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Freeland heading to Cuba next week to talk Venezuela

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will head to Cuba next week for talks with her counterpart there on the situation in Venezuela.

Freeland made the announcement following a meeting today with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, where the deepening political and economic crisis in the South American country was on the agenda.

Freeland said while sanctions are part of the pressure being applied to force Nicolas Maduro out of the country’s presidency, all avenues for peace must be explored.

The Trump administration confirmed this week it has been holding talks with Maduro’s regime to find a way out of the situation.

Pompeo said that did not mark a shift in U.S. strategy and that there is no chance for fair and free elections there if Maduro remains.

The democratic deadlock in the country has further crippled its economy and sent millions of Venezuelans fleeing into nearby countries.

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Canada women’s soccer heading to Japan to play 1st game since World Cup

Canada’s women’s soccer team will face host Japan in its first match since being eliminated in the round of 16 at the World Cup.

The friendly against the 2011 Women’s World Cup champs goes Oct. 6 in Shizuoka.

Japan is 6-4-3 against Canada all time, though the Canadians won 2-0 in the most recent meeting at the 2018 Algarve Cup.

Canada is 7-2-3 this year, but lost 1-0 to Sweden in the first elimination round at the World Cup in France in June. Japan also lost in the round of 16, falling to the Netherlands.

Canada is gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification tournament early next year.

“It is crucial as a program that we qualify and deliver a massive performance at the [Olympics],” Canada coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said in a statement. “From the FIFA Women’s World Cup forward, there are elements that we need to keep doing, but we also need to improve and focus our attention on those solutions to put together an even better performance in 2020.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss Heading to Netflix With Massive Overall Deal

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George and Amal Clooney Look Effortlessly Glam Heading Off for a Helicopter Ride in Italy

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Israel heading to 2nd election as Netanyahu fails to form new government

Israel’s parliament has voted to dissolve itself, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline.

Parliament voted early Thursday 74-45 to disperse and call new elections.

The dramatic vote, less than two months after the most recent parliamentary election, marked a setback for Netanyahu and sent the longtime leader’s future into turmoil.

Netanyahu, who has led Israel for the past decade, had appeared to capture a fourth consecutive term in the April 9 elections. But infighting among his allies, and disagreement over proposed bills to protect Netanyahu from prosecution stymied his efforts to form a majority coalition.

“I didn’t spare any effort to avoid unnecessary elections,” Netanyahu said after the vote, lashing out at his ally-turned-rival, Avigdor Lieberman, who refused the prime minister’s offers to join the government.

Had the deadline passed without the vote, Israel’s president would have given another lawmaker, most likely Opposition leader Benny Gantz, an opportunity to put together a coalition.

After the vote, Gantz angrily accused Netanyahu of choosing self-preservation over allowing the country’s political process to run its course. Gantz said Netanyahu opted for “three crazy months” of a new campaign and millions of wasted dollars over new elections because he is “legally incapacitated” by looming indictments.

“There is no other reason,” Gantz said.

The country now plunges into a new election campaign that will last at least three months under Israeli law. With much of the country on vacation in late August, a tentative date of Sept. 17 was set.


A man hangs a poster of Netanyahu in Jerusalem during the April 2019 election campaign. Israelis are expected to head to the polls for a second vote on Sept. 17. (Susan Ormiston/CBC)

The campaign looks to complicate Netanyahu’s precarious legal standing. Israel’s attorney general has recommended pressing criminal charges against him in three separate corruption cases, pending a hearing scheduled for October.

Even if Netanyahu wins the election, it is unlikely he will be able to form a government and lock down the required political support for an immunity deal before an expected indictment. That would force him to stand trial and put heavy pressure on him to step aside.

The political uncertainty could also spell trouble for the White House’s Mideast peace efforts. The U.S. has scheduled a conference next month in Bahrain to unveil what it says is the first phase of its peace plan, an initiative aimed at drawing investment into the Palestinian territories.

But with the Palestinians — who accuse the U.S. of being unfairly biased toward Israel — opposed to the plan, and Netanyahu preoccupied with re-election, it remains unclear how the Americans will be able to proceed. U.S. President Donald Trump’s top Mideast adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, was in Israel and scheduled to meet with Netanyahu on Thursday.


Talks failed Wednesday to find a compromise that would allow Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu faction to join Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

That Netanyahu struggled to secure a majority coalition in the 120-seat parliament was a shocking turn of events for the country’s dominating political figure. In the April 9 vote, Netanyahu’s Likud party and its hardline nationalist and religious parties captured a majority of 65 seats.

