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Ex-PM Kim Campbell apologizes for tweet ‘rooting’ for Hurricane Dorian to hit Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort – National Post

August 30th, 2019

EDMONTON — Kim Campbell, Canada’s first and only female prime minister, has apologized after she came under fire for tweeting that she hopes Hurricane Dorian — a monster storm heading for Florida — will hit Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

“I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” Campbell wrote on Wednesday.

Campbell, who was prime minister from June to November in 1993, has been a frequent Trump critic on Twitter, and often tweets about climate change.

“And no, I don’t wish anyone, anywhere, the horror of being hit by a Category 4 Hurricane. But not everyone can have the protection of a fortress like Mar a Lago, built to be hurricane-proof!” she wrote in another tweet. “Trump will not bear the cost of his immoral abdication of the climate challenge!”

The tweet received attention from the president’s son Eric Trump, who wrote: “Our family is rooting for the safety of millions of homes, businesses, families and wonderful people in a great State of Florida. #Classless.” Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada tweeted: “This woman is a disgrace.”

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a failed presidential candidate, called her “sick” and “twisted” and asked: “Are liberals this hateful?”

Campbell was a Progressive Conservative prime minister. She also recently chaired the search for a new Supreme Court of Canada justice, to replace the retiring Clément Gascon.

On Friday morning, Campbell deleted her tweet, offering an apology “to all it offended.”

“It was intended as sarcasm — not a serious wish of harm. Throwaway lines get a life of their own on Twitter,” she wrote, adding that she should know better.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a request this week for federal assistance, which has been approved by Trump. Desantis has declared a state of emergency in 67 counties in Florida, and has mobilized the National Guard to assist with disaster recovery, the Miami Herald reported.

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Operation indiscriminately infects iPhones with spyware – Red Deer Advocate

August 30th, 2019

Researchers say suspected nation-state hackers infected Apple iPhones with spyware over two years in what security experts on Friday called an alarming security failure for a company whose calling card is privacy.

A mere visit to one of a small number of tainted websites could infect an iPhone with an implant capable of sending the smartphone owner’s text messages, email, photos and real-time location data to the cyberspies behind the operation.

“This is definitely the most serious iPhone hacking incident that’s ever been brought to public attention, both because of the indiscriminate targeting and the amount of data compromised by the implant,” said former U.S. government hacker Jake Williams, the president of Rendition Security.

Announced late Thursday by Google researchers, the last of the vulnerabilities were quietly fixed by Apple by February but only after thousands of iPhone users were believed exposed over more than two years.

The researchers did not identify the websites used to seed the spyware or their location. They also did not say who was behind the cyberespionage or what population was targeted, but experts said the operation had the hallmarks of a nation-state effort.

Williams said the spyware implant wasn’t written to transmit stolen data securely, indicating the hackers were not concerned about getting caught. That suggests an authoritarian state was behind it. He speculated that it was likely used to target political dissidents.

Sensitive data accessed by the spyware included WhatsApp, iMessage and Telegram text messages, Gmail, photos, contacts and real-time location — essentially all the databases on the victim’s phone. While the messaging applications may encrypt data in transit, it is readable at rest on iPhones.

Google researcher Ian Beer said in a blog posted late Thursday that the discovery should dispel any notion that it costs a million dollars to successfully hack an iPhone.

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Hurricane Dorian winds hit max speeds of 220 km/h, could threaten Disney World – Global News

August 30th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Friday.

And the storm is only expected to grow stronger.

WATCH: Plane flies near Hurricane Dorian’s eye

The northwestern Bahamas have been issued a hurricane warning, exempting Andros Island, where there’s just a hurricane watch.

Authorities typically issue hurricane warnings when one is expected within the area that’s being alerted, about 36 hours before it’s projected to hit.

READ MORE: Bahamas, Florida residents stock up on supplies as Hurricane Dorian roars toward U.S.

Hurricane watches are issued with an expected window of 48 hours, the NHC said.

Wind conditions consistent with a hurricane can be expected in the northwestern Bahamas by Sunday, with winds accelerating starting on Saturday night.

The storm could hit close to Florida’s east coast on Monday.

Attractions including Walt Disney World, the NASA launchpads and U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort could be vulnerable to the hurricne.

WATCH: Bahamas orders evacuations ahead of Hurricane Dorian

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The NHC has warned of a “life-threatening storm surge” that could bring water levels up to 15 feet above normal tide levels in the northwestern Bahamas.

The coast can expect large, destructive waves, it said.

Increased rainfall could also lead to “life-threatening flash floods.”

READ MORE: Former PM Kim Campbell issues apology after ‘rooting’ for hurricane to hit Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Numerous resorts throughout the Bahamas have issued advisories warning guests about storm conditions — and closures, in numerous cases.

The Grand Lucayan Resort has closed until the threat from Dorian has passed.

