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.”

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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 21/11/2018

Lindsay Lohan taking a break from Russian millionaire fiancé

Things aren’t looking rosy for Lindsay Lohan and her short-term Russian fiancé, Egor Tarabasov.

In a long-winded Instagram post on Tuesday, Lohan recounted an explosive argument with the millionaire, which ultimately sent him “off the radar.”

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The post shows Lohan, 30, on a boat, looking out at the horizon.

The Mean Girls actress says she’s “taking time for herself with good friends.”

She also apologizes for making private matters public.

Lohan’s post comes after the police were called to her London apartment on July 23, after the actress blasted Tarabasov, 23, for being out partying instead of being home with her on Sunday. She also accused him of strangling her and said he needed “anger management.”

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She made the suggestion she’s pregnant, but there has not been confirmation from Lohan’s camp on that.

Lohan tweeted several accusations with accompanying photos, but has since deleted them. According to multiple sources, the pictures showed Tarabasov out at what appears to be a club. The tweets remain:

After the blow-up, Lohan reportedly called her father, Michael Lohan, for comfort.

“[She has been] texting me back and forth that she’s OK but [Tarabasov is] off the radar, and he has been off the radar since this happened,” Michael Lohan said. “She said he cheated. I don’t think she would say that if it wasn’t true. Things happen. I don’t know what their relationship is like. Relationships take twists and turns, what are you going to do?”

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The pair became engaged in April after dating for only a few months.

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Canadian-made robot, Ludwig, designed to assess dementia

TORONTO – A retirement home in north Toronto is preparing to welcome an unusual resident: Ludwig, an artificially intelligent robot.

Adorned with spiky mauve-coloured hair, green-tinged eyes and a few quirky facial expressions to mimic a range of emotions, the two-foot-tall robot is made to look and act like a little boy.

But his job is far from child’s play.

By drawing his elderly neighbours into conversation, Ludwig’s creators say he can track and monitor signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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He’s so good, he can detect subtle changes in speech and vocal patterns that might escape retirement home staff, says Isaac Weinroth, executive director of One Kenton Place, where Ludwig will begin trials next month.

“Even things like the time gap between verbs, or the use of verbs, or lack of verbs, the time gap between sentences, between words in sentences,” he says.

“Those are the kind of minute changes that the robot and the technology can pick up as it interacts with an individual, that we as human beings don’t necessarily track as well.”

And the earlier such changes are caught, the sooner the resident can get help, says Weinroth.

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“You might need to adjust medication or even day-to-day activities. If somebody is showing weaknesses in one area you can focus on that area to try and strengthen it.”

Ludwig, named after philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, was developed by a research team at the University of Toronto.

Team leader Dr. Frank Rudzicz predicts artificial intelligence “will play a huge role in elderly care going forward,” envisioning robots could also monitor seniors in their own homes eventually.

“There’s going to be a huge rise of incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the next couple of decades,” says Rudzicz, a scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and an assistant computer science professor at the U of T.

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“Right now, there’s about 600,000 people in Canada with the disease. That will go up to about 1.5 million in the next few decades. And there aren’t enough people to look after all of these individuals.”

Ludwig is not meant to replace care provided by flesh-and-blood nurses and doctors, adds Rudzicz, describing the technology as more of a “stop-gap.”

“It’s going to be a way to take away some of the burden for those individuals and current nurses and doctors to focus on what they normally do,” he says.

“It’s hard to predict the future. I think people are becoming more accepting of technology than they used to be. So I’m hopeful.”

During a demonstration at One Kenton Place on Tuesday, Ludwig asked 97-year-old Elizabeth Graner her name and some simple questions, but the conversation would stall whenever the senior failed to hear what the robot was saying.

READ MORE: What are the early warning signs and symptoms of dementia?

Graner’s daughter, Penny Blake, was skeptical that Ludwig would be able to offer anything more than she or any other human caregiver could.

“It was a good college try, maybe it needs more work or whatever,” Blake said after the demonstration, in which Ludwig asked her mother to describe images on a tablet.

“Humans make connections a lot easier than computers,” Blake continues.

“I’m not convinced he could (do a better job). Maybe he can aid a human, maybe he can be a good toy for these guys.”

Researchers expect Ludwig will be fine-tuned as he’s put into practice.

An introductory trial in August will be followed by more rigorous research in October and November. If all goes well, a more sophisticated version of Ludwig could start popping up in retirement homes across the country, says Weinroth.

“This is a multi-year project,” adds Rudzicz. “We’re at the very beginning of it now.”

