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A Woman Dies in a Horrific Highway Crash near Mayerthorpe



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Last updated on September 24th, 2018

On Sunday Morning, a two-vehicle collision took place on a central Alberta highway. As per the reports, one person died in the crash, while three others were injured.

In a statement, Mayerthorpe Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that their preliminary investigation showed “a car was heading west on Highway 43 when a truck heading south on Highway 18 was turning and a collision occurred.”

There was only one person inside the truck, that is, the male driver. Reports say that he has sustained certain serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

On the other hand, the car had three people altogether. One of them was a 43-year-old woman from Calgary, who was a passenger. She was pronounced dead at scene.

Another passenger was a man, who was flown to a hospital in Edmonton by STARS Air Ambulance. He got some serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Last was the male driver in car, who was also taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision of the car and truck happened about 140 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. Due to the accident, the westbound lanes of the Highway 43 were reduced to one lane for several hours. However, by 2:30 pm, the traffic was back to normal.

In a news release, the RCMP said, “Our thoughts are with family of the deceased at this time.”

As the investigations on the crash are still on, not much information is available so far. Moreover, the name of the victim has not been released.

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Fate of Brexit Deal Remains Undecided as Opposition takes Control



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Prime Minister Theresa May and her government lost control over the Brexit deal after the MPs won the amendment. The amendment was to take over the parliamentary timetable for a progression of “indicative votes” to decide the next move in the Brexit. The government lost control by 27 votes after the amendment was passed by a vote of 329-302.

The purpose of the amendment – that was introduced by the Conservative member Sir Oliver Letwin – was to evaluate their options and stances on the Brexit.  Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who supported the amendment, said that the government “must take the process seriously as the government has failed and this House must, and I believe will, succeed”.

He also said that the MPs would be looking for an agreement moving forward with the deal. The MPs are evaluating every option on the Brexit deal, which might include “confirmatory vote” on the PM’s deal by the public. However, May has already rejected that as vote to remain in the EU would not be valid.

MPs voting for the amendment on the Brexit deal included three of May’s own. As soon as the amendment went for voting, Foreign Affairs Minister Alistair Burt, Health Minister Steve Brine and Business Minister Richard Harrington – gave their resignation to support the amendment.

May said that allowing MPs to take control of the Brexit deal by introducing the amendment have set an “unwelcome precedent”.

May’s future is dependent on her opposition as the MPs are looking for options for a softer Brexit. The Brexit supporters in the European Research Group may see May’s deal as the only way to have a successful Brexit.

Even though May lost the vote, she still holds power to be involved in talks with the EU leaders for further discussions. She still has the right to make sure the indicative votes do not become irrevocable.

Among the supporters of Brexit, many are willing to back the PM in exchange of her resignation. If considered, she might resign after the new Brexit day, May 22. Though May has rejected this scenario, there is a possibility that she might not have much of a choice following the events of this week.

In the upcoming days, May has to watch the Parliament votes on various options unwillingly. The MPs are trying to figure out another plan for Brexit, as they have rejected May’s withdrawal deal on two occasions already.

The options would be opting for a better version of May’s deal, if the UK wishes to stay in a customs union with the EU. The Parliament will also have an option to decide if they should hold another referendum to evaluate leaving the EU.

These options are opposed by Euroskeptic Brexiteers in May’s Conservative Party. It was the resistance of these members that led to the rejection of May’s deal before it even reached the Parliament.

On Saturday, more than one million people marched in London asking for a second referendum on the Brexit deal.

The European Union provided a deadline to May to get her deal approved from the Parliament. If the deal is not approved, Britain might face a no-deal Brexit. The EU on Monday issued a statement that they are fully prepared for a no-deal Brexit, even though it would cause huge inconvenience to people on both the sides.

Considering all the facts, it can be said that there is discord among the government and many think that May needs to step down. It is difficult to speculate if a softer approach on the Brexit deal can resolve the issue or not. Whatever the approach might be, one thing is for sure, no-deal Brexit is something that neither of the parties desire.

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Sadiq Khan Takes a Stance against Islamophobia



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Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, says he has been subjected to anti-Muslim abuse by the Conservative Party members and supporters in the country.

Khan said, “I have lost track of the number of Conservative councillors and members that have been suspended or faced legal action as a result of making Islamophobic comments towards or about me”. He also attacked the Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey for re-tweeting an article that referred to him as the “mad mullah of Londonistan”.

