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Apple launches clean energy programs in China to reduce environmental impact

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is cleaning up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by the factories that have assembled hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads during the past eight years.

The world’s most valuable company is working with its Chinese suppliers to eventually produce 2.2 gigawatts of solar power and other renewable energy.

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The commitment announced Wednesday represents Apple’s latest attempt to prevent the popularity of its devices and digital services from increasing the carbon emissions that are widely believed to changing the Earth’s climate.

Apple Inc. estimates 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution will be avoided as more of its suppliers rely on renewable energy between now and 2020. That’s like having four million fewer cars on the road for a year.

READ MORE: Apple expands environmental projects to include sustainable timber in US

Panels capable of generating about 200 megawatts of solar power will be financed by Apple in the northern, southern and eastern regions of China, where many of its suppliers are located. The Cupertino, California, company is teaming up with its Chinese suppliers to build the capacity for the remaining 2 gigawatts of renewable energy, which will be a mix of solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

Foxconn, which runs the factory where the most iPhones are assembled, is pledging to contribute 400 megawatts of solar power as part of the 2-gigabyte commitment. The solar panels to be built by 2018 in China’s Henan Province are supposed to produce as much renewable energy as Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory consumes while making iPhones.

Apple has made protecting the environment a higher priority since Tim Cook replaced the late Steve Jobs as the company’s CEO four years ago.

“Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” Cook said in a statement. “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose.”

Apple just completed projects in China that generate 40 megawatts of solar energy to offset the power required by its 24 stores and 19 offices in the country. All of Apple’s data centres, offices and stores in the U.S. already have been running on renewable energy.

“When you look at all the air pollution in China, all the manufacturing that is done there has a lot to do with it, so this is a significant step in the right direction,” said Gary Cook, a senior analyst for Greenpeace, a group devoted to protecting the environment.

READ MORE: Apple focuses on renewable energy, product recycling programs

Apple also has a financial incentive to help make China a better place to live. The greater China region is Apple’s second biggest market behind the U.S. Tim Cook has made it clear that he wants the company to make even more inroads as rising incomes enable more of China’s population to buy smartphones and other gadgets.

Google, Facebook and other technology companies also have been investing heavily in renewable energy in an effort to cut the pollution caused by power needed to run the data centres that process and store information for the users of the digital services.

By some estimates, technology products and services account for as much of the world’s carbon emissions as the airline industry.

Apple can easily afford to go green. The company had $203 billion in cash at the end of June.

Correction: This story has been reflected to correct that Apple and its suppliers haven’t set a timetable for producing the 2.2 gigawatts of renewable energy in China. The 2020 timeline mentioned in an earlier version of the story refers to the period that Apple expects to reduce greenhouse gas pollution with its commitment.

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Airbnb introduces a broader insurance coverage policy for Canadians

TORONTO – Airbnb is adding a new level of insurance coverage in Canada as part of wider support for people who list their properties through its service.

The online accommodation provider announced Thursday that its Host Protection Insurance program, which launched earlier this year in the United States, would be rolled out in 15 more countries.

The expanded coverage will provide compensation if a guest is injured at a property listed on Airbnb and brings a claim against the host.

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The insurance could also cover damages a guest causes to the surrounding area of a property – such as accidental water damage if a pipe burst affects a neighbouring apartment.

READ MORE: Damages could hit $150,000 in Calgary home trashed by Airbnb renters

Coverage, which comes at no additional cost to the host, tops out at $1 million, the company said.

The Host Protection Insurance program, which will be provided through a partnership with a Lloyd’s of London participating insurer, comes after Airbnb spent four years on an agreement that satisfied the insurers, said Airbnb product lead Jonathan Golden.

“The insurance industry is not fast paced, so it has taken time to educate them on these platforms,” he said.

“It has been a challenge to handle products like these (which are) unique and individual solutions.”

Airbnb has been growing in popularity as the so-called “sharing economy” becomes more commonplace with the help of taxi-hailing service Uber and various other apps.

Goldem said Airbnb executives wanted to lineup a significant number of countries before it launched the expanded insurance coverage.

