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Tim Tebow Shares Photo of His ‘Forever’ New Wife Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters After South Africa Wedding – Yahoo Entertainment

January 20th, 2020
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tim Tebow is celebrating “forever” with his new wife Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.” data-reactid=”16″>Tim Tebow is celebrating “forever” with his new wife Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The former NFL quarterback shared a photo from the couple’s ceremony in South Africa on Monday, captioning the shot simply, “forever.”” data-reactid=”17″>The former NFL quarterback shared a photo from the couple’s ceremony in South Africa on Monday, captioning the shot simply, “forever.”

In the snap, Tebow leans in to give his new bride a kiss as Nel-Peters laughs with her arms around him.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Nel-Peters, who was crowned Miss Universe 2017, has also shared several photos and videos from the celebrations leading up to their nuptials, writing alongside one video on Sunday, “The most magical last few days!”” data-reactid=”19″>Nel-Peters, who was crowned Miss Universe 2017, has also shared several photos and videos from the celebrations leading up to their nuptials, writing alongside one video on Sunday, “The most magical last few days!”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tebow and Nel-Peters said “I do” in an intimate sunset ceremony at La Paris Estate in Cape Town, South Africa. During the 30-minute ceremony, they exchanged vows that they had written for each other.” data-reactid=”20″>Tebow and Nel-Peters said “I do” in an intimate sunset ceremony at La Paris Estate in Cape Town, South Africa. During the 30-minute ceremony, they exchanged vows that they had written for each other.

“We’ve worked very hard to make the wedding absolutely perfect,” Tebow told PEOPLE. “This is a celebration of our relationship, and we’re surrounded by the people we love.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="RELATED:&nbsp;Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Are Married: ‘My Dreams Have Come True’” data-reactid=”23″>RELATED: Tim Tebow and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Are Married: ‘My Dreams Have Come True’

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Shortly before sunset, approximately 260 guests were seated on a secluded lawn surrounded by tall hedges at the resort. At approximately 5:30 p.m. South African time, Nel-Peters walked down the aisle in a custom-made gown from David’s Bridal accented by diamond and pearl earrings from Marion Rehwinkel Jewelery.” data-reactid=”24″>Shortly before sunset, approximately 260 guests were seated on a secluded lawn surrounded by tall hedges at the resort. At approximately 5:30 p.m. South African time, Nel-Peters walked down the aisle in a custom-made gown from David’s Bridal accented by diamond and pearl earrings from Marion Rehwinkel Jewelery.

The traditional ceremony included elements from both American and South African cultures and traditions.

“We’re both very traditional,” Nel-Peters told PEOPLE. “We wanted to look back at the wedding and see that it was intimate, elegant, and traditional. We definitely wanted it to be something that we could look back on and know that nothing was dated. We want to remember this day for the rest of our lives.”

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="RELATED: Tim Tebow Is Engaged to Former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters” data-reactid=”38″>RELATED: Tim Tebow Is Engaged to Former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ahead of the ceremony, Tebow told PEOPLE that he’s been dreaming about the wedding since he and Nel-Peters got engaged in January 2019.” data-reactid=”39″>Ahead of the ceremony, Tebow told PEOPLE that he’s been dreaming about the wedding since he and Nel-Peters got engaged in January 2019.

“I’ve been looking forward to three things,” said Tebow. “The first moment I see her in her wedding dress, the first kiss, and the first dance together as man and wife. It’s such a special night.”

He continued, “I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone special, who I can spend the rest of my life with. I was waiting for the right person to come along. And now I’m marrying Demi. I can’t wait to see what our future holds. All of my dreams have come true. It was 100 percent worth the wait.”

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January 20th, 2020

Teen dies in Scarborough shooting – Toronto Sun

January 20th, 2020

A teenage boy is dead after a shooting at a Scarborough gas station Monday afternoon.

Toronto Police responded to the Esso gas station located at the southwest corner of Markham and Ellesmere Rds. at about 3:10 p.m., after receiving calls about the firing of gunshots.

Upon arrival, police found a young man suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported the teen with life-threatening injuries and he later died.

A male suspect was arrested on scene. The investigation is now being handled by the Toronto homicide detectives.

