Archive for August, 2019

Chris Brown sued by his manager for ‘brutally’ attacking him

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Chris Brown is in trouble, and once again he’s being accused of violence.

Michael Guirguis, also known as Mike G in the music industry, has filed a lawsuit against Brown for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith.

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Guirguis claims that Brown “brutally” attacked him in May during a drug-fuelled rage, and then went onto social media to brag about it. (Global News hasn’t been able to find any social media posts by Brown that supports this claim.)

Allegedly, the singer went after him and punched him four times in the face and neck. Guirguis says he had to go to the hospital for his injuries.

The music manager was originally hired in 2009 to “fix” Brown’s image, after Brown pleaded guilty to viciously assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.

READ MORE: Singer Chris Brown investigated for alleged battery in Las Vegas [2015]

“We did everything we could to resolve this in a non-public way to avoid damage to Chris Brown,” Guirguis’ lawyer told TMZ. “Regrettably, as outlined in our complaint, Chris Brown has proven to be his own worst enemy.”

In response to the charges Brown took to Instagram, saying that he fired Guirguis for stealing money from him. (Note: the video contains foul language.)

These claims are all still alleged, and nothing has been proven in a court of law.

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Smoothie bowl recipes: Basic, mocha almond, green coconut

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Shake up breakfast with a smoothie bowl. The combinations are endless.

It’s easy. Make a smoothie, but reduce the fluid content so it’s extra thick. Pour it in a small bowl and add toppings, so you’re eating rather than drinking your meal. It’s similar to cereal and milk, but without any processed or refined grains, and with an infusion of whole-food nuts, seeds and fruit, says registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom.

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    Recipe: Alkaline green smoothie

    Even though the ingredients are healthy, she cautions that eating large quantities can provide too many calories. Use a small bowl and limit the toppings. For children, use a 250-ml (1-cup) serving bowl for the smoothie, and top it with 15 ml (1 tbsp) each of nuts, seeds and fruit. That will make a well-rounded kid-sized breakfast (about 300 calories).

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    Elaine Nessman, who writes the blog Flavour and Savour, provides this checklist of smoothie components. Choose your favourites:

    Liquid: Water, milk (almond, coconut, cashew, rice, cow’s), juice or green tea. Lewis likes to use coconut water in summer when it’s important to stay hydrated.

    Thickener: Banana, yogurt or kefir. Alison Lewis, author of “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes,” also suggests protein powder, which comes in a vegan version.

    Fat: Nut butter, avocado.

    Protein: Hemp seeds, chia seeds.

    Vegetables/fruit: Any fruit or berries, greens such as kale or spinach, or carrots, celery, cucumber, sea vegetables (use sea veggies sparingly as they have strong flavours).

    Flavour add-ins: Dates, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla.

    Here are Rosenbloom’s suggestions for toppings. Use 15 ml (1 tbsp) of a few of these options:

    Nuts: almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts.

    Seeds: Hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame.

    Dried fruit: Coconut, raisins, acai berries, dried apricots, dates.

    Fresh fruit: Sliced banana or kiwi; diced apple, peach, mango or pear; berries.

    Toasted oats or granola.

    Optional extras: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, fresh mint leaves.


    1 ripe frozen banana, sliced250 ml (1 cup) plain 2 per cent Greek yogurt125 ml (1/2 cup) frozen fruit or vegetable or mixture of your choice (kale, berries, peaches, etc.)125 ml (1/2 cup) milk of your choice (skim, soy, almond, etc.)Assorted toppings (fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut, cacao nibs)

    In a blender, place all ingredients except toppings. Puree until smooth. Pour into a bowl and decorate with desired toppings.

    This recipe makes enough for 2 smoothie bowls.

    Source: Cara Rosenbloom, Words to Eat By.



    This smoothie bowl is brimming with almond milk and chia seeds, sweetened with dates and gets a kick from Nessman’s secret ingredient: a little leftover coffee from the pot.

    “That mere 1/4 cup of coffee transforms this smoothie bowl from chocolate to mocha in two seconds flat,” she says. If you’re not a coffee drinker, leave it out.

    1/2 ripe banana, fresh or frozen175 ml (3/4 cup) almond or other milk50 to 125 ml (1/4 to 1/2 cup) brewed coffee15 ml (1 tbsp) almond butter15 ml (1 tbsp) cocoa15 ml (1 tbsp) chia seeds2 Medjool dates, pitted2 ice cubes


    Flaked almonds, sliced banana, fresh or frozen raspberries

    Put all ingredients except garnish in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. You may have to scrape the sides once partway through.

    Pour into a bowl. It will thicken within an hour or two. Garnish with almonds, banana slices and raspberries.

    Makes 1 serving.

    Source: Elaine Nessman, Flavour and Savour



    The sweetness of the mango takes away any bitterness of the greens in this recipe, says Lewis.

    Use leftover coconut milk in soup recipes, Thai recipes, hot chocolate and breakfast cereal.

    If you prefer, you can use store-bought granola to top your smoothie bowl.

    50 mL (1/4 cup) unsweetened coconut milk beverage1/2 frozen banana, cut into pieces if necessary75 ml (1/3 cup) frozen chopped mango250 ml (1 cup) trimmed kale leaves30 ml (2 tbsp) unsweetened shredded or flaked coconutIce cubes (optional)

    Suggested Toppings:

    Sliced banana, blueberries, raspberriesUnsweetened shredded or flaked coconutChia seeds

    In a blender, combine coconut milk, banana, mango, kale and coconut. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.

    Pour into a bowl and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

    Makes 1 serving.

    Source: “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes” by Alison Lewis (Robert Rose Inc.)

Questions raised over Syrian refugee ads featuring woman in a head scarf

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

OTTAWA – Concerns raised by Canadians over the Liberal government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees included questions about whether the program should be advertised with a photo of a woman wearing a head scarf.

