Month: January 2019

Food bank raided by thieves who switched off freezers 'out of spite' | Metro News

Food bank raided by thieves who switched off freezers ‘out of spite’ | Metro News

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Heartless thieves ransacked a food bank, stealing a mountain of food destined for a town’s most vulnerable people.
The shameless burglars also switched off the freezers on their way out.
Lisa Barton, manager at the Rock Foundation Food Bank in Grimsby, said she ‘went pale’ after seeing the bare shelves and empty deep freezers. Food bank founder Pam Hodge was determined to reopen the next day (Picture: GrimsbyLive/BPM Media)
‘I’m upset,’ she said. ‘This is so needed by people. It’s very upsetting to know that they came in and stole from us.
‘It’s difficult to understand, but we opened regardless. We won’t have it.’
Meat, cheese, tins and even shampoo were taken by the thieves who smashed their way in on Sunday night.
They left entire shelves completely empty, food strewn over the floor and freezer doors open after their raid.
Despite the heartbreaking incident, dedicated volunteers managed to welcome a legion of needy users on Monday. The food bank was raided by thieves who then switched off the freezers ‘out of spite’ (Picture: GrimsbyLive/BPM Media)
The food bank’s founder Pamela Hodge said: ‘We came in this morning. Groceries had gone and they switched off the freezers out of spite. Advertisement Advertisement
‘When you think we’re feeding 100 people a day, this is a big hit to us.’
She thinks the culprit could be a disgruntled user, adding: ‘We think it must be someone who knows us, someone who has been in here before.
‘We do have individuals we have to refuse. We won’t have people who are abusive. They know they have got to behave.’
Volunteer Stephen Saddler said: ‘We have been invaded. Someone has robbed our food. It’s disgusting what they have done. It’s diabolical. The shameless burglars stole a mountain of food destined for Grimsby’s most vulnerable people (Picture: GrimsbyLive/BPM Media)
‘They have taken it from people who need it most. We give the stuff away anyway, why did they have to come in and take it?’
It appears as though the thieves deliberately stole more expensive items of food, combing labels and cherry-picking more prestigious brands during their late night raid.
‘They knew what they were doing,’ said Stephen. ‘They haven’t gone for the cheap stuff. They have left all that and gone for anything with a fancy label.’

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Woman fined after ‘telling police she could park on roundabout’ – Sky News

A woman has been fined by police after parking her car across a roundabout exit.
Officers photographed the motorist as she parked the grey Lexus and then appeared to step out to get something from the back seat.
Police had been at Swanshurst School in Birmingham when they spotted the unorthodox – and illegal – parking.
And the woman in the photos was apparently not the only one caught.
Officers posted photos on Twitter Quote: : “Today we have been at Swanshurst School whilst there we have come across parents badly parking their cars around the island.
“A parent was advised why parking across an island exit was wrong, as they felt they could park there.
“#TicketFairy #FineInThePost”
Twitter users replied, some criticising the lack of police enforcement, some saying such law-breaking had been going on “for years”.

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Huge FaceTime Flaw Exposes Apple Users to Eavesdropping ⋆ Epeak World News

1 Views Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, discussing Group FaceTime at the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez (AP)
A jaw-dropping flaw in Apple’s FaceTime software allows for users to eavesdrop on others while a call is still ringing, according to 9to5Mac .
The bug works by simply dialing another user, then swiping up and inserting the originating number via the “Add Person” screen before it is answered. FaceTime apparently is thus tricked into believing that a Group FaceTime conference call is occurring, transmitting audio from the recipient’s device whether or not they have accepted or rejected the call.
Gizmodo was able to replicate the bug in a matter of seconds simply by following those steps.
According to the Verge , this very serious security issue is compounded by another: While said “conference call” is happening, if the recipient hits the power or volume button to ignore the call, their device will start sending audio as well as video from its front-facing camera, again without any visual notification (though in this instance, it also activates the caller’s audio). That flaw was further confirmed by Mashable and BuzzFeed News , the latter of which noted that activating Do Not Disturb mode appears to at least block microphone access.
According to 9to5Mac, the issue is even more serious with Mac computers:
We have also replicated the problem with an iPhone calling a Mac. By default, the Mac rings for longer than a phone so it can act as a bug for an even longer duration.
Apple told BuzzFeed News in a statement that it is “aware of this issue and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.” However, seeing as it appears as though any FaceTime user with a device that supports Group FaceTime ( iOS 12.1 / MacOS Mojave 10.14.1 or later) could potentially be streaming audio or video to anyone without their knowledge—and the steps required to do this are both trivial and currently making the rounds on the internet—everyone should absolutely disable FaceTime until Apple gets around to fixing this.
On an iOS device, simply navigate to the Settings application and switch the toggle on the FaceTime icon to gray. On a Mac, open the FaceTime app, then click FaceTime in the menu bar and select “Turn off FaceTime.”
Update: 1/28/2019 at 11:15 p.m. ET: According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman , it looks like Apple is in the process of disabling Group FaceTime features.

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Transgender child shares story of being born a boy – News Australia

