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July 16th, 2019 by admin

Ottawa Senators outlast Winnipeg Jets as road trip ends with shootout loss

The Winnipeg Jets couldn’t complete the Ontario sweep as they fell to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a shootout settling for a single point.

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For the second straight night the game went right to the wire but unlike the night before against the Toronto Maple Leafs the Jets failed to score the go ahead goal and then lost the game in the shootout. It was the fourth time already this season the Jets have played in back to back nights with their record now 2-1-1 in the second game of the back to backs. The Jets finished the four game road trip with five of a possible eight points.

READ MORE: Winnipeg Jets escape Toronto with a victory

Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson was spectacular at times as he bounced back from a poor performance in his last start against the Montreal Canadiens. He finished the game with 29 saves.  Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien scored the Jets goals in the loss while Cody Ceci and Bobby Ryan found the net for Ottawa.

The Jets failed to score on an early man advantage and soon after the penalty expired the Senators won the offensive zone faceoff. It came back to Ceci and he fired it from the point and the puck appeared to hit Hutchinson in the mask as it sailed into the net. Ceci’s second goal of the season was assisted by Jean-Gabriel Pageau as Ottawa jumped out on top. It was the first time the Sens have scored the games first goal on home ice this season. And it was the only goal of the opening period as the Sens out shot Winnipeg 11-9.

The Senators had several odd man rushes in the first half of the second period as Hutchinson kept the Jets within a single goal. But midway through the second the Jets got caught on a bad line change which led to a Sens 2-on-1. Mika Zibanejad set up Bobby Ryan and he buried the one-timer for his fifth goal of the season and a two goal Ottawa lead.

The Jets finally solved Craig Anderson with 2:41 left in the second period. Blake Wheeler spotted Ladd at the side of the net and the Jets captain deposited the puck behind Anderson before he could get across to hug the goal post. Toby Enstrom also had an assist on Ladd’s fourth goal of the campaign. The Jets trailed 2-1 through 40 minutes with the shots 10 aside in the period.

They opened the third period playing 4-on-4 and just 26 seconds into the final frame Byfuglien stole the puck at his own blueline and skated the length of the ice before muscling a slap shot past Anderson. His fourth goal was unassisted and the Jets were on even terms.

It was a dominating third period for the Jets out shooting Ottawa 14-7. But they couldn’t muster the go ahead goal and Hutchinson was forced to make a pair of big saves in the dieing minutes to send the game to overtime.

Playing 3-on-3 in the extra period Hutchinson robbed Erik Karlsson on a breakaway in the first minute of OT. Both teams had chances to end it but it remained tied through the extra five minute period. The Jets led 7-3 in shots.

In their first shootout of the season Ryan scored on the Sens first attempt but Wheeler replied for the Jets to even it up. Kyle Turris then gave the Sens the lead back as he picked the top corner. Ladd was up next for the Jets but Anderson came sliding out to make the save. Then Zibanejad made it 3-for-3 in the shootout for Ottawa to give the Senators a 3-2 victory.

The Jets had a 40-31 advantage in shots. Byfuglien led the Jets in ice time at 28:04. The Jets were 0/2 on the powerplay and only won 40% of the faceoffs.

The Jets used the same lineup as the night before with Adam Pardy, Paul Postma and Patrice Cormier all healthy scratches. They’ll play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday before embarking on a crucial four game road trip with all four games against Central Division opponents.

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July 16th, 2019 by admin

Scottish man charged in alleged Twitter stock fraud

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted a Scottish man on Thursday for securities fraud after prosecutors say he manipulated stock prices using 桑拿会所.

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James Alan Craig, 62, of Dunragit, Scotland, set up 桑拿会所 accounts in 2013 that appeared to be associated with real market research firms before sending out false Tweets that sent companies’ stock prices plunging, prosecutors said. He is accused of then buying the companies’ stock and profiting when the prices rebounded. Craig caused shareholders to lose more than $1.6 million, according to prosecutors.

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“This investigation dismantled a stock market manipulation scheme that operated with one goal in mind — to falsely defame a company in order to destroy its stock value for financial gain,” FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether Craig had an attorney. An email to a U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman after hours Thursday was not immediately returned.

