British Columbia Coroner spokeswoman Barb McLintock told the AP in an email: “Multiple but we don’t yet have a firm number. Still a very fluid situation so we really are not sure yet.”
UPDATED- 1:08 PM EST (Oct 26)
A new video published by GlobalNews.Ca shows what happened as the ship- MV Leviathan 2 sank off the coast of Vancouver Island.
At least five people have died after a whale watching tour boat sank off the Canadian coast.
Multiple local media reports indicate that 27 people were on the vessel when it sank off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia.
Tofino is a small community located on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Three dead and 15 unaccounted for after whale-watching boat sinks off Canada’s west coast, paramedics say https://t.co/DonkErSl5b
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 26, 2015
The Associated Press is reporting that local authorities are scrambling to get a handle on the death toll as the situation is still developing.
CTV News reports that “The tour boat belongs to Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, a company that offers whale watching tours out of Tofino”.
Matt Lee, a reporter for local radio station CKNW says that the ship did have life jackets aboard.
Name of #Tofino whale watching boat that sank is MV Leviathan 2. Did have lifejackets aboard.
— Matt Lee (@mattlee980) October 26, 2015
“I hope you can respect all our effort is on the passengers and crew right now,” the spokesperson told the CBC, adding they will have more details soon.
— CTV Vancouver (@CTVVancouver) October 26, 2015
WATCH: CTV Coverage of sinking
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-The iconic Coppertone Girl sign that soars above Biscayne Boulevard in Miami’s MIMO neighborhood has been repaired.
-The sign lost the top of her head during Hurricane Irma.
-The sign is managed by the MIMO Biscayne Association.
She’s back to normal folks.
Miami’s iconic Coppertone girl has been returned to her previous state after losing the top portion of her head in Hurricane Irma.
According to a post on the MIMO Biscayne Association’s Facebook page, the sign was fixed on Dec. 10 with a “literal face lift”.
A crew of workers hoisted a new head and shoulders and fastened it to the sign, which overlooks the parking lot of the Smiling Pets Animal Clinic (7310 Biscayne Blvd).
According to the group, the decision was made to replace the damaged panel with a new one crafted by Neon Sign Solutions.
The sign is one of the only remaining “Coppertone Cutie” installations left in the country.
It has been located at its current location since 2008.
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In response to a RISE NEWS story titled, “Senator Tried To Use Connection To FPL Lobbyist To Get Power On For Her Family Post Irma“, Florida State Senator Daphne Campbell issued a statement on social media that made several accusations about our news organization.
None of them are true, and we wish to set the record straight.
Obviously Campbell did not like the facts that were reported in our article.
That’s too bad for her.
We stand 100% behind our reporting and find it distasteful that she would choose to attack the press instead of taking responsibility for her actions.
Her actions show that she tried to use her position as an elected official for personal gain.
It is a clear case of public corruption and she should be held to account.
Here’s her statement in full.
Below, RISE NEWS editor and the reporter who interviewed Campbell, Rich Robinson will go point by point in debunking her claims:
“It is a shame for someone to be so cruel by victimizing someone like me during such a difficult post disastrous time like this. Imagine we are all struggling together fighting for the needs of the vulnerable within our district and for someone to use delicate circumstances surrounding this situation for the purpose of their own ploy is a disgrace.
Ever since before the hurricane, I was instrumental by working hard and helping to prepare many of my elderly and most vulnerable constituents to ensure that they will be safe to face the potential catastrophe that we were all anticipating. Luckily for my district we escaped what could have been the deadliest “monster” that our district would have ever faced.”
We don’t really understand what she is talking about here.
“Although our district was not hit by a category 5 but its effect has caused my constituents enough pain and suffering. My constituents include 15 cities with a population of approximately 500,000 individuals. This includes two of my younger children and my medically compromised mother who lives on oxygen. Hundreds of thousands including my two children, my mother and my sister were without electricity. Up to today Sunday, September 17, 2017 my children are still without power and my mother just got hers last Friday, September 15.”
We said in our story that “RISE NEWS is not able to independently verify at which point the power came back on at the houses of Campbell’s family members.” However, she is the one who said that “as soon as I text him [FPL lobbyist John Holley] an address, you got the light.” That means that she lied to us when she said that lights were turned on as soon as addresses were sent to Holley. She’s lying.
“I fought hard day and night, around the clock going above and beyond and doing everything within my power to help counteract the ill effect of the storm by responding to numerous calls and text messages regarding the power outage. As many are already aware, I communicate endlessly with my constituents via phone calls, emails, and text messages; then there’s no doubt that my responding to my constituents will include numerous text messages. After the storm, among the many text messages was a text concerning my two younger children and my sick mother [living in two separate addresses]. Most of my calls and texts to a FPL Representative pertaining to rectifying my constituents’ power outage.”
