Archive for September, 2019

Google is launching car crash detection for Pixel phones in the US – Engadget

September 30th, 2019

China’s Communist Party shows military might in 70th anniversary parade – Global News

September 30th, 2019

China’s Communist Party celebrated its 70th anniversary in power with a military parade Tuesday that showcased its growing might and strategic ambitions.

An honour guard carrying the Chinese flag through Tiananmen Square, the country’s symbolic political heart, before thousands of spectators who waved flags. Artillery guns fired a salute.

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President Xi Jinping, wearing a gray Mao jacket, and other Chinese leaders, including former Presidents Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin, watched from atop the Gate of Heavenly Peace at the square’s north end.

READ MORE: Hong Kong police, protesters clash ahead of China’s National Day

“No force can shake the status of our great motherland, and no force can stop the progress of the Chinese people and the Chinese nation,” Xi said in a nationally televised speech.

Xi rode in an open-topped limousine past dozens of rows of truck-mounted missiles, armoured personnel carriers and other military gear. Soldiers in helmets and combat gear shouted, “Hello, leader!” and “Serve the people!” Xi replied, “Hello, comrades.”

The event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People’s Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong following a civil war.

WATCH: Hong Kong braces for chaos ahead of China’s National Day

The parade follows Xi’s promise in a speech Monday to allow Hong Kong to manage its own affairs despite anti-government protests that have embarrassed the ruling party ahead of the year’s highest-profile propaganda event.

The parade through central Beijing is due to include 15,000 troops and more than 160 aircraft.

Chinese news reports say it might include a new long-range nuclear-armed missile and a supersonic drone aircraft. Military spokespeople have declined to give details.

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First spray for mosquito-borne EEE causes some concern –

September 30th, 2019

LAWTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An airplane flew low over southern Van Buren County Monday evening, spraying a chemical that authorities say kills mosquitoes and other pests but is harmless to humans and their pets.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services decided to spray after animals in 14 counties were found to have Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The disease can be deadly when contracted by humans. It has been blamed for three deaths already this year.

Spraying started at around 7:30 p.m. Monday. A News 8 crew noticed an aircraft flying lover one of the spray zone in the Lawton area at around 8 p.m. The aircraft flew in a back-and-forth east-west pattern, starting in the northern part of the spray zone and moving south with each pass.

Nothing could be observed coming from the aircraft in the dark sky and nothing was seen hitting the ground. There was no noticeable odor left behind. It’s likely that residents not looking for the aircraft didn’t notice it.

But some were looking for it.

Marc Sing and his girlfriend Jessica Bates noticed the airplane and started following its path. They said they wondered about the chemicals the airplane was releasing.

“I’m a little bit skeptical,” Sing told News 8 as the aircraft flew overhead. “I’ve been doing a little bit of research online and just some of the stuff I’ve read, none of it has been good.”

State health officials assure the community that the spray is safe. The chemical being released is Merus 3.0 — an organic pesticide with 5% pyrethrin, which is found naturally in some chrysanthemum flowers, MDHHS says. Officials say the mixture is deadly for mosquitoes and some other pests but safe for humans and pets.

The sprays are strategically planned for the evening hours when mosquitoes are most active and honeybees that can also be killed by the spray are not.

While some have concerns about the chemical, there is also concern about EEE. Bates says she hopes the spraying alleviates some of the fear.

“I’m sick of seeing co-workers have to send their children to school with bug spray for recess,” Bates said.

Spraying is expected to continue; the state will have updates online listing which areas are being sprayed and when. The schedule has been modified some due to weather. With rain in the forecast over the next several days, it’s possible other changes will occur.


Vizio’s best TV from last year is on sale for $1,080 – Engadget

September 30th, 2019

Trump asked Australian PM to help investigate Russia inquiry – BBC News

September 30th, 2019
Scott Morrison shakes Donald Trump's hand during a visit to a US factory opening as part of a state visit in September 2019Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Scott Morrison and Donald Trump have forged a close relationship

US President Donald Trump called Australian PM Scott Morrison and asked for his help with an investigation into the origins of the Mueller inquiry, Australian officials have confirmed.

Mr Morrison was asked to help find evidence to discredit the inquiry, according to US and Australian media.

Australia confirmed the call had taken place and that the PM agreed to help.