Three killed on NSW roads during Australia Day long weekend “I had this feeling I was a girl and something was wrong with me,” she said. “It was really confusing. I wanted to be a princess and I wanted to play with Barbie dolls. “I always felt as though I was a girl.” Evie’s parents, Meagan and Scott, from Melbourne, thought it was just a phase. But for Evie, it was a matter of life and death. “One time I made this really pretty necklace, bracelet and ring in class with pink and white tones,” she said. “I had them in the car and mum said ‘Is that for me?’ and I said ‘No, it’s for me’. We got into a fight because she said they were for girls and she then threw them out the window.“When we got home I was really angry and upset and said: ‘Why can’t you accept me for who I am?’“ Evie with her biggest supporter – mum Meagan. (Supplied) Months later, Evie shocked her mum by sharing her darkest feelings. “I went to mum and said ‘I need to tell you something but I can’t say it’ so she passed me her phone and told me to write it down,” Evie said. “I wrote: ‘I want to die’.” Those four words changed Evie and her family’s lives forever. “Mum then said she’d rather have a daughter that is alive than a son who is dead,” she said. Evie is currently in stage one taking hormone blockers. (Supplied) The Macdonalds, finally understanding it was not just a stage, turned to The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne for help. “My child was really struggling with her mental health and with her life because I was unsupportive,” Ms Macdonald, 36, told 9news.com.au. “I knew it was then me who had the problem. If I didn’t support Evie, I know she wouldn’t be here today. She would’ve at least attempted suicide multiple times or even worse, completed it.” REFERRALS ARE SKYROCKETING The number of children who identify as trans, like Evie, is growing. At least half of these children are suicidal. According to The Royal Children’s Hospital, 1.2 per cent of the adolescent population identify as transgender with children as young as three expressing concerns about their biological sex. Gender clinics across the country, including all major children’s hospitals, have seen a huge increase in GP referrals of children with gender dysphoria. Figures exclusively provided to 9news.com.au show that at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, there was 54 new referrals last year compared to one patient in 2013. Evie Macdonald says her favourite movie when she was younger was The Little Mermaid. (Emma Leslie) “The increase in referrals is partly due to increased awareness of gender related conditions,” a hospital spokeswoman said. “Specialised assessment involves consultation with specialists in adolescent medicine, psychological medicine and endocrinology.” The spokeswomen said an additional $160,000 has been set aside for the hospital in 2018-19 to build a multidisciplinary gender dysphoria service. “NSW Health is committed to providing world-class clinical care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria,” she said. Referral numbers have grown at The Royal Children’s Hospital from one patient every two years from 2013 to more than 250 referrals last year. The average age of children referred to the hospital is 12. Research at the hospital shows that 96 per cent of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria have continued to identify as gender diverse and no patient who commenced stage two treatment has wanted to transition back to their birth sex. Dr Elizabeth Riley is a specialist in gender identity. (9news) “Parents are supporting their children, they are recognising what’s going on and they’re seeking professional support because they can see they need help and I think that’s the most significant change,” Dr Elizabeth Riley, who is a specialist in gender identity, told 9news.com.au. “My first transgender client was in 1998 but a shift started to happen about 10 years ago. Social acceptance is increasing and parents become stronger advocates for the needs of their children. “This is vastly different to the climate of fear, judgement and ignorance that was around more than 20 years ago when children were punished, beaten, abandoned or institutionalised for expressing gender diversity.” PROCESS OF TRANSITIONING In a landmark 2017 ruling, gender diverse youths were no longer required to go through The Family Court to access hormone treatment – making transitioning much easier. The charge was spearheaded by teenager and transgender advocate Georgie Stone, who was the youngest person in the country to be granted hormone blockers at just 10 years old. Transgender advocate Georgie Stone was the youngest person in the country to be granted hormone blockers at just 10 years old. (Supplied) The first step in the transition process involves undergoing gender affirmation sessions, including changing their names and clothing. Stage one of treatment involves the use of puberty blocking drugs usually taken in early adolescence and stage two is irreversible cross-sex hormone treatment and surgery. Evie is currently in stage one, taking hormone blockers. “It’s our first generation of children in Australia who have been able to live as their true selves from a young age,” Ms Macdonald said. “But what kids have to go through if they’re trans is not an easy thing. Evie’s had psychiatric care since she was nine. She’s had fertility specialist appointments. Evie has a paediatrician and now that she’s on hormone blockers, she has to do that every three months. “If Evie doesn’t do the medical transition she wants and has asked for, what’s the other side of that? The other side is I don’t have a child who will even make it to adulthood. “She’s openly said to me: ‘If my voice breaks, I’ll kill myself’.” ‘THESE CHILDREN ARE JUST CHILDREN’ As the number of children identifying as trans increases, so too is the range of available support services. Ms Macdonald and her friend, Karyn Walker, set up Parents of Gender Diverse Children to provide peer support and connect families across Australia. The four words written on Meagan’s phone by Evie changed Evie and her family’s lives forever. (Supplied) “There was a lot of distress among families. For some parents, there is a period of grief of saying goodbye to the little boy or girl they were so excited to be having,” she said. “The life I envisioned for my child was a happy one, free of discrimination but because of society, that is different. “They don’t want any special consideration. Trans kids don’t stand out. They are just normal children who don’t want to be singled out in class and in the schoolground.” Dr Riley said she had visited about 50 schools across New South Wales to educate staff on the needs of trans children. “These children are just children,” Dr Riley said. “The truth is any school that has a few hundred students, there’s going to be at least a couple of transgender children. “I go to schools to educate the staff so they feel more comfortable. They begin to change their language so they’re not saying ‘all the girls go and do this’. We want them to say ‘all the children that are doing this activity come over here’ and that way it opens it up so there’s not that gender divide.” Photographer Emma Leslie put trans children issues into focus with her Transcend portrait series in 2016. She photographed 10 children aged five to 17 years old, including Evie, to make public the struggle many children faced about their identity. (From left) Korra, Oliver and Taleem who were photographed in the Transcend — Portraits of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth exhibition. (Emma Leslie) “I wanted to photograph something that challenged the norms and something society was scared to talk about,” Ms Leslie said. “It has created a lot of awareness and made the children feel happy because I photographed them for who they are.” For Ms Macdonald, one of the hardest parts of Evie’s transition has been people not accepting her daughter for who she is But her daughter’s happiness has always been her top priority. “The amount of times I’ve been called a child abuser because I allow my child to live in the gender she identifies as,” she said. “When I look at the situation of what we were in when we were stopping her doing that, that was actually child abuse in my eyes now. “She got to the point where she thought suicide was the only way out.” *Evie Macdonald gave permission for 9news.com.au to use her old name. Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Lifeline on 13 11 14 and Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467. Contact reporter Kimberley Caines at . © Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019 Continue reading

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Sen. Rand Paul awarded over $580G after he was attacked by neighbor | Fox News

