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Prince Andrew was a sweaty, ‘hideous’ dancer: Virginia Guiffre – New York Post

September 20th, 2019

Prince Andrew was a sweaty and “hideous” dancer, according to the Jeffrey Epstein “sex slave” who claims he bedded her at age 17.

In her first TV interview on her ordeal at the hands of the financier — and his royal pal the Duke of York — Virginia Guiffre told “Dateline NBC” that the prince bedded her after a night of clubbing and drinking in London in 2001.

“He was a hideous dancer.”

“He was sweating all over me. I was like, ugh, I need a shower.”

Guiffre said she was instructed by Epstein pal Ghislaine Maxwell to do for the prince “what you do for Epstein.”

“The abuse went on for a little bit in the bathroom and then it continued in to the bedroom” inside Maxwell’s London townhouse, she said.

“He wasn’t rude or anything about it, he said ‘thank you.’”

The royal has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them “false” and “without foundation,” according to the UK’s Sun, which said Buckingham Palace would not comment on Giuffre’s new interview.

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‘Being ignorant is dangerous’: Understanding the outrage over Justin Trudeau’s blackface – National Post

September 20th, 2019

Cheryl Thompson, assistant professor at Ryerson University and author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture, talks race with Vanmala Subramaniam

Q: I think many people who don’t necessarily think about issues from a racialized lens, have been having trouble understanding exactly why there’s been so much sustained outrage over Justin Trudeau painting his face black, even after he apologized. Can you unpack the history behind why what he did was so offensive and hurtful?

A: The minstrel show, or minstrelsy really originates in the 1830s and 1840s in the north of the U.S., we’re talking about New York, Boston, Philadelphia. It was a theatrical performance where white actors with black paint on their faces would depict the racial relations between African Americans living in the plantation south and those living in the industrialized north. So it was really commenting on the tensions at that particular time in often a demeaning and derogatory way. The depictions were negative — a black person in the south would be portrayed as lazy, for instance. You can see how those stereotypes have trickled into our culture based on the history of minstrel depictions of black folk.

Q: I’ve been trying to understand why some people find wearing black or brown face, and even donning ethnic garbs so entertaining.

A: The more you are removed from a group of people, the more you don’t know them and you only know their caricature. Minstrel shows were started by white men of status, sons of fairly wealthy people in the north of the U.S. They didn’t know many black people but for traveling south on the train and witnessing certain kinds of behaviours and thinking, “Hey that’s how they act.” That’s why it is funny, because it corresponds to all the things they have seen.

Q: But right now though, where is that comedic element from?

A: Look, the buffoon acting black male on a TV show, if you’re not surrounded by black people, if you didn’t have them in your community you will have no way of knowing that that is actually a caricature, that we don’t act that way. You are then going to take what you know of racialized people from film and media as a representation of what they actually are. That’s why, in my estimate, this fascination with portraying people of colour in costume is about distance from the community. You generally do not see working class white people who live amongst black people doing these things.

Q: I want to discuss white privilege because its a term that’s unfortunately become very controversial and loaded. First of all, for those who don’t quite understand the term: what is white privilege?

A: That’s a hard question. But there are a few kinds of it. The first most obvious kind is being raised with societal privileges that benefit white people over non-whites. So perhaps you have expectations that you deserve something because you’ve known what it is like to not instantly get it. A more subtle form is being able to play ignorance to things and expecting people to not judge you. Having the privilege to not know something. I mean, we talk about this example a lot but mass shootings in the U.S. are committed predominantly by white males. But there’s never a crisis in white masculinity because of that. Whereas if a black males shoots up a place, there is an immediate hysteria of “what is going on with black people”. That’s a privilege we are not afforded.

Micro-aggressions are just as damaging as someone beating you up

Q: How do you approach this tension between white people from low-income families, having experienced systemic inequities themselves feeling slighted from being called “privileged”?

A: I’m not denying your truth. But one of the privileges of being white, regardless of class, is that you can always identify as an individual, you never have to claim to be part of a group. I can’t show up at work and say, “I’m Cheryl, just call me Cheryl.” It would be… but you’re black. There would be a reminder. Whereas white people can show up and just be, say “Joanne.” Just an individual.

