长沙桑拿 24/07/2019

MSVU drops clause that forbid some residence students from discussing suicidal thoughts

Mount Saint Vincent University has changed a clause that forbade some students who signed a wellness agreement from telling other students in residence about their “personal issues.”

As Global News first reported in May, student Brody Stuart-Verner was asked to sign the agreement during the 2015-2016 school year, after confiding to a residence life staff member that he’d been having suicidal thoughts.

He “will not discuss or engage in conversations with residence students regarding personal issues, namely the student’s self-destructive thoughts,” the second clause read.

Breaking the agreement would result in his lease being terminated.

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“I was in such a fragile state that I felt like they had my best interests in mind. I felt like I should sign it, go along with it, I didn’t really feel like I had any leeway, I just wanted to get better,” said Stuart-Verner in May, adding that he had major depression.

He called the agreement “absolutely absurd.”

A day after the original story, the university said it would review and modify the agreement. A spokesperson also apologized that Stuart-Verner felt isolated.

In a statement to Global News, Paula Barry Mercer, associate vice-president of student experience, said that mental health experts, the university’s students’ union, and Stuart-Verner were a few of the people who gave input on changing the agreement.

READ MORE: MSVU ‘very sorry’ student felt isolated because of wellness agreement

There is no longer a confidentiality requirement in the agreement.

The biggest change is to the second clause, which now states the student should: “utilize the appropriate supports […] to avoid causing potential distress to other residence students (the university understands that some resident students may not have the emotional maturity to assist others who are experiencing mental health issues).”

“In my view, ‘potential distress’ is very hard to define. It’s a very vague term,” said Stuart-Verner over Skype from Charlottetown, adding he’s concerned with how the university could use the clause.

He said he only told two other students, one of whom was living in residence, about feeling suicidal.

Stuart-Verner, who doesn’t plan to live in residence for the upcoming school year, said he asked the university how many people complained about him, but didn’t get that information.

“There are many people who know me at the Mount that know that I wasn’t causing distress to anyone… and that leads me to believe that there were no students,” he said.

The university did not have a spokesperson available for an interview.

“We are grateful for the input of Brody, our Students’ Union leadership and other Mount community members throughout this review process. It is our sincere commitment to ensure the best possible supports for all Mount students,” said Barry Mercer in the statement.

She also said that, of the six agreements that were signed by students at the university in the past three years, three had the same second clause Stuart-Verner took issue with.

“I do feel like this story has helped make these wellness agreements a lot more transparent and visible to everyone, and I feel like that’s very important,” said Stuart-Verner, adding that he’s grateful the university included him in changing the original clause.

Stuart-Verner says he no longer has suicidal thoughts.

长沙桑拿 24/07/2019

Former ‘The Cosby Show’ actress, Keisha Knight Pulliam, addresses divorce rumours

Less than seven months after their wedding, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam’s husband is calling it quits.

Former NFL player Edgerton Hartwell II filed a divorce complaint Monday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta.

The complaint says the two married on Jan. 2 and recently separated. The three-page document offers no details or reason for the split, saying only that “the marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no possibility of reconciling.”

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The news of the divorce came after The Cosby Show alum announced she was pregnant by posting a photo to Instagram with the caption, “Surprise!!! We have a new addition coming soon… Tune into #KandidlyKeshia this week for the details!!”

“Right now, the only thing I want is a paternity test for the baby,” Hartwell told TheYBF长沙桑拿 via his rep.

The Cosby Show star said she was blindsided by the divorce papers her husband filed and claims that he cheated on her, but she’d decided to give him another chance.

“I love who he pretended to be,” she said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “When he said he wanted our marriage, he wanted our family – I believed him. That’s why I gave him this one last chance, only for him to pull the rug from under me and blindside me.”

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Pulliam revealed that she is expecting a girl and conducted the interview without her wedding ring on, while saying that she’s not interested in staying married.

