SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP are examining possible links between two violent incidents in British Columbia’s Okanagan less than 24 hours before a deadly police-involved shooting Tuesday on Vancouver Island.Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says a preliminary investigation has uncovered possible ties between a shooting that severely injured a man in Vernon and a carjacking in Penticton that injured another victim and ended with the theft of his vehicle.The Vernon shooting happened at around noon on Monday, and Shoihet says a suspect was seen leaving the area in a 1996 grey Ford Crown Victoria.Several hours later, RCMP in Penticton were alerted to a man allegedly carrying a gun and matching the description of the suspect in Vernon, followed just minutes afterwards by a call about a carjacking and the theft of a Pontiac Vibe.The suspect escaped and the RCMP say in a news release the Pontiac was traced to a B.C. ferry arriving in Nanaimo on Tuesday morning, when police intercepted the vehicle as it left the vessel.An unnamed driver was killed Tuesday when shots were fired at the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, and the province’s police watchdog is now investigating.“Investigators are actively working to either confirm or eliminate information in order to conclusively determine if the various incidents are connected, if they are connected to a single individual, or if others are involved,” the RCMP says in the release.Police said Thursday they located the Ford Crown Victoria they had been looking for after a public appeal.Const. Kelly Brett also said the 24-year-old man shot in Vernon remains in hospital in serious condition.The RCMP investigation must take care not to impede the Independent Investigations Office as it looks into the Nanaimo shooting, says Supt. Ray Carfantan, assistant district officer of the RCMP’s southeast district.“While we wish to advance these investigations, we must be mindful of the nexus to the ongoing Nanaimo investigation by the Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia,” he says in the news release. “We will continue to support the investigative needs of our units here in the Okanagan to enhance public safety, while respecting that the IIO BC leads the investigation on Vancouver Island.”Ron MacDonald, the chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office, has said the agency must determine a number of things in its investigation, including whether the suspect was armed when he was stopped on Tuesday and if there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police.The agency investigates all police incidents that result in death or serious injury.
OTTAWA – The Liberal government’s sweeping new security legislation would limit — but not eliminate — controversial powers that allow Canada’s spy agency to actively disrupt terror plots.The long-awaited bill introduced Tuesday pulls back on other elements of legislation ushered in by the Conservatives, charts new paths for Canada’s security services in data-crunching and cyberwarfare, and bolsters accountability and review in the often murky world of intelligence.The 150-page bill, unassumingly entitled, “An act respecting national security matters,” follows federal consultations that attracted input from tens of thousands of Canadians.The government’s primary goal with the legislation is to strike a balance between keeping Canadians safe and respecting their rights and freedoms, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference.“Canadians unequivocally want accountability, transparency and effectiveness from their security and intelligence agencies,” Goodale said. “They also expect compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and respect for privacy.”The legislation fleshes out Liberal campaign promises to repeal some elements of a contentious omnibus bill brought in by Stephen Harper’s government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill in October 2014.In the House of Commons, Goodale came under fire from both sides: the Conservatives accused the Liberals of making things harder for security forces, while the NDP complained they’d not done enough to erase the Harper measures.The Conservatives gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit authority to derail terrorist threats, expanding on the service’s traditional intelligence-collection mandate. However, many Canadians expressed concerns that such disruption activities could violate the Constitution.The Liberal legislation requires CSIS to seek a warrant for any threat reduction measure that would “limit” a right or freedom protected by the charter, and it clarifies that a warrant can only be issued if a judge is satisfied the measure complies with the charter.The bill amends other elements of the Conservative legislation, tightening provisions on information-sharing among federal agencies, redefining terrorist propaganda and narrowing a general prohibition against promoting terrorism offences to the crime of counselling someone to commit a terrorist offence.Another change takes aim at the recurring problem of mistaken no-fly list name matches involving youngsters, allowing the public safety minister to inform parents that their child is not on the roster.In addition, under a revised appeal process, someone’s name would be dropped from the no-fly list if the minister does not deal with their appeal within 120 days. However, the minister would be able to extend the deadline before the first 120-day period expires.The government says the changes are steps toward a longer-term solution to no-fly list headaches.The bill also modernizes the CSIS Act, setting out in law a regime to authorize spy service actions that would otherwise break the law — modelled on an existing system in the Criminal Code for police.For example, the regime would apply to counter-terrorism operations, where providing direction to an undercover source infiltrating an extremist cell could be considered illegal without the special permissions.Other provisions are intended to help CSIS keep pace in the age of Big Data and technological advances that few could have foreseen when the spy service was created in 1984.CSIS would be required to seek the Federal Court’s authorization to keep publicly unavailable datasets that contain personal information largely relating to Canadians.The bill also proposes allowing the cyberspies of the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic spy agency, to use more advanced methods and techniques to gather intelligence and take action online to defend Canadian networks by halting cyberthreats.The Ottawa-based CSE, a key player in the global Five Eyes partnership, would also be permitted to help the Canadian Armed Forces with operations.A new super-watchdog — the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency — would oversee the intelligence activities of well over a dozen federal agencies, including some, like the Canada Border Services Agency, that have never been subject to such review.The idea is to ensure a more seamless and comprehensive approach to scrutinizing Canadian security agencies.Many have complained the current system doesn’t work as well as it should because separate watchdogs review CSIS, RCMP security agents and the CSE. The existing watchdogs cannot always freely exchange information or collaborate on reviews — a problem the new, overarching body is intended to solve.In addition, a new intelligence commissioner would authorize some intelligence and cybersecurity activities in advance. Establishing a commissioner is designed to build public confidence that agencies are operating with respect for Canadian law and values, the government said.The Liberal bill comes as MPs prepare to head to their ridings for the summer, which means the legislation is unlikely to face serious debate until the fall.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
EDMONTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta’s opposition to a carbon tax won’t influence his cabinet’s decision on whether to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.But Trudeau says climate change cannot be ignored and that one of the easiest ways to fight it is with a carbon tax.He says the federal carbon tax remains affordable to Canadians, with tax incentives to ensure an average family does not get punished.The federal tax has been put in place in Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Manitoba — provinces that have not implemented their own carbon levy.Alberta will soon join that list as Premier Jason Kenney’s new government has promised to kill the province’s carbon tax then fight the federal one in court.When asked if Ottawa would immediately implement a federal carbon tax should the Alberta one be repealed, Trudeau says there will be discussions but says nowhere in Canada will it be free to pollute.The Canadian Press
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, and the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division of UCI serving the rising American mainstream, announced today that its October 15 ‘RiseUp AS ONE’ concert – a celebration of music, diversity and unity – will be staged along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California and feature a talented lineup of artists, musicians and performers.Sprint will serve as the presenting sponsor.This unparalleled, bi-lingual live-music event will take place at the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) in San Diego with artists who represent the best of our diverse and inclusive society, including Miguel Bosé, Luis Coronel, Andra Day, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Los Tigres del Norte, Lupillo Rivera, Residente, Alejandro Sanz, Julieta Venegas and Carlos Vives.The event will be hosted by La Banda’s Alejandra Espinoza and award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos along with FUSION’s Nando Vila and Natasha del Toro. They will be joined by special guests including Gael García Bernal and Jonás Cuarón of “Desierto,” Mía Maestro, Wilmer Valderrama, and more.The concert will be broadcast live coast-to-coast in Spanish on Univision Network and English on FUSION from 7:00-10:00pm, ET (4:00-7:00pm, PT). UCI will cover and promote the concert across its suite of platforms including its 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnership, 126 local television and radio stations and an array of digital brands. For those who wish to attend this free concert, RiseUpAsOne.com will have more information about tickets in the coming days.“The U.S.-Mexico border provides the perfect stage for this amazing event and is a way to highlight diversity and inclusion, despite borders,” said Camila Jimenez Villa, Co-President and Chief Content Officer, Fusion Media Group. “This location and our incredible lineup of award-winning artists will celebrate, through the power of music, the connectedness of our world and the positivity that occurs when we show empathy, respect and openness to one another.”“Sprint is proud to collaborate with Univision and Fusion to bring the RiseUp AS ONE event to life, celebrating our collective community,” said Marcelo Claure, CEO of Sprint. “We are in the business of helping people connect to what matters most to them. This event showcases the very spirit of our mission to keep moving forward without borders or barriers and rising together as ONE voice / Una Voz.”Supporting partners include The California Endowment’s #SchoolsNotPrisons and #Health4All campaigns, Cross Border Xpress (CBX), City of San Diego, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, City of Imperial Beach, HBO, Revolve Impact, Dots, Variety, Square, PVBLIC, UNICEF and BET.Watch the recently released RiseUp AS ONE launch film narrated by award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda here.Univision and Fusion Media Group recently announced the event’s co-chairs, who come from diverse backgrounds and communities. The list of co-chairs include: José Andrés, Nicolas Berggruen, T Bone Burnett, Ximena Caminos, Kenneth Cole, Jason Collins, Junot Díaz, Ava DuVernay, Emilio & Gloria Estefan, America Ferrera, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr, Don Graham, Salma Hayek, Samuel L. Jackson, Dr. Henry Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mía Maestro, Jonathan Olinger, Eduardo Padrón, Shonda Rhimes, Robert Rodriguez, Dr. Robert K. Ross, Sree Sreenivasan, Forest Whitaker, and Ethan Zuckerman.For more information about the event and to sign up for event updates, please visit RiseUpAsOne.com (#RiseUpAsOne).
“The Centre should not neglect the requests of Tamils in this regard and openly communicate to the Minister that India will not participate in the meet,” he said. The DMK party in Tamil Nadu on Saturday demanded that India should not participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet (CHOGM) in Colombo in November this year and warned of protests and hoisting of black flags State-wide if its demand was not acceded by the Centre.“If the request is ignored by the Centre, black flags will be hoisted atop homes and commercial establishments, besides staging rail roko, to express the feelings of Tamils and condemning India’s participation in the summit,” DMK President M. Karunanidhi said in a statement in Chennai. Stating that only eight of the 49 Tamil fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy have been released so far, he noted that the remand of the others has been extended by courts there.He alleged that the Rajapaksa government has been continuously working on diluting the Rajiv Gandhi-Jayawardene Accord.The DMK, which walked out of the UPA coalition over the Lankan Tamils issue in March this year, had adopted a resolution in the Executive that month, stating that India should boycott the meeting in case it was held in the island republic. He noted that all political parties in Tamil Nadu have been urging the Centre not to participate in the meet.On the frequent attacks on Indian fishermen allegedly by the Sri Lankan Navy, he observed that though the Centre had repeatedly been writing to the island nation on the issue and also held talks with its Ambassador, “it seems the Sri Lankan Government is not even listening to it.” The Press Trust of India quoted him as saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should clearly convey to Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris during his scheduled visit on Sunday that India would not participate in the meet.
