15. 04. 2019
Oilers add to Florida’s sudden woes, top Panthers 4-2

Oilers add to Florida’s sudden woes, top Panthers 4-2

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida won a fight that everyone knew was coming.

What the Panthers needed more, however, was a win on the scoreboard — which they didn’t get. So a team that was unbeatable for about a month now suddenly can’t beat anyone.

Taylor Hall scored twice and added an assist, Cam Talbot stopped 30 shots and the Edmonton Oilers added to Florida’s slide by beating the Panthers 4-2 on Monday night.

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    Teddy Purcell assisted on both of Hall’s goals and added the clincher with 1:28 left for the Oilers, who built a 3-0 lead and withstood a Florida rally in the final 20 minutes.

    “Pretty good hockey game,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said.

    “It went back and forth. We owned parts of the game. They owned chunks of the game. It was good for us to experience that on the road.”

    Jordan Eberle also scored for the Oilers.

    Reilly Smith and Quinton Howden scored early in the third period for Florida, which has dropped four straight since winning 12 in a row. Al Montoya gave up three goals on the first seven shots he faced, and the Panthers had their club-record home winning streak snapped at seven games.

    Since their winning streak, the Panthers have been outscored 16-5 — yet remain in the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.

    “Half a game again,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “It’s not good enough. We give them a couple of goals, we give them, I don’t know, four or five breakaways tonight. We gave them odd-man rushes. It wasn’t a fun game to coach.”

    Purcell’s goal came when Montoya was heading toward the bench for an extra attacker, then turned back but not in time to make what would have been a spectacular save. Montoya stopped 19 shots.

    “We’ve got to settle it down and kind of re-evaluate how we’ve been playing and what’s going wrong,” Florida’s Nick Bjugstad said. “We can’t overthink it, but we do have to address some things.”

    Florida was again without All-Star defenceman Aaron Ekblad, who hasn’t played since taking a huge hit from Edmonton’s Matt Hendricks on Jan. 11. Hendricks was penalized for boarding and subsequently suspended three games for the play, coincidentally returning to the Oilers’ lineup Monday.

    And Florida was waiting for him.

    Fans booed him when he got on the ice, and raised their volume when Hendricks was shown on the scoreboard video screens early in the game. Moments after that, Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson squared off with Hendricks — getting at least 11 right-handed punches in, while the Oilers’ forward did all he could just to stay on his feet.

    “That’s what fighting does,” Hall said. “People that want fighting out of the game, sometimes you just need some fisticuffs to settle things down and square off as a team and then we go play hockey. I thought it was a great response by Hendo. He’s the type of guy that thrives on that stuff.”

    READ MORE: Oilers Hendricks suspended 3 games for hit on Ekblad

    Hall opened the scoring not even 2 minutes after the fight ended, taking a pass from Purcell near centre ice after a Florida turnover and coming in on a breakaway. He beat Montoya to the stick side, and Eberle’s goal with 2:08 left in the first gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead.

    Hall struck again early in the second, again getting set up by Purcell.

    Talbot gave up the two quick ones to Smith and Howden early in the third, but settled back into a groove from there and denied two big Florida flurries in the final minutes.

    Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left in the second period with a hand injury that apparently occurred while he was blocking a shot.

    “And it’s going to be a long-term injury,” McLellan said.

15. 04. 2019
Saskatoon a ‘leader’ with AEDs: MD Ambulance

Saskatoon a ‘leader’ with AEDs: MD Ambulance

SASKATOON – First responders know when it comes to cardiac arrest, every second counts. But according to a new study, if you’re living in a highrise, it could affect your chances of survival.

A study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests high-rise homes are more challenging to get to and the floor you live on matters.

“The increasing number of people living in highrise buildings presents unique challenges to care and may cause delays for 911-initiated first responders,” the study notes.

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    Out of the 7,842 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases, survival was greater on lower floors.

    “As more highrise buildings are constructed in urban centres across Canada, the number of 911 calls for emergency medical services in highrise buildings will also continue to increase. Furthermore, over 40 per cent of homeowners over the age of 65 years reside in high-rise buildings,” the report says.

    Building access issues, elevator delays and extended distance from the location of the responding vehicle to the patient can all contribute to delays in response times.

    Troy Davies, director of public affairs and media relations with MD Ambulance Care says Saskatoon’s Heart Safe program tries to prevent that from happening through pushing for more automated external defibrillators throughout the city.

    “We have over 800 businesses in our city that are heart safe and for that particular reason. You can’t get everywhere in that 10 minute window that we usually use. Four to six minutes and you’re talking brain damage,” he said.

