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apc abt: After serving as the Vice President of this Country for 8 yrs, according to Rabble. Makes mockery of Naija as a Nation,Its politicians do not care abt the public perception of its actions & utterances. The public statements eminating frm the Camps of the political parties, especially the APC abt the eligiblity of the PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku to contest for the office of the President of Nigeria in the just concluded Presidential election. Which makes this Country to look like Banana Republic b4 the international Communities.I pray that God shall give the Justices at the President-ial Election Tribunal,the wisdom & independent minf to be fort right to resist bribery,coersion or intimadation frm any quarters to be firm to do justice on the Court Case b4 them wtout favour,ill will or Parochial considerations,As expected by well meaning Nigerians,irrespective of party affiliation or other mundane Considerations. ! Reply ( As reported in the news.

man: The Yucatan Times reports that Bruce Ivan Allen, 70, was found dead Friday in the community of Progreso, which is located at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, according to CTV. According to the Yucatan Times, Allen's body was found naked on a bed in the apartment he shared with another Canadian man. A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada told Sunday that a Canadian citizen had died in Mexico. The body is believed to have been discovered by the other Canadian man following a heated argument between Allen and a Mexican man. There had been no reports of any arrests as of Sunday afternoon. State and municipal police are investigating Allen's death. ( As reported in the news.

hotel guests: Wijewardena said most of the bombings were believed to have been suicide attacks, according to CTV. The explosions -- mostly in or around Colombo, the capital -- collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests in one scene after another of smoke, soot, blood, broken glass, screams and wailing alarms. Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the blasts as a terrorist attack by religious extremists, and police said 13 suspects were arrested, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Victims were carried out of blood-spattered pews. People didn't know what was going on. People were being dragged out, said Bhanuka Harischandra, of Colombo, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company who was going to the Shangri-La Hotel for a meeting when it was bombed. ( As reported in the news.

songwriter morrissey: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO Suranne Jones stars as Anne Lister, a.k.a, according to Toronto Star. Gentleman Jack, in the new HBO period drama. WASHINGTON POST FILE PHOTO British singer and songwriter Morrissey finally returns to Toronto for two shows April 26 and 27. JAY BROOKS / HBO Late filmmaker Rob Stewart films his beloved sharks in the documentary Sharkwater Extinction. COURTESY OF MED HONDO The Things I Carry by Lee Su-Feh is about immigration, family stories and their greater implication for Canadian society.A scene from Masala, a pioneering drama by Indo-Canadian filmmaker Srinivas Krishna. BELL MEDIA A scene from the movie Soleil O by Med Hondo. ( As reported in the news.

party supporter: Voting day is Tuesday, according to CTV. Green party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker, whose party has been leading in the polls, issued a statement saying he was bereft when he learned of Underhay's death. The party confirmed Saturday that Josh Underhay and his son died in a canoeing accident on Friday afternoon. Josh has been a dear friend and colleague of mine for many years, as a volunteer, musician, passionate cycling advocate and Green party supporter, Bevan-Baker said. Bevan-Baker said the Greens would suspend all election-related activities for the remainder of the campaign. He has touched the lives of everyone who knew him, including the students he taught, fellow musicians and members of the party ... Josh brought humour, enthusiasm and boundless energy to every situation. ( As reported in the news.

christine zinni: A low estimate, she told the Star, is 30 people in or connected to her immediate circle, according to Toronto Star. If I sat down and started writing a list I would probably break down. There are so many I don't know how to deal with it anymore, said Zinni, 47, a harm reduction worker. Christine Zinni has lost more than 30 friends, colleagues and acquaintances to overdoses. Rene Johnston / Toronto Star Moss Park nurse Karen Elumir left hands out flowers to participants of a rally at Queen's Park Tuesday. She and other members of the harm reduction community held a protest Tuesday at Queen's Park. ( As reported in the news.

