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November 8th, 2019

7 Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers detained or face arrest as chaos continues – Global News

November 8th, 2019

Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers were either detained or faced arrest Saturday, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Protesters vented their anger over Chow Tsz-Lok’s death and vowed not to give up their resistance at a police-approved prayer rally Saturday night, with frequent chants of “Hong Kong people, revenge” and “Free Hong Kong.”

READ MORE: Hong Kong protesters throw petrol-bombs as vigil for student spirals into violence

The 22-year-old died Friday, succumbing to injuries four days after falling from a parking garage when police fired tear gas during clashes with protesters. Although the circumstance of his death is unclear, many blame police who have been accused of heavy-handed tactics including widespread use of tear gas and pepper spray since the unrest began in June.

Police said three lawmakers were detained Saturday and charged with obstructing the local assembly during a raucous May 11 meeting over a now-shelved China extradition bill that sparked five months of protests calling for democratic reforms.

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The others received summons to turn up at police stations Saturday to face arrest. All seven are to appear in court Monday.

Pro-democracy lawmakers slammed the government clampdown as a calculated move after Chow’s death to provoke more violence as an excuse to postpone or cancel Nov. 24 district elections — polls viewed as a barometer of public sentiment amid the unrest.

“We’ll say no to their plans,” lawmaker Tanya Chan told a news conference. “It is a de facto referendum for all Hong Kong voters to cast their vote and say no to police brutality and say no to our unjust system.”

1:02Makeshift memorial erected in Hong Kong for student activist who died from fall

Makeshift memorial erected in Hong Kong for student activist who died from fall

She said the district elections will also send a crucial message to Beijing, accused by protesters of interfering in the city’s freedoms and rights promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997.

Hong Kong’s constitutional and mainland affairs secretary, Patrick Nip, said police made the arrests based on their investigation and that they had nothing to do with the upcoming elections.

Violence erupted late Friday when protesters took to the streets following memorial events in multiple locations to mark Chow’s death.

On Saturday night, thousands gathered at a Christian memorial service for Chow, singing hymns and laying white flowers and paper cranes at a makeshift stage in a downtown park.

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It wasn’t clear what Chow was doing at the garage early Monday as mobs clashed with police in the streets below. Police have repeatedly denied that officers pushed him down and had delayed emergency services that delayed treatment.

READ MORE: Hong Kong student protester dies after fall, setting stage for more unrest

A friend of Chow told a citizens’ press conference earlier Saturday that he had joined every protest since June.

“We, friends, were doing what we could on the streets. We were frustrated with the tyranny of this government,” said the masked friend, who didn’t identify himself.

At the evening prayer rally, various speakers, including hard-line protesters, took to the stage to call for justice for Chow and vowed never to surrender.

“Hong Kong people can be struck down but never defeated,” said a masked black-clad protester. Another protester urged citizens to show their anger by going out early to vote in the district council elections.

Prominent activist Joshua Wong, who has been barred from running in this month’s polls, said the city can emerge from the chaos if protesters unite and fight on despite the tough road ahead.

1:38Hong Kong police vow to investigate after protester injured

Hong Kong police vow to investigate after protester injured

There have been only a few fatalities during the unrest, including some reported deaths by suicide and a man who fell to his death while hanging pro-democracy banners on a building.

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More than 3,300 people have been arrested in the movement, which has expanded to include calls for direct elections for the city’s leaders and other demands.

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Roman Polanski accused of raping French actress Valentine Monnier in 1975 – CBS News

November 8th, 2019

A French woman in her early 60s has claimed she was violently raped at age 18 by Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski. In a Friday story published in the French newspaper Le Parisien, the woman claimed that Polanski raped her in 1975 at his skiing chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Polanski’s lawyer, Hervé Temime, told Le Parisien the 86-year-old Polanski “firmly contests” the allegation. Temime could not be immediately reached by The Associated Press. Polanski’s accuser, Valentine Monnier, told the French newspaper that the impending release of Polanski’s latest film “J’accuse” (“An Officer and a Spy”) prompted her to speak out.

AP does not normally disclose the identities of alleged rape victims, but Monnier gave her consent to be identified by Le Parisien after she contacted the paper in mid-September. The paper said she had previously written letters to the Los Angeles police, French first lady Brigitte Macron, and others. One of several who responded was Marlène Schiappa, France’s junior minister for gender equality, who noted the case was too old for judicial action. 

