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After labelling Greta Thunberg ‘mentally unstable,’ Maxime Bernier calls her ‘brave’ – Global News

September 4th, 2019

Maxime Bernier didn’t mean to “denigrate” Greta Thunberg or anyone who deals with her condition when he called her “clearly mentally unstable” in a tweet on Monday.

So said the leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) in a series of additional tweets that were posted on Wednesday afternoon.

WATCH: Aug. 25 — PPC leader Maxime Bernier launches party’s national campaign

Bernier said he “received a lot of criticism for a tweet where I was mentioning the mental health problems that Greta Thunberg herself and her mother publicly discussed.

“My goal was absolutely not to denigrate her or whoever deals with these conditions.”

Bernier went on to say that Thunberg is a “brave young woman who has been able to overcome her problems and deserves our admiration for that.”

“I wanted to show that the choice of influential groups and the media to make her a spokesperson for climate alarmism is not innocent,” he said.

READ MORE: Maxime Bernier calls teen climate activists ‘mentally unstable’

He went on to say that certain groups are using Thunberg as a “pawn” and a “shield to prevent any criticism of the message.

“I should have expressed this argument without referring directly to her personal situation,” Bernier added.

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The PPC leader did, indeed, face heavy backlash for his tweet on Monday, in which he also said that Thunberg is “not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear. She wants us to feel the same; ‘I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I do every day.’”

He went on to allege that “green leftists” want people to focus on Thunberg’s feelings in order to “prevent any debate on the radical ideology she is pushing.”

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Thunberg gained prominence earlier this year after inspiring scores of students to skip school in order to spur action on climate change.

Her profile has only grown since then — she recently travelled to the United Nations Climate Summit aboard a yacht for two weeks in order to avoid taking a plane.

WATCH: Aug. 28 — Greta Thunberg arrives in New York City after completing journey across Atlantic

In the course of raising awareness of climate change, she has also opened up about having Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that can mean a person has difficulty in social situations, as well as a particular set of interests, according to Autism Speaks Canada.

She tweeted in August, “I have Aspergers and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm.

“And — given the right circumstances — being different is a superpower.”

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Newspaper Headlines: PM Modi In Russia, Mumbai Rain On Page One Of Newspapers Today – NDTV

September 4th, 2019

The lead headline in Hindustan Times today focused on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia for bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The report mentions PM Modi thanking Vladimir Putin for Russia’s support to India over New Delhi’s stand on Jammu and Kashmir. The other stories in focus include Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim being listed as terrorists under India’s new UAPA law, and Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar being sent to ED custody till September 13. Hindustan Times

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‘It is not worth it’ | Loomis mom offers warning about vaping after son hospitalized with lung illness – ABC10.com KXTV

September 4th, 2019

ROSEVILLE, Calif — Ricky D’Ambrosio, 21, is fighting for his life after his mother, Christy, said he developed acute respiratory failure from vaping.

Christy posted to her Facebook page about her son, saying, “He is intubated, heavily sedated, paralyzed, and is in a medically induced coma. Because the effects of vaping are so new, the doctors are not quite sure how to treat him.”

The family is asking for prayers for their son as he fights in the hospital.

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She added, “He has so much more life to live. Even though I don’t agree with some of his choices in life, like vaping, I’m still a mama bear and will protect and fight for my boy with every single breath that I have.”

Christy told ABC10 it’s difficult to share what’s going on with her son but she wants to get the word out to as many people as possible.

“Is it worth this? Let Ricky be an example so you or your loved ones DO NOT NEED TO GO THROUGH THIS. As a momma sitting by her son’s hospital bed, wondering if we still get to go on our family trip together or if I’ll be planning his funeral…..I can tell you that IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!!!” she posted on Facebook. 

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The Centers for Disease Control [CDC] is investigating conditions like Ricky’s across the country. 

Currently, the CDC is investigating 215 possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, products. These 215 cases have been reported by 25 states.

