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See Jennifer Garner Practice Ballet for First Time in 20 Years

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See Jennifer Garner Practice Ballet for First Time in 20 Years

If an activity ever pops into your head, and then you ask yourself, “I wonder if Jennifer Garner is good at that thing,” you can rest assured the answer is just about always going to be yes.

The 49-year-old Yes Day star took to her Instagram Story on Thursday, April 29 to celebrate International Dance Day by busting out some dance moves of her own. Of course, these were no run-of-the-mill dance moves, as she was performing ballet routines that mimicked those being done by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Skylar Brandt from a video on Jen’s laptop. 

“Bless this old gal’s heart,” the 13 Going on 30 actress self-deprecatingly wrote about herself as the caption. “She hasn’t held a fourth position in a good couple decades.” 

Somehow, ballet must be like riding a bicycle for Jen, given that her steps and positioning looked truly impressive, particularly if she indeed hasn’t dabbled in the dance form in over 20 years. 



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Photo essay: How India’s COVID-19 crisis leaves a trail of death and misery

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India is facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world, buckling the country’s weak healthcare system and overwhelming the nation’s ability to cremate and bury its dead.

The world’s second-most populous nation recorded 379,257 new cases Thursday, a daily record for any country since the coronavirus first emerged more than a year ago. It also reported 3,645 deaths, the most in a single day in India. The actual numbers of infections and deaths are believed to be significantly higher.

The outbreak is being blamed on a so-called double mutant variant of the coronavirus that’s believed to be highly infectious. A vaccine drive has sputtered due to limited doses.

A health worker takes a temperature while screening people for COVID-19 symptoms in Dharavi, a slum in in Mumbai, India, in July 2020.

(Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press)

India’s leaders had earlier boasted of defeating the virus after the country of 1.4 billion reported only a few thousand cases in January. That led to relaxed social restrictions and mass gatherings at cricket matches, election rallies and religious festivals that experts say became superspreader events.

Overcrowded health facilities are now turning away sickened patients, many of whom are dying outside hospital gates. People are scrambling to buy oxygen tanks, one of the most valuable commodities in India as a result of the outbreak.

The number of COVID-19 victims has so overwhelmed the country that furnaces in some crematories have begun to melt. Family members have had to cremate their loved ones in parking lots and along roadsides. Firewood is rationed and sparse in some places because of the abundance of funeral pyres.

A worker sprays disinfectant.

Members of disaster response force spray disinfectant in Hyderabad, India, on April 19.

(Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press)

A body sits on a gurney.

A body of a COVID 19 victim waits to be cremated in New Delhi on April 19.

(Manish Swarup / Associated Press)

Men carry an oxygen cylinder.

Men carry an oxygen cylinder for a patient at a hospital in Srinagar, in the semiautonomous Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, on April 25.

(Mukhtar Khan / Associated Press)

A woman receives oxygen inside a car.

A COVID-19 patient receives oxygen provided by a Sikh house of worship in New Delhi on April 24.

(Altaf Qadri / Associated Press)

People stand among rows of cots.

This auditorium in Mumbai, India, seen on April 29, has been converted into a recovery center for COVID-19 patients.

(Punit Paranjpe / AFP/Getty Images)

Kashmiri women receive vaccines.

Women receive COVID-19 vaccinations at a health center in Srinagar on April 28.

(Dar Yasin / Associated Press)

A health worker takes a nasal swab

A health worker takes a nasal swab for a coronavirus test in New Delhi in July 2020.

(Manish Swarup / Associated Press)

A health worker takes a temperature.

A health worker takes a temperature while screening for COVID-19 symptoms in Mumbai in September 2020.

(Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press)

A man sleeps outdoors.

A man sleeps next to a coronavirus awareness sign in Hyderabad on April 29.

(Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press)

Migrant laborers travel in a bus.

Migrant laborers ride to their home villages after a six-day lockdown in New Delhi on April 20.

(Manish Swarup / Associated Press)

A health worker takes a nasal swab

A health worker takes a nasal swab for a coronavirus test at a government hospital in Hyderabad on April 24.

(Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press)

A health worker takes a mouth swab

A health worker takes a mouth swab for a coronavirus test in Hyderabad on April 29.

(Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press)

Boys look out a train window.

Boys look out a train window at a station in Gauhati on April 19.

(Anupam Nath / Associated Press)

Health workers in India.

Health workers treat patients in a banquet hall converted into a COVID-19 care center in New Delhi on April 29.

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A man sits beside wrapped bodies

A man waits for the cremation of a relative who died of COVID-19 in New Delhi.

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Funeral pyres burn.

Funeral pyres burn at a makeshift crematorium in New Delhi on April 24.

(Altaf Qadri / Associated Press)

A man digs a grave.

A man digs a grave in Gauhati on April 25.

(Anupam Nath / Associated Press)

Health workers and relatives carry a body.

Health workers and relatives carry the body of a COVID-19 victim for cremation in Jammu on April 28.

(Channi Anand / Associated Press)

A burial in Gauhati, India.

A COVID-19 victim is buried in Gauhati on April 25.

(Anupam Nath / Associated Press)

Three men sit beside an ambulance.

Workers who retrieve bodies for cremation sit on a rear step of an ambulance in New Delhi on April 24.

(Altaf Qadri / Associated Press)

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National security threats are changing, but Canada is mired in conventional thinking

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National security threats are changing, but Canada is mired in conventional thinking

This column is an opinion by Aaron Shull and Wesley Wark. Shull is managing director and general counsel of the Waterloo, Ont.-based Centre for International Governance Innovation, and Wark is a senior fellow at CIGI. They are co-leads of a project called Reimagining Canadian National Security Strategy for the 21st CenturyFor more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

An invisible virus borne on the air and reaching across continents and oceans, moving freely among people, disrespecting borders and ideas of state sovereignty, will mark the most profound shake-up of thinking about national security since the beginning of the atomic age in 1945.

We have entered an era in which national security is not just about protecting the state against adversaries, but also against dangers that have a direct impact on the daily lives of people.

The vectors of these threats are new and different — they don’t present the menacing face of armies and war, the shadowy artifice of the traditional spy, or the low-tech threat of terrorism. The new threats come at us straight out of our digital environment and are unleashed out of the natural world.

Digitally enabled threats take aim at precious resources — our data, our economy, our research — and the fundamentals of our democracy. They rob us and bend the truth, and as more of our economy is digitally enabled it is capable of being digitally disabled.

Natural hazards from climate change and the globalized spread of serious infectious diseases threaten livelihoods and lives across the country.

Thinking about national security in Canada has long been the preserve of small cadres of federal government officials and even smaller elements of civil society, each profoundly disconnected from the other. It’s not a subject taught much at our colleges and universities, from which future generations of leaders emerge as innocents. National security has rarely penetrated public debate, hardly ever featured in election campaigns, and only spasmodically seized the headlines — usually in moments of scandal.

In the new environment in which we live, that must change.

Government, political parties, and civil society must all pivot to a new understanding of what national security means and how threats are expected to be met.

We have, in Canada, a long way to go to embrace this new and disquieting understanding of national security, yet our collective future depends on it.

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) devoted its 2020 annual report to an analysis of the national security threats facing Canada, but paid little attention to specific pandemic or biosecurity threats, climate change security impacts, and economic security. (Christian Patry/Radio-Canada)

The distance we have to go was on display recently in two reports tabled in Parliament.

One was presented by the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP), a cornerstone of the Liberal government’s efforts to create a much stronger system of review for our security agencies. NSICOP devoted the entirety of its 2020 annual report to an analysis of the national security threats facing Canada.

This was a laudable endeavour, but one mired in conventional thinking. It failed to be sufficiently forward looking, and the committee limited itself to a discussion of five threats:

  1. Terrorism
  2. Espionage and foreign interference
  3. Malicious cyber activities
  4. Major organized crime
  5. Weapons of mass destruction

All of these are undoubtedly threats, but look hard at this list and you see the conceptual problems.

To give priority of place to terrorism threats is legacy thinking. Espionage and foreign interference are distinct problems, not to be mashed together. Organized crime comes into the national security picture only in very specific manifestations.

More problematic by far is what is missing: pandemic and biosecurity threats, climate change security impacts, and economic security. Precisely the issues that matter most to Canadians, the ones that have the greatest impact on their daily lives, were absent from the frame.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s picture of the national-security threat environment is based around its lawful mandate, which currently doesn’t include a clear security mission regarding the pandemic or climate change. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), in its annual public report for 2020, did better. It is clear from the report that CSIS is seized by threats to Canada’s economic security, including those that emerged to the bio-pharma sector during the early months of COVID-19.

Likewise, troubling state-sponsored disinformation campaigns are now on the CSIS radar. Counterintelligence, long a pillar of CSIS operations, is now focused beyond espionage on foreign interference operations.

The CSIS mandate places it squarely in the fight against violent extremism, but unlike the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, CSIS does not make this the top item in its picture of the threat environment.

And CSIS is working alongside the Communications Security Establishment in trying to understand and counter cyber threats.

However, the CSIS picture of the threat environment is necessarily geared to its lawful mandate. It doesn’t have a pandemic security mission writ large, or a climate change security mandate.

To embrace those missions properly will require new thinking and new ways of organizing our national security apparatus.

When it comes to national security, the past is not prologue. The present is moving fast and the future is hard to get a grip on. But here is a prediction: the comfortable and time-honoured habit of treating national security as far-removed from the general public discourse, of erasing it from politics, is over.

The 2015 federal election in which the Conservatives stumbled over opposition to their anti-terrorism legislation was but a small foreshadowing of a much larger debate over how to live safely, prosperously and democratically in a new age.

The next federal election campaign will be one in which all parties will have to prepare coherent and plausible visions of national security, and argue them in public in the interests of all Canadians.




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Lady Gaga dognappers charged with attempted murder, robbery

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Lady Gaga's dogs Asia, Gustav, Koji were safely recovered.

Cops cracked the Lady Gaga dognapping case Thursday — busting five people for the robbery that left her dogwalker shot in the chest, including the “hero” who claimed she found the pups.

And in a Hollywood twist, none of the suspects even knew the French Bulldogs belonged to the superstar when they attacked the 30-year-old man, police said.

The crew targeted Ryan Fischer as he walked the “Born This Way” singer’s three pups, Gustav, Koji and Miss Asia, in Los Angeles on Feb. 24 as part of a dogs-for-cash scheme, according to police.

But once news of the armed ambush went viral, they tried to cash in on the $500,000 reward offered by the devastated star — by recruiting Jennifer McBride as a good Samaritan who found the two pups that were stolen, police said. 

“Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner,” police said in a release. “However, evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”

Lady Gaga’s dogs Asia, Gustav, Koji were safely recovered.
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James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, face attempted murder and robbery charges for the armed heist — with Jackson accused of shooting Fischer in the chest before the trio fled with Koji and Gustav. 

McBride, 50, and Harold White, meanwhile, are charged as accessories to the crime. Police said the deceptive do-gooder is the girlfriend of one of the men’s fathers, while the other four are allegedly “all documented gang members.”

The violent robbery was caught on disturbing home surveillance footage, showing Fischer frantically clutching the dogs as he scuffles with the bandits.

A single shot is heard — and the thieves pull away in a car, leaving Fischer with a gunshot wound to his chest and Miss Asia by his side.

“Oh my God. Help me,” he can be heard yelling. “I’m bleeding out of my lungs. I’m bleeding out of my chest … Oh my God. Help me. They took two dogs.”

A neighbor can also be heard telling him he’s calling police.

Gaga, who was filming in Rome at the time, offered the hefty reward “no questions asked.”

Two days later, McBride turned in the dogs to police but TMZ reported she was never given the money as the grew suspicious of her story.

Surveillance video shows the shooting of Lady Gaga's dogwalker Ryan Fischer and the abduction of the dogs.
Surveillance video shows the shooting of Lady Gaga’s dogwalker Ryan Fischer and the abduction of the dogs.
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Authorities initially believed the incident was a gang initiation prank, TMZ said, but later turned their focus to a dog-stealing ring. The petite-sized Frenchies, a breed beloved by many celebrities, can fetch thousands on the black market. 

Police believe the suspected dognappers got spooked by all the publicity surrounding Gaga’s lost pooches — and gave up the dogs while trying to cash in on the hefty reward, according to TMZ, which first reported news of the arrests.  

Fischer, who suffered serious injuries including a collapsed lung, was released from the hospital about a month later. 

Gaga hailed her longtime pal as she begged for the safe return of her dogs on social media.

Lady Gaga was advised not to pay the ransom the thieves were allegedly looking for.
Lady Gaga was advised not to pay the ransom the thieves were allegedly looking for.
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“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,” the “Star is Born” actress wrote.

Fischer, meanwhile, shared details of the harrowing attack on Instagram.   

Ryan Fischer was seriously injured in the shooting.
Ryan Fischer was seriously injured in the shooting.
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“I cradled Asia as best I could, thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together, apologized that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself,” he wrote in a post last month.

Gaga and Fischer have yet to comment on news of the arrests.

All five defendants were expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles court Thursday and were being held on $1 million bail each, according to online jail records.

“This was a brazen street crime that left a man seriously wounded,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “We have alleged very serious charges in this case and have faith that justice will be appropriately served as this case unfolds in court.”



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COVID-19: India suspends international flights till May 31

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COVID-19: India suspends international flights till May 31

New Delhi: India on Friday extended the suspension on international commercial flight operations till May 31, 2021.

However, international passenger flights under air travel bubble arrangements will continue.

“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the above subject… regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st May, 2021,” the circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.

