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Ring Fit Adventure Player Shows Off His Healthy Transformation After One Month – Nintendo Life

January 4th, 2020

Seven more Alberta firefighters sent to fight Australia’s fires – CBC.ca

January 4th, 2020

Seven more firefighters from Alberta Wildfire left on Saturday to help battle the intense fires in Australia. 

By Monday, 34 Alberta firefighters will have been deployed since Dec. 3.

“I definitely feel proud to represent Alberta and Canada,” said Rob Anderson, a wildfire air attack officer with Alberta Wildfire. “All I can do is rely on my past training and experience and be confident that I can do the job.” 

Anderson, who is headed to New South Wales for 38 days, is no stranger to large blazes. He worked on the Fort McMurray fire in 2016 and the Slave Lake fire in 2011, coordinating airspace and water bombing the flames. 

“I know they’re going through a tough time so I’m just going to do my best to have some empathy,” said Anderson. 

As of Saturday, 23 people have died and more than five million hectares have burned due to the widespread fires.

Anderson anticipates it could be difficult to acclimatize to the extreme heat but said he’s grateful that he’ll be able to learn the systems Australian firefighters use regularly. 

“It’s a monumental event in Australia’s history so obviously a guy is going to naturally have the jitters,” he said. 

Rob Anderson is one of seven firefighters who departed on Saturday to help fight fires in Australia. (Manuel Carrillos Avalos/CBC)

Christie Tucker, information lead for Alberta Wildfire, said all of the firefighters are being briefed on safety procedures to ensure they stay hydrated, cool and are able to work efficiently without suffering the consequences of the heat. 

They’ll also be briefed on what to expect in terms of terrain, weather and the kind of fires they are fighting. 

Tucker explained that they are working alongside the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) to determine what kind of skills are needed. 

Specialists in air attack, fire behaviour and operations are among those who will join the teams already on the ground. 

“We’re hoping they’ll be able to fit in seamlessly with the Australian teams and bring their area of expertise to help the team as a whole,” said Tucker. 

And there’s been no shortage of Alberta firefighters who are keen to pitch in. 

“I think the call for help is something that resonates with a lot of Alberta firefighters,” said Tucker. 

“Albertans everywhere understand the threat of wildfire — to be evacuated and worried about your home.”

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Northeast Calgary shooting leaves one dead – Calgary Herald

January 4th, 2020

Police search an alley behind the 200 block of Saddlecrest Blvd N.E. after a fatal shooting on Saturday evening January 4, 2019. Gavin Young / Postmedia

One man was pronounced dead and another was taken to Foothills hospital in life-threatening condition after a shooting in the northeast Calgary community of Saddle Ridge Saturday night, EMS said.

The incident occurred on Saddlecrest Boulevard N.E. just after 7:30. Police rerouted traffic to the road and advised people stay away from the area.

Police said Saturday they were called to the 200 block of Saddlecrest Boulevard N.E. at 7:25 p.m. after receiving multiple reports of gunshots.

Upon arriving on scene, officers located two adult males with gunshot wounds.

The investigation was ongoing and police said suspect descriptions were not yet available.

An autopsy is to be scheduled for early in the coming week.

Police cordoned off two separate areas in the vicinity of the shooting: an alley behind the block where the shooting took place, as well as a block about 350 metres east on Saddlecrest Boulevard. They said late Saturday there was no timeline for when the areas would reopen.

If the death is confirmed to be a homicide, it would be the first recorded in the city this year.

Over the past year, a wave of shootings in northeast Calgary — some of them fatal — have prompted concern among police officers, civic politicians and community groups alike.


Police block off Saddlecrest Blvd N.E. after a fatal shooting on Saturday evening January 4, 2019.

Gavin Young / Postmedia

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Some perfumes and cosmetics may cause allergic reactions – study – Newshub

January 4th, 2020
Some perfumes and cosmetics remove natural blockers found in the body.
Some perfumes and cosmetics remove natural blockers found in the body. Photo credit: File.

