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How to Pre-Order iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro in Canada the Fastest Way Possible – iPhone in Canada

September 12th, 2019

It’s iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro pre-order eve, folks. Apple has announced pre-orders will launch at 5AM PDT/8AM EDT on Friday, September 13, available on for Canadians.

For the longest time, Canadians on the west coast just had to stay up until midnight to place an iPhone pre-order, while east coasters had to set their alarms for 3AM. Now, the roles have reversed with Apple making us on the west side to wake up before 5AM local time to drop thousands on an iPhone 11 Pro.

If you haven’t pre-ordered an iPhone from Apple in Canada before, here are some simple tips for the fastest pre-order experience.

For starters, download the Apple Store iOS app to place your pre-order, as it usually comes back online and is faster than using Apple’s website.

After downloading the Apple Store iOS app, tap your profile in the upper right hand corner and set up your Primary Payment and Primary Shipping. You’ll be asked to sign in to your Apple ID and also enter your credit card’s security code if you haven’t done so already.

You need to do this before you fall asleep because once the Apple Store goes offline in the middle of the night, you won’t be able to edit your account details until pre-orders go live. The time you waste dealing with payment details is the difference between getting the iPhone you want.

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Once you’ve set up your payment and shipping details, go select the iPhone you want, capacity and colour. Once this is done, tap the heart icon to make it a favourite. Repeat for other phones you’re going to pre-order.

Set your alarm for 10 minutes before the pre-order times of 5AM PDT/8AM EDT. At about 1 minute before the pre-order time, have the Apple Store app open as it will go live and the store back online. You may have to force close the app and relaunch it if you’re not seeing any action.

Once the store is live, just tap your profile picture in the top right, tap your favourite–which will be all set up–and boom, head for the checkout with Apple Pay.

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Apple’s Reserve and Pick Up should pop up again this year. If and when it does, it will allow you to reserve your iPhone 11/11 Pro online and pick it up at an Apple retail store. If you decide to ‘change your mind’ in store at the time of pick up from buying outright to a carrier contract, Apple will let you do so.

Miscellaneous tips:

  • Have a backup iOS device ready or your Mac
  • Disable Wi-Fi on iPhone and use LTE cellular data instead; keep your Mac or other device on Wi-Fi
  • Set an alarm and a backup alarm (especially if you’re on PDT)
  • Force quit the Apple Store app minutes before the pre-order time
  • You’ll be going to bed on Thursday night and waking up Friday morning before 5AM PDT/8AM EDT
  • Go configure the Apple Store iOS app now before it’s too late

Pretty much all Canadian wireless carriers will have iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max pre-orders at the same time as Apple. Try your luck with them, or go with Best Buy instead (history shows you can get your phone faster).

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As Tories, NDP, Greens debate, Trudeau accused of ducking record – CTV News

September 12th, 2019

OTTAWA — An absent Justin Trudeau was the primary target for opposition leaders Thursday during the first debate of the federal election campaign but his rivals managed to bloody one another as well.

Trudeau gave the Maclean’s/Citytv debate a pass, preferring to spend his time at a rally in Edmonton. Even before they took to the debate stage in Toronto, his rivals accused Trudeau of cowardice, afraid to defend what they described as his abysmal record.

But some of the sharpest exchanges during the debate saw opposition leaders attacking each other, particularly the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh and the Greens’ Elizabeth May, who, polls suggest, are locked in a potentially existential battle for third place.

Both portrayed Trudeau’s Liberals and Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives as establishment parties that cater to the wealthy and vied to present themselves as the real progressive alternative.

Scheer, for the most part, kept his sights trained on Trudeau, lambasting him for running up massive deficits despite promising in 2015 that he would return the federal budget to balance after a few years of modest red ink. He warned that a re-elected Liberal government will raise taxes to pay off the accumulating debt and promised a Conservative government would “live within its means” and return to budgetary balance within five years.

