Toronto Blue Jays name AL wild-card roster for showdown with Baltimore Orioles

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TORONTO —; The Blue Jays have left knuckleballer R.A. Dickey off their 25-man roster for Tuesday’s wild-card showdown with the visiting Baltimore Orioles.

With the team able to name a new roster should it progress to the American League division series with the Texas Rangers, the roster is focused on the one-game wild-card matchup. Pitchers J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez, unavailable after pitching on the weekend in the regular-season finale series in Boston, are also not on the list.

WATCH: Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons discusses Wild Card matchup against Baltimore Orioles

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There are 10 pitchers on the roster with Wednesday starter Marcus Stroman and fellow starters Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano available if needed. The rest are relievers: Joe Biagini, Brett Cecil, Scott Feldman, Jason Grilli, Aaron Loup, Roberto Osuna and Ryan Tepera.

READ MORE: Blue Jays fans optimistic about playoffs, not willing to pay big bucks for tickets: Poll

The 41-year-old Dickey (10-15 with a 4.46 earned-run average) appears to be the odd man out in a plentiful starting rotation that will be shortened in the post-season. Manager John Gibbons still has Sanchez, Happ, Stroman, Estrada and Liriano at his disposal.

WATCH: Sports reporter Megan Robinson at batting practice

The infielders on the wild-card roster are Darwin Barney, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Ryan Goins, Justin Smoak, Devon Travis and Troy Tulowitzki.

The catchers are Russell Martin and Dioner Navarro with an outfield of Jose Bautista, Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera, Josh Saunders, Melvin Upton Jr., and Dalton Pompey.

WATCH: Toronto Mayor John Tory raises Toronto Blue Jays flag at city hall

Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: October 2016

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Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: September 2016

Oct. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Coates near Leader.

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Oct. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Lori Janzen at Outlook.

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Oct. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gloria Allison near Watson.

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Oct. 4: Bonnie Evanochko took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Oct. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the NESSAC cross country race near Star City on Tuesday, Oct. 4 was taken by Lyle Cowell.

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Oct. 6: Mandy Melanson took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Oct. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Caroline Stewart in Cumberland House.

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Oct. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin on a snow day in Kerrobert.

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Oct. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Langenberger in Dalmeny.

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Oct. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Rachel Vidak near St. Gregor.

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Oct. 11: Daniel Bushman took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Waskesiu.

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Your Saskatchewan October 12, 2016 Joan Beatty

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Oct. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Angelina Wiebe at Gruenfeldt.

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Oct. 14: Gwen Rudolph took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Turtle Lake.

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Oct. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Keller Hache in Saskatoon.

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Oct. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Brian Janz of Fort Qu’Appelle and Echo Lake.

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Oct. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a group of army cadets on their annual trip was taken by Tara Lowndes‎ at Anglin Lake.

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Oct. 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the Hunter’s Supermoon was taken in Saskatoon by Taya Klath.

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Oct. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Leier at Jumbo Beach where they saw approximately a foot of snow over the weekend.

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Oct. 20: Steve Jeffers took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Prince Albert.

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Oct. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped by Lori Janzen in Outlook.

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Oct. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Vaughn Williams in Regina.

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Oct. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Stephanie Andersen near Naicam.

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Oct. 24: Kevin Schatkoske took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Oct. 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo of geese heading south was taken by Jessica Sehn in North Battleford.

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Oct. 26: Kitiara Martens took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Petrofka.

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Oct. 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Wilkie by Brayden Johnson.

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Oct. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Darci McLashen in Saskatoon.

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Oct. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sylvana Tu at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Oct. 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo of Otter Lake was taken by Bill Feiereisen at Missinipe.

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Oct. 31: Adrienne Friesen took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Loon Lake.

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Leonardo DiCaprio going to Mars? Actor says he’s taking Elon Musk trip

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio seemingly has it all — he even won that Oscar that had been eluding him since his late teens — so it seems a tad strange that the A-lister would want to head to Mars. But that’s precisely what he said he’s doing: joining Elon Musk’s voyage to the red planet (whenever that takes place, but so far it’s predicted for 2025).

During a talk about climate change with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, DiCaprio matter-of-factly stated that he’s volunteered to go on the $200,000-per-head trip.

READ MORE: Leonardo DiCaprio had a Rio 2016 doppelgänger

In conversation with Obama and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist, the three discussed (what else?) climate change before watching DiCaprio’s documentary Before the Flood. According to Inverse, somehow the topic of Musk’s trip to Mars came up.

