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John Turner: Former Canadian prime minister dies at 91

Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has died aged 91.

A lawyer by training, he served as justice and then finance minister from 1968-1975. He resigned after arguments with party leader Pierre Trudeau.

As justice minister, he defended reforms to Canada's Criminal Code that paved the way for LGBTQ rights and legal abortions. But in the finance ministry he faced economic pressures due to the global oil crisis.

Turner resumed his legal work and in 1984 won the party leadership. His 79-day tenure as prime minister is the second shortest in the country's history.

The Conservatives, under the leadership of Brian Mulroney, swept to power with 211 seats.

Despite the result, Turner hung onto his post. In the 1988 election, Turner was a strong opponent of a proposed free trade agreement with the US but lost again to Mr Mulroney, but not as badly.

He resigned as a Liberal leader in 1990.

At: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54220721

Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, 1929-2020.

Virginia Supreme Court blocks Kanye West from ballot

Source: Fox News

The Virginia Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Kanye West Thursday, blocking the rapper from appearing on the state’s general election ballot in November.

West appealed to the Supreme Court following a ruling by state Attorney General Mark Herring, who found that West’s campaign had obtained fraudulent signatures in an attempt to get on the ballot.

“Having considered the record and arguments presented, we find it is not ‘appropriate under the circumstances of th[is] case’ to alter the temporary injunction,” the court’s decision concludes.

Herring took to Twitter to applaud the ruling.

“This case could have thrown the election into complete chaos and disenfranchised thousands of Virginians -- this ruling will help ensure every single vote is counted this fall,” he said.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/virginia-supreme-court-blocks-kanye-west-from-ballot

No rest for West

Trangender workers say Argentina jobs quota a step towards acceptance

A decree by Argentine President Alberto Fernández published last week in the official Gazette requires that 1.0% of all public sector jobs be set aside for transgender people.

The progress "has come at a price," Thomas Casavieja, who just started a new job in a state-owned Buenos Aires bank, said as he reflected on the belated government efforts to bring LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people into the formal employment fold.

But it's a landmark moment for all that, he believes.

"More than just the significance of working, these are real concrete things, like being able to have a pension, having access to health insurance, and to have colleagues that care about you."

Argentina has pioneered minority rights in Latin America, recognizing same-sex marriage in 2010, and passing gender identity laws in 2012.

However, activists say discrimination against the LGBT+ community in the South American country still persists.

At: https://news.yahoo.com/trangender-workers-argentina-jobs-quota-053819870.html

Bank officer Thomas Casavieja at his new job in the state-owned Argentine National Bank, the nation's largest.

A decree signed by President Alberto Fernández establishes a hiring quota for transgender people like himself in Argentina's public sector.

Eating Nano: Nanotechnology is thriving along entire food chain

Processed Foods and Food Packaging Already Contain Nanoparticles - Some of Which Could Be Harmful to Our Health

Our food supply is not nearly as safety-tested as we would like to believe. True, things are not as dire as they were in the early 20th century when Upton Sinclair's The Jungle exposed the filth of the meatpacking industry, leading to reforms that included the founding of an agency that would become the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

But there are still unsettling gaps in what we know about the food and food packaging that is already sitting on supermarket shelves.

Unbeknownst to just about everyone, nanoparticles made a quiet entrance into the nation's food supply at least a decade ago.

Nanoparticles are materials that are microscopic - significantly smaller than a red blood cell; and tens of thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. These particles can help deliver nutrients, ensure longer freshness of food, act as thickening agents or enhance taste or flavor.

The problem is, scientists are still determining the health and environmental impact of these tiny particles, even as industry is forging ahead.

At: https://www.sott.net/article/254698-Eating-Nano-Nanotechnology-is-thriving-along-entire-food-chain

A partial list of popular processed snacks containing nanotitanium.

"FDA does not maintain a list of food products that contain nanomaterials," agency spokesperson Sebastian Cianci recently admitted, "so we cannot reliably answer this question."

Toots Hibbert, reggae icon who named the genre, dead at 77

The man who gave reggae its name and helped make it an international movement, Toots Hibbert, born Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert, has died at age 77.

Hibbert, one of the genre's founders and most beloved stars, was known for classics including “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and "Funky Kingston." He claimed to have named reggae on his song "Do The Reggay," which was released in 1968, according to the BBC.

The frontman of Toots & the Maytals, whose nickname "Toots" came from childhood, had been in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Kingston since earlier this month.

He was admitted in intensive care after complaints of having breathing difficulties according to his publicist. It was revealed in local media that the singer was awaiting results from a COVID-19 test after showing symptoms.