“By getting back to balanced budgets, we can lower taxes and put more money in your pockets, so that you can get ahead,” Scheer said. “That is what this election is all about: who do you trust to make life more affordable and help you get ahead?”

But both Singh and May countered that Scheer would cut taxes for the wealthy and cut services for the rest. And, on foreign policy, they accused him of being a clone of U.S. President Donald Trump.

“I realize if anyone wants to know where you stand, just figure out what Trump wants, ” said May. “You will do what Trump wants. He might as well be the ventriloquist and you’re Charlie McCarthy.”

“That’s just false,” countered Scheer.

(Charlie McCarthy was the doll in U.S. entertainer Edgar Bergen’s act, which was big from the 1930s to the ’50s.)

Scheer dodged several questions from the debate moderator, Maclean’s columnist Paul Wells, about whether he still supports Brexit now that the United Kingdom’s move to leave the European Union is mired in chaos. But Singh took the opportunity to tie Scheer’s pro-Brexit sentiment with a broader anti-immigration sentiment, accusing Scheer of using “defamatory language” about refugee claimants arriving in Canada through unofficial border crossings and of having “some association” with anti-immigrant Yellow Vesters.

“That’s just not true. You’re just making things up,” Scheer said, insisting that Conservatives want a fair, orderly and compassionate immigration system.

Both Singh and May went after Scheer over Conservative senators’ blocking a bill that would have ensured Canadian laws conform to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. It stalled in the Senate and died with the election call.

Scheer defended his senators, arguing that Conservatives were concerned the bill would have required free, prior, informed consent of Indigenous communities for any resource project, effectively giving a veto to a single community that could hold all the others “hostage.” May and Singh chided him for what they called disrespectful and inappropriate language.

Despite their jabs at one another, the three opposition leaders rarely lost a chance to pummel their primary target: Trudeau. Debate on Indigenous issues veered into the SNC-Lavalin affair, with Scheer taking the opportunity to remind viewers that Trudeau is the only prime minister to have been found to have broken ethics law.

“And now we find out that the RCMP is looking into this case with a view to possible obstruction of justice charges and he is obstructing their attempts to get the truth,” Scheer said, referring to reports this week that the RCMP probe has been stymied by the refusal to waive cabinet confidentiality on matters surrounding former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s assertion that she was improperly pressured to stop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau stuck by his decision to participate only in two official debates next month and a third in French hosted by TVA. And he suggested he’d prefer to be on the campaign trail in B.C. and Alberta anyway.

“The opportunity to get out across this country, speak with Canadians, listen to them, and talk about how we are going to build a better future for everyone and how we’re going to choose a better future for everyone is at the core of what this election is all about for me,” he said in Victoria, where he announced an expansion of a program to help first-time homebuyers.

While his rivals were taking to the debate stage, Trudeau was revving up party faithful at a rally in Edmonton, reminding Albertans of everything his government has done to help them weather the plunge in world oil prices, including buying the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

“I’ve made a point of coming to Alberta, and to Edmonton, many, many times since I became prime minister because this province, its people, matter,” he said, promising that a Liberal government “will always have your back.”

Earlier Thursday, Singh and Scheer also visited challenging territory before holing up for the remainder of the day to prepare for the debate.

Singh was in Brampton. In 2015, the area’s five ridings were all scooped up by the Liberals. On Thursday, he fielded questions — including one in Punjabi — about why Liberal supporters should pivot his way.

He promised to be a prime minister who responds directly to the area’s concerns, highlighted by his promise of the day: funds to build and expand hospitals.

Scheer was in the riding of York Centre. The Tories held it briefly from 2011 to 2015 and are trying to win it back with candidate Rachel Willson. Prior to making the jump into politics, she was assistant director of faith-based group MY Canada, which opposes abortion. A video of her discussing her pro-life views was circulated online by the Liberals shortly before Scheer and Willson’s appearance, putting them on the defensive.

Scheer repeated that he would personally oppose any effort to reopen the abortion debate. He has also said he would allow free votes on issues of conscience, something Willson said she was grateful for.