READ MORE: Phony credit cards used to purchase party supplies for trashed Airbnb home

Since its U.S. launch in January, less than 50 claims have been filed under the Host Protection program when factoring in all of the 8 million guest bookings, he said.

Airbnb, which offers a substitute to hotels, has about 33,000 host listings across Canada.

Few of those bookings have resulted in major issues for the company, but some of the higher profile problems have raised red flags for insurance companies.

In May, a Calgary family discovered their home was trashed amid a “drug-induced orgy” by hard-partying renters. Property damage was assessed at around $75,000, though Airbnb said it would cover the costs at the time.

Governments across the country have started to voice concerns about the ramifications of an unregulated sharing economy.

In Quebec, Tourism Minister Dominique Vien is pushing for a law which clearly differentiates between legal accommodation websites like Airbnb and some of the smaller competitors who aren’t necessarily operating within requirements and paying taxes.

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Blue Jays’ David Price ready for Game 6 of ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David Price is ready to prove his critics wrong.

The Toronto Blue Jays ace gets the start in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday with his team’s season on the line. Although Price has dominated in the regular season throughout his eight-year career, he’s never won as a starter in the playoffs.

Price understands he has yet to meet expectations in the post-season, but said he doesn’t need to prove he can pitch in a big game.

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“I have to prove that I can pitch at this point in the season in the playoffs,” said Price at a news conference on Thursday. “I get that. But I don’t have to go out there and prove that I’m a good pitcher. I think I’ve done that over my career.

“So I’m just going to go out there, throw my game, have fun, have good things happen, get good results and good things are going to happen. I know they are.”

READ MORE: Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki delivers key hit in Game 5 victory

Price’s 2-7 record in the post-season – with both wins coming as a reliever – stands in stark contrast to his 104-56 regular season record that saw him earn a Cy Young Award as the American League’s best pitcher in 2012.

The 29-year-old lefty, who has been in the post-season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers and now Toronto, knows that it’s the playoffs where he can earn his reputation. But he’s not going to change his approach, instead relying on what got him to the post-season in the first place.

“What I did in the regular season doesn’t matter. I get it,” said Price. “But I know I’m a good pitcher. I know I’m a very good pitcher. Good things are going to happen. Everybody is going to say whatever they want to say and write what they want to write. And I completely get that, but I know good things are going to happen.”

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thinks Price’s poor post-season record is just a matter of bad luck and adds that there’s no one in Toronto’s starting rotation that he’d rather have on the mound with his team trailing the best-of-seven series 3-2.

READ MORE: Blue Jays crown Royals, stave off elimination

“You get to be one of the elite pitchers in the game for a reason,” said Gibbons. “Those are kind of the guys that get you here. Without David we’re not here, anyway. So it’s a moot topic there.

“I’m glad he’s going tomorrow. I’m not hesitant one bit to throw him out there, because I’ve only seen him good.”

Gibbons sees Price as his best arm and used him as a reliever in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Down 3-1 in the ALCS on Wednesday night, Gibbons had Price start to loosen up in the Blue Jays’ bullpen to come in for starting pitcher Marco Estrada. It never came to that as Estrada dispatched the Royals’ lineup with help from relievers Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.

“I was warming up to come in,” Price said Wednesday night when asked whether he was simply throwing the typical bullpen session that most starters throw between their scheduled starts or if he was gearing up to get into the game.

READ MORE: Hope abounds for Blue Jays fans after Game 5 victory over Royals

“(I was) getting ready to go get us outs.”

Price doesn’t see much difference in warming up to pitch out of the bullpen or to start, especially when it comes to elimination games.

“It’s still pitching, it’s still baseball, it’s still the same thing I’ve done for a long time,” he said. “Just go out there, help this team win and go get outs.”

Price, whose last start came during Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday in Kansas City – a tough 6-3 loss for Toronto – said his normal bullpen session between outings would have been Monday, though he also added that he rarely throws between starts.

The Blue Jays will have another arm in their arsenal on Friday as reliever Aaron Loup will be available. The right-hander has missed most of the post-season attending to a family emergency.

