Calgary Flames hope for home opener win against Edmonton Oilers

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The Calgary Flames are hoping for a win as they face the Edmonton Oilers in their home opener on Friday.

The Flames opened the 2016-17 season against the Oilers on Wednesday at the new Rogers Place arena, losing 7-4.

“I don’t think that was the way that anybody drew it up,” Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said on Wednesday. “We all have shared responsibility. We all need to be better.”

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    Alex Chiasson, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, and Dennis Wideman scored for the Flames – while goalie Brian Elliott made 21 saves on 27 shots.

    Elliot described the game as “one of those nights where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.”

    “That’s not the way you want to start the season,” he said. “The good thing is we have these guys back at home and we’ll get back to the drawing board.”

    Puck drop is at 7 p.m. MST.

    ‘It’s an exciting day:’ Sean Monahan

    In anticipation of the big game, Scott Fee from Global News Morning was live on location at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday, where he spoke with alternate captain Sean Monahan.

    “It’s an exciting day,” Monahan said. “Tonight’s a big test for us.”

    “At the end of the day, you’ve got to compete when you get on the ice.”

    “The new guys we brought in are really going to help our team. It’s exciting – to have these guys joins us, it’s going to be great here for the team.”

    Monahan said he’s feeling stronger on the ice and more confident.

    “I think as a player, you just want to continually get better throughout the season.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Sean Monahan about the Calgary Flames’ Friday home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Glen Gulutzan prepared for high-energy game

    Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said there’s a “lot of energy usually in home openers.”

    “Especially, us coming from Edmonton… lot of energy in that game. Tonight is going to be the same thing.”

    After Friday’s game, the Flames will be heading to Vancouver for their home opener.

    “It’s not ideal that you get three home openers in four nights,” Gulutzan admitted.

    Friday will mark the team’s second game with Gulutzan as the head coach.

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan about Friday’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    ‘It never gets old’: Martin Gelinas

    Calgary Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas said the excitement and anticipation of a home opener “never gets old.”

    “They’re always special – we’re looking forward to it.”

    “What’s exciting about our team – we’ve got a lot of very young players that are going to be very, very good in this league for a long time.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas about Friday’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Retro night! Wear your old-school Calgary Flames apparel  

    The Calgary Flames will be wearing their retro jerseys when they take to the ice on Friday.

    “We have a great selection of new retro products,” director of retail Brent Gibbs said. “It’s very popular.”

    The team will again don their retro apparel on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they battle the St. Louis Blues.

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames director of retail Brent Gibbs about the various retro Calgary Flames shirts, hats and jerseys available for fans to purchase.

    Flames equipment manager ready for the big game

    Equipment manager Mark DePasqual was busy preparing for the game, showing off the different blade each player uses.

    “There’s different sizes, different profiles, different hollows – which is the sharpness of the blade.”

    “You can’t put Johnny Gaudreau’s blade in Sean Monahan’s skate – just won’t fit – but if somebody blows an edge, like Mark Giordano – who blows quite a bit – you’ve got to change it so nobody misses a shift.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames equipment manager Mark DePasqual about preparations for Friday’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Oilers rivalry good for ticket sales

    Calgary Flames vice president of sales Rollie Cyr admits the organization has been impacted by the province’s economic downturn.

    “We’ve certainly seen a change-over in terms of our season ticket holders,” Cyr said. “No question the rebirth of the Oilers rivalry is good for us.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames vice president of sales Rollie Cyr about how Alberta’s current economic climate impacts ticket sales.

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Video shows moment silverback gorilla escapes at London Zoo; called a ‘minor incident’

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London Zoo said Friday that a silverback gorilla’s escape from its enclosure was a “minor incident” that posed no danger to the public – but animal rights activists are demanding an official, independent investigation.

A wildlife advocacy group said the incident, which ended without injuries to visitors or the animal, could have had a more tragic outcome.

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Kumbuka, a 400-pound (184-kilogram) male western lowland gorilla, escaped from his enclosure Thursday evening into what the zoo said was a “secure keepers’ area.”

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Armed police descended on the zoo and visitors were locked inside buildings until the animal was subdued by a tranquilizer dart. Officials said the public was not in danger and the gorilla was back in his enclosure in just over an hour.

Visitors Hannah O’Donoghue-Hobbs and Charlotte Neild told BBC the experience was “like being in Jurassic Park “.