“I have no desire to continue to be married him. That’s why I’m doing this one interview and I’m done. I’m not going to continue to revisit and regurgitate, but I’m also not going to allow people to tell blatant lies about me,” she said.

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Hartwell and Pulliam married New Year’s Eve and were married in the actress’s home, according to her podcast, Kandidly Keisha.

“It was my dream,” Pulliam said. “We did it literally in our living room in our home. We invited people. They had no clue they were coming to a wedding.”

The 37-year-old Pulliam played daughter Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show and also played Miranda Payne on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

According to the NFL’s website, 38-year-old Hartwell was a linebacker in the NFL, including four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and two with the Atlanta Falcons.

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长沙桑拿 24/07/2019

Former beauty queen, who faked cancer and scammed people out of nearly $30K, sentenced

A former Pennsylvania beauty queen who faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers has been sentenced to two to four years in prison.

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WJAC-TV reports a judge sentenced 24-year-old Brandi Weaver-Gates on Tuesday after she pleaded guilty in June to several theft-related charges. She told the judge she faked the illness to get more attention from her family.

Weaver-Gates has been jailed since her arrest in August 2015, and that time will be credited toward her sentence.

Authorities believe she conned at least 165 people into donating nearly $30,000 through a “Bingo for Brandi” event in April and other fundraisers since August 2013.

Citing court documents, the news station reported she participated in a 5 kilometre race in 2015 which led to a dramatic finish.

Apparently the cancer-faker told her family and friends that she had a bone marrow biopsy just before the start of the race and used a scooter as the crowd cheered her on to complete the “Colour Run” event.

However, just before riding across the finish line, WJAC-TV reported Weaver-Gates insisted she would walk across the finish line. A supporter, who happened to be a quadruple amputee, helped the woman across the finish line.

During a court appearance in June, the cancer-faker told the judge that “she got too scared to stop (the scam). I didn’t have the courage,” WJAC-TV reported.

Weaver-Gates is a former Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner.

Last year, the Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International organization denounced Weaver-Gates and demanded the woman return her crown and sash “upon her release from being detained.”

“We at Butler’s Beauties are saddened to hear of the news of Miss Brandy Weaver-Gates. We were also led to believe that she was dealing with this horrible disease and stood by her as she struggled being a beauty queen and a cancer patient,” the organization said in a statement. “Butler’s Beauties believes that with a crown and sash you can accomplish many great things as a role model, spokesmodel and community leader as a beauty pageant queen.

“When you deceive the public and take people’s money that is under the pretense of fraud, we will not tolerate those actions. Our hearts go out to those affected by cancer and to those who were taken advantage of by Miss Weaver-Gates,” the organization said.

According to the Centre Daily Times, Weaver-Gates’ public defender apologized on behalf of his client through a statement issued during an August 2015 court appearance.

“Although Brandi’s incarcerated, she feels free,” the newspaper quoted the statement as saying. “She’s liberated from the lies she’s been living. She’s truly sorry. She asks for forgiveness, although she understands many won’t find it in their hearts to do so.”

Weaver-Gates was ordered to repay the money and spend five years on probation upon her release from prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

长沙桑拿 24/07/2019

Phoenix pay system: Officials say all files will be processed by Oct. 31

Officials with Public Works and Government Services Canada say all 80,000 federal public servants who have encountered problems with the Phoenix payroll system will see those problems sorted by the end of October.

Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Marie Lemay provided a detailed update on Thursday as the government struggled to fix the beleaguered program.

The update comes within 24 hours of pay-day for federal public servants. Tens of thousands of them are still facing issues, including missing money, late deposits and in some cases, a complete lack of any payment at all.

WATCH: Marie Lemay, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services, said Thursday that the work to rectify an issue that has left 80,000 public employees without pay could cost the government as much as $20 million.

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The people who have had no pay at all remain the first priority, said Lemay. Around 500 received their pay on Wednesday, she said, but there are still several hundred more who are being processed. Most can expect to be paid on Aug. 10.