OTTAWA — The Federal Court of Appeal has agreed to hear airlines’ legal challenge to Canada’s new passenger bill of rights.The appeal, which aims to quash rules that beef up compensation for travellers subjected to delayed flights and damaged luggage, was filed last month by Air Canada and Porter Airlines Inc. along with 15 other airlines and two industry groups.They argue the regulations — effective since July 15 — exceed the Canadian Transportation Agency’s authority and contravene the Montreal Convention, a multilateral treaty.Under the new rules passengers can be compensated up to $2,400 if they are bumped from a flight and receive up to $2,100 for lost or damaged luggage. Compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and other payments for cancelled flights will take effect in December.The issue came to the forefront after a 2017 incident in which two Montreal-bound Air Transat jets were diverted to Ottawa because of bad weather and held on the tarmac for up to six hours, leading some passengers to call 911 for rescue.Lawyers for the federal government and the Canadian Transportation Agency said two weeks ago the government will fight air carriers’ attempt to overturn the new rights regime.Passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs says the airlines’ case runs counter to the interests of the travelling public, adding that the government should have gone further to oppose the appeal.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:TRZ)The Canadian Press
Photos by Jeff Barrett Kache Moosman returned to his home in Carbon County to participate in the Sunnyside Rodeo on Friday evening. He enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the same arena with many family and friends where he scored a 78 on Friday night to win the event.This year’s event marked the 69th annual Sunnyside Rodeo. The 2019 royalty, including Elyza Taylor, Oaklee Hopes, Kaitlynn McArthur, Abree Allred and Danica Adams, moved cattle during the rodeo. The event was made possible by Diamond H Rodeo and the Grassy Trail Riding Club.Before the main rodeo each night, a kids’ event took place with jackpot junior barrels, mutton bustin’ and mini bull riding. Kids had another chance in the arena during halftime with a chicken chase, dash for cash and hide race.Moosman was back on the road on Saturday where he placed third in the long round and fifth overall in Santa Maria, California’s PBR Rodeo.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City defeated the Golden State Warriors 123-95 Wednesday night in a game in which Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left with an apparent left leg injury.Diallo’s left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko’s missed layup when they both went down hard.Westbrook began 1 for 6, then hit stride, finishing with 11 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds. It was his second game back since missing five with a sprained left ankle, then another when he welcomed twin daughters Saturday night.Paul George had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Steven Adams contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder sent the two-time defending NBA champions to their first four-game skid in nearly six years.Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 27 points apiece with Durant grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who were again playing without All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, as well as key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7 for 7 from the floor. He made both his 3-point tries on the way to 18 points.Westbrook’s 3-pointer 4:17 before halftime put the Thunder ahead 50-37.The Warriors, who held off the Thunder 108-100 in their season opener Oct. 16 and had won the last three matchups, trailed 60-46 at halftime with just 11 assists to 10 turnovers but opened the third with a 13-2 run to get within 62-59.While Golden State dropped 10 of its final 17 games last season, the Warriors hadn’t endured a four-game losing streak during the regular season since dropping four in a row from Feb. 26-March 2, 2013. They also lost six straight just before that in February ’13.OKC’s Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a baby, then went down at the 5:41 mark of the first with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return.CARE FOR PARADISEThe Warriors hosted the boys and girls basketball teams from the Northern California town of Paradise, devastated by the Camp Fire.Golden State COO Rick Welts and forward Jordan Bell greeted coaches Jerry Cleek and Sheila Craft, players and principal Loren Lighthall along with other evacuees before the game.Of the 31 players in attendance, 29 lost their homes in the fire.“It’s fantastic. It means so much to the kids,” said Cleek, who has been at the school 52 years.Golden State players and coach Steve Kerr offered messages on the big screen in the second quarter. Six signed jerseys — by Curry, Durant, Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Thompson — were being auctioned while the team also was raising funds through a CrowdRise site, with the Warriors to match up to $25,000.Kerr appreciated the Warriors’ efforts to support fire victims during a “tragic time.”“We’re doing what we can and I think people will appreciate it, but obviously those people up there need much more than just to be able to come to a basketball game,” Kerr said. “I would urge everybody out there to chip in and help any way they can.”TIP-INSThunder: The Thunder improved to 2-4 on the road against the Western Conference. … Nerlens Noel returned after missing Monday’s game with an illness then got hit in the face at the 9:24 mark of the second. He was able to come back. … G Alex Abrines was out with a viral illness. … OKC won at Oracle 125-105 on Feb. 6 this year.Warriors: The Warriors dropped to 8-2 at home, 5-1 facing the West. … Curry missed his seventh straight game with a strained left groin and will be out at least through Saturday’s matchup with Sacramento. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated that day. Green was sidelined for the sixth time in eight games — five of those nursing a sprained right toe while he also sat out last Tuesday vs. Atlanta because of a team-issued suspension. … McKinnie missed his fourth in a row because of a sore left foot.UP NEXTThunder: Begin a four-game homestand by hosting Charlotte on Friday.Warriors: Host Trail Blazers on Friday having won the last seven at home vs. Portland but lost two straight overall.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJanie McCauley, The Associated Press
