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Meghan Markle emerges from Megxit to have tea at women’s center – Page Six

January 14th, 2020

Meghan Markle had tea at a women’s center in a down-trodden neighborhood in Vancouver on Tuesday, in one of her first public appearances since her and Prince Harry announced their “Megxit” from the royal family.

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre posted a Facebook photo of their staff posing with the duchess after Markle’s visit Tuesday.

“Look who we had tea with today!” they wrote. “The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, visited us today to discuss issues affecting women in the community.”

The center provides meals, counseling and advocacy for women in the community, according to their website.

They note on the site that their neighborhood, the Downtown Eastside of the city, “is well-known within Vancouver and even across Canada for its disproportionate levels of poverty and extreme marginalization.”

Markle hasn’t made a public statement since she and her husband Prince Harry announced in a surprise Instagram post that they intended to “step back” form their senior roles in the Royal Family.

“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” they wrote in the Jan. 8 statement.

“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen,” they added.


‘They’re not coming back’: Tears flow as hundreds gather in North Vancouver for Iran crash vigil – Global News

January 14th, 2020

A week after 176 people were killed when Iran shot down a commercial airliner near Tehran, hundreds of people gathered in North Vancouver’s Civic Plaza to honour the victims.

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Fifty-seven Canadians were aboard Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752, including at least 15 people who called B.C. home.

READ MORE: North Vancouver to host Tuesday vigil for Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 victims

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The tragedy hit North Vancouver particularly hard: the community is home to nearly a quarter of the Lower Mainland’s estimated 44,000 residents of Iranian descent.

Mourners, many carrying tiny Canadian and Iranian flags, lit candles and piled flowers on a makeshift shrine to the fallen.

“There are no words to describe this,” said Milad Parpouchi, who came to mourn with the community.

READ MORE: Iran announces first arrests over downing of Ukrainian passenger plane

“Justice can never be attained in this kind of tragic event, never. But I hope that we get as close to it as possible.”

Through tears, Parisa Asghari told Global News her neighbour’s daughter was aboard the plane.

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7:22Memorial university scholarship in memory of Iran plane crash victims

Memorial university scholarship in memory of Iran plane crash victims

“She was a 23-year-old student with lots of hope to come to Canada to pursue her dreams. But unfortunately with this event she lost all her dreams and all her hopes, and she will never come back,” said Asghari.

“First of all we need to know what exactly happened. But no matter what comes out of this investigation, they’re not coming back.”

READ MORE: Iran plane crash: Canada hosting response group meeting on next steps in probe

Abegael Fischer-Lang, who attended the rally toting Canadian flags, said in the 30 years she’d lived in North Vancouver she’d become close friends with many in the Iranian community.

“I’ve met musicians and painters and storytellers,” she said. “The whole Iranian culture is so full of beauty and light and it’s brought so much to our community, so I’m here grieving because I feel these are my people.

“I’m just here to grieve with my friends.”

3:30Family of Canadian crash victim claims Iran won’t release remains

Family of Canadian crash victim claims Iran won’t release remains

On Tuesday, Iran announced that it had made an unspecified number of arrests in the downing of the flight, which it has described as an accident.

READ MORE: Without recent escalations, Iran plane crash victims would be ‘home with their families’: Trudeau

The country had initially denied shooting the aircraft down, but admitted Saturday that it was responsible.

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Investigators with the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) have travelled to Iran, but said Tuesday they could not confirm the location of black boxes from the plane.

The plane, en route from Tehran to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians and 57 Canadians, many of whom were Iranians with dual citizenship.

It remains unclear when the remains of the Canadian victims will be repatriated.

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Gender comes to the forefront as Warren, Sanders clash at final Democratic debate – Global News

January 14th, 2020

Elizabeth Warren made a forceful case for a female president and stood behind her accusation suggesting sexism by progressive rival Bernie Sanders Tuesday night in a Democratic debate that raised gender as a key issue in the sprint to Iowa’s presidential caucuses.

Sanders vehemently denied Warren’s accusation, which threatened to split the Democratic Party’s left flank — as well as the senators’ longtime liberal alliance — at a critical moment less than three weeks before voting begins.

“Look at the men on this stage. Collectively they have lost 10 elections,” Warren exclaimed. “The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women.”

An incredulous Sanders responded: “Does anybody in their right mind think a woman can’t be elected president?” he asked. “Of course a woman can win.”

READ MORE: Democratic presidential debate highlights vanishing diversity of candidates

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There was a final moment of tension between Sanders and Warren after the debate ended. Having shaken the hands of her other competitors, Warren was shown in video declining to shake Sanders’ extended hand.

With the Democratic field tightly bunched among four leading candidates, the debate offered an opportunity for separation. But none of the six candidates on stage had the kind of moment likely to reshape the race in the final weeks before voting starts. Instead, the debate was generally marked by a focus on weighty issues of foreign policy, climate change and how to provide health care for all Americans. Even when disputes emerged, most candidates quickly pivoted to note their larger differences with President Donald Trump.

For his part, Trump spent Tuesday night campaigning in Wisconsin, a state that is critical to his reelection effort. He tried to encourage the feud between Sanders and Warren from afar.

