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CARGOLIFT CONUNDRUM: Liberal cargo plane inefficient 1960s-era gas guzzler – Toronto Sun

October 5th, 2019

It’s a fine example of late 1960s aviation technology — hard at work helping Justin Trudeau earn his second term as prime minister.

The Liberal leader raised eyebrows earlier this week after admitting his campaign consists of a second airplane — a Boeing 737-200 cargo freighter chartered from Montreal-based Nolinor Aviation — prompting Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to label Trudeau a “climate hypocrite” during the French language debate on Oct. 2.

Manufactured in 1975, the aircraft spent most of its life with Aer Lingus in Ireland before being purchased by Nolinor in 2017.

Considered one of the least efficient and worst polluting airliners in current service, the 737-200 was among the first generation of Boeing’s venerable 737 family of narrow-body airliners.

The 737-200 was manufactured in 1966 and 1988, and only 58 remain in service today — largely by charter companies and airlines in developing nations such as Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic as they’re the only airliner still capable of taking off and landing on gravel airstrips.

Technical specifications for the 737-200 list a 4,899 kilometre range and, according to data provided by Nolinor, the craft burns an average 3,691 litres of fuel per hour with its Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines, introduced on the Boeing 727 in 1962.

Trudeau’s primary plane — a next-generation 737-800 chartered from Air Transat — has a published range of 7,400 km and consumes nearly 500 less litres of fuel per hour than the 200.


Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau boards his campaign plane in Ottawa on Sept. 29, 2019.

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Using publicly available data from flight tracking websites, the Sun determined the Liberal’s cargo plane embarked on 35 trips between the beginning of the campaign on Sept. 11 and Oct. 4. logging over 27,000 km — nearly three-quarters the circumference of the earth.

While the plane’s longest flight was Sept. 19 between Halifax and Saskatoon — 3,239 km — many of the trips were under 200 kilometers.

The shortest flight was a 31 km hop between Mirabel — Nolinor’s home airport — and Montréal–Trudeau on Oct. 3.

That came a day before another series of short flights — 233 km from Montréal–Trudeau to Quebec City, 313 km to Mont-Joli a few hours later, 675 km to Ottawa International that evening, followed almost immediately by a 136 km return to Montréal-Mirabel by 8:30 p.m.

On Sept. 25, the plane departed Vancouver at 12:30 PDT on a 3,100 km flight to Sudbury ahead of his infamous ‘canoe’ campaign stop.


Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau canoes around Lake Laurentian during a campaign stop at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury, Ont. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (John Lappa/Postmedia Network)

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After landing in Sudbury, the plane almost immediately took off again for Peterborough, Ont., a 327 km trip south.

The plane departed for Sudbury at 12:10 p.m. the next day, returning to Peterborough about two hours later.

It then flew to Toronto on the 27th — an 18 minute, 118 km hop.

Other short flights include Charlottetown to Halifax on Sept. 18 (160 km), five trips between Mirabel and Ottawa (136 km), and a 12 minute, 62 km journey from Toronto Pearson to Hamilton.

Advances in aviation over the past few decades, says Asia Times aviation journalist D.M. Chan, have largely concerned reducing weight and improving fuel efficiency.

“Engines are far, far better,” he told the Sun, particularly between modern aircraft and those built prior to the 1970s oil crisis.

“They’re more efficient, not to mention quieter.”

Winglets, a relatively new innovation on commercial airliners intended to reduce wake turbulence behind aircraft, have resulted in significant fuel savings for airlines, Chan said, describing the savings from flared or curved wingtips equalling about 10 billion gallons of jet fuel — or a global emissions reduction of over 105 megatons of CO2.

The Toronto Sun contacted the Trudeau campaign requesting specific details about the plane’s short trips — specifically regarding the multiple flights between Sudbury and Peterborough.

Liberal party spokesperson Pierre-Olivier Herbert dismissed the Sun’s inquiries as a “ridiculous distraction” and criticized the Conservative Party for not purchasing carbon credits during the campaign.

The Trudeau campaign has promised to offset emissions during their campaign by purchasing carbon credits.

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In the Habs’ Room: Carey Price spectacular in shootout win over Leafs – Montreal Gazette

October 5th, 2019

Paul Byron scored on Montreal’s first shot and Price ensured the victory as stared down a Murderers’ Row of Leafs’ shooters.

TORONTO — Carey Price wasn’t among the three stars introduced at the conclusion of the Canadiens-Maple Leafs game Saturday, but he should have been.

Price was the reason why the Canadiens escaped with a 6-5 shootout win over the Leafs.

Forget the five goals he surrendered in regulation time, most of which were the result of sloppy play from the guys in front. When the game was on the line — in the overtime and in the shootout — Price was spectacular.

On three occasions in overtime, Price was challenged on breakaways. There was a stop on Mitch Marner and then two saves against John Tavares. The first save on Tavares came as the Leafs captain exited the penalty box and Price was able to make a glove save. The second came with less than 10 seconds to play.


Canadiens’ Carey Price skates away from the net against the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Toronto.

