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Stray bullets hit houses TWO CHILDREN IN ONE HOME WHEN BULLET PUNCHED HOLE THROUGH FAMILY ROOM WALL BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF
A run-in with stray bullets has shattered the tranquility of a Red Deer neighbourhood. “I hope it was an accident,” said Lanterman Close resident Candice Blum, whose home was one of at least two that were hit on Saturday at about
1:30 p.m. Her husband, Darcy, had been at home with their two sons, aged four and six, when they heard the sound of glass shattering. Thinking the fishbowl had broken, they went downstairs to the living room, where they discovered a hole
in the upper right corner of the livingroom window, said Blum. They thought a ball had come through the window at first. Then they saw the rest of the damage. On the far side of the room, about half a metre from the floor, was the small, rectangular hole where a bullet had punched into the wall.
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Aiden Blum, six, was first to discover the hole where a bullet slammed through his family’s living room window and buried itself into the wall.
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Canada forward Sidney Crosby scores against Sweden during second period finals hockey action at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday. See related Olympic stories on pages B1 and B6.
SOCHI, Russia — Canada fell a medal short of “maintaining the gain” at the Sochi Olympics. The host team’s 26 med- ROCKY PUB OPEN FOR als four years HOCKEY FINAL A2 ago in Vancouver set a new Winter Games COSTLIEST GAMES EVER COME TO A standard. C a n a d a ’ s CLOSE B10 220 athletes departed Russia with 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze for 25, compared to 14 gold, seven silver and five bronze in 2010. Their performance was capped by the men’s hockey team defending the gold Sunday with a 3-0 win over Sweden. Canada finished fourth in the overall medal standings and third in gold medals. The stated objective by Canadian sport leaders was to win more medals than any other country. But it was host Russia that stormed the top of the table on the final weekend to finish with 33, ahead of the United States at 28 and Norway with 26. The Netherlands was fifth with all 24 medals earned in speedskating. Beating or even matching the 2010 performance was going to be a tall order for Canada without home-ice and home-snow advantage. The Canadian team came close thanks to five medals won in new sports introduced in Sochi.
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Ukrainians gather to remember protesters killed in Kiev BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF Tears of sadness and hope were shed on the steps of Red Deer City Hall on Sunday as dozens of people gathered in remembrance of more than 100 Ukrainian protesters killed in skirmishes on the streets of Kiev during the past few days. It is hoped that their deaths have sown the seeds of freedom, said rally organizer Alex Ivanenko, who immigrated with his parents in 1994. Recent developments have changed the tone of the rally that was planned earlier in the week, before President Viktor Yushchenko was unseated and
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Father Serhiy Harahuc of the Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church on 40th Ave. There were others in the crowd, too, with the ceremonies joined at one point by a much smaller contingent of marchers who were carrying signs in support of a similar movement in Venezuela. Ainur Kabesheva brought with her a tradition from her home country of Kazakhstan, tearing off and distributing small pieces of steaming hot shelpek, a pan-fried bread made for remembrance services. People share the bread to show their support for each other, said Kabesheva. Regardless of which languages they spoke or where they came from, the
people who met on Sunday have been deeply affected by the clashes in Kiev, said Harahuc, who has personal connections with one of the victims. He said he learned from his parents and from news media that a good friend, a 20-year-old man from his home city of Zbarazh, had been among the first killed. He and the Ivanenkos have dedicated themselves to continuing the efforts that started in Kiev, in hope that their country will successfully forge the democracy they seek and that it will set a good example for others in similar straits. firstname.lastname@example.org
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BULLET: Not much hope of tracking down suspects The bullet appears to have been fired from the open fields lying east of the neighbourhood. Speaking with neighbours later in the day, Blum learned that one woman had heard popping noises while walking her dog and that a bullet had whizzed past a man who had gone out to his deck for a smoke. It took the police more than 20 minutes to come and investigate and, so far, they haven’t provided much hope that a suspect will be found, said Blum. Investigators told her that getting the slug out of the wall would cause extensive damage, so they don’t want to go after it until they have a gun to match with it. But they didn’t offer much hope that a suspect or guns could be tracked down, she said. While the window and walls will be repaired, and her husband are left with a $1,000 bill for the deductible on their insurance and concerns that someone out there has been firing guns without being aware of how far the bullets have flown. She said she hopes that the person or people who was doing the shooting can be made aware of the damage and fear that has been caused, along with the potential for injury to people and pets. It’s shear chance that there was no one in the living room when the bullet blasted through, said Blum. Lancaster is a relatively young neighborhood with a large number of small children running around, she said. email@example.com
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Hockey fans Jim Quinn, Ken Sorenson and Ken Conkey had no qualms about getting together at Boomer’s Pub in Rocky Mountain House to watch Canada knock down Sweden for Olympic gold on Sunday morning. They’ve been getting together in the same pub to watch the Stanley Cup for the last 40 years, says Quinn. into the streets by 4:15 a.m. in anticipation of the doors opening at 4:30, said Torney, who had been on her feet since 9 a.m. on Saturday as happy and sated hockey fans began to disappear from the room. Even with all hands on deck, it was everything they could do to keep up for the next four hours. Torney said she felt especially grateful to everyone who pitched in to help, including the support of
local cab companies. All of the local taxi operators put extra drivers on to make sure everyone could get home safely, she said. Still smiling after nearly 24 hours on her feet, Torney said she got her energy from the people around her. firstname.lastname@example.org
“We asked our athletes to contend,” chef de mission Steve Podborski said Sunday. “Our athletes have done so. It’s not easy. Sometimes it doesn’t work very well at all. But they stood up. They stood together. “I’m delighted with the performance they have offered us, and what they have done for themselves and for their teammates.” It was a talking point at the Canadian Olympic Committee news conference Sunday morning that Canada sat only four medals back of Russia in first place. But the gap was considerably larger by the end of the day. Russia’s final surge Sunday included a podium sweep in the men’s cross-country race and another medal in bobsled. After a dismal 2010 with just 15 medals including three gold, the host team scooped up seven medals on the final weekend to claim the overall pennant. “Russia nailed it,” said Caroline Assalian, the COC’s chief sport officer. The Americans lost some ground in Sochi with nine fewer medals than in 2010. The Germans plummeted to 19 from the 30 that put them second behind the U.S. in Vancouver. In the end, Canada finished nine medals out of first, instead of 11 back in 2010. “We just want first place,” COC president Marcel Aubut said. “That’s all we want. It’s going to happen one day.” The COC uses a “conversion rate” — the percentage of athletes ranked in the top five at their most recent world championships who make it onto an Olympic podium — to monitor how Canada compares to other countries in getting athletes on the Olympic podium. Canada’s conversion rate in Sochi was 54 per cent compared to 59 in Vancouver, according to Assalian. The U.S. dropped 15 per cent to 69, while Russia jumped from 54 per cent to 71. Norway dominated recent winter world championships, but converted only 48 per cent in Sochi compared to 64 in 2010. The Germans fell to 48 per cent after posting a 68 four years ago. “We dropped four or five per cent, but if you look at what our competition is doing, major, major fluctuations,” Assalian said. “While we may have been one or two medals shy
of where our ambitious target was, we’re very close,” added Own The Podium chief Anne Merklinger. “We didn’t take a significant drop. We were right there. We’re not disappointed. “There’s a lot to celebrate in terms of our performance here in Sochi.” There were 36 more medals to be won in Sochi than in Vancouver because of new sports. Of them, Canadians claimed bronze in men’s snowboard slopestyle, silver in team figure skating, gold and bronze in women’s ski slopestyle and silver in men’s freestyle halfpipe. As expected, the freestyle ski team drove Canada’s medal count with nine medals, including skicross. That sport is handled domestically by Alpine Canada, but the world governing body of skiing considers it a freestyle discipline. The freestylers won six of the first nine medals that put Canada briefly atop the medal standings on the fourth day. Four times in freestyle events, there were two Canadian medallists. Among the highlights, Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., defended the gold medal in moguls and so did Kaillie Humphries of Calgary and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., in women’s bobsled. Humphries and Moyse were named Canada’s flagbearers for the closing ceremonies. Canada claimed double gold in hockey again. The women earned a fourth straight gold in heartstopping fashion. Trailing by two goals late in the third period, they mounted a comeback and Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, Que., scored the golden goal in overtime. Canada also swept men’s and women’s curling gold for the first time since the sport returned to the Winter Games in 1998. Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg team went undefeated. Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., teammates started 1-2, but didn’t lose again en route to gold. The photo of Montreal sisters Justine DufourLapointe and Chloe holding hands before stepping onto the moguls podium for gold and silver will be one of Canada’s enduring images of these Games. Another popular story was Calgary speedskater Gilmore Junio vacating his spot in the 1,000 metres for his friend and teammate Denny Morrison, who earned silver. The three-time Olympian from Fort St. John, B.C., also took bronze in the 1,500.
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ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Patrons at Boomer’s Pub added about 200 voices to the shout heard around the world early Sunday morning, as the clock wound down on the final hockey game in the Sochi Olympics. “It was awesome,” with Canada dominating Sweden through three periods of play, said fan Ken Conkey, who booked a table for himself and two friends when he learned that the pub would serve beer and breakfast for the 5 a.m. game. Seated with Conkey, fellow fan Jim Quinn said the idea of joining friends at the bar for an important game fit in with a long-standing tradition, despite the unusual timing. “We’ve been coming here for the Stanley Cup for 40 years,” said Quinn. Rounding out the group, Ken Sorenson said he had expected the win, but there are always those lingering doubts. “But then, I’m an armchair athlete,” said Sorenson. Another fan, who declined to give his name, said he was amazed that the Alberta government was able to move so quickly in approving the licensing exception that allowed Alberta bars to serve beer and liquor at a time of day when they would normally be shut down. It was a big challenge to plan and pull off with only a day and a half of notice, said bar manager Anna Torney. She and bar owner Rob Olchowy had learned about the licence extension at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, but waited until 8 p.m. before making up their minds to go for it. “I thought it was a hoax at first,” said Torney. Once their decision was made, she begged bartenders and servers to work the shift and recruited some volunteer help from her mom and dad. The Boomer’s crew had just two hours after closing from their regular shift to clean up, do inventory, balance the books and get a buffet breakfast ready for the expected crowd. People were lined up in the lobby and spilling
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Gun seizures key issue in nomination race BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
HIGH RIVER — Melissa Mathieson says her social-worker parents were horrified 13 years ago when she put up posters on her bedroom wall of her first serious crush. “It probably should have been the Backstreet Boys or something but it wasn’t. It was Ralph Klein,” the 24-year-old recalls now. “I was just his biggest fan.” Mathieson, is one of four people vying for the Conservative nomination for the upcoming byelection in the federal riding of Macleod. It’s a sprawling rural area dotted with farms and ranches that stretches from south of Calgary down to the foothills of southwestern Alberta, and includes the flood-devastated town of High River. The yet-to-be called byelection became necessary when Ted Menzies, former minister of state for finance, stepped down in November. The Tories are to pick their candidate March 8. It’s one of the safest Conservative seats in the country, so the nomination race has been intense. Mathieson has helped ignite a debate over what’s become one of the hottest issues — gun rights and the seizure of firearms by the RCMP from evacuated homes in High River during Alberta’s floods last June. “It’s the biggest thing in High River,” she said in a recent interview, noting that, while she doesn’t own a gun, her door was broken down by police searching the town. “For people here it’s still real. People say, ’Oh come on ... get over it and move on.’ But I go to doors and people still have the police tape on their doors, their doors aren’t repaired and they haven’t been reimbursed yet. It’s a daily thing still here.” The RCMP took the weapons and stored them as officers searched homes in the town’s flood zone to look for stranded people, pets and anything that might pose a threat to safety. The move was criticized by the Prime Minister’s Office and in July the head of the RCMP asked the Public Complaints Commission to look into the matter, saying he and a lot of Canadians had questions about the force’s actions. A report is expected soon. That hasn’t stopped the issue from burning bright in the leadup to the Conservatives picking their candidate. “That resonates from south of Okotoks all the way down. People care
opinion because they don’t trust the authorities any more. I think that’s an underlying issue with the gun seizure that isn’t being talked about,” the 51-year-old businessman said. “I hear some people are OK with this, but the overwhelming majority are going, ’This is uncool.”’ Mathieson, who spent two years working for Menzies in Ottawa, triggered controversy when she and Calgary MP Rob Anders posed for a photo back-to-back brandishing weapons at a gun range. One of the targets in the background featured a cartoon image of Osama bin Laden with a machine gun. The National Firearms Association has waded into the race and endorsed Wagner, Mathieson and Rowland. The gun group didn’t back candidate John Barlow, a newspaper editor from Okotoks, who as a provincial Tory came within 2,000 votes of beating Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith in Alberta’s last election. Barlow, 42, said the gun issue is being driven by the other candidates. He said he wants to see all efforts put into rebuilding High River, not dwelling on one thing that happened in the past. “This is just picking at a scab that is only starting to heal. We want to put 2013 in the rear-view mirror.” Barlow said he is content to wait for the independent report from the RCMP and, if it is warranted, he could support an inquiry. “It’s been eight months. The justice minister and Prime Minister Harper have had every opportunity to call for an inquiry if they want one — and they haven’t done that.” David Taras, a political scientist at Calgary-based Mount Royal University, said there is a lot at stake for the four nominees. The only thing that could prevent the Conservatives from winning the riding would be the “bubonic plague,” he suggested. “It’s not a surprise that this has become the hot issue. One of the other realities is given a nomination fight in that part of the country there’s not that much they would disagree on,” Taras said. “When there’s live ammunition on the table, pardon the pun, in a fight like this when you have an advantage, when you can line up supporters, when it’s emotional, you’re going to seize on that issue.”
