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Brentwood stabbing memorial organizers decline U of C venue offer

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:36
A group of young Calgarians trying to organize a memorial fundraiser for the Brentwood stabbing victims have declined an offer from the University of Calgary of a venue.
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Chinese state media report heavy casualties in attack in northwestern Xinjiang region

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:27
A mob armed with knives and axes rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday. Many other people were injured in the violence Monday in Shache county near the city of Kashgar, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The Uyghur American Association said Wednesday that according to "local sources," police killed protesters condemning "Chinese security forces' heavy-handed Ramadan crackdown since the beginning of the Holy Month and extrajudicial use of lethal force in recent weeks." The government account said a mob first attacked a police station and government offices in the township of Elixku before moving on to a neighbouring township, attacking civilians and smashing and setting on fire vehicles along the way.
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Mayoral candidates share Eid dinner

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:16
Toronto's mayoral candidates gathered at a Yonge Street restaurant on Tuesday evening to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.  Rob Ford, John Tory, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and Karen Stintz shared some Mideast cuisine and made conversation at Paramount Fine Foods — appearing to set aside the acrimony of the campaign, which just the night before saw them trade barbs and criticisms at a mayoral debate. "Peace among mayoral candidates is the easy part" compared to the troubles in the Middle East, Chow told CBC News.
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Last surviving member of crew to drop atomic bomb on Hiroshima dies in Georgia

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:33

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in the southern state of Georgia. Theodore VanKirk, also known as "Dutch," died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. VanKirk flew nearly 60 bombing missions, but it was a single mission in the Pacific that secured him a place in history. He was 24 years old when he served as navigator on the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb deployed in wartime over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

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NCAA settles head-injury suit; agrees to $70M testing fund, implement common concussion rules

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:33

The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. "I wouldn't say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks," Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said. "It's changed college sports forever."

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Montreal hospital buys robot to help children walk again

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:26
The rehabilitation centre at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital has acquired a new piece of vital equipment that will help children in recovery learn to walk again.  The LOKOMAT is a robotic walking device that assists people with spinal cord injuries and other damage to the central nervous system.   The Marie Enfant Rebalitation Centre at Sainte-Justine is the first hospital in Quebec to buy the robotic gait training device, and are set to provide therapy to 500 children four to 18 years-old.  
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Samaritan's Purse says B.C. doctor not in quarantine after Ebola aid trip

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:16

A humanitarian group says a British Columbia doctor who recently returned from a trip to West Africa to fight a deadly Ebola outbreak is not under any kind of quarantine, contrary to initial reports. Samaritan's Purse had told CTV News that Dr. Azaria Marthyman, who returned to Victoria on Saturday after spending several weeks in Liberia, had voluntarily placed himself under quarantine at home as a precaution. "He decided that it had been a couple of pretty exhausting weeks in Liberia and contacted his staff and said, 'Would you cancel my appointments for the week? The initial report appeared to underscore the dangers faced by health-care workers treating patients during the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

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University of Texas System regents pick US military leader as chancellor finalist

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:01

University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor to oversee 15 campuses. Navy Adm. William McRaven, head of U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, has been credited with spearheading the operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011. He would replace Francisco Cigarroa, the first Hispanic person to serve as Texas system chancellor, who is stepping down after five years. With nine academic and six health campuses, the Texas system has more than 215,000 students, about 90,000 employees and a $14 billion budget.

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B.C. cyclist says he made tourniquet from pants to survive after being shot

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:28

At first, Craig Premack, 59, thought he was hearing firecrackers near Spences Bridge while he was taking part in a 600-kilometre, two-day cycling event called the Cache Creek 600. "But then my right forearm just blew up," Premack said at a police news conference Tuesday. Premack said the bullet entered his right forearm, just below his elbow. Premack said he slowed the bleeding with a tourniquet he fashioned out of a pair of pants, and hoped his cycling buddies would soon come by.

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Ontario First Nations prepared to lay down their lives to protect lands: chiefs

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:04
Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations chiefs said Tuesday. Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public that they'll assert their treaty rights over their traditional territory and ancestral lands. "All those seeking to access or use First Nations lands and resources have, at a minimum, a duty to engage, enquire and consult with First Nations with the standards of free, prior and informed consent," he said.
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Jury awards ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in defamation suit over sniper memoir

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:54

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and bestselling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs. A federal jury sided with Ventura in his lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle, who was killed last year in Texas. Though Ventura honed a tough-guy reputation as a pro wrestler and action movie actor, he maintained the legal battle was about clearing his name among his beloved fellow Navy SEALs, not about losing a supposed fight. "He's certainly grateful for the verdict, but his reputation with an entire generation of young SEALs may never be repaired," Olsen said, adding, "It is a victory in the sense that the jury did tell the world that Chris Kyle's story is a lie and was a fabrication."

