Persons Affiliated to Gangs to be Placed on Watch List

first_imgStory Highlights He said persons placed on the watch list by the courts will be subject to enhanced surveillance and other measures. Persons with gang association and those who are a part of criminal organisations will soon be placed on a watch list.center_img Persons with gang association and those who are a part of criminal organisations will soon be placed on a watch list.Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 20, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said research is being undertaken to guide the establishment of a watch list.He said persons placed on the watch list by the courts will be subject to enhanced surveillance and other measures.“For too long we have accepted the concept of a ‘don’ as almost legitimate leaders of our society. They are able to move freely and conduct their illicit activities as they like. This freedom also allows them to have association (with) and influence over key functionaries in the community and broader society, including law-enforcement officers,” he said.The Prime Minister said these law-enforcement officers include not only police but also members of Customs and Immigration, among other State agencies.He informed that in other countries, their equivalent of dons, who plan and execute mass gruesome killings, challenge the authority of the State, and drive fear into citizens, are placed on watch lists and their movements are curtailed.He said this allows the State to limit and better collect information on their activities. “It is now time to deal decisively with gang leaders and dons,” the Prime Minister emphasised.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Middle River Road The Middle River Road in Rocklin will be closed to all traffic, between White Hill Road and E. Fraser Road, until Wednesday, Oct. 6 while culvert replacement is carried out. Motorists are advised to follow a signed detour via White Hill Road and E. Fraser Road. COLCHESTER/HALIFAX COUNTIES: Route 224 Route 224, from the intersection of Route 277 at Gay’s River to the Elderbank Road, about six kilometres, will have intermittent lane closures due to repaving. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be complete by Friday, Oct. 15. Local area office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 INVERNESS COUNTY: Route 395 Route 395, north of West Lake Ainslie Road to Trout Brook Bridge, will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31 for repaving and bridge work. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. weekdays. Traffic will be controlled by traffic control persons. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hardscratch Road Hardscratch Road, between the Yarmouth Town Line and Greenville Road, will have lane closures until Saturday, Oct. 23. Road crews will be carrying out ditching, culvert installation and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route if possible. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 VICTORIA COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) will have lane closures from the Yankee Line Road intersection to 1.5 kilometres west of Upper Middle River Bridge until Sunday, Oct. 31 while repaving is carried out. The closures will take place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. and traffic control persons will be in place. Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 Three kilometres of Trunk 4 will have periodic lane closures near Middle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10, for repaving. Work will take place west of Breac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill in Middle Cape, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes where possible. Local area office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2927 HANTS COUNTY: Payzant Bog Road, Falmouth The Payzant Bog Road in Falmouth will be closed, except to local traffic, for bridge repairs, until Friday, Oct. 8. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked to follow detour signs. Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 337 Two sections of Route 337 will have intermittent lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. One section starts at the intersection of Route 337 and Marsh Road at Livingstone Cove and goes seven kilometres west. The other section starts at Cribbons Point Road and goes 2.4 kilometres to South Lakevale Road. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge The Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is now open to traffic. There will be isolated one-lane closures until Friday, Oct. 8. Local area office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 KINGS COUNTY: Route 358, Greenwich The traffic signals located at the intersection of Route 358, and Trunk 1 in Greenwich will be activated on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 4. Motorists are asked to exercise caution when driving through the intersection until they become familiar with traffic movements and signal phases. Work will continue in the area until Friday, Oct. 8. This may involve periods of one-lane closures. Traffic control persons will be in place. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14, from Route 202 (Cheesefactory Corner) westerly to Route 354 (Beaverbank Road), about five kilometres, will have lane closures due to repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be complete by Friday, Oct. 15. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons and pilot vehicles. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 125 The shoulder lanes on the four-lane section of Highway 125 near Sydney River will be closed 24-hours-a-day until Wednesday, Dec. 15, while the highway and the Sydney River Bridge are widened and the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. Work in the area will continue until June 2005. Traffic control will consist of traffic drums and concrete barriers. A detour is available via Route 305. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Furlong Bridge The Furlong Bridge on Trunk 2 near Southampton will be closed until Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Traffic will be rerouted to a temporary two-lane panel bridge parallel to the existing bridge. