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Court: Trump “Exceeded Scope Of Authority” On Travel Ban

(SL) – A U.S. Appeals Court says President Trump “exceeded the scope of his delegated authority” with his latest version of the hotly contested travel ban. In a unanimous decision yesterday, a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said its ruling would be put on hold pending by the U.S. Supreme Court.

That means the ban targeting people from six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect after the Supreme Court lifted temporary lower court orders preventing the latest ban from taking effect earlier this month.

The ruling says Trump’s proclamation makes no finding that simply being from one of the countries cited in the ban makes someone a security risk. The panel also said the ban should not apply to people with strong U.S. ties.

Trump issued his first travel ban in January, targeting people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen seeking to enter the country. After the first ban was blocked by federal courts, the Trump Administration issued a revised one in March, which expired in September and was replaced by the current version.

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Mystery Surrounding Toronto Billionaire’s Death Continues

(SL) -Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were loved in their community and their deaths have shocked the residents of Toronto’s affluent North York neighborhood.

Barry Sherman, 75, was the founder of Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex and one of the richest people in the world. Forbes estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion, earning him the 12th spot on the list of the wealthiest Canadians. He’d appeared on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires for 15 years.

L7QNAMMOJVHQXNJIWKXSFW5IHYHim and his wife were known to be quite charitable giving away a sizeable amount of their  money doling out tens of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and the United Jewish Appeal, according to the Globe and Mail. Honey Sherman was a board member at several institutions: York University, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. She had been chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Holocaust Education Centre.

Their bodies were found December 15th in the lowest level of their $7 million home by a real estate agent preparing the mansion for an open house. Authorities are calling the deaths suspicious after the billionaire couple were found strangled, their bodies dangling from the railing around their basement lap pool.

Canada Apotex Founder DeathToronto police say both died of “ligature neck compression,” a form of strangulation in which a cord or rope is used to exert fatal pressure on a person’s neck.

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‘Tis The Season To See Norway’s Northern Lights

(SL) – I’ve got to see this before I leave Earth. One of the great wonders of the world for sure.

November through March is the absolute peak time season for Northern Lights viewing because the nights are longest, but a visit anytime between September through March should give you a good chance to see them, with March offering the best chance of clear skies. Just make sure you’re on the lookout between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. to maximize your chances.

The Northern lights are always happening, it’s just that you don’t see them during the day. While the Arctic Circle’s midnight sun makes it impossible to see them during the summer, the long dark nights of winter are perfect for Northern Lights viewing.

Former Norwegian Royal Says Kevin Spacey Groped Him

(SL) – Princess Martha Louise’s ex husband Ari Behn says he too was violated by Hollywood heavy weight Kevin Spacey. Reportedly it happened during the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Olso, Norway.

The former husband of Norwegian King Harald’s daughter says the actor, who was co-hosting the even, groped.aribehnkevinspaceyBehn told Norwegian radio that Spacey, who sat next to him, suddenly said “‘hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette,'” before “he touched me” on the genitals. He said Wednesday that he declined Spacey’s approach by saying “maybe later.”

Behn, 45, married Martha Louise, fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, in 2002. He is an author and playwright. Last year, they decided to split but share custody of their three daughters.

This is just one of numerous sexual misconduct and assault allegations levied at Spacey.

Bosnian Croat War Criminal Kills Himself By Drinking Poison After Losing 20 Year Sentence Appeal

(SL) – Slobodan Pralijack was one of six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court. The 72 year old took a swig from a small container or glass as United Nation Judges announced that his appeal of a 20-year sentence for war crimes had been denied.

Pralijack drank the poison in the courtroom and died. “Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt,” Praljak shouted before swallowing the liquid.

The judge was then heard immediately suspending proceedings and asking for the curtains to be drawn. An ambulance was at the building shortly and paramedics raced up to the courtroom, Reuters reported.
Praljak, a former assistant defense minister of Croatia and commander of the Croatian Defense Council was convicted of offenses which date to between 1992 and 1994 and came as part of a wider conflict that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
He along with others was accused of trying to “ethnically cleanse” non-Croats from areas of the territory of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian Croat leadership, along with Croat leaders, wanted to make this territory part of a “Greater Croatia,” the ICTY said when the case first went through the court.
The courtroom was being treated as a crime scene, an ICTY spokesperson told CNN.
Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, later confirmed the former general had died and offered his condolences.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and on my own behalf, I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of General Slobodan Praljak,” Plenkovic said, according to a tweet from an official government account.

North Korea Missle Capable Of Hitting The US

(SL) – NBC News reports, Kim Jong Un’s latest ballistic missile test flew 10 times higher than the International Space Station and twice as high as any satellite in low-earth orbit, according to South Korea’s military.

Although analysts were scrambling Wednesday to learn what they could about the North Korean launch, Pyongyang said it had tested a new type of missile, named the Hwasong-15.

Dictator Kim’s secretive state claimed it was carrying a “super-large heavy warhead” that was capable of striking the entire U.S. mainland. But analysts say that based on the current evidence it’s hard to prove or debunk the Pyongyang’s claim that it can now hit faraway American targets such as New York or Washington, D.C.

rtx3dwpgThe North Koreans have now test-fired missiles 18 times since President Donald Trump took office in January. Tuesday’s launch was the first for more than two months.