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was awarded more than $580,000 in damages on Wednesday after he was violently attacked by his neighbor in November 2017. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)
Sen. Rand Paul was awarded over $580,000 in damages by a Kentucky jury on Wednesday after he was attacked by his neighbor in the fall of 2017.
Paul, R-Ky., was awarded $375,000 in punitive damages and $200,000 for pain and suffering, plus $7,834 for medical expenses.
SEN. RAND PAUL TO UNDERGO HERNIA SURGERY IN CANADA AFTER ATTACK BY NEIGHBOR
The lawmaker was violently attacked by his neighbor, Rene Boucher, in November 2017 while he was mowing his lawn. Paul was tackled from behind and suffered six broken ribs, including three displaced fractures. His recovery was complicated by fluid and blood around the lungs and recurrent pneumonia.
Sen. Rand Paul assaulted at his Kentucky home Boucher pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress and had asked for probation.
He was sentenced in June to 30 days in federal prison for the assault. He was also ordered to one year of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, 100 hours of community service, and ordered to have no contact with Paul's family.
Paul at the time said he thought Boucher should've faced a longer sentence for the attack, which kept Paul off Capitol Hill for nearly two weeks.
Shortly after the attack, Boucher's attorney claimed the clash had “absolutely nothing to do” with politics, and was a dispute over something “trivial.”
RAND PAUL SAYS MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO KILL HIM AND 'CHOP UP' FAMILY WITH AN AX
Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist, said the attack was sparked because he was agitated about piles of brush on Paul's property . Boucher also claimed Paul used his lawnmower — on the same day as the attack — and blew some leaves onto his property, igniting his outrage.
Video But the senator's office disputed that version of events.
“There was no ‘longstanding dispute.’ This description is untrue,” a spokesman for Paul told Fox News in 2018. “It is impossible to have a dispute when no words of disagreement were ever spoken — neither immediately nor at any other time before the attack occurred.”
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Paul on Wednesday said he hopes the jury's verdict on Wednesday will send a “clear message that violence is not the answer.” Boucher's lawyer said they will appeal.
Fox News' Alex Pappas, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah .

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Is Paul George or Giannis Antetokounmpo ahead in the NBA MVP race? | The Jump

Rachel Nichols, Byron Scott and Amin Elhassan of The Jump play another round of “Make or Miss” in which they discuss if Lance Stephenson went “full Lance” after breaking out the air guitar last night, if Paul George’s dunk on Giannis Antetokounmpo is his best dunk since his posterization of Chris “Birdman” Andersen and if Steven Adams redeemed himself with his Eurostep. They then transition to a discussion where they discuss if PG13 or Giannis is ahead in the MVP race.

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Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it | CBC News

Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it | CBC News

Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it Social Sharing Frostbite: What it is and how to identify, treat it Oh, we know it’s cold. We can feel Jack Frost nipping at our noses. But what about when he gets gnaws a little harder — what exactly does frostbite mean? Social Sharing Ice crystals form in exposed skin then freeze the tissue, leading to pain, numbness and possible amputation CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2019 2:02 PM CT | Last Updated: January 29 Frostbite can be treated fairly easily with no long-term effects but it can also lead to serious injury, including permanent numbness or tingling, joint stiffness, or muscle weakness. In extreme cases, it can lead to amputation.(Justin Fraser/CBC)

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Ottawa to offer $114M in new money to provinces, cities for asylum-seeker housing | CBC News

Ottawa to offer $114M in new money to provinces, cities for asylum-seeker housing Social Sharing Ottawa to offer $114M in new money to provinces, cities for asylum-seeker housing Ottawa plans to spend an additional $114.7 million to compensate provinces and municipalities for temporary housing costs for asylum seekers. Social Sharing New funding will be used to compensate provinces, municipalities for temporary housing costs Teresa Wright · The Canadian Press · Posted: Jan 29, 2019 7:26 AM ET | Last Updated: January 29 Asylum seekers walk along Roxham Road near Champlain, N.Y., on Aug. 6, 2017, en route to the Canada/U.S. border. The influx of irregular migrants entering Canada has increased pressure on provinces to provide shelter and social services.(Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)
Ottawa plans to spend an additional $114.7 million to compensate provinces and municipalities for temporary housing costs for asylum seekers.
The money is part of $2.5 billion in new spending plans tabled late Monday as part of the federal government’s supplementary estimates.
The financial document says the influx of migrants entering Canada without the proper approval has increased pressure on provinces to provide shelter and social services. As immigration debate heats up, Quebec’s Roxham Road road still ground zero
The $114.7 million in new funding will be used to compensate provinces and municipalities for temporary housing costs and provide “federal interim lodging facilities” services to supplement the housing capacity currently available.
This money is in addition to $50 million the Trudeau government offered to Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba last summer to help with temporary housing costs for asylum seekers.
But it falls far short of the $200 million the Ontario government says it has spent on irregular migrants and the $300 million that Quebec estimates it has spent.
No breakdown has yet been offered on exactly how much each province or municipality will receive as part of this planned new spending, nor about how decisions will be made on what eligible costs will be covered.
The rest of the $2.5 billion in new spending in Monday’s supplementary estimates includes: $323.2 million for demand-driven services to veterans. $313.9 million for international military missions. $163.5 million to write off unrecoverable Canada student loans. $159 million for arctic and offshore patrol ships. $149.7 million to fund the government’s feminist international assistance agenda.

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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur to appear in court this morning | CBC News