“In the zoo, we train throughout the year for a variety of different emergency procedures, often in collaboration with the emergency services,” said Malcolm Fitzpatrick, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “It’s testament to that training that this incident was dealt with so quickly and remained a minor incident.”

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    Some witnesses reported that the gorilla had been behaving aggressively and banging on the glass of his enclosure before his escape. Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka did not break through the glass –
    but would not say how he got out.

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    Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka was back with his gorilla family Friday, “doing very well” and had been given extra treats after his brief escape.

    The zoo said an investigation into the escape is underway.

    The Born Free Foundation, which campaigns for zoos to be phased out, said the incident was a reminder of the risks of keeping dangerous wild animals in captivity.

    “This incident could have ended very differently,” said the foundation’s Chris Draper. “We are calling for an urgent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this escape, and into safety procedures at London Zoo.”

    Several recent incidents have raised concerns about the safety and ethics of keeping large primates in zoos.

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    In May, a gorilla named Harambe was shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo after it grabbed a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a moat.

    In 2007, a 400-pound gorilla escaped from an enclosure and ran amok at a Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands, biting one woman and dragging her around before he was finally subdued.

    Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka and the other gorillas at London Zoo help to fulfil the zoo’s mission to inspire a passion for the animal world in visitors.

    “Kumbuka is a fantastic silverback gorilla, and when you see him interacting with his son and daughter, it really inspires our visitors,” he said. “And we hope that they themselves will then have a lifelong connection to animals, habitats and helping to conserve them.”

‘Reluctant’ witnesses to deadly Toronto bar stabbing asked to come forward

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Toronto police are asking two people who were “standing feet away” from 20-year-old Kiowa Wind McComb as he was violently stabbed outside of a bar in Toronto’s north end earlier this year to come forward and speak with investigators.

Police released photos of a man and a woman Friday who were at Gucci’s Bar and Grill, near Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West, in the early hours of Feb. 9 when the stabbing occurred.

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“I think these are individuals, for the time being, are reluctant to become participants. But they’re going to be participants in one way or another and I would just like them to just do it voluntarily,” Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux told reporters.

READ MORE: Toronto police seek witness in stabbing death of Kiowa Wind McComb

McComb and his 23-year-old brother were found by emergency crews with stab wounds and both were taken to hospital. McComb lost “virtually all the blood in his body” and later died while his brother, who has recovered fully, was treated for serious injuries, Giroux said

Police said two suspects left the scene in taxi. Officers from 12 Division pulled over a cab in the area and one man was arrested. Police are looking for a second suspect who got out of the taxi before it was pulled over.

Andre Appleton, 35, of Toronto was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.

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McComb was an Indigenous Youth Intern at the Royal Ontario Museum and was described as an “exceptionally promising young man.”

“Kiowa will be remembered as an emerging arts leader who inspired all those he met with his quiet determination and commitment to better his life, and the lives of others through education,” the ROM wrote on its website.

David Shum contributed to this report

Guest host chef Antonio Park joins Global News Morning in Montreal

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Chef Antonio Park stopped by Global News on Friday to guest host Global News Morning with anchor Laura Casella and weather specialist Kim Sullivan.

Park is the chef and owner at Park Restaurant in Montreal.

He also currently serves as a judge on Chopped Canada.

To get to know Park a little better we asked him a few questions.

What country serves your favorite food??

Japan. They don’t mix flavours and they don’t mix types of food.

For example, if I’m a sushi guy, I’ll devote my life to sushi. They concentrate on one thing and they master that craft. They don’t try to expand their field too much. They try to stay focused on what they do.

What’s the hardest dish to make?

Every simple dish is the hardest to make. Simplicity is hard to accomplish. When it’s simple you can’t hide your ingredients, you can’t hide your techniques and knowledge.

Anchor Laura Casella and weather specialist Kim Sullivan are joined by guest host chef Antonio Park on Global News Morning in Montreal, Friday, October 14, 2016.

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    What’s the best way for someone to learn how to cook?

    You have to understand your culture. Without understanding your culture you won’t be able to cook. If you don’t understand the culture of France, how would you be able to understand French food?

    Another way to learn is by repetition, keep on practicing it because anybody can cook.

    How often do you work on perfecting your dishes?

    I work on it every day. I’ve been working on nigiri for 15 years and I’m still learning. The word perfection does not exist. We are trying to get closer to perfection. If perfection existed and we achieved it, then life would be boring.

