OSAKA, Japan — Canada is pinning hopes for freedom for two Canadians detained in China since December on a meeting Donald Trump is to have with China’s Xi Jinping tomorrow.Ahead of the G20 summit now on in Osaka, Japan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Trump in Washington, where the president committed to doing “anything” to help Canada.Trump is set to sit down with Xi on Saturday morning, Japan time, as the two countries look to address outstanding trade issues.A central point of contention between China and America is the U.S.’s decision to deem the Chinese tech company Huawei “incompatible” with its security interests and those of its allies.Huawei is also connected to the issue of the two Canadians detained in China.In early December, after its chief financial officer was arrested on a U.S. extradition warrant in Vancouver, Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were taken into custody in arrests deemed “arbitrary” by the Canadian government.The Canadian Press
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.The Canadian Press BANFF, Alta. — A U.S. military expert who famously turned down an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to act as his national security adviser says it’s more important than ever that Canada “be in the fight” when it comes to its military commitments.Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, now an executive with Lockheed Martin in the Middle East, says the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia serve as a reminder that the region remains a dangerous place.The Sept. 14 strikes forced Saudi Arabia to halt about half of its production operations, causing oil prices to jump, although the output and prices have largely returned to pre-attack levels.Speaking at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Harward says Iran, blamed by Trump for the attacks, is growing more belligerent in flexing its muscles in the region and could force a violent reaction.Last year at a NATO summit in Brussels, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a plan to grow military spending by 70 per cent over the next 10 years is Canada’s answer to Trump’s demand that NATO allies spend two per cent of their GDP on defence.Harward dodged a question from Gary Mar, CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, about the U.S. buying more Canadian oil through new pipelines and less from more dangerous parts of the world by pointing out the U.S. also needs to support its allies in the Middle East.“You know, if you’re (Canada) going to cut down on carriers, subs, that’s fine, but stay engaged, maintain the partnership, be in the fight, to ensure you have that operational understanding and experience when it’s going to be needed,” he advised.
Jennie Garth was in Oklahoma City on Thursday night for the First Annual Pioneering Spirit Gala benefiting the Water4 Foundation.Co-Founders of Water4 Foundation, Dick and Terri Greenly, with Water4 Ambassador Jennie Garth attended the First Annual Pioneering Spirit Gala in Oklahoma City 9/27.Credit/Copyright: Sheryl McLain via Frank PRThe actress was there to celebrate the past and future pioneering spirit of Oklahoma in an effort to eradicate the world’s lack of clean water one community at a time.Executive Director of Water4 Chris Cotner with Water4 Ambassador Jennie Garth at the First Annual Pioneering Spirit Gala in Oklahoma City 9/27.Credit/Copyright: Sheryl McLain via Frank PRWater4’s unique mission has a deep history in Oklahoma. In 1901 Co-Founder Terri Greenly’s great grandmother won a plot of land without water in the lottery, which led the family to understand the importance of water issues and how their water pumping business could help address the world water crisis. 100 years later Oklahoma is blessed with clean water, but every 22 seconds around the world a child dies from preventable water-related disease.Native Oklahoman and Water4 Foundation Ambassador Jennie Garth joined guests, while local radio host Kathi Yeager emceed. There was also a performance by Grammy Award Winner and Sooner state native Sandi Patty.“There is a complex need for access to clean drinking water in the developing world but the solution is simple. Water4 Foundation is empowering people to solve this crisis in a way that no other Foundation has done before. I am honored to join Oklahomans in raising awareness and support, ” said Water4 Ambassador Jennie Garth.
Latin Grammy award-winner superstar Juanes recently gave ASAS-LA music program participants a private sound-check at the El Rey Theater.Superstar Juanes answered questions from the All-Stars.Credit/Copyright: FacebookThis excited group of students held their own question and answer session with the musical superstar before the once in a lifetime mini performance.This experience was made possible by MetroPCS; their partnership and efforts continually give ASAS-LA students wonderful opportunities throughout Los Angeles.A special thanks to Juanes, MetroPCS, and Golin Harris PR for this amazing opportunity!