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Melissa Mathieson, one of four candidates seeking the Conservative nomination in the upcoming Macleod byelection, poses in High River on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. about property rights and from my perspective we need to come out with the truth — whatever the truth is,” said candidate Phil Rowland, a 52-year-old rancher who has been involved in a number of agriculture organizations, including the Western Stock Growers Association. “My parents live in High River. It’s a major issue for my dad and my mom.
It’s a major issue for all of their neighbours. I’ve talked to every one of them. None of them think that they know the truth yet. They need the truth to move on mentally.” Candidate Scott Wagner said he will push for a public inquiry regardless of what the commission comes back with. “There is a percentage of those people who are scared to voice their
‘Procedural error’ forces city to reverse planning decision The City of Red Deer is going to court to reverse one of its own planning decisions. The unusual move is necessary because the city failed to notify adjacent landowners affected by a proposed subdivision in Woodlea. Charity Dyke, city spokesperson, confirmed that the city did not follow the due process of contacting affected landowners that an application had been received. “We apologize for any inconvenience that it has caused the applicant or the adjacent landowners,” said Dyke. “But certainly we are taking responsibility and want to expedite this
as quickly as possible.” Dyke said the letters were not sent out because it was “missed in the process.” “It was a procedural error on our behalf,” she said. The subdivision application to create two residential lots from one lot was approved at the municipal planning commission on Jan. 22. Letters were sent out indicating that an application to subdivide the lot at 5055 45th Ave was approved on the same day. The city realized that the letters were not sent out after several Woodlea residents raised concerns after receiving the approval letter. There is no process in the Municipal Government Act that allows the city or the adjacent landowners to appeal the decision. Dyke said the city is taking
all legal steps to go through the courts to gain approval on an urgent basis to bring it back to the municipal planning commission. The city hopes to file to the courts this week, Dyke said. “We will be asking them to in an expedited way bring this back to the municipal planning commission so we can have the benefit of input from adjacent landowners.” Dyke said the city has been in contact with the lot owner to let him know what is going on. When they go through the courts, the city will ask for no demolition, construction or sale of the lot until the matter is resolved. Woodlea residents were surprised to notice the surveying on the property and the letter indicating the subdivision. Debra Hunter was upset when she
learned the city had failed to follow due process. Hunter wrote to four city councillors and the mayor when she heard about the approval. While Hunter said it is a positive move that the city is taking steps, she said the problem is the city is breaking its own rules. “That’s a problem,” said Hunter. “It affects everybody in the city if this is how it is operating. It’s not just one neighbourhood.” Hunter said this could happen in any area of the city and fairness has to be enacted and due process must be served. She said this way it keeps it fair for everyone in Red Deer. Hunter said the residents in Woodlea will be keeping a close eye on what happens next. email@example.com
Mogadishu by nine members of the terrorist group al-Shabab. Baird issued a statement saying the Canadian citizen had returned to his native Somalia to work with the prime minister. Abdulle had a long history with the Somali-Canadian community in Ottawa, where he worked as a school teacher and social worker, said Abdirizak Mohamud, who knew him. Mohamud said Abdulle had also been involved with the Youth Services Bureau, a community group, and helped Somali-Canadian youth with their homework. “Every Somali kid, most of them, they loved (him). There’s nobody else they knew like that,” Mohamud said Saturday. Abdulle also helped adult members of the local Somali community with transferring money to family back home, Mohamud said.
From welfare to cabinet, Bernard’s journey took many turns BY THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Joanne Bernard says Nova Scotia’s welfare system doesn’t have to be a poverty trap. And she should know. In the late 1990s, Bernard was a single mother living on income assistance following a traumatic marriage breakup. Today, as the province’s community services minister, she’s in charge of the entire social assistance system. Bernard says her transformation from food bank client to minister of the Crown should serve as an example to those who think welfare is a dead end. “When I see generations on income assistance ... I want to stop that,” she says, recalling the nine years she spent on welfare. “It’s not a way of life. It’s not a career path. It’s all learned helplessness. ... When you grow up with that, you don’t see other options. I want to be the minister who is able to show people options.” Bernard grew up in Halifax, the only child in a stable, middle-class home. After she graduated from high school she worked at restaurants and hotels, having decided university wasn’t for her. At 23, she met a sailor from the Netherlands at a downtown bar, starting a romance that culminated in marriage a few years later. “Within seven months, the marriage broke down,” Bernard recalls. She ended the relationship the day after she learned she was pregnant. Bernard moved in with her parents, applied for income assistance and decided to earn a degree at Mount Saint
Vincent University in Halifax. “I never looked back,” she says. She soon moved out of her parents’ house and took advantage of every support program available. “I very quickly learned that this was an investment in myself, and that’s how I approached it.” But it wasn’t easy. Her parents offered help, but there were times when there wasn’t much money and she turned to the local food bank to get by. As for her son Taylor, he had to make sacrifices, too. “I felt a lot of guilt later on in his teenage years; that I had rushed his childhood trying to get through this degree,” she says. “He heard ’No’ a lot when he was growing up — more than I did.” After graduating in 1996, Bernard went on to earn a master’s degree in political science from Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. “I realize that many people go on (welfare) and feel that their power has been taken away, but I was the opposite,” Bernard says. In 1999, Bernard left the welfare rolls and took a job with the provincial NDP caucus for a short time. Her career in the non-profit sector took off when she established the Marguerite Centre, a residential facility for women recovering from addictions and abuse. In 2005, she was hired to lead Alice Housing, which offers long-term housing for women and children leaving abusive relationships. Lori Morgan, child and youth counsellor at Alice Housing, says Bernard’s first-hand experience with the welfare system helped the organization and its clients.
BRIEF Canadian killed in Somalia deeply involved with community in Ottawa OTTAWA — A Canadian who was killed in a terrorist attack in Somalia is being remembered for his deep ties to Ottawa’s Somali community. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has confirmed that Mohamud Hersi Abdulle, a former intelligence commander and an aide to Somalia’s prime minister, died in the attack Friday on the presidential palace in the capital
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Trading water for fuel USING BRACKISH WATER IN ALBERTA FRACKING COULD DAMAGE OUR DRINKING WATER It would be difficult to live without oil and gas. But it would be impossible to live without water. Yet, in our mad rush to extract and sell every drop of gas and oil as quickly as possible, we’re trading precious water for fossil fuels. A recent report, Hydraulic Fracturing and DAVID Water Stress, SUZUKI shows the severity of the problem. Alberta and B.C. are among eight North American regions examined in the study by Ceres, a U.S.based non-profit advocating for sustainability leadership. One of the most disturbing findings is that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is using enormous amounts of water in areas that can scarcely afford it. The report notes that close to half the oil and gas wells recently fracked in the U.S. “are in regions with high or extremely high water stress” and more than 55 per cent are in areas experiencing drought. In Colorado and
California, almost all wells — 97 and 96 per cent, respectively — are in regions with high or extremely high water stress, meaning more than 80 per cent of available surface and groundwater has already been allocated for municipalities, industry and agriculture. A quarter of Alberta wells are in areas with medium to high water stress. Drought and fracking have already caused some small communities in Texas to run out of water altogether, and parts of California are headed for the same fate. As we continue to extract and burn ever greater amounts of oil, gas and coal, climate change is getting worse, which will likely lead to more droughts in some areas and flooding in others. California’s drought may be the worst in 500 years, according to B. Lynn Ingram, an earth and planetary sciences professor at the University of California, Berkeley. That’s causing a shortage of water for drinking and agriculture, and for salmon and other fish that spawn in streams and rivers. With no rain to scrub the air, pollution in the Los Angeles area has returned to dangerous levels of decades past. Because of lack of information from industry and inconsistencies in water volume reporting, Ceres’ Western Canada data analysis “represents a very
small proportion of the overall activity taking place.” Researchers determined, though, that Alberta fracking operations have started using more “brackish/saline” groundwater instead of freshwater. The report cautions that this practice needs more study “given the potential for brackish water to be used in the future for drinking water” and the fact that withdrawing salty groundwater “can also adversely impact interconnected freshwater resources.” Although B.C. fracking operations are now mainly in low water stress regions, reduced precipitation and snowpack, low river levels and even drought conditions in some areas — likely because of climate change — raise concerns about the government’s plan to rapidly expand the industry. The report cites a “lack of regulation around groundwater withdrawals” and cumulative impacts on First Nations lands as issues with current fracking. Ceres’ study only looks at fracking impacts on freshwater supplies, and offers recommendations to reduce those, including recycling water, using brackish or wastewater, strengthening regulations and finding better ways to dispose of fracking wastewater. But the drilling method comes with other environmental problems, from groundwater contamination to massive
ecosystem and habitat disruption — even small earth tremors — all done in the name of short-term gain. It’s important to heed the conclusions and recommendations of this study and others, but given the problems with fracking, and other forms of extraction, we must find ways to control our insatiable fossil fuel demand. That burning these — often wastefully — contributes to climate change, and our methods of extraction exacerbate the problems, should make us take a good look at how we’re treating this planet and everything on it, including ourselves and generations to come. It’s a reminder that we need to conserve energy in every way possible. In the short term, we must realize that we have better ways to create jobs and build the economy than holding an “everything must go” sale on our precious resources. In the longer term, we must rethink our outdated economic systems, which were devised for times when resources were plentiful and infrastructure was scarce. Our highest priorities must be the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil that provides food and the biodiversity that keeps us alive and healthy. Scientist, author and broadcaster David Suzuki wrote this column with Ian Hanington. Learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Why can’t politicians be like Olympians? Canadians across this country are mesmerized by the Olympics. This is the ultimate competition. Participants spent years often times their whole life competing for a shot at an Olympic medal. Others dedicate their lives training others for the chance at Olympic glory. Many more give up time and money assisting the competitors. So when Calgary’s Gilmore Junio gave up his once-in-alifetime spot in 1,000-metre speedskating so another Canadian could win a silver medal, our hearts exploded with pride. Our coaches and athletes spend years for the competition of the finest and winning on its own is not good enough. That is why you see a Canadian head cross-country ski coach chip in to help a Russian skier after he crashed and broke a ski, by supplying him with a new ski. There is a huge cache of stories about athletes and teams helping competitors and Canadians love them all. Emotions run high; tears flow, hearts burst and memories are made.