    AEDs can be found in businesses, churches and condos in Saskatoon. Davies says the technology is life-changing.

    “Saskatoon is a leader. Twenty lives saved. The last most recent one we had was in August at the airport. TCU Place had a save last year. It’s the way of the future,” he said.

15. 04. 2019
Residents unhappy with proposed building, now two storeys taller – Halifax

Residents unhappy with proposed building, now two storeys taller – Halifax

A proposed residential building that was not recommended by Halifax Regional Municipality staff partially because it was too tall for the area has returned for approval two storeys taller.

“We are not asking to change the neighbourhood,” said Greg Johnston, an architect for Paul Skerry Associates, which submitted the plan for Mythos Developments Ltd.

He spoke at a public meeting hosted by Districts 7 & 8 Planning Advisory Committee Monday evening about the design.

The nine-storey building, which would be erected at 6389 and 6395 North Street, would have 106 units.

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The Halifax Forum’s Maritime Hall was where the meeting was held; about 150 people attended.

The 75-unit building was previously pitched to be erected at 6395 North Street and reach seven storeys in height.

It was not recommended because it was too tall, among other reasons detailed in a staff report (PDF).

Fast forward to 2016: the developer is now pitching a nine-storey, 106-unit version (PDF), which would be located at both 6389 and 6395 North Street.

“It grew, and it’s far, far, too dense and immense for the lot,” said Joan Fraser, who spoke at the meeting.

She added that, with a school nearby, the potential increased traffic could be dangerous.

The main issue was the size of the building, especially now that it’s even taller.

“We’re not saying ‘no’ to development. We’re just saying: ‘Why are you doing it like this?'” said Pat White. “I feel distrust.”

Johnston said the developer asked the community for feedback and made adjustments to the design accordingly.

Jennifer Watts, councillor for Halifax Peninsula North, said she’s keeping an “open mind” about the project.

The next step for the proposal is for it to be seen by the Planning Advisory Committee, which will make some recommendations; a staff report could be in councillors’ hands in about four to six months, she said.

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15. 03. 2019
Search off Hawaii finds life rafts but no sign of 12 Marines

Search off Hawaii finds life rafts but no sign of 12 Marines

HONOLULU – Authorities searching the area where two Marine helicopters crashed off Hawaii have found some life rafts that were carried aboard the aircraft, but still no sign of the 12 crew members who were on board.

The Coast Guard said Monday that three of the four life rafts confirmed to have been aboard the helicopters have been recovered and efforts were being made to recover the fourth. Some of the rafts were inflated, but it was unclear how they came to be inflated, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers said.

There is no indication that anyone was aboard the rafts, based on their condition and the lack of any personal effects, she said.

The search for the Marines entered its fourth day Monday, with plans to search into the night. Conditions have improved since the start of the search, with much smaller swells expected Monday.

Various agencies have been searching above water, below water and along the shoreline since the Coast Guard was notified late Thursday by a civilian who saw the aircraft flying and then saw a fireball.

WATCH: 12 Marines are identified as missing after two helicopters crash

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The Marines were alerted when the CH-53E helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base at Kaneohe Bay following a nighttime training mission. Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter and C-130 airplane spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu.

The crash was near the north shore, but the search area spans from the western coast of Oahu to the northeast corner of the island. At this point, it’s still a search for survivors, Mooers said.

The Coast Guard assumes the best-case scenario when considering how long someone in the right equipment and right conditions could survive, she said.

READ MORE: 12 feared dead after US military helicopter crash in Hawaii

“We err on the side of caution because the last thing that anybody wants is to suspend the search when there’s still a possibility of finding somebody,” she said.

Marine Capt. Timothy Irish said Monday that aircrews wear personal flotation devices with their flight suits and get additional training on top of survival swimming training. There are various ways that life rafts could be inflated, including a cord being pulled by debris, he said.

Mooers said people have been founds days or even weeks after they’ve been at sea.

Survival would entail overcoming many factors, including surviving the crash, being conscious for impact, being overwhelmed by water, and then facing dehydration, exposure and fatigue, said Mario Vittone, a retired Coast Guardsman who is an expert on sea survival. Vittone said survival seems unlikely, but he noted that he doesn’t know all the circumstances and there’s nothing unusual in the length of the search so far.

The transport helicopters were part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Known as Super Stallions, they are the U.S. military’s largest helicopter, capable of carrying a light armoured vehicle, 16 tons of cargo or a team of combat-equipped Marines, according to a Marine Corps website.

