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'Horrified at my own actions': Man apologizes for spitting on Vancouver condo's elevator buttons

A man is apologizing after facing backlash over a video of him appearing to spit on a condo elevator in Vancouver's Olympic Village neighbourhood.

The video, posted to Twitter, shows the man appearing to spit on the floor buttons' control panel as he leaves the elevator.

"I am horrified at my own actions which are reprehensible and inexcusable," said the unidentified man, in a press release from his lawyer Richard Fowler.

"The incident occurred as a result of a momentary fit of anger resulting from an ongoing dispute with the strata council in the building where I own a unit,'' he said in the statement.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/public-apology-issued-after-man-caught-spitting-on-vancouver-condo-elevator-1.5530378

He seems nice and stable.

Chef Pete Evans criticised for trying to sell $15,000 light device to fight coronavirus

Peak medical groups have criticised the Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans for suggesting that a $15,000 “subtle energy platform” could be used to treat coronavirus, saying such claims are baseless, ill-informed and dangerous.

Evans, a television host and paleo diet enthusiast who has previously promoted anti-vaccination ideas, was selling the BioCharger NG Subtle Energy Platform – dismissed by the Australian Medical Association as a “fancy light machine” – for $14,990 on his website.

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“Four transmitted energies stimulate and invigorate the entire body to optimise and improve potential health, wellness, and athletic performance,” the ad says.

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He said the machine had “a thousand different recipes and a couple on there for Wuhan coronavirus”.

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Grifter trying to fleece

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/10/chef-pete-evans-criticised-for-trying-to-sell-15000-light-device-to-fight-coronavirus

Aleksandr Dadaev Is Known As The Turkmen President's 'Wallet.' His Next Title Might Be 'Inmate.'

After 12 years as one of the most trusted aides of Turkmenistan's mercurial president, speculation is rife as to why Aleksandr Dadaev suddenly left his influential post in Ashgabat.

Dadaev, who headed the powerful Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, was an obvious favorite and trusted financial associate of Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, to the point of being referred to as the Turkmen president's "wallet."

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A sudden retirement in Turkmenistan by a top official often precedes news that the official has been arrested and charged with serious crimes.

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According to a 2018 report from Hronika Turkmenistana, a website operated by Turkmen activists in exile, Dadaev received an enormous loan from the Central Bank in 2007, more than $10 million, at an amazing rate of 5 percent interest with a two-year grace period to expand his Gush Toplumy poultry farm.


https://www.rferl.org/a/eminence-grise-goes-the-turkmen-president-s-wallet-retires/30540438.html

A quote from the Trumpist Prophet and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

"We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, and isn't that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama?"

Anotehr of il douche's best people -- being wrong

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell leaves Australian jail after sex offences acquittal

(Reuters) - Australia’s highest court on Tuesday acquitted former Vatican treasurer George Pell of sexually assaulting two teenaged choirboys in the 1990s, allowing the 78-year-old cardinal to walk free from jail.

The High Court ordered Pell’s convictions be quashed and verdicts of acquittal be entered in their place, ending the most high profile case of alleged historical sex abuse to rock the Roman Catholic Church.

The seven judges of the High Court agreed unanimously that the jury in the cardinal’s trial “ought to have entertained a doubt” as to his guilt. Pell, who has maintained his innocence throughout the lengthy court process, cannot be retried on the charges.

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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said it was “dismayed and heartbroken” by the outcome.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-abuse-pell/ex-vatican-treasurer-pell-leaves-australian-jail-after-sex-offences-acquittal-idUSKBN21P00L

New Zealand health minister caught mountain biking during lockdown

New Zealand’s health minister has apologised to Jacinda Ardern after he was photographed mountain biking, apparently flouting the government’s own advice to exercise safely and locally during a country-wide lockdown.

David Clark told the prime minister on Thursday night that he had driven to a park 2km from his Dunedin home.

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New Zealand is in a level-4 lockdown to stem the spread of Covid-19, where citizens have been told to stay home and businesses told to close their premises unless they are an essential service.

