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GOP freezes Twitter spending to protest locking of McConnell’s account – Global News

August 8th, 2019

The Republican Party, the Trump campaign and other GOP organizations said Thursday that they are freezing their spending on Twitter to protest the platform’s treatment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Twitter temporarily locked McConnell’s campaign account Wednesday after it shared a video in which some protesters spoke of violence outside his Kentucky home, where he is recovering from a shoulder fracture.

The social media platform said in a statement that users were locked out temporarily due to a tweet “that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.” The statement did not indicate exactly how long the account was frozen, saying only that it was temporary. The account was active Thursday, but no longer contained the tweet.

The Courier-Journal reported one protester said McConnell should have broken his neck instead of fracturing his shoulder; another spoke of violence when responding to a reference about a hypothetical McConnell voodoo doll.

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In an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WHAS, McConnell said the decision to ban his campaign account was indicative of the “left-wing tilt of these big companies,” which he said suppress speech on social media they don’t agree with but did nothing when people were calling him “Massacre Mitch.”

Some Twitter users applied that label to the senator for blocking consideration of House legislation imposing new regulations on guns. McConnell called the label “obviously an invitation to violence.”

Twitter and other social media companies say they have no political bias.

READ MORE: Trump criticizes tech firms at White House’s conservative social media summit

National Republican Congressional Committee Executive Director Parker Hamilton Poling said her organization was halting Twitter spending “until they correct their inexcusable targeting of @Team Mitch.”

“We will stand firmly with our friends against anti-conservative bias,” Poling said.

The national Republican Party and U.S. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign had projected spending $300,000 to $500,000 this month on Twitter, according to one GOP official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the plans.

WATCH: Facebook denies it censors conservative news

The GOP’s criticism of Twitter comes as Trump and McConnell are being pressured to endorse gun control measures after last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead.

Trump’s denigration of minorities and immigrants has prompted many to blame him for contributing to an anti-immigrant atmosphere.

McConnell has long led Republican efforts in the Senate to stifle gun control proposals and has resisted Democrats’ cries to interrupt Congress’ recess and approve new restrictions.

On Thursday he told the Louisville radio station that when lawmakers return next month, he wants them to consider expanded background checks and other legislation that would help authorities take guns from people considered dangerous.

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Retired senior Mountie says answers could still come in B.C. homicides – CBC News

August 8th, 2019

Investigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern British Columbia even though two suspects in the case are believed to be dead, says a former RCMP assistant commissioner.

The manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.

Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed.

Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said it will be hard, but there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive.

“At least one of the individuals seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games,” he said. “His father has spoken publicly about what he believed would happen — death, suicide, going out in a blaze of glory.

“That all goes to motive.”

Former RCMP assistant commissioner Peter German says police should be able to provide some answers to the families of the B.C. homicide victims and the public. (Chad Hipolito/CBC)

McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the killings of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver, and American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. The bodies of the three were found in mid-July near highways in northern B.C.

Police initially treated McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons when their charred vehicle was found not far from Dyck’s body. The pair had told family and friends they were leaving home to find work.

But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games. One account showed Schmegelsky was a frequent player of a shooting game called Russia Battlegrounds, and both young men’s Facebook pages were connected to an account with a modified Soviet flag as its icon.

RCMP also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia sent to another user by Schmegelsky, who was also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.

During the manhunt, Alan Schmegelsky told The Canadian Press that his son had a troubled upbringing and the father said he expected the young men wanted “to go out in a blaze of glory.”

German said investigators will look at the suspects’ social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.

“It’s surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find.”

The tougher problem, he said, will be determining why the suspects did what they did in the sequence they did.

RCMP load one of the two bodies found near Gillam, Man., onto a plane bound for Winnipeg on Wednesday night. (CBC)

It may also be difficult to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said.

“Did they have some sort of a plan that flowed from a video game that they end up in northern Manitoba? What was the next step for them?”

The autopsies, which are being done in Winnipeg, could provide some answers about when and how they died.

German said the work in Manitoba will be complete once those results are available and officers are finished collecting any remaining evidence there, and police in B.C. will continue the investigation.

Two bodies, thought to be McLeod and Schmegelsky, were found near the Nelson River in northern Manitoba on Wednesday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

“At the end of the day, they will I’m sure provide some sort of a briefing to the public and certainly to the families to inform them of what has taken place.”

