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Monday News Recap: Week of March 20th

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Vancouver:

What started as a simple St.Patrick’s Day promotion at a Vancouver restaurant turned into international outrage. When Railtown Cafe posted a picture of an overflowing Guinness, the picture went viral which made beer drinkers in Ireland and beyond cringe. According to Guinness the proper pour of the beer requires a 45 degree angle, filled three-quarters full then left for 90 seconds while the foam settles.

Canada:

Canada is making strides to create the first spaceport near Canso, Nova Scotia. In a joint venture with several US firms, Maritime Launch Services will create a launchpad to deliver commercial satellites in orbit. The total cost will be $304 million but will be one small step for man, eh? 

US:

Trumps revised travel ban, or travel ban 2.0, was blocked from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. The decision stems from previous statements made by Trump and his feelings towards Muslims which prompted the courts to regard the bill as discriminatory rather than an issue of national security. Anti-Muslim remarks made by Trump during his campaign trail in Nashville, Tennessee were quoted to support their case.

International: 

Fresh off the news of Brexit, Scotland is pushing towards a second referendum on independence from the United Kingdom. The first minister blames the UK governments lack of compromise over Brexit. The vote will be held between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 after the smoke settles from the European Union separation. 

Tech:   

Imagine wearing glasses that can adjust in seconds from near-sighted to far-sighted. A breakthrough from researchers at the University of Utah produced a prototype for liquid lensed glasses that can adjust to any eye prescription. By inputting your prescription into an app and desired focal point it can signal the glasses to form accordingly through piezoelectric pistons and flexible lenses. The downside is, however, they are ugly beyond words. 

Science:

Finally, the debate of the “five-second rule” can be laid to rest. Germ expert Anthony Hilton from Ashton University said eating food on the floor momentarily isn’t without risks but is safe overall. While he stresses to stay away from visible dirt, otherwise food is unlikely to attract harmful bacteria in seconds. Don’t hesitate to quote this when you pick up that slice of pizza that fell on the floor as your spouse frowns upon you. 

Entertainment:

The godfather of rock and roll Chuck Berry passed away at the age of 90. The American guitarist was said to have influenced the likes of Elvis, The Beatles and Rolling Stones. He was famous for classic songs such as “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven”.

Fun:

Not only is it the first day of spring but it’s national proposal day!

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Monday News Recap: Week of March 6th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for March 6th

Vancouver:

The prime minister came to address the illicit drug crisis affecting Vancouver on Thursday. Justin Trudeau met with first responders and healthcare workers to discuss the drug overdose crisis that claimed the lives of 922 people last year in B.C. He announced $10 million of federal funds for the province to help deal with the epidemic. 

Canada:

Bus operators in Winnipeg, Manitoba are feeling concerned for their safety after a passenger threatened to stab a driver while holding an axe and brass knuckles last week. The suspect was taken into custody and will face charges.  The incident came soon after a bus driver was slain in a stabbing on Feb. 14 outside the University of Manitoba. Now, bus drivers are calling for heightened security measures to enforce a no tolerance policy towards violence.

US:

A Georgia judge sentenced a couple to lengthy prison terms for their involvement of a confederate flag display at an African American child’s birthday party. The hate group arrived with shotguns threatening the lives of the family in 2015. The no tolerance judge gave the man, Jose Torres, 13 years and Kayla Norton six years for uttering “terroristic threats”. 

International:

Ever wanted to become a nanny to a giant, fluffy panda? Well, if you move to China that can be a reality. The China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Pandas offers full time employment for people to feed, clean and look after pandas around-the-clock. The job only pays 2,000 yuan (USD $290) per month, so don’t expect to get rich but on the other hand, you get to play with pandas!

Tech: 

Engineers in New York created a folded piece of paper. Doesn’t sound very interesting, right? The folded paper is actually a paper-based battery, a big step forward in the field of papertronics. The battery can be printed on a page and is powered through living bacteria. Paper electronics are simple to make and inexpensive, the battery is powered with bacteria, which can be found in most places such a dirty puddle.