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With files from Melissa Couto in Toronto

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47 charged with 135 offences in Canada-wide human trafficking crackdown

TORONTO – An extensive Canada-wide human trafficking investigation has resulted with 47 people being arrested and charged with 135 offences, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the same investigation, nicknamed Operation Northern Spotlight, netted nine people with 33 charges being laid.

During a press conference on Thursday, the OPP said Phase 4 of the probe resulted in 20 people being removed and saved from the sex trade.

Police said most of those rescued were under the age of 19 and some were as young as 14.

“Human trafficking investigations are complex and labour-intensive and we must continue to fight for the rights of those victims who are often from vulnerable sectors of our population in Ontario,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod.

VIDEO: RCMP discusses importance of National Human Trafficking Crimes Coordination Centre

Police said the investigation required the help from 40 law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the FBI and RCMP, by pre-arranging meetings with people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will.

“Human trafficking is a threat which targets the vulnerable around the world. And one of the most vulnerable —; our children,” said Joseph S. Campbell, Assistant Director, FBI Criminal Investigation Division.

VIDEO: FBI assistant director praises cooperation with Canadian law enforcement agencies

During the same period, police in the United States conducted a parallel investigation dubbed Operation Cross Country.

“As a result of this collaboration and sharing, both U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies rescued children and arrested those involved in the trafficking of children.”

Those arrested have been charged with offences including trafficking in persons, forcible confinement, child pornography, and sexual assault with a weapon.

VIDEO: During a Thursday morning press conference to outline the results of a human trafficking investigation, a victim of human trafficking outlined her own story of being kidnapped and forced to work as an exotic dancer.

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EXCLUSIVE: A look inside the ultimate man cave

WINNIPEG – A Jets cave was a childhood dream that recently became a reality for Kyle Calder.

The sports fan grew up watching hockey with his parents, collecting everything related to the team for years.

“I had a lot of imagination then,” said Calder, who was devastated when the Jets left Winnipeg in 1996, fearing the cave may never happen.

“As soon as I found out the rumours, that we might get a team back… merchandise started coming out and I just kept accumulating,” he said.

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From the time the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg as Jets 2.0 in 2011, Calder and his girlfriend Stefanie Sobieski went to as many events and games as they could.

“Hockey wasn’t my sport but he definitely really dragged me into it with the Jets and made me feel the passion that he feels,” Sobieski said.

When looking for their first home this year in Cloverleaf, Calder and  Sobieski knew a large basement was necessary for the cave.

“I grabbed all my measurements and then just started doodling and coming up with a rough design,” Calder said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Behind the scenes of the Jets Cave with photographer Gage Fletcher

Kyle Calder searching for the Jets game on his jumbotron TV.

The floor needed four coats of grey and six coats of white paint.

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The entire project took six months but it’s not completely done yet.

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Calder watches every Jets game in the cave.

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The cave lighting up with buzzers going off.

Courtesy Kyle Cadler

 

The couple got to work right away so they could complete the project in six months before the NHL season started.

“We did the ceiling first so it’s the same as the arm band on the jerseys,” Calder said.

“Then we started spraying the floor so there was four coats of grey and six coats of white and then taped off lines to do all of the different zones.”

He also added a jumbotron and game buzzers that go off every time a goal is scored on television, along with hockey sticks outlining the windows.

Construction is still underway though, with expansions coming to the “mini MTS Centre” which has cost about $2,000 so far.

The couple plans to add a shooting gallery, bathrooms and a concession stand in the coming months.

“That was kind of the idea when we bought the house, we’re probably not going to go to as many Jets games so might as well bring the MTS Centre right here,”  Calder said.

After seeing the cave, friends and family members continue giving Sobieski more Jets memorabilia to add.

“People were just amazed at the progress… and want to contribute,” she said. “It just shows our passion for the team and it just shows how much we love our Jets.”

The Manitobans hope their cave will motivate other fans to show their passion for the Jets.

“I want this to be seen as much as possible so that other people can get inspiration and the imagination from this to build their own kind of thing,” Calder said.

