Guidelines for Ontario campers with pets – Toronto

TORONTO – Bandit is a miniature Eskimo-Pomeranian cross who snuggles under blankets in a tent, lies close to the campfire and begs for toasted marshmallows at every chance he gets.

For his owner, Kelly Bennett, camping with a dog is fun, and perhaps more importantly, practical – there’s no need to worry about leaving Bandit at home.

“He loves going camping, he loves being outside and snuggling with us at night,” Bennett said. “He’s a great little furnace for us, too.”

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All of Ontario’s provincial parks are pet-friendly, with a few guidelines for owners to follow, although some may be more attractive to those bringing their furry friends along than others.

Twelve provincial parks have both a pet exercise area and a pet-friendly beach, while seventeen have one or the other.

A few favourites include Bon Echo Provincial Park in southeastern Ontario, Sharbot Lake east of Toronto, Rock Point on the north shore of Lake Erie, and Wasaga Beach on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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“For lots of people a pet is part of the family,” said Anne Craig, a spokeswoman for Ontario Parks.

There are certain rules those with pets need to adhere to when bringing their four-legged friends on a camping trip, Craig noted.

Pets should not be left unattended on a site and should not make excessive noise. Dogs should remain on a two-metre leash whenever they aren’t using an off-leash exercise area or beach, she said.

Public health regulations also don’t allow pets inside roofed accommodations, showers or comfort stations, she said.

They can, however, roam freely at designated off-leash areas which are clearly marked at all parks, she said.

There are also limitations on pet access to certain trails, said Craig.

“Environmental conservation is one of our top priorities,” she said, noting that pets may not be permitted in certain areas with vulnerable vegetation, which would be clearly marked.

Owners must also clean up after their pets, Craig added, noting that its a provincial offence not to.

Park wardens are authorized to mete out penalties for non-compliance if posted signs are disobeyed.

Jeanette Arminio, who camps annually with her three poodles at Bon Echo, said those hoping to bring their pets along on a camping trip just need to ensure the animals are well trained.

“You can’t have a wild and crazy dog at home and expect it not to be wild and crazy when you go camping,” she said.

Arminio suggested raising a dog to be comfortable with camping from a young age.

“From the time we got our dogs as puppies at eight weeks we’ve travelled with them,” she said.

If a dog hasn’t been exposed to wildlife before, she said, the sight of a chipmunk could set its predatory instinct into high gear.

Chasing wildlife, making too much noise, leaving a mess behind – these could all get your dog kicked out of the park, she said, but as long as the pups are “good canine citizens,” they make excellent travel companions.

Even so, there are pet-free campgrounds in designated sections of some parks for those who don’t want to deal with fellow campers’ furry companions, Craig said.

Achray, Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds in Algonquin Park are a few options for those who want a pet-free camping experience.

Former European enemies unite during ceremonies marking start WWI – National

WATCH: Countries paused today to remember the moments back in 1914, when the world began to stumble into the darkness of World War One. Mike Le Couteur reports.

LIEGE, Belgium – Former enemies united Monday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with Belgium, France, Britain and Germany standing together in a spirit of reconciliation.

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Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed German President Joachim Gauck under cloudy skies for the late-morning ceremony at the Cointe allied memorial amid pomp and military honour. During the ceremonies, the former enemies sat united, listening and applauding each other’s speeches.

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Germany invaded neutral Belgium on Aug. 4, 1914, as part of a planned attack on France. By nightfall, Britain had joined the war.

“It opened Pandora’s Box,” said Gauck who acknowledged that it “is anything but self-evident to stand and talk to you on this day.”

The war wasn’t expected to last long. But instead of weeks, the continent was plunged into hardship and misery for more than four years.

Gauck will join British Princes William and Harry at the Saint Symphorien cemetery late Monday for a similar remembrance. In Britain, there was a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland, and a late-evening candlelit vigil at London’s Westminster Abbey.

The Great War, as it came to be known, is now often depicted as senseless slaughter without a big moral cause that claimed an estimated 14 million lives, including 5 million civilians as well as 9 million soldiers, sailors and airmen from 28 countries. At least 7 million troops were left permanently disabled.

British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to debunk that notion.

“Although there was an enormous amount of waste and loss of life, there was a cause that young men rallied to at the beginning of the war, which was the idea that Europe shouldn’t be dominated by one power. That a country, a small country like Belgium, shouldn’t be simply snuffed out,” Cameron told the BBC.