Some perfume and cosmetic products may cause allergic reactions, according to a study.

Researchers at Monash University, Columbia University and Harvard Medical School discovered some compounds contained in cosmetic and perfume products can activate human T cells, which guard our immune system.

The study focused on small chemicals found in many essential oils and botanical extracts.

It also investigated the role of a common protein in the skin, known as CD1a, could play in allergic reactions to cosmetics.

The study, published in the journal Science Immunology,  found several chemicals came up as “hits,” including farnesol –  a compound often used as a fragrance. 

An example researchers used was Balsam of Peru, which is an oily tree resin found in many natural and cosmetic products, toothpaste, fragrances and food and drink flavouring. 

Researchers said the oil is not chemically manufactured so it is very popular but up to five percent of the population is allergic to it because it contains the small compounds which break down certain individuals immune systems, causing an allergic reaction. 

“Normally, many CD1a molecules are filled with natural blockers in our bodies that would prevent an exaggerated immune response.

“Those small compounds basically remove those natural blockers,” said researcher Dr Marcin Wegrecki.

Contact dermatitis induced by allergens in personal care products is a common cause of skin rashes.

But despite the known allergy, Balsam of Peru is still used in some products, including toothpaste, sunscreen, face creams and cosmetics.

“Now we know how some of the compounds found in skincare products and cosmetics can directly interact with human proteins,” said Dr Wegrecki.

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January 4th, 2020

1 shot dead, another seriously injured in Calgary’s first homicide of 2020 – CBC.ca

January 4th, 2020

EMS said one man is dead and another clinging to life after a shooting in northeast Calgary on Saturday. 

Police said they received multiple calls about a shooting in the 200 block of Saddlecrest Boulevard N.E. around 7:25 p.m. 

Two men were found with gunshot wounds, police said.

The first man was pronounced dead at the scene, the second taken to Foothills hospital in life-threatening condition, EMS said.

Calgary police investigate a homicide in the 200 block of Saddlecrest Boulevard N.E. on Saturday. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Saddlecrest Boulevard was cordoned off and police asked drivers to avoid the area while officers investigated.

Police said in an emailed release at 9:30 p.m. that suspect descriptions were not yet available as the investigation is in its early stages.

An autopsy will be scheduled for early next week to identify the victim, police said.

The shooting marks Calgary’s first homicide of 2020.

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1 person dead following avalanche in BC near Merritt – The Weather Network

January 4th, 2020

Saturday, January 4th 2020, 10:18 pm – The avalanche occurred around 12:40 p.m. between Prospect Creek and Cabin Lake

An avalanche that occurred in B.C.’s Nicola Valley on Saturday afternoon has left one person dead.

B.C. RCMP spokesman Jesse O’Donaghey says searchers found the victim, who did not survive.

Initial reports from the scene indicate that one person was attempting to find a second person trapped by the slide. The two men were reportedly snowmobiling together in the backcountry when the avalanche happened.

O’Donaghey says the BC Coroners Service has been notified and is investigating the man’s death.

The avalanche occurred around 12:40 p.m. between Prospect Creek and Cabin Lake, which is approximately 56 kilometers southwest of Merritt.

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The region where the avalanche occurred is under a “high” avalanche risk, where there are several layers of unstable snowpack and “very dangerous avalanche conditions”, according to Avalanche Canada.

Natural avalanches in areas with a “high” avalanche risk are likely, and human-triggered avalanches very likely.

The recent weather has contributed to these dangerous conditions due to the heavy snowfall on top of the persistently weak snowpack and the changeable temperature pattern.

AVALANCHE SAFETY

Here are some avalanche safety tips, courtesy of the Government of Canada:

If you are caught in an avalanche:

• If there is machinery, equipment or heavy objects around you, push them away to avoid injury.

• Grab onto anything solid, such as trees or rocks to avoid being swept away.

• Close your mouth and clench your teeth.

• If you find you are moving downward with the avalanche, stay on the surface by using a swimming motion.

• Try to move yourself to the side of the avalanche.

