April 23, 2018

Van hits pedestrians in Toronto, extent of injuries unclear: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- A white van hit pedestrians in Toronto, Canada, Monday, injuring a possible eight to 10 people, police said. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear, police said. “1:27 pm, police were called to Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East, for a collision," Toronto Police tweeted. "A Media Sgt from traffic services is on their way to the scene. Too early to confirm the number of pedestrians struck or their injuries. More to come.” Multiple police vehicles could be seen where the incident occurred. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
April 23, 2018

British royals Princess Kate, Prince William set to welcome 3rd child

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Princess Kate are set to become the parents of three children. Kate, 36, entered labor with her third child Monday, Kensington Palace announced. The palace announced on Twitter Kate was taken to St. Mary's Hospital "in the early stages of labour" Monday morning along with husband William. The newborn will join siblings Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 on May 2. The baby is set to be born in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the same London hospital where Kate gave birth to George and Charlotte. The newborn will be fifth in line to the British throne after the child's grandfather, Prince Charles, father, William, brother, George and sister, Charlotte. The reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne in 1952. The baby is the queen's sixth great-grandchild. Early in her pregnancy Kate suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness, as she did with her first two pregnancies. Kensington Palace announced Kate's pregnancy in September. During her pregnancy, Kate maintained a busy pace of royal engagements, including a trip with William to Norway and Sweden and the launch of a mental health program in schools. She is expected to now take time off from official royal duties, as she did after the births of her older children. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
April 23, 2018

British royals Princess Kate, Prince William welcome a baby boy

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William and Princess Kate have welcomed a baby boy. Kate, 36, delivered a son in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital, Kensington Palace announced. The newborn, the third child of William and Kate, weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces at birth. He was born at 11:01 a.m., local time. William, 35, was present for the birth of his third child, according to Kensington Palace. "The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news," Kensington Palace said in a statement. "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well." The newborn will join siblings Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 May 2. The baby will be Queen Elizabeth II's sixth great-grandchild. Early in her pregnancy, Kate suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness, as she did with her first two pregnancies. Kensington Palace announced Kate's pregnancy in September. During her pregnancy, Kate maintained a busy pace of royal engagements, including a trip with William to Norway and Sweden and the launch of a mental health program in schools. She is expected to now take time off from official royal duties, as she did after the births of her older children. How the baby's birth is announced Once Kate gave birth, Queen Elizabeth and the royal family were notified before a public announcement was made by Kensington Palace on Twitter. In keeping with tradition, a statement was later posted on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, just as it was after George and Charlotte's births. Bells will toll, and there will be the traditional gun salute as the country celebrates the new heir. The new baby's place in the royal family When the baby is born, history will be made as Charlotte will be the first female to retain her claim to the throne, regardless of the baby’s gender. The Succession to the Crown Act 2013, which was passed when Kate was pregnant with George, states that succession to the throne would be based wholly on birth order, not gender. George is third in line to the throne and Charlotte is currently fourth in line to the throne. William and Kate's third child will become fifth in line to the throne. Prince Harry will be bumped down to sixth in line to the throne. Like George and Charlotte, this child will also be designated as His or Her Royal Highness and will have the title of Prince or Princess. Delivery at the Lindo Wing Kate had all the amenities of a five-star hotel inside the Lindo Wing, including freshly-prepared meals and afternoon tea service and champagne available for those who request it. Birthing packages at the exclusive Lindo Wing start at 5,900 pounds, or around 8,300 U.S. dollars, for a one-night stay, with a standard room package. Deluxe packages at the hospital start at 6,275 pounds, or nearly 9,000 U.S. dollars. The Lindo Wing is where the late Princess Diana also delivered both William and Harry. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
April 22, 2018

Natalie Portman snubs $1 million award, blames Benjamin Netanyahu

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Natalie Portman has drawn ire from her native Israel after declaring to boycott receiving a $1 million award known as the "Jewish Nobel." But the activist actress explained the rationale behind not attending the fete, for which she was going to be the prize laureate: It was a direct rebuke against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a post on the Oscar winner's Instagram account, she wrote, "I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony." She added that she is not part of a Palestinian-inspired movement known as Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions -- or BDS. Instead, she said she was determined to hold Israel's leadership accountable for what she stated were a mix of malfeasance. "The mistreatment of those suffering from today’s atrocities is simply not in line with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality and abuse of power," she wrote. "Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can be critical of the leadership in Israel without wanting to boycott the entire nation." Portman stressed that she intends to support "a number of charities in Israel," which she said she will name soon. But the organization that was set to recognize Portman -- the Genesis Foundation, which launched in 2003 to laud Jewish achievement to the humanities -- announced that it was "very saddened" by her decision. The foundation still maintains Portman's picture and accolade on its website and has a banner that reads, "Congratulations Natalie Portman, 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate." It announced it was canceling the prize ceremony, however, which was scheduled for June 28. "We fear that Ms. Portman's decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid," according to a statement. Portman was criticized by some in the Israeli government. Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz stated that to boycott Israel "has elements of anti-Semitism." And the country's internal security minister, Gilad Erdan, penned a letter to Portman alluding to Star Wars metaphors to drive home his point. “Anakin Skywalker, a character you know well from Star Wars, underwent a similar process. He began to believe that the Jedi Knights were evil, and that the forces of the Dark Side were the protectors of democracy. I call upon you not to let the Dark Side win.” Netanyahu had not responded to Portman's award snub as of Sunday afternoon. Portman did not specify what Netanyahu had specifically done to cause her to boycott the award ceremony. But the prime minister has drawn criticism for his handling of Palestinian affairs, among other foreign matters. He has also been suspected of corruption at home. In February, Netanyahu was questioned for more than four hours by Israeli police at his residence in Jerusalem as part of an investigation of a corruption case. He still remains a suspect in the case. Israeli police announced at the time that there was "sufficient evidence" against the prime minister in both cases "for the offense of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust." Israeli police accuse Netanyahu, known by the nickname "Bibi," of accepting at least 1 million shekels, around $283,000, in gifts and bribes. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.