Month: September 2019

24 Sep -

Affinity Credit Union matching donations to the Lighthouse

Affinity Credit Union is helping the Lighthouse cover an $84,000 deficit caused by failing boilers.

The facility made a public plea for donations over the weekend.

READ MORE: The Lighthouse facing heating crisis, $84K budget deficit

Affinity is now promising to match money given to the shelter, up to $42,000.

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  • Saskatchewan government cuts funding to Lighthouse stabilization unit

    Five old boilers are being replaced by two new ones with greater heating capacity.

    Two of the old boilers are broken and a third is leaking. The remaining two boilers are not expected to last the winter.

    The Saskatchewan government allowed the Lighthouse to reallocate funds to cover the cost of replacing the boilers, leaving the shelter with an $84,000 shortfall in its renovation budget.

    READ MORE: Hundreds march to protest funding cuts to the Lighthouse

    Don Windels, the executive director of the Lighthouse, hopes the new boilers are installed before Christmas.

    “We knew we needed to do it now. There was an opportunity before the future forecast was now and it was going to be a little bit warmer and so we acted relatively quickly,” Windels said.

    Donations can be made online.

    With files from Jacqueline Wilson

    WATCH BELOW: The Lighthouse is facing a “heating crisis.” Two of the shelter’s five boilers are broken and a third is leaking. As Jacqueline Wilson reports, the organization is now facing a massive deficit.

24 Sep -

Wish granted: New Brunswick girl battling cancer receives grand piano

A young girl suffering from cancer in Lamèque, N.B. has been granted her wish of having her very own grand piano, an instrument she’s used as therapy amidst a year of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

READ MORE: Children’s Wish Foundation looking to help kids in need this holiday season

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Emilie Holmes-David, 15, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that affects soft tissue, just over a year ago.

Throughout her recovery time the talented musician began teaching herself to play the piano to escape from the difficulties the disease brought with it.

Although she has been singing since a young age and taken lessons to hone her abilities, she’s received no formal training on the instrument.

“I always liked music,” she explained. “When I was younger I was playing on a keyboard and I thought having a grand piano in my living room would be a wish that I couldn’t pay to myself.”

Through the Children’s Wish Foundation, in collaboration with Long and McQuade Musical Instruments Moncton, Yamaha Music Canada and Geldart’s Moving and Storage, that wish was granted when a beautiful grand piano was delivered to her home just days before the holidays.

“It’s just a dream,” she said.

Emilie’s mother Vicky said they’d advised their daughter that a surprise was in store but didn’t tell her what it would be.

READ MORE: Moncton firefighters pose for pin-up calendar to grant wishes for sick kids

After listening to Emilie play her new prized possession as well as sing for their house which was full of friends and family, Vicky said she couldn’t have pictured the day going any better.

“I was scared of her reaction because she’s been on a roller coaster ride these past couple months,” Vicky said. “But it turned out great.

“To see our daughter happy that’s what makes us happy.”

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24 Sep -

Delta says YouTube star Adam Saleh was removed from plane over ‘disruptive’ behaviour

Delta airlines is disputing YouTube star Adam Saleh’s claim that he was removed from a flight because he was speaking Arabic.

Instead, the airline says, Saleh and his friend were removed after disrupting passengers with “provocative behaviour.”

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READ MORE: Delta Airlines under fire after YouTube star Adam Saleh allegedly kicked off flight for speaking Arabic

Saleh, an Arab-American social media personality, maintains he was removed from the flight after passengers overheard him speaking Arabic to his mother on the phone.

“Based on the information collected to date, it appears the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting,” read a statement issued by Delta Wednesday afternoon.

“While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority.”

WATCH: YouTube star Adam Saleh tweeted a video on Wednesday, December 21, alleging that he and a friend were removed from a Delta Airlines flight for speaking Arabic.

On Wednesday, Saleh shared a video with his 262,000 桑拿会所 followers, showing he and his friend being asked to leave the aircraft. Saleh claimed they were asked to leave after several passengers said they felt “uncomfortable” hearing him speak Arabic.

That video quickly went viral and has since been shared over 780,000 times.

Saleh’s post sparked the hashtag #BoycottDelta, which began trending in North America on 桑拿会所.

READ MORE: Muslim woman detained for ‘suspicious behaviour’ while reading book about Syria during flight

But not everyone believed Saleh’s story.

Several 桑拿会所 users raised doubts about the authenticity of the YouTuber’s claims, noting that he has made several viral videos pranking airlines in the past. In fact, on Tuesday Saleh uploaded a video titled “I sent myself to another county,” in which he claimed to sneak himself on to a flight by hiding in a suitcase. The video was later debunked by the airline.

In 2014, Saleh admitted one of his viral videos showing purported Islamophobia on the streets of New York was in fact staged. At the time, he claimed it was a “dramatization” of discrimination he has experienced.

In a statement to Global News Wednesday, a spokesperson from Saleh’s management team denied claims the incident was part of a prank.

“I can assure you that this was not a prank and Adam was heading home to see his family after completing the first half of his tour,” said the spokesperson. “Due to racism and discrimination amongst other passengers on the flight, the captain decided that he had to leave the plane.”