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have periods of one-lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. Section one is about eight kilometres south on Highway 102 from Exit 2 (Kearney Lake) to Ralston Avenue, off Bayers Road. Section two is about three kilometres north on Highway 102 from Ralston Avenue to Exit 1A (Highway 103). The closures may take place 24 hours a day except between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on inbound lanes and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on outbound lanes. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route. Local area office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2518 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 The speed limit at the St. Croix interchange at Exit 4 is reduced to 80 km/h until further notice, while bridge and road construction takes place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 102 Highway 102 northbound lanes, from the Halifax County/Hants County line to Exit 8 at Elmsdale, about five kilometres, will have one-lane closures due to guardrail work. Work will be complete by Friday, Oct. 8. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Prince Street Prince Street, between Barrington and Granville Streets, will be closed until Sunday, Oct. 10 to allow for upgrades to One Government Place. Local area office: 902-424-2880 Fax: 902-424-6035 Local area office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local area office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Hebbs Mill Bridge, Hebbville The Hebbs Mill Bridge on Trunk 3 in Hebbville will have one-lane closures until Friday, Oct. 8, due to bridge work. During this period, the bridge will be closed to loads wider than 3.5 metres (11 feet). Loads wider than 3.5 metres should use Highway 103. Traffic control will consist of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 HALIFAX COUNTY: Route 333 There will be one-lane closures on Route 333, from Brookside Road south to Burkes Road, until Tuesday, Nov. 30. Crews will be patching and repaving the road. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons, signs and cones. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route. Local area office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River, will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 8. Road crews will be carrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105, west of River Denys Mountain Road and extending four kilometres east, will have one-lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays. Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 Route 305, Seaview Drive, will have occasional lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31, while the Leitches Creek Bridge is replaced. Work will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Traffic control persons will be in place when necessary. Local area office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local area office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Bridge The Joudrey Bridge in River John will be closed to all traffic until Sunday, Oct. 31, while the bridge is replaced. Motorists are advised to use a detour route via Mountain Road and Louisville Road. Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local area office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Route 347 Route 347 will have periodic lane closures between Thorburn Road and MacPherson’s Mills Bridge until Friday, Oct. 8. Repaving work will be carried out between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Coxheath Road Coxheath Road will have occasional daytime lane closures until Wednesday, Dec. 15, while the Coxheath Road Bridge is replaced. New interchange ramps will also be constructed. Work will continue until June 2005. Traffic control persons will be in place and a detour is available via Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for major repairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists of signage. Local area office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7042 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 104, Port Hastings Rotary The Port Hastings Rotary on Highway 104 will have lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. Road crews will be carrying out repaving work between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays. Traffic control persons will be in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16, between Boylston and Guysborough, will have intermittent lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday, with some weekend work. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Trunk 7 will have intermittent one-lane closures until Sunday, Oct. 31. The closures will be in effect from 1.3 kilometres west of Liscomb River to the MacKinley Point Loop Road at Spanish Ship Bay. Work will take place from daylight to dark, Monday to Friday, with some weekend work. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trunk 2 A section of Trunk 2 at Shad Brook will be closed until Sunday, Oct. 31 while culvert replacement is carried out. A single-lane detour around the work will be constructed and traffic will be controlled by traffic lights. The maximum width on the detour structure is 3.1 metres. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, north of River Denys Mountain Road to north of Sandy Gillis Bridge, will have occasional lane closures for repaving until Sunday, Oct. 31. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traffic control will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local area office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 NEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 at Mic Mac Boulevard will be reduced from eight lanes to four lanes from Sunday, Oct. 3 to Friday, Oct. 22 to allow for interchange modifications and repaving. Motorists may experience delays and are advised to use an alternate route if possible. -30-last_img read more