Asked whether she’d seek to introduce any anti-abortion legislation if elected, Willson said she plans to focus on issues she’s hearing about at the doors, like affordability.

The Greens were dealing with their own candidate issues, moving swiftly to remove a candidate in an Ontario riding. A social media post had shown Erik Schomann helping roast a pig, with the caption suggesting the leftovers would be mailed to Muslims. Members of white supremacist groups often suggest mailing pigs as a way to threaten Muslims.

While May was in Thursday night’s debate, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier was excluded from the line-up.

He took his campaign to his home riding of Beauce, in Quebec, the lone seat his party currently holds. He said it was funny that the satirical Rhinoceros Party has found someone with the same name to run against him in his hometown, but feels voters are smart enough to make the right choice.

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Tropical storm warning issued for Bahamas as 1,300 still missing – Global News

September 12th, 2019

A tropical cyclone was forecast to move across the northwestern Bahamas in the coming days, potentially bringing more rain and wind to islands already devastated by Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned on Thursday.

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The Miami-based hurricane center issued a tropical storm warning for islands including hurricane-hit Abacos and Grand Bahama, saying the system could become a tropical depression or storm before making landfall as early as Friday.

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 storm, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record to hit land, packing top sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (298 km per hour).

The tropical cyclone was not expected to bring anywhere near that level of devastation, but was capable of winds of 30 miles per hour and two to four inches of rain through Sunday, according to the hurricane center.

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Aid groups rushed shelter material to residents living in the shells of former homes or whose homes had been stripped of their roofs.

“We’re seeing plastic tarps go out all over the islands, and that’s extremely important because now you’ve got another tropical storm coming,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs for U.S. relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

The prime minister of the Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, on Wednesday said the official death toll was 50 but was expected to rise.

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he believed “hundreds” were dead on Abaco “and significant numbers on Grand Bahama,” the Nassau Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

READ MORE: Over 2,500 registered as missing as death toll of hurricane Dorian rises to 50 in Bahamas

Minnis said there were problems coordinating aid due to the level of devastation and he was trying to remove “bureaucratic roadblocks.”


With 1,300 people still missing, according to the Bahamian government, relief services are focused on search and rescue as well as providing life-sustaining food, water and shelter.

Officials have erected large tents in Nassau to house those made homeless by Dorian and plan to erect tent cities on Abaco capable of sheltering up to 4,000 people.

WATCH: Crews scour rubble in Bahamas for victims of Hurricane Dorian

A flood of aid has caused bottlenecks at docks and airports, creating “a lot of delays” in relief supplies, said Nat Abu-Bonsrah of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Due to a shortage of functioning vehicles and facilities on Grand Bahama, the group turned to church members to lend their cars and kitchens for its program providing hot meals to over 400 people a day in Freeport.

“We’ve not been able to reach them as much as we want,” he said of efforts to get hundreds of hygiene kits to survivors.

READ MORE: Bahamians vow to rebuild as cleanup after hurricane Dorian slowly begins

Groups like Samaritan’s Purse, with their own aircraft or logistics chains, said they had not encountered issues with coordination or government red tape.

“I think we’re accomplishing our mission, any roadblocks we have right now are our own,” said Dennis Clancey, a field operations manager for relief group Team Rubicon, which has deployed mobile medical units to treat patients.

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Meanwhile in Edmonton… Trudeau makes campaign stop as leaders’ debate goes on without him – National Post

September 12th, 2019

EDMONTON — For Justin Trudeau, day two of the election campaign started in Victoria, hours after the media bus hit his Liberal-swag-clad airplane on day one, putting it out of commission and forcing his city-hopping election tour to find a replacement plane, this one emblazoned with the Air Transat logo.

That one, at least, carried his team to Alberta, where, affecting his everyman look — loosened-tie, unbuttoned collar, rolled-up-sleeves — Trudeau gave a rile-up-the-faithful speech in Edmonton, carefully stage-managed in a local theatre.