Strangely, 60 people who reported they had not been paid were not in the government’s system at all. Lemay would not speculate if they were trying to scam Ottawa.

The second priority group is the people whose pay is at risk of disruption, including those going on maternity leave, long-term disability leave, or retiring. They will see their files handled within four to six weeks, the deputy minister promised.

READ MORE: How did this all start, and how did the Phoenix problems get so bad? 

Finally, the third priority group will have to wait the longest. Those owed overtime or who have seen their employment terminated will be processed by the end of September, while people who have been overpaid, been on planned leave without pay, are owed deductions or benefits, or who have been promoted will have their files handled by the end of October.

WATCH: Government employee asked to re-pay money she hasn’t received

Officials have blamed the ongoing problems on a steep learning curve for the new Phoenix system, launched in February, and on an existing backlog of case files that were already in the queue when the IBM-created program came online.

On Wednesday, Public Services Minister Judy Foote and Lemay visited one of two call centres that are currently dealing with the debacle.

READ MORE: Pay day is here, but many public servants still waiting for their money

More call centres are expected to be set up in Toronto, Montreal, Shawinigan and Winnipeg to help handle the volume of calls. These call centres are essentially in charge of triage, Lemay said, and files that require further intervention are referred to administrators with higher security clearance.

“We still have a steep hill to climb,” she said. “If you have pay problems, please contact us… We can’t fix a situation that we’re not aware of.”

The cost of the emergency call centres will total around $15 to $20 million, Lemay added. That’s in addition to the over $180 million spent on the Phoenix system to begin with, and Lemay acknowledged that the cost of emergency measures could increase.

WATCH: Employee credit ratings suffering amid Phoenix pay system debacle

The government is also moving forward on a claims process for employees who want to seek compensation from Ottawa for penalties they incurred as a result of the Phoenix issues. This could include penalties for missed mortgage payments or student loans. Public servants are begin told to keep careful track of all their expenses.

On Thursday afternoon, the House of Commons government operations committee (OGGO) is expected to hold an emergency meeting to hear from some of the same officials about the Phoenix meltdown. The public can watch the proceedings live.

The Liberals approved the meeting earlier in the week after the Opposition parties called for more transparency on the issue.

长沙桑拿 24/07/2019

Edmonton Oilers head coach says team will have a captain but won’t say who

The Edmonton Oilers won’t commit to who will be the team’s next captain, not publicly at least, but fans can expect there to be one at the start of the upcoming season.

“We’ll have a captain,” Todd McLellan said Wednesday at the annual Mark Spector Celebrity Golf Classic.

Edmonton didn’t have a captain last season, instead several players were assistant captains.

When pressed if Connor McDavid will be the next player to wear a ‘C’ McLellan simply repeated his answer, accompanied with a laugh.

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    The Oilers bench boss discussed several other topics surrounding the team, including the trade in June that saw star winger Taylor Hall get moved to New Jersey for young defenceman Adam Larsson.

    McLellan said he was in full support of the deal.

    “We had to make some changes to our hockey club and Taylor was the price we had to pay to get a defenceman,” McLellan said. “Losing a player of his quality, doesn’t matter if you’re the Edmonton Oilers or the Pittsburgh Penguins, he’s a hard guy to replace.”

    “He had been the fabric of the Oilers organization for many years. He gave us everything he possibly had to try to lead the team towards success and we will miss him.”

    READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers trade Taylor Hall to New Jersey

    McLellan isn’t making any predictions about the points Larsson will put up, but the Oilers’ coach believes the 23-year-old will be a d-man who faces the opponents top forwards and will log heavy minutes.

    “He doesn’t get as much attention as maybe some others do and that’s okay by us. He’ll quietly come in and do his thing. We think he can play 20, 22 minutes a night against the top level competition,” McLellan said.

