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Media Release – January 4, 2022 – Guelph Police –



Three impaired arrests during weekend

Three people were arrested for impaired driving in Guelph over the weekend, including one who made a three-point turn to avoid a RIDE spot check.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, officers were conducting RIDE checks on Gordon Street near Water Street when a northbound SUV was observed turning around to head south on Gordon Street. One of the officers working the RIDE check followed and pulled the vehicle over.

The driver denied he had been drinking, but had an odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was unsteady on his feet. He registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

A 60-year-old Guelph male is charged with impaired driving and driving without a licence. He was held for bail and later released to appear in a Guelph court January 21, 2022. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

A few hours earlier, approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, police had responded to a single-vehicle collision on Hadati Road where a vehicle went off the road and struck a hydro pole. The driver registered a fail on a roadside screening device and was taken to the police station, where further testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

A 25-year-old Halifax male is charged with impaired operation and careless driving. He will appear in a Guelph court January 18, 2022. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for 90 days.

On Saturday evening, just before 10 p.m., police were called to a licensed establishment on Woodlawn Road West. The caller advised a male appeared to be intoxicated and was sitting in the driver’s seat of a running motor vehicle. Officers spoke to the male, who had a strong odour of alcoholic beverage on his breath and was showing obvious signs of impairment.

Officers also learned the male was on bail with a condition not to occupy the driver’s seat of a vehicle if he had any alcohol in his system. The male was arrested and taken to the police station, where testing confirmed he had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system.

A 33-year-old Burlington male is charged with impaired operation and failing to comply with a bail order. He will appear in a Guelph court January 21, 2022. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Truck speeds through RIDE, just misses officers

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after a pickup truck sped through a New Year’s Eve RIDE check, narrowly missing two officers.

Approximately 10:15 p.m. last Friday, officers were conducting spot checks on Gordon Street just north of Water Street. A red Ford F-150 crew cab pickup entered the lane, but as officers signalled the driver to stop the truck accelerated nearly hitting two officers.

The truck was last seen northbound on Gordon Street crossing over Wellington Street. Officers did not pursue it in the interest of public safety.

It is believed the same truck fled from officers the evening of December 23. Approximately 6 p.m. that day, police were called to a parking lot on Woodlawn Road West after a female called to report she had located her spouse’s pickup which was earlier stolen from Cambridge.

Officers attended and attempted to block in the truck, but the driver went over a curb and sidewalk and exited the parking lot. It was snowing at the time and officers did not pursue the truck in the interest of public safety.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Detective Sergeant Chris Probst at 519-824-1212, ext. 7342, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Male arrested after refusing to wear mask

A Guelph male faces several charges after he refused to wear a mask inside a local business and instead was blowing kisses at employees.

The Guelph Police Service was called approximately 8 p.m. Monday to a business on Silvercreek Parkway North near Willow Road. A male was inside the business, refusing to wear a mask, obstructing staff by blocking their path and blowing kisses. The male was still inside the business when officers arrived.

The male was arrested under the Trespass to Property Act. A search incident to arrest revealed a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in his pocket.

A 35-year-old Guelph male is charged with possessing a controlled substance, breach of probation, failing to leave a premises when directed and failing to comply with the Reopening Ontario Act. He will appear in a Guelph court February 18, 2022.

Several charges following shoplifting

A Guelph male faces several charges following a shoplifting investigation Sunday.

Just before 7 p.m., Guelph Police Service officers were called to a business on Silvercreek Parkway North near Speedvale Avenue West regarding a theft which just occurred. Officers stopped a male matching the description provided and saw he was in possession of the stolen property.

The male provided three variations of a fake name and date of birth before his true identity was determined. A search incident to arrest revealed a baggie containing approximately 6 grams of suspected crack cocaine.

A 24-year-old Guelph male is charged with theft under $5,000, obstructing police, possessing a controlled substance and breach of probation. He will appear in a Guelph bail court Wednesday.

$5k in tools stolen in break-in

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after more than $5,000 worth of tools were stolen during a break-in over the Christmas break.

Approximately 5:45 p.m. Saturday police were called to a residence on Raymond Street. The homeowner reported he was on vacation over the Christmas break and discovered when he got home his garage had been entered.

Tools including drills, a tube expander and an acetylene torch were stolen. The tools were valued at more than $5,100.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Tyler Galea at 519-824-1212, ext. 7285, email him at, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Charges following three different calls

A Guelph male faces several charges after police dealt with him three separate times on Sunday.

Approximately 7:30 a.m., the Guelph Police Service was called to a business on Woolwich Street near Speedvale Avenue West. Staff reported a male was inside refusing to wear a mask, and was also belligerent with staff and throwing things around. The male provided a false name and was sent on his way at the request of the business’ management.