    Who’s your inspiration?

    My mom. From day one she was my inspiration. From growing stuff, picking stuff, gardening stuff. Even today my mom will never give me a family recipe it’s just something I have to watch and learn myself. I always tell my mom ‘you can give it to me, I can try to make it better but she doesn’t understand that.’

    What goes into making a good dish/meal?

    Love. Nothing else. Love makes everything beautiful.

    How do you judge what’s a good dish?

    I judge something by understanding the flavours. The flavours that we know salty, sweet, spicy, acid and umami. If you taste something and it’s too sweet then they fail. There must be a balance of all the tastes.

1 child is killed every day from an accidental shooting in the U.S.

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Hours earlier, he was a happy four-year-old who loved Ironman and the Hulk and all the Avengers. Now, as Bryson Mees-Hernandez approached death in a Houston hospital room, his brain swelling through the bullet hole in his face, his mother assured the boy it was okay to die.

“When you are on the other side,” his mother, Crystal Mees, recalls telling him, “you are going to see Mommy cry a lot. It’s not because she’s mad. It’s because she misses you.”

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And this: “It’s not your fault.”

But whose fault was it?

Bryson shot himself last January with a .22-caliber Derringer his grandmother kept under the bed. It was an accident, but one that could be blamed on many factors, from his grandmother’s negligence to the failure of government and industry to find ways to prevent his death and so many others.

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The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network set out to determine just how many others there have been.

The findings: During the first six months of this year, minors died from accidental shootings – at their own hands, or at the hands of other children or adults – at a pace of one every other day, far more than limited federal statistics indicate.

Tragedies like the death of Bryson Mees-Hernandez play out repeatedly across the country. Curious toddlers find unsecured, loaded handguns in their homes and vehicles, and fatally shoot themselves and others. Teenagers, often showing off guns to their friends and siblings, end up shooting them instead.

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Using information collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan research group, news reports and public sources, the media outlets spent six months analyzing the circumstances of every death and injury from accidental shootings involving children ages 17 and younger from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 30 of this year – more than 1,000 incidents in all.

Among the findings:

Deaths and injuries spike for children under 5, with 3-year-olds the most common shooters and victims among young children. Nearly 90 3-year-olds were killed or injured in the shootings, the vast majority of which were self-inflicted.Accidental shootings spike again for ages 15-17, when victims are most often fatally shot by other children but typically survive self-inflicted gunshots.They most often happen at the children’s homes, with handguns legally owned by adults for self-protection. They are more likely to occur on weekends or around holidays such as Christmas.States in the South, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, are among those with the highest per capita rates of accidental shootings involving minors.In all, more than 320 minors age 17 and under and more than 30 adults were killed in accidental shootings involving minors. Nearly 700 other children and 78 adults were injured.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 74 minors died from accidental discharges of firearms in 2014, the latest year for which comparable data are available. The AP and USA TODAY analysis counted 113 for that year, suggesting the federal government missed a third of the cases.

While accidental shootings account for only a fraction of firearm deaths in the U.S., gun safety advocates have long argued that they are largely preventable and thus prefer to call them unintentional shootings, rather than accidental.

“The extent of the problem is a little bit shocking. The extent of the undercount is a little bit shocking,” said Lindsay Nichols, an attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.

“A lot of it provides further evidence that this is such a horrible pattern that continues and that more action is needed.”

Gun control advocates demand stricter laws requiring guns to be kept locked up and unloaded. But gun rights supporters argue those measures make guns less useful in emergencies; citing CDC statistics, the National Rifle Association argues in public statements that such deaths have declined significantly in recent decades and that the chance of a child dying in a firearms accident is “one in one million.”

Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, suggested the NRA was citing statistics that underestimate the risk guns represent to American children.

He would not, he said, “put money on that interpretation.”


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Bryson and his 2-year-old sister were staying with their grandparents in January to give their mother a break. She had given birth months earlier to a baby girl and needed sleep.

It was a typical night. After their baths, Bryson asked if he could hop in bed with his grandfather, who was already asleep. His grandmother, Anna Sperber, said yes, before she fell asleep on the living room couch with the younger girl.

When Sperber got up to get a blanket hours later, she saw Bryson face down on the bedroom floor. She thought he had fallen asleep.

Then she noticed the lump on his head and panicked when she saw the pistol she kept under her bed lying next to him. He had shot himself above the right eye.