Farm Aid today announced that Jamey Johnson, as well as Ian Mellencamp, will join the lineup for its annual concert for a cause, which will take place in Chicago at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sept. 19.Johnson and Mellencamp join the already star-studded Farm Aid 30 lineup, which features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Imagine Dragons, Jack Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Mavis Staples, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs Robots and Blackwood Quartet.Tickets for Farm Aid 30 are available for purchase at LiveNation.com, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island box office and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50. There are a limited number of tickets available.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised $48 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
Last week, 16,000 youth from across California came together at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood for WE Day, a youth empowerment event that celebrates everyday heroes and proves no one is too young to change the world.Alicia Keys and host of WE Day California, actress/singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Selena GomezCredit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WEWE Day California was hosted by actress and multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez and featured speeches and performances by Laila Ali, Rowan Blanchard, Alessia Cara, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Auli’i Cravalho, Lily Collins, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Evan Goldberg, Winnie Harlow, Jessie J, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Shay Mitchell, Miss Piggy along with other Muppets including Fozzie Bear and Statler and Waldorf, Emeli Sandé, Lilly Singh, Lizzie Velasquez and more.WE Day California, made possible by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever, paired a star-studded lineup with international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Together, they energized the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches to inspire youth to continue taking action on local and global societal issues such as bullying, clean water and poverty.Making WE Day a true celebration of youth taking action, young people with inspiring stories joined the WE Day California lineup, including 11-year-old Ezra Frech. Born missing his left fibula, left knee and four fingers on his left hand, Ezra is an accomplished athlete, motivational speaker, and co-founder of Los Angeles-based non-profit @AngelCitySports, an organization that provides children and adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to play sports. Ezra is just one of the many young people who shared their stories to motivate their WE Day peers.“The young people here today at WE Day California are proof that everyone has the power to create change,” said six-time GRAMMY nominee, author, producer, philanthropist and internationally renowned film star, Tyrese Gibson. “I hope that by sharing words of encouragement from the WE Day stage and through the work of #TheLoveCircleFoundation, I can help these students to keep making a positive impact—because I want my daughter, and kids everywhere, to grow up in a world of respect, equality and love.”Speakers and performers at WE Day California energized the crowd through a full day of empowering educational speeches, inspirational moments and electrifying performances. A few highlights include:• Global motivational speaker, anti-bullying activist, social media personality, author, & host of Unzipped with Lizzie Velasquez, Lizzie Velasquez, shared her story of facing bullying and the importance of focusing on self-confidence • • Award winning singer and songwriter, Alessia Cara, got the crowd on their feet with a performance of her hit song “Wild Thing,” accompanied by International Sensation STOMP and Boogie Zone Dancers • Actor and Entertainer, Josh Gad, World’s Funniest Stand-Up Comic Bear, Fozzie Bear, and Professional Hecklers, Statler and Waldorf, learned an important lesson about bullyingYou can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation and Unilever.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills for success beyond the classroom. Young people making an impact locally and globally are supported with tools to help them become real change-makers.“Every year, more than 200,000 students from over 10,000 schools around the globe earn their tickets to WE Day through the yearlong WE Schools program, creating positive impacts in their communities,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “WE Day California united and celebrated thousands of young leaders who are working passionately for the causes they care about most, creating sustainable change in their own backyards and around the world.”In the 2015/2016 school year, more than 875 schools and groups across California improved their communities through WE Schools, by volunteering more than 600,000 hours and raising over $825,000 in support of 615 organizations, supporting causes such as hunger, homelessness, bullying, youth advocacy, education and literacy. In addition, 82 percent of U.S. educators participating in WE Schools felt they were better equipped to teach about social justice issues through service-based learning opportunities for their students; 87 percent of educators said their students felt a greater connection to their local communities; and 77 percent of educators said the program engaged previously disengaged youth.WE Day is supported in California by Co-Chairs Stephanie Argyros, President and CEO, Argyros Group; Mike Cahill, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, City National Bank; Magic Johnson, President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Lakers; and Stephanie Swedlove and Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman, Participant Media and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. Nationally, WE Day is supported by Co-Chairs Mike Dobbins, Head Strategy and Corporate Development, RBC; Jane Francisco, Editorial Director of Hearst Lifestyle Group and Editor in Chief of Good Housekeeping; Steve Robinson, CEO, Reimagine; Janet Crown, Philanthropist, Crown Family Philanthropies; and Tom Wilson, Chairman and CEO, Allstate.
