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Harper announces tax relief for single, widowed seniors – National ( admin posted on February 23rd, 2019 )

VANCOUVER – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has announced plans to provide tax relief for single and widowed seniors.

At a campaign stop Tuesday in North Vancouver, Harper said a $2,000 single seniors tax credit would help nearly 1.6 million seniors who have pension income.

Harper said when combined with the existing $2,000 pension income tax credit, it would double the tax relief available to single seniors beginning in January 2017.

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He said seniors have saved and worked their entire lives and they know best how to make financial decisions about their retirement.

Under the policy, a single senior would received tax relief of up to $600 a year, the Conservatives said.

It would be phased in over four years – initially costing $23 million and up to $397 million when fully implemented.



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Saudi Arabia partly blames construction giant Binladin Group over Mecca crane disaster – National ( admin posted on February 23rd, 2019 )

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in part blamed the construction giant Saudi Binladin Group for the collapse of a crane at Mecca last week that killed at least 111 people and injured over 390 ahead of the hajj.

The crash came just days before millions arrive in the kingdom for the pilgrimage, which is required at least once in the life of every able-bodied Muslim.

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Friday’s collapse came amid high winds and a rainstorm, but a royal decree from King Salman said the Binladin Group should not have left the crane’s arm up when it was not in use.

An Arabic version of the decree, carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, said the Binladin Group was partly to blame for the collapse. The news agency’s English service did not report that detail, but did say leaders of the company have been banned from travelling abroad.

The Binladin Group has not released any statements about the crane collapse and its representatives have not been made available for comment. The royal decree also blamed the group for not using up-to-date safety measures and failing to co-ordinate with meteorlogical officials.

WATCH ABOVE: At least 107 people are dead and hundreds other injured after a crane fell on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Jennifer Tryon has the story.

Dozens of cranes surround Mecca’s Grand Mosque, part of the massive construction effort headed by the Binladin Group. The Binladin family has been close to Saudi Arabia’s ruling family for decades and runs major building projects. Al-Qaida’s late leader Osama bin Laden was a renegade son disowned by the family in the 1990s.

Salman also ordered 1 million riyals ($267,000) be paid to the relatives of those killed, and the same amount to those permanently injured. Others injured will receive half that amount.

The Health Ministry said Sunday that 394 people were treated after the collapse, and 158 remain hospitalized.

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How to get your iPhone or iPad ready for iOS 9 – National ( admin posted on February 23rd, 2019 )

Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 9, will officially be available for download Wednesday for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. And although the update won’t look very different from iOS 8, Apple has added quite a few changes to how it works.

For example, iPhone users will get a new caller ID function that will try to predict numbers that aren’t saved in your contacts using information from emails. iPad users, on the other hand, can take advantage of new multitasking features.

Apple has been allowing the public to test iOS 9 in beta since July – but Wednesday’s release will be the real deal.

But there are a few things you should keep in mind before updating your device:

Check if your device is compatible

Generally, if your device is running iOS 8 you are able to upgrade to iOS 9. To check the version of iOS your device is currently running, open the “Settings” app, then tap on “General,” then “About” and look at the number on the Version line.

Or, you can just refer to this handy guide Apple put together:

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Back up your data

Backing up your device is always a good idea before running any sort of software update – you never know what might happen during the update process.

To make sure all of your pictures, videos and data are safe, do a back up to iCloud or your computer. Apple offers instructions on backing up devices here.

Make sure your device has enough room for the update

Last year, some iPhone users ran into a big problem when trying to upgrade to iOS 8 – they simply didn’t have enough room on their device.

iOS 8 required at least 5.7GB of free space in order to be installed on most iPhone and iPad models. Previous iOS updates have only required about 1GB of free space. Users with 8GB or 16GB devices had problems as the update took up a large chunk of their devices’ storage.

Someone even filed a class action lawsuit against Apple for the issue.

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Users shouldn’t run into the same problem with iOS 9 – this update isn’t nearly as substantial as iOS 8 and shouldn’t require that much space. However, a 1GB update can still take up a lot of space on a smaller capacity phone.

Try backing up some of your pictures and deleting them from your device to make room.

How to update

Once the update is available, users will be notified on their devices. You can either download the update directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod (make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi), or plug you device into a computer with iTunes to start the process.

On your device, tap “Settings,” then “General,” then “Software Update” to download and install the update.

Be prepared for bugs

While some users may be eager to upgrade right away, it’s important to note that the first version of iOS is often buggy and users may run into a few flaws or hiccups. Users with older devices may also notice their devices slow down when using the newest OS.

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Amber Heard tells mom ‘Never make eye contact with the media’ – National ( admin posted on February 23rd, 2019 )

Amber Heard gave her mom some advice on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday night and it wasn’t exactly a nice kind of advice.

The star’s mom was standing beside reporters waiting for her daughter when she was asked who she was, “I’m her mom,” she told Kiss 92.5’s Maurie Sherman with a big smile on her face.

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Before she could say anything else, in came the actress with some advice for her friendly mom, “never make eye contact,” the star said loud enough for everyone around her to hear.

The whole incident was of course caught on camera, which comes as no surprise really because it was a busy red carpet event.

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You’d think Heard would have turned down the volume a bit.

WATCH: Amber Heard gave her mom some red carpet advice – “never make eye contact” – and it was all caught on camera!

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Stunning photos reveal devastation of California wildfires ( admin posted on February 23rd, 2019 )

California has been battling record drought conditions for the past few years, making it extremely vulnerable to fire.

Now, some of the worst fires are spreading across the state.

An apartment complex lies in ruins, burned by the Valley Fire on Sept. 14, 2015 in Middletown, California.

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The National Interagency Fire Center reported that residents in The Valley and Butte areas are still unable to return to their homes after fires quickly spread in the regions. More than 750 homes have been destroyed.

Napa Strike Team firefighters Mike Holmes and Dan Stith cover their eyes from the smoke during a controlled burn on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Adams, Calif.

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A pair of burned cars sit outside the remains of several homes destroyed by fire along Highway 175, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, near Middletown, Calif.

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And things aren’t expected to improve: Authorities are forecasting above-normal fire potential across the mountains of southern California from September through to December.

A firefighter stands near a wildfire in Middletown, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

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A wildfire burns along a ridge near Sheep Ranch, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Two of California’s fastest-burning wildfires in decades overtook several Northern California towns, destroying homes and sending residents fleeing. (AP Photo/Rich

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Deanna Hingst, right, embraces her mother Shirley Leuzinger as they stand at the family’s destroyed home Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Middletown, Calif.

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The National Interagency Fire Center has reported that eight fires are burning over an area of 381,430 acres as of Sept. 15. One fire alone, in the Rough region, is burning over 139,133 acres.

Firefighters monitor flames while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, California on September 12, 2015.

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A firefighter douses flames from a backfire while crews continue battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, California on September 12, 2015.

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Meanwhile fires also continue to rage across large parts of six other states, with Washington being the worst hit so far this year with 912,510 acres burned.

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