Police say few details are known about the shooting. Insp. Susan Gomes told CP24 the shooting was “brazen” and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Nearby Woburn Collegiate Institute was on lockdown for a period of time after the shooting took place, CP24 reported.

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Canadian hospitals, airports preparing for possible arrival of SARS-like coronavirus from China – The Globe and Mail

January 20th, 2020

Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital on Jan. 17, 2020, in Wuhan, China. B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer said she has ‘no doubt’ there will be cases in Canada.

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Canadian hospitals and airports are putting in place enhanced infection-control measures as they prepare for the possible arrival of a SARS-like virus that China confirmed Monday can be transmitted between humans.

Chinese health officials say the novel coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, has sickened more than 200 people and killed four people. Infection control experts say they expect to see some cases of the virus in Canada, because of the number of travellers between the two countries.

Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, said she has “no doubt” there will be cases in Canada. But unlike 2003, when SARS arrived in Toronto and officials had no idea what they were dealing with, the situation is much different this time, Dr. Henry said. For instance, officials have already developed a test for the new virus, are aware of the symptoms and have some idea of how the illness progresses. And the 2019-nCoV virus doesn’t appear to be as deadly as SARS was, Dr. Henry said.

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During the SARS outbreak, more than 8,000 people were infected and hundreds died as a result of the illness, according to the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization is holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday to determine whether the growing outbreak constitutes a public health emergency and what needs to be done to manage the risk.

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Theresa Tam said Monday the government is increasing signage at airports in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal that ask travellers from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, to tell border services agents if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms. The government will also add a new health screening question to electronic kiosks in the coming weeks.

There have been no confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Canada. Health officials in Ontario investigated three possible cases in people who recently travelled to Wuhan, but ruled out the illness.

The Wuhan coronavirus: What we know so far about the new disease from China

Provinces are working with hospitals to alert health-care workers about what signs to look for and to prepare new infection-control measures, such as emergency-room signage, isolation areas and how to collect samples from patients with possible infections.

Complicating matters is the fact Canada is in midst of a busy influenza season, meaning emergency rooms are filled with people experiencing symptoms that are similar to those of the novel coronavirus, including cough, fever and shortness of breath.

Isaac Bogoch, an infectious-diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital, said the response to the outbreak could be improved if Chinese officials were more transparent with the total number of cases and other clinical data.

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Other key questions that need to be answered include how easily the virus spreads from person to person, what causes it and the proportion of patients who develop severe versus mild symptoms.

Dr. Tam said Canadian officials are working to confirm reports from China that the illness has spread to some health-care workers there, which would signal human-to-human transmission. Chinese state media reported that some health workers in Wuhan, and family members who had not travelled to the city, were infected with the virus. Such an evolution of the virus had been feared by epidemiologists and has intensified concerns that the virus has begun to spread more rapidly just days ahead of the Lunar New Year celebration – China’s busiest travel season.

China has reported 224 cases, with 217 of those confirmed in Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, the economically vital southern city that borders Hong Kong. Another seven are suspected in a growing circle of provinces that now includes Sichuan, Yunnan, Shanghai, Guangxi and Shandong.

China counts sharp rise

in coronavirus cases

China has reported a sharp rise in the number of

people infected with a new coronavirus, includ-

ing the first cases in the capital, as millions begin

travelling ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday,

which begins on Jan. 24.

KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES

(as of 12 p.m. ET Jan. 20)

Beijing: 5

South Korea: 1

Shanghai: 1

Wuhan: 198

(including 3 deaths)

Guangdong

province: 14

Thailand: 2

CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV)

Belongs to large family of viruses that cause illnesses

ranging from common cold to more severe diseases

such as MERS and SARS*

New strain not previously identified in humans

Origin suggests animal-to-human transmission, but

some human-to-human transmission has occurred

Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever,

cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties

People advised to avoid“unprotected” contact with

live animals, thoroughly cook meat and eggs, and

avoid close contact with anyone with cold or

flu-like symptoms

Electron microscopic image of Middle East

respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus

*Severe acute respiratory syndrome

graphic news, Sources: Associated Press,

BBC Picture: CDC

China counts sharp rise

in coronavirus cases

China has reported a sharp rise in the number of people

infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases

in the capital, as millions begin travelling ahead of the

Lunar New Year holiday, which begins on Jan. 24.

KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES (as of 12 p.m. ET Jan. 20)

Beijing: 5

South Korea: 1

Shanghai: 1

Wuhan: 198

(including 3 deaths)

Guangdong

province: 14

Thailand: 2

CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV)

Belongs to large family of viruses that cause illnesses

ranging from common cold to more severe diseases

such as MERS and SARS*

New strain not previously identified in humans

Origin suggests animal-to-human transmission, but

some human-to-human transmission has occurred

Signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever,

cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties

People advised to avoid“unprotected” contact with

live animals, thoroughly cook meat and eggs, and avoid

close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Electron microscopic image of Middle East

respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus

*Severe acute respiratory syndrome

graphic news, Sources: Associated Press,

BBC Picture: CDC

China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases

China has reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new

coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital, as millions begin travelling

ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, which begins on Jan. 24.

KNOWN CORONAVIRUS CASES

(as of 12 p.m. ET Jan. 20)

South Korea: 1

Beijing: 5

Shanghai: 1

Wuhan: 198

(including 3 deaths)

CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV)

Belongs to large family of

viruses that cause illnesses

ranging from common cold

to more severe diseases

such as MERS and SARS*

Guangdong

province: 14

Thailand: 2

New strain not previously

identified in humans

Origin suggests animal-to-

human transmission, but

some human-to-human

transmission has occurred

Signs of infection include

respiratory symptoms, fever,

cough, shortness of breath

and breathing difficulties

People advised to avoid

“unprotected” contact with

live animals, thoroughly cook

meat and eggs, and avoid

close contact with anyone

with cold or flu-like

symptoms

Electron microscopic image of Middle East

respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus

*Severe acute respiratory syndrome

graphic news, Sources: Associated Press, BBC Picture: CDC

Zhong Nanshan, who leads a team of experts organized by China’s National Health Commission, sought to assuage fears about the virus. “We identified the new coronavirus just two weeks after the outbreak was reported and we have very good virus-monitoring and quarantine measures,” he said. “I believe the outbreak will not cause the same impact on society and the economy as SARS did 17 years ago.”

And the collision of an urgent public health situation with holiday travel has worried experts and travellers alike.

Lunar New Year is “supposed to be a happy occasion,” said Asok Kurup, an infectious-diseases specialist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore who has worked on the response to previous pandemics, including SARS and H1N1. “But we are absolutely frightened about the whole scenario. We are bracing ourselves for the millions of people who will be moving all over the continent in the next few weeks to only worsen the problem.”

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In South Korea, authorities raised their alert level Monday and ordered additional monitoring by local governments after placing into isolation a woman who arrived Sunday with a fever and respiratory problems. The woman had travelled from Wuhan and tested positive for the new virus. Airports in the United States, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have increased screening of passengers from Wuhan.

At Wuhan’s international airport, authorities have conducted temperature checks of outbound passengers. Local rail stations have also been ordered to do the same. The virus first emerged at the Wuhan South China Seafood City market, which was closed at the beginning of the year.

Ivan Hung, chief of the infectious-diseases division at the University of Hong Kong, held out hope about containing the virus, particularly since the information disclosed by China has allowed other countries to develop rapid testing.

Still, he recommended more careful screening for those travelling to foreign countries from anywhere in China, not just from Wuhan. Dr. Kurup said such passengers should be screened for respiratory conditions, not just fevers.

Those travelling to Wuhan, meanwhile, said they were hoping the uncertainty would not dampen their holidays.

“My family is in Wuhan and they reminded me to wear a mask when I’m going home – but they showed no signs of panic,” said Xu Can, 36.

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Patricia Shen, 25, wasn’t so sure. A part-time kindergarten teacher who works in Paris, she was boarding a train home to Wuhan, where her mother and aunt work in a hospital. They “told me the situation is worse than some of the early news reports,” Ms. Shen said. “Wuhan is such an important crossroads for transportation, and so many cases have appeared, so you can imagine how many are still unknown.”

With reports from Alexandra Li

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January 20th, 2020

‘AGT: The Champions’: Heidi Klum hit with knife, Howie Mandel finally uses Golden Buzzer – USA TODAY

January 20th, 2020

“America’s Got Talent: The Champions” is back, and this time, judge Howie Mandel finally got to put his Golden Buzzer rights to use.

