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RCMP call in dive team to search for BC fugitives near Gillam – Chilliwack Progress

August 3rd, 2019

The Manitoba RCMP have called in an underwater recovery team to search a river near Gillam for two BC fugitives wanted in connection with three homicides in northern B.C.

To assist in the ongoing search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky of Port Alberni—the two suspects wanted in connection to homicides in B.C.—the Manitoba RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team (URT) will be arriving in Gillam tonight (Saturday, Aug. 3).

Divers will begin to search a section of the Nelson River outside of Gillam on Sunday, Aug. 4. RCMP did not release details on why the team has been called to this particular site.

Media will not have access to the dive area nor to the divers, who have specialized training and access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.

No further specific information will be provided on the deployment of the URT to the area, according to an RCMP spokesperson.

READ: Military pulls back, RCMP ‘scales down’ manhunt for B.C. murder suspects

McLeod and Schmegelsky were last sighted near Gillam, MB on July 22. Despite multiple law enforcement and military resources searching 11,000 square kilometres near Gillam and York Landing, where there was an unconfirmed sighting in a nearby landfill, the pair have eluded police.

The pair are charged with second degree murder in the death of University of BC professor Leonard Dyck south of DeaseLake and wanted in relation with the deaths of international tourists Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese 12 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.

RELATED: Manitoba manhunt shows lack of resources for missing Indigenous women: advocates

The Canadian military pulled out of the manhunt in northern Manitoba on July 31, when RCMP scaled down the search. Although the majority of specialized RCMP and RCAF personnel and assets were withdrawn, a number of tactical resources and ‘specialized assets’ remained in the Gillam area, Manitoba RCMP assistant commissioner Jane MacLatchy said.



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How to delete Apple’s Siri search history from iPhones – Gadgets Now

August 3rd, 2019

First FAA-approved beyond-line-of-sight drone flies in the US – Engadget

August 3rd, 2019

First FAA-approved beyond-line-of-sight drone flies in the US  Engadget

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has successfully conducted the first beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone flight in the US that’s been approved by the …

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Iranian-born Canadian resident returns after 11 years in notorious prison in Tehran – The Globe and Mail

August 3rd, 2019

Saeed Malekpour, left, poses for a photo with his sister Maryam Malekpour in a Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

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An Iranian-born Canadian resident has returned to British Columbia after being imprisoned and allegedly tortured in his home country for 11 years.

Saeed Malekpour arrived at Vancouver International Airport on Friday evening, having escaped an ongoing prison term in Tehran, said a professor who has been involved in his case for years.

Now 44, Malekpour was a web programmer living with his wife in Victoria, B.C. He was taken into custody after travelling back to Iran in 2008 to visit his ailing father. He was soon arrested by members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as part of a crackdown on online activities deemed “immoral” or “un-Islamic,” according to Amnesty International.

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Malekpour’s escape from Iran was spearheaded by his sister Maryam Malekpour and made possible with the help of Canadian officials, said Payam Akhavan, a McGill professor and a senior fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

“It was heartbreaking to realize that these siblings hadn’t seen each other for a decade, and to imagine all the suffering and loss. But at the same time, it was a demonstration of the astonishing resilience of the human spirit,” Akhavan said, describing a video of the siblings embracing.

Malekpour’s return to Canada was not sanctioned by the Iranian government and his family and lawyers in Iran knew nothing of the plan, Akhavan said.

“He was temporarily released from prison in Iran following pressure from United Nations human rights bodies, and he was to report to the prison authorities again. But instead he left the country and came to Canada through a third country.”

Arrangements were made to get Malekpour out of Iran within 48 hours of his release on furlough, and Canadian authorities quickly reinstated his status as a permanent resident so he could board a flight to Vancouver, said Akhavan.

Malekpour was held at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where he has said he was beaten, held in solitary confinement, tortured with electric shocks and threatened with sexual violence.

In a 2010 letter detailing his experiences during pre-trial detainment, Malekpour wrote that interrogators forced him to confess to creating software that was used to post pornographic photos.

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Malekpour has maintained that the software was open source and that he was unaware of its use on other websites.

Initially, Malekpour was sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth” in relation to the software, and in 2012 his sentence was commuted to life in prison.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada acknowledged Malekpour’s return, but offered few other details.

“Canada welcomes the news that Saeed Malekpour has been reunited with his family in Canada,” the statement reads. “We have advocated for Mr. Malekpour’s release and are pleased that he is now in Canada.”

The department did not comment further, citing privacy considerations.

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Iranian-born Canadian resident returns after 11 years in notorious prison – The Globe and Mail

August 3rd, 2019

Saeed Malekpour, left, poses for a photo with his sister Maryam Malekpour in a Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.

Kimberley Motley/The Canadian Press

An Iranian-born Canadian resident has returned to British Columbia after being imprisoned and allegedly tortured in his home country for 11 years.

Saeed Malekpour arrived at Vancouver International Airport on Friday evening, having escaped an ongoing prison term in Tehran, said a professor who has been involved in his case for years.

Now 44, Malekpour was a web programmer living with his wife in Victoria, B.C. He was taken into custody after travelling back to Iran in 2008 to visit his ailing father. He was soon arrested by members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as part of a crackdown on online activities deemed “immoral” or “un-Islamic,” according to Amnesty International.

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Malekpour’s escape from Iran was spearheaded by his sister Maryam Malekpour and made possible with the help of Canadian officials, said Payam Akhavan, a McGill professor and a senior fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

“It was heartbreaking to realize that these siblings hadn’t seen each other for a decade, and to imagine all the suffering and loss. But at the same time, it was a demonstration of the astonishing resilience of the human spirit,” Akhavan said, describing a video of the siblings embracing.

