Belgian researchers have invented a machine that turns human pee into drinkable water.
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The machine doesn’t require electricity and can be used off the grid. So how does it work? Basically, it collects urine in a big tank where it’s heated in a solar-powered boiler and passed through a membrane that retrieves the drinkable water.
“We’re able to recover urine…just in a simple process without having to use very hi-tech technology, just using solar energy,” Sebastiaan Derese, researcher at the University of Ghent told Reuters.
It all started when the group of researchers at the University of Ghent wanted to find a creative way to recover resources.
“A lot of nutrients are increasingly depleted. So for that we decided it was important. In fact, urine itself is a very rich source of nutrients. So we decided to start from there,” Arne Verliefde, a professor at the university told Global News.
So the quest to invent a machine that can recover nutrients from urine started.
The team started testing out different ways they can filter out nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous, which can then be used to make fertilizers. They made the machine with their own hands and ordered a few parts from around the world. It cost a few thousand euros to make and roughly two months to complete, Verliefde said.
“It doesn’t look fancy but it does the job,” he added.
In constructing the machine, they then discovered they could also turn the pee into water. And that’s when they had the idea of using that water to also brew beer.
“We are planning on brewing a beer from it, so there is a project here in Ghent, which is called ‘sewer to brewer,’” Derese said.
Using the slogan #peeforscience, the team recently used their prototype machine at a music festival in Ghent. They recovered 1,000 litres of water from the urine of festival-goers.
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They hope to introduce the machine to developing countries and rural communities, where water and fertilizer are in short supply.
“We’re talking to potential investors. The idea is to bring it to developing countries at the lowest price possible – hoping to get it down to a few hundred euros to make it accessible to farmers,” Verliefde said.
OTTAWA – It’s barely 50 kilometres from the cascading falls on the Mississippi River in the picturesque town of Almonte, Ont., to the site of the 2016 North American Leaders Summit in downtown Ottawa.
You can draw a straight line that’s arguably even shorter between the theme of last month’s “Three Amigos” meeting at the National Gallery and a tiny, contentious hydro electricity project astride those Almonte falls.
“Certainly, the agreement that we’ve concluded today values our shift towards cleaner renewable energy,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said June 29 at the summit’s closing news conference, flanked by U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexico’s Pena Nieto.
“Canada has a tremendous amount of energy that comes from clean sources right now and we’re always looking to create more.”
A fortnight later, the first heavy equipment rumbled down onto the Mississippi riverbed to begin blasting a deeper channel in the rock for the existing mill race at the garage-sized Enerdu generating station, built into an old mill that has clung to Almonte’s riverbank for a century.
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The project, owned by a local construction company, has taken six years to launch, while dividing the town and somehow garnering international attention.
Ron Campbell, the project manager, walked a visiting reporter around the construction site in the first week of riverbed work while ruefully noting that the place would never look worse.
In a quietly emotional torrent that was part craftsman’s pride, part bewilderment, part homespun logic, he recited the six-year saga of escalating opposition that included a 2014 municipal election and reached a social media crescendo over an endangered dragon fly species native to the area.
“Now we have (musician) Paul Simon against our (project) and Maude whatever-her-name-is,” said Campbell, an apparent reference to Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians.
“Everybody has a comment on a little tiny project in the middle of nowhere, with the wrong information. We’re not destroying the falls. There was never a plan to destroy the falls. It’s not going to happen.”
Campbell doesn’t want to relitigate the twists and turns of a bitter local fight, but says the battle raises a bigger question.
If an existing, run-of-river hydro project being redeveloped by a local company using local labour in a mill town founded by the river’s power and still harnessed to another, municipally-owned generating station a stone’s throw downstream from the Enerdu plant is getting public grief, what project will not? Even the new turbines purchased by Enerdu are designed and built by a local company headquartered literally across the street from the old mill.
It’s the kind of question that just happens to preoccupy Monica Gattinger.
The University of Ottawa professor is the chair of a research project called Positive Energy, which the university website says brings together various policy players and academic disciplines to explore “how energy resources can be developed in a way that garners acceptance and benefits society at large.”
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The research group is currently completing case studies on community support and opposition to six different energy developments spread across Canada, with the final report to be released in earlier October.
In an interview, Gattinger noted Canada hasn’t seen energy infrastructure skirmishes like today’s since the first great pipeline debates of the 1950s, which helped bring down a national government.