Wednesday night was an evening of awareness and a celebration of those who tirelessly fight discrimination against mental illness, as Darryl “DMC” McDaniels — founder of Run DMC and mental health advocate — was honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) with their “Mental Health Advocate of the Year” award during the organization’s annual “Seeds of Hope” gala in New York City.Darryl McDaniels Performs At Seeds Of Hope GalaPIX11’s Andy Adler served as host and emcee of the evening.After receiving his award, McDaniels performed some of his biggest hits for attendees and went on to tell the crowd that it was depression that nearly cost him his life by suicide until he sought treatment through therapy. He added, “While I didn’t mean this to rhyme, I mean it when I say ‘if you remove the guilt and shame, you remove the pain.’”With hundreds in attendance, the annual event raised funds for the many programs of NAMI-NYC Metro including its four multi-week education courses, peer-to-peer support groups, and public education events that help thousands of New York City residents each year.The event also recognized First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray for championing the cause of mental health reform and creating ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation. McCray has been a strong supporter of NAMI-NYC Metro, and has served as grand marshal for their annual NAMIWalks.
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3. MAEV BEATY, ACTORWhile I kicked myself for not travelling to Prince Edward County to see Beaty and Liisa Repo-Martell in Daniel MacIvor’s A Beautiful View (hey, TIFF was on) and missing her play Joni Mitchell in Musical Stage Company’s three-day run of Uncovered, I did get to see her in a trio of unforgettable shows. Beaty’s imperious Russian princess added glamour and fire to Orlando (she got bonus marks for the year’s hottest onstage kiss with Sarah Afful), but it was her two collaborations with friend Hannah Moscovitch that made the year so memorable. Bunny and Secret Life Of A Mother dealt honestly and frankly with taboo topics concerning women, and Beaty fearlessly explored all the oh-so-human contradictions suggested in each work. Maev Beaty put her own life under glass in Secret Life Of A Mother. COURTNEY CH’NG LANCASTER As usual, coming up with just 10 names was nearly impossible. But these artists, besides being part of at least two shows, demonstrated a commitment and range that has made them a thrilling and essential part of the theatre landscape.1. COURTNEY CH’NG LANCASTER, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR (Pictured Above)No theatre artist did as varied and consistent work this year as Lancaster, whose layered characters resonate in theatregoers’ minds long after a show is over. She was an essential part of the moving chorus in Idomeneus; played the conflicted/complicit narrator in Innocence Lost (convincing as both a child and adult); got us to bite our nails as a businesswoman caught in a sticky Airbnb situation in Anywhere; made a footnote in musical history come vividly alive (complete with charming singing) as an opera composer in I Call Myself Princess; and played both Marshall McLuhan’s devoted secretary and a scantily clad cigarette seller with a firm grasp of the philosopher’s oeuvre in The Message. In addition, as co-artistic director of the Howland Company, she directed an ass-kicking and deeply empathetic production of The Wolves. Facebook Prest has hitherto been known for his intense dramatic performances in shows like Of Human Bondage and Ghosts. This year, he proved as good at comedy, gleefully devouring and spitting out his rhyming lines as the boorish central character in La Bête and then morphing into a half dozen characters in Bed And Breakfast opposite his real-life partner, Paolo Santalucia. He also added to his impressive director resumé with a powerfully unsettling production of the timely and disturbing Punk Rock. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: 5. GILLIAN GALLOW, DESIGNERGallow is responsible for some of the most striking images on any stage this year. In Long Day’s Journey Into Night she created a family whose picture-perfect sartorial surface belied their hellish inner turmoil; in Orlando, her sumptuous clothes helped communicate the work’s changing eras and mores; in Idomeneus, her characters emerged as if from some ash heap; and in the opera Hadrian, her costumes had to evoke Roman leaders, tempestuous Gods, peasants and duets of cavorting lovers. But oddly enough, her most memorable design was also the simplest. In The Runner, her sparse set consisted of a long, moving treadmill on which a ZAKA volunteer was stuck as if on an existential catwalk, forever attempting to go forward and getting nowhere. Gregory Prest (left) and Paolo Santalucia served up humour and heart in Bed And Breakfast. (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann) 4. BEAU DIXON, ACTOR AND MUSICIANDixon has such a laid-back onstage persona that it’s easy to underestimate his skill. Early in the year, he was part of Hamlet’s rock ’n’ roll ensemble, even jamming with fellow musician Jack Nicholsen at one point. (I would pay to see them do a cabaret duo.) Later on, in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, he added a low-key but deep soulfulness to his piano-playing, well-read Toledo. Most impressive was his Othello in Harlem Duet, playing a philandering academic, a slave looking to escape to freedom and a deeply compromised vaudevillian actor. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement 2. GREGORY PREST, ACTOR AND DIRECTOR Twitter