The circular said that the restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

Passenger air services were suspended on March 25, 2020 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19.

Domestic flight services, however, resumed from May 25, 2020.



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WhatsApp groups: our new drawing rooms – News

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WhatsApp groups: our new drawing rooms - News

I am petrified these days when I am “added” to yet another WhatsApp group — especially those that have a congregation of large numbers. At home, when you invited people over, there was usually one accepted benchmark: “like-minded”; alas, with non-virtual drawing room meet-up sessions becoming a thing of the past now, I have to make my peace with tenuous connections — sometimes with those I’d never meet in real time in the real world (an afternoon coffee session at Delhi’s Khan Market or the food court at Dubai’s Oasis Centre for an intense one-on-one) because, well, they aren’t “my” kind of people.

It’s rare that our permissions are sought before we get caged into a group. Another person only has to have your number, and, one day, you may find yourself staring at “so-and-so added you to XXX”. “Hey, I don’t want to be here,” you may want to say, but it’s too late. You are already there.

After having to suffer the bondage of several such groups, I realise the basic difference between real socialising and its online group version is the time-boundedness. Entertaining evenings would often spill into the wee hours at times, but then they ended, and everyone went their separate ways.

On WhatsApp groups, the engagement is endless.

There’s no Cinderella hour.

Particularly now, when everyone is desperately trying to overcompensate for deficit of face-to-face (or faces-to-faces) trysts.

Every day, it’s someone’s or his/her grandfather’s birthday or anniversary or (a random) felicitation or vaccine-taking photo op. Cakes, bubbly bottles, balloons and hugs have to be carefully curated and pasted along with a lame message on how proud/happy/wonder-struck I am that you have managed to stay married for two years or taken the second dose of your vaccine. The scary part is that a lot of “groupies” actually keep tabs on who’s saying what in “qualitative” terms. A matter-of-fact “happy birthday” will be considered cheap. There may be talk behind your back that you are a skinflint with love and affection; there may be talk as to what life circumstances have compelled you to morph into a “cold fish”. So it’s safer to send (emojis of) flowers, gifts, red hearts (not black ones) and so on along with “Dear xxxx, have a super birthday, love you, muah”, and lie that he or she may be 45 but looks not a day older than 30.

I heard this telling anecdote from a friend who revealed she’s recently discovered that there is a sub-group of a larger WhatsApp group she’s (reluctantly) part of. In the smaller one, participants discuss what’s happening in the larger setting. “Did you see the photo of ___’s new car, the one he posted in the other group? He claims it’s worth half a million but I know for a fact he’s lying: it’s worth half of that!” I told her it’s like the drawing room-bedroom analogy. The larger group would be in a drawing room discussing facts and fiction, while a smaller group would retreat to the bedroom to gossip about “certain” people sitting on sofas in the next room.

I’ve heard many complain bitterly about WhatsApp family groups, but I have to say I am incredibly blessed in this department. Nobody in my family — immediate, medium-range, extended — wants to lay it on thick; in fact, they border on callousness, months going by, nobody posting safety protocol literature or asking everyone what kind of precautions they are taking to ward off Covid. They couldn’t care less, and thank God for that.

Is there a way to sneak out of a group without announcing your departure? Usually a message is broadcast to all members, ‘So-and-so has left the group’, and that’s something I’d rather give a bypass to because, yes, I’m a diffident coward. I looked up online. There was an article, ‘How to leave [WhatsApp] group without being noticed’, that said: “The easiest way to leave a WhatsApp group is to simply opt for the mute or disable group notifications. This way, you will never be prompted about the chatter being carried out on the WhatsApp group. You can always turn on this notification setting any time you want.”

Doesn’t work for me because, in any case, all my notifications are on mute. So, how can I rid myself of this immense mental pressure of having stage-fright each time I open the WhatsApp app and see hundreds of ‘unread’ messages, like virus clusters, attached to groups, that I don’t want to read but have to and then respond — because if I don’t respond I may be judged?

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio expects COVID-19 restrictions lifted, city to reopen by 1 July-World News , Firstpost”

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De Blasio cited rising COVID-19 vaccination rates and decreasing hospitalisation rates for his optimistic projection. About half of all adults in the city have now had at least one vaccine dose.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he expects to see COVID-19 restrictions lifted and the city “fully reopen” by 1 July.

“We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” the Democratic mayor said on MSNBC.

De Blasio cited rising COVID-19 vaccination rates and decreasing hospitalisation rates for his optimistic projection. About half of all adults in the city have now had at least one vaccine dose.

“What we can say with assurance is, we’re giving COVID no room to run in New York City,” de Blasio said.

At a virtual news briefing later Thursday, he added: “This is going to be the summer of New York City. We are all going to get to enjoy this city again, and people are going to flock here from all over the country to be a part of this amazing moment in New York City.

The mayor doesn’t have unilateral power to lift remaining pandemic restrictions. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has maintained throughout the pandemic that decisions on when restaurants, theaters, offices and other places can open at full capacity are his alone.

Asked at his briefing if he had spoken to the governor about his reopening plans, de Blasio said, “I have not, and I think the best way to proceed here is to set out the city’s vision.”

De Blasio said the city will work with the state and federal governments but added, “It’s quite clear, it’s time to set a goal and move on that goal.”

Cuomo said later Thursday that he would like to lift COVID-19 restrictions sooner than 1 July if possible, but he scoffed at the idea of the mayor making the call.

“I want to open up New York City Tuesday. I want to open it up Wednesday. I want Buffalo fully opened on Thursday,” the governor said at a briefing in Buffalo. “It’s a statewide management system and we are managing it by the science, by the data. You look at the number and you will see the rate of opening.”

Cuomo added, “I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do, we can be reopened earlier.”

Cuomo controls the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and has the power to restore 24-hour service on the subways, which are now closed from 2 to 4 am. De Blasio said he believes 1 July is “the right time” to bring 24-hour subway service back.

De Blasio said the goal for Broadway theaters is still to open fully in September. He said he hopes some smaller productions can open by July.

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Okanagan pro golfer to compete in 2021 U.S. Women’s Open Championship

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Kelowna’s very own Megan Osland has earned her way back to the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, after placing second at a qualifying tournament in Florida.

“This will be my second U.S. Open,” said Osland. 

“I’m super excited to get back and play on that stage again.”

She birdied three of her final five holes in the second round of the qualifier, clinching her spot in the world renown tournament.

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The six-year pro golfer said she’s ecstatic to be competing with the world’s best once again, after missing the cut at the 2019 U.S. Open.

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“The U.S. Open is the biggest women’s tournament in women’s golf and so competing with the best players is just an amazing experience,” said Osland.

Osland said her experience at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open has prepared her for the 2021 tournament.

“I think just knowing I can compete out there. I narrowly missed the cut last time I played in the U.S. Open,” said Osland.

“And just enjoy the experience, and not be too nervous or intimidated by the situation.”

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This year’s U.S. Women’s Open is being held at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, from June 3-6, a course Osland has never played before.

“I think with any tournament that I go to that I haven’t played at, get a couple good practice runs in, chart the course with my caddy and develop a game plan from there,” Osland told Global News on Thursday.

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35 Fascinating Facts About Gal Gadot

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35 Fascinating Facts About Gal Gadot

21. When she got her first audition to play Wonder Woman in Zach Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she wasn’t told exactly what role she was vying for. “Zack [Snyder] called me and was like, ‘So do you know what you’re testing for?’ I said, ‘No,'” she told Rolling Stone. “He said, ‘Well, I’m not sure if you have her in Israel, but did you hear about Wonder Woman?'” Turned out she had.

“My jaw dropped,” she told Glamour of the moment. “I tried to sound nonchalant, like, “Oh yeah, Wonder Woman, sure.”



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Covid: India extends ban on international flights till May 31 – News

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The ban on scheduled overseas flights that has been in place for a year now, was to end on April 30.

The Indian government has extended the ban on international commercial passenger flights till May 31, 2021 the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular on Friday. The ban on scheduled overseas flights that has been in place for a year now, was to end on April 30.

Aviation regulator DGCA, in a new modified circular, said it has extended the suspension of international commercial passenger services to and from India till 23:59 hrs IST on May 31, 2021.

Dedicated cargo flights and those specifically allowed by the civil aviation regulator such as repatriation flights, charter flights, flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and bilateral air bubble pacts will continue to operate, the civil aviation watchdog said.

“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation added. Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

India has an existing air bubble agreement with the UAE. However, with the Covid-19 crisis worsening in India, the UAE has extended travel restrictions on inbound flights from May 4 to May 14.

UAE nationals and diplomatic missions between the two countries, official delegations, businessmen’s planes and Golden Visa holders were excluded from the decision. Those exempted are required to undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine. They also have to take PCR tests for Covid on fourth and eighth days of entry.

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NC sheriff releases names of deputies in Andrew Brown Jr. shooting

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Law enforcement officials in riot gear force people off a street as they protest the killing of Andrew Brown Jr. on April 28, 2021 in Elizabeth City.

A North Carolina sheriff on Thursday released the names of seven deputies placed on administrative leave following the police shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. last week and reinstated four of them.

Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said three of the deputies fired their weapons — investigator Daniel Meads, deputy Robert Morgan, and corporal Aaron Lewellyn — and remain on leave as part of the ongoing investigation, Wooten said.

“More investigation is necessary into the three deputies who did fire their weapons and they will remain on administrative leave pending completion of the internal investigation and/or the criminal investigation being conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation,” the sheriff added.

The others — Lt. Steven Judd, Sgt. Michael Swindell, Sgt. Kenneth Bishop, and Sgt. Joel Lunsford — were determined to not have opened fire on Brown and had their duties reinstated, Wooten said.

The three deputies who used their guns when Andrew Brown Jr. was killed are all currently on leave from the police department.
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All four are all veterans of the office.

“After reviewing the preliminary conclusions of the independent investigators and conducting the internal review, and after carefully examining the body camera footage of the incident with my own staff, it’s obvious that four of the deputies never fired their weapons and deserved to be reinstated to active duty,” Wooten told WAVY-TV.

Brown was shot and killed April 21 while the deputies were executing a drug warrant at his home in Elizabeth City — and was shot as he drove away from the officers.

Brown’s family called the shooting “an execution” after being allowed to view a 20-second clip of one deputy’s bodycam video.

But a local judge on Wednesday refused to make the footage public for 30 to 40 days — and said Brown’s family may soon view the video but not obtain copies.

Despite calls for prosecutors to delay the release, Wooten has argued for the bodycam footage to be made public to ensure transparency.

Law enforcement officials arrest a person as they protest the killing of Andrew Brown Jr.
Law enforcement officials arrest a person as they protest the killing of Andrew Brown Jr.
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“Some people want to rush to judgment and others want to pit people against each other in a way that can only hurt our county,” he told WAVY. “My job is to ensure transparency and accountability, while also preserving the ability for the independent investigators to do their deliberate, painstaking, and vital work.”

Wooten said three other members of the sheriff’s office resigned after Brown’s death but has not said if those decisions were tied to the shooting.

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Deputy Sheriff William Harris and Lt. Christopher Terry, both with the office since 2009, announced their resignations. Deputy James Flowers, a 21-year veteran of the force, retired.



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UAE doctors conduct 12-hour surgery to excise tumour in patient’s eye

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Dubai: In a complicated 12-hour surgery conducted jointly by the Ear Nose Throat (ENT) and neurosurgery team at Zulekha Hospital, doctors saved the eye of a patient suffering from a rare cancer. The tumour diagnosed as Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, which started in the eye, had also invaded the nasal cavity and parts of the brain. The surgery conducted jointly under Dr Tamer Mohamed Attia, consultant otolaryngologist, ENT specialist, and Dr Ravi Dadlani, consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, not only excised the tumour but also saved the eye of the patient.

Huge mass in left eye

Elaborating on the case, Dr Attia said the patient came to the oncology department of the hospital with a left orbital swelling and proptosis (protrusion of the eyeball). Examination and imaging revealed the presence of a huge mass involving the left orbit, including the left sinonasal cavity, the nasopharynx, the skull base with intracranial extension. A biopsy confirmed the case and the patient was treated with chemotherapy and the tumour was responding very well to it. However, the nasal and cranial parts were not responding.

Dr Tamer Mohamed Attia

The patient underwent a combined approach surgery where the ENT surgeon entailed endoscopic removal of the entire “macroscopic” tumour from the nasal cavity, all the paranasal sinuses, the nasopharynx and the skull base, while the neurosurgeon has done a craniotomy to remove the intracranial part of the tumour.

Saving the eye was important

Dr Attia added: “We planned the surgery in a manner to give a chance to preserve the patient’s eye and leave the tumour margins for a post-operative combined radio and chemotherapy. The [intraorbital] part of the tumour was responding very well to chemotherapy prior to the surgery.”

In an elaborate explanation, Dr Attia explained the full impact of the invasive tumour. “From the ENT perspective, the tumour would have continued to grow and invade all the cranial nerves related to anterior and middle skull base, cross midline and impact the right side nose and paranasal sinuses, which had already started to happen and the intracranial impact had already happened. Thankfully, the distant blood and lymphatic metastasis had not yet occurred. From the neurological perspective, she could have had seizures or strokes with the cancer impacting the brain, which could ultimately have been fatal.”

Dr Dadlani gave a neurosurgeon’s perspective. “She had a large sino-nasal tumour that had eroded the base of the skull and extended into the brain. She had initially been treated with chemotherapy, but the tumour had stopped responding to it. The neurosurgery entailed a major surgery (craniotomy — the opening of the skull), approaching the tumour, which had impacted the brain, and then repairing the defect in the skull.”

