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Cancer ‘biggest middle-age killer in rich nations’ –

September 3rd, 2019

Cancer now causes more deaths among the middle-aged in higher-income countries than cardiovascular disease, a study suggests.

Globally, heart problems and stroke is the leading cause of death at this age.

But the researchers say people in rich nations are 2.5 times more likely to die of cancer than cardiovascular disease in their middle years.

In poorer nations, the reverse is true – with cardiovascular disease three times more likely to claim the lives.

The study, published in the Lancet, is drawn from a global research programme following the lives of thousands of people from across 21 countries. People from the UK are not involved.

‘Huge progress’

Researchers led by a team from Canada’s McMaster University looked at the fate of 160,000 people enrolled in the programme, between 2005 and 2016.

These people had an average age of 50 at the start.

There were more than 11,000 deaths, with those in low-income countries nearly four times more likely to die than those in high-income countries.

In about 2,000 cases, the cause of death was unclear.

Of the others, cardiovascular disease caused more than 40% in middle- and low-income countries but less than a quarter in high-income countries.

The researchers say this could be because richer countries provide more medication and treat more people in hospital.

Jeremy Pearson, of the British Heart Foundation, said “huge progress” meant many people were surviving heart attacks and strokes but growing numbers were living with “disability and the debilitating after effects” of cardiovascular disease.


Health officials say 2nd mosquito tests positive for EEE at Chapman Swamp in Westerly – The Westerly Sun

September 3rd, 2019

WESTERLY — A second mosquito sample trapped at Chapman Swamp has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, leading to reinforced warnings from state health officials for local residents to protect themselves from infection.

The Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Department of Health announced Tuesday that in addition to confirming EEE in a Westerly horse on Thursday and the first human case in West Warwick on Friday, there have now been four EEE detections — two in Central Falls and two in Westerly — and one West Nile Virus detection statewide to date. The West Nile Virus was found in a mosquito in Tiverton.

“Last week DEM and RIDOH, supported by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, announced that the state would ramp up mosquito testing, control, and outreach measures,” DEM spokesman Michael Healey said in a joint press release Tuesday. “Since the last round of trapping on Aug. 26, DEM has added 10 new traps in five new communities and now is trapping at 38 locations in 23 municipalities.”

Healey said state health laboratories worked over Labor Day weekend to test the mosquitoes and expedite testing results. In the latest round of trapping, DEM collected 123 pools, or samples, from 28 traps. The testing led to the discovery of a second EEE-positive mosquito sample from the same trap in Chapman Swamp that produced a EEE-positive mosquito detection on Aug. 19.

DEM has trapped two species of mosquitoes that have tested positive for EEE at Chapman swamp this year. Mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus have previously been found in Chapman Swamp in 1996, 2003, 2013, and 2016.

With the input of public health experts at RIDOH and entomology experts at the University of Rhode Island, DEM traps mosquitoes at locations throughout Rhode Island from early June to late September annually. DEM places the traps strategically based on knowledge of the environmental conditions conducive to EEE and West Nile amplification in the mosquito population.

Typically, DEM sets between 25 and 30 traps in Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Exeter, Warwick, Cranston, Johnston, Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket, East Providence, Barrington, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Portsmouth and Newport.

“The latest trap detections of mosquito disease reaffirm the need for aerial spraying, and as announced on Aug. 30, the state is taking all necessary preparations for conducting spraying to kill both larval and adult mosquitoes,” Healey said.

Westerly police confirmed Tuesday that due to the findings at Chapman Swamp, the town will only allow use of the Westerly Dog Park on Larry Hirsch Lane between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

On Monday of last week, Department of Health officials also recommended to schools and municipal leaders that games, practices, and other outdoor activities scheduled to occur during early morning or dusk hours be rescheduled to earlier in the afternoon or relocated to an indoor venue.

“The ‘smart scheduling’ of events is intended to help minimize the risk of mosquito bites for players, coaches, and spectators,” Healey said. “(The department) recommends that smart scheduling stay in effect for the remainder of the mosquito season, which typically ends in mid-October, after the first hard frost.”


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September 3rd, 2019

‘America’s Got Talent’: Blind singer Kodi Lee proves he’s more than an inspiring story – USA TODAY

September 3rd, 2019

Kodi Lee, a blind singer with autism, moved the judges to tears again on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” USA TODAY

Several acts on “America’s Got Talent” have captivated the world with inspirational stories, including an 11-year old violinist who beat cancer and a blind singer with autism.

But Tyler Butler-Figueroa and Kodi Lee are more what they overcame, judge Simon Cowell said. The two golden buzzer winners backed up their stories with undeniable talent during the first round of semifinals Tuesday, proving they are top-notch. 

Butler-Figueroa, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 4, opened his high-energy performance of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” alongside fellow cancer survivors. He received a standing ovation and Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre chanted “Tyler!”

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“Your story is unbelievable and we’ve talked about it a lot. But now I want to talk about your musicianship, because tonight you showed just what a brilliant musician you are,” Cowell said to his golden buzzer recipient. 

Julianne Hough added, “Tonight your performance went above and beyond what we’ve seen. … Your greatest trial has become your greatest triumph.”

‘America’s Got Talent’:Simon Cowell helps cancer survivor, 11, send message to bullies with golden buzzer

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The same could be said about Lee, who once again brought some of the judges to tears with a breathtaking cover of Calum Scott’s “You Are the Reason.” The audience went wild with applause and cheers, prompting Lee to jump along with joy.

