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New Delhi [India], October 25 (ANI): The grand morning 'arti' was performed in Delhi's Jhandewalan Temple on the last day of Navratri on Sunday.
New Delhi [India], October 25 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday extended his wishes on Dussehra (Vijayadashami).
Two years ago, the three congregations sharing space at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. Last March, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. Maggie Feinstein of the 10.27 Healing Partnership, which has been supporting those affected by the attack, was impressed by how the congregations have coped with the pandemic.
New Delhi [India], October 25 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday extended greetings to citizens on the occasion of Dussehra while wishing for prosperity among the people of India.
OTTAWA — Soon Jenny Wiebe will drive from her Fredericton home to the Maine town where she was born, to retrieve the mail-in ballot her parents are holding for her. The 55-year-old dual Canadian-U. S. citizen said she hasn't decided how she will exercise her franchise in the historic Nov. 3 American election. She may vote in person at the town hall in Readfield, a focal point of the community of about 2,500 where she grew up and sang in a Methodist choir, and to which she regularly returns, despite the pandemic. If nothing else, her vote will accomplish one thing: it will break the electoral deadlock in her own family: she's expecting her 82-year-old father to continue voting Republican, and her 80-year-old mother to vote Democrat. "It's a family joke," said Wiebe. "But they're both like, 'Don't worry, Jen. Your ballot is safe, right on the fridge. I'm watching it.' " Wiebe said she'll support the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket, but she's also planning to vote for Susan Collins, Maine's incumbent Republican senator, because she finds her a welcome voice of reason in the chaos that has characterized U.S. politics. Wiebe is part of the growing wave of eligible American voters in Canada who are participating in an election that has shaped up as a referendum from afar on a controversial president, the Republican Donald Trump. Measuring that participation definitively is difficult but Trump's opponents in Canada are buoyed by what they see as encouraging trends. There are an estimated 620,000 eligible American voters in Canada, but in 2016, only five per cent, or about 33,000, actually voted. Dianna English, the Canadian spokeswoman for Democrats Abroad, points to what her organization views as positive indicators: Canadian membership in the organization has grown by 90 per cent from 2016 to about 25,000 members. And the non-partisan Votefromabroad.org is seeing triple the website traffic from inquisitive foreign voters compared with 2016, up to about one million users. Republicans in Canada point out that many Democrat votes will be cast in states the party won in 2016 and will likely win this time around. The largest number of Canadian-based American voters cast their ballots in New York and California, which the Democrats usually win handily. "There would be no centralized area where we could find out where all these ballots went," said Mark Fiegenbaum, a Toronto tax lawyer and chair of Republicans Overseas Canada. "Any data that we get on how people are voting from Canada, in particular, would be surveying samples of people. And I would probably suspect, when you survey a bunch of people, that they'll say they're voting Democrat (but) we don't know how they actually voted." Democrats are mounting a special effort to target the swing state of Michigan, which Trump won by a slender 11,000 votes in 2016. They believe there are more than double that many southern Ontario residents who are eligible to vote in Michigan. Kathy Murphy lives in Windsor, but before the pandemic she travelled daily to Detroit to work as a paralegal. "There's easily 10,000 of us living here, and we could have taken Michigan," she said. Murphy's daughter and stepson, both in their early 20s and living in other parts of Ontario, are voting in their first presidential election. She had them mail their ballots to her in sealed envelopes so she could forward them to the U.S. in one overnight courier package this past week. (That's a practice that isn't allowed in every state but is where the Murphys are voting.) "I couldn't take the chance that we wouldn't get them there in time," said Murphy. "It was nice to have two new voters this year." Karen Hedetniemi, 56, has called Victoria home since moving from Washington state with her family in Grade 6. But it wasn't until this past summer that she made her first attempt to vote in the U.S., when she applied to receive a mail-in ballot. She mailed it in late last month and has tracked it online. "I'm voting for respectful and compassionate, informed and united leadership," she said, while declining to name the candidate she chose. "I feel that there could be leadership that can offer that to the people, and the country would probably be a lot healthier." Fiegenbaum said Democrats clearly have a higher profile in Canada while Republicans "tend to be more silent." "I think people, a long time ago, made their decision," he said. "I can't imagine there's undecided people at this point." Wiebe's family in Maine bears that out to a certain extent. Wiebe said she grew up in "an environment that was informed by both ideologies" and saw her family take an active role in local politics. "I think pretty much at least three-quarters of my relatives vote Republican,” she said, and she doesn't expect that to change this time around. "It doesn't have to do with Trump's personality. It has to do with business interests. China. Smaller government. The perception that that's a good thing.” Jessica Sheridan, a Toronto-based Democratic supporter, said Canadians have a stake in the U.S. election and that makes it all the more important for Americans to vote from abroad. "Canada's democracy can actually be undermined by a neighbour to the south that does not have those same belief systems or values," said Sheridan. "We can't see any more erosion as we have seen on the global stage. Canada needs a really strong ally, and so, for Americans who have that ability to vote, you need to exercise it. It's a responsibility." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020. Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Pence aide Marty Obst reportedly tested positive earlier this week.
