Archive for October, 2018

Monday, March 3, 2014 on The Morning Show – Toronto

TWO WORLDS OF CHARLIE F –Actor Cassidy Little and his father Clark Little discuss the role in the play, Two Worlds of Charlie F. The dark comedy has been a hit in the U.K. which explores a soldier’s perspective on military service and injury. The play runs from  Feb. 25 to March 9 at the Princess of Wales Theatre.

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MAX VALIQUETTE – The Morning Show breaks down the winners and losers from Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony. Sci-fi blockbuster Gravity took home seven awards while 12 Years a Slave took home the Best Picture honour.

TURMOIL IN UKRAINE – Conservative MP, James Bezan, who is of Ukrainian background, joins us to talk about the latest developments in Ukraine. The latest news in the region has Pro-Russian troops taking over a ferry terminal on the easternmost tip of Crimea close to Russia on Monday. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

PAULA GALLI – Motivational coach and eating disorder expert Paula Galli talks about her new book, Weighing Love. The book discusses how to break the pattern of self-hate and the steps to take towards loving one’s body and self. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

OSCAR FASHION – Now that the Academy Awards are over, we take a look at who won and lost the fashion war on the red carpet. Sarah Kelsey, Afiya Francisco and Julio Reyes break down the winner and losers for best and worst dressed. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

VIRAL VIDEO – Pet owner teases her two dogs with ice cream.

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Global stocks tumble as Ukraine tensions intensify – National

BEIJING – Global stocks tumbled Monday as tension over Russia’s military advance into Ukraine and possible sanctions by Western governments intensified.

Oil surged above $104 per barrel on concern Russian supplies might be disrupted. Gold was up 2.1 per cent to $1,349.30 an ounce on safe haven buying.

In Europe, Germany’s DAX sank 2.4 per cent to 9,455.1 and France’s CAC-40 shed 1.6 per cent to 4,337.71. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 1.3 per cent to 6,723.72.

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Russia’s RTS stock index plunged 10.5 per cent and the broader MICEX index slumped by 12.7 per cent. The ruble, already down nearly 10 per cent this year, fell below 50 to the euro for the first time. It was trading below 36.4 to the dollar, also a record.

Traders were jittery over warnings by Washington and other governments that Moscow, an oil exporter, might face sanctions after it seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

“Economic war with Russia, if this escalates, would take a toll on the global economy,” said Carl B. Weinberg of High Frequency Economics in a report.

Many countries depend on imported oil and gas, making them sensitive to any turmoil that might disrupt supplies.

On Wall Street, futures for the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes were off by an unusually large 0.8 per cent and 0.9 per cent respectively.

In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index dropped 1.3 per cent to 14,652.23 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 1.5 per cent to 22,500.67. Taipei, Seoul, Sydney and Singapore also fell.

China’s Shanghai Composite Index bucked the trend, adding 0.9 per cent to 2,075.23 despite a survey showing manufacturing weakened in February and employers cut jobs.

Taiwan’s Taiex lost 0.4 per cent to 8,601.98 and Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.8 per cent to 1,964.69. Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.4 per cent to 5,384.30. Manila and Jakarta also fell.

Monday’s losses were a reverse from last week’s gains in many global markets.

Benchmark U.S. crude for April delivery was up $1.54 to $104.13 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract added 19 cents in the previous session to close at $102.59.

In currency markets, the euro rose to $1.3777 from $1.3767 late Friday. The dollar fell to 101.37 yen from 101.40 yen.

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New Oral-B flagship electric toothbrush is built like German car, which may not be a good thing

Good morning folks. I have been waiting to tell you about the new Orab-B Black 7000 electric toothbrush.

I knew about it and have been trying one since October 15 last year, but had signed an agreement not to talk about it pending its release in Canada this week.

I was the only Canadian journalist to attend the unusual launch by Oral-B at the private Monticello Motor Club in upstate New York.

The launch attended by Oral-B management must have lasted 45 minutes. The real fun was getting to drive 500 HP plus exotic cars around the track with helmets and a racing instructor while pushing the pedal to the metal. I had three half hour runs and it was a “gas”, having consumed a good amount of petrol at high revs around the hilly and winding track.

Ok, I digress. The idea for Oral-B was to show that its new 7000 toothbrush was faster than a revving race engine. OK, it is.

So now that its out in Canada I can talk!

The Oral-B 7000 is built like a German car but no finesse


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The Oral-B Black 7000 Electric Toothbrush, available for under $160, comes with a kit including a tough travel case, two brushes, a small footprint inductive charger and a wireless smart guide device. It’s monochrome screen (runs on two AAA batteries included) communicates wirelessly with the toothbrush and uses simple graphics to tell you when the recommended 30 second quadrant of tooth cleaning is over so you can move over to the next one.