More Music More Variety at Sherbrooke Village

first_imgMusic will be front and centre at Sherbrooke Village once again this summer as an expanded concert season begins on Monday, June 5, at the Sherbrooke Courthouse. Musician and folklorist Clary Croft will return to his hometown to launch the 2006 season and a new “First Monday” series of all-acoustic concerts. He will be joined by local folk group the Sherbrooke Trio. Sherbrooke programmers say they will present the village’s most ambitious and eclectic concert schedule, thanks to support from the Cultural Activities Program of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism Heritage and Culture. In addition to the First Monday series, the traditional Thursday courthouse concert series will continue to feature a mixture of emerging and established artists in the folk, traditional, roots and Celtic genres. Not all the talent will be homegrown. Two folk acts from Denmark will be the featured entertainers in the First Monday series concert on July 3. Haugaard and Høirup, a fiddle and guitar duo, and Karen and Helene, an a capella vocal duo, will perform in Sherbrooke after participating in weekend performances in Canso at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. The First Monday concert in August will feature the Petric-Forget Duo, with Joseph Petric on accordion and Normand Forget on oboe. The internationally acclaimed duo will perform a program which includes Bach, Telemann, Rameau, and Persichetti. This concert is part of the Musique Royals series. The Thursday concert series, now entering its ninth year, will begin June 23 with a Ceilidh featuring Roly and Ellie Burton, and Bob MacDonald. The following week, on June 30, Canada’s international folk ambassador Valdy, will return to Sherbrooke for his sixth appearance at the Courthouse. July 6 will mark the Sherbrooke debut of East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominee and Maritime Fiddle Champion Samantha Robichaud. This New Brunswick-based performer is also a rising star in the songwriting world and has had one of her songs declared a second place winner in the 2004 International Songwriting Competition. Multi-ECMA award-winning performers Birch Mountain Bluegrass will make their fourth Courthouse concert appearance on July 13. On July 20 the Ceilidh at the courthouse returns, and the July schedule closes out with a country/gospel duet concert featuring Gary Jordan and Lisa Hallett. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission to First Monday events is $8 in advance and $10 at the door, while Thursday night concerts are $8 general admission. For more information call 1-888-743-7845, or visit the website at www.sherbrookevillage.ca .last_img read more

Risky cleanup of oil from decadesold NL shipwreck a success coast guard

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The coast guard says work to remove leaking bulk oil from the decades-old Manolis L shipwreck off Newfoundland is complete.The risky operation in Notre Dame Bay went smoothly and successfully, officials say.Anne Miller of the Canadian Coast Guard said the operation was one of the biggest they have ever undertaken in terms of sea depth, the quantity of oil, and the novel use of remotely operated vehicles to remove the oil.The operation halted a longstanding threat to the environment and local fishery.“It’s been a relief,” Miller said.“Everyone has come together with their expertise, their dedication, their professionalism over the last two months to make this project of oil removal a success and it has been impressive.”The paper carrier sank near Change Islands in 1985 in about 70 metres of water and was dormant until April 2013, when fuel oil leaked from cracks in the hull during a powerful storm.The last of the bulk oil was extracted on Monday, and has been transported to St. John’s, where it will be offloaded to an environmental company for safe disposal.Envirosystems Inc. will then separate the extracted oil from the water and eventually re-sell the salvaged bulk oil.The tricky operation began in early August, using magnetically attached hoses to extract between 115 and 150 cubic metres of oil and about 60 cubic metres of diesel, according to a 2016 technical assessment.Miller said the removal went smoothly, with only minor releases of oil.“There were very minor releases during the operation, which was non-recoverable sheening, but other than that there was no impact to the environment,” Miller said.Ottawa awarded a $15-million cleanup contract to Ardent Global this spring.Local members of the Manolis L Citizen’s Response Committee had been lobbying provincial and federal officials since the 2013 storm by writing letters, meeting with coast guard officials, and holding public events.Miller said the reaction from local residents during the process was “a pleasure.”“The reaction and the welcoming we got from people in the Twillingate area was second to none,” said Miller.A final report from Ardent Global is expected within three weeks detailing how much oil was removed.In addition to the $15-million contract, documents from 2015 showed that $1.7 million in federal money had already been spent trying to plug oil leaks in the sunken ship.The total costs of the coast guard removal operation have yet to be released.last_img read more

