Archive for January 17th, 2020

Apple complies with 90% of US government requests for customer data – Business Insider

January 17th, 2020

New Elder Scrolls Online Greymoor Chapter Returns To Skyrim’s Blackreach – Screen Rant

January 17th, 2020

Google search results on the desktop now include favicons – Android Central

January 17th, 2020

Walmart’s weekend sale includes a $150 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition – Engadget

January 17th, 2020

Céline Dion dedicates moving tribute to mom Thérèse: ‘I’ll sing to you with all my heart’ – USA TODAY

January 17th, 2020

Céline Dion is mourning the loss of her mother, Thérèse Tanguay-Dion. 

Known affectionately known as “Maman Dion,” the Canadian television personality died Thursday after being ill for some time, Dion’s management confirmed to USA TODAY.

She was 92. 

“It is with deep sadness that Feeling Productions announces the death of Mrs. Thérèse Tanguay Dion,” reads a statement provided by spokesperson Chantal Tessier Friday. “Mrs. Dion died peacefully at home last night, surrounded by her family.”

Dion, who’s currently on her Courage World Tour, dedicated her Miami concert to her mother on Friday and opened up about Thérèse’s final moments during a moving tribute.  

“Two days ago, we got a call from the nurses who were taking care of her so well, saying that her time was coming soon,” Dion recalled. “So last night, I joined my brothers and sisters in Montreal and I spent the evening at her bedside.”

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The singer continued: “We told stories. We sang songs. We hugged each other and we said our goodbyes. We are pretty sure that mom waited for us to be all together before departing.”

Earlier, Dion shared a dated black-and-white family portrait on Instagram, featuring Thérèse, husband Adhémar-Charles Dion and their 14 children. The photo includes Dion, who is at 51 the youngest of nine girls and five boys. (Adhémar died in 2003 at age 80.)

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“Maman, we love you so much,” Dion captioned the throwback. “We dedicate tonight’s show to you and I’ll sing to you with all my heart.”

Celine Dion and her mother Therese Dion at the 79th annual Academy Awards on Feb 2, 2007.

Dion’s mother died exactly four years after the singer lost her brother Daniel to cancer at age 59 on Jan. 17,  2016. Dion’s husband René Angélil died from cancer three days before Daniel on Jan. 14, 2016, at age 73. 

“There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about your beautiful smile,” Dion wrote on Instagram Tuesday, marking the fourth anniversary of her husband’s passing. “We miss you, thank you for watching over us my love. I love you.”

Dion and Angélil share 9-year-old twin sons Eddy and Nelson. 

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Why Harry and Meghan are stepping back from royal roles – CBC News: The National

January 17th, 2020

There were signs from the start that Prince Harry and Meghan would do things differently. CBC News’ Thomas Daigle looks at those signs and why the Sussexes are now stepping back.

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Children’s National Hospital confirms flu-related death – WTOP

January 17th, 2020

A patient who came into Children’s National Hospital in D.C. last weekend and tested positive for the flu has died.

“The team at Children’s National Hospital is dedicated to providing the very best care to every patient and our hearts break any time a family loses a child,” a hospital spokesperson said in a statement.

More than 30 pediatric deaths associated with the flu have been reported nationwide during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Flu symptoms in children that require attention include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Chest or severe muscle pain
  • No urine for eight hours
  • Not alert when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever over 100 degrees

The CDC said children younger than 5 years old — especially those younger than 2 — are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications; a flu vaccine offers the best defense against flu and its potentially serious consequences and can also reduce the spread of flu to others.

Find out more about children and the flu on the CDC’s website.

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Skies over Kenora, Ont., filled with smoke after fire at lakefront hotel –

January 17th, 2020

The Ontario Provincial Police closed down one of the main thoroughfares in Kenora, Ont., Friday, after thick, dark clouds of smoke filled the air surrounding an iconic lakefront hotel.

Amy Mosionier, a Kenora resident who lives about two blocks away from the Clarion Lakeside Inn and Conference Centre, told CBC News she saw the massive clouds of smoke around 3 p.m. CST Friday.

“It was hard to tell [the cause of the fire] until we got down there, because there was a lot of smoke coming our way,” Mosionier said.

“My son’s school is within about 300 yards away [from the hotel], so I was just rushing down there to make sure that it wasn’t the school,” she added.

Mosionier said everyone in the hotel had already been evacuated by the time she and her husband arrived at the scene.

While speaking with CBC News early Friday evening, Mosionier said fire trucks were still on the scene, but flames were no longer visible.

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Eminem’s ‘Music to Be Murdered By’: Album Review – Variety

January 17th, 2020

Eminem’s surprise album release may bear the Hitchcock-referencing title “Music to Be Murdered By,” but, yes, as you’d expect, “Music to Murder To” might be a more apt description. The 20-track LP, his tenth since soundtracking the turn of the millennium with 1999’s “The Slim Shady LP,” finds the Detroit rap legend in an alternately rancorous and pensive mood while showcasing his still obliterative rhyming skills, penchant for controversy and even a provocative turn of questionably executed advocacy for gun safety. 

Featuring everyone from Q-Tip to Ed Sheeran, Anderson .Paak and the gone-too-soon emo-rap icon Juice Wrld, the album poses the question: When you’ve been raging against the world for a half-century, is there anything left unscathed? Eminem takes listeners on a tour of gripes familiar and occasionally new, ranging in theme from domestic abuse to copious opiate use, various rap feuds, staying culturally relevant, euthanized childhood pets and a preoccupation with mass shootings. 

