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News Unplugged – Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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News Unplugged – Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ERIN ANDREWS WINS $55 MILLION LAWSUIT

On Monday, FOX Sportscaster, Erin Andrews was awarded $55 Million from the jury in her lawsuit against convicted stalker, Michael David Barrett.

The trial dates back to 2008, when Barrett secretly filmed Andrews through removing her hotel room peepholes in Nashville, Tennessee and Columbus, Ohio. Originally, Andrews wanted to sue for $75 million, but settled for the 55 after a seven hour-long deliberation with the jury.

The settlement will be divided 51/49, with Barrett paying $28 million and the West End Hotel Partners, $26 million. However, some experts say that she may not receive the jury award in full.


 

US TOURIST KILLED BY PALESTINIAN IN ISRAEL

Yesterday, a stabbing by a Palestinian at a boardwalk in Tel Aviv, Israel resulted in the death of an American tourist and 10 other citizens wounded.

The attack is said to have taken place fairly close to where American Vice President, Joe Biden was attending an event in the area with former Israeli President, Shimon Peres.

Earlier that day, two other Israeli-targeted Palestinian attacks took place, in which two police officers were shot in East-Jerusalem, and another citizen was stabbed just outside of Tel Aviv. All 3 attackers have since been killed.


 

CANADIAN WOMAN TO BE FEATURED ON BILLS

In honor of International Women’s Day yesterday, Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau announced that a Canadian woman will be featured on bank notes to be issued in 2018.

In his statement, Trudeau said, “Today, on International Women’s Day, the Bank of Canada is taking the first step by launching public consultations to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on this new bill.”

To nominate a woman to appear on the bill, be sure to visit the Bank of Canada’s website until April 15.

[RECAP] Thursday, March 3, 2016
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[RECAP] Thursday, March 3, 2016

North Korea Fired Short Range Missiles Into Sea

Seoul officials have stated that North Korea fired six short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast Thursday. This occurred Only a fews hours after UN Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

An anonymous South Korean stated that North Korea fired six projectiles that flew about 100 to 150 kilometers before landed in the sea.

This action has been seen as act of defiance against the sanctions.


 

Former West Jet Flight Attendant Sues for Sexual Assult

A former WestJet flight attendant is now suing the airline with alleged sexual assault charges. British Columbia resident, Mandalena “Mandy” Lewis, has filed claims of being sexually assaulted by a pilot in 2010 during a layover in Hawaii on a Vancouver to Maui trip.

Lewis stated that she spoke to another flight attendant who also made the same statements of being assaulted by the pilot, also referred to as Pilot M, back in 2008.

WestJet has not yet filed for legal defence but says it will “vigorously defend” itself against “the allegations contained in the claim.”


 

Kanye Feud On Twitter With Deadmau5

Yet Another twitter feud for Kanye West. The rapper has yet again been caught in another online battle on Wednesday with Canadian electronic dance producer Deadmau5. After Deadmau5 posted a photo that apparently showed Kanye pirating music editing software, Kanye fought back.

Deadmau5, whose real name is Joel Zimmerman, tweeted, “Can’t afford serum?” The DJ is the co-founder of the record label behind the software

He then followed with a series of tweets directed at Mr. West one suggesting a proposal to crowd fund enough money to buy Kanye a legal copy of the software.

Ofcourse, Kanye had something to say in a series of tweeted clawbacks. None addressing the initial accusations.

Both Kanye and Zimmerman hold stake in the music streaming service, TIDAL.

News Unplugged – Wednesday, March 2, 2016
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News Unplugged – Wednesday, March 2, 2016

European Refugee Crises Worsens at Greece-Macedonia Border

As of yesterday, an estimated 10,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees were left stranded at the Greece-Macedonia border while it was shut down.

The border was officially closed for a 24 hour period after migrant protests led to clashes with the police. This backlog of migrants has left some families stranded for over a week in harsh conditions, caused by food, water, and sanitation shortages.

The UN has since declared Europe as being “on the cusp of a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis.”


 

Osama bin Laden’s Will Revealed

On Tuesday, former jihadist, Osama bin Laden’s will, along with over 100 letters and documents were released to the American media.

In his will, bin Laden claims to have $29 million saved in Sudan that he intends to be spent on “jihad for the sake of Allah”. Among the letters, he expresses paranoid concerns that himself and his family were being tracked by various spy organizations. It is currently unknown where or who this money is with.

Since his assassination in 2011, the former second-in-command member, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has led al-Qaeda.


 

Alleged Murderer, Marissa Shephard Arrested in Moncton

The RCMP have announced that 20 year old Canadian woman, Marissa Shephard was arrested in her hometown, Moncton, New Brunswick yesterday.

Shephard, along with 3 other suspects are believed to have murdered 18 year old, Baylee Wylie, whose body was found in a house-fire this past December.

She is scheduled to appear in court this morning.

News Unplugged – Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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News Unplugged – Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UPDATE ON JIAN GHOMESHI TRIALS

Yesterday, a fourth witness came forward during the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trials.

The witness is prepared to testify for actress, Lucy DeCoutere, who was allegedly choked and beaten by the former CBC Radio host. DeCoutere makes up one of three victims who have come forward in Ghomeshi’s sexual and physical assault trial.

Jian Ghomeshi’s legal team are claiming that DeCoutere and her witness fabricated the story, and have announced that they are prepared to present their closing arguments.


 

 

SPREAD OF ZIKA VIRUS

Recently, there has been an outbreak of the Zika Virus in Central and South America.