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Apple has let down every iPhone user – ZDNet

September 4th, 2019

Hong Kong’s Lam hopes for end to crisis, but protesters dig in – Aljazeera.com

September 4th, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Thursday she hoped her decision to withdraw a controversial extradition bill that triggered three months of sometimes violent mass protests would bring an end to the political crisis in the Chinese territory.

Speaking to the media for the first time after announcing the move in a pre-recorded televised message on Wednesday night, Lam said the bill would be a formally withdrawn at the next session of the city’s Legislative Council, which is scheduled for next month.

“The bill will be withdrawn,” she said.”There will be no debate and no vote.”

She skirted questions on why it had taken her so long to withdraw the bill in the face of the escalating violence, and stressed that her government had China’s full support.

China-backed Lam acknowledged the deep divisions among Hong Kong’s people and said her government was committed to finding ways to address the discontent.

“After more than months of social unrest it is obvious to many of us that the discontentment in society extends far beyond the (extradition) bill,” she told reporters.

“It covers political, economic and social issues including the oft-mentioned housing and land supply, income distribution, social justice and mobility, and opportuniites for our young people, as well as how the public can be fully involved in the government’s decision making.

Hong Kong protesters tear-gassed after clashes with police

Five demands

Although the bill sparked the protests, its withdrawal is now one of only five demands being made by the pro-democracy protesters who have targetted government buildings, the central business district and the airport in some 13 weeks of demonstrations.

They have vowed to continue the rallies until the administration meets all their demands including for universal suffrage and an independent investigation into the police response to the protests. More than 1,100 people have been arrested as a result of the unrest.

“They will go ahead with the protests because they want their five key demands met,” Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke said after speaking to key figures in the demonstrations.

“In particular, what they describe as “police brutality”. There have been accusations that the police have been hostile with regards to arrests and their behaviour towards these protesters, and there is anger about what they believe is the escälation of violence from the police side.

The mainland’s official China Daily said on Thursday that the withdrawal of the bill was an olive branch that leaves demonstrators with no excuse to continue violence.

Skirmishes

Skirmishes broke out in some districts late on Wednesday after Lam’s announcement, which followed a weekend of some of the most violent protests the city has seen over the past three months.

Police said a suspected petrol bomb was hurled at a luxury property in Kowloon district in the early hours of Thursday and the suspects fled on a motorbike. Local newspaper Apple Daily said the house belonged to Jimmy Lai, who was in the property at the time. The publishing tycoon Lai is an outspoken critic of Beijing.

The extradition bill would have allowed people in Hong Kong to be sent to China for trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party, was seen as the latest example of what many residents see as ever-tighter control by the mainland, despite the promise of autonomy.

The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” framework that gave the city of more than seven million people more freedoms than those on the mainland, including an independent judiciary.

China denies meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs and accuses Western countries of inciting the protests.

Lam is due to visit China’s Guangxi province on Thursday afternoon.

The Hong Kong government took out a full-page advertisement in the Australian Financial Review on Thursday saying it is “determined to achieve a peaceful, rational and reasonable resolution” and is resolutely committed to “One Country, Two Systems”.

It ends the advertisement by saying: “We will no doubt bounce back. We always do”.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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Samsung Galaxy Fold to Launch in Korea on Sept. 6, No Official U.S. Release Date Listed Yet – Gizmodo

September 4th, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold to Launch in Korea on Sept. 6, No Official U.S. Release Date Listed Yet  Gizmodo

Samsung’s beleaguered, $2,000 Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone has a new launch date in Korea: Sept. 6. The Galaxy Fold was scheduled to launch in the …

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‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ introduces new monsters and a Curry Dex – Engadget

September 4th, 2019

‘Pokémon Sword and Shield’ introduces new monsters and a Curry Dex  Engadget

When Pokémon Sword and Shield arrives on November 15th, it will come with new monsters and new features in tow. Nintendo of America has revealed two …

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China, U.S. to hold trade talks in October; Beijing says phone call went well – The Globe and Mail

September 4th, 2019

China and the United States on Thursday agreed to hold high-level talks in early October in Washington, cheering investors hoping for a trade war thaw as new U.S. tariffs on Chinese consumer goods chip away at global growth.