2Madison BumgarnerSF201471560.0 Facing elimination in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night, the Chicago Cubs did something that has distinguished this team from previous versions of the franchise: They didn’t fold. Despite trailing early against the notoriously front-running Indians, Chicago clawed its way back from the brink with a three-run flurry in the fourth inning, got a few more steady innings out of starter Jon Lester, and then used their bullpen to hold off Cleveland’s rally, securing a 3-2 victory and guaranteeing that their season would last at least one more game.In what has become the Postseason Of The Reliever, Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman had his fireman moment on Sunday. After Carl Edwards Jr. gave up a single and induced a flyout in the top of the seventh, Chapman entered the game — and proceeded to dominate the Indians’ lineup for the rest of the night on 42 pitches (which tied for the second–most he’d ever thrown in an MLB game). Eight of the 10 Cleveland hitters Chapman faced made outs, half of which came on strikes, as the closer gave up just one hit and walked none. Indians reliever Andrew Miller has become known in these playoffs for shutting down opponents over multiple innings, but it was Chapman’s turn in Game 5.In the history of World Series elimination games, Chapman recorded the sixth save of eight or more outs, placing his Game 5 in a group that also includes Madison Bumgarner’s unbelievable 15-out performance in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. And more importantly for the Cubs, who asked their reliever to start his workday by immediately defusing a high-leverage situation, Chapman added a game-high 41 points of win probability to Chicago’s victory chances, which ranks 10th-most all-time among relief pitchers in a World Series elimination game: 14Allie ReynoldsNYY19526429.0 12Carl WillisMIN19916833.4 3Walter JohnsonWSH192471258.9 5Pete AlexanderSTL19267751.0 15Rick AguileraMIN19916628.4 Most valuable relief appearances in a World Series elimination game (according to win probability added) 1Dick DonovanCHW19595560.1 10Aroldis ChapmanCHC20165840.9 PITCHERTEAMYEARGAME NO.OUTS RECORDEDWPA 11Clay CarrollCIN197041140.5 Of course, winning Game 5 was always going to be the easiest step of Chicago’s three-part comeback journey. With staff ace Jon Lester1FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher scores rate Lester higher than any other Cubs starter. going up against a struggling Trevor Bauer at Wrigley Field, our Elo prediction model gave the Cubs a 65 percent probability of extending their season Sunday night, which was tied for their fourth-most-likely victory of the entire playoffs. Game 5 was a must-win game for them anyway, but if the Cubs were going to put their best foot forward in any one of the three games they hoped were left in their season, it was always going to be in Sunday’s matchup.Now the really difficult work begins for the Cubs. For one thing, the series shifts back to Cleveland; moreover, Chicago will have to go through a tougher Indians starter in Josh Tomlin for Game 6 — and then they’ll face ace Corey Kluber, who ranks second-best in all of baseball by our pitcher scores, for a potential Game 7. Elo gives the Cubs a 52 percent chance of forcing a Game 7, but it also says they’d be underdogs in that matchup2Right now our model only gives them a 45 percent chance of winning, though that could change depending on how much Chicago boosts its Elo in Game 6. even if they survive Game 6.Chapman’s performance helped give the Cubs a better chance than the slim probability they had after Saturday’s loss, but Chicago still has a long way to go before it can end its 108-year championship drought. 9Dick DragoBOS19756942.5 8Bob KuzavaNYY19527843.4 4Hank BorowyCHC194561254.1 13Jesse OroscoNYM19867629.5 6Hugh McQuillanNYG19247547.5 Source: Baseball-Reference.com 7Rollie FingersOAK19727646.2
Plagued with injuries that sidelined four girls for the remainder of the season, the OSU women’s gymnastics team will rely heavily on the shoulders of junior Rebecca Best in 2010.“Her role will continue to be one of our most consistent competitors,” coach Carey Fagan said. “So we’re going to lean on her pretty heavily again this year.”Best is Ohio State’s first returning All-American in gymnastics since 1999. Best earned All-American honors on floor in last year’s National Championship and scored a 9.850 on floor at the April 16 NCAA Championship. She became the sixth Buckeye to earn national laurels in gymnastics.When recruiting Best, Fagan said she recognized the potential in her athletic prowess.“[Best] has a natural quickness and speed, and she’s incredibly strong,” Fagan said. “Those are all things in gymnastics you have to have.”On her recruiting trip, Best said the connection she felt with the girls played a major role in her decision to come to OSU.“One of the first things I noticed when I came here was how close all the girls were,” Best said. “Then I fell in love with the campus when they took me on the tour.”In her time at OSU, Best has amassed some impressive honors and accomplishments within gymnastics.Last season, Best was second in the all-around, vault and beam while ranking third on floor and bars among the Buckeyes. In ’08 and ’09 she was named a second-team All-Big Ten honoree. At the 2009 NCAA Central Regional Championships, Best posted a career-high all-around total of 39.350 for the second consecutive time (a 40.000 is a perfect score in all 4 events). She was named the OSU team’s Impact Player on beam and earned the “O”-chievement Award for most valuable performer.And that was just her sophomore season.But Fagan said the biggest growth she’s seen in Best in her time at OSU is not in her gymnastics, but in her sense of leadership. Although an aggressive competitor, Best is quiet and her personality is reserved, Fagan said.“I think as a member of the team she’s really developing as a leader in terms of sharing her experiences with the other kids, really developing that whole concept of being on a team,” Fagan said. “Contributing not just as an individual, but how she can help her teammates, giving them tips here and there.”Associate Athletic Director and Sports Administrator for OSU gymnastics, Heather Lyke, also recognizes a progression in Best’s overall performance. “She is determined to improve every year and continues to grow as a leader on our team,” Lyke said.At their home opener in St. John Arena on Jan. 16, the Buckeyes took second to Oregon State, where the loss of girls due to injury seemed to affect the team’s overall performance.Despite Best’s slip up on floor near the end of the meet, Fagan believes the pressure of being the athletic leader of the team will help Best in the long run.“I think she’ll snap out of it, because she learns with every mistake that she makes,” Fagan said. “Very rarely does she make the same mistake twice.”What makes Best unique among gymnasts is her continued increase in difficulty level over the years, Fagan said.“That’s not typical in college gymnastics. A lot of time kids come and have to maintain their skills as they get older,” Fagan said. “But Rebecca’s still developing and I think she’s going to continue to be a standout.”What Best likes most about gymnastics is not the applause or the recognition for her multiple achievements, but rather a simplistic enjoyment of acrobatics.