Too bad we do not see this in other competitions like politics. Do you think Calgary’s Stephen Harper would give up his spot as leader of the Conservatives so another more popular Conservative could win a majority in 2015? How many politicians would help an opposition member if his platform crashed during an electoral race? How many politicians would want a level playing field? How many politicians would not be happy if they only won by default, or they only won by overspending, misdirecting, robocalls, slandering ads, and ungentlemanly behaviour? It appears our athletes and coaches, who train for years, sacrifice everything and have very few chances for success, are the bigger people, while our political leaders revert to the tactics of the very least to win at any costs. That could be why so many Canadians watch the Olympics and so few Canadians vote. Garfield Marks Red Deer
First Nations parents needs say in education BY RAVINA BAINS SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE While the recent federal budget received much attention for its debt and deficit forecasts, a smattering of legislative reforms giving First Nations greater control of on-reserve education went largely unnoticed. Hand-in-hand with the proposed reforms, the feds also promised an additional $1.25 billion in core funding for on-reserve education over three years, on top of the current $1.5 billion spent annually. All of which was supported by the Assembly of First Nations. There’s no doubt that reform of the on-reserve education system for aboriginal students is well overdue. Less than half of on-reserve students graduate from high-school, compared to the 80 per cent graduation rate for all other Canadian students. And 60 per cent of First Nations youth in their early 20s do not have a high school diploma, compared to just 10 per cent of all other Canadians in the same age range. This lack of basic educational attainment is reflected in high unemployment rates on reserves — reaching an average rate of 23 per cent. But the real question is not whether reform is needed but rather if the proposed plan enacts the
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right types of reforms. The answer to that question may depend on the meaning of “First Nations control of First Nations education” and whether this will be interpreted as protecting and strengthening parental choice or placing further control in the hands of First Nations political leadership. The economist Milton Friedman once wrote “education spending will be most effective if it relies on parental choice and private initiative — the building blocks of success throughout our society.” Interestingly, the Assembly of First Nations has expressed similar views about the importance of parental choice in education. In 1972, the AFN said “Indian parents must have control of education with the responsibility of setting goals. What we want for our children (is) to reinforce their Indian identity, to provide the training necessary for making a good living in modern society.” But the existing structures for on-reserve elementary and secondary education vests control not in parents but typically in First Nations political leadership or education authorities. These authorities offer either on-reserve education or they can negotiate tuition rates for parents who wish to send their children to a non-reserve school. In either case, the federal education transfers are used to pay for the education of on-reserve students. But should these authorities refuse to support an off-reserve option,
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Middle-class dream a â€˜mythâ€™: report BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
Quebec Archbishop inducted as cardinal at ceremony VATICAN CITY â€” Quebec Archbishop Gerald Cyprien Lacroix was formally inducted as a cardinal on Saturday at St. Peterâ€™s Basilica in Vatican City. Lacroix was one of 19 men selected by Pope Francis to take on the senior ecclesiastical post. Retired Pope Benedict XVI was also on hand for the ceremony. Lacroix said he is honoured by the appointment. â€œItâ€™s a sunny day, and there is sun in my heart for the people who are with me here today,â€? Lacroix said after the ceremony. Becoming a cardinal means the 56-year-old will have a hand in electing the next pope, which is a cardinalâ€™s most important task. The native of Saint-Hilaire de Dorset, a small town 300 kilometres east of Montreal, was named Quebecâ€™s archbishop in 2011.
Quebec confirms case of deadly pig virus QUEBEC â€” Quebec has confirmed a case of the deadly pig virus that has already killed millions of piglets in the United States, the fourth province to do so. The provinceâ€™s agriculture ministry said on Sunday the virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhea, was detected on a farm in the Monteregie region south of Montreal. The farm has been placed under quarantine to prevent the virus spreading. â€œAll means are being taken to limit the spread of the virus and we continue to monitor the situation closely in the province of Quebec,â€? Michel Major, Quebecâ€™s chief veterinarian, said in a statement Sunday. â€œWe must remain vigilant and ensure that strict biosecurity measures are applied by carriers, slaughterhouses, producers and all stakeholders.â€? The ministry is asking farmers to
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Fate of Liberal resolutions unclear as convention wraps in Montreal BY THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL â€” Federal Liberals have voted in favour of legalizing assisted suicide but whether Leader Justin Trudeau will run with the idea is a mystery. Trudeau was not in the room Sunday when delegates to the partyâ€™s national convention passed a resolution urging that voluntary, medically assisted death be decriminalized â€” although moments earlier he had been just outside the convention hall, cheering as the Canadian menâ€™s hockey team won Olympic gold. He was in the room later when delegates gave him an overwhelming, after-the-fact endorsement of his decision to kick senators out of the Liberal caucus. Delegates also passed a raft of potentially costly resolutions that included supporting many big-ticket items: â€” An $18-billion-a-year investment in infrastructure. â€” Creation of a basic annual income. â€” A national transportation strategy. â€” Funding for aboriginal education immediately contact their veterinarian if their pigs show signs of the disease. Cases have already been confirmed in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba. The disease, which poses no risk to human health or safety, first emerged in Canada less than a month ago at a southwestern Ontario pig farm. Ontario has reported 21 cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea. Itâ€™s generally fatal for young animals while older ones can recover. The highly-contagious virus is thought to have originated in China. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said last week itâ€™s looking into whether the virus is being transmitted through swine feed. A Cambridge, Ontario-based feed manufacturer Grand Valley Fortifiers issued a voluntary recall on Feb. 9 for some feed products containing porcine plasma. The agency said tests are underway to find out whether feed is a contributing factor to the outbreak.
on reserves equal to that spent on provincially operated schools. â€” Increased funding for mental health services. â€” Expansion and enhancement of the Canada Pension Plan. None of the resolutions are binding on the leader and, since he gave no closing remarks and did not hold the traditional wrap-up news conference at the conventionâ€™s end, it was unclear which resolutions Trudeau believes should make their way into a 2015 election platform or how a Liberal government would pay for them. He did give a number of one-on-one television interviews â€” which were taped before the resolutions were voted upon. In an interview with Globalâ€™s Tom Clark, Trudeau, who has promised not to hike corporate or income taxes or the GST, said the debate to come will be over where to spend the surplus the Harper government has forecast for next year. In an interview with CTVâ€™s Question Period, he declined to give his personal view on assisted suicide, saying heâ€™s waiting for the Supreme Court to rule on some pending cases which could provide guidance on the issue.
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He did allude to the â€œdeath with dignityâ€? resolution, jointly proposed by the partyâ€™s womenâ€™s and youth commissions, in relatively positive terms during a keynote convention speech Saturday, but stopped short of taking a clear stand. The resolution, Trudeau said in the speech, challenges Liberals â€œto expand our idea of what it means to be a free citizen in a modern democracyâ€? and â€œto reflect on giving terminally afflicted Canadians the choice to end their pain and suffering and plan their own death with dignity.â€? Voluntary, medically assisted death should be decriminalized, states the resolution â€” after a public consultation to recommend the criteria for allowing terminally ill Canadians to choose to end their lives and an oversight system to protect the vulnerable. It passed by a show of hands after a brief debate. Resolution co-author Wendy Robbins said it reflects findings that 70-80 per cent of Canadians want the right to choose to die, with medical help. â€œItâ€™s a question largely of autonomy,â€? she told the convention. â€œWe think we have the right to die with dignity.â€?
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OTTAWA â€” Canadaâ€™s middle-class is mortgaging its future to stay afloat, making the Canadian dream â€œa myth more than a reality.â€? Thatâ€™s the blunt assessment of an internal Conservative government report, an unvarnished account of the plight of middle-income families thatâ€™s in contrast to the rosier economic picture in this monthâ€™s budget. The document was prepared last October by experts in Employment and Social Development Canada, the department that runs the employment insurance fund and other income-support programs. The Canadian Press obtained the report under the Access to Information Act. â€œThe wages of middle income workers have stagnated,â€? it says, referring to the period from 1993 to 2007. â€œMiddle-income families are increasingly vulnerable to financial shocks.â€? The document, drawing on three years of â€œinternal research,â€? was prepared for the departmentâ€™s deputy minister, Ian Shugart, shortly before the resumption of Parliament last fall. â€œIn Canada, political parties are making the middle class a central piece of their agendas,â€? notes the presentation. A department spokesman, Jordan Sinclair, said in an email that the research â€œwas not linked to the parliamentary schedule or topics raised within the House of Commons.â€? The authors say middle-income families have seen their earnings rise by an average of only 1.7 per cent a year over the 15 years ending 2007. â€œThe market does not reward middle-income families so well,â€? says the report. â€œAs a result, they get an increasingly smaller share of the earningâ€™s pieâ€? compared with higher-income families. Shugart was also told middle-class workers â€œget lesser government support for their work transitions,â€? referring to a sharp fall-off in employmentinsurance benefits compared with other economic groups. The analysis stops short of the 2008 global recession, though other analysts have noted the economic crisis wiped out many well-paid manufacturing jobs in central Canada that have supported middle-class prosperity. The report also refers to debt, saying â€œmany in the middle spend more than they earn, mortgaging their future to sustain their current consumption.â€? â€œOver the medium term, middle-income Canadians are unlikely to move to higher income brackets, i.e., the â€˜Canadian dreamâ€™ is a myth more than a reality.â€?
MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014
Confusion grips Ukraine PARLIAMENT CHIEF ASSUMES PRESIDENTIAL POWERS, BUT PRESIDENT WON’T LEAVE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KYIV, Ukraine — A top Ukrainian opposition figure assumed presidential powers Sunday, plunging Ukraine into new uncertainty after a deadly political standoff — and boosting longjailed Yulia Tymoshenko’s chances of a return to power. The whereabouts and legitimacy of President Viktor Yanukovych are unclear after he left the capital for his support base in eastern Ukraine. Allies are deserting him one by one, even as a presidential aide told The Associated Press on Sunday that he’s hanging on to his presidential duties. The newly emboldened parliament, now dominated by the opposition, struggled Sunday to work out who is in charge of the country and its ailing economy. Fears percolated that some regions such as the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea might try to break away. Three months of political crisis have left scores of people dead in a country of strategic importance to the United States, European nations and Russia. Ukraine is deeply divided between eastern regions that are largely proRussian and western areas that widely detest Yanukovych and long for closer ties with the European Union. Yanukovych set off a wave of protests by shelving an agreement with the EU in November, and the movement quickly expanded its grievances to corruption, human rights abuses and calls for Yanukovych’s resignation. The Kyiv protest camp at the centre of the anti-Yanukovych movement filled with more and more dedicated demonstrators Sunday, setting up new tents after two days that saw a stunning reversal of fortune in the political crisis. “We need to catch and punish those with blood on their hands,” said Artyom Zhilyansky, a 45-year-old engineer on Independence Square on Sunday, referring to those killed in clashes with police last week. Tymoshenko, the blond-braided and controversial heroine of Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution, increasingly appears to have the upper hand in the political battle, winning the backing Sunday of a leading Russian lawmaker and congratulations from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. senators on her release. Tymoshenko’s name circulated Sunday as a possibility for acting prime minister pending May 25 presidential elections, but she issued a statement Sunday asking her supporters not to nominate her. She may want to focus her energies instead on campaigning for president and building up strength after her imprisonment. She spoke to an excited crowd of 50,000 in central Kyiv Saturday night from a wheelchair because
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Protesters guard the Ukrainian government building in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday. The Kiev protest camp at the center of the anti-President Viktor Yanukovych movement filled with more and more dedicated demonstrators Sunday morning setting up new tents after a day that saw a stunning reversal of fortune in a political standoff that has left scores dead and worried the United States, Europe and Russia. of a back problem aggravated during imprisonment, her voice cracked and her face careworn. A spokeswoman for Tymoshenko, Marina Soroka, said Sunday it’s too early to talk about a presidential run. Tymoshenko met with several foreign diplomats Sunday, then headed to visit her mother and will return to work after that. Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed during a telephone conversation Friday that a political settlement in Kyiv should ensure the country’s unity and personal freedoms. But Rice also said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that it would be a “grave mistake” for Russia to intervene militarily in Ukraine. European diplomats helped negotiate a short-lived peace deal last week and the chief EU diplomat is coming to Kyiv on Monday. Russia’s position will be important for the future of this country because the two have deep and complicated ties. Moscow in December offered Ukraine a $15 billion bailout, but so far has provided only $3 billion, freez-
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ing further disbursements pending the outcome of the ongoing political crisis. The Kremlin has been largely silent about whether it still supports Yanukovych. Putin, who is presiding over the close of the Sochi Olympics, has not spoken about recent events in Kyiv. He had developed a productive working relationship with Tymoshenko when she was Ukraine’s prime minister. Russian legislator Leonid Slutsky said Sunday that naming Tymoshenko prime minister “would be useful for stabilizing” tensions in Ukraine, according to Russian news agencies. Russia’s finance minister on Sunday urged Ukraine to seek a loan from the International Monetary Fund to avoid an imminent default. Tensions mounted in Crimea, where pro-Russian politicians are organizing rallies and forming protest units and have been demanding autonomy from Kyiv. Russia maintains a big naval base in Crimea that has tangled relations between the countries for two decades. A crowd of pro-Russia demonstrators in the Crimean city of Kerch, following a rally Sunday at which speakers called for Crimea’s seces-
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Prosecutor accuses Morsi of passing state secrets to Iran CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s top prosecutor has accused the former president of passing state secrets to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He says in a statement Sunday that Mohammed Morsi and 35 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood were conspiring to destabilize the country and were co-operating
sion, marched toward city hall chanting “Russia! Russia!” and tore down the Ukrainian flag. Marchers scuffled with the mayor and police officers who tried but failed to stop the crowd from hoisting a Russian flag in its place. The political crisis in this nation of 46 million has changed with blinding speed repeatedly in the past week. The parliament, in a special session Sunday, voted overwhelmingly to temporarily hand the president’s powers to speaker Oleksandr Turchinov. He is one of Tymoshenko’s most loyal allies, who stuck with her even as others deserted her in her roller coaster political career. Tymoshenko is a divisive political survivor who drew criticism even as masses cheered her from the protest camp. Posters appeared Sunday equating her with Yanukovych, reading “people didn’t die for this.” Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko warned that getting the country under control won’t be easy, and hinted at possible turmoil to come. “If new government falls short of expectations, people can come out and sweep them out of office,” he told journalists in parliament.