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“This was my only chance to get out for some exercise in daylight hours ... The track itself is not challenging, and is widely used by families and foot traffic. I know that now is not the time for people to be engaging in higher-risk exercise activities.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/03/new-zealand-health-minister-caught-mountain-biking-during-lockdown

If I told you... Would you be sad or upset

If I told you that there was this person who was dead or on his/her deathbed because they drank bleach. Telling all of us before he/she did that there was nothing wrong with it, that it was safe.
Would you be sad or upset?

or...
If I told you, there was a person who stood on the railroad tracks, telling anyone within earshot that they were more powerful than some train. That what he/she was doing was safe. And now they were in a hospital and will likely not survive.
Would you be sad or upset?

or...
If I told you there was person who intentionally walked into a swarm of Japanese Giant Hornets (an aggressive and lethal creature) because he/she was certain they would be fine, even after numerous warnings to what they were doing was dangerous because they were a self-trained expert on the hornet. And after which he/she was stung numerous times and was now laying in a hospital in critical condition, likely not to survive the night
Would you be sad or upset?

or...
If I told you there was a person who leapt from a plane without their parachute because they really understood how air currents worked and that he/she would merely be gently lowered by the winds below, but died when he/she hit ground.
Would you be sad or upset?

or...
If I told you there was a person who intentionally cut his/her hand and climbed into a tank full of sharks and was eaten.
Would you be sad or upset?

See... I wouldn't and won't. In all these scenarios, they're stupid as you-know-what and should have known better.
This is how I feel about Ammon Bundy, the militia groups, the 'rugged individualists' and the know nothings who think they're so f***ing smart, who are certain the Covid is a one world order trick. And these religious groups that are convinced God will protect them from Covid, so they're going to go to their services because, like the sky diver and wind currents, they will be protected.
When these people catch it, I will not feel sad or upset. I don't wish it upon them. But once they have it, I will merely shake my head, then say "Fools wouldn't listen." and suggest we move on and help those who didn't stupidly decide they knew better.

Vancouver Island pulp mill supplies materials for medical protective equipment in both Canada and U.

A pulp mill on Vancouver Island that supplies American producers with materials to make surgical masks and other medical supplies has been dragged into a trade dispute between Canada and the United States, after President Donald Trump signed an order to restrict exports of personal protective equipment needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harmac Pacific, whose facility is located in Nanaimo, B.C., produces a type of pulp that is used by U.S. manufacturers to make products that include paper gowns, surgical masks and caps, some of which are then shipped to Canada. The company says one of those customers recently doubled its order, prompting the facility to shift its production to focus on pulp for medical-grade paper.

The B.C. facility does not supply 3M or any other company with materials used to make N95 respirator masks, which have been targeted by Mr. Trump as he seeks to keep a range of personal protective equipment, including surgical masks, gowns and gloves, from leaving the United States. But Harmac has been singled out as an example of how dependent the two countries are on each other for medical gear and why any interruption could end up constraining supply in both countries.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-vancouver-island-pulp-mill-supplies-materials-for-medical-protective/

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Albania sends 30 doctors and nurses to Italy to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Albania has sent 30 doctors and nurses to Italy, the worst-hit country in Europe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Albanian Prime minister announced on Saturday.

The Albanian medical team was escorted to theTirana aiport by Albania's PM Edi Rama, the leader announced on his Facebook page.

The Albanian doctors, Rama said, will go to Italy's Lombardy region "to help their Italian colleagues".

"Today we are all Italian", Rama said during a brief speech at the airport. "Italy will win this battle."

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/28/albania-sends-30-doctors-and-nurses-to-italy-to-help-fight-the-covid-19-pandemic


2. Kosovo's Parliament Topples Government In No-Confidence Vote

PRISTINA -- Kosovo’s parliament has ousted the country's government in a no-confidence vote, throwing the Western Balkan nation into political turmoil even as it struggles along with the rest of the world to battle the coronavirus epidemic.

The parliament late on March 25 voted 82 in favor of the no-confidence motion, 32 against, with one abstention.

The motion was called by the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) -- a partner in Prime Minister Albin Kurti’s government.