“We’re coming back to very similar kinds of infrastructure decisions – but in a very different societal context,” she said.
Aggrieved Albertans may feel like there’s a national conspiracy against the oilsands sector when they look at the furious pipeline protests, but opposition to energy projects of all descriptions, size and scope appear to be a 21st-century phenomenon.
Whether over wind farms, tidal energy prototypes, hydro projects or transmission corridors, local battles are raging across Canada on any given day.
Most Canadians will be familiar with the NIMBY acronym for project rejections – Not In My Back Yard – but researchers note other variants, including NOPE (Not On Planet Earth) and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody).
Gattinger, who has researched and written on the topic extensively, rattles off the societal changes that have become particularly evident over the past decade:
– Declining trust in institutions and reduced deference to authority and expertise. Citizens, said Gattinger, “might trust their neighbour more than they trust what an industry executive has to say, or what governments have to say about particular energy projects.”
– A desire for greater public involvement in decisions. We’re seeing tensions between participatory democracy, in which everyone gets their say, and representative democracy, in which elected officials ultimately have to make decisions among competing interests.
– The shift to individual values from group or communitarian values. “People’s line of sight is increasingly at the individual or local level and not so much at the group or national level,” said Gattinger. “So appeals to the national interest are getting less traction.”
– Falling tolerance for risk, particularly man-made risks. “What that can mean is that perceptions of risk can actually trump reality of risk in the context of energy project decision-making,” she said.
Layer society’s growing risk intolerance on top of lack of trust in industry and government, said Gattinger, “and it becomes much more difficult, frankly, to get anything built.”
That was a problem for the previous Conservatives in Ottawa and it has pursued the new Liberal government into office.
“Together, we will advance clean and secure energy, with the goal of 50 per cent clean power generation across the continent by 2025,” Trudeau, Obama and Nieto committed in Ottawa last month.
Set against that ambition, the additional 600 kilowatts from Almonte’s Enerdu expansion – up from 300 kilowatts – is less than the condensation from a single drop in the bucket.
Ontario alone can produce almost 8,300 megawatts (8.3 million kilowatts) of hydro power annually, a healthy fraction of Canada’s yearly capacity of 95,000 megawatts of renewable electricity, 83 per cent of which comes from falling water. In fact, hydro alone accounts for 60 per cent of Canada’s electricity, and when other emissions-free sources are factored in, including nuclear, Canada’s clean energy total rises above 80 per cent.
By the measure of last month’s Three Amigos agreement, Canada is already well above the continental 50 per cent target and thus immediately improves the continental average, with the prospect of selling more clean electrical power south.
Canada enjoys a $3 billion trade surplus with the U.S. in electricity sales, said Sergio Marchi, president of the Canadian Electricity Association, and the country has the capacity to double or triple its exports.
Convincing skeptical Canadian communities to increase their current energy output to foster continental exports may compound what is already often a tough sell.
“Once you have a more comprehensive and deep local opinion, how do you balance local opinion with national need?” asks Marchi. “That task has not become easier because the inputs are so much more numerous.”
Paul Norris of the Ontario Water Power Association calls it “the conundrum of ‘think globally, act locally.”‘
“No form of development, electricity or otherwise, is immune,” from public opposition, said Norris, “but in our industry it’s not the norm.”
Opposition, he said, is “site specific, it’s project specific.”
And the objections frequently pit environmentally conscious protesters against “clean” energy projects that are being directly encouraged by provincial or federal policy incentives.
In Almonte, Mississippi Mills mayor Shaun McLaughlin won office in 2014 on a platform opposing the Enerdu expansion. McLaughlin said the new plant will regulate the river level and damage trees in a large swamp about eight kilometres upriver.
“Is it a green project when you’re killing off a wetland?” he asked.
He also cited the endangered rapids clubtail dragonfly. “Is it a green project when you’re messing up the habitat of a critically endangered species? What really is green?”
McLaughlin says the risks outweigh the benefits of adding such a small amount of new power to a grid that’s already well supplied.
Campbell, back at the Enerdu construction site, sounds worn out by engagement.
The delays mean that by the time the project starts generating electricity and revenue, likely early in 2018, the company will have just 13 years left on its 20-year supply contract, which had to be signed before the province would greenlight the redevelopment. The $10- to $12-million investment won’t pay off for 17 to 20 years, said Campbell.