On Sunday, an intense hug between Gauck and French President Francois Hollande during a remembrance ceremony in eastern France close to the German border sealed again the friendship between the two neighbours, who have become the cornerstones of the European Union.

Monday’s ceremony in Liege was significant since the battle for the forts around the city meant the first delay for Germany’s enveloping move through Belgium, the so-called Schlieffen Plan strategy to defeat France in a matter of weeks.

Liege held much longer than expected and allowed the allied forces to gather strength and keep Germany at bay within dozens of kilometres of Paris.

Gauck called the German plan “hapless” and deplored German actions against civilians and cities its forces passed through during the early weeks of the war.

By the end of autumn 1914, both sides dug in, and from the early battles, the war quickly changed into trench warfare on the Western Front, with hundreds of thousands of casualties in a barren landscape where poison gas often wafted through the air.

The battlefront scars would slowly and agonizingly rip across Europe, ravage whole communities and millions of families. It produced a moral wasteland in Germany that would become fertile ground for the rise of Nazism. Four empires would disappear.

The U.S. joined the allies against the German and Austro-Hungarian empires in 1917 and provided a decisive impetus to break the deadlock before the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice.

Raf Casert reported from Brussels.

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Saskatoon business fights human trafficking – Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – According to the U.S. State Department, child trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world and a Saskatoon entrepreneur is trying to change that.

Sarah Greenlaw worked in a government job for a decade before a trip to southeast Asia changed her life.

“I heard about children being sold for sex in Cambodia and I didn’t even know that happened,” said Greenlaw.

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According to UNICEF, 35 per cent of Cambodia’s 15,000 prostitutes are children under the age of 16.

The organization says many are often held captive, beaten and starved.

“You know, I saw little towns – where it was pointed out to me – like ‘in that building right there, there are children that are being sold into brothels’,” said Greenlaw.

She refused to just be another passerby and brought her cause to Saskatchewan.

“I got in touch with some people that were actually doing skills training for women, to help them get out of the sex trade. And I started buying their product and importing it here,” Greenlaw explained.

Greenlaw has a booth on Broadway Avenue at Saskatoon’s Fringe Festival to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Her profits from go to the Ratanak International, an organization that helps free Cambodian children from sex slavery.

“When people hear what it is, they are much more drawn to the product,” she said.

The jewellery for sale is made by women who have been freed from sex trafficking and are trying to make better lives for themselves.

Fringe Festival organizers said fundraising booths at the event have seen a lot of success this year.

“You can communicate with people on a one-on-one basis, as opposed to being the person at the end of a phone call,” said Colin Grant, the festival’s publicist.

For every item Greenlaw sells, she hopes a bit of freedom is in store for those who have none.

The Freedom Collection booth will be open on Broadway Avenue during the festival, which runs until Aug. 9.

Quebec murderer Robert Gaudette back in police custody – Montreal

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MONTREAL — Robert Gaudette is back in police custody after escaping from a minimum security federal unit in Laval last Tuesday.

Gaudette was noticed missing early Tuesday during a morning count at the Montée St-François Institution, where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Cindy Bouchard, in 2000.

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He was apprehended Sunday night in Quebec City after being recognized on the street.

According to authorities, he did not resist arrest and is expected to appear in a Quebec City court on Monday.

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A 59-year-old man named Claude Hamelin was arrested on Thursday in connection with Gaudette’s escape. He was charged as an alleged accessory in the Valleyfield court on Friday.

Corrections Service Canada has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Man attacked by bear near Smoky Lake, sent to hospital

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EDMONTON – A man is recovering at the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton after being attacked by a bear near Smoky Lake, Alberta.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife said a 56-year-old man was attacked by a Black bear about 13 kilometers northeast of the town of Smoky Lake Sunday evening.

According to Fish and Wildlife, the hunter lawfully shot the bear before the attack. He then chased the bear, which is when the bear attacked him.

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The bear began to maul one of the man’s arms. The man managed to grab his firearm and shoot the bear again.

The wounded hunter managed to make his way back to a nearby truck where his friends were waiting and called 911.

“There was bite marks obviously on him and claw marks, so we knew it was definitely a bear attack,” Deputy fire chief Chris Schwab, Smoky Lake Fire Department. “He was obviously in a lot of pain and covered in blood.”