The wing’s commanding general, Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn, told reporters Sunday he has personal experience with the “emotional roller coaster” families of the 12 Marines are experiencing.

His wife went through similar emotions when he was shot down 25 years ago during Operation Desert Storm and was listed as missing in action, he said.

Some family members were holding out hope that survivors could be found, while asking for privacy as they waited for updates.

“My husband and I want everyone to know that this is not about us,” Donna McGrew, mother of Maj. Shawn Campbell of College Station, Texas, said in a statement. “This is about the families that are suffering, and about all the sacrifices that our military members and their families make on a daily basis.”

The Coast Guard initially reported that the choppers had collided, but Irish said Friday that he did not know if the accident was a collision. The cause remained under investigation.

Mooers said the helicopters carry flight data recorders known as black boxes, but they have not been recovered.

A salvage ship from the Military Sealift Command arrived late Sunday from Pearl Harbor. It is supporting a Navy unit’s efforts to perform an underwater search of the aircrafts’ last known position with sonar and a remotely operated vehicle, the Coast Guard said in a news release. Searches by the unit on Sunday did not find any debris, the release said.

15. 03. 2019
DeRozan, Lowry combine for 61 points to lead Raptors past Nets

DeRozan, Lowry combine for 61 points to lead Raptors past Nets

TORONTO – Kyle Lowry poured in 31 points while DeMar DeRozan added 30 to lift the Toronto Raptors to their fifth straight win Monday, a 112-100 victory over the beleaguered Brooklyn Nets.

It was a fitting performance by the duo on a night announcers reminded fans to vote the Raptors into next month’s NBA all-star game in Toronto.

DeRozan’s big game came hours after he was named one of 30 finalists for the U.S. Olympic team.

Terrence Ross added 12 for Toronto (26-15), while Patrick Patterson finished with 12.

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Brook Lopez topped the Nets (11-31) with 29 points, while Joe Johnson added 22.

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The Raptors were playing their first of seven games at home, finally back after an 11-day road trip that culminated with a 106-103 overtime win versus Orlando at London last Thursday.

Toronto’s win streak started with a 91-74 win at Brooklyn on June 6. Since then, the struggling Nets fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King. Assistant Tony Brown is serving as the interim head coach, and the team remains without a GM.

But the Raptors never led by more than nine points, and trailed 84-81 heading into the fourth quarter. A thrilling 10-0 Raptors run that Lowry capped by draining a three-pointer with 3:34 to play finally gave Toronto some breathing room, and a 108-98 lead.

The Raptors would stretch their advantage to 14 points, and in the final minute coach Dwane Casey subbed his starters out of the game to a loud ovation.

Monday was Martin Luther King Day in the U.S., and both teams wore “MLK” in honour of the civil rights activist.

“As a young boy growing up in small-town rural Kentucky, I’ve seen far more than I needed to see and experience as far as segregation and discrimination,” Casey said. “I think the NBA has done a great job of recognizing (what King’s work meant for the league), and making sure that stays in the forefront, because I wouldn’t be standing right here right now if it wasn’t for him.”

The Raptors got off to a slow start, allowing the Nets to shoot 58 per cent in the first quarter. Joe Johnson scored 13 points in the frame, and the Nets took a 29-19 lead into the second.

Toronto roared back in the second and went ahead by a point when Lowry drilled a three with six minutes remaining. But Lopez had three baskets and a pair of big rebounds over the final 2:21 and the Raptors went into the halftime dressing room with a narrow 52-49 lead.

15. 03. 2019
China economic growth edged down to 6.8 per cent last quarter

China economic growth edged down to 6.8 per cent last quarter

BEIJING – China’s economic growth edged down to 6.8 per cent in the final quarter of 2015 as trade and consumer spending weakened, dragging full-year growth to its lowest in 25 years.

Growth has fallen steadily over the past five years as the ruling Communist Party tries to steer away from a worn-out model based on investment and trade toward self-sustaining growth driven by domestic consumption and services. But the unexpectedly sharp decline over the past two years prompted fears of a politically dangerous spike in job losses.

Full-year growth declined to 6.9 per cent, government data showed Tuesday. That was the lowest since sanctions imposed on Beijing following its crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement caused growth to plummet to 3.8 per cent in 1990.

The October-December growth figure was the lowest quarterly expansion since the aftermath of the global financial crisis, when growth slumped to 6.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2009. Growth in the July-September quarter of 2009 was 6.9 per cent.