Even though a member of Kosovo’s ruling coalition, the LDK has opposed many of the prime minister's polices, including matters regarding the fight against the coronavirus and the imposition of 100 percent tariffs on goods from neighboring Serbia.

https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-parliament-dismisses-government-noconfidence-kurti/30509600.html


3. Utrecht rooftops to be ‘greened’ with plants and mosses in new plan

Every roof in the city district of Utrecht is to be “greened” with plants and mosses or have solar panels installed under plans driven by the success of a similar scheme for the municipality’s bus stops.

The “no roofs unused” policy is part of an attempt to reinvigorate biodiversity in the city and create a less stressful and happier environment, of which the construction of a so-called “vertical forest tower with 10,000 plants on its facade is set to become a leading example.

That building alone, close to Utrecht railway station, will host 360 trees and 9,640 shrubs and flowers, equal to 1 hectare (2.47 acres) of woods, once it is completed in 2022.

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Alderman Kees Diepeveen said: “In this city district every roof will be either used for green or for solar panels. It will be that when you look at the different heights, the lower rooftops will be mainly green and the higher ones will be mainly solar panels. And now again a combination of the two because solar panels need some cooling.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/utrecht-rooftops-greened-plants-mosses-vertical-forest


4. Hague court orders Dutch state to pay out over colonial massacres

An Indonesian man forced to watch his father’s summary execution by a Dutch soldier when he was 10 years old has spoken of his gratitude after a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch state to pay compensation to victims of colonial massacres in the 1940s.

Andi Monji, 83, who travelled to the Netherlands to tell his story to the court, was awarded €10,000 (£9,000) while eight widows and three children of other executed men, mainly farmers, were awarded compensation of between €123.48 and €3,634 for loss of income.

The cases concerned men killed by soldiers in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi between December 1946 and April 1947 during so-called “cleansing actions” as the Dutch sought to repress moves towards independence.
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The court found that 11 men had been killed as a result of misbehaviour by Dutch soldiers, mostly by summary executions. One man was randomly shot.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/hague-court-orders-dutch-state-to-pay-out-over-colonial-massacres


5. Putin's Pretext? COVID-19 Crisis Tapped To Tax Rich Russians' Offshore Wealth

With COVID-19 cases rising in Russia, President Vladimir Putin went on TV to announce measures he said were aimed at lending young families, workers, and small business owners financial support as the coronavirus upends daily life on a mass scale.

And toward the end of his surprise 17-minute speech on March 25, announced just a few hours beforehand, Putin laid out how this support would be financed, in whole or in part: taxes on the well-to-do.

Despite having access to hundreds of billions of dollars meticulously stored away for just such an economic crisis, Putin unexpectedly called for long-term changes to the nation's Tax Code to target its richest individuals – as well as, to a much lesser extent, the middle class.

Putin said he would hike taxes on dividend and interest payments that Russian companies make to their owners' offshore bank accounts. He also said he would tax interest on Russian bank deposits and bonds exceeding 1 million rubles ($12,500).

https://www.rferl.org/a/putin-s-pretext-covid-19-crisis-tapped-to-tax-rich-russians-offshore-wealth/30513483.html

Prophet's Perfume & Gourd Oil: Iran Warns Against Quackery, Islamic Medicine To Treat Coronavirus

A Muslim cleric applying what he called the "Prophet's perfume" under the nose of coronavirus patients lying sick in a hospital in northern Iran has gone into hiding after a warrant for his arrest was issued.

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The low-level cleric told one patient that he would feel better if he would sneeze. One of the patients in the video died a few days after the unplanned visit. Iranian media reported that Kohansal had entered the hospital without permission.

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Tabrizian is reported to have said on his Telegram channel that the oil from violet flowers is effective against the coronavirus, a claim dismissed by health experts, including Mehdi Yusefi, the head of the Traditional Medicine Department at the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences.

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In recent weeks, at least 200 Iranians have died -- the Associated Press reported more than 400 -- and many others have been hospitalized after drinking bootleg or modified industrial alcohol because of a bogus rumor that consuming it can make one immune to the coronavirus.


https://www.rferl.org/a/prophet-s-perfume-bitter-oil-drops-iran-warns-against-quackery-islamic-medicine-to-treat-coronavirus/30514396.html

Tabrizian (who is in Iraq) and Morteza Kohansal, Iran's answer to Alex Jones and Jim Bakker.
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