Croatia coach feels World Cup 2018 team will go down as ‘golden generation’

first_imgCroatia coach Zlatko Dalic admits that his country has had some great players but they have failed to perform together and win any major tournament so far.Their best finish at a World Cup came 20 years back in 1998, where they lost to hosts and eventual winners France. Since then, they have been eliminated in the group stages thrice in 2002, 2006 and 2014. In 2010, they failed to reach the finals altogether.”Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournaments for decades,” the coach said on Tuesday.But, Dalic believes that this year, things can be different. While many are suprised at the fact that Croatia made the semis, Dalic believes that the it shouldn’t be the case because the Croats have a really talented squad.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona, forward Mario Mandzukic at Italian champions Juventus, and Dejan Lovren at Liverpool, they have some of the best players in their respective positions.”The results were below the level and quality of our players. Something had to change to get the results,” Dalic said.”So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players.”Also read – Croatia sack assistant coach ahead of World Cup semi-final vs EnglandAnd, Dalic belives that after punching above their weight in this World Cup, this Croatian team will go down along with the ‘golden generation’ of 1998.advertisement”This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998.”Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina. They then edged out Denmark and hosts Russia on penalties in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final with England.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for SouthgateThe coach, however, will have to wait and see if defender Sime Vrsaljko, who played in four of their five games, will be fit for the match after picking up a knee injury.”He has this niggle. We want those who are 100 percent match fit. I cannot tell you (if he will play on Wednesday),” Dalic said.Also read – Why English fans hearing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ relieves Gareth Southgate”He has minor issues but we have a huge game tomorrow. Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit. We have played five games, but being tired cannot be an alibi. We are in a World Cup semi-final.””I don’t know to what extent you see the level of celebrations in Croatia. That is a great source of pride for us. This is what drives, that is our petrol,” Dalic said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

CARICOM Report to Be Tabled in The House in January

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the final report from the CARICOM Review Commission will be brought to Parliament in January 2018.“The CARICOM Report is still before Cabinet, and it will be addressed as one of the first reports early next year. In fact, I want to take it in the second sitting of Parliament next year,” the Prime Minister told the House of Representatives on December 5.In a Statement updating the House on the activities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Mr. Holness noted that a Subcommittee of Parliament, which has been assigned to review the Report, is now in the process of doing so.According to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister in March, Mr. Holness was presented with the final report from former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Commission, Hon. Bruce Golding.The Commission comprised 17 members, along with ex-officio and support staff, from a wide cross section of sectors in Jamaica, including business, academia, the private sector and trade unions.The Commission met with several stakeholder groups, including former Prime Ministers in the CARICOM region as well as former Secretaries General of the regional body.In addition, the CARICOM Review Commission held focus group sessions with Jamaicans across several parishes. Story Highlights “The CARICOM Report is still before Cabinet, and it will be addressed as one of the first reports early next year. In fact, I want to take it in the second sitting of Parliament next year,” the Prime Minister told the House of Representatives on December 5. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the final report from the CARICOM Review Commission will be brought to Parliament in January 2018. In a Statement updating the House on the activities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which was deployed to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Mr. Holness noted that a Subcommittee of Parliament, which has been assigned to review the Report, is now in the process of doing so.last_img read more

MV Industrial Merchant Launched at Peters Shipyards …

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom MV Industrial Merchant was launched successfully, on October 4th, at Peters Shipyards in Kampen, the Netherlands.The vessel is the sixth in a series of 10,000 DWT cargo ships built under the project name of Sole. With a length of 114m, a width of 17m and a draught of 7.9m, it is the largest model that has ever rolled off the slipway at Peters Shipyards. The ship is equipped with a strait bow, rather than the usual bulbous bow. The superstructure is mirrored and reversed and therefore located further sternwards. Most of the tanks are located at the sides of the ship. These adaptations mean that streamlining has been improved, and there is more space created below decks.In terms of configuration and versatility, the Sole is an innovative and unique ship. The size of its hold makes the ship extremely adaptable because it can carry even large project cargos like wind turbines and yachts.The ship’s low fuel consumption is an environmental attribute of paramount importance to Groningen-based shipping company Canada Feeder Lines BV.The Momentum Scan, Marvel Scan, Motion Scan, Martini Scan and Industrial More were launched since 2010. Print  Close Peters Shipyards, October 7, 2013last_img read more

ICTSI Looking to Invest in Two Philippine Ports

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: ICTSI International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has submitted a proposal to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to develop two ports in Iloilo, an investment estimated to cost over PHP 5 billion (USD 93.9 million).In line with the future development needs of Iloilo and the Visayas, ICTSI submitted a Letter of Intent to modernize the infrastructure and superstructure at the Iloilo Port Complex and the Port of Dumangas, and to eventually manage and operate the two Iloilo ports.The aim of the developments works is to upgrade the Philippine port network in an effort to facilitate inter-island and international cargo movement, according to ICTSI.“ICTSI believes that the ports’ development will not only improve efficiency but will, more importantly, evolve the ports into becoming the Philippines’ Visayas hub that will improve connectivity for cargo movement within the country. Our vision is to ultimately turn these two ports into international gateways,” Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI global corporate head, said.Over the life of the concession that would be agreed on with the PPA, ICTSI estimates that it would invest over PHP 5 billion to fully develop the Iloilo Port Complex. An integral part of this investment would include dredging and deepening of the port itself and the channel to allow the direct entry of new generation vessels.New port equipment to be brought in during the first phase alone has been estimated to reach a price tag of PHP 1.35 billion, and would include modern quayside crane handling equipment. ICTSI is also offering to substantially invest in the development of the Port of Dumangas in order to handle the spill over from the city port.Additionally, ICTSI plans to introduce new systems in operations, engineering and administration. The company informed that the introduction of automation would further promote efficiency and security.last_img read more