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“I think if he had another half-step, he might have been able to lift it more,” said Price, who stuck out his pad to make the save. “As it was, he got it up a bit.”

Then came the shootout. Paul Byron scored on Montreal’s first shot and Price ensured the victory as stared down a Murderers’ Row of Leafs’ shooters — Auston Matthews, Marner and Tavares.

It appeared the Leafs were on their way to a third consecutive win to start the season when they took a 4-1 lead on a power-play goal by William Nylander at 5:16 of the third period, but Jonathan Drouin scored 11 seconds later to launch the Montreal comeback.

“The turning point was that shift after they scored with (Max Domi) and Jo,” Brendan Gallagher said. “They scored right away and we didn’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves. We knew we could get one more, we could come back.”

Gallagher provided that one more when he scored at 6:29 and Jeff Petry tied the game on a rare penalty shot that was called after Kasperi Kapanen threw a broken stick at him.

“I’ve seen guys throw a broken stick at a puck, but it’s first time I saw a guy throw it at a player,” Petry said. “We knew the rule, but there was some confusion. At first, they said any player could take the shot, and then they said any player who was on the ice, and then they said it was me.


Canadiens’ Phillip Danault celebrates a goal against the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Toronto.

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“It’s the first time I’ve taken a penalty shot,” said Petry, who beat Michael Hutchinson with a low shot on the glove side. “I shot a few times in shootouts when I was with Edmonton. I went out there and I knew I was going to shoot.”

“I wasn’t surprised that he scored because I’ve seen him shoot in practice,” Gallagher said.

“It wasn’t our best game,” Gallagher admitted. “Pricey had to make some big saves on their best players. We have some things to clean up. There were some things we liked, character-wise, but we have to be sharper. We had a lot of breakdowns and we had to rely on our goaltender a little too much. Obviously, he’s capable of doing that, but we don’t want to rely on him every night.

“This was a big win for us,” Gallagher said. “I remember coming in here (last season) and they came back after we had a 3-0 lead, so it was good to get them back.”

The Canadiens flew home after the game, but they’ll return to this area on Wednesday when they complete their season-opening road foray with a game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens will play their home opener Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings.

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iPhone 11 Review: Getting El-even With Android Flagships’ Cameras – Mashable India

October 5th, 2019

dIn the smartphone market, Apple is the only name that I’d consider to be an aspirational brand. People don’t want iPhones, they desire getting one. But at the same time, the popularity and dexterity of Android smartphones have waned off the appeal for quite a sizeable bunch of people. With the launch of the iPhone 11, this is the first time that Apple has acknowledged that it’s feeling the heat from OEMs like OnePlus and Samsung. This is why they probably decided to price the phone at a price cheaper than its predecessor.

At a cheaper price than the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 offers a better camera setup, a more powerful processor, and better waterproofing. But while there are definite improvements over its predecessor, it is competitors like the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the upcoming Pixel 4 that the iPhone 11 really needs to win against.

So how does the iPhone 11 fare? I was particularly interested in finding this out after coming from the OnePlus 7 Pro. But without any further ado, let’s find out in our full review of it.

iPhone 11 Review: Design

Depending on how you liked the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 looks just as good or bad. The phone has an aluminium-and-glass body but this time around there are a new set of pastel colours that the phone is painted in: Green, Yellow and Purple. The standard colours of white, black and product red are still here for people who don’t want to experiment. Personally, I liked the colourways of the iPhone XR better.

The only major difference in design is at the back of the phone. The iPhone 11 now has a dual camera setup that sits in a square module along with a secondary mic and a dual-LED flash. The camera module has pushed the Apple logo to the centre of the phone. The glass has a glossy finish whereas the camera module gets a matte finish. Although this won’t make a difference to most, I’d just like to point out that both these finished are done on the same slab of glass and that is pretty sweet from an engineering perspective.

In a nutshell, the iPhone 11 doesn’t break any grounds in terms of design and falls behind the Note 10 and the OnePlus 7 Pro in my perspective. But this doesn’t mean that the phone doesn’t feel good in the hand, it does. In fact this just makes me believe that Apple is waiting until next year to unleash it’s next chapter in design language.

iPhone 11 Review: Display

This part is going to be a rant. I still don’t understand how Apple stuck with a 720p LCD panel that has bezels thicker than yo mamma. And what riles me up further is that everyone has settled with this. Okay, I agree that its probably the best LCD panel I’ve ever seen but that still doesn’t justify this inclusion. Coming from the OnePlus 7 Pro that has minimal bezels and a great QuadHD AMOLED panel, the viewing experience on the iPhone 11 is just way sub-par. Streaming content on Prime Video or Netflix is just not as enjoyable. What makes this situation even worse is that one of iOS 13’s prime features is the inclusion of the system-wide Dark Mode. The use of an AMOLED panel would not only offer a superior viewing experience here but would also help eke out more battery. With up 625 nits of brightness, the iPhone 11 doesn’t do a great job in being legible in bright sunlight too.