Approximately four hours later police were called to a disturbance at an apartment building in the same area. Officers learned the male was found sleeping in the building’s stairwell and assaulted a resident by throwing a chair, causing minor injuries. The victim did not wish to pursue charges and the male was again sent on his way.

Officers were still in the area approximately 45 minutes later when another nearby business reported a male inside refusing to wear a mask and being belligerent. The same male was located outside and resisted arrest by trying to flee and pulling away from officers. One of the officers recognized him from the earlier call and had determined the name he provided to be false.

He was arrested and continued to resist, kicking one officer several times in the legs. The officer was not injured. A search of the male revealed two credit cards in another person’s name.

A 29-year-old Guelph male faces several charges including resisting arrest, obstructing police, mischief under $5,000, possessing stolen property and failing to comply with an undertaking. He will appear in a Guelph court February 11, 2022.

Total calls for service in the last 96 hours – 659

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Twitter blocks Mexican billionaire, citing abusive behavior



Twitter said on Wednesday it has blocked the account of Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego due to abusive behavior.

The social media company did not detail why Salinas had been blocked, but said on its help center that an account “may not engage in harassing situations directed at one person or incite others to do so.

“We consider abusive behavior any attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence another person’s voice,” it added.

Last week, Salinas, the owner of Banco Azteca SA bank engaged in a dispute with Mexican journalist Denise Dresser, making comments on Twitter about her appearance that the social media company said had violated its rules.

A spokesman for Salinas declined to comment.

Salinas said on his Telegram account that he would use his Telegram, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok accounts until he resolves the “issue” with Twitter.

The billionaire and his family rank 153 in the Forbes billionaires list, with an estimated net worth of $13.5 billion. Earlier this month, he said he was considering the purchase of Citigroup consumer banking business in Mexico, known as Citibanamex.

(This story corrects paragraph 7 to show that the Forbes billionaire ranking and wealth are for Salinas and his family, not just for Salinas).


(Reporting by Carolina Pulice; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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SETI Institute in the News – Media Roundup. December 2021 – SETI Institute



LaserSETI Expands Its View

The ability to search for laser signals from other civilizations, rather than “traditional” radio signals, has increased significantly with new installations of LaserSETI in Hawai’i.

Each device is equipped with two identical cameras, rotated 90 degrees to one another along the viewing axis. A splitter divides the incoming light into spectra, which the camera records at a rapid rate. The wide-angle commercial lenses used in the LaserSETI devices are capable of imaging around 75 degrees, so only a few are needed to scan the entire night sky. Eliot Gillum, principal investigator for LaserSETI, said it’s “a big step forward in searching for technosignatures,” and that it’s the “first project in either optical or radio astronomy designed to cover the entire sky.”

MarsAnalogs, Lava, Mud, and Salt: Exploring Mars on Earth

In preparation for more missions to the Red Planet, including possible human explorers, scientists use locations on Earth to simulate conditions that may be found on Mars.  Other researchers, including Janice Bishop, examine and recreate the chemistry of Martian soil in the lab.

Dr. [Pascal] Lee runs the Haughton-Mars Project, an analog research facility on Devon Island, an uninhabited, barren Arctic outpost in Nunavut, Canada. “There’s an incredibly wide array of features that are similar to what we see on the moon and on Mars,” he said.


DunesDunes Across Many Worlds

Earth isn’t the only place in the Solar System with dunes – planets, moons, and even comets all have shown fields of wind- and/or water-sculpted landscapes. Studies of these features not only expands our understanding of these far-flung worlds, but also of our own planet, as described in this article, co-authored by Lori Fenton.

On Mars, more than 4,000 dune fields displaying a wide variety of dune forms have been mapped. Dunes have been imaged in two fields on Venus. The Rosetta spacecraft observed dunelike features on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko where a tenuous and transient atmosphere—formed by vaporization of ice as the comet passes close to the Sun—may mobilize surface particles. Meanwhile, Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite, has moon-circling longitudinal dunes near its equator; Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, and Io, Jupiter’s volcanically active moon, both have surface features indicating windblown sediment transport in transient atmospheres; and Pluto features dunelike forms on the frozen-nitrogen surface of Sputnik Planitia.


James Webb Space TelescopeJames Webb Space Telescope Holds Possibilities for SETI

New astronomical instruments bring unexpected discoveries and answers to old questions, as well as creating new questions to be answered.  Could JWST help answer one of humanity’s oldest questions?

