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World leaders pledge millions for Amazon wildfires, but experts say it’s not just about money – Global News

August 26th, 2019

At the G7 summit in France, world leaders pledged millions to help fight the raging wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, but experts say the task requires both money and political will.

The wildfires were a key topic at the Biarritza summit, which was held amid global outrage over the situation. Thousands of fires in the Amazon rainforest have been burning for several weeks.

READ MORE: Canada pledges $15M, water bombers to fight blazes in Amazon rainforest

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would give $15 million to help combat the fires. A separate commitment of US$20 million was also made by the G7 conglomerate.

Trudeau said Canada will send water bombers to Brazil, noting that Canada has also faced an increasing number of wildfires and “there is a global network of support and friends that lean on each other.”

WATCH: G7 makes $20 million Amazon aid deal

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Differences between Canadian and Amazonian fires

However, University of British Columbia professor Karen Hodges told Global News that the Amazon wildfires are different in nature than the ones Canadians are familiar with. 

Wildfires in B.C. and Alberta happen in a “radically different ecosystem,” Hodges said, noting they are part of the way forests evolve. In the Amazon rainforest, wildfires are not normal but man-made. 

“This is a very different kind of disturbance than what we get in Canada,” Hodges said.

One key difference is that wildfires in Canada have been much larger and difficult to control. In the Amazon, they are individually smaller, but there are many more of them.

WATCH: Smoke from Amazon wildfires interrupts football match

For example, the 2018 wildfire season in British Columbia left a record 1,354,284 hectares of land burned by 2,117 fires. The total cost of that wildfire suppression was $615 million.

Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, which monitors deforestation, has recorded more than 77,000 wildfires in Brazil this year, a record since the institute began keeping records in 2013. There are roughly 40,000 fires currently burning.

It’s unclear how much the total cost of putting out the Amazon fires will be. 

WATCH: Macron continues fight to save Amazon, battling also with politics at G7

Political challenges

Kathryn Hochstetler, a professor of international development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, explained that means putting out the Amazon fires is less of a purely “fire-fighting challenge.”

“The biggest challenge in Brazil is to prevent even more of such small [and] medium fires from being set over the course of the next couple of months, which are peak fire season every year,” Hochstetler said.

“That is less a fire-fighting challenge that requires large sums of money than it is a political challenge.”

Hodges also noted that a real solution to the Amazon fires requires a change in policy.

“You need good laws and you need to enforce them. That needs money and political will,” Hodges explained.  “What the global community is really concerned about over the last year is that political will seems to be lacking in Brazil right now.”

READ MORE: Canada offers to help Brazil fight Amazon forest fires as flames take centre stage at G7

Brazil’s environmental agencies have hit by funding cuts under President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration.

Bolsonaro’s government has also feuded with Norway and Germany, which has led to a cut in international aid. Germany and Norway, citing Brazil’s apparent lack of commitment to fighting deforestation, decided to withhold more than $60 million in funds earmarked for sustainability projects in Brazilian forests.

WATCH: Drone footage shows extent of damage to portion of Amazon rainforest after wildfires

Hochstetler explained these factors have made it difficult to monitor the fires, and funds from other countries could help mitigate the problems.

“If the pledge can be used for such monitoring and enforcement, it would be very useful and responsive to the political challenge,” she said.

Hodges added that money and political will are needed beyond just putting out the fires, but also during the “decades” it could take to deal with damage caused them.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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August 26th, 2019

Some NH communities on alert after EEE detected in Massachusetts – WMUR Manchester

August 26th, 2019

New Hampshire health officials are alerting some towns in southern New Hampshire that a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease was discovered across the border in Massachusetts.Officials said Eastern equine encephalitis was found in a horse in Methuen, Massachusetts. The discovery raised the risk of EEE to critical in Methuen. Neighboring communities, such as Pelham and Salem in New Hampshire, have been notified.>> Download the FREE WMUR appThere have been four human cases of EEE in Massachusetts so far this season, and one woman died from the illness.”The concerning thing about EEE is that of the three mosquito-transmitted diseases, EEE, in particular, tends to cause more severe neurological disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist. “So, about one in three people who develop symptoms of EEE will develop a more severe form of the infection.”Methuen officials held a news conference on the findings Monday night.”We’re asking those communities that border us to please take it seriously,” said Methuen Mayor James Jajuga. “The southern New Hampshire communities, you don’t know where these mosquitoes can travel … Most importantly, we don’t want anyone to lose their life.”Town and school activities in Methuen must end at 7 p.m. through Sept. 30 as precaution. In New Hampshire, health officials are also keeping an eye on the situation at the border. “Because they’re right on the border with New Hampshire, we are in the process of notifying the surrounding town health officials and admins in the New Hampshire towns that border Methuen about the positive test,” Chan said.Pelham and Manchester have already seen mosquitoes test positive for EEE this summer, but so far, no human or animal cases have been reported in New Hampshire.EEE can cause symptoms that range from feeling like influenza to far more serious. Jajuga said he plans on having discussions with officials in New Hampshire border towns Tuesday.Health officials advise covering exposed skin, using insect repellent and avoiding being outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, to avoid being infected.