Meanwhile, the Hope Town Inn and Marina was expected to close at 3 p.m. local time on Friday to finish its storm preparations.

WATCH: Massive lines form as Floridians purchase supplies, brace for Dorian

The Big Game Club Resort said it was completing marina and resource evacuation on Friday morning, and the Firefly Sunset Resort said it was closing down as the hurricane approached.

The Abaco Beach Resort issued an advisory saying guests may experience high winds, rain and that resort amenities and services could be limited.

The High Commission of Canada in Jamaica, which oversees consular services in the Bahamas, issued a tweet advising people to know the risks of a storm, make a plan and have an emergency kit at the ready.

READ MORE: Buying bottled water, lining up for gas — Florida braces for Hurricane Dorian

Tourists on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, were left scrambling on Friday, struggling to arrive at the airport before it shut down at 10 p.m. local time.

Bahamian residents, meanwhile, were left sealing their homes and businesses before the storm was expected to hit.

“We’ve been through it before, so we know how to prepare,” Amanda Ormerod, owner of a Grand Bahama chocolate shop.

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Homeworld 3 Announced from Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive – IGN

August 30th, 2019

Homeworld 3 Announced from Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive – IGN – IGN

August 30th, 2019

Uganda: 9 year old girl from Congo dies of Ebola – Philippine Canadian Inquirer

August 30th, 2019

KAMPALA, Uganda — A 9-year-old Congolese girl who tested positive for Ebola in neighbouring Uganda has died, Ugandan authorities said Friday, as the World Health Organization said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases.

The girl’s body was repatriated to Congo for a funeral upon the request of her father, according to Uganda’s health ministry.

The girl, who was travelling with her mother, was identified at a border screening Wednesday as a possible Ebola patient and isolated.

Although cases of cross-border contamination have been rare, this case highlights the risk of Ebola spreading across the border into neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda. Borders in the region are often porous, and many people travelling at night use bush paths to cross over.

In June, a family of Congolese with some sick family members crossed into Uganda via a bush path. Two of them later died of Ebola, and the others were transferred back to Congo.

“It is critical we continue to be on high alert in high-risk areas and empower communities to be prepared in order to contain the virus,” the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

Uganda has had multiple outbreaks of Ebola and hemorrhagic fevers since 2000.

Because the 9-year-old Ebola victim passed through an official entry point this week, Ugandan health authorities believe she had no contact with any Ugandan. But at least five other Congolese, including attendants to patients, who shared an ambulance with the sick girl have been identified by Ugandan officials as Ebola contacts. Four of them have since been taken back to Congo for vaccination and monitoring, said Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Ugandan minister of state in charge of primary health care.

Ebola has killed nearly 2,000 people in eastern Congo since August 2018. The disease is spread through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.

WHO said Friday that cases have reached 3,000 in Congo, with 1,893 confirmed deaths and about 900 survivors.

On average, 80 people per week are sickened by the virus, which has infected most people in Congo’s North Kivu province.

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo hasn’t shown signs of slowing down despite new treatments and vaccines given to more than 200,000 people in the region and the use of two therapeutic treatments being used as part of a clinical trial.

Insecurity has been one factor in a region where rebel groups have fought for control of mineral-rich lands for decades. Ebola also has spread because of mistrust by communities who have also staged attacks against health workers. Many people in eastern Congo don’t trust doctors and other medics.

“One year into the response, the lack of community acceptance remains the single greatest obstacle to containing the outbreak,” said Bob Kitchen, Vice-President of Emergencies at the International Rescue Committee. “Building trust with the community doesn’t just mean dialogue with the affected population. It means working with the community to adapt the response and address the overall needs they are facing inside and outside of the Ebola outbreak.”

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will travel this weekend to Congo with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and senior officials, including Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa.

On Friday, he called on partners to increase their presence in the field.

“Our commitment to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is that we will work alongside them to stop the Ebola outbreak,” Ghebreyesus said. “Our commitment also means strengthening the health systems to give them all the other things they need. Building strong systems is what will protect people, communities and the world.”


Maliro reported from Beni, Congo. AP writers Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal, and Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.

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Ex-Canadian PM “Roots” For Hurricane To Hit Trump’s Resort, Apologises – NDTV News

August 30th, 2019

A powerful storm has formed in the Atlantic, threatening Florida and parts of the Bahamas. But another one formed on Twitter this week, after a former Canadian prime minister tweeted that she hoped Hurricane Dorian would strike President Donald Trump’s resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Forecasters are closely watching Dorian, which could potentially strike the east coast of Florida early Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane. But in a since-deleted tweet, former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell responded to news of the threat by exclaiming, “I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!”

The next day, she said that she wished it “w[oul]d shake up Trump’s climate change denial!”