    “Is he going to be a (Kris) Letang type player where he puts up 70 points? We don’t expect him to do that. We think he can be a little more like Marc Édouard Vlasic and play very good minutes against the other teams top players and play consistently.”

    There was speculation, perhaps a belief, that Nail Yakupov would be traded this off season. The former first overall pick hasn’t been so far. McLellan is open to the idea of Yakupov returning to the team and giving him a chance to be an important asset.

    “I believe in giving people opportunities to recover, to bring their game. I know Yak has worked extremely hard. He’s done some things he hasn’t in the past throughout the summer, training in different areas,” McLellan said.

    “When he comes back, if that’t he case, I want him to have success.”

长沙桑拿 24/06/2019

Prince George called out for alleged ‘white privilege’ by British Council employee

A British Council employee has come under fire for posting a number of harsh comments about Prince George to social media.

Angela Gibbins, who works as a senior employee at the charity, verbally attacked the three-year-old on her Facebook page following the release of his picture for the Queen’s 90th birthday. The news was first reported by The Sun in the U.K.

When a Facebook user shared the above image with the caption, “I know he’s only two years old, but Prince George already looks like a f***** d***head,” Gibbins responded by saying, “White privilege. That cheeky grin is the innate knowledge he’s royal, rich, advantaged and will never know ANY difficulties or hardships in life.”

She continued with: “Let’s find photos of 3yo Syrian refugee children and see if they look alike, eh?”

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According to several reports, the 52-year-old’s “friends” were upset by her comments, saying, “You are a total idiot Angela, to look at the picture of a child and be filled with nothing but hatred for them. You are a disgrace to humanity.” Another person added, “You look at a smiling child and this is the kind of stuff you think? You need some time off the internet.”

The British employee stood by her opinions, though, adding, “I’m sound in my socialist, atheist and Republican opinions.”

She added, “I don’t believe the royal family have any place in a modern democracy, least of all when they live on public money. That’s privilege and it needs to end.”

READ MORE: Prince William and Kate Middleton are headed back to Canada

Gibbins’s comments have since prompted an investigation by the British Council, which released the following statement:

“This comment was made on a private social media account. It has absolutely no connection to the British Council and does not represent the views of the British Council… That said, we expect the highest standards of our staff and we will be investigating the matter further.”

Those on social media were also quick to react to the news:

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长沙桑拿 24/06/2019

Bradley Cooper’s appearance at the DNC riles up U.S. conservatives

Bradley Cooper, who played conservative hero Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in 2014 movie American Sniper, has riled up Republicans by making an appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Cooper attended the convention with his Russian model girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

READ MORE: Chris Kyle, American Sniper, lied about his military records

Some irate 桑拿会所 users plan to boycott Cooper’s future films over his presence at the convention. Another commented that they thought his experience playing Kyle would have rubbed off on him.

The complaints have been mocked by others who say Cooper was simply acting a role when playing Kyle, and conservatives shouldn’t be surprised.

Cooper earned an Oscar nomination for American Sniper, which became a blockbuster partially because of an enthusiastic reception among conservative moviegoers.

Cooper was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, and before this convention appearance has not been very vocal about his political leanings.

With files from The Associated Press

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长沙桑拿 24/06/2019

Fact or fiction? Fact checking Donald Trump and Obama’s DNC speech

WASHINGTON – It’s hot out there, politically speaking, with Hillary Clinton’s convention going full steam and Donald Trump refusing to stay quiet while Democrats put on their big show. Reality is sometimes getting warped in the process.

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A look at some claims Wednesday and how they compare with the facts, on a day packed with a lengthy news conference by Trump and evening convention speeches by high-powered Democrats, capped by President Barack Obama:

OBAMA: “After a century of trying, we declared that health care in America is not a privilege for a few, but a right for everybody.”

THE FACTS: Obama’s health care overhaul does guarantee that people with pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied health insurance, but it also made coverage an obligation for everybody. People must have coverage or face fines from the IRS. That mandate remains highly unpopular.