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Craig targeted the San Francisco Bay area sound technology company Audience and the Washington-based biopharmaceutical firm Sarepta, prosecutors said. He Tweeted that Audience was being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice on rumoured fraud charges and that Sarepta papers had been seized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, prosecutors said.

He is accused both times of using his girlfriend’s TradeMonster account to purchase shares in the companies and then later selling them at a higher price.

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July 16th, 2019 by admin

Alberta native friendship centres help men, boys end violence against females

EDMONTON – Native friendship centres in Alberta are launching a program to help men and boys understand what they can do to end violence against aboriginal women and girls.

The program called “I Am a Kind Man” aims to raise awareness and to teach men to understand their responsibilities.

Merle White of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association says the program is an important step toward the goal of a future with no violence against aboriginal females.

White says the project will be based on native traditional teachings such as the Seven Sacred Rights.

The program is to be offered at Friendship Centres in Edmonton, Calgary, Cold Lake, Grande Prairie, Hinton, Red Deer, Pincher Creek, Peace River and Slave Lake.

Earlier this year the RCMP said 70 per cent of aboriginal females killed in Canada – in cases solved by police – died at the hands of other aboriginals.

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July 16th, 2019 by admin

Man who landed gyrocopter outside Capitol will plead guilty

WASHINGTON – A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America’s most restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol earlier this year will plead guilty to a felony in connection with the incident, his lawyer said Thursday.

Attorney Mark Goldstone said in an email that his client Douglas Hughes is expected to plead guilty to operating a gyrocopter without a license, a felony, on Nov. 20 in federal court in Washington.

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In the email to The Associated Press, Goldstone said Hughes faces three years in prison and the government and Hughes’ defence lawyers agreed that sentencing guidelines don’t apply.

Hughes was arrested April 15 after flying the bare-bones aircraft from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Washington. He said his flight was an act of civil disobedience intended to call attention to the influence of big money in politics.

“Doug Hughes will continue to be a strong voice for campaign finance reform and getting excessive money out of politics and allowing all citizens-regardless of the size of their bank accounts a voice in our democracy,” Goldstone said in an email Thursday.

He added: “Democracy itself is jeopardized when citizens lose the ability to speak to their government and Doug’s dramatic act of aerial civil disobedience was a cry that our democracy is in peril unless ordinary citizens feel free to speak up and have their voices heard by their Government.”

The tail section of Hughes’ gyrocopter carried a Postal Service logo, and Hughes, who is from Ruskin, Florida, was carrying letters for each member of Congress. Hughes was a mailman at the time of his flight.

READ MORE: Pilot who landed gyrocopter at U.S. Capitol facing 6 charges

Hughes said previously that he had rejected a deal that included several years in prison and that if prosecutors continued to insist on “significant hard jail time,” his case would go to trial. He was not immediately reachable by phone Thursday night.

Hughes said spending several years in prison doesn’t seem fair because nobody was hurt and there was no property damage during his flight.

Hughes was indicted on six charges that carried up to 9 and 1/2 years in prison.

William Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, said in an email late Thursday that the office does not comment on the possibility of pleas in its cases and would have no comment in this case.

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July 16th, 2019 by admin

Harper has role to play in Conservative party’s renewal, ex-PM Mulroney says

TORONTO – Former prime minister Stephen Harper has a role to play in helping renew a damaged Conservative party so that it can one day return to government, one of his predecessors said Thursday.

In a speech to the Albany Club, Brian Mulroney said the rebuilding will have to include policies that appeal to a wide spectrum of voters.

“Canada’s vibrant democracy is advanced by the collision of great ideas and the articulation of competing visions for our country,” Mulroney said.

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“It may surprise some but this actually can be done effectively without the politics of personal destruction.”

Only if Conservatives band together, he said in prepared remarks, will Canadians invite them back into government.

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“Change will one day come, but only when Canadians feel that we are worthy of their trust, that we reflect their values, and that we offer them a vision of Canada that is grand, generous and true,” he said.