During last week’s episode, Mandel was supposed to have exclusive use of the buzzer, which gives a judge the power to automatically send an act to the finals. Before he could hit it, however, fellow judge Simon Cowell swooped in to steal it for “Star Wars”-inspired dance act Boogie Storm.

So on Monday’s episode, the Golden Buzzer power was back in Mandel’s hands, and this time the former “Deal or No Deal” host used it on a group of performers he decided deserved a second chance.

V. Unbeatable, a dance crew from Mumbai, India, returned to the show after finishing in fourth place on Season 14 of “AGT” last year, where guest judge Dwyane Wade gave them their first Golden Buzzer.

“Our time on ‘America’s Got Talent’ was like a dream come true, because we come from so much struggle,” said one member of the team, adding that most of the people in the dance crew come from Mumbai’s slums.

He continued that a second chance at the “AGT” title is an “opportunity to make a better life for ourselves and for our families.”

After Simon Cowell swooped in to use the Golden Buzzer during last week's episode, Howie Mandel got another chance to send an act to the finals of "America's Got Talent: The Champions."

And V. Unbeatable lived up to their name.

Dancing to an up-tempo, contemporary tune, the dancers held nothing back, flinging members into the air and performing several flips. In one stunt, a smaller dancer was catapulted through a moving rectangular structure, and landed in time with the music.

All four judges were blown away.

“I can see on your faces just how much this all means to all of you,” said judge Alesha Dixon. “Thank you so much for bringing such a beautiful, positive energy to ‘AGT: Champions.’ That was absolutely outstanding.”

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Judge Heidi Klum noted the act had “so much adrenaline,” while Cowell called it “one of the best acts we’ve seen in ‘Champions’ this year.”

“We needed you tonight, trust me,” he added.

Mandel, however, seemed most impressed.

“I love you, and I love what you do, and I love what it means to you,” he said. “When you didn’t win ‘AGT,’ the disappointment you had, we felt like a knife going into our hearts. 

‘AGT: The Champions’: Simon Cowell steals Howie Mandel’s Golden Buzzer, dangerous act stopped

“But disappointment only lasts a moment,” he continued, rising out of his chair and walking toward the Golden Buzzer at the center of the judges’ table. “This is a moment. This is the moment you have been waiting for. Just sit there and think about this moment.”

Mandel then sat on the Golden Buzzer, triggering the confetti cannons and securing the the group’s place in the finals.

While V. Unbeatable brought the energy, another act brought the terror, especially for Klum.

The silent, spooky illusionist Miki Dark, who finished as a semifinalist on Season 10 of “Holland’s Got Talent,” returned for a trick that gave Halloween costume queen Klum a fright.

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Appearing behind the judges’ table, the performer, clad in a dark robe and black-and-white face paint, brought Klum onto the stage and then pointed to host Terry Crews to stand behind her.

Communicating only through hand gestures, the silent Dark instructed Crews to hold a basket of red papers over Klum. He then took out a photo of Cowell’s face, ripped off the picture’s eye, put it in a small red envelope and kissed it with his black lipstick. (Yes, you read that correctly – and it only gets weirder from here.)

Dark then dropped the envelope into the basket and hung a black square onto Klum. On the count of three, Crews dropped the red papers in front of the judge while Dark hurled a knife at her chest.

Klum let out a loud, high scream as the knife struck the sturdy square, attaching to a single piece of red.

Dark then removed the piece to reveal it as the envelope containing the ripped-off piece of Cowell’s eye.

The trick left Klum shaken, literally.

“I can’t stop shaking,” she said back in her judging seat. “Thank you so much for not killing me.”

“I loved everything about it from start to finish,” added Dixon. “You created the best atmosphere. It wasn’t too scary.”

“What?” Klum interrupted.

“Well, for you it was scary,” Dixon replied.

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Unfortunately for Dark, his thrilling stunt didn’t earn him a spot in the semifinals, and he was eliminated, along with magician Ben Hart, multimedia dance crew Freckled Sky, beat-boxing harmonica player Moses Concas, singer Michael Grimm and dance crew Quick Style.