Science:

A team of biomedical engineers created a backpack that attaches to a dragonfly that allows them to control their flight patterns.  The project known as DragonflEye can transmit signals to neurons using light, the signal tells the dragonfly where to fly on command. Now we have good reason not to trust the bugs. 

Entertainment:

Disney’s upcoming live action remake Beauty and the Beast will feature a gay character for the first time in the studios history. LeFou is the goofy sidekick to the primary villain Gaston who will come to terms with his sexuality. Of course, the news doesn’t come without controversy. Twitter had polarizing views regarding the inclusion with some believing they are forcing narratives on the viewers. Can’t people just enjoy a movie for what it is?

Fun:

Really Vancouver? More snow!?

Monday News Recap: Week of February 27th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for February 27.

Vancouver:

The City of Vancouver received a lot of backlash from its new redesigned logo that cost $8,000. The design community within the city created an open letter criticizing the simplistic font and design that fails to represent Vancouver’s culture and diversity. Many took to social media to show nearly identical concepts they created on Microsoft word in 10 minutes, which makes us wonder how that costs $8,000?

Canada:

Canada experienced a major spike in tourism over the past year. The tourism office reports that in 2016, 20-million international travellers visited our great land, which was 17 per cent increase from 2015, and the highest in 14 years. Many of these travellers were reported to be from US, which begs the question is President Trump accidentally making Canada great again?

US:

The Trump administration is moving to revoke federal guidelines that allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their chosen identity. Sean Spicer spoke on Wednesday that the previous Obama-era regulations were confusing and hard to implement and therefore need to be removed. News of the change sparked outrage in the transgender community due to the potential for discrimination they will face.

International:

The president of Iceland had some rather strong words towards pineapple pizza. When speaking to high school students, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson expressed that he was “fundamentally opposed” to pineapples on pizza. He went on to explain that if he could, he would ban the controversial pizza topping. Of course, many on Twitter took this to heart leaving scathing reactions to the president’s opinion. He had to since clarify that he will not be placing any bans on tropical pizza toppings.

Tech: 

Now almond milk can be made from the comfort of your home in 30 seconds. The Almond Cow takes pre-soaked almonds and using a coffee grinder-like system can make almond milk within seconds. One half cup of almonds will reap 1.3 liters of delicious almond milk. Funded through Kickstarter, this successful campaign raised more than $100,000.  

Science:

NASA announced a discovery that brings us closer to finding life on other planets. The nearby star called TRAPPIST-1 was uncovered along with seven Earth-like planets in its orbit. Due to their location, three of those planets were deemed hopeful candidates to host living organisms. It’s proximity to Earth is so close that it would take us about 20 days to make the journey. It’s very possible we’re going to see E.T. within our lifetimes.

Entertainment:

TV and Film actor Bill Paxton passed away last week at the age of 61. The cause of death was due to complications from surgery. Bill Paxton was accredited in major movies such as Apollo 13, Titanic and Aliens and was currently starring in the CBS drama Training Day that started on February 2nd. The network hasn’t commented on whether they will continue airing the season.

Fun:

Today marks National Strawberry Day and this baby turtle is pleased.

Monday News Recap: Week of February 20th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for February 20th

Vancouver:

Travelling from Vancouver to Seattle could take as little as an hour in the future. Washington State is studying how to implement a high-speed train that connects the west coast cities Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. The research will determine if the multi-billion dollar service is even worth constructing and scheduled to be presented no later than December 2017. 

 Canada:

If you’re an international student, come to Canada! The 2017 QS Best Student City released the top destinations for international students and Montreal ranked first above Paris and London. The top destinations were chosen by affordability, student mix, employer activity and desirability. Vancouver is the only other Canadian city to make the list landing in the 10th spot.