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Polanski has been living in France ever since he fled the United States in 1978, to avoid sentencing after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. The statute of limitations in France for rape is 20 years. 

“Rape is a time bomb,” Monnier, an actress and former model, told Le Parisien. “The memory does not fade. It becomes a ghost and it follows you, and it changes you insidiously.”

“I denounce this crime knowing that there can’t be any punishment, in an attempt to end exceptions, impunity. Public figures are being considered as models. By idolizing the guilty ones, we prevent people from realizing the serious consequences of their acts,” she continued, according to a translation from Variety.

Monnier, now 62, told the newspaper that the alleged episode occurred when a friend invited her to go skiing and stay in Polanski’s chalet.  

“I had no links with him,” Monnier said, according to The Guardian. “Neither personal nor professional, and hardly knew him.”

According to Monnier, after a night run down the slopes, she and Polanski returned to the chalet. She said that he called her up to his room after dinner, and that when she arrived, he was nude. She said he struck her, disrobed her, tried to make her swallow a pill and raped her.

Monnier said she feared for her life because “he can’t take the risk that this becomes known.” But he also apologized immediately afterwards and cried, Le Parisien quoted her as saying.

Monnier said she “took refuge” with an acquaintance of Polanski — and contacted him for the first time a month ago, Le Parisien reported. The newspaper met with the man, who asked to remain anonymous, in his lawyer’s office.

“I asked Valentine if she wanted to go to the police … In shock, she didn’t know what to do,” the paper quoted the man as saying. He said he believed her story.

Another man contacted by Monnier and by Le Parisien, former movie producer John Bentley, said he remembered her well, according to the paper. But he also said he not recall her saying that she had been raped, “or I would have done something.”  

Monnier said publicity surrounding the film revived the “traumatic memory” of her encounter with Polanski. In particular, she took issue with Polanski comparing himself in an interview to Alfred Dreyfus — the historical subject of “An Officer and a Spy,” who was falsely accused of spying — to what he has been subjected to over the American case.

“Is this tenable, under the pretext of a film, the cover of history to hear ‘I accuse’ from the man who marked you like with iron when it is forbidden for you, the victim, to accuse him?” the paper quoted Monnier as saying.

“An Officer and a Spy” premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August, and is scheduled to be released in France next week. 

Monnier is the fourth woman to accuse Polanski of sexual assault since the initial statutory rape claim. In 2017, Polanski was accused of raping former German actress Renate Langer in Gstaad in 1972, when she was 15.

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November 8th, 2019

7 Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers detained or face arrest – Global News

November 8th, 2019

Seven Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers were either detained or faced arrest Saturday, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Protesters vented their anger over Chow Tsz-Lok’s death and vowed not to give up their resistance at a police-approved prayer rally Saturday night, with frequent chants of “Hong Kong people, revenge” and “Free Hong Kong.”

READ MORE: Hong Kong protesters throw petrol-bombs as vigil for student spirals into violence

The 22-year-old died Friday, succumbing to injuries four days after falling from a parking garage when police fired tear gas during clashes with protesters. Although the circumstance of his death is unclear, many blame police who have been accused of heavy-handed tactics including widespread use of tear gas and pepper spray since the unrest began in June.

Police said three lawmakers were detained Saturday and charged with obstructing the local assembly during a raucous May 11 meeting over a now-shelved China extradition bill that sparked five months of protests calling for democratic reforms.

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The others received summons to turn up at police stations Saturday to face arrest. All seven are to appear in court Monday.

Pro-democracy lawmakers slammed the government clampdown as a calculated move after Chow’s death to provoke more violence as an excuse to postpone or cancel Nov. 24 district elections — polls viewed as a barometer of public sentiment amid the unrest.

“We’ll say no to their plans,” lawmaker Tanya Chan told a news conference. “It is a de facto referendum for all Hong Kong voters to cast their vote and say no to police brutality and say no to our unjust system.”

1:02Makeshift memorial erected in Hong Kong for student activist who died from fall

Makeshift memorial erected in Hong Kong for student activist who died from fall

She said the district elections will also send a crucial message to Beijing, accused by protesters of interfering in the city’s freedoms and rights promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese control in 1997.

Hong Kong’s constitutional and mainland affairs secretary, Patrick Nip, said police made the arrests based on their investigation and that they had nothing to do with the upcoming elections.