Trudeau waded through the cloud shortly before 6 p.m. after an introduction from one of several other local candidates — two incumbents — who were on hand. “We can’t wait to work hard to represent you as Edmonton’s voice in Ottawa,” said riding candidate Eleanor Olszewski, warming up the crowd.

Earlier in Victoria, Trudeau announced a tax credit for home buyers, surrounded by the local candidates who are hoping to unseat some Vancouver Island New Democrats and Greens. (Trudeau re-announced this Thursday night, saying “we believe in moving Canada forward.”)

“I’ve got a question for you — are there any Liberals in Edmonton?” said Trudeau as he took the stage. “We have built the most open political movement in Canada, merci beaucoup.”

And, while Trudeau was prepping for his speech in Edmonton, on the other side of the country, fellow party leaders Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh and Elizabeth May were readying themselves for a televised policy debate, which the Liberal leader declined to attend.

Trudeau’s campaign speech, delivered somewhat huskily, gives an early look at the tone his party is going to set over the course of this 40-day campaign: he harkened back to 2015, to the era of Stephen Harper, and lauded his government’s poverty reduction and Canada Child Benefit and its jobs record.

“Will we go back to the failed policies of the past, or will we continue to move forward?” he said. “I can’t wait to talk to Canadians over the next few weeks about our plan to keep Canada moving forward.”

Justin Trudeau wades through the crowd as he makes ant election campaign stop in Edmonton, Sept. 12, 2019.

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The rally, held in Edmonton’s fashionable Old Strathcona district, has been held since 2008 by NDP stalwart Linda Duncan, though she’s not running for re-election. Between 2008 and 2015, it was the only non-conservative riding in Edmonton; Duncan was joined by four Liberals in that election. And until 2008, the riding had been blue since 1972.

Edmonton, compared to the rest of Alberta, is a progressive oasis within a generally conservative-voting province. As it was with Rachel Notley’s New Democrats, turfed in the spring provincial election, Edmonton’s likely to be the place where the Liberals manage to hold their Alberta seats.

“We love you Justin,” yelled someone from the cloud as Trudeau got cooking on his speech critiquing the Harper years. The crowd broke out into loud “four more years” chants.

The ballots will tell: Day one polling from Leger showed the Conservatives and Liberals practically neck-and-neck countrywide, but in Alberta 60 per cent of voters planned to cast a ballot for Scheer’s team, and just 14 per cent planned to vote for their local Liberal.

And, there were protesters — just a handful, but still an earful — were on site too, variously yelling conspiracy theories birthed in the darkest corners of the internet and complaining about the carbon tax through a megaphone. Some wore the now-trademark yellow vests of the far-right protest group. A child held a sign declaring Trudeau “liar, liar, pants on fire.” At one point, the Liberals in the line-up shouted back at one woman, and at another point, sang the national anthem in an attempt to drown out the haranguing.

We will never pit regions of this country against each other

One fellow made it into the venue: Trudeau kept speaking while he was escorted out by security, his indecipherable yells drowned out by Liberal cheering.

The man campaigning to be the member of Parliament for the Papineau riding in Quebec, and hoping Canadians across the country return his part to power in five or so weeks, has no immediate plans — at least according to the publicly available events listed on the Liberal website; the Liberal’s media apparatus didn’t respond to a request for more information — to visit Calgary, which saw protests of hundreds of people, at various points over the past year, condemning federal Liberal policies.

Here in Wild Rose Country, Premier Jason Kenney has promised to campaign against Trudeau and for the Conservative Party of Canada leader Andrew Scheer. “The re-election of a Trudeau Liberal government would be devastating for this province,” Kenney told reporters in Calgary on Wednesday.

The two have had a rocky relationships in the last several months, with Kenney and Trudeau accusing one another of endangering national unity. And, in Alberta, there is a considerable amount of lingering resentment over some key Liberal policies, including the federal carbon tax, which is to come into effect next year and two pieces of legislation, Bills C-69 and C-48, which overhaul energy project approvals and restrict oil tanker traffic off the northern British Columbia coast. Add to that a lingering recession, and long memories back to the days of Pierre Trudeau’s National Energy Program, and neither Trudeau Jr. or the Liberal party are especially popular here.