This is mostly true. Most of the texts Campbell told us to take pictures of were ones from constituents. But the first group of texts she sent to Holley were about her own family and not her constituents. Sure she tried to get FPL relief for her constituents, but only after she made sure her family was given relief. That’s called political corruption and its illegal.
“I managed to organize a “feed the community” event. While there, I noticed someone came and sat right next to me. I didn’t know who that person was but I always welcome everyone around me. ”
This is a lie. I covered the event for RISE NEWS. I wore a press badge as I always do around my neck. I walked up to Campbell and introduced myself as a reporter, gave my name and affiliation and asked her for an interview. She was sitting down and I was standing up next to her. We talked for a few minutes before I crouched down to better hear an answer to a question I asked. At that point, she pulled up a chair for me to sit down on and I sat next to her. But I did not just walk up and sit “right” next to her. My momma raised me better than that. She’s lying.
“My phone mysteriously disappeared. After about fifteen minutes of searching for my phone to no avail it suddenly reappeared where I last saw it. I did not expect that anyone would come to a “feeding the community” event, in order to sneak away my phone to steal information from the text messages I use to help my people.”
This is a lie. I never took Campbell’s phone. She pulled her phone out on her own and asked me to look at texts from happy constituents that she had been serving that week. During that process of her showing me texts, she said that I should take pictures of the texts so I could write about them later. I did what she asked. I took 56 pictures of Campbell’s texts. This process took probably 20 minutes in total due to the amount of messages that she wanted me to document. She held her phone and scrolled between messages the whole time. She did this because she thought I was going to write a puff piece about how amazing she was. She was wrong. She’s lying.
Of the 56 pictures I took of her texts, you can visibly see part of Campbell’s body in 54 of them.
“Unfortunately, one of the text messages taken from my phone was the one concerning my two children and sick mother.”
This is factually wrong. It was not just one text message regarding her family- it was four text messages spread out over the course of an entire day. She’s lying.
“Today I felt numbed and my heart pained after discovering that the person who had taken my phone along with the text messages is the owner of a news media publication.”
She knew I was a reporter. I told her so. I was wearing a badge labeled “Press” and even gave her my business card with the RISE NEWS logo on it. She was very pleased that I was there until she read the story. And oh yeah, I then interviewed her on camera, for around 10 minutes. She’s lying.
“I gave no consent to anyone to use my phone.”
I didn’t use her phone. She told me to take pictures of texts on her phone that she showed me. She’s lying.
“I have apparently found out that this media is located within my very district. It would be an understatement just to say how disappointed I am in this despicable, atrocious and malicious behavior. I am aware there are hundreds or thousands of competing news media out there and I know it is rough for them because if they do not have false news they won’t make it.”
The ole “fake news” attack. Original. She’s lying.
“But, why chose NOW? My constituents have been suffering, still suffering and few will continue to suffer without electricity for a short period of time but by the grace of God with my due diligence, the suffering will end soon. Yes I am a state senator, but first I am human. I am also a mother, someone’s child, and someone’s sister. God knows I do not deserve this kind of bad treatment.”
Ok then. She’s lying.
“All I want to do is continue to work hard and help my constituents including my family. I want the best for my people. I am not perfect but is it fair or right for anyone to go through such extreme measure just to hurt someone? I know that God is on my side, and He will take this situation under his control.
Senator Daphne Campbell”
Amen. She’s lying.
Daphne Campbell got caught red handed. She obviously still doesn’t believe that she did anything wrong and refuses to take any accountability for her actions.
Hopefully, someone will hold her to account.
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I’m From The UK And Spent My College Years Fighting The NRA To Keep Guns Off Campus. Here’s What I’ve Learned
I was born in Sweden and grew up in the United Kingdom, a part of the world that conservatives in America denounce for their “cradle to the grave” welfare policies while also being a place that liberals think of as a utopia.
Europeans look at America and are mystified by it’s enduring racism and strange gun laws, but are also drawn to the promise of the American dream.
I was drawn to it too.
In 2013, I moved to Tallahassee, Florida for university.
Unbeknown to me, I had stepped into a National Rifle Association (NRA) battleground state, which would ultimately set the course of the rest of my college career.
Before I stumbled onto the campus carry debate, I had no idea what the term meant. I didn’t pay much attention to Florida politics, so learning that lawmakers wanted to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their firearms on to campus, with no restrictions, was bewildering.
Which is why I decided to join the Florida Coalition To Keep Guns Off Campus as their Director of Communications.
The UK has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. I’m a fan of those laws. They helped keep me safe.
But I’m not here to force them on my fellow students. I simply want international students like me to have a say when such a dangerous bill could impact us, because my college campus is my home.
Europeans find America’s gun obsession both fascinating and disturbing. We question how a country, a leader in the modern world, struggles with doing anything about their gun violence problem.
It’s an issue unique to the US, when even the majority of police officers in the UK don’t have access to a gun, unless they join a special armed police unit.
