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Netflix’s The Witcher Trailer #2 Breakdown – Rewind Theater – IGN

October 31st, 2019

Poop transplant death linked to E. coli – BGR

October 31st, 2019

Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning regarding the safety of so-called fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs). The bulletin came after two patients were infected with a drug-resistant form of E. coli after receiving poop transplants from the same donor. One of the patients recovered from their illness, but the other, a 73-year-old with blood cancer, ultimately died.

Poop transplants are a relatively new form of treatment for patients who have imbalances in the bacteria present in their digestive system. The tiny organisms that live in the gut are important to a person’s health, and not having the right mix can cause a whole host of problems. FMTs are one way to fix it, but there are plenty of risks.

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing health care providers and patients of the potential risk of serious or life-threatening infections with the use of fecal microbiota for transplantation (FMT),” the agency’s bulletin in June explained. “The agency is now aware of bacterial infections caused by multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) that have occurred due to transmission of a MDRO from use of investigational FMT.”

A report on the incident was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine and it reveals that some disturbingly lax screening guidelines may have played a role in the infections.

After some of the potential risks of infection warranted a more strict screening process for poop donors, the medical center made changes to the way they verify each sample. Unfortunately, the hospital didn’t apply these new screening guidelines retroactively, and older samples the facility had in storage weren’t given the same treatment.

Additionally, the doctors believe that a round of antibiotics that were given to both patients ahead of their poop transplants may have actually made it easier for the E. coli to fester, decreasing the ability of the patients to fight off the infections.

It’s clear that a lot of work needs to be done to ensure that these kinds of procedures are safe for everyone involved. When it works, it can be a major improvement in a patient’s life, but when it doesn’t, well, we’ve already seen the troubling results.

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Nintendo shares surge as company reports strong Switch Lite sales – CNBC

October 31st, 2019

Trump changes permanent residence from New York to Florida – Global News

October 31st, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump says he will be making Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence after he leaves the White House, rather than returning to Trump Tower in New York.

Trump tweeted late Thursday that he cherished New York. But he added that “despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state.”

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The New York Times reported earlier Thursday that Trump had filed “declaration of domicile” paperwork changing his “predominant and principal home” to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Trump, who was born in New York, says “it will always have a special place in my heart!”

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Trick-or-treater, 7, critically injured in Chicago shooting – World News – Castanet.net

October 31st, 2019

A seven-year-old girl out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume was critically injured Thursday night after being struck by apparent stray gunfire, police said.

The girl, who was shot in the upper chest area, was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. A 30-year-old man was shot in the left hand and taken to a nearby hospital in good condition.

The shooting occurred early Halloween evening as the girl was walking with her family and other trick-or-treaters along a street in the Little Village neighbourhood.

In a tweet, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the girl was believed to be an unintended victim. He said members of the community were assisting investigators “but we need more.”

“We heard the shots … four shots, and I went outside,” said Lali Lara, who works in a nearby cellphone store, told the Chicago Tribune. “The girl’s father was screaming, ‘My little girl’s been shot.'”

Police said a group of males were chasing another male along the street when someone in the group fired at the intended victim. It was not immediately known if the wounded man was with the girl or was the one targeted by the shooters. Police say they have no description of the gunman, and no one was in custody.

“This is unacceptable,” police Sgt. Rocco Alioto said. “A 7-year-old girl that was trick-or-treating with her family had to get shot because a group of guys want to shoot at another male.”

Police said there is a surveillance camera near the crime scene from which video can be obtained.

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Ex-Apple executive joins startup aimed at banishing smartphone cables – Reuters

October 31st, 2019

Now Hulu subscribers can download and watch offline on Android – Engadget

October 31st, 2019

Apple TV+ is just hours from debuting and Disney+ will be here in a couple of weeks, giving Hulu less time to catch up with the pack in terms of streaming features. The video service finally added the ability to download shows for offline viewing earlier this month, but until now it only worked on iOS devices. If you use Android or Amazon’s FireOS instead of an iPhone or iPad, then we have good news, now you can download shows and movies too — perhaps something Halloween themed like Castle Rock season two.

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Investigation Underway After 5 Teens Shot In Toronto – HuffPost Canada

October 31st, 2019

TORONTO — Cleaners were removing large bloodstains splattered along the hallway of a Toronto residential building on Thursday following a shooting that sent five teenagers to hospital, some in critical condition.

Police said the victims — a 16-year-old girl, a 17-year-old girl and three boys between the ages of 16 and 18 — were expected to survive. One of the teens underwent surgery overnight, police said.

