24
Dec 18

Lindsay Lohan claims she was ‘racially profiled’ while wearing headscarf

Lindsay Lohan claims she was “racially profiled” recently after arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport while travelling to New York.

The Freaky Friday actress recalled the incident on Good Morning Britain on Feb. 21, telling hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan she “got stopped recently and was racially profiled.”

“She opened my passport, saw ‘Lindsay Lohan’ and started immediately apologizing. But then she said, ‘Take off your headscarf.’”

READ MORE: Lindsay Lohan debuts bizarre new accent, explains its origin

When Morgan asked Lohan if the situation freaked her out a bit, she said that it did.

“I did. I mean, it’s OK. But what scared me was that moment, how would another woman who doesn’t feel comfortable taking off her headscarf feel?” Lohan continued. “That was really interesting to me. I was kind of in shock.”

“It’s weird. I mean… I’m from New York, I’m born and raised there. I was a little intimidated.”

When asked why she was wearing the headscarf, the Mean Girls actress referred to Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.

“You know what’s so interesting to me is that, when we look back on Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn and these old Hollywood actresses, they used to cover up the same way. With their big glasses and their headscarf…”

READ MORE: Lindsay Lohan wants to give Syrian refugees energy drinks

She was quickly cut off by Reid, who pointed out that these actresses weren’t wearing the headscarves for religious reasons.

Lohan, who was returning from Turkey (where she recently met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan), said, “But you could do it because maybe you don’t want to be seen as much in the airport, you know, my red hair doesn’t exactly not stand out.”

Reid then asked the Parent Trap star if she was doing it for privacy reasons rather than spiritual or religious reasons.

“I was doing it because I was leaving Turkey, and out of respect for certain countries that I go to, when I see certain people I think I feel more comfortable acting the same as the other women,” Lohan replied.

READ MORE: Lindsay Lohan almost ‘loses a finger’ in boating accident

The actress also responded to rumours that she is converting to Islam.

“I think any religion anyone chooses is a personal belief,” Lohan said. “My sister’s a Buddhist. It’s a consideration I have. I don’t want to speak on something I haven’t finished yet, I don’t think that’s right.”

She added that she finds “solace” studying the Qur’an and other religious texts. “Just like meditation. [It’s] something that feeds my soul – learning different cultures and beliefs and the Islamic culture. I’ve found a lot of people, I feel like it’s a family to me.”

When Morgan asked Lohan about her views on U.S. President Donald Trump, Lohan said she thought that he should be given a fair chance. “I don’t agree with his policies and the things he is doing,” she said. “But at the end of the day he is the president right now. So what’s the point of picking on someone instead of seeing what they’re capable — or not capable — of.”

Lohan added that she did think his 桑拿会所 account should be taken away “or deleted.”

READ MORE: Lindsay Lohan makes abuse claims against ex-fiancé Egor Tarabasov

In November, Lohan was interviewed at a party, and many pointed out her alleged new “accent.” The actress said it’s a combination of the languages she knows or is learning, incorporating multiple accents from around the world.

“It’s a mixture of most of the languages I can understand or am trying to learn,” she told the Daily Mail. 

She made headlines for her dramatic break-up with Russian boyfriend Egor Tarabasov and for suffering a gory injury in a boating accident in early Oct. where she ripped off part of her finger.

Also in November, in honour of her new eponymously named club, she said she wanted to help Syrian refugees by sending them energy drinks.

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Dec 18

Spring arrives early in London, temperature could hit 17 C Wednesday

The first day of spring is officially a month away but it will feel like spring this week in London.

Double digit highs are in the forecast for the entire work week with a high of 17 C possible Wednesday

This comes after London set weather records during the long Family Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Environment Canada meteorologist Rob Kuhn told AM980 this isn’t normal.

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    “Getting temperatures in the Forest City of near plus 10 for a day maybe two in February does happen, but usually it’s not sunny. It’s generally going to cloudy, breezy, probably showers at times and dull but getting two sunny mild spring-like days in a row this time of the year in February is quite uncommon.”

