Archive for January 11th, 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau to attend Edmonton memorial for plane crash victims – Global News

January 11th, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to be in attendance at a memorial in Edmonton Sunday to honour the victims killed when Iran “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 aboard.

57 Canadians were among the dead including 13 with ties to Edmonton.

Trudeau will deliver remarks and will join other politicians expected to attend including Premier Jason Kenney and Mayor Don Iveson.

University of Alberta President David Turpin will also speak. Several of the Edmonton victims were current or former students of the university while two others were professors.

READ MORE: Vigil pays tribute to Edmonton victims of Iran plane crash: ‘We all need each other’

Alumna of the school volunteer with the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton Pegah Salari will emcee the memorial.

Doors open at the Saville Community Sports Centre at 2 p.m. Sunday with the ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting approximately two hours.

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READ MORE: Vigil to honour Edmonton doctor, daughters killed in Tehran plane shooting

Each of the 13 victims from Edmonton will be honoured in presentations by community members, according to details released by the university Saturday.

Edmonton Transit Service announced on Twitter that LRT service would be free all day.

Global News will be live streaming the service for those unable to attend.

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China says world should stick to ‘One China’ after Tsai win in Taiwan – The Globe and Mail

January 11th, 2020

Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, anf her running mate William Lai, left, celebrate their victory with supporters in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

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China said Sunday that the world should abide by the idea that there is only one China, ruled by the Communist Party, after Taiwan reelected its democratic leader.

“We hope and believe that the international community will continue adhering to the One China principle, understand and support the just cause of Chinese people to oppose the secessionist activities for ‘Taiwan independence’ and realize national reunification,” said a statement from Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party won in a landslide Saturday against pro-China Nationalist Party candidate Han Kuo-yu. Her victory speech warned China not to threaten force against the self-governed island.

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Taiwan’s voters “have shown that when our sovereignty and democracy are threatened, the Taiwan people will shout out determination even more loudly,” Tsai said.

Taiwan has developed its own identity since separating from China during civil war in 1949, but has never declared formal independence. Beijing still claims sovereignty over the island of 23 million people and threatens to use force to seize control if necessary.

“No matter how the situation changes on Taiwan island, the basic facts — that there is only one China in the world and that Taiwan is part of China — will not change,” Geng said.

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China says it won’t back off position that Taiwan is its territory – Global News

January 11th, 2020

China will not change its position that Taiwan belongs to it, Beijing said on Sunday, after President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election and said she would not submit to China’s threats, as state media warned she was courting disaster.

The election campaign was dominated by China’s ramped-up efforts to get the democratic island to accept Beijing’s rule under a “one country, two systems” model, as well as by anti-government protests in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong.

READ MORE: Taiwan’s president elected to 2nd term as voters back tough stance against China

“No matter what changes there are to the internal situation in Taiwan, the basic fact that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China will not change,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement, responding to the result.

While China says Taiwan is its territory, Taiwan maintains it is an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.

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Tsai, who has firmly rejected China’s “one country, two systems” model, won another four-year term by a landslide, and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured a majority in parliament.

1:30Taiwan president votes in election centered on China ties

Taiwan president votes in election centered on China ties

Speaking on Saturday after the scale of her victory become clear, Tsai called for talks to resume with China, but said she hoped Beijing understood Taiwan and its people would not submit to intimidation.

China will not change its stance sticking to the “one China” principle and opposing independence for Taiwan, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

“The universal consensus of the international community adhering to the ‘one China’ principle will not change either.”

READ MORE: Hong Kong protesters who fled to Taiwan for safety worry about election outcome

China hoped the world would understand and support the “just cause” of Chinese people to oppose secessionist activities and “realize national reunification,” it added.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said China should respect the election result and stop putting pressure on the island.

“Our government will firmly defend the sovereignty of the Republic of China and Taiwan’s democracy and freedom,” it said.

1:25Taiwan military chief among 8 dead in helicopter crash

Taiwan military chief among 8 dead in helicopter crash


In a strongly worded commentary, China’s official Xinhua news agency said Tsai had won by deploying dirty tricks, hyping the China threat and colluding with forces in the West.

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“Whether it is to curb Taiwan independence secessionist activities or to benefit Taiwan compatriots, the mainland has a full ‘policy toolbox’,” it said.

“Tsai and the DPP must be aware that they should not act wilfully because of a fluke.”

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Tsai on her re-election and lauded her for seeking stability with China “in the face of unrelenting pressure.”

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi also sent congratulations, referring to Taiwan as a “precious friend.”

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said in a separate statement on Saturday it would stick to promoting the “one country, two systems” model for Taiwan, which Beijing uses to run Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy.

1:33Video captures moment Tawain bridge collapses, injuring at least 10

Video captures moment Tawain bridge collapses, injuring at least 10

Many in the former British colony fear promises made under the system are not being kept.

