Photographs and memories from a Vancouver original

On Sept. 6, 1955, the Vancouver News-Herald was desperate for a front-page photo. So they dispatched their one-man photo department to go find something. John McGinnis spotted some workers repairing the roof of the Hotel Vancouver. Quicker than you can say “What was I thinking?” he was perched 30 storeys in the sky. The workers were attached to safety equipment, McGinnis was in a suit with slippery oxford shoes. “No straps, no harness, no nothing,” he laughs. …read more Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment       

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Utah Division of Wildlife wants to cut over 9,000 deer hunt permits

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing to cut the number of general season buck deer permits by 9,175. | Bill Bates, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Drought, long winters, fires have chipped away at deer populations SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is proposing to cut the number of general season buck deer permits by 9,175, a move wildlife experts say is needed to preserve the state’s deer populations. Despite hitting a 10 year peak in 2016, drought, long winters and devastating fires have chipped away at Utah’s deer populations. Heading into the 2020 season, the Division of Wildlife Resources will be offering 80,725… Read More

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A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with an asymptomatic caretaker

A four-year-old female tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease. A caretaker at the zoo was infected but asymptomatic and infected the tiger. The zoo says the tigers have decreased appetites but are expected to recover. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. In a suspected human to animal transmission, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease. Nadia, a four-year-old female tiger at the zoo tested positive, and the diagnosis was confirmed by the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa. The Wildlife Conservation Society said that Nadia, three other tigers, and… Read More

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Boeing extends virus-related airplane production shutdown until further notice

To help relieve the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Bamboo Airways 787 ferried 287 European citizens and 10 tons of medical assistance from the Vietnamese government to the Czech Republic. (Boeing Airplanes via Twitter) Boeing says its 14-day suspension of operations at its Puget Sound airplane factories, as well as at its maintenance site at Moses Lake in central Washington state, will be extended until further notice. The suspension had been due to end April 8. But in a statement issued today, Boeing said it would be extended indefinitely “in light of the company’s continuing focus on the health and safety of employees, current assessment of the spread of… Read More

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Daphne Bramham: Even in a pandemic, foreign doctors face a system rigged against them

Had Dr. Mehdi Shahsavan stayed in British Columbia, he would be sitting on the sidelines of the COVID-19 epidemic like thousands of foreign-trained doctors, writing letters and signing petitions begging for a chance to work. Instead, the Iranian-trained general practitioner and emergency room specialist is on the front lines in the Prairie town of Assiniboia (pop. 2,389). Shahsavan arrived there in September along with another Iranian-trained doctor. They were greeted by the mayor and feted at a come-and-go tea at the Town Hall after having successfully passed the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons’ practice-ready assessment program. Even in that small town, the clinic where they work has already had… Read More

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NYC Department of Education is banning Zoom over privacy concerns for students and teachers

New York City teachers are banned from using Zoom for virtual teaching after the Department of Education cited safety and privacy concerns. Schools are instead being directed to use Microsoft Teams, which the department has reportedly already started training teachers and staff to use. However, some critics told Chalkbeat that the platform was not as attractive as Zoom, and could diminish some teachers’ ability to deliver live lessons. Zoom has been plagued by privacy and security concerns in recent weeks as schools and other groups have moved online and witnessed “Zoombombing” incidents, prompting warnings from the FBI and demands for increased user privacy from the New York Attorney General. Visit… Read More

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YouTube says it will suppress content promoting false 5G coronavirus conspiracy

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge YouTube said it would reduce the number of videos it recommends to users on its platform which spread false claims that 5G technology is linked to the coronavirus, The Guardian reported. The company said it will remove videos that violate its policies. It may allow other conspiracy-themed content about 5G which doesn’t mention the coronavirus to remain on the site as “borderline content.” Those videos could be suppressed and removed from search results. At least seven cell towers have been set on fire in the past week in the UK — four in the past 24 hours— after online conspiracy theories have inaccurately… Read More

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Sex toys, video games, and dolls: Amazon workers claim the company is still sending out whatever customers order despite pledges to prioritize essential goods

On March 17, Amazon announced that it would only accept orders for goods such as medical and sanitation supplies, and other high-demand products amid the global coronavirus outbreaks. Amazon said claimed it would only deliver essential items in Italy and France, regardless of what it had in stock. However, Amazon workers at facilities across the US claim that the e-commerce giant is continuing to deliver non-essential items, like nipple clamps, Nintendo Switches, and home hand spa stations. In response, Amazon told Business Insider that it is “focused on stocking and delivering items that are a higher priority for our customers, including household staples, sanitizers, baby formula, and medical supplies.” Visit… Read More

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