“The reality of it is, if you’re a human living on this planet — which most of us are, yeah?” Hayhoe said jokingly. “As long as we haven’t signed up for the trip to Mars. I don’t want to know if anyone has — I think you’re crazy.”

DiCaprio chimed in: “I did.”

When Hayhoe tried her best to backtrack, the president reportedly said, “I think you’ll acknowledge he’s crazy.”

After that, DiCaprio didn’t confirm whether he actually did sign up to go to Mars, or if he was making a joke.

WATCH: Obama, DiCaprio discuss possibility of carbon tax

During the same meeting, DiCaprio also said that he thinks that anyone who doesn’t believe in climate change should not hold public office.

“If you don’t believe in climate change, you don’t believe in facts, and science, and empirical truths,” he said. “And, in my humble opinion, [you] should not be allowed to hold public office.”

DiCaprio brought Before the Flood to this year’s Toronto Film Festival, the first time the A-list actor has attended.

READ MORE: Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio urge action on climate change

“The origins of wanting to do a movie like this was to give the scientific community a voice,” DiCaprio said to the packed crowd at Princess of Wales Theatre moments before the film’s world debut on Sept. 9.

“We’ve long ignored the prediction of the scientific community. Ninety-seven per cent of the scientific community agrees that we are contributing to the issue of climate change in such a major way that we are altering the course of the future as we know it. We’re risking not only our life on Earth, but future generations.”

WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio asks President Obama to grade global response to climate change

Before the Flood is produced by Martin Scorsese and is directed by Fisher Stevens.

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N.S. health minister misled public on LifeFlight: documents

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CORRECTION: The government sent a second statement to Global News before the story was published. However, an issue with our email server meant the email was only received after publishing.

Newly obtained documents suggest health minister Leo Glavine misled the public when he said rules that could prevent LifeFlight from landing on hospital rooftops were never brought to his attention before April 1.

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A briefing note to the minister, obtained by Global News through access to information, shows Glavine was briefed on LifeFlight compliance as early as February 2016.

That contradicts statements made by Glavine in May that until April 1, air ambulance compliance was never raised with him.

“I certainly have had absolutely zero awareness that standards had changed and that there were going to be new requirements,” Glavine said on May 2.

Following an order from Transport Canada, LifeFlight helicopters stopped landing on roof-top helipads at hospitals in Halifax and Digby on April 1. Instead, the helicopters started landing at nearby ground-level helipads —; adding up to 15 minutes of transport time for critically ill patients.

WATCH: Minister Leo Glavine told reporters in May 2016 he had no knowledge of changes with LifeFlight compliance

At the time, provincial officials said Transport Canada had informed the operator of the Sikorsky S-76A helicopters that it would no longer be allowed to land on three hospital roof-top helipads because the multi-engined helicopters wouldn’t meet height requirements for landing and taking off should one of the engines fail.

Briefing Note: EHS LifeFlight Transport Canada Compliance

The document titled “EHS LifeFlight Transport Canada Compliance” and dated February 16, notes that “several years ago,” Transport Canada changed its “performance requirements” for landing in built-up areas or on roof-top helipads.

It goes on to note that Transport Canada identified that helipads at the IWK and QEII fell under the new requirements —; the two Halifax hospitals affected by the decision two months later.

READ MORE: LifeFlight helicopters pulled from servicing hospital rooftops by choice: Canadian Helicopters

Following the mention of the reclassified helipads, the rest of the briefing note is redacted, including recommendations to the minister. However, a separate email dated February 24, 2016 says Glavine accepted the recommendations.

No ‘discussions at the ministerial level’ about LifeFlight compliance: Glavine

Despite receiving and accepting the briefing note in February, Glavine said on May 5 “the department had not had any discussions at the ministerial level” about LifeFlight compliance.

He made similar comments throughout the first week of May, after the government announced on April 29 the helicopters had been prevented from landing on roof-top hospital helipads since April 1.

Asked why no action was taken before April 1, Glavine said on May 4 “it doesn’t seem like EHS had that kind of knowledge” about the new regulation.

However, the contact on the February briefing note was the then-executive director of Emergency Health Services, Ian Bower.

Asked why Nova Scotia was so slow to adopt the new rules, Glavine said the problem was that he and his department weren’t aware of it until April.