Nothing like German engineering ordering you around while brushing your teeth!

It works but frankly it’s a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a pre-curser to the upcoming Bluetooth interactive toothbrush announced last week at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. It’s not known yet if it will work with this model.

It will be like the recent Kolibree Smart Toothbrush I saw at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, it will report your brushing history and technique to your smartphone or tablet. That model won’t be out till summer and the makers didn’t spend too much time talking about the quality of tooth cleaning like Oral-B does.

The Oral-B 7000 is the fastest rotating toothbrush at 40,000 times a minute. It rotates, oscillates and pulsates in five modes, including a tongue cleaning, which goes through a short cyclical pause, it was a cool experience.

I have comparing it for months with my Philips Sonicare DiamondClean rechargeable toothbrush, $229, with similar travel case but better designed USB toothbrush charging when you travel, and a very classy thick rinse glass that also acts as a wireless inductive charger for home.

But you can get a cheaper Philips model for less than $150.

How do they compare?

They both make the same claim about how much better they are at cleaning, massaging, whitening and removing plaque compared to a regular hand-held toothbrush.

I believe it, but I didn’t find any difference between the two in outcome. My last dental checkup reported similar plaque I had before (especially between the teeth where the seemingly hi-tech designed Orab-B brush head should have done a better job).

The companies are being polite to each other so all things being equal, I want to focus on my ownership and experience.

Philips wins hands down. It is sleeker, more like an art piece, lighter, easier to use with one larger button that also acts as a mode changer compared to the Oral-B 7000 which has a separate mode change button, both harder to press.

I could not tell what mode the Orab-B was at, other than noticing the sound for each selection. The Philips shows each mode through a clever LCD display embedded in the white or black model plastic handle and unlike the Oral-B, remembers the last mode you had it on.

The Philips is much quieter and smoother to hold, insulating the vibrations. The Oral-B has louder grinding noises.

If you don’t mind the more mechanical sounding and operating design, the Oral-B might be a better fit for you if you believe its techier looking brushes do a better job.

Maybe The Netherlands are not known for their cars like Germany is, but they sure know their toothbrushes.



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Ukraine: Russia demands that 2 warships surrender

Above: The crisis in Ukraine is quickly reaching a boiling point not seen since the days of the Cold War. Tom Clark and Paul Johnson report from Ukraine.


U.S. says Russia threat to Ukraine navy would be ‘dangerous escalation’Ukrainian defence ministry spokesman said pro-Russian troops demanded the crew of two Ukrainian warships immediately surrender or be stormed and seizedUN Security Council is set to hold an open meeting on Ukraine crisis Monday afternoonRussia says troops in Ukraine are protecting its citizensCanada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is ruling out a military response to what he calls a Soviet-style intervention.

KYIV, Ukraine – Russia issued an ultimatum Monday, demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships in Crimea immediately surrender or be stormed and seized, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

Four Russian navy ships in Sevastopol harbour were blocking the Ukrainian anti-submarine warship Ternopil and the command ship Slavutych from leaving the dock, waiting for their commanders’ responses, spokesman Maksim Prauta said.

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  • Russia blocks web pages linked to Ukraine protests

  • Global stocks tumble as Ukraine tensions intensify

  • U.S., Ukraine urge Putin to pull back his troops as Russia tightens its grip on Crimea

  • Harper condemns Russian intervention in Ukraine, pulls ambassador

  • Canada considering options with Russian ambassador as Ukraine crisis continues

  • Obama, Putin speak amid Russian intervention into Ukraine

Vladimir Anikin, a Russian defence ministry spokesman in Moscow, dismissed the report of a Russian ultimatum as nonsense but refused to elaborate.

READ MORE: Sanctions threat grows as Ukraine tensions rise

Elsewhere on the strategic peninsula, Russian troops controlled all Ukrainian border posts Monday in Crimea, as well as all military facilities and a key ferry terminal. Now, fears in Kyiv and beyond were that Russia might target and seize other parts of Ukraine, in particular parts of its pro-Russian east, the country’s industrial powerhouse and agricultural breadbasket.

As diplomats met in Brussels, Kyiv and Geneva, warnings about the threat posed by Russia’s military invasion were issued from a host of European capitals.

“We are in the most serious crisis for Europe since the fall of the (Berlin) Wall. Twenty-five years after the end of the conflict between east and west, there’s a real danger of a split in Europe,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Brussels.

READ MORE: U.S., Ukraine urge Putin to pull back his troops as Russia tightens its grip on Crimea

“Anyone who follows the news can see that the escalation isn’t stopping. On the contrary, the threats from the Russian side are only getting louder,” he added.