Crown reveals McArthur ‘staged’ some of his victims after serial killer pleads guilty to 8 murders Social Sharing Crown reveals McArthur ‘staged’ some of his victims after serial killer pleads guilty to 8 murders Bruce McArthur, a shadow of the burly man who first made headlines when he was arrested a year ago, pleaded guilty in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday to eight counts of first-degree murder. Social Sharing Graphic content: This story contains details that may be disturbing to some readers Kate McGillivray · CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2019 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: January 29 Bruce McArthur, second from left, pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder when he appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday. (Pam Davies/CBC)
A year after his arrest sent shock and anger through Toronto, Bruce McArthur on Tuesday morning admitted to killing eight men from 2010 to 2017.
The self-employed landscaper was arrested in January 2018, after years of speculation within Toronto’s Gay Village that a group of men who had gone missing from the neighbourhood were somehow connected.
From then on, McArthur, a stocky, bearded man who had worked part time as a mall Santa, was referred to as an alleged serial killer. The case has been covered around the world.
Ultimately, McArthur was charged in the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.
On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to all eight counts of first-degree murder.
Appearing before Justice John McMahon in Superior Court, McArthur looked gaunt, with his beard and head shaved. As the name of each of his eight victims was read out, he replied “guilty” in a quiet voice. McArthur admitted to killing these eight men: Top row, from left to right, Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, Andrew Kinsman, 49, Selim Esen, 44, and Abdulbasir Faizi, 44. Bottom row, from left to right: Kirushna Kumar Kanagaratnam, 37, Dean Lisowick, 47, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Majeed Kayhan, 58.(Toronto Police Service/CBC)
Michael Cantlon, a lawyer for the Crown, revealed some details of the killings, telling the court that each murder included planning and deliberation, and that six were sexual in nature.
He said that during a search of McArthur’s bedroom, police found a bag containing duct tape, a surgical glove, rope and zip ties.
Cantlon also said McArthur “staged” some of his victims after they were murdered and kept some of their items as souvenirs, including jewelry.
According to the Crown, sentencing will start this coming Monday, when more details of the case will be revealed.
Read the full brief statement of facts read in court: (Text KB) CBC is not responsible for 3rd party content ‘This isn’t closure’
Family of the victims and others impacted by McArthur’s action will have the opportunity to file victim impact statements before he’s sentenced.
The court will have Farsi, Tamil and French interpreters on hand to assist family members who aren’t at ease in English. Haran Vijayanathan says it will never be over for the victim’s families despite Bruce McArthur guilty plea.0:30 Haran Vijayanathan​, executive director at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, has been deeply involved in supporting the victims’ families and organizing community reaction. ‘This is still very raw’: One year since arrest of accused serial killer Bruce McArthur
He said Tuesday the hardest part for many families may be yet to come.
“They’re going to have to relive all that loss again as they put these victim impact statements together. Whenever you have to recount the details, it brings everything back up.” Haran Vijayanathan, the executive director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, describes the feeling of family and friends of Bruce McArthur’s victims following the serial killer’s guilty plea.0:22
Kinsman’s friend Nicole Borthwick said the guilty pleas have left her feeling angry.
“This isn’t closure,” she told CBC News.
A sentiment also expressed by Karen Fraser, who owns the home where remains of McArthur’s victims were found. Karen Fraser, who owns the house where the remains of McArthur’s victims were found, explains why there will be no closure for her.0:21
Toronto Mayor John Tory also released a statement on the pleas, writing that McArthur “is a monster that preyed on our city.” Tory also said his thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. First disappearance in 2010
The McArthur case dates back years.
The first man to go missing was Navaratnam, who was last seen in September 2010 and who McArthur had a relationship with for a number of years.
A complete timeline of the McArthur investigation can be found here .
Kinsman was the last man to go missing, a day after Toronto’s Pride weekend in June 2017. Lawyers arrive at the Toronto courthouse in advance of McArthur’s hearing Tuesday.(Patrick Morrell/CBC)
His disappearance proved to be a turning point in the police investigation, with the lead investigator, Insp. Hank Idsinga, saying if Kinsman had not been reported missing within 72 hours, police may have missed a key piece of evidence that led them to McArthur.
In court on Tuesday, it was revealed that police collected video evidence of Kinsman getting into McArthur’s van that day. Kinsman’s DNA was found inside in November 2017.
McArthur was arrested two months later.
Over time, police went on to recover the remains of seven of the men in large planters at a residential property in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked. The remains of the eighth man were found in a nearby ravine.
Fraser, the owner of that property, tells reporters she met some of the men McArthur killed. Karen Fraser describes what haunts her to this day.0:18 Controversy over police handling of case
The police drew heavy criticism for their investigation of the missing men, including for comments made by police Chief Mark Saunders in December 2017 — a month after McArthur became a suspect in the murder of Kinsman — that police had no evidence of a serial killer operating in the Gay Village.
In the wake of that criticism, Toronto police created the service’s first-ever missing persons unit .

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Ford won’t guarantee future of full-day kindergarten after next year | CBC News

Premier Doug Ford isn’t guaranteeing that full-day kindergarten will continue beyond the next school year.
The program was introduced by former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty and was fully rolled out in 2014. It saves families thousands of dollars a year in child care costs, but it costs the government $1.5 billion a year.
Ontario’s education minister won’t commit to keeping class sizes capped Ontario considers removing kindergarten, primary class size caps Ford’s government is conducting education consultations, including the possibility of removing class size caps for kindergarten and primary grades, and the premier was asked Wednesday about the future of full-day kindergarten.
“I can tell you that there’s going to be all-day kindergarten next year and we’ll sit down and you’ll hear from us in the future,” he said.
‘Areas of education that are broken’ “I can assure you one thing — any decision that’s made is going to be better, it’s not going to be worse. As far as I’m concerned, there’s a lot of areas of education that are broken that need to be fixed.”
Ford said he just wants what is best for students, but a government document frames the current consultation as one that is required, given “the province’s current fiscal circumstances.”
The Progressive Conservative government is trying to trim a deficit they peg at $14.5 billion — though the financial accountability officer says it’s closer to $12 billion.
Charles Pascal, an education expert who served as an adviser to McGuinty, said full-day kindergarten has been shown to provide an important foundation for children.
“It’s shameful in terms of removing something that is already showing, through evidence, how good the program is in terms of child outcomes,” he said.
“The research that’s been done over the last number of years shows that when it comes to social, emotional and literacy gain, the full-day learning program…is improving the outcomes of kids.”
‘Absolutely disturbing’ The Ministry of Education’s own research shows that full-day kindergarten reduces risks in language and cognitive development, and means kids are more likely to achieve academic success in Grade 1.
Research from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education also showed that kids who had been in full-day kindergarten scored higher on reading, writing and number knowledge, and were better able to self-regulate, or manage stresses.
Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, said cutting full-day kindergarten would mean the government is turning its back on students.
“We find it absolutely disturbing that this government would suggest that to balance a budget to deal with the deficit that
they’re going to put in an austerity measure that could possibly see the elimination of full-day kindergarten for students four and five years old,” he said.
“If they want to enhance the program and they want to do the best for students, reduce the class size cap in kindergarten from 29 to 26. Maintain the program, maintain the teacher and (early childhood educator) and maintain the play-based learning.”
Currently, the kindergarten class size cap is 29 students, and the average of class sizes across any board can’t be more than 26. For the primary grades the cap is 23 students, but at least 90 per cent of classes in any board must have 20 or fewer students.
‘Making our youngest students pay’
The consultation document also says there is an average child-to-educator ratio of 13:1 in kindergarten classrooms, as most have a teacher and an early childhood educator.
It asks what the implications of the two-educator model are on student outcomes, educator working conditions and value for money. The document also asks if there are other models the ministry should consider.
NDP education critic Marit Stiles said she is getting calls from panicked parents, worried that full-day kindergarten is on the chopping block.
“No parent should have to worry that their kids will miss out on the advantages of full-day kindergarten,” she said in a statement.
“It’s unconscionable for the Ford Conservatives to consider making our youngest students pay for their cuts.”