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Teacher, student killed in stabbing as masked man attacks Swedish school

Students fled from Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city, after the morning attack in a public cafe in the school’s lobby, police said. The school has 400 students ranging from pre-school to high school.

Trollhattan, located 350 kilometres (220 miles) southwest of Stockholm, is a former industrial city of 56,000 people with a large immigrant community.

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Police arrived at the school to find one male teacher already dead and three other people seriously wounded – two boys aged 11 and 15 and another male teacher, police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg told The Associated Press. Police fired two shots, one of which hit the attacker, he said.

One student and the attacker died later at the hospital, authorities said.

The attacker, a 21-year-old from Trollhattan, knocked on the doors to two classrooms and stabbed those who opened them, police spokesman Thord Haraldsson told reporters at a press conference. Police searched the attacker’s home and found “interesting” things for their investigation, he added, without elaborating.

Laith Alazze, a 14 year-old student at Kronan, said at first he thought the attacker – who was clad in black and wearing a helmet that masked his eyes – had something to do with Halloween.

Swedish emergency services at the scene after a masked man attacked people with a sword at the Kronan school in Trollhaettan in western Sweden 22 October 2015. Reports state that at least six people were injured, and the offender was shot by the police.

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“One of my friends walked over to him to challenge him, but when we saw he stabbed him (the teacher), we ran away,” Alazze told Sweden’s TV4.

Dagens Nyheter, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, posted a photo of a helmeted man with a dark mask, a dark outfit and a sword in his hand, claiming it was the attacker. The paper said the killer posed with two people before he started his rampage.

The attacker had a gunshot wound to his lower chest and died later Thursday at the hospital, officials said. Police spokeswoman Maria Randsalu said the second victim was a student, but did not say which one.

WATCH: Aftermath of violent stabbing at school in Sweden

The three wounded, all in serious condition, underwent surgery at the Norra Alvsborgs Lanssjukhus hospital. Dr. Lars Spetz told reporters the teacher had been stabbed in the abdomen while the two students were stabbed in the abdomen, liver and chest.

“They hover between life and death,” Spetz said.

Swedish media said the school held a meeting Thursday morning to discuss teachers’ fears that they could not control access to the school. Students must go through the public cafe to reach the school’s cafeteria and other parts of the building.

A policeman carries evidence bags as he leaves the crime scene following a knife attack at a school Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, in Trollhatten, Sweden.

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“They hover between life and death,” Spetz said.

A sober-looking Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called the deadly stabbing attack “a tragedy that hits the entire country.” He spoke outside the school in Trollhattan after viewing the lobby where the attack began.

Lofven declined to comment on Swedish press reports that the attacker had right-wing sympathies, saying police were still trying to establish a profile of him.

“My thoughts go out to the victims and their families, the students and staff, and the whole community,” Lofven said earlier. “No words can describe what they are going through right now.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf said Sweden was “in shock” following the attack and that the royal family received the news “with great dismay and sadness.”

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Thailand forecasts record number of tourists despite deadly bombing, political strife

BANGKOK – A deadly bombing in August threatened to scuttle Thailand’s economically crucial tourism industry but officials are now forecasting more than 30 million visitors this year as arrivals from China swell.

The bounce back reinforces the teflon reputation of Thai tourism, which has thrived over the past decade despite two coups, episodes of deadly street fighting, airport occupations and natural disasters.

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Thailand’s tourism council is forecasting a record 30.3 million visitors this year, an increase of 22 per cent from last year. Chinese tourists are expected to total 8.1 million, rising by three quarters from 2014.

Only a small number of countries attract more than 30 million tourists a year, among them France, China, the United States, Spain and Turkey. Thailand was aiming for 28.8 million tourists this year.

The tourism council president Ittirit Kinglek said this week the Aug. 17 bombing at a shrine in downtown Bangkok that killed 20 people, many of them foreign visitors, did “not significantly affect” the industry overall.

Tour operators say Thailand’s resilience reflects the variety it offers from high-end shopping in busy Bangkok to idyllic beaches in the south and laid back small cities in the north.

Thailand has also cultivated a reputation for friendliness and value that is particularly appealing in countries such as China, which has only recently reached income levels high enough for large numbers of people to travel abroad on holidays.