The main concern centered around the virus is its’ supposed link to microcephaly, a life-threatening neurological disorder found in newborn infants. Symptoms of the Zika virus in adults are mild, consisting of fever, rashes, and joint pain.

The virus is commonly transmitted through mosquito bites but in recent cases, it has been sexually transmitted as well. There is currently no preventative vaccination or medicine to treat the virus.

The CDC has since advised pregnant women to avoid travelling to affected areas, including Mexico and the Caribbean.


 

 

FATAL GERMANY TRAIN CRASH

On Tuesday morning, two passenger trains collided in Bavaria, Germany.

According to officials, the incident has resulted in at least 10 dead, 54 injured, and one passenger missing. Among those killed include the train conductors and train guards aboard both of the vehicles.

As of right now, the cause of the crash is still unknown. Bavarian Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann stated that it was “difficult to comprehend” how such a crash could happen given the amount of investment in railway safety following previous train accidents.


 

 

BEYONCE PAYS HOMAGE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER

During her opening performance for Coldplay at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Beyoncé gave a salute to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The singer paid tribute to the Black Panthers civil rights movement, as well as human rights activist, Malcolm X. The performance was mainly focused on her newly released single, ‘Formation’, which addresses the rampant police brutality affecting African Americans today.

While the show received an overwhelmingly positive reaction, there were still some critics, one of which was former New York City mayor, Rudy Guiliani who accused Beyoncé of “attacking police officers”.

Regardless of critics, Beyoncé and her husband, Jay Z have been incredibly active in the Black Lives Matter movement, making a donation of $1.5M to the effort last Friday.

News Unplugged – Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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News Unplugged – Wednesday, February 3, 2016

DONALD TRUMP LOSES IOWA

On Monday night, it was announced that Texas senator, Ted Cruz beat out Donald Trump in Iowa polls.

The results for the Republican Party show that Cruz has 27.6 per cent of the vote, Trump has 24.3 per cent, and Marco Rubio coming in with 23.1 per cent. As for the democratic race, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton practically tie with Sanders pulling in 49.6% of the vote, and Hillary with 49.8 per cent.

Since the announcement, many Americans and non-Americans alike have breathed a sigh of relief knowing that Trump is now less likely to become the next president of the United States.


 

MASSES TRAPPED IN CHINESE TRAIN STATION

According to Guangzhou Railway representatives, 38,000 passengers have been trapped in a railway station in Southern China yesterday.

The station was especially crowded as many people were on their way to celebrate the Lunar New Year. However, the crowd was halted by the delays of 22 trains due to heavy snow and ice weather conditions.

This year, 2.9 billion people are estimated to be travelling to China during the Lunar New Year holiday period.


 

ROOSH V CALLS FOR MEET-UP

American blogger, Daryush Valizadeh who goes by the name of Roosh V recently posted on his blog, “Return of Kings” calling for his fans of ‘pro-rape’ to meet up in several locations around the world.

The meeting forbids women, homosexual, and transgender people from attending. Roosh V is particularly known for his misogynistic, homophobic views, which he has dubbed “neomasculinity”.

The meet- up is set to take place in 10 Canadian locations this upcoming Saturday. Since hearing of the events, Canadian politicians including mayor John Tory of Toronto and mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa took to Twitter to express their opposition.

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JIAN GHOMESHI COURT HEARING

Yesterday marks day two of former CBC host, Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.

Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one of choking, involving three women. One of Ghomeshi’s victims stated that she had tried to contact him via an email that included bikini pictures to bait him into explaining why he had been violent with her, but she received no response.

The case is set to resume this Thursday.

 

[RECAP] News Unplugged – Monday, January 25
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[RECAP] News Unplugged – Monday, January 25

IOC ACCOMODATES TRANSGENDER ATHLETES

On Sunday, International Olympic Committee officials announced that they have changed their policy to further allow for transgender involvement in Olympic sports.

Since 2003, athletes that identified as transgender were required to have sexual reassignment surgery and a minimum of two years of hormone therapy in order to qualify for the games. With the new changes made to these dated guidelines, surgery is now no longer a requirement.

It is believed that this issue has been brought to greater attention since former Olympic decathlon champion, Bruce Jenner transitioned to becoming female, Caitlin Jenner last year.


 

MAN CHARGED WITH SASKATCHEWAN SHOOTINGS

Last Friday, the remote Dene community of La Loche, Saskatchewan was shaken by a school and home shooting.

A 17-year old male suspect has since been charged for the murders of four individuals, as well as seven counts of attempted murder, and is set to appear in court today. Victims of the shootings include two teachers, Marie Janvier and Adam Wood, as well as brothers, Dayne Fontaine age 13, and Drayden Fontaine age 17.

Saskatchewan premier, Brad Wall, has come out to offer his condolences in stating:

“Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community.”


 

 63 SYRIANS DEAD AFTER RUSSIAN AIR STRIKES

It is reported that at least 63 people have died in Syria as a result of what is believed to be Russian air strikes.

The attacks took place last Saturday in Khasham, just outside of the city of Deir Ezzor. Russian forces have been taking part in these airstrikes as a result of the ongoing tensions between the Islamic state of Iraq and ISIL.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 4,272 people have been killed in air strikes in Syria since the beginning of the war, with an estimated additional 250,000 civilian deaths as a result of the conflict.


 

 YOGA RETURNS TO UOTTAWA

After being temporarily suspended since last November, free yoga classes are now back on at the University of Ottawa.

Originally, the program had been cancelled as part of an accessibility review under the accusation of “culturally appropriating Hinduism”. However, after reexamination, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa has announced that the yoga classes will resume this week starting Tuesday under a new teacher.