Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue in Toronto?

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue?

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue? (Photo Credit: CBC Video Screengrab)

Who built the tunnel found near the site of the Pan Am Games in Toronto? Was it the government, drug traffickers or terrorists?

The tunnel was dug in the woods near Toronto’s Rexall Centre and York University’s Keele campus. It was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2½ metres in height, and was about seven metres long. The tunnel had lights inside, powered by a generator, and the walls and ceiling were reinforced.

Sources told CBC News that the tunnel was filled in by authorities.

A Toronto and Region Conservation Authority employee reportedly found the tunnel while walking near the TRCA headquarters at 5 Shoreham Dr. in mid-January. The employee, who was carrying out day-to-day activities, noticed a piece of corrugated steel in the woods, and when it was lifted, the tunnel could be seen about three metres down.

The TRCA told CBC News on Monday that it is aware of a police investigation.

Authorities have essentially ruled out the possibility that the tunnel was going to be used as a drug lab or marijuana grow-op, according to sources. It likely took weeks if not longer to dig, and the earth excavated from the tunnel appears to have been removed from the site to help avoid detection. Source: CBC

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Jacob Zuma Plan: Foreigners Will Be Banned from Owning Land in South Africa

Jacob Zuma Plan:  Foreigners Will Be Banned from Owning Land in South Africa

Jacob Zuma Plan: Foreigners Will Be Banned from Owning Land in South Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma shocked many when he unveiled his plan to ban foreigners from owning land in South Africa.

Two decades after the end of apartheid, land is still concentrated in the hands of a largely white minority, and remains a sensitive issue.

The government is under growing pressure to put more land in the hands of the country’s black majority.

“Land has become one of the most critical factors in achieving redress for the wrongs of the past,” said Mr Zuma, elaborating on the plans on Saturday.

“In this regard, the regulation of land holdings bill will be submitted to parliament this year.”

In the future, foreigners will only be allowed to lease land, not to own it, he said, adding that local farmers would not be able to own more than 12,000 hectares.

That is presumably aimed at white farmers who still own much of the best farmland a generation after the end of racial apartheid, says the BBC’s Andrew Harding in Johannesburg. Source: BBC News

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Haitian police fire rubber bullets at gas price protesters in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Six student protesters were wounded.

It was the second protest this week in Port-au-Prince to demand lower oil prices, in an impoverished country also struggling with political uncertainty.

Haiti recently announced a 30 US cent price reduction for a gallon of gas (3.8 liters), which sells for just over $4 in the country, but protesters said that was insufficient in light of falling oil prices on the international market.

Members of political organizations and students rallied at several university campuses.

In downtown Port-au-Prince, protesters threw stones at police who approached the law faculty located just meters from the presidential palace. Source: France 24

President Obama Issues Statement on Death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

President Obama Lauds Saudi King Abdullah's Search for Peace in Middle East

President Obama Lauds Saudi King Abdullah’s Search for Peace in Middle East

President Obama issues a statement on the death of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz:

“King Abdullah’s life spanned from before the birth of modern Saudi Arabia through its emergence as a critical force within the global economy and a leader among Arab and Islamic nations.  He took bold steps in advancing the Arab Peace Initiative, an endeavor that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region.  At home, King Abdullah’s vision was dedicated to the education of his people and to greater engagement with the world.

As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship.  As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.  One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.  The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.”

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Student Protesters at Lang’ata School

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale (Photo Credit: Twitter via CapitalFM_Kenya)

Kenyan authorities apologized after police used tear gas on students protesting the sale of the playground at Lang’ata school in Nairobi to a developer.

Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery apologized after meeting with students at the school on Tuesday. He confirmed that the playground belonged to the school.

BBC News reports the students had returned to school after a “two-week teachers’ strike to find the playground fenced off.”