On Friday, Campbell deleted the original message about Mar-a-Lago taking a hit, two days after it was initially posted and apologized “to all it offended.”

“I sh[oul]d know better,” she wrote. “Mea culpa.”

Twitter users both vilified and defended Campbell for her original remark, with some interpreting it as sarcasm while others believing it was an unfair attack on the U.S. president.

Her Wednesday tweet is not the first time she has used the platform to criticize Trump. At the beginning of the year, Campbell called Trump a profane name on Twitter, but also deleted that tweet.

Campbell was the first and only woman to serve as Canada’s prime minister, but she did not hold the position for long. She assumed power in June of 1993, only to lose it that November. All told, she spent just 132 days in the office.

“Campbell is known for having a tongue with a mind of its own, and thus far she has not tried to tame it,” The Washington Post’s Charles Truehart wrote in 1993 as Campbell sought the prime minister’s office. She currently chairs the advisory board that recommends Supreme Court appointees to the prime minister, currently Justin Trudeau.

Twitter maelstroms aside, Dorian poses a serious threat to Florida residents. The storm is “predicted to remain a dangerous hurricane throughout the remainder of the forecast period,” the National Hurricane Center warned in a Thursday night bulletin.

If Dorian strengthens to a Category 4 hurricane, it will be capable of inflicting “catastrophic damage” with winds that can reach more than 150 mph.

In such a storm, “well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls,” according to the National Hurricane Center. “Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

Trump canceled an upcoming trip to Poland and will remain in the United States as the storm arrives. On Thursday, Trump tweeted a video message that issued a warning to Americans.

“The winds seem to be building at a tremendous rate. It looks like winds are going to be unbelievably high,” he said in the video. “Hopefully we’ll get lucky, but it looks to me that this time it’s heading in one direction, all indications are it’s going to hit very hard and it’s going to be very big.”

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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EHD killing deer in Nicholas County – WSAZ-TV

August 30th, 2019

NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)– Division of Natural Resource officials say roughly 64 dead deer findings have been reported since July 21, 2019 in Nicholas County.

Mary Ball, a woman who lives by Muddlety Creek in Nicholas County, say she’s used to seeing at least 30 deer on her farm but this year she hasn’t even seen a third of that.

“They have went down considerably,” said Ball.

DNR officials say Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) is to blame.

“This is the first report of EHD in Nicholas County,” said DNR Wildlife official, Sam Cowell. “It’s typical to see an EHD outbreak every year somewhere in the nation but we couldn’t find any records of a past outbreak in Nicholas County.”

Officials say EHD is spread by flies that circle bodies of water such as creeks, water holes or ponds. The flies are more common at this time of year when there is heat and weather is dry.

“We had noticed one in the creek and then I had called the DNR to report and then they told me that that disease was going around that EHD disease,” said Ball.

Officials say EHD causes fever in deer so it’s typical to find sick or dead deer near bodies of water as they are trying to get relief. They will also act non-responsive or exhibit unusual behaviors such as running into things or walking in circles. There could also be some swelling in the face but other than that the deer usually look perfectly healthy.

Mary Ball says she’s worried about the deer population.

“We love to hunt that’s our favorite thing in the fall. But they’re not going to be able to hunt–I mean they can this year but you wouldn’t really want to because, you have no clue how many there’s going to be and I don’t want the population to go down too bad.”

Officials say the current hotspot for reports of dead deer is the areas south of Summersville but reports stretch from Enon to Webster County so they believe it’s moving Northwest of the county.

They say the cycle won’t stop until the first frost of the year which is usually mid-October.

DNR asks anyone who may see a sick or dead deer to report it to their local DNR District Office.


Jagmeet Singh nominated as NDP trails other parties in naming candidates – CTV News

August 30th, 2019

OTTAWA — As federal election signs begin to dot lawns in the 338 ridings across the country, the NDP has yet to announce its party candidates in nearly half of those constituencies.

By night’s end, the New Democrats will have 179 contenders covering 52 per cent of the ridings — lower than the other major parties. The most recently confirmed NDP nominee is the party’s leader.

Jagmeet Singh was officially nominated Friday evening as the candidate in the Burnaby South riding that he’s represented in the House of Commons for six months.

Meanwhile, in just one day this week, the party lost two Ontario candidates, both citing delays in the vetting process.

In Oshawa, Ont., long-time labour leader and past NDP candidate Sid Ryan dropped out of the nomination race on Thursday, saying the amount of time it has taken to be confirmed has hurt his ability to run a successful campaign. Ryan said his local riding association was “in disarray,” and that he felt “disrespected.”

In Simcoe North, Janet-Lynne Durnford took herself out of the running the same day, saying “the party’s delay in conducting and approving my vetting has made it impossible to run an effective campaign.”

