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  1. Canada's Mounties allow women officers to wear hijab AFP Tue, Aug 23 9:10 AM PDT Ottawa (AFP) - Hoping to boost recruiting of Muslim women, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is allowing its officers to wear hijabs as part of their uniforms, the government said Tuesday. "The commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently approved this addition to the uniform," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's spokesman Scott Bardsley told AFP. "This is intended to better reflect the diversity in our communities and encourage more Muslim women to consider the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a career option," he said. The RCMP officer's uniform -- a red serge tunic, leather riding boots and wide-brimmed felt campaign hat -- is an iconic Canadian symbol. It dates back to the 1800s, when the RCMP's forerunner, the frontier North-West Mounted Police, spread law and order to the wilds of Canada's western provinces and Arctic territories. Inspired by British military uniforms of the period, it has since undergone only minor changes. The RCMP faced a public outcry in 1990 over a decision to allow Sikh officers to wear turbans as part of their uniforms. Attitudes have softened since then and Canadians have embraced the change. Three types of hijabs were tested before one was selected as suitable for police work, according to correspondence between Goodale and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson published in a local newspaper. The garment did not encumber officers and could be removed quickly and easily if needed, the Montreal daily La Presse reported an internal memo as saying. No officers had yet asked to wear hijabs as of earlier this year, when the policy was quietly enacted. Updated figures were not immediately available. However, some 30 officers had asked for a relaxing of the rules for religious or cultural reasons over the past two years, La Presse reported. In most cases, the officers wanted to grow beards. With the latest uniform change, the RCMP becomes the third police force in Canada to add the hijab option after Toronto and Edmonton. Police in Britain, Sweden and Norway, as well as some US states, have adopted similar policies, Bardsley said.
  2. France's top court suspends burkini ban Paris (AFP) - France’s highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups. In a judgement expected to set a precedent, the State Council ruled that local authorities could only restrict individual liberties if wearing the Islamic swimsuit was a “proven risk” to public order. The judges said there was no such risk in the case before the court concerning Villeneuve-Loubet, one of around 30 towns to have introduced the bans. The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) hailed the ruling as a “victory for common sense”. Police have fined Muslim women for wearing burkinis on beaches in several towns, including in the popular tourist resorts of Nice and Cannes, sparking controversy in France and abroad. The burkini bans have triggered a fierce debate about women’s rights and the French state’s strictly-guarded secularism. - ‘Line in the sand’ - Amnesty International welcomed the ruling. “By overturning a discriminatory ban that is fuelled by and is fuelling prejudice and intolerance, today’s decision has drawn an important line in the sand,” Amnesty’s Europe director John Dalhuisen said. “French authorities must now drop the pretence that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women,” he said. The CFCM’s secretary general Abdallah Zekri said: “This victory for common sense will help to take the tension out of a situation which has become very tense for our Muslim compatriots, especially women.” The State Council heard arguments from the Human Rights League and an anti-Islamophobia group. A court in Nice had upheld the Villeneuve-Loubet ban this week. President Francois Hollande said Thursday that life in France “supposes that everyone sticks to the rules and that there is neither provocation nor stigmatisation”. Anger over the issue was further inflamed this week when photographs in the British media showed police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a beach in Nice as she removed a long-sleeved top. The office of Nice’s mayor denied that the woman had been forced to remove clothing, telling AFP she was showing police the swimsuit she was wearing under her top, over a pair of leggings, when the picture was taken. Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday condemned any “stigmatisation” of Muslims, but maintained that the burkini was “a political sign of religious proselytising”. “We are not at war with Islam… the French republic is welcoming (to Muslims), we are protecting them against discrimination,” he told BFMTV. But in a sign of the divisions within the Socialist government on the issue, Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the “proliferation” of burkini bans “was not a welcome development”. Vallaud-Belkacem, who is of Moroccan origin, took issue with the wording of the ban in Nice which linked the measure to the jihadist truck attack in the resort last month in which 86 people were killed. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State. But Valls contradicted his minister’s claims, saying the bans were necessary to maintain “public order”. - ‘No legal justification’ - The administrative court in Nice ruled Monday that the Villeneuve-Loubet ban was “necessary” to prevent “public disorder” after the Nice attack and the murder of a Catholic priest by two jihadists in northern France. But in its ruling, the State Council said: “In the absence of such risks, the emotion and the concerns arising from terrorist attacks, especially the attack in Nice on July 14, are not sufficient to legally justify a ban.” The so-called burkini bans never actually mention the word burkini, although they are clearly aimed at the garment which covers the hair but leaves the face visible and stretches down to the ankles. The vague wording of the prohibitions has caused confusion. Apart from the incident in the photographs in Nice, a 34-year-old mother of two told AFP on Tuesday she had been fined on the beach in the resort of Cannes wearing leggings, a tunic and a headscarf. France was the first European country to ban the wearing of the Islamic face veil in public in 2010. Who would have thought there might be a legal problem with armed men forcing women to undress?