The immediate cause of the crisis was Netanyahu’s dispute with Lieberman, a former aide who leads the small Yisrael Beiteinu faction. The men had clashed over Lieberman’s demand to subject ultra-Orthodox religious males to the military draft, which is compulsory for most Jewish males.

Without Lieberman’s five parliamentary seats, Netanyahu had no majority. But the deeper issue is connected to Netanyahu’s legal troubles.

Facing a likely indictment, he had pushed his coalition partners to pass legislation that would grant him immunity and curb the powers of the country’s Supreme Court. Opposition parties strongly oppose granting Netanyahu immunity, robbing him of any alternatives to Lieberman as he tried to form a coalition.

Secular versus orthodox agendas

Though a staunch nationalist, Lieberman also champions a secular agenda aimed toward his core political base of immigrants from the former Soviet Union and has pledged to confront efforts of the ultra-Orthodox parties to impose their lifestyle on the country’s secular majority.

“I am not against the ultra-Orthodox community. I am for the state of Israel. I am for a Jewish state but against a Halachicstate,” Lieberman wrote on Facebook early Wednesday, using a term that refers to a Jewish state governed by Jewish law.

The ultra-Orthodox parties consider conscription a taboo, fearing that military service will lead to immersion in secularism, and insist the exemptions stay in place. Netanyahu, dependent on their political support, says they have compromised enough and is refusing to press them further.

Netanyahu maintained contacts with Lieberman and other parties in hopes of forging a deal as a parliamentary debate took place. Many of the Likud speakers lashed out at Lieberman, accusing him of forcing an unnecessary election.

But as a parliamentary debate stretched toward midnight, it became clear there would be no compromise.

A bitter Netanyahu claimed after the vote that Lieberman “had no intention” to compromise and made unrealistic demands.

“He is dragging the entire country for another half a year of elections,” he said.

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How you protect your heart (and health) heading into Daylight Saving Time

You're probably already dreading putting your clock ahead when daylight saving time starts this Sunday and plenty of research shows that's not without good reason.

Several studies have found springing ahead comes with a slew of negative consequences, including decreased productivity and a spike in traffic accidents.

A 2014 study out of the University of Colorado found a 25 per cent increase in the risk for heart attacks the Monday after daylight saving time starts.

It also noted a corresponding decrease in the risk for heart attacks at the end of daylight saving time in the fall.

Dr. Tami Martino, director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations at the University of Guelph, said there can be negative effects anytime our bodies become out of sync with the environment.

That's because the circadian clock, the 24-hour cycle that's encoded in our DNA, is a fundamental part of our health.

The daily cycle

"Essentially every single cell in our body is connecting with just light. It's connecting our bodies to the outside universe, to the sun and the sky, and sort of syncing us with the environment," Martino said.

"Studies by our group and lots of others show that when that happens — we call that circadian dyssynchrony — or when we get light at the wrong time, it's hazardous to our health."

Everything from cortisol levels to blood sugar and metabolism is tied to the cycle of light and dark, Martino said.

Her research has also found patients recovering from heart attacks heal better when their day-night cycles aren't interrupted.

It's easy for the body to get out of sync, though.

"Maintaining normal sleep and circadian rhythms, not being on your phones, not getting the blue light from your computers at night would be one thing that would keep your body a little bit in sync in the first place, even before you add this added effect of daylight saving time on top," she said.​

No more changing clocks?

The growing body of research on this issue has prompted places around the world to reconsider daylight saving time.

The European Commission put forward a proposal in 2018 to end the practice, and a private member's bill to eliminate daylight saving time in November 2019 is currently before the Manitoba legislature.

There are already some places in Canada that won't be setting their clocks ahead this Sunday. Saskatchewan is currently the only province where all municipalities don't observe daylight saving time.

In Ontario, there are three towns where the clocks stay the same year round.

Dennis Brown, the mayor on Atikokan, said there have been multiple attempts to get the northwestern Ontario township to adopt daylight saving time. So far, they haven't stuck.

"I know it's not perfect, because it does cause some confusion, you know for patient care at the hospital, administrative problems with outside visitors and that kind of thing," he said.

"But people, you know, the majority want it to stay the way it is."

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Grab Coffee Before Heading to Airport

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are just living their best lives.

The engaged couple was snapped leaving a Starbucks in New York City on Saturday, a day after the 21-year-old model took to Twitter to address rumors that she and Bieber were already married.

While on their coffee run before heading to the airport, a fresh-faced Baldwin looked comfy and chic in a black leather jacket, crop top, black sweatpants and orange-and-white sneakers. She accessorized with two silver necklaces and her stunning engagement ring in full view. The 24-year-old “As Long As You Love Me” crooner, on his end, opted for a fun watercolor Nike hoodie, matching sweatpants and white sneakers.