A study shows that Islamophobia and negative attitudes towards Muslims are well established within the sections of the British society. About 18 percent of the population in the country believes that Muslim immigration is a part of a bigger plan to make Muslims a majority in the UK and 31 percent of young children believe that Muslims might take over England someday with their growing population. 

Sadiq Khan criticized the Conservatives for their anti-Muslim attitude and comments, questioning the party’s approach towards favouring Islamophobia and their unpunishable offences. Numerous examples show that the Tory members have been involved in the act of spreading Islamophobia. Tapan Ghosh, who hosted an anti-Muslim extremist in Parliament, was found to be a member of a number of Islamophobic social media groups. Despite knowing that the party seemed to have no real concern, even Theresa May chose to campaign with him. 

Conservative MP Boris Johnson’s Burqa comments revealed that he was using Islamophobia as part of a populist, Trump-like appeal to anti-Muslims in the party. Another Conservative MP Nadine Dorries – being personally against same sex marriage – shared a tweet from Tommy Robinson and used weaponized Gay Rights to attack Muslims.

A recent survey revealed that around 49 percent of the Conservative voters see Islam as a threat to their country and 47 percent believe that non-go areas, where Sharia law dominates and non-Muslims cannot enter, has no truth to it.

Providing comparatively low funds to the mosques to support security, despite a rise in racist attacks, is an expression of Islamophobia that can also be seen in the policies. The number of hate crimes against Muslims across the country increased by 593 percent after the Christchurch attack in New Zealand. Thereby in his letter to the prime minister, Sadiq Khan asked May to deal with this issue and provide safety to the British Muslims to avoid the same scenario. He wrote that the political parties should lead from the front in this effort and set the strongest possible example to the society to root out the anti-Muslim abuse.  

Sadiq Khan wrote that he was more concerned about the messages that the incidents send to the wider society and thereby said that, “Adopting the all-party parliamentary group definition of Islamophobia will send the strongest possible signal that there is no place for Islamophobia or anti-Muslim sentiment in the Conservative party or anywhere else in our politics or wider society.”

Senior Conservatives, Muslim representative groups, hundreds of Mosques and secular groups, including groups of women and national newspapers, are all against Islamophobia and are deeply concerned with the growing hatred of people towards the Muslim community. The belief that all Muslim communities support terrorists attack and terrorism funding needs to be changed.

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Britons Defy Brexit Through Public Demonstrations in London



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The fast approaching Brexit deadline is gradually creating difficult circumstances in Theresa May’s Britain. While the conflict was only between the Prime Minister and the Tory MPs; it has also involved the citizens of the United Kingdom, who are facing the real consequences of the political limbo.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people swamped the streets of London, demonstrating their disappointment over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Britishers are protesting for the government to put back the question to the people. The demand is for a fresh referendum that would include an option of staying in the union.

Termed as “Put It to the People”, the march reportedly marked the presence of more than 1 million demonstrators. It is believed that if the official figure is that high, the protests would be Britain’s biggest on record.

While Britain is yet to decide its next move, the demonstrations are unlikely to make any difference in the Brexit stalemate. However, they have definitely reflected an unexpected option– sending the question back to the people.

As per the reports, demonstrators from across the UK arrived in the capital, joining pro-EU chants and waving its flag. With their faces painted in EU blue, they threw insults at the statues of May, who is still striving to get her withdrawal agreement approved in the parliament.

“BRITAIN HAS CHANGED ITS MIND. STOP BREXIT,” read on of the placards. The other mocked authorities, as it read, “Ikea Has Better Cabinets.”

While addressing the crowds, Labour Party’s deputy leader Tom Watson said, “Prime minister, you’ve lost control of this process.” He asked May to “let the people take control”.

Besides, an online petition demanding the cancellation of Article 50 is nearing the five million signatures mark, with over 4.9 million signatories. However, the petition creator is facing severe consequences, and has reportedly received death threats. A retired lecturer, 77-year-old Margaret Georgiadou received “horrible” phone calls and abuse via Facebook Messenger.

Horrified by the calls, she said, “Who wants Brexit so much that they are prepared to kill for it?”

Last week was full of chaos and confusion, where May and the MPs were seen making efforts in saving Britain from the potential severe consequences of no-deal Brexit.