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‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself | CBC News

‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself Social Sharing ‘I couldn’t believe it’: University of Alberta evicted student after attempt to kill himself In the fall of 2016, an 18-year-old tried for a second time to take his own life. After his second discharge from hospital in less than a month, a university administrator handed him a notice of eviction from residence. Social Sharing Student was told he was no longer welcome in residence Ariel Fournier 29, 2019 6:00 AM MT 30 Hallways at the University of Alberta are decorated with reassuring slogans such as “Learn to love yourself” and “Take a break and find balance.”(Katrine Deniset)
Hallways at the University of Alberta are decorated with posters with reassuring slogans such as “Love yourself” and “Take a break and find balance.”
One U of A student in Edmonton says that when he walks by the slogans, he feels as if it’s all for show.
In the fall of 2016, the 18-year-old tried for the second time to take his own life. After his second discharge from hospital in less than a month, a university administrator came to meet him.
But instead of offering help, the staff member handed him a notice of eviction from his residence.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said the student, who told his story to Radio-Canada. CBC News is calling him Eric to protect his identity.
“I was being evicted for trying to attempt suicide. I hadn’t put anyone else in danger.”
Eric describes that moment. Eric describes the moment he learned what the university was going to do in response to his suicide attempt.0:20 Edmonton firefighter’s suicide spurs conversation on PTSD
Eric was told he had to move out of his campus residence because he had violated his residency agreement. The agreement states that “the resident will not endanger persons or damage property in the premises and residence.” The student was told he had to move out of his campus residence because he had violated his residency agreement.(Supplied/Name withheld by request)
The administrator handed the student a trespass notice and an eviction letter that said: “You admitted to attempting to commit self-harm within your residence and this was the second attempt.”
The letter also said: “The type of example your actions support have no place in an academic learning environment.”
Eric said he had experienced symptoms of depression since his early teen years, but at university his symptoms worsened. “Things suddenly felt meaningless,” he said.
He first attempted suicide in his second year of university. Police intervened and took him to hospital. After he was discharged, the U of A gave him a list of phone numbers to call if he needed help.
“I never gave it [another] thought to contact those people,” he said. He said the help he was offered was based on an assumption that his actions were a cry for help, not a serious suicide attempt.
One week later, he still had constant thoughts of dying, he said. He tried again to take his own life.
Again, police took him to hospital. When he returned to his dorm, staff had booked him a hotel room for the night and told him they would meet with him the next morning, he said. That’s when the university took action. Decision without explanation
Officials at the U of A haven’t explained how the decision could have been approved.
In an interview this month, André Costopoulos, dean of students, said there is no policy that includes “considering self-harm or actively self-harming” as a reason to ban a student from a campus residence.
Costopoulos wouldn’t comment on the specifics of Eric’s case, but said it’s possible the decision was based on erroneous information.
Two weeks after Eric’s eviction, the same administrator who gave him the letter emailed him about reconsidering the previous decision.
But Eric said the damage was done.
“I just felt like I needed a safe place to stay where I could try to work this out in my head, where I can feel comfortable,” he said. “They took that away from me.” ‘Never justifiable, never acceptable’
The University of Alberta Students’ Union said the eviction is unacceptable.
A letter like the one Eric received is “never justifiable, never acceptable,” Andre Bourgeois, vice-president of student life, said in an interview this month.
Bourgeois said the students’ union is aware of more than one case when a student was evicted under similar circumstances.
He said that he’s concerned that a recent directive from Alberta Advanced Education to have the province provide clinical care services for students will make it harder for school staff to make decisions in the best interests of students with mental health issues.
“I wouldn’t say that I’m confident that the university will never make another mistake when it comes to suicide or mental health,” Bourgeois said.
Eric has thoughts about that, too. Eric talks about the contrast between the messages the university sends about mental health and what happened to him.0:42 Students vulnerable
Mara Grunau, executive director of the Calgary-based Centre for Suicide Prevention, said suicidal thoughts are almost always the result of multiple factors, but students can be particularly vulnerable to certain stresses.
“What we typically see with students is the pressure they feel to achieve,” Grunau said.
“It can also be pressure from living away from home for the first time.”
Symptoms of mental illness also often reveal themselves in late adolescence, she said.
Since 2017, five University of Alberta students have died from suicide, according to Costopoulos.
Still a student, Eric has sought psychiatric help and continues to fight his depression.
If you are dealing with thoughts of suicide you can call the 24-hour Canada-wide crisis service hotline: 1-833-456-4566.
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Nolte: Microsoft's NewsGuard Blacklist Admits 'Credible' Outlets Spread Fake News

Nolte: Microsoft’s NewsGuard Blacklist Admits ‘Credible’ Outlets Spread Fake News

