Thursday, January 18, 2018

Two Canadians Reportedly Kidnapped in Northern Nigeria

Canadian, US Citizen & 2 Others reportedly Kidnapped in Kaduna - BellaNaijaThe Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of four foreign nationals along Kwoi-Jere road in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State.

Two escorts with the Nigeria Police Force were reportedly killed by the armed kidnappers, before the foreigners were abducted.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Mukhtar Aliyu confirmed that the foreign nationals included two Canadians and two Americans.

The Spokesperson said the nationals were said to be returning to Abuja from Kafanchan, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state, adding, “the kidnappers laid ambush for them and engaged the the escorts in gun duel which led to the death of two policemen while the four foreigners were whisked to unknown destination.”

He said the Command had since swung into action as it had deployed its anti-kidnap unit and assured that the abductors would be brought to book.

The officer urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspected persons or group of persons to the appropriate authorities.

National NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Engaged

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New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely guarded private life, letting Canadians know Tuesday night that he is engaged.

Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, at a private party Tuesday night just blocks away from the Ontario legislature in Toronto where he served as a provincial legislator for six years.

Singh surprised Kaur, an entrepreneur and fashion designer, with the proposal in front of several dozen friends and family members at a vegetarian restaurant where they had their first date.

Singh was elected federal NDP leader last fall and had been guarded about his personal life, but social media posts in December made headlines after it was reported he and Kaur were engaged.

The couple shot down the rumours, saying it was instead a "rokha'' — a traditional Punjabi ceremony held ahead of a wedding and usually attended by close family.

Toronto Becomes Top Contender for Amazon HQ2

Image result for hq2 amazonToronto is the only Canadian city on Amazon Inc.'s short list of 20 candidates for a second North American headquarters.

The e-commerce giant received 238 applications for the opportunity and says narrowing it down to 20 was very tough.

The other 19 locations it will consider are all in the U.S. and include New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver and Nashville.

Amazon says it plans to choose the location later this year after diving deeper into the proposals from its top cities.

An Amazon spokesperson says the process taught the company about several new communities across North America that it will consider as locations for future infrastructure investment and job creation.

The company plans to invest more than $5 billion into the forthcoming headquarters and hire 50,000 highly paid employees in the city housing it.

Friday, January 12, 2018

NBA Star LeBron James rips own team as Toronto Raptors thrash Cavaliers

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For the first time in his career, LeBron James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points.

The Cavaliers were thumped by the Timberwolves by 28 on Monday and got crushed by the Raptors on Thursday despite Toronto playing without two of its better players in Kyle Lowry (tailbone) or Serge Ibaka (suspension).

James recorded a career-worst minus-39 rating Monday and was minus-22 Thursday with just one assist as Cleveland's defense was non-existent in the first half of the 133-99 defeat to cap the season's midpoint.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Full Transcript and Video of Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globe 2018 Speech

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It was undeniably the most electrifying moment of the 2018 Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey, the actor, author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to entertainment, and gave an inspiring speech that garnered standing ovation across the room. It is no surprise, many on social media are clamoring for her 2020 presidency candidacy. captured the systemic inequality that’s still rooted at the heart of the entertainment industry. Watch video and full script below;

2018: Canadian Job Market Going Strong

Image result for canadian job marketEconomists were left grasping for superlatives to describe the country’s latest jobs report out today. TD called it “unbelievable,” Scotiabank went with “ridiculously strong,” while BMO described it as a “blowout report.” So why are economists so excited? Just about everything is going right. Still, it makes you wonder if the jobs market is hot, where is the wage inflation?

The country added 78,600 jobs in December, according to Statistics Canada, an impressive number given that a whopping 79,500 positions were created in November. In the past year, the Canadian economy created 422,000 jobs, an increase of 2.3 per cent. That’s the strongest percentage gain in 14 years, according to BMO.

Lottery Winner Breast Cancer Patient Finally Pass On

Diane Bishop, a woman whose story touched hearts across the country, died Tuesday. Her family posted the news to Facebook.

Bishop, who had stage 4 breast cancer, made headlines in November when she won the Super Set For Life lottery.

Before winning the prize, she had been running a Needs Convenience store in Mount Pearl, where she was the franchisee.

A single mother of two sons in their 20s, Bishop told CBC News in October that she couldn't afford to stop working, despite her cancer spreading to her pelvic bone and lung, and her daily battles with bone and joint pain, nausea, headaches and severe fatigue from chemotherapy.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Golden Globe Awards 2018 Full List of Winners

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Hollywood’s best and brightest gathered at the 75th annual Golden Globes on Sunday to celebrate 2017’s film and television, and kick off the 2018 awards show season. Hosted by Late Night’s Seth Meyers—who received almost entirely positive reviews—the unpredictable awards were voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

While Oprah Winfrey, the winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, may have been the star of the night thanks to an inspiring and thoughtful speech that touched on a number of relevant topics—freedom of the press, gender equality and sexual harassment, to name a few—in a focused and hopeful way, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Big Little Lies tied for the most awards, winning four trophies each and taking home the top prizes in their categories of drama film and limited series, respectively.

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