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Baldwin will be heading to England for London Fashion Week, where she will be a part of the Falcon show with Adidas.

“London, I’m coming for you! It’s just two days until my ‘90s inspired Falcon show with @adidasOriginals. Stay tuned to @JDWomen for exclusive BTS previews @adidasOriginals @jdofficial,” she wrote on Instagram on Saturday.

On Friday, multiple outlets reported that Baldwin and Bieber said “I do” one day earlier in NYC after they were seen at the Marriage Bureau.

“I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet!” the model tweeted, putting the rumor to rest.

A source told ET at the time that while Bieber and Baldwin did register for a marriage license, they were only getting a license and did not have a marriage ceremony. The marriage license Bieber and Baldwin obtained becomes valid after 24 hours and remains valid for another 60 days anywhere in the state of New York. Should the lovebirds want to get married overseas, they would have to have a civil service in the state first to make it legal.

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'I feel really blessed': B.C. Little Leaguer heading to World Series

Dio Gama's baseball dream is becoming a reality after all — just when it looked like the 13-year-old baseball star wouldn't be donning the Maple Leaf at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Earlier this week, CBC Sports reported the young baseball player wouldn't be able to join Whalley's Little League team due to immigration issues.

Gama was born in Las Vegas and has American citizenship. His parents are Mexican and are seeking refugee status in Canada. But because their latest application is under review, their lawyer advised the family that Dio shouldn't leave the country for fear he wouldn't be let back in. 

But on Wednesday evening, the family received a letter saying Dio would be able to go after all.

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is granting Dio a temporary resident permit in order to allow him to play with his team. 

"I feel amazing. I am really blessed and so thankful for everyone who helped make this happen" Dio said from his home in Surrey, B.C.

"I can't believe it. I can't wait to be with my team. Thank you."

Noe Gama, Dio's father, says a lot of credit has to go to their local MP for making this happen. 

Dio Gama has been advised against leaving Canada to join his B.C. teammates in Pennsylvania for fear he won't be allowed back in the country. 1:13

"I'm so happy that I could help pick up the 100 pieces of my son's heart that broke when he thought he couldn't play. Thank you to the wonderful people of Canada," Noe said. 

Earlier in the week, Noe and Dio visited Ken Hardie, the Liberal MP for Fleetwood–Port Kells, trying to get Dio to Williamsport.

Hardie put his staff to work, urging Ottawa to help.

"We don't ask anybody to make an exception. We just look to see if there's something we can do within the rules that exist," Hardie said.

"This is a great ending. Somewhat of a Disney story. The minister's staff went above and beyond to make this happen." 

Courage and poise

It's been Dio's lifelong dream to make it to the Little League World Series. His coach Mike Marino calls him the team leader. 

In the national championship game last weekend in Mirabel, Que., Dio had two triples and four RBIs to help Whalley capture the title by defeating Glace Bay, N.S., 11-0.

During that game Dio knew there was a chance he wouldn't be going to Williamsport, yet seemed unaffected by it. 

Glace Bay LL (Atlantic) vs. Whalley LL (B.C.) Final at the 2018 Canadian Little League Championship 1:39:46

Marino said it shows just how much courage and poise the young athlete has. 

The team opens up the Little League World Series on Friday at 6 p.m. ET against Panama.

Dio and Noe say they're looking at a late flight from Vancouver Thursday night to Pennsylvania. Dio would arrive in Williamsport Friday morning having flown through the night.

That's not a concern for the young slugger, who says he doesn't care if he's a little tired. He's now playing the game he loves at the Little League World Series for the country he says he couldn't have done this without.

"All I can say is thank you. Thank you for making my dream come true."

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'I feel really blessed': Canadian Little Leaguer heading to World Series after all

Dio Gama's baseball dream is becoming a reality after all — just when it looked like the 13-year-old baseball star wouldn't be donning the maple leaf at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Earlier this week, CBC Sports reported the young baseball player wouldn't be able to join Whalley's Little League team due to immigration issues.

Gama was born in Las Vegas and has American citizenship. His parents are Mexican. Their latest application for Canadian refugee status is under review, prompting their lawyer to advise the family that Dio shouldn't leave the country for fear he wouldn't be let back in. 

But on Wednesday evening, the Gama family received a letter saying Dio would be able to go after all.

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen is granting Dio a temporary resident permit in order to allow him to play with his team. 

"I feel amazing. I am really blessed and so thankful for everyone who helped make this happen" Dio said from his home in Surrey. 

"I can't believe it. I can't wait to be with my team. Thank you."

Noe Gama, Dio's father, says a lot of credit has to go to their local Member of Parliament for making this happen. 