When the avalanche slows try to:

• Push yourself to the surface.

• Make an air pocket in front of your face using one arm.

• Use the other arm to push towards the surface.

After an avalanche:

• Dig yourself out, if you can.

• Relax your breathing. This is especially important if you cannot dig yourself out.

• Stay calm and shout only when help is near.

With files from CBC News.

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January 4th, 2020

Here’s what Australia’s devastating wildfires look like from space – CTV News

January 4th, 2020

TORONTO — New satellite images offer a view from space of the Australian wildfires raging in New South Wales and Victoria.

Thick smoke fills the frame of one photo taken east of a tourist town called Orbost by U.S space technology company Maxar.

Another image, captured by the International Space Station orbiting 433 kilometers above the Tasman Sea, shows the wildfires surrounding Sydney.

NASA Earth Observatory also released two images taken six months apart that show the drastic change in Australia’s southeast region along the border of Victoria and New South Wales. One photo taken on July 24, 2019 by the Landsat 8 satellite provides a clear view of vast green land. In the image taken on Jan. 1, 2019 shows the same area covered by thick smoke.

The wildfires have destroyed almost 2,000 homes and claimed 24 lives. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The wildfires have already burned about 12.35 million acres of land since September.

With files from The Associated Press

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‘Trump is a killer’: Iraqi Calgarians call for peace in wake of Soleimani assassination – CBC.ca

January 4th, 2020

Iraqi Calgarians say they are angry their home region could see itself engulfed in yet another major conflict, as tensions escalate following the U.S. assassination of a key Iranian military leader on Iraqi soil.

Around 100 protesters chanted “Trump is a killer” and “stop aggression in Iraq” outside Calgary city hall early Saturday evening.

The U.S. Department of Defence confirmed President Donald Trump had ordered a targeted drone strike on a convoy near Baghdad’s airport on Friday, killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and nine other passengers. 

The U.S. said Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force (the foreign arm of the Revolutionary Guards), was planning an imminent attack — but did not release evidence to back that statement.

“We felt America had gone too far. Not only are they interfering with Iraqi and regional politics, but they are directly assassinating and doing illegal airstrikes on our sovereign soil,” said Zaineb Latif, one of the protest’s organizers. 

Zaineb Latif has family back in Iraq. She said her relatives were shocked and panicked after the U.S. airstrike. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Soleimani has been credited for a number of military operations throughout the Middle East that have killed hundreds of U.S. troops, and the U.S. considers the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization.

In Iran, Soleimani was a highly regarded strategist who led the fight to push back against ISIS. Officials vowed to take revenge against the U.S. for the killing and declared a three-day public mourning period. Other allied groups like Hezbollah have also threatened to respond.

Trump said the U.S. will target Iranian cultural sites if the country retaliates. 

We don’t want [Canada’s] armed forces — they are our brothers and sisters there — we don’t want them losing their lives for nothing.– Riyaz Khawaja, protestor

Riyaz Khawaja, another organizer of the protest, said he feels Trump doesn’t care about peace in the region.

“It was a Trump-led invasion, I don’t think it was a U.S.-led invasion,” he said.

NATO has suspended Canadian-led training of Iraqi forces in the wake of the airstrike, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada is monitoring the security environment and taking necessary precautions.

“We have troops in NATO in Iraq, we don’t want the war [to] happen, we don’t want the armed forces — they are our brothers and sisters there — we don’t want them losing their lives for nothing. There is no reason for a war,” Khawaja said.

Roughly 100 Calgarians met to protest the U.S. airstrike outside of city hall on Saturday. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Latif said while she’d like to see the Canadian government take a stand against the U.S., she sees that as unlikely and holds more hope that Canadian people will speak out.

“I hope for the Canadian people to understand that a fight for justice anywhere in the world … needs to be fought and it needs to be won because injustice, if it’s not stopped, will spread,” she said. 

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada has advised Canadians to avoid travel to Iraq, and leave the country if it is safe to do so.

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