Considering the fact that there are phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro and the Galaxy Note 10 in this price range that offer razor-thin bezels and excellent displays, there’s no way the iPhone 11 can get away with this. So, if you rely on your smartphone for most of your media consumption, prepared to be disappointed. This is more unfortunate given how good the dual speaker setup that supports spatial audio on the iPhone 11 is.

iPhone 11 Review: Performance

The A12 Bionic that fueled the nifty performance on the iPhone XR is now replaced by the A13 Bionic that goes even further. Have you heard about the Jaguar XE SV Project break its own lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife? Well, that’s pretty much what’s going on with the Apple’s processors here; they’re pretty much in their own league. The iPhone 11 is buttery smooth and handles anything that you throw at it with finesse. Couple its beastly CPU with its GPU and the phone is untouchable when it comes to gaming graphics. Couple this with Apple’s Arcade and the iPhone 11 has a formidable gaming phone alias.

In terms of processing power, Apple’s Bionic processors are in their own league altogether.

Apple has also been gracious with RAM and has increased the number from 3GB to 4GB. And while you’d expect this to lead to better memory management, that isn’t the case. The iPhone 11 is horrible at keeping anything in memory. In fact, EverythingApplePro also did a video on the same that showed the iPhone XS taking a lead in memory management. But more than the lack of its ability to do so, it’s probably iOS that is to be blamed here. The initial releases of a new iOS system tend to be buggy. But even if Apple fixes this over time, the iPhone is not the phone you would want to get to multitask. Unlike Android, there’s no support for features like floating windows or multi-window.

It’d be wrong on my behalf to complete the performance aspect of the phone without mentioning the wonder that AR on iPhone is. Powered by the powerful Bionic processors, Apple’s iPhone constitute for the biggest AR platform in the world right now. Applications that make use of it have an unparalleled refinement that is rarely seen on any other phone right now. I personally tried out Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs and was taken aback by how smooth the performance was. Right from remembering where the virtual game is placed in the real world to how the game reacts with physical pans of the phone, it was an enjoyable experience.

iPhone 11 Review: Software

The iPhone 11 comes with iOS 13 out of the box. But as we all know, the initial software had way too many bugs. Apple was quick in squashing bugs and went on an update spree by pushing updates to fix updates that were meant to fix the original bugs. At the time of writing, I’m currently on iOS 13.1.2 and everything has seemed to settle down.

SEE ALSO: Apple releases iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2: Major Bugs Fixed

I’ve always been an Android user and the restrictive nature of iOS had always kept me away from switching. Before switching to the iPhone 11, I was using the OnePlus 7 Pro which has a 90Hz display and has arguably the best UX and UI of any Android phone right now. But I was pleasantly surprised with what iOS has to offer. iOS 13 offers great optimization and makes the most of the hardware it is presented with. The UX is characteristic of fluid animations and applications open at the blink of an eye. There’s also a new system-wide dark mode that paints the UI in dark tones of black and grey which is easier on the eyes in dark environments. Everything else is pretty much the same. Siri still sucks, the ecosystem is still pretty restrictive, applications are still better on iOS as compared to Android, and the entire UI is still more visually appealing.

After using the iPhone along with the Apple Watch and the MacBook, I’m convinced that Apple offers the best ecosystem of hardware and software right now.

It’s also beautiful how seamlessly Apple products talk to each other. After using the iPhone along with the Apple Watch and the MacBook, I’m convinced that Apple offers the best ecosystem of hardware and software right now. All functions blend into devices and it’s just great how I can pick up my iPhone calls on the MacBook and control the volume of the music playing on the iPhone with the crown of the the Apple watch.

Apple has also taken the Security aspect up by a notch with iOS 13. It now offers greater control of location permission in apps, and notifies users when applications ask for other permissions like Bluetooth. Apple also introduced a new “Sign in with Apple” tool that automatically generates a random email address for apps that ask for your email address to sign in. Unlike Google and Facebook, Apple states that they won’t track these logins to target ads to the user.

But coming from Android, there are quite a few things that I’m not a huge fan about on iOS. Notification management on iOS is still nowhere close to what Android has to offer. Notifications from a handful of applications is all that’s needed for the notification panel to get cluttered. This is one place where Android is still ahead. As mentioned above, there’s also no support for floating windows or multitasking which is honestly a waste of all the processing prowess that the A13 Bionic boasts off.

But all in all, iOS is a darn good system that most users can get easily used to. It definitely is far from the customizability and variety that Android has to offer, but its ease-to-use and robust optimization make the entire experience delightful.

SEE ALSO: Apple iOS 13 Detailed Review: The iPhone Goes Dark

iPhone 11 Review: Camera

The cameras on the iPhone 11 are hands-down the biggest update over its predecessors. The single 12MP shooter on the iPhone XR has binary fission’d into two 12MP shooters. While the primary sensor is unchanged, the 11 gets a secondary ultra-wide sensor that truly improves the overall shooting experience. The A13 Bionic also plays an important role and makes possible something incredible known as Deep Fusion, which I’ll talk about below. What else? The iPhone finally gets a much-needed Night Mode, can shoot 4K@60FPS with all its lenses, and also supports audio zoom. Let’s dive right into how these jargons on paper translate in the real world.