长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

Drinking water top priority after oil spill into river: Brad Wall

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says making sure there is enough drinking water for communities affected by an oil spill into a major river is the No. 1 concern right now.

Wall says the debate about whether pipelines in general are safe can wait until another day.

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“We need to make sure that drinking water is available, that potable water is available to communities affected by this. That’s the first challenge,” he said Wednesday at the legislature in Regina.

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    “We’ll get into the debate on pipelines versus rail or how we move oil across this country at a later date, but for now I think we should just set it aside.”

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    A leak from a Husky Energy oil pipeline last Thursday released between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of oil, which has been making its way down the North Saskatchewan River.

    It has already hit the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort, where water intakes have been shut down and measures to conserve drinking water have been put in place.

    An incident report Husky released on Tuesday indicates the company knew something might be wrong with one of its oil pipelines about 14 hours before it told the Saskatchewan government of the leak.

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    Wall noted that Husky has said it will review what happened and why there was a delay, but he added that the company’s response to the spill itself appears to have followed protocol.

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    He also said he expects Husky to live up to its promise to cover the costs of cleanup – and more.

    “Husky has said that they will be responsible for the financial costs of all of this and I expect that to be the case,” he said.

    “We think of the big costs and the responsibility for those are on the company … but we also should be concerned … that there’s been business interruption costs for a lot of small businesses and that will need to be a part of the cost to Husky as well.”

    He was planning to visit the affected area on Thursday. But local officials, saying they wanted to focus on their response efforts, asked the premier to wait until later.

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    Shelley Gordon, owner of the 6th Avenue Car Wash in Prince Albert, has not been able to run her business since Monday.

    “It’s been very unfortunate. Employees are without wages. We’re without revenue to get through this tough time,” she said.

    On a normal summer day, cars would be lined up, she said.

    “This is when car washes make their money. It makes up for the days in January and December when we’re really quiet. It’s an unfortunate time of the year to have a disaster like this happen.”

    The cleanup effort has run into some challenges.

    The oil sheen has been dispersing as it moves downstream, which makes it more difficult to skim it off the surface, said Wes Kotyk with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment.

    Nine booms have been placed on the river where they’re believed to be most helpful, but their performance is in question.

    “They’re likely not going to be very effective in accumulating or collecting any of the material once the sheen gets that thin.”

    Some of the oil has sunk, but it’s not clear how much. There is no plan yet to clean up the below-surface oil because not enough is known about how the heavy conventional crude reacts in water.

    Samples have been sent for analysis and Husky has been helpful in providing its own chemical tests, said Lo Cheng, with the federal Environment and Climate Change Department.

    “Really what we need to understand is how does that product behave in this environment? What is its fate? Does it degrade? Does it break down? Does it interact with sediment?”

    Sam Ferris of Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency said North Battleford should have enough water in its reservoirs if it continues its conservation efforts and there is no major event, such as a major fire, to deplete the supply.

    One other option being considered is to pre-treat the oil-tainted river water before it enters the plant.

    There could be long-term costs as well. The Water Security Agency doesn’t have enough information yet to estimate how long areas affected by the spill may have to keep interim water measures in place, the premier said.

    The ecological impact on the river will also have to be assessed and addressed.

    “We’ve got to have complete restoration and rehabilitation of habitat and the ecology along the North Saskatchewan.”

    In Prince Albert, the city manager said a temporary pipeline that was to be completed on Wednesday to bolster the city’s water supply wouldn’t be done until Friday.

    The oil spill has also forced Correctional Service of Canada to temporarily suspend visits at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary.

    Officials say the facility continues to operate on a modified routine and is not under lockdown.

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长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

The trouble with Bill: What would Bill Clinton’s title be if Hillary gets elected?

As Hillary Clinton became the Democratic nominee for president Tuesday, a question began to swirl around on the Internet: what will former president Bill Clinton’s title be if Hillary becomes president?

The question has been raised a few times over the course of Hillary’s push for the White House in November, and more recently on social media as the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia.

And it seems to be a tricky question. One political science professor jokingly told Global News “I have no idea to be honest.”

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Melissa Haussman, political science professor at Carleton University, said Bill would most likely to be referred to as “Mr. Clinton” in formal settings rather than “former president.”

“However, interestingly enough in informal [settings] they could use the designation. But obviously if both (Hillary and Bill]) were attending a function together I’m assuming he wouldn’t have the president title used,” Haussman said in an email to Global News.

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Late last year, Hillary was asked by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel what her husband would be called if she becomes president.