Lee Kun-hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small TV maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died.
VANCOUVER — 8 p.m. PT The polls have closed in a British Columbia election that has largely been defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. New Democrat Leader John Horgan called the election Sept. 21, one year ahead of the scheduled date. The B.C. Liberals and the Greens criticized the decision to hold an election during the pandemic, arguing it was a bid for power when the focus should be on public health and the economy. Due to the number of mail-in ballots, Elections BC says the winning party may not be known for two weeks when the mailed ballots are counted. --- 7:01 p.m. PT Elections BC says nearly half a million mail-in ballots have been returned as people tried to avoid going to the polls to vote in B.C.'s election during the pandemic. It says 724,279 vote-by-mail packages were requested, with nearly 498,000 returned as of Friday night. Voters had until the polls close today to return the mail-in ballots. There are nearly 3.5 million registered voters in British Columbia. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020. The Canadian Press
The polls have closed in British Columbia's election, but whether a winner can be declared Saturday night is up in the air because of an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots. NDP Leader John Horgan dissolved his minority government a year before the province's fixed voting date and his decision to call a snap election emerged as a key issue in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mail-in-ballot requests surged during the pandemic, with the latest figures from Elections BC showing more than 720,000 were sent out and nearly 498,000 returned.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Latest on Game 4 of the World Series (all times local):9:50 p.m.Brandon Lowe hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series.With one out and runners on first and second, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Blake Treinen and put in Pedro Báez. Lowe then greeted Baez with a drive to left-centre for his third homer of the Series.Randy Arozarena and Hunter Renfroe also connected for Tampa Bay, which is trying to tie the Series at two games apiece.Tampa Bay pulled within one on Renfroe’s leadoff homer in the fifth, but Los Angeles answered right away.With runners on first and second in the top of the sixth, Kiké Hernández hit an RBI double off Diego Castillo. It was the Dodgers’ fourth two-out run in Game 4 and No. 54 of this post-season.___9:10 p.m.The Dodgers had a potential rally in the top of the fifth cut short on an unusual play at second base, and Tampa Bay slugger Hunter Renfroe hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to get the Rays within 3-2.LA’s Corey Seager hit a one-out single off reliever Pete Fairbanks and scored on Max Muncy’s two-out hit. Seager easily beat a throw home from Renfroe in right field, and Muncy took second when the ball went to the plate. Catcher Mike Zunino threw too late to nab Muncy at second, but Muncy tumbled after an aggressive pop-up slide and fell on top of shortstop Willy Adames, who was holding the baseball and tagged Muncy easily.Muncy argued unsuccessfully with second base umpire Mark Carlson that Adames pulled him off the base. Adames had his arms wrapped around Muncy as the pair hit the ground, but it was unclear if Muncy would have come off the bag anyway. The play was not reviewable.Renfroe smashed his leadoff shot off Julio Urías an estimated 444 feet into the second deck in left field for his first homer since the wild-card round.Urías retired the next two batters before being replaced by Blake Treinen, who induced a groundout from Yandy Díaz on his first pitch. The 24-year-old Urías struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings, allowing a walk and four hits -- including two solo homers -- on 80 pitches.___8:45 p.m.Randy Arozarena set a major league record with his ninth homer of the post-season, and the Tampa Bay Rays trimmed the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lead to 2-1 heading into the fifth inning of Game 4 of the World Series.Arozarena drove Julio Urías’ first pitch of the fourth over the wall in right-centre for Tampa Bay’s first run. Mike Brosseau then singled, but Urías retired the next three batters to keep Los Angeles in front.Looking for their first championship in 32 years, the Dodgers are trying to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Series.Justin Turner and Corey Seager homered for Los Angeles.Arozarena was tied with Seager, Barry Bonds (2002), Carlos Beltrán (2004) and Nelson Cruz (2011) for homers in a post-season.___8:20 p.m.Corey Seager matched a major league record with his eighth home run of the post-season, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Rays after three innings.Seager, the NL Championship Series MVP, launched a 2-2 curve from starter Ryan Yarbrough to right field with two outs in the top of the third. Justin Turner homered off Yarbrough with two outs in the first.Dodgers lefty Julio Urías has five strikeouts and appears in complete command. He’s given up one hit and thrown 35 of 49 pitches for strikes.After issuing a one-out walk to Mike Zunino in the third, Urías whiffed Kevin Kiermaier and Yandy Díaz.The 24-year-old Urías entered 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA in one start and three relief appearances this post-season.Los Angeles has scored a record 52 of its 89 post-season runs with two outs. Turner followed Seager’s homer with a single and Max Muncy walked, prompting a mound visit from pitching coach Kyle Snyder as Pete Fairbanks began warming up in the Tampa Bay bullpen. Yarbrough retired Will Smith on a check-swing bouncer back to the mound that ended the inning.Looking for their first championship in 32 years, the Dodgers are trying to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Series.Seager has three career World Series homers, two this year.