“I like to flip and I like to go as high as I can. It’s just fun to see how many skills [I] can do,” Best said. “I like to get the scores and see how much better [I] do from the last meet.”Although she says staying consistent is one of her main goals for the season, Best added to her beam routine a handspring-layout-layout. Imagine someone flipping onto their feet from a handstand, followed by two front flips with legs straight out, toes pointed, all while landing on a balance beam measuring 10 centimeters in width.Fagan said despite trying to better the girls’ routines, they have to remain somewhat conservative to keep the girls healthy and to get them through the season. Watering down routines for now, the girls will build them back up before Championships.“I think the biggest thing is for the team to pull together with all these injuries. At the beginning of the year we set some pretty big goals of winning Big Ten’s and qualifying in NCAA’s,” Fagan said. “But it’s going to take a lot of team chemistry to develop between now and then.”With nine meets left before Big Ten Championships, Fagan took a moment to look ahead to next year. She has big dreams for Best in her final season, like becoming a team captain.“I think she can be a repeat All-American,” Fagan said. “One of the goals I’ve set for her is to be a Big Ten Champion, whether it’s on an event or in the all-around, that’s something we’re working towards.”And what does Best want?“To do better than last year,” she said. “That’s always my goal.”
The wife and stepdaughter of the Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers “barricaded themselves in a bathroom” while their luxury home in Glasgow was ransacked by thieves.The house was raided in the early hours of Wednesday morning, days after the former Celtic manager prompted a furious reaction from fans by agreeing to leave the club before the end of the season.His wife Charlotte and her six-year-old daughter were not hurt but were said to have been badly shaken by the incident at their the luxury home in the Bearsden area of Glasgow.According to Sky Sports, they were asleep when the intruders broke in and were woken by their voices. The thieves are understood to have entered the main bedroom and shone torches on the terrified mother and daughter before they took refuge in a bathroom.Police Scotland said the force received a report of a break-in at around 1.55am on Wednesday.The items taken during the raid are believed to include most of the medals and trophies the manager won at Celtic.One neighbour said: “It was a massive police response and to be fair they seemed to have arrived quite quickly but the gang had already fled. Charlotte was home asleep with her daughter at the time when they broke in. Some supporters continued to ridicule Rodgers on social media after the news emerged, while others expressed “disgust” at the raid.He led Celtic to seven consecutive trophies and collected Premiership, Scottish Cup and League Cup winners’ medals in 2017 and 2018.But he was subjected to vile abuse by fans after leaving the club at the end of February, with police investigating reports of supporters chanting in a pub that they hoped he died in his sleep “with a bullet from the IRA”.Fans also raised a banner during Celtic’s recent 2-1 win over Hearts, telling the Northern Irishman: “You traded immortality for mediocrity. Never a Celt. Always a Fraud.”Rodgers began his new job with the Premier League club at the weekend, and was not at home at the time.News of the break-in emerged following a series of violent and sectarian incidents at Scottish matches in recent weeks, with coins, bottles and flares being thrown and seats being torn up.Humza Yousaf, Scotland’s Justice Minister, has warned that football matches could be played behind closed doors if clubs fail to take action on sectarian and violent behaviour.He said ministers were looking at a model used south of the border in which the Sports Ground Safety Authority has wide powers, but added that strict liability, where clubs are held responsible for the behaviour of the fans in the stadium, “remains on the table”. “They might have thought the house was empty or, even worse, known she was home alone. It must have been terrible for her, especially with the wee one there.” Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first Leicester City game at the weekendCredit:Reuters Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Last week we designated 41 new Marine Conservation Zones with an area almost eight times the size of Greater London, and our review into Highly Protected Marine Areas will help inform our next steps in the government’s work to expand and strengthen the UK’s Blue Belt to create richer habitats for marine life.”Richard Benyon MP added: “Our ocean is precious resource, valuable not just for its marine diversity but also for the many livelihoods it supports on our coastline. “While many areas have strong protections in place, there is a need to consider whether and where we can go further to safeguard marine life, balancing the needs of fishing, conservation and local communities.”The World Wildlife Foundation has found that in these marine protected areas, fish breed more readily and populations recover. In one example in Italy, fish spawners produce 15 times more eggs and larvae within the protected area than outside. As a result, catches outside the area have doubled since protection was established.A spokesperson added: “At Apo Island, Philippines, where communities heavily depend on seafood as a main source of protein, fish populations have tripled since a marine protected area was established, resulting in an increase in catch per unit effort of 50 per cent. This allows fishermen to save on fuel and spend less time far out at sea.” Boats will be banned on some British waters for the first time under new plans by Michael Gove to launch Highly Protected Marine Areas.These are the strongest protections for areas of sea, and ban all human activity in some vulnerable ocean areas.The Environment Minister has used World Ocean Day to launch a review into where the strict rules would be best implemented.These areas would be alongsidethe existing network of Marine Conservation Zones, which just last week expanded by a further 41 areas, and allow vulnerable marine wildlife to fully recover, free from all damaging human activities, with the aim of restoring areas to a pristine state.This policy would mark the most significant expansion of England’s ‘Blue Belt’ of protected areas to date.The review, led by Richard Benyon MP, will take six months and consider the economic and social impacts on businesses and individuals who use the sea, taking into account the views of fishermen, conservation groups, marine industries, and local communities.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “The UK is a global leader in the fight to protect our seas, but World Oceans Day is an important reminder that we need to safeguard the future prosperity and health of our ocean.