On China’s internet, there was unusual criticism for the Taiwan Affairs Office’s failure to win over the island, especially as Tsai’s win followed a landslide for pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong’s local elections in November.

“What have you been doing?” wrote one user on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. “All the money you have spent and all you have done is give succor to hypocrites and traitors.”

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READ MORE: China calls U.S. world’s biggest source of instability at G20

Late on Friday, whether by design or a quirk of timing, the Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog criticized the office for not following the party line sufficiently enthusiastically and for being too bureaucratic.

The top Taiwan policy-making body is run by Liu Jieyi, a former Chinese ambassador at the United Nations.

In the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily this month, he wrote that people in Taiwan were “positively exploring” the “one country, two systems” model, but offered no evidence.

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Sebastian Bach: Neil Peart’s ‘Music Will Never Die In Our Hearts’ – BLABBERMOUTH.NET

January 11th, 2020
SEBASTIAN BACH: NEIL PEART's 'Music Will Never Die In Our Hearts'

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has paid tribute to Neil Peart, who died on Tuesday (January 7) in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The iconic RUSH drummer was 67 years old.

Earlier today (Saturday, January 11), Bach posted a YouTube video of him celebrating Peart‘s life while listening to RUSH music and talking rock and roll at the Record Parlour in Hollywood, California. He wrote in an accompanying message: “I’ll never understand how hard it hits us all when a hero dies. Even though I never really knew the person.

“I was fortunate enough to meet Neil Peart twice in my life and will treasure those memories forever.

“When I got the news yesterday that he was no longer with us, I put on ‘Permanent Waves’ and wept for about two hours straight. A physical response, not of my control. I did not know what to do with the rest of the day I was so sad. So I got in the car and went to the Record Parlour and we cranked RUSH all night long. The Record Parlour knows exactly what a record store should be. Turns out this was the absolute perfect place for me last night in my mourning of the greatest drummer the world will ever know. [I] was going to go get dinner after the record store but there was no need. [Owners] Chad and Chris ordered pizza into the store and we hung out for hours talking about rock and roll. Nowhere else I would have rather been last night. Thank you to all of you at the record Parlour for being so cool and getting me home safe.

Neil Peart…. Thank you for making the impossible seem easy. Thank you Neil for showing us all the ultimate possibilities of what music can be. Thank you for being such an important part of all our lives. It truly feels like you were a member of the family. Your music will never die in our hearts.”

In a 2005 interview, Bach stated about RUSH: “Their time signatures fascinated me. I couldn’t understand the tempos of songs such as ‘Cygnus-X1’ and ‘Hemispheres’. It was music like nothing else I had ever heard. But being a young Canadian whippersnapper, I was geographically programmed to worship RUSH like the rest of my fellow Canadians.”

He continued: “I was the second ever member of the ‘Rush Backstage Club of Toronto’, the RUSH fan club put together by their longtime photographer, Andrew MacNaughton. Andrew was the cousin of my school roommate, George Jeffries at Lakefield College School in Canada. He was the first member of Andrew‘s ‘club’ which we joined in 1981.”

Bach added: “RUSH was a magical sound to me and showed me that music could be challenging and entertaining at the same time… Few musicians on the planet can boast the longevity of RUSH, especially in a band context. Rock bands are a fragile organism and RUSH‘s career demonstrates that there are exceptions to the ‘Behind The Music’ scenario of ‘band makes it big, band breaks up, band reunites for Japanese tour.’ Their work ethic and constant reinvention is an inspiration to each and every musician.”

Peart joined RUSH in 1974. He was considered one of the best rock drummers of all time, alongside John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN; Keith Moon of THE WHO; and Ginger Baker of CREAM. Peart was also RUSH‘s primary lyricist, drawing inspiration from everything from sci-fi to Ayn Rand.

Neil‘s survivors include his wife Carrie and daughter Olivia.

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Donald Trump warns Iran against ‘another massacre’ amid airliner protests – The Guardian

January 11th, 2020

Donald Trump has warned Iran against cracking down on protests that broke out after it admitted shooting down an airliner by mistake, killing all 176 people onboard.

“The government of Iran must allow human rights groups to monitor and report facts from the ground on the ongoing protests by the Iranian people,” Trump wrote.

His message came after Iranian police dispersed students chanting “radical” slogans, according to Fars news agency, during a Saturday gathering in Tehran to honour those killed when the Ukraine International Airlines plane was shot down shortly after taking off from Tehran.

AFP correspondents said hundreds of students gathered early in the evening at Amirkabir University, in downtown Tehran, to pay respects to those killed in the air disaster. The tribute later turned into an angry demonstration.

“To the brave, long-suffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you,” Trump wrote.

“We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage.”

A senior US administration official said Iran’s downing of the plane was an “awful mistake” that formed part of a pattern of reckless behaviour. “It is more important now than ever that Iran abandons its reckless ambitions and starts behaving like a normal country,” the official said.

The demonstrations in Iran follow a crackdown on street protests that broke out in November. Amnesty International has said it left more than 300 people dead.

“There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching,” Trump said.

According to media reports, internet access was effectively cut off in multiple Iranian provinces ahead of memorials planned a month after the protests.

Trump tweeted both of his messages in Farsi as well.

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‘The world is watching’: B.C. pipeline opponents brace for possible police action – Global News

January 11th, 2020

Nearly 40 kilometres away from civilization, a group of Indigenous pipeline protesters are bracing themselves for the possibility they’ll be removed from a checkpoint camp in northern B.C.

The deadline for an injunction against the Wet’suwet’en Nation to clear the way for Coastal GasLink workers came and went Friday with no agreement between the two sides and the RCMP staying tight-lipped on when — or if — they will enforce the court order.

That has people living in the Unist’ot’en camp that’s blocking access to a critical work site near Houston growing “uneasy” about police action.

READ MORE: B.C. Indigenous pipeline opponents stage rallies as clock ticks on injunction order

But Unist’ot’en house member Karla Tait, who also works as a clinical psychologist at the clan’s healing centre, says the group is holding strong.

“I think we’re all very confident in our position,” she told Global News over FaceTime Friday.

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“We’ve been given clear direction from our hereditary chiefs that we are to uphold our Wet’suwet’en law. They are the title holders of these lands, so until they give any express consent or permission we won’t allow trespassers back into the territory.”

1:57Opponents of pipeline dig in as deadline passes

Opponents of pipeline dig in as deadline passes

Coastal GasLink posted a 72-hour notice on Tuesday related to a B.C. Supreme Court injunction ordering pipeline opponents to clear the way for crews to begin construction through the Wet’suwet’en ancestral lands.

Opponents say the order has no authority, and say that under Wet’suwet’en law, only hereditary chiefs can give consent to the $6.6-billion project that would connect gas fields in northeastern B.C. with the planned LNG Canada export plant in Kitimat.

READ MORE: Indigenous pipeline opponents given 72 hours to clear way for workers in northern B.C.

The company has received approvals from the Wet’suwet’en’s 20 elected band councils, as well as the provincial and federal governments. Requests to meet with the hereditary chiefs to find a solution have been rebuffed.

The Unist’ot’en blockade is one of two checkpoint camps set up in the area, along with the nearby Gidimt’en checkpoint. The Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en are two of the five clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en Nation.

The two camps were broken up in January 2019 after RCMP enforced an earlier injunction, arresting 14 people in an operation described by opponents as a “raid.”

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2:01Northern B.C. pipeline blockade now subject of criminal investigation

Northern B.C. pipeline blockade now subject of criminal investigation

The police force has come under fire in the wake of a December report in the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, which suggested RCMP discussed deploying snipers and putting children into social services.

Tait says the article has people concerned.

“I think people are definitely uneasy about the potential for violence,” she said. “We are non-violent in our occupation of our territory, we are unarmed. We are simply upholding our rights and titles to these lands.”

READ MORE: Felled trees, flammable material at B.C. pipeline blockade prompts RCMP investigation

The RCMP have said they have a series of meetings scheduled and ongoing with the hereditary chiefs, adding they won’t make any decisions until those meetings have wrapped up.

One such meeting was held Wednesday, where the hereditary chiefs directed the RCMP to not enforce the injunction until meetings are held with the provincial and federal governments to address the chiefs’ concerns.

The chiefs also called on the RCMP to promise no force or lethal weapons be used against the group, and that a remote detachment set up in the area last January be taken down.

2:22Growing tensions in northern B.C. over pipeline project

Growing tensions in northern B.C. over pipeline project

Coastal GasLink says it is ready to get back to work this month, pointing to millions of dollars in contracts already awarded for construction and other activities between Chetwynd and Kitimat.

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Tait says the company has already disrupted the community’s way of life, including programs at the healing centre and efforts to hunt and fish.

She calls the felling of several trees along a forest service road used by Coastal GasLink — which were discovered along with cans of gasoline and prompted a RCMP criminal investigation — a “defensive posture.”

READ MORE: Coastal GasLink delaying work in Wet’suwet’en after requesting meeting with Hereditary Chiefs

“I think there’s a long history of the criminalization of our people for upholding and controlling access to our territories,” she said, “and I think it’s unfortunate that RCMP and Coastal GasLink would look to construe any defensive actions on our part in a negative manner.”

Tait added the latest injunction order is “essentially institutionalizing racism” and ignored Wet’suwet’en laws, which opponents say has been held up in past Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

Indigenous supporters rally

At a protest held in Vancouver Saturday, hundreds of supporters of the Wet’suwet’en marched in solidarity with the group’s cause.

