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Royal Canadian Legion Sends A Chilling Message To Employees

The amelioration of our societal response to complaints of sexual harassment depends on the leaders of our society, including companies and national organizations, to respond to these complaints efficiently and unequivocally. The Royal Canadian Legion's decision to fire Glenn Hodge, allegedly in response to Mr. Hodge's decision to suspend employees at the receiving end of a sexual harassment complaint, sends the wrong message to both its own staff and employees nationwide.
Mr. Hodge, who presided over the Legion's B.C./Yukon Command, investigated a female staff member's claim that she endured inappropriate remarks about her physical appearance and breasts. Her dress code was also alleged to be the subject of inappropriate questioning. Initially, the Legion appeared to respond swiftly and appropriately, hiring an external human resources firm to investigate the allegations. The firm ultimately found that the allegations were "substantiated."

As would conceiva…

SEE IT: Engine destroyed on Air France flight from Paris to LA

An engine on an Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles was blown apart Saturday sending airline crew and passengers into a tailspin.
"We heard a big popping sound and the airplane basically dropped and it was trembling. You could definitely tell something was different and it wasn't just turbulence," passenger Sarah Eamigh told the Daily News.

She said Air France flight AF66 was over the Atlantic when the engine blew out, causing passengers to panic and scream.
An image taken over the right wing shows the partially destroyed engine.
 "Someone let out a yelp and all of a sudden the crew began to walk back and forth frantically. People were panicked."
She said the aircraft shook for about 20 minutes before it stablized.
The captain confirmed to passengers over a loudspeaker that an engine had blown out, according to Eamigh.
SEE IT: Engine destroyed on Air France flight from Paris to LA
Emergency lights flashed as passengers were told the plane would divert t…

Trump called San Juan's mayor a weak leader. Here's what her leadership looks like.

When Hurricane Maria destroyed the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, the mayor of San Juan became the spokeswoman of a stranded people.
Carmen Yulín Cruz told the world of the "horror" she had witnessed in the flooded streets, which she had been walking ever since the storm, in a place she expects to have no power for half a year.
Until then, she had not been a well-known politician outside the island, which many mainland Americans don't even know is a U.S. territory.

But after Cruz criticized Washington's response to the hurricane this week — "save us from dying" — President Trump decided to size her up on Twitter.
"Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan," he wrote Saturday. The Democrats must have gotten to her.
Since the president brought it up, we present below the historical record of the leadership abilities of Cruz, before and after the storm.
The island
Cruz is, in some ways, a lifelong politician — class president i…

Your Google Assistant: Now on Android TV

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Your Google Assistant: Now on Android TV

Elon Musk: Rockets will fly people from city to city in minutes

People will soon be able to fly from city to city within minutes, rocket and car entrepreneur Elon Musk says.
Mr Musk made the promise at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia.
A promotional video says the London-New York journey would take 29 minutes.

Mr Musk told the audience he aimed to start sending people to Mars in 2024. His SpaceX company would begin building the necessary ships to support the mission next year.
He says he is refocusing SpaceX to work on just one type of vehicle - known as the BFR - which could do all of the firm's current work and interplanetary travel.
Mr Musk first laid out his Mars travel ambitions at the IAC in 2016. Twelve months on, he returned with more detail.

His BFR, although still massive, is now a little smaller at 106m in height and 9m in width.
The major difference compared with the original version, however, was cost, the South African-born American said.
"I think we've figured out how to pay for it. Th…

Shay Mitchell to Star in ABC Drama From 'Pretty Little Liars' Creators

'The Heiresses' is being produced by former 'PLL' showrunner I. Marlene King and is based on author Sara Shepard's book.
ABC is looking to the creators and star of Pretty Little Liars for its next soap.
The Disney-owned network has handed out a sizable put-pilot commitment to The Heiresses, a drama starring Pretty Little Liars grad Shay Mitchell, produced by PLL creator I. Marlene King and based on the book by franchise author Sara Shepard.

