Animal cruelty, abuse reports down for first time in years, humane society says

Reports of animal abuse and cruelty are down across the Island for the first time in years, according to the P.E.I. Humane Society.

The organization says the number of cases has dropped by 44 per cent compared to last year. 

“That’s really significant,” said Jennifer Harkness, the development and communications manager at the P.E.I. Humane Society.

“When we say abuse, cruelty, it means somebody saw somebody … physically abusing an animal or being cruel to an animal. It really can be really horrific.”

Those weren’t the only areas where reports declined.

Other cases show declines

Harkness said temperature-related cases were down 59 per cent, health and wellness reports fell 23 per cent and calls regarding animals lacking food, shelter or water also decreased by six per cent. 

It was a nice surprise, said Harkness, after dealing with twice the workload following the enactment of the Animal Welfare Act in 2017.

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ICE responds to reports officer wore NYPD jacket, says the word police is a law enforcement symbol

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking into reports that one of its officers wore an NYPD jacket that caused alarm for New York City residents, according to a report.

The agency said “police” is a “universally recognized symbol of law enforcement in most cultures.”

ICE PLANNING IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS IN SANCTUARY CITIES

“ICE officers are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration laws created by Congress to keep this country safe. The word ‘POLICE’ is a universally recognized symbol of law enforcement in most cultures, an important distinction given that many of the individuals with whom ICE interacts are not native English speakers. Given the inherently dangerous nature of ICE officers’ work, their ability to quickly establish their identity as sworn law enforcement personnel could potentially mean the difference between life and death.”

Brooklyn residents in Fort Greene protested in front of the 88th police precinct Sunday

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Good Samaritan Society reports 7 COVID-19 deaths at Lennox location

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A sign thanking workers a the Good Samaritan Assisted Living complex is staked in the front yard on Friday, March 1, in Sioux Falls. (Photo: Erin Bormett / Argus Leader)

Seven residents of a senior living facility in Lennox have died from COVID-19, and five of those deaths have occurred in the past 10 days.

As of Friday afternoon, the Good Samaritan Society facility in Lennox has reported seven deaths and 14 active cases of COVID-19. Out of the active cases, nine are residents and five are staffers, said Tess Hedrick, senior media relations specialist for Sanford Health. The facility has reported 47 COVID-19 cases since March.

Todd Anderson, Good Samaritan Society Lennox administrator, said the facility is following CDC guidelines and using personal protective equipment.

“Staff members are screened daily, monitor their health and stay home if they feel sick or have symptoms,” Anderson said.

On

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Pound falls on reports UK could quit Brexit talks next week

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson as fears grow Brexit talks could collapse. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson as fears grow Brexit talks could collapse. Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

The pound slid on Wednesday, after a report that the UK government could pull out of Brexit talks as soon as next week if not enough progress has been made towards a deal.

Sterling had lost 0.8% against the dollar (GBPUSD=X) by mid-afternoon in the UK, trading just below $1.29. It shed 0.7% against the euro (GBPEUR=X), with the pound selling for $1.09.

The flight from sterling reflects investors fears’ Britain could face severe economic upheaval if no deal is reached. It would likely spark disruption and sudden new barriers to long-standing trade and other ties with most of Europe when the Brexit transition period expires at the end of the year.

Talks between negotiators are ongoing in London this week. The pound’s decline came after a source told Bloomberg the UK

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Florida official says state and federal law enforcement found no ‘malicious activity’ in voter site outage: reports

Investigators looking into Florida’s voter registration website crash Monday reportedly found “no evidence of interference or malicious activity” in connection with the fiasco, which prompted officials to extend the registration deadline to Tuesday evening.

Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee said Monday that the Online Voter Registration system went out “for about 15 minutes” due to an influx of web traffic. It was supposed to be the last day of voter registrations, with a midnight deadline.

But on Tuesday, after meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis, Lee’s office said the deadline would be extended until 7 p.m. for both online and in-person voter registration.

FLORIDA EXTENDS VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE AFTER WEBSITE CRASH

Voters could also turn in their registration to the offices of their local county elections supervisors, tax collectors, and transportation offices or through the mail postmarked by Oct. 6.

In a statement, Lee said the outage stemmed from

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India freezes Amnesty International bank accounts after reports critical of government

New Delhi — Global human rights organization Amnesty International has halted operations in India, accusing the government of an “incessant witch-hunt” and “constant harassment” over its reports criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. 

Indian authorities froze Amnesty’s bank accounts earlier this month for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally, a charge the rights group denies. The organization said it had been forced to lay staff members off and pause its work in India because it could not access its funds. 

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Amnesty International India employees work at their headquarters in Bangalore, India, in a February 5, 2019, file photo.  

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“India’s stature as a liberal democracy with free institutions, including media & civil society organizations, accounted for much of its soft power in the world. Actions like this both undermine our reputation as a democracy & vitiate our soft power,” Shashi Thraoor, a member of the opposition Indian National Congress party,

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U.S. Government Sanctions Chinese Chipmaker SMIC, FT Reports

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. imposed sanctions on Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., the Financial Times reported, amid escalating tensions with China over intellectual property and national security.





Exports to China’s largest chipmaker pose an “unacceptable risk” of being diverted to “military-end use,” the London-based newspaper said Saturday, citing a U.S. Department of Commerce letter to the company. Firms will need licenses in order to export technology products to SMIC, the paper said.

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SMIC has not received an official notice of the sanctions, the company said in an emailed statement. The Shanghai-based firm added that it has no relationship with the Chinese armed forces and does not manufacture for any military end-users or end-uses.

The move follows the U.S. ban on Huawei Technologies Co. last year, which prevented the company from buying American tech, including chips. SMIC’s customers include U.S. chipmakers Qualcomm Inc. and Broadcom Inc., according to Bloomberg data.

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