Bryson’s grandfather, who used a noisy breathing machine, had slept through the gunshot. After a frantic 911 call, emergency responders would take Bryson to a hospital by helicopter as his sister watched. Soon, a neurosurgeon would tell his mother it was only a matter of time before the boy would be dead. The bullet had gone straight to the back of his brain and shattered.


The undercount documented by the AP and USA TODAY Network is “significant and important,” but not surprising, said the CDC’s Anderson.

He said the agency has long suspected that its statistics on accidental firearms deaths are too low; the agency tracks deaths from accidental discharges of firearms but tallies only those that are officially classified that way by coroners on death certificates. Coroners categorize many such deaths as homicides because they can fit the definition of being killed by another. They also can classify them as undetermined, if the cause is unclear.

The AP and USA TODAY Network did not rely on coroners’ findings, but rather counted those shootings that were declared accidental or unintentional by investigating agencies. They were tallied primarily from the Gun Violence Archive, where researchers track media, government and commercial sources to compile a comprehensive database of gun incidents. The review also uncovered a handful of shootings that had not previously been made public.

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The findings were in line with prior research done by Everytown for Gun Safety, the advocacy group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which keeps a running database of such shootings. The group says that up to 70 percent of accidental shootings could be prevented if parents kept their guns locked and separated from ammunition, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Since the start of 2014, more than 80 children age 4 and under have fatally shot themselves.

“That 3- to 5-year-old age group, they are going to be looking at the gun when they shoot it. They point the gun barrel at themselves and put their thumbs on the trigger,” said Sheriff David McKnight of Marion County, Texas, who is investigating the death of a 3-year-old who killed himself with his father’s gun in July.

But children of every age, and especially boys, seem drawn to guns.

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Last year, 4-year-old Cameron Price and his 6-year-old brother, Ka’Darius, were riding their bikes outside the Levingston Motel in Shreveport, Louisiana, where their family had taken a $30-a-night room – all they could afford, their mother would later say.

They decided to go inside, into a room where several adult acquaintances of their parents had been smoking marijuana.

A gun was sitting out, and Ka’Darius thought the chrome and black .40-caliber pistol was a toy.

A single shot rang out. Robert Price found his younger son slumped over on the arm of a couch when he entered after hearing a loud “pop” while in the bathroom of an adjacent room. He cradled the toddler as he took his final breaths before being whisked to a hospital, where he died.

Ka’Darius later told police he “pushed the bad button” and he understood his brother “had a hole in his head,” was going to the hospital and not coming home.

The Caddo Parish district attorney’s office charged two people in the room with weapons and drug charges. Both pleaded down to attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In August, a judge sentenced them to four years with credit for time served.

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For children ages 10 and up, the cases usually involve a group playing together when one manages to obtain a gun.

The AP-USA TODAY Network research showed the most vulnerable years are the middle teens, specifically for those just reaching the age when they can obtain a driver’s license.

A shooting in Iowa earlier this year illustrates one of the more common types of accidental shootings.

It was the Friday of spring break, and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes had just won an NCAA tournament game on a buzzer-beater. It was a thrill for Senquez Jackson, a basketball-loving 15-year-old from Cedar Rapids.

He relayed the news of the big win to his mother, who was resting in her bedroom before her night shift at an educational testing company.

The high school freshman returned to the living room to hang out with friends, who had spent the week with him and his older brother, Malik.

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One, a 17-year-old, had brought over a handgun that had been legally owned by a friend’s mother and recently disappeared from her home. A 13-year-old wanted to see the weapon and removed the clip. Thinking it was unloaded, he started playing with it.

“Bro, I’m hit,” Senquez said.

The friend thought he was kidding, but the gun had fired. The bullet ripped through the right side of Senquez’s chest, piercing his lung.

His mother, Tamara Bloemendaal, was jolted awake with Malik screaming: “Mom, get up. Senquez has been shot.”

Bloemendaal recalls helping Senquez out of the recliner and watching him collapse on the floor in a pool of blood. She rode in the ambulance with the tall, handsome boy she called “Chunks” as a baby. Within hours, he was dead.

The 13-year-old pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in juvenile court, expressing remorse.

“It doesn’t seem like any of them had access to a gun before. They were fascinated by it; what it looks like, what it feels like to hold,” said the boy’s attorney, Jeremy Elges. “It turned out there was a round in the chamber. He wasn’t savvy enough with guns to know that’s a risk.”

