Montreal teacher Saiswari Virahsammy is giving out random love notes to strangers on the street, but she never expected to get a response from comedian and avid jogger Kevin Hart — the man she credits with inspiring her to start running.
#KeepBeingAwesome is a pay-it-forward project the professional Indian dancer started last October.
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The good karma paid off Tuesday when Virahsammy was at Hart’s Just For Laughs comedy show.
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A little while ago, when Virahsammy was struggling to finish a 5-kilometre run, she pictured Hart encouraging her and was eventually able to complete the course.
“I wanted to tell him about the story, but figured it might be hard to get to him, ” the 29-year-old told Global News.
“So, I wrote him one of my #KeepBeingAwesome notes. When the show was done, I was able to hand in hand give it to him.”
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When you hand in hand give a #KeepBeingAwesome note to @kevinhart4real because one day, during a 5k jog, the only way I could finish it was to picture him encouraging me and jogging beside me, and I did. #KeepBeingAwesome
The note reads: “Hey Kevin, I started jogging a year ago, and to be honest, coming from a girl that couldn’t run, it was a huge thing for me. Eventually I was able to do 5-km jogs. Then, I did them every day.”
“ I remember one day, I was having a hard time finishing the job, and I imagined you encouraging me to finish, and I did.”
“So, thank you for what you do to the community. Keep being awesome, Kevin. You’re my brother. I honestly look to you for true encouragement. I love what you do. Keep going.”
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@kevinhart4real just read my #KeepBeingAwesome note on his snapchat 🙈 Man, he’s great 💜💜💜 #SpreadTheLove #TheLittleActionsCount
Much to Virahsammy ‘s surprise, Hart read the entire note on his SnapChat.
After, Hart continues: “With that being said, that makes me smile, man.”
“Fans are the best. I do it for you guys. S—; like that warms my heart.”
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Virahsammy started the project when her temple was celebrating the birth of their Guru, Sai Baba.
“All the youths had decided to do something that would spread love in different ways,” she told Global News.
“I thought it would make people smile knowing that someone noticed something they did that was pretty neat.”
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Virahsammy admitted it took a lot of courage to give her first note, but said she now sees it as a way to “notice the beauty in the world.”
“I didn’t want people to thank me, I just wanted them to feel appreciated,” she said.
“As strangers, I think it’s OK for us to compliment each other and encourage each other. We are all worthy of love, right?”
“So while we are sharing this world together, why not tell each other what we appreciate from one another?”
Virahsammy is a high school teacher with the Lester B. Pearson School Board, teaching French as a second language; she’s also a Bollywood teacher at UQAM.
She said #KeepBeingAwesome has done much more than put a smile on strangers’ faces – it’s also helped her overcome her own battles.
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“It helped me spread genuine love around me rather than being caught in negative emotions. Those notes really helped me to see all the beauty that is in people around me and in this world that was created to be appreciated,” she said.
“We have one beautiful life to live, why not keep being awesome by loving one another with our differences?”
Virahsammy is now heading to Honduras to teach English and introduce Indian dance.
“Wherever I decide to be in this world, I want to keep spreading love in the best way that I can,” she said.
TORONTO – People craving a jolt of caffeine in the Philippines may soon be able to order a double-double at their local Tim Hortons.
Restaurant Brands International, the multinational owner and operator of Tim Hortons and Burger King, said Thursday it has partnered with a group of investors to establish a master franchise joint venture company to sell the fast-food chain’s coffee and doughnuts in the Southeast Asian country.
RBI chose the Philippines for its first stop in Southeast Asia because the country has a strong economy and a fast-growing quick-service market, said CEO Daniel Schwartz.
The Philippines also boasts “a population that has an affinity for coffee and baked goods,” Schwartz added, including those of Tim Hortons’s, the company determined after months of market research.
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RBI didn’t say how many shops it plans to open in the Philippines. But chief financial officer Joshua Kobza said, “We aim to be a leader in the market.”
Kobza hinted Tim Hortons would aim to match the level of some of its rivals in the local market – many of which boast hundreds of restaurants in the country, he said.
The stores will serve many of the same staples as Canadian locations, like Timbits and iced capps, as well as some surprises, he added.
“You’ll have a mix of the kind of products that we know and love here in Canada and some new products.”
But details about any new offerings likely won’t be divulged until the first Philippines location opens, which Kobza and Schwartz said will open as soon as possible.
RBI views Tim Hortons’s expansion to the Philippines as a gateway into other markets within the sub-region and other parts of the continent, noted Schwartz.
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Since Tim Hortons and Burger King merged into RBI in late 2014, the company’s been focused on taking the master franchise joint venture model that’s proved successful for Burger King and applying it to help Tim Hortons grow globally.
“We think it’s a great opportunity,” Schwartz said.
More international expansion announcements are expected from the company in the future, but all Schwartz will say is, “Stay tuned.”
The restaurant chain has 4,438 restaurants, not including its 411 limited-service kiosks, as of March 31, 2016, the company’s latest quarterly report said.
According to Tim Hortons’s 2015 annual report (when it had 25 fewer locations), the majority of those stores are in Canada, with 14.7 per cent in the U.S. and 2.6 per cent in the Middle East.
A seven-year-old girl is dead after an elephant at a Moroccan zoo hurled a rock at her head.
The girl, whose name hasn’t been released, was standing outside the animal enclosure with her family when an elephant picked up the stone and threw it over the fence, the zoo said in a statement on their website.
She was then taken to hospital, where she died a few hours later.