New Hampshire health officials are alerting some towns in southern New Hampshire that a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease was discovered across the border in Massachusetts.

Officials said Eastern equine encephalitis was found in a horse in Methuen, Massachusetts. The discovery raised the risk of EEE to critical in Methuen. Neighboring communities, such as Pelham and Salem in New Hampshire, have been notified.

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There have been four human cases of EEE in Massachusetts so far this season, and one woman died from the illness.

“The concerning thing about EEE is that of the three mosquito-transmitted diseases, EEE, in particular, tends to cause more severe neurological disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist. “So, about one in three people who develop symptoms of EEE will develop a more severe form of the infection.”

Methuen officials held a news conference on the findings Monday night.

“We’re asking those communities that border us to please take it seriously,” said Methuen Mayor James Jajuga. “The southern New Hampshire communities, you don’t know where these mosquitoes can travel … Most importantly, we don’t want anyone to lose their life.”

Town and school activities in Methuen must end at 7 p.m. through Sept. 30 as precaution.

In New Hampshire, health officials are also keeping an eye on the situation at the border.

“Because they’re right on the border with New Hampshire, we are in the process of notifying the surrounding town health officials and admins in the New Hampshire towns that border Methuen about the positive test,” Chan said.

Pelham and Manchester have already seen mosquitoes test positive for EEE this summer, but so far, no human or animal cases have been reported in New Hampshire.

EEE can cause symptoms that range from feeling like influenza to far more serious.

Jajuga said he plans on having discussions with officials in New Hampshire border towns Tuesday.

Health officials advise covering exposed skin, using insect repellent and avoiding being outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, to avoid being infected.

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Apple reportedly cancels ‘Walkie-Talkie’ feature for the 2019 iPhones – PhoneArena

August 26th, 2019

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August 26th, 2019

Hong Kong leader starts dialogue on protests, but won’t budge on demands – CBC News

August 26th, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday she had met with a group of young people about the ongoing pro-democracy protests, but she showed no sign of budging in a continuing stalemate over the movement’s demands.

Lam said she explained the government’s position at the Monday closed-door meeting, which was unannounced. She disputed complaints her government is ignoring the protesters, whose demands include the withdrawal of an extradition bill, an independent inquiry into what they believe is excessive use of force by police at the demonstrations, and democratic elections.

“It is not a question of not responding,” she told reporters before a weekly meeting with her executive council. “It is a question of not accepting those demands.”

Hong Kong, a Chinese territory, has seen more than two months of youth-led protests that have sometimes ended in clashes with police. More than 80 people were arrested last weekend after protesters occupied city streets. They built barriers across the roads, and threw bricks and gasoline bombs to try to block the police, who used tear gas to drive them away.

Lam announced last week she is creating a platform for dialogue and said Tuesday it would include protesters. Opposition lawmakers have questioned the sincerity of her initiative, calling it a delay tactic.

It wasn’t clear who attended the Monday meeting with Lam and the education and home affairs ministers. The South China Morning Post newspaper, citing an unidentified source, said about 20 people took part and that they were mostly in their 20s and 30s.

Police officers point their guns towards anti-extradition bill protesters after a clash, at Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong on Sunday. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Lam said her government had accepted the movement’s main demand by suspending the extradition bill, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial. She has declared the legislation dead, but protesters are demanding its formal withdrawal.

The proposal fuelled concern China is chipping away at the separate legal system and rights that semiautonomous Hong Kong has under a “one-country, two-systems” framework. Huge marches against the legislation have drawn more than a million people, according to organizer estimates.

Protesters have also disrupted subways and the airport, surrounded and spray painted slogans on police stations, and broken into and vandalized the legislative chamber. Not all the protesters resort to confrontation, but those who do say it is needed because the government is not responding to peaceful demonstrations.

Lam said it would be unacceptable for the government to accede to demands because of such pressure.

“If violence continues, the only thing that we should do is to stamp out that violence through law enforcement actions.”

Resignation talk dismissed, plans to ‘hold the fort’

Lam also dismissed talk of her resignation, telling reporters a responsible chief executive should continue “to hold the fort and do her utmost to restore law and order in Hong Kong.

“We should prepare for reconciliation in society by communicating with different people … We want to put an end to the chaotic situation in Hong Kong,” Lam said, adding she did not believe her government had lost control.