In a country of 70 million people, only 6,000 police officers are armed. And the strategy seems to work.
Which is why the concept of arming everyone in society is just absurd to me. Especially on a college campus, where controversial ideas are discussed, students are failed by professors, and alcohol and drugs are frequently used.
I know some proponents of campus carry personally, and in no way am I suggesting that they would harm anyone. On a whole, our political leanings don’t impact how we behave in our day-to-day lives.
But as students, in an environment that essentially promotes, to quote Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, “living young and wild and free” that is no place for a deadly weapon that can kill people.
To get into the nitty gritty of this, why do lawmakers, some constituents and even some students feel that the only way they’ll be safe is if they have a gun all the time?
The NRA has peddled the “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” theory to push the narrative that a gun will provide you security because everyone else has one.
And it turns into this never-ending cycle of everyone wanting a gun to protect themselves from each other. The problem is, a “good guy with a gun” only stops a “bad guy with a gun” 3 percent of the time.
But that doesn’t stop the gun lobby. They further push their message out there, grasping on to the national conversation on campus sexual assault, and attempt to use it to their advantage.
Their argument is that a woman should be able to defend herself with a gun on campus if she feels her life is threatened. On its face, that may sound reasonable. The problem is: facts and variables. Every assault is different, and proclaiming that a gun is the answer to all of them is simplistic and ignoring real solutions.
Every time there’s a mass shooting, America is again forced to confront its addiction to guns.
As gun control activists and gun rights proponents face off in the national arena of public opinion, the British watch on in a perplexed manner.
Seeing this over and over again, I’ve come to realize trying to apply a British ideology on guns in the US is useless.
Of course, the statistics speak for themselves, higher rates of gun ownership in the US does equal in higher rates of gun violence. Clearly there is a problem. But the Second Amendment has to make us Europeans take into account the cultural significance of firearms in the US, so we understand why they are so voraciously defended.
For many, the Constitution is their bible (apart from, you know, the Bible). Who am I to dismiss that so casually?
But even when I put that in my pile of things to think about over my morning tea, I also know that the majority of American voters do want more gun regulation.
Even the majority of NRA members want universal background checks. So what is holding the US back?
Again, it’s the gun lobby. The NRA has stopped representing their members, and instead represents gun manufacturers, and with their financial muscle, most politicians cower in their presence.
How does this relate to campus carry? Allowing guns on campus is the NRA’s new mission, and although the political will for it isn’t as readily available even in red states, their campaigns are slowly gaining ground.
In Florida, we’ve managed to beat it two years in a row, but next year is looking to be our toughest yet because the NRA will put this on the top of their priority list and they’ll pour their resources into the Sunshine State.
Marion Hammer, the NRA’s former president turned lobbyist, comes back every session with a determined glint in her eye that admittedly I find a little scary. She’s such an effective lobbyist that Florida is sometimes referred to as the Gunshine State.
One interesting part of this whole conversation has been the NRA’s and Students for Concealed Carry’s manipulation of data.
They’ve compared US and UK violent crime rates, using the numbers as a justification for campus carry, and guns everywhere in general.
It is a completely misleading comparison.
Yes, violent crime rates in the UK are higher per capita. But they forget to mention that the violent crime definitions in the two countries are very different. In the UK, the definition is “all crimes against the person”. This includes bicycle theft, all domestic violence offences, all sexual offences, all assault offences and many more. And even the definitions of those crimes are broader in the UK.
In the US, the FBI definition is much narrower; “violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.” So there is no real way to compare the rates.
Florida House Rep. Julio Gonzalez, (R) made a similar argument, citing a ‘study’, that I later found and read. Two Harvard students who were gun rights activists, not researchers, wrote it. On top of that, the paper was severely criticized by the Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Dr. David Hemenway.
How does the Florida Coalition To Keep Guns Off Campus, a group that just doesn’t have access to resources like the gun lobby, beat them again?
I’ll be honest, I’m concerned.
Our continued efforts to combat their problematic ‘solution’ to sexual assault and mass shootings in an educational environment resonates with the majority of students, but will it resonate with legislators in 2017?
It’s certainly interesting that legislators are so ready to consider and pass guns on campus, when every university stakeholder that has spoken out has said they don’t want it. But a bill that would have allowed guns in legislative meetings hasn’t moved forward since last year. A little hypocritical, no? If Florida legislators really believe guns lead to greater safety, then they’d want to flood legislative chambers with them.
As of now, this issue isn’t going away.
Florida is on the NRA’s priority list. Students, staff and faculty need to pull together for the 2017 legislative session.
And what am I doing? I graduate this semester, so I get to go back to my cozy gun-free London, and watch this whole situation unfold from afar.
But now that I’ve gotten to know all these amazing people during our fight against these farcical bills, I know I’ll be somberly watching as they do it again without me.
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