US:

President Trump attended a rally in Melbourne, Florida where he continued his usual ramblings about terrorism abroad. This time, he mentioned the terrorist attack in Sweden, which he used towards his anti-immigration campaign. Sweden among the rest of the world was immediately confused because no such attack existed. Trump later mentioned he received this information from a Fox News report because who needs an intelligence agency when you have cable, right?

International:

The half-brother of North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un was assassinated in Malaysia earlier last week after a strange turn of events. Kim Jong-nam was walking near a Starbucks when two female assassins approached; one distracted the estranged brother while the other sprayed liquid in his face. The brother passed away shortly after on the way to the hospital. The assailant was arrested and said she was paid to do a hidden camera prank show where they spray unsuspecting people in the face with water but for Kim Jong-nam the liquid was switched with poison.

Tech: 

Dubai is planning to release their fleet of self-flying taxis as early as July. These four-legged drones have eight propellers and can seat a passenger weighing up to 220lbs. By entering the destination on a touchscreen the drone will whisk the occupant away at speeds up to 160km per hour. So far, 180 of the Chinese made vehicles have been tested in Dubai’s aerospace.

Science:

Scientists are on the verge or resurrecting the prehistoric Wooly Mammoth within the next seven years. Using the embryo from an Asian elephant as the template, they can modify it with extracted genetic information from the extinct mammal to create an almost exact DNA pattern. The question remains whether reintroducing a prehistoric animal to an ecosystem will be beneficial or detrimental. Meanwhile, we’re all just waiting for Jurassic Park to open.

Entertainment:

Harrison Ford accidentally landed his plane on the wrong runway nearly causing a crash. Harrison realized something was off when he flew over a Boeing 737 on the taxiway. He was recorded on the flight traffic controller’s radio saying, “ Was that airliner supposed to be beneath me?” The Starwars alumni previously crashed a plane into a golf course in 2015; he sustained heavy injuries while having no recollection of how it happened. It’s about time Han Solo let someone else fly the Millennial Falcon.

Fun:

Pug life!

Monday News Recap: Week of February 13th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for February 13th

Vancouver:

Vancouver residents have been feeling the chill of winter with multiple snowstorms that hit the lower mainland and surrounding regions over the week. The unusual surplus of snow caused schools to shut down, power outages and traffic jams. Now here’s the good news, the worst is behind and we can finally return to our regularly scheduled rain.

Canada:

In Oshawa, Ont., a police officer was called to bust a gang fight but he found himself busting a move instead. Officer Jarrod Singh arrived on the scene and realized they were just local students filming a music video with breakdancing. The officer graciously schooled the kids with his pop-locking moves and the video quickly turned him into a viral sensation. It turns out the officer was in a dance troupe prior to joining the police force. Just another example of the amazing police we have here in Canada.

US:

President Donald Trump had his first meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau to reinforce the bond between Canada and US in his coming term. The talks included renegotiating NAFTA, increasing support for female entrepreneurs and working together to improve economic ties. It’s also a good sign when Trudeau can resist Donald Trumps unusually aggressive handshakes.

International:

Over the weekend, North Korea exercised a ballistic missile test which signified a major step toward their intercontinental capabilities. It came at a time when President Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which some speculate was a show of power from North Korea. President Trump has expressed his concern over the hostile nation by calling them a “big big problem”, during a press conference.

Tech:

Netflix engineers developed a mind control gadget that uses brain waves to help browse the streaming service. The project called Mindflix appeared during Netflix’s hackathon in January. Employees took a device originally designed for meditation and hacked it so users can enjoy Netflix hands-free. While it will most likely never be sold to market, it is a stellar example of how lazy we’ve become!

Science:

There is now a song that is scientifically proven to make babies laugh with pleasure. Researchers studied the effects of various sounds that babies found enjoyable in order to create the perfect baby song. To do this they hired Grammy award winning artist Imogen Heap to produce the track. The final result was tested in front of 20 babies and they saw overwhelming happiness from the group. Maybe I should play this instead of singing my usual off-key twinkle, twinkle little star rendition.