The Heiresses is a family soap with a mystery twist, set in the diamond world. In the show, the Saybrooks are a household name. They have been blessed with great fortune, but cursed with epic loss. The events surrounding a deadly crash a year ago drove a wedge between the once-inseparable diamond-empire heiresses. But when an unspeakable tragedy brings the cousins back together, they create a truly unbreakable bond. They set out to solve the mystery of who wants the Saybrook family dead before one of them is the next tar…

‘We expect CHAOS’ Neo-Nazi group descend on Swedish city as police arrest protestors

The march is set to be the biggest in the Nordic Resistance Movement’s (NRM) history with thousands of people from across the world expected to attend.
Swedish police has already arrested several demonstrators ahead of the protest, which has been dubbed the “revolt against the traitors”.

According to Aftonbladet, the police are on high alert as a number of violent protesters - both extreme right and left wing - are expected to attend.
A police officer said: “We expect chaos.”

Police are using horses to keep the demonstrators and counter-protesters apart.
Stefan Gustafson, police press spokesman in the Western region, told Expressen GT: “We will use as many horses as we can, but they will only be used if there is reason to do so.
“Horses are very effective in separating crowds and making groups take distance from each other.”
The Swedish security police (Säpo) considers the NRM to be the most dangerous neo-Nazi group in Sweden.
‘We expect CHAOS’ Neo-Nazi group descend on …

Spanish police move to enforce ban on Catalan independence poll

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police sealed off schools earmarked as polling stations and occupied the Catalan government’s communications hub on Saturday in efforts to prevent a banned independence referendum.
Supporters of the poll spent the night in schools with their children and say they plan to remain there until Sunday to keep them open for voters, although a Spanish government source said more than half had been closed off.

Tens of thousands of Catalans are expected to attempt to vote in a ballot that will have no legal status as it has been blocked by Spain’s Constitutional Court and Madrid for being at odds with the 1978 constitution.

Catalonia is a wealthy region within Spain with its own language, which is taught in schools and universally spoken.
“We slept and waited for them (police) so that they would not try to evict us or tell us what they wanted,” Giselle, who did not give her surname, said at a central Barcelona school where adults and children slept in sl…

Jay-Z and Ryan Gosling Are 'Together Again at Last' in 'SNL' Promos

'SNL' returns Saturday for its 43rd season.
This weekend's Saturday Night Live host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z are reunited in the sketch comedy show's newest promo videos and it feels so good.
Well, pretty good at least. While Gosling teases the season 43 premiere, Hova plays the straight man and remains pretty stoic throughout. In the first of the two skits, the actor asks his comrade how excited he's going to be, "so I know how excited I should be." The response he gets is chill, borderline cold.

But in the next sketch, Jay livens up just a little bit — not that we should expect to see the two in a buddy comedy anytime soon — when Gosling mentions he watched the hip-hop icon perform at Coachella.
Jay-Z and Ryan Gosling Are 'Together Again at Last' in 'SNL' Promos
"I remember," Jay-Z replies softly, before cracking up at Gosling's question: "You do?"

Watch here.

Brexit: Boris Johnson urges two-year transition time limit

Theresa May is coming under fresh pressure over Brexit on the eve of the Conservative party conference.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has again intervened on Brexit, setting out four conditions he says are necessary.
Speaking to the Sun, Mr Johnson insisted any transition period after Britain leaves the EU should not last "a second more" than two years.
Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson's position threatened a trade war with the EU, which could impact on jobs.
The prime minister will be seeking to reassert her authority as she goes into her first party conference since she lost her government's majority in the general election.
It also comes after six months of Brexit negotiations in which there has been no significant breakthrough.

BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake says Mrs May must take the agenda back to her priority: the economy.
Our correspondent says the timing of Mr Johnson's latest comments was "no accident", coming as Conservatives gathe…

Barack Obama joins Prince Harry for Invictus surprise

Barack Obama has joined Prince Harry to spring a surprise on the penultimate day of the Invictus Games in Toronto.
The former US president and the prince visited the US wheelchair basketball team, all former US service personnel, just before their match against France.
Then the pair, accompanied by former vice president Joe Biden and his wife Jill, watched the team win 28-6.

The Invictus Games - for injured servicemen and servicewomen - was set up by Prince Harry in 2014.

The prince was accompanied by US First Lady Melania Trump at the opening ceremony last week, while he also made his first public appearance with his girlfriend Meghan Markle.
Mr Obama has met Prince Harry a number of times - their first meeting was in the US in 2015, while they had dinner together at Kensington Palace in April 2016.
Prince Harry started the Invictus Games as a way of helping wounded service personnel and veterans with their physical and psychological rehabilitation.
Teams from 17 nations, made up …

World War 3 threat: North Korea spotted moving MISSILES from rocket facility

South Korean and US intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea's Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in the northern part of the capital.
The South claimed they could be intermediate Hwwasong-12 or intercontinental ballistic (ICBM) Hwasong-14 missiles.
However, the report stated the facility is dedicated to producing ICBMs.