“She said that Bernie stated strongly that a woman can’t win,” Trump said. “I don’t believe that Bernie said that, I really don’t. It’s not the kind of thing Bernie would say.”

2:28Warren addresses Sanders’ comment, says female candidates only ones ‘on this stage’ to win all elections that they’ve been in

Warren addresses Sanders’ comment, says female candidates only ones ‘on this stage’ to win all elections that they’ve been in

Despite such prodding, the debate stage drama was far from the explosion some Democrats feared. Candidates moved with ease through a variety of topics, disagreeing with each other but generally avoiding personal attacks.

Sanders did step up his attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden over his past support of the Iraq War and broad free-trade agreements. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who was mired in the middle of the pack, seized on Warren’s shifting positions on health care. Billionaire Tom Steyer acknowledged making money from investments in the fossil fuel industry, but highlighted his decade-long fight to combat climate change, an issue that came up repeatedly throughout the night.

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Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, sometimes struggled for attention in a debate that often featured points of conflict between his rivals. Perhaps his strongest moment came when he described how, as a military veteran who is vocal about his faith, he could stand up to Trump in a general election.

“I’m ready to take on Donald Trump because when he gets to the tough talk and the chest thumping, he’ll have to stand next to an American war veteran and explain how he pretended bone spurs made him ineligible to serve,” Buttigieg said. “And if a guy like Donald Trump keeps trying to use religion to somehow recruit Christianity into the GOP, I will be standing there not afraid to talk about a different way to answer the call of faith and insist that God does not belong to a political party.”

1:29Trump impeachment a hot topic during Democratic debate

Trump impeachment a hot topic during Democratic debate

Questions surrounding war and foreign policy dominated early on. Sanders drew a sharp contrast with Biden by noting his own opposition to a 2002 measure authorizing military action against Iraq.

Sanders called the Iraq invasion “the worst foreign policy blunder in the modern history of this country.”

“I did everything I could to prevent that war,” Sanders said. “Joe saw it differently.”

Biden acknowledged that his 2002 vote to authorize military action was “a mistake,” but highlighted his role in the Obama administration helping to draw down the U.S. military presence in the region.

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Several candidates condemned Trump’s recent move to kill Iran’s top general and his decision to keep U.S. troops in the region.

“We have to get combat troops out,” declared Warren, who also called for reducing the military budget.

READ MORE: Democratic presidential debate: 6 unanswered questions as primary voting looms

Others, including Buttigieg, Biden and Klobuchar, said they favored maintaining a small military presence in the Middle East.

“I bring a different perspective,” said Buttigeg. “We can continue to remain engaged without having an endless commitment to ground troops.”

The debate featured just six candidates, the fewest of any such forum this cycle after escalating party rules prevented other candidates from participating. For the first time, not a single candidate of color appeared on stage. Every candidate was white, and four were men.

1:08Democrats face off in first debate following Trump impeachment

Democrats face off in first debate following Trump impeachment

That was a stark contrast from the earlier days of the 2020 contest, which featured the most diverse field of candidates in history. The party is trying to navigate broader debates over how to reflect and embrace the crucial role women and minority voters will play in 2020. To defeat Trump this fall, Democrats need to ensure black, Latino and suburban voters are excited to vote for them against the Republican president.

The debate marked one of the final moments the senators in the race will participate in a campaign-related event before returning to Washington to sit as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial. Those proceedings are likely to begin by the end of the week, making it difficult for senators running for president to spend time with voters Iowa in the contest’s final days.

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“Some things are more important than politics,” Warren said. “I will be there because it is my responsibility.”

© 2020 The Canadian Press

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This Is Us recap: The biggest moments from ‘Light and Shadows’ – Entertainment Weekly News

January 14th, 2020

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‘She was really great’: Meghan Markle visits women’s shelter on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside –

January 14th, 2020

Meghan Markle made an appearance in Vancouver Tuesday for a quiet visit with frontline workers at a Downtown Eastside women’s shelter. 

The Duchess of Sussex sipped Tetley tea and spent more than an hour with managers and staff at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, learning about issues faced by marginalized and vulnerable women.

Meghan asked about the work done at the centre and what can be done to make life safer for women in the neighbourhood, said Kate Gibson, the centre’s acting director.

“She was just casual and lovely,” Gibson said.

“She just wants to get to know the community. We know she’s going to come to Canada and I think possibly the West Coast.

“I think that she just doesn’t want to be sort of a stranger in the midst. She just wants to get to know people.”

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, recently announced they wanted to step back from royal duties and split their time between Canada and the U.K.

The couple spent the holidays on Vancouver Island. Tuesday’s Vancouver visit was Meghan’s first public appearance since the couple’s announcement.

WATCH | Could Harry and Meghan make B.C. their home?

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Gibson said the visit was arranged when she received a “somewhat mysterious” email from a Hotmail account on Monday asking about security. 

It was Meghan’s assistant. The Duchess was interested in visiting some Vancouver organizations that serve women, Gibson said. 

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter provides services for women and also serves as a drop-in emergency night shelter. More than 500 women use its services every day, according to its website.

