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New 4K HDR Honor Vision smart screen running Huawei’s HarmonyOS unveiled at HDC 19 – Buzz.ie

August 10th, 2019

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth split – CANOE

August 10th, 2019

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have split less than eight months after their Christmas wedding.

A representative for the singer has confirmed the sad news, telling E! News in a statement the stars have decided to go their separate ways.

“Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers,” the rep says, insisting the pair “still remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share, while lovingly taking this time apart.”

Miley and Liam exchanged vows at their home in Nashville, Tennessee on December 23, after dating on and off for 10 years.

The wedding took place a month after their Malibu, California, home was destroyed by the Woolsey wildfire, with Liam turning hero to save their pets as the blaze closed in on the coastal pad they shared.

Both Hemsworth and Cyrus revealed the tragedy fast-tracked the wedding plans, but Miley accepted that some people might question her decision to settle down after she confessed to being “queer.”

She told Elle magazine last month, “I think it’s very confusing to people that I’m married and I don’t know that I would ever publicly allow people in there because it’s so complex, and modern, and new that I don’t think we’re in a place where people would get it. I mean, do people really think that I’m at home in a f—ing apron, cooking dinner?

“I definitely don’t fit into a stereotypical wife role. I don’t even like that word.”

News of the couple’s break-up comes hours after Cyrus posted a photo, without her wedding ring, while vacationing in Italy. Cyrus has been holidaying with The Hills star Kaitlynn Carter, who recently split from Brody Jenner.

Miley and Liam called off their year-long engagement in 2013, but reunited and rekindled their romance in 2015.

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Hong Kong braces for fresh protests as marchers set to defy police ban – The Globe and Mail

August 10th, 2019

Residents shout at police after an arrest of a protester inside the Whampoa MTR station on August 10, 2019 in Hong Kong, China.

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Hong Kong protesters readied to take to the streets again on Sunday, defying a police ban on marches in the Chinese-controlled territory and continuing a restive weekend of demonstrations which saw police fire teargas overnight.

Anti-government protests were planned in different locations in the Asian financial hub, including one at the city’s international airport for a third day.

On Saturday, police fired volleys of teargas to disperse protesters after activists rallied across the city, with thousands occupying the airport arrivals hall.

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Increasingly violent protests have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious political crisis for decades, posing a serious challenge to the central government in Beijing who has taken an increasingly tough line on the protests.

Police said on Sunday they had arrested 16 people during the protests on Saturday for charges including unlawful assembly and possession of an offensive weapon. Authorities have arrested over 600 people since the protests began in June.

China has said the central government would not sit idly by and let the situation continue. Hong Kong’s government has also said the violence and illegal protests were pushing the city to an extremely dangerous edge.

China has also targeted the city’s corporate giants, demanding that the city’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific Airways suspend staff involved in the demonstrations.

The airline told staff on Saturday it would bar any “overly radical” employees from crewing flights to the mainland and said it had removed a pilot who was arrested at protests last week from duty.

The former British colony of Hong Kong is roiling from months of protests that began against a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China and have developed into calls for greater democracy.

Police have not given permission for Sunday’s two protests planned in the city’s working class Sham Shui Po district in Kowloon or for North Point on Hong Kong Island.

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Several leisure and public facilities have planned to close during the afternoon when the protests are expected.

Protesters have increasingly adopted flash tactics, playing a cat and mouse game with police to evade capture.

Young people have been at the forefront of recent protests, worried about the erosion of freedoms in Hong Kong, while also concerned with issues such as wealth disparities in the city.

Elderly people have also been appearing. On Saturday in two separate protests, small groups of elderly Hong Kongers and families marched near the financial centre’s business districts. Both marches and the airport protests were peaceful.

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UPDATED: Gondola cable seems to have been cut, say Squamish RCMP – Squamish Chief

August 10th, 2019

Squamish RCMP officers are investigating the downed Sea to Sky Gondola as a potentially intentional, criminal act.

“At this time, we believe the cables were cut and there’s a deliberate act of vandalism,” Insp. Kara Triance of the Sea to Sky RCMP said at a press conference at the Squamish detachment on Aug. 10. When asked if seemingly new graffiti at the scene was connected, Triance said they noticed it but it is not included in the investigation.

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“Until such time as a cause has been definitively identified, police are treating this as criminal in nature, and have not ruled out that this is a deliberate act,” Squamish RCMP Const. Ashley MacKay said at the conference. “We recognize the potential of what could have been and are thankful that no one was injured. We are currently assessing the damage, which will help us identify the cause of the incident.”

The RCMP asks anyone with information to come forward, especially if they were in the gondola or Stawamus Chief area between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Aug. 10.

“This includes hikers, climbers and campers who may have been in the area of the gondola or the Chief. Please remember that no detail is too small,” MacKay said.

Triance would not disclose if video surveillance was available.