“I feel like a real rich person there, and a lot of good food, best service,” said Liang Jing, a designer based in Shanghai. “I feel safe. No war, no anti-China stuff. A great country, I will definitely go there again,” she said.

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Vietnam sets up own Facebook page to reach young people

HANOI, Vietnam – Communist Vietnam is turning to Facebook to reach its young people.

The government opened a page early this month and said it will give people timely information about the government and the prime minister.

Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Vi Quang Dao, head of the government’s official portal, as saying the page is a pilot project and the government will consider making it an official page based on an assessment of how it works.

The page aims to reach more and broader readers, he added.

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The page had more than 37,000 likes as of Thursday noon, over 13 times more than last week.

Vietnam’s ruling communist party tightly controls political activities and the media in the country. Facebook users have complained in the past about having difficulties accessing the site, but the government denied blocking it, though it has tried to block other sites.

Most of the comments welcomed the page, saying the government has come to the Internet age and that people can make suggestions by commenting, but there were also complaints that 5 to 20 Facebook pages with the name of “Government Information” exist and they don’t know which one is real.

Vietnam has a fairly young population with about two-thirds of its 90 million people born after the Vietnam War. Nearly half of Vietnamese are Internet users, according to government figures.

Vietnam has more than 30 million Facebook users with 75 per cent of them between ages 18 to 34, according to state-run Vietnam Television.

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This story has been corrected to explain that Facebook was not officially blocked but that it sometimes could not be accessed.

Volkswagen investigating whether more cars fitted with emissions cheating software

BERLIN – German automaker Volkswagen says it is trying to determine whether even more of its cars may have been fitted with software that was used to cheat on U.S. emissions tests.

The company had previously said that the software was installed on cars with variants of the EA 189 diesel engine built to the “Euro 5” emissions standard.

Spokesman Pietro Zollino confirmed to the AP on Thursday a report from the dpa press agency that the company is now checking whether models with the EA 288 diesel motor built to the same emissions standard may also have the software.

Newer cars built to the “Euro 6” standard are said not to be affected.

Zollino didn’t say how many cars are being checked. VW previously said 11 million cars worldwide were affected.

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Toronto police arrest 3 in money laundering scheme, 2 of whom had ties to international fraud ring

TORONTO – Toronto police have arrested three people in connection to a money laundering scheme in which two of them were found to be linked to an international fraud ring that bilked victims of more than $5 billion.

Police said an investigation into the money laundering scheme began in August 2014 which revealed a “romance scam” involving a 63-year-old widow from Toronto who was defrauded of approximately $609,000.

Toronto investigators teamed up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service to uncover the identities of those allegedly involved.

It is alleged the proceeds were obtained via a variety of schemes in which the victims were encouraged to wire funds to banks accounts.

The money was then laundered back to those organizing the schemes.

VIDEO: Suspects took advantage of romantic relationships to defraud victims

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Police executed a search warrant on Oct. 7 and arrested Ikechukwu Amadi, 34, of Mississauga and Lineo Molefe, 31, of Toronto.

Both have been charged with laundering the proceeds of crime and fraud over $5,000.

A third suspect, Akohomen Ighedoise, 41, of Toronto, who had ties with an organization known as The Black Axe or Neo-Black Movement of Africa was also arrested.

It is further alleged Ighedoise used the alias Martin Acker or Martins Acker Jr. who claimed to be a representative of the United Nations using a forged ID dating as far back as 2011.

It is alleged Ighedoise was actively laundering the proceeds of crime for the organization which was intimidating Nigerian diaspora within the Greater Toronto Area.

He has been charged with laundering the proceeds of crime, fraud over $5,000 and participation in a criminal organization.

The subsequent investigation also linked Ighedoise and Amadi to an alleged wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy, where conspirators attempted to defraud victims of more than $5 billion.

The FBI have since indicated six individuals in the fraud ring, included Ighedoise and Amadi.

Police said U.S. officials intend to seek extradition of the two upon the conclusion of their respective Canadian cases.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Mike Kelly at 416-808-7824., Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿.