U.S. President Donald Trump took to 杭州桑拿会所 Tuesday night to deny that he called Attorney General Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and a “dumb southerner.”
The remarks attributed to the president are contained in Fear: Trump in the White House, an upcoming book by veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward.
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The book is based in interviews that were conducted on “deep background” — Woodward, famous for breaking the Watergate story alongside Carl Bernstein, did not reveal his sources but he did say who was present when words were spoken.
The book has Trump mocking Sessions’ southern accent alongside other insults.
Trump denied those remarks on his 杭州桑拿会所 account:
The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Trump was the third public official to deny comments attributed to him in Woodward’s book on Tuesday.
Earlier, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis dismissed as the product of “someone’s rich imagination” an episode in which he was described telling colleagues that Trump “had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader.”
This, after Trump allegedly wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before Mattis called for air strikes instead.
In this March 13, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, meanwhile, is reported in the book to have called the president an “idiot” and referred to his administration as “crazytown.”
“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true, in fact it’s exactly the opposite,” he said Tuesday.
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Fear: Trump in the White House will be released on Sept. 11.
If you heard the words “Michael Moore on Broadway,” you’d be forgiven if you were confused. He’s not exactly a song-and-dance man.
But it turns out that the controversial filmmaker is taking a different approach in his crusade to halt U.S. President Donald Trump by putting on a Broadway solo show, titled The Terms of My Surrender, that’s running for 12 weeks at New York City’s Belasco Theatre.
[email protected] takes Broadway —; and takes aim at Trump —; with his new Bway show. pic.twitter杭州桑拿/odOleLEf7W
— Gordon Cox (@GCoxVariety) May 1, 2017
Moore, 63, insists that his satirical show, which features all-new material, will “bring down” Trump’s presidency. His plan is to riff off of daily, of-the-minute news, and use surprise guests at every show.”
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“We need an army of satirists,” said Moore to Variety. “His Achilles heel is his very, very thin skin.”
In another dig at Trump, Moore is saving the presidential box at the Belasco for him every single night of the show’s run, in the hopes that he might eventually take in a performance.
“It will sit empty until he sits there,” joked Moore. “I hope he comes to see it, or his family. Or Mike Pence. We won’t boo him!” Moore is referencing the occasion when then Vice-President-elect Pence attended a performance of musical Hamilton, and was roundly booed by the audience.
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Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will direct the show.
“It’s a 12-week limited run,” said Moore. “I would like Trump to have the same thing. I really am in a take-no-prisoners mode right now.”
Tickets for The Terms of My Surrender, which starts its run on July 28, go on sale Monday.
Of course, Moore isn’t new to political commentary, especially when it comes to Donald Trump, of whom he’s been a very loud critic. Moore won an Oscar in 2003 for his gun violence documentary Bowling for Columbine, and was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for Sicko, an indictment of the U.S. health-care industry.
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He is also the author of best-selling books including Stupid White Men and Here Comes Trouble.
In October, three weeks before the 2016 presidential elections, he released the anti-Trump documentary film Michael Moore in Trumpland. At the end of March, Moore asked Democrats to declare a “national emergency” while the FBI is probing Trump’s alleged ties with Russia.
Search crews recovered a second body Monday night in their mission to locate four missing hunters in northern Alberta.
The man’s body was recovered from the Rocher River shortly before 5 p.m. RCMP K Division identified the man as Keanan Cardinal. RCMP said an autopsy will be conducted in Edmonton, although a date has not been scheduled.
Canadian Rangers helping recovery mission for 4 missing hunters in northern Alberta
RCMP search for 4 missing hunters in northern Alberta
The discovery came one day after RCMP confirmed the body of one of the four men had been recovered from the Rocher River Sunday night.
The man discovered dead Sunday night was identified as Walter Ladoucer, a Canadian Ranger who joined the organization in 2016.
The other two missing men were also Canadian Rangers. Keith Marten and Andrew Ladoucer were 15-year members of the patrol.
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On Sunday, April 23, four men set out on the Rocher River north of Fort Chipewyan and did not return. Officers received a call about the missing men at around 12:30 p.m. Monday.