Top stories of 2017

first_imgSome top national and international stories of 2017:JANUARY 20171 – An Islamic State terrorist launched an early morning gun attack on a popular Istanbul nightclub hosting a New Year’s Eve party, killing 39 people, including Ontario resident Alaa Al-Muhandis, and wounding nearly 70 others. The assailant escaped but was captured Jan. 16 in Instanbul after an extensive manhunt.1 – Auston Matthews scored a pair, including the overtime winner, to help the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic at BMO Field in Toronto.1 – Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and Alberta’s carbon tax came into effect — pushing up prices for gasoline and natural gas.1 – Bill Marshall, who founded the Toronto International Film Festival in 1976 with two colleagues and was the organization’s director for its first three years, died at the age of 77.2 – Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals in the third period to lead the hometown St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium.2 – Afghanistan war veteran Lionel Desmond killed his wife Shanna, 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah and his mother Brenda at a home in rural Nova Scotia before committing suicide.3 – 50-year-old pop superstar Janet Jackson and husband Wissam Al Mana welcomed their first child, a boy they named Eissa Al Mana. (She filed for divorce in April.)4 – Pope Francis accepted the early resignation of Canadian Bishop Frederick Henry, who came under fire in Calgary for opposing LGBTQ guidelines for public schools.4 – Hockey Hall-of-Famer Milt Schmidt, the Boston Bruins former captain, coach and general manager, died at age 98.5 – The U.S. overcame two two-goal deficits to defeat Canada 5-4 in a shootout to capture the World Junior Hockey Championship.6 – A U.S. Army Iraq war veteran fatally shot five people and wounded six others at a crowded baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Esteban Santiago, 26, pleaded not guilty Jan. 30 to all charges including five counts of causing death at an international airport.8 – The musical “La La Land” danced its way to a record seven Golden Globes, including best motion picture (musical or comedy), and awards for its stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as well as director Damien Chazelle.10 – Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for the racially motivated slaughter of nine black church members in South Carolina in December 2016, becoming the first person in the U.S. ordered executed for a federal hate crime.10 – Gildan Activewear won an auction to buy bankrupt clothing company American Apparel for US$88 million.11 – Chrystia Freeland was elevated to Minister of Foreign Affairs, the marquee move in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nine-person, six-portfolio cabinet shuffle aimed in part at preparing for Donald Trump’s U.S. presidency.13 – Canada’s chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance relieved his second in command, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, of his duties. (The Globe and Mail reported that the decision followed an investigation into the alleged leak of “high-level secret documents.”)13 – Lord Snowdon, one of Britain’s most famous photographers who married Princess Margaret and continued to mix in royal circles even after their divorce, died at age 86.16 – A judge-alone retrial began for Mark Grant on a charge of second-degree murder, one day shy of the 32nd anniversary of 13-year-old Winnipeg teen Candace Derksen’s body being found. On Oct. 18 he was found not guilty.16 – Jackie Gordon, a former police officer, was named the Ontario legislature’s new sergeant-at-arms, the first woman to hold the job.16 – A gunman opened fire at an electronic music festival at a crowded beachfront nightclub in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen — killing five people, including longtime Toronto nightclub security guard Kirk Wilson.16 – Former U.S. astronaut Gene Cernan, who commanded NASA’s Apollo 17 mission to the moon in December 1972 and became the last of a dozen men to walk on the moon, died at age 82.17 – Australia, China and Malaysia announced they were suspending the nearly three-year underwater search of the Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 onboard, including two Canadians.17 – British American Tobacco agreed to fully take over Reynolds American in a US$49 billion deal that would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company.17 – Transgender U.S. Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence for leaking classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks was commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama to about seven years, including the time she spent locked up before she was convicted in 2013 — then known as Bradley Manning. Her sentence expired May 17.18 – Former Montreal Expos star Tim Raines, in his final year of eligibility, was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame along with Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez.18 – Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan against Sony/ATV to reclaim over 260 of his songs, including the many hits he wrote with John Lennon as part of The Beatles. The copyrights were famously bought by Michael Jackson in 1985 and then fully sold over to Sony/ATV following his death. McCartney cited a 1976 federal U.S. copyright law that let composers reclaim songs after a certain period of time elapsed. (The suit was settled in June but terms of the agreement were confidential.)20 – Billionaire businessman and TV celebrity Donald Trump took the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States.21 – Thousands of Canadians gathered in dozens of cities and towns across the country to show solidarity with the massive Women’s March on Washington to express support for women’s rights and human rights a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president.22 – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order starting withdrawal from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, fulfilling a campaign pledge. The 12-country Pacific Rim pact, which includes Canada, was tentatively reached in October, 2015 but still required parliament ratification from each country.23 – A Calgary judge found Tamara Lovett guilty of criminal negligence causing death in treating her son with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection. But the judge issued a judicial stay on a second charge of failing to provide the necessaries of life.24 – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance construction of TransCanada’s Keystone XL oil pipeline as well as the Dakota Access pipeline, a pair of projects that were blocked by the Obama administration due in part to environmental concerns.25 – An Edmonton judge sentenced Travis Vader, convicted of manslaughter in the 2010 deaths of missing Alberta seniors Lyle and Marie McCann, to life in prison with a seven-year parole eligibility.25 – TV’s beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore died at age 80. She gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”26 – U.S. President Donald Trump’s determination to wall off America’s border with Mexico triggered a diplomatic clash and fresh fight over trade as the White House proposed a 20 per cent tax on imports from the key U.S. ally to fund the border wall and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto abruptly scrapped an upcoming trip to Washington.26 – Inderjit Singh Reyat, convicted of perjury in 2010 for his testimony during the trial of two men accused in the 1985 Air India bombing, was allowed to leave a halfway house where he had been required to stay following his release from prison in 2016.27 – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to bar all refugees from entering the U.S. for four months, indefinitely halted any from Syria and imposed a 90-day ban on immigration for citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. The Trump administration faced protests, lawsuits, internal grumbling and an international backlash. On Jan. 30, Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates after she directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend the executive order, which was blocked repeatedly by judges.27 – General Motors announced it was cutting 625 jobs in July at its CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., after previously notifying the plant that it was shifting production of the GMC Terrain to Mexico.28 – Serena Williams won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title in the Open era, defeating older sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 for a record seventh Australian Open.29 – Six Muslim men were shot and killed and five others critically injured at a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers. Laval University student Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder.29 – Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the Australian Open and extend his career Grand Slam titles record to 18.31 – ESPN announcer Brent Musburger capped a nearly 50-year career in sports media by calling Kentucky’s 90-81 overtime win over Georgia in NCAA men’s college basketball. Musburger rose to prominence in the 1970s as the host of CBS’ “The NFL Today.”—FEBRUARY 20172 – Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie gave what turned out to be his last public performance, invited onstage at the last minute to take part in Blue Rodeo’s encore (“Lost Together”) to end a concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Downie died Oct. 17 after a nearly two-year battle with incurable brain cancer.3 – Toronto filmmaker Rob Stewart’s body was found in the Florida Keys, 90 metres from where he disappeared during a dive earlier in the week. He was 37. Stewart was in Florida filming a followup to his 2006 documentary “Sharkwater.”4 – At 32 years, 36 days old, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James surpassed Kobe Bryant as the youngest player in NBA history to score 28,000 career points.5 – Quarterback Tom Brady led the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history as the New England Patriots erased a 25-point deficit to force the first-ever overtime, win the coin toss and drive down the field for the championship-winning touchdown in a 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. Brady set Super Bowl records for yards passing (446), pass attempts (62), completions (43), MVP awards (4) and career wins (5).6 – Queen Elizabeth became the first British monarch to reach the Sapphire Jubilee milestone of 65 years on the throne.7 – Ottawa announced it would provide Bombardier $372.5 million over four years in interest-free loans to support the Global 7000 and C Series aircraft projects. The move elicited criticism even though it was far less than the $1 billion the Quebec-based transportation giant originally sought.8 – Canada’s latest census numbers showed the country’s population reached 35,151,728 in 2016, an increase of 1.7 million over 2011 – the strongest growth of all the G7 countries.8 – Britain’s House of Commons gave its final approval to a bill authorizing the government to start exit talks with the European Union. On March 29, the government triggered the two-year divorce process from the 28-nation EU, walking out on a 44-year relationship with its neighbours. Britons voted 52 per cent to 48 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum.10 – Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, was granted an absolute discharge almost nine years after beheading and cannibalizing 22-year-old Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba. Baker was found not criminally responsible due to schizophrenia and placed in a psychiatric hospital but was given more freedom every year.10 – Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, died at age 87.12 – British neo soul singer Adele won all five Grammy categories in which she was nominated, including Record and Song of the Year (“Hello”) and Album of the Year (“25”). She was the first act to sweep the big three awards twice.12 – Grammy-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau, who transcended genres over a 50-year career, died at a Los Angeles hospital, just days after announcing his retirement from touring because of exhaustion. He was 76. Jarreau was one of the few artists to have won Grammys in three separate categories — jazz, pop and R&B.13 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump struck an amiable, conciliatory note after their first face-to-face meetings, acknowledging the unique nature of the Canada-U.S. relationship and the need to keep trade moving across a shared, secure border. Trump suggested Canada would be spared the brunt of his nationalist America-first platform.13 – U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports he misled Vice-President Mike Pence about breaching diplomatic protocol in contacting Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. on the day the Obama administration slapped sanctions on Russia for election-related hacking, as well as at other times during the transition.14 – An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled Canada failed to take reasonable steps to prevent thousands of on-reserve children who were placed with non-native families from losing their indigenous heritage during the ’60s Scoop. The ruling in the long-running and bitterly fought class-action lawsuit paved the way for a settlement with the federal government, announced Oct. 6 for $750 million in compensation.15 – Stuart McLean, a bestselling author, journalist and humorist who entertained millions as host of the popular CBC Radio program “The Vinyl Cafe,” died at age 68. The previous December, McLean announced he was suspending the long-running program to focus on treatment for melanoma, which had been diagnosed in late 2015.15 – The European Union ratified its free trade deal with Canada, almost eight years in the making and overcoming mounting anti-trade populism in Europe. The next day Justin Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to address the European Parliament.16 – Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby became the 86th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.17 – Douglas Garland, 57, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the 2014 deaths of Alvin and Kathy Liknes and their five-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien.19 – Hometown favourite and game-MVP Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans scored an All-Star game record 52 points to lead the Western Conference to a 192-182 victory over the East in the highest scoring NBA All-Star game in history.24 – A Calgary judge ruled that the parents of a diabetic boy who died of starvation and lack of treatment were guilty of first-degree murder. Emil and Rodica Radita were immediately sentenced to life in prison with no chance at parole for 25 years.25 – Bill Paxton, a prolific and charismatic actor who had memorable roles in such blockbusters as “Aliens,” “Apollo 13” and “Titanic” died of a stroke less than two weeks after undergoing heart surgery. He was 61.26 – Candy-coloured musical “La La Land” won six of its record-tying 14 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Actress for Emma Stone and Best Director for Damien Chazelle, who at 32 became the youngest to win the award. “Moonlight” eventually won Best Picture but not before “La La Land” was mistakenly announced the winner and its producers were nearly done with their acceptance speeches. Casey Affleck’s portrayal of a grieving father in “Manchester by the Sea” earned him the Best Actor award.26 – Joseph Wapner, who presided over “The People’s Court” with steady force during the heyday of the reality courtroom show, died at age 97.26 – Rachel Homan’s Ontario rink won 8-6 in an extra end over Manitoba’s Michelle Englot in the Canadian women’s curling championship.26 – Kurt Busch won his first Daytona 500 with a last-lap pass as Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson both ran out of gas.—MARCH 20172 – Judge Gregory Lenehan found a Halifax taxi driver not guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman who was found drunk and unconscious in his cab, prompting a renewed debate over how Canadian courts react when the issue of consent is mixed with heavy drinking. (The Crown appealed the verdict.)4 – U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign. The charge was widely discredited by U.S. and British intelligence agencies who found no evidence to support his claim.6 – U.S. President Donald Trump signed a scaled-back travel ban designed to withstand the court challenges that derailed his previous version. The order, signed privately in contrast with the high-profile rollout of the original ban, temporarily barred refugees and visitors from six Muslim-majority nations while removing Iraqis and people with valid visas from the list. It too was blocked, this time by a federal judge in Hawaii.10 – South Korea’s constitutional Court removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office in a unanimous ruling over a corruption scandal that plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an already-serious national divide.10 – Health Minister Jane Philpott confirmed that Ottawa reached health agreements with Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, a dramatic turnaround after months of negotiations and threats of walkouts at meetings in 2016.10 – Volkswagen pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a brazen scheme to get around U.S. pollution rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles by using software to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during tests. The German automaker agreed to pay $4.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties — the largest ever levied by the U.S. government against an automaker.12 – Brad Gushue’s Newfoundland and Labrador rink defeated Canada’s Kevin Koe 7-6 to win the Tim Hortons Brier for the first time, in a rematch of the 2016 final.12 – Space’s human cloning series “Orphan Black” emerged as the big winner at the Canadian Screen Awards. It won nine trophies including best dramatic series and best lead actress in a dramatic role for star Tatiana Maslany. Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s French-language drama “It’s Only the End of the World” won six trophies, including best picture and best director.16 – Aydin Coban, 38, wanted in Canada for alleged involvement in online abuse in the case of 15-year-old B.C. teen Amanda Todd — whose suicide drew global attention — was sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison by a Dutch court for cyberbullying dozens of young girls and gay men. In April, The Dutch Supreme Court approved his extradition to Canada.16 – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s right-wing VVD easily won national elections, defying polls that suggested a close race with anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders.18 – Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined its joy and rebellion in “Johnny B. Goode” and other classics, died at age 90. He hit the Top 10 in 1955 with “Maybellene” and went on to influence generations of musicians. Among his other hits were “Roll Over Beethoven,” ”No Particular Place To Go,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and his only No. 1, the 1972 racy novelty “My Ding-A-Ling.”18 – Former federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney was elected as the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party in a decisive first ballot victory on a unite-the-right campaign to dissolve the PCs and form a new party with the Wildrose. Members of both parties voted July 22 in favour of a merger and on Oct. 28 Kenney won the leadership of the United Conservative Party.20 – Veteran Canadian journalist and broadcaster Betty Kennedy died at age 91. She hosted the “Betty Kennedy Show” on Toronto’s CFRB radio for 27 years, and for 33 years, was the lone female panellist on CBC’s “Front Page Challenge.” Kennedy was inducted into both the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the Canadian News Hall of Fame and was named an officer of the Order of Canada.21 – British mystery writer Colin Dexter, who created classical music-loving Oxford detective Inspector Morse, died at age 86.21 – The U.S. and British governments, citing unspecified threats, barred passengers on some international flights from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags.21 – Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show,” died at age 87.22 – A British-born I-SIL sympathizer plowed a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four and wounding dozens, before crashing into Parliament’s gates. He then jumped out and attacked Const. Keith Palmer, stabbing him to death before being shot to death by police.21 – Sunwing Airlines pilot Miroslav Gronych pleaded guilty to having care and control of an aircraft while impaired. He had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit as he sat in the cockpit in Calgary on New Year’s Eve ahead of a planned flight. (He was sentenced to eight months in jail.)22 – Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the Trudeau government’s second budget. Highlights included: higher taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, a slight increase in EI premiums, a crackdown on tax evaders and avoiders, eliminating the public transit tax credit, phasing out the 71-year-old Canada Savings Bond program, and $7 billion over 10 years for child care and learning, including 40,000 new subsidized daycare spaces across Canada by 2019.22 – The U.S. routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic behind six hitless innings from Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, who was named Tournament MVP.22 – Ontario held its first cap-and-trade auction, with the funds to be invested in programs aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions. It sold all current allowances to generate $472 million. (The four standalone auctions in 2017 brought in nearly $2 billion. Ontario will enter a joint carbon market with Quebec and California on Jan. 1, 2018.)24 – TransCanada’s hotly debated, long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline received its elusive U.S. presidential permit from Donald Trump, eight years and six months after the initial application for it to cross the American border.24 – In a humiliating setback, U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal and replace bill off the House floor after it became clear the measure would fail badly. (In May, the House narrowly approved legislation, but the Senate later defeated two more broader GOP repeal plans and a “skinny repeal” bill.)26 – Canada’s Rachel Homan and her team of vice-skip Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle defeated Russia 8-3 to capture the gold medal at the women’s world curling championship in Beijing, becoming the first rink to go undefeated (13-0) in the tournament.28 – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to eliminate many restrictions on fossil fuel production and roll back measures to combat climate change.30 – North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature voted to roll back the “bathroom bill,” which infringed on LGBTQ nondiscrimination rights by requiring transgender people to use the public bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. It was replaced with a compromise law that kept state lawmakers in charge of future bathroom policies. The backlash over transgender rights cost the state business projects, conventions, concerts and basketball tournaments.31 – Canadians Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman captured silver and bronze respectively in the women’s competition at the world figure skating championships, the first time two Canadians had shared the women’s podium at the world championship.—APRIL 20171 – Canada’s ice dance darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured their third world figure skating title.1 – At the non-broadcast Juno Awards gala dinner, veteran rockers The Tragically Hip won the rock album award for “Man Machine Poem.” Frontman Gord Downie won two awards for his solo multimedia project “Secret Path” — adult alternative album and recording package of the year. The late Leonard Cohen won artist of the year.2 – The late Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker” won album of the year at the Juno Awards broadcast gala in Ottawa. The Tragically Hip won group of the year while frontman Gord Downie picked up songwriter of the year for his “Secret Path” solo project. Alessia Cara won best pop album for her break-out “Know-It-All,” Ruth B took home breakthrough artist of the year, Jess Moskaluke won Country album of the year for “Kiss Me Quiet” and Shawn Mendes was the Juno Fan Choice. Sarah McLachlan was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.2 – Jason Aldean repeated as entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards while duo Florida Georgia Line won for single record of the year (“H.O.L.Y.”) and vocal event (“May We All” with Tim McGraw). Thomas Rhett took male vocalist of the year and song of the year (“Die a Happy Man”) and Miranda Lambert won album of the year (“The Weight of These Wings”) and her eighth female vocalist of the year award.2 – San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner hit two home runs in a 6-5 loss at Arizona, becoming the first pitcher to homer twice on Opening Day.3 – No seats changed hands in five federal byelections. The Liberals held onto the Toronto-area riding of Markham-Thornhill (Mary Ng), the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent (Emmanuella Lambropoulos) and Ottawa-Vanier (Mona Fortier). The PCs retained Calgary Heritage (Bob Benzen) and Calgary Midnapore (Stephanie Kusie), formerly held by Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney, respectively.3 – A suicide bombing aboard a St. Petersburg subway train killed 14 people and injured 49 others. The suspected bomber was a Kyrgyz-born Russian citizen. Another bomb, hidden in a bag, was found and de-activated at another St. Petersburg station just half an hour before the blast.3 – The NHL announced the league’s players would not participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games in South Korea. The league had been at every Winter Olympics since 1998.4 – A sarin gas attack in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 86 people, including 27 children, in one of the worst poison gas attacks in the country’s six-year civil war. Two days later, two American warships blasted a Syrian government air base with almost 60 cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for the gruesome attack.6 – Don Rickles, the big-mouthed, bald-headed “Mr. Warmth” whose verbal assaults endeared him to audiences and peers and made him the acknowledged grandmaster of insult comedy, died at age 90.7 – A hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians at a central Stockholm department store, killing five and injuring 15 others, nine of them seriously. Police later arrested a male suspect, a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan, near the airport.7 – Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia recalled 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S., Canada and South Korea because the engines could fail and stall.9 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries to speak at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in northern France at a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. As many as 25,000 people came to honour the Canadians who died in the First World War. (The next day, Trudeau flew to Juno to pay homage to Canada’s role in D-Day on June 6, 1944, during the Second World War.)9 – At the Masters, Sergio Garcia overcame a late round two-shot deficit against Justin Rose and birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to capture his first career major, ending an 18-year drought.9 – Canada’s Brad Gushue completed a perfect run at the World Men’s Curling Championship with a 4-2 victory over Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the gold medal game in Edmonton.9 – United Airlines got a public relations black eye after an elderly doctor was among four passengers randomly picked to be bumped from an overbooked flight out of Chicago to accommodate airline employees added to the flight. He refused to comply and was forcibly removed and dragged down the aisle by security officers. He lost two teeth and suffered a concussion and broken nose. A video of the incident went viral and spawned widespread outrage. Dr. David Dao, a Kentucky physician, filed a lawsuit against United but settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.10 – Canada, the United States and Mexico launched their bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup, when the current 32-country soccer tournament expands to a 48-nation field.10 – Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place as the newest addition to the U.S. Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump.12 – Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and girls’ education activist, became an honorary Canadian citizen at a ceremony in Ottawa. She was just the sixth person to receive the honour, and at 19, the youngest.13 – The federal Liberal government introduced a long-awaited suite of bills to legalize marijuana by July 2018. Adults over 18 would be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in public, share up to 30 grams of dried marijuana with other adults and buy cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated retailer.13 – American forces in Afghanistan struck an Islamic State tunnel complex near the Pakistani border with the 11-tonne “mother of all bombs,” the largest U.S. non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat, killing 94 I-SIL fighters.16 – Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a referendum for constitutional changes that would abolish the office of the prime minister and convert the country’s system of government from a parliamentary to a presidential one.19 – Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and days earlier was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell. He was 27.19 – 21st Century Fox issued a statement that Bill O’Reilly had lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations.20 – Ontario announced 16 measures to help cool the hot housing market in the Greater Toronto Area, including a 15-per-cent foreign buyer tax, expanded rent control, allowing Toronto to impose a tax on vacant homes and using surplus lands for affordable housing.20 – A gunman opened fire on police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack.23 – Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms “Happy Days” and “Joanie Loves Chachi,” died at age 56.25 – Great-West Lifeco said it would cut 1,500 positions over the next two years in response to changing technology and customer expectations. The cuts were equal to 13 per cent of the Winnipeg-based insurer’s 12,000 employees in Canada.26 – Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” died from complications from esophageal cancer. He was 73.29 – Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered a full apology to his former comrades-in-arms, after exaggerating his role as “architect” of Operation Medusa in 2006, Canada’s largest battle in Afghanistan. The mea culpa, posted to Facebook, followed what some had seen as a half-hearted apology by Sajjan the day before for comments he made in a speech earlier in the month to a think tank in India.—MAY 20174 – Ninety-five-year-old Prince Philip announced he would carry out scheduled engagements for the next few months but would retire from his royal duties starting in the fall.4 – Republicans narrowly won a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” six weeks after a humiliating failure in the lower chamber.6 – “Always Dreaming” won the Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4-lengths, the fifth consecutive favourite to win the first leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.7 – French voters elected 39-year-old independent centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country’s youngest president, delivering a resounding victory to the pro-European former investment banker and dashing the populist dream of far-right rival Marine Le Pen.9 – Disgraced Senator Don Meredith, the married Pentecostal minister who admitted to a sexual relationship with a teenage girl, declared he would resign his Senate seat, short-circuiting what could have been a historic vote to expel him from the upper chamber.9 – U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who had come under intense scrutiny for his role in an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email practices, and was in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russian meddling in the election that sent him to the White House.9 – British Columbia had its first minority government in 65 years as the Liberals squeaked out a razor-thin victory over the NDP, with the Green party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history. Christy Clark’s Liberals won 43 seats, John Horgan’s New Democrats got 41 and the Greens led by Andrew Weaver picked up three seats. (In June, the Liberals were defeated in a non-confidence vote in the legislature and the NDP formed a government after reaching a deal with the Green party on a legislative agenda.)9 – Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea’s presidential election after his two main rivals conceded, capping one of the most turbulent political stretches in the nation’s recent history and setting up its first liberal rule in a decade.12 – A ransomware cyberattack known as “WannaCry” wreaked havoc around the globe, paralyzing tens of thousands of companies, government agencies and other organizations in 150 countries.17 – Pte. Chelsea Manning, the American soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in a military prison for giving classified materials to WikiLeaks, was released after serving seven years behind bars. Manning, who is transgender and was known as Bradley Manning before she transitioned in prison, was convicted in 2013 of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud but acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.18 – Rocker Chris Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel room hours after performing at a Soundgarden concert. He was 52. Cornell was a leader of the grunge movement with the Seattle-based Soundgarden, with whom he had gained critical and commercial acclaim.18 – Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean announced the details of their unity deal that would form the United Conservative Party. (Members approved the merger in July and Kenney was elected the UCP’s new leader on Oct. 28.)18 – A man deliberately steered his speeding car into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, killing a Michigan teenager and injuring 22 others, including a Canadian woman, before it was stopped by steel security barriers. Twenty-six-year-old Richard Rojas was charged with murder and attempted murder.18 – The United States officially served notice of its intention to renegotiate the 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement, triggering a 90-day consultation window before talks began August 16th in Washington with Canada and Mexico.19 – Swedish prosecutors dropped their investigation into a rape allegation against Julian Assange, almost seven years after it began and five years after the WikiLeaks founder sought refuge inside Ecuador’s London embassy. (The investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.)20 – Thirteen-to-one long-shot “Cloud Computing” ran down “Classic Empire” in the final strides to win the Preakness by a head. Kentucky Derby winner “Always Dreaming” finished eighth.21 – Sweden beat Canada 2-1 in a shootout to capture gold at the world hockey championship.21 – Canadian rapper Drake set a new record at the Billboard awards by taking home 13 trophies, including top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album for “View.”21 – The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which had wowed crowds for 146 years with its “Greatest Show on Earth,” performed its last show, at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.22 – A suicide bomber struck outside an arena in Manchester, England, as fans were leaving a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. Twenty-two people were killed, including an eight-year-old girl, and over 100 others were injured.23 – British actor Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.27 – Andrew Scheer, a social conservative and former House of Commons Speaker, was elected leader of the federal Conservative party, narrowly winning a 13-ballot battle with rival Maxime Bernier.27 – Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel “The Allman Brothers Band” to superstardom, died of liver cancer. He was 69. Songs such as “Whipping Post,” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider” helped define what came to be known as Southern rock. In 1995, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was honoured with a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2012.28 – Host Windsor Spitfires defeated the Erie Otters 4-3 in the Memorial Cup final to capture the Canadian Hockey League championship.28 – Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps. (Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe did not finish as he was involved in a crash with 17 laps to go.)30 – Nova Scotians handed Stephen McNeil’s Liberal party a second consecutive majority government. It captured 27 ridings — seven fewer than at dissolution. The Conservatives picked up 17 ridings while the NDP won seven.31 – A massive suicide truck bombing during morning rush hour rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, killing over 150 people and wounding as many as 400.31 – CNN announced it cut ties with comedian Kathy Griffin after she posted a video that showed her holding a likeness of U.S. President Donald Trump’s severed head. For a decade she had co-hosted the news network’s New Year’s Eve special with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper.—JUNE 20171 – President Donald Trump declared he was pulling the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, striking a major blow to worldwide efforts to combat global warming and distancing the country from its closest allies abroad.1 – Former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 50, pleaded guilty to using insulin to kill eight seniors and hurt six others in her care over the past decade at three Ontario long-term care facilities, in part because she felt angry with her career and her life’s responsibilities. She received eight concurrent terms of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.1 – Robert Wood, a discredited former engineer, was found not guilty of criminal negligence in the deadly collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake, Ont., that killed two women when part of the roof-top parking deck caved in.1 – A gunman stormed a casino in Manila and torched gambling tables in the crowded space, creating a choking level of smoke that killed at least 36 people. He stuffed a backpack with casino chips before he fled but was found dead in an adjacent hotel of an apparent suicide.3 – A terror attack in London left seven people dead, including Canadian Christine Archibald, and injured 48 others. Archibald was on London Bridge when three men drove a van into pedestrians and then ran down a set of stairs into Borough Market where they stabbed people in several different restaurants. The attackers, who were wearing fake suicide vests, were shot dead by police.5 – Seventy-nine-year-old comedian Bill Cosby went on trial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Toronto native Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004 when she was an employee of Temple University’s basketball program. It was the only criminal case to arise from allegations from more than 60 women that cast Cosby as a serial predator who gave drugs to women before violating them. A mistrial was declared June 17 after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision.8 – Country music star Keith Urban picked up four honours at the CMT Awards, including video of the year and male video for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Carrie Underwood won female video of the year for “Church Bells” and collaborative video (with Keith Urban) for “The Fighter.”8 – Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel was named the Canadian winner of the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize for “Injun,” a long poem about racism and the representation of Indigenous peoples. British poet Alice Oswald won the international prize, also worth $65,000, for “Falling Awake.”8 – Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski became the first Canadian woman tennis pro to capture a Grand Slam title as she and Indian partner Rohan Bopanna rallied to beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the mixed doubles final at the French Open.8 – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s gamble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly as her Conservative Party lost its slim majority in Parliament, winning 318 seats – short of the 326 they needed for an another outright majority.8 – Former FBI Director James Comey testified before the U.S. Senate intelligence committee and asserted that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation into Russia’s ties to the Trump election campaign, bluntly accusing the White House of spreading “lies, plain and simple.”9 – Actor Adam West, who became a pop culture icon for his role as Batman in a campy 1960s TV series, died after a battle with leukemia. He was 88.10 – “Tapwrit” overtook favoured “Irish War Cry” in the stretch to win the Belmont Stakes by two lengths in the final leg of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.11 – The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 to become the first team in the salary cap era to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby repeated as playoffs MVP.11 – Rafael Nadal defeated Stan Wawrinka in straight sets to capture the French Open, becoming the first tennis player to win 10 championships at the same major in the Open era.11 – The Canadian theatrical production “Come From Away” fell short in its historic bid to capture Broadway’s biggest musical prize but took home one Tony award from its seven nominations – for best director of a musical Christopher Ashley. (Best musical went to “Dear Evan Hansen”)12 – The Golden State Warriors won their second NBA title in three years by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5, capping an almost perfect post-season run (16-1) and exacting revenge on the Cavs after blowing a 3-1 series lead to them in the 2016 final.14 – A deadly overnight fire raced through a 24-storey apartment tower in London; 79 people were confirmed dead or missing and presumed dead.14 – A rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and several others. Scalise’s security detail wounded the shooter who later died of his injuries.16 – Online juggernaut Amazon announced it was buying the Whole Foods supermarket chain for US$13.7 billion in an all-cash deal.16 – Oscar-winning director John Avildsen, whose “Rocky” and “Karate Kid” underdog fables went on to become Hollywood franchises, died of pancreatic cancer at age 81.18 – Nineteen-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic for her fourth Tour title.18 – A raging forest fire in central Portugal sent flames sweeping over roads, killing at least 62 people, many of them trapped in their cars as they tried to flee.19 – The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, diagnosed in late 2015 with an incurable form of brain cancer, was appointed to the Order of Canada. He was among 29 recipients honoured by Gov. Gen. David Johnston for leadership in raising awareness of Indigenous issues.21 – A Tunisian-born Quebecer stabbed a police officer in the neck at the airport in Flint, Mich., in a possible act of terrorism. He unsuccessfully attempted to buy a gun before carrying out the attack. Amor Ftouhi, 49, was taken into custody and charged with numerous offences. Lieutenant Jeff Neville survived the attack.22 – Sears Canada announced plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring. The beleaguered retailer said it would close 20 full-line locations, plus 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations. In October, it received court approval to liquidate its remaining stores, leaving 12,000 employees out of work.26 – The Toronto Star announced it was laying off 30 employees as it shuttered its Star Touch tablet app — a $20 million venture aimed at attracting a younger readership that failed to meet management expectations. The last edition ran on July 31 and was replaced by a universal app.28 – It took a Lethbridge, Alta., jury just three hours to convict Derek Saretzky of three counts of first-degree murder in the September 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, and Hanne Meketech, 69.29 – The Liberal government announced it was extending Canada’s mission in Iraq, where the Canadian Forces will continue to help Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State group until at least March 2019.29 – B.C.’s minority Liberal government was defeated in a non-confidence vote in the legislature. NDP Leader John Horgan emerged from a meeting with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon to say he was asked to form a government after reaching a deal with the Green party on a legislative agenda.30 – Peter Mansbridge anchored CBC’s flagship news program “The National” for the final time after 28 years at the helm. His swan song came the next day when he anchored the public broadcaster’s coverage of Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa.—JULY 20172 – Danielle Kang birdied the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her first LPGA Tour title, edging defending champion Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont.2 – Race favourite “Holy Helana” easily captured the Queen’s Plate, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing.5 – The Edmonton Oilers signed superstar captain Connor McDavid to an eight-year extension worth $100 million that kicks in after he finishes the final year of his entry-level deal in the upcoming season. That will make the 20-year-old league MVP the highest paid player in the NHL on an annual basis.5 – Randy Ambrosie was named the 14th commissioner of the Canadian Football League.7 – The B.C. government declared a provincial state of emergency as crews battled more than 180 wildfires that destroyed buildings and forced almost 40,000 people from their homes.8 – Ottawa confirmed an apology and a payment of $10.5 million had been made to Omar Khadr to settle a longstanding lawsuit that claimed Canada had violated his rights and was complicit with the U.S. when he was detained at Guantanamo Bay. Khadr admitted to throwing a grenade that killed American soldier Chris Speer in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15-years-old, but later recanted. He was released on bail in 2015 pending his appeal of the war-crimes conviction.9 – Tournament MVP R.J. Barrett, 17, led Canada past Italy 79-60 to win the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, the first time Canadians of any gender or age group brought home a basketball world title.10 – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared total victory in the fight against the Islamic State group in Mosul. American-backed Iraqi forces had launched a massive operation in October 2016 to retake the country’s second largest city.12 – The Bank of Canada hiked its benchmark interest rate to 0.75 per cent from 0.5 per cent, its first increase in nearly seven years, amid expectations of stronger economic growth this year.15 – Garbine Muguruza overpowered Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to win the Wimbledon women’s title for the first time and capture her second major.15 – Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show “Mission: Impossible,” then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994’s “Ed Wood,” died at the of age 89.16 – Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to capture his record eighth Wimbledon crown and bolster his major titles record to 19.16 – Josef Newgarden captured his second Honda Indy Toronto title in three years. Toronto’s James Hinchcliffe raced to his second consecutive third-place finish.16 – Twenty-three-year-old Sung Hyun Park shot her second straight 5-under 67 and won the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National Golf Club for her first LPGA Tour victory.16 – George A. Romero, whose 1968 cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, died following a battle with lung cancer. He was 77.17 – The GOP’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in the U.S. Senate for a second time.19 – Shareholders of British American Tobacco and Reynolds American Inc. approved merging into the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company. London-headquartered BAT paid US$49 billion in cash-and-stock to buy the 57.8 per cent of Reynolds it didn’t already own.20 – Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. Bennington, 41, had hanged himself from a bedroom door. He was a co-lead vocalist for the rock-rap band that was one of the most commercially successful acts of the 2000s, winning countless awards, including Grammys.20 – Former football star O.J. Simpson was granted parole (effective Oct. 1) after having served the minimum of a 9-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.21 – Shipping giant FedEx announced it was closing its FedEx Office stores in Canada after 32 years in the country. It said the closure of its 24 stores, a manufacturing plant in Markham, Ont., and its head office in Toronto would result in the loss of 214 jobs, but would not affect FedEx’s shipping business in Canada.21 – White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending U.S. President Donald Trump must-see TV.21 – Kenny Shields, the brash lead singer of Canadian rock band Streetheart who swaggered across the country’s stages for decades, died of heart failure. He was 69. The Juno-winning artist was part of the homegrown brand of guitar-driven hits that became rock radio staples throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, including “Action,” “Hollywood,” “Look in Your Eyes” and “What Kind of Love Is This.”22 – Alberta’s political landscape profoundly shifted as the Wildrose party and the Progressive Conservatives voted in a landslide to merge into the new United Conservative Party. (PC Leader Jason Kenney was elected the UCP’s new leader on Oct. 28.)23 – Leader Jordan Spieth stumbled early but played the final five holes in 5-under and closed with a 1-under 69 for a three-shot victory in the British Open at Royal Birkdale, giving him the third leg of a career Grand Slam.23 – Defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth Tour de France title.25 – 14-1 longshot “Cool Catomine” grabbed the lead in the deep stretch to capture the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing.25 – Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse won the 100-metre backstroke at the world championships in Hungary in a world-record time of 58.10 seconds.26 – U.S. President Donald Trump surprised many when he announced on Twitter that he was reinstating a ban on transgender people serving in uniform, after the previous Obama administration lifted the ban in 2016.26 – Actress June Foray, who gave voice to Rocky the Flying Squirrel and hundreds of other cartoon characters and was sometimes known as the “female Mel Blanc,” died in a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99.28 – Former B.C. premier Christy Clark announced she would resign effective Aug. 4 as leader of the provincial Liberal party and give up her seat in Kelowna. The New Democrats formed a minority government with the support of the Greens after Clark’s party lost a confidence vote in the legislature at the end of June, ending 16 years in power.30 – Jhonattan Vegas made birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Charley Hoffman and repeat as Canadian Open champion.30 – Deadly clashes between protesters and police marred voting that allowed President Nicolas Maduro to replace Venezuela’s current legislative body — the National Assembly – with a new institution called the Constituent Assembly that would have the power to rewrite the constitution.30 – Catcher Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez, first baseman Jeff Bagwell and Expo great Tim Raines were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former commissioner Bud Selig and front-office guru John Schuerholz.31 – Anthony Scaramucci was ousted as White House communications director after just 11 days on the job, and just hours after former Gen. John Kelly took over as U.S. President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff. Scaramucci got into trouble almost immediately after his appointment — giving a profanity-laden interview to New Yorker magazine, including a tirade against then chief of staff Reince Prebus. The appointment of Scaramucci had earlier prompted former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to quit.—AUGUST 20171 – CBC announced that Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Andrew Chang and Ian Hanomansing would take over as the new hosts of its flagship news program, “The National,” breaking free of the traditional solo news anchor format following the retirement of Peter Mansbridge.1 – Keyboard player Goldy McJohn (born John Goadsby), one of the Canadian founding members of Steppenwolf, the band best known for the classic-rock staples “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride,” died of a heart attack. He was 72.2 – Prince Philip, 96, made his 22,219th — and final — solo public engagement, braving heavy rain to meet Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace. The Duke of Edinburgh had announced in May that he was stepping down from public duties.3 – Paris Saint-Germain obtained Brazilian forward Neymar from Barcelona for a world record US$262 million transfer fee, more than double the previous record of US$116 million paid in 2016 by Manchester United for France midfielder Paul Pogba.4 – Martin Shkreli, the eccentric former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for a price-gouging scandal and for his snide “Pharma Bro” persona on social media, was convicted on three of eight federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds.5 – Usain Bolt had his farewell party spoiled when Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman finished ahead of him in the 100 metres at the world track and field championships in London, in the Jamaican sprinter’s final individual race of his unparalleled career.8 – Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Southern Nights” and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died at age 81. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits.10 – Brad Wall, who had served as premier of Saskatchewan since 2007, announced plans to retire from politics. He was first elected in 1999 under the banner of the newly formed Saskatchewan Party, made up of disaffected Tories and Liberals.12 – Suspected Islamic terrorists opened fire at a popular Turkish restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital, killing 18 people including two Canadians.12 – A car plowed through a group of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 other people. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, was arrested shortly after and charged with second-degree murder and other counts.12 – Former NHL coach and GM Bryan Murray died after a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 74. Murray won the Jack Adams award as coach of the year in 1984 with the Washington Capitals and executive of the year as general manager of the Florida Panthers in 1993. Later, he coached the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2007. He was promoted to general manager and held that position until stepping down after the 2016 season. He compiled a coaching record of 620 wins (10th most in NHL history), 465 losses, 131 ties and 23 overtime losses.12 – Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt failed to make it to the finishing line in his final race, as the anchor crumpled to the track with a left hamstring injury as he was chasing gold in the 4×100-metre relay at the world championships.14 – A jury found former Denver radio host David Mueller guilty of groping pop star Taylor Swift during a backstage photo-op in 2013. He had sued Swift, claiming the allegation cost him his career and his reputation and she countersued for assault and battery and a request for a symbolic $1 judgment and the chance to stand up for other women.16 – In Washington, the first round of negotiations began on a new North American Free Trade Agreement. The Trump administration started with demands for a five-year termination clause allowing easy cancellation of the agreement; tougher Buy American rules; auto-parts requirements the industry called impossible to meet; and a gutting of the dispute mechanisms that enforce NAFTA.17 – A van deliberately veered onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona’s historic tourist district, killing 13 people — including one Canadian. Four Canadians were among the 120 injured. ISIS claimed responsibility. The driver was the subject of a massive manhunt and was gunned down on Aug. 21 in Subirats, a small town 45 kilometres west of the city.18 – U.S. President Donald Trump accepted Steve Bannon’s resignation, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist. The former leader of conservative Breitbart News was the man behind many of Trump’s most controversial efforts, including the travel ban on mainly Muslim countries and the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.19 – Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humour to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, died of a severe bacterial infection. He was 84.20 – Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, died of natural causes. He was 91.20 – Rafael Hernandez rode 8-5 favourite “Channel Maker” to victory in the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, the final jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown.21 – At 10:16 a.m PT, the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U.S. in 99 years began in Oregon, with the path of totality travelling diagonally across 14 states to South Carolina. In Canada, Victoria got the best view of the rare celestial event, with 90 per cent coverage, Vancouver 86 per cent, Calgary 77 per cent and Toronto 70 per cent. The rest of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, as were Central American and the top of South America.21 – A Los Angeles jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay US$417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. It marked the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against the company, which announced it would appeal.21 – Globe and Mail publisher Phillip Crawley said the national newspaper planned to halt its daily print edition for Atlantic Canada on Nov. 30.21 – Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops would be dispatched to wage America’s longest war.24 – Sen. Mike Duffy sued the Senate and the RCMP for the way they handled accusations about his expenses, seeking millions of dollars in damages and compensation for loss of income and benefits. Duffy was acquitted in 2016 on all 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.24 – Montreal Alouettes receiver Nik Lewis became the CFL’s all-time pass receptions leader with 1,030, surpassing B.C. Lions great Geroy Simon.25 – Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane off the coast of mainland Texas near Corpus Christi. It lingered off the coast for four days, dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm – with record flooding (1.2 metres) in parts of Houston – killing at least 65 people, destroying thousands of cars and leaving hundreds of thousands of families with flood-damaged homes.26 – Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. let UFC star Conor McGregor have the early rounds before dominating late and stopping him with a TKO in the 10th, but McGregor fared much better than anticipated in his first pro fight. Mayweather improved to 50-0, passing Rocky Marciano’s benchmark record of 49-0. The spectacle brought Mayweather an estimated $300-350 million, while McGregor earned $100 million.30 – Lighthouse founding member and drummer Skip Prokop died at the age of 73 at a hospital in St. Thomas, Ont.—SEPTEMBER 20173 – Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, died at age 67. The group sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues.”5 – U.S. President Donald Trump announced his administration would be phasing out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed over 800,000 people brought to the U.S. as children to stay in the country.6 – The Bank of Canada raised its overnight lending rate to 1.0 per cent, its second quarter-point increase since July.6 – Category 5 hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded with wind gusts of 298 km, made landfall as it passed the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Its 640-km path continued over Puerto Rico and Cuba before slamming the Gulf Coast of Florida as a Category 4 storm on Sept. 10 and weakening to a tropical depression through the U.S. southeast. Irma killed 38 people in the Caribbean and another 36 in the U.S.7 – Credit monitoring agency Equifax revealed there had been a cyberattack on July 29 that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information of about 145 million people in the U.S., approximately 19,000 in Canada and almost 400,000 in the UK.7 – A magnitude 8.1 earthquake — one of the most powerful ever recorded in Mexico — killed 98 people and toppled hundreds of buildings. The epicentre was located off the country’s southern coast near the Guatemalan border.8 – Troy Gentry, half of the award-winning country duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash near the Flying W Airport in Medford. N.J., where the band was to perform. He was 50.9 – Sloane Stephens easily beat Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 to win the women’s title at the U.S. Open and her first major.10 – Raphael Nadal overwhelmed Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to win his third U.S. Open title and 16th major overall.12 – Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, died at age 96. MacEachen was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the postwar era and held a variety of posts, including a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare. As labour minister, MacEachen was also instrumental in reforming the labour code and establishing a new standard for the minimum wage.13 – The International Olympic Committee granted Paris the 2024 Summer Olympics and Los Angeles the 2028 Games, the first time the IOC had granted two Summer Olympics at once. Both cities will host their third Olympics.14 – Halimah Yacob was elected unopposed as Singapore’s first female president.14 – Liberal MP Arnold Chan died of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. He was 50.15 – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft disintegrated as expected in the skies above Saturn in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years.15 – Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, the albino groundhog at the centre of Canada’s most high-profile weather forecasting tradition, died at age 13.17 – Author Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the deeply cynical Washington comedy “Veep” and the ever-topical “Saturday Night Live” won top series honours at an Emmy Awards ceremony that took almost non-stop aim at U.S. President Donald Trump in awards presentations and acceptance speeches.18 – Lido Pimienta’s Spanish-language album “La Papessa” won the $50,000 Polaris prize for the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit.18 – Hurricane Maria swept over the small Caribbean island of Dominica with catastrophic Category 5 winds, causing widespread devastation and leaving it virtually incommunicado. Two days later, Maria, now a Category 4, ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, knocking out power across the entire U.S. territory and triggering landslides and floods.19 – Toys “R” Us Canada initiated bankruptcy proceedings in an Ontario court a day after it filed for creditor protection in the U.S.19 – A magnitude-7.1 quake struck central Mexico, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 369 people, with 228 deaths occurring in Mexico City. It happened on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands.19 – Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, died at age 95.21 – The Canada-European Union trade agreement, known as CETA, came into effect after taking a decade to complete.23 – Neil Young and Bruce Cockburn were among the latest inductees into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Toronto’s Massey Hall.23 – The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 got underway. The international sports competition was founded by Britain’s Prince Harry as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers on their path to recovery.24 – Germany’s election produced an awkward result that left Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc seeking a coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens. Weeks of talks on forming a new majority government collapsed, leaving a minority government, not previously tried in post-war Germany, or new elections as the only options.27 – Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the pipe-smoking hedonist who revved up the sexual revolution in the 1950s and built a multimedia empire of clubs, mansions, movies and television, symbolized by bow-tied women in bunny costumes, died at age 91.27 – Saudi King Salman announced that starting in June, 2018, women would be permitted to drive in the ultra-conservative kingdom for the first time.30 – A Somali national was arrested after a series of violent attacks that saw an Edmonton police officer stabbed and four pedestrians run down by a truck. A car rammed a traffic barricade at the Edmonton Eskimos game and an officer was stabbed. A few hours later, police chased a U-Haul cube van through the city and four pedestrians were injured.30 – Winnipeg-born legendary TV game show host Monty Hall, best known for “Let’s Make a Deal” which he co-created in 1963, died at age 96.—OCTOBER 20171 – In the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, 58 people were killed — four of them Canadian — and nearly 500 were injured after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino tower. A crowd of 22-thousand had gathered below for an outdoor country music festival. The gunman killed himself before SWAT teams stormed his room.1 – Ontario NDP deputy leader Jagmeet Singh won the party’s federal leadership race in a first ballot vote, becoming the first non-Caucasian leader of a federal political party.1 – The Catalonia region held a disputed independence referendum to secede from the rest of Spain. Results showed 92 per cent favoured secession but a Spanish court later declared the referendum illegal. Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and four members of his cabinet fled to Brussels but faced extradition back to Spain for allegedly plotting a rebellion.2 – Rock superstar Tom Petty, who wrote such classics such as “Free Fallin’,” “Refugee” and “American Girl,” died a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 66. Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.2 – Two of Quebec’s iconic retail brands formalized a merger with Metro Inc.’s $4.5-billion friendly takeover offer for the Jean Coutu pharmacy group, which was to operate as a separate division of the grocery company.3 – The trial began for three former railway employees charged in connection with the fatal 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people and destroyed part of the town when oil laden train cars caught fire. Charged are former train driver Thomas Harding, traffic controller Richard Labrie and manager of train operations Jean Demaitre.5 – Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. announced the cancellation of its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, cutting off a potential conduit to bring more western Canadian oil to eastern refineries and overseas export markets.6 – James Neal scored both goals as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights opened their inaugural NHL season with a 2-1 road win against the Dallas Stars.6 – The federal government agreed to pay a maximum $750 million to survivors of the ’60s Scoop for the harm suffered by Indigenous children who were robbed of their cultural identities by being placed with non-native families. Ottawa would also set aside a further $50 million for a new Indigenous Healing Foundation.8 – Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was fired by the Weinstein Co., the studio he co-founded, three days after a bombshell New York Times expose alleged decades of crude sexual behaviour on his part toward female employees and actresses. The revelation led to a flood of sexual misconduct allegations against multiple men in politics and the entertainment industry, other media powerhouses and assorted business moguls.9 – Shania Twain’s first studio album in 15 years, “Now,” debuted atop both the U.S. and Canadian Billboard album charts, as well as the UK charts10 – The expansion Vegas Golden Knights won their home opener 5-2 over the Arizona Coyotes, to become the first team in NHL history to begin their debut season with three straight wins.13 – Sears Canada, which sought protection from its creditors in June but was unable to find a buyer, received court approval to liquidate inventory from all its remaining stores as the national retailer prepared to shut its doors for good after 65 years, putting 12,000 employees out of a job. Liquidation sales began Oct. 19.14 – A massive truck bombing in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu killed over 300 people and injured more than 400 others, making it the deadliest single attack in the Horn of Africa nation.15 – Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback, getting his 187th as the New England Patriots held on for a 24-17 win over the New York Jets. (Brady already held the record for career wins, including playoffs).16 – European aircraft giant Airbus Group announced it was acquiring a 50.01 per cent stake in Bombardier’s C Series program for no financial payment, weeks after the U.S. issued 300 per cent preliminary duties on exports of the aircraft following Boeing’s trade complaint. The C Series headquarters will remain in the Montreal area but a second assembly line for the 100- to 150-seat plane will be set up at the Airbus facility in Alabama.17 – Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of The Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, died at age 53. One of Canada’s most revered singer-songwriters, Downie penned a steady stream of 1990s rock radio staples including “New Orleans is Sinking,” “Blow at High Dough,” “Courage,” “Ahead By a Century” and “Bobcaygeon.”18 – The Quebec National Assembly passed a religious neutrality bill that will oblige citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services.18 – Gilbert Rozon, a giant in the Quebec entertainment industry and founder of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, announced he was stepping down from various positions amid what he called “allegations involving him.” The next day, at least nine women came forward with sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations.22 – Toronto FC’s 2-2 draw in Atlanta enabled them to set the MLS points record, reaching 69 points on the final day of the regular season to edge the previous record of 68 set by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1998.24 – Actor Robert Guillaume, who won Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson,” died at age 89.25 – Fats Domino, the amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honouring the traditions of his New Orleans roots, died at age 89. Domino sold more than 110 million records, with hits including “I’m Walkin’,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Blueberry Hill.” He was one of the first 10 honorees named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.28 – Former Alberta PC Leader and federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney was elected leader of the province’s newly created United Conservative Party, formed in July when Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives and the Wildrose Party voted to merge.28 – Ice dancers Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue won their seventh Skate Canada International title, Kaetlyn Osmond won the women’s singles title and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs.29 – Drew Brees joined Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only NFL quarterbacks to reach 6,000 career completions.30 – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former business associate Rick Gates were the first to be indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election and if President Trump’s campaign was aware of it.31 – A man drove a rented pickup truck onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial in New York, killing at least eight people and injuring a dozen others. The Uzbek-born attacker was shot by police and taken into custody after he jumped out of the vehicle brandishing two air guns and yelling “God is great!” in Arabic.—NOVEMBER 20171 – Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie announced he was stepping down after seven years. He said he would stay on as leader until a replacement was selected and would also continue on as the MLA for Cumberland South.1 – The Houston Astros won the first World Series championship in franchise history with a 5-1 victory over the LA Dodgers in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium. Houston outfielder George Springer was named MVP.3 – Netflix announced Kevin Spacey would no longer be a part of “House of Cards” and it was cutting all other ties with the actor after a series of allegations of sexual harassment and assault.4 – Four years after he walked away from the UFC for a mental breather, Canadian Georges St. Pierre returned to the octagon and defeated Michael Bisping by submission to capture the middleweight championship at UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York.5 – A gunman opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others. The suspect, kicked out of the Air Force following a court martial in 2012 because of domestic violence, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he crashed his car when chased by bystanders, one of whom was armed and had shot him at the church.5 – Montreal elected Valerie Plante as the city’s first female mayor, defeating incumbent Denis Coderre.6 – The CBC broadcast its revamped flagship nightly news program “The National” for the first time since longtime anchor Peter Mansbridge retired in July. It aired live across all six time zones, allowing the four hosts — Ian Hanomansing, Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton and Andrew Chang — to track developing stories in real time from studios in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.7 – Former star pitcher Roy Halladay, a Cy Young Award winner in both leagues and the face of the Toronto Blue Jays franchise for most of the 2000s, died when the plane he was piloting crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40.12 – More than 530 people were killed when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.13 – The Hockey Hall of Fame held the formal induction ceremony for NHL greats Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya as well as Canadian women’s star Danielle Goyette. Longtime Canadian university coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs entered in the builder category.13 – Ride-hailing company Lyft announced it was coming to Toronto in what was to be its first expansion outside of the United States.15 – Zimbabwe’s army said President Robert Mugabe and his wife were in custody and it was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster. Mugabe resigned on Nov. 21. He had been in power since Zimbabwe’s independence from white minority rule in 1980.15 – Canada’s Walk of Fame added environmentalist David Suzuki, sprinter Donovan Bailey and actress Anna Paquin to its ranks at its annual gala. It also posthumously inducted civil-rights pioneer Viola Desmond, business leader Ted Rogers and country crooner Stompin’ Tom Connors.19 – At the American Music Awards, Bruno Mars won artist of the year, favourite pop/rock male and favourite soul/R&B male as well as video of the year (“That’s What I Like”). A trio of Canadians were also recognized. Shawn Mendes took home the favourite adult contemporary artist, his first AMA. Drake was named favourite rap/hip-hop artist. Justin