“It’s survival when he’s got a hold of you. Most people are a lot tougher than you think. Put in the right circumstance people can do amazing things,” said Mike Ewald, Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

The man was coherent before being flown to the U of A hospital by STARS Air Ambulance.

“He was in stable condition for the flight. Other than that I think it was just superficial injuries, so just on top of the skin and some puncture wounds,” explained Sherry Brooks, STARS Flight Nurse.

Wildlife experts said the hunter made some critical mistakes. After shooting the bear he shouldn’t have chased after it so soon, nor should he have gone into the bush by himself.

“It’s a very fortunate set of circumstances. It easily could have ended completely opposite…very fortunate and very thankful that it ended this way,” said Ewald.

The man was to undergo surgery on one of his arms, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Wildlife officials say Black bear hunting is permitted year round, and is allowed on private property with the owner’s permission.

Smoky Lake is 117 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Sunni militants try to capture Iraq’s two biggest dams – National

BAGHDAD – The militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq are now battling ferociously to capture one of the country’s vital resources — water.

Fighters with the Islamic State group launched a three-pronged attack over the weekend in a drive to capture Haditha Dam, in western Iraq, a complex with six power generators located alongside Iraq’s second-largest reservoir. At the same time, they are fighting to capture Iraq’s largest dam, Mosul Dam, in the north of the country.

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Seizing the dams and the large reservoirs they hold would give the militants control over water and electricity that they could use to help build support in the territory they now rule by providing the scarce resources to residents. Or they could sell the resources as a lucrative source of revenue.

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They could also use the dams as a weapon of war by flooding terrain downstream to slow Iraq’s military or disrupt life. They have done that with a smaller dam they hold closer to Baghdad. But with the larger dams, there are limits on this tactic since it would also flood areas that the insurgents hold.

On Friday, the fighters unleashed a powerful attack from three sides on the town of Haditha in western Anbar province. Suicide attackers tried but failed to detonate an oil tanker and several trucks packed with explosives. The aim was to obliterate the final line of defence between the militants and Haditha Dam on the Euphrates River, Lt. Gen. Rasheed Fleih, the commander of Anbar Operations Command, told The Associated Press.

For a brief moment, it seemed all was lost. The Sunni militants seized the army command headquarters in town, with very little stopping them from reaching the dam. But some local Sunni tribes who oppose the militants and feared for their livelihoods if the dam were captured sent fighters to reinforce the 2,000 soldiers guarding the town, allowing for a narrow victory. At least 35 militants and 10 soldiers were killed in clashes on Friday, Fleih said.

But the militants have been fighting every day since trying to take the town, according to four senior military sources in Anbar province. They spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak with the media.

Only 10 kilometres remain between the militants and the dam.

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The jihadis are also closing in on the Mosul Dam – or Saddam Dam as it was once known – located north of Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul, which fell to the militants on June 10. Fighting intensified in the region Sunday after the nearby towns of Zumar and Sinjar fell to the militants.

Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, have managed to hold the fighters off for now, but the growing strength and savvy of these Islamic militants is raising grave concerns.

The peshmerga are “under a great deal of pressure now” as they defend a 150-kilometre frontline against the Islamic State group along the edges of the Kurdish autonomous zone in the north,” Maj. Gen. Jabar Yawer, the official spokesman of the Kurdistan Region Guard Forces, told The Associated Press.

He said late Sunday there were fierce battles ongoing in towns and villages near the dam on the Tigris River. Fearing the worst, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki commanded his air force to reinforce the peshmerga Monday in a rare show of co-operation despite deep political divisions between al-Maliki and the Kurds.

“God forbid, if something happens that results in the destruction of the dam, it will be very, very dangerous,” Yawer said.

Earlier this year, the group’s fighters captured the smaller Fallujah Dam on the Euphrates when they seized the nearby city of Fallujah. Repeatedly, the militants have used it as a weapon, opening it to flood downriver when government forces move in on the city.

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Worst hit has been the area of Abu Ghraib on the outskirts of Baghdad. In May, some 12,000 families lost crops and many fled their homes, worsening Iraq’s growing crisis of internal displacement. The Special Representative for the U.N. Secretary General in Iraq called the incident a “water war,” and called on Iraqi forces and local tribes to team up and take back Iraqi waterways.

Doing that with Hadith and Mosul Dams is more problematic, since militant-controlled lie downstream. But damage to either could be disastrous, particularly in the case of the Mosul Dam. It has millions of cubic meters of water pent up behind it on the Tigris River, which – some 370 kilometres downstream – runs through the heart of Baghdad.