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Program aims to bring young academic talent to Canada

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:53
Hundreds of international students are spending their summer in Canada, as part of a program designed to draw young talent and their expertise to the country. Jefferson Chicarelli is one of the students participating in the Mitacs Globalink program. The Brazilian student is spending his summer at the University of Toronto, where he is working on a project that relates to 3D printers and prosthetic limbs.
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ICAO to set up task force in wake of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:45

The CEO of the international organization that represents the world's air carriers has targeted military and intelligence agencies, saying they have a moral duty to ensure that innocent people are not put in harm's way. "All these agencies of government, including intelligence or military defence agencies, have as their overriding responsibility the safety and lives of innocent people," Tony Tyler of the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday. He made the comment at a joint news conference where ICAO, the UN body that governs civil aviation, announced it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The plane was shot down in mid-July by a surface-to-air missile while flying over a war-torn section of Ukraine.

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Twitter assuages growth concerns for now as shares soar 35 pct

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:45

By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc halted a slowdown in user-growth in the second quarter with the help of product tweaks and services built around the summer's World Cup, assuaging concerns for now that the online messaging service had peaked. Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of growth, surpassed targets for virtually every metric Wall Street scrutinizes. Before Tuesday's after-hours surge, Twitter had lost about 40 percent of its market value since the start of 2014. "The expectations going in had become quite low," said Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia.

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Canadians grow more pessimistic about economy, jobs... except in the West

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:45
Canadians are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the economy and the availability of jobs — except those in the booming West — a new survey suggests. The Conference Board's latest consumer confidence survey for July shows that optimism is waning or remains at very low levels in most regions of the country, except in the prairies and British Columbia. Nationally, the Ottawa-based think-tank's confidence index slid one point to 85.9 in July, the third consecutive monthly dip. By contrast, however, the confidence index rose 4.5 points to 107.8 in the prairies — the highest level in the country.
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Montreal plans to standardize bike lane rules

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:41

The City of Montreal wants to standardize bike path rules across the city that right now vary from borough to borough. ​ The city councillor who heads the executive committee on transportation issues says the plan will make it clear what modes of transportation will be allowed on bike paths. Salem said that regular bicycles, inline skates and motorized wheelchairs will be allowed on bike paths under the new rules.

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128 killed on bloodiest day of Gaza war: Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule, power plant

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:26

Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on the bloodiest day of the 22-day conflict. Despite devastating blows that left the packed territory's 1.7 million people cut off from power and water and sent the overall death toll soaring past 1,200, Hamas' shadowy military leader remained defiant as he insisted that the Islamic militants would not cease fire until its demands are met. The comments by Mohammed Deif in an audiotape broadcast on a Hamas satellite TV channel cast new doubt on international cease-fire efforts. Aides to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Egypt was trying to bring Israeli and Palestinian delegations together in Cairo for new talks in which Hamas would be presented this time as part of the Palestinian team.

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Moody's Investment Services affirms Aa2 credit rating for Quebec

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:09
MONTREAL - Moody's Investors Service has decided to maintain Quebec's Aa2 credit rating, saying the province has a stable outlook.
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Election signs go up in campaign offices

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:04
Election signs made their first appearance across Toronto on Tuesday though, with 90 days to go until the municipal election, it will still be some time until they are in full bloom.  Mayoral candidates are, as of today, allowed to post signs in their campaign offices.  "The election signs become more of an issue of safety and visual blight and therefore they've stipulated the time frames when those can go up," said city official Fernando Aceto. 
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9-year-old US girl who was struck by crashing plane on Florida beach dies

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:57

A 9-year-old U.S. girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she walked with her father has died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Oceana Irizarry's father also was killed Sunday. The two were walking along a Florida beach when the 1972 Piper Cherokee plane made an emergency landing after reporting problems. Ommy Irizarry, a U.S. Army sergeant celebrating his ninth anniversary with wife Rebecca, died at the scene.

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