The revelation came as Mr Trump faced impeachment proceedings at home over a call with another foreign leader.

The president has been accused of pressuring the leader of Ukraine to investigate domestic political rival Joe Biden, in a phone call which was exposed by a whistleblower last week. The call spurred Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings and on Monday the president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was served with a subpoena.

At the White House end, the transcript of the call between Mr Morrison and Mr Trump was restricted to a small number of the president’s aides, reports said – contrary to normal protocol. The same restrictions were reportedly placed on the Ukraine call, raising concerns that White House staff were attempting to conceal records of the president’s conversations with certain foreign leaders.

The Mueller inquiry investigated whether Mr Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Its findings, released in April, did not establish that the Trump campaign criminally conspired with Russia to influence the election.

But the findings did not exonerate the president of collusion, and the Mueller report outlined an extensive obstruction-of-justice case against the president.

The inquiry infuriated Mr Trump and he relentlessly criticised it as a “witch hunt”. In May he announced that the US Attorney-General William Barr would look into how the inquiry originated.

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Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, wrote to the White House shortly afterwards offering to help with any review, Australian media reported.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Australian government said it had “always been ready to assist and co-operate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation”.

“The PM confirmed this readiness again,” the statement said.

Australia’s conservative leader is among Mr Trump’s closest international allies and received the rare honour of a state dinner at the White House last week.

The call which discussed the Mueller investigation took place shortly before that visit, according to the New York Times.

What is known about Australia’s link?

The Trump-Russia investigation was partly triggered by Australian officials communicating a top diplomat’s concerns to the FBI.

Alexander Downer, then Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK, said former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos had told him in May 2016 that Moscow had incriminating “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

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“He said… that the Russians might release some information which could be damaging to Hillary Clinton,” Mr Downer later told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Mr Papadopoulos denies ever discussing such details. He served a two-week jail sentence in 2018 after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about meetings he had with alleged go-betweens for Russia.

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Angelina Jolie Says Her Kids Help Her ‘Return to Myself’ as They Join Her at ‘Maleficent’ Premiere (Exclusive) – Entertainment Tonight

September 30th, 2019

Angelina Jolie Says Her Kids Help Her ‘Return to Myself’ as They Join Her at ‘Maleficent’ Premiere (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight

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‘Discrimination has no jurisdiction’: Calgary council passes motion opposing Quebec’s Bill 21 – Global News

September 30th, 2019

Calgary city council has voted unanimously on a motion that formally opposes Bill 21, legislation in Quebec that prohibits civil servants in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols, like hijabs and turbans, at work.

The motion, put forward by Ward 5 councillor George Chahal, calls the legislation divisive and discriminatory.

“I think this is a strong message to the province of Quebec that our city council, like others, opposes Bill 21 and we all need to stand together against this discriminatory bill,” Chahal said.

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“It affects many in Quebec but it also affects all of us in Canada, so it was really nice to see a unanimous council vote on this issue.”

During debate on the motion, many Calgarians from several religious faiths sat to observe and support Chahal’s motion, including his father.

According to Chahal, his father was told to leave a legion in Red Deer for wearing a turban in 1991.

“He’s been through a lot, just like many others have throughout this country,” Chahal said. “So it was really special to have him here to be a part of this and witness this.”

READ MORE: Federal government can intervene in Bill 21 with untested legal options: experts

Prior to passing the motion, Ward 3 councillor Jyoti Gondek added an amendment that the city reach out to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination to take action on Bill 21 with a Canada-wide initiative.

The motion was signed off by eight councillors and Mayor Naheed Nenshi before being read to council chambers, but some on council were concerned that the statement would bear no teeth and falls beyond council’s jurisdiction.

“Discrimination has no jurisdiction, it’s all of our responsibility to speak up against discrimination and racism across Canada,” Chahal said.

Mayor Nenshi also spoke prior to passing the motion on Monday night, saying Bill 21 deliberately targets people of many faiths including Muslim women, Sikhs who wear turbans and Jewish men who wear the kippah.

He told council he is embarrassed for not raising the issue of Bill 21 at a meeting earlier this spring with other big city mayors after a conversation about the legislation with Montreal mayor Valérie Plante, in which she expressed she felt isolated in the fight against the bill, as per Nenshi.