Sam Johnson said he hopes there are answers for the three families.

The southern Alberta resident is still waiting for answers after his ex-wife, Jane Johnson, and eight-year-old daughter, Cathryn, were found dead in their Turner Valley home in 1996. It was initially believed they died from smoke inhalation, but an autopsy revealed Jane, who was pregnant, had been stabbed to death.

No one has been charged in the case.

“Obviously I’d like to know why and, of course, you’d like to see the people punished.”

After experiencing so much grief, he said, it’s important for families to get some justice.

“I feel horrible for the relatives of the victims [in B.C.] … it’s senseless violence with no reason,” said Johnson.

“Somebody should pay when they affect your life that badly and that dramatically.”

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Vodafone Qatar announces pre-order for Samsung Galaxy Note10 – MENAFN.COM

August 8th, 2019

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Vodafone Qatar on Thursday said the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note10 will be available to pre-order at select Vodafone Stores and online until August 20. Stocks are limited and pre-orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis, Vodafone Qatar said.

Galaxy Note10 allows users to utilise state-of-the-art tools to capture stunning video and photos—allowing their channels, stories and posts to stand out and make an impact.

A new-and-improved version of the S Pen is also packed into the Galaxy Note 10, building on the Bluetooth low energy-enabled S Pen capabilities with ‘Air Actions’, allowing users to control certain aspects of the device using different gestures with the S Pen. With an almost bezel-less edge-to-edge display and a small, centered cut-out for the front camera, intuitive UI, and gorgeous colour choices, Galaxy Note10’s attention to detail leads to a more beautiful device and more immersive experience. In addition to that, a powerful battery, advanced hardware, and gaming-optimised features come together to help users perform at their best.

Additionally, the Galaxy Note10+ lasts through the day with just 30 minutes of charge. It also comes with 256GB and 512GB of built-in storage, with the ability to add an additional 1TB of external storage. Other ground-breaking capabilities include an expanded Samsung DeX, and partner integrations such as Microsoft all offer productivity solutions which make it easier for users to accomplish their goals.

For the first time ever, the Galaxy Note comes in two sizes, so consumers can choose the device that’s best for them. While the Galaxy Note10 packs a 6.3-inch display combining the power of the S Pen and ultimate productivity in a compact form factor, the Galaxy Note10+ features the biggest Note display ever with a 6.8-inch display on a device that’s still easy to hold and use.

‘Vodafone Qatar is committed to continuing to introduce innovative solutions that suit all our customers’ communication needs and takes their connectivity to the next level. Our association with devices that are categorised by revolutionary technology features such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 further reaffirms this commitment, said Shavkat Berdiev, chief business unit director, Vodafone Qatar.

Tarek Sabbagh, head (IT & Mobile -IM) Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics said, ‘Galaxy Note has always been the power device for power users enabling millions of people all around the world to pursue new passions, be more productive, and unleash their creativity. We are excited to build on this legacy with the next level power Galaxy Note10 that can do it all and help users obtain their goals.

Vodafone Qatar customers pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy Note10 will also receive a 20% discount for six months when subscribing to any Vodafone Red plan, and additional 24GB of free data and a 35% discount on Clear Coat protection.

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Blackmagic announces Pocket Cinema Camera 6K – Circuit Breaker

August 8th, 2019

Canada, U.S. warn on Hong Kong travel amid continued protests – The Globe and Mail

August 8th, 2019

Protesters amid tear gas fired by police during clashes in Hong Kong, on July 27, 2019.

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Canada is advising anyone planning to travel to Hong Kong to exercise a high degree of caution, citing demonstrations and potential violence in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Increasing violent incidents stemming from mass demonstrations in Hong Kong have already prompted Australia and the United States to make similar recommendations this week.

“Clashes between security forces and demonstrators have taken place,” reads Canada’s travel advisory, updated Thursday afternoon. “Police have often reacted more swiftly and severely to unauthorized protests. There have also been random attacks on demonstrators by their opponents.”

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The statement also says demonstrations could take place with little or no notice and they can quickly spread to surrounding areas, including those frequented by tourists.

The protests were sparked two months ago by proposed extradition legislation that could have seen suspects sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair trials.

But the demonstrations have since morphed into calls for broader democratic reforms in the former British colony, along with the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and investigations into alleged police abuse of force.