Actually, let me spoil it for you. The iPhone 11 is the best overall camera phone you can buy right now in its price segment. The new cameras don’t just catch up with Android flagships in terms of still images but also take a respectable lead in shooting videos.

iPhone 11 is a highly consistent shooter that inspires confidence every time you take it out to take shots. Until now, the Pixel 3 was the only other phone that would make me feel such. The phone takes crisp shots with accurate colour reproduction being in that rare breed of phones that don’t oversaturate colours. Dynamic range is excellent too.

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Night Mode

 

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One key area where iPhones lacked until now was while taking shots in the night. Without a dedicated night mode, even budget Android phones with Night mode could blow the older iPhones out of the water. But with Night Mode now present, night shots from iPhone have never been better. When in dark environments, it kicks in automatically and shoots up to 3 second exposure shots. If you’re looking for longer exposure, you’ll need to put the phone on a tripod which will then let you take up to 30-second long exposures. Unlike, most Android phones, the lack of a dedicated night mode doesn’t let you fire it up in daylight to further improve sharpness or white balance. Also, Night Shots are not as dramatic as we’ve seen on the Pixel 3. They bend more towards realistic side of things, which isn’t necessarily good.

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Ultra-wide Camera

 

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The inclusion of the wide-angle camera is such a boon. Apple being Apple, has done the best implementation of this lens in terms of software. Firstly, to show the perspective that the wide-angle camera can offer, the interface at the top and bottom becomes translucent. This is a neat addition but it might prove to be slightly distracting when you want to focus on a particular subject in the frame. Secondly, the output of the ultra-wide matches the primary sensor in colour reproduction and dynamic range which means you can seamlessly switch between the sensors without having to worry about getting two drastically different shots. The only complaint I have with this sensor is that there’s no night mode support for it like the Galaxy Note 10+ has. Hopefully this is something that we can see in a future update.

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Deep Fusion

While Night Mode tends to low-light conditions, Apple has developed a new Deep Fusion feature that makes use of computational photography to deliver even better results in medium to low-light conditions. Using the A13 Bionic’s computational prowess, the feature works on pictures, pixel-by-pixel, to reduce noise and improve image clarity. This feature isn’t available for the general users yet and is expected to hit the iPhone 11 series later this year. But since it’s available on the iOS 13 Beta, we decided to try it out and were quite impressed with what this is capable of doing. You can check out more on what Deep Fusion can do on the iPhone 11 here.

SEE ALSO: Here’s What Apple’s Deep Fusion Can Do On The iPhone 11

Portrait Mode

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The iPhone 11 adds another portrait lens called High-Key Light Mono which places the subject in a space of white with the subject itself getting a monochrome treatment. But what’s more important is that the portrait mode now even supports objects and pets. But in my usage, I found edge detection to be a hit or a miss. It quite frequently blurred my ear off and missed the space between two people. This is the shabbiest part of the camera experience for me. But when the edges were detected alright, the shots came out pretty sweet.

Video

Let’s get to videos now. Well, I’m not going to waste your time here. The iPhone 11 is the best camera phone for taking videos. Sure, it doesn’t offer a manual video mode to control settings like some other Android flagships do with its stock application. If that’s highly important for you, you could buy the FiLMiC Pro application from the App Store that’ll give you all sorts of manual controls. In fact, it can also shoot videos from two lens simultaneously offering twice as much footage in the same amount of time!

Apple wasn’t playing when it said that the new iPhones take the highest quality videos in the smartphone industry.

While shooting a video from the native app, the iPhone also offers an option to seamlessly switch between the ultra-wide lens and the regular lens with a smooth animation. Even while zooming in, the iPhone 11 does an excellent job of doing it smoothly, frame by frame. Talking about zooming, the iPhone also supports Audio Zoom which allows the phone to hone in on the sound that comes from the object you’re pointing it at. Faruk, from iPhonedo, does a great job in showing how effectively this works in his video here.

The rear cameras support taking up to 4K videos at 60 frames per second with extended dynamic range and 1080p videos at 240 frames per second. To quickly get into taking a video, you can now long-press the shutter button and swipe right. And if you’re wondering how to take burst shots, you need to do the same but swipe right instead of left. The ultra-wide sensor on the phone supports OIS (Optical Image Stablization) and does an exceptional job at capturing stable videos.

Front Camera

Surprisingly, the front camera on the 11 is no slouch too. The 12MP TrueDepth is now geared to take 4K videos at 60 frames per second and 1080p at 120 frames per second. Videos taken by the front camera get the stablisation treatment which results in great output. Selfies taken by this snapper were well-detailed, had accurate colours and great texture. If you’re a budding vlogger and need a secondary reliable camera, the iPhone 11 is something you should definitely consider.

The front facing cameras is still accompanied with sensors to make possible Face ID and Animojis/Memojis. Face unlock is now faster than ever and I’m thoroughly convinced that it should be standardized on all phones. The only gripe I have with is that I still need to maually swipe up from the bottom of the display to get to using the phone.

iPhone 11 Review: Battery & Charging

 
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Combining a highly efficient processor, a 720p LCD panel and a highly optimized operating system, the iPhone 11 is a marathon runner. On no occasion did I manage to kill the phone despite of using the phone heavily. Although iOS makes it difficult to read screen on time numbers after a full charge, I got an average of about 6-6.5 hours of SoT with atleast 20-30% charge left at the end of the day.