The group was wounded when two people opened fire in the hallway of the building in the city’s west end around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

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A cleaning crew works to remove blood from the carpet of a building where a shooting took place the night before, in Toronto on Thursday.

Investigators were searching Thursday for three suspects, who police described as males in their late teens and early 20s who were driving a dark sedan before the shooting. They said they found at least 20 bullet casings at the scene.

Some residents inside the building looked visibly shaken Thursday as they went about their day and skirted past the lingering signs of the previous night’s violence.

What appeared to be bullet holes could be seen in the building’s rear entrance and marring the hallway doors and the walls of a nearby stairwell.

Police Chief Mark Saunders said officers will be looking at video surveillance footage in the area to help identify the suspects.

“We have five who were shot, they are very young people and there is no need for this to happen,” Saunders said Wednesday night, noting the victims were targeted.

Saunders and Mayor John Tory have repeatedly called for a city-wide handgun ban as Toronto grapples with a rise in shootings.

“There is the concern of retribution and so if there is going to be any type of retribution, then that would add to our count and that is something that is concerning,” said Saunders, who asked the public for tips to help the investigation. 

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Bullet holes are identified by police at the scene of a shooting in a parking lot in the west end of Toronto, on Thursday.

Police said 235 people have been shot in the city so far this year.

Saunders announced Thursday that an 11-week project launched this summer in an effort to address the spike in gun crime has been renewed, though no new money has been allocated.

All three levels of government provided a total of $4.5 million to fund Project Community Space, which involves increased police presence in areas associated with street gangs as well as monitoring of bail compliance.

In order to effectively tackle gun violence, officials need to treat it like a public health issue rather than a criminal issue, one expert on the matter said.

“If we look at it simply as a crime problem, we’re going to respond to it with Band-Aid solutions, reactive solutions, as we have been,” said Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto. 

There needs to be the political and public will to address factors such as poverty and racial discrimination, and to put in community supports that create an environment where gun violence is less likely to emerge, he said.

One of the hurdles is that funding for community programs aimed at youth is still granted for only short periods, typically three to four years, Owusu-Bempah said. As a result, those organizations are constantly struggling to remain operational, which affects their ability to build lasting relationships with the people they are supposed to serve, he said.

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Toronto Police officers cordoned off an area around an apartment building in Toronto on Wednesday.

Owusu-Bempah said there should be a national system to fund community organizations over extended periods of time, and allow schools and community centres to stay open late to provide activities and development opportunities for young people.

“Many parents can barely afford daycare so if you’ve got a few young children, the idea of being able to send your child to play some kind of sport that might be expensive or engage in extra-curricular activities…is out of the reach of many people, and it’s becoming more so,” he said.

“When you combine the fact that parents might be out of the house for long hours trying to make ends meet, so you’ve got children that are unsupervised with unstructured time, we can start to kind of see why these problems might exist.”

A spokeswoman for the City of Toronto said there are a number of programs in place for young people vulnerable to gun violence, including some aimed at prevention and others at helping them acquire skills and obtain employment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 31, 2019.

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Kids ignore Montreal mayor, brave the rain to go out for Halloween – Montreal Gazette

October 31st, 2019

It was Halloween as usual in Snowdon, despite a weather warning and a suggestion from Valérie Plante that parents put off trick-or-treating for a day.

With rubber boots on her feet and her jacket hood snugly covering her head, a soaked Lara Park, 7, trudged up the stranger’s concrete steps, ignoring the inflatable ghouls, smoke machines, driving rain and a warning from the mayor.

After getting her loot, she paused on Earnscliffe Ave. in Snowdon. Black and red makeup ran down her face but that was part of the costume — she was Bloody Mary, a witch conjured up in a mirror.

“No, I don’t really care,” Park said when she asked if the steady rain was bothering her.

A stream of bedraggled kids and parents squeezed past her on the crowded sidewalk of this haunted strip of Earnscliffe just north of Côte-St-Luc Rd.

Lara’s umbrella-toting parents told her she and her two-year-old sister Elise (aka Captain Marvel) could keep at it for 30 more minutes, and she was raring to ring more doorbells.

It was Halloween as usual in this part of Montreal, despite a weather warning and a suggestion from Mayor Valérie Plante and the mayors of many other Quebec cities on Wednesday that parents put off Halloween for a day to avoid heavy rain and strong winds.

The warning was ridiculed on social media.

And meteorologists were left scratching their heads. They had indeed issued rain and wind warnings on Wednesday, but the violent winds were only expected long after the witches, ghosts and superheroes were safely tucked in bed.