Nolte: Microsoft’s NewsGuard Blacklist Admits ‘Credible’ Outlets Spread Fake News AFP/SAUL LOEB 29 Jan 2019 NewsGuard admitted Monday that many of the news outlets it labels as “credible” are guilty of spreading fake news. NewsGuard is Microsoft’s blacklisting tool, a browser plug-in that tells readers which news outlets are “credible” and which are fake news. Naturally, NewsGuard has awarded every establishment media on the planet with its “credible” rating, including those that regularly and deliberately spread fake news, such as NBC News, the Washington Post , CNN, Buzzfeed, etc.
And naturally, the sites included on NewsGuard’s blacklist are anti-establishment: Breitbart, WikiLeaks, Judicial Watch, Drudge, Gateway Pundit…
To understand just how unethical and deceptive NewsGuard is, I am encouraging you to read its “ explanation ” for blacklisting Breitbart, because as you will see for yourself, there is not a single example NewsGuard could come up with where Breitbart spread misinformation.
In fact, if you read close enough , NewsGuard is blacklisting Breitbart based only on the fact we report on stories NewsGuard does not want reported on.
But that is not even the worst of NewsGuard’s trickery and fraud….
Breitbart News reported Monday that NewsGuard is labeling provably false stories as “credible.” As you will see in the screenshot below, every piece of fake news about President Trump I could find, NewsGuard labeled as “credible.” This includes Buzzfeed’s hoax about Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie, a smear about First Lady Melania Trump being an illegal alien… Good grief, even Rolling Stone’s retracted hoax from 2014 about a gang rape at the University of Virginia is labeled by NewsGuard as “credible.”
The screenshot is below, as is NewsGuard’s explanation for this, which is an admission by NewsGuard that it awards a “credible” badge to those news outlets that not only publish fake news, but keep that fake news up long after its been debunked.
In other words, NewsGuard has come out and publicly admitted that its “credible” sites spread fake news.
Here are screenshots of Google search pages. That big green checkmark is NewsGuard’s seal of approval, and that seal of approval is telling readers that what they are reading is “credible.”
Via Twitter on Monday, I asked NewsGuard how it can defend marking as “credible” proven hoaxes, fake news, and even stories like the Rolling Stone hoax that have been retracted. NewsGuard’s response was quite revealing.
“NewsGuard rates the credibility & transparency practices of websites as a whole, *not* individual stories,” the tweet reads. “A green icon means that the website has not failed enough of our nine journalistic criteria to get a red rating, but does not mean that specific article is ‘verified.’”
NewsGuard rates the credibility & transparency practices of websites as a whole, *not* individual stories. A green icon means that the website has not failed enough of our nine journalistic criteria to get a red rating, but does not mean that specific article is “verified.”
— NewsGuard (@NewsGuardRating) January 25, 2019
Let’s break this down…
NewsGuard is attempting to claim it does not rate “individual stories.”
But take another look at that screenshot of Google searches. Does that look to you like NewsGuard is not rating individual stories?
Okay, let’s take NewsGuard it its word, let’s say NewsGuard is not trying to meddle in the 2020 presidential election by deceiving readers into believing every anti-Trump piece of fake news is credible… It’s a bit of a stretch to believe that given everything we know about these proven propagandists , but let’s take their word for it…
Why, then, is NewsGuard deliberately placing its big green checkmark of approval next to fake news headlines?
Note how NewsGuard’s big green checkmark of approval is not sitting next to the name of the “credible” news outlet. Oh, no, that big green checkmark of approval is seated right next to proven lies about Trump and the first lady — proven lies about the first lady being an illegal alien and Trump threatening to invade Mexico.
What is the explanation for this: Oops?
Forgive my cynicism, and this is just one man’s opinion, but I think NewsGuard is lying.
There is no one with even a dribbling of intelligence who can look at that screenshot, who can see NewsGuard’s big green checkmark of approval sitting there proudly next to fake news about Trump, and believe that is not deliberate.
Let me boil this down for your: If the establishment media publishes lies and smears about Trump, NewsGuard wants you to believe those lies and smears are “credible.” Because no one operating in good faith would allow it to happen.
And now we get to my favorite part about NewsGuard’s revealing tweet — its guilty plea…
A green icon means that the website has not failed enough of our nine journalistic criteria to get a red rating.
Stand back for just a moment and think about what NewsGuard is admitting to here….
Seriously, take a moment.
I’ll wait…
The screenshots I sent NewsGuard in my tweet are from Friday. So NewsGuard looked at my screenshot and admitted to me that news outlets responsible for spreading fake news, for spreading hoaxes and lies, have earned its “credible” rating.
Hold on, because it gets worse…
NewsGuard is also admitting that news outlets that are still-Still-STILL spreading this fake news have earned its “credible” rating.
What are NewsGuard’s standards when it admits to such a thing?
Obviously, NewsGuard has no standards, other than to ingratiate itself with the establishment media by keeping the media’s fake news lies alive and kicking with that big green checkmark of approval.
If Microsoft and NewsGuard are not guilty of using deception and outright lies to meddle in the 2020 election, no one is.
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‘Extremely dangerous’ cold weather grips Prairies, Ontario, Quebec News

N-n-not to put too f-f-fine a point on it, but Canada is c-c-c-cold right now.
From central Saskatchewan to eastern Quebec and through much of Nunavut, extreme cold warnings from Environment Canada advise people to be mindful of the “extremely dangerous” conditions, frostbite and the safety of their pets.
The bitter cold is the result of a split in the polar vortex that has allowed temperatures to plunge much farther south in North America than normal.
“Bitterly cold arctic air has moved into southern Ontario overnight,” the warning for Toronto says. “Overnight low temperatures near minus 20 degrees Celsius combined with strong southwest winds have resulted in wind-chill values in the range of minus 30 to minus 35.”
Windsor, Ont., is having its coldest Jan. 30 on record , with a low of –21.7 C Wednesday at 7 a.m. ET. The previous record was –20.6 C, set in 1951.
And those are two of the warmer spots under warning.
Wind-chill values of –50 and colder At 7 a.m. CT, it was –40 C in Winnipeg and felt like –50 with the wind chill. Dozens of schools in the province were closed due to the extreme cold, and CAA Manitoba sent out a service alert explaining it was temporarily stopping house calls and focusing on people who may be in an unsafe situation, such as at the side of a road.
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All school bus service in Winnipeg was cancelled for Thursday due to the frigid weather. In Toronto, the UP Express train that connects Pearson International Airport to downtown stopped running late Wednesday due to “weather related equipment issues.”
In Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario, forecasters are warning of wind-chill values of –50 or –55, and in parts of Nunavut –60.
“Wind-chill values of this magnitude are relatively rare for this region and are extremely dangerous,” the warning in several northern Ontario regions says.
Extreme cold can cause hypothermia and frostbite, and the warnings tell people to watch for symptoms related to the conditions: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness, and colour change in fingers and toes. The weather agency also says that frostbite can occur within minutes.
Bitter cold can cause frostbite in just minutes. Here’s how to recognize the warning signs and treat them. 0:59 The warnings also offer a word of caution about pets: “If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.”
But not everyone is staying indoors. And some tobogganing kids got some fun help with the worst part of sledding. Worth a quick watch:
A parent comes up with a great way to get the sled back up the hill after the kids have gone down. 0:37 Cold will linger In most of the affected areas, the weather isn’t likely to warm up — relatively — until Friday or Saturday.
Frostbite: What it is and how to treat it “We have this air — you know, the infamous polar vortex, if you will — or this arctic air that has been just sitting,” Marie-Eve Giguere, a warning-preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told CBC Thunder Bay on Tuesday .
Dangerous cold batters Manitoba but there is hope on horizon Weather Extreme cold for region, record low for Windsor “It always wiggles around the North Pole in the winter, and now it just so happens that it digs over Ontario.
“It’s not going anywhere,” she continued.
“In meteorology, we say we need a kicker [to displace it]. The weather pattern is sort of locked in a position, and then it just spins and spins and spins over the same area.”
Mail delivery suspended The same arctic deep freeze has also enveloped the U.S. Midwest, where at least 12 deaths have been linked to extremely cold weather.
The frosty temperatures forced widespread closures of schools, businesses and government offices, and prompted the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region.
More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled at airports in Chicago, where temperatures of –30.5 C were recorded early Wednesday.
Extreme weather conditions prompted Amtrak to cancel all trains into and out of Chicago on Wednesday and most services to or from Chicago on Thursday.
Jillian Hansen, a student at the University of Minnesota, walks on campus wrapped up in an oversized scarf amid snowflurries Tuesday. At least four deaths have been tied to the cold snap in the U.S. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP) Officials throughout the region are focused on protecting vulnerable people from the cold, including the homeless, seniors and those living in substandard housing.
The cold is attributed to a sudden warming far above the North Pole. A blast of warm air from misplaced Moroccan heat last month made the normally super chilly air temperatures above the North Pole rapidly increase. That split the polar vortex into pieces, which then started to wander, said Judah Cohen, a winter storm expert for Atmospheric Environmental Research.
One of those polar vortex pieces is responsible for the frigid temperatures.
This map shows air temperatures at two metres above ground at 4 a.m. ET on Tuesday. (NASA)