fraud giudice: Giudice and his wife, Teresa, pleaded guilty in 2014 to financial fraud, according to CTV. Giudice is an Italian citizen who was brought to the U.S. as a baby and says he wasn't aware he wasn't an American citizen. His attorneys said Thursday they are extremely disappointed by the Board of Immigration's decision and have appealed to the federal circuit court in Philadelphia. Teresa Giudice served nearly a year in prison and was freed in December 2015. Joe Giudice was released from prison last month and was sent to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in southeast Pennsylvania. ( As reported in the news.

mueller: Mueller laid out multiple episodes in which Trump directed others to influence or curtail the Russia investigation after the special counsel's appointment in May 2017, according to CTV. Those efforts were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests, Mueller wrote. Trump was largely thwarted by those around him who refused to go along. After nearly two years, the two-volume, 448-page redacted report made for riveting reading. This is terrible. In one particularly dramatic moment, Mueller reported that Trump was so agitated at the special counsel's appointment on May 17, 2017, that he slumped back in his chair and declared Oh my God. ( As reported in the news.

election integrity: Louis in 1939, but what is happening these days is not one of those unfortunate moments when Canada closed its doors to those fleeing war or persecution, according to National Observer. For many Canadians, this welcoming tradition is a source of pride, and a reflection of Canadian values. There have been tragic moments too, to be sure, such as when Canada turned away more than 900 Jewish refugees on the MS. St. It came as no surprise to me therefore that many people were concerned by the changes to Canada's asylum process proposed in last week's budget implementation bill. Support the Election Integrity Reporting Project!This is how much readers like you have donated so far. Will refugees still be welcomed Will some automatically be sent back to a place where their life might be in danger Is there really an asylum crisis Fight disinformation with facts. ( As reported in the news.

fight disinformation: Fight disinformation with facts, according to National Observer. Support the Election Integrity Reporting Project!This is how much readers like you have donated so far. Widespread, sophisticated disinformation campaigns; powerful foreign governments and domestic interests alike manipulating public opinion and elections through social media that couldn't happen here, right But the record shows it not only could happen here it already is. Goal 75,000 12,900Donate I think Canadians should be terrified, honestly, said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of The Markup and former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. The moderator, CBC's Ian Hanomansing, had asked Gardner how disinformation would impact Canadians in the 2019 federal election. Gardner was speaking before a sold out Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver at an SFU panel Tuesday night called Confronting the Disinformation Age. ( As reported in the news.

cabinet minister: United Conservative Party Leader and premier-designate Jason Kenney thanks the crowd after his party swept to power in the Alberta election Tuesday, according to Toronto Star. Christina Ryan / For Star Calgary 10 56 p.m. United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney a former federal cabinet minister now at the helm of a new party, founded in 2017 will be the province's 18th premier. NDP cabinet minister Shannon Phillips wins tight Lethbridge-West race, while Lethbridge-East goes to the UCPShannon Phillips, the outgoing environment minister, narrowly defended the NDP's only seat outside of Edmonton and Calgary against UCP newcomer Karri Flatla. During her time in legislature, she was also responsible for the status of women file a new post created under the Alberta NDP government. Phillips defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA Greg Weadick in 2015, taking 59 per cent of the vote. ( As reported in the news.

dance floor: Despite the music, dance floor and fluorescent lighting, they huddled together at tables, glued to the television sets relaying the results, according to Toronto Star. Christy Garland, a local contractor and drag performer, said she dropped by the Evolution Wonderlounge in Edmonton on Tuesday night to find comfort among the LGBTQ community, already expecting the United Conservative Party to form the next provincial government. On Tuesday night, about 20 people stopped in at the downtown gay bar to watch the race. Christy Garland / Supplied Christy Garland, a local contractor and drag performer at the venue, said she dropped by the bar, a kind of citadel for the city's LGBTQ community, to find comfort, already expecting the United Conservative Party to form the next provincial government. Uneasiness because of what's going happen to us, and sadness because it's a step backwards for our community. I think we're nervous, so we feel safer together, Garland said, noting she detected an air of unease and sadness in the lounge. ( As reported in the news.