Dr Ravi Dadlani

Long road to rehabilitation

The patient recovered with no evidence of any residual macroscopic tumour in the nose or PNS on the next day as per the post-operative CT. However, the journey with treatment is still long with post-operative radio and chemotherapy to ensure complete eradication of the tumour.



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Mila Kunis Told Ashton Not to Invest in Uber or Bitcoin Years Ago

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Mila Kunis Told Ashton Not to Invest in Uber or Bitcoin Years Ago

“Second time, he sat me down and was like, ‘Hey, Babe, I got to explain this thing to you, tell me if I’m crazy,'” Mila went on. “He’s like, ‘There’s this thing, it’s like mining for money. It’s called cryptocurrency, and there’s this company’—this is eight-plus years ago—’it’s called Bitcoin.'”

The Black Swan performer said she was concerned at the time that cryptocurrency wasn’t FDIC-insured, although her husband tried to convince her that was the point. 

“And I was like, ‘Well, I think this is a horrible idea,'” Mila continued to Stephen. “And he went, ‘Cool, we’re investing in it.’ So he didn’t listen to me. I mean, this happens all the time.” 

Sure enough, Ashton was an early investor in Uber, in addition to having been a ground-floor supporter of cryptocurrency. So clearly he’s listening to the right people, even if that doesn’t always mean, uh, his wife. 



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Canada set to receive 1 million more Moderna doses in May as Ontario marks 8K deaths – National

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Ontario marked a grim COVID-19 milestone Thursday as its virus-related death toll passed 8,000 and provincial health leaders sped up plans that could get more Canadians vaccinated in the coming months.

“The way out of the pandemic is vaccines, and the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter every day,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Ontario is forecasting everyone over the age of 18 will be able to book a shot by May 24.

The province planned to lower the age eligibility for mass vaccination clinics to 55 and older starting Friday.

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Ontario recorded 41 new virus-related deaths to bring the provincial total to 8,029. There were another 3,871 cases of COVID-19. Premier Doug Ford remained in self-isolation after a possible exposure to the virus.

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Regions are preparing to receive much larger volumes of vaccines as Pfizer-BioNTech ramps up deliveries.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the officer overseeing vaccine delivery and distribution for the Public Health Agency of Canada, said Pfizer’s shipments are to double next week to more than two million doses.

Johnson & Johnson’s first delivery of 300,000 doses landed in Canada on Wednesday. Fortin said the vaccine must be thawed before distribution to provinces next week.


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Moderna, which is still struggling with production, intends to send one million doses that will be distributed to provinces in two weeks, Fortin added.

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The increase in capacity was welcomed by provincial leaders across the country as they laid out updated plans to ramp up the number of vaccine appointments in the coming months.

Quebec reported 1,042 cases and 10 more deaths as the government opened vaccinations to the general public. Health Minister Christian Dube said Quebecers between 50 and 59 could begin booking appointments Friday.

The age will continue to drop until May 14 when the government expects vaccines to be available for anyone over 18.

Dube said every adult Quebecer would be able to get one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by June 24.

The province’s public health institute predicted the sped-up pace of vaccinations should lead to a rapid drop in new infections by mid-May or early June.

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The impact of a targeted vaccination campaign on First Nations across Canada has become clear, said Dr. Tom Wong, chief medical officer of public health for Indigenous Services Canada. Close to 60 per cent of adults on First Nations have now received at least one dose.

“COVID active case rates in First Nations communities on-reserve is at the lowest since last November,” Wong said.

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There are currently 723 active cases in First Nations, a significant decrease since the second wave brought surging infections across many communities last fall.

Nova Scotia, for its part, reported 70 new cases. That marked a slight decline in new infections after days of record-setting, single-day case counts. The province went into full lockdown after logging a single-day peak of 96 new infections on Tuesday.

That, and other outbreaks of more contagious COVID-19 variants, contributed to premiers in all four of the Atlantic provinces delaying the reopening of their travel bubble indefinitely.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said leaders are optimistic travel in the region will resume by summer.

“As long as we continue to get supply, we will have an opportunity for every Nova Scotian to get a shot by June.”

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Meanwhile, Manitoba’s government is looking across the border to fulfil some of its vaccination needs.

Premier Brian Pallister said he is finalizing a deal with North Dakota to have teachers and other education workers vaccinated in that state.

Pallister said the aim is to allow teachers to drive to the United States border to get a shot, but the plan was quickly panned by the teachers union. The Manitoba Teachers’ Society said it falls short of prioritizing its members in the provincial plan and includes too many hurdles.

There’s already an agreement to vaccinate Manitoba truck drivers in the state where vaccinations are plentiful.

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Feds eye Rudy Giuliani ties to ex-Ukrainian top prosecutor

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Federal authorities who raided Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office on Wednesday are eyeing the former mayor’s relationship with ex-Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, a source familiar with the situation told The Post.

The former mayor’s legal team believes the feds are probing if Giuliani represented Lutsenko in some capacity and therefore violated the foreign agents registration act, the source added.

Lutsenko is named in the search warrants federal investigators executed yesterday at Giuliani’s home and office, according to the source.

A spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York declined to comment.

Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general of Ukraine, played a central role in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment and was one of several Ukrainian officials who fed Giuliani potentially damaging information about Trump’s political rivals.

At the same time Giuliani was working with Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden, he also urged Trump to fire the US ambassador to the country — a goal shared by the Ukrainian officials.

Prosecutors have been probing if Giuliani was working on behalf of Ukrainian officials to get the ambassador fired, the New York Times reported.

The Times also reported that the feds have probed discussions Giuliani had with Lutsenko about taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in a consulting deal that was never executed.

On Wednesday, federal agents raided Giuliani’s Upper East Side apartment and Manhattan office and confiscated a number of his electronic devices.

They also confiscated electronic devices from Washington, D.C., lawyer Victoria Toensing, a close associate of Giuliani.

The former mayor blasted the raid in a statement Wednesday, calling it “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

In a statement released by his lawyer, Giuliani said the FBI “steadfastly declined” to take the hard drives when he “offered them on several occasions.”

“Keep in mind that the agents could not read the physical hard drives without plugging them in, but they took Mr. Giuliani’s word that the hard drives were copies of Hunter Biden’s hard drive and did not contain anything pertaining to Mr. Giuliani,” the statement said.



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Something to Cheer For: See the Cast of Bring It On Then & Now

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Five years after her movie debut in Clueless, Bilderback played bitchy but ultimately harmless Whitney, who eventually proves to be a team player.

Bring It On was her biggest movie but she has steadily worked in film and TV, including a recurring role as Heather on Dawson’s Creek, followed by HouseHeroesCold CaseNumb3rsCastleThe MentalistBonesNCIS: New Orleans and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. An expert in martial arts as well as a trained dancer, Bilderback has done all of her own stunts through the years.

Bilderback, who is Korean-American, told Huffington Post in 2018, “The majority of the roles that I’ve portrayed have been roles that were either intended for Caucasian actresses or the ethnicity wasn’t specified. So for me, I got lucky in the sense of I wasn’t really typecast as just an Asian actress. And I think a lot of that had to do with the timing. I was one of the first. It was like me, Lucy Liu, Lindsay Price and one or two other actresses who are still working today.”

Asked what it was like continuing to audition at that point in her career, Bilderback (who read for Crazy Rich Asians but didn’t get it) replied, “I’ve always been very fortunate. I’ve always worked. But it’s, for me personally, getting to the next level that I thought I would have already been at by now.”

“This year has been a really beautiful, big breakthrough year for me because I returned to writing,” she continued. “I wrote a half-hour, single-camera sitcom pilot, kind of loosely about my life, really. I’m also producing now. I’m producing my first feature film. I had to realize, ‘Oh, wait a minute, there’s than one way of becoming a successful actress and reaching the success that I’ve always known I was meant to reach, other than just through auditioning.”



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As France plans phasing out COVID-19 lockdowns, terraces of cafes, outdoor restaurants, to reopen this May-Living News , Firstpost”

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Macron outlined a four-step plan to reopen the country and revive its economy.

As France plans phasing out COVID-19 lockdowns, terraces of cafes, outdoor restaurants, to reopen this May

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the outdoor terraces of France’s cafes and restaurants will be allowed to reopen on 19 May along with museums, cinemas, theaters and concert halls under certain conditions. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the outdoor terraces of France’s cafes and restaurants will be allowed to reopen on 19 May along with museums, cinemas, theaters and concert halls under certain conditions.

In an interview with regional newspapers, Macron outlined a four-step plan to reopen the country and revive its economy. The French government is slowly starting to lift partial lockdowns, despite still high numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalised COVID-19 patients.

Reopening nurseries and primary schools this week was a priority, the president said.

“We have taken on the responsibility of the priority on education and the strategy of living with the virus, including with high numbers of infections, higher than those of our neighbours,” Macron said.

Students will go back to secondary and high schools next week, and a domestic travel ban will end, he confirmed. A 7 pm to 6 am curfew will remain in place.

Restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors at tables seating a maximum of six people starting 19 May, when the nightly curfew will be pushed back to 9 pm. Non-essential shops also reopen, as well as cultural sites and sport facilities, which will have occupancy limits of 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors.

French authorities are anticipating the COVID-19 outlook in the country to be better next month, when a greater proportion of the population will be vaccinated.

The government’s plan provides for permitting foreign tourists back into France on 9 June as long as they hold a “sanitary pass” with proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test.

On that same day, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to resume regular service until an 11 pm curfew. Events of up to 5,000 people will be allowed.

The final stage of the plan will see the end of the nighttime curfew and the lifting of most restrictions on 30 June, although nightclubs will remain closed.

France is reporting about 29,000 new confirmed cases each day, down from about 40,000 earlier this month. Over 5,800 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised in French intensive care units, a slight decrease from previous days. France has reported almost 104,000 virus-related deaths in the pandemic.

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Scientists warn to look out for increasing Lyme disease cases in Saskatchewan

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Scientists say cases of Lyme disease carried by some ticks are on the rise in Canada.

While the most common Lyme disease carrying species — black legged ticks — are more often found in eastern provinces, experts say the effects of climate change mean substantially more ticks are found each year in Saskatchewan.

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“Warmer weather is allowing these ticks to expand northwards and so that’s why Lyme disease has become such a big problem in Canada,” said University of Saskatchewan researcher Maarten Voordouw. “144 cases [of Lyme disease in Canada] were reported in 2006 and then 10 years later we’re now at 2000 cases.”

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Owner of Churchill Dog Groomers in Saskatoon Jovi Wagner said she’s already done a fair number of tick removals, despite cooler spring temperatures.

“This time of year we see the majority of them on farm dogs but the city dogs are starting to get them,” she said. “A friend of mine just pulled 15 ticks off her dog after a 10-minute walk.”

Wagner recommends looking for a preventative medication and checking your pet after each walk.

“There’s always a risk when your dog has them,” she said. “They can transfer to humans. You just have to watch and make sure you check yourself over.”

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Anyone who finds a tick this year during their outdoor adventures can take a photo and upload it to an online database.

“Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan will identify the tick species,” Voordouw said. “At the same time you’ll get information about the risk of tick-borne diseases.”

The data will give researchers a better scope of the issue in different areas of the province and perhaps give you a little peace of mind on your next camping trip.




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Man gets 4 years for torching police station after George Floyd’s death

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A Minnesota man has been sentenced to four years in prison helping torch a Minneapolis police station in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, prosecutors said.

Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, of Brainerd, was also ordered to pay $12 million in restitution for damage to Minneapolis’ third police precinct during rioting on May 28, 2020, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said Wednesday.

Robinson, who pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to commit arson, was caught on video throwing a Molotov cocktail, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Colorado, where he fled prior to being arrested.

He was also seen lighting a second Molotov cocktail for another rioter, who tossed the firebomb toward the police station, prosecutors said.

“Mr. Robinson chose to depart from lawful protest and instead engaged in violence and destruction,” Acting US Attorney Anders Folk said. “The arson at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct put lives at risk and contributed to widespread lawlessness in Minneapolis.”

Robinson also boasted about his actions on his Snapchat account, saying “These guys have never made a Molotov … Rookies,” according to the criminal complaint.

Three other co-conspirators in the fire, which forced cops to flee the building, have all pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit arson.

The defendants, Bryce Michael Williams, 27; Davon De-Andre Turner, 25; and Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, are currently awaiting sentencing.

Court documents show hundreds of protesters descended upon the police precinct following the death of Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes. The caught-on-camera sparked fervent protests against police brutality locally and across the nation, including some that turned violent.

Chauvin, who was fired by the department along with three other cops charged in Floyd’s death, was convicted last week of all three murder and manslaughter counts he faced. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

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In conversation with Dr Khalid Khawaja, Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai

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Which courses will give students an edge in the job market in a post-Covid world?

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of STEM education with more links to the industry and its applications. IT and software saved the day for many sectors during the pandemic. Science and technology showed the potential for solving serious human battles in unprecedented ways. We now actually see the potential for beating any virus in record time. From AI applications in Electrical Engineering and IT to Data Analytics in science subjects, STEM fields will give students great success routes, given that they are better linked to real industries and real problems.

After the successful implementation of e-learning last year, how is RIT Dubai looking at ways to create new opportunities for effective student learning and experiences?

Integration of e-learning into the education experience is an asset that RIT Dubai will leverage for the future. Here are some of the key possibilities that are now available at the university.

Connecting students and faculty with their peers across the globe to offer courses, build projects, and create new experiences

As a global campus of an internationally-recognised university, RIT provides routes for connecting its campuses in new innovative ways.