Kevin Martin stars in The Video Store Commercial, which world-premieres at sxsw 2019 this weekend. (Photo Supplied) Haunted, face-melting mayhem ensues in a note-perfect tribute to low-budget ’80s horror that’s 10 times closer to its inspirational source than two seasons of Stranger Things.The world-renowned film and music festival sxsw dropped The Video Store Commercial into its Midnight Shorts Program, the first screening 8:30 p.m. Saturday Austin time at the legendary Alamo theatres.Cody Kennedy and Tim Rutherford co-directed the four-minute short, having worked with Martin many times over the years, including on 2013’s The Last Video Store in the same setting — but with a different, paranoid fantasy-horror plot. This successfully made the rounds of the genre film fests, including Montreal’s Fantasia fest.You can (and should) watch it online at the National Screen Institute.The team also created a web series funded by Telus, Straight to Video: The B-Movie Odyssey, which hopped through genres, again, hilariously, starring Martin the video store owner transported from one campy film scenario to the next.The filmmakers had hoped to follow up with a feature film but, failing to get funding, moved on to other projects — Kennedy as a cinematic artist at BioWare, for example.But, Kennedy notes, “Last year Kevin was like, ‘Can you guys help me make a commercial for my store?’”Martin explains, “But us being us, we could not film a simple easy one, and crazy shit always happens in the shop.”Back to Kennedy: “Well, we thought, maybe we could take this opportunity to make a short film about making a commercial in the video store, so that’s kind of how that spawned.”“Well, long story short,” adds Martin, “the guys kept tweaking it and decided to try and submit it to the film festivals.”They got word it was playing Southby in January. Martin admits with a laugh, “Now I was kind of bummed because I wanted to have it online to actually, you know, promote the video store …”Initial shooting took only a day, though the filmmakers weren’t pleased with how their original supernatural antagonist looked — just a guy under a sheet. What they replaced it with is phenomenal, a glowing-eyed husk of unspooled videotape with creepy, murderous tendrils.Kennedy also notes there’s a subtle jab at the trendy use of VHS footage often used as a stylistic choice lately — in their film, where the supernatural menace is only visible through a camera, “there’s a reason for it instead of it just being a tacked-on style.“We really wanted to do something different.”From the cult director pouring his soul into his project to the narrative need for VHS footage to an unspoken reminder of how disposable film and media is in 2019 — how when we have near infinite access to content we no longer seem to value it — the film is much deeper than it need be. But this is why it’s so charming, down to the nostalgia of seeing an actual, functioning video rental store.The film is confirmed for at least five festivals so far, and we’ll be the first to let you know when it screens here.“Hopefully this will get us one step closer to our goal of the feature film version of The Last Video Store as we just submitted a grant package for Telefilm, which we hopefully will find out about this summer,” says Martin, who’s also co-founder of Edmonton’s annual DEDfest.In the meantime, he hopes people drop by his shop, ad or no, because you never know what might pop out at you in the dimly-lit basement full of a million independent dreams and nightmares.“See?” he laughs. “Video stores are super cool!”BY FISH GRIWKOWSKY ~ EDMONTON JOURNAL Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement A locally produced ad for an anachronistic movie rental shop on Whyte was so well done it’s officially world-premiering at South by Southwest in Austin on the weekend.The Video Store Commercial is a madcap and style-hopping short film filmed downstairs at Kevin Martin’s The Lobby DVD Shop (10815 82 Ave.), starring the long-haired, longtime business owner in a fictional narrative where he’s attempting to make a promotional video to attract more customers — the real-life reason for shooting the footage in the first place.But in the fictionalized narrative, a clumsy crew member knocks over a display rack and steps on a one-of-a-kind videotape made by a former cult leader, “who was trying to make the cultiest cult film of all time,” and ultimately transported his very soul into the VHS tape. Twitter Advertisement
APTN National NewsMore questions are being asked about the salaries being paid to band officials.APTN National News looks at one community under the microscope following the release of chief and councillor salaries from across the country and the revelation that one of its politicians pulled in nearly $1 million.APTN National News reporter James Hopkin has more.