fbi agent: During the manhunt, Denver-area schools closed as a precaution, with classes and extracurricular activities cancelled for a half-million students, according to CTV. Police and the FBI were tipped off about Pais after the Miami Beach high school student made troubling remarks to others about her infatuation with the 1999 bloodbath at Columbine High and this weekend's anniversary of the 13 killings, said Dean Phillips, FBI agent in charge in Denver. The body of 18-year-old high schooler Sol Pais was discovered in the mountains outside Denver with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after investigators got a tip from the driver who took her there, the FBI said. He did not elaborate on what she said. We're used to threats, frankly, at Columbine, John McDonald, security chief for Jefferson County school system, said when the manhunt was over. Pais purchased three one-way tickets to Denver on three consecutive days, then flew in on Monday night and went directly to a gun store, where she bought a shotgun, authorities said. ( As reported in the news.

study: The study's 23,000 respondents comprised of Canadian residents born in Official Development Assistance ODA -eligible countries, or low and middle income countries as published by the World Bank, according to CTV. Statistics Canada asked participants about who they were sending money to, where the recipients live, how much money they send them, and why they transferred the funds. Sponsored by Global Affairs Canada, Statistics Canada's Study on International Money Transfers SMIT looked at international money transfers from Canada in 2017. The agency found that Filipino residents in Canada made more international remittances than any other group included in the study. According to the researchers, the large amount of money being sent to the Philippines can be explained, at least in part, to cultural differences. In 2017, Filipinos sent 1.2 billion in remittances to relatives and friends living in the Philippines. ( As reported in the news.

years observers: That list now includes Alberta's Rachel Notley, the last woman standing among Canada's first ministers until incoming premier Jason Kenney takes power and the seventh female provincial leader to be turfed from office in the past six years, according to CTV. Observers see the string of electoral defeats as part of a larger trend rooted in negative assumptions about women's leadership capabilities, adding their absence from high government office also has troubling implications for the country's short-term political prospects. Women made up nearly half of the country's provincial and territorial leaders in 2013, but those ranks have slowly thinned as a succession of female premiers covering the entire political spectrum lost their re-election bids. Melanee Thomas, a University of Calgary professor who researches the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality, said female leaders still face a double-standard regardless of their party affiliation or defining policy issue. What I would say is that the way people interpret what they do is gendered, Thomas said in a telephone interview. I would never say that their gender is the number one factor in this. ( As reported in the news.

majority government: Kenney's party had captured more than 50 per cent of the vote and about two-thirds of the seats by the time he took the stage to deliver his warning to the opponents of one of Canada's most powerful industries, according to National Observer. Fight disinformation with facts. The comments came in response to a blistering victory speech delivered by Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney as he reacted to a resounding victory that will soon give him a majority government in the provincial legislature of the Western Canadian province. Support the Election Integrity Reporting Project!This is how much readers like you have donated so far. He said his government would launch investigations of environmentalists, complaining that they were spreading lies about the impacts of industrial development in a province that sits on the bulk of the world's third largest reserves of crude oil, following Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Goal 75,000 11,625DonateA crowd of supporters in Calgary roared with approval as Kenney pledged to start a political war with those opponents who have also been among his own adversaries. ( As reported in the news.

citizenship canada: The story includes fake quotations from Trudeau and makes the untrue claim that Canada has granted residency to all Nigerians who were illegally living in Canada and applied to remain, according to CTV. If you've seen this link on your social media timeline, don't fall for it, the High Commission in Abuja warned on Twitter. A website called CBTV claims that Trudeau pleaded with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, to allow one million Nigerians enter Canada under a new Employment and Migration Programme designed for immigrants. This story is not true. Immigrations, Refugees and Citizenship Canada also issued a warning about the disinformation. For REAL information about travelling to Canada, go to http // ( As reported in the news.