Hong Kong police say 589 people have been arrested in the protests since June 9, ranging in age from 13 to 76. They face charges including rioting, which allows for prison terms of up to 10 years.

Senior security officials in the region told Reuters on Thursday the police commander who oversaw pro-democracy demonstrations that roiled Hong Kong in 2014 has been recalled from retirement to help deal with the protests. Former deputy police commissioner Alan Lau Yip-shing planned to meet top-level ground commanders on Friday.

On Wednesday, the head of Beijing’s cabinet office responsible for the territory said Hong Kong was facing its “most severe situation” since its handover from British rule in 1997 and the central government was considering further measures.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson on Thursday called China a “thuggish regime” for disclosing the photographs and personal details of a U.S. diplomat who met with student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

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Even before the federal government issued its caution, some Canadians who’ve been planning to travel to Hong Kong have had a second thoughts because of the worsening situation in the territory.

“The street scenes in Hong Kong were terrible. There were confrontations everywhere,” said Bill Chu, who has abandoned the idea of travelling to Hong Kong to visit his family after seeing media coverage of the protests.

He said he decided not to travel after watching news about a general strike in the city that caused traffic disruption and airport chaos, and after seeing a map that showed protests happening in several districts across the special administrative region.

“At this point, I would not advise people to go to Hong Kong,” he said. “The rule of law seems to be absent and the police are not reliable any more.”

Markham, Ont., resident Mimi Lee had been organizing a group of Hong Kong Canadians to push Ottawa to issue a travel advisory. She said the federal government’s response Thursday was too slow.

Ms. Lee, who has family in Hong Kong, said travellers to the territory can’t rely on police to keep them safe. Hong Kong police have been accused of negligence after a mob targeted demonstrators that injured more than 40 people last month, and been criticized for firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters.

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“How are you going to be able to find help if anything happens if you cannot trust the police? Isn’t it a big issue there?” said Ms. Lee, who has organized several campaigns to support demonstrations in Hong Kong.

The territory’s crucial travel industry has suffered as tourists put off their visits, with Ireland, Britain and Japan having also issued similar travel advisories to their citizens.

The central government in Beijing so far has not overtly intervened in the situation. However, in editorials and public remarks, it has condemned demonstrators and protest organizers as criminals, clowns and “violent radicals” and alleged that they have been inflamed by politicians from the U.S., Taiwan and elsewhere.

Hong Kong was returned to China under the framework of “one country, two systems,” which promised the city political, civil and economic freedoms not allowed under Communist Party rule on the mainland. However, many Hong Kong residents feel Beijing has been increasingly encroaching on their freedoms.

Pro-democracy protesters said Thursday they plan to hold a demonstration at Hong Kong’s international airport over the weekend, along with marches elsewhere in the territory.

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Retired senior Mountie says answers could still come in BC homicides – CBC News

August 8th, 2019

Investigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern British Columbia even though two suspects in the case are believed to be dead, says a former RCMP assistant commissioner.

The manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.

Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed.

Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said it will be hard, but there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive.

“At least one of the individuals seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games,” he said. “His father has spoken publicly about what he believed would happen — death, suicide, going out in a blaze of glory.

“That all goes to motive.”

Former RCMP assistant commissioner Peter German says police should be able to provide some answers to the families of the B.C. homicide victims and the public. (Chad Hipolito/CBC)

McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the killings of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver, and American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. The bodies of the three were found in mid-July near highways in northern B.C.

Police initially treated McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons when their charred vehicle was found not far from Dyck’s body. The pair had told family and friends they were leaving home to find work.

But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games. One account showed Schmegelsky was a frequent player of a shooting game called Russia Battlegrounds, and both young men’s Facebook pages were connected to an account with a modified Soviet flag as its icon.

RCMP also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia sent to another user by Schmegelsky, who was also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.

During the manhunt, Alan Schmegelsky told The Canadian Press that his son had a troubled upbringing and the father said he expected the young men wanted “to go out in a blaze of glory.”

German said investigators will look at the suspects’ social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.

“It’s surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find.”

The tougher problem, he said, will be determining why the suspects did what they did in the sequence they did.

RCMP load one of the two bodies found near Gillam, Man., onto a plane bound for Winnipeg on Wednesday night. (CBC)

It may also be difficult to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said.

“Did they have some sort of a plan that flowed from a video game that they end up in northern Manitoba? What was the next step for them?”