The new talks were arranged during a phone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, China’s commerce ministry said in a statement.

They would be the first in-person, high-level discussions since a failed U.S.-China trade meeting at the end of July prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to proceed with fresh tariffs on virtually all remaining Chinese imports so far untouched by the trade war.

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China’s commerce ministry said that Washington and Beijing have agreed to hold high-level talks on the on-going trade war between the two in October, after a call between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Reuters

But there was no indication that the first round of these tariffs – a 15% duty on Chinese consumer goods imposed on Sept. 1 – would be rescinded or halt a planned Oct. 1 tariff increase on $250 billion worth of goods already levied at 25%.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office did not specify timing for the ministerial-level talks, saying only that these would take place “in the coming weeks.”

“In advance of these discussions, deputy-level meetings will take place in mid-September to lay the groundwork for meaningful progress,” USTR spokesman Jeff Emerson said in a statement.

The United States and China remain far apart on the substance of a deal to end their 14-month trade war, with little movement since a May breakdown in the talks. At that time, the United States accused China of backtracked on earlier commitments for sweeping changes to its laws and practices on intellectual property protections, transfers of U.S. technology to Chinese companies and increased U.S. access to the Chinese market.

MARKETS RALLY

Nonetheless, financial markets breathed a sigh of relief at the potential cooling of trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies. U.S., Asian and European stock indexes all touched one-month highs on Thursday.

In afternoon trade, the Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial Average were both up 1.5%, with the broader S&P 500 up 1.3%.

Aiding the rally was positive U.S. economic data, including an estimate of private sector payrolls growth and an acceleration of U.S. services sector activity.

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On Sunday, Washington began imposing 15% tariffs on an array of Chinese imports, mostly consumer products, while China began placing duties on U.S. crude oil. On Monday, China said it had lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization.

Washington plans to increase the tariff rate to 30% from 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports from Oct. 1.

The National Retail Federation said it was encouraged by confirmation of in-person trade talks, and urged Washington to end the trade war and work for a rollback of all tariffs.

“This trade war has gone on far too long, and the harmful consequences for American business and consumers continues to grow,” said the group, which bills itself as the world’s largest retail trade association.

“REALLY GOOD” CALL

China’s commerce ministry said its trade team will consult with its U.S. counterpart in mid-September in preparation for negotiations in early October.

“Lead negotiators from both sides had a really good phone call this morning,” China’s commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said in a weekly briefing. “We’ll strive to achieve substantial progress during the 13th Sino-U.S. high-level negotiations in early October.”

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Gao also said Beijing opposes any escalation in the trade war.

Analysts noted that investors remain nervous and markets could react with volatility on comments or actions from either side.

On Tuesday, Trump had warned he would be tougher on Beijing in a second term if trade talks dragged on, compounding market fears that disputes between the United States and China could trigger a U.S. recession.

Trump on Thursday remained silent on Twitter about the newly agreed talks, and none of his key economic aides appeared on morning talk shows. Trump had lashed out at Beijing in past months, frustrated by its failure to follow through on purchases of U.S. farm products that he said were agreed in his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.

China, for its part, has been stung by Washington’s failure to make good on its promise to ease restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

The escalating tit-for-tat tariffs are taking a toll on China’s economy, which Liu, the country’s top trade negotiator, said faces increasing downward pressure.

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Surviving Crew Members of Ill-Fated Dive Boat Interviewed by NTSB Investigators – Noozhawk

September 4th, 2019

Alcohol and drug tests also administered to survivors of fire, sinking of the Conception that left 34 people dead

Tents have been erected at the Santa Barbara Harbor to serve as the incident command post for the recovery and investigation into the fire and sinking of the dive boat Conception.Click to view larger

Tents have been erected at the Santa Barbara Harbor to serve as the incident command post for the recovery and investigation into the fire and sinking of the dive boat Conception. The NTSB said Wednesday that investigators have been interviewing surviving crew members, who also have been tested for alcohol and drugs. (Tom Bolton / Noohawk photo)

Five surviving crew members from the commercial diving boat Conception are cooperating with National Transportation Safety Board investigators after the vessel caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island Monday, killing 34 people.

