Saturday, 15 Aug 2020

U.S. Sends Aircraft Carriers to Exercise in South China Sea

Town of Sundre to become backdrop for pilot being developed for Netflix

The Town of Sundre, northwest of Calgary, may soon be known under a different name.

The town of around 2,700 people nestled in the province’s foothills is set to be dubbed as Hardwell, but only on television.

Dalmeny, Sask., family working hard to bring escaped bison home

Diane and Mark Pastoor have made progress trying to bring their bison home after 52 escaped from their Dalmeny, Sask., farm.

The animals escaped after someone cut open the farm fence last weekend.

Saskatchewan Rattlers rookie head coach ready for unique debut season

When Chad Jacobsen was hired as the Saskatchewan Rattlers head coach in January, he had no way of knowing just how unusual his first season on the job would be.

Closing arguments finish in West Kelowna murder trial for man accused of killing girlfriend

Closing arguments have wrapped up in the murder trial of a Lower Mainland man accused of killing his girlfriend while holidaying in the Okanagan in July 2018.

Court heard that things between the couple turned sour after the accused, Tejwant Danjou, and the victim, Rama Gauravarapu, got into an argument while they were winetasting at Mission Hill winery.

2 young beavers rescued in Okanagan transferred to B.C. Wildlife Park for rehabilitation

Two young beavers from the Okanagan will be calling Kamloops, B.C., home for the foreseeable future.

In a social media post on Friday, the B.C. Wildlife Park says the two beavers were separately rescued in Vernon and Kelowna, then were transferred to its Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre.

Coronavirus: Summer shaping up to be busy at Saskatchewan provincial parks

Overall occupancy at all Saskatchewan provincial parks for nightly campsites is 63 per cent for the upcoming weekend, according to the Ministry of Parks on Friday.

The 2020 camping season got off to a bumpy start on June 1, with campsites limited to 50-per cent capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Australia-New Zealand Border May Reopen by September

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Australia and New Zealand may reopen their border to travel from the two countries as soon as September, Simon Birmingham, Australia’s tourism and trade minister, said in a July 3 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

The minister said such a time frame was realistic, though it would require the agreement of New Zealand’s government and is subject to uncertainties such as renewed outbreaks.

A Bloomberg News inquiry to the minister’s office on Saturday did not receive an immediate response.

Dog in Georgia Tests Positive for Virus That Causes COVID-19

Atlanta (AP) — A dog in Georgia is believed to have been the second canine in the U.S. to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, health officials said.

The 6-year-old mixed breed dog was tested after its owners contracted COVID-19 and the dog began suffering from a neurological illness, the Georgia Department of Health said in a news release Wednesday.

The dog was positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The dog was euthanized after the neurological illness progressed. Officials said the dog’s neurological illness was caused by a condition unrelated to the coronavirus.

Guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that based on the limited information available so far, the risk of pets spreading coronavirus to people “is considered to be low.”

PHOTOS: Protesters march from Elijah McClain memorial site to Aurora Police station – The Denver Post

By Rachel Ellis, The Denver Post

Demonstrators marched from the site where Elijah McClain was violently apprehended by Aurora Police officers last summer to the department’s District 1 station on Friday, July 3, 2020.

Read more: Demonstrators at Aurora police station demand firing of officers involved in Elijah McClain’s death

Loud explosion heard near port in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A loud explosion was heard near the port in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu early on Saturday, witnesses said.

Read the full internal affairs report on the Aurora police department’s Elijah McClain photo incident

Aurora’s interim police chief on Friday fired two officers who posed for a photo reenacting a chokehold at the site of Elijah McClain’s violent arrest, and terminated a third officer who received the picture mocking the 23-year-old’s death last summer.

The internal affairs report is below. Read the full story here.

U.S. Sends Aircraft Carriers to Exercise in South China Sea

The U.S. is sending the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz aircraft carriers to the South China Sea for military exercises as China ramps up its own drills in the area, drawing protests from Washington.

Dual carrier operations and exercises are being conducted in “international waters of the South China Sea to support a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the U.S. navy said in an emailed statement that didn’t specify locations. The exercises won’t be conducted close to any of the contested islands in the region, CNN reported.

U.S., Vietnam Protest Beijing’s South China Sea Military Drills

“The purpose is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability,” Rear Admiral George M. Wikoff, commander of the strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan, told Dow Jones in an interview.

Beijing has rejected claims that it’s doing anything out of the ordinary in the South China Sea and has indirectly accused the U.S. of trying to sow discord between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Why the South China Sea Fuels U.S.-China Tensions: QuickTake

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