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Trump drops plan to host G7 at his own golf resort – CBC.ca

October 19th, 2019

Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Fla., golf resort next year.

Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.

“Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” Trump tweeted. He said his administration “will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

The striking reversal raises further doubts about the position of the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who held a news conference Thursday announcing the choice of Doral for the summit. He insisted his staff had concluded it was “far and away the best physical facility.” Mulvaney said the White House reached that determination after visiting 10 sites across the country.

Trump employees stand behind him in support at a campaign event at the golf club in 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

In the same news conference, Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine’s investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections. Mulvaney later claimed his comments had been misconstrued, but not before drawing the ire of the president and frustration from other senior aides.

Trump had been the first administration official to publicly float the selection of his property to host the summit when in August he mentioned it was on the shortlist and praised its facilities and proximity to Miami’s international airport. His comments, more than a month before the official announcement, drew instant criticism from good governance groups and Democrats, who said it raised concerns that Trump was using the White House to boost his personal finances.

‘A bow to reality’

The vociferous criticism did not die down, even as Trump insisted he would host the summit at cost, though he refused to disclose financial details. The annual heads-of-state gathering would at minimum have provided goodwill value to his property.

Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Trump’s reversal Saturday “is a bow to reality, but does not change how astonishing it was that a president ever thought this was appropriate, or that it was something he could get away with.”

An hour before Trump’s announcement, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit. “Hosting the G7 at Trump’s hotel? A president should never be able to use the office for personal gain,” the former vice-president said.

On Thursday, Mulvaney had discounted Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat, as the site for the summit, claiming, “I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G7.” He added that it was too small and remote for the international summit.

Mulvaney said then that unspecified sites in Hawaii and Utah had also been on the short list. It was unclear if they were still under consideration.

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Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray – CTV News

October 19th, 2019

The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:58PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:59PM EDT

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — The chief of a northern Alberta First Nation says he gave climate activist Greta Thunberg a message during a quietly arranged meeting in Fort McMurray on Friday night.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam says he told the 16-year-old Swede that Europeans are major investors in the area’s oilsands, and she needs to get people to lobby those investors for greener technology to extract Alberta energy.

Adam says the meeting in a Fort McMurray office was arranged earlier this week, and was kept secret in order to prevent pro-oilsands campaigners from disrupting it.

Thunberg was in Edmonton earlier Friday for a rally at the Alberta legislature that drew thousands of people, but also attracted a small counter-rally of trucks that drove past, blasting their horns.

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement that has seen her speak plainly to world leaders and forums, chastising them to do something before it’s too late to reverse catastrophic weather changes.

Adam says it was a privilege to meet with Thunberg, and says she mostly just listened to him talk about the history of First Nations in the area and their concerns about oilsands development.

“You have to go back to Europe and you have to tell the European investors, why are you investing in the oilsands if you want to promote green energy?” Adam said he told Thunberg.

“Tell them to invest in better technologies to enhance how to produce oil from the oilsands,” he added.

“That’s what you call sustainable development.”

United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney had said he hoped Thunberg would recognize efforts made by Alberta’s oil and gas industry to reduce its emissions, but said he had no plans to meet with her.

Thunberg stayed away from any direct criticism of Alberta’s oilsands while in Edmonton on Friday.

Adam said Thunberg has now left the Fort McMurray area.

“I don’t know why the world is so scared of her. She stands about four feet tall and she’s probably, I’m guessing about 110 pounds, that’s about it,” Adam said, dismissing those who criticize Thunberg’s views because she’s young.

“We talk to our kids every day and sometimes our kids give us meaningful answers that we are looking for.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 19, 2019.

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More beef products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination – CBC.ca

October 19th, 2019

Whole Foods is the latest grocery chain affected by a recall of hundreds of beef and veal products across Canada due to possible E. coli contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added more than 50 beef products sold at the chain to the list of 800-plus recalled items.

Potentially contaminated products were also sold at Walmart, Pusateri’s and other retailers across Canada.

The food safety watchdog has been investigating possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination in some beef and veal products sold by Ryding-Regency Meat Packers Ltd. and St. Ann’s Foods Inc. since late September.

That’s when the CFIA suspended the food safety licence for the slaughterhouse and processing plants, which are both in Toronto.

The agency says there haven’t been any reported illnesses associated with the products, but symptoms of sickness can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea.