Meanwhile, the gang’s bosses lived the high life off the backs of those they exploited, sporting lavish clothes, and driving luxury cars, including a Bentley. “For example they might have been recently released from prison, they might have been homeless, suffering from alcoholism, or other issues.”In some cases, they were desperate for the money to pay for urgent medical care for family members.”They were systematically, psychologically predominantly but sometimes physically, coerced into doing the work for the organised crime group.”This demonstrates the callousness of it.”At a trial, ending in February, Marek Chowanic, Marek Brzezinski, Juliana Chodakiewicz, Natalia Zmuda and Justyna Parczewska were convicted of their roles in the conspiracy, and jailed for between four-and-a-half and 11 years.Following a separate trial last month, Ignacy Brzezinski, of Beechwood Road, West Bromwich, Wojciech Nowakowski, of James Turner Street, Birmingham, and Jan Sadowski, of Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, were also convicted. Gang member’s Bentley GT ContinentalCredit:West Midlands Police/PA She added: “Any lingering complacency after the 2007 bi-centenary celebrations of the abolition of the English Slave Trade Act was misplaced.”The hard truth is that the practice continues, here in the UK, often hiding in plain sight.”Together the group helped in the targeting and trafficking of people from their Polish homeland, placing them in cramped, rat-infested accommodation in the Black Country and putting them to work on farms, rubbish recycling centres and poultry factories.In some cases, the gang waited outside the front gates of jails in Poland, to approach ex-cons who had just been released.Victims, aged 17 to over 60, were housed across at least nine different addresses in West Bromwich, Walsall, Sandwell and Smethwick, crammed up to four to a room, fed out-of-date food, and forced to scavenge for mattresses to sleep on.Some had no working toilets, heating or furniture. The gang seized identity cards, registered victims for National Insurance and opened bank accounts in the victims’ names using bogus addresses, while their criminal masters also claimed benefits without their knowledge.The ring also infiltrated a recruitment agency, meaning work could be directly sourced, without raising suspicions with third parties.Victims would in some cases be “frog-marched” to cash points, to withdraw money and told they owed debts for transport costs, rent and food, the charity said.When one worker died of natural causes at an address controlled by the gang, Parczewska ordered that his ID and personal effects be removed from his pockets before paramedics arrived. Toilet plugged by a duvet in victim’s living quartersCredit:West Midlands Police/PA Abuse shows ‘callousness’ of gangThe physical and mental abuse of vulnerable modern slavery victims showed the “callousness” of a gang of traffickers behind one of the largest operations ever uncovered by police.Detective Chief Inspector Nick Dale of West Midlands Police said hundreds of victims were exploited by at least eight people who each played a role in the “largest conspiracy of its type convicted in the UK”.Following the convictions of the five men and three women after two trials, the senior investigating officer said the victims were “trapped” and then “systematically coerced” into working for the gang. After the end of two trials, it can now be reported how five men and three women, all originally from Poland, exploited their destitute victims for pure “greed”.They have all now been convicted of modern slavery offences and money laundering.Jurors heard the accounts of more than 90 victims, but it is believed at least 350 more had been through the gang’s hands, who had since either returned to their homeland, could not be traced, or were too scared to come forward.At the end of the second case last month, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court convicted two men, 52-year-old Ignacy Brzezinski, of Beechwood Road, West Bromwich, and Wojciech Nowakowski, 41, of James Turner Street, Birmingham, of modern slavery offences.A third, Jan Sadowski, 26, of Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, admitted his part on the first day of trial.At a previous trial ending in February, leading conspirator Marek Chowanic, along with Ignacy’s cousin, Marek Brzezinski, recruitment consultant Julianna Chodakiewicz, Natalia Zmuda and Justyna Parczewska, the group’s matriarch, were all convicted of their roles. Credit and debit cards that were created in victim’s namesCredit:West Midlands Police/PA At the first trial sentencing, Judge Mary Stacey said their “degradation” of fellow human beings had been “totally unacceptable”, jailing the five for between 11 and four-and-a-half years.She said the defendants had subjected victims to a “demi-life of misery and poverty”, robbing them of their dignity and humanity “without care or regard for the rights of the individuals affected”. Judge Stacey said the conspiracy, which ran from June 2012 until October 2017, was the “most ambitious, extensive and prolific” modern day slavery network ever uncovered.Investigators believe it is the largest such criminal prosecution of its type in Europe, to date. Julianna Chodakiewicz and Natalida ZmudaCredit:West Midlands Police/PA The gang operation was smashed after victims were uncovered by anti-slavery charity Hope for Justice.The charity said 51 of the victims eventually made contact through its painstaking outreach efforts at two drop-in centres.The organisation was then able to flag the slavery ring’s existence to police.West Midlands Police then launched an investigation in February 2015.Opening the second of two trials, Caroline Haughey QC, prosecuting, said: “When you are deprived of your freedoms and exploited for your weakness, that is criminal – and it is of such exploitation and degradation that this case concerns – where human beings have become commodities.”Chowanic, 30, of Mount Street, Walsall, Marek Brzezinski, 50, of Lindley Avenue, Tipton, Chodakiewicz, 24, of Evesham, Worcestershire, Zmuda, 29, of Canute Close, Walsall, and Parczewska, 48, of Beechwood Road, West Bromwich, were jailed in March.Ignacy Brzezinski, who since conviction has skipped his bail the judge heard, Nowakowski and Sadowski will be sentenced later on Friday. 