Police said the hunters were heading to an area near Fort Chipewyan known as Devil’s Gate. Their boat was later found in the river that flows through Wood Buffalo National Park.
Three of the four men were Canadian Rangers and highly experienced outdoorsmen.
At the peak of the mission, upwards of 70 people in 30 boats and several helicopters were involved in the search for the men.
The RCMP and search and rescue crews continue to search for the other two men.
Toronto’s parks department wants councillors to take the “bluffs” out of Scarborough Bluffs Park.
In a motion being considered Tuesday, Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division has recommended the name be changed to Scarboro Crescent Park to help alleviate safety and traffic issues arising from the park being commonly confused with nearby Bluffer’s Park.
Scarborough Bluffs Park, located at 61 Undercliff Drive in the east end of the city, is located on top of the cliff near Bluffer’s Park, but unlike the more popular destination, there’s no direct access to Lake Ontario.
“A lot of the people coming are really out of the area people … who have just put in ‘Scarborough Bluffs’ into Google, and it has directed them to the park on the top,” Scarborough Southwest Coun. Gary Crawford told the Morning Show on AM640.
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Some visitors to Scarborough Bluffs Park are using “unsafe and dangerous methods” to scale their way down the cliff to gain access to the beach, according to a report from the parks department’s general manager.
Last year, there were about 25 calls to emergency services to rescue park visitors despite signs warning of the danger.
“They get there thinking that this is the Bluffer’s Park and they want to get down to the beach … which is a very, very dangerous climb, if not life threatening,” Crawford said.
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The parks department report said that the confusion between the names has resulted in disappointment from visitors and traffic congestion headaches.
There is little parking near Scarborough Bluffs Park, and the number of visitors to the Bluffs area in general has dramatically increased in recent years, the report noted.
“Each year, Toronto Police Services receives dozens of calls to address altercations between drivers competing for the limited number of on-street parking spots,” the report stated.
Toronto city council has deferred the final decision on the matter to Scarborough Community Council, which makes recommendations on local planning and development issues.
“It’s a very easy fix, changing the name to Scarboro Crescent Park,” Crawford said, adding that he hopes search engines will then more easily direct people to the park at the bottom of the bluffs.
Every year 9,000 Canadians are diagnosed with bladder cancer – making it the fourth most common cancer among men and 12th most common among women, Bladder Cancer Canada reports.
Despite five-year survival rates ranging anywhere from 16 per cent to 95 per cent (depending on the stage), consistent incidence rates and a high rate of recurrence, not many are aware of the cancer that claims the lives of about 2,300 Canadians every year.
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As Monday marked the beginning of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month in Canada, Global News sat down with Dr. Wassim Kassouf of the McGill Urology Health Centre and Bladder Cancer Canada, who offered up five things he believes people should be aware of when it comes to bladder cancer.
1. There are two types of bladder cancers
Patients can be diagnosed with one of two types of bladder cancers: nonmuscle-invasive and muscle-invasive. According to Bladder Cancer Canada, the majority of patients are diagnosed with the former.
The nonmuscle-invasive form of bladder cancer means the cancer hasn’t grown into the surrounding muscles of the bladder. To treat it, patients often undergo surgery to remove the tumours from the inside of the bladder and receive an insertion of drugs into their bladder.
“Approximately three-quarters of the bladder cancers are this type,” Kassouf explains. “With that patient population, the cancer tends to reoccur, and uncommonly progresses and spreads.”
The second type, muscle-invasive bladder cancer, is a more aggressive form and is considered life threatening. About 25 per cent of people with bladder cancer are diagnosed with this type, and the mortality rate in the first five years is 40 per cent.
Treatment often includes removing the bladder, as well as nearby organs – the prostate for men and the uterus and ovaries for women.
2. The patient profile
There are about 80,000 Canadians living with some form of bladder cancer, Bladder Cancer Canada states.
According to Kassouf, men are more likely than women to get this cancer.
As well, people who smoke are highly likely to get bladder cancer.