WATCH: Markets shake after China halts trading again

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Growth in investment in factories, housing and other fixed assets, a key economic driver, weakened to 12 per cent in 2015, down 2.9 percentage points from the previous year. Retail sales growth cooled to 10.6 per cent from 2014’s 12 per cent.

“The international situation remains complex,” said Wang Bao’an, commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics, as a news conference. “Restructuring and upgrading is in an uphill stage. Comprehensively deepening reform is a daunting task.”

Growth was in line with private sector forecasts and the ruling Communist Party’s official target of about 7 per cent for the year.

Beijing responded to ebbing growth by cutting interest rates six times since November, 2014, and launched measures to help exporters and other industries. But economists note China still relies on state-led construction spending and other investment.

December exports shrank 1.4 per cent from a year earlier, well below the ruling party’s target of 6 per cent growth in total trade. For the full year, exports were down 7.6 per cent, a blow to industries that employ millions of Chinese workers.

READ MORE: Wall Street sees worst-ever start to a year

Forecasters see indications retail sales and other activity accelerated toward the end of 2015, suggesting Beijing’s efforts to put a floor under the downturn are gaining traction.

“The growth picture remains two-sided. The real estate construction slump and weak exports continued to weigh on activity,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics in a report.

“Meanwhile, though, consumption continued to expand robustly, supported by solid wage growth,” said Kuijs. “The robust growth in the consumption and services nexus is key for policymakers. They need it to avoid labour market stress.”

Spending on online commerce grew by 33.3 per cent over 2014. Wang said the share of total economic activity accounted for by consumption rose to 56.4 per cent, up 15 percentage points from 2014.

Forecasters expect economic growth to decline further this year, with the International Monetary Fund targeting a 6.3 per cent expansion.

15. 03. 2019
Study questions link between teen pot smoking and IQ decline

Study questions link between teen pot smoking and IQ decline

NEW YORK – A new analysis is challenging the idea that smoking marijuana during adolescence can lead to declines in intelligence.

Instead, the new study says, pot smoking may be merely a symptom of something else that’s really responsible for a brainpower effect seen in some previous research.

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    It’s not clear what that other factor is, said Joshua Isen, an author of the analysis. But an adolescent at risk for smoking pot “is probably going to show this IQ drop regardless of whether he or she is actually smoking marijuana,” said Isen, a lecturer in psychology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

    The study was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some prior research has led to suggestions that the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to harm from marijuana.

    Studying the topic is difficult because children can’t ethically be randomly chosen to either take illicit drugs or abstain for years so that their outcomes can be compared. Scientists have to assess what people do on their own.

    For the new work, the researchers examined data that had been collected for two big U.S. studies of twins. They focused on 3,066 participants who were given a battery of intelligence tests at ages 9 to 12 – before any of them had used marijuana – and again at ages 17 to 20.

    They tracked changes in the test scores and studied whether those trajectories were worse for marijuana users than for non-users. Most tests revealed no difference between the two groups, but users did fare more poorly than abstainers in tests of vocabulary and general knowledge.

    READ MORE: Critics calling on Trudeau government to include pardons when revamping marijuana laws

    If smoking pot harmed test scores, the researchers reasoned, people who’d smoked more pot should show poorer trends than those who’d smoked less. But that’s not what the data revealed. Among users, those who’d smoked more than 30 times or used it daily for more than a six-month stretch didn’t do worse.

    The study also looked at 290 pairs of twins in which one had used marijuana and the other had not. The members of each pair had grown up together and 137 sets were identical twins so they shared the same DNA. Again, the pot users did not fare worse than their abstaining twin siblings.

    So, the researchers concluded, pot smoking itself does not appear responsible for declines in test scores. Isen noted, however, that the work says nothing about other potential harmful consequences of smoking marijuana in adolescence.

    Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said that while the study has some limitations, it is important and deserves to be followed up with more research. She noted the government has already launched a project to follow about 10,000 children over time to assess the impact of marijuana and other drug use.

    A prominent 2012 study had indicated long-term IQ harm from pot smoking in teenagers. An author of that research said the new work does not conflict with her finding. Terrie Moffitt of Duke University said her study dealt with marijuana use that was far more serious and longer-lasting than the levels reported in the new work.

15. 03. 2019
NDG gymnastics group still in limbo after more than two years

NDG gymnastics group still in limbo after more than two years

MONTREAL — The borough of Côte-de-Neige-NDG handed out a $9,000 grant to the Flexart gymnastics organization after it was kicked out of the Snowdon Theatre for renovations.

But it’s hardly a substitute for a practice space.

“Nothing has happened,” said parent Petra Kocur.