  3. Clinton is fortunate she's running against a complete f***ing moron. I can honestly say I have never seen a more fubar campaign than the one Trump is running. Why on Earth would he be campaigning in Connecticut? He's going to lose CT by 15 points. Why would you waste your time there? Why would you campaign in Mississippi with Nigel Farage? No one there knows or cares who he is and Trump will win MS no problem. It just makes so little sense. And who thought it was a good idea to bring in the CEO of Breitbart, a website for white supremacist nut bags? At least Kellyanne Conway kinda knows what she's doing. The only question left to be answered at this stage is how bad will the damage be down ticket? And on the subject of his doctor, he's a gastroenterologist. Why would someone who is in "astonishingly good health" have been seeing a gastroenterologist for 30 years?
  4. Santorelli too, no?
  5. Latest amalgamated polling from swing states: Virginia 49.0 37.8 Clinton +11.2 New Hampshire 45.0 35.7 Clinton +9.3 Georgia 43.3 43.0 Clinton +0.3 Missouri 39.0 44.3 Trump +5.3 Colorado 46.4 35.6 Clinton +10.8 Nevada 43.3 41.0 Clinton +2.3 Arizona 43.0 43.3 Trump +0.3 Pennsylvania 49.2 40.0 Clinton +9.2 Michigan 43.3 36.0 Clinton +7.3 Ohio 45.3 40.5 Clinton +4.8 Florida 46.0 41.5 Clinton +4.5 Iowa 42.0 40.5 Clinton +1.5 Wisconsin 46.7 37.3 Clinton +9.4 North Carolina 45.3 43.5 Clinton +1.8 Real Clear Politics currently has the race : Clinton/Kaine 272 - Trump/Pence 154 with 112 up for grabs as toss ups. 270 is needed to win the Presidency.
  6. Saudi Arabia has zero to do with the argument. If the French women in question all showed up in wet suits I get the feeling you'd still flip your sh*t.
  7. I suspect Gord is in rougher shape than they are letting on. He messed up some lyrics in "Scared" and keeps looking down in front of him. I suspect there is an Ipad down there with lyrics scrolling on it. Kind of like the guy in Spirit of the West used for their last gigs. Kudos for gutting it out.
  8. What is wrong with the mix? Gord is turned up loud as are the drums. The guitars are way low. Guess I shouldn't have expected much more from CBC.
  9. Remember 7.5/10 Description (lifted from IMDB) - With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family. Film has a fantastic ending. Woman in Gold - 8/10 Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. Doesn't sound all that impressive but it's a very good story and Helen Mirren gives another top notch performance. Jason Bourne - 5.5/10 The series is getting a little tired at this point. My major complaint (and it's seems quite a few people's complaint) is the shaky camera. During the action scenes the camera shakes so much it's hard to focus on what's going on. Added to that, they cut from scene to scene so fast it's not really enjoyable. If you're going to see this. Show up early and grab a seat at the back of the theater as far away from the screen as possible.
  10. Pretty sure this guy is jealous.
  11. Charlie Sykes ‏@SykesCharlie Trump's campaign has now entered the Hospice Phase. He knows he's dying and wants to surround himself with his loved ones. #BreitbartCEO Nailed it. LOL
  12. Trump's moves today, along with his insistence that he will not change and become more "presidential" are a clear indication that he's planning to take his campaign into the gutter and make it a street fight. Hiring Steve Bannon of Breitbart to shape the campaign is like hiring Alex Jones or Matt Drudge. The next 11 weeks are going to be very interesting if not nauseating. Regarding the speculation here that Trump is a Democratic mole. Three things that matter most to Trump are 1) being perceived as a winner 2) His brand, that being the Trump name 3) money There is no way he'd risk his reputation and brand to destroy the Republican party whom he has previously had no issue with. The damage he's done to his brand is huge and I am sure he's not happy about that. The destruction of his brand has already resulted in monetary losses. His campaign is a huge disaster for him on a personal level. There's no way he's doing all that on purpose. He's just a guy who wanted some publicity and now is in way over his head. It would be amusing if it weren't so tragic.
  13. I kind of doubt this as getting things done on time doesn't seem to be that big a deal in the DPRK. The Ryugyong Hotel (Chosŏn'gŭl: 류경려관; sometimes anglicised as Ryu-Gyong Hotel or Yu-Kyung Hotel)[4] is an unfinished 105-story pyramid-shaped skyscraper in Pyongyang, North Korea. Its name ("capital of willows") is also one of the historical names for Pyongyang.[5] The building is also known as the 105 Building, a reference to its number of floors.[2] The building has been planned as a mixed-use development, which would include a hotel. Construction began in 1987 but was halted in 1992 as North Korea entered a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union. After 1992 the building stood topped out, but without any windows or interior fittings. In 2008 construction resumed, and the exterior was completed in 2011. It was planned to open the hotel in 2012, the centenary of Kim Il-sung's birth, but this did not happen. A partial opening was announced for 2013, but this was also cancelled.[6] As of 2016, the building remains unopened. 29 years after construction started it's still unfinished. Maybe they can get it open before the Canucks win a Stanley Cup.
  14. Take a guess.