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Jared Leto reportedly tried to kill ‘Joker’ because he was jealous – New York Post

October 19th, 2019

Jared Leto reportedly tried to pressure Warner Brothers to kill their smash hit “Joker” because he was so jealous over Joaquin Phoenix being cast in the lead role.

Leto, 47, who played the psychopathic villain in “Suicide Squad,” complained about the film to his agents, who also represent “Joker” director Todd Phillips, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who cited sources.

He then went to his music manager, Irving Azoff, in an effort to get him to kill the film, according to the report.

A source close to Leto told the Reporter he denied trying to pressure the movie studio to scrap the film.

The showbiz outlet reported previously that Leto was hoping to star in a stand-alone Joker film of his own, and was furious when Warner Brothers cast Phoenix in the Phillips’ film.

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OnePlus 6 and 6T are getting Android 10 with an Open Beta update – Gizchina.com

October 19th, 2019

Trump drops plan to host G7 summit at his Florida golf resort – CTV News

October 19th, 2019

Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:03PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Responding to stinging criticism, U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year.

Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit at a private resort owned by his family.

“Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020,” Trump tweeted. He said his administration “will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

The striking reversal raises further doubts about the position of the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulavney, who held a press conference Thursday announcing the choice of Doral for the summit. He insisted his staff had concluded it was “far and away the best physical facility.” Mulvaney said the White House reached that determination after visiting 10 sites across the country.

In the same press conference, Mulvaney acknowledged a quid pro quo was at work when Trump held up U.S. aid to Ukraine in exchange for Ukraine’s investigation of Democrats and the 2016 elections. Mulvaney later claimed his comments had been misconstrued, but not before drawing the ire of the president and frustration from other senior aides.

Trump had been the first administration official to publicly float the selection of his property to host the summit when in August he mentioned it was on the short-list and praised its facilities and proximity to Miami’s international airport. His comments, more than a month before the official announcement, drew instant criticism from good governance groups and Democrats, who said it raised concerns that Trump was using the White House to boost his personal finances

The vociferous criticism did not die down, even as Trump insisted he would host the summit at cost, though he refused to disclose financial details. The annual heads-of-state gathering would at minimum have provided good-will value to his property.

Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Trump’s reversal Saturday “is a bow to reality, but does not change how astonishing it was that a president ever thought this was appropriate, or that it was something he could get away with.”

An hour before Trump’s announcement, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the selection of Doral for the summit. “Hosting the G7 at Trump’s hotel? A president should never be able to use the office for personal gain,” the former vice-president said.

On Thursday, Mulvaney had discounted Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat, as the site for the summit, claiming, “I understand the folks who participated in it hated it and thought it was a miserable place to have the G-7.” He added that it was too small and remote for the international summit.

Mulvaney said then that unspecified sites in Hawaii and Utah had also been on the short list. It was unclear if they were still under consideration.

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Crowd at Conservative rally in Ontario chanted ‘lock him up’ when Scheer mentioned Trudeau – Global News

October 19th, 2019

Supporters at a Conservative Party rally in Richmond Hill, ON chanted “Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!” after Conservative leader Andrew Scheer began talking about the Liberal Party and corruption.

“When we form government, I will hold a judicial inquiry into his scandal to get to the bottom of what he’s done,” said Scheer, referring to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and the SNC-Lavalin affair.

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The crowd started chanting “Lock him up!”

Realizing what was happening, Scheer began to change the chant to “Vote him out!”

“Well well let’s – we’re going to the get to the bottom of this scandal, we’re going to vote him out,” Scheer said. “Vote him out! Vote him out!”

The crowd appeared to pick up the revised chant.

Some Conservative supporters in the room later told a Global National reporter that hearing the ‘Lock him up!’ chant made them feel uncomfortable.

The Conservative campaign told Global News that the Richmond Hill rally was the largest rally they’ve had so far in the campaign, with more than 2,000 people. Global News could not independently verify that estimate.

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Scheer’s campaign has long focused on accusing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau of ethical lapses. Earlier this week, on Wednesday, Scheer vowed to impose massive fines on politicians who break Canada’s ethics laws.

The words from Saturday night’s Conservative rally are reminiscent of the “Lock her up!” chants that U.S. President Donald Trump supporters aimed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, when Trump accused Clinton of destroying emails in a congressional probe.