Riot police detain a demonstrator during the same protest. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has called the escalation of violence serious. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The government said on Monday illegal violence was pushing Hong Kong to the brink of great danger after weekend clashes that included the first gunshot and the arrest of 86 people, the youngest just 12.

More demonstrations are planned over coming days and weeks, posing a direct challenge to authorities in Beijing, who are eager to quell the unrest ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1.

China said it strongly deplores a statement by the leaders of the G7 nations, who called for the avoidance of violence in Hong Kong and affirmed the importance of a 1984 Sino-British agreement that gave the city its semiautonomous status. The former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

“We expressed, collectively, deep concern about what is happening in Hong Kong,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after the G7 meeting in France. He added, “We remain collectively committed to the one-country, two-systems framework.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing that no foreign government has the right to intervene in Hong Kong, which he called an internal Chinese issue.

“We urge the members of the G7 countries not to meddle in other’s affairs.”

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EEE Takes Life Of Fairhaven Mother, Threat Levels Continue To Rise – CBS Boston

August 26th, 2019

FAIRHAVEN (CBS) — The first person to die of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts this year was a Fairhaven mother of three and real estate agent. Laurie Sylvia died at Tufts Medical Center, according to family and friends.

For 17 years, Sylvia sold real estate for the Pelletier firm of New Bedford.

“Not too many people like her come about in this lifetime. To have known her was a privilege, it’s absolutely a shock and heartbreaking,” said David Pelletier, who worked with Sylvia.

“EEE is real. It’s not just something that happens in faraway places. It’s here. People [need] to take the precautions necessary, you know, thinking that it couldn’t happen to them but it could. It’s tragic,” Pelletier added.

Laurie Sylvia (Courtesy Photo)

Sylvia’s diagnosis was the fourth in the state.

EEE symptoms can range from a stiff neck, headache, and lack of energy to dangerous complications like inflammation and swelling of the brain.

WBZ-TV’s Dr. Mallika Marshall said, “Most people don’t develop symptoms of EEE until four to ten days after they’ve been bitten by an infected mosquito and those symptoms often feel like the flu, headache, high fever, vomiting, chills, but then that can progress to disorientation and confusion seizures and coma.”

The risk of EEE will remain until the first killing frost.

On Monday, a confirmed case of EEE in a horse in Methuen increased the town’s risk level to critical. The town said the horse died Friday and later tested positive for the virus.

As a response, the town opened its emergency operations center and announced no evening activities are allowed on public property after 7 p.m.

WBZ-TV’s Mike LaCrosse reports: 

“I want you to know the reason we are taking this extremely seriously, and we’re asking those communities that border us to please take it seriously,” said Mayor James Jajuga.

Areas west of I-93 in Methuen will be sprayed for mosquitos starting Wednesday.

Nearby Andover and Lawrence are now at a high-risk level.

In total, 24 communities are at critical risk, 24 are at high risk and 55 are at moderate risk.

Current EEE risk levels in Massachusetts as of August 26. (Photo Courtesy: Mass. Department of Public Health)

Aerial mosquito spraying the was scheduled to begin Sunday in Worcester and Middlesex counties was postponed due to weather. That will begin as soon as possible. For more information about what communities are being sprayed and when, visit the DPH website.

The health department recommends residents should make efforts to avoid mosquito bites, which can spread EEE, by using insect repellent, being aware of peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn), wearing long sleeve shirts and pants when outside, drains standing water from around your home, repairing window screens and protecting your animals from mosquitos.

The DPH website also has more information about mosquito-borne diseases and their prevention.

And Pelletier Real Estate has lost someone who lit up the room.” It’s shocking…heartbreaking..,”

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August 26th, 2019

Everything You Didn’t See on TV at the 2019 MTV VMAs – E! NEWS

August 26th, 2019

And the Moon Person goes to… 

For the first time ever, the 2019 MTV VMAs took over New Jersey on Monday for a jam-packed night full of fire music, fearless fashion and laughs courtesy of host Sebastian ManiscalcoTaylor Swift set the mood off right with an opening performance fit for all the lovers out there, followed by must-see moment after must-see moment from artists like lovebirds Shawn Mendes and Camila CabelloVideo Vanguard Award recipient Missy Elliott and music’s It girl Lizzo

It’s no small feat to fit so much excitement into only a few hours, and that’s where E! News comes in to keep you in the know and up to date on the latest from inside the awards ceremony. We’re taking you behind the scenes of the MTV Video Music Awards, no VIP ticket required!

Keep scrolling for every exclusive detail that the cameras couldn’t quite catch. 

Taylor’s Squad Represents: During Taylor Swift‘s stellar opening performance, two members of the pop star’s OG girl squad were seen in full fangirl mode. Both Gigi Hadid and Camila Cabello let loose in their seats and san along to every lyric from “You Need to Calm Down” and “Lover.” 

