Arab News, the decrees outlining changes to travel are written in gender-neutral language removing prior restrictions specific to women, rather than outright stating that women no longer need male consent.

News of the changes had been teased in state-linked Saudi media for weeks, possibly to ready the public and to gauge reaction.

The ways in which the decrees were announced and the language used to announce the changes signal how sensitive these moves are among conservatives in the country. For years, state-backed preachers told the Saudi public that women should not travel longer than a night alone and that this was rooted in Islamic practice.

Other Muslim countries, however, do not have similar restrictions on women’s travel.

Still, clerics in Saudi Arabia have supported the imposition of male guardianship based on a verse in the Qur’an that states men are the protectors and maintainers of women.

Other Islamic scholars argue this misinterprets fundamental Quranic concepts like equality and respect between the sexes.

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Trump claims he’ll ‘end the AIDS epidemic,’ ‘cure childhood cancer’ at Cincinnati rally –

August 1st, 2019

President Donald Trump made few new promises during his campaign speech Thursday night in Cincinnati. But two promises resonated with people, judging by interest on the internet: curing pediatric cancer and curing AIDS.

During the rally at U.S Bank Arena, he said: “The things we’re doing in our country today, there’s never been anything like it. We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America, and curing childhood cancer very shortly.” 

Let’s take the promises, which both originated in his 2019 State of the Union message, one at a time.

Curing pediatric cancer

First, the cure rate for pediatric cancers is already at 80 percent. Kaiser Health News reports that’s because “of the tremendous progress that’s been made with childhood leukemia.” But for other pediatric cancers, “the cure rates haven’t changed in 20 years,” Kaiser says.


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Trump said in the State of the Union in February that he would set aside $500 million for research into pediatric cancer over 10 years.

The proposal would be a boost in federal spending on cancer. But it’s unclear “how meaningful the increase is in relation to current federal spending on childhood cancer research,” Kaiser reported earlier this year.

“The National Institutes of Health estimates its 2019 spending in this area to be $462 million, according to research portfolio data. So, $500 million over 10 years, or an average $50 million a year, amounts to a bit more than a 10 percent increase,” Kaiser’s Victoria Knight wrote.

“To put it in perspective: The $500 million figure pales in comparison to other medical research initiatives that previous presidents have outlined amid the pomp and circumstance of this annual speech,” Knight wrote.

“Barack Obama announced during his 2016 State of the Union that he wanted to ‘make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,’ launching what came to be known as the ‘Cancer Moonshot’ initiative. In his initial announcement, Obama proposed $1 billion to be parceled out over fiscal years 2016 and 2017,” Knight wrote later in the story.

“That amounts to an average of $500 million over two years.”

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Knight added this: “But presidents don’t always get all they ask for. In December 2016, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which instead allotted $1.8 billion to the Moonshot effort over seven years. That averages to about $257 million for each of those years, though it’s up to Congress each year to decide on the Moonshot’s actual appropriation.”

Trump’s proposed budget for next fiscal year cuts funding for the National Institutes for Health by $900 million, but includes the pediatric cancer money, according to the website 

Ending AIDS epidemic

Trump said in the State of the Union that he would end HIV transmission by 2030, a task that Kaiser called “doable but daunting.”

Ending the transmission of the AIDS-causing virus is “a goal long sought by public health advocates,” Kaiser reported. “But even given the vital gains made in drug therapies and understanding of the disease over nearly 40 years, it is not an easy undertaking.”

“The reason we have an AIDS epidemic is not just for a lack of the medication,” Dr. Kenneth Mayer, medical research director at the Boston LGBT health center Fenway Institute, told Kaiser’s Carmen Heredia Rodriguez. “There are a lot of social, structural, individual behavioral factors that may impact why people become infected, may impact if people who are infected engage in care and may impact or affect people who are at high risk of HIV.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who provided details of the initiative after Trump’s announcement, said the administration will target viral hot spots by providing local groups more resources, using data to track the spread of the disease and creating local task forces to bolster prevention and treatment.

At the time, neither Azar nor other federal officials who briefed reporters offered cost estimates for the program.

Azar said the plan seeks to reduce new infections by 75% in the next five years and 90% in the next decade.

Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland are among 57 jurisdictions targeted under a plan the president unveiled in his State of the Union address in January to cut new HIV infection by 75% in five years and by 90% in 10 years. The president proposed spending $291 million to kick off the initiative.

Dr. Robert Redfield, who Trump appointed as director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was in Cincinnati on Thursday before Trump’s campaign rally and got an update on the HIV program locally along with Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio’s director of health.

Pushing up new HIV infections, particularly in the Cincinnati area, has been the epidemic in needle-drug use. Gay and bisexual men of color between 25 and 34 are at highest risk.

Redfield said the prevention initiative will rest on reducing the stigma of getting tested for HIV, providing medication that can prevent those at high risk from getting infected and organizing syringe exchanges. Needle addicts can spread HIV by sharing dirty needles.

Health officials must tackle the problem of communicating with young people, Redfield said, noting he usually only gets a response from his adult children when he texts them.