Advancing to the next round are dance partners Duo Destiny, 12-year-old violinist Tyler Butler Figueroa and 11-year-old dog trainer Alexa Lauenburger.

“AGT” returns Monday (NBC, 8 EST/PST).

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January 20th, 2020

Iran asks for help from U.S., France to analyze downed plane’s black boxes: report – Global News

January 20th, 2020

Iran needs technical assistance from France and United States to analyze data from the Ukrainian jetliner that was accidentally shot down, says a preliminary report released by the country’s National Aviation Authority on Monday.

The flight recorders, commonly known as black boxes, sustained physical damage, although the memory is intact after the flight was hit by two missiles within three minutes of taking off from Tehran’s airport on Jan. 8, the report says.

Witnesses reported a fire in the sky and the aircraft crashed to the ground with an explosion, says the report, written in Farsi and translated by The Canadian Press.

READ MORE: Iran says dual citizens killed in plane crash to be treated as Iranian citizens

Ukraine representatives who are investigating the incident and other experts agree that the data recorders are some of the most technically advanced devices in the world, it says.

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But because of the damage sustained they need some parts for repair, which will ensure they can be investigated in Iran, it says.

A request for technical help has been sent to the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety in France and the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States but they have not responded positively to the request, it says.

1:21Canadian government ‘demands’ Iran deliver black box to Ukraine or France: Foreign Affairs Minister

Canadian government ‘demands’ Iran deliver black box to Ukraine or France: Foreign Affairs Minister

The report says Canada, Sweden, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Ukraine are asking to be part of the investigative process rather than being observers.

On Sunday, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne wrote to his Iranian counterpart to stress Canada’s view that the black boxes should be sent quickly for analysis by experts in either France or Ukraine, which is the consensus of the countries who lost citizens when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard accidentally shot down the passenger plane, killing all 176 aboard.

Hassan Rezaeifar, Champagne’s counterpart in Iran, was quoted Sunday by the state-run IRNA news agency as saying “the flight recorders from the Ukrainian Boeing are in Iranian hands and we have no plans to send them out.”

READ MORE: Iran plane crash: Families of Canadian victims to receive $25,000, Trudeau says

He said Iran is working to recover the data and cabin recordings, and that it may send the flight recorders to Ukraine or France. “But as of yet, we have made no decision.”

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Canada’s Transportation Safety Board issued a statement Sunday saying it understands that the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder are still in Iran.

“The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s investigator-in-charge may travel to Ukraine this week to meet with the National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation of Ukraine to discuss the investigation and visit the National Bureau of Air Accidents Investigation recorders lab,” the statement said.

A second team of Canadian investigators who specialize in downloading and analyzing aircraft recorder data will be deployed once it is clear when and where that work will be done, the board said.

The report from Iran’s aviation authority says the jetliner was carrying five Canadian nationals. Canada has said 57 Canadians were aboard the Ukraine International Airlines flight.

The report says the figures reflect the passports used by passengers to board the aircraft.

The nine crew members killed were Ukrainian nationals, the remaining passengers included 146 Iranians, 10 Afghans, four Swedes and two Ukrainians, the report says although it recognized that some of the passengers may have had dual nationalities.

© 2020 The Canadian Press

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Brad Pitt reveals Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘confusing’ nickname for him – Fox News

January 20th, 2020

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are the best of buds.

The two starred together in 2019’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — their first movie together — and they clearly enjoyed working with one another.

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Pitt, 56, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the camaraderie between himself and his 45-year-old co-star, as well as the nickname DiCaprio gave him.

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“‘Lover,’ he calls me ‘lover,'” Pitt revealed with a shrug. “It’s a bit confusing, but I roll with it.”

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Aside from having nicknames — Pitt shouted out “LDC” in reference to DiCaprio at the Golden Globes following his award win — Pitt said the bond between himself and DiCaprio was “easy.”

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Brad Pitt in a scene from "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." On Monday, Jan. 13, the film was nominated for an Oscar for best picture.

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and Brad Pitt in a scene from “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” On Monday, Jan. 13, the film was nominated for an Oscar for best picture. (Andrew Cooper/Sony via AP)

“You’ll find, with most of the guys, I would say we’re all pretty much rooting for each other, we all have respect for each other, we all have a good laugh with each other,” noted Pitt. “And it plays. And it’s pretty easy.”