“Not having this information until April 1 for me is my understanding that the department had not had any discussions at the ministerial level,” Glavine said. “I certainly haven’t been apprised of what took place in 2007.”

He went on to say that “what is important” for Nova Scotians to know is that the department began “moving forward absolutely as quickly” as it could to get a new helicopter.

He also said in May his department would be conducting a review about why he wasn’t informed about the new regulations earlier.

Minister not available for interview

Glavine was not made available for an interview Tuesday and the first statement sent on his behalf did not address the questions raised by Global News.

A second statement received after the article was published acknowledges that despite his public comments, Glavine was aware of the 2007 change in regulations.

“The briefing note from February was to update the Minister on an ongoing situation since 2007,” a statement from health department spokesperson Tony Kiritsis said. However, the statement doesn’t address why Glavine repeatedly said he didn’t know about the changes.

The statement also says the briefing note didn’t include a recommendation for the minister, but it doesn’t explain why a document obtained by Global News says the minister accepted the recommendations in it.

Both opposition parties say the documents raise questions about what Glavine knew and when.

“He knew for months this was going to be a problem with the LifeFlight service and he chose to create the impression that he had been caught by surprise,” Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie said.

Both Baillie and NDP leader Gary Burrill are calling on the government to release the unredacted version of the briefing note.

“It certainly would seem that the minister had become aware, had been notified in February that things were amiss,” Burrill said.

Apache pleads guilty to pipeline violations after multiple spills

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CALGARY – Apache Canada Ltd. has pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to properly operate its pipelines after multiples spills on its network.

The company pleaded guilty on Sept. 30 to violating the Pipeline Act and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act in relation to a pipeline spill near Zama City, Alta., in 2013, and a second spill in 2014 not far from Whitecourt, Alta.

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    The Zama City spill released 1.8-million litres of produced water, generally a mix of mostly salt water with some oil, that affected about 3.8 hectares of public land. The spill about 40 kilometres northwest of Whitecourt released just under two-million cubic metres of produced water.

    The court ordered the company to pay $350,000 in penalties for the two spills, with most of the funds going to a creative sentencing project where Alberta Innovates Technology Futures will research remediating salt-affected soil.

    READ MORE: Apache Canada faces up to $2.5M for 2014 pipeline spill northwest of Edmonton 

    In the agreed statement of facts on the Zama City spill, the company admitted that it did not install a protective fence around part of the pipeline that stuck out of the ground, with evidence pointing to the possibility that a bison rubbed against the section and crushed the pipe.

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    On the Whitecourt spill, the company agreed that it installed the wrong size of pressure valve on the pipeline and that it did not properly review reports on whether the valves were working properly.

Carbon price hit on Nova Scotia power rates unclear, Emera CEO says

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The chief executive of Emera says it’s too early to say if Ottawa’s plan to set a minimum price for carbon will hike electricity prices in Nova Scotia.

Chris Huskilson said Tuesday during a speech to the Core Energy Conference in Halifax that he believes Emera subsidiary Nova Scotia Power was already on track to meet reduction targets on carbon.

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He says the province has been increasing the percentage of renewable energy and decreasing emissions from its coal-fired production plants by one third and has “already seen a reduction of 36 per cent of total carbon emissions,” since 2005.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia let down, surprised by Ottawa’s carbon price plan: minister

Meanwhile, the province has seen electricity rates rise 62 per cent over the same time period, as some of the costs of converting plants and increasing the use of renewables were passed along to ratepayers.

Nova Scotia’s environment minister walked out of meetings with her federal counterpart on Monday evening, saying she was let down by the announcement.

Margaret Miller said the province needs a solution that won’t “punish the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians,” who already pay among the highest energy rates in the country.

READ MORE: Trudeau says Liberals willing to impose carbon price on provinces

The federal plan, outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calls for a “floor price” of $10 a tonne in 2018 that increases to $50 a tonne by 2022 – measures that will be forced on the provinces if they don’t co-operate.

However, Huskilson told reporters that it remains to be seen how Ottawa’s carbon price will impact the electricity sector.

“It’s unclear I would say as to where we go from here, but I would say that Nova Scotia is in very good shape because we have real reductions to this date and into the future,” he said.

He also cites the province’s plans to purchase hydroelectricity from Newfoundland and Labrador once the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador is complete.