South Korean officials have voiced concerns that North Korea could conduct more provocative acts near the anniversary of the founding of its communist party on October 10, or possibly when China holds its Communist Party Congress on October 18.
A source from South Korea’s Defence Ministry said he could not confirm details of the report or whether there have been any unusual activities in the area mentioned.

The secretive state threatened, via local media, to “shoot down” Donald Trump’s fighter jets after the US Air Force flew past the Demilitarised Zone.
The flyover marked the farthest north…

BREAKING: Man stabbed to death near Tory Party Conference in Manchester city centre fight

The man was knifed in the neck near Deansgate in the city centre early this morning and died from his injuries.

Police say the “shocking” violence flared after a fight broke out in the Suburbia nightclub.

The fighting then spilled out into John Dalton Street with one man being stabbed, another smashed with a glass and two young women knocked unconscious.
Two police officers were also attacked during the inciden, leaving them with minor injuriest.

The street is close to the Midland Hotel, the venue for this year’s Conservative Party conference.

Four men, aged between 19 and 24 have been arrested following the brawl.

Chief Superintendent Emily Higham from Greater Manchester Police’s major incident team said: “What we were faced with during the early hours of this morning was a large group of men and women fighting in the street.

“Sadly, a 21-year-old man has lost his life, my thoughts go out to his family at this unimaginably painful time.

“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the f…

Trump’s tax plan is very good for Trump: $757 million over 10 years.

President Donald Trump’s tax plan could put $757 million in his own pocket over the likely 10-year lifetime of the proposal, just from the reduction in taxes on so-called “small businesses.”
The vast majority of Trump’s income in the past year came from “limited liability companies” he owns, which are exactly the sort of businesses that would see their maximum tax rate fall from 39.6 percent currently to 25 percent.
“This will be the lowest top marginal income tax rate for small- and medium-sized businesses in more than 80 years,” Trump said Friday at the National Association of Manufacturers. “And it will be rocket fuel for our economy.”

Whether that rate cut would actually fuel economic growth is not clear. What is clear, though, is the scale of the tax savings that would personally benefit Trump: $75.7 million per year, based on a HuffPost analysis of the president’s most recent financial disclosure.
Should Trump’s businesses continue to profit at the same level over a de…

World War 3: North Korea & Russia issued nuclear WARNING – 'they're reckless & aggressive'

The Tory minister, speaking alongside Nato’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, defended Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
He appeared on Sky News from a nuclear submarine base in Scotland and insisted Nato weapons were “vital” for the security of member states.
Mr Fallon said: “We remain committed to reducing our stockpile but we also have to be realistic – these weapons remain vital for the security of our people and of our Nato partners for as long as the security environment demands.

“Nato is a nuclear alliance and our deterrent provides one of the alliance’s key centres of decision-making, complicating the calculations of our adversaries.

“And many nations represented here today signed the non-proliferation treaty in the late 1960s in the knowledge that they were covered by our nuclear umbrella.”
The politician then took aim at North Korea over its growing tensions with the US and South Korea and hit out at Russia over growing tensions in Eastern Europe.

He said: “Today, the nuclear…

Teach Your Preteen That Looking 'Sexy' Doesn't Mean 'Ready For Sex'

Have you noticed that preteen girls are revealing more and more skin by wearing less and less clothing these days? Whether they are posting selfies on social media or getting dressed for school, girls' interest in looking "sexy" is a prevalent and growing concern for parents today. But, should we be surprised?
Today, more than ever, thanks to the onslaught of sexy images in mainstream media and unlimited accessibility, girls are learning to equate looking sexy with feeling wanted and gaining approval.