Entertainment:

Lady Gaga is on top after rocking the Super Bowl half-time show and announcing her world tour but she found herself defending against body shaming. After people expressed negative words on social media about her stomach, Gaga responded by posting a picture on Instagram with captions saying, “I’m proud of my body and you should be too. No matter who you are or what you do”. It goes to show people will complain about anything because Lady Gaga has a fantastic figure.

Fun:

Don’t forget to treat your loved ones for Valentines Day!

Monday News Recap: Week of February 6th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for February 6th:

Vancouver:

A Vancouver startup is hoping to bring an Uber-like experience to the city while working within the same regulations taxi companies have to follow. Ripe Rides applied for 150 taxi licenses with hopes to launch their second app Ripe Tx that will connect users with taxi’s using the same features as Uber. Even though we can’t have Uber (yet) the disruption of ride services are coming full steam.

Canada:

For all you hopeless romantics looking for love head to Grand Prairie, Alberta! Amazon.ca published its annual list of Canada’s top romantic cities based on the sales of romance novels, movies, relationship books and sexual wellness products. While Victoria, BC grabbed the top spot for the fifth year in a row, Grand Prairie landed as the fourth most romantic city. It’s surprising for such a small town but people clearly want some hot romance for those cold winter nights.

US:

Kellyanne Conway, the key advisor to President Donald Trump, graciously provided some more ‘alternative facts’ when she spoke to MSNBC last week. To justify the controversial travel ban toward Muslim-majority countries, she slammed the media for not covering the Bowling Green Massacre. There is one problem though; there was never a massacre in Bowling Green. She later tweeted that she meant “Bowling Green terrorists” referring to two refugees who were arrested for plotting to send money and weapons back home to Iraqi insurgents. Twitter was quick to point out the latter statement wouldn’t have made sense in her original comment.

International: 

Tensions are mounting in Eastern Ukraine after a week of shelling from Russian-backed rebels that claimed the lives of at least 12 Ukrainian soldiers. The town of Avdiivka fell under fire late last weekend and continued until Wednesday, the siege knocked out vital power stations forcing civilians to evacuate the city. The U.N. Security Council expressed their concern over the deterioration of Eastern Ukraine calling for an end to the violence.

Tech:

Selfies are about to be taken to new heights, literally. Airselfie is a phone case with a mini built-in drone that can hover for up to three minutes to take the perfect photo. Forget the selfie stick, this drone comes equipped with an HD camera and is controlled remotely from a smartphone. It was only a matter of time before technology brought us to this point.

Science:

Engineers created “the holy grail of aerial robotics” with Bat Bot! By studying the biology of bats, researchers built a lightweight robotic flier to mimic their unique movement patterns. Bats have more than 40 joints in their wings that allow for precise control over their flight patterns. The Bat Bot has nine of those key joints which allow the robot to cruise, dive and bank turn on a whim.

Entertainment:

It looks like the Beyhive just grew by two. Beyonce announced that she is pregnant with twins and of course Twitter exploded shortly thereafter. Queen Bey posted a maternity photo on Instagram welcoming the new additions to the Carter family, within 45 minutes “twins” became the top trending topic. At this point Beyonce can sneeze and it will make world news.

Fun:

How Tom Brady feels today:

 

Monday News Recap: Week of January 30th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for January 30th: 

Vancouver:

The Chinese Lunar New Year Parade kicked off in downtown Vancouver to celebrate the year of the rooster. Some notable attendees included mayor Gregor Robertson and even our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who made a stop on his cross-country tour.

Canada:

Two men have been arrested in the heinous terrorist attack that claimed the lives of six people, injuring 14 in a Quebec City mosque last night. The motives are still unclear but it comes at a time during heightened tensions stemming from anti-Muslim groups that have been vocal around the city.