He says that should help the province increase its percentage of clean energy.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia wants recognition of its emissions reductions in carbon pricing plan

The executive notes the province already has a cap on carbon emissions, which the utility is achieving.

“Until we understand better what the rules actually are and until we understand better what it means … how our cap (on emissions) today relates to what the federal government is asking for, it’s hard to have a definitive answer,” he said.

However, Larry Hughes, an engineering professor at Dalhousie University, said “there’s more to this than meets the eye.”

He says the province doesn’t have either a price on carbon or a cap-and-trade system in place for carbon, so in that regard it still hasn’t met the federal requirements.

Hughes also said higher costs are very likely come in other areas, such as liquid fuels used to heat homes and transportation.

Celebrated B.C. architect Bing Thom dies at the age of 75

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A B.C. architect known for some of the most iconic designs in Metro Vancouver has died.

Bing Thom died of a brain aneurysm in his native Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Thom was behind many local building designs, including Surrey City Centre Public Library, Simon Fraser University Surrey campus, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia.

He is also known for a variety of works in China, United States, Spain and the UK.

Thom’s family immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1950. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

He started his own firm in 1982.

WATCH: Profile of influential Canadian architect Bing Thom

PHOTO GALLERY: Some of Thom’s architectural designs in Metro Vancouver are major landmarks in their respective municipalities 

Simon Fraser University has a campus at Surrey Central City, Surrey, BC, Canada. The building was designed by Bing Thom architects.

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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has a prominent place on the UBC campus in Vancouver.

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Aberdeen Mall, Richmond, BC, Canada. Architect is Bing Thom.
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The honours he received during his lifetime include the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

“Bing believed architecture transcends the building, to shine its light onto its whole surroundings,” Thom’s wife Bonnie said in a statement on the architect’s official website. “He was so happy his architects also pursue this adventure of ‘building beyond buildings.’”

WATCH: City planner and urbanist Brent Toderian has more on the legacy of Bing Thom 

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said in a statement Thom combined a passion for innovation and a limitless imagination.

“Those who were lucky enough to know Bing recognized his inherent graciousness and how he treated everyone he met with respect,” said Clark. “It was also that appreciation for bringing people together that can be seen in his work – buildings and spaces that reflect the communities they enrich…”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we thank them for the gift that was Bing Thom. His legacy and his positive impact on the world around him will stand the test of time.”

Thom was 75 years old.

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Manitoba Moose forward looking to move past Disney World arrest

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WINNIPEG —; A member of the Manitoba Moose arrested this summer is hoping to put the incident behind him.

Darren Kramer ended up behind bars after he allegedly attacked a police officer in Disney World on June 21. The officer was trying to arrest the 24-year-old forward in connection to a stolen bowling pin display case.

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    According to a police report obtained by Global News, Kramer was tasered before being taken into custody.

    “(Do I have) regret?” said Kramer. “It’s tough to say because I know truly what happened. I know I would never do anything to harm anybody or anything. I’m looking forward to moving on and regaining some momentum in my career.”

    Kramer posted 12 points and 138 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Moose last season. The team signed him to a new contract a week after he was arrested.

    “I’m thankful for the support (general manager Craig Heisinger), the Jets and the Moose showed me,” said Kramer.

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    Entering his second season with the Moose, Kramer isn’t worried his arrest will change what people think of him.

    “People are going to talk,” said Kramer. “I know who I am as a person. I think (Heisinger) knows who I am as a person and my teammates do to. I’m going to come here, go to bat for everybody and go to bat for the fans.”

    The Moose will run training camp sessions at MTS Iceplex until this weekend when they play a pair of pre-season games against the Iowa Wild in North Dakota.

Elena Ferrante: Mysterious author’s unmasking angers fans

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On Sunday, the New York Review of Books published an article by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti disclosing the identity of famed pseudonymous author Elena Ferrante. Fans of the writer immediately took to 桑拿会所 to denounce Gatti’s actions.

Ferrante, a nom de plume, is most celebrated for her Neapolitan Novels, a four-book series that centres on the relationship between two childhood friends who grew up in the slums of Naples after World War II.

The uninvited unmasking of the author has raised a host of questions about a woman’s right to privacy as well as the public’s inability to celebrate someone who shuns fame.

In a bold takedown published on The Cut, New York Magazine’s blog, where she compares the author’s anonymity to Kim Kardashian’s overexposure, Ann Friedman wrote: “Both Ferrante’s aversion to the public eye and Kardashian’s extreme openness were routinely dismissed as marketing gimmicks — not authentic choices that each woman made according to her desires and goals.”