But there’s a major complaint that I have here. Apple being Apple, only bundles a 5W charger with the iPhone 11 even though it supports 18W fast charging. For someone who is already spending flagship money on a phone, buying a fast charger shouldn’t be an outstanding expense. With the 5W charger, a full charge can take up to a ridiculous 3 hours! If you don’t want to clench your fists or pull your hair out, I’d strongly recommend you to get an Apple-certified 18W brick. Wireless charging is also present on the iPhone 11 but it’s still pretty slow after Apple has capped it to 5W after the iOS 13.1 update.

Conclusion

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The iPhone 11 finally redeems itself in terms of the camera and is now standing amongst the best performers out there. This alone, is the biggest talking point about the new iPhone 11 when compared to the XR that it’s replacing. Everything else is still pretty much the same. The display is still atrocious for this price (when compared to competitors), performance is still the best in the game, iOS is still buttery smooth and is now more secure than ever and battery backup is excellent too.

The iPhone 11 is Apple’s attempt at making a phone that’ll appeal to the masses. And with the expensive price tags on the “marginally” better iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 11 is pitched psychologically to appear as a bargain. With a renewed focus on India, the iPhone 11 is now competitively priced at INR 64,990 for the base variant. The 128GB and the 256GB variant cost INR 69,990 and INR 79,990 respectively.

So, if you’re looking for a new iPhone this is definitely the one you should get, especially if you’re coming from an iPhone 8 or an older model. The iPhone 11 will be a significant upgrade for you and will offer much better value-for-money than the Pro models that cost a whole lot more with additions that make it difficult to justify the bump in price. But if you’re agnostic to the OS and want a phone that matches the design philosophy of the current times, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and the upcoming OnePlus 7T Pro should be great alternatives in the same price segment. While the camera performance won’t be as good, they cross all other boxes that make up for a great flagship.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Review: More Of The Max And Less Of The Pro


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A Scarborough parish is finally getting a traffic light after priest says 5 people died crossing in front of the church – Toronto Star

October 5th, 2019

For Rev. Xavier De Pinto, the new traffic signal being installed outside his Scarborough church is literally the answer to his congregation’s prayers.

The city agreed last year to install the lights, but only after traffic on Lawrence Avenue took a terrible toll on De Pinto’s community — leading him and a busload of parishioners to pack a community council meeting and call for change.

According to the clergyman, since 1984, five people have been killed while crossing in front of Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, which is on the south side of Lawrence, just east of Victoria Park Avenue.

“It was something that was needed,” said De Pinto, recounting how he and his congregation advocated for the safety measure. “I think it was through prayer too, and activism of our community.”

The section of Lawrence in front of the church, which is across from Townley Avenue, is a seven-lane road with a middle left-turn lane where pedestrians stop as they attempt to cross.

“It’s like a highway,” De Pinto said.

For years the posted speed limit has been 60 kilometres an hour, although council voted in July to decrease the limit on a long stretch of Lawrence, including the section in front of Precious Blood, to 50 km/h.

There is a TTC bus stop across the street from the church, which is about 190 metres from the nearest signalized crossing at Victoria Park to the west, and 220 metres from the lights at Pharmacy Avenue to the east.

De Pinto said many of his congregants, including those who are older, take the TTC to church, and the most direct way to get there from the bus stop is to cross the seven lanes of traffic.

The priest, who has been at the church for about three years, said he first learned about his congregants’ traffic safety concerns from the local chapter of the Catholic Women’s League. After he announced from the pulpit that he would try to get a traffic signal installed, parishioners started to come forward and tell him about the spate of deaths.

“The stories started to come to me,” he said. According to De Pinto, four of the people killed were Precious Blood members, and a fifth died while crossing to a bazaar being hosted by the church.

Churchgoers told him the community had tried to get the city to install a crossing on Lawrence Avenue before, with no success.

“I said, well, let’s try again,” De Pinto said.

The Star couldn’t independently verify all five fatalities reported by Precious Blood members. However, interviews and old newspaper reports confirm at least four deaths on that stretch of Lawrence since 1984. There were other serious collisions as well, including an incident in 2015 in which an SUV driver hit three pedestrians as they crossed the road, and then struck a fourth person who was standing at a bus shelter.

Reynaldo Dizon still remembers seeing the flash of sirens outside his house 35 years ago on the evening police came to tell him his sister, Belen Lasat, had been killed crossing the street in front of the church. She was 48.

The Toronto Sun reported at the time she died of a broken neck and severe head injuries. Dizon said she attended Precious Blood but at the time of her death she was crossing the street to get to her apartment, which was next to the church.

“She made it to the centre lane,” said Dizon, who is now 78 and a retired commercial artist. “There was no crossing there. There was not even a crosswalk.”

He and his siblings had to break the terrible news to their parents, who were still living in the family’s native Philippines.