Stay tuned after APTN National News tonight, as we discuss the record number of Aboriginal MPs in the House of Commons, upcoming federal legislation, and the Powley decision eight years later.We also get reactions to NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s announcement of his intent to run for leadership of the federal NDP.
APTN National NewsNext April, all cheques from the Canadian government are being switched to direct deposit.Thing is, most communities in Nunavut don’t have a bank.And a familiar business is stepping in to fill that gap and collect banking fees.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.
APTN National NewsThe Pimicikamak Cree Nation is crying out for help.Tonight, there are provincial health workers headed to the community trying to halt a series of suicides and suicide attempts.APTN’s Dennis Ward has just returned from the community.He says the deaths have left many in a state of shock, and many more looking for the key to stopping the email@example.com
Annette FrancisAPTN NewsThe National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is preparing election kits that will be sent out to partner organizations across the country.The NAFC represents 113 friendship centres across the country.They offer culturally appropriate programming and services to First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples living in cities.NAFC Executive Director Jocelyn Formsma said it’s important the centres prepare their clients for the election.“We’re encouraging friendship centres to invite candidates to the centre, so that they’re aware of the programing,” she said.“And that people at the centres are also aware of who the candidates are.”Read More: #Vote2019: Climate change and drinking water top Indigenous issues in federal election#Vote2019: Truth and Reconciliation still important to Indigenous voters according to pollAccording to a poll commissioned by APTN and conducted by Environics, the environment is one of the most pressing issues on the ballot this year with housing it on the lower end at 6 per cent.But according to Formsa, the urban population’s needs are different.“Making sure people have a safe place to live, shelter, making sure that families have support, that children have support especially those who are leaving the child welfare system or currently involved with the child welfare system,” she said.72 per cent of those surveyed said they’ll definitely vote on election night, but that number is often higher than the actual turnout.Gabrielle Fayant, the founding member of a non-profit youth group Assembly of Seven Generations, said the number of youth at the polls could be lower than in 2015 due to the fact the politicians have failed to reach out to them.“It seems like a mixed response, like some youth are really outspoken and they’re saying like we need to go out and vote and other youth are just like, why, why should we even vote”, said Fayant.The poll also found that 73 per cent of respondents said child welfare is a very important issue, something that Fayant firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnafrancis
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Investigators hunting down the so-called Golden State Killer used information from genetic websites last year that led to the wrong man, court records obtained Friday by The Associated Press showed.An Oregon police officer working at the request of California investigators persuaded a judge in March 2017 to order a 73-year-old man in a nursing home to provide a DNA sample.The Oregon City man is in declining health and was unable to answer questions Friday about the case.His daughter said authorities never notified her before swabbing her father for DNA in his bed a rehabilitation centre, but once they told her afterward she understood and worked with them to eliminate people who conceivably could be the killer.The case of mistaken identity was discovered as authorities hailed a novel use of DNA technology that led this week to the arrest of former police officer Joseph DeAngelo at his house outside Sacramento on murder charges. Critics of the investigative approach, however, warned it could jeopardize privacy rights.DeAngelo’s suspected of being the sadistic attacker who killed 13 people and raped nearly 50 women during the 1970s and ’80s.Handcuffed to a wheelchair in orange jail scrubs, DeAngelo made his first court appearance Friday. The 72-year-old looked dazed and spoke in a faint voice to acknowledge he was represented by a public defender. He did not enter a plea.He has been charged with eight counts of murder, and additional charges are expected, authorities said.