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According to Jimenez, candidates with posters or billboards along the streets posted prior to the start of the campaign period are still not yet liable for election violation.
However, when the campaign period starts, all candidates have to take down all their campaign paraphernalia regardless who put it as it violates the Comelec rules.
“Every single bit of campaign propaganda right now will automatically be in violation of campaign rules pagpasok ng Feb 12 for senatorial candidates,” Jimenez said.
“All of that because they are too large and obviously they are not in common poster areas,” he added.
Under the election rules, posters of candidates should only be two feet by three feet. Posters should only be posted in common areas such as parks, and public markets.
Jimenez also noted that the Comelec would keep an eye on the airtime of candidates in both television and radios.
He said that national candidates only have 120 minutes or 2 hours per television station while 180 minutes or 2 hours and 30 minutes for radio stations. ADVERTISEMENT
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Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union address on February 5 | Fox News

State of the Union Published 1 day ago Last Update 20 hours ago Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union address on February 5 By Matt Richardson | Fox News Facebook Twitter Flipboard Comments Print Email close Video President Trump agrees to deliver State of the Union address on February 5
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Monday invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on February 5.
The invitation from Pelosi comes after a planned January 29 date to give the address was scuttled due to the partial government shutdown. That led to a contentious back-and-forth between Trump and the House speaker before the president announced a deal to reopen the government on January 25.
“When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to schedule this year’s State of the Union address,” Pelosi wrote in her new invitation to Trump. “In our conversation today, we agreed on February 5th.
“Therefore, I invite you to deliver your State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress on February 5, 2019 in the House Chamber.”
Shortly after receiving the invite, the president accepted.
“Thank you for your letter inviting me to deliver the State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, February 5, 2019,” Trump wrote in reply. “It is my great honor to accept. We have a great story to tell and yet, great goals to achieve.
“I look forward to seeing you on the 5th.”
Pelosi later deemed her Monday conversation with the president “very pleasant.”
“We talked about things we can work together on, such as infrastructure,” she said.
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Pelosi first extended an invite to the president just hours after lawmakers formally joined the new Congress, proposing a Jan. 29 date for the event which is held in the House Chamber. Trump publicly agreed to deliver the address on that date days later.
But on Jan. 16, Pelosi changed her mind, urging Trump to postpone the speech because of the partial government shutdown.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after the government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” she said in a letter to the president.
The speaker reinforced her plea to delay the event on Jan. 23, telling Trump in a letter that she would not allow him to address the nation in the House during the shutdown.
At first, it appeared Trump was going to opt for a Plan B, telling reporters, “we'll do something in the alternative.” He later switched gears, announcing on Twitter he would give the address when the shutdown concluded.
“I'm not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber. I look forward to giving a 'great' State of the Union Address in the near future!” Trump tweeted.
In between the hardball played by both parties, Trump denied the House speaker aircraft she planned to use for a foreign trip . In a curt letter, Trump said her trip had been “postponed.”
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The House and Senate still must pass a resolution officially inviting Trump to speak to a joint session of Congress.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Jennifer Earl and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Fox News Channel marks milestone as top cable news network for 17 consecutive years

Fox News Channel marks milestone as top cable news network for 17 consecutive years