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Detailing the facts of the case, Mr Dale said: “We identified 92 victims – we think there were a number more.”He added: “There were, at its height, a total of 12 suspects in the case, so it has been a really long journey to get to where we are now.”The judge in her summing up for the first case described it as the largest conspiracy of its type convicted in the UK.”Asked if trafficking was a problem in the UK, Mr Dale said: “I think there are a lot of criminal groups who will exploit that will to come to the UK to work. “We are doing a lot more as organisations, both West Midlands Police and nationally through the National Crime Agency, but I think it is a really difficult problem to tackle.”I think the point there is we all need to work together to tackle it – we can’t solely investigate our way out of this.”Addressing how the victims were persuaded to work for the traffickers, Mr Dale said: “They were legally entitled to work in this country and spend their wages how they saw fit and live where they saw fit.”But that was abused by traffickers. They would convince the victims that they were unlawfully in the country, that if they left the house the traffickers provided for them they would be arrested by police.”Sometimes they were given a debt, so they were told that they owed the traffickers £5,000 and had to work off that debt – so there’s a lot of these methods the traffickers would use to make them feel trapped.” (Clockwise from top left) Justyna Parczewska, Marek Brzezinski, Wojciech Nowakowski, Jan Sadowski, Marek Chowaniec, Ignacy BrzezinskiCredit:West Midlands Police/PA If any complained, gang enforcers would humiliate, threaten or beat them up, while “house spies” – previously trafficked individuals turned trusted informers – kept an eye on the workers.On several occasions, anti-slavery investigators with charity Hope for Justice, and West Midlands Police, uncovered shocking brutality against those who stepped out of line.One man who complained about living conditions and pay had his arm broken, was refused medical care, and then ejected from the accommodation because his injury left him unable to work.Another was stripped naked in front of other workers, doused in surgical chemical iodine, and told that the gang would remove his kidneys if he did not keep quiet. The largest-ever UK modern slavery ring, which forced more than 400 people to work for a pittance while their criminal masters earned £2 million, has been smashed.A three-year police investigation uncovered a well-organised criminal gang led by the Brzezinski family – which preyed on the homeless, ex-prisoners and alcoholics, from Poland.The ring lured and then trafficked vulnerable victims to the UK with the promise of good money, but instead housed them in squalor, and used them as what a judge described as “commodities”.Victims were paid as little as 50p for a day’s labour and in one case a worker was given coffee and a chicken as payment for redecorating a house.Another man had to wash in a canal because he had no other access to water, while one house’s leaky toilet had to be plugged with an old duvet, such was the standard of disrepair.One victim, describing “horrible” living conditions, said: “I would say some homeless people here in the UK live better than I lived after I arrived over here.”Victims were reduced to recycling used cigarette butts off the street, and going to soup kitchens and food banks to get enough to eat. Victim’s living quartersCredit:West Midlands Police/PA Questioned on how the traffickers chose their victims, Mr Dale said: “They were recruited in Poland because they really needed the work, because they were in a position in life where they needed to get out of that situation.
FinnMin, the Finnish Mining Association, recently announced that it would adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. This is the first time TSM has been adopted by a mining association outside of Canada. The agreement was signed at the Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference (FEM).MAC said that FinnMin and many of its member companies chose TSM as it is the most advanced initiative in the mining industry. “TSM will contribute to the transparency and accountability of the mining industry and will, therefore, enhance social acceptance among the different stakeholders in Finnish civil society.”“TSM has proven its effectiveness in Canada, and we at FinnMin believe it will be a useful tool for Finnish mining companies when the companies develop their sustainability reporting in the future,” commented Markus Ekberg, Chairman of FinnMin. FinnMin’s adoption of TSM is part of a larger commitment of MAC’s to freely share TSM with other countries seeking tools to improve the environmental and social performance of their mining industry, including engagement with civil society and enhanced transparency and accountability.“We are very pleased that FinnMin has, after a three-year multi-stakeholder process of its own that explored options for improving its mining sector’s performance, has chosen TSM,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “This is a significant milestone for TSM, and could be the start of it becoming a global standard.”“The adoption of the TSM framework in Finland presents a great opportunity to share the many lessons learned from over a decade of building standards in Canada, and no doubt we will also be able to learn from their implementation experiences,” said Alan Young, member of MAC’s Community of Interest Advisory Panel.Finland has already taken a key step in the implementation of TSM with the creation of the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining.“The agreement between FinnMin and MAC is very good news for the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining. It represents the first step in the implementation of a new sustainability standard in the Finnish mining sector. I trust that most mining companies will join the standard within the next few years,” says Eero Yrjö-Koskinen, Secretary General of the network.