“Everything under it will be under five to 10 metres of water… including Baghdad itself,” said Ali Khedery, head of the Dubai-based consultancy Dragoman Partners and a longtime adviser to the U.S. military, government and companies in Iraq. “It would be catastrophic.”

Dams are critical in Iraq for generating electricity, regulating river flow and providing irrigation. Water is a precious commodity in this largely desert country of 32.5 million people. The decline of water levels in the Euphrates over recent years has led to electricity shortages in towns south of Baghdad, where steam-powered generators depend entirely on water levels.

Water has been used as a weapon in the past. After Shiite Muslims rose up against then-President Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Gulf War, he retaliated by drying out parts of wetlands in the south of the country that had once generated farming revenues for its Shiite inhabitants.

Water is not the first resource the Islamic State group has narrowed in on as it swept over much of northern and western Iraq and parts of neighbouring Syria the past months. The group has captured oilfields and pipelines in Syria and has sold off crude oil, helping fund its drive across both countries.

If it captures the dams, the militants are likely to try to use its electricity and water resources to build up support in nearby areas it controls, where residents often complain of shortages. Or it could try to snarl electricity service elsewhere.

Any disruption to the Mosul Dam “would destabilize the electricity system of northern Iraq,” added Paul Sullivan, an economist and Middle East expert at National Defence University in Washington. “This station is an integral part of the entire electricity grid of Iraq.”

Associated Press reporters Sameer N. Yacoub in Baghdad and Bram Janssen in Irbil contributed to this report.

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Israel resumes Gaza airstrikes as its 7-hour ceasefire ends – National

WATCH ABOVE: The war in Gaza has now become the deadliest conflict since Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in 2005. There were more attacks today despite a seven-hour ceasefire. 

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GAZA, Gaza Strip – The Israeli military says it has resumed its attacks on the Gaza Strip, ending a self-declared, seven-hour ceasefire that was in effect for much of the day.

The Israeli military announced it resumed its attacks Monday night.

Israel said it declared the ceasefire to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza. The seaside territory has been battered by a nearly monthlong war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.

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Late Monday, Palestinian officials said an Israeli airstrike hit a target next to a desalination plant in Gaza, killing two people and wounding 16.

Palestinian officials say more than 1,880 people have been killed, most of them civilians. Israeli officials say 67 people, all but three civilians, have been killed on the Israeli side.

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Earlier Monday, the seven-hour lull was broken by an assault in Jerusalem, which saw a man ram the front end of a construction excavator into an Israeli bus. Police described the incident as a “terrorist attack,” indicating Palestinian involvement.

The attack occurred on a main thoroughfare near Jerusalem’s light-rail line. The area is located near the unofficial line between Jewish West Jerusalem and east Jerusalem, the section of the city captured by Israel in 1967 and which is home to most of the city’s Arab population. Israeli media said the attacker came from an Arab area of the city.

Israel’s Channel 10 TV showed cellphone video of what it said was the attack, with the yellow excavator slamming its large shovel into the bus. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a police officer in the area opened fire and killed the attacker. A pedestrian also was killed, said Jerusalem district police chief Yossi Piranti.

In the past, Palestinian attackers have gone on deadly rampages with bulldozers in Jerusalem traffic.

“Because of the quick reaction of the police an even graver incident was avoided,” Piranti said.

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Shortly after the excavator attack, Israeli media reported that a gunman on a motorcycle shot and seriously wounded an Israeli soldier. Police searched for the shooter in east Jerusalem.

“We believe there is a great likelihood this was a terrorist attack,” Piranti said.

Before the attacks, a seven-hour Israeli ceasefire in Gaza went into effect. And while Israel continued hitting at selected Palestinian targets, the level of the fighting was much lower than in previous days.

However, the Israeli military said the ceasefire would not apply to areas where troops were still operating and where they would respond to any attack. The southern strip town of Rafah, which saw heavy fighting Sunday, was excluded from the truce, the military said.

Shortly after the ceasefire started at 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), an Israeli strike hit a house at the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, killing three people and wounding at least 30, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said. The Israeli military said it targeted an “operative threat” and rocket fire in the strike “around 10 a.m.”

A separate Israeli strike killed Daniel Mansour, a commander in the Islamic Jihad group – a close ally of Gaza’s militant Palestinian Hamas rulers, the group said.

