By Sandro Contenta Feature Writer Tues., Aug. 28, 2018 At 90 years old, Elizabeth Mary Mahoney is active and resourceful. Knee replacements haven’t slowed her down. She lives alone in her rented Toronto condo near High Park, takes long walks, rides the TTC and attends an aqua-fitness class twice a week. Short-term memory can sometimes play tricks, but she participates in a book club, regularly goes to the theatre in Stratford and is involved in fighting the expansion of a nearby condo highrise. Recently, to the consternation of her four children, she used various modes of public transit to visit friends in Guelph, where she spent the early part of her retirement. She worked for years as the librarian for a Sarnia chemical company, after earning a bachelor degree in chemistry and a master’s in library sciences. She also does her own banking, a usually straightforward activity that on July 4 proved fateful — a scam cost her a large part of her … [Read more...] about A 90-year-old ‘grandma scam’ victim took out $10,000 from TD Bank to pay a fraudster — in cash
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World Emmanuel Macron will become on Thursday only the second sitting French president to win the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for offering a "vision of a new Europe", and Germany's Angela Merkel will deliver the speech commending his efforts. 10 May 2018 04:05AM Bookmark PARIS: Emmanuel Macron will become on Thursday only the second sitting French president to win the prestigious Charlemagne Prize for offering a "vision of a new Europe", and Germany's Angela Merkel will deliver the speech commending his efforts.But, while lavish in her praise for the 40-year-old Macron since he swept to power a year ago, the German chancellor is ironically proving the biggest obstacle to his ambitions for a more politically and economically integrated Europe.Macron will receive the award - given out annually since 1950 - at a ceremony rich in symbolism in the Coronation room of Aachen town hall in Germany. Aachen was the residence of Charlemagne, often called the "father of Europe", who … [Read more...] about France’s Macron to get Charlemagne Prize for “European vision”
MANILA, Philippines — On the eve of the six-month closure of Boracay Island, the Supreme Court (SC) was asked yesterday to halt the government-mandated shutdown aimed at cleaning up the world-renowned tourist destination. In a 29-page petition, three residents of the island – Mark Anthony Zabal, Thiting Estoso Jacosalem and Odeon Bandiola – sought a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the closure. The petitioners questioned the authority of President Duterte to close the island to tourists and non-residents, accusing him of violating constitutional rights to travel and due process, and arguing that only Congress can shut down the island. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said only a court TRO can stop the shutdown of Boracay. But the SC is in recess and may not be able to issue a TRO today even if the petition might have merit. Through lawyer Angelo Karlo Guillen of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)-Panay chapter, the petitioners argued … [Read more...] about SC asked to stop Boracay shutdown
The Chinese constitutional amendment allowing Xi Jinping the possibility of further presidential terms — staying in power long enough to bring “national rejuvenation” combined with the Russian election re-confirming Vladimir Putin in the presidency have assured consistency and continuity for the Russia-China strategic partnership way into the next decade. This will facilitate the interaction between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasia Economic Union (EEAU); policy coordination inside the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the BRICS and the G-20; and the overall drive towards Eurasia integration. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The strengthening of what should be viewed as the Putin-Xi era could not but render Western liberals – and neoliberals – absolutely livid. Capitalist interests have always believed their own propaganda narrative, which directly links capitalist expansion with the inevitable … [Read more...] about Will the Putin-Xi era supersede the Western liberal (dis)order?
By Michelle Shephard National Security Reporter Sat., March 3, 2018 But how much cheese would you give them? That’s what British counterterrorism officers asked friends of John Letts and Sally Lane. This wasn’t code. They were actually talking about cheese — a big circle of pressed milk curds — and how much it would weigh. It was early 2016, shortly after Letts and Lane had been charged with terrorism for trying to send money to their son Jack to help him escape from Raqqa, Syria. Jack Letts, who has both British and Canadian citizenship, converted to Islam as a teenager and went to Syria in 2014. By the following year, he told his parents he was desperate. Scared that Daesh would kill him, he begged them to send money for smugglers so he could escape. Police, however, suspected his story. Article Continued Below On Dec. 31, 2015, Letts and Lane tried to send £1,000 ($1,766 Canadian) from a Western Union in Oxford, … [Read more...] about Their son went to Syria. They’re facing 14 years in prison for trying to send him money — they say to bring him home