Bringing new expertise and interactions with recognised individuals and groups to the classroom through online connection and delivery, and providing more perspectives that are recent and up-to-date.

Creating more learning scenarios and varied experiences for students within the classroom where a blend of online and in-person teaching is used to offer effective learning opportunities for various topics

Facilitating industry-based executive education for students to enhance their personal growth and developing broad-based professional competencies

“The new campus is an open innovation ecosystem”

In conversation with Dr Yousef Al Assaf, President

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What is your outlook for the new academic term starting in September?

We expect that we will be completely on campus, where students will enjoy the opportunities that RIT Dubai’s new campus provides. These opportunities range from mingling with external partners hosted in the campus to utilising the facilities such as the new labs of AI, robotics and smart energy. We believe that the campus experience is vital for students. While online learning can complement studies, it cannot totally replace the physical experience of a classroom, which is critical for a student’s education and their future. The new campus is an open innovation ecosystem where students can not only plan for their future, but also design their future.

What sets RIT Dubai apart from other higher education institutes in the UAE?

AT RIT, we create new realities for students. This is an open innovation ecosystem, where we help students to look at their educational journeys not only in their classrooms, but beyond that too. Here, students are encouraged to create solutions and test them on campus. As a result, students are provided with industry-endorsed certifications issued by our strategic partners in addition to their degrees. This will strengthen their chances of finding jobs and increase their knowledge and experience span.

Our internship programme is also unique. Students have options to either do research with the faculty, be part of a bootcamp or opt for internships at any organisation for a minimum of three months up to a year.

We also provide entrepreneurial internship. If a student is wishing to start their own company, we help them in that venture. RIT is not only creating a state-of-the-art campus, we are trying to implement the future of education and create opportunities for our students within the campus along with our strategic partners and through our connections with the main campus in New York.

All you need to know about admissions and scholarships at RIT Dubai

RIT Dubai offers highly valued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, leadership, computing and engineering. While it offers American degrees, all of RIT’s programmes are accredited in the UAE. Students of RIT Dubai also have the unique opportunity to choose to study abroad at the main campus in New York or at one of its other global campuses.

As a not-for-profit university, a significant portion of our net income is reinvested back in scholarships which can be in the form of a merit based scholarship, financial aid and alumni scholarships.

– Hameed Al Obaidi, Senior Admissions Counsellor

RIT Dubai is currently accepting applications for September 2021 intake. “New or current students can get up to Dh125,000 worth of scholarships throughout their four-year programmes at RIT Dubai,” says Hameed Al Obaidi, Senior Admissions Counsellor.

“As a not-for-profit university, a significant portion of our net income is reinvested back in scholarships which can be in the form of a merit based scholarship, financial aid and alumni scholarships,” Al Obaidi explains.

“All new and current students have the option to apply for scholarships throughout their studies at RIT Dubai.”

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Emirates has listed steps passengers can take.

The suspension of carriage of passengers from India to the UAE on flights has been extended, Dubai’s Emirates said on its website.

“Emirates has suspended passenger flights from India effective April 24, 2021 until May 14, 2021. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE,” the airline said.

This came as India set another global record in new Covid-19 cases on Thursday with 379,257 new infections.

Emirates also confirmed the suspension as it responded to passenger queries on Twitter.

Passengers with bookings on these cancelled flights can either keep the ticket for a future flight, or rebook the flight for another date, the airline added. Passengers can also request a refund.

Keeping your ticket

Passengers can keep their tickets and fly with Emirates within 36 months from the date of the original booking, the airline said. They can also request a refund. These options apply if the tickets have been booked before April 1, 2021 for travel on or before December 31, 2021.

All tickets issued from April 1, 2021 will be automatically valid for travel for 24 months, the airline added. Within that time, passengers have the flexibility to change the dates and ask for a refund at no extra charge.

How to keep your ticket for the future

This applies for tickets issued on or before September 30, 2020, with a travel date on/before December 31, 2021.

Passengers can keep the ticket they have already booked and use it later. The airline has extended its validity for 36 months from the date of the original booking. The ticket will be accepted for any flight to the same destination or within the same region in any booking class with no extra fees during this period.

For tickets issued on or after October 1, 2020 with a travel date on/before December 31, 2021, passengers can keep the ticket they have already booked and use it later. The airline has extended its validity for 36 months from the date of your original booking. The ticket will be accepted for any flight to the same destination or within the same region in the same booking class with no extra fees during this period.




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CRA tax-filing portal hits issues day before deadline – National

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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says its website was experiencing issues for up to two hours on Thursday evening, the day before the deadline to submit tax filings for many.

CRA spokesperson Jeremy Bellefeuille said that there was an update to the Canada.ca website on Thursday that resulted in links on CRA’s website being disabled, specifically for its Represent a Client and My Business Account services.

The issue is now fixed, Bellefeuille said.

Candace Nancke, a partner at accounting firm Loren Nancke, said the impact on the Represent a Client service, which allows authorized representatives online access to individuals and businesses’ tax information, affected her and many other accountants’ ability to file taxes.

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“A lot of accountants are not happy,” she said. “Many taxpayers and accountants are reporting having to spend hours on the phone in a queue to speak to CRA.”

Bellefeuille said CRA will not be extending the April 30 deadline for filing taxes that applies to most Canadians.


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President Jair Bolsonaro, under investigation over his administration’s handling of the crisis, has attacked mayors and governors who have enforced restrictions

Brazil’s COVID-19 toll crosses 4,00,000; less than 6% citizens fully vaccinated, research finds

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Sao Paolo: Brazil on Thursday became the second country to officially top 4,00,000 COVID-19 deaths, losing another 1,00,000 lives in just one month, as some health experts warn there may be gruesome days ahead when the Southern Hemisphere enters winter.

April was Brazil’s deadliest month of the pandemic, with thousands of people losing their lives daily at crowded hospitals.

The country’s health ministry registered more than 4,000 deaths on two days early in the month, and its seven-day average topped out at above 3,100. That figure has tilted downward in the last two weeks, to less than 2,400 deaths per day, though on Thursday the Health Ministry announced another 3,001 deaths, bringing Brazil’s total to 4,01,186.

Local health experts have celebrated the recent decline of cases and deaths, plus the eased pressure on the Brazilian health care system — but only modestly. They are apprehensive of another wave of the disease, like those seen in some European nations, due to a premature resumption of activity in states and cities combined with slow vaccination rollout.

Less than six percent of Brazilians have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 , according to Our World in Data, an online research site. President Jair Bolsonaro, who is now being investigated by a Senate panel over his administration’s handling of the crisis, has repeated he will be the last to get a shot and he has attacked mayors and governors who enforce restrictions to control the virus’ spread.

Shortly after the grim landmark was published, Bolsonaro said in a live broadcast on his social media channels that “a big number of deaths has been announced,” adding that he is “sorry for every death.” But he repeated his stance against social distancing measures.

“I pray to God so there is not a third wave” of the coronavirus , the president said. “But if the lockdown policies continue this country will be dragged to extreme poverty.”

Epidemiologist Wanderson Oliveira, one of the Health Ministry’s top officials at the start of the pandemic, said he expects a third wave to hit by mid-June. He told radio station CBN on Tuesday that the country’s immunisation effort won’t prevent a new surge because many people won’t receive shots before winter, when indoor gatherings and activities are more common even in the tropical nation.

“Our vaccination is such that in 2022 maybe we will have a much less tragic summer than we did now,” he said, referring to the last few months.

He added he expects limited help from local leaders’ partial shutdowns, which have yielded weaker results than European-style lockdowns. Many Brazilians flouted social distancing recommendations and partial shutdowns even in the throes of the pandemic’s peak.

Brazil’s vaccination program, though a far cry from its triumphant campaigns of decades past, has slowed the pace of deaths among the nation’s elderly, according to death certificate data published on Monday. Younger people remain unprotected, and have begun falling ill in far greater numbers as a more transmissible variant circulates in Brazil.

Adding to concerns, Brazil’s Health Ministry has repeatedly cut its outlook for vaccines in the short term. The country’s two biggest laboratories are facing supply constraints for imports from producers in China and India, which has become the pandemic’s global epicenter.

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Coronavirus: Worldwide Covid cases pass 150 million – News

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Coronavirus: Worldwide Covid cases pass 150 million - News

Worldwide, the number of new daily infections has more than doubled since mid-February.

Worldwide Covid-19 cases passed 150 million on Friday, according to an AFP count, with numbers soaring recently due to a relentless second wave in India.

150.3 million cases have been declared since the virus was first discovered in China in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.

Worldwide, the number of new daily infections has more than doubled since mid-February.

After the second wave from October to January, the figure had slowed to a little over 350,000 a day. It is now 821,000 a day.

In India, 2.5 million cases have been detected over the past seven days, an average of 357,000 a day — 30 times as many as in mid-February.

The explosion in infections has been blamed in part on a new virus variant, but also on failure to follow virus restrictions, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

The countries in the world with the highest total number of recorded cases are the United States (32.3 million), India (18.8 million) and Brazil (14.6 million).

Taking into account population, the most-affected countries are Montenegro (15,457 cases per 100,000 residents), the Czech Republic (15,207 per 100,000) and Slovenia (11,513 per 100,000).

Largely due to India, Asia is the continent on which most of the new daily cases are appearing, and on which the pandemic is accelerating the fastest, with new cases up 28 percent compared to the previous week.

Africa is the only other continent where new daily cases are increasing — but only by three percent.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, new daily infections have stabilised, and the figure is decreasing in Europe (down by 18 percent) and in the United States (down by 12 percent).

Since the discovery of the virus, more than a third of worldwide cases have been recorded in Europe — over 50.2 million.

The United States and Canada are the second most affected continent, with 33.5 million, followed by Latin America and the Caribbean (28.7 cases) and Asia (25.6 million).

Almost 3.2 million deaths linked to Covid-19 have been recorded across the globe.




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Workers exposed to chemicals at Rhode Island medical plant

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A Rhode Island medical manufacturing facility was evacuated Thursday afternoon after about 30 workers were exposed to a chemical release.

A HazMat response was staged outside ZOLL Medical Corp/Bio-Detek in Pawtucket around 5 p.m., and a “mass casualty incident” was declared, according to Patch. That language is used by emergency responders who are overwhelmed on a call, and does not necessarily indicate casualties.

Employees outside the facility said they were told to leave the building after several of their co-workers began to feel sick amid reports of an unidentified chemical release, according to WPRI 12 News.

The Pawtucket Fire Department believed a chemical spill was to blame for workers who complained of trouble breathing, and irritation in their eyes, nose, mouth and throat.

Employees of the facility, which was fined in 2018 for violating environmental controls, were instructed not to speak to reporters, the local station said.

“No major injuries were reported, though several individuals were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation,” Chief Goncalves, Acting Public Safety Director in Pawtucket said.

The state’s Department of Environmental Management’s emergency response team is investigating.



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Extension of India-UAE travel suspension: Expats voice concern as travel plans go haywire

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Dubai: After Dubai’s Emirates airline confirmed the extension of travel suspension for passenger from India to the UAE till May 14, several Indian expats voiced their concern over travel plans going haywire.

The announcement from the UAE flag carrier, which was posted on its website on Thursday night, indicated an impending announcement about the wider implementation of the suspension rule by all airlines operating in the sector.

This left UAE residents stuck in India and expatriates who were scheduled to travel home from UAE worried about their jobs and families. They also expressed concerns that the travel restrictions might be further extended as India, which is reeling under an unprecedented health crisis, was predicted to see the peak in COVID-19 cases by mid-May

‘My husband is stuck back home’

A Dubai-based teacher, who did not wish to be named, said her husband who had gone to visit his ailing father in Delhi was stuck over there. “Our father is better now, but my husband can’t come back. He works for a bank and his leave ends today,” she said on Thursday. “We are concerned about his absence from work. We are not sure when the flights will resume. Whenever he manages to fly back he will also have to follow seven days of home quarantine, even if he tests negative on arrival, according to company policy.”

She said she was also finding it difficult to manage work and home single-handedly. “My child and I have to go to school and it has become difficult for me to manage work and home all by myself,” she added.

‘My husband can’t travel home’

Abu Dhabi resident Shraddha Dhuri, whose mother-in-law has been admitted to intensive care unit in Mumbai due to COVID-19, said her family was in two minds about travelling home as they were not sure when her husband would be able to return and resume work.

“He has recently changed his job. His company is very supportive and they are ready to give him leave, but the only concern is we don’t know when he will be able to fly back and if it would affect his work.”

She said his mother’s condition was stable, but she still needed oxygen support. “In case if she doesn’t get better, at least my husband will have to travel, no matter what happens in the future. His brother and sister-in-law are also COVID-positive. Both of them are stable, but he is in hospital and she is home quarantined. We are worried because they are all affected and it is a big struggle to arrange medical resources.”

An occupational therapist, Shraddha said one of her colleagues, who is on vacation in India, also could not fly back due to the travel restriction.

Health-care workers can’t return

Among others who are stuck in India are many health-care professionals working with various government and private hospitals in India.

“My friend, who is an emergency nurse, was supposed to fly back on May 1. She is upset after hearing about the extension of the travel suspension,” said a doctor in Dubai.

She said health-care workers were hopeful that the authorities would consider adding them to the list of passengers who are exempted to fly from India to the UAE.

Gulf News had first highlighted a plea from the health-care professionals stranded in India to give them exemption to return and resume their work.

Those who spoke to the newspaper from India were worried that the functioning of the health-care establishments, where they were employed, would be affected because of the unplanned absence of critical staff members.

