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Three young children killed while riding in tractor shovel in Brome-Missisquoi: Three children under the age of 5 were killed Wednesday evening when something happened to the tractor they were riding in that caused it to suddenly eject 10 people who were seated in its large shovel. The tragedy occurred in Notre-Dame-de Stanbridge, a rural village 65 kilometres south of Montreal with a population of more than 600. It is part of the Brome-Missisquoi Regional County Municipality. Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Ingrid Asselin said that six children and four adults were riding in the shovel of the tractor as it rode along Rang Ste. Anne, a public road surrounded by farms, when something happened that caused all of them to be ejected from it shortly after 7 p.m. The oldest child inside the shovel was 6 years old and the three children who survived were left badly injured. Two of the adults suffered injuries that left them in critical condition and their lives are still in danger, Asselin said Thursday morning.
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Kremlin hails vote allowing Putin to extend his rule a triumph as critics cry foul:The Kremlin on Thursday hailed as a triumph the result of a nationwide vote that handed President Vladimir Putin the right to run for two more terms, but an independent monitoring group said the vote had not been free and the outcome was flawed.Final results after the week-long vote showed that nearly 78% of voters had backed changes to the constitution allowing Putin potentially two more six-year terms after his current one ends in 2024. That means that the 67-year-old former KGB officer, who has ruled Russia for over two decades as either president or prime minister, could be in power until he is 83. Already the longest-serving leader in modern Russian history since Josef Stalin, Putin says he has yet to decide on his political future, though critics say they are sure he will try to stay in the Kremlin for as long as he can.
Hindustan Unilever to rename skin lightening cream to Glow & Lovely: The Indian arm of global consumer giant Unilever said on Thursday its much-criticized skin cream ‘Fair & Lovely’ will be rebranded as Glow & Lovely. Its skin cream for men will be called Glow & Handsome, Hindustan Unilever said, a week after announcing it would rename its skin lightening cream that has drawn flak for promoting negative stereotypes related to darker skin tones.
Belgian retirement home offers ‘hug curtain’ for safe embrace:Residents of a Belgian retirement home are able to soothe the pain of social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing their loved ones through a ‘hug curtain’. Staff at the Jardins de Picardie nursing home near the French border installed the large plastic curtain on June 14 and it has proven very popular with the residents, who had not been allowed any visitors for 11 weeks. Lili Hendrickx, an 86-year old resident of the home, said the curtain was “the most beautiful invention” she had ever seen. “It’s terribly emotional for me,” she said, adding that she cried the first time she was able to hug her daughter again. “The feeling you get when you are close to someone like that, I felt like the heat was passing through.” Visitors were equally enthusiastic. “The fact that you can meet your loved ones again, it’s a real pleasure, especially physically and emotionally, it feels good,” said Amandine Josefiak, 35, who had come to visit her father at the home. The curtain, decorated with flowers and bright colors, is made of a big plastic sheet with two pockets on each side where residents and visitors or staff insert their arms. After each use, nurses carefully disinfect the plastic curtain. If this sounds familiar, it’s not the first time that health institutions — or concerned Montrealers — have tried to build human contact into into the social-distancing gap. Montrealer Alex Montagano set up a similar “hugging station” back in May in N.D.G. And more recently, care facilities in Spain and Brazil embraced, ahem, the move as well.
Source: Reuters, Montreal Gazette
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