The photo was one of five put before eight focus groups run last November and December by the civil servants supporting the Prime Minister’s Office.

They were testing ads to promote the resettlement program and were told using that photo might create a problem, a perception most common in the two Montreal groups.

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“Some felt that by showing a single mother wearing a head scarf, this image may generate negative reactions among members of the general public who were reluctant to accept refugees by reinforcing some negative stereotypes associated with Syrian refugees,” said a report on the discussions, posted online recently by the Privy Council Office.

Those who liked the picture said it sent an important message.

“The image showing a mother and a child was seen to elicit compassion and showed the love of a mother for her child,” the report said. “It elicited a desire to help them make a better living in Canada.”

The photo of the woman in the head scarf and one featuring a group of children still appear on the Immigration Department’s website as the push continues to settle Syrians.


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The effort to bring 25,000 to Canada in a matter of four months began in November and, a few days later, questions about it were added to the regular meetings the Privy Council Office holds with groups across the country to discuss current events.

Those in Halifax and Vancouver, B.C. were most supportive, while participants from Toronto and Montreal were more divided.

Those who supported the plan felt it was what Canada was about, the report said.

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“They viewed Canada as a country of immigrants that welcomed those in need: ‘This is what we do’.”

Those ambivalent also felt that way, the report said, but wanted more time taken to ensure everything was done right. Those who opposed it said Canadian needs should be met first. Concerns were also raised about a lack of resources to integrate new arrivals.

Even as concepts were being tested, an online advertising campaign was rolled out.

Between Nov. 27, 2015 and the end of March, the Immigration Department spent about $166,300 for online ads, according to information released in the House of Commons.

The campaign included ads on Facebook and 桑拿会所 and $60,000 for ads that would show up on search engine websites if anyone looked up dozens of related terms, including “how to help refugees.”

UN Security Council says North Korean missile launches are ‘grave violation’

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

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The U.N. Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned two North Korean ballistic missile launches this week, calling them a “grave violation” of a ban on all ballistic missile activity that is contributing to the country’s nuclear weapons program.

The council reiterated its demand that North Korea end its “flagrant” violations, halt all nuclear tests and ballistic missile activity, and comply with five U.N. sanctions resolutions imposed since the country’s first nuclear test in 2006.

In a statement approved by all 15 members, the council said Wednesday’s launches contribute to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tensions in the region.

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One launch failed, but North Korean state media said another missile flew more than 1,400 kilometres which would allow it to strike U.S. forces throughout the region. It was the first successful test of the Musudan mid-range missile – with a potential 3,500-kilometre range that puts much of Asia and the Pacific within reach – after five failures in about two months.

The Security Council urged all countries “to redouble their efforts” to fully implement sanctions against North Korea, especially those imposed in March which were the toughest in two decades. Those sanctions include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air; a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang; and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities.”

Approval of the press statement by the U.N.’s most powerful body followed an emergency council meeting on Wednesday called by the United States and Japan after consulting South Korea.

The council had strongly condemned three previous ballistic missile launches on June 1.

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The March sanctions reflected growing anger at what Pyongyang claims was its first hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6 and a rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The ballistic missile tests have added to that anger and North Korea’s total disregard of the five sanctions resolutions which are legally binding.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power sharply criticized North Korea’s “inherently destabilizing behaviour” on Wednesday and stressed that a press statement would be a first step to respond to Pyongyang’s latest launches.

“We’re again looking to ensure accountability – looking to identify again individuals, entities who may be responsible for this repeated series of tests that pose such a threat to international peace and security,” she said.

Those people, companies and individuals could be added to the U.N. sanctions blacklist and be subjected to a global asset freeze and travel ban.

The Security Council statement on Thursday expressed regret that North Korea is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles wen its citizens “gave great unmet needs.”

Members reiterated “the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in northeast Asia,” and expressed the council’s commitment to “a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation.”

The council also welcomed efforts by unnamed council members and other countries “to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.”

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2 charged after collared grizzly bear shot and killed in Alberta

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Two Alberta men have been charged after a collared grizzly bear was shot and killed near Edson in May.

The male bear, who was around three to four years old and weighed about 200 pounds, was part of a grizzly bear research program. He had originally been collared in Jasper in the spring, according to Brendan Cox, a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson.

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    A biologist with the fRI Research in Hinton reported the collar on the grizzly had stopped working on May 26.

    “Fish and Wildlife were notified within 24 hours,” said Sean Kinney, a spokesman for fRI Research.

    An investigation showed the bear was in fact shot and killed by a poacher.

    Ronald Raymond Motkoski, of Edson, is charged with hunting wildlife during a closed season, possessing wildlife and providing false information. John Peter Grant, of Fort McMurray, is charged with possessing wildlife, contrary to section 55(1) of the Wildlife Act.

    Collars continue to play an important role in the protection of grizzly bears, as the bears are a protected species in Alberta.

    “Collar data is used by a number of our research projects that inform land and resource management and support the long-term conservation of grizzly bears,” Kinney wrote in an email to Global News.

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    Grizzly bears can travel long distances and these collars play a role in being able to track and locate them, he said.

    While poaching isn’t a common occurrence in the province, Kinney said that three collared grizzly bears were killed illegally in 2013.

    The biggest cause of grizzly bear deaths between 2006 and 2013 resulted from illegal hunting and also from collisions with cars, according to the province’s Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.

    According to the Report a Poacher program, there have been over 10,000 calls to the hotline, and over 2,000 of those calls regarded “suspected illegal activity.”

    If you suspect that someone is hunting illegally, you can contact the Report a Poacher hotline at 1-800-642-3900.

    More information on the government’s Alberta Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan can be found here.

    Edson is located about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.