The area has been closed and RCMP have been on scene at the gondola since around 8:45 a.m. to determine the cause of the incident. Triance said the trails in the area may have been used to access the gondola line, and hikers are asked to avoid the area, including the Sea to Summit Trail and Shannon Falls Connector Trail. Police don’t believe there is anyone in the backcountry area, accessed by the gondola, who need assistance getting out.

“We’re talking about a very large geographical area for all of our police officers to cover. So at this time, any co-operation we can get from the public to clear from that area would be helpful,” Triance said.

The inspector said it is too early to discuss suspects.

“The entire Sea to Sky Gondola has been affected,” Triance said. “There are 31 gondola cars. Approximately half of them are on the ground.”

The gondola’s general manager Kirby Brown told The Chief that between 4 and 5 a.m. Saturday morning, the overnight security workers heard a loud noise, then found the gondola was de-roped — the cable and several cabins were down on the ground, with several cabins at the top still suspended between the top four or five towers. Brown said they expect the cabins are heavily damaged.

“Certainly, early indications are that there was no environmental or maintenance mechanism that could have caused it. It points toward a conclusion that somebody interfered with the lift,” he said.

“All our efforts are focused on understanding how this happened and mobilizing our team to make sure that we investigate properly with all the appropriate authorities,” Brown said.

The RCMP is working with the Sea to Sky Gondola as well as Work Safe BC and Technical Safety BC, and MacKay said they are walking the gondola line.

Dopplemayr, a company that specializes in cables, ropes and lifts, is on the way to do repairs, Brown said.gondola down

Reached on Sunday, Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott expressed shock at the incident and support for the work of the RCMP.

“First and foremost we are incredibly thankful that no-one was injured. We are a close-knit community and I know I speak for many residents when I say that we are truly saddened by this event,” she said in an email to The Chief.

“Squamish has embraced and celebrated the Sea to Sky Gondola and all its positive impacts on the community. While it’s very difficult to comprehend the idea that this may have been done deliberately, we’re confident in the comprehensive investigative  work of the Squamish RCMP, and are being kept apprised of the situation.”

Elliott added that Squamish continues to welcome visitors from around the world.

She had a special message for the Sea to Sky Gondola employees.

“Our immediate thoughts go out to the entire team at the Sea to Sky Gondola as they respond to this reality. We understand the gondola is in the process of determining their timeline to get up and running and will be developing a plan for their staff. We have full confidence in the gondola team and will support them in any way we can as their plans become more clear. We know our community will step up where and when it needs to.”In response to the incident, Whistler Blackcomb released a statement to confirm all of its gondolas and lifts have been checked.

“A pre-operational inspection is always conducted before the lines open each morning, and this procedure was conducted today, per normal practice. Guest safety is a top priority for Whistler Blackcomb and it will continue to be vigilant in upholding its standards and practices,” spokesperson Jennifer Smith wrote in an email.

She noted Whistler Blackcomb is not affiliated with the Sea to Sky Gondola.

There is currently no estimated timeframe for repairs or when the Sea to Sky Gondola will reopen.

*This story has been updated as new information was released.

~With files from Jennifer Thuncher and Alyssa Noel/Pique Newsmagazine

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Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide sparks conspiracy theories online — including one retweeted by Trump – Toronto Star

August 10th, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracies online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fuelled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people.

Online theorists Saturday quickly offered unsubstantiated speculation — including some retweeted by President Donald Trump — that Epstein’s death wasn’t a suicide, or it was faked.

That chatter picked up on the conjecture and conspiracies that resurged after Epstein’s July 6 arrest on allegations that he orchestrated a sex-trafficking ring designed to bring him teenage girls. Some of his accusers have described being sexually abused by the wealthy financier’s friends and acquaintances.

The combination created fertile ground for theories and misinformation to breed on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Epstein, 66, had been denied bail and faced up to 45 years behind bars on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges unsealed last month. He had pleaded not guilty and was awaiting trial next year.

His relationships with President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew were at the centre of those online rumours and theories, many of which question what politicians knew about Epstein’s alleged sex crimes.

Others theories, however, have been easily debunked.

For example, days after his arrest online memes and Facebook statuses wrongly claimed the Obama administration, in order to protect former President Clinton, forged a once-secret deal in 2008 in Florida that allowed him to plead guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution to avoid more serious charges. The deal was actually executed before President Barack Obama took office, under former President George W. Bush.

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Meanwhile, a manipulated photo, shared by thousands on Twitter and Facebook, falsely claimed to show Epstein with Trump and a young Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter.

Both Clinton and Trump have denied being privy to Epstein’s alleged scheme.

Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said the former president “knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.” He said that, in 2002 and 2003, Clinton took four trips on Epstein’s plane with multiple stops and that staff and his Secret Service detail travelled on every leg.

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Trump has acknowledged knowing Epstein but said he “had a falling out with him a long time ago.”