“I don’t know where the confusion came from — it was never supposed to be heavy rain and wind at the same time and the wind was always supposed to only pick up on Friday morning,” said André Monnette, a MétéoMédia meteorologist.

The weather TV channel even tweeted a response to Plante’s tweet about postponing Halloween, trying to clear up the mistake: “Correction: violent winds are (only) expected on Friday.”

Lara’s mom, Sylvia Santosa, said she considered postponing Halloween to Friday. “But then we saw the wind was going to be worse tomorrow.”

There were plenty of jokes poking fun at the mayor.

“You’re getting photographic evidence of us ignoring the city,” one drenched father told a photographer.

“It’s like nobody wants to respect the city rules,” quipped Rachel Mugerwa, as she waited for her son Liam to get some treats.

Some parents were dismayed by the city recommendation.

In Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Keith Wilson was putting the finishing touches on the skeleton-themed decorations outside his Wilson Ave. home.

“These kids are confused and disappointed,” he said. “When my (seven-year-old) daughter came home yesterday and she learned that Halloween had been postponed or cancelled, she was very upset. They look forward to this for weeks, they count the days and minutes so to have it postponed for them is a disappointment. And then not knowing whether it will or will not occur or when their friends will go just adds a lot of uncertainty.”

At 58, “I’m of a generation where unless it’s a force majeur and they’re shutting down the city, then we take Halloween the way it comes. If they don’t go out very long, they don’t go out very long. And if they get wet, they get wet.”

Stung by the online backlash, where the debacle was dubbed #halloweengate, Plante reacted on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “Let’s just say #halloweengate is a classic case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” the mayor wrote.

In Quebec City, Premier François Legault steered clear of the controversy.

“I want to wish a Happy Halloween to all the little monsters of Quebec, whether it is tonight or tomorrow night,” he told reporters as he arrived for question period, adding: “I respect the autonomy of municipalities.”

Strong winds are expected to hit Montreal starting at around 5 a.m. or 6 a.m. Friday and extending until about noon. Winds of 60 km/h, with gusts to 100 km/h, are expected, Environment Canada says.

At 90 km/h or 100 km/h, “you start to see small tree branches, weak branches breaking, as well as slight damage to roofs. Loose items such as lawn chairs can also get blown around,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Alexandre Parent.

The gusty weather should die down by the time trick-or-treating starts on the alternate Halloween on Friday, Parent added.

However, kids will have to bundle up. The temperature will fall during the day Friday — from 8 C in the morning to 4 C by around 6 p.m.

There’s even a possibility of snow on Friday afternoon and night, said Monnette of MétéoMédia.

“The chances are low, but don’t be surprised if you see a few snowflakes.”

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Philip Authier of the Montreal Gazette contributed to this story.

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3-alarm fire engulfs high-rise apartment in Vancouver’s West End – Global News

October 31st, 2019

A three-alarm fire overtook at least one high-rise apartment in Vancouver’s West End Thursday night.

Vancouver Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stroup said crews arrived at the building in the 1100-block of Beach Avenue near Thurlow Street three minutes after they were called at 6:20 p.m.

The fire, initially reported as a two-alarm, began in a suite on the 16th floor of the building, Stroup said.

READ MORE: Vancouver fire crews battle 2-alarm West End apartment fire

“It was contained to that unit, mainly due to the quick response of getting up there and getting water on it,” he said. “There was concern of it spreading a floor above, but [firefighters] did a great job.”

No residents or firefighters were injured during the blaze. Stroup said no one was inside the suite at the time.

Videos and pictures sent to Global News show heavy flames and smoke pouring from the apartment.

Smoke and flames pour out of a West End apartment building on Oct. 31, 2019.
Smoke and flames pour out of a West End apartment building on Oct. 31, 2019. Kathleen Black

“It was pretty intense,” said Alex Ramon, who lives in the building next door. “It’s probably one unit but the smoke makes it look like three or four.”

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By 7 p.m. the fire appeared to be under control and firefighters were able to go inside the suite.

Stroup said there is some water and smoke damage in the hallway.

Vancouver Fire Chief Darryl Reid said on Twitter that residents were assisted by emergency social services, including a transit bus provided to keep people warm.

By 8 p.m., residents were allowed back inside the building.

Reid and Stroup said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Witnesses told Global News firefighters had to tell drivers to stop travelling over their hose crossing Thurlow Street so they could turn on the water.

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TransLink detoured shuttle bus service on Beach Avenue between Pacific and Howe streets to avoid the scene.

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Fire crews fight West Vancouver blaze

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