After a recent summit in Brussels, the Brexit deadline was pushed back from March 29 to April 12, though it is still uncertain whether the UK would truly leave the bloc then or at a later deadline of May 22, or if it will even leave the EU at all.

The question is, will the public demonstrations make any difference to Britain’s future?

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Psychic Uri Geller Threatens to Stop Brexit using Telepathy



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The popular Israeli-British psychic Uri Geller, who is particularly famous for his trademark spoon-bending trick using just his psychic powers, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, saying that he would stop the Brexit “telepathically”.

Geller urged May via his letter to stop the Brexit as he felt “psychically and very strongly” that most of the UK citizens, including him, are against the idea of Britain leaving the European Union.

“I feel psychically and very strongly that most British people do not want Brexit. I love you very much but I will not allow you to lead Britain into Brexit. As much as I admire you, I will stop you telepathically from doing this — and believe me I am capable of executing it. Before I take this drastic course of action, I appeal to you to stop the process immediately while you still have a chance,” Uri Geller wrote.

Geller rose to prominence in the 1970s, when he performed an act based on his psychic powers and telepathy skills that have been tested by the CIA too.

He is currently residing in Israel, but used to live in Sonning – an area in May’s Maidenhead constituency. In his letter, he reminded May that she had visited him at his home before becoming the PM.

“You visited my home in Sonning, where you also lived. Three years before you became Prime Minister, I predicted your victory when I showed you Winston Churchill’s spoon on my Cadillac, which I asked you to touch,” the psychic wrote.

To prove the seriousness of his intention, Uri Geller also reminded May about his previous telepathies.

“I have influenced many high ranking officials around the world. On one occasion, Senator Clayborne Pell, then the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, directed me to bombard the mind of Yuli Vorontsov, the Soviet Union’s chief nuclear negotiator, to influence him telepathically to sign the Nuclear Arms Reduction treaty, which I did successfully,” the illusionist wrote.

Geller also claimed that he is using his mind power to ensure that “Jeremy Corbyn never gets the keys to Number 10 Downing Street”.

“I will ensure that they bend out of all proportion to ensure that he never takes up residence there,” Uri Geller wrote.

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EU Leaders Agree on Article 50 Deadline Extension



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European Union leaders on Thursday agreed to extend the deadline of the Article 50, allowing Prime Minister Theresa May and the Parliament to get the deal through.

An extension until 22 May has been offered by the EU, only if the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the EU is approved by the MPs next week. If MPs fail to approve the deal third time, the extension will only be applicable till 12 April, giving the UK enough time to “indicate a way forward”.

As per May, MPs face a “clear choice” as they would vote for the third time on her Brexit deal next week.

“At this point we would either leave with no deal, or put forward an alternative plan,” May said, adding that the MPs would face a prospect of participating in European elections, which according to her is “wrong”.

May said she would be “working hard to build support for getting the deal through“. Referring to her last night’s speech, in which she blamed the MPs for the Brexit delay, she said “Last night I expressed my frustration and I know that MPs are frustrated too. They have difficult jobs to do.

“I hope that we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision. And I will make every effort to ensure that we are able to leave with a deal and move our country forward.”

May brushed off the idea of revoking Article 50, saying that people of the country voted to exit and that their decision would be respected. A petition calling to revoke Article 50 on the Parliament website has been signed more than two million times.

Speaking at a press conference after the deadlines were extended, European Council President Donald Tusk said that until April 12, “all options will remain open and the cliff-edge date will be delayed.”

“The UK government will still have a choice of a deal, no deal, a long extension, or revoking Article 50. If the UK has not decided to hold European elections by April 12, the option of a long extension will automatically become impossible,” he said.

On Wednesday, May had made a formal request for a delay in the Article 50 process by June 30. However, when she was asked by the European leaders on Thursday that how she intended to move further in case the deal is rejected for a third time next week, she had no answer, European diplomats said.

The leaders of 27 nations of the EU, made the decision to extend the deadline on Thursday, without the presence of May. But, Tusk said, May was consulted throughout and also agreed on the decision.

Tusk added that the atmosphere of the talks “was much better than I expected, and better than for example in December – not only because of the weather but also because of the mood. But frankly speaking, our mood is not the most important thing here”.

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