Marketers are now targeting young girls with "sexy" clothing and products, such as baby clothes printed with "hottie," and dolls wearing padded bras and thongs. They overexpose the consumers of the future with sexy products to create the want, the need, and ultimately, the purchase. Smart for business, terrible for society and a girl's sense of self-worth. Their yearning for sexy may seem like a bid for connection, yet it is a dangerous…

Ellen DeGeneres Brings Back Karla Kardashian for 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Parody

The talk-show host brought back one of the family's lesser-known members just in time for the E! reality series' 10th anniversary.
The talk-show host brought back one of the family's lesser-known members just in time for the E! reality series' 10th anniversary.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and a lesser-known Kardashian is ready to make her reality show debut.

On Friday, Ellen DeGeneres released a new, fake trailer for the upcoming season of the E! reality show. The sketch features all of the Kardashian women, including DeGeneres’ character, Karla Kardashian.

The promo opens with glamorous shots of Los Angeles as Kourtney struts by a pool, Khloe works outs, Kendall prepares for a modeling gig, Kylie drives a Lamborghini and Kim attends a fitting for an inevitably exclusive event. Karla is then seen at Jumbo’s Clown Room, an infamous strip club.
Ellen DeGeneres Brings Back Karla Kardashian for 'Keeping Up With the Kardashian…

‘We love Great Britain!’ Merkel targeted in angry protest outside EU summit

DEMONSTRATORS voiced anger at Angela Merkel and waved placards praising Britain in a protest outside the EU summit in Estonia.

The protesters, who disturbed the arrival and statements of EU leaders in Tallinn, waved flags.
One demonstrator was seen holding a flag with the texts “Take Europe back to the seventh century again”.
While another placard said “Buy British - We love Great Britain”.
The protest, reported in Austrian website ‘News’, were seemingly directed against German Chancellor Mrs Merkel’s open door refuge policy from 2015, which allowed thousands of migrants to enter the country.

Mrs Merkel was last weekend re-elected as German leader, but with a weakened political grip.
Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won most of the votes in the election but she lost many seats to the Alternative for Germany (AfD).

The election results lead to AfD being the first far-right group to enter Bundestag in 72 years.
Martin Schulz, leader of Mrs Merkel’s coalition the Social Dem…

How to stop your devices from listening to (and saving) what you say

Yes, voice technology is amazing. But lots of consumers don’t trust their virtual assistants and wonder how to switch them off. Here's how.

Yes, voice technology is amazing. You can ask your phone a question. You can talk to your speaker system and even book an Uber. With the right setup, you can verbally lock the doors in your house, dim the lights, and change the thermostat. All across America, people are embracing their oral fixation.

Virtual assistants are handy, but they’re always listening. As more manufacturers and developers jump onto the audio tracking bandwagon, you may wonder how much your devices are recording. And what happens to the audio files they gather?

Worst of all: apps that use ultrasonic data to profile you. You don’t hear the tones, but your device does. More about that later. Some regular apps are designed to spy and report back recordings. Read more on five spy apps that could be on your phone watching and listening right now.
How to stop your …

Rihanna to Trump: 'Don't let your people die like this'

criticized President Donald's Trump response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, suggesting that the President is not paying enough attention to the disaster occurring on the island.

"Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you've probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure! Don't let your people die like this," the pop star tweeted early Thursday morning, along with a cover of the New York Daily News that reads, "Puerto Rico needs more help, Mr. President!"
Dear @realDonaldTrump I know you've probably already seen this, but I just wanted to make sure!
Don't let your people die like this. — Rihanna (@rihanna) September 28, 2017

CNN has reached out to the White House but a request for comment was not immediately returned.
In a second tweet, Rihanna called for a "round of applause" for former US Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who made an…

Elon Musk Unveils Ambitious Plan To Build A City On Mars

Elon Musk has unveiled his ambitious plans to build both a lunar base and a city on Mars. And he plans to start in just five years.

Using his SpaceX company’s upcoming BFR rocket, Musk hopes to send two unmanned cargo ships to the Red Planet in 2022 and human passengers just two years later.

“That’s not a typo,” Musk said on Friday during his presentation at the International Astronautical Congress in Australia. “Although it is aspirational.”

If that timeframe isn’t met, he said, it will be “soon thereafter.”

What will begin as a small settlement on Mars is expected to grow into a city:
Supporting the creation of a permanent, self-sustaining human presence on Mars. — SpaceX (@SpaceX) September 29, 2017
Over time, Mars will be terraformed, Musk said, “making it really a nice place to be.”

The CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla also said the BFR would refuel in space for trips to the moon, meaning a lunar base would not need to keep a s…