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“The smoke gets excreted into the urine and urine stays in the bladder, so over many years, it predisposes that lining of the bladder to become cancerous – the carcinogens [in cigarettes] induce cancerous development of those cells,” Kassouf said. “The reason for a higher incidence in men is partly because there’s more men that smoke. Otherwise, we’re not exactly sure [why this cancer impacts more men than women].”
This type of cancer also tends to affect patients in their 60s and 70s, Kassouf points out.
“Although patients can be affected by bladder cancer, it’s most commonly seen in the older population,” he says.
3. Be aware of bloody urine
“It’s a cancer that’s often unrecognized,” Kassouf says. “Awareness surrounding bladder cancer has been – up until a few years ago – quite limited.”
Finding blood in the urine is the most common symptom in bladder cancer patients and occurs in more than 80 per cent of cases.
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“On occasion, some patients can have blood in their urine once and then it will never reoccur again until a year later. So if you see blood in the urine, you should seek medical attention to make sure there’s nothing serious going on.”
Other symptoms include bladder spasms, burning urination and increased urgency or frequency of urination.
“These symptoms overlap a lot with other types of benign conditions and are often not specific to bladder cancer,” Kassouf explained.
4. The survival rates
In Canada, the five-year net survival rate – the probability of surviving cancer in the absence of other causes of death – sits at around 73 per cent, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
“If you look at the invasive-muscle type, 40 to 50 per cent will die within the first five years,” Kassouf said. “If you have the noninvasive-muscle type, about 10 to 15 per cent of cases may progress to the muscle-invasive type and becomes dangerous.”
However, if broken down further by each stage of cancer, the five-year survival rate varies widely.
Stage 0: 95 per centStage 1: 85 per centStage 2: 55 per centStage 3: 38 per centStage 4: 16 per cent
It’s important to note that the prognosis for each patient depends quite a bit on several factors including their health history, the type of cancer, the stage, certain characteristics of the cancer, the treatments chosen and how the cancer responds to treatment.
5. An expensive cancer
Bladder cancer is the most expensive cancer to treat on a per-patient basis, Kassouf says.
In fact, treatment for bladder cancer costs Canada about $400 million, Dr. Alexandre Zlotta of Mount Sinai Hospital told Global News in 2013.
“Because many [bladder cancers] tend to be superficial, they reoccur – requiring invasive procedures such as a cystoscopy, it tends to be the most expensive cancer to treat,” Kassouf says.
Sitting at number 20 (out of 24 cancers), research funding for this disease is one of the most underfunded in Canada.
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“Considering its commonality, there hasn’t been a lot of progress in bladder cancer and a big reason is because it’s heavily underfunded from a research perspective,” Kassouf says. “This is compared to other cancers with similar incidences and mortalities.”
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In fact, the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2016 report says there are more new cases of women being diagnosed with bladder cancer than there are women being diagnosed with cervical cancer, oral cancer, stomach cancer or brain cancer.
For men, they’re less likely to be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal-pelvis cancers, melanoma or leukemia than they are with bladder cancer.
Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend Drew DeVoursney, 36, were found dead in the Corozal district of Belize on Monday.
Matus and former U.S. marine DeVoursney had been missing for approximately a week; the pair was last seen the evening of Tuesday, April 25 leaving a restaurant. Matus was due to fly back to Canada on a WestJet flight on April 26, but while she checked into the flight online, she never boarded the plane. On Monday evening, the couple’s bodies were found in a sugar cane field in the Corozal district with – according to DeVoursney’s mother – duct tape wrapped around their wrists.
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Matus was a mother of two sons, and a real estate investor in Markham, Ont. She was originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and owned homes in both Canada and Belize. She habitually spent between five and six months of the year, usually during winter, at her Belize residence.
Several media reports as well as Facebook images describe Matus as approximately 5’1″ tall with shoulder-length brown hair. When she disappeared, she was reportedly wearing white denim shorts with a white long-sleeved blouse.