The law provides subsidies to help low- to middle-income people purchase a private plan. But even so, some find their premiums too high. And nearly 29 million remain uninsured, according to government estimates. Health care as a “right for everybody” may better describe Bernie Sanders’ idea of a government-run system for all. That system also entails obligations: the higher taxes that would be collected to pay for it.

WATCH: Obama backs Hillary Clinton at DNC

VIRGINIA SEN. TIM KAINE, Clinton’s running mate: “You can go to HillaryClinton长沙桑拿 right now and find out exactly how she’ll make the biggest investment in new jobs in generations.”

THE FACTS: It’s the biggest in generations only if you don’t count Obama’s $814 billion 2009 stimulus, a curious omission for a Democrat.

Clinton promises to spend $275 billion over five years on roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Obama’s stimulus was more of a hodge-podge and included tax cuts as well as aid to state and local governments. But all of it was intended to boost the economy and hiring.

TRUMP: “I never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is. … I’ve never spoken to him.” – Miami news conference, during a discussion of whether Russia had hacked into emails of the Democratic National Committee.

THE FACTS: Not so long ago, Trump bragged about how well he knew Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now he says he doesn’t know him at all. That appears to be closer to the truth.

In November, when he was trying to burnish his foreign-policy credentials during a GOP primary debate, he said of Putin, “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night. “

That claim was debunked at the time because Trump’s only connection to the Russian leader was that they both appeared on the same show. He was interviewed in New York, Putin in Moscow and they weren’t even in the same segment on the program.

WATCH: ‘Putin does not have respect for Clinton, Obama,’ says Trump

OBAMA: “By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started.”

THE FACTS: That progress doesn’t include much of an increase in household income, the yardstick people generally consider their most important measure of prosperity. The typical household now earns $57,206 a year, according to Sentier Research. That’s 2 percent higher than in June 2009, when the recession ended and six months into Obama’s term. (All figures are adjusted for inflation). But it has barely budged since it was $57,147 in December 2007, when the recession began.

KAINE: “I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton. First, she’s consistent.”

THE FACTS: Not always – not on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for example. She promoted the deal as the “gold standard” of trade agreements when she was secretary of state, then turned against it as a candidate who was facing a stiff contest from a primary rival who fiercely and consistently opposed the deal, Bernie Sanders.

Clinton hasn’t been consistent in her explanations of why she had her own email server as secretary of state, changing her story as investigations revealed more about her email practices. That issue has contributed to public distrust of Clinton, a problem Kaine was trying to address in broaching the subject of trust in his remarks.

WATCH: Trump ‘hopes’ Russia will find missing hacked DNC emails

TRUMP: “I never had a second thought in my life.”

THE FACTS: He may want to have a second thought about that thought.

In April, Trump told The New York Times that he should not have retweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, wife of GOP primary rival Ted Cruz. “Yeah, it was a mistake,” he said. “If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t have sent it.”

Then in May, he had a third thought.

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He told Fox News that “I’m not walking it back” after all, and Mrs. Cruz was fair game because she was so involved in the campaign.

Then in the same interview, he had a fourth thought that was much like the second one: “I wish I didn’t do it.”

KAINE: “She’ll make it possible to graduate from college debt-free.”

THE FACTS: Hillary Clinton’s plans would certainly reduce costs, but many students would probably still have to borrow. She has proposed that families who earn less than $125,000 a year will be able to go to in-state colleges and universities tuition-free. Yet many students would still have to pay for room and board, which can make up at least half the cost of attending college.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, on Trump: “I know he’s trying to be tough but he’s going to go out and carpet bomb. You want to make friends and influence people in the Middle East? So you’re going to go carpet bomb innocent people and bad people at the same time, and that’s going to help us fight against ISIS?” – on MSNBC.

TRUMP: “I never said I wanted to carpet bomb. That was Ted Cruz.”