Passengers, who are currently exempted from the travel suspension, include Emiratis, diplomatic and official-mission passport holders or passengers with a UAE golden residency visa and those travelling on business jets.



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Feds’ COVID-19 vaccine supply may not be enough to keep up with provinces, data suggests – National

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As officials point forward to millions of incoming COVID-19 vaccine doses, current vaccination data analyzed by Global News suggests that federal vaccine deliveries are falling short of provincial administration rates — with some very close to doling out nearly all of the vaccines delivered to them so far.

Provincial vaccine utilization rates, also known as the percentage of vaccines administered out of all deliveries, appear to accelerate significantly after new vaccines are delivered and provinces are able to draw on new inventory, according to data compiled by covid19tracker.ca.

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Some provinces, however, appear to start off every week with increasingly high daily dose numbers but taper off immediately as utilization rates there increase and available doses dwindle, suggesting that federal deliveries aren’t enough to keep up with provinces’ capacity to administer vaccines.

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Earlier this week, over 1 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and 650,000 doses of Moderna were delivered and put into inventory across the country, which are indicated as upward ticks in daily doses starting April 26. Similar trends can be seen dating back on a week by week basis as well, provinces recording increasing amounts of jabs once they get new vaccines, and taper off later in the week.

Visualizing the data in charts dated between April 1 to April 28, most provinces see their utilization rates dip and then spike after receiving new vaccines, though the data also points to another problem that may arise should Canada experience anymore unforeseen delays in vaccine shipments.


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Provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec, B.C., New Brunswick and Ontario are close to or have already surpassed 90 per cent of their utilization rates — meaning that they may soon run out of vaccines to administer.

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This week, for example, saw Canada receive only half of its promised 1.3 million doses from Moderna, which provinces blamed for cancelled vaccine appointments.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) did not immediately respond to Global News’ request for comment, but made comments earlier assuring Canadians that millions of vaccine doses were still on schedule for delivery in the coming weeks.

In a press conference Thursday, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the officer overseeing vaccine distribution for PHAC, said that Canada was set to receive more than two million vaccine doses from Pfizer next week.

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Another one million doses of Moderna were also set to arrive and be distributed across the country to in the next two weeks, while J&J’s first delivery from Thursday would be distributed next week once thawed.

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Provincial leaders have welcomed the increased vaccine numbers, and have released new plans to increase vaccinations over the next few months.

Ontario, for example, released new plans allowing everyone over the age of 18 to book a shot by May 24, while Quebec said jabs for that age group are expected be available come May 14.

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Students suing government to take action on climate change

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Olivia Jade’s Beige Bikini Photos – Hollywood Life

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Olivia Jade modeled a nude polka dot swimsuit from Emily Ratajkowski’s Inamorata line as she soaked up the sun!

Olivia Jade Giannulli looked gorgeous in her new bikini photos! The 21-year-old YouTube star rocked the nude polka dot “Orpheus” style from model Emily Ratajkowski‘s ultra-popular Inamorata line for the photos, shared on Thursday, April 29. She added a cowboy hat to the look from Los Angeles based brand Queue Essentials as she stood in front of a large home adorned with palm trees. Olivia didn’t add any text to her caption, but a slew of emojis including a cowboy hat, heart face emoji and fairy ones.

“CUTIE,” Anastasia Karanikolaou commented, while friend Kelsey Calemine (a.k.a. “Father Kels”) wrote, “why are these higher quality than my literal eye sight.” Others added, “How do you look like this?” and “Liv u stunnnnn.” They can say that again! In the first photo, Olivia placed a hand on her head as she looked straight at the camera and in the next, allowed her highlighted hair to blow in front of her face.

Olivia has been through plenty in the last couple of years as her family has weathered the college admissions scandal. Her mom Lori Loughlin has kept a relatively low profile since being released from prison — but sources tell us she’s incredibly “proud” of Olivia for speaking out on Red Table Talk and in a recent TikTok video. “Lori is so proud of Olivia for continuing to speak out,” a source spilled to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY.

Olivia Jade Giannulli and her mom Lori Loughlin attend the 2017 People’s Ones To Watch in Hollywood on October 4, 2017. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Mossimo Giannulli was released from his prison sentence in April, while Lori served her two-month prison sentence from Oct. 30 until Dec. 28, 2020. “[Lori is] so proud of how Olivia’s handled the whole thing and is looking up to her, in a way, for the time comes when she does [speak out] herself,” the source explained.

On TikTok, the Olivia revealed she had received advice from “very inspirational women” as she bounced back from the scandal. “We were talking about being in the public and being publicly shamed, and I was like, ‘Well, my situation doesn’t even compare, I’m not even going to start to compare it to yours,’” Olivia began. “She looked at me and she said, ‘Olivia, it doesn’t matter if I’m drowning in 60 feet of water, and you’re drowning in 30, we’re both still drowning,’” Olivia said.

She went on to explain that the lesson from the quote is that everyone’s feelings are “valid” regardless of the circumstance. “I think about that quote every day because I think it’s so true and it’s such a bigger message to our world right now. I think we’re all very quick to judge and I think we’re all very quick to put people down, and I just want people to remember, like, if your feelings are hurting or if they’re valid to you…they’re valid,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if somebody’s going through worse. You’re allowed to have a hard time in this world. That doesn’t take away from somebody else and that shouldn’t take away from you. We’re all human beings.”



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DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & 21 Savage Say ‘Let It Go’ On New Song – Hollywood Life

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DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber & 21 Savage Say ‘Let It Go’ On New Song – Hollywood Life

It’s time for another one…between DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber. The duo teamed up with 21 Savage for ‘Let It Go,’ and the song is fire!

If there’s one thing that DJ Khaled loves more than proclaiming his love for his sons, it’s working with his friends, and on his new album, Khaled Khaled, the producer teamed up with Justin Bieber. Three years after they worked together on “No Brainer,” the duo reunited for “Let It Go,” a track also featuring 21 Savage. Listen to it below!

“Let It Go” marks the third time that Justin and Khaled have collaborated. They first teamed up in 2017 for “I’m The One,” a chart-topping hit that also featured Quavo, Chance The Rapper, and Lil Wayne. They attempted to catch lightning in a bottle for a second time in 20018, with “No Brainer.” Chance, Justin, and Quavo reunited on the track, and while it was still commercially successful, it wasn’t as successful as the first team-up. Whether or not Justin and 21 Savage top “I’m The One” is up to whether or not Khaled releases the track as a single.

Considering all the names featured on Khaled Khaled, it’s hard to pick which should follow “Sorry Not Sorry,” the album’s third single (following “Greece” and “Popstar,” two Drake-featuring tracks that were released in 2020.) The album boasts Cardi B (“Big Paper”), Post Malone, Meghan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby and DaBaby (“I Did It”), Justin Timberlake (“Just Be”), Bryson Tiller, H.E.R., and Meek Mill (“I Can Have It All”) and more – including “This Is My Year,” a track featuring Rick Ross, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Big Sean, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

Justin Bieber and 21 Savage teamed up for DJ Khaled’s new album (Shutterstock)

The chances of Justin joining Khaled for another one were high. “Justin is my brother and great friend that I have been blessed to work with so closely,” Khaled said on a March 2021 episode of his podcast, The First One, per Respect. “We came together for a special cloth talk, because we are ‘special cloth,’ where we discuss him starting at a young age, where he’s at now, what inspires him, and his new album, Justice.”

The question is – what did Khaled have to do to get Justin on “Let It Go.” Khaled told Billboard in 2017 that he approached Justin to be on “I’m The One,” and got invited to meet Bieber at his Beverly Hills mansion. “I hung up, jumped in the Rolls and brought a PA just to make sure I presented [the beat to the song] right,” says Khaled. They ended up listening to the track in Justin’s truck (which Khaled noted has “stars in it, a reclining fur seat, shit like a movie”) before Justin agreed. But, before Khaled left, Justin made him play a round of ground hockey. “I took a beating for that song,” said Khaled.

“His energy is infectious,” Bieber said of Khaled in 2017. “He’s got an amazing ear for hits, and when I heard the beat for this track, [Bieber’s collaborator] Poo Bear and I decided to jump on and write the hook. Khaled is a good friend and a lot of fun to be around, and when he believes in something, he makes you believe.”



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California to truck young salmon to the Pacific because of low river levels

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California to truck young salmon to the Pacific because of low river levels

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California officials will again truck millions of young salmon raised at fish hatcheries in the Central Valley agricultural region to the Pacific Ocean because projected river conditions show that the waterways the fish use to travel downstream will be historically low and warm due to increasing drought.

Officials said the massive trucking operation is aimed at ensuring “the highest level of survival for the young salmon on their hazardous journey to the Pacific Ocean.”

“Trucking young salmon to downstream release sites has proven to be one of the best ways to increase survival to the ocean during dry conditions,” North Central Region Hatchery Supervisor Jason Julienne said in a statement.

California is now in its second year of drought after a winter with little precipitation. It’s the state’s fourth-driest year on record, especially in the northern two-thirds of the state, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Illustrating the state’s risk of drought, record low reservoir levels led Gov. Gavin Newsom last week to proclaim a regional drought emergency for the Russian River watershed in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

More than 16.8 million young salmon from four Central Valley hatcheries will be trucked to coastal sites around the San Pablo, San Francisco, Half Moon and Monterey bays.

It will take about 146 truckloads to get the fish transported.

Federal officials will do the same from one hatchery, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

California’s iconic native chinook salmon need cold water to survive, but dams have blocked their historic retreats to the chilly upper reaches of Northern California’s Sacramento River tributaries.

The fishing industry and Central Valley farmers are in a constant struggle over the same river water to sustain their livelihoods, with fish supporters lobbying for higher water levels and farmers against them so they can draw water to irrigate crops.

John McManus, president of the Golden State Salmon Assn., which advocates for fishers, told the Chronicle he appreciates the extra effort to save the fall-run chinook amid the drought.

But he said the underlying problem for salmon is that state and federal water officials have allowed too much water to be pulled from rivers and creeks for agricultural irrigation.

“These river conditions are made worse by decisions that put salmon last,” he said.



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Israel: At least 44 killed in stampede at religious festival – News

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Closed last year due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s pilgrimage was the largest public gathering since the pandemic began.

A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, with rescue workers facing chaotic crowds while trying to evacuate the injured.

The disaster occurred in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where Jews flock to mark the Lag BaOmer holiday.

Closed last year due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s pilgrimage was the largest public gathering since the pandemic began.

The pilgrimage was largest public gathering since the pandemic began, with reports that there were three times more people there than authorised.

Initial reports indicated that the carnage began when a section of stadium seating collapsed but rescue workers later linked the casualties to a stampede.

A spokesman for the Magen David Adom, Israel’s rescue service, told AFP “there were 38 dead at the scene but there were more at the hospital.”

A source at the northern Ziv hospital, one of several receiving casualties, told AFP it had recorded at least six deaths.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “heavy disaster” and said he was “praying for the injured”.

The army and emergency services deployed helicopters to evacuate the wounded.

Scenes from Meron hours after the accident showed a Jewish crowd in distress, with debris scattered across the ground.

Some survivors had lit candles for the victims while other prayed at a nearby wall.

Israeli media have published an image of a row of bodies covered in plastic bags on the ground.

“This is one of the worst tragedies that I have ever experienced,” said Lazar Hyman of the United Hatzalah volunteer rescue service, who was at the scene.

“I have not seen anything like this since I entered into the field of emergency medicine,” he added.

Yehuda Gottleib, one of the first responders from United Hatzalah, said he saw “dozens of people fall on top of one another during the collapse”.

“A large number of them were crushed and lost consciousness.”

Opposition leader Yair Lapid lamented the “terrible disaster”, and described it as a “sad” night for the country.

Israel has fully vaccinated more than half of its 9.3 million population against the coronavirus, but restrictions on massive public gatherings remain in place to stem the spread of the virus.

Authorities had authorised 10,000 people to gather at the site of the tomb but organisers said more than 650 buses had been chartered from across the country, bringing 30,000 pilgrims to Meron.

Haredim, have throughout the pandemic shown resistance towards health and safety measures mandated by the government.

Around 5,000 police had been deployed to secure the event.

After the stampede, police closed access to the area to prevent a crowd from building further, while rescue workers and security forces worked to clear the area and identify the victims.

Some of the injured have been transported by military helicopter to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, rescue workers said.




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What these 10 graphics say about Black people on the Prairies

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This story is part of the Black on the Prairies project, a collection of articles, personal essays, images and more, exploring the past, present and future of Black life in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Enter the Black On The Prairies project here.


Nearly 175,000 people identified as Black on the Prairies during Canada’s 2016 census. 

Like all data, this figure may not say much on its own. It is limited to the number of respondents who specifically identified as “Black.” Also, a lot could have changed in the five years since the last census was conducted.

However, when put in context, a closer look at the statistics reveals stories about a rapidly growing Black population with deep roots in the region and branches stretching across the Black diaspora. 

Below are 10 graphics that illustrate where Black people on the Prairies live, how long they’ve been here, where they were born, the languages they speak and the religions they practice.

About 1 in 7 Black people in Canada live on the Prairies

In 2016, more than 1.2 million people in Canada identified as Black. This means that, with a Black population of about 175,000, the Prairie provinces  were home to 14.6 per cent of the country’s Black population. 

The vast majority (129,390) were in Alberta, followed by Manitoba (30,340) and Saskatchewan (14,925).

The Prairies has the fastest-growing Black population in Canada

While the Prairies trail Ontario and Quebec in overall size of Black population, the region tops the country in terms of the Black population growth rate for the period of 1996 to 2016. 