WATCH: Raw video shows pro-Russian troops have seized control of a ferry terminal and marine base in Crimea

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Geneva to attend U.N. meetings, explained the reasoning behind Russia’s military invasion of Crimea.

“This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots, ensuring human rights, especially the right to life,” he said.

There have been no reports, however, of any hostilities toward Russian-speakers in Ukraine during the country’s four months of political upheaval.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised to create a new unity government which would rule until an early election no later than December. The proposal seemed to be a non-starter for the West, however, for it would void the new government that Ukraine installed last week.

WATCH: Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russia actions put the country “on a course of diplomatic and economic isolation”

Tensions between the two former Soviet neighbours rose sharply after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was pushed out by a protest movement made up of people who wanted closer ties with the European Union, more democracy and less corruption. Yanukovych fled to Russia last month after more than 80 demonstrators were killed – mostly by police – near Kyiv’s central square but insists he is still president.

In Kyiv, Ukraine’s new prime minister admitted his country had “no military options on the table” to reverse Russia’s military move into its Crimea region.

READ MORE: Harper condemns Russian intervention in Ukraine, pulls ambassador

While Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk appealed Monday for outside help and insisted that Crimea still remained part of his country, European foreign ministers held an emergency meeting on a joint response that could include economic sanctions against Russia.

“Any attempt of Russia to grab Crimea will have no success at all. Give us some time,” Yatsenyuk said at a news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

But he added that “for today” there were “no military options on the table.” He said his country was “urgently” asking for economic and political support from other countries.

WATCH: President Barack Obama says Russia is “on the wrong side of history” in Ukraine 

“The U.K is not discussing military options. Our concentration is on diplomatic and economic pressure,” Hague said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was heading to Ukraine on Tuesday after demanding that Russian President Vladimir Putin pull back from “an incredible act of aggression.”

In the meantime, Russian forces were clearly in charge in Crimea, home to 2 million mostly Russian-speaking people and landlord for Russia’s critical Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol.

MORE: Who does Putin think he’s protecting Crimea from?

In addition to seizing barracks and border posts, troops also controlled a ferry terminal in the Ukrainian city of Kerch, just 20 kilometres (12 miles) across the water from Russia. That intensified fears in Kyiv that Moscow will send even more troops into the peninsula via that route.

Border guard spokesman Sergei Astakhov said the Russians were demanding that Ukrainian soldiers and guards transfer their allegiance to Crimea’s new pro-Russian local government.

“The Russians are behaving very aggressively. They came in by breaking down doors, knocking out windows, cutting off every communication,” he said.

He said four Russian military ships, 13 helicopters and 8 transport planes had arrived in Crimea in violation of agreements that permit Russian to keep its Black Sea fleet at the naval base in Sevastopol.

WATCH: What are the world’s options as Russia refuses to end standoff. Global’s Tom Clark reports from Kyiv

Ukraine is also struggling on the financial front. The treasury is almost empty and its currency is under pressure after years of running large deficits. The International Monetary Fund said a fact-finding mission would visit Ukraine starting Tuesday for 10 days. Ukraine has asked the IMF for rescue loans and says it needs $35 billion to pay its bills over the next two years.

Market reaction to the Russian invasion of Crimea was immediate Monday. In European trading, gold and oil rose while the euro and stock markets fell. The greatest impact was felt in Moscow, where the main RTS index was down 12 per cent at 1,115 and the dollar spiked to an all-time high of 37 rubles.

Russia’s central bank hiked its main interest rate 1.5 percentage points Monday to 7 per cent, trying to stem financial outflows.

Gazprom, the Russian energy giant, was also big loser, its share price down 13 per cent as investors worried about how it would get its gas to Europe if hostilities kept up, since much of it goes through Ukrainian pipelines.

Putin has rejected calls from the West, insisting that Russia has a right to protect its interests and those of Russian-speakers anywhere in Ukraine. His confidence is matched by the knowledge that Ukraine’s 46 million people have divided loyalties – while much of western Ukraine wants closer ties with the 28-nation European Union, its eastern and southern regions like Crimea look to Russia for support and trade.

Faced with the Russian threat, Ukraine’s new government has moved to consolidate its authority, naming new regional governors in the pro-Russia east, enlisting the support of the country’s wealthy businessmen and dismissing the head of the country’s navy after he declared allegiance to the pro-Russian government in Crimea.

NATO held an emergency meeting in Brussels and the U.S., France and Britain debated the possibility of boycotting the next Group of Eight economic summit, to be held in June in Sochi, the host of Russia’s successful Winter Olympics.