Security contractor denies he fired shots from rifle during confrontation with NoDAPL

first_img(Dakota Access Pipeline LLC contractor and U.S. Army veteran Kyle Thompson (right) shakes hands with former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2012. Kyle Thompson Facebook page)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA security contractor working for the company behind a controversial pipeline project facing fierce resistance from Native Americans in North Dakota denies he fired any shots from his assault rifle before he was detained by Bureau of Indian Affairs agents last Thursday.Kyle Thompson, a U.S. Army veteran and security contractor working for the Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL), said in a Facebook post he was simply doing his job to photograph burning company equipment when he was confronted by demonstrators.APTN video captured a confrontation between an armed Thompson and demonstrators in shallow water shortly before he was detained by Bureau of Indian Affairs agents (BIA). The agents handed him over to the FBI who transported him into the custody of state authorities. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said Monday he was released without charges. The incident occurred while National Guard and state troopers from several states moved against Native American-led demonstrators.Kyle Thompson, right, confronts demonstrators on Oct. 27. APTN video stillA BIA spokesperson said the agents went to the scene in response to a report that shots had been fired. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement saying Thompson fired shots from his rifle.In his Facebook post, Thompson claims he never fired any shots from his assault rifle and that the FBI agents who transported him could attest to that.“That rifle hasn’t had a single round pass through the barrel in well over three months, the FBI can confirm,” said Thompson, in the Facebook post.He claims his 2500 Chevy truck, which is owned by DAPL, “was disabled and over 300 protestors were rapidly approaching my location, a few had knives and were dead set on using those knives.”Thompson said one of the demonstrators fired a flare at him.“I drew out my rifle after my vehicle was disabled,” he stated. “I slowly retreated into the water so they couldn’t surround me and overtake my rifle to use against me.”Thompson challenged anybody with evidence to the contrary to come forward.“I’m not here to defend myself or others who stood their ground on the opposite side,” said Thompson in his Facebook message, posted on Sunday. “I’m just here to state facts and if anyone has any evidence that negates any of them, I urge you to come forth and present yourself in a professional manner and we will address them accordingly.”Kyle Thompson during deployment in Afghanistan. Kyle Thompson Facebook pageAccording to his Facebook page, Thompson is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2012 and Iraq in 2006 and 2007.According to an article in North Dakota’s Bismarck-Tribune from December 2007, Thompson served with the U.S. Army 1-89th, 2nd Bridge in Iraq. The article said Thompson is Native American and was given the name “War Eagle.” He was greeted with ceremony when he arrived back home from the war.Indianz.com first reported on the Facebook post.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Omar condemns selective outrage in Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday hoped that there was equal condemnation against rights violations by militants in the state as when the security forces are accused of it. His remark comes a day after a 12-year-old boy, who was taken hostage, was killed in a gunfight in Bandipora district’s Mir Mohalla area along with two other militants. The police however, accused the militants of shooting the boy dead. Taking to Twitter, Omar said: “I wish there was as much outrage in Kashmir against militants when they take a young boy hostage as there is when security forces are accused of human rights violations. “Selective outrage is cowardly and hypocritical.”last_img

Pakistans fielding a real worry for me Mickey Arthur

first_imgLeeds: After conceding a 0-4 series defeat against England, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur admitted that his side did not perform well in the bowling and fielding departments which led to their loss in the five-match rubber. On Sunday, hosts England comfortably defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in the final ODI of the series and made sure that their World Cup preparations were on track and they remain the hot favourites for the showpiece event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuPakistan, who are usually termed as a very good bowling side, lacked bite and conceded totals in excess of 300 in the four completed matches. And towards the end of the series, their poor fielding, which saw regulation catches being put down and a slew of misfields, also raised questions over their World Cup chances with less than two weeks to go. “Our fielding has been very disappointing. That has been a massive difference between the two sides,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Arthur as saying after the loss at Leeds. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “At Southampton and Nottingham, it was anybody’s game going into the last five overs. We competed really well. The one difference has been our fielding and that’s a real worry for me,” he added. The Pakistan head coach was, however, happy with the way the batters performed against the number one ranked ODI side. “We sit here and take a hell lot of the positives out of this series. Our batting has gone to another level and we have batted extremely well. That’s given our dressing room a massive amount of confidence. When we were coming to England, people were saying we were a 280 team. I am taking a fair amount of positives certainly in that department out of this series,” said the South African. “Our bowling and fielding has been average at best. Another thing is that we played against a team which is number one in their own conditions. I don’t think there are too many other teams around in England as prepared as we are in terms of the competition we played against and match fitness, which is something very important,” he added. Despite the humiliating series loss, the 51-year-old insisted that he was confident that his side will perform well in the World Cup. “We’ve got a couple of days now to regroup, two warm-up games and then we’ll go. I’m very, very confident with the players we’ve got. We need to sharpen up on a couple of disciplines but we’ll certainly get there. We’ll be good,” he said. Pakistan will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31.last_img read more