The growth rate has increased from census to census, and is mainly attributed to more recent waves of immigration from African countries, according to Statistics Canada. 

Alberta’s Black population, in particular, has been growing exponentially. In 1996, the province’s Black population stood at slightly less than 25,000. By 2016, the Black population had grown fivefold to nearly 130,000.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan saw their Black populations triple from 1996 to 2016. They have the country’s third and fourth highest Black population growth rates, respectively, ranking lower than only Alberta and the Territories.

Most Black people are 1st generation, but some have very deep roots in the region

About two-thirds of Black people on the Prairies are first generation, with many arriving from the African continent, but Black presence on the Prairies is believed to stretch back as far as the 18th century and can be characterized by four major waves of migration, according to Karina Vernon, an associate professor of English at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

“The first wave is that period of Black fur trading that happened in the late 1800s and early 1900s,” said Vernon, who also edited the Black Prairie Archives anthology.

That was followed by a second, more significant, wave of Black migration from 1905 to 1911, when homesteaders from Oklahoma, Texas and other Southern states made the trip north to establish settlements in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

That migration was quickly stifled by a 1911 Order-In-Council that restricted Black migration to Canada. On top of that, “the government used an unofficial strategy for dissuading Black folks from coming north,” Vernon said.

“They subjected Black people at the border to more invasive medical exams. They sent doctors and other people into African-American communities and said, ‘It’s cold. Don’t come. You won’t succeed. It’s impossible.’ “

Changes to Canada’s immigration system in the 1950s spurred another major wave of Black migration that continues to this day, Vernon said, resulting in Black immigrants arriving from the Caribbean, Africa and the Americas.

The fourth wave, Vernon argues, includes Black people from mostly East Africa, Central America and South America who have more precarious status in Canada through immigration policies like the temporary foreign worker program, as well as African asylum seekers who made their way to Manitoba due to fears of deportation from the U.S. during the Trump administration.

Most Black people on the Prairies were born in Canada

The recurring trope that Black people are new or alien to the region is explored throughout the Black on the Prairies project. Yet, on top of the long history on the Prairies as seen above, more than a third of all Black people in the region were born in Canada. 

Rounding out the top five places of birth for the Black population on the Prairies are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Somalia, reflecting more recent waves of migration from Africa and the Caribbean. 

A small Albertan city has the largest concentration of Black residents on the Prairies

Several municipalities on the Prairies have a higher concentration of Black residents than the Canadian average (3.5 per cent).

Some are located in the region’s largest cities: Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg (Regina comes in below the national average at 2.2 per cent).

However, the title of the municipality with the largest percentage of Black residents on the Prairies goes to Brooks, Alta. This is likely due to many immigrants and refugees from sub-Saharan Africa working in the small southern Alberta community’s meat-packing industry. In 2016, nearly 14 per cent of residents in Brooks identified as Black.

Some neighbourhoods have had a strong Black presence for more than a century

At the census tract level, the data shows several neighbourhoods on the Prairies that could be considered Black enclaves.

Winnipeg’s Central Park neighborhood is home to Manitoba’s largest concentration of Black residents. About 28 per cent of its residents identified as Black in 2016, more than seven times the percentage of Black people in the city at large (3.9 per cent). The area is home to a large African population, which is reflected in the neighbourhood’s African stores, summer markets and cultural events.

Queen Mary Park and Central McDougall, located just outside Edmonton’s downtown core, are also home to sizable Black populations. Queen Mary Park, in particular, has historical significance as the home of the Shiloh Baptist Church. Formed in 1910, the church became a community hub for African-American migrants who were turned away from the city’s other churches. It remains a Black institution to this day.

The census tract with the highest concentration of Black residents in Calgary includes part of the Radisson Heights neighborhood (16 per cent). In Regina, it was a census tract located in the western half of Arcola East-North Side and the northeastern tip of Al Ritchie (eight per cent).

Black people on the Prairies mostly identify as Christian and Muslim

When it comes to faith, Black people on the Prairies are overwhelmingly Christian (70 per cent on average across the three provinces), slightly above the Canadian average (67.3 per cent). Muslims and those with other religious affiliations make up much of the rest. 

This picture may be quite outdated, however, as Statistics Canada has not collected data on religious affiliation since 2011. In Canada at large, for example, Islam is the fastest-growing religion and some Black immigrants in the Prairies are from majority-Muslim countries like Somalia. 

The 2021 census will once again include a question about religion, with additional questions designed to elicit more detailed responses, so it may paint a different picture than the one above. 

Somali is the most spoken non-official language in Black homes on the Prairies

Most Black people on the Prairies speak English at home, with a growing number speaking French, according to Statistics Canada. 

Aside from official languages, the most spoken language in the home was Somali, followed by Amharic, Tigrinya, and Oromo — a reflection of the region’s large Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean communities.

This may not be a full picture of the languages spoken at home by Black people on the Prairies, however. Take Yoruba and Igbo. Nigerians make up the largest African diaspora community on the Prairies, yet Yoruba and Igbo barely make the top 10, even when combined. This may be because respondents indicate that English is the most spoken language in the home  without including other non-official languages.


The Black on the Prairies project is supported by Being Black in Canada. For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians, check out Being Black in Canada here.

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Eying 2024, Pence makes 1st speech since leaving office

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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks for the first time since leaving office in South Carolina.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — In his first public address since the end of the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday put down a marker for a potential return to elected office, telling an audience in early-voting South Carolina that he will use the coming months “pushing back on the liberal agenda” he says is wrong for the country.

“We’ve got to guard our values … by offering a positive agenda to the American people, grounded in our highest ideals,” Pence told an audience of several hundred at a Columbia dinner sponsored by a conservative Christian nonprofit that lobbies for what it considers to be “biblical values,” such as heterosexual marriage. “Now, over the coming months, I’ll have more to say about all of that.”

The choice of South Carolina for Pence’s post-administration debut has definite political overtones, helping him develop exposure for a potential 2024 presidential bid. The state holds the first presidential primaries in the South, and candidates of both major parties typically spend more than a year in the state ahead of those votes, introducing themselves and trying to secure support.

Republican candidates use South Carolina as a proving ground to test their anti-abortion rights mettle. Thursday’s event, hosted by Palmetto Family Council, also gave Pence a backdrop for some of the issues for which he long advocated as an Indiana congressman-turned-governor, such as restrictions on abortion and support for the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Palmetto Family most recently helped push through a ban on most South Carolina abortions, a law now being challenged in federal court.

“We will stand with the right of every American, of every faith, to live, to work, to speak and to worship according to the dictates of their conscience,” Pence said.

Pence, who since leaving office has been doing work with the Heritage Foundation and Young America’s Foundation, has not indicated if he plans a future run. As vice president, he made numerous trips to South Carolina, meeting several times with Gov. Henry McMaster for coronavirus-related forums and campaigning in the state for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace.

“We have the winning agenda,” former Veep Mike Pence told the crowd in Columbia, South Carolina.
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But the question is whether Pence’s former boss still looms large for the possible Republican field. Former President Donald Trump has not explicitly stated his plans but has teased a possible bid. On Thursday morning, asked on Fox Business about running in 2024, Trump said he’s “100%” thinking about it and would even possibly consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his running mate.

Earlier this month, another possible GOP contender, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, said when asked about 2024 by The Associated Press that she would stand down if Trump opted to run again. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has launched an aggressive schedule, visiting states that will play a pivotal role in the 2024 primaries and signing a contract with Fox News Channel. DeSantis has been courting donors, including in Trump’s backyard, with a prominent speaking slot before the former president at a GOP fundraising retreat dinner this month at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort where Trump now lives.

Earlier Thursday, South Carolina Democratic Chair Trav Robertson said Pence was coming to the state to “try and salvage his relationship” with Trump supporters irked that Pence didn’t support efforts to block certification of the 2020 presidential election.

On Thursday, Pence promised to reveal more of his ideas soon, promising that he would be challenging the Biden administration’s “avalanche of liberal policies” as he ramps up speaking engagements around the country.

“We have the winning agenda,” Pence told Thursday’s crowd. “And now it’s incumbent upon us to take that winning agenda to the American people.”



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Does the choice of university impact your future career?

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As workplaces become more competitive and many students leave universities with exemplary degrees, it is becoming harder than ever to stand out from the crowd. However, by considering your choice of university wisely, you can have a head start, and it could certainly impact favourably on your future career goals. So, where should you start?

“When choosing a university, what to study should be the first question, which ultimately depends on one’s career aspirations,” says Claire Roper-Browning, Regional Director, Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions and Communications at Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

“Once that is clear, it is crucial to compare highly preferred universities based on key aspects such as specialisms, academic standards, reputation, student satisfaction, on-campus facilities, finances and scholarships, and extracurricular activities.”

Joining any university is an investment for the future. Therefore, it is essential to consider long-term career goals as well as the shorter-term benefits.

“Attending a reputed university certainly brings better career prospects in the long term,” says Roper-Browning.

“The university you choose should be able to demonstrate strong industry links like we do at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. Our graduates are placed in top companies and organisations, as employers around the world value the classroom knowledge and the practical experience we offer to our students.”

Indeed, there are many considerations to take into account when looking for a place to study. Thus, it is beneficial to invest plenty of time in the final decision to ensure you enjoy lucrative future job prospects.

The university one chooses can have a profound impact on a student’s career and future.“Degrees from universities that are highly ranked in the league tables can open the door to many opportunities for students,” says Dr Khyati Shetty, Dean and Head of Business and Humanities at Curtin University Dubai. “Employers are looking for graduates who come from universities that have a high level of industry engagement.”

Through its Student Experience team, Curtin Dubai ensures that students have the opportunity to engage with industry speakers several times a month. And Curtin Dubai’s Careers Centre makes sure that students are able to secure internships throughout their time at the university.

“We are always known by the company we keep and the alma mater we represent,” says Dr Raman Subramanian, Senior Faculty at Westford University College.

“Our actions, words, behaviour, thoughts and values will walk with us all our lives. Universities offer dynamic and life-changing experiences that shape the way we behave and act. It also personifies our values, ethics, professionalism, integrity and social responsibilities. These are the stepping stones for each of us to attain admirable roles and positions as an effective, engaged and committed member of the team.”

While names of some universities speak for themselves, knowing how to choose the best can be difficult for students.

Subramanian suggests, “Investing in education has always remained a thoughtful and an extremely emotional decision. It is important to fact-check institutional validity, reputation, credibility, rankings and accreditation.”

The fact-checking effort can pay dividends as choosing a highly respected university will put you on the path for long-term rewards.

“Finding career success is mainly dependent on one’s knowledge, abilities and personal attributes,” says Roper-Browning.

“However, those who belong to a well-ranked, highly reputed university have an added advantage over the rest, as they tend to be more well rounded in terms of their knowledge, skills, and personality — employers too tend to lean towards them.”

Things to keep in mind when picking a university

Choosing the right university is one of the most critical career moves you will ever make. To ensure you pick the right institute, consider the following:

Look at the course content
Once you choose your subject, you should consider the course content before signing up. Look at whether the institute covers the areas you want to specialise in. Are there practical sessions? If required, will there be research options available for your chosen subject?

What benefits does the university offer?
Claire Roper-Browning, Regional Director – Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions and Communications, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, says, “It is important to consider factors enabling career success such as networking opportunities, internships and work placements while studying, and the careers service department when choosing a university.”

Rankings
The ranking of a university is undoubtedly something to think about. The annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) provides the World University Rankings, which can be found online. In Dubai, KHDA’s annual Higher Education Classification (HEC) gives students the information and data they need to make more confident decisions about their future.



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Cardi B Name Drops Kulture On ‘Big Paper’ Collab With DJ Khaled – Hollywood Life

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Cardi B Name Drops Kulture On ‘Big Paper’ Collab With DJ Khaled – Hollywood Life

Made it under the wire! Right before DJ Khaled was about to drop his new album, he made one last-minute change: adding a new collab with Cardi B called ‘Big Paper!,’ in which her daughter Kulture gets a surprise shoutout.

Cardi B has gone from making those “money moves” to getting that “Big Paper,” and she celebrated this success on DJ Khaled’s new album. In “Big Paper,” released on Friday as part of Khaled Khaled, Cardi reunites with the producer for another track, and this one is a message to all her haters: “I get big paper, so I deal with big haters.” A universal truth! Cardi even name dropped her and Offset‘s two-year-old daughter, Kulture, for one of her disses.

“I son b–ches, move Kulture out thе car seat,” Cardi raps in one verse, which had fans talking. “Cardi had to be pissed,” one fan tweeted after quoting the diss, while another fan quoted the same line and wrote, “Cardi went crazy on Big Paper!”

It’s hard to imagine that Khaled Khaled was almost released without this Cardi feature. DJ Khaled announced the tracklisting on Tuesday (Apr. 27), and the album was already overflowing with A-level features: Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, DaBaby, Lil Baby, A Boogie Wit A Hoodie, Rick Ross, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, and a track that featured both Nas and JAY-Z. That alone is an insane level of features, but on Thursday (Apr. 29), Khaled said that Cardi got her vocals in on time, and “Big Paper” would be part of the new project.

This song marks the third time Cardi and Khaled have teamed up. They previously worked together on “Dinero,” Jennifer Lopez’s 2018 track, as well as Khaled’s “Wish Wish” in 2019 (which featured 21 Savage, who joined Justin Bieber on “Let It Go” on Khaled Khaled.) “Big Paper” is Cardi’s second major song of 2021, the first being the chart-topping “Up.”