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Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his group remained skeptical about the announced Israeli truce.

“We do not trust such a calm and call on our people to take caution,” Zuhri said.

Meanwhile, the British Foreign Office said it was “urgently investigating” claims that a British aid worker had been killed in the Gaza town of Rafah. It declined to comment further.

Israel launched the military operation in Gaza on July 8 in response to weeks of heavy rocket fire. It has since carried out more than 4,600 airstrikes across the crowded seaside area. On July 17, it sent in ground forces in what it said was a mission to destroy the tunnels used by Hamas to carry out attacks inside Israel.

Hamas has fired more than 3,200 rockets into Israel during the war, with some intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defence system and many of the crude missiles landing in open areas away from cities.

Since the war began, Palestinian health officials say at least 1,888 Palestinians have been killed. Most of the Palestinian casualties have been civilians, while all but three of the 64 Israelis killed have been in the military. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under increasing international pressure to halt the fighting because of the heavy civilian death toll in Gaza.

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Overnight, Israeli forces carried out new airstrikes while Israeli tanks and navy gunboats fired dozens of artillery shells, targeting houses, agricultural plots and open areas, Gaza police said. They said Israeli jet fighters destroyed three mosques, nine houses, five seaside chalets and a warehouse for construction material.

The Gaza police said Israeli navy boats also approached the northern coast of the strip and soldiers tried to land in the area. On the ground, there were clashes in the southern town of Rafah and southeast of Gaza City, they said. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Sunday, an apparent Israeli strike killed 10 people at a UN school that had been converted into a shelter in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.

The United States said it was “appalled” by the “disgraceful” shelling and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called on Israel to do “more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attack on the school a “moral outrage and a criminal act” and demanded a quick investigation.

The Israeli military said it had targeted three wanted militants on a motorcycle in the vicinity and was “reviewing the consequences of this strike.” Israel said that it attacked 63 sites on Sunday and that nearly 100 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel.

UN shelters in Gaza have been struck by fire seven times in the latest Israeli-Hamas round of fighting. UNRWA, the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees, says Israel has been the source of fire in all instances. But it also has said it found caches of rockets in vacant UNRWA schools three times.

Israel accuses Hamas of using civilian areas for cover and says the Islamic militant group is responsible for the heavy death toll because it has been using civilians as “human shields.”

Enav reported from Jerusalem.

Associated Press writer Danica Kirka in London contributed to this report.

West Africa Ebola deaths near 900 as Nigeria confirms 2nd case – National

ABUJA, Nigeria – Authorities in Nigeria on Monday announced a second case of Ebola in Africa’s most populous country, an alarming setback as the total death toll from the disease in several West Africa countries shot up by more than 150 to 887.

Most of the newly reported deaths occurred in Liberia, where on Monday night a special plane to evacuate a second American missionary who fell ill with Ebola landed in the capital. Nancy Writebol is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday, where she will be treated at a special isolation ward.

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Health authorities in Liberia ordered that all those who die from Ebola be cremated after communities resisted having the bodies buried nearby. Over the weekend, military police were called in after people tried to block health authorities in the West African nation from burying 22 bodies on the outskirts of the capital, Monrovia.

The World Health Organization announced Monday that the death toll has increased from 729 to 887 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the confirmed second case in his country is a doctor who had helped treat Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who died July 25 days after arriving in Nigeria from Liberia.

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Test samples are pending for three other people who also treated Sawyer and now have shown symptoms of Ebola, he said. Authorities are trying to trace and quarantine others.

“Hopefully by the end of today we should have the results of their own tests,” Chukwu said.

The emergence of a second case raises serious concerns about the infection control practices in Nigeria, and also raises the spectre that more cases could emerge. It can take up to 21 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. They include fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches. Often nausea, vomiting and diarrhea follow, along with severe internal and external bleeding in advanced stages of the disease.

“This fits exactly with the pattern that we’ve seen in the past. Either someone gets sick and infects their relatives, or goes to a hospital and health workers get sick,” said Gregory Hartl, World Health Organization spokesman in Geneva. “It’s extremely unfortunate but it’s not unexpected. This was a sick man getting off a plane and unfortunately, no one knew he had Ebola.”

Doctors and other health workers on the front lines of the Ebola crisis have been among the most vulnerable to infection as they are in direct physical contact with patients. The disease is not airborne, and only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, vomit, sweat or feces.