___7:50 p.m.Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias is throwing a lot of strikes, and has retired all six Tampa Bay batters faced through two innings, with Los Angeles up 1-0 in Game 4 of the World Series while looking for a 3-1 series lead.Urias has three strikeouts while throwing 23 of his 28 pitches for strikes, and got a little defensive help from right fielder Mookie Betts, who made a leaping catch on Brandon Lowe’s liner for the second out of the second inning.The play by Betts prompted some chants of “M-V-P!, M-V-P!”___7:28 p.m.Justin Turner became the first player to hit a first-inning home run in consecutive World Series games, putting the Dodgers ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Saturday night as Los Angeles tried to take a three games to one lead.Ryan Yarbrough fell behind all four Dodgers batters in the first, and Los Angeles went ahead early for the third time in four games.Turner drove a 2-0 cutter 420 feet over a leaping Kevin Kiermaier in centre with two outs. Turner became the Dodgers career leader with his 12th post-season home run, one more than Duke Snider. It was his third this season.Turner became just the third player with two first-inning homers in one Series, joining the Dodgers’ Mickey Hatcher in 1988 Games 1 and 5 against Oakland, and Houston’s Alex Bregman last year in Games 2 and 6 against Washington.Julio Urías gave up a one-out single in the bottom half to Randy Arozarena, who was caught stealing second by catcher Will Smith. Mark Carlson originally called Arozarena safe but was reversed in a video review for the final out of the inning.___6:30 p.m.The Fall Classic has a slight feel of October for the first time in this neutral site in Texas.The first-pitch temperature will be somewhere around 60 degrees, perhaps slightly below with the roof open at the home of the Texas Rangers.Los Angeles left-hander Julio Urías is facing Tampa Bay’s Ryan Yarbrough in Game 4 with the Dodgers holding a 2-1 lead in the Series. Urías has a win in all four of his appearances this post-season.Major League Baseball decided against a crisp fall feel for Game 3, when game-time temperatures were in the low 50s with a brisk north wind. There was no rain in the forecast, but the roof was closed for LA’s 6-1 victory Friday night.The roof was open for the first two games. The game-time temperature was in the 80s for both.Another crowd of about 11,000 was expected — about 28% of Globe Life Field’s capacity and well below the state-mandated maximum of 50% for sports arenas amid the pandemic.___5:55 p.m.The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a tweak to their starting lineup just before they completed batting practice ahead of the start of Game 4.Just more than an hour before playing the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers said Cody Bellinger would be the designated hitter and AJ Pollock would be in centre field.There was no immediate word from the Dodgers on why the switch was made.Bellinger had started the first three games of the series in centre field, and was there in the original lineup. He homered and had a leaping catch that robbed the Rays of a possible homer in Game 1 on Tuesday night, two days after he popped his right shoulder out of whack during an emphatic celebration of his go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.___4:05 p.m.The Tampa Bay Rays started four right-handed hitters at the top of their batting order and seven in all against Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías in World Series Game 4 on Saturday night.Tampa Bay made one change from the players it started against lefty Clayton Kershaw in the opener, starting Mike Brosseau at third in place of Joey Wendle. The Rays started four right-handed hitters at the top of their batting order.Los Angeles reverted to its lineup against left-handers for the matchup with Ryan Yarbrough, using the same batting order the Dodgers started in Game 2, except for dropping second baseman Kiké Hernández one slot to ninth and moving up left fielder Chris Taylor to eighth.The roof was open at new $1.2 billion Globe Life Park after staying closed for the first time in the post-season for Game 3, when the game time temperature was 53 degrees.Los Angeles led 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series, seeking its first title since 1988.Tampa Bay is in the Series for the second time following a five-game loss to Philadelphia in 2008.Right fielder Mookie Betts led off the visiting Dodgers, followed by shortstop Corey Seager, third baseman Corey Seager, first baseman Max Muncy, catcher Will Smith, centre fielder Cody Belliner, designated hitter AJ Pollock, Taylor and Hernández.First baseman Yandy Díaz led off for the Rays, followed by designated hitter Randy Arozarena, Brosseau, left fielder Manuel Margot, second baseman Brandon Lowe, shortstop Willy Adames, right fieler Hunter Renfroe, catcher Mike Zunino and centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier.Urías pitched three perfect innings for the win in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series last Sunday and is is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA in one post-season start and three relief appearances. He allowed earned run and seven hits in 16 innings with 16 strikeouts and three walks.Yarbrough threw 19 pitches in the World Series opener, his only action since pitching five innings against Houston in the AL Championship Series on Oct. 13.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — Despite being the lone Canadian in the field, Keegan Messing welcomed the pressure bestowed upon him. Fortunately for him, he did not leave this weekend's Skate America event empty handed. Messing won a bronze medal at Skate America in Las Vegas Saturday with a total of 266.42 points following his free program skate in the first event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating season. It's an improvement on his 2019 performance where he finished fourth, just outside the podium. He finished behind American and two-time world champion Nathan Chen who finished first, and fellow American Vincent Zhou who captured second place. “I am absolutely stoked to come here, put those performances out there and leave with a medal,” Messing said. “I’m on top of the world right now.” Messing was the only Canadian skater to be given an ISU Grand Prix assignment for the season. A handful of Canadians were slated to participate in the 2020 Skate Canada International in Ottawa later this month, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. “Just before I took my starting position today, I said to myself ‘this is for you guys,’” Messing said. “It was for my teammates who have to stay home. Today, I had something to fight for. I was skating for my team. “This is a shared medal. With my team, with all of Canada. The Canadian fans have been so incredible to me. I am so proud to have that flag on my back and to win an international medal for Canada.” Chen landed five quadruple jumps over two programs in his first competition in nine months, easily out-distancing Vincent Zhou and the rest of the field to win his record-tying fourth straight Skate America. It also kept intact a streak of victories for Chen that dates to his fifth-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. “I made quite a few big mistakes in that program, things that I shouldn’t have made mistakes on,” said Chen, whose soaring personal standards left him shrugging at his latest performance. “It is what it is. I’ll learn from it and move forward.” Chen, a two-time world champion, built a big lead in his short program Friday night before a shaky free skate, where he had to double a planned quad Salchow and missed a triple axel. But it was still enough for Chen to win the free skate with 187.98 points and give him 299.15 total, while Zhou's two second-place programs gave him 275.10 and the silver medal. Messing finished with 266.42 points. The high-flying Chen, who has taken leave from his studies at Yale to focus on the 2022 Beijing Games, is on a run of titles that includes a victory over two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. His latest title at Skate America, one of the only Grand Prix events still going on amid the COVID-19 pandemic, matches the record shared by Michelle Kwan, Todd Eldredge and former Olympic champion ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. In the women's event, Mariah Bell edged 2018 national champion Bradie Tennell to win arguably the biggest title of her career. The 24-year-old fell on a triple lutz to finish her program Saturday, and her score of 136.25 was only the fourth-best of the free skates. But her sterling short program gave her 212.73 points total — just 1.66 points ahead of Tennell, who won the free skate with a solid program that began with a triple axel-triple toe combination. “I try not to look at outcomes, more how I feel,” Bell said. “I’m walking away from this performance a little disappointed, and I look back at nationals and that’s a program I was really proud of. I want to feel really great about what I did.” 16-year-old American skater Audrey Shin won the bronze medal, while the pairs and ice dance competitions conclude later Saturday night in the mostly empty Orleans Arena. “This is everyone's first major competition this season and we all had time off the ice,” said Shin, who was making her Grand Prix debut, “but I felt like during those time I really focused on what I really love to do, and that's skating. And coming back and training, I felt more motivated to improve. This was my time to perform and that was my goal here.” --With files from The Associated Press This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020. The Canadian Press