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Gun safety advocates have urged a public health approach that includes more research by the federal government, more public awareness and stricter state laws. But the problem of lax gun storage is difficult to address in part because it’s hard to quantify, and the federal government stopped trying 12 years ago.

The CDC had asked Americans about whether they kept loaded, unlocked guns in their homes as part of an annual telephone survey that asked 400,000 adults about various health risks. Using that data, researchers estimated that 1.5 million children lived in such homes – and the results varied greatly by state based on gun ownership levels.

But the CDC scrapped that line of questioning in 2004. State public health officials voted this year not to reintroduce the questions in next year’s survey, in part because of the political sensitivity around asking about gun ownership, which some see as an invasion of privacy.

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“Some states did not think they would be allowed to ask such questions by their governor,” said Donald Shepherd, the survey coordinator for Iowa.

Gun control advocates say Child Access Prevention laws – on the books in about two dozen states – act as a deterrent. In general, those laws allow prosecutors to charge parents when children obtain their guns and use them to harm themselves or others.

Supporters say a study of a Florida law suggests they can save lives if implemented correctly. And the concept enjoys wide public approval: Two-thirds of Americans support laws making adults criminally liable for gun safety lapses that endanger children, according to an AP-GfK Poll in July.

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But efforts to expand those laws have stalled in the face of opposition from the NRA and other gun rights supporters. Bills in several states, including Missouri and Tennessee, to create similar laws were introduced this year and died without action.

The NRA argues that more education and training should be the solution, not more laws and prosecutions. The NRA takes credit for improving safety through its Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program, which warns children not to touch any firearms they come across and to tell adults.

Critics dispute the effectiveness of that message, pointing to academic research that shows curious children will pick up loose guns, even when told otherwise.


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Bryson Mees-Hernandez’s grandfather had bought the gun and another firearm from his own father the year before, in California. The boy’s grandmother kept them under her side of the bed because she was often home alone, struggled with mobility due to back problems and was concerned for her safety after reading about local break-ins on Facebook.

The guns were kept in a case that had been used to transport them on an airplane back to Texas, and Anna Sperber believed that would keep them away from children. But Bryson was able to open the side of the case, reach in and grab the gun.

“I thought it was secure, but I was wrong. My grandbaby’s gone. And it happened while I was watching him and I failed him,” Sperber said, through tears. “I don’t want anyone to ever, ever go through this. It’s so horrible.”

A grand jury declined to bring charges against Sperber, but Crystal Mees blames her mother for the boy’s death and no longer talks to her or brings her two children around; she says she had warned her to keep the gun out of children’s reach. She plans to push for a “Bryson’s law” in Texas to make it easier for prosecutors to bring charges against adults who allow children access to firearms.

Both women attended the funeral, where relatives dressed up as Bryson’s beloved Avengers, and his casket had an Ironman theme. He was buried with Legos, toy cars and his grandfather’s favorite cologne.


Larry Fenn is a data journalist for The Associated Press.

Erin O’Toole launches leadership bid, Lisa Raitt steps down as finance critic to mull ‘future leadership’

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OTTAWA – Conservative MP Erin O’Toole is joining the burgeoning list of candidates to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper as party leader.

“As we look to the future, our priorities are clear: we need to reconnect with Canadians,” O’Toole said in a statement issued Friday as he launched his leadership campaign from his home town of Bowmanville, Ont.

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“We need to show Canadians that government can – and must – be so much more than sunny ways, slogans and photo ops,” he said.

“We need to build on the strengths and successes of our past while actively seeking opportunities to win back the trust of Canadians.”

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The Ontario MP, who served as veterans affairs minister in the previous Conservative government, was joined by his family – his wife, Rebecca, their children, Jack and Mollie, and his father, John O’Toole, who was a Progressive Conservative MPP for the riding of Durham, Ont., from 1995 to 2014.

Erin O’Toole, a lawyer and former officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, was elected to represent the federal riding of Durham in a 2012 by-election.

“From an early age my siblings and I were taught the importance and value of public service. We learned those lessons from our dad, who spent close to three decades serving the people of this community in government. And from our mom who was a school board trustee,” O’Toole said in his statement.