Email Fox News Channel (FNC) has now marked 17 consecutive years as the number one cable news network, Nielsen Media Research announced Tuesday. FNC kicked off 2019 with 31 consecutive months as the most watched basic cable network in total day viewership with 1.3 million total viewers for the month of January. When it came to primetime, FNC was the second most-watched network in all of basic cable with a whopping 2.2. million total viewers, behind only NFL playoff and college bowl-centric ESPN.
FNC also beat CNN and MSNBC in total viewers within the 25-54 demographic.
In a joint statement, FOX News CEO Suzanne Scott and FOX News President Jay Wallace said, “We are thrilled to kick off 2019 with a major milestone in marking 17 consecutive years as the number one cable news network due in no small part to our incredibly loyal audience. Our premiere team of journalists and opinion hosts continue to dominate the competition, proving once again they are the best in the business.”
In primetime, FNC averaged 2,205,000 viewers, beating MSNBC’s 1,977,000 and CNN’s 1,214,000 in total viewers. With adults 25-54, FNC garnered 382,000 viewers, topping CNN’s 363,000 viewers and MSNBC’s 349,000 viewers.
In total day, FNC averaged 1,329,000 total viewers to MSNBC’s 1,138,000 and CNN’s 821,000. In the 25-54 age demographic, FNC averaged 244,000, ranking ahead of CNN with 234,000 and MSNBC with 198,000.
That wasn’t the only accomplishment for the network.
For January, FNC also accounted for six of the top 10 cable news programs in total viewers. In addition, “Hannity” was ranked the number one non-college football programming cable telecast in total viewers. It’s significant as January is a traditional sports-focused month.
“Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” were also among the top three cable news programs in both total viewers and in the 25-54 demographic. Kicking off FNC’s daytime programming, the 4 AM/ET hour of “FOX & Friends First” garnered 439,000 viewers and 103,000 with ages 25-54. The 5 AM/ET hour of “FOX & Friends First” also had a total of 595,000 viewers and 142,000 among those ages 25-54.
FNC’s signature morning show “FOX & Friends” marked 207 months as the number one cable news program in its timeslot, with an average of 1.4 million viewers and 279,000 with the 25-54 demo for the month of January.
At 9 AM/ET, “America’s Newsroom” delivered 1.6 million viewers and 261,000 with ages 25-54. FNC’s afternoon ensemble program at 12 PM/ET, “Outnumbered” garnered 1.6 million viewers and 266,000 in the 25-54 category.
“Outnumbered Overtime” anchored by Harris Faulkner delivered 1.4 million viewers and 244,000 with ages 25-54 while “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino “ averaged 1.5 million viewers and 245,000 in the 25-54 age demographic
During the 3 PM/ET hour, “Shepard Smith Reporting” averaged 1.3 million viewers and 211,000 with ages 25-54. “Your World with Neil Cavuto” at 4 PM/ET delivered 1.5 million viewers and averaged 249,000 with A25-54. During FNC’s early evening and primetime programming, “The Five” garnered 2.6 million viewers and 405,000 in the demo. Anchored by chief political anchor Bret Baier at 6 PM/ET, “Special Report” averaged 2.3 million viewers and 377,000 in the 25-54 demo. “The Story with Martha MacCallum” at 7 PM/ET delivered 1.9 million total and 341,000 with ages 25-54. At 8 PM/ET, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” garnered 2.8 million viewers and 509,000 with ages 25-54, beating its competition in the timeslot. “Hannity” finished the month with over 3 million viewers and 538,000 in the 25-54 demo. “The Ingraham Angle,” hosted by Laura Ingraham, averaged 2.3 million viewers and averaged 415,000 in the A25-54 demo. “FOX News @ Night with Shannon Bream” garnered 1.3 million viewers and 281,000 with ages 25-54. During the weekends, “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” averaged 1.4 million total viewers and 287,000 in the demo on Sundays at 10 AM/ET. “MediaBuzz” hosted by Howie Kurtz delivered 1.4 million total viewers and 270,000 in the 25-54 demo, easily besting CNN’s “Reliable Sources” in both categories.
FNC is recognized as a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. According to a Suffolk University/USA Today survey, Fox News is the most trusted source for television news or commentary in the country and a 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation survey found that among Americans who could name an objective news source, Fox News is the top-cited outlet.
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Barclays prepares to trigger €190bn no-deal Brexit plan | Business News | Sky News

Barclays is preparing to pull the trigger on no-deal Brexit plans to shift assets worth £166bn (€190bn) to its Irish division as it “cannot wait any longer” amid continuing political uncertainty, a High Court judgment has revealed.
The plans were drawn up by the bank in case of a no-deal scenario which would see UK financial services firms losing “passporting” rights that allow them to provide services across Europe.
Details of the move were revealed in a judgment by Mr Justice Snowden that largely approved the “huge” transfer, which will apply to thousands of clients of the bank.
It said: “Due to the continuing uncertainty over whether there might be a no-deal Brexit, the Barclays group has determined that it cannot wait any longer to implement the scheme.”
The judge added: “On any view, the scale of the transfer of business… is huge.
“The scheme will apply to about 5,000 clients… and on the basis of the accounts for 2017 it is estimated that about €190bn of external assets will be transferred.”
The transfer represents a significant portion of Barclays group’s total assets of £1.1tn (€1.26tn).
More from Barclays Barclays mobile banking customers can now block certain types of spending Barclays digital banking services back up after ‘technical hitch’ Barclays faces pay backlash after profits hit by string of charges Barclays in first-half loss after Africa sale Barclays in the dock: The central allegation against the bank Barclays and former bosses face criminal charges over financial crisis deals The High Court judgment was published on Tuesday, on the same day the prime minister won support from MPs to return to Brussels and renegotiate her withdrawal agreement with the EU.
Business groups remain frustrated at the continued uncertainty, with CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn describing renegotiation as a “throw of the dice”.
She added: “Until MPs can agree a solution, the threat of no deal will continue to drain money from the UK.”
Financial services companies have been planning for how to cope with losing passporting rights to do business across the remaining 27 EU member states, through alternatives such as recognising “equivalence” between UK and European rules have been mooted.
A number of banks have responded by shifting parts of their businesses to EU countries including Ireland and France and in some cases shifting hundreds of staff.
Barclays’ plan to transfer assets to Ireland is “based upon the assumption that there will be no favourable outcome of the current political negotiations between the UK and the EU as regards passporting or the grant of equivalence status to the UK in respect of financial services”.
It covers clients of two companies within Barclays group that are currently based in the UK and provide corporate, investment and private banking services as well as operating branches in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden.
That is a separate business from Barclays’ domestic retail, business, and wealth and investment banking businesses in the UK, which have been “ring-fenced” under regulations introduced following the aftermath of the financial crisis.
The transfer covers clients selected on the basis that, after Brexit, European authorities might take the view that Barclays “no longer had any authorisation to carry out” banking activities on their behalf.
The clients’ identities have been stored on a USB memory stick held by Barclays’ solicitors Clifford Chance, according to the court judgment.
The judgment revealed that Barclays had been planning to put the scheme into effect in time to transfer its Spanish arm by 1 February though the timetable was described as “unrealistic” by the judge.
Some details of Barclays’ contingency plans were first reported last summer but the latest court judgment makes plain that the bank is now taking steps to finalise the move.

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Watch Live Homeless man set on fire as he slept in park The man is thought to have suffered severe burns as a result of the attack, which happened at a park in Coventry. Fill 2 Copy 11 Why you can trust Sky News
A homeless man was set on fire as he slept in a park during the weekend, police have said.
The victim had been in the Swanswell Park and Pool area of Coventry when he was approached by two people between 10pm on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.
They poured lighter fluid over his hands and then set him alight.
The man was thought to have suffered severe burns in the attack.
No further details were available about him or his condition.
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NBA Daily Show: Jan. 29 – The Starters

On Tuesday’s episode of the show, the guys discuss whether Anthony Davis only wants to play in Los Angeles, if Lonzo Ball would suit up for New Orleans, and whether other Pelicans are now on the table. They also debate other AD destinations (Portland, Toronto, Philadelphia) and name Kyrie Irving’s new documentary for him! Watch The Starters daily at 6:00ET throughout the season or get more of them on their website: http://nba.com/thestarters