A Tibet website run by the Chinese government reported this week that 35 officials and an unidentified number of monks and nuns travelled to the eastern city of Suzhou last month for “training.” It said they were instructed to be “reliable in politics and take a clear-cut and firm stance.”
An unidentified number of monks and nuns also underwent three days of training in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, ending on June 2.
The officials and clergy were from the Tibet Autonomous Region and ethnically Tibetan areas of Yunnan province.
Such indoctrination, along with compulsory political study in monasteries, aims to reduce the appeal of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Christians and Muslims have also come under increased pressure of recent months.
After markets closed Wednesday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains confirmed the government's decision to prevent CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI) from acquiring the Aecon construction firm.
The Trudeau government had been urged by experts to proceed cautiously when weighing any investment bids by Chinese state firms and to be as transparent as possible in reviewing the proposed deal.
Ottawa announced a full national security review of the Aecon deal in February.
“As is always the case, we listened to the advice of our national security agencies throughout the multi-step national security review process under the Investment Canada Act,” Bains said Wednesday in a statement.
“Based on their findings, in order to protect national security, we ordered CCCI not to implement the proposed investment.”
“Our government is open to international investment that creates jobs and increases prosperity, but not at the expense of national security.”
DeRozan, Lowry Credit Bench as Raptors Beat Wizards to Advance carrie.gilkison 2018-04-290 views The Toronto Raptors have advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the third consecutive season. Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and the Raptors beat Washington 102-92 on Friday, winning the opening-round playoff series four games to two. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points for Toronto, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam scored 11 off the bench. Bradley Beal had 32 points to top the Wizards, while John Wall added 23. The home team had won each of the first five games of the series, the Raptors taking a 3-2 lead with Wednesday's 108-98 victory the Air Canada Centre. But Toronto was intent on preventing a Game 7. The Raptors, who wore their black and gold, Drake-inspired alternate jerseys, trailed by 12 points early, but maintained their composure before finally taking their first lead of the game 65-64 midway through the third quarter when Lowry, like he'd done so many times in the regular season, tossed up an alley-oop lob to DeRozan.
Nicholas Butcher Found Guilty of Murder in Yoga Instructor Death carrie.gilkison 2018-04-290 views A jury has found Nicholas Butcher guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Kristin Johnston, rejecting his claim that he was acting in self-defence when he stabbed the Montreal-born yoga instructor to death. The 12-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury delivered its verdict Saturday after five hours of deliberation over two days. Butcher, 36, showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Friends of Johnston could be heard sniffling in the courtroom, as Butcher sat at his lawyer's bench and looked directly forward. A second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence. A hearing to determine Butcher's parole eligibility is scheduled for July 20. Butcher was charged with second-degree murder after police found Johnston's body next to a steak knife on a blood-soaked bed inside her Halifax-area home on March 26, 2016.
Country stars, NHLers pay tribute at concert for Humboldt Broncos carrie.gilkison 2018-04-280 views Canadian country singer Gord Bamford reached over after performing the song ``Little Guy'' and grabbed the hand of Carson Haugan, the son of late Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan. Carson, wearing a white Broncos jersey, was given a standing ovation by the crowd of over 10,000 that packed SaskTel Centre Friday night for a tribute concert to remember those killed in the April 6 bus crash. ``That was a tough one for me,'' Bamford said after finishing the song he wrote for his own son, Nash, who was also on stage. The Broncos were on their way to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game when their team bus and a tractor-trailer collided at an intersection. Sixteen people _ including 10 players _ were killed and another 13 people were injured.
Canadian Stories to Watch this Week carrie.gilkison 2018-04-220 views Stephen Poloz appears at a Commons finance committee Monday to discuss the Bank of Canada's monetary policy report The BC government is expected to go to court to clarify questions about provincial authority over the Trans Mountain pipeline Burger King and Tim Hortons parent company, Restaurant Brands International, discusses first-quarter results Tuesday Aimia releases first-quarter results Thursday And pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. holds its annual meeting on Friday
Hippocrates Carrot Soup carrie.gilkison 2018-04-190 views Hippocrates created a healing carrot soup meant to be fed to anyone feeling unwell. Be a household Hippocrates and help your whole house be hale and hearty. What makes a Hippocrates carrot soup? Carrots (a key ingredient for curing fevers) Celery (beneficial for bone strength) Leeks (an aphrodisiac) And parsley (a great digestive) They all come together in this vibrant soup warmed by an invigorating punch of cumin. It’s simple, but deeply nourishing. Be a household Hippocrates and help your whole house be hale and hearty.