We can’t even begin to imagine how much more we are going to learn,” Bill Diamond, president and CEO of the SETI Institute, told the Washington Examiner in 2018. The “odds of finding extraterrestrial life only get better” with the wider range of technology at scientists’ disposal,” including the James Webb telescope, he added.

BolideBolide Detection Gets a Boost from AI

Bolides – fireballs from exploding meteors – are difficult to study.  With the aid of lightning-spotting satellites and artificial intelligence, scientists now have more data to examine.

When a blazing bright light floods the sky in the Western Hemisphere, data travel from the two lightning mappers on the GOES satellites to NOAA, where they are processed to capture lightning events. Data then branch off and travel to supercomputers at the NASA Ames Research Center to spy the bolide flashes that scientists like [Jeffrey] Smith have trained them to recognize.

CAMSStudent Involvement with SpaceML Extends the Reach of CAMS

Meteor surveillance with the CAMS system of cameras covers much of the world, but is lacking in Asia.  One student in India describes his participation the SpaceML community and working with CAMS.

In the new world order created by the pandemic, SpaceML and my experience with CAMS showcases a model of how people from different parts of the world with different skill sets, can collaborate successfully. It is evidence that geopolitical borders are no boundaries to impactful work.

keplerExoplanets – The Numbers (and Bizarre Types) Are Growing

ExoMiner, a new algorithm, has scanned the Kepler data archive to confirm over 300 new exoplanets.  Meanwhile, scientists describe some of the strangest exoplanets yet found.

Kepler-16b is an extrasolar planet that was detected in the Kepler-16 system during NASA’s Kepler mission led by Laurence Doyle of the SETI Institute back in 2011. The mission’s research team used the data from the Kepler space telescope to search for transiting planets, and noticed “the brightness of this particular system dipped even when the stars were not eclipsing one another, hinting at a third body.”

AAATeachers Explore the Stratosphere on SOFIA

The Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program brings science educators and scientists together on NASA missions aboard SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. The 2021 ambassadors are back on Earth, eager to share their experiences with their students.

Ultimately, the flight invigorated the teachers to continue to educate the minds of their students and hopefully spark an interest in science among them. 
“More than just content, like being able to think critically and examine graphs, being able to work together and communicate, just like the all those people on the plane,” Heflin said. “Being able to work in groups is such a big skill.” 


An unusually large asteroid zipped past Earth in early December.  Spoiler alert: it didn’t hit the planet.

In a hint of festive hope, astronomer Dr. Franck Marchis said the rock, known as Nereus, “is not a threat” at this time.
But he added: “Its orbit could be deviated by various things, such as an encounter with another asteroid or a planet like Venus. Any deviation could be a problem. It is as if you have an evil neighbor: you want to know where they are and what they are doing”.


Dixie Fire as viewed from the Hatcreek Radio ObservatoryCalifornia Wildfires Again Threatened SETI Antennas

The SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was in the path of deadly wildfires for a second time.  While personnel were evacuated as a precaution for the Dixie Fire, the array was unharmed – this time.

It would be an ironic (and very human) twist if the thing that held back the search for life in the cosmos was the terrible effects of climate change on a more telluric scale.


The keystone of SETI research turned 60 in 2021. Nadia Drake discusses the Equation with her father, Frank.

Scores of scientists are still guided by the equation today, and the latest discoveries about other planets both within and beyond our solar system are helping researchers to fill in the variables. It’s a remarkable legacy considering he only wrote the thing down in 1961 when he was strapped for time and needed to organise a meeting.


Big Picture Science

Join hosts Seth Shostak and Molly Bentley each week as they explore emerging science and technology research.

Skeptic Check: Identifying UAPs
The Pentagon’s report on UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) said nothing about the possibility that some might be alien spacecraft. Nonetheless, the report has generated heightened interest in figuring out what these UAPs are, and that interest extends to some scientists. We talk to two researchers who want an open and strictly scientific investigation of these phenomena. What should they do and what do they expect to find? And finally, will the possibility of alien visitors ever be resolved?
With guests Jacob Haqq-Misra, Ravi Kopparapu

Hubble and Beyond
The universe is not just expanding; it’s accelerating. Supermassive black holes are hunkered down at the center of our galaxy and just about every other galaxy, too. We talk about these and other big discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, now in orbit for 30 years.

But two new next-generation telescopes will soon be joining Hubble: the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. Hear what cosmic puzzles they’ll address. Plus, life in a clean room while wearing a coverall “bunny suit”; what it takes to assemble a telescope.
With guests Meg Urry, John Grunsfeld, Kenneth Harris

Attack of the Mutants
The omicron variant is surging. More contagious than delta, omicron demonstrates how viruses use mutations to quickly adapt.