US:

After Donald Trump issued a nation-wide ban on Muslims entering the US, the streets filled with protests condemning his executive order. The countries listed are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which were deemed hot beds for Islamic extremism despite having no ties to terrorist attacks in the US. One thing is for sure; Donald Trumps divisive politics are actually bringing everyone together in solidarity.

International:

The Russian city of Rostov-on-Don experienced a strange phenomenon involving pillars of light emitting from the sky. People took to social media to show the beautiful display of nature, which turns out, was caused by light reflecting from crystals close to the ground.

Tech:

An innovative approach to reducing food waste sent to the landfill raised six times its goal on Indiegogo. The Zera Food Recycler serves as a collection bin for scraps, which turns it into nutrient rich fertilizer in just 24 hours with no smell. By placing a paper additive packet containing coconut husk fibers and baking soda in the machine, it chops them up with the waste and creates fertilizer. Science for the win!

Science:

A patient at Toronto General Hospital survived an incredible procedure that removed her lungs for six days. The dying mother had severely infected lungs that required immediate removal. The lungs were extracted and she was kept alive for six days until they could do a lung transplant. It’s believed to be first time this procedure has been performed.

Entertainment:

The 23rd annual SAG Awards kicked off this weekend. It wasn’t long before the Hollywood elite stepped up to voice their disdain towards the proposed Muslim ban issued by the president earlier in the week. Ashton Kutcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emma Stone and Bryan Cranston were just a few that had some words of criticism.

Fun:

Can we agree that this is our current Monday mood?

 

Monday News Recap: Week of January 23rd

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for January 23rd:

Vancouver:

The developer of Trump tower is suing the contractor for essentially being lazy and not checking their work. The suit claims the contractor delayed construction by failing to have a proper schedule, supervision of workers and even installing broken appliances. Sounds like a Trump product to me.

Canada:

The average Canadian now owes nearly $22,000 in non-mortgage debt says TransUnion. While credit card remains fairly low, it’s the increased use of instalment loans that has Canadian’s growing their debt levels.

US:

Okay, where to begin. Trump’s first official week in office, let’s recap what’s happened in the last 24-48 hours shall we? He’s already signed an executive order to withdraw from TPP, wants to renegotiate NAFTA, Wikileaks is on the hunt for his tax returns, ethics lawyers are filing a lawsuit over his foreign business dealings, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer is a giant lying screaming man-baby and I hate him already. That’s just a sampling; however, there’s good news. The Women’s March is believed to be the largest demonstration in the US ever!

International:

The WHO (not the band) are ramping up monitoring for Avian flu, concerned that another epidemic may take place similar to the outbreak in 2009. There have been 40 countries that have listed some form of Avian flu so far, with more expected as the new genetically altered flu makes its way around the globe.

Tech:

Tesla has made a definitive statement that you can expect to see radical changes in their vehicles every 12-18 months. Meaning Tesla is now the Apple of automobiles, you’ll be trading in that Model 3 for the latest version every year! No word on whether the next model will come with wireless earbuds.

Science:

A new study has suggested that balding can be linked to prostate cancer. The study suggests men who suffer from balding will also have a higher risk of prostate cancer, due to both being linked to high levels of testosterone. So that’s why the captain of the football team always ends up being that overweight bald guy by age 40, too much testosterone…GO TIGERS!

Entertainment:

Aziz Ansari hosted SNL over the weekend, and his 10 minute opener was great. He coined the phrase the “lower case kkk” for the casual racists that have popped up since Trump and suggested Trump is the “Chris Brown of politics” with many supporters ignoring the personal stuff and just here for the music.

Fun:

I’m just gonna leave this here:

Monday News Recap: Week of January 16th

Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for January 16th:

Vancouver:

According to a new poll, Mayor Robertson has the lowest approval rating of ten major city mayors across the country. Sitting at only 50%, Robertson also proved to be the most polarizing, with the highest percentage of residents ‘strongly supporting’ and ‘strongly opposing’ him. It’s those bikes lines I tell ya.