THE FACTS: Trump is right. It was his former Republican rival who said repeatedly he would carpet bomb Islamic State targets.

Carpet bombing, by its nature, risks killing large numbers of innocent civilians because it is indiscriminate.

Trump has indeed talked tough about IS, vowing to “bomb the hell” out of the group, level the oil facilities it controls and “blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.” He didn’t say what there would be nothing left of: an IS encampment, for example, or a city? But he did not call for carpet bombing; Biden put Cruz’s words in Trump’s mouth.

LEON PANETTA, former CIA director: “Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has laid out a comprehensive plan to defeat and destroy ISIS and keep America safe.” – Democratic convention speech.

THE FACTS: Clinton has been touting her plan for months. It’s hardly comprehensive.

The three-part strategy, as described in November, involves crushing IS “on its home turf” in the Middle East, disrupting terrorist infrastructure on the ground and online, and protecting America and its allies. All are elements already included in Obama’s anti-IS strategy. And none addresses the biggest gaps in the U.S.-led response to the Islamic State over the last two years, such as the lack of effective local troops to defeat IS in Syria.

WATCH: Leon Panetta says ‘it’s inconceivable to me that a presidential candidate could be so irresponsible’

At what point should U.S. ground troops step in? What levels of civilian deaths are acceptable? How exactly does she propose to end Iraq’s age-old Shiite-Sunni divisions?

She hasn’t said. She’s expounded further, but mostly to reject suggestions by Trump and other Republicans.

TRUMP: “I am a person that believes in enhanced interrogation, yes. And by the way, it works.”

THE FACTS: While some intelligence officials still maintain the torture of terrorist suspects thwarted plots, none has pointed to a specific instance. The Senate intelligence committee’s report in late 2014 concluded that no actionable intelligence was gained from the detainees who were put in ice baths, threatened with death, kept in cages, waterboarded and subjected to sleep deprivation, booming music and other forms of psychological torture.

READ MORE: Obama explains what scares him about a Donald Trump presidency

TRUMP: “Hundreds of people walked out of the Democrat convention last night. I didn’t even hear about it. Nobody showed it. “

THE FACTS: If he didn’t hear about it, how does he know about it?

The walkout by disenchanted supporters of Bernie Sanders was widely reported at the time.

Did hundreds walk out in protest? That’s conceivable but impossible to know with precision because this happened at the same time as people were leaving for dinner.

KAINE: “Don’t take it from me. Take it from … John McCain’s chief economic adviser in the ’08 race, who estimates Trump’s promises would cause America to lose 3.5 million jobs.”

THE FACTS: That’s a reference to Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, who did advise McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, though in only a minor role. His analysis concluded that Trump’s tax cuts and trade policies would plunge the U.S. into recession and eliminate 3.5 million jobs. But Zandi has supported other presidential campaigns: In this election cycle, he donated to Clinton.

KAINE: Contractors Trump hired to build his casino in Atlantic City “did the work, hung the drywall, poured the concrete. But a year after opening, Trump filed for bankruptcy. He walked away with millions. They got pennies on the dollar.” And people in Florida paid deposits on condos, “but the condos were never built. He just pocketed their money and walked away.”

THE FACTS: Trump did stiff contractors on the casino. In Florida, he licensed his brand to a condo developer and appeared in marketing materials, attracting buyers. He was paid licensing fees, but condo buyers lost their deposits when the actual developer canceled the project.

WATCH: Kaine pokes fun at Trump during DNC speech

TRUMP: “I have nothing to do with Russia, yes… I built an unbelievable company but if you look there you’ll see there’s nothing in Russia.”

THE FACTS: Trump staged the Miss Universe competition in Russia, traveled there for it and boasted that it drew “almost all the oligarchs.”

There’s no evidence, though, that he has financial ties to Russia. He has neither developed properties nor licensed his name to buildings there, though he’s tried.