“I didn’t know how to tell them,” he recalled.

About two years ago, De Pinto enlisted Michael Thompson, the local councillor, to help him get the traffic signal installed.

A 2018 city report responding to Thompson’s request noted two deaths at the location over 20 years, in 2004 and 2011, apparently omitting a fatal pedestrian collision that media reports say occurred on Lawrence just east of Victoria Park in 2000.

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Despite referencing the pair of fatalities, city staff recommended against erecting a traffic signal at Lawrence and Townley because the location didn’t meet the transportation department’s technical requirements. Those criteria require a location to meet or exceed specific quantifiable thresholds of traffic volume, delays experienced by pedestrians attempting to cross the road, collision hazards and other factors.

Asked what role historic fatalities play in the city’s evaluation, transportation department spokesperson Hakeem Muhammad said the traffic signal warrant takes into account only collisions in the previous three years that could have been prevented by a traffic signal.

“It does not differentiate by severity,” he said.

However, in addition to the hard numbers, staff “do typically note collisions involving pedestrian injuries or fatalities for the consideration” of councillors debating a new traffic safety proposal, he said.

The traffic lights outside the church were approved only when Thompson asked his colleagues on Scarborough community council to vote against the staff recommendation. De Pinto arranged to have a busload of parishioners, including Dizon, attend the July 2018 community council meeting where councillors made the decision. The parishioners burst into cheers after the vote.

According to Reverend Xavier De Pinto, since 1984 five people have been killed while crossing in front of Precious Blood Parish, which is on the south side of Lawrence, just east of Victoria Park Avenue.

Three weeks later, the request went to city council, which gave the traffic light the official go-ahead. It will cost the city $180,000, and Muhammad said it would be activated by the end of the year.

Thompson said he didn’t want to “point the finger” at the city’s warrant system, and he understands traffic lights can’t be installed everywhere. But he said in this case it was clear the area needed a new crossing, even if it didn’t meet the technical criteria.

“Sometimes the numbers don’t really tell the story. It’s the people that do,” said Thompson (Ward 21, Scarborough Centre).

In July, as part of a wider reboot of the city’s Vision Zero road safety plan, council voted to change the way the city evaluates the need for new traffic signals and other safety measures.

In addition to the technical warrants, staff will now consider the wider context of the location, including factors such as road width, posted speed limit, operating speeds, local demographics, the presence of a transit stop and the distance between existing signalized crossings.

Dylan Reid, co-founder of pedestrian safety group Walk Toronto, said organizations like his had long been advocating for reforms to the warrant system, which he said was originally geared toward ensuring nothing impeded the flow of traffic, rather than improving safety. He said he hoped the updated system will make it easier for residents to get traffic signals and other measures in their neighbourhoods.

“I think we need to be listening to communities. If communities are saying this is an unsafe place, that’s the experience of the people living there and using that space. And I think we need to pay more attention to that,” he said.

“Hopefully now we can get some safety measures in place before someone gets killed, rather than afterwards.”

With files from Astrid Lange and Megan Ogilvie

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Official anthem singer for Boston Bruins performs at alma mater – WMUR Manchester

October 5th, 2019

A familiar voice rang out at the Plymouth State University homecoming football game Saturday.”It’s real special being here,” Todd Angilly said. Angilly is now familiar in homes across New England. The Rhode Island native belted out the national anthem at his alma mater, at the field where his anthem singing began.The Boston Bruins named Angilly the official anthem singer of the team Thursday after legend Rene Rancourt’s retirement.Angilly sang at 16 home games last season and at each home game through the Bruins Stanley Cup playoff run.”I’ve done a couple of appearances for the team and the fans have just been awesome,” Angilly said. At Plymouth State University, the trained opera singer is also a fan favorite.”The fans were just so welcoming, just like the Bruins fans. It makes it easier, you go out and you feel like you’re at home, you know?” Angilly said. “No one could deserve this more,” said Angilly’s friend and former fraternity brother Rocco Caradonna. Caradonna was there to see his old friend sing at homecoming.”Todd’s an all-around standup guy, always has been. I’m so happy for him that this finally came through for him,” he said.”It kind of came full circle today…just seeing everybody being here, knowing this is where it all started for me,” Angilly said. He will perform the anthem at 80 percent of the team’s home games in the regular season. He currently lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and is a probation officer and bartender at TD Garden.

A familiar voice rang out at the Plymouth State University homecoming football game Saturday.

“It’s real special being here,” Todd Angilly said.

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Angilly is now familiar in homes across New England. The Rhode Island native belted out the national anthem at his alma mater, at the field where his anthem singing began.

The Boston Bruins named Angilly the official anthem singer of the team Thursday after legend Rene Rancourt’s retirement.

Angilly sang at 16 home games last season and at each home game through the Bruins Stanley Cup playoff run.

“I’ve done a couple of appearances for the team and the fans have just been awesome,” Angilly said.

At Plymouth State University, the trained opera singer is also a fan favorite.

“The fans were just so welcoming, just like the Bruins fans. It makes it easier, you go out and you feel like you’re at home, you know?” Angilly said.