Investigators began interviewing the vessel’s owner/operator, captain and other crews members on Wednesday, NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy said at a press briefing Wednesday afternoon, adding that “today is our first full day on scene, and it was an extremely productive day.”

Details of what crew members shared with investigators have not been disclosed, and the interviews are ongoing, Homendy added.

“I characterize those interviews as very cooperative,” she said during the briefing at the Sheriff’s Barbara County Sheriff’s Department headquarters. “They are lengthy, multi-hour (and) detailed interviews.”

Alcohol testing was conducted on four of the five crew members, Homendy said. One injured person was not tested because he was being transported to the hospital, she said. 

The alcohol tests were negative, Homendy said.

All five people were drug tested, and investigators are awaiting the results, said Capt. Jason Neubauer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s office of investigations.

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NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy briefs reporters Wednesday in Santa Barbara. She said surviving crew members from the Conception have been ‘very cooperative’ with investigators. (Brooke Holland / Noohawk photo)

The Conception was anchored near Santa Cruz Island in the early-morning hours Monday when a massive blaze broke out, apparently trapping 34 people sleeping in bunks on the vessel’s lower deck.

Five crew members were reportedly on an upper deck and were able to leap into the water to escape the flames. A sixth crew member was with passengers on the lower deck and is believed to have perished.

Homendy said the NTSB inspected the Vision, a “similar vessel ” to the Conception also owned by Truth Aquatics, and located at Sea Landing at the Santa Barbara Harbor.

“I wanted to lay eyes on the vessel and get a sense of the layout,” Homendy said.

Investigators are scheduling more interviews in the next few days, she said, including another crew member, the owners of the good Samaritan pleasure craft that helped the crew members who escaped the fire, Coast Guard inspectors, first responders, company employees, past employees and others.

The NTSB also requested “a number of documents, material and data,” Homendy said. 

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Divers search for bodies and evidence near Santa Cruz Island, where the dive boat Conception burned and sank on Monday, killing 34 people. (Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department photo)

Investigators have requested Coast Guard recordings from the search and rescue efforts, 9-1-1 dispatch calls, maintenance and training documents, licensing information, policies and procedures, information on fire protection systems and engineering systems, the vessel’s inspection history, and operations manuals “if they exist,” among other data. 

She described the investigation as “comprehensive.”

A preliminary report on the disaster likely will be released in about 10 days, according to Homendy. The final report, including the probable-cause declaration and other findings, will be completed in 12-18 months.

The Santa Barbara-based Conception was not required to have a sprinkler system installed because of its size, according to Neubauer.

Investigators are still trying to find out the last time the ship was inspected, Neubauer said.

As of Wednesday morning, 33 bodies had been recovered, according to Santa Barbara County officials. One person remained missing.

The names of those killed have not yet been officially released.

Homendy said she met two hours on Wednesday with families who lost their loved ones.  

She described the incident as a “heartbreaking” and a “horrific” tragedy. 

“The biggest thing I wanted to get across is how sorry we are for their loss,” she said. “It’s clear they are devastated.”

NTSB teams are documenting the wreckage that’s submerged in about 60 to 65 feet of water.

The Conception is inverted, Homendy said, and plans are underway to salvage the vessel.

Side-scan sonar is documenting the remains of the boat, Homendy said, adding, that investigators want “as much video and digital images as we can get before the vessel is moved.”

The NTSB is requesting the public’s help in providing videos, photographs or other evidence that might be helpful in the investigation, Homendy said.

Information can be shared with the NTSB at [email protected]

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U.S., China agree to resume trade talks, markets jump – The Globe and Mail

September 4th, 2019

China and the United States on Thursday agreed to hold high-level talks in early October in Washington, cheering investors hoping for a trade war thaw as new U.S. tariffs on Chinese consumer goods chip away at global growth.