immigration detention: The bipartisan group also endorsed changes to an agreement that generally bars the government from keeping children in immigration detention for more than 20 days, according to Toronto Star. In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, a U.S. Border Patrol agent helps migrants out of a van at the Gospel Rescue Mission in Las Cruces, N.M. The U.S. Border Patrol agents dropped off asylum-seeking migrants in New Mexico's second most populous city for the second day in a row Saturday, April 13, 2019 prompting Las Cruces city officials to appeal for donations of food and personal hygiene items. In a draft report unveiled Tuesday, a committee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council called on the Trump administration to immediately establish three to four regional migrant processing centres along the southwest border with Mexico. The migrants were being temporarily housed at a homeless shelter, a city recreation center and a campus of social service agencies. There is a real crisis at our border, say the authors, who include immigration experts, lawyers, former federal officials and a medical doctor. The Las Cruces Sun News via AP / Blake Gumprecht The report comes as border officials say they are struggling to cope with an influx of Central American families, with U.S. Border Patrol apprehending a record-setting 53,000 families in March. ( As reported in the news.

ideas: This creates a false dissociation between language on the one hand, and ideas, feelings and beliefs on the other, according to Rabble. There is the implication that the views themselves will be rendered acceptable if only the correct language is chosen a merely technical solution to moral or political offensiveness. In UK and US political discourse, it is customary now to hear the most poisonous views labelled as inappropriate uses of language, whether by their accusers or, in apologia, by their perpetrators. Behind this new cant category of misspeech then, the source and nature of poisonous ideas can remain unconsidered. In the coming months, political discourse in the UK will be infiltrated by more instances of hatred, more or less insidious, from the expected sources. Language is not just a set of tools; words express what people think and feel. ( As reported in the news.

muhammad ali: Maybe it's time to rethink that priority, according to Rabble. I can't imagine the death of an American philosopher or literary writer drawing such a large crowd. Was it for a famous pop star, a beloved politician or a nationally treasured athlete Nope, it was the funeral of Jean-Paul Sartre, the French existential philosopher and winner of the Nobel prize in literature which he refused, along with the 500,000 prize money, out of concern it would compromise his independent thinking . In America, that mass public display of grief and affection is usually reserved for pop culture icons, not unapologetic intellectuals. But we do turn out for our fallen sports heroes Babe Ruth had 150,000 at his funeral and Muhammad Ali had 100,000. On the other hand, how many attended the 1996 funeral of equally deserving American poet laureate Joseph Brodsky, an immigrant who won the Nobel prize in literature in 1987 I don't know the answer because the information isn't even available. Both well deserved. ( As reported in the news.

privacy act: CTV Vancouver has learned that the man was from Fruitvale, B.C. and his full name is Spencer Donaldson, according to CTV. A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson confirmed to CTV News Monday that a Canadian citizen had died in Thailand. The Bangkok Post reported that a 25-year-old man named Spencer Charles fell 100 metres to a creek below the zipline and was pronounced dead Saturday morning. Consular services are provided to the family and loved ones of the Canadian, the spokesperson said. Charles was in Thailand with a group of people including his girlfriend, according to the newspaper. Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed. ( As reported in the news.

upend politics: The result of Sunday's vote has the potential to upend politics in Finland, a European Union member of 5.5 million people that shares a long border with Russia and has one-third of its land above the Arctic Circle, according to CTV. It also highlighted the struggle by Europe's traditional political parties to retain supporters. One newspaper headline read An all-time election thriller. For decades, the centrist Center Party, the conservative National Coalition Party and the left-leaning Social Democrats have dominated Finnish politics. With all votes counted Monday, the top three parties in election were separated by only two seats in the country's 200-seat Eduskunta legislature, which could make negotiations over forming Finland's next coalition government difficult. This time, they jointly received mere 49% support among voters, a historically low figure. ( As reported in the news.