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MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014
BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN ADVOCATE STAFF A more accurate count is needed before any more freeroaming horses are captured from the Alberta foothills, says a group of protestors who demonstrated in Red Deer on Saturday. A small contingent of hardy souls from throughout the province have been camped out at Williams Creek, keeping a watchful eye on the corral set up by a Sundre-area man who holds a permit to capture the horses. Alberta’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development ministry issued capture permits this winter in an effort to reduce the number of horses roaming woodlands along the Alberta foothills, including a number of herds located in the areas west of Sundre. People from the camp along with a crowd of supporters brought their concerns to City Hall Park on Saturday in their ongoing bid to capture the attention of Premier Alison Redford and her government. Rallies have also been held in Edmonton and Calgary. Angie Pala, a Lacombe-area resident who has spent a couple of days at the camp, said the capture permits are good to the end of the week, but fears they may be extended into March. “There’s a few things at play here. We’re mostly trying to ask ESRD if they would do a recount, because what they’re going on is last year’s count,” Sylvia Thacker from Stettler said she had spent the previous week and a half at the capture site, located off the Coal Camp Road, immediately west of the Red Deer River Ranch. “It’s just a matter of trying to right something that is so dramatically and obviously wrong,” said Thacker. The permit holder is definitely feeling the pressure of
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Dorothy Hodtes of Calgary and her mother, Joan Tuckle, of Red Deer, were among the people gathered at Red Deer City Hall Park on Saturday to protest the capture of free-roaming horses from the wilds west of Sundre. having so many people on quads, snowmobiles and even bicycles keeping watch on his activities, she said. “He loads in the middle of the night. He has been trying to do it in the dark, when there’s nobody around,” said Thacker. “He apparently has shipped three mares to slaughter. Those mares were probably in foal. It’s murder.” There had been little interaction with the permit holder, other than a call to police when the man thought the group had tampered with his gates. It turns out that the lock had frozen, said Calgary resident Mike Hassel, who is also camped at the site.
“We’ve been going in and out, checking to see if there are any shenanigans going on,” said Hassel. The Williams Creek road is blocked off about seven kilometres north of the Coal Camp gate, so only the permit holder can get into the corral site, he said. “We can walk in, take snowmobiles or whatever ATVS we have. I biked in,” said Hassel. The protest group will not interfere with the permit holder, but are watching to make sure no horses are mistreated or injured, he said. “He’s making it a bit difficult for us. Oh well.” Thacker said her under-
standing is that the capture permits were supposed to be good until the end of March, but the date was backed off to the end of February as a result of the protests. Innisfail cattle-area cattle rancher Don Bester also said the province needs to check the numbers before any more horses are taken. A large number of animals have already died because of the unusually harsh winter, said Bester. Those losses need to be taken into account before more animals are removed, he said. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate. com
Conservationists reject wolf bounties BY BRENDA KOSSOWAN AND MYLES FISH ADVOCATE STAFF Bounties and indiscriminate poisoning of wolves and coyotes would create more issues than they would resolve, says the agricultural services director for Clearwater County. Matt Martinson serves livestock producers in one of the most rugged and mountainous counties in the province, populated by healthy populations of wolves, coyotes, cougars and grizzly bears. “We pride ourselves here at (Clearwater) county in being able to strike a balance between having a strong agricultural industry and also having an untouched, pristine environment.” While he doesn’t have actual numbers, Martinson said wolf populations appear to be on the rise and new packs are starting to show up in areas where they had not been seen in the past, including rangelands east and northeast of Rocky Mountain House. The increase in wolves has raised concerns about how to protect livestock from those packs that have developed a taste for beef and other pasture animals. Earlier this month, a group of conservationists from throughout the province met in Red Deer to talk about the impact of a growing population of healthy packs and the various means for controlling them. Central to their discussion was the wolf bounty being offered in some areas to reduce or eliminate problem packs. Bounties are definitely not the way to go, said Carolyn Campbell, a conservation specialist with the Alberta Wilderness Association. “We would envision a kind of Alberta where we’re recognizing the important role that top predators play in ecosystems, the real problems that wolves can cause instead of the mythological problems, and that we deal with those real problems on the basis of science,” Campbell said after the meeting. The province has scientific resources available that should be used to guide to provide rural municipalities where wolf predation is an issue, she said. “I think that’s what Albertans
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An aerial shot of a wolf pack taking down a moose. Matt Martinson, agricultural services director for Clearwater County says most wolf packs prefer moose and deer, but there are some that have learned to go after cattle.
‘WE WOULD ENVISION A KIND OF ALBERTA WHERE WE’RE RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT TOP PREDATORS PLAY IN ECOSYSTEMS, THE REAL PROBLEMS THAT WOLVES CAN CAUSE INSTEAD OF THEY MYTHOLOGICAL PROGRAMS , AND THAT WE DEAL WITH THOSE REAL PROBLEMS ON THE BASIS OF SCIENCE.’ — CAROLYN CAMPBELL CONSERVATION SPECIALIST, ALBERTA WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION
expect our provincial government to do in the 21st century. I think that’s the vision we have for how we deal with wolves in Alberta,” said Campbell. Clearwater county shares Campbell’s belief that bounties and indiscriminate poisoning are inappropriate ways because those methods cannot be limited to the animals that are actually causing problems, said Martinson. Because they are territorial, a pack of wolves that prefers deer and moose to domestic cattle actually protects cattle by keeping other wolves away, he said. “You need to control the problem animals, and you need to coexist with the ones that aren’t causing you problems.
“That’s our philosophy out here, and it’s hard to argue with it when it comes from a county that has some of the most mountainous and rugged terrain that you could find in any county.” Clearwater County recommends that livestock producers avoid exposing baby calves to predation while encouraging them to take direct aim at wolf packs that approach their farmyards and cattle herds. Wolf attacks on livestock generally happen in summer, when cows and calves are turned out to graze, said Martinson. He encourages farmers to confine their cows and heifers during calving season and to start calving earlier in the year, so the calves are fast and strong enough to defend themselves
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or run to their mothers by the time they are put onto summer pasture. He also encourages farmers to keep a rifle handy when they’re out on their tractors and to allow big game hunters onto their property to watch for wolves lurking near their buildings and livestock. Shane Steffen, agricultural services director for Ponoka County, said his county does not offer a bounty. While there are wolves in the western area of the county, attacks on livestock are rare. If a problem does develop, Steffen asks provincial wildlife officials to handle it. Steffen said bounties may be more common in northern counties, where wolves are becoming more of a problem. Jane Fulton, agricultural services director for Mountain View County, said her municipality is also among those that does not offer a bounty. Rick Martyn, president of the Sundre Fish and Game Association, could not be reached to comment on an “incentive” program his club had set up for licensed trappers and hunters. bkossowan@reddeeradvocate. com
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Banks look for solid start WEALTH MANAGEMENT, CAPITAL MARKETS EXPECTED TO DRIVE PROFITS BY CRAIG WONG THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Canada’s big banks are facing a tougher market for retail banking as the housing market slows and consumers look to reduce debt. However, the wealth management and capital markets businesses are expected to pick up the slack as the country’s big financial institutions prepare to report their first-quarter earnings this week.
“I think wealth management is going to drive earnings within Canada,” said Stan Wong, director of wealth management and portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod. Wong said there also has been a pickup in merger and acquisition deals that will help the investment banking operations at the banks. “That might help boost some of the revenues on the capital markets side,” he said. The country’s big banks are coming off record annual profits last year and big gains for their stock, but analysts have downplayed the prospects of a re-
peat performance. CIBC analyst Robert Sedran said things may still not be great for the Canadian banks, but they are looking better. “With the better tone to the capital markets during the quarter, combined with the fact that the first quarter of the year is typically a seasonally strong one for those revenues, we look for a solid start to the year from the group,” Sedran wrote in a note to clients.
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Germany’s Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble delivers a closing statement to the media during a press conference at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Sydney, Australia, Sunday.
Finance minister vows to boost world economy by $2 trillion over five years BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SYDNEY, Australia — Finance chiefs from the 20 largest economies agreed Sunday to implement policies that will boost world GDP by more than $2 trillion over the coming five years. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey, who hosted the Group of 20 meeting in Sydney, said the commitment from the G20 finance ministers and central bankers was “unprecedented.” The world economy has sputtered since the 2008 financial crisis and global recession that followed. Progress in returning economic growth to pre-crisis levels has been hampered by austerity policies in Europe, high unemployment in the U.S. and a cooling of China’s torrid expansion. The centerpiece of the $2 trillion commitment made at the Sydney meeting is to boost the combined gross domestic product of G20 countries by 2 per cent above the levels expected for the next five years, possibly creating tens of millions of new jobs. World GDP was about $72 trillion in 2012. The G20 combines the world’s major industrialized and developing countries from the United States to Saudi Arabia and China, representing about 85 per cent of the global economy. The communique from the meeting said signs of improvement in the global economy are welcome but growth remains below the rates needed to get people back into work and to meet their aspirations. The G20 said it would “significantly raise global growth” without overtaxing national finance through measures to promote competition and increase investment, employment and trade. As an initial step toward achieving the $2 trillion target, each country will present a comprehensive growth strategy to a summit of leaders scheduled for November in the Australian city of Brisbane. The International Monetary Fund forecasts the world economy will grow 3.7 per cent this year. It said the G20 plan could lift annual world economic
growth by half a percentage point for the next five years. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the agreement is significant and crucial to “turning the next page” in the global economic recovery. “G20 members have spoken clearly: boosting growth and demand tops the global economic agenda” Lew said in a statement. Hockey, the Australian treasurer, said there was intensive discussion about the challenges each country faces in boosting investment, particularly in infrastructure. He said there is much that governments can do to boost private investment by having predictable policies and regulations. On monetary policy, G20 members said they recognized it needs to remain accommodative for growth in many industrialized countries but should return to normal settings “in due course” depending on the outlook for inflation and GDP. Central banks in Europe, the United States and Japan are all maintaining lavishly easy monetary policy in an attempt to nurture economic recovery. The Federal Reserve’s recent decision to begin scaling back its monetary stimulus jolted global financial markets, particularly stocks which benefited in the past several years from record low interest rates and money created by bond buying policies. The meeting didn’t make any specific commitments to helping developing nations manage volatility in their financial markets stemming from the Fed’s stance. It said G20 nations should consistently communicate their actions and co-operate in “managing spillovers” to other countries. The G-20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.
TORONTO — A Canadian Internet service provider has been ordered to hand over the names and addresses of about 2,000 customers who allegedly downloaded movies online. A Federal Court decision released Thursday compels Ontario-based TekSavvy to identify the customers allegedly linked to downloads of films by the U.S. production company Voltage Pictures, which is behind the likes of The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club and Don Jon. As a result, those TekSavvy customers could eventually receive a letter from Voltage threatening legal action. Under the federal Copyright Act, statutory damages for non-commercial infringement range between $100 and $5,000. “It’s going to be up to the courts to decide what the appropriate penalty is,” said Voltage’s lawyer James Zibarras, who called the court decision “great” and “well balanced.” “I think to date rightsholders’ interests have been ignored and really what this does is adjust the pendulum a bit. “Obviously the public has almost become accustomed to downloading movies for free and it’s being done on a massive scale. And of course the public loves justifying what they’re doing and when someone tries to stop it they invariably want to come up with arguments as to why it should not be stopped.” But while the court sided with Voltage’s efforts to go after copyright violators, it sought to protect against the company acting “inappropriately in the enforcement of its rights to the detriment of innocent Internet users.” “On the facts of this case, there is some evidence that Voltage has been engaged in litigation which may have an improper purpose. However, the evidence is not sufficiently compelling for this court at this juncture in the proceeding to make any definitive determination of the motive of Voltage,” wrote prothonotary Kevin Aalto. Aalto ordered that before Voltage can send a letter to the alleged downloaders, it must return to court to get the wording of its communications cleared by a case management judge. “In order to ensure there is no inappropriate language in any demand letter sent to the alleged infringers, the draft demand letter will be provided to the court for review,” Aalto wrote. “Any correspondence sent by Voltage to any subscriber shall clearly state in bold type that no court has yet made a determination that such subscriber has infringed or is liable in any way for payment of damages.” Voltage was also ordered to pay any costs that TekSavvy incurs in identifying the customers in the case, as well as legal fees. The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, which had intervenor status in the case, said it was “quite pleased” with the decision and expected Voltage wouldn’t see any financial incentive in going after downloaders, particularly since it must pay TekSavvy’s “substantial” costs. CIPPIC director David Fewer said his read of the decision is that the court would not be eager to assign penalties at the higher range of what the Copyright Act allows. “If Voltage is asking for figures in excess of ($100) I think the court is going to shut them down pretty darn quickly,” Fewer said. “And if that’s the case I think Voltage is done because this is no longer a viable business model. And that’s what the whole copyright troll thing is about, it’s about using the court process to get settlements that are in excess of what you could get for (actual) damages to scare people into settling.”