“We have the tools to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic in our hands today without a vaccine” with pre-exposure medication and syringe exchanges, Redfield said. “Not only can we do this, we have no intention of not succeeding.”

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Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Travel Independently – TIME

August 1st, 2019

Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Travel Independently | Time

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‘It’s been blown out of proportion’: Online speculation causing havoc in manhunt for B.C. fugitives – National Post

August 1st, 2019

Social media is creating havoc for police in the massive cross-Canada manhunt for teenage murder suspects Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18.

Online speculation that the pair has crossed into Ontario from Manitoba has led to a host of calls to police reporting possible sightings in nine different towns in the province, including at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Timmins.

While police are encouraging people to continue calling in anything suspicious, Acting Sgt. Shona Camirand with the Ontario Provincial Police in North Bay said social media users are taking things too far.

“I got a call saying, ‘How come there’s helicopters?’ Well, there is no helicopters, and there’s other reports on social media that someone had been shot and it’s just been blown out of proportion,” she said.

We’re following up on every call because, we’re the police, it’s our job

Residents across the province are on high alert, dialling 911 in a frantic race to be the ones who help catch the triple murder suspects from Vancouver Island whose last confirmed location was in Gillam, Man., 10 days ago.

But with no trace of the fugitives since then, paranoia about the duo crossing provincial borders into Ontario has merged with the age of social media, leading to mass speculation online that has dominated police calls during the past 24 hours.

Marc Depatie, a communications co-ordinator with the Timmins Police Service, said a man believed he saw the fugitives at a Tim Hortons near the town centre on Wednesday.

“They called it in at 9:30 the next morning — 16 hours after the fact,” Depatie said.

Teen fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod in undated CCTV images taken in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.

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Officers are working with the store’s owner to review surveillance footage to confirm if the individuals spotted were the two teenagers who have been the target of a nationwide manhunt since July 23.

Depatie said they had also received other calls, all of which were forwarded to the OPP.

Camirand said callers claim to have seen the fugitives in at least eight other Ontario towns including Kapuskasing, North Bay, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Cochrane, Sault Ste. Marie, West Nipissing and Wawa.

“We got a call in Kapuskasing and got a call at the same time from Sudbury,” she said. “Last night, we got a call in Cochrane and they turned out to be tree planters.”

“When we look at common sense, how far from Gillam to Kapuskasing … if they’re in a vehicle, they’re going to have to stop, they’re going to need gas,” Camirand said.

“The north-west region is a big place so to get through to the north-east region without getting caught, I can’t say where they are because no one knows.”

Despite receiving dozens of tips, Camirand said there was nothing new to report and no confirmed sightings in Ontario.

“This is all stemming from one post from someone who listens to the police scanners,” she added.

That post was about a suspicious vehicle driving through a construction zone on Highway 11 in Kapuskasing on Wednesday morning. It was first shared on Facebook, before being picked up by community groups online and eventually being reported to police.

The OPP have not confirmed the identity of the people in the vehicle or the validity of the report.

“Anytime people are seeing two scruffy males together, we’re getting a call — which is fine,” she said. “We’re following up on every call because, we’re the police, it’s our job.”

The case has sparked the creation of Facebook groups theorizing the suspects’ next moves while also prompting online trolls to emerge, teasing police and encouraging the teens to keep evading search efforts.

“My dear friends are smarter than you think. They’re always one step ahead of you all,” read one post from a Thomasabrahamutoyo, who appeared to be tweeting from overseas.

I can’t say where they are because no one knows

Depatie, the Timmins dispatch co-ordinator, said the public needs to be careful with what they see online.

“That’s the speculative aspect of social media that allows for misinformation to be forwarded,” he said.

“The public should only be concerned with what comes from accredited news sources or a policing agency, anything other than that should be greeted with healthy skepticism.”

Depatie said officers were being briefed about McLeod and Schmegelsky at the start and end of every day.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Police Chief Hugh Stevenson did not confirm any investigation provoked by reports, but wrote in a statement to the National Post that officers are in “constant communication with the local OPP and RCMP detachments” and had “operational plans in place to collaborate with our law enforcement partners if they were to come into our community and participate in apprehending the suspects.”

Murder victims: Chynna Deese, 24, and Lucas Fowler, 23; and Leonard Dyck, 64.


Police say McLeod and Schmegelsky are suspected in the death of Leonard Dyck, a 64-year-old University of British Columbia professor, whose body was found at Dease Lake, B.C., July 19.

They may also be connected to the deaths of Australian tourist Lucas Fowler, 23, and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, 24, who were found dead on the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.

Regardless of where the suspects may be, police say the process is simple — don’t post tips to social media and call the police directly.

“Information is the lifeblood of any investigation,” Depatie said. “Anything that seems modestly suspicious should be reported so it can be investigated and its validity can be determined.”

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[Hands On] The Perfect Companion for Active Life, 24 Hours with the Galaxy Watch Active – Samsung Newsroom

August 1st, 2019