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While you were sleeping: Shooting hoops and web-slinging

Here s our roundup of the best and brightest stories this morning.

Ramping up construction: Notre-Dame-de-Gr ce is getting all-new access to the D carie[1], thanks to plans to construct an on-ramp just west of Prud homme Ave. This will connect St-Jacques St. with Highway 15 northbound. Officials say this plan will be realized by the time the Turcot Interchange reconstruction project is completed on deadline in 2020. Those fond of the plan say it ll help mitigate traffic issues that have affected eastern N.D.G since the superhospital opened on the Glen site. Councillor Peter McQueen was cautiously optimistic about the sketches: It s still not a full engineering drawing, but it looks more serious.

A also stands for awesome: Brianna Hoops Green brought the Harlem Globetrotters version of hoop dreams to Westmount High School[2], but not before giving the enrapt students a brief pep talk about the ABCs of bullying prevention: A stands for action, B stands for bravery, C stands for compassion, she said, revealing that she herself had been picked on, growing up. I would hear it but I didn t let it affect me. If I had let them hold me back or get in my head, I wouldn t be as successful as I am today.

While You Were Sleeping: Shooting Hoops And Web-slinging

The Big Maple Leaf on display at Berlin s Bode Museum. Thieves stole the gold coin with a face value of $1 million on March 27, 2017. MARCEL METTELSIEFEN / AFP/Getty Images

If only Spider-Man had been there: Burglars stole a 100-kilogram, solid-gold coin worth $4 million from a Berlin museum in a heist out of a Hollywood movie. A security guard at the Bode Museum alerted police that the coin which carries Queen Elizabeth II s imprint and is called Big Maple Leaf had been removed from its case. The perpetrators were able to circumvent the alarm system. A ladder that might have been used in the plot was found on nearby train tracks. The coin, which was on loan from a private owner and had been on display since 2007 is as big as a car tire and was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007.

But Spider-Man was here: Sony Pictures unveiled the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr. s more seasoned Tony Stark. The film, out July 7, picks up with Holland s Peter Parker returning to high school after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and wanting to immediately get back into the action as a new threat emerges from Michael Keaton s Vulture. Other movies teased at the con were Blade Runner 2049, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and the Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower.

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Montreal Gazette, Canadian Press, Associated Press

References

  1. ^ all-new access to the D carie (montrealgazette.com)
  2. ^ hoop dreams to Westmount High School (montrealgazette.com)

Smiths Detection to Supply Airport Security Platforms to UK Defense Ministry

Smiths Detection To Supply Airport Security Platforms To UK Defense MinistrySmiths Detection[1] has secured a multimillion-dollar contract to deploy a range of aviation security products at the U.K. defense ministry s airports worldwide.

The ministry ordered ScanTrailer 100100V-2is mobile x-ray inspection systems; HI-SCAN 145180-2is x-ray equipment for air cargo; IONSCAN 600 trace detectors; CEIA PMD2PLUS walkthrough metal detectors; and millimeter-wave eqo scanners designed for screening people, Smiths Detection said Monday[2]. The contract also includes a 10-year support program for all the equipment. U.K. MoD spokesperson Iain Mcleod said the contract seeks to equip checkpoint and hold baggage security for all ministry-operated airports over the next decade.

Mcleod added that the installation of screening systems is now underway.

References

  1. ^ Smiths Detection (blog.executivebiz.com)
  2. ^ said Monday (www.businesswire.com)

11-year-old reportedly assaulted at Hilton Waikoloa Village

KAILUA-KONA A Maui woman and Hilo man have turned to social media in hopes of catching a man they believe touched their daughter inappropriately at Hilton Waikoloa Village last week. Ira Hookano had taken his 11-year-old daughter to the resort with her cousins for spring break. On March 23, his daughter and niece were approached by a stranger while headed to the bathroom in the pool area. It was at that time the suspect grabbed the girl.

Thank God she had good reflexes because she was able to get away, said the victim s mother Deanna Davis-Alexander.

The 11-year-old hid in the bathroom with her cousin for a period of time. They eventually left and told Hookano. Maj. Robert Wagner with Hawaii Police confirmed an officer responded. He said a harassment case was made as no touching occurred in the private area as defined by law. Wagner said the victim was touched in the thigh area and reportedly pushed the suspect s hand away.

It was by the pool in an open area where people were present. So no reported struggle, he said.

Wagner added there was no video of the area where the alleged incident happened, but a check for video in other areas was made and security was informed. Hookano said he walked the whole area and didn t see anyone that matched the description of the suspect. He reported the incident to security.

Security was pretty on it, he said. They did a check of the property and in an hour or two an officer came and took an initial report. I didn t get no assistance after that. Since the image of the man was still fresh on his daughter s mind, Hookano asked security about surveillance cameras, believing his daughter would be able to point him out in footage.

Hookano said the security officer told him there were no cameras in the grotto area by the bathrooms and cameras in the surrounding area were broken or not working.

You d think a four-star hotel, spending three grand for two nights you d think the cameras would work, he said. Davis-Alexander said her daughter gave a good description of who approached her but no sketch was offered. On Monday, Wagner stated it was undetermined if the police would get a sketch artist, but they are considering it.

Not only was the resort not helpful, Davis-Alexander said, no one from hotel management came to check on her daughter after the incident.

The situation could ve been handled with much more compassion, she said. The parents are still hoping to get any surveillance footage that is available so their daughter can identify who attacked her, but as of Monday afternoon, the resort had not made those videos available.

She s definitely suffering from PTSD, Hookano said. I m strong so she stays strong for me and in front of her mom she breaks down. Since the young girl has returned to Davis-Alexander on Maui, a sketch was done by a retired Maui police officer, which has been posted on Facebook.

At this point, the parents just want to get the word out their child was attacked and the suspect is still on the loose. An email for comment regarding the incident and status of the surveillance cameras was sent to media relations at the resort. A Hilton spokesperson responded:

We care deeply about any situation that involves the safety and security of our guests. On learning of the allegation, our security team immediately engaged local law enforcement, who have taken the lead on the investigation.

For many reasons, including guest privacy and respect for law enforcement s process, we cannot comment publicly on a situation involving specific guests. We will continue to support the law enforcement investigation in any way we can. The suspect is described as a man in his late 20s or early 30s with a thin face and thin build with a little belly. He has bushy blonde eyebrows, blonde thin wavy hair with a middle part. He s described to have small lips and mouth, small green eyes, drawn-in cheeks and small ears.