Violence erupted late Friday when protesters took to the streets following memorial events in multiple locations to mark Chow’s death.

On Saturday night, thousands gathered at a Christian memorial service for Chow, singing hymns and laying white flowers and paper cranes at a makeshift stage in a downtown park.

Story continues below advertisement

It wasn’t clear what Chow was doing at the garage early Monday as mobs clashed with police in the streets below. Police have repeatedly denied that officers pushed him down and had delayed emergency services that delayed treatment.

READ MORE: Hong Kong student protester dies after fall, setting stage for more unrest

A friend of Chow told a citizens’ press conference earlier Saturday that he had joined every protest since June.

“We, friends, were doing what we could on the streets. We were frustrated with the tyranny of this government,” said the masked friend, who didn’t identify himself.

At the evening prayer rally, various speakers, including hard-line protesters, took to the stage to call for justice for Chow and vowed never to surrender.

“Hong Kong people can be struck down but never defeated,” said a masked black-clad protester. Another protester urged citizens to show their anger by going out early to vote in the district council elections.

Prominent activist Joshua Wong, who has been barred from running in this month’s polls, said the city can emerge from the chaos if protesters unite and fight on despite the tough road ahead.

1:38Hong Kong police vow to investigate after protester injured

Hong Kong police vow to investigate after protester injured

There have been only a few fatalities during the unrest, including some reported deaths by suicide and a man who fell to his death while hanging pro-democracy banners on a building.

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More than 3,300 people have been arrested in the movement, which has expanded to include calls for direct elections for the city’s leaders and other demands.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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O.J. Simpson sues Las Vegas casino for defamation – USA TODAY

November 8th, 2019

LAS VEGAS — O.J. Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino that banned him in November 2017, alleging that unnamed employees defamed him by telling a celebrity news site he had been drunk, disruptive and unruly.

Simpson, on parole in Nevada for a 2008 conviction for armed robbery and assault with a weapon, filed the lawsuit Thursday against Nevada Property 1 LLC, corporate owner of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The complaint acknowledges that Simpson, after several hours with two friends at a steakhouse and a lounge in November 2017, received a notice from a security guard as they left. It prohibited him from returning to the Las Vegas Strip property. He says he was never given a reason.

Cosmopolitan spokeswoman Rachel Henry declined comment.

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Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson is suing a Las Vegas hotel-casino, alleging unnamed employees defamed him by telling celebrity news site TMZ he was ordered off the property in 2017 for being drunk, disruptive and unruly.

Simpson denied in the lawsuit that he was “belligerent,” broke glass or damaged property.

Simpson attorney Malcolm LaVergne said his client’s reputation was damaged by “hotel staff” accounts cited in a TMZ report that Simpson “was drunk and became disruptive” at the resort’s Clique bar.

TMZ is not a defendant in the lawsuit.

Simpson had been released on parole less than six weeks before the incident, and LaVergne said Friday his client was stung by criticism he received on social media. The attorney said Simpson did not have a Twitter account in 2017.

“Now we’ve got Twitter. We’ve got a lawsuit. We’ll see how things play out,” LaVergne said.Simpson opened a Twitter account last June with an initial video post saying, “I got a little gettin’ even to do.” Most posts since have been about football.

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O.J. Simpson is suing the Las Vegas hotel-casino, alleging unnamed employees defamed him by telling celebrity news site TMZ he was ordered off the property in 2017 for being drunk, disruptive and unruly.

The defamation complaint said a parole officer arrived unannounced at Simpson’s Las Vegas home following news reports of the Cosmopolitan incident and administered drug and alcohol tests.

Parole officials found that Simpson had not violated probation “and ultimately determined that the Cosmopolitan’s assertions against Simpson were false,” the complaint said.

Nevada Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Kim Yoko Smith declined to comment about the parole finding. She said state law prohibits disclosure of information about supervision of a parolee.

Simpson has been living in a gated golf course community after being freed from prison. He was convicted in October 2008 of leading five men, including two with guns, in an ill-fated bid to retrieve personal items and memorabilia from two collectibles dealers and a go-between at a Las Vegas casino-hotel.

Simpson claims in the complaint he is a “model” parolee and points to “an extremely warm and positive reception by many” who pose with him for photos.

With good behavior credits, his parole could end before 2022.

The lawsuit characterizes Simpson as “a well-known public figure,” college football Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer who “has experienced various legal problems.”