Gibson said she had a great conversation with Meghan, and it was a welcome opportunity for the women working on the front lines to share stories about their work in the community.

“I thought she was really down to earth,” Gibson said.

“She’s very good at sort of picking up something from the conversation and expanding that a bit, and asking questions and [was] empathetic. She was really great.”

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Jeopardy! GOAT: Ken Jennings beats Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer in greatest of all time tournament – CBS News

January 14th, 2020

Ken Jennings is officially the greatest “Jeopardy!” player of all time. The “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” tournament concluded Tuesday night with Jennings emerging victorious against Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer — and it all came down to the Final Jeopardy question.

The question? “He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.” Jennings correctly answered “Iago” while Rutter simply wrote: “You’re the best, Alex!” Holzhauer’s incorrect answer of “Horatio” was what sealed the deal for Jennings, who was awarded the $1 million prize.

The tournament wasn’t just a boon to the indisputably best “Jeopardy!” players on the planet. ABC also reaped the benefits, with viewership clocking in at roughly 15 million nightly over the course of the tournament, according to The Associated Press.

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Ken Jennings visits SiriusXM Studios on January 6, 2020, in New York City. Dia Dipasupil / Getty

Thursday’s third match reached 15.5 million viewers on the night it aired, the biggest audience yet. To put that in perspective, Fox averaged 14 million viewers last fall for baseball’s World Series.

The emergence of Holzhauer, who set several records for single-day earnings, gave “Jeopardy!” three well-known players with distinctive claims to fame: Rutter has earned more money than any player in the game’s modern-day history, and Jennings set the record for longest run as champion.

Nostalgia for “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who’s battling pancreatic cancer, has also made the competition resonate with viewers. Although he’s acknowledged his struggles with the disease, Trebek said he plans to continue his hosting duties for the foreseeable future.

“As long as I feel my skills have not diminished too much, and as long as I’m enjoying spending time with bright people like these three [contestants] … then I’ll continue doing it,” he said.

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What puts women off bearded men? – UQ News

January 14th, 2020

Women who find bearded men less attractive may be deterred due to their potential risk for carrying ticks, bugs and lice, according to a University of Queensland study published today.

Senior author Dr Barnaby Dixson from UQ’s School of Psychology said the findings suggested that when women judged men for their eligibility as a partner for short or long-term relationships, they can be discouraged by facial hair.

“We found women’s disgust towards ectoparasites – such as fleas that live on the skin – negatively affects preferences for men with beards,” Dr Dixson said.

“This could be due to the increased cultural trends for men and women to remove hair in more regions of the body including their faces, chests, arms, legs and pubic region.

“This is the first study to provide evidence to support the ectoparasite avoidance hypothesis which argues that hairlessness evolved partly in response to parasite abundance to reduce the likelihood of hosting disease carrying parasites.”

The research team surveyed 919 women who identified their relationship status as single, dating, or married/committed. Some elected not to answer.

Participants were questioned on the attractiveness of bearded and clean-shaven males for long-term and short-term relationships.

Single women who wanted to have children preferred clean-shaven faces, whereas married women’s preferences were not linked to their desire for children, Dr Dixson said.

UQ PhD candidate Tessa Clarkson was the study’s lead author.

Dr Dixson is an anthropologist specialising in human behavioural ecology, particularly human mate preferences.

His latest body of research explores the role of male facial hair in sexual attractiveness, masculinity and short and long-term relationships.

Contact: Dr Barnaby Dixson,, +61 423 701 211; Kirsten O’Leary, UQ Communications,, +61 73365 7436


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Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Visit at Women’s Center in Vancouver – E! NEWS

January 14th, 2020
Meghan Markle, Downtown Eastside Women's Centre

Facebook / Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Rain or shine, Meghan Markle‘s philanthropic efforts continue on. 

The Duchess of Sussex ditched the royal family’s ongoing drama to spend time with several women focused on effecting positive change in the Vancouver community. After paparazzi spotted the Duchess of Sussex boarding a seaplane on Tuesday, Meghan paid a surprise visit to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. 

According to the organization, which provides counseling, meals and other services to women and children in need, Meghan stopped by to enjoy tea and discuss issues currently impacting the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre’s patrons. She dressed casually for the impromptu engagement in a cream cableknit sweater, dark pants and brown knee-high boots. 

Since returning to Canada just days after she and Prince Harry announced their intentions to step down as senior members of the royal family, Meghan has maintained a low-profile while tending to their son Archie Harrison.

“She mostly stays home but ventures out around mid-day just to get out,” a source recently told E! News. Meghan was spotted driving around town by herself in a Range Rover, though our insider noted the presence of a security team following close behind.

Prince Harry is expected to reunite with Meghan and Archie after attending a previously scheduled event in London on Thursday. The Duke is set to host the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw at Buckingham Palace.

Just yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II gave Harry and Meghan her blessing to split their time between the U.K. and Canada. After holding an emergency meeting with Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Charles, Her Majesty released the following statement:

“Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family,” the Queen shared. “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”

The Queen said final decisions regarding Prince Harry and Meghan’s desire to become financially independent would be made in the coming days. 

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