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August 3, 2016

Olympics \”Day -2\” includes six women\’s football matches

Olympics “Day -2” includes six women’s football matches

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

It’s two days to go until the opening ceremonies, but the football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics have begun in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Meanwhile, athletes are arriving to the Olympic Village, which has been one of the many lightning rods of controversy for the event.

Wednesday includes six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men face off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

Many athletes are arriving in Rio, for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Teams are welcomed with ceremonies, the India, Bahama, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Norway delegations receiving their a 45-minute welcome Wednesday. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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Men\’s, women\’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

Men’s, women’s football team face off in Rio, before Olympics official open

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Canada versus Australia. Agência Brasil Fotografias

American swimmers Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps are seen here in the restaurant of the Athletes Village. At the event’s peak, the venue will prepare 60,000 meals each day. Phelps’ diet has received headlines in the past, clocking in at 12,000 calories a day in 2008.

Leading up to the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on Friday, football competitions for the 2016 Summer Olympics began two days before in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Wednesday’s schedule included six women’s football match-ups, between Sweden and South Africa, Canada and Australia, Brazil and China, Zimbabwe and Germany, United States and New Zealand, France and Colombia. Canada’s forward Janine Beckie scored a goal just 20 seconds into the game, the quickest in Olympic history. The team beat Australia 2-0.

The men faced off Thursday with Iraq vs Denmark, Honduras vs Algeria, Brazil vs South Africa, Mexico vs Germany, Portugal vs Argentina, Sweden vs Colombia, Fiji vs South Korea, and Nigeria vs Japan.

Canada vs. Australia

Zimbabwe vs. Germany

When teams arrived at the Athletes Village, they were welcomed with 45-minute ceremonies. While members of the US swim team have been photographed in the Athletes Village restaurant, recent reports suggest that Team USA men’s basketball will be staying in a luxury cruise ship, docked off the Port of Rio. Canadian tennis player Daniel Nestor has suggested the village lacks hot water. Members of the Australian team had their three laptops stolen last week, during a building evacuation due to a nearby fire.



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August 2, 2016

Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo programming

Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo programming

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario‘s 2016 Fan Expo Canada, scheduled for September 1–4, includes farewells to some US icons, and the debut of a new work by a Canadian icon. The first batch of programming was announced in a media release late last week.

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Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera that debuted in 2014, participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in 2015, and being the first writer included in the Future Library project, her Scribbler Moon not to be read until 2114.

Stan Lee, now 93, is in the midst of what he claims to be his final convention tour. As first announced in February, the Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and X-Men creator is to make his final Canadian convention appearance at Fan Expo. Also bidding adieu to the convention circuit are Adam West and Burt Ward, from the original Batman television series, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The remainder of the announced schedule includes various programs for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, including appearances by actors William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, the four day long Geekfest Film Festival, and a live script reading of Ghostbusters by voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, and David Hayter. Panels include The Dark Knight III team, including a rare appearance by Frank Miller, the cast of Sailor Moon, and an exclusive panel of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

The 750,000 square foot event projects “over 140,000” attendees this year to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.



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Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo Canada programming

Debut from Booker-winner, final Canadian appearance of Stan Lee among announced Fan Expo Canada programming

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Toronto, Ontario‘s 2016 Fan Expo Canada, scheduled for September 1–4, includes farewells to some US icons, and the debut of a new work by a Canadian icon. The first batch of programming was announced in a media release late last week.

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Photograph of the Expo in progress, taken from a high vantage point, showing crowds of attendees among booths arranged in a grid.

File photo of The Expo floor in 2015.
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Saturday, September 3, acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood is to launch her graphic novel Angel Catbird, with illustrator Johnnie Christmas. The panel includes a question and answer session and an opportunity to purchase the book before its general release date. Other recent firsts from the 76-year-old Booker Award-winning Atwood include a chamber opera that debuted in 2014, participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival in 2015, and being the first writer included in the Future Library project, her Scribbler Moon not to be read until 2114.

Stan Lee, now 93, is in the midst of what he claims to be his final convention tour. As first announced in February, the Spider-Man, Iron-Man, and X-Men creator is to make his final Canadian convention appearance at Fan Expo. Also bidding adieu to the convention circuit are Adam West and Burt Ward, from the original Batman television series, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The remainder of the announced schedule includes various programs for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, including appearances by actors William Shatner, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols, the four day long Geekfest Film Festival, and a live script reading of Ghostbusters by voice acting legends Rob Paulsen, Bill Farmer, Maurice LaMarche, and David Hayter. Panels include The Dark Knight III team, including a rare appearance by Frank Miller, the cast of Sailor Moon, and an exclusive panel of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes.

The 750,000 square foot event projects “over 140,000” attendees this year to Toronto’s Metro Toronto Convention Centre.



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May 5, 2016

Co-founder of Greenpeace tells Radio NZ the organisation is encouraging trophy hunting

Co-founder of Greenpeace tells Radio NZ the organisation is encouraging trophy hunting

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Co-founder of the Greenpeace Foundation, Captain Paul Watson, made a statement on Radio New Zealand this morning, claiming that the organisation has completely betrayed everything it once stood for.

Inuit guides are being encouraged to chaperon wealthy trophy hunters that pay tens of thousands of dollars to shoot polar bears. Greenpeace is saying that it is a good thing in that it is enabling the Inuit to keep their jobs. Watson is accusing Greenpeace of using this as a front to gain favour with the Inuit in return for their support in their campaigns against oil companies.

Despite the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and European Union’s campaigns to ban the trophy hunting of Polar Bears, their efforts are being disrupted by Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, in this latest development. Canadian authorities, scientists and others have claimed that the hunt is sustainable.