Cardi B and DJ Khaled (Shutterstock)

Released in February, “Up” is presumably a song from Cardi’s highly anticipated follow-up to Invasion of Privacy, her debut solo album. It’s been almost three years since Invasion was unleashed, and Cardi told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that she intended to drop a follow-up in 2020, but she wasn’t feeling it. “I really wanted to put out an album last year, but it was like, ‘I feel like I don’t have the right songs.’ I have recorded so many songs. I think I’ve got like 50 songs recorded, and I’m just still not satisfied,” she told the DJ after “UP” was released. “If I’m not satisfied, I’m just not satisfied, but I really want to put out an album this year. I feel like I have no choice now. Now, I feel like I exceeded my limit of holding. I just need to stop with the fear.”

“I’ve got like… Three potential intros, and it’s just like, are ‘They good enough? Are they explaining everything that I want to explain?’ It’s just a lot. I just feel like I’m just not satisfied anymore because it’s like the expectations be so high,” she added. Perhaps the reception to “Paper Money” might help quell some fears, especially if it finds success as a single. “Wish Wish” cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (and reached No. 8 and No. 6, respectively, on the US R&B/Hip-Hop and U.S. Rap charts.) The song went on to be certified Platinum. Fans will have to see if “Big Paper” makes similar moves if and when it’s put out.



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Several dead in stampede at Jewish pilgrimage site in Mount Meron-World News , Firstpost”

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Israel: Several dead in stampede at Jewish pilgrimage site in Mount Meron

The disaster occurred at Mount Meron after midnight at the main celebrations of Lag BaOmer, when ultra-Orthodox Jews convene at the tomb of a prominent rabbi

Israel: Several dead in stampede at Jewish pilgrimage site in Mount Meron

Israeli security officials and rescuers carry bodies of victims who died during a Lag Ba’Omer celebrations at Mt. Meron in northern Israel, Friday, April 30, 2021. Israel’s national rescue service has officially confirmed some deaths at a stampede during a religious festival in northern Israel. (David Cohen/JINIPIX via AP)

Meron: A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed dozens of people in northern Israel on Friday, leaving emergency workers scrambling to clear the area and evacuate the critically injured.

The disaster occurred in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews flock to mark the Lag BaOmer holiday.

Closed last year due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s pilgrimage was the largest public gathering since the pandemic began.

Rescue workers had initially said that chaos erupted when a section of stadium seating collapsed but later revised that account to say the casualties had been caused by a stampede.

Israeli media published an image of a row of bodies covered in plastic bags on the ground.

The Magen David Adom, Israel’s rescue service, reported dozens of dead and said it would “fight for the lives of dozens wounded, and will not give up until the last victim is evacuated.”

Emergency services deployed six helicopters to evacuate the injured.

The army said its medical teams and “a number of Israeli Air Force helicopters with medical teams… are assisting in the mass casualty incident in Mount Meron.”

“The forces are assisting in the evacuation of injured and killed civilians and providing medical treatment at the scene,” it added.

“This is one of the worst tragedies that I have ever experienced,” said Lazar Hyman of the United Hatzalah volunteer rescue service, who was at the scene.

“I have not seen anything like this since I entered into the field of emergency medicine,” he added.

Yehuda Gottleib, one of the first responders from United Hatzalah, said he saw “dozens of people fall on top of one another during the collapse”.

“A large number of them were crushed and lost consciousness.”

Overcrowding

Israel has fully vaccinated more than half of its 9.3 million population against coronavirus , but restrictions on massive public gatherings remain in place to stem the spread of the virus.

Authorities had authorised 10,000 people to gather at the site of the tomb but organisers said more than 650 buses had been chartered from across the country, bringing 30,000 pilgrims to Meron.

The Meron pilgrimage is primarily attended by ultra-Orthodox Jews, a community that has at times resisted mandatory health and safety measures during the pandemic.

Around 5,000 police had been deployed to secure the event.

The area has since been closed, with rescue workers and security forces attempting to clear the area.

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Lindholm scores twice as Calgary Flames win 3-1 over Edmonton Oilers – Calgary

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Elias Lindholm scored twice and Dillon Dube added an insurance goal in the third period as the Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 on Thursday night at Rogers Place.

The victory moved Calgary (22-24-3) four points behind the idle Montreal Canadiens in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division standings.

James Neal had the lone goal for the Oilers (29-17-2), who were denied a third straight win.

Edmonton is in second place in the North, nine points behind Toronto. The Maple Leafs posted a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks earlier in the evening.

The Flames, desperate for points as the season winds down, were physical from the start. Matthew Tkachuk set an early tone with a strong hit on Dmitry Kulikov behind the Edmonton net.

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The Oilers struggled to clear the puck out of the zone ahead of Calgary’s opening goal. Tkachuk got possession and set up Lindholm for a one-timer that beat Mike Smith at 6:04.

Neal pulled Edmonton even with his first goal since March 10. He had space down low and snapped it under Jacob Markstrom’s right arm at 13:28.

Markstrom, making his 10th straight start, stoned Leon Draisaitl late in the period to keep the game tied.

Calgary regained the lead at 7:07 of the second period after Lindholm won a faceoff, moved towards the net and deflected Rasmus Andersson’s point shot.

On the next shift, Neal nearly pulled the Oilers even again. He broke in alone and tried to chip it past Markstrom but the netminder made a nice glove save.

Smith outdid him at the other end in the dying seconds of the period with an all-world stop.

Mikael Backlund flipped a saucer pass to Lindholm on a 2-on-1 shorthanded break but a sprawled, outstretched Smith managed to get his glove on the shot to deny the Calgary centre the hat trick.

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Connor McDavid and Draisaitl, one-two in the NHL scoring race, started to buzz more often in the third period but Markstrom was up to the task.

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Calgary made it a two-goal advantage at 12:08. Milan Lucic fired a shot that rolled between Smith’s legs and Dube tucked in the loose puck from a tight angle.

The Oilers pulled Smith with two minutes left in regulation but had difficulty providing sustained pressure.

Edmonton outshot Calgary 31-30.

The Oilers and Flames will face off again Saturday in Edmonton. Calgary can even the 10-game season series with a victory.




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Chris Pratt Shares Rare Pic Of His Kids Jack, 8, and Lyla, 8 Mos. – Hollywood Life

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Chris Pratt is making sure his kids Jack and Lyla will grow up with a strong bond. The proud dad shared a selfie of a cuddle session to his Instagram Story on April 29 and the pic is too cute.

Chris Pratt is on daddy duty!  The Jurassic World star, 41, posted a sweet photo of his two kids getting close on his social media page. It’s seems clear he’s encouraging a solid connection between the siblings.

Chris, who shares his son Jack, 8, with his first wife Anna Faris, welcomed his 8-month-old daughter Lyla in August 2020, with current wife Katherine Schwarzenegger. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor rarely shares photos of his kids, so the pic is a special treat for fans.

In the selfie, Chris is relaxing on a beige couch by the fireplace with his two little ones snuggled in close beside him. Lyla appears to be clutching a toy and is faced towards her big brother Jack, who was pictured in a red shirt with his back to the camera. The Parks and Rec alum captioned the post, “Baby time.”

Although Chris stares directly into the camera for the photo,  only the tops of his kids’ heads are shown because Chris and Katherine are determined to guard their kids’ privacy.

In fact, they have a policy not to show their faces, a decision that Katherine explained during an interview with the TODAY  show in March. “Obviously, I didn’t grow up with social media being a thing at all, so it’s a little bit different in that way just because I feel like we share so much in today’s world,” she explained. “But I think one of the greatest gifts that my parents [Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger] ever gave me and my siblings is the gift of privacy and having a really normal upbringing, or as normal of an upbringing as possible.”

Chris Pratt and his son Jack photographed on a day out in Los Angeles. [Shutterstock]

In addition to protecting their kids’ privacy, Chris and Katherine have also made a big effort to make sure they are one big happy family with his ex Anna.  And luckily Anna is on the same page. She even sent a gift when baby Lyla was born. Anna couldn’t be happier that Jack’s now a big brother, a source told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY!

“Anna’s very excited for Jack to have a little sister. She’s very close to her older brother [Robert Faris], so she’s just thrilled that Jack will have a sibling,” the source said. “She’s been helping prepare Jack to be a big brother and he’s very proud.” The insider added that Jack was “so happy” after little sister Lyla was born. So sweet!



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French President Francois Hollande holds conference after deadly Champs Elysees shooting

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Weather alert: Rain hits UAE; more expected across the country – News

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Weather alert: Rain hits UAE; more expected across the country - News

The National Centre of Meteorology attributes the rainfall to cloud seeding.

Light rains have been recorded over multiple areas in the UAE on Friday morning.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology, light rains were recorded in Jebel Ali in Dubai, Al Faqa in Al Ain and Al Madam in Sharjah.

The National Centre of Meteorology has implied that the rainfall may be attributed to the UAE’s recent cloud seeding operations.

Friday’s is set to bring a chance of convective rain clouds over Eastern and Northern areas until 9:30am, with the weather being fair to partly cloudy otherwise.

Light to moderate winds are predicted as well, with the clouds blowing dust over some areas and reducing horizontal visibility.

“Cloud-seeding operations happen whenever there are the right clouds to be seeded so as to enhance the rain,” said an official from NCM on Wednesday.

The sea will be slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and moderate becoming rough until 9:30 amwith cloud in the Oman Sea.

Rains hit the UAE for the third time in four days on Thursday, with the NCM recording over Dubai’s Hatta, Ras Al Khaimah’s Wadi Al Qour and the Masafi-Asma Road. Heavy rains were also reported over Khor Fakkan and Fujairah.

The NCM also issued an alert on Thursday, asking residents to stay away from flash flood areas. Code yellow and code orange notices have also been issued. The code yellow notice asks residents to be on the lookout when they go for outdoor activities.




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Activist says he flew 500K leaflets across Koreas’ border

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Activist says he flew 500K leaflets across Koreas’ border

A South Korean activist said Friday he launched 500,000 propaganda leaflets by balloon into North Korea this week in defiance of a contentious new law that criminalizes such actions.

If confirmed, Park Sang-hak’s action would be the first known violation of the law that punishes anti-Pyongyang leafleting with up to three years in prison or a fine of 30 million won ($27,040). The law that took effect in March has invited criticism South Korea is sacrificing freedom of expression to improve ties with rival North Korea, which has repeatedly protested the leafleting.

Police stations in frontline Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces said they couldn’t immediately confirm if Park sent balloons from their areas, which Park has used in the past and said he used in two launches this week. Cha Duck Chul, a deputy spokesman at Seoul’s Unification Ministry, said the government would handle the case in line with the objective of the law, though police and military authorities were still working to confirm Park’s statements.

Park said his organization floated 10 giant balloons carrying the leaflets, reading materials critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s government, and 5,000 one-dollar bills over two launches from frontline areas this week. He would not disclose the exact locations in the two border provinces he used, citing worries police would stop future attempts.

“Though (authorities) can handcuff and put me to a prison cell, they cannot stop (my leafleting) with whatever threats or violence as long as the North Korean people waits for the letters of freedom, truth and hopes,” said Park, a North Korean defector known for years of leafleting campaigns.

Park called the anti-leafleting legislation “the worst law” that “sides with cruel human rights abuser Kim Jong Un and covers the eyes and ears of the North Korean people that have become the modern-day slaves of the Kim dynasty.”

Video released by Park showed him releasing a balloon with leaflets toward a dark sky and showed him standing in the woods with a sign that partly reads, “The world condemns Kim Jong Un who is crazy for nuclear and rocket provocations.”

The anti-leafleting legislation was passed in December by Parliament, where lawmakers supporting President Moon Jae-in’s engagement policy on North Korea hold a three-fifths supermajority. It went into effect in March.

It’s the first South Korean law that formally bans civilians from floating anti-North Korea leaflets across border. South Korea has previously banned such activities only during sensitive times in inter-Korean relations and normally allowed activists to exercise their freedom of speech despite repeated protests from North Korea.

Kim’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, last year furiously demanded South Korea ban the leafleting and called North Korean defectors involved in it “human scum” and “mongrel dogs.”

Despite the law, ties between the Koreas remain strained amid a standstill in broader nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington. North Korea has made a series of derisive statements against Seoul, including Kim Yo Jong calling Moon “a parrot raised by America” after he criticized the North’s recent missile launches.



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COVID-19: Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor’s father, Randhir Kapoor, admitted to hospital

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COVID-19: Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor's father, Randhir Kapoor, admitted to hospital

It’s a grim day for the Kapoor dynasty.

As they observe Rishi Kapoor’s first death anniversary on April 30, his brother Randhir Kapoor has been admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Despite getting both the shots of the vaccine, Kapoor,74, wasn’t immune to the virus.

“I have no clue how I got COCID-19. I am surprised. Let me also tell you that my entire staff of five members, too, has tested positive, and I have got them hospitalised with me in the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital,” Kapoor told ETimes. 

“I have no major problems. I am not breathless and did not need an ICU or oxygen support either. I had a bit of fever but that is gone now,” he added.

His daughters Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor and his wife Babita have reportedly tested negative for COVID-19.

Earlier in March, his nephew Ranbir Kapoor had tested positive.

Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Aamir Khan, and R Madhavan have all contracted the virus. They have all recovered and are doing well now. 



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Beyoncé Sings On Jay-Z & Nas’s New Song ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ – Hollywood Life

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Beyoncé Sings On Jay-Z & Nas’s New Song ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ – Hollywood Life

Ex-rivals Jay-Z and Nas collaborating on the same track wasn’t the only surprise that DJ Khaled’s new song, ‘SORRY NOT SORRY,’ brought. If you listen closely, Beyoncé is also on the track!