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Other Epstein theories floating online have been darker, especially after Epstein was found injured on the floor of his cell last month with bruises on his neck. Some online commentators described it as a “murder attempt.”

“Men in high places want Epstein dead,” one Twitter use wrote.

Hours after Epstein’s death Saturday, as the hashtag #EpsteinMurder was trending worldwide on Twitter, the president joined Twitter speculation around Epstein’s death while under the federal government’s watch.

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Trump, who rose to conservative prominence by falsely claiming Obama wasn’t born in the U.S., retweeted unsubstantiated claims about Epstein’s death.

Other politicians also took to social media to question the circumstances.

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the state where some of Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse crimes took place, suggested the possibility that a criminal act was involved in Epstein’s death when he called on federal corrections officials to explain what happened at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

“The Federal Bureau of Prisons must provide answers on what systemic failures of the MCC Manhattan or criminal acts allowed this coward to deny justice to his victims,” he said in a news release.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now an attorney for Trump, tweeted out several questions about Epstein’s death.

“Who was watching? What does camera show? … Follow the motives” Giuliani tweeted Saturday afternoon.

The FBI and the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said.

“Mr. Epstein’s death raises serious questions that must be answered,” Barr said in a news release.

Epstein’s suicide was likely recorded by jail cameras, according to Preet Bharara, the former federal prosecutor in Manhattan.

“One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured,” he tweeted.

Epstein’s arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last month after coming under fire for overseeing that deal when he was U.S. attorney in Miami.

Epstein’s lawyers maintained that the new charges in New York were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn’t had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.

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Police seek witnesses to fatal accident near Lillooet Saturday – Squamish Chief

August 10th, 2019

If you were up on Duffey Road near Lillooet Saturday, Aug. 9 and saw this fatal accident, the RCMP wants to hear from you.

Police are seeking witnesses to the traffic incident on Highway 99 South (Duffey Lake Road) at about noon Saturday that involved a vehicle leaving the road and ending up in the Seton Lake BC Hydro Canal, resulting in one death. 

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There were four people in the vehicle. The three passengers were able to get out safely, but the driver died at the scene, police said in a news release. 

Witnesses to the incident are asked to call Ashcroft Central Interior Traffic Services at 250-453-2216.

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RCMP find ‘item’ possibly connected to McLeod and Schmegelsky investigation – CTV News

August 10th, 2019

GILLAM, Man. – RCMP say they’ve found an item that could be relevant to their investigation into two murder suspects whose bodies they believe they located earlier in the week.

Sgt. Paul Manaigre says in an email that six officers completed a ground search on Friday around the area on the Nelson River near Gillam where Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, are believed to have been found dead on Wednesday.

Autopsies are still being conducted in Winnipeg to confirm the identities.

Manaigre says the area of the search extended to where a burned-out vehicle the pair travelled in was dumped, about eight kilometres from where the bodies were found.

He did not say what the item found Friday was, but says it “may be of interest to the investigation” and “will have to be examined to determine its relevance.”

McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged with second-degree murder in the death of a University of British Columbia botany lecturer and were also wanted in the murder of a young tourist couple in northern B.C.

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Lady Gaga plans to fund more than 160 classroom projects in El Paso, Dayton and Gilroy – KSL.com

August 10th, 2019

CNN — Lady Gaga has been promoting messages of love and unity for a long time. Now, she’s bringing those messages to life.

The singer announced Friday that she will fully fund classroom project needs in Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; and Gilroy, California, after mass shootings in the cities in the past two weeks.

“In this moment, I want to channel my confusion, frustration, and fury into hope. Hope that we are there for each other and for ourselves,” she wrote on Facebook.

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, will be working with her Born This Way Foundation and partnering with DonorsChoose.org to fund 14 classroom projects in Dayton, 23 in Gilroy and 125 in El Paso.

She wrote that the classrooms would “now have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life.”

She went on to encourage those struggling in the tragedies’ aftermath to ask for help, while also telling people to reach out to their loved ones.

“We cannot turn away from ourselves. We cannot turn away from our loved ones. We need each other. Don’t turn away,” she wrote.

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3 people injured in helicopter crash north of Toronto – CityNews Toronto

August 10th, 2019

Three people were transported to the hospital after a helicopter crashed in a rural area north of Toronto Saturday.

The Gravenhurst Fire Department tweeted at around 6:15 p.m. Saturday they had been dispatched to an area near Cooper’s Falls, Ont. for a downed aircraft.

The OPP said a military search and rescue helicopter transported three people to a Toronto hospital.  One person had serious injuries, the other two had minor injuries.

Transport Canada has been notified of the incident, the OPP said.

Cooper’s Falls is about 162 kilometers northeast of Toronto.

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Apple is giving out a special iPhone that can lead to a $1 million reward – PhoneArena

August 10th, 2019