Bieber shared the collaboration of the year award with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee for the mega-hit song “Despacito.” Bieber was also featured on DJ Khaled’s No. 1 hit “I’m the One,” which won favourite rap/hip-hop song.19 – Country Music Hall-of-Famer Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, died at age 85. He recorded more than 60 albums and had more than 30 top-10 country singles, including “Good Woman Blues,” “Coca Cola Cowboy” and “Southern Rain.”19 – Della Reese, the actress and gospel-influenced singer who in middle age found her greatest fame as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” died at age 86.19 – Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after orchestrating the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.19 – The Ontario government passed back-to-work legislation, ending a five-week college faculty strike and allowing nearly 500,000 students to return to class. The 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians had been on strike since Oct. 15.20 – Toronto author Michael Redhill won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel “Bellevue Square.”20 – Nebraska regulators approved an alternate route through the state for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing the $10-billion, 1,897-kilometre project.21 – Royal Bank of Canada became the first Canadian lender to be added to the international Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail.21 – CBS News and PBS announced they were terminating their relationship with Charlie Rose after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.21 – David Cassidy, the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970s sitcom “The Partridge Family” and sold millions of records as the musical group’s lead singer, died at age 67. Cassidy, who announced earlier in the year that he had been diagnosed with dementia, was admitted to a Florida hospital days earlier due to organ failure.21 – Ride-hailing service Uber came clean about its coverup of a year-old security breach that saw hackers steal the personal information of 57 million customers around the world. Uber acknowledged paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information. It did not say how many Canadians were affected.24 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on behalf of the government of Canada for abuse and cultural losses to former students at five residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador. They had been left out of a compensation package and national apology in 2008 by former prime minister Stephen Harper, but the Liberal government offered in 2016 to settle a class-action lawsuit for $50 million.24 – The South African Supreme Court of Appeal more than doubled the six-year prison sentence that double-amputee Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius received for the Valentine’s Day 2013 murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He will now serve 13 years and five months and be eligible for parole in 2023.24 – Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as president of Zimbabwe. He was fired as vice-president by President Robert Mugabe on Nov. 6 but returned to Zimbabwe after a military takeover that forced Mugabe to resign after nearly four decades in power.24 – Islamic extremists opened fire on worshippers inside a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai Peninsula, killing 305 people and injuring 128 others.25 – The Western Mustangs capped a perfect season and ended a 23-year Vanier Cup drought with a 39-17 victory over the Laval Rouge et Or in the U Sports football championship.26 – In the 105th Grey Cup on a snowy night in Ottawa, the Toronto Argonauts kicked a field goal with 53 seconds left to take their first lead of the game and followed that with an end zone interception to secure a 27-24 win over the favoured Calgary Stampeders. Two Grey Cup records were set: Argos QB Ricky Ray and receiver DeVier Posey hooked up for a 100-yard TD reception and Argos defensive back Cassius Vaughn recovered a fumble and returned it 110 yards for a touchdown. Ray also became the first starting quarterback to win a fourth championship.27 – Buckingham Palace announced Prince Harry, the fifth in line to the British throne, had become engaged to American actress/humanitarian campaigner Meghan Markle. The wedding is to take place in May 2018.27 – Torstar Corp. and Postmedia Network Inc. announced they had exchanged a total of 41 publications and would stop publishing all but five of them, resulting in 291 job losses. The closed papers include long-standing publications such as the Barrie Examiner, the Orillia Packet and Times, as well as smaller publications such as the Stratford City Gazette and the Thorold Niagara News.28 – Karim Baratov, a Canadian citizen born in Kazakhstan, pleaded guilty in a San Francisco court to nine charges stemming from a massive breach at Yahoo that authorities said was directed by Russian intelligence agents and affected about 500 million user accounts.28 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for past state-sanctioned discrimination against members of the LGBTQ2 community in Canada. The apology was accompanied by a $145 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit.29 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Sheilah Martin to the Supreme Court of Canada, to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin on Dec. 15.29 – NBC News fired longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behaviour.”29 – Warner Bros. Television Group fired Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer for several Vancouver-shot superhero shows, following allegations of sexual harassment from 19 former and current employees.29 – Convicted Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak died after swallowing poison just after his 20-year sentence for involvement in crimes during the Bosnian war of the 1990s was upheld by appeals judges at a UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.30 – Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show” and then on his own popular spinoff, died at age 87. He was also known for his rich baritone voice, recording more than two dozen albums and singing with the Dallas and St. Louis symphony orchestras.—DECEMBER 20171 – Former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, becoming the first Trump White House official to face criminal charges and admit guilt so far in special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.1 – The Federal Court of Appeal upheld a ruling from the Competition Tribunal that Canada’s largest real estate board must allow its realtor members to make home sales data available online, dismissing a Toronto Real Estate Board appeal.3 – Metropolitan Opera suspended conductor James Levine after the New York Times published accounts from three accusers who said that Levine sexually abused them when they were teenagers. A fourth accuser later came forward.4 – Jeff Glor made his debut as anchor of “The CBS Evening News.”5 – Streaming service Spotify announced that Ed Sheeran was its most-streamed artist of 2017 with 6.3 billion streams. Sheeran’s “Divide” album was the most-streamed, with 3.1 billion, and his “Shape of You” was the top song, with 1.4 billion streams.5 – The International Olympic Committee barred the Russian team from competing at the games in South Korea in February as punishment for the country’s doping violations when it hosted the 2014 Sochi Games. Clean Russian athletes will be able to compete under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia.” If they win gold, the Olympic flag would be raised and the Olympic anthem played to honour their victories.5 – Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer underwent an emergency appendectomy, subsequently postponing several upcoming concert dates with Dead & Company — made up of former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.6 – The Silence Breakers — those who shared their stories about sexual misconduct by numerous high-profile men in entertainment, media, business, politics and sports and helped to spawn the #MeToo movement — were collectively named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.6 – Johnny Hallyday, France’s biggest rock star for more than half a century, died at age 74. Dubbed the French Elvis, he sold more than 100 million records. France honoured him with an exceptional funeral procession down the Champs-Elysees and a presidential speech by Emmanuel Macron.6 – President Donald Trump shattered decades of unwavering U.S. neutrality on Jerusalem, declaring the sorely divided holy city as Israel’s capital. In the fallout, thousands of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, while demonstrators in the Gaza Strip burned U.S. flags and pictures of Trump in a show of rage.7 – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced he would resign from Congress following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.7 – The Moose Jaw Times-Herald (Sask.) published its final edition, closing down after more than 125 years in the business. It was founded as a weekly paper in 1889 and went daily in 1906.7 – The Australian Parliament voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, with the law to take effect in early January 2018. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 per cent of Australian voters who responded to the government-commissioned postal ballot.7 – The National Energy Board released its decision to allow Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass some bylaws in Burnaby, B.C. that stand in the way of its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. It was met with outrage with those opposed to the project calling it overreach, and welcomed by proponents who said it was for the good of the country.8 – Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest was sentenced to a 12-year prison term after being found guilty in June of sexually assaulting the teenage girls he trained dating back more than 20 years. (He was denied bail pending his appeal.)9 – Toronto FC avenged 2016’s MLS Cup final penalty shootout loss to Seattle by dominating the Sounders 2-0 in the championship rematch at BMO Field, becoming the first Canadian team to win the soccer title.9 – World premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in Los Angeles. (The eighth episode in the beloved space opera franchise took in $220 million in its first weekend in North American theatres — the second-best opening ever behind only its predecessor, “The Force Awakens” ($248.8 million)).10 – Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards, becoming the first pivot in NFL history to top 500 yards passing three times in his career.10 – The first-ever futures contract for the digital currency bitcoin began trading at 5 p.m. CST, with the January contract opening at $15,000 and ending the initial trading day 20 per cent higher at $18,545.11 – Irish rockers U2 scored their eighth No. 1 album when “Songs of Experience” debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart. They became the only group, and fourth act, to have No. 1 albums in each of the past four decades. The others: Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand.11 – Mario Batali surrendered oversight of daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef involving at least four women, three of whom worked for Batali, over a period of at least 20 years.11 – The Liberals won three of four ridings in the federal byelections. Jean Yip retained Toronto’s Scarborough-Agincourt that had been held by her late husband, Arnold Chan, while Churence Rogers held onto the safe seat of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity (in N.L.) and Gordie Hogg snatched the B.C. riding of South Surrey-White Rock from the Conservatives. Rosemarie Falk held onto the Conservative riding of Battlefords-Lloydminster (in Sask.)12 – San Francisco-based ride-hailing service Lyft launched in Toronto, its first expansion outside the United States.12 – Ottawa announced it will buy 18 used F-18 fighters from Australia as a stop-gap as it launches a full competition with a national “economic interest” requirement to replace its aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025. The government had ditched plans to buy 18 Super Hornet jet fighters from Boeing after the U.S. aerospace giant filed a trade complaint against Canadian plane maker Bombardier.12 – Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the New Jersey rock band Smithereens, died at age 62. The group, formed in 1980 and peaked in the late ’80s-early ’90s, blended catchy melodies and grinding guitars on hits like “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You.”13 – Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi led the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, that also included The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. (They will be inducted on April 14 in Cleveland.)13 – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which already owns the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC, announced the addition of Grey Cup champions Toronto Argonauts to its portfolio.13 – Canadian actor Bruce Gray, who was a prolific presence on the stage and screen with roles including an investment banker on the series “Traders” and the hapless father of the groom in the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” died of cancer at age 81.14 – Walt Disney Co. announced it was buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox for about US$52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses.14 – PBS suspended radio and TV host Tavis Smiley after finding what it called “troubling allegations” of sexual misconduct, making him the second high-profile star (Charlie Rose) to be ousted from a network known for its high-brow, genteel programming.15 – Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retired from the Supreme Court of Canada after 28 years on the court, including almost 18 years as chief. McLachlin, 74, was the first woman to hold the top job on the high court and Canada’s longest-serving chief justice. (On Dec. 18, Richard Wagner, 60, took the oath of office as chief justice.)15 – Pharmaceutical billionaires and philanthropists, Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, were found dead in their north Toronto mansion. He was 75, she was 70.16 – A Toronto jury found Dellen Millard and Mark Smich guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 killing of 23-year-old Laura Babcock whose body was never found. It’s believed they burned her body in an animal incinerator that was found on Millard’s farm in 2013 as part of the Tim Bosma murder investigation where both were convicted of first-degree murder.16 – The Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 in the NHL 100 Classic outdoor game at TD Place in Ottawa, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the league’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917.16 – Keely Smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with Louis Prima, died at age 89. Smith got her first paying job singing with the Earl Bennett band when she was just 15. She later auditioned to sing with Louis Prima’s band, and began touring with them in 1948. She and Prima married in 1953, and together they won a Grammy for their hit, “That Old Black Magic” in 1959.17 – Hunter Harrison, the plain-spoken, gruff American who rewrote the Canadian railroading book during his years heading both of this country’s largest railways, died at age 73.17 – Finance Minister Bill Morneau was voted Canadian Press 2017 Business Newsmaker of the Year, first by introducing a contentious tax-reform plan that enraged business owners, doctors and tax experts followed by ethical questions over how he handled his substantial personal assets after coming into office.18 – The high-profile closure and ensuing controversies helped make Sears Canada’s demise the Canadian Press 2017 Business News Story of the Year.18 – An Amtrak train on its inaugural run along a new high-speed bypass derailed south of Seattle as it curved on a bridge, hurtling some rail cars onto an interstate highway below. Three people were killed and dozens injured. There were no fatalties from the seven vehicles hit on the highway.19 – Gord Downie, the late Tragically Hip frontman, was chosen Canadian Press 2017 Newsmaker of the Year for the second consecutive year. He died of brain cancer in October but used every opportunity in his final months to speak out in support of Indigenous people in Canada. He established the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to provide small grants to, in part, promote Indigenous education in schools.19 – George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. revealed that both the bakery owner and grocer participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement from late 2001 until March 2015, but will receive immunity after tipping off Canada’s competition watchdog.19 – A Canadian woman was among 12 people killed when a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to the Mayan ruins flipped over on a narrow highway in eastern Mexico. Her husband and two young daughters were among the 20 injured.19 – The Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Carolina Hurricanes 8-1 in the Next Century Game in Toronto to kick off the second century of NHL hockey.20 – Justin Trudeau became the first prime minister found to have violated federal conflict of interest rules. Federal ethics commissioner Mary Dawson concluded Trudeau violated the rules regarding two vacations in 2016 at the private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan. Moreover, she found Trudeau didn’t properly recuse himself on two occasions in May 2016 from private meetings about the Aga Khan and a $15-million grant to the billionaire philanthropist’s endowment fund of the Global Centre for Pluralism.21 – A Halifax jury found Christopher Garnier guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body following the 2015 death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell.21 – Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg, who got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games, died at age 82.25 – Canada moved to expel a Venezuelan diplomat from the country and strip his credentials in retaliation after his Canadian counterpart was kicked out of the South American nation.26 – Johnny Bower, 93, two-time Vezina Trophy winner who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win their last Stanley Cup championship in 1967, died.28 – The Nova Scotia government announced an inquiry into the deaths of former soldier Lionel Desmond and his family nearly a year after Desmond shot his wife, daughter and mother before turning the gun on himself.28 – Sue Grafton, author of the bestselling “alphabet series” of mystery novels, died in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was 77.28 – Apple apologized for secretly slowing down older iPhones, a move it said was necessary to avoid unexpected shutdowns related to battery fatigue.29 – Canada lost 4-3 in a shootout to the United States in international hockey’s first outdoor game in Orchard Park, N.Y.30 – Montreal’s La Presse published its final print edition after more than 133 years. The French-language newspaper will continue to publish content on its digital platforms.—last_img read more