“We will not tolerate any kind of aggression against our elders, against our knowledge keepers, against our sacred people,” Grand Chief Stewart Philip with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs told the crowd.

“We need to be vigilant, we need to stay in close contact with the Wet’suwet’en people on the front lines.”

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READ MORE: B.C. First Nation chiefs serve eviction notices to company looking to build gas pipeline

David Suzuki, who also attended rallies following the RCMP operation last January, said the Wet’suwet’en’s fight is part of a larger battle taking place in Canada.

“What is going on now is a battle against corporations and the capitalist system, where they are determined to extract every bit out of this planet, regardless of what the consequences are,” he told the crowd.

“How the hell have we gotten into this mess?”

1:40Tensions rise again over pipeline project

Tensions rise again over pipeline project

Tait said the opponents are grateful with the support they’ve received, adding she’s confident the RCMP will be held accountable by the attention it’s receiving as the clock ticks closer toward enforcement.

“The world is watching,” she said. “This is Canada and B.C.’s chance to do the right thing and really work to rectify that relationship with the first peoples of this land.”

—With files from Sarah MacDonald, Jill Bennett and the Canadian Press

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Meghan Markle Signs Voiceover Deal With Disney After Stepping Back From Royal Duties (Report) –

January 11th, 2020

Meghan Markle is wasting no time getting to work following the news that she and Prince Harry are stepping back from royal duties. The Times of London reports the Duchess of Sussex has inked a voiceover deal for an unspecified project with Disney in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a wildlife conservation charity that helps protect the animals from poachers. The couple made headlines around the world with the announcement that they intend to become financially independent. But it seems as though the plan was already in motion for some time.

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Health department reports flu-related pediatric death in Erie County – Buffalo News

January 11th, 2020

The Erie County Health Department confirmed that the death of a child on Saturday was related to the flu.

Health Department spokeswoman Kara Kane provided no other details.

“I can confirm there was a flu-related pediatric death today in Erie County,” Kane said in an email. “We do not have any other information to release.”

Erie County, like the rest of the state, is seeing an early spike in reported cases of the flu.

In Erie County, reported flu cases more than doubled each week of December, climbing from 29 cases the first week to 345 cases the last week of the year. In the first week of January, the number of cases grew to 373.

The numbers are underreported because not everyone who gets the flu seeks treatment, and not all cases that test positive are reported to the state.

But Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gail Burstein said cases of reported influenza this year are “much more than in years past” with the numbers only expected to climb as the season progresses.

Early arrival of flu strikes thousands across New York State


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January 11th, 2020

Jennifer Lopez Reveals She’s The New Face Of Versace & Wears Iconic Grammy Dress To Celebrate – Hollywood Life

January 11th, 2020

Jennifer Lopez looks absolutely incredible in this new ad campaign for Versace, which includes another remixed version of her legendary green dress!

We can’t think of anyone better to be the face of Versace than Jennifer Lopez! The 50-year-old entertainer took to Instagram to share the announcement, and stunned in the gorgeous new campaign. Sporting an updated version of her legendary jungle print dress, the updated version appeared to be a form-fitting cat-suit with the number’s iconic plunging neckline. The new outfit also introduced a blazer in the same print, perhaps making the look a little more office friendly (we kid). “I am so excited I can finally reveal that I am the face of the #VersaceSS20 campaign! ✨ Thank you to @Donatella_Versace and everyone at @Versace for your vision and collaboration,” she captioned the exciting announcement.

Jen’s post didn’t just feature the one pic, but four other insanely spicy photos taken by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. All from the line’s spring 2020 collection, her toned body, sculpted legs and tight abs were on full-display in a sequin red mini that looked perfect for the Super Bowl! The third image featured Jennifer in another remix of one of the brand’s most iconic looks: a black blazer with gold buttons. This version featured a low cut, showing off her cleavage, along with slightly accented shoulder-puffs and a thin black belt.

Each of the campaign images featured computerized imagery over top and behind her, seemingly taking inspiration from her 1999 video “If You Had My Love” directed by Paul Hunter. “The #VersaceSS20 campaign imagery depicts vanity and uncensored expression as a form of self-love,” the brand explained on their own Instagram account, featuring a pic of the star in another version of the green dress with long sleeves and a high neck.

Jennifer made headlines worldwide when she wore the original kimono style, deep-v gown to the 2000 Grammy’s with then-boyfriend Diddy, 50. Though it’s been two decades, the dress has become one of — if not the best-known — red carpet moment of all time! The “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” singer literally broke the internet back when she wore a slightly edited version to close Versace’s show at Milan Fashion Week and miraculously looked better in the dress nearly 20 years later! Known simply as “the green dress,” the sexy number has remained synonymous with Jennifer who rocked it on Saturday Night Live not once, but twice — and also in a catsuit format for her 2014 video “I Luh Ya Papi.”