“What I should’ve done is gone back into the meeting and banged my fist on the table and said ‘we need a statement from all mayors supporting Madame Plante in the work she’s doing, and I didn’t do that,” Nenshi said.

“Well, it’s never too late to do the right thing.”

Nenshi said Calgary council openly opposing the legislation also sends a message to Calgarians of minority faiths.

“It’s important for us to be able to make a stand to tell our own citizens of minority faiths that we stand for them and we stand by them, to say that we stand for a nation that believes in its own Charter of Rights,” Nenshi said. “So it’s absolutely valid for us to have a conversation about this.”

READ MORE: Why federal leaders, despite criticism, aren’t taking a stronger stance on Quebec’s Bill 21

The bill is being challenged in the courts by minority rights groups, including the World Sikh Organization (WSO), which has been granted intervener status in the challenge.

Although some may see the motion as a small step, WSO Alberta vice-president Tejimder Singh Sidhu believes its an opportunity to spread the conversation around discrimination and human rights across the country.

“It’s to make sure that we don’t normalize this discrimination that Bill 21 is setting the precedence, and we want to make sure that conversations happen in all levels of government to make sure that we can all collectively speak up against this discrimination,” Sidhu said.

Sidhu hopes to see federal leaders currently on the campaign trail take a stance on Bill 21.

“Being quiet is not acceptable, we need them to take a strong stance against this and make sure the rights of all Canadians are being upheld.”

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September 30th, 2019

Police in China find fugitive who has been living in a cave for 17 years – BGR

September 30th, 2019

When news broke late last month about a fugitive in Wisconsin who had made his home in a makeshift bunker in the middle of the woods and lived there for three years before being discovered, it seemed pretty wild. But that Wisconsin man can’t hold a candle to one Song Moujiang, a Chinese man who escaped from jail 17 years ago and was only just now discovered living in a cave in the mountains of Yunnan.

The fugitive, who was reportedly discovered with the help of an aerial drone and tips from people who had spotted someone hiding out in the area, hadn’t seen a soul for nearly two decades.

With a drone flying high over the treetops, police were able to spot what appeared to be human garbage near a wooded peak. A closer look revealed what turned out to be the fugitive’s campsite. Police posted the details of his arrest online, and the photos are truly incredible.

The 63-year-old man wasn’t exactly living a lavish life in his mountain abode. He had a few pots for cooking, some blankets and other material that were used as bedding, and bottles to gather water. Beyond those meager supplies, he had little else, and police noted that he was in rough shape when they came to find him.

Having not spoken to anyone in many years, the man had trouble communicating with the police. Eventually, police were able to determine who he was and he apparently admitted that he had broken out of jail some 17 years prior.

The elderly fugitive was originally jailed on charges of human trafficking, and he will now have to face the remainder of his sentence as well as whatever additional charges come his way.


Nebraska death from vaping-related illness brings national toll to 14 – New York Post

September 30th, 2019

A Nebraska man has become the 14th person to die in the nationwide vaping-related epidemic, officials said Monday.

The man, who was only identified as over 65 and from Douglas County, succumbed to a lung illness linked to e-cigarettes in May, before the multi-state outbreak was officially reported, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.

“Prior to the outbreak of lung injury associated with vaping … this past August, vaping-associated lung injuries were unreported and not tracked by public health agencies,” said Dr. Tom Safranek, the agency’s infectious disease specialist.

“Once the problem was recognized, states quickly ramped up surveillance and found current cases, but have also discovered cases that occurred before the August outbreak,” added Safranek.

The newly reported Nebraska death comes after three victims in the national spate of e-smoking fatalities were revealed last week in Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

In addition to those cases, two deaths were reported in California, two in Kansas, two in Oregon, and one each in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Missouri, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At least 64 people in New York state have been sickened by vape products and more than 800 have fallen ill nationwide.

Nebraska has 11 cases of such illnesses, and two under investigation, the state’s health department said. The majority of those afflicted are men ranging in age from their late teens to late 60s, it said.

Over the summer, health officials in several states began noticing reports of people with severe lung diseases — with the only common factor being that the patients had all recently vaped. As a national investigation began, the number of reported vaping-related illnesses soared.

Most patients have said they used products containing THC, the ingredient that produces a high in marijuana.