The O’Toole campaign also announced endorsements from 10 Conservative MPs: Cathy McLeod, Todd Doherty, Blake Richards, Michael Cooper, Kevin Waugh, Robert Sopuck, Jamie Schmale, John Brassard and Colin Carrie.

O’Toole, who last year had put his name forward to become interim party leader, had originally said he had no immediate plans to join the contest.

He changed his mind after being encouraged by caucus colleagues to enter this summer.

The leadership race is a crowded one.

Earlier today, Conservative MP Lisa Raitt announced on 桑拿会所 she is stepping down from her role as finance critic to “continue discussions on the future leadership” of her party.

That development suggests the former cabinet minister is getting closer to declaring her intention to run, because interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose has asked all leadership candidates to abandon such roles.

The current candidates in the Conservative leadership race are MPs Maxime Bernier, Andrew Scheer, Kellie Leitch, Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai and Brad Trost.

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Others, including MPs Erin O’Toole and former MP Chris Alexander are also expected to join the race.

The first leadership debate is to take place Nov. 10 in Saskatoon. Conservatives will elect their new leader next May 27.

How did 21 Chibok schoolgirls get released?

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JOHANNESBURG – Conflicting reports emerged Friday about whether the first negotiated release of some Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014 involved a ransom payment, a prisoner swap for Islamic extremist commanders, or both.

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A Nigerian hostage negotiator who was not involved in Thursday’s release told The Associated Press a “handsome ransom” in the millions of dollars was paid by Switzerland’s government on behalf of Nigerian authorities. He said the Swiss would recoup the money from some $321 million it had said it would repatriate to Nigeria this year from frozen funds looted under former military dictator Sani Abacha.

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Swiss officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment after confirming Thursday that they had played a neutral, humanitarian role in the operation. The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that it had received 21 Chibok girls from Boko Haram and handed them over to Nigerian authorities.

Nigerian authorities have said negotiations continue for the release of the remaining 197 missing girls, though at least half a dozen are reported to have died of illnesses.

Two military officers told the AP the 21 girls were swapped for four detained Boko Haram leaders. The hostage negotiator and officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Nigerian officials deny any swap. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said “there was no exchange of any kind … No such thing took place.” He did not mention a ransom.

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Some parents of the freed girls on Friday were making their way to Abuja, the capital, where the girls were flown Thursday, to be reunited with their daughters. At least 23 parents of the kidnapped girls have died since their abduction, some from stress-related illnesses and others in Boko Haram attacks.

More than 20,000 people have died and 2.6 million have been driven from their homes in Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state across the West African oil producer, whose 170 million people are divided almost equally between Muslims in the north and Christians in the south.

The first negotiated release of Chibok schoolgirls comes after three failed attempts over several months broke down as extremist leader Abubakar Shekau kept changing his demands, according to Information Minister Lai Mohammed. Negotiations last year failed when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of $5.2 billion, according to a recently published authorized biography of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari by American historian John Paden.

Daily Trust, the most widely read newspaper in northern Nigeria, has reported a ransom was paid for the 21 Chibok girls because none of the detained Boko Haram commanders wanted to be released, fearing for their lives amid a leadership struggle in the extremist group.

The girls are from a Christian enclave in the predominantly Muslim northeast. Many of their parents are involved in translating the Bible into local languages and belong to the Nigerian branch of the Elgin, Illinois-based Church of the Brethren.

Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion

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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – Samsung Electronics said Friday that the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion.

The Note 7 discontinuation will cost in the mid-2 trillion won range during the October-December period and another 1 trillion won ($884 million) during the January-March quarter, the company said in a statement.

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Samsung already slashed its third-quarter profit forecast by $2.6 billion earlier this week, an amount that could wipe out its entire mobile business profit. That did not include the cost of Samsung’s first recall, which analysts estimated at 1 trillion won to 2 trillion won.

Samsung has enough cash and other businesses to absorb the shock from the phone recall. It said it expected to generate 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion) in operating income during the third quarter after the recall cost. Analysts said most of the income will be generated by sales of advanced displays and semiconductors.

Samsung added that it will make significant changes in its quality assurance processes to enhance product safety for consumers. It did not elaborate.

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The company said it will expand sales of two other smartphones released in spring, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, quashing rumours that it may try to release updated versions of those devices. Samsung usually releases a new iteration of the Galaxy S series in spring, so the company may have to provide a strong incentive to sell the 6-month-old phones, such as lowering their prices.