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Similarly, Hannah Gold at Jezebel took issue with Gatti, writing: “Unmasking a woman who wanted no part in her celebrity, in the name of journalism, is both grandiose and cruel.”

As if to preempt any criticism, the journalist closed his piece on Ferrante saying the immense success of her books made it virtually impossible to maintain her anonymity, ultimately blaming it on “an age in which fame and celebrity are desperately sought after.”

While the author has not made any statements, her publisher, Sandro Ferri, called Gatti’s actions “disgusting” in an interview with the Guardian.

This investigation, which was the result of financial records dug up by Gatti, was yet another in a long line of speculation carried out by academics about Ferrante’s true identity.

But for her fans, the quest is and always will be moot.

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Insulin pumps could be hacked warns Johnson & Johnson

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(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson is telling patients that it has learned of a security vulnerability in one of its insulin pumps that a hacker could exploit to overdose diabetic patients with insulin, though it describes the risk as low.

Medical device experts said they believe it was the first time a manufacturer had issued such a warning to patients about a cyber vulnerability, a hot topic in the industry following revelations last month about possible bugs in pacemakers and defibrillators.

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    Johnson & Johnson executives told Reuters they knew of no examples of attempted hacking attacks on the device, the Johnson & Johnson Animas OneTouch Ping insulin pump. The company is nonetheless warning customers and providing advice on how to fix the problem.

    “The probability of unauthorized access to the OneTouch Ping system is extremely low,” the company said in letters sent on Monday to doctors and about 114,000 patients who use the device in the United States and Canada.

    “It would require technical expertise, sophisticated equipment and proximity to the pump, as the OneTouch Ping system is not connected to the internet or to any external network.”

    A copy of the text of the letter was made available to Reuters.

    Insulin pumps are medical devices that patients attach to their bodies that injects insulin through catheters.

    The Animas OneTouch Ping, which was launched in 2008, is sold with a wireless remote control that patients can use to order the pump to dose insulin so that they do not need access to the device itself, which is typically worn under clothing and can be awkward to reach.

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    Jay Radcliffe, a diabetic and researcher with cyber security firm Rapid7 Inc, said he had identified ways for a hacker to spoof communications between the remote control and the OneTouch Ping insulin pump, potentially forcing it to deliver unauthorized insulin injections.

    The system is vulnerable because those communications are not encrypted, or scrambled, to prevent hackers from gaining access to the device, said Radcliffe, who reported vulnerabilities in the pump to Johnson & Johnson in April and published them on the Rapid7 blog on Tuesday.

    Johnson & Johnson executives said they worked on the security issues with Radcliffe.

    Dosing a patient with too much insulin could cause hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which in extreme cases can be life threatening, said Brian Levy, chief medical officer with Johnson & Johnson’s diabetes unit.

    Company technicians were able to replicate Radcliffe’s findings, confirming that a hacker could order the pump to dose insulin from a distance of up to 25 feet, Levy said. He said such attacks are difficult to pull off because they require specialized technical expertise and sophisticated equipment.

    “We believe the OneTouch Ping system is safe and reliable. We urge patients to stay on the product,” Levy said.

    Johnson & Johnson’s letter said that if patients were concerned, they could take several steps to thwart potential attacks. They include discontinuing use of a wireless remote control and programming the pump to limit the maximum insulin dose.

    Radcliffe said he believed that OneTouch Ping users would be safe if they followed the steps outlined in the letters from Johnson & Johnson.

    “They can give peace of mind to the patient or parent of a child using the device,” he said.

    Johnson & Johnson Chief Information Security Officer Marene Allison said her team would make sure other J&J products do not have similar bugs.

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    Radcliffe said he found vulnerabilities in the Animas OneTouch Ping, but not the Animas Vibe line of insulin pumps.

    Suzanne Schwartz, an FDA official responsible for reviewing bugs in medical devices, said in a statement that she encourages collaboration between researchers and device manufacturers to identify, remediate and alert the public to vulnerabilities.

    “It enables all stakeholders to better address device safety with the interest of patient health in mind,” she said.

    The FDA has said it knows of no cases where hackers have exploited cyber vulnerabilities to harm a patient.

    The agency last year issued multiple warnings about cyber bugs in infusion pumps from Hospira, which has since been acquired by Pfizer Inc.