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Pitt won the award for his supporting performance in “Once Upon a Time,” and DiCaprio was nominated for his. Both have also been nominated for Oscars for the same roles.

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Human-rights watchdogs under fire over Coastal GasLink conclusions – The Globe and Mail

January 20th, 2020

The proposed pipeline, a key piece of infrastructure for the $40-billion LNG Canada project that will export Canadian natural gas to Asian markets, has exposed deep divisions between hereditary chiefs and the elected band councils of the Wet’suwet’en.

Jimmy Jeong/The Globe and Mail

Human-rights agencies that have waded into the Coastal Gaslink conflict in northern British Columbia have failed to acknowledge broad support for the project by First Nations along the pipeline route, Indigenous leaders say.

The pipeline has been approved by 20 First Nations in northern British Columbia, including elected band councils of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, as well as the B.C. and federal governments.

But a group led by Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders is seeking to block construction of the pipeline project within their traditional territories. That conflict prompted criticism in recent months from Amnesty International, B.C.’s Human Rights Commission and the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), who say all Indigenous peoples affected by the project should give free, prior and informed consent before it can proceed.

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The proposed pipeline, a key piece of infrastructure for the $40-billion LNG Canada project that will export Canadian natural gas to Asian markets, has exposed deep divisions between hereditary chiefs and the elected band councils of the Wet’suwet’en.

“It is disheartening to see that the input from 20 First Nations, who participated extensively during five years of consultation on the pipeline, and have successfully negotiated agreements with Coastal GasLink, is so easily dismissed by the B.C. Human Rights Commission,” Karen Ogen-Toews, chief executive officer of the First Nations LNG Alliance, wrote recently in an open letter. The organization issued a similar letter directed at the UN committee.

Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender maintained in a statement that all affected Indigenous rights-holding groups are entitled to free, prior and informed consent. She added that her primary concern is about the potential for violence as RCMP seeks to enforce a court injunction to end a blockade by pipeline opponents.

“What is not an acceptable solution is that we should find ourselves in the midst of a militarized police action that threatens the lives and safety of demonstrators,” Ms. Govender said. “This is a crisis moment for Canada, where our commitment to reconciliation and human rights are being tested.”

On Monday, Premier John Horgan offered to send his Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Scott Fraser, to meet with the hereditary chiefs. But in a letter to the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, the Premier noted: “Our government has no authority to vary that injunction, nor to direct the RCMP in the fulfillment of its responsibilities.”

Eight hereditary chiefs who oppose the project maintain the elected chiefs control only the small portion of lands that are on reserve, while they represent the Wet’suwet’en across the broad expanse of their traditional territories.

The LNG Canada export facility is being built in Kitimat, which is in the riding of B.C. Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, who previously was elected chief councillor for the Haisla Nation. Mr. Ross has advocated for the LNG industry as a means to lift Indigenous communities out of poverty. In an interview on Monday, he lashed out at the human-rights watchdogs that have commented on the project.

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“It’s irresponsible not to review the record of consultation and accommodation on the LNG pipeline, and that means going in and reviewing the work done by elected chiefs and councils over the last six years,” Mr. Ross said. “The aboriginal people themselves elected their leaders to represent them on these major projects. What I see right now is this campaign to de-legitimize democratically elected leaders in B.C. And it’s shameful.”

Gay McDougall, a U.S. lawyer who is a vice-chair of the UN committee, said in an interview that she travelled to Vancouver last year to speak with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs about the project. Ms. McDougall declined to say whether the committee took into account the views of Indigenous communities that support the project. “You’re asking me an unfair question,” she said. “I’m not in a position of deciding that. It’s decided internally by the union of Indigenous chiefs, so we have to deal on that level.”

Cheryl Casimer, who serves on the political executive of the First Nations Summit, said the conflict needs to be resolved by the two arms of the Wet’suwet’en leadership.

“The solution can only come from within the nation, and that’s between the hereditary and the elected systems,” she said. “It’s really important and it’s a key step in terms of finding a solution on this complex situation, to have the two groups come together and have that much-needed conversation.”

With a report from James Keller in Calgary

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