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Saudi Rapper Leesa A Celebrates New Freedom As Driving Ban Is Lifted.

Legally up until June 24, 2018, Saudi Arabia was the only country in the world where women were not allowed to drive.

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Leesa A has social media buzzing after the release of her new music video. The video was posted the day the driving ban was lifted.

Until the law officially changed on June 24th, Women in Saudi Arabia had to rely on men in their family as well as private chauffeurs hired by the family for transportation. As you can imagine, not having the ability to drive and get where you need to go because of a difference in gender can be quite frustrating.

Some of the lyrics, according to a translation by the BBC, include:

“I don’t need anyone to take me… Driver’s license with me,”

“Yo, you seem to be forgetting that today is the 10th, this means there no taxis,” referring to the date of 24 June in the lunar-based Islamic calendar.

“I am not kidding, today I can drive myself. The steering wheel in my hands, the pedal under my foot… I put the seat belt over my abaya”

The videos celebratory energy was felt around the world. People that couldn’t fully understand the lyrics due to the difference in language still understood how important this moment was for the country.

Leesa A had a relatively small following on Social Media prior to the videos release. The video has been heavily shared on Social Media and has over 1.6 million views on Instagram and YouTube combined.

The rapper also gained about 48,000 Instagram followers.

For Saudi women the driving ban has for long decades destroyed professional aspirations and made the most ordinary daily activities an expensive and frustrating ordeal— going to work, social life, running errands.

At least eight activists who campaigned for the right to drive were detained ahead of the change in law. Protests against the ban started in 1990.

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Trump’s Aide May Go To Jail After “Doing It For The Gram”

“I don’t be on the ‘Gram goin’ ham, Givin’ information to the pork, that’s all spam,” – Jay-Z

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A federal judge has issued a new order hauling Trump advisor Roger Stone back to court for possibly violating a gag order by speaking about the case on Instagram.

Robert Mueller notified federal judge, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, that President Donald Trumps friend, Roger Stone, was in violation of the judge’s strict gag order due to an Instagram post.

Roger Stone is barred from criticizing Mueller’s team under a gag imposed on Feb. 21 after an Instagram image was posted of Amy Jackson’s face next to a rifle scope.

According to MSNBC correspondent, Ari Melber, it is now more likely that Stone will go to jail. The judge has already jailed another former Trump aide (Paul Manafort) for similar offenses.

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Toronto Police Will No Longer Charge First Time Shoplifters

The Toronto Police are trying to focus more of their attention on serious offenders and less on minor offenses.

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In a new pilot program called, Shop Theft, Toronto Police will no longer criminally charge first time shoplifters.

The program intends to allow Shopping Mall Security Guards to apprehend possible suspects of shoplifting. The security guard would call Toronto Police giving them all of their information.

Offenders must be at least 18 years old or older, have identification on them, be accused of stealing less than $1,000 worth of items, and be considered non-violent to not be charged their first attempt. If it is their first attempt they get let off with a warning, the second attempt will most likely result in an arrest.

The program has a 90-day testing period until the results will prove if the program should expand to more districts. The six-month pilot will run in divisions 51 and 52.

This year, Toronto had 16,667 shoplifting incidents reported to Toronto police as of Oct. 30

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‪Embassy Of Canada To Japan Appointed Alessia Cara As Study In Canada Goodwill Ambassador For 2018‬

Over 10,000 Japanese people per year obtain study permits to study in Canada.

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This year, 2018, marks the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan. In commemoration of the 90th anniversary, the Embassy of Canada to Japan appointed Alessia Cara as Study in Canada Goodwill Ambassador for 2018

Alessia Cara is a 22 year old recording artist from Brampton, Ontario. She has received several accolades since starting her music career including the 2018 Grammy Best New Artist Award, 2016 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award to the MTV Video Music Awards, the Canadian Music Awards and then the Radio Disney Music Award.

In January 1928, Japan and Canada reached an agreement to establish diplomatic relations.

The Canada–Japan relationship is based on shared values: the promotion of human rights, a commitment to democracy and respect for the rule of law. Japan and Canada have established deep economic, political and cultural ties, and the two countries continue to work on various issues at different multilateral forums.

Alessia’s second studio album, The Pains of Growing, will be out November 30th.

About Study in Canada

• Study in Canada takes many different forms—study at junior high and high schools, colleges, universities, language schools or other places. It is said that over 10,000 Japanese people per year obtain study permits to study in Canada for over 6 months. That does not include the vast majority of people who study for less than 6 months. Statistics from Languages Canada indicate that about 20,000 Japanese are in Canada studying the country’s official languages, English and French.

http://www.languagescanada.ca/web/default/files/LC_2016_SurveyReport_ENG_ExecutiveSummary.pdf

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