“We have the law to suggest that he is innocent until he’s proven guilty and that’s what I’m going to ask everyone to remember,” DeAngelo’s public defender Diane Howard said outside court. “I feel like he’s been tried in the press already.”Investigators were able to make the arrest this week after matching crime-scene DNA with genetic material stored in an online database by a distant relative. They relied on a different website than they had in the Oregon search, and they did not seek a warrant for DeAngelo’s DNA.Instead, they waited for him to discard items and then swabbed the objects for DNA, which proved a conclusive match to evidence that had been preserved more than 30 years.Also Friday, the co-founder of the genealogy website used by authorities to help identify DeAngelo said he had no idea its database was tapped in pursuit of the suspect who eluded law enforcement for four decades.Authorities never approached Florida-based GEDmatch about the investigation that led to DeAngelo, and co-founder Curtis Rogers said law enforcement’s use of the site raised privacy concerns that were echoed by civil liberties groups.The free genealogy website, which pools DNA profiles that people upload and share publicly to find relatives, said it has always informed users its database can be used for other purposes. But Rogers said the company does not “hand out data.”“This was done without our knowledge, and it’s been overwhelming,” he told The Associated Press.For the team of investigators, GEDmatch was one of the best tools, lead investigator Paul Holes told the Mercury News in San Jose.Officials did not need a court order to access GEDmatch’s large database of genetic blueprints, Holes said. Major commercial DNA companies say they do not give law enforcement access to their genetic data without a court order.Civil libertarians said the practice raises legal and privacy concerns for the millions of people who submit their DNA to such sites to discover their heritage.Privacy laws aren’t strong enough to keep police from accessing ancestry sites, which have fewer protections than regulated databanks of convicts’ DNA, said Steve Mercer, chief attorney for the forensic division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.“People who submit DNA for ancestors testing are unwittingly becoming genetic informants on their innocent family,” Mercer said.While people may not realize police can use public genealogy websites to solve crimes, it is probably legal, said Erin Murphy, a DNA expert and professor at New York University School of Law.“It seems crazy to say a police officer investigating a very serious crime can’t do something your cousin can do,” Murphy said. “If an ordinary person can do this, why can’t a cop? On the other hand, if an ordinary person had done this, we might think they shouldn’t.”While most consumers would submit DNA to a commercial company such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe to create a genetic profile, the FBI did so for investigators, Holes told The New York Times.The profile was then uploaded to GEDmatch using a fake profile and pseudonym, the Times reported. The site allows users to remain anonymous.A year earlier, Holes had identified a rare genetic marker in the assailant’s DNA. He entered the information among 189,000 profiles at the genealogy website, YSearch.org, and the results led to a relative of the Oregon man.A spokeswoman for FamilyTreeDNA.com, which operates YSearch.org, said the company wasn’t contacted by law enforcement.“While we take our customers’ privacy and confidentiality extremely seriously, we support ethically and legally justified uses of groundbreaking advancements of scientific research in genetics and genealogy,” company officials said in a statement.The man’s daughter said the family was not aware that authorities had taken a DNA sample from him until the FBI contacted her in April 2017 to ask for her help expanding the family’s genetic tree as they searched for a suspect. The family did not know until they read an AP story on Friday that a judge had issued a warrant for the DNA sample.The woman spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because she did not want the family’s name publicly linked to the case.Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert told AP she was unaware of the Oregon misfire and, as far as she knows, genealogical sites weren’t used before DeAngelo was identified.DNA was just coming into use as a criminal investigative tool in 1986 when the predator also known as the East Area Rapist apparently ended his decade-long wave of attacks.As a former police officer, DeAngelo probably would have known about the new method, experts said.Police at the time suspected they were chasing a fellow cop or armed services member because he was so methodical and meticulous, said Wendell Phillips, a former Sacramento deputy who joined the hunt for the rapist who terrorized the suburbs east of the state capital.In fact, officers assigned to a special task force were required to submit saliva samples to exclude anyone who shared a genetic trait, Phillips said. About 85 per cent of people secrete their blood type in saliva and body fluids, but the rape suspect was in the roughly 15 per cent who didn’t.“Obviously, you didn’t want the East Area Rapist on the team,” Phillips said. “That turned out to be a pretty good concern.”___Balsamo reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Brian Melley in Los Angeles, Gillian Flaccus in Oregon City, Oregon, and Matt O’Brien in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed to this report.