He has sold property to Russians, such as a $100 million Palm Beach, Florida, home in 2008.

– Associated Press writers Ricardo-Alonso-Zaldivar, Deb Riechmann, Jim Drinkard, Bradley Klapper and Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report.

长沙桑拿 24/06/2019

Traffic accidents are 30 per cent higher without red-light cameras: study

WASHINGTON – Red-light cameras are widely hated, but a new study says getting rid of them can have fatal consequences.

Traffic deaths from red-light-running crashes go up by nearly a third after cities turn off cameras designed to catch motorists in the act, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The institute is funded by auto insurers.

While cities continue to add cameras at intersections with traffic signals, at least 158 communities have ended their red-light camera programs in the past five years, the study said.

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Researchers compared trends in annual crash rates in 14 cities that had ended their camera programs with those in 29 cities in the same regions that continued their camera programs.

They found that, after adjusting for other factors, red-light-running crashes went up 30 per cent.

Further, all types of crashes at intersections with traffic signals went up 16 per cent. That finding suggests that red-light cameras deter other behaviour by motorists, not just red-light running, said Wen Hu, co-author of the study.

WATCH: Red light tickets increase in Saskatoon 

A second part of the study compared fatal red-light-running crashes in 57 cities with camera programs to 33 cities that haven’t introduced cameras, finding that the rate of such crashes was 21 per cent lower in cities with cameras. The rate of all types of crashes at intersections with traffic signals was 14 per cent lower when cameras were present.

“Debates over automated enforcement often centre on the hassle of getting a ticket and paying a fine,” said the institute’s president, Adrian Lund. “It’s important to remember that there are hundreds of people walking around who wouldn’t be here if not for red-light cameras.”

Dozens of communities have ended their red-light camera programs in recent years amid complaints that they are designed primarily to raise money through tickets rather than to enhance safety. Courts in some states have sided with motorists against camera programs.

Jake Nelson, the AAA automobile club’s research director, said the club supports the use of red-light cameras if they’re used properly, meaning data show the need for them at particular intersections – usually, a high number of fatalities. And money collected through the program should be used exclusively for traffic safety programs, he said. But when those tests aren’t met, AAA has joined with opponents in some communities to oppose them.

READ MORE: Photo radar ticket increase expected to boost revenue for Winnipeg police 

Otherwise, Nelson said, “you have to question what are we really doing here? Are we saving lives or are we raising money?”

A motorist who runs a red light risks a T-bone crash where the front of one vehicle slams into the side of another. Those crashes are among the most likely to result in death or serious injury.

Other studies have shown that red-light cameras increase the likelihood of rear-end crashes as motorists race through yellow lights only to run into the back of a vehicle on the other side of the intersection. But rear-end crashes are more likely to be minor, with far fewer fatalities and injuries than T-bone crashes.

It’s not surprising that the institute study found a large increase in fatal crashes after cities turned off their cameras, given the lethality of T-bone crashes, Nelson said.

长沙桑拿 24/06/2019

World’s deepest underwater sinkhole discovered in South China Sea

Researchers in China have declared a blue hole off the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea to be the world’s deepest.

Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection researchers used an underwater robot and depth transducer to determine the depth of the underwater sinkhole hole, named “Dragon Hole.” Its depth? About 300 metres.

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Traditionally known as Longdong, locals call the phenomenon the “eye” of the South China Sea.

In areas beyond the reach of the divers, the robot was able to measure the temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen level of the water.

Though the robot found more than 20 fish species and other marine organisms present in the first 100 metres, no oxygen was detected further than that, meaning life below is unlikely.

The 202-meter-deep Dean’s Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas was considered the world’s deepest known blue hole prior to the new findings.

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A blue hole is a circular sinkhole, with the name reflecting the colour contrast between the dark blue inside the hole compared with the light blue water surrounding it.

The Paracel Islands are claimed all or in part by China, Vietnam and several other Asian countries.

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