Throughout October, youth in Nigeria have been calling for the end of the country’s controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Formed in 1992, the security unit has been accused of harrassing, extorting, torturing, killing and sexually abusing Nigerians, especially youth, that has continued even after government officials promised to disband the unit, leading to the uprising EndSARS. After two straight weeks of protests, on Oct. 20, security forces shot at demonstrators, killing many. The Star spoke with 12 Nigerian-Canadians about what they have been feeling watching this movement unfold, and what they would like the rest of Canada to know. Eniola Hu, Toronto, textile designer and digital content creator The EndSARS movement is one that I am very proud of my generation for creating and sustaining. It is quite symbolic that it gained this level of momentum a few days after Nigeria’s 60th independence, in the eventful year of 2020. I am in awe of what the Nigerian youth have done. On the other hand, we unfortunately have an apathetic and sinister government that considers demands for justice an affront and a crime, hence they are murdering and detaining citizens unlawfully. This has been the hardest part for me to swallow. I waver between awe and sadness. I want people to know that police brutality is one of Nigeria’s countless systemic problems that stems from colonialism. Due to history, I am often skeptical about Western intervention on African matters. Issues of race and colonial trauma are likely to resurface without resolve. However, an ideal situation to me would be one where the Canadian government can summon the officials responsible to face justice for the lives taken by SARS before and during protests. Temi George, Toronto, Sales Development Representative, Radio host on @Flight6ix54 On Oct. 20, in Lagos, Nigeria, soldiers opened fire on a group of peaceful protesters who were unarmed, sitting on the ground, holding up Nigerian flags and singing the national anthem. Many lives have been lost and we cannot stand for this any longer. Nigerians across the globe are outraged and we are calling for help from everyone to spread the word about what is going on and help us bring those who have violated and abused human rights to justice. I would like to see the Canadian government put a visa ban on Nigerian government officials and police heads as well as help us put pressure on the International Criminal Court to bring those who have violated human rights to justice. Beauty Derosa, Toronto, Owner of Naija Jollof I watched DJ Switch’s Instagram live, where you can see the civilians getting shot at while sing the Nigerian national anthem. You can also see them fighting to save a young man’s life. I cried all day from the moment I watched the video all to the next day. At the point where we are now, it is no longer a fight to EndSARS, it has grown to a full revolution to reform and rebuild the country. We in the diaspora will play our part, we will lend our voice and will damn sure make it loud. At the last (Toronto) protest, I was there to share food with the people for coming out and encourage them to come out more. I believe that in the ongoing revolution, everyone has to play their part and offer help in their own unique way that is beyond just lending your voice. For me, I can help energize the people by feeding them. Mita Adesanya, Calgary, communications adviser and singer-songwriter There was a groundswell of hope and possibility over the days of the protest. There was peace and co-operation across tribes and religions. There was organization and responsive services. There was food and even fun. It was a Nigeria my generation had never experienced, and it felt like a glimpse of the potential we have always known existed had finally been unleashed. And then they came. First it was rumours and disinformation, then it was guns. They knew they needed to traumatize and demoralize another generation to put them in their place. And now we know, in fact, what we have always felt, that our problem has never been our people, it has always been our government — a body entirely dedicated to the subjugation, deprivation, suffering and death of Nigerians by any and all means. I think what people need to remember is that Nigerians are not asking for anything groundbreaking. The primary ask was to end SARS and to stop police violence so people can literally stay alive. But even the secondary asks are basic — food, water, electricity, roads, education, jobs, emergency services, reduced corruption. Irene Job, Calgary, Chartered insurance professional EndSARS was the catalyst for a long overdue cry for reforming our nation. I’m truly happy to see this day in the history of our democracy. Sadly a lot of youth have died for the cause, but their death will never be in vain. This movement is a revolution for Africa, not only Nigeria, but the continent of Africa. We need the support of the international community. We need our story to be shared with the world. We need more media coverage across Canada. We need the government of Canada to understand that Nigeria and Nigerians are great assets to Canada. Our brothers and sisters back home deserve better and we want to support this historic movement with all that we have. Chinedu Ukabam, Toronto, Creative Director/Cultural Programmer of Supafrik I am deeply inspired by the courageous Nigerian youth who have stood up to voice their frustrations with police brutality and bad governance. I think they have finally woken up to their potential to change that nation. I am ashamed of the handling of the EndSARS protest by the Nigerian government. It took the president more than 10 days to address the country and when he did, he made no mentions of the killing of peaceful protesters by security forces. Nigerian youth are angry. I hope they continue to remain united in their demand for a better Nigeria and not relapse along the incendiary ethnic and religious fault lines that