Q: Some people of colour I know are really not offended by what Trudeau did. They get that it was probably a dumb thing to do, but they’re moving on. What do you make of that?

A: Yes that is very common and unsurprising. I’m not speaking for all people of colour but it is common because you can accept your subordination and accept that this is part of life. What I mean is, on an emotional level perhaps, they haven’t gotten to a point where they pay attention to affliction. The focus is on nobody physically targeting me. But micro-aggressions are just as damaging as someone beating you up and calling you a racial epithet. That’s where people’s awareness needs to get better. Words matter.

Q: I’ve had people tell me, “Look, I forgive Trudeau, he was just ignorant.” How would you respond to this sentiment around ignorance being an excuse of sorts for racism?

A: Being ignorant is a serious thing. When a person or a population is ignorant, it leads to mass genocides. I’m not sure why that term is perceived as neutral. Being ignorant is dangerous.

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Three killed in Yonge Street crash – BarrieToday

September 20th, 2019

Three people were killed Friday in a horrific head-on collision on Yonge Street, just south of Line 14 in Bradford West Gwillimbury.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., South Simcoe police identified the victims as a nine-year-old boy, a 37-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman. Police said the boy died in hospital. 

The collision occurred around 4:30 p.m., Friday, between a southbound commercial vehicle and a northbound black SUV.

The force of the impact was so great that the SUV’s front end was crushed under the truck.

It wasn’t until 9:24 p.m. that the vehicles were pulled apart and a heavy tow truck was able to remove the SUV from the scene.

“It’s a significant amount of damage consistent with a head-on collision with a large vehicle,” said South Simcoe police Sgt. Dave Phillips.

Phillips confirmed that all three passengers in the SUV were killed in the crash.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The third, who police later identified as the young boy, was taken to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket in life-threatening condition, but did not survive.

No names have been released pending next-of-kin notification. Asked if the victims were related, he would only say that police are “working on the relationship of the people right now.”

The truck driver was treated at the scene and released.

Investigators are asking for witnesses to contact South Simcoe police.

“We are looking for any witnesses who may have been travelling on Yonge Street” and who may have seen the black SUV northbound prior to the collision, Phillips said. 

The investigation is ongoing and will include full examination of the mechanical state of both vehicles.

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iPhone 11 may be a lot more popular than anyone expected – BGR

September 20th, 2019

Wife identifies latest person to die of EEE, says ‘he didn’t deserve this’ – WCVB Boston

September 20th, 2019

The second person to die of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts this year is being remembered as a beloved husband, father and grandfather.James Longworth first became ill over the weekend, his wife, Diane Balestracci, told WCVB. He was in a coma by Monday and died Thursday. Balestracci, who was married to Longworth for 27 years, described her late husband as a “wonderful man.””He didn’t deserve this,” she added. She believes her husband was bitten by an infected mosquito in their East Freetown backyard, where Longworth enjoyed doing yardwork. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced earlier Friday that laboratory testing confirmed a Bristol County man died of EEE in the state’s 10th human case of the virus this year. The family has not yet scheduled a date for a celebration of Longworth’s life. There are 35 communities now at critical risk, 40 at high risk and 128 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts.State health officials said this year is the worst outbreak of EEE in Massachusetts since the 1950s.In addition to the 10 human cases of EEE this season in Massachusetts, there have also been eight confirmed cases of EEE this year in animals — seven horses and a goat. A woman from Fairhaven died of EEE in August.One patient also died of EEE in Connecticut earlier this week, according to that state’s Department of Public Health. This is Connecticut’s first death from EEE since 2013.EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE occurs sporadically in Massachusetts with the most recent outbreak years occurring from 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. There were 22 human cases of EEE infection during those two outbreak periods, with 14 cases occurring among residents of Bristol and Plymouth counties.EEE virus has been found in 421 mosquito samples this year, many of them from species of mosquito capable of spreading the virus to people. An additional 76 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.As previously announced, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is conducting aerial spraying for mosquitoes Friday and through the weekend in parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties.Note: WCVB has removed Longworth’s photo from this report at the request of the family.