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Her LinkedIn page describes her as an investor and property manager in the Toronto area, as well as the owner and president of Boardwalk Developments for the past seven years, though she is not listed on the website. Matus apparently met her boyfriend in Belize during the winter of 2016, and they’d been dating for several months.
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DeVoursney, a Marine, completed two tours in Iraq, according to his friend Brandon Barfield, who started a GoFundMe webpage last week for helping out the search efforts. Barfield, who used to live with DeVoursney said he relocated to Belize in the fall of 2016.
Francesca Matus and Drew DeVourney were found dead on Monday.
Brandon Barfield / Go Fund Me
Friends in the area say they were a well-liked pair. One friend of the couple, Nancy Rifenbark, reported the discovery to Global News on Monday evening.
“They were both found …They are dead,” she said via Facebook. Rifenbark was part of the search team Monday and was the last one to see the couple alive last Tuesday. Matus’ white SUV was found abandoned in a field on Sunday afternoon.
Matus’ Facebook timeline has been flooded with notes of condolences since the news of her death broke.
Canadian woman and her American boyfriend still missing in Belize
Their deaths are being investigated as homicides. Global News reached out to Global Affairs Canada to inquire about the investigation.
“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the Canadian citizen who passed away in Belize. Consular services are being provided to the family during this difficult time. Canadian consular officials continue to liaise with local authorities to gather additional information,” said Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Austin Jean.
The Canadian government has not issued a travel advisory for Belize, but warned Canadians earlier this year to “exercise a high degree of caution due to a high rate of violent crime throughout the country.”
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An Indonesian man who outlived all his children, four wives and 10 siblings was laid to rest on Monday.
According to his identity card, Sodimejo — locally known as Mbah Gotho — was born on Dec. 31, 1870. He claimed to be 146 years old, which would have made him the world’s oldest person.
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But there’s been some speculation around that, since Indonesia only started recording births in 1900. Officials later told BBC, his papers checked out but there have been mistakes reported before.
The man from Sragen in central Java was known for spending his days smoking and eating. But according to local media reports, his health started to deteriorate a few years ago.
On April 12, he was taken to hospital but almost a week later he insisted on returning home. All Gotho wanted to do in his final years, was to rest in peace.
“What I want is to die,” he told local news agencies last year. “My grandchildren are all independent.”
Gotho was considered a legend in the community. If he was as old as he claimed, he would have lived through two world wars and seen the innovations from the invention of light bulbs to self-driving cars.
“There were no specific signs from grandfather before he passed away, it was even a surprise to me. The problem was he didn’t want to eat or drink. On Sunday he asked to go for a walk by himself. Then at 5 p.m. he passed away,” Gotho’s grandson Suryanto said.
Mbah Gotho, above, with this government-issued ID. (Photo by Donal Husni/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Gotho’s family said they have been preparing for his death for a long time. They prepared his tombstone in 1992.
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While he was alive, local authorities said they were going to help him be recognized by Guiness World Records, but that never happened.
So officially, the oldest person ever to live continues to be Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who was born on Feb. 21, 1875 and died at 122 years and 164 days.
As for the secret to a long and prosperous life, Gotho told Liputan 6 in 2016, “The recipe was just patience.”
Quebec’s Crown Prosecutor’s Office has asked Public Security Ministry Martin Coiteux to order a police investigation into allegations made by police union president Yves Francoeur that two Liberal MNAs had blocked a criminal investigation.
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Francoeur alleges the Liberal Party interfered with police work to influence an investigation against the two MNAs in the party, one of whom is still in office.
PQ @vhivon says yesterday’s justice committee attacked Francoeur’s credibility; call for investigation is about-face pic.twitter杭州桑拿/5Dh4KUBkG7
— Raquel Fletcher (@RaquelGlobal) May 2, 2017
He made the bombshell accusations during a radio interview last week with Paul Arcand.
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Francoeur told 98.5 FM the two politicians were allegedly linked to the Mafia and police had wiretap evidence.
“Yesterday Francoeur had no credibility, today he has so much a criminal investigation is being called” @JFLisee says pic.twitter杭州桑拿/upr2nLwAvv
— Raquel Fletcher (@RaquelGlobal) May 2, 2017
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He said he doesn’t know why the two were never charged, adding that the case against them was solid.