“It’s with great sadness that the Rabat Zoo confirms the accidental death of a little girl after an elephant threw a stone at her,” the zoo wrote on 桑拿会所.
C’est avec beaucoup de tristresse que le zoo de Rabat annonce le décès accidentel d’une petite fille victime d’un jet de pierre (1/2)
— Rabatzoo (@Rabatzoo) July 27, 2016
In the statement, the zoo defended itself saying the fence and ditch surrounding the enclosure were up to international standards.
It also points out that the incident is rare and unpredictable. It also references two other recent events that occurred worldwide: the death of a toddler after an alligator pulled him underwater in Disney World in Orlando and the death of a gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure in Cincinnati.
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Video from directly after the incident shows a group of people huddled around the girl, trying to comfort her before she was taken to hospital.
It also shows what appears to be the rock that hit her, which is roughly the size of a cantaloupe.
The Morocco World News reports that the zoo has opened an investigation into the incident, also noting that this is the first tragedy in the zoo’s four-year history.
WASHINGTON – Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But Democrats aren’t likely to let the Republican presidential nominee’s extraordinary comments simply fade away.
“Of course I’m being sarcastic,” Trump said Thursday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” a day after his remarks at a news conference ignited fierce debate over hacking and his urging of a global adversary to meddle in American politics.
Trump’s invitation to Russia to find and reveal emails by his rival for the White House came on the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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It also all but overshadowed an embarrassing leak of different hacked emails, these from the Democratic National Committee, showing that party staffers supported Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders when they were publicly promising to remain neutral during the primary campaign.
Trump’s insistence that his invitation to Russia wasn’t serious was backed up by his campaign chairman. “He was making a sarcastic point,” Paul Manafort said Wednesday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”
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Democrats and some Republicans quickly condemned Trump’s remarks.
The Clinton campaign called Trump’s statement the “first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent.”
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At the convention, Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defence secretary, said Trump is “asking a U.S. adversary to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election.”
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, warned of “serious consequences” if Russia interfered in the election. And Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said bluntly: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”
The reality TV star turned presidential contender detonated the controversy Wednesday when he said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”
Trump was referencing emails on Clinton’s private server that she said she deleted, saying they were private, before turning other messages over to the State Department.
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The Justice Department declined to prosecute Clinton over her email practices. But FBI Director James Comey called her “extremely careless” in handling classified information as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
The Associated Press, which discovered the basement server’s existence in March 2015, previously reported that it was connected to the internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers. The FBI concluded it was possible hackers broke into her server but found no direct evidence.
A Trump campaign communications adviser, Jason Miller, said on 桑拿会所 that Trump never urged or invited Russia to hack Clinton’s emails. Instead, he said, Trump was “clearly saying” that if Russia or anyone else already had Clinton’s deleted emails they should share them with the FBI.
3/7 To be clear, Mr. Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton’s e-mails today.
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) July 27, 2016
Trump never mentioned the FBI in his comments.
The flap over Clinton’s emails came after Obama identified Russia as almost certainly responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee in a different case.
WikiLeaks published on its website last week more than 19,000 internal emails stolen from the DNC earlier this year. The head of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned over the disclosures.
Obama traditionally avoids commenting on active FBI investigations, but told NBC News on Tuesday that outside experts have blamed Russia for the leak. Obama also appeared to embrace the notion that President Vladimir Putin might have been responsible because of what he described as Trump’s affinity for Putin. Trump said he has no relationship with Putin.
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Trump cast doubt on whether Russia was behind that hack. He said blaming Russia was deflecting attention from the embarrassing material in the emails.
“Russia has no respect for our country, if it is Russia,” Trump said. “It could be China. It could be someone sitting in his bedroom. It’s probably not Russia. Nobody knows if it’s Russia.”
In Moscow on Wednesday, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Russia would never interfere in another country’s election.
Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper, Ted Bridis and Chad Day in Washington, Jonathan Lemire in New York and Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed to this report.
One of the victims of the so-called ‘Balaclava rapist’, Larry Takahashi, is outraged over his release.
Takahashi was known for breaking into homes and sexually assaulting women while wearing a ski mask. Edmonton Police said at the time that it was likely he assaulted over 100 women before being arrested in 1983.
In 1984, he faced 70 charges involving 22 women but was only convicted of 14 charges, including four counts of rape, sexual assault with a weapon, and six counts of disguise with intent.
He was given three life sentences.
But now, the parole board won’t say when he’s being released or where he’s planning to live, citing privacy concerns.
One of Takahashi’s victims, ‘Jane’ (we are protecting her identity), says she wasn’t even told about his release, she found out from Global News coverage.
“I go to bed and I wake up with a knife at my temple,” she said. “Threatening to cut my face.”
Jane was only 18 when she was raped in her own home 36 years ago, while her family was sleeping nearby.
“He just kept threatening and saying he hated to cut up my beautiful face,” she said. He put me in front of the mirror and stared at me. [He] undressed me. Did what rapists do.”
“Finally, after being there for a long period of time, I started to cry quietly and he said ‘what’s the matter?’. And I said ‘I’m cold’. And he covered me up with a blanket and kissed me on the forehead and he left.”
She said she went into the bathroom and ate a bar of soap. “Because he made me do things and my mouth was dirty,” she said.
Jane said the policy of protecting offenders like Takahashi has to change.
“You lost your rights,” she said. “As far as I’m concerned your life should be done.”
-With files from Rumina Daya and Jill Slattery