Still, Trudeau said Alberta matters, and times have been tough, and he touted his government’s record in the province — though he didn’t pump up the carbon tax or deliver the “pollution isn’t free” that has been seen elsewhere among the Liberals.

“Our government stepped up and bought the Trans Mountain pipeline,” Trudeau said, promising that the rest of Canada would be there for Albertans when needed.

“That’s just who we are as a nation, there to support our neighbours,” Trudeau said. “We will never pit regions of this country against each other and you can rest assured that we will always have your backs.”

With files from The Canadian Press

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May, Singh attack Scheer as he targets Liberal record at leaders’ debate – The Globe and Mail

September 12th, 2019

Green leader Elizabeth May, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh take part in a debate in Toronto on Sept. 12, 2019. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau declined an invitation.

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer pushed back against aggressive attacks from the NDP and Green Party leaders who are fighting for the same left-of-centre votes, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau skipped the first televised election debate.

The leaders clashed on the economy, social programs and climate change as they tried to articulate their positions at the Thursday debate hosted by Maclean’s/Citytv. But with a key player absent from the stage in Toronto, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May directed most of their attacks at Mr. Scheer.

The only representation Mr. Trudeau had at the debate was an empty lectern. The Liberals announced last week that he wouldn’t take part in the Maclean’s/Citytv debate or a Munk debate on foreign policy − both of which he participated in during the 2015 election. The Grits announced last week that Mr. Trudeau would only participate in the French- and English-language debates organized by the debate commission and a third debate hosted by Quebec TV channel TVA.

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This was the first federal leaders debate for Mr. Scheer and Mr. Singh. After the formal leaders’ handshake at the top, Ms. May, the political veteran on stage, walked over to Mr. Trudeau’s empty podium and mimed shaking his hand.

Mr. Trudeau’s absence did not stop Mr. Scheer from taking every opportunity to compare his plans with Mr. Trudeau’s record while spending little time critiquing the plans laid out by Mr. Singh and Ms. May.

Mr. Scheer seized on Mr. Trudeau’s broken 2015 promise to balance the budget in four years, saying instead the Liberals left Canadians with “massive deficits as far as the eye can see.”

He said he would balance the budget in five years by keeping the level of spending set by the Liberals but controlling it going forward. Mr. Scheer gave a “firm commitment” that he won’t cut programs and will continue “increasing education and health-care transfers.”

By skipping first debate, Trudeau gives rivals chance at warm-up round

So far, none of the three leaders have released a costed platform.

Mr. Singh called for more government investments in things like housing, pharmacare and dental care because he said “its clear that families are struggling right now.” He accused the Liberals of making life less affordable but warned “Mr. Scheer’s going to do even worse.”

Mr. Singh said Mr. Scheer would end up cutting services like other conservative governments in Ontario and Alberta.

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Ms. May said the Greens would also try to balance the budget within five years but said that target would take a back seat to her other priorities. “We need to massively expand services,” Ms. May said, saying the Greens would implement 100 per cent universal pharmacare, free tuition and a guaranteed income.

Early on, the debate quickly devolved into incomprehensible cross talk between the three leaders. But Mr. Scheer cut through the static, saying he’d found one point of consensus.

“I think we can all agree that Justin Trudeau is afraid of his record and that’s why he’s not here today,” Mr. Scheer said.

To which Ms. May replied: “we can now sing kumbaya and keep going.”

The NDP and Greens agree on policies like pharmacare and a guaranteed income but with the two parties competing to win over progressive voters disenchanted with Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Singh and Ms. May spent much of the debate highlighting where they disagree on issues like greenhouse-gas emissions reduction targets.

The leaders concluded the night debating foreign policy, beginning with Canada’s deteriorating relationship with China. Mr. Singh said Mr. Trudeau made a “mess of the China situation,” adding his trip to India was also a disaster.

