NEW YORK – Florida health officials are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be related to travel, bringing the total to four.
The cases have raised the possibility that mosquitoes in the U.S. have begun to spread the virus. Florida officials say they are still looking into the cases and have not come to a conclusion.
The four cases are in neighbouring Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
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The cases fit a similar pattern seen when mosquito-borne clusters of two other tropical infections, dengue fever and chikungunya, occurred in Florida in the past, according to Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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“Evidence is mounting which points to local transmission via mosquitoes,” he said of the Florida cases.
The virus is mainly spread by mosquitoes, as well as sex. So far, the 1,400 infections reported in the U.S. have been linked to travel to countries with Zika outbreaks in Latin America or the Caribbean.
Zika causes only a mild illness in most people. But scientists recently confirmed that infection during pregnancy can lead to severe brain-related birth defects.
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The tropical mosquito that spreads Zika and other viruses is also found in the southern U.S. Health officials have predicted that mosquitoes in the U.S. would begin spreading Zika this summer and have mobilized to keep it from spreading beyond isolated clusters.
A Penticton widow is sharing her devastating story in hopes it will warn drivers not to text behind the wheel.
Linda Ruby’s husband of 44 years, Eric, was just five weeks shy of retiring when he was killed by a distracted driver.
On March 11, 2016, the pair was cycling in Mazatlan, Mexico when both the driver and passenger had their eyes glued to their phones.
“I watched him getting killed and I could count the seconds. It was so slow. When he was in the air, I knew he was dead,” she said.
“[He] didn’t brake. [He] didn’t swerve. He did not know we were there. He was too busy texting.”
Ruby held onto her husband’s hand for five hours, sitting in devastation on the pavement as officials took evidence.
“I didn’t want to let go because it would be the last time I’d feel him warm,” she said.
The young man who killed her husband won’t be sent behind bars because in Mexico, the victim and their family can choose to pursue charges.
Ruby said the driver had stopped and eventually returned to the scene, admitting his guilt.
She said neither she nor her husband would want to ruin another life.
Eric was a founding member of the Rotary Club in Penticton. Last summer, the pair walked along Main Street informing people of the nearby car show.
On Saturday, instead of directing passersby to the show and shine, she’ll be informing people about the fatal consequences of driver inattention.
“Nobody has the right to take another life. When my kids were learning to drive a car, Eric and I taught them it was a loaded gun and it’s still a loaded gun, only now it has more ammunition in it.”
Lethbridge police have charged a 40-year-old man in connection to the death of a nine-month-old boy earlier this year.
EMS were called to a home in the 600 block of 17 Street North on April 28 for reports of a baby in medical distress. When they arrived, paramedics found nine-month-old Austin Wright in cardiac arrest. The child was rushed to hospital where he later died.
On Monday, nearly three months after he died, Wright’s death was declared a homicide.
Nine-month-old Austin Lucas Wright died in April 2016. Credit: gonebutnotforgotten长沙夜网
Nine-month-old Austin Lucas Wright died in April 2016.
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Police said Wright had been left in the care of his mother’s boyfriend while she went to work.
“While in the man’s care the baby began crying and was subsequently assaulted sustaining extensive, life-threatening injuries,” Lethbridge police said in a news release.
“The male initially reported to police that Austin had just stopped breathing but an autopsy determined the little boy died as a result of blunt force trauma not consistent with a fall.”
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On Thursday, police announced Tyler Brian Hogan was charged with one count of second-degree murder. He was arrested without incident on Wednesday.
OTTAWA – Calls for changes to police training are getting louder after Abdirahman Abdi, a mentally-ill Ottawa man, died in the wake of a confrontation with police this week.
Abdi, 37, died on Monday after an arrest that witnesses described as violent.
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Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the province’s police watchdog, is now probing the actions of two Ottawa Police officers. Global News has learned the officers are Const. David Weir and Const. Daniel Montsion.
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Neither officer is has been charged. Ottawa Police Service confirmed to Global News the two officers are still on the job and there has been “no change to their status.”
But Kash Heed, a former B.C. police chief, said the incident underscores that police forces need to start doing what they are saying when it comes to crisis intervention.
“We have police leaders all across Canada, and elsewhere in North America, talking about crisis intervention,” said Heed, who also served as B.C.’s solicitor-general.
“Unfortunately, at times, those are just words that don’t necessarily lead to action or training. So, the officers still resort to their use of force.”
There are several videos online showing the aftermath of the confrontation, including a bloodied and unconscious Abdi lying on the ground.
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Heed called those images concerning.
“I don’t see any weapon utilized by the suspect. I don’t know if there was a weapon. We’ll find out later,” he said. “But given what I’ve read on this particular incident and what I’ve reviewed, I don’t see the circumstances where the officers safety was in jeopardy.”
Heed said it’s time training is updated to say the number one priority is crisis intervention, followed by the safety for the officers and the individual, not the use of force.
And he’s not alone in calling for changes.
Ontario ombudsman Paul Dube launched a probe into provincial guidelines on police use of force after Toronto teenager Sammy Yatim was shot by an officer on a streetcar in 2013.