“Would [Bill] be the first man? Would he be the first gentleman? Would he be the first mate? Who decides that?” Kimmel inquired.

“I think part of what we have to figure out is what do you call the male spouse of a female president,” Hillary said during the November interview. “It’s a little bit more complicated with him because people still call former presidents Mr. President, so I have to really work on this,” Hillary said.

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Kimmel suggested calling Bill “the first president lady” while Hillary suggested “first dude, first mate, first gentleman.”

The former president himself addressed the question in a January 2015 interview with talk show host Rachael Ray.

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“If a woman became president, I could be called Adam,” Bill said, referencing the Biblical first man.

As The Telegraph points out, Hillary suggested early in her campaign that the idea of naming Bill as her choice for vice-president “had crossed her mind’ but was later told the move would be unconstitutional.

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Speaking with USA Today, a former chief of staff to Laura Bush said a likely scenario is Bill would still be referred to as Mr. President.

“He’s entitled to this title (Mr. President) for the rest of his life, no matter what temporary custodianship he has of this or any other position,” Anita McBride told the news outlet.

From suggestions from talk show hosts to social media users, it’s seems that if Hillary wins the White House later this year, no one really seems to know what to call the spouse of a female president.

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长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

Alberta to have most aggressive carbon pricing system among 4 provinces: study

OTTAWA – Move over, British Columbia: Canada’s oilpatch next door in Alberta is on track to have Canada’s most aggressive carbon pricing system by 2020.

That’s the conclusion of a new study that compares the coverage of various carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes in four provinces that have all embraced market-based approaches to cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.

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The report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent, non-partisan research body, comes as a federal-provincial working group is wrestling with ways to co-ordinate a new pan-Canadian price on carbon emissions.

Chris Ragan, the McGill University economist and commission chairman, says an early version of the paper was sent to the working group about six weeks ago.

It’s a politically contentious subject complicated not just by some provincial and territorial governments that are reluctant to impose any carbon price, but also by very different pricing systems in provinces that are already on board.

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Finding a transparent way to compare provincial pricing – and to set common national pricing parameters – could avoid a politically divisive “zero sum game” argument over dividing up emissions reductions by province, says the study. Comparable pricing, regardless of what system each province uses to achieve it, also offers provincial flexibility while realizing the economic efficiencies of having a relatively uniform carbon price across Canada.

The study’s five authors found that factoring in how much of the economy is covered by the price signal matters a great deal, and that emissions trading credits also must be considered for a true province-to-province comparison.

“The obvious point here is that you can’t just look at price to compare things,” Ragan said in an interview. “At a minimum you’ve got to think about price and coverage.”

B.C. was the first province to impose a carbon tax back in 2008, but because 30 per cent of the provincial economy isn’t exposed to B.C.’s current $30-per-tonne tax, the effective tax rate is more like $21 per tonne, says the study. Alberta’s new, broader carbon tax will eclipse it by 2020, coming in at $23.40.

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“B.C. likes to think of itself as the most stringent policy because they’ve got the higher price,” said Ragan.

“They have a higher price but actually don’t have the most stringent policy because they have relatively low coverage.”

Quebec’s existing cap-and-trade carbon market covers 85 per cent of the provincial economy, making it the most comprehensive in Canada.

Quebec, like Ontario, is part of the Western Climate Initiative which includes the state of California in a carbon permit trading market. Quebec’s current marginal price of about $16.40 per tonne makes its carbon cost appear much smaller than B.C.’s, but after factoring in coverage rates and the impact of imported emissions permits, the commission found that by 2020 Quebec’s effective price will be $18.08 per tonne.

Ontario will be a little further back, with an effective carbon price of $17.83.

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Alberta, meanwhile, will see its rising carbon tax cover 78 per cent of the province’s economy by 2020, leaving it with the highest effective carbon price per tonne in the country.

长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

Abdirahman Abdi depressed, unemployed before confrontation with Ottawa police: former boss

The Ottawa man who died this week after a confrontation with police seemed to be suffering from depression and was looking for a job in the days leading up to the incident, according to his former boss.

Abdirahman Abdi stopped by the car-wash business owned by Tony Shahrasebi on Friday, Shahrasebi told Global News, and asked if he could resume a job he had left behind a few months earlier when he travelled to his native Somalia to get married.

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“I think he realized when he married in Somalia … he’d have to have a job to be able to able to sponsor the wife,” the business owner explained. “I think that gave him some stress and depression … that’s my feeling from my conversation with him on Friday.”