“Power production inevitably is going to be a federal issue, as pipelines are,” said the construction manager. “There has to be something for the greater good of the country. We can’t have a borough in Montreal deciding that a pipeline can’t be built.”
Gattinger said all those societal pressures are setting the table for a rough ride on the coming energy transition.
“I think it’s going to be very difficult and the worst is yet to come,” she said, laughing at her own grim prognosis. “My sense is it’s only going to get harder.”
BERLIN – Scientists hunting for ways to treat hard-to-beat bacterial infections have found a new antibiotic hiding right under our noses.
In the past, most new antibiotics have been discovered by sifting through soil samples. But researchers in Germany chose to look at the germs that already inhabit the human body.
They found Staphylococcus aureus bacteria in the noses of about 30 per cent of people, raising the question why the other 70 per cent weren’t beset by this staph bacterium. A hardened variety, known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is among the superbugs that pose a growing health problem worldwide.
In a paper published online Wednesday by the journal Nature, the researchers reveal that another in-nose bacterium — called Staphylococcus lugdunensis — appears to be keeping the rival staph at bay in some people by producing its own antibiotic.
This undated photo provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows plates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). (AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)
This undated photo provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows plates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
(AP Photo/Center for Disease Control)
Andreas Peschel, a microbiologist at the University of Tuebingen, called the discovery “unexpected and exciting.”
Peschel and his colleagues isolated the new antibiotic, which they called lugdunin, and tested it on mice whose skin had been infected with Staphylococcus aureus. They found it was effective in clearing the bacteria in most cases.
Tests to see whether the new antibiotic would work in humans haven’t yet been conducted.
Finding one that works against MRSA would be a great success because more people are expected to die from infections with resistant bacteria than from cancer in ten years’ time, said Peschel.
So far, staph doesn’t seem to be able to adapt to lugdunin. “For whatever reason it seems to be very, very difficult … for Staphylococcus aureus to become resistant to lugdunin, which is interesting,” he said.
Kim Lewis and Philip Strandwitz, two scientists at Northeastern University in Boston who weren’t involved in the study, warned that lugdunin itself might not be a safe treatment because it appears likely that the antibiotic could be harmful to human cells. However, in a commentary published alongside the original paper, they said the approach taken by Peschel and his colleagues could lead to further antibiotics discoveries.
Peschel said he didn’t believe lugdunin was particularly toxic but noted that research is only just beginning. Even if the new antibiotic turns out not to be suitable it might be possible to adapt the bacterium or transfer key genes to innocuous germs that could then be used to fight MRSA.
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UPDATE (July 19): In a statement posted to 桑拿会所, Melania Trump said her website was taken down because it does not accurately reflect her current business and professional interests.
“The website in question was created in 2012 and has been removed because it does not accurately reflect my current business and professional interests,” read the statement.
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) July 28, 2016
Just one week after being accused of plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama, Melania Trump‘s website has mysteriously disappeared following accusations she lied about her education in her biography.
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The accusations stem from a report by The Huffington Post that alleged Trump lied about receiving a degree in design and architecture at the University in Slovenia. According to two biographers, Trump dropped out after her freshman year.
“Born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, Melania Knauss began her modeling career at the age of sixteen. At the age of eighteen, she signed with a modeling agency in Milan. After obtaining a degree in design and architecture at University in Slovenia, Melania was jetting between photo shoots in Paris and Milan, finally settling in New York in 1996,” read her website.
Melania Trump plagiarism scandal deepens as questions r raised about her website claim to have 2 university degrees. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/BqoxEHxBzm
— JQ Public (@JQP6) July 19, 2016
However, the website has since disappeared – Melaniatrump长沙桑拿 now automatically reroutes to Trump长沙桑拿.
Last week, Trump came under fire after many pointed out distinct similarities between her Republican National Convention speech and a speech first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008.
Meredith McIver, an in-house staff writer for Donald Trump, later took responsibility for passages that were lifted from Obama.
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“I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches. This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant,” McIver said in a statement issued by the Trump Campaign.
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McIver said she offered her resignation to the Republican presidential nominee, but was rejected.
The Trump campaign has not commented on the allegations surrounding Melania’s education.
Netflix is bringing fans back to Stars Hollow on Nov. 25 with the debut of the hotly anticipated Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
The show’s cast, Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory) and Scott Patterson (Luke), joined the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, and executive producer, Daniel Palladino, at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday, to tease what’s ahead for the reboot.