"I'm so happy that I could help pick up the 100 pieces of my son's heart that broke when he thought he couldn't play. Thank you to the wonderful people of Canada," Noe said. 

Meeting with their MP

Earlier in the week, Noe and Dio visited Liberal MP for Fleetwood — Port Kells, Ken Hardie, trying everything they could to get Dio to Williamsport.

Hardie put his employees to work, leveraging his office to urge Ottawa to get Dio to the Little League World Series.

Dio Gama has been advised against leaving Canada to join his B.C. teammates in Pennsylvania for fear he won't be allowed back in the country. 1:13

"We don't ask anybody to make an exception, we just look to see if there's something we can do within the rules that exist," Hardie said.

"This is a great ending. Somewhat of a Disney story. The Minister's staff went above and beyond to make this happen."

Joining his team in Williamsport

It's been Dio's lifelong dream to make it to the Little League World Series. His coach Mike Marino calls Dio the team's leader. 

In the national championship game in Mirabel, Que., last weekend, Dio had two triples and four RBIs to help Whalley capture the title by defeating Glace Bay, N.S., 11-0.

Glace Bay LL (Atlantic) vs. Whalley LL (B.C.) Final at the 2018 Canadian Little League Championship 1:39:46

During that game Dio knew there was a chance he wouldn't be going to Williamsport, yet seemed unaffected by it. 

Marino said it shows just how much courage and poise the young athlete has. 

The team opens up the Little League World Series Friday night at 6 p.m. ET against Panama.

Dio and Noe say they're looking at a late flight from Vancouver Thursday night to Pennsylvania. Dio would arrive in Williamsport Friday morning having flown through the night.

That's not a concern for the young slugger, who says he doesn't care if he's a little tired. He's now playing the game he loves at the Little League World Series for the country he says he couldn't have done this without.

"All I can say is thank you. Thank you for making my dream come true."

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Whalley's World: B.C. team heading to Little League World Series

MIRABEL, Que. — They came to Mirabel, Que. on a mission to become Team Canada and on Saturday afternoon Whalley, B.C. did just that by defeating Glace Bay, N.S. 11-0 in the championship game.

Now Whalley will don the Maple Leaf at the Little League World Series, which is set to begin in one week in Williamsport, PA.

"This feels amazing," Whalley's Kai Sheck said. "It's pretty cool. I'm lost for words right now. We worked hard for this. I've been dreaming [about] this forever."

Sheck comes from a long line of great baseball players, including his great grandfather who once played for Whalley and his grandfather who played Major League Baseball. Sheck's mother, Danna, was in the crowd watching her son win the national title.

"I think it's about the support. My kid can feel it," Danna said. "This is the Canadian baseball dream and we're living it now."

When the final out of the game came after just four innings, the players from Whalley raced out of the dugout and hustled in from the outfield to join in the celebration. For many, the moment was years in the making.


Head coach Mike Marino was emotional after the game. His son Joey is a member of the team and Marino himself once played for Whalley. 

"We have to enjoy this time right now. We're the best team in Canada," Marino said. "We've been working at this since the boys were eight years old. We set a goal then and now we've fulfilled it."

Rich history

This is the sixth national championship title for the Whalley program, tying them for second most in the country.

Marino says the reason they've been able to be successful for so many years is due to the fact that players and parents continue to give back once they go through the program.

"We're a small association but it's the people who come back to make this what it is. We just keep doing our thing and winning games. We're like the little engine that could."

Watch the full match between Glace Bay and Whalley by clicking below:

Glace Bay LL (Atlantic) vs. Whalley LL (B.C.) Final at the 2018 Canadian Little League Championship 1:39:46

Marino also credits the high level of baseball in B.C. to helping their team become the team they are today. The province has captured 13 out of the last 14 national little league titles.

"We were a pretty confident team coming in. Once we got out of B.C. we knew we were ready for this tournament."

Whalley was untouchable throughout this year's tournament winning every game they played, including four of their games finishing early because the 10-run rule. 

World Series-bound

Whalley is now heading to the prestigious Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. Their first game is scheduled for Aug. 17 against Panama.

Watch manager Mike Marino's post-game interview

Whalley Little League manager Mike Marino spoke with CBC Sports' Matt Cullen after winning the Canadian Little League Championship with his son Joey. 2:49

No Canadian team has ever won the World Series — the closest Canada ever came was in 1965 when Stoney Creek, Ont., lost in the championship to Connecticut.

Marino knows they have a tall task ahead of them but says the team is going to represent Canada to the best of their ability.

"We're going there to win," he said. "We're going to go there and enjoy it, but we're not going to lay down."

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