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Abdi had previously worked at the car wash on Catherine Street for four years and never caused any trouble, Shahrasebi said, adding that he had asked Abdi where his wife was on Friday. Abdi replied they were “separated.”

“He was a hardworking man, he did the work to the best of his capabilities,” Shahrasebi noted. “He was verbal, he spoke better English than many people who were here 30 years.”

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Abdi died in hospital following a violent struggle with Ottawa police outside the Hintonburg building where he lived on July 24.

The 37-year-old has been described by locals as a “fixture” in the community who may have had some mental health challenges, but generally was not disruptive or violent.

“He’s a fixture in the neighbourhood,” said Jeff Leiper, Ottawa city councillor for Kitchissippi Ward, at a vigil held for Abdi on Tuesday night.

“When we lose anybody, a fixture or not, we’re taking it pretty hard.”

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Leiper said he was “shaken” and “disturbed” by Abdi’s death, but he doesn’t have enough information to judge what led up to it.

“How did that altercation turn out the way that it did? Right now, I don’t have nearly enough facts to know,” he said, adding that he understands why people are asking if the fact that Abdi was black played a role.

“I don’t know enough about what happened to know whether that even played in, but I certainly recognize why people are asking. It’s hard not to, when we’re being bombarded with the headlines week in and week out.”

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Police were called to a coffee shop on Sunday morning to respond to reports of a man groping female customers. In the minutes that followed, they located Abdi and he allegedly resisted arrest. There was a physical struggle before he was handcuffed and lost consciousness.

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Video shot in the aftermath shows Abdi lying on the pavement, bleeding and being held down by the officers. Witnesses have said he was severely beaten.

“Once we’ve done the funeral, the truth is going to come out about who he was,” said Abdi’s brother-in-law, Khalif Ismail, at the Tuesday night vigil. “The whole world will see what happened.”

Members of Abdi’s extended family thanked the community for its support on Tuesday night. His funeral is set for Friday.

“He was a very gentle soul, he wouldn’t harm anybody,” said car-wash owner Shahrasebi. “I don’t believe he deserved to die like this.”

Abdi was a practicing Muslim who prayed every day, he said, and one worker at the car wash considered him to be “like a son.”

“He came to this new land with a hope to have a better life. All of his dreams were shattered with this … I hope they do a thorough investigation on this.”

长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

Shooting deaths of police officers in U.S. spike in 2016: report

NEW ORLEANS – Shooting deaths of law enforcement officers spiked 78 per cent in the first half of 2016 compared to last year, including an alarming increase in ambush-style assaults like the ones that killed eight officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, according to a report released Wednesday.

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However, data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund shows that firearms-related deaths of officers in the line of duty are still lower than they were during previous decades like the 1970s.

Thirty-two officers died in firearms-related incidents so far this year including 14 that were ambush-style attacks, according to the report. During the same period last year, 18 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty including three that were considered ambush attacks.

“That’s a very alarming, shocking increase in the number of officers who are being literally assassinated because of the uniform they wear and the job that they do,” said Craig W. Floyd, who heads the organization.

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The organization usually releases a mid-year report tracking incidents for the first six months but decided to extend the period due to the July attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge against police officers. So the report goes from the beginning of January to July 20 and compares it to the same period last year. On their website, the organization also keeps a running tally of officers who died in the line of duty. Those figures through July 26 show that 33 officers have been shot and killed so far this year.

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The report comes at a time of heightened tension between communities across the country and police officers. Two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy were shot and killed during an ambush on July 17 in Baton Rouge by a black gunman who was later killed by responding officers. In Dallas, a black gunman opened fire on police during a July 7 protest against recent police shootings of black suspects; the gunman killed five officers before being killed by authorities.

A total of 67 officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2016, according to the report. That figure also includes officers who died in traffic accidents, fatal falls or airplane crashes.

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Texas leads the nation in the number of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty with 14 deaths so far this year, including the five recent slayings in Dallas. Louisiana, where three officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, ranked second with a total of seven officers who died in the line of duty.

Despite the recent high-profile shootings of police, the average number of officers shot and killed on the job is significantly lower than in previous decades. Floyd said during the 1970s, there was an average of 127 officers shot and killed yearly; during the last ten years through 2015, the average number shot and killed is 52. He cited the reduction in violent crime in recent decades and said officers have benefited from the widespread introduction of body armour and improved trauma care if they do get shot.

But he noted a worrying increase in recent years in anti-police and anti-government sentiment.

长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

Kirkland coyote: dog injured after Ecclestone Park incident

Another incident involving the Kirkland coyote has residents on edge.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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“My wife and our dog were attacked at Ecclestone Park in front of the chalet by a coyote,” said Richard Jamgotchian.