have plagued the country from birth. The EndSARS protest is non-political and leaderless by design because the youth have a well-founded fear of leaders being compromised and co-opted by corruption. They made five specific demands for the government to meet and they refused to halt the protest until the changes are implemented because the government has broken its police-reform promises many times in the past. The Western world usually reacts to human rights violations with economic sanctions or even military intervention. We have seen enough of these to know they don’t work. Economic sanctions will only punish the poor and most marginalized. It is more effective to implement targeted visa restrictions on Nigerian government officials until the EndSARS demands are met. Any type of direct intervention will only further destabilize the country. Canadians can amplify the message of Nigerian youth and donate to help the protesters. The Canadian government can support Nigerian youth by providing mediators to ensure that their current demands are met and sending independent observers for the 2023 election. The political will of Nigeria’s youth should not be tampered with. Their time is now and they have the right to decide their destiny. Bola Rahman, Calgary, Human resources professional and filmmaker I think the movement has shown us that we are good people. We’ve realized now more than ever that we are powerful, united and our voices can make an impact. I’m extremely proud that the protests have largely been sustained my women. This movement has ignited bigger conversations around government accountability, corruption and the democracy of Nigeria. In two weeks, we saw groups of protesters take charge, create funding, emergency response, helplines, legal aid etc. and our eyes are opened that this country can work if given the chance to. It’s also painful and heartbreaking seeing a country where citizens exercising their civic duty to protest (are) being shot at and killed. I keep thinking, ‘all we asked for was for the police to stop killing us and the governments response is to send in the military to kill us; use force to oppress and suppress our voices and threaten even more violence.’ After the president’s address Thursday, I don’t think anyone is going to go out to protest anymore. The souls of Nigerians have been crushed, and a sour and painful lesson learned: The government doesn’t care about you or your rights, your life means nothing. Please don’t try to save the country. International interference anywhere in the world has only made a bad situation worse. Instead, focus on cutting off visas to politicians so they are forced to stay in the country. Speak out online in support of Nigerians, educate yourself on the issues and join Nigerian-Canadians in protests. Amarachi Chukwu, Toronto, on the territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabek, Huron Wendat and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Gender, Feminist and Women studies graduate student at York University What is happening in Nigeria right now has evoked so many feelings for me throughout its progression. I felt unsurprised based on the Nigeria I have always known, where corruption and abuse of power have been the norm for decades and being stopped by police for money was an ordinary part of existence. I felt rage at every story of brutality, theft, rape, homophobia, profiling shared by people experiencing it daily and resigned to their powerlessness in the face of constant abuse. I unexpectedly felt shocked because a part of me had always felt that some lines would not be crossed, at least while the world was watching, and that illusion was destroyed. I would like people unfamiliar with the situation to know that EndSARS is a movement which, while specific to Nigeria, is part of a larger global issue of police brutality, anti-Blackness and state violence and it affects us all no matter where we are. Our freedoms are all intertwined and as people existing in a world filled with injustices, solidarity is necessary in creating liberated futures for us all. It is our responsibility to resist apathy and refuse the privilege of ignorance and learn more and care for each other. Olawunmi Idowu, Calgary, Founder and director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. I stand in solidarity with the good people of Nigeria and continue to support the much needed call for reform and accountability. I am utterly disappointed at our unconscious Nigerian leaders who used the military to forcefully intimidate and disrupt the peaceful protesters in Lagos. They have shown no regards to human rights or lives. It’s a shame to witness the massive abuse of power of the leaders and it should finally come to an end. A peaceful protest is an expression of strong disapproval, a demonstration to make our voices heard. It should not result in killing unarmed citizens who are hungry for change in the governing of the country. May the sacrifices of the protesters and supporters not go in vain and to the fallen heroes, may their souls rest in peace. These peaceful protesters were denied their rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly. This is unacceptable behaviour and the person responsible for ordering the deaths of the peaceful protesters should be charged in the Federal High Court of Nigeria. Udokam Iroegbu, Vancouver, Activist and Community Organizer I am enraged, but inspired by the action and