The autopsies, which are being done in Winnipeg, could provide some answers about when and how they died.

German said the work in Manitoba will be complete once those results are available and officers are finished collecting any remaining evidence there, and police in B.C. will continue the investigation.

Two bodies, thought to be McLeod and Schmegelsky, were found near the Nelson River in northern Manitoba on Wednesday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

“At the end of the day, they will I’m sure provide some sort of a briefing to the public and certainly to the families to inform them of what has taken place.”

Sam Johnson said he hopes there are answers for the three families.

The southern Alberta resident is still waiting for answers after his ex-wife, Jane Johnson, and eight-year-old daughter, Cathryn, were found dead in their Turner Valley home in 1996. It was initially believed they died from smoke inhalation, but an autopsy revealed Jane, who was pregnant, had been stabbed to death.

No one has been charged in the case.

“Obviously I’d like to know why and, of course, you’d like to see the people punished.”

After experiencing so much grief, he said, it’s important for families to get some justice.

“I feel horrible for the relatives of the victims [in B.C.] … it’s senseless violence with no reason,” said Johnson.

“Somebody should pay when they affect your life that badly and that dramatically.”

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New Retired senior Mountie says answers could still come in B.C. homicides Colette Derworiz August 9 – CBC News

August 8th, 2019

Investigators should be able to provide some answers about three homicides in northern British Columbia even though two suspects in the case are believed to be dead, says a former RCMP assistant commissioner.

The manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, from Port Alberni, B.C., ended Wednesday when two bodies were found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.

Mounties have said it could be difficult to determine a motive if the suspects can’t be interviewed.

Peter German, who retired from the RCMP in 2012, said it will be hard, but there is already some key evidence available that speaks to motive.

“At least one of the individuals seemed to be highly influenced by violent video games,” he said. “His father has spoken publicly about what he believed would happen — death, suicide, going out in a blaze of glory.

“That all goes to motive.”

Former RCMP assistant commissioner Peter German says police should be able to provide some answers to the families of the B.C. homicide victims and the public. (Chad Hipolito/CBC)

McLeod and Schmegelsky were suspects in the killings of Leonard Dyck, a university lecturer from Vancouver, and American tourist Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler. The bodies of the three were found in mid-July near highways in northern B.C.

Police initially treated McLeod and Schmegelsky as missing persons when their charred vehicle was found not far from Dyck’s body. The pair had told family and friends they were leaving home to find work.

But investigators later deemed them to be suspects and details surfaced about their use of video games. One account showed Schmegelsky was a frequent player of a shooting game called Russia Battlegrounds, and both young men’s Facebook pages were connected to an account with a modified Soviet flag as its icon.

RCMP also said they were investigating a photograph of Nazi paraphernalia sent to another user by Schmegelsky, who was also pictured in military fatigues brandishing an airsoft rifle and wearing a gas mask.

During the manhunt, Alan Schmegelsky told The Canadian Press that his son had a troubled upbringing and the father said he expected the young men wanted “to go out in a blaze of glory.”

German said investigators will look at the suspects’ social media accounts, any written documents and communication with family and friends.

“It’s surprising in this day and age with social media what you can find.”

The tougher problem, he said, will be determining why the suspects did what they did in the sequence they did.

RCMP load one of the two bodies found near Gillam, Man., onto a plane bound for Winnipeg on Wednesday night. (CBC)

It may also be difficult to determine why they ended up in Gillam, he said.

“Did they have some sort of a plan that flowed from a video game that they end up in northern Manitoba? What was the next step for them?”

The autopsies, which are being done in Winnipeg, could provide some answers about when and how they died.

German said the work in Manitoba will be complete once those results are available and officers are finished collecting any remaining evidence there, and police in B.C. will continue the investigation.

Two bodies, thought to be McLeod and Schmegelsky, were found near the Nelson River in northern Manitoba on Wednesday. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

“At the end of the day, they will I’m sure provide some sort of a briefing to the public and certainly to the families to inform them of what has taken place.”

Sam Johnson said he hopes there are answers for the three families.

The southern Alberta resident is still waiting for answers after his ex-wife, Jane Johnson, and eight-year-old daughter, Cathryn, were found dead in their Turner Valley home in 1996. It was initially believed they died from smoke inhalation, but an autopsy revealed Jane, who was pregnant, had been stabbed to death.

No one has been charged in the case.