Divorce can derail retirement plans and assets Going through a divorce is difficult at any age, but grey divorces involving couples 50 years or older can have a major impact on their retirement plans and assets like a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP). A recent study by Winnipeg-based Investors Group found that about 80 per cent of grey divorcees say they will probably delay their retirement because they need to work longer than planned, and 62 per cent said their post-divorce savings and investments will no longer be adequate to fund their retirement. “In a divorce you might feel emotionally liberated, but fiTALBOT nancially you could be a lot BOGGS worse off,” said Chris Buttigieg, senior manager, wealth planning strategy with BMO Financial Group. “Divorce poses some really challenges for people when retire-
ment is around the corner.” In case of separation or divorce, either you or your spouse can transfer existing RRSPs to the other without being subject to tax, provided you are living apart when property and assets are settled and provided you have a written separation agreement or a court order. A couple’s RRSPs often are split between partners during a divorce, but a lot of what happens will depend on the terms of the settlement. Attribution rules (tax rules to prevent excess income-splitting) regarding spousal RRSP and RRIF (registered retirement income fund) withdrawals will not apply to any withdrawals made after you and your spouse have begun to live separately and apart. Your soon-to-be-ex can continue to make spousal RRSP contributions to your spousal RRSP until the date you cease to be spouses, or the date of divorce. “Women tend to have more attachment to the home but liquid assets tend to go the other spouse,” Buttigieg said. “In cases like these, there’s a danger of becoming house-rich and cash-poor and finding yourself in the situation of wondering how you’re going to carry the house and expenses.”
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One of the big problems with divorce is that it is often a bitter experience, which can affect your judgement. The Investors Group study found that people who characterized their divorce as bitter experienced greater financial difficulties than those whose divorce was more cordial, such as managing living expenses after the divorce or separation, stress from the division of assets, the cost of divorce proceedings and no longer having enough retirement savings. “Divorce is an emotional process that can cloud your ability to make sound financial decisions that will ultimately affect your future,” said Christine Van Cauwenberghe, assistant vice-president of tax and estate planning with Investors Group. “With limited earning power and less time to recoup financial losses, grey divorcees need to re-visit their financial plans.” A good financial planner will help you assess your financial situation, clarify your goals as a new single person and advise you on what you can do to meet those goals.
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — The Toronto stock market looks to build on the solid gains racked up so far this year as traders get set to consider the latest economic growth figures for Canada and the United States this week, along with earnings reports from the big Canadian banks. The Canadian dollar could find itself under renewed pressure when Statistics Canada releases growth data for December and the fourth quarter. December is expected to show a sharp reversal in gross domestic product, largely because of crippling ice storms in Ontario and Quebec. “We think that played a huge role in a likely outright decline in December GDP of about 0.3 per cent following a string of pretty decent gains in GDP,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Financial Markets. Guatieri noted that the stormy weather won’t affect overall fourthquarter growth much as the damage occurred late in the month. “We should still see a pretty decent increase in Q4 GDP of 2.6 per cent,” he said. At the same time, he expected first quarter growth will slow to around two per cent, “maybe less.” Friday will also see the release of the first revision to U.S. fourth-quarter gross domestic product growth. The initial reading came in at 3.2 per cent but Guatieri thinks that won’t hold, again because of worsening weather in December. He sees growth closer to 2.7 per cent and looks for first-quarter growth to slow to below two per cent. “We’re just seeing broad weakness across consumer spending, housing market indicators, manufacturing, right across the board — and the only thing that comes to mind to explain that is the weather,” he said. The TSX ended last week with a solid gain of 1.07 per cent, reflecting general satisfaction with fourth-quarter earnings reports and positive U.S. manufacturing data last week. Gains were led by the gold sector, which has revived about 30 per cent year to date after falling almost 50 per cent last year.
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Gap between rich and poor is widest in some prosperous U.S. cities, study finds BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States’ most prosperous and largest cities. The economic divides in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are significantly greater than the national average, according to a study released last week by the Brookings Institution, the Washington-based think-tank . It suggests that many sources of both economic growth and income inequality have co-existed near each other for the past 35 years. These cities may struggle in the future to provide adequate public schooling, basic municipal services because of a narrow tax base and “may fail to produce housing and neighbourhoods accessible to middle-class workers and families,” the study said. “There’s something of a relationship between economic success and inequality,” said Alan Berube, a senior fellow at Brookings. “These cities are home to some of the highest paying industries and jobs in the country.” At the same time, Berube noted, many of these cities may inadvertently widen the gap between rich and poor because they have public housing and basic services that make them attractive to low-wage workers.
The findings come at a delicate moment for the country, still slogging through a weak recovery from the Great Recession. Much of the nation’s job growth has been concentrated in lower-wage careers. Few Americans have enjoyed pay raises. President Barack Obama is pushing for a higher minimum wage. Protesters in San Francisco have tried to block a private bus that shuttles Google employees from gentrifying neighbourhoods to their offices in Silicon Valley. Many wealthy Americans, from venture capitalist Tom Perkins to real estate billionaire Sam Zell, argue that the nation has tipped toward class warfare. Incomes for the top 5 per cent of earners in Atlanta averaged $279,827 in 2012. That’s almost 19 times more than what the bottom 20 per cent of that city’s population earned. This ratio is more than double the nationwide average for this measure of income inequality. The top 5 per cent of earners across the country have incomes 9.1 times greater than the bottom quintile. Major chasms also appeared in the tech hub of San Francisco, the financial centre of New York, the seat of the federal government in Washington and the home of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. “In San Francisco, skyrocketing housing costs may increasingly preclude low-income residents from living
in the city altogether,” the study said. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in an editorial published last week that “working families cannot support themselves on the (city’s) current minimum wage of $10.74 per hour” — already $3.49 above the federal minimum and 64 cents more than Obama’s proposed increase. Lee has also announced plans to build and restore 10,000 homes for low and moderateincome families by 2020. Not all tech hubs have witnessed rising inequality. Seattle, where Amazon and Microsoft are based, saw its income disparity decline since 2007. So did Denver. Austin, Texas, experienced a mild uptick. “Both the tech boom and energy boom are inequality-reducing,” said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington. “Tech introduces a path to good jobs.” The Brookings study also found that inequality increased across cities even though incomes often fell for wealthy households between the start of the recession in 2007 and 2012. During that five-year period, average incomes for the top 5 per cent in Jacksonville, Fla., tumbled $18,999 to $152,329. But the bottom 20 per cent living in Jacksonville lost a greater share of their incomes over that period, so the level of inequality increased.
Drought prompts almond farmers to uproot trees BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FIREBAUGH, Calif. — With California’s agricultural heartland entrenched in drought, almond farmers are letting orchards dry up and in some cases making the tough call to have their trees torn out of the ground, leaving behind empty fields. In California’s Central Valley, Barry Baker is one of many who hired a crew that brought in large rumbling equipment to perform the grim task in a cloud of dust. A tractor operator drove heavy steel shanks into the ground to loosen the roots and knock the trees over. Another operator, driving a brush loader equipped with a fork-like implement on the front, scooped up the trees and root balls and pushed them into a pile, where an excavator driver grabbed
them up in clusters with a clawing grapple. The trees were fed into a grinder that spit wood chips into piles to be hauled away by the truckload and burned as fuel in a power plant. Baker, 54, of Baker Farming Company, has decided to remove 20 per cent of his trees before they have passed their prime. There’s simply not enough water to satisfy all 5,000 acres of almonds, he said. “Hopefully, I don’t have to pull out another 20 per cent,” Baker said, adding that sooner or later neighbouring farmers will come to the same conclusion. “They’re hoping for the best. I don’t think it’s going to come.” There are no figures yet available to show an exact number of orchards be-
ing removed, but the economic stakes and risks facing growers are clear. Almonds and other nuts are among the most high-value crops in the Central Valley — the biggest producer of such crops in the country. In 2012, California’s almond crop had an annual value of $5 billion. This year farmers say the dry conditions are forcing them to make difficult decisions. Gov. Jerry Brown last month declared a drought emergency after the state’s driest year in recorded history. The thirst for water has sparked political battles in Washington, D.C., over use of the state’s rivers and reservoirs. This month President Barack Obama visited the Central Valley, announcing millions of dollars in relief aid that in part will help the state’s ranchers and farmers better conserve and manage water.
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Overdiagnosis causes “epidemic” BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — A dramatic rise in thyroid cancer has resulted from overdiagnosis and treatment of tumors too small to ever cause harm, according to a study that found cases nearly tripled since 1975. The study is the latest to question whether all cancers need aggressive treatment. Other research has suggested that certain cancers of the prostate, breast and lung as well as thyroid grow so slowly that they will never become deadly, and that overzealous screening leads to overtreatment. The thyroid is a hormone-releasing gland in the neck that helps regulate the body’s metabolism. Thyroid cancer treatment often includes surgery to remove the butterfly-shaped gland, followed by lifelong daily hormone pills. Thyroid removal is done for 85 per cent of all people diagnosed despite guidelines that say less aggressive surgery is reasonable for lower-risk thyroid tumors, the study authors said. “Our old strategy of looking as hard as possible to find cancer has some real side effects,” said Dr. Gilbert Welch, co-author of the thyroid study and a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Welch said patients “can no longer assume” that labeling a disease as cancer means treatment is necessary. “It’s a challenging rethinking,” he added. Welch and Dartmouth colleague Dr. Louise Davies analyzed government
data from 1975 to 2009 and found thyroid cancers jumped from 5 cases per 100,000 people to 14 per 100,000. Most of that increase was in papillary thyroid cancers, the most common and least deadly kind; those cases jumped from about three cases per 100,000 to more than 12 per 100,000. The results suggest there is “an ongoing epidemic of thyroid cancer” nationwide, they said. The study was published online Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology. Despite the increase, thyroid cancer is relatively uncommon; more than 60,000 cases were diagnosed nationwide last year, according to the American Cancer Society. Risk factors for thyroid cancer include diets low in iodine — rare in the United States — and radiation exposure. Women are more commonly diagnosed than men. The new research echoes previous studies but “certainly raises some provocative questions,” said Dr. Brian Burkey, a Cleveland Clinic head and neck cancer specialist. Experts know that better detection methods including CT scans and ultrasound, have led to more thyroid cancers being diagnosed, but they don’t know which ones will become aggressive, Burkey said. “Thyroid cancer even if treated has a fairly high recurrence rate even if it doesn’t kill,” he said. Burkey is among researchers planning a major study seeking to provide answers. Patients diagnosed with thyroid cancers will be randomly assigned treatment or just observation.
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Jazz a conversation for musicians STUDY PUTS PIANISTS IN MRI SCANNERS TO SHOW LINK BETWEEN MUSIC AND LANGUAGE BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Jazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations — one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain’s language regions enable that musical back-andforth much like a spoken conversation. It gives new meaning to the idea of music as a universal language. The finding, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One, is the latest in the growing field of musical neuroscience: Researchers are using how we play and hear music to illuminate different ways that the brain works. And to Dr. Charles Limb, a saxophonist-turned-hearing specialist at Johns Hopkins University, the spontaneity that is a hallmark of jazz offered a rare chance to compare music and language. “They appear to be talking to one another through their instruments,” Limb explained. “What happens when you have a musical conversation?” Watching brains on jazz requires getting musicians to lie flat inside a cramped MRI scanner that measures changes in oxygen use by different parts of the brain as they play. An MRI machine contains a giant magnet — meaning no trumpet or sax. So Limb had a special metal-free keyboard manufactured, and then recruited 11 experienced jazz pianists to play it inside the scanner. They watched their fingers through strategically placed mirrors during 10-minute music stretches.