Alleged Serial Killer Bruce McArthur Charged With Seventh Murder carrie.gilkison 2018-04-120 views Police have identified the remains of more men suspected to have been murdered by alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur as they expand their investigation more than four decades into the past. Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the 66-year-old self-employed landscaper is now facing a total of seven first-degree murder charges related to the deaths of men with ties to Toronto's LGBTQ community. The most recent count was laid on Wednesday, when McArthur was formally charged in the death of 42-year-old Abdulbasir Faizi. McArthur had already been charged with the first-degree murder of six other men who are believed to have died between 2010 and 2017. Idsinga said the sprawling investigation is now scrutinizing 22 unsolved homicides that took place between 1975 and 1997. While he said there is no current evidence linking McArthur to the cold cases, he said they fit the general profile of the alleged victims identified to date. ``We may discover cases from the 70s, we may discover that 2010 was the first murder,'' Idsinga told a news conference. ``We just don't know yet.''
The video states that Reed has been driving Sebastiana and her mom for months but will soon be changing bus routes and will no longer see the mother and daughter.
Text within the video notes that Reed got the gifts for the little girl as a thank you for “brightening his mornings.” Reed can be seen greeting the little girl with a big smile, giving her a card and coloring books which she happily accepts.
Credit: Milwaukee County Transit System via Storyful
Iconic Seafood Shack Teeters on Edge of Collapse After Nor'easter carrie.gilkison 2018-03-070 views Iconic Seafood Shack Teeters on Edge of Collapse After Nor'easter An iconic seafood restaurant on Nauset Beach in Orleans, Massachusetts, sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, March 6, after a weekend nor’easter’s winds and waves wiped out the sand dune that once separated shack from shore. John Ohman, owner of Liam’s, told the Boston Globe he was waiting to hear whether the city of Orleans would tear the building down or if the waters would finish the job. Liam’s began life in the 1950s as Philbrick’s and has been a Nauset Beach tradition ever since. The city of Orleans recently decided not to renew Ohman’s contract when it expires in three years and instead would consider food trucks to replace it.
Victoria Bankole posted on Twitter a video of her brother, Tariq, after he attempted to cut his own hair, leaving behind a big bald spot on the back of his head. Their mother can be seen looking on disappointed, trying to help her son figure out their next move.
The video continues as the brother and sister head to a barber to fix the hair fail, and afterwards, their grandmother can be seen celebrating the haircut.
As of writing, the post has over 12,000 retweets. Credit: Twitter/Victoria Bankole via Storyful
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Ohio River was expected to crest at around 60.7 feet on Sunday evening. The level of the Ohio River has reached the highest level since 1997 following the third wettest February on record for Cincinnati, according to the National Weather Service.
This video shows flooding around the Little Miami River, a tributary of the Ohio River, in Loveland.
This video of the sea creature was captured by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ecologist Tim Shank, whose team found an octopus egg and witnessed it hatch while on an expedition in the Northwest Atlantic on August 31, 2005. Shank said the juvenile octopus swam and surveyed its surrounding like an adult within 10 minutes of hatching, which provided insights into its early life cycle.
This video was released along with a research paper published in the Current Biology journal on February 19.
Credit: Tim Shank (WHOI) and NOAA's Office of Exploration and Research via Storyful
Dog Caught in North Queensland Thunderstorm carrie.gilkison 2018-02-220 views Dog Caught in North Queensland Thunderstorm A dog was caught in a powerful thunderstorm that lashed Garbutt, near Townsville, Queensland, on Tuesday, February 20. The uploaders said the dog was braving wind and rains on Ingham Road. Thanks to a phone number on its collar, they were able to reunite it with its owner. More than 73,000 lightning strikes were recorded in the area between Tuesday and Wednesdsay, according to Townsville Bulletin. The storm also caused power outages and disrupted air traffic.