Mixing and Mingling: And speaking of T. Swift, there’s no denying she was the woman of the hour. Bebe RexhaQueen LatifahBella Hadid and Gigi were also seen making their way over to Swift’s front row seat to catch up. 

All Hail the Queen: During Missy Elliott‘s acceptance speech, every single star inside the Prudential Center was on their feet applauding the Video Vanguard Award recipient. A standing ovation where standing ovations are due!

Miley Cyrus, 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, Show

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Miley Cyrus performs Slide Away at MTV VMAs: Watch [Video] – Yahoo Entertainment

August 26th, 2019

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="What a difference a few weeks can make. When the nominees for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards were announced in July, Miley Cyrus’s edgy video for her She Is Coming female empowerment anthem “Mother’s Daughter” was shockingly shut out — prompting Cyrus, who won Video of the Year at the 2014 VMAs and even hosted the VMAs in 2015, to imply that she would&nbsp;boycott this year’s ceremony.” data-reactid=”28″>What a difference a few weeks can make. When the nominees for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards were announced in July, Miley Cyrus’s edgy video for her She Is Coming female empowerment anthem “Mother’s Daughter” was shockingly shut out — prompting Cyrus, who won Video of the Year at the 2014 VMAs and even hosted the VMAs in 2015, to imply that she would boycott this year’s ceremony.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="But then, on Aug. 10, news broke that Cyrus was separating from her partner of nearly a decade, Liam Hemsworth, after&nbsp;only seven months of marriage. And this Monday morning, just hours before the 2019 VMAs ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., it was announced that Cyrus would be there after all — to perform her new single “Slide Away,” which is presumably about the dissolution of her marriage, for the time publicly. It was reported that Cyrus’s new rumored girlfriend, Kaitlynn Carter,&nbsp;attended Cyrus’s rehearsal.” data-reactid=”29″>But then, on Aug. 10, news broke that Cyrus was separating from her partner of nearly a decade, Liam Hemsworth, after only seven months of marriage. And this Monday morning, just hours before the 2019 VMAs ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., it was announced that Cyrus would be there after all — to perform her new single “Slide Away,” which is presumably about the dissolution of her marriage, for the time publicly. It was reported that Cyrus’s new rumored girlfriend, Kaitlynn Carter, attended Cyrus’s rehearsal.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Last week, Cyrus addressed rumors that she had been unfaithful to Hemsworth in a&nbsp;lengthy, candid Instagram post&nbsp;in which made the emphatic, caps-locked statement, “I HAVE GROWN UP.” And judging from her tasteful VMAs performance, that seems to be the case. Anyone expecting the twerky antics of her&nbsp;infamous, foam-fingering Robin Thicke duet&nbsp;from the 2013 VMAs, or an outrageous production a la 2015 (when she sang the pro-marijuana banger “Dooo It!” with the Flaming Lips and a troupe of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens), were no doubt surprised to see the wild child instead elegantly singing the heartbreak ballad in an LBD while backed by an orchestra.” data-reactid=”34″>Last week, Cyrus addressed rumors that she had been unfaithful to Hemsworth in a lengthy, candid Instagram post in which made the emphatic, caps-locked statement, “I HAVE GROWN UP.” And judging from her tasteful VMAs performance, that seems to be the case. Anyone expecting the twerky antics of her infamous, foam-fingering Robin Thicke duet from the 2013 VMAs, or an outrageous production a la 2015 (when she sang the pro-marijuana banger “Dooo It!” with the Flaming Lips and a troupe of RuPaul’s Drag Race queens), were no doubt surprised to see the wild child instead elegantly singing the heartbreak ballad in an LBD while backed by an orchestra.

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/VMN19/Getty Images for MTV)NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/VMN19/Getty Images for MTV)

Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, N.J. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/VMN19/Getty Images for MTV)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="It should be noted, however, that Cyrus made a subtle statement with a change to a key lyric. Towards the end of the song, instead of "You're right, we're grown now,” in the live performance she crooned, "You're right, I’m grown now." Since she sang this line twice, it’s likely this was intentional and not just a pronoun slip-up.” data-reactid=”46″>It should be noted, however, that Cyrus made a subtle statement with a change to a key lyric. Towards the end of the song, instead of “You’re right, we’re grown now,” in the live performance she crooned, “You’re right, I’m grown now.” Since she sang this line twice, it’s likely this was intentional and not just a pronoun slip-up.

Cyrus also unveiled a new post-breakup tattoo featuring another emotional lyric — this one from the 1990 Pixies track “The Thing.” The fresh ink read: “My head was feeling scared, but my heart was feeling free.”

While the cameras cut away to a wide shot at the end of the song, Cyrus did appear to be teary-eyed. Her parents, Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus, were spotted supportively applauding for her in the crowd.

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