Sawyer, who was travelling to Nigeria on business, became ill while aboard a flight and Nigerian authorities immediately took him into isolation upon arrival in Lagos. They did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.

Nigerian authorities said a total of 70 people are under surveillance and that they hoped to have eight people in quarantine by the end of Monday in an isolation ward in Lagos. The emergence there is particularly worrisome because Lagos is the largest city in Africa with some 21 million people.

Health officials rely on “contact tracing” – locating anyone who may have been exposed, and then anyone who may have come into contact with that person.

Ben Neuman, a virologist and Ebola expert at Britain’s University of Reading, said that could prove difficult at this stage.

“Contact tracing is essential but it’s very hard to get enough people to do that,” he said. “For the average case, you want to look back and catch the 20-30 people they had closest contact with and that takes a lot of effort and legwork … The most important thing now is to do the contact tracing and quarantine any contacts who may be symptomatic.”

Paye-Layleh reported from Monrovia, Liberia. Associated Press Medical Writer Maria Cheng reported from London. Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal and Maram Mazen in Lagos, Nigeria contributed to this report.

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Severe thunderstorm warning ended in Saskatchewan – Saskatoon

UPDATE: All severe thunderstorm warnings have ended in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning Monday afternoon in Saskatchewan.

Meteorologists are tracking a system capable of producing strong wind gusts, ping pong ball size hail and heavy rainfall.

Radar indicates that 50 and 75 millimetres of rain was possible.

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Troops, volunteers dig through China earthquake debris – National

LUDIAN, China – About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes Tuesday after an earthquake in southwest China that killed 410 people. Groups of volunteers, meanwhile, used their bare hands.

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Jackson Zeng joined about two dozen classmates who headed to Yunnan province’s Ludian county, where Sunday’s 6.1-magnitude earthquake collapsed thousands of homes in an impoverished region of mountainous farmland.

“I grew up around here and these are my people. I’m not sure what I can do, but I will help any way that I can,” said Zeng, a third-year student at Kunming University of Science and Technology.

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Zeng’s black T-shirt contrasted with the scores of green fatigue-clad troops along the main road into the quake zone. Paramilitary personnel with a backhoe and other heavy equipment pushed earth from a stretch of road affected by a landslide, while Zeng and other students used their hands to push rocks over a cliff.

Rescue workers search for survivors amongst the remains of collapsed buildings in the epicenter of an earthquake that struck the town of Longtoushan in Ludian county in southwest China\’s Yunnan province Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

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Many hundreds of volunteers have converged on the nearby city of Zhaotong en route to the quake-hit areas – a typical phenomenon during disasters in China. Many came empty-handed, but some were formed into company-sponsored units complete with uniforms and their own relief aid to distribute.

The government also has sent thousands of tents, quilts, sleeping bags and cotton coats to the region, as well as folding beds, chairs and tables, and mobile toilets.

The quake struck an area of steep hills and narrow roads not suited to all the traffic of the massive relief effort, and heavy rain Tuesday added to the complications. Much of the damage was due to landslides.

Ambulances, bulldozers and trucks filled with water and noodles and the squads of volunteers clogged the main road heading to the hardest-hit town of Longtou, about 370 kilometres (230 miles) northeast of Kunming. Helicopters hoisted supplies to the most remote areas.

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The Yunnan Civil Affairs Bureau said Tuesday that 410 people had been killed and 2,373 injured, with 12 people still missing about 48 hours after the quake. Rescuers pulled dozens of trapped people from the debris in the first couple of days.

A 5-year-old boy was dug from a collapsed home Monday, and on Tuesday, state media released a photo taken in a hospital of two pregnant women who comforted each other while trapped in the rubble before they, too, were rescued.

Many of the homes in Ludian, which has a population of about 429,000, were rudimentary mud-brick structures that collapsed easily in the quake.

Cai Jiangping, a 46-year-old corn farmer, pointed to where he and seven members of his extended family had lived on the other side of a river valley just south of Longtou.

“The house is a complete write-off. But we’ll throw some plastic over it and then talk to the insurance company,” he said.

Cai was sheltering with a group of friends, his motorcycle his only surviving possession.

Further from the worst-hit areas, landslides created barrier lakes where water levels were rising Tuesday to pose a new threat to about 800 residents and seven power stations downstream, where sudden flooding could prompt power outages, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The region is prone to earthquakes. In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people. In September 2012, a series of quakes killed 81 people.

In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan province left nearly 90,000 people dead.

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