Four arrested over death of baby

Information regarding the death surfaced only two days ago and following a Magisterial inquiry conducted yesterday the four suspects were arrested and remanded. The mother has been detained in hospital and the Magisterial inquiry was carried out yesterday. Four people have been arrested over the death of a newborn baby in Wilgamuwa, the police media unit said today.The police said that the mother of the child and three other women were arrested after the new born baby was found dead and buried. Initial investigations revealed that the mother gave birth to the child in November and with the help of the suspects the child was killed, wrapped in cloth and dumped in a pit. Meanwhile in a separate incident in Yakalamulla, a 19 year old girl was arrested after she killed her new born baby.The police media unit said today that the mother had given birth to the child after having an affair with a man while being employed at a garment factory in Horrana. read more

CFIA releases timeline from suspected case to confirmation of mad cow disease

CFIA releases timeline from suspected case, to confirmation of mad cow disease AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2015 4:38 pm MDT EDMONTON – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says little more than a week passed from the time the most recent case of mad cow disease was first suspected to when it was confirmed and national trading partners were notified.A timeline of the case at an Alberta farm has been released on the agency’s website.The website says a private veterinarian took samples on February 4 at the undisclosed farm and submitted them to a provincial lab.It says they were tested on February 6 and the lab recorded a “non-negative” test result.The lab repeated the test the following day with the same finding and reported the case to the CFIA, where the agency conducted its own test in Lethbridge, Alta, to confirm the result.The CFIA says it started gathering information on the animal’s herd on Tuesday, officially confirmed the case on Wednesday and posted the case to its website and notified Canada’s trading partners on Thursday.“The CFIA is currently investigating the finding. Part of that investigation will seek to uncover the history of the animal and how it may have become infected,” the agency’s website states.It’s the first case to be reported in Canada since 2011 when a six-year-old dairy cow tested positive.The CFIA has said part of its investigation will focus on the animal’s feed during its first year of life.Officials have said they don’t know yet how old the animal was, but they said no part of the animal’s carcass entered the human food or animal feed systems.Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Friday that the infected animal was not born on the farm where it was discovered.Ritz also said the discovery won’t affect Canada’s international beef trade because it won’t change the county’s controlled BSE risk status from the World Organization for Animal Health. He said Canada has stayed below international protocols that allow for up to a dozen BSE cases a year.Humans who eat infected beef can develop a fatal disease called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Fewer than 250 human cases have been reported worldwide. read more

Oculus Rift dev kits wont ship with promised copy of Doom 3

first_imgTo say that the Oculus Rift Kickstarter was a success last year is a bit of an understatement. The team asked for $250,000, but ended up raising $2,437,429. However, an update posted over the weekend has informed backers that one of the promised deliverables with the dev kits can no longer be included.Originally, anyone pledging enough money to receive an Oculus Rift dev kit would also get a copy of Doom 3 BFG Edition thrown is as a way of saying thanks. But Doom 3 will no longer be shipped, simply because it won’t be ready in time.In order for any game to work with the Oculus Rift headset it needs to include support. As Doom 3 is already available to buy, it meant going back into the source code and updating the game to make it compatible with the VR headset. That process is taking longer than expected and will not be completed in time for the launch of the Rift dev kits. It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t seem to be a fault of the Oculus VR team, but whoever is updating the game internally at id Software/Bethesda.If you are one of the backers affected by this, don’t worry, alternatives are being offered. To make up for the lack of Doom 3 you can choose to have $20 of Steam Wallet credit, $25 of Oculus Store credit, or if you are really upset a complete refund is available.I don’t think the Oculus VR team can be any fairer than that, and I suspect most backers will choose to take the Steam Wallet credit. You also have to remember that Doom 3 is still coming to the Oculus Rift, and chances are id may release it as a free update in the near future. Worst case: it costs $20 or so.last_img read more