His scathing report, released just weeks ago, called for more training on de-escalating tense situations.
“The more skills, the better training that police have on de-escalation, when they come into contact with a person in crisis, I think the better odds are that the outcome will not be fatal,” Dube told Global News Wednesday.
Dube said yelling commands and drawing weapons won’t work when dealing with someone in a crisis stemming from mental illness or drugs.
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But the police union defends the use of force as necessary to ensure public safety.
Back in 2014, Ottawa police implemented new training for de-escalating crisis cases, a program developed in B.C.
Whether the officers involved in this incident received that training is still unclear.
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The police union has also been calling for body cameras for their members, something that could help piece together what happened, but the force is not considering that.
Probing questions permeated an emotional vigil for Abdi held Wednesday night, where the anger and grief was still raw.
“He couldn’t speak for himself. It’s just sad and we want to support the family,” said one mourner.
“What happened? How did that altercation turn out the way it did?” Ottawa City Coucillor Jeff Lieper asked at the vigil. “Right now, I don’t have nearly enough facts to know.”
Abdi will be laid to rest in a funeral on Friday, as the SIU continues its search for the answers still haunting the community.
Nearly 100 people gathered Wednesday afternoon for the third-annual memorial walk to remember children who died at a Regina residential school.
The yearly walk was organized by the three groups, the Regina Indian Industrial School (R.I.I.S) Commemorative Association, Saskatchewan Missing and RIIS Media Project.
Nearly 100 ppl partake in 3rd annual Memorial Walk for children who died @ the Regina Indian Industrial School #yqr pic.twitter长沙桑拿/AosdO4nTg2
— Brandon Gonez (@brandongonez) July 27, 2016
According to R.I.I.S., the Regina Indian Industrial School was shut down in 1910 after operating for 20 years.
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Janine Windolph, president of the association, said upwards of 40 children may be buried in unmarked graves on the site located on the western edge of the city.
Windolph said this year’s walk has been the largest yet, but also said the next goal is to get a historical designation.
“We really need the community letters to come in to show that this is something coming from the community,” she explained.
“Part of what we wanted to do with this walk was to make sure that we remind people that they have a position and a place that they can contribute to the larger story.”
Also in attendance was federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Mayor Michael Fougere.
Both men highlighted the significance of the site and its symbol in reference to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report.
Fougere also said the city is working to grant the site a municipal heritage designation.
“We are participating in the committee that is overseeing this and we are pleased to do that and we look forward to making this more of a sacred ground.”
WINNIPEG —; The number of people who have died in collisions on Manitoba highways is nearly double the total at this time last year.
So far 56 people have died in highway crashes compared to 30 up to the point in 2015.
Impaired driving and a lack of seat belt use are two of the main factors.
Impaired driving crashes have so far killed 21 people compared to 14 last year at this time while 26 people have died not wearing a seat belt compared to just 11 in 2015.
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Speed has also been a factor, said RCMP Sgt. Mark Hume with Traffic Services.
“One officer alone last week stopped two different people that were going more than 70 over the speed limits,” said Hume.
The majority of those crashes appear to be happening on provincial, undivided highways, he continued,
“Typically the head-on crashes, all those kind of things are happening on the two lane highways,” he said.
Many of the collisions on those types of highways happen close to Winnipeg and the Perimeter Highway, since the traffic volume is so much higher.
Stars Air Ambulance responds to serious collisions up to 300 kilometres away from Winnipeg. Last year they went to 85 calls, most which were associated with rural roads and highway speed collisions
“We often find a lot of trauma on these scenes, from vehicle roll-overs to T-Bones to head-ons,” said Grant Therien, base director with STARS Ambulance.
This year, there’s been no shortage of calls for the crew to respond to. Last week they were called to a small stretch of Highway 6 twice in two days for two fatal collisions.
“It’s a reminder that we need to be safe out there and be smart,” said Therien.
Calgary police refuted rumours circulating online of multiple carjackings at gunpoint in the city’s downtown core Wednesday afternoon.
Police said a stolen vehicle incident involving high rates of speed started at about 10:30 a.m. Just after 3:30 p.m., a statement from police said no one had been injured as a result and that officers were “actively dealing with the situation as it evolves.”
On Wednesday evening, police said a man and woman had been arrested in connection with the stolen vehicle and that charges were pending.
Later in the evening, RCMP said they believed the stolen vehicle incident was connected to a dangerous, three-day crime spree outside of Calgary.
According to Calgary police, officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering city limits on Wednesday morning.
Officers and the Calgary police’s HAWCS helicopter monitored the vehicle for over seven hours before it stopped outside an apartment building in the 2000 block of 11 Avenue S.W. At around 6 p.m., officers arrested the man and woman without incident. Charges are pending.
Nobody was injured as a result of the stolen car incident, police said.
An online thread on the social news networking site Reddit–called “Downtown Lockdown”–suggested someone with a police contact was warning people about armed gunmen pulling people out of cars in downtown Calgary.