Flexart was a long-time tenant of the closed Snowdon Theatre until October 2013, when officials told them they had to find new digs due to safety concerns.

More than two years later, the theatre is still closed and the membership of the group is less than half of what it was, Kocur said.

Officials believe that, as the recipients of a $9,000 grant given out Monday night, the group is benefiting from city efforts.

Borough Mayor Russell Copeman said the city has tried to find a permanent home for the group in vain.

“I don’t think the issue is money, the issue is space,” he said.

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15. 02. 2019
Courts to decide public access to prized fishing lake

Courts to decide public access to prized fishing lake

NEAR MERRITT – A small lake adjacent to the Okanagan Connector is known for producing giant-sized Rainbow trout.

But for many years, public access to Corbett Lake has been blocked off by the owners of the lake’s fishing lodge.

The Nicola Valley Fish & Game Club believes the lake should be accessible to everyone.

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“He fenced off the public access and put up no trespassing signs and everybody thought that was a legal thing to do but in fact it wasn’t,” says club spokesperson Rick McGowan. “It’s a public road and you can’t close a public road without going through the highways road closure process, which has never happened.”

McGowan says they’ve got the legal documents to prove their point.

To push the issue, club members ice-fished the lake twice in the past year.

Some were charged with criminal mischief and ordered by the courts to stay 400 metres away from the water.

“We don’t look at it as civil disobedience,” says McGowan. “The crimes being committed are on the other side for the illegal blocking of public roads.”

The club claims the Douglas Lake Ranch is also wrongly blocking public access to two prime fishing lakes south of Kamloops.

McGowan says they look forward to arguing the issue in court.

“It’s private entrepreneurs wanting to lock the public out to take control of those lakes. That’s what’s going on.”

One of the owners of Corbett Lake Lodge turned down an interview request by Global Okanagan News, referring us their recent advertisement in the Merritt Herald newspaper.

It says the provincial government has determined the land around the lake is private property and the owners have the legal right to close off public access.

McGowan says people from all over the province have donated more than $100,000 to help fund the club’s legal fight, adding he’s willing to go to jail over the issue.

“We want to fight this fight to protect public spaces for all future generations.”

15. 02. 2019
B.C. wineries look for clarity in wine labelling

B.C. wineries look for clarity in wine labelling

BURNABY – When it comes to wine labels, John Skinner is all about seeking the truth. The owner of Penticton-based Painted Rock Estate Winery has been fighting to ensure wines produced in other countries are labeled accurately.

He, along with several small and medium wineries, doesn’t want those wines confused with British Columbia wines. 

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“If you pick up a bottle that says ‘cellared in Canada’ or ‘bottled in British Columbia’ and you don’t know that the juice came from Chile, that undermines the brand of British Columbia wines that we are trying to build on the international stage,” Skinner says.

Several wineries in B.C. say the marketing and labelling of some wines sold in our province are too similar to Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) wines, which are made from 100 per cent B.C. grapes.

B.C. VQA certified wines must meet rigorous standards. Wines not bearing the B.C. VQA symbol and not tasted for quality may be labelled “product of British Columbia.” These wines are still made from B.C. grapes, but have not gone through the B.C. VQA certification process.

Blended wines, on the other hand, are often labelled “cellared in Canada from imported and domestic wines” or “bottled in B.C.” There is nothing to indicate the country where the grapes came from, so those same bottles often end up in the B.C. wine section of a liquor store.

Under Canadian federal law, all wine sold in Canada must contain a statement of origin on the label. However, the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency is currently allowing wineries to only say the bottle is a blend of international and domestic wines, rather than listing which countries the grapes originated from.

Wine lawyer Mark Hicken says, “From the perspective of the larger wineries that are producing those blended wines, their view is that they are compliant with the federal law because they are following what the federal agency is telling them, but the smaller wineries would like to see an actual statement of origin on the label.”

Skinner adds, “When people are producing wines and making them sound like they come from British Columbia and deceiving the consumer, the consumer has a jaundiced view of British Columbia wines and we can’t tolerate that anymore.”

Cellared in Canada wine often contains grapes bought in bulk from places like Chile, California, and Australia. Commodity wines often sell for less than $11 a bottle. About 30 per cent of the B.C. wine market is made up of this type of wine. Lesley Brown from Trialto Wine Group, a premium wine agency, says, “There’s a majority of consumers purchasing those wines [who] believe they are Canadian wines and that’s an issue.”

Skinner says, “Any other food product requires you to say where it came from – except this stuff. This is appalling.” Still, he adds, “This will be solved because the consumer will not tolerate this anymore.”