The new talks were arranged during a phone call between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, China’s commerce ministry said in a statement.

They would be the first in-person, high-level discussions since a failed U.S.-China trade meeting at the end of July prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to proceed with fresh tariffs on virtually all remaining Chinese imports so far untouched by the trade war.

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China’s commerce ministry said that Washington and Beijing have agreed to hold high-level talks on the on-going trade war between the two in October, after a call between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. Reuters

But there was no indication that the first round of these tariffs – a 15 per cent duty on Chinese consumer goods imposed on Sept. 1 – would be rescinded or halt a planned Oct. 1 tariff increase on $250 billion worth of goods already levied at 25 per cent.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office did not specify timing for the ministerial-level talks, saying only that these would take place “in the coming weeks.”

“In advance of these discussions, deputy-level meetings will take place in mid-September to lay the groundwork for meaningful progress,” USTR spokesman Jeff Emerson said in a statement.

Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run Global Times newspaper, struck an upbeat tone on Twitter, saying, “Personally I think the US, worn out by the trade war, may no longer hope for crushing China’s will. There’s more possibility of a breakthrough between the two sides.”

But William Reinsch, a former senior U.S. Commerce Department official, said the trade talks could drag well into 2020 since the two sides are still far apart on key issues, such as Washington’s demand that Beijing codify its reforms into law.

“The president has to choose between accepting a weak agreement or continuing the war,” said Reinsch, now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“The trick is to make an agreement in September or October 2020, shortly before the presidential election, and it’ll look like he’s a hero,” Reinsch said. “If he does that too soon, it has time to fall apart before the election. The Chinese aren’t going to comply with it anyway,” Reinsch added.

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Since a breakdown in the talks in May, Washington and Beijing have failed to narrow their deep differences over U.S. demands for sweeping changes to China’s practices on intellectual property protections, transfers of U.S. technology to Chinese companies, curbs to industrial subsidies and increased access to China’s markets.

MARKETS RALLY

Nonetheless, U.S. stocks staged a strong rally on the potential cooling of trade tensions, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rising 1.75 per cent and the broad S&P 500 closing 1.3 per cent higher.

Asian and European shares also hit one-month highs.

Aiding the rally was positive U.S. economic data, including an estimate of private sector payrolls growth and an acceleration of U.S. services sector activity.

On Sunday, Washington began imposing 15 per cent tariffs on an array of Chinese imports, mostly consumer products, while China began placing duties on U.S. crude oil. On Monday, China said it had lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization.

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Washington plans to increase the tariff rate to 30 per cent from 25 per cent on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports from Oct. 1.

The National Retail Federation said it was encouraged by confirmation of in-person trade talks, and urged Washington to end the trade war and work for a rollback of all tariffs.

“This trade war has gone on far too long, and the harmful consequences for American business and consumers continues to grow,” said the group, which bills itself as the world’s largest retail trade association.

“REALLY GOOD” CALL

China’s commerce ministry said its trade team will consult with its U.S. counterpart in mid-September in preparation for negotiations in early October.

“Lead negotiators from both sides had a really good phone call this morning,” China’s commerce ministry spokesman Gao Feng said in a weekly briefing. “We’ll strive to achieve substantial progress during the 13th Sino-U.S. high-level negotiations in early October.”

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Gao also said Beijing opposes any escalation in the trade war.

Analysts noted that investors remain nervous and markets could react with volatility on comments or actions from either side.

Trump was uncharacteristically quiet on China trade on Thursday, not tweeting about it and not taking questions from reporters at a White House event. His official Facebook page posted a link to a story on the talks along with the comment: “We are doing very well with China!”

On Tuesday, Trump had warned he would be tougher on Beijing in a second term if trade talks dragged on, compounding market fears that disputes between the United States and China could trigger a U.S. recession.

The U.S. president had lashed out frequently at Beijing over the past two months, frustrated by its failure to follow through on purchases of U.S. farm products that he said were agreed in his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in June.

China, for its part, has been stung by Washington’s failure to make good on its promise to ease restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

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