Global News was also sent a copy of an email that matched the Reddit post. The email was reportedly also sent to employees in downtown Calgary offices. It reads:
“I have just confirmed this is correct and currently active with the Calgary Police. My brother in law works closely with the Calgary Police forensics department and he has just advised that there are two armed gunmen in downtown Calgary pulling people out of cars and holding them at gunpoint. They are being tracked but are at large. I have been advised to stay in the building. I thought I would share this advice. This is not a joke.”
Police said they had not advised businesses and buildings in the downtown core to lock down.
Confirming, No lock down advisory was released by CPS and if any buildings did go into precautionary lock down, can re-open. #yyc #calgary
— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) July 27, 2016
“Rumours of armed gunmen carjacking people in the Calgary downtown core are not true,” police said.
Rumors of armed gunmen in the #Calgary Downtown core NOT accurate. Police presence due to ongoing #yyc incident.
— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) July 27, 2016
Police said they expect to release more information about the incident on Thursday.
Regina’s “Colonialism No More” camp has now reached a new milestone: 101 days.
Back in April, groups across Canada held rallies to address the First Nation suicide crisis at the Attawapiskat First Nation.
Since then, camps in Vancouver and Toronto have since packed up but Regina’s camp outside the local Indigenous and Northern Indigenous Affairs (INAC) office has remained strong.
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The camp celebrated their new milestone with a barbecue and campfire storytelling.
Protester Prescott Demas has been with the camp since the beginning. He said the discussions they had with INAC staff have been productive.
“It went fairly good,” Demas said.
“The last couple of meetings, we had a recap of what we’ve gone over so far, and where we are with each other.”
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The camp said they’re not leaving until there are plans in place to address education and job opportunities for First Nations people on reserves.
“It’s these issues that sort of feed into that homelessness and poverty level. [We] need to be doing something to deal with this,” Demas said.
“With INAC, we didn’t want them to just rubber stamp an idea and put it on the side, and we can pack up and leave, and then find out later nothing’s been dealt with,” he said.
A B.C. woman has lost thousands of dollars after instant messaging with someone she thought was her work supervisor on Facebook.
“The messages looked believable and I was sucked in,” said Renee Dupree.
It turns out her supervisor’s account had been hacked while she was on vacation. Dupree tried to reach her by phone, but without success.
The messages continued over the course of three weeks promising Dupree $31,000 in prize money.
“I just received a whole bunch of cash, $15 thousand dollars from this company called United Nations Help Commission and here is the email of this lady Jill Moore and if you want your money Renee contact this person right away,” says Dupree, reading out the email she thought she got from her supervisor.
Dupree did contact the so-called Jill Moore, who then asked Dupree for several payments, claiming it was needed to process the prize money.
In total, Dupree transferred 16 payments totaling over $8,000.
When the money never came and Dupree’s supervisor finally returned from vacation, Dupree knew she’d been scammed.
“I just felt so dumb having given away all that money and no chance of getting it back,” she says.
Tech expert Tristan Jutras says that with any scheme involving large sums of money, it’s always best to contact them directly.
“Speak to them, listen to the sound of their voice because anyone can fake an email and Facebook message, because if that’s been hacked we can fall victim to this scam easily.”
Jutras also recommends visiting Facecrooks长沙桑拿 – the website alerts consumers to the latest Facebook scams. He also recommends reporting online scams to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
The luxury cruise ship that will soon sail the Northwest Passage from Anchorage to New York, and costs upwards of $160,000 per person, is currently docked in Vancouver’s port.
Leaving Vancouver tonight, the Crystal Serenity operated by Crystal Cruises, will sail to Anchorage and back before it leaves Vancouver on Aug. 6 for a 42-day voyage through the Northwest Passage in the Arctic. It’s the first time a luxury ship of its size will attempt the passage.
Technically the Northwest Passage trip is billed as leaving from Anchorage, but the boat makes a one-way trip from Vancouver before the departure, meaning enthusiastic passengers could book back-to-back sailings for the full experience.
But anyone booked on the sold-out trip has shelled out tens of thousands of dollars.
The least expensive rooms on board started at $29,000 and went up to $160,000 per person.
Those looking for a true luxury experience won’t be disappointed.
The $350 million US-boat was first commissioned in 2003 and christened by Dame Julie Andrews, and has since received a $52-million makeover. The all-inclusive amenities include language classes, digital filmmaking courses, and lectures, along with the quintessential pools, spa, gym, tennis courts, and high-end dining – including complimentary spirits and wine.
Passengers also commonly wear long gowns, tuxedos, and formal white jackets to some of the ship’s fancier affairs.
Dozens of expedition experts will be on board, including geologists, marine biologists, guides, National Geographic photographers, historians, and ice pilots. Extra-cost shore excursions on the trip include mountain hikes, helicopter flights, kayaking expeditions, whale watching, and more.
The 32-day voyage goes from Anchorage, around the top horn of Alaska, across the top of Northwest Territories and Nunavut, around the north end of Baffin Island, to Greenland, and down the Atlantic coast.
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