Sometimes they played scales. Other times, they did what’s called “trading fours,” where the pianist made up four bars, and then Limb or another musician-scientist in the lab improvised four bars in return, and the pianist responded with still new notes. That conversation-like improvisation activated brain areas that normally process the syntax of language, the way that words are put together into phrases and sentences. Even between their turns playing, the brain wasn’t resting. The musicians were processing what they were hearing to come up with new sounds that were a good fit. At the same time, certain other regions of the brain involved with language — those that process the meaning of words — were tuned down, Limb found. That makes sense because “the richness of the structure of music is what gives it its significance,” Limb said. “You can have substantive discourse using music, without any words, yet language areas of the brain are involved in this unique way.” One ultimate goal of musical neuroscience is to better understand the brain’s circuitry, and how it can rewire itself, in hopes of eventually finding new treatments for neural disorders. Limb made headlines several years ago when he measured jazz musicians’ riffs — longer, solo improvisations — to study creativity in the brain. “We know nothing about how the brain innovates,” he said. “This is one way to learn what innovation means neurologically.”
Flu shot for next winter shouldn’t change much WHO SAYS IT SHOULD CONTAIN SAME STRAINS AS THIS YEAR’S INFLUENZA VACCINE pace of ... change, for whatever reason.” It takes months to make flu vaccine, so the strains that go into next winter’s shot have to be chosen before the current flu season is over. Influenza researchers from around the world armed with reams of data gather at the WHO headquarters in Geneva twice a year for the so-called strain selection meeting — in February for the following Northern Hemisphere winter and in September for the next Southern Hemisphere flu season. Telling vaccine manufacturers to use the same strains as a previous year will make their tasks simpler. Part of the art of making flu vaccine is coaxing viruses to grow well and deliver a good yield. Having worked with these viruses before should mean manufacturers that make flu vaccine have a bit of a leg up. But an easy job this year could mean a particularly tough one might be down
the road, Cox noted. “Next time could be very challenging. Several different components could change,” she said in an interview from Geneva. Until recently, seasonal flu vaccines were all trivalent products designed to protect against three strains of flu viruses, two influenza As — H1N1 and H3N2 — and one of two families of influenza B viruses. In recent years some manufacturers have started to make a four-component or quadrivalent vaccine which contains the two influenza As and the two B viruses. In addition to news on the composition of next winter’s flu vaccine, Thursday also saw an update on how well this year’s vaccine is doing at protecting the people who got it. The U.S. CDC released interim vaccine effectiveness estimates which suggest that vaccination reduced the risk of getting sick enough to need medical care by about 61 per cent this year
Next winter’s flu vaccine should be a rare repeat of this year’s formula, influenza experts advising the World Health Organization have determined. Flu viruses mutate often and it is common to have to change at least one of the components of the vaccine from one year to the next in order to maximize the protection the vaccine can offer. But detailed analysis of viruses collected from around the world suggest there haven’t been any major changes that require an adjustment to the vaccine at this point, the experts concluded. “What we’re seeing is that the viruses really haven’t moved (changed) antigenically and that the vaccine is performing as expected,” explained Dr. Nancy Cox, head of the influenza division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and a member of the panel that advised the WHO on the flu vaccine composition. Interestingly, the nochange recommendation means that the H1N1 virus in the 2014-15 vaccine will be the same one that has been used since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic — making the sixth year in a row that variant has been used in the vaccine. Experts have been watching that virus, expecting that it will have to mutate soon to continue to be able to infect people, given how long the current variant has been spreading. But despite the fact that H1N1 was responsible for nearly all the flu illness in North America this winter, there are no signs yet the virus has mutated. Dr. Danuta Skowronski, a flu expert at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, noted in a recent interview that historically H1N1 viruses have mutated — or drifted, in flu parlance — far less frequently than the other family of influenza A viruses, H3N2s. “From 1990 to 2008, there have been five switches made to H1N1 vaccine components (in the vaccine) versus 11 for H3N2,” said Skowronski, who was also in Geneva for the strain selection meeting. “There were two H1N1 strains — but no H3N2 strains — that were retained as (vaccine) comYou don’t think twice about regular visits to your ponents for at least seven Optometrist or Dentist, but when was the last consecutive years in that time you saw your Audiologist? period. And in fact one was retained for 11 consecutive years. $UHGXFWLRQLQKHDULQJFDQEHGLI¿FXOWWR “So in fact H1N1 viGHWHFWZLWKRXWWKHKHOSRIDQ$XGLRORJLVW ruses in general tend to be more stable. Or at least they go through a slower
on average across all age groups. The H1N1 component of the vaccine reduced the risk by 62 per cent on average, according to the U.S. data. A Canadian study on the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine released earlier this month showed slightly higher rates of protection — 71 per cent overall for the vaccine and 74 per cent for the H1N1 component. It’s not clear why the rates differ. Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s national centre for immunization and respiratory diseases, said the differences were likely related to methodologic issues — how the studies were done — and probably did not signal that there was a real difference in how well the vaccine protected in Canada versus the United States. Skowronski, who led the Canadian vaccine effectiveness study, said U.S. estimates are typically lower than Canadian ones. Cox said in general terms the estimates are largely similar: “It’s absolutely the same ballpark.”
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RDSO does justice to Bach’s crowning achievement MASS IN B MINOR BY LANA MICHELIN ADVOCATE STAFF File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. rock band Kiss, from left, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer, poses with made up faces for the cameras during the press conference to promote the start of their KISS Alive/35 European Tour Thursday, May 8, 2008.
Lineup dispute scuttles rock hall performance BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Kiss won’t rock and roll all night — or at any point during the day, either — when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band said Sunday. The 40-year-old group is unable to agree on which lineup should perform during the April 10 ceremony in New York City, and has decided not to plug in at all. The dispute concerns whether original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss would join Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in a live performance, or whether the current lineup of Stanley, Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer would play instead. In a message on its website, Kiss said it won’t perform with any lineup, calling it “an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone.” “Our intention was to celebrate the entire history of Kiss and give credit to all members, including longtime present members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, and additionally Bruce Kulick and Eric Carr all who have made this band what it is, regardless of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s point of view,” the band wrote on its website. “Although Kiss has moved forward far longer without them, Ace and Peter are at the very foundation of what we have built and this would all be impossible had they not been a part of it in the beginning.” The band made no mention of former guitarists Vinnie Vincent, who helped kick off the band’s unmasked era, or Mark St. John, who was with the band briefly in 1984 and who died in 2007.
“It is over 13 years since the original lineup has played together in makeup and we believe the memory of those times would not be enhanced,” Kiss wrote on its site. “To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play in any line-up, and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.” The festering dispute was brought to a boil when Frehley called into Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show Friday night to say that Simmons and Stanley had rejected a reunion with the original four members for the induction. “They just shot down any type of reunion with us,” Frehley said during the broadcast. “It’s very frustrating. It’s what the fans wanted, it’s what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wanted, and it’s not gonna happen. You don’t want to do something for the fans after 40 years of them supporting you?” The band’s statement said it has never refused to play with Frehley and Criss. Criss, who lives in Wall Township, N.J., said he wanted to let fans know there would be no reunion before they bought tickets for the induction ceremony, which range from $120 to nearly $600. “This is disgraceful, and I feel bad for the fans who were looking forward to the four of us being inducted together,” he said. Criss did not indicate whether he would attend the induction; Frehley said he is unsure whether he’ll be there. Kiss began in 1973, and the original lineup played together until 1980. They reunited from 1996 to 2000, but the band has continued with replacement members wearing the Frehley and Criss makeup and costumes.
The Lego Movie stacks up well against the box office competition BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Action-packed new releases couldn’t stack up to 3-D hit The Lego Movie, which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office. The Warner Bros. animated film bested Relativity Media’s 3 Days to Kill and Sony’s Pompeii on their opening weekends. The Lego Movie, featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman, earned $31.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The domestic total has passed $183 million. Heading into full-fledged franchise territory with a sequel set to release in May 2017, The Lego Movie is the highest grossing film of 2014. “It’s been really tough for any of the newcomers to displace Lego,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “They had such a great release date that put them in this perfect position to dominate the marketplace for several weeks. For Lego to earn $31 million in its third weekend, that would be impressive in its first weekend for any film in the first quarter.” Relativity Media’s crime drama 3 Days to Kill, starring Kevin Costner and Amber Heard, came in second with $12.3 million in its first weekend at the multiplex. Pompeii, Sony’s boiling gladiator drama starring Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, took the third-
place slot with $10 million. There was a fairly even gender split for the Constantin-financed film, with the audience breaking down as 52 per cent male and 48 per cent female. The film’s slot in the top five was steered mostly by viewers under 30. “Pompeii got savaged by critics,” Dergarabedian said. “3 Days to Kill wasn’t loved by critics either, so you had two films that didn’t have a shot at taking Lego out. But these movies did about what we would expect.” In its second weekend, the Sony and MGM reboot RoboCop dropped from third to fourth with $9.4 million. Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, the modernized sci-fi film (the 1987 original starred Peter Weller as a cop who gains a new robotic body) is down 57 per cent from last weekend’s domestic opener. “The time of year that we’re in, the movies just aren’t the critics’ darlings,” Dergarabedian said. “These films give people options. But they won’t necessarily set the world on fire at the box office.” Sony’s George Clooney-directed The Monuments Men was pushed down to fifth place from last week’s fourth-place spot with $8.1 million. Still, Sony dominated the multiplex with four films in the top 10. About Last Night, starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant and Regina Hall, gained $7.4 million in its second weekend after a strong Valentine’s Day opening. It is down a hefty 71 per cent from its opening with a $38.15 million domestic total.
Three hundred years after being written, Bach’s great Mass in B Minor was heard again when the glorious sounds of angelic voices and baroque instruments filled the Gaetz Memorial United Church in Red Deer on Saturday night. The 18-member VoiceScapes choir from Calgary joined with an equal number of musicians with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra to perform one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s crowning achievements. “You’re going to hear different sounds than you’ve ever heard before” — exotic sounds that intrigue, even surprise, promised RDSO president Howard Mix, in his introLANA duction. And he didn’t oversell it — MICHELIN for the aural colours and textures created by the singers and musicians made listening to the Mass a unique and spirit-lifting experience, especially with the high church ceiling bolstering the ethereal sensation of voices and instruments being raised to the heavens. The choir repetitiously sang in Latin such joyous lines as “We give thanks to thee for thy great glory!” and such lamenting ones as “(He) was crucified also for us . . . suffered and was buried. . . ” At times, the voices of the choir and its spotlighted soloists melded so perfectly with the lush, woodsy sounds of the baroque-era instruments that the singers essentially became another part of the orchestra, which was conducted by the RDSO’s music director, Claude Lapalme. The musicians, including two oboists and a flute player brought in from Montreal and Toronto, underscored the lyrical sentiments by creating rounded, mellow sounds with their period and reproduction instruments. The violins and cellos were strung with sheep gut and played with bows held more vertically than with modern string instruments. The baroque trumpets had holes instead of valves, the recorder-shaped oboes d’amore sounded vaguely snake-charm-y, while the wooden flutes produced a less shrill pitch than their modern equivalents. A portable organ, tuned to a lower baroque register, and skin-covered drums were also part of the orchestra. The meditative effect of the music and singing was so elevating, you could close your eyes and imagine yourself in a church during Bach’s lifetime. His lengthy and elaborate Mass is difficult to play and even harder for a choir to perform, and was decades in the making. The devout Lutheran composer conducted an early version of his Sanctus section in 1724, presented the court in Dresden with his Missa in 1733 (it included what are now the Kyrie and Gloria parts), and completed the Nicenum Credo and Agnus Dei portions of the Mass by 1949, just a year before his death. It may be that the prolific Bach decided, at the end of his life, that he had one more project left to complete, suggested Lapalme, in an interview before the concert. What a magnificent legacy for him — and how wonderful for us — that he was able to finish it. Despite sitting on the church’s hard wooden benches for the two-and-a-half-hour concert (or maybe, in part, because of it!) audience members rose to their feet and gave VoiceScapes and the orchestra a well-deserved standing ovation. email@example.com
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In 3 Days to Kill, bullets and pasta sauce don’t mix SPY THRILLER, FAMILY DIVORCE DRAMA OR WACKY COMEDY OR TRAGEDY? 3 Days to Kill Two stars (out of four) Rated: PG
Film probes quirky Broadway role of performers paid to not appear BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — Merwin Foard has one of the oddest jobs on Broadway: He gets paid not to perform. Foard is a top standby — an actor hired to wait in the wings of Broadway shows each night, ready in full costume, just in case the star of the show gets injured or sick. If all goes well, the audience will never see the standby. “It is a tricky thing. You have to eat a lot of humble pie,” says Foard, who is currently a standby in “Aladdin” at the New Amsterdam Theatre. “You can’t have an ego. And you have to look at the bigger picture.” This month, Foard finally gets his own starring part, but in a film: “The Standbys,” a documentary by director Stephanie Riggs that tells the professional and personal story of three Broadway standbys. Unlike understudies or swings, who both perform in the ensemble, standbys only get onstage if there’s been a disaster. It is not uncommon to hear an audience boo when it is announced they’ll be going on. For 2 ½ years starting in 2009, Riggs followed Foard, who was backing up Nathan Lane in “The Addams Family” and Ben Crawford, who covered the title role in “Shrek the Musical.” She also watched Alena Watters, a standby in “West Side Story” who includes a harrowing story about the life of a backup in a Bette Midler touring show. “I wanted to find some people to follow and see the world through their eyes and see what they go through,” says Riggs. “Just because they aren’t onstage every night doesn’t mean that they aren’t incredibly talented and incredibly gifted and worth supporting.” The filmmaker also has included interviews about standbys with Zachary Quinto, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian
D’Arcy James, Cheyenne Jackson, Sutton Foster and Katie Finneran. The film, whose original release last year was hampered by Hurricane Sandy, will open Friday for a run at the Greenwich Village’s Quad Cinemas and then be available Feb. 28 streaming on demand. Foard, married with two girls, allowed a camera crew into his dressing room and home life. Though blessed with a tremendous voice and tons of versatility, most nights he’s often sitting quietly only a few feet from the stage. “If I was in that situation, could I do that?” asks Riggs. “Could I watch someone else do a job that I am fully capable of doing? And yet stand on the side and watch somebody else do it? I was inspired by them.” Foard, currently celebrating his 30th year in show business, has been the understudy or standby for the likes of Brian Stokes Mitchell in “Kiss Me Kate,” Michael Cerveris in “Sweeney Todd” and Shuler Hensley in “Oklahoma!” He’s been a standby for King Triton in “The Little Mermaid” and Oliver Warbucks in “Annie.” While he naturally would love to share his natural gifts with theatregoers, Foard has a family to support and can’t always give up steady work to wait for a starring part. “I turned down a role in a Broadway musical that is now in previews that I would have had a lead role in because it would have meant that I had to wait six months for that show to happen. And I couldn’t do that. I knew that my family could not have that drought in our income,” he says. The irony is not lost on Foard that, after the release of the film, he may be more famous as a movie star than a theatre performer. “The idea that more people will see me via this film than have seen me onstage in any capacity is kind of staggering,” he says, laughing.