“No one could deserve this more,” said Angilly’s friend and former fraternity brother Rocco Caradonna.

Caradonna was there to see his old friend sing at homecoming.

“Todd’s an all-around standup guy, always has been. I’m so happy for him that this finally came through for him,” he said.

“It kind of came full circle today…just seeing everybody being here, knowing this is where it all started for me,” Angilly said.

He will perform the anthem at 80 percent of the team’s home games in the regular season.

He currently lives in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and is a probation officer and bartender at TD Garden.

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Kapanen’s lapse in composure critical in Maple Leafs’ collapse to Canadiens – Sportsnet.ca

October 5th, 2019

TORONTO – Mike Babcock sees no use in talking to Kasperi Kapanen tonight.

Not after the infuriated winger blew his composure and committed a mental gaffe significant enough to cost the Toronto Maple Leafs a perfect record and what could become a valuable standings point against an Atlantic Division rival.

“He’s going to have enough people talking to him,” said Babcock, after watching his club get bucked by an unhinged seesaw of a game. “He’ll probably get the message pretty good, I’d imagine.”

To his credit, Kapanen faced the music in those gutting moments after the Leafs’ 6-5 shootout loss to the better-rested Montreal Canadiens, who deserve full marks for not folding when falling behind 4-1 to an offensive juggernaut with less than 15 minutes to go.

It sure looked like hockey’s most explosive offence had everything under control Saturday. Until suddenly, bizarrely, it all detonated into shards.

Quick strikes by Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher sparked a Habs’ late rally, chopping Toronto’s lead to just one.

Then, killing a critical penalty, Kapanen drifted out the point when a Jeff Petry blast snapped his stick in half. The fiery Finn lost his cool and whipped his busted graphite shaft at the blade of Petry, who had regained control of the puck at the Leafs’ blue line.

“I was getting a little tired, a little aggravated and I broke my stick, which isn’t going to help us on the PK, so I threw it that way,” explained Kapanen, humbled. “I just kinda threw my stick that way and it hit him, and I guess you get a penalty shot for that. I take full responsibility for my actions.”

Petry, a defenceman, was awarded just the second penalty shot of his career — and he beat backup goalie Michael Hutchinson to tie the game.

“I feel bad about it. Everybody knows it’s a big mistake on my part. If I knew that rule existed,” Kapanen said, “I wouldn’t have done that. I’ve never seen that situation before.

“That’s my fault.”

The unravelling continued. Phillip Danault scored next to give the visitors a lead.

For the Habs, four unanswered goals in under 10 minutes.

For the Leafs, a crack in composure, a failure to stomp the throat.

“It definitely turned into an interesting third period,” Hutchinson understated.

Things got more interesting when a certain mustachioed franchise player gave Toronto (and, by association, Kapanen) a chance at redemption, beating Carey Price with a mere 75 ticks on the clock.

Auston Matthews—part Harlem Globetrotter, part marksman—tied the thriller with his second on the night and his 12th in 12 career contests versus Montreal. (If you count back to his spectacular pre-season, Matthews will carry a seven-game goal streak into Monday’s date with the Blues.)

“I really don’t know anyone who has that type of shot,” John Tavares said. “I don’t know what goalie is going to stop it.”

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Matthews’ NHL-leading fifth snipe on the season treated the sold-out barn to an edge-of-your-seat overtime that featured a Max Domi crossbar and a Tavares breakaway.

Paul Byron potted the shootout winner, while Price shut the door, sucking out whatever air remained in Scotiabank Arena.

“That’s a game we’ve got to put away for sure,” Tavares said. “It’s going to leave a sour taste.”

Surely, the familiar questions about Toronto’s undisciplined defensive-zone play and goaltending depth will bubble up, with the Leafs getting outshot 21-11 after the second period.

“Actually, I felt bad for Hutch because, to me, we hung him out to dry, and I thought Hutch had done a good enough job,” Babcock said. “The way I look at it is, we had three games in four nights, and we knew going in this was going to be a grind. We got five out of six points.”

And an ugly, jagged reminder that you just don’t throw a broken stick—no matter how fatigued or infuriated.

“I’ve never seen it by anybody, ever,” Babcock said. “I’m sure he feels bad and would like to have it back. The thing about it, you can’t get it back. We’ve all got to learn from it.

“Lessons are important during the year, and we got one.”

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Strangers raised $190000 for a girl hospitalized with EEE – KSL.com

October 5th, 2019

CNN — A 5-year-old Massachusetts girl diagnosed with a rare mosquito-borne virus has returned home from the hospital, weeks after donors raised thousands of dollars for her medical expenses.

Sophia Garabedian was hospitalized early last month with Eastern equine encephalitis, which can cause deadly brain swelling. Her condition sparked the concern of thousands online, and a verified GoFundMe effort has topped $190,000.

“There are no words that can adequately describe the depth of our family’s gratitude to those who have donated to support Sophia or shared their prayers and heartfelt thoughts through cards and messages,” her family said in a statement.

“Every positive thought has helped us to get to this day and will get us through as we continue to work on her recovery.”

Sophia was released after she reached a “major milestone,” her family said, but her recovery is ongoing.