parc jean-drapeau: The Biosphere has housed an environment museum run by the federal Environment Department since the 1990s, according to National Observer. It bills itself as the only environment museum in North America, exclusively dedicated to exploring things like meteorology, climate, and water and air quality. You can also learn how scientists predict future temperatures, why global warming doesn't make the planet warm everywhere all at once, and how climate change hurts human health. ; The exhibit, called Plus one degree Celsius is at the Montreal Biosphere, a geodesic dome in Parc Jean-Drapeau on le Sainte-H l ne. But the government's lease is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019 and its future is uncertain. Another idea is to turn the Biosphere area into a kind of spa, with a new recreation and health centre including yoga, outdoor baths, massage therapy and a terrace. There are competing visions over the area's future, and maintaining the site as an environmental museum is only one option being considered. ( As reported in the news.

torture victims: Their reports documented civilian casualties of a U.S. drone campaign, drew attention to the presence of child soldiers on the front lines and showed evidence of torture by both Houthi rebels and U.S.-backed forces . For one report, Michael managed to interview seven torture victims while they were still being held prisoner, according to Vancouver Courier. Their images and stories, gathered at times under dangerous conditions, made a difference. Reporter Maggie Michael, photographer Nariman El-Mofty and video journalist Maad al-Zikry spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen, shining a light on a conflict largely ignored by the American public.article continues below Trending Stories Pilot program establishes Vancouver's first drug-testing clinic outside of the Downtown Eastside Wai Young seriously considering' comeback in Vancouver-South riding Vancouver ranked 1 rattiest city in B.C. for three years running Vancouver cops disciplined for discharging gun in office, sending pornographic texts In a series of stories, they told of how famished people in parts of Yemen were reduced to eating leaves to stay alive while corrupt officials diverted international food aid. At least 80 prisoners were released from secret detention sites controlled by the United Arab Emirates after one of their reports. The United Nations rushed food and medicine to areas where the AP revealed that people were starving and threatened to cut off aid to Houthi-controlled areas unless corrupt food diversions stopped. A Houthi leader ordered an investigation of rebel-run prisons, saying that torture was unforgivable. ( As reported in the news.

sabha: Can your first vote be dedicated to the veer shaheed brave martyrs of the Pulwama terror attack . Congress and its allies are contesting the Lok Sabha elections to give a free hand to terrorists, according to Rabble. Rahul Gandhi is washing the sins of his father every day. Image Credit PTI Highlights Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems desperate as he tries to stoke what he calls Hindu anger against the Opposition as campaigns Modi has stopped talking of acche din good days -- his election promise nearly three years ago Also in this package India elections 2019 Rahul charms Wayanad, but will he enchant the south Indian elections 2019 Has karma taken a toll on Advani and Joshi or are they victims of their own politics Indian elections 2019 Distressed farmers are marching again, but politicians only pay lip serviceI will never, ever ally with the BJP again Mehbooba Mufti I want to tell the first-time voters can your first vote be dedicated to the veer jawans brave soldiers who carried out the air strike in Pakistan. These are but a few quotes from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he campaigns to march back as the head of the world's largest democracy, which has just gone to the polls. It is unimaginable that the prime minister of the world's largest democracy, in his desperation to win, would explicitly talk about us and them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems desperate as he tries to stoke what he calls Hindu anger against the Opposition as he campaigns. ( As reported in the news.

david pike: The profile -- called H5a5, plus another unnamed mutation -- is likely European in origin, according to CTV. It has appeared in about 10 per cent of the 264 people across the province who have supplied mitochondrial DNA for the online project. David Pike, a mathematics professor and genealogist, said the rare mitochondrial DNA profile caught his attention over a decade ago when it began popping up frequently in test results for a Newfoundland and Labrador genealogy project. Compared to thousands of results from other countries, however, it's extremely rare. Pike said the results point to a possible founder effect, where a biological trait becomes commonplace when passed down from a small group of colonizing ancestors. Only a handful of people from Europe -- fewer than 10 -- have been found to test positive for the specific profile, and almost all those have roots in Newfoundland and Labrador. ( As reported in the news.