Malekpour’s return to Canada was not sanctioned by the Iranian government and his family and lawyers in Iran knew nothing of the plan, Akhavan said.

“He was temporarily released from prison in Iran following pressure from United Nations human rights bodies, and he was to report to the prison authorities again. But instead he left the country and came to Canada through a third country.”

Arrangements were made to get Malekpour out of Iran within 48 hours of his release on furlough, and Canadian authorities quickly reinstated his status as a permanent resident so he could board a flight to Vancouver, said Akhavan.

Malekpour was held at Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where he has said he was beaten, held in solitary confinement, tortured with electric shocks and threatened with sexual violence.

In a 2010 letter detailing his experiences during pre-trial detainment, Malekpour wrote that interrogators forced him to confess to creating software that was used to post pornographic photos.

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Malekpour has maintained that the software was open source and that he was unaware of its use on other websites.

Initially, Malekpour was sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth” in relation to the software, and in 2012 his sentence was commuted to life in prison.

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada acknowledged Malekpour’s return, but offered few other details.

“Canada welcomes the news that Saeed Malekpour has been reunited with his family in Canada,” the statement reads. “We have advocated for Mr. Malekpour’s release and are pleased that he is now in Canada.”

The department did not comment further, citing privacy considerations.

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Blink 182 Postpone Sunday’s Concert In El Paso After Shooting – klaq.com

August 3rd, 2019

After the horrific events on Saturday in El Paso, the group has decided to postpone their concert Sunday at the Don Haskins Center until a later date. The Sun City has been reeling after the morning’s events at the Walmart in El Paso where at least 20 people lost their lives and more than two dozen others were injured. Many events in El Paso were canceled for Saturday and many businesses in the city decided to close out of respect for the victims and their families. This may continue on for the rest of the weekend, and we do know one event for Sunday that has indeed been canceled.

Blink 182 has decided to cancel their concert for Sunday evening at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. Here is the statement from the UTEP Office of Special Events:

The band has also confirmed through their Twitter account that they would not be performing:

was already in town when the shooting began in El Paso. Blink 182 bassist Mark Hoppus was live tweeting from his hotel room after the band was heading to the Cielo Vista Mall and got word of a shooting happening across from their hotel:

Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and their families, as well as the first responders on scene for this tragic event.

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VW’s electric ID.R racer smashed a Nürburgring efficiency record – Engadget

August 3rd, 2019

VW’s electric ID.R racer smashed a Nürburgring efficiency record  Engadget

VW’s ID.R wasn’t just running laps around the Nürburgring in June to set electric performance records. The automaker has confirmed that the EV also set an…

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Spencer Pratt Says He Felt Brody Jenner Needed His Help With Marriage – E! NEWS

August 3rd, 2019

Spencer Pratt and his crystal ball were on to something.

On Friday, news broke that Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter decided to call it quits for good. Making things even more shocking about their split, a source told E! News the two weren’t technically married during their June 2018 ceremony in Indonesia. “Kaitlynn pressured Brody into marriage, although it was never legal,” our insider shared.

Now, Spencer Pratt and his wife Heidi Montag are opening up about their The Hills: New Beginnings co-stars and their tumultuous relationship. Speaking on their Make Speidi Famous Again podcast, the crystal aficionado recalls feeling like Brody needed his help with his marriage.

“I’m not surprised,” Pratt said of co-stars’ break up. “I feel like I said it, maybe it hasn’t aired yet, but that he almost was like a hostage. It felt like he was trying to tell me, ‘Get me out. Get me out.'”

Pratt feels like fans of The Hills will get to see the “real Brody” in Season 2. “I kept saying this season [of The Hills] it comes off like, ‘He’s just not partying,’ [but] I think Season 2, we’re gonna get to see real Brody and the show is going to be freakin’ incredible.”

He continued, “[Brody]’s way more fun, he’s way less intense. I hope we get to see relaxed Brody, having fun.”

Brody Jenner, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt

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And while Spencer is excited to have his old partner in crime back, Heidi pointed out how “fascinating” it was that both Kaitlynn and Brody threw “digs” at them this past season of the MTV reality series.

“It’s fascinating that I felt like they tried to say digs at us about marriage and certain things on the show. We’ve been together for almost 13 years, we’ve been through multiple reality TV shows and you’re being weird about us,” Montag said. “We’re not trying to say anything about your relationship.”

Brody Jenner, Kaitlynn Carter, Sundance

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During this season of The Hills, fans have seen Brody and Kaitlynn get into heated discussions. In fact, the two fought in the first episode of the MTV reality series.

After coming home late, the two got into it and viewers learned the 35-year-old star slept in his car. Of the incident, he called his wife a “psychopath” and “nightmare.” 

Moreover, the two seemed to be on different pages when it came to having kids. “While I don’t have kids,” Brody said in a confessional on the show, “I’m gonna pretty much do what I wanna do and live for myself, as opposed to live for another human being. I think that’s why she wants kids, she wants me to change in that way.”

The pair also fought after Brody revealed they were in an “open relationship,” something the blonde beauty seemed hesitant to share in front of cameras.

Reps for the reality TV stars confirmed their breakup in a statement to E! News. “Brody Jenner & Kaitlynn Carter have decided to amicably separate. They love and respect one another, and know that this is the best decision for their relationship moving forward.”

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StockX confirms it was hacked (updated) – Engadget

August 3rd, 2019

Fossil Wear OS watch w/ 1GB RAM, Snapdragon 3100 leaks alongside official teaser – 9to5Google

August 3rd, 2019

Fossil Wear OS watch w/ 1GB RAM, Snapdragon 3100 leaks alongside official teaser  9to5Google

As we’re finding new Wear OS hardware with better performance, it seems Fossil is working on an upgrade as well. This weekend, a new Fossil Wear OS watch …

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