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Canadian-owned company accused of supplying Syria’s chemical weapons program - globalnews.ca - China - Iran - Canada - Eu - Russia - city Vancouver - Bulgaria - Syria - city Beirut - city Miami - city Damascus
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chemical weapons program.Working from Damascus and Beirut, the company is accused of importing materials used to produce “chemical weapons delivery systems.”According to the allegations, the firm purchases metals and alloys from foreign suppliers for the branch of Syria’s chemical warfare department that manufactures missiles.It also allegedly attempted to procure the aeronautical-grade aluminum and steel that goes into Fateh-110s, Iranian ballistic missiles used by the Syrian regime and that Russia reportedly wants.The allegations have landed the company and its owners, Chadi and Mohammad Houranieh, on European sanctions lists.Their shipments have been seized in three countries, their assets have been frozen, and they are banned from travelling to Europe.The Houraniehs are the only Canadian citizens sanctioned by the European Union, aside from a Hezbollah bomber from Vancouver who blew up a bus in Bulgaria.But in interviews with Global News, Chadi Houranieh called the allegations “absurd.”While he once did business with Syria, he said it was unrelated to weapons.“I have nothing to do with any chemical program.”Houranieh, 44, grew up in Mississauga, in a house near the Sheridan Mall. He went to Toronto Blue Jays games at what was then called SkyDome.“I personally love it,” he said of Canada.He wanted to stay, but after studying at the University of Miami, he returned to Damascus to help with the family business.Founded in 1949, Houranieh & Sons imports sheeting, piping and other metal products it purchases from Canada, Europe and China.
Scientist accused of developing Syria’s chemical weapons program traced to Edmonton - globalnews.ca - Canada - Syria
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sarin into the rebel-held Ghouta district of Damascus.As the chemical clouds spread, residents began to froth at the mouth. Fluid oozed from their eyes and noses as they convulsed and suffocated.The Ghouta gas attack killed up to 1,400 people, many of them children, and was the latest display of the horrors of chemical warfare.Ten years later, Global News has traced a scientist accused of helping Syria develop its chemical weapons program to an Edmonton suburb.De-classified Canadian government documents allege that Ahmad Haytham Alyafi made a “significant contribution to the manufacturing of chemical weapons.”From 1974 to 1994, the chemical engineer worked at the military-run centre that produces chemical weapons for the Syrian regime, federal officials wrote in the documents.Alyafi “set up a plant he knew would manufacture chemical weapons; he therefore contributed significantly to their production,” according to the documents, which call his role “indispensable.”But when rescue workers were collecting bodies in Ghouta a decade ago, Alyafi was living in a 2,500-square-foot home on a cul-de-sac in Edmonton’s west end, the records show.“Mom and dad have been living with us at our house in Edmonton since the spring of 2013,” Alyafi’s son wrote in a 2019 letter sponsoring his parents for permanent residence in Canada.“My dad picks up the kids from school daily and they spend time with them on homework after school time,” wrote the son, who works in the Alberta construction industry.Immigration records from 2019 list the Syrian scientist as “currently residing in Canada.” The address he used was a four-bedroom home in Edmonton’s Glastonbury neighbourhood.Whether he remained in Edmonton was unclear.
Matthew Platkin - New Jersey files suit to force pollution cleanup at 8 sites - fox29.com - Usa - state New Jersey - city Washington - city Newark, state New Jersey - Jersey - city Camden
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New Jersey files suit to force pollution cleanup at 8 sites
JERSEY CITY, NJ - FEBRUARY 25: Views of the future Skyway Park, a former illegal dumping ground for toxic waste that city officials plan on transforming into a memorial park for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have died from the COVID-19 p TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey announced eight new lawsuits and other action against what it says are companies and individuals who've failed to clean up pollutants at sites across the state, the attorney general and top environmental official said Thursday.The suits are aimed at forcing the remediation of pollutants such as gasoline and other chemicals that seeped into the ground, Attorney General Matthew Platkin and Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said in a statement.The sites include former gas stations, chemical manufacturers and automotive mechanics across the state, from Camden and Washington Township in southern New Jersey to Newark and West Milford in the north."Through these actions, we are sending a clear message: whether you pollute our air, our soil, or our water, we will hold you accountable. Our communities deserve no less," Platkin said in a statement.Alongside the lawsuits, brought in state Superior Court, the officials said they issued a directive to a former industrial manufacturer located in Newark requiring it clean up volatile chemicals that seeped into the ground.The lawsuits come as part of the state's efforts under Democratic Gov.
FAA warns of safety hazard from leaky faucets in Boeing 787, calls for inspections - fox29.com
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FAA warns of safety hazard from leaky faucets in Boeing 787, calls for inspections
FILE - A Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner test plane is presented on the Tarmac of Le Bourget on June 18, 2017, on the eve of the opening of the International Paris Air Show. (Photo credit: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP via Getty Images) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is calling for inspections of all Boeing 787 jets amid recurring problems with leaky bathroom faucets that regulators worry could harm the massive airliner’s electronic systems.The FAA on Friday issued a proposal for repetitive inspections of Boeing 787 jetliners, which the company calls the Dreamliner, in the wake of "multiple" cases of water leaking from lavatories under the cabin floor and into bays where electronic equipment is stored.In calling for the inspections, the FAA said the leaks threatened to damage critical electronic equipment that could potentially lead to a "loss of continued safe flight and landing."BOEING PLANS TO INCREASE 737 MAX PRODUCTION RATES ‘VERY SOON’The agency indicated that after one unidentified airline discovered wet carpet in the plane’s cockpit and inspected the rest of its 787 fleet it found "multiple" planes with leaking faucets.Boeing notified airlines about the issue in November, which it traced back to a problem with an O-ring seal that led to a slow leak of about 8 ounces of water per hour.The aircraft manufacturer said it believes the issue is limited to certain 787s, although the FAA’s proposed order would apply to all 787 jetliners in U.S.
Waze adds feature for EV drivers to find compatible charging stations - fox29.com - Singapore - Italy - Israel - San Francisco - New Zealand - Slovakia - Brazil - Poland - Chile - Mexico - Serbia - Monaco - Sweden - Latvia - Iceland - Albania - Lithuania - San Marino - Estonia - Moldova
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Waze adds feature for EV drivers to find compatible charging stations
Waze said the new EV charging station feature would be available starting this week and rolling out globally "over the coming weeks." (Credit: Provided / Waze) SAN FRANCISCO - Waze, the Google-owned navigation app, is hoping to make it easier for drivers of electric vehicles to find a charging station.The company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that users will now be able to enter their electric vehicle (EV) and plug type into the Waze app to find relevant charging stations along their route. "Charging station information is often inconsistent, outdated or unreliable, creating a major pain point for EV drivers who may navigate to a charging station only to discover they can’t find it or use it," the company said in a statement. "By adding up-to-date EV charging information to the Waze map, it’s even easier to charge your car and get help finding where or when you’ll come across the next station."Waze said the EV data will be reviewed and updated in real-time by its community map editors to ensure accuracy. Waze said the feature was available starting this week and roling out globally "over the coming weeks."But a report published on Wednesday by Electrek noted how the EV Charger finding feature was still showing nearby gas stations instead of chargers for one user.
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