WATCH: In a rare show of non-partisan unity, both government and opposition MPs rose in the House of Commons Monday to condemn Russia’s actions

©2014The Canadian Press

Oscar Pistorius pleads not guilty at murder trial, says killing was accident

WATCH: South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty in the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. Stuart Greer reports.

PRETORIA, South Africa – The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing “blood-curdling” screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots on the night the double-amputee Olympian killed his girlfriend.

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Michelle Burger, who lives about 180 metres from Pistorius’ house, said the screams woke her in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14 last year, when Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp by shooting four times through a toilet door.

Pistorius, 27, says he killed Steenkamp by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder. Prosecutors, however, say the world-famous athlete shot his girlfriend after a fight. As soon as the trial started they used Burger’s testimony to hint at a loud argument before the fatal shots.

Burger’s evidence contradicts Pistorius’ version of events because the runner said he thought Steenkamp was in bed and did not describe any woman screaming.

Oscar Pistorius trial: His entire life story up for debate

“It was very traumatic,” Burger said. “You could hear it was blood-curdling screams. You can’t translate it into words. The anxiousness in her voice, and fear. It leaves you cold.”

Burger said: “She screamed terribly and she yelled for help” and testified that she also heard a man shout for help before the shots were fired.

Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, opened his cross-examination by asking Burger if she thought Pistorius was a liar. She didn’t directly answer that but questioned Pistorius’ version.

“I can only tell the court what I heard that evening,” Burger said. “I cannot understand how I could clearly hear a woman scream but Mr. Pistorius could not hear it.”

READ MORE: Oscar Pistorius says he mourns for girlfriend on 1st anniversary of day he killed her

Roux, in an attempt to discredit her recollection of the sequence of events, argued that she heard just Pistorius screaming for help and trying to get into the bathroom by breaking down the locked door with a cricket bat.

Burger didn’t concede ground, saying there was “no doubt” in her mind she heard two different people screaming, one a woman, and then the four gunshots, with a gap between the first shot and then the other three. She said she could not mistake gun shots for the sound of a cricket bat hitting a door.

The trial started 90 minutes late. Pistorius pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and three other counts relating to shooting guns in public in unrelated incidents and illegal possession of ammunition. Wearing a dark grey suit and black tie, he wrote in a pad and sometimes passed notes to his defence lawyers. At one point he smiled to a person sitting behind him.

The Olympian’s murder trial is being broadcast live on TV in South Africa and across the world.

READ MORE: Police: Oscar Pistorius’ forensic experts visit house, examine toilet door

Defence lawyer Kenny Oldwadge laid out Pistorius’ legal strategy, reading a statement from Pistorius in which he says the killing was an accident and that there were inconsistencies in the state’s case.

Pistorius said he brought two fans in from the balcony on the night after speaking to his girlfriend who was in bed beside him. He said Steenkamp must have gone into the bathroom while he was fetching the fans. Pistorius said he did not notice that she had gone then heard the bathroom window open.

“I approached the bathroom, armed with my firearm, so as to defend Reeva and I,” Pistorius said in the statement. He said he then heard a noise in the toilet cubicle and was in a “fearful state” because he was unable to run away or defend himself physically since he was not wearing his prosthetic legs. He said he shouted at what he thought was an intruder and then shot through the toilet door, only later realizing that he shot Steenkamp.

Reeva Steenkamp was a glamorous model and budding reality TV show star when she was cut down at age 29.

In the courtroom, Pistorius was seated near Steenkamp’s mother, June. She was quoted in the Pretoria News from an interview she gave to a British newspaper saying that she wants to see him.

“I want to look at Oscar, really look him in the eyes, and see for myself the truth about what he did to Reeva,” said June Steenkamp, 67. “Whatever the court decides at the end of his trial, I will be ready to forgive him … But first I want to force him to look at me, Reeva’s mother, and see the pain and anguish he has inflicted on me. I feel I need that.”

At the start of the morning, showing the media intense interest in the trial, a drone carrying cameras flew over the entrance to the courthouse in grey, drizzly skies. Several broadcasters massed live broadcast satellite trucks around the courthouse. A 24-hour cable channel devoted to covering the trial was launched in South Africa on Sunday.

If convicted on the murder charge, Pistorius could be sent to prison for at least 25 years before the chance of parole, the minimum time someone must serve if given a life sentence in South Africa. South Africa does not have the death penalty.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, hearing the biggest trial of her career, will ultimately deliver the verdict and will decide on any sentence. South Africa has no trial by jury.

As Pistorius left the courthouse, people erupted in hoots and a few boos.

©2014The Canadian Press

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