Due to unexplained fires and overheating problems, more than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled before the product was discontinued earlier this week just two months after its launch in August.

In the United States, 1.9 million Note 7 phones are subject to the two recalls. Samsung also recalled about 200,000 phones in China and about half a million phones in South Korea.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the country, including 23 new reports since the first recall announcement last month. The company received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damages associated with the phones.

“Consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including Note 7 devices received as replacements in the previous recall,” the agency said.

WATCH: Tech giant Samsung to stop production of Galaxy Note 7

The botched recall raised questions about Samsung’s initial analysis of the Note 7 phone’s problems. At first, Samsung said a minor manufacturing error in the batteries for the Note 7 was causing the phones to overheat.

The problem with the replacements is still unclear. Experts say Samsung may have rushed to conclude the Note 7’s problem was a battery issue and it may take a long time to find the real cause.

Seeking to retain customers, Samsung is giving an incentive of a $100 credit to Note 7 owners who switch to another Samsung phone.

The Note 7 device was one of the most expensive smartphones in the market with all the latest technologies from Samsung, including the ability to unlock the phone by scanning a user’s iris. It was sold for between $850 and $890.

5 things to watch during American League Championship Series

24/03/2019 Posted by admin

CLEVELAND – The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians will play in the American League Championship Series for the right to play the National League champion in the World Series.

Here’s a look at five things to watch in the best-of-seven showdown:


Toronto’s Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez are as strong a foursome as you’ll find in the American League.

The Indians are anchored by ace Corey Kluber, who went 18-9 in the regular season and had a 3.14 earned-run average. There is a dropoff after that due to injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, but Kluber could pitch on short rest in the series if needed.

“I think we’re at the point in the year where anybody is going to do anything they can to help the team win,” Kluber said Thursday.

“If that means starting on short rest, pitching out of the bullpen on short rest, if it comes down to it and that’s what the team needs to get a win, then I’m all for it.”

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Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez will likely make just one appearance per series through the post-season.

The Blue Jays are trying not to overwork the 24-year-old right-hander, who was a sparkling 15-2 in his first full season as a starter.

Sanchez, who led the American League with a 3.00 ERA, worked 5 2/3 innings and did not get a decision in his lone start in the ALDS. He’s scheduled to start Game 4 on Tuesday in Toronto.

Sanchez enters with 197 2/3 innings pitched on the year.

“I’m the type of player that’s going to listen to my body and there’s nothing that’s given me any red flags to be concerned,” Sanchez said. “I’ve bounced back good and having these days off has given me some extra time to get my body underneath me so to speak. I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”

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The Blue Jays and Indians enter the American League Championship Series brimming with confidence after impressive sweeps in the divisional series.

Toronto extended its winning streak to six games by dumping the Texas Rangers in three straight games. Cleveland also needed just three games to dispatch the Boston Red Sox.

The Indians had a 4-3 edge in the season series against the Blue Jays.

The best-of-seven ALCS will begin with two games in Cleveland before shifting to Toronto for two games.

A fifth game, if necessary, would also be played at Rogers Centre. The series would move back to Progressive Field for Games 6 and 7 if required.

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna said he’s feeling strong heading into this showdown with the Indians.

He has seen a lot of work in recent weeks and has already worked five innings over three post-season appearances.

“Like they say, you don’t feel tired in these games,” Osuna said. “You just want to go out there and do your job and try to give the edge to your team.

Osuna had to leave the wild-card game victory over Baltimore last week when he felt a ‘stretch’ in his throwing shoulder.

He rested for a few days and came back with an impressive five-out save in Game 2 of the ALDS.

WATCH: With Francisco Liriano still out, Jays may be a player short for Friday’s ALCS opener (Oct. 13)


Many Blue Jays were sporting toques for the late afternoon batting practice Thursday at Progressive Field.

It was a chilly 13 C in Cleveland and a similar temperature is expected for Game 1 on Friday.

The forecast calls for sunny skies and a comfortable 23 C for Saturday’s Game 2.

Donald Trump says women who accused him of sexual misconduct are ‘horrible, horrible liars’

24/02/2019 Posted by admin

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.— Lashing back, Donald Trump heatedly rejected the growing list of sexual assault allegations against him as “pure fiction” on Thursday, hammering his female accusers as “horrible, horrible liars” as the already-nasty presidential campaign sank further into charges of attacks on women.