Mulroney reminded his audience of the Tory party’s long, painful climb back to political respectability after its crushing defeat at the hands of the Liberals in 1993 that followed his two terms as prime minister.

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“Change will one day come, but only when Canadians feel that we are worthy of their trust, that we reflect their values, and that we offer them a vision of Canada that is grand, generous and true,” he said.

“There should be no ideological impediments to our welcome, no narrowness of view, or vindictiveness of spirit as we review, renew and rebuild.”

Mulroney reminded his audience of the Tory party’s long, painful climb back to political respectability after its crushing defeat at the hands of the Liberals in 1993 that followed his two terms as prime minister.

Liberals then governed for 13 uninterrupted years.

“I will leave in silence tonight the reasons for those victories and the roles of those who split the Conservative vote down the middle,” Mulroney said.

“No more magnificent gift has ever been handed over from one opposing party to another in the long and turbulent political history of Canada.”

In the end, he said, people finally came to realize the party had split into two unelectable wings that served only to guarantee successive Liberal victories.

“We do not need to learn this lesson again,” he told the crowd of several hundred, who gave him a prolonged, standing ovation.

To change that dynamic, he said, unity was needed and he praised both Harper and Progressive Conservative stalwart Peter MacKay, who introduced him as speaker, for ensuring that happened.

Now as then, the party still needs Harper, who had rendered “important service” to Canada, to help in the rebuilding, he said.

While Harper was frequently criticized for centralizing power and decision-making in his office, Mulroney stressed the importance of a party’s caucus as a “microcosm of Canada, replete with challenges and achievements, tensions and dreams.”

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Harmonizing the differences into coherent national policy, he said, exemplified the “very essence of Parliamentary democracy.”

Important public policy, he added, requires powerful debate and stirs necessary dissent.

He urged the party to take the time to choose a new leader with care – it chose Rona Ambrose as interim leader Thursday. The party, he said, must articulate a vision and policies with a voice that “eschews harshness” and celebrates the essential goodness of Canadians.

Mulroney also paid brief tribute to rookie Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau, saying there has now been a generational change in Canada.

“Our new prime minister is 43 years old, sparkling with promise and passion,” Mulroney said. “I know that we, and all Canadians, wish him well.”

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June 15th, 2019 by admin

Only 1 in 2 Canadians believe climate change is a serious issue: survey

Climate change is on the world’s radar as a significant issue, but a new survey has found a large difference in levels of concern depending which nation you ask.

A Pew Research Centre survey of 40 nations found a global median of 54 per cent consider climate change a very serious problem.

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Break that down by nation and you’ll find a wild range: China came in at just 18 per cent agreeing, while an overwhelming 86 per cent of Brazil respondents agreed. Canada fell in the middle, with 51 per cent agreeing global climate change is a very serious problem.

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By region, Latin America and Africa were found to be most concerned about climate change.

Nations with the highest carbon emissions per capita —; including Canada, Australia and Russia —; were found to be less concerned about climate change.

“The U.S., with the highest per-capita carbon emissions of the nations surveyed, is among the least concerned about climate change and its potential impact,” the survey stated.

“Publics in Africa, Latin America and Asia, many of which have very low emissions per capita, are frequently the most concerned about the negative effects of climate change.”

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When the effects of climate change are in question, 56 per cent Canadian respondents agreed it’s already causing harm, with a further 25 per cent agreeing it will in the next few years.

As for those harmful affects, 43 per cent of Canadian respondents said drought is their top concern, followed by severe weather (24 per cent), rising sea levels (15 per cent) and extreme heat (nine per cent).

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Of all respondents, 78 per cent support the limiting of greenhouse gas emissions as part of an international agreement; 84 per cent of Canadian respondents agreed.

Canadian women were more likely to agree (81 per cent) than men (66 per cent) that personal changes should be made to reduce the effects of climate change. Overall 73 per cent of Canadians agreed a major life style changed is warranted, a touch higher than the global median of 67 per cent of survey respondents.

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New Democrat supporters (86 per cent) are more likely than Liberal (75 per cent) and Conservative (57 per cent) supporters to agree that individuals will need to make major changes in their daily lives to combat climate change.