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Ms. May said that anyone who gives an answer confidently on how to handle China “isn’t telling the truth,” and said U.S. President Donald Trump is “poking China with a stick and creating a trade war, and we are caught in the middle.”

She said Canada’s number one concern should be the safety of the two Canadians detained.

Mr. Scheer said Mr. Trudeau has failed to stand up to China, saying Canada can “show resolve” and stand up for itself.​

Instead of attending the first leaders’ debate, Mr. Trudeau spent the day in Western Canada.

Asked about his absence from the debate, Mr. Trudeau told reporters in Victoria that getting out across the country and speaking with Canadians is “at the core of what this election is all about.”

At a rally in Edmonton Thursday evening, Mr. Trudeau pointed to the government’s investments in Alberta’s oil and gas sector, particularly its purchase of the $4.5-billion Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project last year.

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With a report from Michelle Zilio

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Protesters use festival as backdrop for latest demonstration as Hong Kong leader pledges housing reform – The Globe and Mail

September 12th, 2019

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has promised to deal with housing and young people’s livelihoods to appease deep rooted discontent.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters took to the hills to form flashlight-carrying human chains on Friday, using the Mid-Autumn Festival as a backdrop for the latest in more than three months of demonstrations that have sometimes flared into violence.

The peaceful protests, on a day when families traditionally gather to gaze at the moon and eat mooncakes while children swing colourful lanterns from the end of sticks, came after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam promised to focus on housing and jobs to try to end the unrest.

Lam, who said she caused “unforgivable havoc” by igniting the crisis and would quit if she had the choice, said in a Facebook post her government would increase the supply of housing in the Chinese-ruled city.

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“Housing and people’s livelihoods are the main priorities,” Lam said. “The government will add to housing supply measures which will be continuously put in place and not missed.”

As darkness fell on Friday night, protesters armed with flashlights, mobile phones and flashing lanterns, gathered at Victoria Peak, overlooking the city’s harbour, and Lion Rock, separating the New Territories from the Kowloon peninsula.

They were also climbing to the top of Tai Tung Shan on the offshore island of Lantau.

The spark for the protests was a now-withdrawn extradition bill and concerns that Beijing is eroding civil liberties, but many young protesters are also angry at sky-high living costs and a lack of job prospects.

Hong Kong has some of the world’s most expensive real estate and many young people say the city’s housing policy is unfair, benefiting the rich while forcing them to live with their parents or rent “shoe box” apartments at exorbitant prices.

The demonstrations started in June in response to a bill that would have allowed people to be sent to mainland China for trial in Communist Party-controlled courts, but have broadened into calls for greater democracy.

The former British colony returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland – including a much-cherished independent legal system.

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At lunch on Friday, hundreds of pro-Beijing supporters packed into a shopping mall waving China flags and singing the Chinese national anthem.


Sit-ins at shopping malls are also planned over the weekend.

Activists also plan to gather outside the British consulate on Sunday to demand that China honours the Sino-British Joint Declaration that was signed in 1984, laying out Hong Kong’s post-1997 future.

China says Hong Kong is now its internal affair. It denies meddling in Hong Kong and has accused the United States, Britain and others of fomenting the unrest.

Britain says it has a legal responsibility to ensure China abides by its obligations under the Joint Declaration.

When protests have turned violence, police have responded to violence with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, water cannon and baton charges, as well as firing several live shots in the air, prompting complaints of excessive force.

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Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing said on Friday he deeply regretted that his recent comments about the protests were misrepresented and reiterated that any actions that violate the rule of law cannot be tolerated.

Li’s statement came after China’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission published an article on social media accusing the tycoon of “harbouring criminality” after he called on the authorities to offer young people an olive branch amid the protests.

Li said through his spokesperson in a statement he would always accept criticism, but most importantly “lenience is not the same as indulgence, (and) is not the same as disregarding legal procedures.”

Hong Kong is facing its first recession in a decade as a result of the unrest. A surge in migration applications suggests more locals are making plans to leave.