courage shown by Nigerian youth. The Nigerian Police Force needs to be defunded, with money put toward resources for communities experiencing severe poverty and violent gross negligence. Canadians should show their support by staying informed, donating, sharing virtual actions, and calling on the Canadian government to lead by example in dismantling and defunding its violent police institutions. Police brutality is a global issue and our elected leaders must do more that point fingers. Tome Akanbi, Mississauga, Singer/Songwriter It’s honestly a very devastating situation, especially being a Nigerian myself, it’s very saddening to see the level of abuse my people have endured from the oppression and corruption that we are still dealing with. Unfortunately, this is nothing new, it’s just being televised and really seen in the forefront on social media. However, police brutality and bad governance has been a prominent part of our problem in Nigeria for a very long time and if there’s anything that anyone should know, it’s the fact that Nigerians have been suffering for years and there’s been complete injustice towards the people and it did not just happen in 2020. Mary Asekome, Mississauga, Founder of The Diasporic Nigerian It shows that the Nigerian government is really taken us for a ride and they don’t even think that we’re people, or that we’re valid. But when I also look at it from the side of the youth I think it’s beautiful to see. I saw Nigerian youth basically saying, our solution cannot always be to run to Canada or other countries. I saw people who were dedicated to fight whatever systems we have in Nigeria to ensure that Nigeria becomes a livable state for both youth and children both upcoming generations. Nigerian parents, the older generation, like to call us leaders of tomorrow, but we showed that we were leaders of today. Angelyn Francis is a Toronto-based reporter for the Star covering inequity and inequality. Her reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach her via email: email@example.comAngelyn Francis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Toronto Star
Jurgen Klopp's champions, without injured defensive talisman Virgil van Dijk, are now unbeaten in 62 Premier League home games at Anfield but had to dig deep after falling behind to an early penalty scored by Sander Berge.
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MIAMI — A tropical depression formed Saturday afternoon south of Cuba amid forecasts that the system would become a named tropical storm later this weekend and possibly a hurricane within days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Tropical Depression 28 was centred about 240 miles (380 kilometres) south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba on Saturday night, the centre said. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was stationary, but expected to move to the north-northwest overnight. Forecasters said the depression is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm sometime Sunday and could attain hurricane status over the southern Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday. The centre said the storm is expected to remain south of Cuba on Sunday and approach Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula — or the Yucatan Channel — late Monday before entering the southern Gulf. The government of Cuba has issued a tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio. The hurricane centre said people on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula should monitor the progress of the storm, which is expected to gradually strengthen over the next 72 hours. Meanwhile, Hurricane Epsilon was located about 785 miles (1,265 kilometres) northeast of Bermuda on Saturday night. The storm had top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) with higher gusts, making it a Category 1 hurricane. It is expected to move quicker toward the northeast through Sunday, and become a large, powerful post-tropical cyclone by late Sunday, forecasters said. Large ocean swells generated by the hurricane could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along U.S. East Coast and Atlantic Canada during the next couple of days. This year’s season has so many storms that the hurricane centre has turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of official names. The Associated Press
Two of Vice President Mike Pence's top deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus: chief of staff Marc Short and political aide Marty Obst. "Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process," Devin O'Malley, press secretary for the vice president, said in a statement. O'Malley said both Pence and wife Karen Pence tested negative for the virus on Saturday.
Lee inherited control from his father in 1987 and during his nearly 30 years of leadership, Samsung Electronics became a global brand and the world’s largest maker of smartphones, televisions, and memory chips
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They can put you behind bars, saathi. But they will never break you, write Araria activists Tanmay and Kalyani.
As per Delhi Pollution Control Committee data, the Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 422 in Bawana, 423 in Mundka and 416 in Jahangirpuri, which are all three in 'severe' category. According to SAFAR, extremely calm surface wind conditions prevail over the Delhi region and are forecast to continue for two days.