“Like I said earlier on to Tyler, your story is unbelievable. But now let’s take it back to your talent,” Cowell said to Lee. “Every time you come on, particularly tonight, you put your twist on a song that makes you, in my opinion, one of the most special, talented contestants.”

An emotional Gabrielle Union told her golden buzzer winner, “You just keep changing the world every time you step on this stage. … We are so grateful to be in your orbit.”

‘America’s Got Talent’: Soulful singer with autism draws cheers, tears and a golden buzzer

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The judges believe Butler-Figueroa and Lee deserve a spot in the finals, but the fate of the contestants is up to the viewers. Only five of the 11 acts will advance. 

Tuesday’s field also included impressionist Greg Morton; singer Robert Finley; Ndlovu Youth Choir; singer Ansley Burns; dance group Light Balance Kids; acrobatic trio Messoudi Brothers; magician Eric Chien; singer Benicio Bryant; and comedian Jackie Fabulous. 

Fans can vote up to 10 times for each act on or through the “America’s Got Talent” app. The acts advancing to the finals will be revealed during Wednesday’s results show (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).

Honorable Mention

The (shirtless) acrobatic trio was dubbed the “Magic Messoundi Brothers” by Union following their “Magic Mike”-inspired act that received a standing ovation. 

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The brothers invited Hough to take part in a stunt onstage to the tune of Ginuwine’s “Pony” for a few laughs. But, things soon turned serious when they performed a daring stunt that one member broke his foot attempting in rehearsals. 

“Thank you for bringing me up with you! That was fantastic! I literally felt like I was in ‘Magic Mike.’ It was the best thing of my life,” Hough said. “You guys upped the ante. That was so dangerous.”

Cowell quipped, “This is going to be uncomfortable watching it back home with your husband tonight.” Hough quickly responded, “Actually he’s in the audience. … So he’s fine.”

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Former crewman, captain of the Conception — the boat that caught fire in Southern California — explains safety measures – KXTV

September 3rd, 2019

SACRAMENTO, California — As investigators continue to work to determine the cause of boat fire in Southern California, a former captain of the company that owned the Conception explained why he believes most of the crew survived and the passengers did not.

Thirty-nine people including six crew members were aboard the vessel Conception when it caught fire early Monday morning while anchored off Santa Cruz Island.

“I think that the flames were engulfed so much that the captain was up on the wheelhouse trying to put out this mayday call and the flames were coming up on him,” said Chris Connelly, a former crewman and captain with Truth Aquatics. “I think he probably had to bail off of the boat with the rest of the crew because that’s where the crew sleeps — is up on the wheelhouse.”

Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Bill Brown said there were multiple mayday calls that may have been conflated. There was an initial mayday call that may have come from The Conception “when mayday was put out and information that the person couldn’t breath” could be heard.

Five crew members jumped in the ocean and were rescued by a good Samaritan boat called “The Grape Escape.” Another mayday call was sent out by surviving crew from the rescue boat, according to USCG Capt. Monica Rochester.

An unidentified voice on the mayday call could be heard mentioning locked doors to the below deck where passengers were sleeping. Rochester explained that there were no locked doors from the sleep deck to the top deck.


According to Brown, the boat had three decks — the sleeping deck was the lowest, the second deck had the galley and the third was the crew’s sleeping quarters and the bridge.

“It would be perfectly normal for the crew to be up on that third deck. It was their assigned location to sleep, and the bridge of the vessel was up there as well,’ Brown says.

Brown says it appears the sleeping passengers on the third deck were trapped. “There was a stair well to get up and down the main entry, and there was an escape hatch and it would appear as though both of those were blocked by fire.

Connelly told ABC10 the only door on the boat never gets closed or locked.

“Every time before that boat goes out, there is a safety briefing and when you come onto the boat and you walk through the big door, there’s a sign in sheet and you have to sign your name onto a manifest,” said Connelly.

Under that document, Connelly explained, is where the escape hatch is located.

“We don’t know until this investigation goes further and they find out what happened, but to say that it started out as a small fire –  I don’t think so,” Connelly said.

Connelly said fire prevention is a top priority for the owners of Truth Aquatics.

“Fire is very scary on a boat, so we do everything that we possibly can to prevent it,” explained Connelly. “The escape hatches – they are there –  they just weren’t utilized. I think this fire happened so fast, and there’s nothing that could have been done. There’s no lock on the doors and there’s no propane on the boat to explode.”

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‘America’s Got Talent’: Shirtless Acrobats, a Young Violinist and Kodi Lee Shine Brightest in 1st Semfinals – Entertainment Tonight

September 3rd, 2019

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September 3rd, 2019

Two men shot in Surrey – BC News –

September 3rd, 2019

A shooting has left two men injured in the Fraser Heights area of Surrey.

RCMP said at approximately 4:50 p.m. on Sept. 3, police responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 15900-block of 111 Avenue.

Officers arrived and found two men suffering from apparent gun-shot wounds. Both men were taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Surrey RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is investigating. 

“Early indications are that this was a targeted incident. While the public was placed at risk as this incident unfolded, there are no indications of a continued risk,” said Cpl. Elenore Sturko.

“Investigators are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or go to”

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September 3rd, 2019

Leaked Apple document reveals ‘iPhone 11’ branding, OS release dates, new iPads in October, more – AppleInsider

September 3rd, 2019

Leaked Apple document reveals ‘iPhone 11’ branding, OS release dates, new iPads in October, more  AppleInsider

A supposedly leaked internal document reveals a wealth of information regarding Apple’s fall product lineup, including the names and release timelines of new …

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