Mutations drive evolution, although most don’t do much. But occasionally a mutation improves an organism. Omicron, the latest in a string of variants, is bad for us, but good for the virus.

How mutation of viruses ensures their own survival while threatening ours, and the prospect of a universal vaccine that would protect us against all a viruses’ variants.  

With guests Robert Garry, Kevin Saunders

Mycology Education
Beneath our feet is a living network just as complex and extensive as the root systems in a forest. Fungi, which evolved in the oceans, were among the first to colonize the barren continents more than a half-billion years ago. They paved the way for land plants, animals, and (eventually) you. 

Think beyond penicillin and pizza, and take a moment to consider these amazing organisms. Able to survive every major extinction, essential as Nature’s decomposers, and the basis of both ale and antibiotics, fungi are essential to life. And their behavior is so complex you’ll be wondering if we shouldn’t call them intelligent!

With guest Merlin Sheldrake

More Big Picture Science episodes can be found at


SETI Institute hosts interview cutting-edge scientists each week on social media. Recent SETI Live episodes include:

Discovering Exoplanets in Another Galaxy
For the first time, scientists may have discovered evidence of a planet in another galaxy. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the possible exoplanet candidate is located in the spiral galaxy Messier 52 (M51), about 28 million light-years away from Earth. Join Franck Marchis in conversation with Rosanne Di Stefano, lead author on the study that found this exciting new planet candidate to learn how they did it and what’s next.

DART: Mission to Move a (Didy)moon
Planetary defense is one of the core concerns of scientists. Our planet is constantly being bombarded by rocks, and so far, none of those rocks have been a serious threat to humanity. However, that could change, and researchers looking to prevent a catastrophe have designed a new mission to test our ability to shift an asteroid in its orbit. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is NASA’s demonstration of kinetic impactor technology, impacting an asteroid to adjust its speed and path. On November 24, 2021, the DART mission was launched and is expected to arrive at its target, asteroid Didymos’ moon Dimorphos (aka Didymoon), in 2022. Joining us to discuss DART’s objectives and science goals are three SETI Institute scientists working on the mission: Michael Busch, Matija Ćuk, and Gal Sarid. Beth Johnson will lead the discussion.

Mars Underground: Preparing Mars for Human Exploration?
The next era of Mars exploration has begun, with current and future missions highlighting the importance of subsurface science for sample return, astrobiology and human exploration. SETI Institute senior planetary astronomer Franck Marchis invited microbiologist Rachel Harris from Harvard University to discuss a session she organized at the AGU Meeting in New Orleans on the study of the interior of Mars with a focus on finding resources or sign of life on the red planet. Since this discussion was recorded from the #AGU21 meeting, we will take questions in the comments below.

SETI: Looking Back, Looking Forward
We’ve almost reached the end of 2021, and it was… a year. While everyone dealt with the pandemic and an uncertain future, we continued our outreach efforts to keep bringing science directly to the public. To close out an amazing calendar of SETI Live events, we are excited to speak with Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research, and Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, about the advances and progress made on our search for life beyond Earth this past year. They’ll also share their thoughts on what we can look forward to in the upcoming year, both with regards to SETI and space science. Beth Johnson will moderate.

Coming Spon: The Missions and Sights of 2022
Despite 2022 starting as an extension of 2020 and 2021, there are still new missions to be launched, more science to be done, and all the usual sights in the sky to look up at. Join Franck Marchis and Simon Steel as they give you the run down on what’s coming up in space science this year.

Videos of all past Facebook Live events can be found on our Facebook page,, or on our YouTube channel,

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Amazon reveals ‘Lord of the Rings’ subtitle that hints at storyline



The long-awaited, expensive Middle-earth fantasy series from Inc has a name: “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”

Amazon’s Prime Video revealed the full name of the fantasy series on Wednesday ahead of its planned streaming debut of Sept. 2.

The show’s storyline takes place thousands of years before the events in writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books, which are set in the fictional land of Middle-earth and were brought to life in blockbuster movies.

The subtitle foreshadows a story “that welds the major events of Tolkien’s Second Age together: the forging of the iconic rings,” Amazon said in a statement.

Creators J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said the series “unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Numenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.”

“Until now, audiences have only seen on screen the story of the One Ring,” they added. “But before there was one, there were many … and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.”

Amazon spent about $465 million filming the first season of the show, according to government officials in New Zealand, where the series was filmed. The company is expecting to make five seasons of the show, making it one of the most expensive TV series ever.

The first season will be available in more than 240 nations in multiple languages, Amazon said. New episodes will be released weekly.


(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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