    It’s unlikely a weather record will be set Tuesday. The high is expected to reach 12 C, 2.4 degrees lower than the record set in 1997. It’s likely a record will fall Wednesday with the temperature possibly rising to 17 C. Even if it doesn’t, all it has to do is rise above the record of 9.1 C set in 1981.

    If it does hit 17 C, Kuhn said it would be extremely rare.

    “That is going to be very close to the warmest all-time reading ever recorded in the London-area for February. This is a day I remember well, it was Feb. 26, 2000 when temperatures in London reached 17.8 C and we do have a shot at getting that at this point.”

    Kuhn said some forecasts even suggest it’s possible, but not likely, the mercury could hit 18 C on Wednesday.

    Londoners could be forgiven if they think spring has come early, it doesn’t officially arrive until March 20.

    Double-digit highs are possible all week with a high of 12 C expected on Thursday and 11 C on Friday.

    It will cool off dramatically for the weekend with a high of 3 C on Saturday and -2 C on Sunday.


24
Dec 18

Bill 75, legislating a contract on Nova Scotia’s teachers becomes law

Bill 75, legislating a contract on Nova Scotia’s 9,300 public school teachers was passed into law Tuesday afternoon.

All Liberal MLAs voted in favour of the bill, which passed 33 for and 17 against, following a marathon debate that resumed at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday for the third and final reading of the controversial legislation.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia to impose parts of contract previously rejected by teachers

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The legislation is necessary, according to Premier Stephen McNeil, to have classrooms return to normal by bringing an end to teachers’ work-to-rule.

“We were hoping to get an agreement at the bargaining table, as I’ve said so many times,” McNeil said. “There is no question it (work-to-rule) has had an impact on students … we had to move so this contract would be in place and work-to-rule would end.”

NSTU President Liette Doucet said in a release Tuesday afternoon that the passing of the bill marked a “dark day for Nova Scotia’s education system.”

“This legislation does nothing to improve classroom conditions, it does nothing to provide immediate supports for teachers and students, all it does is take away the right to a fair collective bargaining process for teachers,” she said.

She went on to say that Premier Stephen McNeil’s government has “betrayed teachers over and over” through the course of the 15-month dispute.

“This government is not willing listen, it only wants to dictate, and as a result teachers have no trust in Stephen McNeil. I don’t think there is any way this government can repair the damage it has done with this legislation.”

On Friday, teachers held the province’s first ever strike, holding a rally that saw thousands of teachers and supporters marching outside Province House to oppose the bill.

According McNeil, the government saved about $34 million because of the one-day strike, money he says will be handed out as grants for students across the province.

READ MORE: NS teachers tell legislature that imposed contract will hurt students most

Despite efforts by the opposition to reset the clock on the legislation, Bill 75 is expected to be proclaimed as law once debate wraps up either Tuesday afternoon or evening.

Teachers ‘extremely upset’ by legislation

According to union president Liette Doucette, teachers are “extremely upset” by the legislated contract.

“They hope that the citizens of this province realize that we have a broken system and that something needs to be done and pressure needs to remain on the government to make those changes,” Doucet said.

Doucet said once the law has been passed, the union won’t force teachers to do activities outside their contract, like coaching outside school hours. Those are things, however, which Doucet says teachers love do to.

“If teachers make decisions not to do those things – those will be very hard decisions for our teachers.”

The teachers union has vowed to launch a Supreme Court challenge against Bill 75, which Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie has asked if the government is setting aside funds for.

READ MORE: Supreme Court ruling bolsters Nova Scotia teachers in contract dispute: union

“By his reckless actions, the premier has committed the taxpayers of Nova Scotia to years of legal challenges and millions of dollars in legal costs,” Baillie said.

NDP amendment accepted

During the debate early Tuesday morning, the McNeil government accepted an amendment proposed by the NDP, allowing an arbitrator to intervene should members of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions find themselves at an impasse. That consideration was included in the third tentative agreement voted down by Nova Scotia Teachers Union membership.