“The coyote was not scared of my wife until a neighbour came to help.”

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The dog was injured on her back leg.

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    “It’s definitely disturbing and a concern for the pets,” said Kirkland resident Georgia Genovezos.

    “You would never want anything to harm your pet so it’s concerning.”

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    Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson said authorities are taking steps to capture the wild animal.

    “Where Harris Park is, towards the Trans-Canada, we have an empty lot there, zoned industrial – there’s a possibility that he’s living in that area,” Gibson told Global News.

    “We contacted the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and they gave us the permission to put a safe trap to capture and relocate him.”

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    As a precaution, Skedaddle urban wildlife specialist Bill Dowd is asking residents not to feed the coyotes.

    Anyone who sees a coyote should call Kirkland’s municipal patrol at 514-630-1234.

长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

Operation Polar Cops: St. Louis police ice cream truck aims to mend community relations

St. Louis police have a question to ask as they take their new truck into neighborhoods: One scoop or two?

Police Chief Sam Dotson calls it “Operation Polar Cops,” a truck that will give away ice cream treats at various events at parks, community centres and schools, part of an effort to improve community relations. Police say the goal is to provide a “fun environment for citizens to have positive interactions with our officers.” The truck, retrofitted to look like a typical ice cream truck but dressed in police blue, was unveiled Tuesday.

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    “Operation Polar Cops is a unique tool to reach our youngest citizens,” Dotson said. “The goal of this project is simple. It’s about introducing our officers as positive role models in a fun environment.”

    St. Louis police, like many other police departments in the U.S., are trying to soften the often tense relationship with the community it serves. Police in St. Louis have frequently been the subject of protests following fatal shootings of suspects, especially in the two years since Michael Brown’s death in nearby Ferguson.

    Brown, 18, who was black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. A grand jury and the U.S. Department of Justice declined to prosecute Wilson, who resigned from the force in November 2014. But the shooting led to months of protest in Ferguson, St. Louis and elsewhere, raising awareness about concerns in the black community about treatment by police.

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    Earlier this month, police in Wichita, Kansas, hosted a cookout to promote dialogue between law enforcement and the Black Lives Matter movement. Nearly 2,000 people attended, an event deemed so successful that Police Chief Gordon Ramsay was invited to the White House to discuss community policing.

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    Dotson said the St. Louis program was inspired by a similar outreach by Boston police, Operation Hoodsie Cup, which began in 2010.

    The ice cream truck was purchased by the St. Louis Police Foundation. Prairie Farms Dairy and the grocery chain Schnucks donated more than 6,000 treats.

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长沙桑拿 21/11/2018

How to prevent birds from flying into your windows

A University of Alberta researcher has published a new study on how to reduce bird-window collisions in residential areas.

Justine Kummer, the study’s author, said she wanted to “find ways that homeowners can keep having birds in their yards, keep feeding them, keep attracting them but hopefully reduce the collision risk at their homes.”

More than 1,300 people participated in the study — mostly from Canada, and a few from abroad.

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“Most people can relate to it in some way. They’ve had a bird hit their window or heard a story about a bird hitting their neighbour’s window,” Kummer said.

“The main findings of the study were things that make sense.”

“Those houses that have bird feeders, lots of vegetation like trees, shrubs, flowers in their yards are the houses that are having the most collisions,” Kummer added.

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Kummer’s study made the following recommendations:

Move bird feeders closer to windows. “If the bird is frightened or leaves quickly, it won’t have enough speed to do damage to itself.”Close blinds to cut down the reflection of vegetation in the window.Use bird window decals. “The problem with decals is people aren’t putting enough on the window; you essentially have to cover the window. People don’t want to put big black birds on their window, so people are getting around this by using UV decals that are relatively clear to humans, but for birds it reflects light and they can better see that there is a surface there.”

Study author Justine Kummer and study participant Perry Mair inspect a window with leaf cut outs posted on it. The study proves that cut outs like this help reduce collisions.

Study participant Peggy Mair hopes these tips will help reduce crashes in her yard — she’s witnessed more than she’d like.

“Probably the most horrifying experience I had was late winter, early spring, I had eight wax wings hit [my] window one after another. Bang bang bang bang bang,” Mair explained.

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After participating in the study Mair has found that she is “more aware of the impact that we have on wildlife and the things that we do innocently that may be detrimental” to birds who call her back yard home.

For Kummer, she hopes the study will help spread awareness. “I liked having results that I can tell homeowners about and actually make a difference.”