Canada:

Our Prime Minister is in some hot water over his vacation plans during New Years. He’s being investigated by the ethics commissioner for potentially violating several conflict of interest statues for accepting flights and trips from the Aga Khan over the holiday. This makes Trudeau the first sitting Prime Minister to ever be investigated by the ethics department.

US:

So the day nearly upon us. On Friday, Donald J. Trump will be officially sworn in as the next President of the United States. Not that anyone will be around to see it; there’s no prominent music acts, no celebrities, and a growing number of absent politicians and senators. Where is everyone? They’ll all be at the Women’s March the next day. Unless you’re a fan of Three Doors Down….they’ll be performing at the inauguration, and then go back to performing at Chuck E. Cheese, where they’ve been the house band since 2002.

International:

As the British Prime Minister gets ready to reveal the plans for Brexit, the British Pound is at the lowest it has ever been in over 30 years. Theresa May will outline exactly how Britain will leave the EU on Tuesday, meanwhile Trump has called Brexit “a great thing” and slammed the EU as a “vehicle for Germany.” The Germans are not amused.

Tech:

Following a two-year investigation, Amazon has been fined $1M for misleading Canadian consumers with false pricing. It all came down to how they allowed sellers to list ‘suggested retail pricing’, which they have since changed. Not that a $1M fine means anything to a company that made $30B last year.

Science:

A group of researchers from Pennsylvania have discovered a way to regenerate skin cells, meaning they can completely eliminate scar tissue. The trick is apparently to encourage hair regrowth first, causing the body to increase fat cells around the wound and eliminating scar tissue. 

Entertainment:

After 146 years, the Ringling Brothers are shutting down the Greatest Show on Earth. Declining ticket sales, competition and animal rights complaints have led the company to pull the curtain on the circus. To be fair, I can’t think of anyone that has gone to the circus in 20 years, so they may have a point.

Fun:

A real life Puss-n-Boots:

Monday News Recap: Week of January 9th

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Here’s the weekly news debrief, with things to know from around the world for January 9th:

Vancouver:

For those that may not have heard, BBTV is making a serious push into new global marketplaces with expansions into Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt. Expect to see BBTV grow substantially more in the next few years.

Canada:

Alberta doesn’t seem to be recovering, or at least not nearly as fast as many predicted. Two and a half years in and the oil slump continues to hammer the province, with unemployment at a provincial high. One solution being presented is to ask for the Federal Government to invest in a sustainable fund that would encourage junior exploration and defunct oil rig clean up work.

US:

This is a crucial week for Trump and his nominees, with his cabinet picks undergoing confirmation hearings with questions ranging from civil rights abuse allegations to Russian business ties. Trump will also hold an official press conference this week, the first since July.

International:

North Korea has claimed they have the capability to launch nuclear missiles into the US “at any time.” So far there is no proof, and it appears the N. Koreans are waiting to see what policy changes will come into effect with Trump’s administration.

Tech:

Norway will be the first country to officially kill FM radio. The country is transitioning all radio broadcasts over to digital radio, something some are saying is too soon as it will leave millions of homes and vehicles without the ability to tune in. Plans are in motion for the same to happen in Switzerland, Britain and Denmark.

Science:

The Orca that terrified you in the documentary ‘Blackfish’ has died. Tilikum the killer whale (totally intention pun) died of a bacterial infection last week. Tilikum was 36 years old and responsible for the deaths of three people.

Entertainment:

Last night’s Golden Globes awarded La La Land all seven awards it was nominated for (I mean it’s a movie with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dancing and singing, how could that NOT be good?). Meanwhile Meryl Streep took six minutes to destroy Trump, no one does it quite like Meryl.

Fun:

How I feel during the winter months:

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