The Simi Sara Show
Wednesday April 8th, 2015
TOP FIVE STORIES WITH GORD MACDONALD
- White US police officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of black motorist- A white police officer in the southern state of South Carolina has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist after a traffic stop. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told a hastily called news conference that city Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager was arrested and charged Tuesday after law enforcement officials saw a video of the shooting following a Saturday traffic stop. Authorities say the victim, 50-year-old Walter Lamer Scott of Charleston, was shot after the officer already hit him with a stun gun. Slager’s attorney had released a statement Monday saying the officer felt threatened and that the motorist was trying to grab the officer’s stun gun. North Charleston Police said Slager was arrested by officers of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
- Masters course bans cellphones, so fans dust off their cameras – There are so many cameras at the Masters this week that practice rounds are beginning to resemble kids’ birthday parties back in the day. Barred from bringing their cell phones on the course, fans adapted by going back to the future, dusting off pocket-sized digital cameras or their old 35mm bodies and lenses and re-learning how to use them.
- Too many screens = lower IQ – Do you watch television while using your smartphone? Using multiple screens at the same time is becoming a habit for many North Americans, especially young people… but it may not be healthy. According to Danish researchers, switching between screens on a regular basis causes mental stress and releases the same sort of hormones that have the same effect as being high on drugs. They think that it can actually rewire the brain to store information in the wrong place and work to lower your IQ.
- China to blacklist tourists behaving badly abroad-The world’s biggest source of tourists is pledging this week to pressure Chinese who behave badly abroad to improve their manners. The often brusque manners of China’s fast-expanding tour groups range from minor slights, such as spitting and cutting in line, to more outrageous incidents. In Thailand in February, Chinese tourists outraged Thais by drying underwear in an airport, defecating in public and kicking a temple bell. In December, a group of Chinese tourists abused Thai staff on a flight from Bangkok. The rude behavior prompted Thailand authorities to issue thousands of Chinese-language handbooks on etiquette. To save Chinese face, the CNTA announced new rules Monday to establish a “blacklist” of offenders who demonstrate illegal or inappropriate behavior abroad. The six types of banned behavior include causing disturbances on public transport, damaging cultural relics, ignoring social customs and engaging in gambling or prostitution.
- Superglue infant case – In the wake of learning a Chinese national was convicted of supergluing her newborn nephew’s ears, an immigration lawyer lays out what could happen next… Peter Edelman says there are very few protections for people who are foreign nationals. He says the Canada Border Services deportation process is pretty straight forward after the person is released from custody… Edelman says deportation could be a problem if the person could be at risk upon returning to their home country — or if a country refused to accept the person back. In December, 30 year old Wei Wang was sentenced to four months behind bars and two years probation. CBSA has not confirmed if they have initiated the deportation process.
In studio: Gord MacDonald
MORE OF THE BIG FIVE NEWS STORIES WITH GORD MACDONALD
WILL THE CHINESE NATIONAL BEHIND THE SUPERGLUE ATTACK ON A BABY BE DEPORTED?
In the wake of learning a Chinese national was convicted of supergluing her newborn nephew’s ears, an immigration lawyer lays out what could happen next… Peter Edelman says there are very few protections for people who are foreign nationals. He says the Canada Border Services deportation process is pretty straight forward after the person is released from custody… Edelman says deportation could be a problem if the person could be at risk upon returning to their home country — or if a country refused to accept the person back. In December, 30 year old Wei Wang was sentenced to four months behind bars and two years probation. CBSA has not confirmed if they have initiated the deportation process.
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL: PETER EDELMAN SPEAKS WITH LIZA YUZDA- runs – 4.11.5
BOSTON BOMBING TRIAL: JURY REACHES VERDICT IN TRIAL OF DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV
B.C MOVES TO ELIMINATE COURT TRIALS FOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
The B.C. government is shifting traffic violations out of court in a move lawyers fear strips motorists of constitutional rights. The Liberals are implementing amendments passed with no fanfare in 2012 to establish a new process for handling offences under the Motor Vehicle Act, similar to the paradigm shift made dealing with drunk drivers in 2010 when most impaired charges and trials were eliminated with a heavy-handed Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) regime. Why are lawyers concerned about this change?
Phone: Paul Doroshenko
Vancouver Criminal Defense Lawyer
Join the conversation: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO SHIFT TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS OUT OF COURT?
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MORE OF YOUR FEEDBACK
HATTON GARDEN RAIDERS PLUNDER JEWELS WORTH UP TO £200m FROM SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES
Burglars have used heavy cutting equipment to break into safety deposit boxes in a vault in London’s jewellery quarter.The raid is thought to have happened over the Easter bank holiday weekend at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company.
AUDIO IN THE CARTWALL:
1949 HATTON GARDEN BEATS JEWEL THIEVES – runs – 0.58.5
*audio from 1949 about how safe the vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Box is…FOR INTRO
BBC REPORT ON JEWELRY HEIST – runs – 1.27.0
GEM EXPERT JAMES RILEY – runs – 2.48.4
*Gem industry expert James Riley said the raid was ”a very highly organised and very cleverly masterminded crime”
WRAP UP THE HOUR
In studio: Dave Sheldon
GETTING THE BEST HOTEL RATE
- Simply ask for a lower rate or a ‘promotional’ rate
- Call the hotel directly — not the 1-800 central reservations line
- Shop around online — but if you book through a 3rd party website be sure to call the hotel directly after you’ve made the reservation
- Use coupon and voucher books — or discount rates found in your credit card statement
- Always get a confirmation number
Deals: (inspired by the trips that Simi & Claire recently took)
New York, NY
Jul 16 – Sep 3
Air & 3 nights in a 4-star hotel
$999 + $242 tax
Inca Discovery, Peru
Air, 8 night guided adventure with local guide, accommodation, 14 meals, Inca Trail hike to Machu PIcchu
$2399 + $452
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Air & 7 nights in a beachfront all-inclusive hotel
June 6 & 13
$399 + $441 tax
(book by April 12)
Phone: Claire Newell
President of Travel Best Bets
WRAP UP THE HOUR
PUTTING BC TO WORK: HOW DOES REAL ESTATE IMPACT THE ECONOMY?
What makes BC run? Money and real estate. How does the economy affect BC real estate? How does the economy affect real estate? How does real estate move our economy? What are some of the ‘biggest’ markets in BC?
Phone: Joannah Connolly
Editor of REW.ca (where you can find more real-estate news and advice, as well as local MLS and new home listings)
BLACK BOND BOOKS
- Sweetland by Michael Crummey
- Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Without You, There is No Us by Suki Kim
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
- The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant
In studio: Samantha Fraenkel
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