The second person to die of Eastern equine encephalitis in Massachusetts this year is being remembered as a beloved husband, father and grandfather.

James Longworth first became ill over the weekend, his wife, Diane Balestracci, told WCVB. He was in a coma by Monday and died Thursday.

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Balestracci, who was married to Longworth for 27 years, described her late husband as a “wonderful man.”

“He didn’t deserve this,” she added.

She believes her husband was bitten by an infected mosquito in their East Freetown backyard, where Longworth enjoyed doing yardwork.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced earlier Friday that laboratory testing confirmed a Bristol County man died of EEE in the state’s 10th human case of the virus this year.

The family has not yet scheduled a date for a celebration of Longworth’s life.

There are 35 communities now at critical risk, 40 at high risk and 128 at moderate risk for the EEE virus in Massachusetts.

State health officials said this year is the worst outbreak of EEE in Massachusetts since the 1950s.

In addition to the 10 human cases of EEE this season in Massachusetts, there have also been eight confirmed cases of EEE this year in animals — seven horses and a goat. A woman from Fairhaven died of EEE in August.

One patient also died of EEE in Connecticut earlier this week, according to that state’s Department of Public Health. This is Connecticut’s first death from EEE since 2013.

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE occurs sporadically in Massachusetts with the most recent outbreak years occurring from 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. There were 22 human cases of EEE infection during those two outbreak periods, with 14 cases occurring among residents of Bristol and Plymouth counties.

EEE virus has been found in 421 mosquito samples this year, many of them from species of mosquito capable of spreading the virus to people. An additional 76 mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

As previously announced, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is conducting aerial spraying for mosquitoes Friday and through the weekend in parts of Bristol and Plymouth counties.

Note: WCVB has removed Longworth’s photo from this report at the request of the family.

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Joe Giudice Denied Bond Pending Deportation Appeal – TMZ

September 20th, 2019

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9-year-old among 3 dead in head-on crash in Bradford – 680 News

September 20th, 2019

Three people are dead, including a 9-year-old boy, following a head-on crash in Bradford.

South Simcoe police say an SUV was travelling northbound on Yonge Street when it collided with a tractor trailer heading southbound near 14th Line around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say a 37-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics transported a 9-year-old boy from the SUV to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police did not specify the relationship between the three individuals.

The truck driver was treated at the scene and released.

No word on if any charges will be laid.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the crash or has dashcam footage to come forward.

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Three people dead after head-on collision in Bradford – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

September 20th, 2019

Bryann Aguilar, CP24.com
Published Friday, September 20, 2019 5:57PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 20, 2019 11:30PM EDT

Three people are dead after a head-on collision in Bradford, South Simcoe Police say.

Emergency crews were called around 4:30 p.m. on Yonge Street, south of 14th Line, after a crash between a tractor-trailer and an SUV.

Sgt. David Phillips said the SUV was travelling north became involved in a collision with the truck which was travelling south.

He said two people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Simcoe County Paramedics said one person was taken to a Newmarket hospital with life-threatening injuries. The person was later pronounced dead.

Phillips said all three were occupants of the SUV. The driver of the truck was treated at the scene.

He said the cause of the crash is still unknown.

Police have closed Yonge Street between 12th Line and 14th Line for investigation.

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Inside the lavish state dinner with Australia, the Trumps’ second such formal evening at the White House – Business Insider

September 20th, 2019

The White House Rose Garden was transformed for a formal gas lamp-lit dinner for about 200 people on Friday night.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted their second state dinner, in honor of Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny. Their first was for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte in April 2018.

State dinners are time-honored traditions dictated by specific protocol. They always start with a formal greeting on the White House lawn, then a joint press conference, diplomatic meetings, and end with a lavish dinner for hundreds.

Here’s what the decor looked like, what was on the menu, and who attended the Trumps’ second state dinner.

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Amazon Prime Now Includes Free Mobile Game Content – IGN – IGN

September 20th, 2019