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Campaign foe Hillary Clinton said “the disturbing stories just keep on coming” about her Republican opponent, but she let first lady Michelle Obama’s passionate response carry the day. Obama, in battleground New Hampshire, warned that the New York billionaire’s behavior “is not something we can ignore.”

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After years of working to end “this kind of violence and abuse and disrespect … we’re hearing these exact same things on the campaign trail. We are drowning in it,” Obama declared, her voice cracking with emotion. “We can’t expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.”

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With Election Day less than four weeks away, Republican Trump was again forced to defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct, five days after a video surfaced in which he bragged about kissing and groping women without their permission.

Similar behaviour was detailed by women who accused Trump in articles published late Wednesday by The New York Times and the Palm Beach Post. Separately, a People Magazine reporter offered a first-person account accusing Trump of attacking her while she was in Florida to interview him and his pregnant wife.

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Ever defiant, the New York billionaire denied the allegations and blamed them on Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the complicit news media as he campaigned in Florida. He promised to sue his media critics and said he was preparing evidence that would discredit his female accusers, whom he called “horrible people. They’re horrible, horrible liars.”

He went further during an evening appearance in Columbus, Ohio, saying he “never met” some of the women.

“I don’t know who they are,” he insisted and said they “made up stories.”

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“These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it,” he said earlier. He offered no evidence discrediting the new reports except to ask why his accusers had waited years and then made their allegations less than a month before the election.

His comments came soon after he called a reporter “a sleazebag” for asking whether Trump had ever touched or groped a woman without her consent.

Trump’s attacks on his accusers’ credibility marked an awkward break from campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who earlier in the week highlighted a Clinton tweet that said “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”

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Conway hoped to encourage more women to come forward with allegations against Bill Clinton, building on the campaign’s Sunday decision to bring three of the former president’s accusers to the second presidential debate.

“His campaign is promising more scorched-earth attacks. Now that’s up to him,” Clinton said during a San Francisco fundraiser. “He can run his campaign however he chooses. And frankly, I don’t care if he goes after me.”

Trump running mate Mike Pence ditched the national reporters who pay to travel with his campaign in Pennsylvania. The Indiana governor’s 桑拿会所 account showed him meeting with faith leaders and stopping at a restaurant — after a Pence spokesman said the vice presidential nominee was attending closed-door fundraisers.

Republican leaders across the country said they were deeply troubled by the allegations against Trump, but there was no evidence of new defections. Over the weekend, dozens of Republican senators and congressmen vowed they would not vote for him, with many calling on him to step aside.

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Some recanted after an aggressive weekend debate performance. And in what he called an increasingly “muddy” election, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised complaints about Hillary Clinton Thursday but wondered aloud what could change voters’ minds at this point.

“Is there a deal-breaker out there? How many emails have to be destroyed? How many investigations have to be concluded with question marks? How many comments have to come out from one campaign in reference to religious institutions that raises concerns?”

More Trump accusers may be coming forward, according to attorney Gloria Allred, who said women have contacted her office in recent days.

“The dam has broken, and more women will be coming forward,” she said.

The stories about Trump and his countercharges against Clinton’s husband have plunged an already rancorous campaign to new lows. They also have distracted attention from the release of thousands of hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that included some potentially damaging information.

A new batch indicated on Thursday that her 2008 presidential campaign had tried to move the Illinois Democratic primary to a later date, believing it might help her. The emails are being parceled out by WikiLeaks.

WATCH: Obama says Trump will not make an ‘honourable’ president

For Trump, the cumulative effect of recent revelations and allegations about his personal life appears to be a tumble in the battleground states he needs to win in November. What was already a narrow path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory has virtually disappeared unless there’s a significant shake-up before Nov. 8

He promised Thursday to focus on issues in the final weeks, even as his campaign crafted plans to highlight decades-old accusations against Bill Clinton.

Trump confidant and informal adviser Roger Stone has long encouraged him to make Bill Clinton’s alleged assaults a centerpiece of the campaign. Steve Bannon, the campaign’s chief executive, until recently ran a conservative website that eagerly promotes conspiracy theories about the Clintons.

Back in New Hampshire, Michelle Obama said, “Enough is enough.”

If Americans let Trump win the election “we are telling our sons it’s OK to humiliate women. We are telling our daughters this is the way they deserve to be treated. We are telling all of our kids that bigotry and bullying is perfectly acceptable.”

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