At: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/09/12/toots-hibbert-one-reggaes-founders-has-died-77/5778258002/

Toots Hibbert, 1942-2020

Pleasures of food and sex 'simply divine,' says Pope Francis

he pleasures of a well-cooked meal or loving sexual intercourse are "divine" and have unjustly fallen victim to "overzealousness" on the part of the Church in the past, Pope Francis says in a book of interviews published Wednesday.

"Pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine," Francis told Italian writer and gourmet Carlo Petrini.

"The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure; but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure," he added.

The Argentine-born Francis, 83, said that there was no place for an "overzealous morality" that denies pleasure, something he admitted existed in the Church in the past but insisted is "a wrong interpretation of the Christian message."

At: https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/world/pleasures-of-food-and-sex-simply-divine-says-pope-francis.phtml

Pope Francis shares a meal in Bologna, Italy, earlier this year.

"The pleasure of eating is there to keep you healthy by eating, just like sexual pleasure is there to make love more beautiful and guarantee the perpetuation of the species," the pope said.

S&P lifts Argentina rating out of default after debt revamp

Global ratings agency S&P upgraded Argentina's long-term sovereign credit rating on Monday, pulling it out of default territory after the South American country successfully restructured over $100 billion in sovereign debt.

"This important step forward provides the opportunity for the government to articulate a broader plan to tackle various post-pandemic macroeconomic challenges," S&P said.

Argentina has over the last week restructured around $65 billion in foreign bonds and over $41 billion in foreign currency debt issued under local law - a big win for the country that has been mired in recession and default.

Argentina now has to turn its attentions to negotiating a new deal with the IMF to replace a failed $57 billion credit facility taken on by former President Mauricio Macri in 2018 (of which $45 billion was borrowed) and to hold talks with the Paris Club groups of lenders.

The nation is also facing its third straight year of recession with forecasts for a 12% contraction this year.

At: https://money.usnews.com/investing/news/articles/2020-09-07/s-p-raises-argentinas-long-term-foreign-currency-rating-to-ccc

Argentine President Alberto Fernández speaks during the opening of a new beer plant south of Buenos Aires - part of an ongoing recovery from the record contraction seen in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic in March and April.

Fernández's refinancing efforts allowed S&P to lift its default rating on Argentine bonds a year after former President Mauricio Macri defaulted on some of the nation's $325 billion public debt - including peso-denominated debt, in a historic first for the debt-strapped nation.

'Every 24 hours is pain' : Jacob Blake speaks publicly for first time since police shooting

Source: KHOU

Jacob Blake has spoken publicly for the first time since a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot him seven times in the back, saying he's in constant pain from the shooting, which doctors fear will leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

In a video posted Saturday night on Twitter by his family's lawyer, Ben Crump, Blake said from his hospital bed that, "Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it's pain, nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat."

Blake, a 29-year-old father of six, also said he has staples in his back and stomach.

"Your life, and not only just your life, your legs, something you need to move around and forward in life, can be taken from you like this," Blake said, snapping his fingers.

Read more: https://www.khou.com/article/news/nation-world/jacob-blake-twitter-video-from-hospital/507-48403543-7b84-47ed-84ea-e5abdda0876b

Kenosha, WI, police shooting victim Jacob Blake: "Stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there's so much time that's been wasted."

Pope all smiles at first public audience in six months, prays for Lebanon

Pope Francis held his first weekly general audience in public in six months on Wednesday, smiling and chatting with some of the crowd as they pressed forward to greet him.

The audience, at which the pope announced a day of prayer and fasting for Lebanon, was held in the San Damaso courtyard of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Nearly everyone among the audience of 500 or so wore masks and sat in seats arranged to ensure social distancing.

"After so many months, we resume our encounters face to face and not screen to screen, face to face, and this is beautiful," he said to applause at the start of the audience.

The pope last held an audience with a public crowd in early March.

At: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pope-all-smiles-at-first-public-audience-in-six-months-prays-for-lebanon/ar-BB18CI2y

Pope Francis prays for Lebanon during today's public audience at the Vatican's San Damaso courtyard - the first in six months.

Scottish nationalists announce plans for new independence referendum

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday pledged to publish draft legislation for a new Scottish independence referendum, including the question and timing of the vote, before the country’s parliamentary election next year.

Sturgeon, who heads Edinburgh’s pro-independence devolved government, put on hold plans for a second referendum in March to concentrate on the coronavirus crisis.

However, the most sustained support for Scottish independence in the modern era has prompted nationalists to renew their push for another vote.

In a 2014 referendum on independence, Scots voted 55%-45% to stay in the United Kingdom.

At: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-scotland-independence/scottish-nationalists-announce-plans-for-new-independence-referendum-idUSKBN25S5SX

Demonstrators march in support of Scottish independence in Glasgow in 2018.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged to publish draft legislation for a new Scottish independence referendum; an earlier one in 2014 failed by a wider than expected margin.
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