Little practical progress has been made on the TRCs calls to action

first_imgAPTN NewsCanada has made little progress implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 10 calls to action related to the imprisonment of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples in the country’s penitentiaries.That’s according to the latest report from the Office of the Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger.Read the report here: Office of the Correctional Investigator Annual Report 2017-2018The calls to action include eliminating the over-representation of Indigenous peoples behind bars, providing money to communities for alternatives to imprisonment, and to address Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.“To honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ‘calls to action,’ I recommend that CSC (Correctional Service of Canada) spending, budget and resource allocation should better reflect the proportion of Indigenous people serving a federal sentence,” wrote Zinger in the report.“Over the next decade, re-allocation of resources and delegation of control to Indigenous communities should be the stated goals of CSC’s contribution to reaching the TRC’s ‘calls to action.’”The picture for First Nation, Metis and Inuit people locked behind bars in Canada has not changed since the office started writing these reports – in some cases the situation is worse.(Canada’s Correctional Investigator Ivan Zinger at a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday. Photo: APTN)Indigenous offenders made up 30 per cent of all admissions to federal custody in 2017-18 compared to 22.5 per cent ten years earlier said the report.And Indigenous peoples are still over-represented in Canada’s prisons.According to the report between 2009 to 2018 the Indigenous population increased by 42.8 per cent. The total population now stands at 28 per cent of the prison population despite comprising just 4.3 per cent of the overall population.Zinger says for Indigenous women it’s worse where 270 First Nation, Metis or Inuit women are incarcerated making up 40 per cent of the prison population.“For federal corrections, the heavy lifting has hardly begun,” Zinger reports. “A bolder direction is clearly required. To address the enormity of the challenge of Indigenous over-incarceration, CSC and the Government of Canada must more fully devolve responsibility, but most of all resources and control, back to Indigenous people.“In practice, this could entail a reallocation of spending to match the proportion of Indigenous people with a federal sentence.”Watch APTN Investigates: Indigenous People in Canada behind bars More concerning are the changes that the CSC has undertaken that seem to be working for non-Indigenous inmates.According to Zinger, while use of segregation has declined overall, it has not for Indigenous peoples. Segregation used for non-Indigenous inmates dropped by 23 per cent compared to only 10.3 per cent for First Nations, Metis and Inuit.And 39 per cent of Indigenous offenders returned to federal custody on a revocation, compared to 31 per cent for the total population.Zinger also takes aim at the Pathways program.According to Correction Canada’s website, the program provides a healing program within the prison for prisoners who demonstrate a commitment to “follow traditional healing as a way of life 24-hours a day.” The Elder led program “reinforces a traditional Aboriginal way of life” with “Aboriginal traditional values and beliefs.”The Pathways program could lead to early release – but Zinger says non-Indigenous inmates are not asked to follow the same protocols.“CSC does not require a non-Indigenous person entering prison to follow their spirituality, healing or cultural traditions in order to engage in programming. To expect a person of Indigenous ancestry to follow an Aboriginal healing path or cultural traditions when imprisoned is one thing, but to make that a determinant for release is quite another. Indigenous people walk in the “two worlds” all their lives,” wrote Zinger.“The approach to Pathways and the AICs seems somewhat parochial, if not patronizing.”Zinger said there are some bright spots.More Indigenous inmates are being supervised in the community over the past ten years.Zinger is also making the yearly call for CSC to create the position of deputy Indigenous commissioner.That recommendation has been made on a number of occasions but has never been acted upon by government.“Loosening the levers and instruments of correctional (some might say) colonial control is consistent with the path toward reconciliation between Canada and its First Nations,” he said.“Of course, devolution of correctional power will only happen if there is courageous and visionary leadership at the top of the Correctional Service – a vision and commitment that must be duly supported and directed by the Government of Canada.” read more

Pakistan aid effort needs urgent funding SecretaryGeneral says

11 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the international community, especially major donors, to respond quickly and generously to the urgent humanitarian and reconstruction needs in Pakistan, where the United Nations is trying to assist more than 2.5 million uprooted by fighting. “We must alleviate distress and avoid putting the country at risk of a spiralling secondary crisis,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York today.A recent surge in fighting between Government forces and militants in the country’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has displaced over 2.5 million, including 550,000 people who fled clashes in the area last year, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“We stand ready to help the Pakistani Government to the maximum amid this humanitarian crisis,” said Mr. Ban.The UN and its partners have so far received about one quarter of the $543 million appeal launched in May to assist those affected. Because of the shortfall, food supplies are secure only for June while drugs supplies will be depleted by the end of the month.OCHA has warned that the lack of funding is hampering the world body’s ability to assist displaced persons.The UN family was shocked and saddened this week at the suicide bombing at the Pearl Continental Hotel in NWFP’s capital, Peshawar on Tuesday, which killed at least 18 people, including two UN staff members. In a statement condemning the attack, Mr. Ban noted that many of the innocent people who died were in Peshawar to carry out humanitarian work.Among the dead was Aleksandar Vorkapic, a Serb national who was on his first emergency mission with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Perseveranda So from the Philippines, who was Chief of Education in Pakistan of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).A number of Pakistani nationals supporting UN programmes were also killed and injured in the attack. read more

Diplomatic talks to bolster transition in Liberia underway UN

According to a UN spokesman in New York, an eight-member advance team of the Government of Liberia’s Transition Committee visited UN offices in Monrovia to confer on preparations for the installation of the new government on 14 October.On 18 August, Liberia’s government and the country’s main rebel factions signed a peace deal that set up an interim power-sharing government that paves the way for democratic elections in 2005. The top UN envoy for Liberia, Jacques Paul Klein, is in New York this week to ask the Security Council to authorize some 15,000 troops and 900 international police officers for a proposed UN peacekeeping mission to support the transition.Discussions in the Liberian capital centred on ways the transitional government and the UN could work in partnership once the Council has approved a mandate for a new peacekeeping mission. Both sides reportedly emphasized the need to establish conditions of security in the country.Meanwhile, UN agencies in the field reported that widespread lawlessness and alarming rumours continue to fuel displacement in the countryside. The lack of security, law and order in many parts of Liberia are still hampering humanitarian operations in Liberia, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Despite these constraints, the agency said aid workers continued to work where they could.Following last week’s huge displacement along the Totota to Salala road, northeast of Monrovia, some of the relief materials sent by UNHCR trucks were distributed last Friday by the Lutheran World Federation. In Buchanan, the port city southeast of the capital, security was reported to be seriously deteriorating and so far, no agencies had been able to do any large-scale food or non-food distribution.UNHCR said it has also received worrying reports that people in the Harper area and elsewhere in eastern Liberia may have suffered from various forms of harassment and sexual violence. The local staff who crossed over to Harper reported that everything there and the border town of Plebo, down to the doors and window frames, had been looted by the fighters. Whatever had not been looted was destroyed.Troops from Guinea-Bissau serving with the West African force known as ECOMIL began moving towards Kakata – another site of major population displacements – and UNHCR officials said they hoped the deployment would help bring some desperately needed stability and security to the region. Another joint UN mission, including UNHCR staff, heads to the region on Tuesday.UNHCR also said that it is growing increasingly concerned about the fate of thousands of Ivoirian refugees scattered along Liberia’s eastern border with Côte d’Ivoire. The refugee agency is exploring possible ways of accessing this part of Liberia with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

Drugstore chain Walgreen reports 68 per cent jump in fiscal 1Q profit

by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2013 6:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Drugstore chain Walgreen reports 68 per cent jump in fiscal 1Q profit, helped by Alliance Boots Walgreen’s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 68 per cent as investments in other companies paid off for the nation’s largest drugstore chain, but a slowdown in generic drug introductions helped squeeze profitability.The Deerfield Ill., company said Friday that it booked a total of $376 million in income during the quarter that ended Nov. 30 from its stakes in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and U.S. pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp.Last year, Walgreen Co. acquired a 45 per cent stake in Alliance Boots, which runs the largest drugstore chain in the United Kingdom, and it has an option to buy the rest of the company in 2015. Earlier this year, it also bought an ownership stake in AmerisourceBergen and entered a supply agreement with the company.Analysts have said they like the potential for growth that these deals give Walgreen, which runs 8,200 drugstores.Overall, Walgreen earned $695 million, or 72 cents per share, in a fiscal first-quarter performance that matched analyst expectations. That was up from $413 million, or 43 cents per share, a year ago, when the company absorbed Alliance Boots deal charges and took a $24 million hit after Superstorm Sandy forced it to temporarily close hundreds of stores.Revenue climbed 6 per cent to $18.33 billion, while analysts forecast $18.35 billion, according to FactSet.Walgreen said prescription sales at stores open at least a year jumped 7.2 per cent in the quarter, while sales from the front end, or the store areas outside its pharmacy, climbed 2.4 per cent. Revenue from established stores is a key indicator of a retailer’s health, because it excludes the impact from recently opened or closed stores.CEO Greg Wasson told analysts during a Friday morning conference call that Walgreen has administered 1.1 million more flu shots than it did last year, despite a slow start to the cough, cold and flu season. He said that will help the company’s non-flu vaccine program.“We continue to see tremendous potential to grow our share of this $7.4 billion market,” he saidThe drugstore chain’s pharmacy business benefited last year from a wave of new generic drugs, which hurt revenue but help profit. The company didn’t see the same wave this year and that, along with increased promotions, pushed its profit as a percentage of sales down slightly to 28.1 per cent.“We are continuing to see a value-conscious consumer and the impact of a soft economy,” Wasson said.He said the company hopes to make better use in future promotions of information it gets on customer buying habits from its Balance Rewards program, which Walgreen started last year. The customer loyalty program allows shoppers to gain points at both Walgreen and Duane Reade stores and for online purchases that translate into cash rewards they can then use at the stores.Walgreen shares climbed 50 cents to $57.44 Friday morning while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index also rose slightly. The stock was up 54 per cent so far this year through Thursday.The shares have set new all-time high prices several times in 2013, according to FactSet. read more

UN labour agency launches global panel to address rapid transformations in the

“It is fundamentally important that we confront these challenges from the conviction that the future of work is not decided for us in advance,” said Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) at the launch of the Global Commission on the Future of Work. According to ILO, the global body is expected to undertake an in-depth examination of the future of work that can provide the analytical basis for the delivery of social justice in the 21st century. It will in particular on the relationship between work and society, the challenge of creating decent jobs for all, the organization of work and production, and the governance of work.Mr. Ryder reminded the audience attending the launch ceremony in Geneva that these are key issues of our time, which increasingly occupy political life and define hopes, and sometimes fears, of families across the world. “It is a future that we must make according to the values and preferences that we choose and through policies that we design and implement,” he added. Co-chairs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the President of Mauritius, and Stefan Löfven, the Prime Minister of Sweden, announced the 20 members of the Commission, as the ILO chief underscored that the membership “reflects a balance of geographical regions, of different disciplines. There is gender balance and there is representation of workers and employers.” The Commission was set up under the ILO’s Future of Work Centenary Initiative launched in 2013 by Mr. Ryder. Over the past 18 months, in the run-up to the launch of the Global Commission, the ILO’s tripartite constituents – governments, employer and worker organizations – have held national dialogues in over 110 countries. Their outcome will feed into the independent report that will be submitted to the Centenary Conference of the ILO in 2019. AUDIO: Remarks of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at the Launch of the Global Commission on the Future of Work. read more

Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award lecture nearing

Professor Robert Dimand in the Department of Economics will be delivering this year’s Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award lecture.The lecture, titled “John Maynard Keynes and Global Economic Crisis,” will take place Thursday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Plaza 600F.The lecture is part of Dimand’s Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award, which he received during the Fall 2016 Convocation.Dimand is the author of James Tobin (2014), The Origins of the Keynesian Revolution (1988) and co-author of volume 1 of A History of Game Theory (1996).He has edited or co-edited a dozen books, most recently an International Economic Association conference volume, Keynes’s General Theory After Seventy Years (2010, with Robert A. Mundell and Alessandro Vercelli; translated into Mandarin in 2012). He has published more than 95 journal articles primarily on the history of macroeconomics, the early history of game theory and the history of women in economics.Dimand is secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Economics Association and former president of the History of Economics Society.Created in 1994, the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award recognizes outstanding research achievements, contributions towards the training of future researchers and consistency in scholarly or creative performances.The lecture is an opportunity for award recipients to share their scholarly contributions with the Brock community. A light lunch will be served at the event.Attendees are asked to RSVP by March 20 by e-mailing or calling ext. 5332. read more