Simpson was acquitted in Los Angeles in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. He was found liable for the killings in 1997 and ordered by a California civil court jury to pay $33.5 million to victims’ families.

The lawsuit was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ taping interrupted for Pat Sajak emergency surgery, Vanna White to host – NBC News

November 8th, 2019

A taping of “Wheel of Fortune” was canceled Thursday after host Pat Sajak had to undergo emergency surgery for a blocked intestine, the show tweeted Friday afternoon.

The surgery was successful, the show said in the tweet.

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“He is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work,” representatives from “Wheel of Fortune” tweeted.

Vanna White stepped into the role of host to finish taping Friday.

Wheel of Fortune is in its 37th season of syndication, according to CBS. Sajak and White have hosted the show together since its debut.

Sajak was in great spirits last week when he attended his longtime producer Harry Friedman’s Hollywood Star of Fame ceremony.

He, along with White, spoke at the event, lauding Friedman for his accomplishments and posing for photos.

Sajak is one of the longest running television hosts in the United States. Another longtime TV host, Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” has also recently had health issues. Trebek was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

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Have experts found cause of vaping-related illnesses? – KCCI Des Moines

November 8th, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday it has found a common chemical culprit in patients with vaping-related illnesses. The CDC said it extracted fluid from the lungs of 29 patients with vaping-related illnesses across 10 states. Vitamin E acetate was the only substance found in all 29 samples. “It’s one thing when you swallow vitamin E or you put the oil on your skin. It’s another thing entirely if it’s in your lungs, and it looks like there was actually like a chemical burn type of injury there,” said Dr. Jan LaPook, CBS News chief medical correspondent. Vitamin E acetate has recently been found in vaping fluid, especially in black market products.New York’s state public health lab discovered the compound in samples of vaping products provided by patients, sometimes making up more than half of the liquid in vaping cartridges. However, officials said they can’t rule out other toxic substances and it may take animal testing to prove vitamin E acetate causes lung damage.”They found the vitamin E acetate in the lung, but there could be something else going on in the lung, also,” LaPook said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday it has found a common chemical culprit in patients with vaping-related illnesses.

The CDC said it extracted fluid from the lungs of 29 patients with vaping-related illnesses across 10 states.

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Vitamin E acetate was the only substance found in all 29 samples.

“It’s one thing when you swallow vitamin E or you put the oil on your skin. It’s another thing entirely if it’s in your lungs, and it looks like there was actually like a chemical burn type of injury there,” said Dr. Jan LaPook, CBS News chief medical correspondent.

Vitamin E acetate has recently been found in vaping fluid, especially in black market products.

New York’s state public health lab discovered the compound in samples of vaping products provided by patients, sometimes making up more than half of the liquid in vaping cartridges.

However, officials said they can’t rule out other toxic substances and it may take animal testing to prove vitamin E acetate causes lung damage.

“They found the vitamin E acetate in the lung, but there could be something else going on in the lung, also,” LaPook said.

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B.C. teachers reject mediator’s recommendations for contract settlement with employer – Global News

November 8th, 2019

Another B.C. labour strike is beginning to loom after teachers rejected recommendations from the mediator hired to negotiate a new contract with their employer.

A report from mediator David Schaub was delivered to both the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) and the BC Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) on Nov. 1, which identified a “disconnect” between the two sides that was getting in the way of reaching a deal.

The report, released to the public Friday, recommends teachers accept the BCPSEA’s latest offer of a three-year contract with an annual two per cent salary increase.

READ MORE: B.C. teachers’ pay now at the heart of stalled contract negotiations

Both of those offers are in line with the province’s Sustainable Services Mandate, which limits wage increases to two per cent per year and has been used to cut deals with nearly a quarter million other public employees.

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It also recommends no change to contract language regarding class size and composition, while also calling for a $25.6-million fund to be spread over the three-year contract period to help ease workplace issues.

The two sides had until the end of day Friday to vote on Schaub’s recommendations. But the BCTF said its representative assembly had already rejected the terms, asking for more negotiating time to address key concerns.

1:44BCTF raises concerns about teacher shortage

BCTF raises concerns about teacher shortage

“Teachers’ low wages in B.C. have made recruitment and retention such a problem that our province is now in a teacher shortage crisis,” BCTF president Teri Mooring said in a statement Friday.