Renner’s hostage is Italian, he must know how to make a good sauce, right? The Italian’s name is Guido, Long before Kevin Costner is and the movie is rife with such demanding pasta sauce info at stereotypes. There are also shruggunpoint from a terrified Italian ging Frenchmen, officious Gerhostage in 3 Days to Kill, it’s obvi- mans and rude and impatient ous no one is following any kind Americans. of coherent recipe for this movie. The latter is amply demonIt’s an international spy thrill- strated by Costner’s character, er. On second thought, it’s a fam- whose trigger-happy behaviour ily divorce drama. No, wait, it’s a and rant about “real football” (he comedy about wacky Americans has no use for soccer) certainly in Paris. But then again, should play into unhappy clichéd notions we be laughing about about U.S. citizens in a guy dying of brain Europe. cancer? And speaking of 3 Days to Kill is all clichés, could Besson of these things, beand McG possibly have cause it seems writer/ worked more shots of producer Luc Besson the Eiffel Tower into (the Taken franchise) this film? It shows up and director McG so often, it should have (Charlie’s Angels, This been given marquee Means War) were too billing. busy mixing ingrediPerhaps they were ents from their own hoping that 3 Days to past movies to agree Kill could also serve on what they were as a tourism video for PETER jointly trying to conParis. And what’s one HOWELL coct here. more role for a film Besson (and cothat is already overwriter Adi Hasak) loaded with them? contribute the Paris setting, the terrorism threat, the high body count and the squealing car chases on city streets. McG evidently goes in for the goofy character stuff, such as the habit of Costner’s veteran CIA hit man Ethan Renner to demand child rearing advice from the same people he may soon be filling full of lead. The film’s not-so-clever title tips to its scrambled intentions. Renner has a long weekend to stop an international terrorist and arms dealer known as “the Wolf” (yawn), who is planning to peddle a dirty bomb to a band of nogoodniks, with global mayhem ensuing thereafter. In the same amount of time, Renner must also make good with his rebellious teen daughter Zoey (Hailee Steinfeld) and ex-wife Christine (Connie Nielsen). He abandoned them five years ago and they now live in Paris, trying to forget him. If this isn’t enough to keep the clock ticking in overdrive, Renner also has to deal with the death sentence just handed him by his doc. He has a rare form of brain cancer that will claim him in about three months — unless he can cure it with the radical new serum offered by sexy fellow CIA operative Vivi (Amber Heard), who is offering jabs from her hypo in exchange for bullets in the hide of Wolf and his stooges. Renner had been planning to hang up his silencer — his former spouse is demanding it as a precondition to family reunion — but Vivi’s choice is more urgent: “Kill, or die.” It’s laudable to make Costner’s character more than just another flintyeyed tough guy, the kind he regularly portrayed in his 1980s heyday. He actually seems to be enjoying this gig, never a sure thing with him. And it’s very good that he’s gray-haired and TM paired with Nielsen, 48, who is more appropriate to his real age, 59, than * Heard, 27. (This doesn’t stop Heard’s Vivi from † trying, of course: “I’m everybody’s type,” she coos.) But with so much being tossed into the stewpot, 3 Days to Kill becomes indigestible. It’s why you get ridiculous scenes like the one where Renner is aiming a gun at the aforementioned Italian hostage, who has been duct-taped onto a toilet. 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BY GREG MEACHEM ADVOCATE SPORTS EDITOR Broncos 5 Rebels 3 The Red Deer Rebels were all over their guests in the second period of Saturday’s WHL outing at the Enmax Centrium and seemingly en route to a crucial victory in their quest to land a playoff berth. Appearances, of course, can be deceiving. While the Rebels were the better club though the majority of the contest, they nevertheless suffered a difficult 5-3 loss to the Swift Current Broncos after surrendering a 3-1 lead. The Rebels’ downfall started with an offensive zone turnover — which led to a three-on-two goal by Broncos’ forward Coda Gordon — in the final minute of the middle frame and concluded with some rookie third-period jitters from netminder Taz Burman. “You’re up 3-1 and give up a bad goal in the last minute of the second and give the opposition some momentum going into the third,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter. “You can’t make a turnover like that in the offensive zone.” As Sutter noted, the Rebels had plenty of time to regain the momentum, but instead gave up tying a goal a mere 1:12 into the third period and then a tough winning tally 11 minutes later. Jay Merkley potted the equalizer, beating Burman over the shoulder from the right face-off circle, and Andrew Johnson netted the winner on a bad read by Burman. Johnson, in the corner, beat the rookie stopper with a shot from along the goal line that deflected in off Burman’s stick.
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Canada 3 Sweden 0 SOCHI, Russia — From the start of the Olympics, coach Mike Babcock said Team Canada had to be equal to this great opportunity. When the opportunity was the greatest, the best players delivered. Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby scored the first two goals Sunday to give Canada a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men’s hockey final at the Sochi Olympics. Controversial roster pick Chris Kunitz added some insurance in another dominant performance by the undefeated Canadians, who captured their second straight gold medal. “I think just regardless of what happened in the prior games, this game was the biggest one and we all knew that,” Crosby said. “Regardless if I scored that or not, we all wanted to make sure we did our part.” Toews and Crosby did their part all over the ice throughout the tournament, yet neither had a goal until the final. They were flying against Sweden and were rewarded. “You get these opportunities and you just try and seize every one of them,” said Toews. “It’s a great team that we had in this tournament. It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of a team like that whether your role was big or small.” Again against Sweden, Canada followed the same defensive model that was successful in victories over Norway, Austria, Finland, Latvia and the United States. Crosby knew that if he and his teammates could duplicate the effort from their 1-0 semifinal win over the Americans against the Swedes it would lead to success. It did, producing the first back-to-back gold medals for any nation since NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998 and the first for Canada since 1948 and 1952. It’s also the biggest win for a Canadian team in Russia since the 1972 Summit Series. “No matter where this game would be played, I think you get up for it,” Crosby said. “But obviously we all know being Canadian the amount of history with Canada/Russia.” Russia flamed out in the quarter-finals, while Canada ran roughshod over opponents and never trailed in the tournament. “It says that our goalie is pretty good — both our goalies — and our defence is pretty good,” centre Ryan Getzlaf said. It was pretty good Sunday, too, limiting Sweden to 24 shots and not nearly that many scoring chances. Carey Price got his second straight shutout and finished the Olympics with 123 saves on 126 shots.
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Kings hold court to win ACAC championship Kings 3 Griffins 0 The RDC Kings weren’t happy with the way last season ended, losing in the national championship gold medal game. As a result they went into this season’s Alberta Colleges Men’s Volleyball League with one goal in mind — win the ACAC and return to the Nationals. They took the first step with a 25-22, 25-21, 26-24 victory over the Grant MacEwan University Griffins in the ACAC final before an overflow crowd at RDC Sunday afternoon. While the Kings swept the final, it was anything but easy. “We knew they’d battle the heck out of us,” said Kings head coach Aaron Schulha. “They’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season. Brad (Poplawski) did a great job with that group and to see guys like Mark Ritter, who was with us last year, playing that wel,l they did some good things. “The game wasn’t easy, in fact none of the three (matches) were, which was what we needed to put us in the right frame of mind for two weeks from now.” The Kings will join host Briercrest Bible College Clippers at the national finals, March 6-8 in Moose Jaw. The Kings went into the championships as the No. 1 ranked team in the country with GMU second. It was disappointing in that only one of the two could advance to the Canadians because the Clippers are hosting. “It’s one of those things we knew going in,” said Poplawski. “It doesn’t take the sting out of the loss . . . it’s a disappointing end to the season.” Poplawski gave credit to the Kings and felt they were the better team. “They passed better than we did and they’re a big, physical team and we didn’t serve well enough to take them out of their system. They’re relentless and
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Raptors 105 Magic 90 TORONTO — It goes down as a comfortable win. But it was far from an impressive performance. “We set basketball back 15 years in the first half,” Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey quipped after his team defeated the Orlando Magic 105-90 at the Air Canada Centre Sunday night. “But like I told our guys, we’re going to have a lot of games where we’re going to have to grind it out,” Casey said. “For whatever reason, we struggle in the first half and then come through, turn it on. “But I also think that’s a little bit of growth on our part.” After shooting a woeful 41.7 per cent from the field in the first half, the Raptors shot 12-for-14 in the third quarter to blow the game open on the way to win their second straight and fifth in six outings. “Just coming out with a different kind of intensity,” point guard Kyle Lowry said when asked about the key to turning things around in the second half. “We’ve got to figure out a way to start the game the way we start third quarters. “That’s how we’ve got to come out from now on.” Lowry had 17 points in the third as the Raptors (31-25) widened a threepoint halftime lead to 15. Lowry, who was just 1-for-7 from the field in the first half, hit all five of his attempts in the third quarter. He had four from beyond the three-point arc in the period, including a 25-footer at the buzzer which brought the crowd of 17,435 to their feet. Lowry scored the final 14 points for the Raptors in the third quarter and the first two of the fourth quarter as Toronto stretched the lead to as much as 18 points. Toronto is six games above .500 for the first time since Feb. 24, 2010, when they were also 3125.
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Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry drives past Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo during second half NBA action in Toronto on Sunday. Facing the struggling Magic (17-41), the Raptors were uncharacteristically sloppy, turning the ball over 24 times, which led to 25 Orlando points and allowed the visitors to keep the game close. “We’re not that good of a team to just ease our way into the game,” Lowry said. “We’ve got to come out and play with our hard-nosed and hard-headed intensity from the start.” Lowry scored 28 points, including four three-pointers to run his career-high mark to 134 this season. DeMar DeRozan added 24 points for the Raptors, who had five players score in doublefigures. Amir Johnson left midway through the third quarter with what was described by Raptors personnel as a right ankle sprain. He had 12 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes before leaving. Casey said it didn’t
appear Johnson hurt it as badly as earlier in the season when he missed two games. Tobias Harris matched Lowry’s 28 points to lead Orlando, which fell to 3-26 on the road. It was the Magic’s 15th straight loss away from home. The Raptors led 19-14 after the first quarter; 44-41 at the half and 8065 going into the fourth. “You can’t put your finger on the slow starts,” DeRozan said. “Maybe we like a challenge sometimes by putting ourselves in a tough situation, so we can fight our way out. “We have to stop that and understand that we have to come out of the gate, so we don’t make the game that hard on us.” The Raptors visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday before returning home to host the Washington Wizards on Thursday and the Golden State Warriors next Sunday afternoon.