Hey to you too, Beyoncé! Her husband Jay-Z, 51, made a surprise move by linking up with his former rival Nas, 47, to rap on DJ Khaled‘s new track “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which was track No. 10 on his star-studded project Khaled Khaled that came out on April 30. But their unlikely partnership wasn’t the only surprise on the song: Beyoncé sings one word — “Hey” — after Jay-Z raps, “Sorry, that’s another B / Haters still ain’t recover from the other B, mm / That’s a double B, now that’s a treble B / Can’t forget ’bout the other B.” We see what the power couple did there.

 

But Beyoncé does more than say “hey.” She also lends her beautiful vocals to harmonize on “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which solves the mystery as to who Harmonies by The Hive is (one of the featured artists on the song, along with James Fauntleroy). While Beyoncé didn’t appear in the song’s accompanying music video, the video does address her surprising cameo: once she sings “Hey,” Jay-Z gives a surprised glance back.

Long before Pusha T versus Drake or Taylor Swift versus Katy Perry (or Taylor Swift versus Kanye West) were the biggest feuds in music, Jay Z and Nas’s rivalry were the definition of beef. The schism began in 1996, according to High Snobiety’s timeline of the feud, after Nas reportedly failed to show up to record verses for Jay’s “Bring It On,” off of Reasonable Doubt. Nas’ second album, It Was Written, starts with “The Message,” which contained the line “Lex with TV sets the minimum,” which was a shot at Hova (who made many references to the luxury brand on Reasonable Doubt.)

“I saw JAY-Z driving a Lexus with the TVs in them. I got rid of my Lexus at that point, and I was looking for the next best thing. It wasn’t a shot at Jay, but it was just saying that’s the minimum you gotta have,” Nas told Complex. “It’s not a shot at him but he inspired that line.” Jay seemingly shot back at Nas on “Where I’m From,” rapping, “I’m from where n—– pull your card, and argue all day about/Who’s the best MC’s, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas.” Some would claim that Roc-A-Fella artist/Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek was brought in to feud with Nas, but things went problematic when Nas dropped the “Stillmatic Freestyle.” Along with the unfortunate homophobic insults, Nas called out the “fake king of New York,” before rapping, “You show off, I count off when you sample my voice / I rule you, before, you used to rap like the Fu-Schnickens / Nas designed your Blueprint, who you kidding?”

Jay-Z, Nas, and DJ Khaled — all on the same track. (Shutterstock)

The pressure from Nas saw Jay respond with “Takeover,” first as a freestyle and then as a polished track on 2001’s The Blueprint. “That’s why your (lame!) career’s come to an end / it’s only so long fake thugs can pretend,” rapped Jay on the track. “ So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong / You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song (Woo!).” It was considered a fatal blow – until Nas unleashed “Ether” off his 2001 album, Stillmatic. “I got this, locked since Nine-One (1991), I am the truest/ Name a rapper that I ain’t influenced,” he rapped. Nas would then insinuate that Jay copied his style and sold out. “Y’all n— deal with emotions like bitches/ What’s sad is I love you cause you’re my brother, you traded your soul for riches.”

Most gave the round to Nas, but Jay-Z fired back with “Supa Ugly,” which saw Jay brag about an alleged three-year affair with Nas’ girlfriend at the time, Carmen Bryan (Jay bragging about affairs seems odd in the post-Lemonade era, but these were the early 2000s.) Most listeners thought the response was weak, and Jay’s own mother called him and told him to apologize. “Mom put in a call and said, ‘That went too far.’ And she’s never, ever called me about music,” said Jay, per HipHopDX. “So I was like ‘Okay, okay, okay. I’ll go shut it down.’”

It got shut down – seemingly for good – in 2005. Jay and Nas buried the hatchet during Power 105.1’s Power House concert, per Billboard. Jay suggested that an earlier reunion between Diddy and rapper Lox/D-Block had inspired him, and he brought out Nas “to deafening applause.” The two stood next to each other for two minutes of cheers before launching into a fifteen-minute set that included “The World Is Yours,” “Street Dreams,” and more.

So, when are we getting the JAY-Z/Nas Verzuz?



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As shrubs take over Labrador’s tundra, the effects of climate change stretch beyond the ice

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As shrubs take over Labrador's tundra, the effects of climate change stretch beyond the ice

During Derrick Pottle’s lifetime spent on the land of northern Labrador, there have always been insects around. But those bugs have been nothing compared to what he’s seen in recent summers, when the air has been thick with black flies and mosquitoes, he says.  

“My goodness, you try to go outdoors and you try to carry on activity outside — recreation or projects or whatever you’re doing — and you’re just totally swarmed with bugs,” said Pottle, a hunter in Rigolet, which is the southernmost Inuit in Nunatsiavut, Labrador’s Inuit territory.

“You just virtually can’t breathe for them,” he said. “And it’s horrible.”

Insect repellent and bug jackets are a few essentials needed to deal with the changing seasons along the northern coast of Labrador, which is experiencing rapid climate change — with rising winter temperatures and thinning coastal ice disrupting daily life. 

Typically, Pottle would still be snowmobiling well into late May. This year, he put the machine away on April 17, after getting barely three months of use out of it.

“I drove a snowmobile back to Rigolet from Goose Bay at the end of January. And you’re zigzagging around holes in the sea ice, and believe me, that’s not comfortable and that’s not safe,” he said.

Some of that ice he travelled on Lake Melville had fractured by April 28 — the second earliest time ever and a month ahead of normal, according to the Canadian Ice Service.

Derrick Pottle of Rigolet, the southernmost Inuit community in Nunatsiavut, worries how long the Inuit lifestyle can last as climate change disrupts it year-round. (Eldred Allen/Bird’s Eye Inc)

“I’m sure there’s people still out there that [don’t] believe that climate change is happening … But when you live, when your life depends on being able to work and live in harmony with nature and Mother Nature and the elements — it really impacts our lives,” he said. “Like it just cut our snowmobile season.”

Reports show sea ice in northern Nunatsiavut has shrunk 30 per cent per decade since the early 1980s, and days of snow cover over the entire area have declined.

Pottle said the weather in other months has also been swinging between extremes. There are weeks of seemingly unending spring and summer fog that keeps planes from landing, as well as gales of wind, night and day.

“It doesn’t stop, it doesn’t slack, and it really impacts people’s ability to travel,” Pottle said.

He recalled working on a marine project in August, when temperatures shot above 25 C for a stretch of about 10 days, in unheard-of heat.

A green explosion

The fluctuations are having an impact on country food, particularly the berry harvest.

“Bakeapples or any kind of berry, they’re very, very sensitive when they’re into flowering stage, and the wind can beat the flowers off or the rain can beat it off, or you get extreme heat and everything burns up,” Pottle said, noting that a lot of ponds and places where he would hunt for birds are also drying up.

That aligns with what plant ecologist Luise Hermanutz calls her “rubber boot index.” When Hermanutz first started researching plant life more than a decade ago at Nakvak Brook in Torngat Mountains National Park, she and other scientists would need rubber boots to wade around. 

Now, they wear hikers.

Along with that change in footwear, those researchers have been measuring a dramatic shift in the Torngats, a shift first flagged by Inuit elders as an explosion of green across what was formerly rocky tundra.

A camp at Ramah, in the Torngat Mountains National Park, in 1991. (Submitted by Angus Simpson)

The same site, seen here in 2011, has seen rapid shrub growth in a few decades. (Darroch Whitaker/Parks Canada)

Shrubs, such as Arctic dwarf birch, have swept across those barrens. The amount of shrub cover has about tripled in the park since the late 1990s, according to Parks Canada ecosystem scientist Darroch Whitaker.

“The northern tip of Labrador and then over to Ungava Bay is one of the parts of the Canadian Arctic that is changing, by far, the fastest,” Whitaker said.

Part of that process, called “shrubification,” involves the coastline’s shrinking ice.

“People usually don’t think about ice and plants in the same breath,” said Hermanutz. “But what we found is that —as people in Labrador know — the sea ice plays a really important role in regulating the climate, especially the spring and into the early summer.”

Sea ice suppresses temperatures, and less of it contributes to warming year-round. That, along with melting patches of permafrost, which lets roots stretch further into the soil, fewer caribou grazing the vegetation down and the Torngat’s disappearing glaciers, has transformed the landscape.

“It’s an intricate little dance of all these different types of environmental factors that are causing change,” Hermanutz said.

Joey Angnatok is a commercial fisherman, hunter, and researcher in Nain, who has watched gravestones disappear under encroaching vegetation. (Hamlin Lampe/CBC)

How shrubs can hide graves — and bears

Those changes have implications for the Inuit on the land. Researcher, hunter and fisher Joey Angnatok of Nain has been watching the vegetation creep inside the park.

“What I’ve been finding is like the green colour is getting higher up into the mountains,” he said. “You can notice the colour change.”

South of the park, caribou trails have disappeared under the shrubs, he said, and at Okak, a former Inuit community, plants have swallowed up gravestones.

“You’d always see these plaques nice and clearly. But it seems like over the last few years now, we went to check them out  . . . and a lot of them were disappeared because the vegetation had just grown right over them,” he said. “So, everything is changing.”

Angnatok has seen the green line between vegetation and rock creep upwards in the Torngat Mountains, such as that seen here in the Southwest Arm of Saglek Fjord. (Darroch Whitaker/Parks Canada)

The shrubs tend to be thickest in river valleys that people often use as travel routes, said Whitaker of Parks Canada. They can increase the chances of a run-in with polar or black bears. 

“In order to be safe around those those animals, you want to have good awareness of where they are. And this shrub cover makes it really hard to detect them,” said Whitaker.

In a world so rapidly shifting, the only safe bet appears to be to expect more change. Scientists predict another doubling of that shrub cover in the next 20 years, said Whitaker, with “profound ecosystem changes” acting as “a bit of a bellwether for what’s happening all across the Arctic.”

Pottle predicts the changes will have major impacts on Inuit life across the circumpolar north. He isn’t sure what can replace snowmobiles for ease of access to the land, or how everything from caribou to partridges will manage to forage in the warming world.

“We have some major, major concerns as to what the outcome is, and how long will we be able to hold on to this lifestyle that we’re living,” he said.

“Nothing, human or animal, is immune from what’s happening.”


Thin Ice is a special CBC series about the changing climate along Labrador’s north coast, and the Indigenous-led responses arising from it. Read more in this series here.

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50 Cent Disses Irv Gotti Over DMX Crack Overdose Claim – Hollywood Life

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50 Cent and DMX

50 Cent is coming hard at DMX’s former business partner Irv Gotti for claiming the legendary rapper OD’d on crack mixed with fentanyl.

50 Cent is furious with record executive and Murder Inc. co-founder Irv Gotti for claiming in a radio interview that his former business partner DMX suffered a heart attack stemming from a “bad dose of crack.” The rapper — real name Earl Simmons — died at a White Plains, NY hospital on Friday, Apr. 9, one week after suffering a massive heart attack at his home. Fif called Irv an “idiot” for making his claims that DMX’s condition was caused by crack laced with the highly potent synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Fiddy — real name Curtis Jackson III — posted the audio clip of Irv making the statement to his Instagram page on Thurs. Apr. 29. The Power executive producer wrote in the caption, “This guy is a idiot, did he just say DMX died from smoking crack and fentanyl! why would he say that?”

Gotti, who signed DMX to Def Jam Records in the 1990’s, said in an Apr. 23 interview with 107.5 WGCI in Chicago, “When he got to the hospital, he got diagnosed with COVID and he couldn’t breathe — you know that COVID messes with your respiratory system — so that’s why he had to get hooked up to the ventilator. But they said before he did, they was, ‘His brain died.’”

For Irv — real name Irving Domingo Lorenzo Jr. — he never wanted to see 50-year-old DMX living in a vegetative state. “Once they said that, I was like, ‘I don’t want to see X like that,’” Gotti explained. “I said, ‘If he comes back, I want him to come back and be X. If he’s gonna be brain dead and a vegetable, I don’t want to see him like that,’ you know what I’m saying? I think when it got down to it, he couldn’t survive without being on that machine. He’s gone.”

While 50 Cent didn’t share an Instagram post mourning DMX, he’s furious with the rapper’s former business parter Irv Gotti for claiming X died from a ‘bad dose of crack.’ Photo credit: Shutterstock.

Irv said that he was “at peace” with the fact that DMX was “with God now. He’s such a spiritually connected person that all the wrongdoings he may have done are gonna kind of be forgiven. I just feel like he’s up there, he’s at peace and he’s not fighting no demons no more and he’s in a better place. When I die, I’ll see my man again.”

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Irv Gotti signed DMX to Def Jam Records in the 1990s and produced several of his hit singles. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

50’s fans were divided about his Instagram post nearly a week after Irv made the claims. Several trolled the mogul for not even posting originally about DMX’s condition when he was hospitalized, or his passing. Follower @jm_bk2 told him, “Fif ain’t say nothing else bout Dmx but he gon post this,” while  @r.e.v.o. called out Fiddy, commenting, “You ain’t post sh*t about DMXs passing, but you wanna post this sh*t up Fif?” Fan @sharin_cuzzos accused him of wanting attention, writing, “When you looking for any reason to start trending.”

But others thought it best to leave the drug talk out when it came to mourning DMX. Follower @jnotes20xx commented, “Wrong or right is not his place to comment on that man’s death,” and @ton_makla added, “It doesn’t matter how he passed. He is still a legend!!!! of the iconic rapper, actor and songwriter.

 



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