McNeil said in a release after the bill was passed that the government was still committed to the council.

In an interview, NDP Leader Gary Burrill said his party supported the “minor improvement” in what he described as an otherwise terrible bill.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia Liberals reject union’s changes to legislated teachers contract

Burrill was asked whether there was any way forward after the legislation is passed given the mistrust between the sides.

“I think we can straighten it out with the new broom that we’ll have in an election,” he said. “I don’t see any other way forward.”

No other amendments are expected to be made to the bill.

Teachers will continue protesting the legislation until the final hour, the union says, and another rally outside Province House is planned to get underway at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, after school wraps up for the day.

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24
Dec 18

Future of Lorne Ave Public School up for debate

A Londoner who is no stranger to the plight of Lorne Avenue Public School is calling for the school to be demolished to make way for new housing and a park.

The school, originally built 142 years ago, closed its doors to students last June due to falling enrollment. It has been vacant ever since.

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The City purchased the property at Lorne Ave. and Engligh St. for $550,000 and has yet to make a decision on whether to sell the building, or tear it down and zone it for single family residential. Both options would see a new park and green space added to the Old East Village community on the 1.4 hectare site.

Community organizer Scott McLean, who was part of the Save Lorne Ave campaign, is endorsing the demolition of the building.

“This is the best option right now for the community,” said McLean.

“It allows the community and the City to maintain control over the space, so that we don’t have anything unsuitable happen with the property. It also adds some much needed green space and some park space to the community as well.”

No proposals were submitted for the sale of the building, and it is estimated to cost millions to develop the existing structure into a community centre. City staff are recommending the school be torn down and sold for development, along with the development of a new public park space.

“The community can absolutely use a new park in there. It would allow us to re-purpose the property in such a way that the park would be more visible, it would be easier for the community to enjoy, and adding additional residential space to that would only enhance Old East Village,” said McLean

The Corporate Services Committee will be discussing the future of the building and property Tuesday at 12 p.m.


24
Dec 18

Longtime CIA analyst resigns, calls Donald Trump’s actions in office ‘disturbing’

A longtime CIA analyst resigned from the agency last week because he “in good faith” he could not serve the administration of President Donald Trump.

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In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post Monday, Edward Price said Trump’s campaign rhetoric, combined with some of his initial moves in the White House, led to his decision.

READ MORE: Former CIA head ‘saddened and angered’ by Donald Trump’s behaviour at CIA HQ

Price specifically criticizes Trump’s speech in front of a memorial wall at CIA headquarters the day after taking office in which he defended the size of his inauguration crowd. He also cites Trump’s reorganization of the National Security Council last month, which has been seen as a downgrade in influence for intelligence officials.

WATCH: President Trump to amend memo to allow CIA director to sit on NSC

“To be clear, my decision had nothing to do with politics, and I would have been proud to again work under a Republican administration open to intelligence analysis. I served with conviction under President George W. Bush, some of whose policies I also found troubling, and I took part in programs that the Obama administration criticized and ended,” he wrote in the article titled, “I didn’t think I’d ever leave the CIA. But because of Trump, I quit.”

“As intelligence professionals, we’re taught to tune out politics. But this administration has flipped that dynamic on its head: The politicians are the ones tuning out the intelligence professionals.”

Price worked at the CIA since 2006. He was also a spokesperson for the National Security Council from 2014 to earlier this year.

READ MORE: Donald Trump blames CIA feud on media, tells officials ‘I am so behind you’

The opinion piece comes at the same Trump announced his pick for national security adviser, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars.

WATCH: Donald Trump gets to work, offers praise for CIA

The White House says McMaster will remain on active military duty while leading the National Security Council. He has also published an influential book that called out the U.S. government for “lies” that led to the Vietnam War.

McMaster joins two retired generals – Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly – already in Trump’s inner circle, adding to the impression that the president prefers military men in top roles.

McMaster replaces retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired last week after Trump determined that Flynn had misled Vice-President Mike Pence about his discussion with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential transition.