READ MORE: Arabic-speaking man briefly stopped from boarding plane after passenger complaint

Late Wednesday, Saleh tweeted a message thanking the 桑拿会所 community for their support over the alleged incident on the Delta plane, claiming the airline is trying “save their brand.”

“Now that the video is out, they are trying to deny it to save their brand. Delta has been called out previously for racial matters,” he said.

“Yes we’re pranksters, and it sounds like the boy who cried wolf but today you can clearly see it’s as real as it gets.”

Passenger accounts of what really happened on the plane are also conflicted.

One passenger told Buzzfeed News “he didn’t think Saleh was calling his mother and that the two were instigating other passengers.”

The passenger added, “I would want to see his phone records.”

Another passenger, interviewed by CBS News, said the incident seemed staged.

“To be honest, it seemed like more of a scene than anything had actually happened,” Jacqueline Willemsen told CBS news.

“I’m not sure what happened before but the way he was acting in a very arrogant way, immediately brought out the camera and seemed like it was very prepared.”

Another passenger added, “There definitely seemed to be a misunderstanding and then as he was walking off the plane several passengers were applauding that he was being kicked off.”

However, in an interview with the New York Times, passenger Chris Ashford said a woman sitting near Saleh “overreacted” when she heard him speaking Arabic.

“She heard somebody speaking in Arabic and assumed the worst,” Ashford told the New York Times.

In November 2015, a Philadelphia man was briefly stopped from boarding a flight from Chicago after another passenger said he heard him speaking Arabic and felt “uncomfortable.” In June 2015, United Airlines garnered a lot of negative publicity after a Muslim woman was denied an unopened can of Diet Coke because it could “be used as a weapon,” a flight attended allegedly explained.

This isn’t the first controversy Delta has faced either. In August, a Muslim couple alleged the were kicked off of a Delta flight from Paris after a flight attendant said she felt uncomfortable with the way they looked.

24 Sep -

North Korea says South committing political terrorism by luring defectors

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic Of – North Korea‘s Foreign Ministry on Thursday accused South Korea of committing “political terror” by stepping up efforts to encourage defections by North Koreans overseas, especially diplomats.

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Ju Wang Hwan, a ministry official working in its Institute for Disarmament and Peace, said North Korean diplomats around the world have received emails with attachments containing articles that look like they are from North Korean state media. He said the articles have been changed to confuse and influence their intended readers by “viciously slandering our supreme leader and our socialist system.”

READ MORE: North Korea slapped with new set of symbolic sanctions from South Korea

“This is clearly political terror, trying to cause social chaos and bloodshed inside a sovereign state,” Ju said in an interview in Pyongyang.

In a long statement released by North Korea’s state news agency Thursday, the North’s Foreign Ministry also accused South Korean agents of calling and following its diplomats in attempts to encourage them to defect.

Jeong Joon-Hee, spokesman of Seoul’s Unification Ministry, dismissed the North Korean claims as “groundless” and “distorted propaganda.”

Several high-profile North Korean defections have occurred this year. A group of North Korean women working at a restaurant in China defected in April, but Pyongyang authorities insisted they were abducted against their will.

READ MORE: North Korea asks China to block search results for Kim Jong Un nickname ‘Kim Fatty the Third’

North Korean deputy ambassador to London Thae Yong Ho also defected to South Korea this year. He is the most senior official publicly acknowledged to have done so in recent years. Pyongyang did not dispute his defection, but accused him of running away from sexual and financial crimes.

24 Sep -

Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen denies link to Russian envoy killing

MOSCOW – A U.S.-based Muslim cleric on Thursday condemned the killing of Russia’s envoy to Turkey and rejected accusations that his movement was behind the attack.

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Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman in front of stunned onlookers at a photo exhibition in Ankara earlier this week. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has implicated Fethullah Gulen in the killing, saying the policeman had links to his movement.

READ MORE: Turkish official links Russian envoy shooter to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen

In a video address made available to The Associated Press, Gulen accused the Turkish government of blaming and defaming his movement and suggested the government would facilitate other assassinations and blame them on his followers.

WATCH: Body of Russian ambassador to Turkey arrive in Moscow

Gulen said “it is not possible for them to convince the world of such accusations.”

Russia flew a team of 18 investigators and foreign ministry officials to Turkey to participate in the investigation.

READ MORE: Russia doubts killer of ambassador acted alone

Foreign ministry officials and members of parliaments have gathered at the Russian foreign ministry’s headquarters for a farewell ceremony. Diplomats and officials laid flowers at the open casket with an honorary guard standing by.

“Those who raised a hand against Ambassador Karlov, who took his life will definitely fail in their attempts to stop Russia from co-operating with other countries including Turkey,” Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament.

WATCH: Russian, Turkish officials lay flowers for dead Russian ambassador

President Vladimir Putin arrived at the end of the ceremony, laid flowers at the casket, offered condolences to the ambassador’s widow and left.

READ MORE: Turkish President has ‘no doubts’ Russian envoy shooter linked to exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen

Karlov’s casket was then carried out of the foreign ministry’s building and taken for a funeral service at Moscow’s main Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said at the beginning of the service that the ambassador died a “martyr’s death.” Kirill and other clerics, all dressed in ceremonial white robes, took part in the service that is expected to last for at least an hour.

Karlov will be laid to rest in Moscow later Thursday.

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