She said that since submitting her nomination paperwork in May, her vetting did not begin until mid-July. Meanwhile, she was on a leave of absence from work, attended party events and reached out to constituents. With just days before the election could be called, Durnford said that she didn’t think there would be enough time to raise money or organize a campaign.

“I cannot, and will not, run a half-hearted campaign that does both the party and myself a disservice,” she said in a Facebook post.

“The buck stops at Jagmeet Singh’s desk. He’s is now aware of this problem and he ought to fix it,” Ryan said on Friday.

According to its party website, the NDP have yet to name candidates in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. They also have not named the sole candidates that will be running in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. 

There are also big gaps to fill in Quebec, which was home to the 2011 ‘orange wave,’ vote-rich Ontario, and British Columbia, which is home to the second-largest current contingent of NDP MPs.

NDP strategist Anne McGrath, who has been involved in a number of past NDP federal campaigns, including as national campaign director in 2015, said finding a full roster of candidates is always a challenge. 

“It’s actually increasingly very, very complicated. Primarily I think because of social media. The vetting process takes a long time, particularly when the candidates have a history,” McGrath said. She said the NDP policy is that whether an incumbent or high-profile candidate or not, all contenders are vetted.

“Were very committed making sure we have a slate of candidates that will represent their constituents well, that will be able to articulate the issues and the priorities of the people in their riding, and of the party,” she said.

Dan Davies, the incumbent NDP MP and candidate for Vancouver Kingsway, B.C. told CTV News that while the party may be “a bit behind,” he said the party either already has, or will soon have candidates in the key ridings.

“You show me a good, strong, winnable NDP seat in the country that doesn’t have a good candidate right now,” he said.

McGrath said that even when candidates are nominated late, depending on the political tides, “people can get elected whether they’re well-known or considered to be in a winnable riding or not.”

Erin Weir — who was removed from the party in 2018 after what Singh said was an unsuccessful attempt at mediation following an investigation into harassment allegations — sought to run again, but was denied.

He said as a lifetime New Democrat it is “really concerning” to see the party “struggling so badly.” He speculated that with the focus being on Singh’s riding to ensure he won the February byelection, that not enough resources have been spread across the country.

In 2015 the NDP won 44 seats, but nearly a dozen incumbents decided not to run again, denying their decision to leave federal politics was not related to Singh taking the helm of the party.

As of Friday the Liberals have 275 nominated candidates, the Conservatives have 333, the Green Party have 284 candidates, and the People’s Party have 315.

The NDP say they are confident that they will have a full roster by election day.

Election Canada’s deadline to register candidates to appear on ballots is 2 p.m. local time, 21 days before election day.  

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to call the election anytime between this weekend and Sept. 15, with voters heading to the polls on Oct. 21.

With a report from CTV News’ Annie Bergeron Oliver

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Deschutes Health issues alert of possibly deadly heroin – KTVZ

August 30th, 2019

BEND, Ore. – Deschutes County Health Services and St. Charles Health System issued a public health alert Friday evening of a possible increased risk of accidental heroin overdoses, based on a cluster of four serious drug overdoses over the past 36 hours.

Health care providers have reported to Deschutes County Health Services that there are concerns the heroin may be laced with synthetic fentanyl, making the drug particularly lethal. The patients seen over the last day-and-a-half were critically ill and required unusually high doses of Naloxone (also known as Narcan) to be stabilized, officials said.

Abstaining from drug use is the best way to eliminate the risk of overdose. If you are concerned about a person using drugs, you can ask them about their willingness to begin medication-assisted treatment or drug treatment. For a list of providers, visit the Stay Safe Oregon website at

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It is important to call 911 when someone is overdosing from opioids. If you use naloxone, the effects are temporary, and the person still needs to seek immediate medical attention. After the medication wears off, the person could fall back into a coma.

If you call police or 911 to get help for someone having a drug overdose, health officials stress that Oregon’s Good Samaritan Law protects you from being arrested or prosecuted for drug-related charges or parole/probation violations, based on information provided to emergency responders.

Health Services said it is working with community partners to conduct outreach to at-risk populations to share harm-reduction information.

St. Charles spokeswoman Lisa Goodman said she could not confirm the four overdoses involved heroin and said she did not know the patients’ current status.

Morgan Emerson, preparedness coordinator with Deschutes County Health Services, said St. Charles officials informed the county of the cluster of serious overdoses.

“Four overdoses in that period of time isn’t particularly alarming,” Emerson said. “What’s alarming to us is that these are very serious overdoses.”

Emerson noted the Oregon Health Authority is providing guidance and encouraging local health departments “to do more active surveillance” on opioid overdoses and prepare opioid response plans, to better let our community know what is occurring.

“The ideal harm reduction would be abstaining from drug use,” she said. “From there, if people are choosing to use opioids, we want them to be prepared with naloxone and to know how to use it, and for the public, knowing the signs and symptoms” of overdoses.

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