“Obviously I’d like to know why and, of course, you’d like to see the people punished.”

After experiencing so much grief, he said, it’s important for families to get some justice.

“I feel horrible for the relatives of the victims [in B.C.] … it’s senseless violence with no reason,” said Johnson.

“Somebody should pay when they affect your life that badly and that dramatically.”

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Apple to Pay Up to $1M for Researchers to Find iPhone and Now Mac Security Flaws – iPhone in Canada

August 8th, 2019

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Apple debuted its bug bounty program back in 2016, offering security researchers up to $200,000 USD to find iOS security flaws. The program has since lagged behind other companies and today Apple announced significant changes, which should help benefit its users.

According to TechCrunch, Apple made the announcements at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, today. The bug bounty program will now pay for exploits found on macOS, tvOS and watchOS, joining iOS.

Essentially, if you find a security vulnerability and report it to Apple and the company fixes it, you’ll get paid.

Apple head of security engineering and architecture Ivan Kristic announced the new program, expected to fix flaws on Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch, joining iPhone and iPad.

Patrick Wardle, the principle security researcher at Jamf, told TechCrunch this was a win for Apple users.

“Granted, they hired many incredible talented researchers and security professionals — but still never really had a transparent mutually beneficial relationship with external independent researchers,” said Wardle.

Apple also explained the bug bounty program will expand to all researchers later this year, while the bounty payout per exploit will increase five-fold to $1 million USD from $200,000. This huge payout would be only for exploits where hackers would be able to gain control of a user’s phone just by obtaining their phone number.

For researchers who find an exploit in beta versions of Apple’s software and reported before a final release, they can also qualify for a 50% bonus payout within the designated vulnerability category.

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Kingston adult infected with Jamestown Canyon, Powassan viruses – WMUR Manchester

August 8th, 2019

New Hampshire health officials announced Thursday that an adult from Kingston has tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus and Powassan virus.Jamestown Canyon virus is spread by infected mosquitoes. Most cases are mild, but it can result in moderate to severe impacts to the nervous system.>> Download the FREE WMUR appInfected ticks, meanwhile, spread Powassan virus. Symptoms are mild for most people, but it can cause potentially deadly brain inflammation.>> Fact sheets from NH DHHS: Powassan virus (.pdf) | Jamestown Canyon virus (.pdf)”From spring until fall, New Hampshire residents and visitors are at risk for a number of different infections from the bite of mosquitoes and ticks, and this case highlights the risk from both,” Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist, said in a statement. “In addition to Jamestown Canyon virus and Powassan virus, there are a number of other viral and bacterial infections that can be transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks in New Hampshire, and we recommend that residents and visitors continue to take basic steps to prevent mosquito and tick bites in order to stay healthy.”Officials said the adult had no recent travel outside of New Hampshire but has spent a great amount of time outdoors. Including Thursday’s announced cases, there have been seven cases of Jamestown Canyon virus and four cases of Powassan virus in New Hampshire since 2013.Raw video: Dr. Chan discusses what the viruses are and how they can be prevented:

New Hampshire health officials announced Thursday that an adult from Kingston has tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus and Powassan virus.

Jamestown Canyon virus is spread by infected mosquitoes. Most cases are mild, but it can result in moderate to severe impacts to the nervous system.

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Infected ticks, meanwhile, spread Powassan virus. Symptoms are mild for most people, but it can cause potentially deadly brain inflammation.

>> Fact sheets from NH DHHS: Powassan virus (.pdf) | Jamestown Canyon virus (.pdf)

“From spring until fall, New Hampshire residents and visitors are at risk for a number of different infections from the bite of mosquitoes and ticks, and this case highlights the risk from both,” Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist, said in a statement. “In addition to Jamestown Canyon virus and Powassan virus, there are a number of other viral and bacterial infections that can be transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks in New Hampshire, and we recommend that residents and visitors continue to take basic steps to prevent mosquito and tick bites in order to stay healthy.”

Officials said the adult had no recent travel outside of New Hampshire but has spent a great amount of time outdoors.

Including Thursday’s announced cases, there have been seven cases of Jamestown Canyon virus and four cases of Powassan virus in New Hampshire since 2013.

Raw video: Dr. Chan discusses what the viruses are and how they can be prevented:

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ESPN delaying Apex Legends broadcast until October in the wake of El Paso and Dayton mass shootings – Awful Announcing

August 8th, 2019