https://the42.ie/3237748 Image: James Crombie/INPHO 102 Comments Feb 13th 2017, 3:49 PM 33,929 Views Follow us: the42.ie The uncertainty surrounding the future of Harold’s Cross has been a distraction for the business. Harold’s Cross: stadium first opened in 1928. Image: James Crombie/INPHO HAROLD’S CROSS STADIUM, one of Dublin’s two greyhound racing tracks, has been closed with immediate effect.The iconic venue, which first opened in 1928, will now be sold as part of the Irish Greyhound Board’s strategy to reduce its multi-million euro debt.The future of Harold’s Cross had been under threat since 2014 when a report commissioned by the Government recommended that it be sold and the money used to address the IGB’s debts from the construction of Limerick Stadium, which currently stand at €20.3 million.But there has been significant opposition to the move, with planned protests by dog owners and breeders forcing two race meetings at Shelbourne Park to be cancelled last week.“IGB has taken the decision to bring forward the closure of the stadium and its sale,” a statement said on Monday.“The decision to close Harold’s Cross with immediate effect has been taken so that IGB can move forward with creating a viable future for the industry without delay. Share93 Tweet Email4 By Niall Kelly Monday 13 Feb 2017, 3:49 PM Harold’s Cross: stadium first opened in 1928. Dublin’s iconic greyhound racing track at Harold’s Cross has been closed Stadium will be sold as part of IGB plans to cut €20m debt. Short URL Punter lands over €350k at Leopardstown but falls just short of multi-million jackpot The number of race meetings at Shelbourne Park is now set to double to four per week, while the IGB have promised to offer redeployment to all 12 staff affected by the closure of Harold’s Cross.“IGB acknowledges the long and proud tradition of greyhound racing at Harold’s Cross and realises the unavoidable closure will be regretted by its many patrons in the greyhound industry, who will be accommodated in Shelbourne Park.“IGB will work to promote Shelbourne Park in every way possible to ensure its success. The Harold’s Cross closure will avoid the dilution of scarce resources across two locations and makes long term strategic sense from a logistical, financial and organisational perspective.“Stadia are capital intensive and require ongoing investment. Put simply, IGB has not been in a position recently to invest in the future of Shelbourne Park, the industry’s flagship venue.“This is a step in the creation of a long term viable future for a very important traditional entertainment and sports activity in Ireland providing many jobs in the greyhound industry.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
http://dailyedge.ie/3302335 Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 11:38 AM By Valerie Loftus Source: Andy Martin Jr.THE XX, A TRIBE Called Quest and Duran Duran are among the main acts announced for this year’s Electric Picnic festival.Interpol, Chaka Khan, Pete Tong and London Grammar will also be heading to Stradbally from the 1st to the 3rd of September.Here’s a full list of the first acts announced for your perusal: Source: DailyEdge.ieFather John Misty, Run The Jewels, Band Of Horses… not too bad at all, no? The xx and Duran Duran have just been announced for this year’s Electric Picnic Her name is Riooooo and she dances on the saaaaaand! Source: DailyEdge/Twitter Here it is! pic.twitter.com/yO2WdjmBbk— DailyEdge (@dailyedge) March 23, 2017 28 Comments 16,144 Views Source: Electric Picnic/Twitter All tickets for #EP2017 are now sold out, apart from a limited number of tickets available to Three customers at a later date. pic.twitter.com/NDS6tfmxao— Electric Picnic (@EPfestival) March 23, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The xx will headline Friday night, with A Tribe Called Quest and Duran Duran taking the Saturday and Sunday nights respectively.If that’s left you with a hankering for a ticket, you might have to wait a bit – the festival completely sold out this morning before the line-up was even announced, leaving lots of punters disappointed.Organisers confirmed that Sunday tickets were gone as of 9.05am and weekend tickets at 11am.The official press release states “There isn’t a ticket left to sell”, though a small number will be available to Three mobile customers at a later date. Mar 23rd 2017, 11:38 AM Share121 Tweet Email Add us: dailyedge Short URL That’s that then. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket this morning, here’s hoping you’re happy with the lineup!DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add!
Accused drug dealer Tony Mokbel’s legal team were going to use a legal blunder to get Mobkel off the hook for his drug charges he had already pleaded guilty to. Police sources revealed that Mokbel’s lawyers were going to try and use this loophole in the law to beat the charges against him. Victoria Police recently admitted to a blunder that sees many of their signed affidavits invalid as they apparently failed to swear an oath when signing them. This mistake could potentially render any evidence gained from the affidavits used for search warrants, bug telephones or intall listening or tracking devices useless in prosecutions. No reason was given by his legal team on why they decided to drop this legal plan. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The South Australian government has announced it is taking nominations for The Governor’s Multicultural Awards. The Multicultural Awards celebrate outstanding South Australian organisations and individuals who help promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity and community. Eight award categories this year will include: the Arts and Culture Award, Community Sector Awards, Media Awards, Private Sector Award, Public Sector Award, Volunteer Award, Youth Awards, and Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Individual and organisation nominees are being accepted for the Community Sector, Media and Youth Awards. By celebrating outstanding individuals and organisations who represent ethnic communities, the Governor’s award aim to promote cultural diversity and community harmony. To nominate, send a completed nomination form, available online, with a supporting statement of up to 500 words to: Multicultural SA, 24 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000 or email@example.com. Nomination submissions close on October 31, for more information and nomination forms, go to www.multicultural.sa.gov.au/awards.htm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks Facebook WWE NXT Results – 6/26/19 (Shayna Baszler takes on Io Shirai inside a Steel Cage) WhatsApp WWE.com is reporting that some new names have been announced for the upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament that will be taking place on August 8 and 9.This includes newly signed Japanese star Io Shirai, Canadian pro wrestler Nicole Matthews, British wrestler Jinny and former “American Ninja Warrior” competitor Kacy Catanzaro.NXT star Rhea Ripley was also announced for the tournament earlier this week, along with former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin). NXT UK Results – 4/10/19 (Toni Storm defends NXT UK Women’s Title against Jinny)