The BCTF has said it needs to hire almost 400 new teachers, and is having trouble attracting applicants due to B.C.’s teacher salaries, which Mooring said are the lowest in Western Canada.

READ MORE: B.C. teachers head back to class amid stalled contract negotiations

The BCPSEA said in its own statement Friday it had called off a vote on Schaub ‘s recommendations, despite accepting them in principle and wanting to use them as the beginning of a long-term solution.

Board chair Alan Chell said the BCPSEA was “surprised and disappointed” by the BCTF’s rejection of the report.

“In our view, this is a missed opportunity to work with the mediator to create a pathway to move forward,” Chell said.

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“Although the mediator’s recommendations didn’t represent BCPSEA’s preferred approach, the board believed they would provide the public school system with the necessary labour stability while we attempted to work with the BCTF over the term of the agreement to address the structural barriers that are preventing productive negotiations.”

1:30Keith Baldrey on teachers negotiations

Keith Baldrey on teachers negotiations

Teachers have been without a contract since June and have been bargaining for a new one for 67 days, 16 of which were overseen by Schaub.

Schaub’s report agrees that B.C. teacher salaries are “stagnating” and are “falling well behind the rate of inflation,” resulting in the current teacher shortage.

The report also notes teachers’ concerns that the provincial bargaining mandate stands in the way of solving the problem, as well as the BCTF’s call for some contract issues to be dealt with at the local level.

READ MORE: B.C. teacher contract talks on hold until after school year starts

The BCTF argues the BCPSEA requested Schaub submit his report soon after tabling its latest offer to teachers, rather than waiting for a counter-offer, which the federation calls “a normal part of the bargaining back-and-forth process.”

“The BCNDP government’s public positions supporting teachers and public education have been at odds with the employers’ actions at the table for months,” Mooring said in her statement.

“The B.C. cabinet needs to give the employer new marching orders and put new funding on the table to get a deal that works for teachers and students.”

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Global News has requested comment from the Ministry of Education.

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NASA unveils its first all-electric airplane, the ‘Maxwell’ – Global News

November 8th, 2019

NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 “Maxwell,” on Friday at its lesser-known aeronautics lab in the California desert.

Adapted from an Italian-made Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller plane, the X-57 has been under development since 2015 and remains at least a year away from its first test flight in the skies over Edward Air Force Base.

But after attaching the two largest of 14 electric motors that will ultimately propel the plane — powered by specially designed lithium-ion batteries — NASA deemed the Maxwell ready for its first public preview.

READ MORE: All-electric aviation? It’s closer than you may think

NASA also showed off a newly built simulator that allows engineers, and pilots, to get the feel of what it will be like to maneuver the finished version of the X-57 in flight, even as the plane remains under development.

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The Maxwell is the latest in a proud line of experimental aircraft the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has developed over many decades for many purposes, including the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 that first broke the sound barrier and the X-15 rocket plane flown by Neil Armstrong before he joined the Apollo moon team.

The Maxwell will be the agency’s first crewed X-plane to be developed in two decades.

While private companies have been developing all-electric planes and hover-craft for years, NASA’s X-57 venture is aimed at designing and proving technology according to standards that commercial manufacturers can adapt for government certification.

2:05Taking a pass on gas: Electric planes may be future air travel

Taking a pass on gas: Electric planes may be future air travel

Those will include standards for airworthiness and safety, as well as for energy efficiency and noise, Brent Cobleigh, a project manager for NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, about 160 km north of Los Angeles.

“We’re focusing on things that can help the whole industry, not just one company,” he told Reuters in an interview at the research center. “Our target right now is to fly this airplane in late 2020.”

The final modification, or Mod IV, of the aircraft will feature narrower, lighter-weight wings fitted with a total of 14 electric engines — six smaller “lift” props along the leading edge of each wing, plus two larger “cruise” props at the tip of each wing.

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The lift propellers will be activated for take-off and landings, but retract during the flight’s cruise phase.

READ MORE: What can be done to tackle aviation emissions?

Because electric motor systems are more compact with fewer moving parts than internal-combustion engines, they are simpler to maintain and weigh much less, requiring less energy to fly, Cobleigh explained. They also are quieter than conventional engines.

One challenge is improving battery technology to store more energy to extend the plane’s range, with faster re-charging.

Due to current battery limitations, the Maxwell’s design is envisioned for use in short-haul flights as an air-taxi or commuter plane for a small number of passengers.

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