Natural England in row with RSPB over protection of hen harriers as

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. I love these birds. Each winter we get a few in Cambridgeshire & l’m always delighted to see them. Hopefully this work will contribute to the overall plan to rebuild their numbers in England, & in future we will see more of them, not only in winter but thriving where they nest.— Tony Juniper (@TonyJuniper) June 6, 2019 Natural England added that French conservationists have successfully been using a similar technique for Montagu’s harrier to move birds away from prime agricultural land. Mark Avery, a former RSPB chief who now runs conservation charity Wild Justice, also poured scorn on the plans, telling The Telegraph the scheme is “wrong, wrong, wrong.” He added: “It will be very interesting to see which grouse moors are participating and what are their credentials for raptor conservation.”The UK’s top bird blog, Rare Bird Alert, condemned the idea, adding that it serves to “placate wildlife criminals.”In a message to the Chair of Natural England, Tony Juniper, the blog wrote: “Hen Harrier brood meddling is completely flawed. Surely deep down you cannot support this? Why not call for a review now you are chair?”Mr Juniper said of the scheme: “Conservation and protection of the hen harrier is at the heart of what we are doing in licensing this trial of brood management. This decision takes forward but one element in a far broader recovery strategy for the species.“Natural England is ready to take the next careful step, aware that the licensed activity and the research will rightly come under close scrutiny from the scientists on the advisory group, from ourselves as the licensing authority and by those both  supportive of and opposed to this trial.“We, as an organisation, must pursue all options for an important bird such as the hen harrier, so that our children may enjoy this majestic species in the wild.”  Natural England is embroiled in a row with the RSPB over a plan to remove hen harrier eggs and chicks from nests and relocate them in order to protect the rare birds from poachers.The quango has plans to remove hen harrier eggs and/or chicks to a dedicated hatching and rearing facility, where they will be hand-reared in captivity.Birds will then be transferred to specially-constructed pens in a hen harrier breeding habitat, from which they are then re-introduced into the wild in the uplands of northern England.Currently, the endangered bird of prey faces threats from illegal persecution, as it is poached to protect grouse.Chris Corrigan, RSPB England Director, condemned the plans, and told The Telegraph:  “This is disappointing to hear. As we’ve said all along, brood management is the wrong tool to help restore hen harriers to their rightful place across the English landscape. “The RSPB believes the first step in hen harrier recovery should be the ending of illegal persecution. The evidence is now clear that this is the main reason driving the decline of this iconic bird.”Earlier this  year, the bird charity launched a legal bid against Natural England to block it from making this decision. However, in March, it was announced that they had lost the case. read more

Grow it yourself New potato salad with capers and herbs

first_img 118 Views 9 Comments Short URL Grow it yourself: New potato salad with capers and herbs The new potato crop is looking healthy right now, writes gardener Michael Kelly. Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 12:30 PM Michael Kelly Jun 10th 2017, 12:30 PM Grower Share Tweet Email4 I CAN SEE the veg patch out the window as I write this, and I think it’s fair to say that there’s a real sense of abundant growth right now. May was incredibly dry which didn’t help the growth, so I guess the substantial rain over the last week or so has really driven things on.Though the weather continues to be somewhat unpredictable (still rather chilly and very windy), everything is growing like mad, including the weeds.Incidentally, I am plagued with chickweed in the smaller polytunnel this year. This vigorous weed is incredibly hardy and has a substantial root system that defies hand weeding. Hoeing while the soil is dry is the best defense but since each plant can produce up to 15,000 seeds, staying ahead of it can be a challenge.New spudsWe’ve been eating new potatoes from the big tunnel for a few weeks now, and the crop outside in the veg patch is looking healthy at this stage. I am hoping that it will be ready just as the small polytunnel crop is finished (in probably a fortnight or so).The top of the first sowing of pea plants are just visible behind the spuds and are doing well also. In the foreground I can see the garlic and onions. The former has developed a rust, as it always does in our garden. It doesn’t really affect the bulbs so it’s more of an aesthetic problem than anything else.Beetroot, carrots, parsnips, celery, celeriac, courgettes and kale are all growing well but small still. In the big tunnel the tomatoes are flying – we’re only a week or two away from the first ripe tomatoes.There are quite a few crops that I’ve left in the soil from last year on the grounds that they either look very pretty or are useful in other ways. Considering how much of a neat freak I am generally, I am surprising myself with this laissez-faire attitude. The purple sprouting broccoli plants are long past their best, but they’ve a mass of yellow flowers on them and every time I go near them I can see the bees moving stealthily from flower to flower.It would be somewhat mean to deprive them of this valuable source of pollen. The leeks from last winter, also past their best, have shot up and produced a seed head. Also very pretty and therefore getting a temporary reprieve.Last night we had our first meal of the year that came entirely from the garden. It was a simple enough affair (see recipe below) – a salad supper I suppose you could call it, with some hard boiled eggs, lots of greens and herbs, some peas and new potatoes, and a good vinaigrette.But still, it’s an important milestone and hopefully the start of a self-sufficient and delicious 8 or 9 month spell.The Basics – How to Hoe Source: Shutterstock/igorstevanovicControlling weeds with a hoe is the best way to keep on top of them and far easier than hand-weeding. Regular hoeing kills off visible weeds, but also kills the weed seedlings that haven’t even appeared above the ground.Planting vegetables in lines means that you can run the hoe up between the rows to control weeds between the veg. Since most vegetables don’t like competition from weeds, keeping your veg beds weed-free makes the veg patch more productive.The best time to hoe is before weeds have appeared – this is easier said than done a lot of the time, but regular hoeing in the veg patch will make your life much easier. Weed seedlings are developing all the time, and by upsetting them with the hoe, they are less likely to grow.It’s best to hoe when the soil surface is dry and the weather is sunny. The weeds stand much less chance of re-rooting if the soil is dry, and a hot sun will shrivel them once they are dislodged.When using your hoe, stand upright to protect your back and run the hoe over and back just below the surface of the soil. The idea is to cut the weeds beneath the soil at root level (rather than slicing the top of them off at soil level).There are numerous types of hoe and having a couple of different types in the tool shed is usually the way to go. The oscillating hoe swivels as you move it forward and back and is great for moving quickly over a large bed. A dutch hoe has a smaller head for getting in around plants and doing the precision work. A hand hoe is good for when you’re down on the hands and knees dealing with more established weeds.Recipe of the Week – New Potato Salad Source: Shutterstock/CKP1001This salad makes a great light supper or lunch. You can of course add some fresh greens (lettuce or oriental greens or both) and garden peas to this. Add them at the end when adding the herbs.Ingredients1 kg new potatoes2 tbsp capers1 tbsp chopped gherkinsHandful chives, finely choppedHandful parsley, choppedHandful dill, chopped3 soft, hard-boiled eggsSea salt and black pepperFor the vinaigrette1 tbsp cider vinegar1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard3 tbsp rapeseed or olive oilDirectionsPut the potatoes in the pan, cover with water, add salt and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until tender.To make the vinaigrette, put the cider vinegar, mustard, oil and a little salt and pepper in a jar with a lid and shake to emulsify.Drain the potatoes and put them in a large salad bowl. While they are still warm, pour on the vinaigrette and toss to mix. Leave until cold. Add the capers, gherkins, herbs and some salt and pepper, and toss again. Quarter the boiled eggs lengthways, gently mix into the salad and serve.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. By Michael Kelly Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Common Household Chemical May Cause Hyperthyroidism in Cats

first_img Feline hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine-related conditions affecting older cats.And while the causes remain unknown, researchers believe hormone-disrupting chemicals in household flame retardants may be one culprit.In the mid-1970s, manufacturers began mixing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) into textiles, furniture, plastics, and electronics.Businesses began phasing out those flame retardants in 2004, due to environmental and health concerns; alternatives like organophosphate esters (OPEs) were added instead.But recent research suggests these modern compounds—just like PBDEs—can act as endocrine disruptors.To test this theory, analysts from New York and Oregon employed silicone pet tags (similar to the charity wristbands everyone sported in the noughties) to assess exposure to various flame retardants.Silicone can pick up volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds without harming the wearer; wristbands made of the synthetic material have been used to monitor human exposure to environmental chemicals.The team recruited 78 housecats aged seven years and older—half with hyperthyroidism and half without—to wear a tag for seven days.Upon examination, researchers found higher levels of OPEs from those animals with the disease—associated with air freshener use, houses built since 2005, and cats that prefer to nap on upholstered furniture.The most common presenting symptoms of feline hyperthyroidism include rapid weight loss, rapid heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive appetite, increased consumption of fluids, and, in turn, increased urine production.The same three treatments used with humans are also options for cats: surgery, radioiodine treatment, and antithyroid drugs.Results of the study were published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.More on ‘Cat-Fox’ Found in French Island Could Be New SpeciesTexas Couple Challenges Petco’s ‘All Leashed Pets Welcome’ PolicyUncover Your Pet’s Ancestry With Cat DNA Test Stay on target Firefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered ItStrange ‘Cat-Fox’ Found in French Island Could Be New Species last_img read more

Inter brings food and football to Venezuela

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club is teaching children to play the sport in the South American country while also feeding themThe current situation in Venezuela is critical.The country is suffering in all aspects of daily life, with people not having food to feed their families.But Italian Lega Serie A giants Internazionale Milan have done their part with their sport and education program Inter Campus.In a press release by the team, Inter has informed that they are helping many children.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Two football training sessions are held every week, with three instructors dedicating their afternoons to coaching the children in the heart of the Petare slum,” said the team on the official website.“Then add the magic of receiving the Nerazzurri shirt every year and feeling part of a group by putting it on – everything is now set for a year of sport and education with Inter Campus.”“Thanks to our local partners, we have been able to guarantee each child a warm meal at the end of every training session,” they added.“250 meals are being supplied every week, with the children having the opportunity to consume pasta, legumes and fruit and vegetables, things which are often missing from Venezuelans’ diets.”last_img read more

Matthaus Achraf Hakimi is the Bundesligas best leftback

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus believes Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi has already become the Bundesliga’s best left-backThe 20-year-old arrived at Signal Iduna Park in the summer on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, where he spent the majority of his time playing back-up to Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez.Hakimi has started 12 of Dortmund’s 17 league matches and even provided three assists on his Champions League debut for the club in their 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in October.The Morocco international’s performances have been so impressive in Germany that Matthaus reckons the national team coach Joachim Low would love to have him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Hakimi has played a crazy first half of the season,” Matthäus wrote on his Sky column.“For me, Hakimi is the best left-back in the league right now. It would make ‘Jogi’ Löw happy if he had someone with his dynamics, pace and technical ability.”Dortmund will return to action away to RB Leipzig on January 19 in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

WISHH Team Attends INTSOY Course at NSRL

first_imgMembers of ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program traveled to the University of Illinois this week to participate in a course hosted by INTSOY (International Soybean Program) at the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) at the University of Illinois.The 5-day course was titled “Processing and Marketing Soybean for Meat, Dairy, Baking and Snack Applications”. Participants received training in soybean processing and utilization.The WISHH team had meetings with partner non-governmental organizations, private voluntary organizations and industry representatives.WISHH was a sponsor of the INTSOY training course.last_img read more

Fashion guru at 18 social media Influencer of UAE at 30 How

first_imgNiki ShahPR HandoutNiki Shah started her own designer label at a young age of 18 with boutiques in India and Dubai. Soon she had a lot of fashion shows in her kitty. At 30, Niki Shah started blogging to set new fashion trends and became a social media sensation in UAE and India, promoting established and upcoming brands in fashion, travel and lifestyle.Niki Shah lives mostly in Dubai and calls it her home. She says that she grew up there looking and exploring every aspect of luxury that mankind has ever witnessed. Her blog Nikishah Dubai is reflection of the lifestyle that the city has to offer.Having lived in countries like India, Kenya and UAE she absorbed the essence of different cultures, nature and trends all her life. Her big success in India got her recognised as the new Youth Icon of Ahmedabad in 2010.She says, “I have dressed many celebrity customers and have participated in many international fashion shows, built a successful portfolio as a fashion designer. Now, I am a social media influencer and hence, I used both Fashion/Lifestyle knowledge and my Marketing Degree together to create a new avenue of Influencer/Blogger marketing based on strategic ideas to help promote not only well known brands but also help new and upcoming brands to promote their products in the most efficient way.”Niki says the she started blogging as a hobby which soon grew to become her identity. Somewhere between writing and styling up, social media is now fast becoming a profession for her. She has been fortunate enough to collaborate and create bespoke content and editorials for some of the world’s leading elite, fashion and beauty brands.At almost 30, she decided it is never too late to start anything new and explore other areas of the fashion industry and that is how she started writing fashion blogs and very soon, it turned into commercial blogging, converting it into a full-time career of being a lifestyle influencer through different social platforms.Her fashion blogs are a culmination of fashion content developed using all the technical knowledge of fashion studies, creating informative data base. She automatically creates trends which are relatable to most of the Asian women around the world and show how fashion can be worn without breaking the banks and cultural values.Niki puts it with pride, “My show wardrobe consists of more than 100 different brands and designers; I often love it how my followers and I connect on my social media platforms over our common love for footwear.” Not only this, she shares interesting, cost effective and yet, trending shopping tips everytime she is travelling to different countries like US, UK, Denmark and Turkey, etc. She connects with her women followers and reveals that make up is nothing more than grooming and one doesn’t need to layer up every other day in order to look well groomed. “Keeping it less with right amount is always enough!” She says. Niki adds further, “I also use the platform to share what I eat every day and how to maintain health when you are in a capital city of brunches!”Niki has worked with many brands conceptualizing their entire terms, marketing with her own elements and has built a successfully built her brand on social media. Social media can be utilised for spreading good ideas, branding with right informative approach on specialized subjects.last_img read more