China has called on its biggest state firms to take a more active role in Hong Kong, including stepping up investment and asserting more control over companies.

Multiple Hong Kong events and conferences have been cancelled and the number of visitors plunged 40 per cent in August. The city’s premier women’s tennis event scheduled for October has been postponed.

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Organizers also called off the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Matilda the Musical”, due to run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 20.

Police on Tuesday set up an “anti-violence hotline” on which people could call in giving intelligence on planned unrest.

On Friday they announced it had been shut down.

“A large amount of information was received and at the same time, there were different opinions,” police said in a statement. “ … As a result, police decided to suspend the hotline.”

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Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to ‘liberate’ the Chinese-ruled city, the latest in a series of demonstrations that have gripped the territory for months. Reuters

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Get an early look at the Pixel Themes feature in the upcoming Google Pixel 4 – TalkAndroid

September 12th, 2019

Adele: Singer files for divorce from husband Simon Konecki – CBS News

September 12th, 2019

Adele officially filed for divorce from husband Simon Konecki, Entertainment Tonight reports. The singer, who had been married to Konecki for two years, previously announced she had separated from him in April.

“Adele and her partner have separated,” her reps said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

The two began dating in 2011 and welcomed their son Angelo in 2012.

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The Grammy-winning British superstar has been private about her relationship, but confirmed she married Konecki when she won album of the year at the 2017 Grammys. In her acceptance speech, she said: “Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son — you’re the only reason I do it.” 

In 2012, Adele told Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” that she was “madly in love” with Konecki. 

Konecki co-founded Life Water, an eco-friendly brand of bottled water in the U.K. Funds from the company assists the charity that Konecki runs, Drop4Drop, which provides clean water to countries in need.


TIFF 2019: Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars meditates on the human touch – The Globe and Mail

September 12th, 2019

Bruce Springsteen performs his critically acclaimed latest album and muses on life, rock, and the American dream, in the film Western Stars.

Rob DeMartin/Courtesy of TIFF

“Hello,” said Bruce Springsteen, addressing a small group of media and people from the film and music industry on Thursday morning. “Thanks for showing up.” The Toronto International Film Festival occasion was a private pre-premiere screening of Western Stars, a concert-doc version of his 2019 album of the same name. Forty-six years after Springsteen’s first album, Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., the rock troubadour now greets us in cowboy boots, turquoise jewelry and a slow drawl as deep as the tan on his 69-year-old hide.

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“I don’t know how familiar many of you were familiar with the record at all,” said Springsteen, who took part in a postscreening Q&A at a downtown multiplex. The record, for those unfamiliar with Springsteen’s 19th studio album, is a sweeping homage to heartbreak, the open road and the early seventies Southern California pop of the Jimmy Webb and Wichita Lineman kind. Taking part in the on-stage chat with Springsteen were the film’s co-director Thom Zimny and TIFF documentary programmer Thom Powers. (It’s quite possible the two gentlemen had never come in contact with a fellow “Thom” in the wild before – imagine a tiger suspiciously sizing up a lion for the first time.)

Springsteen and Zimny, who are long-time collaborators, mostly spoke about the structure of a film that consists of an intimate concert in the Boss’s barn in California, threaded with evocative, Springsteen-narrated vignettes full of horse metaphors, pick-up trucks, home movies, jacket collars turned up against the California desert wind and archival footage from Eisenhower-era Americana. “Those pieces in between the music really traced the emotional arc of album, and brought the album and what it was about much more to the fore,” explained Springsteen, who described the film as a tone poem. “Those pieces were meant to lead you into what the songs were sort of containing.”

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Western Stars is a concert-doc version of Springsteen’s 2019 album of the same name.

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The songs – string-laden, softly majestic and allegorically rich – address themes of loneliness, open roads and the battle between our transitory nature and a need for community. “The film is about making that journey, making your peace with having a life, actually allowing yourself to have a life,” the Badlands singer told the room. “And being able to enjoy that life, along with all of the pain and the happiness that it brings, you know, and a lot of the pain that it takes to get there.”