Environment Canada reports that out of a 16, 000 bodied population of polar bears, the death toll from the elite shooters will be approximately 300 per year. This translates to roughly 2% of the population. They have asserted that issues with climate change and limited food resources are much more of a concern to polar bears.

Watson stated to Radio New Zealand that Greenpeace was not set up to be concerned with jobs and human issues, but to advocate for the protection of the environment, animals and diversity.



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April 22, 2016

BRITAIN’S QUEEN ELIZABETH II TURNS 90 YEARS OLD

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II turns 90 years old

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, turned 90 years old on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth II marked her birthday with a walkabout in the town of Windsor near London with her husband of 68 years,Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In the evening the Queen, accompanied by her husband, Prince Phillip and heir to the throne,Prince Charles, lit a beacon, the first in a series of over 900 beacons lit across the United Kingdom and around the world to mark her 90th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II was born at 17 Bruton Street London on 21 April 1926 and upon the death of her father King George VI, became Queen at the age of 25.

As Queen she is Head of State of the United Kingdom and fifteen other Commonwealth realms including Australia, Canada, Jamaica and New Zealand.

During her reign there have been twelve British Prime Ministers beginning with Winston Churchill to the present day Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Queen has visited 116 countries ranging from the Cocos Islands to China. Last year she undertook 306 engagements in the United Kingdom and 33 engagements abroad. Her overseas visits included a visit to Malta and to Germany where she visited the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.



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March 23, 2016

Former Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford dies after struggle with cancerous tumors

Former Toronto, Canada mayor Rob Ford dies after struggle with cancerous tumors

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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Former mayor of Toronto, Canada Rob Ford died yesterday morning aged 46, following a cancerous tumor found in his abdomen in 2014 and two more in his bladder in 2015.

A statement issued by Ford’s chief of staff Dan Jacobs called Ford a “dedicated man of the people” who “spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”

The former mayor, whose father, a businessman, served on the Ontario Provincial Parliament, was elected mayor in 2010. Before entering office, he had served as a councillor for Ward 2 Etobicoke North, a district in Toronto. He described himself as an “ordinary guy” who wanted to show “respect for the taxpayers”, and proposed measures to reduce taxes. Ford was known for personally returning phone calls from constituents and hosting a summer barbecue every year.

As a mayor, Ford supported expanding the city’s subway system over expanding transit through cheaper means; this caused debate within the city council. Ford also implemented cost cutting measures for the taxpayer, including the abolition of a vehicle registration tax.

In 2013, Ford received global media coverage after a video apparently showing Ford smoking crack cocaine was shown to the press. This caused police to investigate Ford and discover he had links with drug dealers. In November of the same year, Ford admitted he may have smoked crack in a “drunken stupor”. Then, videos apparently showing Ford making offensive comments to minorities and women surfaced. The resulting scandal caused the Toronto City council to remove most of Ford’s powers; he wasn’t removed from office, however, due to a technicality.



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March 22, 2016

Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, dies at 46

Rob Ford, former Toronto mayor, dies at 46

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rob Ford, 2011.
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Controversial former mayor of the largest city of Canada has now succumbed to cancer after 18 months of treatment. Rob Ford was 46 years old and his term as mayor of Toronto took place from 2010 to 2014. He has been strongly criticized for insults against visible minorities and for having used crack and abused alcohol.



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February 17, 2016

\’Earned It\’ earns The Weeknd his first Grammy

‘Earned It’ earns The Weeknd his first Grammy

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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On Monday, at the 58th Grammy Awards ceremony, Canadian singer The Weeknd won his first Grammy Award, Best R&B Performance, for his song Earned It, which was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2015 Fifty Shades of Grey movie based on E.L. James‘s erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

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The Weeknd also won the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for his second studio album Beauty Behind the Madness. Abel Tesfaye — The Weeknd — had seven nominations in total including Record of the Year for his song Can’t Feel My Face and Album of the Year.

The YouTube video of the song received more than 179 million views and more than 1.1 million likes. The Weeknd was also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance, but British singer Ed Sheeran won the golden gramophone for his song Thinking Out Loud.

Last year, Beyoncé won the Award for Best R&B Song for Drunk in Love featuring her husband Jay-Z. This awards ceremony marked the first Grammy wins for The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran.


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January 29, 2016

Murray heads to Aus finals as he defeats Raonic in 4 hr thriller

Murray heads to Aus finals as he defeats Raonic in 4 hr thriller

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Friday, January 29, 2016

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Today, British Andy Murray defeated Canadian professional Milos Raonic 4–6, 7–5, 6–7(4–7), 6–4 , 6–2 in the Australian Open 2016 semi-final at Rod Laver Arena. Murray has previously featured in five Australian Open finals.

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The Yugoslavia born Milos Raonic took an early advantage of the game winning the first set 6–4 in 36 minutes with 23 aces total through the match. It took 57 minutes to complete the second set 7–5in favour of Murray who served nine aces through the entire match. He had only 28 unforced errors, compared to Raonic’s 78.

Raonic made a comeback winning the third set 7–6 (7–4) with the set extending for 58 minutes, making it the longest set of the match. Raonic did not miss a single serve in the tie breaker. Currently second seeded Murray won both of the succeeding sets 6–4 in 55 minues and 6–2 in 37 minutes respectively; ending Raonic’s unbeaten streak of the year.

Murray is now to face five time and current defending champion Novak Djokovic as both will feature the finals as last year. The Serbian has previously defeated Murray in 2011, 2013 and 2015 finals of this Grand Slam. Djokovic leads Murray 21-9 in the career.

Andy Murray’s brother, Jamie Murray will feature in Men’s doubles, and for the first time in open era, siblings are featuring in singles and doubles finals of the same grand slam.

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