Teachers and activists joined the students in trying to “push down the barriers” before the police intervened, using tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Eritrean Refugee Khaled Idris Bahray Found Dead Outside Dresden Home

Eritrean Refugee Khaled Idris Bahray Found Dead Outside Dresden Home

Eritrean Refugee Khaled Idris Bahray Found Dead Outside Dresden Home (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Police have launched an investigation after an Eritrean man, Khaled Idris Bahray, was found dead outside his Dresden home in east Germany on Tuesday.

The Guardian reports Bahray, 20, was last seen when he left his apartment on Monday evening to go shopping but never returned home. A resident, who lived in the Leubnitz-Neuostra district, found his body Tuesday morning.

Police initially said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, saying on Tuesday: “Up to now there are no indications of foul play.”

But after a flurry of activity on social network sites and inquiries by a local journalist from the newspaper MOPO24 as well as from members of the 35,000-strong Eritrean community in Germany as to how it could be ruled out so quickly that the man had been the victim of assault, police said a murder investigation had been launched.

“From the external marks on the corpse it is not possible to deduce what happened. Due to the fact there is reasonable suspicion to indicate an unnatural death, the murder commission is now investigating,” said a police spokesman, Dieter Kroll. Source: Guardian

There is chatter on social media sites that seems to believe Khaled Idris Bahray may have been a victim of an attack by a sympathizer of the anti-Muslim Pegida movement. The police have yet to disclose a motive in his death.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia’s First Woman President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia's First Woman President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia’s First Woman President (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Conservative populist Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic makes history as the first woman president of Croatia. The electoral commission declared her a winner of presidential runoff against President Ivo Josipovic.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic beat Josipovic more than 50% of the vote to the incumbent’s 49%.

German Tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that Ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoon, Firebombed

German Tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that Ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoon, Firebombed

German Tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that Ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoon, Firebombed (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

German tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that ran a Charlie Hebdo cartoon was firebombed. No-one was at the tabloid, located in the port city of Hamburg, at the time of the bombing.

Hamburg police said it was “too soon” to tell whether there was a connection between the Charlie Hebdo tribute and the firebombing, which would be the first attack against the cartoons since Wednesday’s massacre of 12 people at the French weekly.

“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told AFP.

“Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”

The Hamburger Morgenpost, known locally as the MOPO, had splashed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication with the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”

Police said the attack had occurred at about 0120 GMT and that two men, aged 35 and 39, seen acting suspiciously near the scene were detained and are being questioned. Source: Yahoo News

Family of Slain Paris Grocery Store Gunman Amedy Coulibaly “Condemn These Acts”

Family of Slain Paris Grocery Store Gunman Amedy Coulibaly "Condemn These Acts"

Family of Slain Paris Grocery Store Gunman Amedy Coulibaly “Condemn These Acts”

The family of slain Paris kosher grocery store gunman Amedy Coulibaly issued a statement offering their “sincere condolences” to the victims’ families, the AFP reports.

The statement reads, “We condemn these acts. We absolutely do not share these extreme ideas. We hope there will not be any confusion between these odious acts and the Muslim religion.”

Amedy Coulibaly was killed by police on Friday after he killed four hostages at a Jewish grocery store. He also fatally shot a rookie policewoman, Clarissa Jean-Philippe, in Montrouge on Thursday. French authorities are seeking his “wife,” Hayat Boumeddiene, who they believe is in Syria.

The murdered hostages have been identified as Yohan Cohen, 22, Yoav Hattab, 21, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada.

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny (Map Credit: Google)

Two teens, both aged 16, were arrested for the murder of 79-year-old retired nurse Hyacinth Hayden, who was found fatally stabbed in her Green Park, Trelawny, home on New Year’s Eve.

The boys, who were arrested on Saturday, are expected to be charged on Monday for the Hayden’s murder.

It is a sad commentary that Mrs. Hayden did so much good in the community to have her life taken by two young thugs. That’s assuming they are indeed the murderers and aren’t taking the rap for the real killer or killers.