Western officials agreed it appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, which flew further than any other demonstrated by the North.

It was fired on what is called a “lofted” trajectory, meaning it was aimed at a steep angle and traveled very high but landed relatively close to its launch site.

Reaching an altitude of around 2,800 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to South Korea, it crashed down in the Sea of Japan around 600 miles away from where it was fired.

636368902743852965-AP-North-Korea-Missile“It went higher, frankly, than any previous shot they’ve taken,” Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters at the White House.

Some experts believe that if North Korea aimed the rocket at a lower angle, as it would in an attack scenario, this range could be stretched to some 8,100 miles — theoretically putting the entire East Coast in range.

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Miss South Africa Took The Crown But Miss Jamaica Stole Everyone’s Heart

(SL) – The Miss Universe Pageant delivered to winners last night. Miss South Africa who took the crown and Miss Jamaica who had tongues wagging with her natural afro standing out from the rest of the pack.

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett became the talk of the night after daring to be her natural self. Standing next to a group of blown-out and extension wearing contestants, the beauty had all eyes on her for proudly wearing her natural hair. She was all anyone wanted to talk about on social media.

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Davina was in the top three, named second runner-up but seeing her on stage wearing her Afro throughout the competition was a major win for the culture.

The 23-year-old model and philanthropist has been outspoken about wanting to shatter existing Eurocentric beauty standards. “I did not win but I got what I was seeking,” she wrote on Instagram following the competition, “I stand as the first Afro queen to have made it thus far.”

During an interveiw with the Jamaica Observer in September, she said “Short, natural hair should be embraced more, and not ignored,” in response to beauty stereotypes that need to be challenged.

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Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned Miss Universe. Nel-Peters, 22, recently earned her degree in business management at North-West University.

During a pre-taped interview, the Western Cape native talked about how her experience being held at gunpoint made her passionate about training women in self-defense. She plans to bring that passion, along with a self-defense program she helped develop, to the Miss Universe platform.

More Than 300 Dead In Egypt Mosque Attack

(SL) – The death toll from the terror attack at an Egyptian mosque is up to 305. Egypt’s chief prosecutor says among the dead are 27 children, and another 128 worshipers are wounded.

Friday’s assault in northern Sinai is the deadliest terror attack in Egypt’s history. The statement said it was carried out by 25 or 30 terrorists in five all-terrain vehicles.

Survivors say the attackers positioned themselves at the main door of the mosque and at all its windows, and set fire to cars parked outside.

No group has claimed responsibility so far, but Egyptian officials say the gunmen carried an ISIS flag.BN-WH383_3j5cp_M_20171124193136Donald Trump condemned the attack, calling it a “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers.” Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi  and reaffirmed U.S. solidarity with Egypt in its fight against terror.

Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Sentence Doubled

(SL) – In 2013 Olympic and Paralympic standout Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp mistaking her for an intruder. Steenkamp was locked in the bathroom  at his home in Pretoria when the shooting occurred. Pistorius fired four times through the door pretty much striking Steenkamp with every bullet.

nintchdbpict0002500431922He was initially given a five-year term for manslaughter in 2014, a sentence he was serving primarily on house arrest, but was found guilty of murder on appeal in 2015 and sentenced to six years.

Prosecutors had argued that the six-year term for murdering Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly light”. While the lower court had justified the six-year sentence by citing mitigating circumstances such as rehabilitation and remorse. It said they outweighed aggravating factors such as his failure to fire a warning shot.
A South African court has now increased  Pistorius’s jail sentence for killing his girlfriend to 13 years and five months.
Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medalist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic “blades”.
He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby.

Despite Alleged Spying Eyes, Models Look Ready For Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show In China

(SL) – There’s no other way to put it. China is not with the sh**s (…as the kids say). After banning ‘Swish Swish’ singer Katy Perry indefinitely for wearing a disrespectful dress during a show a couple of years ago; and Gigi Hadid for her insensitive video with Buddha references, rumor has it that Chinese officials are keeping a tight eye on the model visitors.

(Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

The government is reportedly combing the social media accounts and media coverage of anyone set to appear in the show.

Harry Styles will replace Katy Perry, but the problems stretch further. Russian models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova and Ukranian model Dasha Khlystun, who booked spots in the show, were also denied visas.

Word has it that they’re also looking at media hoping to cover the show.

Maxim reports:

“We’re told fashion bloggers booked to cover the glitzy event are canceling their trips because the Chinese government won’t give them visas; TV producers are grappling with bureaucrats over permission to shoot outside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, where it’s being held (“If you’re going to China, you want to show that you are in China!” fumed an insider); and Victoria’s Secret staffers in China can’t send out press releases because they have to be approved by government officials.

“It’s just a nightmare for all the media trying to cover [the show],” said a jet-setting insider. “These TV companies are spending a fortune on it, and they don’t even know what they can shoot when they get there.”

We’re told that producers charged with coordinating the coverage for various outlets are “on the verge of nervous breakdowns.”

The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show  is set for November 28th in Shanghai.