In December 2016, a “lock her up” chant was also directed at Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. At the time, several provincial and federal politicians denounced the chant as inappropriate.

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Recent polls have placed the Conservatives and Liberals in a close race.

In response to a media request by Global News about the chant at Scheer’s rally, Liberal campaign spokesperson Zita Astravas said: “We are staying focused on electing a government that will make life more affordable, fight climate change, get guns off our streets and stop Conservative cuts.”

When asked about the “lock him up” chant and its resemblance to the “lock her up” line that Trump supporters have chanted at Clinton, Scheer’s press secretary said in an email: “Mr. Scheer recognized the chant from a small number of attendees was inappropriate and quickly directed the crowd to chant ‘vote him out.’”

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— With files by Mike Le Couteur, The Canadian Press

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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JLaw marries Cooke Maroney in private, lavish Rhode Island wedding – CANOE

October 19th, 2019

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are officially a married couple, RadarOnline.com can report.

The couple wed on Saturday, October 19, at the Belcourt of Newport, a luxurious estate in Rhode Island.

Designed in 1894, the chateau was inspired by King Louis XIII’s Versailles, France hunting lodge.

The Hunger Games star, 29, and Maroney, 34, exchanged vows in front of 150 of their close friends and family.

As Radar previously reported, Lawrence’s famous friends arrived in Rhode Island for the festivities. Adele, Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and Kris Jenner were few of the celebrities spotted.

Sienna Miller and Lawrence’s Silver Linings Playbook co-star Bradley Cooper were also believed to be among the guests.

Ahead of the big day, the group celebrated with a rehearsal dinner at Scarpetta at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina.

Lawrence gushed about the art gallery director on the NAKED With Catt Sandler podcast. “He’s my best friend, so I wanted to legally bind myself to him forever,” she said. “And fortunately, the paperwork exists for such a thing. It’s the greatest.”

The two got engaged in February after less than a year of dating.

Lawrence has had other boyfriends, but nothing lasted until she met Maroney.

Last month, on September 16, wedding rumours spread after Page Six first reported the actress and her art dealer love were spotted at New York City’s marriage bureau.

An onlooker later told Radar what he witnessed that day.

“They were at the counter kissing,” an onlooker told Radar exclusively. “They seemed really happy!”

They also appeared to exchange rings, the eyewitness claimed.

“The cameraman was with them taking photos of their interactions, and a woman was talking with them,” the onlooker said, adding that the group was at the downtown Manhattan building for about a half-hour.

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A Hat In Time On Switch Has A Bigger File Size Than Other Versions Of The Game – Nintendo Life

October 19th, 2019

Meghan Markle and Harry to Take Sabbatical and Bring Archie to U.S. – E! NEWS

October 19th, 2019

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are taking a much-needed break.

Not from each other, though! But from the chaos that is public life. And according to The Sunday Times, the royal couple plans to bring their 5-month-old son, Archie Harrison, to America for the first time!

According to the publication, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will take a six-week sabbatical for “family time,” starting next month until the Christmas holiday. The three will spend their break in both the United Kingdom and the United States, marking the first time their son will visit his mother’s homeland.

With that, they are expected to celebrate Thanksgiving with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland at the Duchess of Sussex’s childhood home in California, and Christmas with Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family at her Sandringham estate in England.

The news comes weeks after Harry and Meghan brought Archie with them on an official trip to southern Africa, which marked their little nugget’s first royal tour, following a private visit to France.

Additionally, the royal couple’s upcoming break comes after the Duke of Sussex called out the British tabloids over their “ruthless” campaign against his wife over the past year, during which there were numerous negative stories written about her while she was pregnant and just after she gave birth.

In fact, the two have also begun legal proceedings against one of the outlets, The Mail on Sunday, over its publication of parts of a private letter that Meghan had written to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

In a trailer for the ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, which is set to air on Sunday in the U.K. and on Wednesday on ABC in the United States, an emotional Meghan opened up about her struggles and life as a new mom. 

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable and so that was made really challenging,” she said. “And then when you have a newborn, you know…especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot, so you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed its, yeah, well I guess.”

“And also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m OK,” she continued. “But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

“And the answer is? Would it be fair to say, ‘Not really OK,’ as in, it’s really been a struggle?” the interviewer asks.

“Yes,” Meghan replies.

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