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He also went on to say that recent media leaks of investigations into former Quebec premier Jean Charest were the result of police officers being frustrated with the obstruction.
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The Crown Prosecutor’s Office admits Francoeur’s allegations are serious, but questions why he has yet to meet with the province’s anti-corruption squad.
Citizens of Nigeria and Turkey led the pack when it came to asylum claims filed in Canada in the first three months of 2017, new government data shows.
In total, the federal immigration department has reported that 8,960 people filed claims for asylum during the period between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2017.
Of those, 620 were from Nigeria and another 580 were from Turkey. Rounding out the top five countries of origin were Haiti (475), Pakistan (350) and Syria (315).
The number of claimants from the United States is on the rise, the data shows, growing from 60 claims from U.S. citizens in January to 150 in March, with a three-month total of 295 — well above many developing nations on the list. The were 265 claims made by Mexicans, who — as of December 2016 — no longer require a visa to enter Canada.
The numbers are not broken down by the location from where the asylum claimants filed their paperwork. Some may have crossed on foot illegally over the Canada-U.S. border, while others may have filed their claims at an airport, legal land border crossing, or inland at a government office.
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Regardless of where they apply, would-be asylum seekers go through extensive medical, security and background checks before their files are referred on to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).
The detailed breakdown was released this week as part of an answer to an Order Paper question tabled in the House of Commons in February by Conservative MP Candice Bergen.
The IRB, which examines asylum claims and determines which ones are valid based on a variety of factors, also released its totals for January through March in response to Bergen’s question.
The board reported that, of 8,204 new refugee protection claims registered in its offices in those three months, 436 (or 5.3 per cent) were accepted, or received a “positive” outcome.
Another 140, or just under two per cent, were rejected and a further one per cent were abandoned or withdrawn. The remaining 7,541 new claims in those first three months of 2017 are still pending, awaiting a decision.
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By comparison, the board had a total of 16,900 claims referred for processing in all of 2015, and 16,279 referrals in the first nine months of last year.
The IRB projected 17,500 files would be referred this year. But if the pace in the first three months of 2017 keeps up, the number of new claims this year referred to the board could be significantly higher.
The total number of asylum claims made in Canada has fluctuated widely over the years, according to the immigration department, with a high of 44,600 claims in 2001 and low of around 10,000 in 2013.
The number of refugees across the globe today is the highest since the end of the Second World War, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.
One year ago this week, the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire swept through the northern Alberta community, destroying several neighbourhoods. In all, the fire consumed nearly 2,600 dwellings, or 10 per cent of the structures in the city.
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One year later, some areas of the city are busy with construction. Here’s a before and after look at some of the hardest hit neighbourhoods and places where dramatic images were captured:
Bare land and homes under construction along a street in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, where terrifying dash camera video showed fire and ash raining down on evacuating vehicles the afternoon of May 3, 2016.
Video taken during the May 3, 2016 evacuation showing fire and ash raining down on traffic moving slowly though the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, which was one of the hardest hit during the May 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta.
One year later, blank lots and homes being rebuilt in the wildfire-ravaged Beacon Hill neighbourhood, where terrifying dash camera video showed fire and ash raining down on evacuating vehicles on May 3, 2016 in Fort McMurray, Alta.
New townhomes being built in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood.
The Fort McMurray Super 8 motel being rebuilt after burning down on May 3, 2016.
The Abasand neighbourhood, which was also destroyed by the wildfire.
Highway 63, where traffic moved slowly as tens of thousands of people were evacuated from Fort McMurray.
Highway 63 south of Fort McMurray.
Burnt trees lining along the Responders Way bridge over Highway 63 in Fort McMurray.
Video taken during the May 3, 2016 evacuation showing traffic turning off the Responders Way bridge onto Highway 63 southbound as flames move closer to downtown Fort McMurray, Alta.
2017 video recreation of traffic turning off the Responders Way bridge onto Highway 63 southbound in Fort McMurray, Alta.
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