The panel revealed hints of what’s in store for Rory and her mom, including romantic twists, along with Sherman-Palladino’s comment about whether there could be a possibility for another season.
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Bledel, 34, revealed that “all of her ex-boyfriends make an appearance in these chapters in one way or another, and it’s great to work with them.”
The actress also admitted that she was surprised at the amount of interest in Rory’s love life. She pointed out there is more to the character to focus on, “like her ambition and her accomplishments.”
That’s not to say there’s no speculation about who she’ll end up with (if anyone).
“I know they’re not going to end up together but, Rory and Dean seem like a good couple,” David Sutcliffe, also known as Rory’s dad on the show, told USA Today last month.
When asked if Stars Hollow had changed, the show’s creator joked that Warner Bros. must have gotten a “deal on brown paint,” because Stars Hollow’s storefronts no longer existed and had been painted over when they first arrived on set to start working.
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Graham, 49, mentioned that the upcoming episodes focus on family and “how these bonds take us through all the different stages of our lives.”
She added, “It’s not a story about a little girl anymore who’s in high school – it’s a story of a young woman and all the struggles she faces, and the dynamics between these two women. They’ve grown up, but they’re the same.”
When a reporter asked Sherman-Palladino whether another season could be a possibility, she didn’t sound ready to think about that idea just yet. “This is what it is,” she said, referring to the four episodes being the end for now.
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Melissa McCarthy is another star who came up at the presser.
McCarthy’s fame has soared since she played Sookie in the series (largely because of movies like Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters), which made it complicated for her to fit taping into her busy schedule, said Sherman-Palladino. But everyone made it work.
And according to the show’s creator, Sookie is the same.
McCarthy and Graham “have a weird Lucy-and-Ethel thing that you kind of have to just see it to understand it,” Sherman-Palladino said. Apparently, the actresses played off each other within minutes of reuniting.
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Graham said the entire cast, including Bledel, Patterson and Kelly Bishop, easily connected again.
“Everything was like, ‘Oh, here’s the chemistry we had from the very first day we met,’ and it was just a joy to revisit,” she said.
The new Gilmore Girls brings back the popular mother-daughter dramedy that aired from 2000 to 2007. Each of the four 90-minute chapters covers each of four seasons of the year.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres globally on Netflix Friday, Nov. 25, at 12:01 a.m.
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Montreal teacher Saiswari Virahsammy is giving out random love notes to strangers on the street, but she never expected to get a response from comedian and avid jogger Kevin Hart — the man she credits with inspiring her to start running.
#KeepBeingAwesome is a pay-it-forward project the professional Indian dancer started last October.
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The good karma paid off Tuesday when Virahsammy was at Hart’s Just For Laughs comedy show.
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A little while ago, when Virahsammy was struggling to finish a 5-kilometre run, she pictured Hart encouraging her and was eventually able to complete the course.
“I wanted to tell him about the story, but figured it might be hard to get to him, ” the 29-year-old told Global News.
“So, I wrote him one of my #KeepBeingAwesome notes. When the show was done, I was able to hand in hand give it to him.”
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When you hand in hand give a #KeepBeingAwesome note to @kevinhart4real because one day, during a 5k jog, the only way I could finish it was to picture him encouraging me and jogging beside me, and I did. #KeepBeingAwesome
The note reads: “Hey Kevin, I started jogging a year ago, and to be honest, coming from a girl that couldn’t run, it was a huge thing for me. Eventually I was able to do 5-km jogs. Then, I did them every day.”
“ I remember one day, I was having a hard time finishing the job, and I imagined you encouraging me to finish, and I did.”
“So, thank you for what you do to the community. Keep being awesome, Kevin. You’re my brother. I honestly look to you for true encouragement. I love what you do. Keep going.”
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@kevinhart4real just read my #KeepBeingAwesome note on his snapchat 🙈 Man, he’s great 💜💜💜 #SpreadTheLove #TheLittleActionsCount
Much to Virahsammy ‘s surprise, Hart read the entire note on his SnapChat.
After, Hart continues: “With that being said, that makes me smile, man.”
“Fans are the best. I do it for you guys. S—; like that warms my heart.”
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Virahsammy started the project when her temple was celebrating the birth of their Guru, Sai Baba.
“All the youths had decided to do something that would spread love in different ways,” she told Global News.
“I thought it would make people smile knowing that someone noticed something they did that was pretty neat.”