Although Eminem’s impish affectation has been replaced over time with a far more grouchy demeanor, don’t let the Hitchcock references, dad beard or Simon and Garfunkel samples fool you with illusions of maturity or subtlety. He wants you to know that he very much still does not give a f—, as promised way back in ‘99. Some of Eminem’s references in his diss-topian rhymes — JonBenet Ramsey and Ayatollah Khomeini, for example — may have been best left in the last century, but it’s his commentary on a far more persistent phenomenon that has the Internet ablaze. 

Most of the early attention on the record has been on the controversial video for the single “Darkness,” a “Stan”-esque dirge that places Em in the shoes of the 2017 Las Vegas massacre shooter. The track intertwines Eminem’s own struggles with alcohol, pharmaceuticals, anxiety and depression with the final moments of Stephen Paddock’s life, a macabre blur of semiautomatic weapons, booze and a blood-soaked hotel room spliced with moody shots of Eminem pacing around a blue-tinged minimalist set. 

As the protagonist un-hoods, revealing not Eminem but a Paddock lookalike, he rains machine gun fire down on the Strip below before shooting himself in the mouth. It’s a bleak and startling affair, arresting in its sheer lack of subtlety and grim shock factor  all familiar Eminem tropes, just without any semblance of his usual humor. The video fades with clips of media coverage of mass shootings forming the shape of the contiguous United States and a public service announcement: “Make Your Voice Heard and Help Change Gun Laws in America.” 

Many have lauded the rap veteran for the video’s political message. It’s a sign of the alternate reality we have warped into that Eminem — the lovable scamp who made his career motor-mouthing fantasies of murdering his ex-wife, shooting up clubs and assaulting strippers — is now pitching gun safety legislation and get-out-the-vote drives. “Darkness” is wedged between tracks that gleefully quip about the Manchester Arena and Columbine shootings, so the continuity of messaging barely lasts a couple minutes. Even in this post-truth age, the lack of accountability is galling. But this is where we find ourselves. “This is America,” it ain’t, but we’ll take our advocates where we can get ‘em. 

Eminem has always used imagery of violence and guns, even if under the guise of extremist satire, to sell millions of records that have perpetuated a culture in which gun violence is normalized. Depending on your perspective, that makes his turn on “Darkness” either all the more valiant or deeply hypocritical and exploitative. If it makes even one individual vote or one middle American angry boy consider mental health and gun safety in a different way, do we join the chorus of consternated applause?

The album has its less topical highlights. “Godzilla” and “Yah Yah” are memorable uptempo bangers with notable featured performances from Juice Wrld and the Roots’ Black Thought, respectively, that show Eminem’s often-astounding flow still carries water over various niches of hip-hop. Longtime collaborator Royce Da 5’9” brings a fresh energy to all three tracks on which he appears. And after doffing his baseball cap to Tyler, the Creator on “No Regrets” while highlighting lesbian rapper Young MA on “Unaccommodating,” it seems that Eminem’s rampant homophobia may be in remission. Elton will be pleased. Then again, on the regrettable “Those Kinda Nights” collab with Ed Sheeran (can we call EdandEm a thing?), Eminem eagerly opines on the joys of sexual harassment, so there’s clearly still plenty of room for improvement on the wokeness scorecard. 

All the hullabaloo around “Darkness” will likely obscure too much rumination on the rest of “Music to Be Murdered By.” Perhaps that’s a good thing for Eminem. While his talent for head-spinning flow and cutting barbs is still very much in effect, the album is a passable but ultimately forgettable meandering through popular hip-hop sounds of today. It’s usually a bad sign when an artist opens an album with a track berating you about how relevant he is. But if Eminem has found a way to turn his perennial talent for shock-baiting into an even infinitesimally safer America, it might be possible to chalk it up as a win anyway. 


One last blast of snow expected before B.C. South Coast weather shifts to rain – Global News

January 17th, 2020

B.C.’s South Coast will get a final blast of snow Friday night before shifting back to more typical wet and cold winter weather this weekend.

Vancouver Island will see the first of the snow before it moves into Metro Vancouver and over the Fraser Valley between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.

Environment Canada’s winter storm warning for inland and eastern Vancouver Island predicts between 10 and 20 centimetres could fall by Saturday morning, with up to 15 centimetres expected north of the Malahat Highway.

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Victoria and the rest of the southern island will likely only see rain, though the area is under a wind warning along with the western island coast and the Southern Gulf Islands.

The warning predicts winds between 60 and 80 km/h before dying down Saturday morning.

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Metro Vancouver could see anywhere from zero to eight centimetres overnight, forecasters warn, depending on the area.

The majority of the region is under a special weather statement, while a snowfall warning is in place for Surrey and Langley.

Starting after midnight Saturday, temperatures will slowly warm up and the snow will start transitioning to rain. Forecasters say the exact timing of the transition will vary across the region.

That transition could likely bring freezing rain along with winds between 40 and 60 km/h.

By the morning, the weather will likely have shifted to rain that’s set to last through the weekend.

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Forecasters say the rain will also bring a chance of flooding to several municipalities as the snow starts to melt.

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In the Fraser Valley, “hazardous winter conditions are expected”, according to Environment Canada’s winter storm warning for the region.

Anywhere between one and six centimetres could fall between Abbotsford and Hope by morning, forecasters say, before things start to warm up overnight.

However, those temperatures aren’t expected to rise above zero degrees, bringing an extended chance of freezing rain that could last well through Saturday.

A full list of Environment Canada’s public weather alerts for B.C. can be found here.

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