The survey was conducted between March and May 2015, and based on a total of 45,435 face-to-face and telephone interviews spread across the 40 countries.

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June 15th, 2019 by admin

Defence bill OK’d by House still blocks Obama from closing Guantanamo Bay

WASHINGTON – The House overwhelmingly backed a $607 billion defence bill that would bar President Barack Obama from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. prisons, setting up a showdown with Congress over his 2008 campaign pledge to close the Cuban facility.

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The long-running dispute heated up on Capitol Hill on Thursday just hours after the House passed the bill, 370-58, and sent it to the Senate, which plans a vote early next week. Three Republican senators from Kansas, Colorado and South Carolina – states where the administration has explored housing Guantanamo terror suspects – held a news conference to make it clear they will fight to prevent moving them to U.S. soil.

Closing the prison was a priority of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and he promised during his first days in office that he would eventually shutter the facility, which he argues is costly and gives extremists a recruiting tool.

The administration is finalizing a plan on closing the prison, which houses 112 detainees, but hasn’t said when it will share it with Congress.

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Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have blocked Obama’s effort for years.

Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on Obama’s nominee to be the next Army secretary to prevent the president from trying to bypass Congress by using his executive authorities to close the prison.

“This administration has continually gone around the Congress and tried to figure out which button to push to irritate Congress the most,” said Roberts, whose state includes Fort Leavenworth. “Well he sure as hell has pushed my button.

“As I have said for years and years, we are not going to have terrorists from Gitmo come to Fort Leavenworth, the intellectual centre of the Army, or any other location in the United States.”

Roberts accused Obama of executive “overreach” and said he would work to continue to withhold congressional funds to move detainees to the United States, which currently is against the law.

As he spoke, Roberts got visibly angry. “Why do we even have a Congress,” he shouted, “if the president can issue an executive order on anything and, in this particular case, endanger our national security?”

Sen. Tim Scott, who visited Guantanamo two weeks ago, said the military prison is a perfect site because it’s hours away from Havana and is surrounded by mountains, water and desert.

“To consider a domestic location is, in my opinion, the worst decision for America’s national security,” said Scott, whose state is home to the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, another prospective site for detainees.

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Sen. Cory Gardner said the facility being considered to house Guantanamo detainees in his state is a closed state prison that would cost millions to retrofit. He said the administration has violated current law that bans taxpayer money from being used to “assist in the transfer” of detainees.

“It’s hard for me to believe that you can send a team of experts to analyze where you’re going to send detainees to fulfil a campaign promise if you haven’t spent any money,” he said.

Roberts said the White House plan has not yet been presented in any detail to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

At a separate news conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she is upset that the Republicans have prevented Obama from closing Guantanamo, “which he set out to do, and which he had a plan to do – and he does have a plan to do now.”

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest hinted that the president might use his executive authority to close the prison. Obama wants to work with Congress to close Guantanamo, but “if Congress continues to refuse,” the president will explore all other options, Earnest said.

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When asked again Thursday about the prospect of executive action to shut the prison, Earnest said the administration continues to believe that Congress should remove the obstacles it has imposed to closing it. He said that closing the prison makes national security and fiscal sense because spending to hold prisoners at Guantanamo far exceeds what the U.S. spends to detain and incarcerate terrorists on U.S. soil.

Earnest said there was no veto threat but that the president still must review the bill that passed on Thursday.

Obama vetoed the original defence policy bill over a larger spending issue. But that dispute was resolved, and Obama on Monday signed a bipartisan budget bill that avoids a catastrophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fighting over federal spending and debt until after next year’s presidential and congressional elections.

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June 15th, 2019 by admin

IIO not commenting on alleged suspension of high-ranking staff member

The Independent Investigations Office isn’t commenting after a report one of their members was suspended following an embarrassing Halloween party incident.

Clinton Sadlemyer is the organization’s Director of Legal Services, and served as Acting Chief Civilian Director for several months this year.

But former police officer Leo Knight of Prime Time Crime says he was suspended after wearing a Guy Fawkes mask at an October 31 office party.