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Virahsammy admitted it took a lot of courage to give her first note, but said she now sees it as a way to “notice the beauty in the world.”
“I didn’t want people to thank me, I just wanted them to feel appreciated,” she said.
“As strangers, I think it’s OK for us to compliment each other and encourage each other. We are all worthy of love, right?”
“So while we are sharing this world together, why not tell each other what we appreciate from one another?”
Virahsammy is a high school teacher with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, teaching French as a second language; she’s also a Bollywood teacher at UQAM.
She said #KeepBeingAwesome has done much more than put a smile on strangers’ faces – it’s also helped her overcome her own battles.
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“It helped me spread genuine love around me rather than being caught in negative emotions. Those notes really helped me to see all the beauty that is in people around me and in this world that was created to be appreciated,” she said.
“We have one beautiful life to live, why not keep being awesome by loving one another with our differences?”
Virahsammy is now heading to Honduras to teach English and introduce Indian dance.
“Wherever I decide to be in this world, I want to keep spreading love in the best way that I can,” she said.
TORONTO – People craving a jolt of caffeine in the Philippines may soon be able to order a double-double at their local Tim Hortons.
Restaurant Brands International, the multinational owner and operator of Tim Hortons and Burger King, said Thursday it has partnered with a group of investors to establish a master franchise joint venture company to sell the fast-food chain’s coffee and doughnuts in the Southeast Asian country.
RBI chose the Philippines for its first stop in Southeast Asia because the country has a strong economy and a fast-growing quick-service market, said CEO Daniel Schwartz.
The Philippines also boasts “a population that has an affinity for coffee and baked goods,” Schwartz added, including those of Tim Hortons’s, the company determined after months of market research.
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RBI didn’t say how many shops it plans to open in the Philippines. But chief financial officer Joshua Kobza said, “We aim to be a leader in the market.”
Kobza hinted Tim Hortons would aim to match the level of some of its rivals in the local market – many of which boast hundreds of restaurants in the country, he said.
The stores will serve many of the same staples as Canadian locations, like Timbits and iced capps, as well as some surprises, he added.
“You’ll have a mix of the kind of products that we know and love here in Canada and some new products.”
But details about any new offerings likely won’t be divulged until the first Philippines location opens, which Kobza and Schwartz said will open as soon as possible.
RBI views Tim Hortons’s expansion to the Philippines as a gateway into other markets within the sub-region and other parts of the continent, noted Schwartz.
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Since Tim Hortons and Burger King merged into RBI in late 2014, the company’s been focused on taking the master franchise joint venture model that’s proved successful for Burger King and applying it to help Tim Hortons grow globally.
“We think it’s a great opportunity,” Schwartz said.
More international expansion announcements are expected from the company in the future, but all Schwartz will say is, “Stay tuned.”
The restaurant chain has 4,438 restaurants, not including its 411 limited-service kiosks, as of March 31, 2016, the company’s latest quarterly report said.
According to Tim Hortons’s 2015 annual report (when it had 25 fewer locations), the majority of those stores are in Canada, with 14.7 per cent in the U.S. and 2.6 per cent in the Middle East.
A seven-year-old girl is dead after an elephant at a Moroccan zoo hurled a rock at her head.
The girl, whose name hasn’t been released, was standing outside the animal enclosure with her family when an elephant picked up the stone and threw it over the fence, the zoo said in a statement on their website.
She was then taken to hospital, where she died a few hours later.
“It’s with great sadness that the Rabat Zoo confirms the accidental death of a little girl after an elephant threw a stone at her,” the zoo wrote on 桑拿会所.
C’est avec beaucoup de tristresse que le zoo de Rabat annonce le décès accidentel d’une petite fille victime d’un jet de pierre (1/2)
— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) July 27, 2016
In the statement, the zoo defended itself saying the fence and ditch surrounding the enclosure were up to international standards.
It also points out that the incident is rare and unpredictable. It also references two other recent events that occurred worldwide: the death of a toddler after an alligator pulled him underwater in Disney World in Orlando and the death of a gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure in Cincinnati.
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Video from directly after the incident shows a group of people huddled around the girl, trying to comfort her before she was taken to hospital.
It also shows what appears to be the rock that hit her, which is roughly the size of a cantaloupe.
The Morocco World News reports that the zoo has opened an investigation into the incident, also noting that this is the first tragedy in the zoo’s four-year history.