And so on. In Western Stars the album, the meditation on love, pain and regret is done through place and character – a broken-up stuntman, a faded cowboy-movie star, a sundown songwriter – and with lovely melodies. In Western Stars the film, the lyrical themes are belaboured and over-explained. Sometimes it’s enough to simply say, “Everybody’s got a hungry heart,” as Springsteen did in 1980.

Visually, the film is altogether beautiful, whether exterior shots of big skies, sunrises and miles of cactus plants, or filmed inside a lofty barn dressed up with whisky-bar decorations as a Saturday night saloon. Western Stars is somewhere between breathtaking and the longest banquet-beer commercial ever made.

In Western Stars (the film), the lyrical themes are belaboured and over-explained.

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Springsteen is backed up by an orchestra, small choir and a band that includes his wife Patti Scialfa, a singer who first strapped her hands across Springsteen’s engine in the late 1980s. The whole album is performed with Scialfa and husband strumming their way through pensive songs such as Hitch Hikin’, Tucson Train, The Wayfarer and There Goes My Miracle, a song with epic-pop ambitions. With all the close-ups of guitar headstocks, the executives at Gibson Brands, Inc. will be pleased.

In 2016, Springsteen released his memoir, Born to Run (named after his classic 1975 album and song). In late 2017, he began performing his memoir-inspired Springsteen on Broadway song-and-words show at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. The sold-out residency lasted into December, 2018, and spawned a Netflix documentary directed by Zimny. The documentary Western Stars, in which Springsteen talks about his struggle to love and to let go of his “destructive qualities,” is the third part of his autobiographical journey.

The concert aspect of Western Stars closes with a cover of Rhinestone Cowboy. As Springsteen sings “I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me,” he looks directly into the camera, a New Jersey Shore boy done good. Once the next Bob Dylan, he’s now the last Glen Campbell.

Western Stars screens during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13, 11 a.m., Winter Garden Theatre and Sept. 14, 9:45 p.m., Scotiabank (

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Cardi B Slays In Pink Fairy Princess Strapless Gown At Rihanna’s Diamond Ball — Pics – Hollywood Life

September 12th, 2019

Cardi B owned the carpet at Rihanna’s 2019 Diamond Ball in a larger-than-life princess ball gown! The rapper and actress is also getting rave reviews for her performance in ‘Hustlers,’ which hits theaters everywhere on Sept. 13.

Holy smokes, Cardi B! The Hustlers star, 26, made jaws drop to the floor when she made her grand appearance at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball on Sept. 12. Cardi looked incredible in a strapless, light pink, multi-layered organza gown designed by it-fashioner designer Georges Hobeika as she confidently took the carpet, undoubtedly drawing all eyes to her. The voluminous dress actually showed off Cardi’s tiny waist, as it’s cinched in the middle and is adorned with a beautiful crystal and jewel-like detailing. Cardi showed off the dress’ beautiful train as she posed for photographers, and looked like she stepped right out of a fairy tale and straight onto the Diamond Ball carpet!

The “I Like It” singer rocked some serious bling on her wrists and ears, but kept the rest of her jewelry to a minimum. Cardi finished off her amazing look with her signature lashes, eyeliner, dark nude lips, and a simple updo with a few loose pieces of hair that framed her beautiful face.

Cardi is no stranger to rocking daring looks — whether it’s on stage or the red carpet, Cardi can pull off anything! Recently, the rapper and actress rocked a full red leather getup on stage at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sept. 11. 

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Cardi B stuns in a pink princess ball gown at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball. (Shutterstock)
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Cardi B looks like she walked straight out of a fairy tale and onto the red carpet at the 2019 Diamond Ball. (Shutterstock)

The Grammy award-winning artist stars alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Keke Palmer in the highly anticipated film, Hustlers, which hits theaters on Sept. 13. Co-star Jennifer Lopez is generating Oscar buzz for her performance, and Cardi’s gotten rave reviews for her performance as well.