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The reason? The IIO’s highest-profile investigation this year involved an RCMP officer fatally shooting James McIntyre, a 48-year-old Dawson Creek resident – and McIntyre was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask when he was shot.

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Knight says complaints were quickly made by several staff members, and Sadlemyer was suspended for two weeks without pay.

The IIO and provincial government wouldn’t confirm the report, but did admit an incident of some sort occurred at the party.

“We are aware of the reports related to an incident at the IIO involving a member of the staff. As this is an HR matter, I can’t speak to the details. What I can say is that we expect members of the public service – wherever they work – to adhere to the standards of conduct,” said a Ministry of Justice spokesperson.

“I’m confident that Mr. Rosenthal and the IIO has addressed this issue sufficiently and that this isn’t reflective of any larger concerns in the organization.”

Marten Youssef, Manager of Strategic Communications for the IO, said they were also aware of the report.

“IIO staff are members of the BC public service and are expected to adhere to the highest standard of conduct. In this instance, steps have been taken to reinforce those standards,” he wrote in a statement.

“This is a personnel matter and as such, we are not able to comment further.”

June 15th, 2019 by admin

Busy beavers working to beat winter

LETHBRIDGE – Coreen Putman’s been with Lethbridge’s Helen Schuler Nature Centre for over a decade and this fall she’s noticed something odd.

“It does feel a little bit later than usual for this amount of construction activity to be happening,” said Putman, the Nature Centre’s coordinator. “The beavers have been really hard at work, trying to get some trees out into the river.”

Trees felled, just off the Oldman river. It’s the work of some very determined beavers and the timing of it is quite unusual.

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“We usually see this type of activity around the end of the summer and in the early part of the fall,” Putman said.

For the busy beavers the unseasonably warm temperatures couldn’t have come at a better time. They’re way behind schedule, building what Putman believes is their winter homes. But the question remains, why have they started construction so late?

“I would take a guess that something probably happened in the area where they were at before,” Putman said. “So that caused them to have to get up and move, and they won’t survive the winter without a lodge.”

So many felled trees in one area can pull at the heartstrings. But naturalists, like Coreen, believe Beavers are an essential part of the environment.

“They’re helping actually to slow the river down, they’re helping to improve water quality, they’re helping to provide fish habitat, they’re helping to provide habitat for birds,” Putman said.

But the survival of these beavers might come down to the weather.

“It’s been nice, and they forecast a pretty nice winter,” Putman said. “So it’s hard to say, but in nature that happens. Not every individual survives through every season, through every year.”

Warm temperatures in the coming days should give the beavers a better chance to finish their home.

June 15th, 2019 by admin

Premier courts Edmonton business audience

EDMONTON – For the first time, Rachel Notley gave a State of the Province speech. It comes in the midst of the economic downturn and questions about future.

The premier spoke to an audience of 2,000 at the Edmonton Expo Centre Thursday afternoon.

“This government has reached into the business community very deeply in recent weeks and months,” said Janet Riopel of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce after the speech.

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The premier touched on several previously talked about issues including defending the recent deficit budget, and the need to work with the business community to diversify the province’s economy.

“Alberta is dealing with serious challenges,” said Notely.

“There are a lot of different tools we can use to promote diversification,” she added, “and support businesses as they move forward on them.”

The premier also talked about her support of the Energy East pipeline.

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But questions remain as business leaders await the report from the climate change advisory panel.  There are some questions about whether the two initiatives can work hand-in-hand.

“We can do that in a collaborative way, showing some leadership with industry, while still ensuring they have a business plan that goes forward in a responsible way,” said the premier.

“We very much are supportive of things that will continue to build and job create,” added Riopel. “We need that.”

“It’s a very critical time,” Riopel stressed.

The premier received a warm welcome for her speech.  It was in contrast to the more muted response from the Calgary chamber last month.

Edmonton business leaders note the city’s economy has remained more robust than elsewhere in the province, but there’s worry the negative impacts will deepen next year.

“Our business community if very fragile right now,” said Riopel.

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