TORONTO – Flair Airlines is planning to leave Hamilton this fall for Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, just months new ultra low cost rival Swoop landed at the smaller airport.The airline based in Kelowna, B.C., said Friday that its Hamilton service will end on Oct. 27.“After extensive analysis we made the determination that due to market size and competition we felt that we could have a greater impact in Toronto,” spokeswoman Julie Rempel said in an interview.Even though Pearson costs are higher, Flair’s yields and passenger load factors were higher for its flights to Edmonton and consistently outperformed flights from Hamilton, she said.Routes to Winnipeg and Edmonton will be transferred to Toronto while seasonal flights between Halifax and Toronto are slated to start next spring.Flair will next week announce its first service to the United States with flights to six destinations starting in December. It is also finalizing a change in aircraft type.The airline had the John C. Munro airport in Hamilton to itself as an ultra low cost carrier until WestJet’s Swoop subsidiary set up its eastern Canadian base of operations in June.Asked if there is room for two ultra low cost competitors in Hamilton, Rempel said Flair isn’t sticking around to find out.WestJet declined to comment on Flair’s move but spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said its success over the years demonstrates that the Hamilton community loves the combination of low fares and the guest experience.“We are now providing the community with more options with the creation of Swoop which positions us to compete against other ULCCs and serve our markets appropriately, ensuring the continued growth and expansion of WestJet into a global airline,” she said.The Hamilton airport said it was disappointed by Flair’s decision to withdraw, but says it is well-suited for low-cost carriers because its low fees allow the airlines to pass along savings to customers.“I think Canadians are looking for those options and Hamilton is geographically very well-positioned to host carriers like Swoop,” said Dina Carlucci, the airport’s director of marketing and communications.Despite Flair’s claims about the Hamilton market, Carlucci said the secondary airport is an hour’s drive from Pearson and within reach to nine million people within a two hour driving radius.In addition to Swoop, Norwegian Airlines plans to launch service next spring to Dublin.Transat and Sunwing are considering expanding their seasonal service and Air Canada is preparing to increase the frequency of its daily service to Montreal to three flight a day, she said.“It is disappointing that Flair is stepping away but there’s equally a lot of interest and I’m not even naming the other carriers we’re in talks with now that I’m not privy to disclose.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC, TSX:TRZ)
WASHINGTON, N.C. — After Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the nation’s financially troubled, taxpayer-backed flood insurance program is likely to restore homes and businesses that have already been rebuilt repeatedly, sometimes at costs totalling more than the building is worth.Nearly 37,000 properties from the Carolinas to California have repeatedly flooded and been rebuilt — some dozens of times — through the National Flood Insurance Program. The program is $20 billion in debt and must be reauthorized by Congress this month.The Federal Emergency Management Agency runs the flood insurance program. Its records show Louisiana has had the most repeatedly flooded properties, with 23 per cent of the total. The 10 states with the most repeatedly flooded insured properties are mostly along the Gulf and East Coasts, but also include Missouri along the Mississippi River.Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press
Murdock is also expected to talk about how local governments are preparing for extreme weather events through the recently launched Northeast Climate Risk Network. Over the next two years, local governments will be developing regional climate projections and conducting vulnerability assessments to better integrate adaptation to community decision-making and planning.To book a seat at the event, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fraser Basin Council will host a public talk this Monday in Fort St. John that looks at climate change and impact on significant infrastructure in Northeast B.C.The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Northern Grand Hotel and will feature Trevor Murdock climate scientist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.The discussion will look at recent flooding and wildfires in the B.C. Peace and if these types of events can be expected to happen more in the future.