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But Democrats aren’t likely to let the Republican presidential nominee’s extraordinary comments simply fade away.
“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” a day after his remarks at a news conference ignited fierce debate over hacking and his urging of a global adversary to meddle in American politics.
Trump’s invitation to Russia to find and reveal emails by his rival for the White House came on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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It also all but overshadowed an embarrassing leak of different hacked emails, these from the Democratic National Committee, showing that party staffers supported Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders when they were publicly promising to remain neutral during the primary campaign.
Trump’s insistence that his invitation to Russia wasn’t serious was backed up by his campaign chairman. “He was making a sarcastic point,” Paul Manafort said Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”
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Democrats and some Republicans quickly condemned Trump’s remarks.
The Clinton campaign called Trump’s statement the “first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent.”
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At the convention, Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defence secretary, said Trump is “asking a U.S. adversary to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election.”
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, warned of “serious consequences” if Russia interfered in the election. And Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said bluntly: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”
The reality TV star turned presidential contender detonated the controversy Wednesday when he said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
Trump was referencing emails on Clinton’s private server that she said she deleted, saying they were private, before turning other messages over to the State Department.
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The Justice Department declined to prosecute Clinton over her email practices. But FBI Director James Comey called her “extremely careless” in handling classified information as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
The Associated Press, which discovered the basement server’s existence in March 2015, previously reported that it was connected to the internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers. The FBI concluded it was possible hackers broke into her server but found no direct evidence.
A Trump campaign communications adviser, Jason Miller, said on 桑拿会所 that Trump never urged or invited Russia to hack Clinton’s emails. Instead, he said, Trump was “clearly saying” that if Russia or anyone else already had Clinton’s deleted emails they should share them with the FBI.
3/7 To be clear, Mr. Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mails today.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) July 27, 2016
Trump never mentioned the FBI in his comments.
The flap over Clinton’s emails came after Obama identified Russia as almost certainly responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee in a different case.
WikiLeaks published on its website last week more than 19,000 internal emails stolen from the DNC earlier this year. The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned over the disclosures.
Obama traditionally avoids commenting on active FBI investigations, but told NBC News on Tuesday that outside experts have blamed Russia for the leak. Obama also appeared to embrace the notion that President Vladimir Putin might have been responsible because of what he described as Trump’s affinity for Putin. Trump said he has no relationship with Putin.
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Trump cast doubt on whether Russia was behind that hack. He said blaming Russia was deflecting attention from the embarrassing material in the emails.
“Russia has no respect for our country, if it is Russia,” Trump said. “It could be China. It could be someone sitting in his bedroom. It’s probably not Russia. Nobody knows if it’s Russia.”
In Moscow on Wednesday, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia would never interfere in another country’s election.
Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper, Ted Bridis and Chad Day in Washington, Jonathan Lemire in New York and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.
One of the victims of the so-called ‘Balaclava rapist’, Larry Takahashi, is outraged over his release.
Takahashi was known for breaking into homes and sexually assaulting women while wearing a ski mask. Edmonton Police said at the time that it was likely he assaulted over 100 women before being arrested in 1983.
In 1984, he faced 70 charges involving 22 women but was only convicted of 14 charges, including four counts of rape, sexual assault with a weapon, and six counts of disguise with intent.
He was given three life sentences.
But now, the parole board won’t say when he’s being released or where he’s planning to live, citing privacy concerns.
One of Takahashi’s victims, ‘Jane’ (we are protecting her identity), says she wasn’t even told about his release, she found out from Global News coverage.
“I go to bed and I wake up with a knife at my temple,” she said. “Threatening to cut my face.”
Jane was only 18 when she was raped in her own home 36 years ago, while her family was sleeping nearby.
“He just kept threatening and saying he hated to cut up my beautiful face,” she said. He put me in front of the mirror and stared at me. [He] undressed me. Did what rapists do.”
“Finally, after being there for a long period of time, I started to cry quietly and he said ‘what’s the matter?’. And I said ‘I’m cold’. And he covered me up with a blanket and kissed me on the forehead and he left.”
She said she went into the bathroom and ate a bar of soap. “Because he made me do things and my mouth was dirty,” she said.
Jane said the policy of protecting offenders like Takahashi has to change.
“You lost your rights,” she said. “As far as I’m concerned your life should be done.”
-With files from Rumina Daya and Jill Slattery