Sophia’s diagnosis came among a severe EEE outbreak, with at least 32 confirmed cases in six states.

Five to 10 human cases are typically reported in the US each year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. About 30% of cases result in death.

A resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, died of EEE this week, according to officials from the Calhoun County Public Health Department, bringing the number of EEE deaths in the US this year to 11.

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Hollywood A-list hits red carpet at Tyler Perry’s new studio – Yahoo Entertainment

October 5th, 2019
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Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham pose for a photo on the red carpet at the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Invision/AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Tyler Perry officially christened his massive new film studio Saturday, beaming as his fellow entertainment industry luminaries descended on Atlanta and strode a red carpet to his sprawling complex for an opening gala.

The attendees warmly greeted Perry, a man who had once been homeless and yet now helmed his own studio, one of the nation’s largest.

“I think it’s pivotal in everything that we’ve done, everything that we’re doing still, that we continue to try to motivate and inspire people,” Perry told The Associated Press as he shook hands with well-wishers.

And there were plenty there to congratulate him. Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry and others all helped Perry christen his new facility, a 330-acre (134-hectare) studio that once served as a Confederate army base.

Winfrey praised Perry and told the AP the new studio head is a force to be reckoned with.

“He didn’t wait for other people to validate or to say you should go this way or that way. He said I’m going to create my own way and as we can see here, become a force for himself,” Winfrey said.

“I remember when he was thinking about buying this place and I said ‘You’d be crazy not to take it.'” she added.

Samuel L. Jackson pointed to Perry’s vision as the key to his ascent.

“This is more about Tyler the entrepreneur. The visionary. A guy who understands that ownership means that you can do what you want,” Jackson said as he paused along the red carpet.

Tyler Perry Studios has 12 soundstages, each named after seminal black actors and actresses.

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Riders on Disney World’s new Skyliner gondolas stranded for hours – Orlando Sentinel

October 5th, 2019

Reedy Creek officials are on the scene on Epcot Resorts Drive, along with fire trucks from Orange and Osceola counties. That is adjacent to the system’s line that connects Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort with Epcot. It also runs through a station for Disney’s Riviera Resort, a Disney Vacation Club offering scheduled to debut in December. It is the longest line on the system, which opened last week.

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Maple Leafs’ lack of composure proves costly in collapse against Canadiens – Sportsnet.ca

October 5th, 2019

TORONTO – Kasperi Kapanen lost his cool, and a defenceman’s penalty shot turned the tide.

It appeared the Toronto Maple Leafs had a perfect 3-0 record to the season all wrapped up—a 4-1 lead in Period 3 should be fine, eh?—until it all shattered like Kapanen’s hockey stick.

The Montreal Canadiens rallied to defeat the Leafs 6-5 in a barn-burning shootout, dishing Toronto its first loss of the season.

While they have yet to start a home game sharp, the Maple Leafs—already sourcing healthy offensive contributions from all four lines, plus the top of their defence corps—have calmly and consistently rolled out their creativity and depth to claw back at their first three opponents this season.

And it sure looked they had things under control Saturday, until suddenly it all blew into shards.

Just as Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk struck early in Wednesday’s season-opener, Montreal’s Max Domi drew first blood for the visitors, opening the scoring 68 seconds after puck drop when he capped off a speedy 2-on-1 with Artturi Lehkonen.

But, as has been the case throughout the opening week of the Leafs’ “Why not us?” campaign, the more skilled roster responded quickly to its sluggish start and took a stranglehold on the contest.

Auston Matthews—part Harlem Globetrotter, part marksman—tied the game with his NHL-leading fourth snipe and his 11th in 12 career contests versus Montreal. (If you count back to his spectacular pre-season, Matthews will carry a seven-game goal streak into Monday’s date with the Blues.)

This one was another beautiful one-timer yanked from a quiver that knows no depths.

“I really don’t know anyone who has that type of shot,” John Tavares says. “I don’t know what goalie is going to stop it.”

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Alexander Kerfoot pounced next, thanks to a grinding forecheck and pretty behind-the-net setup from winger Trevor Moore, to register his first goal with his new club.

Moore, in the mix all game, then slammed home a buttery Ilya Mikheyev feed on an odd-man rush to extend the lead to 3-1.

The ready-to-dominate William Nylander wristed a short-side zinger past Carey Price on a third-period power play, but Jonathan Drouin countered on the following shift to give the Habs life.

Brendan Gallagher struck next, narrowing the home side’s lead to just one.

Then Kapanen lost his cool, chucking a broken stick to the feet of Jeff Petry at the Leafs’ blue line.

Petry beat backup Michael Hutchinson on a penalty shot to tie the game, and Phillip Danault delivered the go-ahead goal.

Four unanswered goals in one period.

A lack of composure, a failure to stomp the throat.

Surely, the old questions about defensive-zone play and goaltending depth will follow.

Matthews’ fifth in four days tied the game, again, with a mere 75 ticks on the clock and set the stage for sudden death.

Paul Byron scored the shootout winner and Price shut the door, sucking the air out of Scotiabank Arena.

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