Bridgewater, Boyd appear to be moving in opposite directions on NFL draft boards NFL COMBINE
INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater will spend the next 2 ½ months trying to convince NFL scouts he’s the No. 1 quarterback — No. 1 player — in this year’s draft. Tajh Boyd is just itching to show scouts he’s still the quarterback they once thought he could be. Yes, the two college stars were on opposite ends of the spectrum at the combine. While Boyd’s draft stock has plummeted over the past four months, Bridgewater’s confidence is booming as he appears to be locking himself into the top 10. “I feel that I’m the best quarterback in this draft,” he said at his weekend’s NFL scouting combine. “I’m not just going to sit up here and say it, there’s obviously actions that have to back up these words. I’m just going to go out there and prove that I’m the best guy.” Scouts will have to wait to see if Bridgewater can live up to the boasts. He never planned to throw during Sunday’s workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium and also pulled out of the 40-yard dash one day after telling reporters he would run. But that hasn’t hurt Bridgewater yet. He measured in at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, good size for an NFL quarterback with room to even add a few more pounds. And despite questions about hand size, Bridgewater’s completion percentage and touchdown passes continued to steadily increase each of the past three seasons at the same time his interception totals declined. Teams searching for a new franchise quarterback, such as Houston, which has the top pick in May, will spend these next 10 weeks trying to determine who to take in this three-man race — Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny
Manziel. “I haven’t studied him (Bridgewater) enough, and coming from defence, I don’t consider myself a quarterback expert,” said Browns coach Mike Pettine, whose team also is looking at a quarterback at No. 4. “I know what good ones look like, but as far as graduate level details, I will lean on the offensive staff.” Boyd, however, has the tougher job — reintroducing himself to scouts. Last fall, Boyd was a potential firstround draft choice. But after going 17 of 37 for 156 yards with only one touchdown and two interceptions against eventual national champion Florida State on national television, the perceptions changed. NFL teams started picking apart Boyd’s flaws, flaws that Boyd is still struggling to understand. “Coming into the season I was a top 15 pick supposedly,” he said. “Now you’re hearing this and that and nobody really knows. So I’m just trying to come out here and do what I can. Honestly, I don’t feel like there’s a quarterback here better than me, so that’s what I want to come out here and do.” Sunday’s workout didn’t help. Boyd was timed at 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash, finishing ahead of eight of the 16 quarterbacks who ran Sunday, and looked inaccurate during the throwing part of the workouts. He’ll need a much better showing at Clemson’s pro day to restore some of the lustre that was lost after he returned to school for his final college season. “I feel like I’m maturing in every aspect of my game,” Boyd said. “I feel like I went and did what I wanted to do. The big thing for me was making sure that I was ready for this transition.”
“They certainly pushed us and we felt the pressure, but we tried to play five points at a time and take it bit-bybit,” said Brisbane. “I have a lot of talent around me and anyone can get hot and dominate a game . . . other teams have to respect everyone. Still it wasn’t easy winning a championship, we had
As good as Price was, Canada’s defence was what had Swedish coach Par Marts in awe. “I think they played at a higher tempo,” Marts said. “Canada was much, much better this day.” That started with Toews, who scored Canada’s first goal 12:55 into the first, and Crosby, who scored what Marts considered the back-breaker on a breakaway on Henrik Lundqvist 15:43 into the second. “They’re leaders for a reason,” Canadian forward Jeff Carter said of Toews and Crosby. “They brought it every night.” The game lacked the drama of Canada’s 3-2 overtime win over the United States to win gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but Crosby wasn’t complaining. “It’s hard to compare the two (gold medals),” Crosby said. “Not quite as dramatic, obviously. Just real solid all the way through.”
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“Taz had a real tough third period. He’s a young goalie, a 16-year-old, and he has to learn from this,” said Sutter. “Yet at this time of the year we can’t be giving away points like that. “We’re scrambling to get into the playoffs and this was a game we obviously could have and should have won with the way we played. We played well and were really good with a lot of our details. It’s disappointing for the kids. I feel bad for them because they deserved better here tonight, but at the end of the night we didn’t win and that’s the bottom line.” The clubs were tied 1-1 after period on goals by Red Deer’s Rhyse Dieno at 10:16 and Johnson five minutes later. Dieno beat Broncos netminder Landon Bow over the glove hand after taking a perfect feed from Brooks Maxwell and Johnson responded by slipping the puck through Burman’s pads from close range while on the tail end of a give-and-go with Gordon. Scott Feser restored Red Deer’s lead at 7:07 of the second period on a great individual effort, putting the puck through Bow’s legs while being slashed from behind on a breakaway. Vukie Mpofu upped the count to 3-1 two minutes later, converting a backhand following some solid work down low by his teammates. And then it all came tumbling down for the Rebels. “We were lucky to get that late second-period goal,” said Broncos GM/ head coach Mark Lamb. “We came down and put it wide of the net and then they came back with a transition play (leading to the turnover). I had my three best players out at the time and we got a break and got a little momentum for the third period.” Gordon’s tally was indeed a stroke of good fortune for the visitors, but it paled in comparison to the winning goal. “It’s a hard game and that was an unlucky break for them,” said Lamb of Johnson’s second goal of the night. “We were really lucky to score a goal like that and get the win. I thought the energy of some of our guys was lacking tonight after a tough game last night (41 loss at Edmonton Friday). We’re very happy to get on the bus, get out of here and go home.” With Burman on the bench, Gordon scored an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining. The Rebels remain tied with the Prince Albert Raiders, who fell 6-3 at Portland Saturday, for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, and trail sixth place Swift Current by six points and are four back of seventh-place Brandon. Red Deer can only look ahead to Wednesday’s date with the visiting Kamloops Blazers. “It feels like that’s what we’ve been doing for quite some time now, trying to put the day behind us and moving on to the next day,” said Sutter. “But really, that’s all you can do. As tough as some days can be we have to stay positive and stay with it. “If we play every game from here on in like we did tonight, we’ll win our share of games. But we have to make sure we don’t have a period like the third tonight. We have to make sure we get saves and are good with our details.” email@example.com
to work hard to get here.” Brisbane, a native of Australia, is in his second season with the Kings and will transfer to Mount Royal University next season. His brother will join the Kings. “When I came here I didn’t know anything about the competition, but I couldn’t be happier. I made the right choice.” The match had a little bit of everything including some controversy when the Griffins received two red cards in the third set, which results in points for RDC, and Poplawski was awarded a yellow-red card combination, which sent him off the court into what is called the penalty box where he sat for the remainder of the match. “I’ve never seen that in volleyball,” said Poplawski on the number of red cards for what was considered unsportsmanlike conduct. “When a man I really look up to like Mr. Keith Hansen (RDC director of athletics and the winningest coach in CCAA men’s volleyball history) said it surprised him it means a lot to me. But it doesn’t take the sting out of it.” Still his squad never gave up and tied the game at 23=23 and 24-24. “The guys worked hard and we have some good pieces heading into next year (their first in the CIS),” said Poplawski. “It will be a big jump, but basically we played a CIS team today and it showed us where we need to improve. We do have some important pieces returning and will keep adding to them.” The Kings had all their important pieces back from last season with middle Justin Lukacs and libero Parker Maris the only new faces to the starting lineup. “This is a special year,” said Schulha. “I was really impressed with this group of guys. They all came back knowing what they wanted to accomplish and went after it. It was a disappointing finish at the nationals and it’s a long way back, but we put ourselves into the position we wanted.” Chris Osborn had a strong final with 10 kills and two stuff blocks while Tim Finnigan and Braden O’Toole, both allstars, added eight kills each. Brisbane had two kills and 10 digs. All-star Marcus Ernewein had 15 kills and all-star Zach Brown 12 for the Griffins. The Kings reached the final with a 25-21, 25-21, 25-18 win over the University of Alberta, Augustana Vikings Saturday. O’Toole had 15 kills, two aces and three blocks while Finnigan added seven kills and Osborn and Lukacs six each. The Griffins downed the SAIT Trojans 25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-14 in the other semifinal. SAIT went on to stop the Vikings 25-20, 25-22, 25-17 to finish third. Briercrest took the consolation title with a 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21 win over Grande Prairie. Lachie Pollock of SAIT and Luke Ryan of Camrose were also all-stars. firstname.lastname@example.org
SCOREBOARD Hockey GA 214 196 233 222 244 262
Pt 74 68 66 62 39 37
GA 181 147 167 180 205 305
Pt 89 88 79 74 62 29
WESTERN CONFERENCE B.C. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Kelowna 61 48 9 0 4 260 155 100 Victoria 64 43 17 1 3 213 161 90 Vancouver 64 30 24 7 3 216 217 70 Prince George 65 26 31 3 5 218 269 60 Kamloops 63 13 45 2 3 160 268 31 U.S. DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF GA Pt Portland 63 46 12 2 3 299 190 97 Seattle 62 37 19 2 4 208 208 80 Spokane 63 36 21 3 3 219 189 78 Everett 62 30 23 7 2 177 185 69 Tri-City 62 27 28 3 4 158 188 61 d-division leader; x-clinched playoff berth. Note: Division leaders ranked in top three positions per conference regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL or SOL columns Saturday’s results Regina 5 Calgary 4 (SO) Victoria 6 Saskatoon 3 Brandon 7 Moose Jaw 4 Vancouver 5 Edmonton 1 Swift Current 5 Red Deer 3 Kamloops 3 Seattle 2 (SO) Medicine Hat 5 Lethbridge 3 Portland 6 Prince Albert 3 Prince George 2 Kelowna 1 Spokane 6 Kootenay 3 Everett 3 Tri-City 2 (SO) Sunday’s results Portland 2 Everett 1 (SO) Spokane 9 Kamloops 4 Tuesday’s games Lethbridge at Regina, 6 p.m. Moose Jaw at Saskatoon, 6:05 p.m. Edmonton at Medicine Hat, 7 p.m. Prince Albert at Seattle, 8:05 p.m. Prince George at Kelowna, 8:05 p.m. Saturday’s summary Broncos 5, Rebels 3 First Period 1. Red Deer, Dieno 21 (Maxwell, Fleury) 10:16.
2. Swift Current, Johnson 6 (Gordon, Black) 15:18. Penalties — Gaudet RD (delay of game) 0:28. Second Period 3. Red Deer, Feser 11 (unassisted) 6:07. 4. Red Deer, Mpofu 7 (Musil, Dixon) 9:02. 5. Swift Current, Gordon 21 (Black) 19:27. Penalties — Cave SC (hooking) 0:51, Dieno RD (holding) 0:51, Lernout SC (cross-checking) 2:57. Third Period 6. Swift Current, Merkley 25 (Black, Martin) 1:12. 7. Swift Current, Johnson 7 (Mackay, Lesann) 12:33. 8. Swift Current, Gordon 22 (Black) 19:45 (-EN). Penalties — Black SC (high-sticking) 8:37. Shots on goal Swift Current 13 13 10 — 36 Red Deer 9 17 8 — 34 Goal — Swift Current: Bow (W, 10-5-2); Red Deer: Burman (L, 2-6-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Swift Current: 0-1; Red Deer: 0-2. Attendance — 5,056 at Red Deer.
Third Period 9. Spokane, Helewka 21 (Holmberg, McIntosh) 5:26. 10. Spokane, Gow 6 (Helewka, Fram) 8:30. 11. Kamloops, Bellerive 15 (Rehill, Needham) 9:30 (pp). 12. Kamloops, Shirley 13 (Rehill, Grist) 11:41 (pp). 13. Spokane, Zwerger 15 (Messier, Chartier) 19:12 (pp). Penalties — Looysen Kam (interference) 0:39, Bellerive Kam (high-sticking) 6:40, Proft Spo (slashing) 7:59, Elynuik Spo (tripping) 9:47, Needham Kam (fighting) 13:30, McIntosh Spo (fighting) 13:30, Ully Kam (hooking) 16:02, Bench (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 17:17, Rehill Kam (roughing) 18:07. Shots on goal Kamloops 12 19 6 — 37 Spokane 20 8 13 — 41 Goal — Kamloops: Kehler (L, 1-3-0); Spokane: Hughson (W, 5-7-1). Power plays (goal-chances)Kamloops: 3-5; Spokane: 2-7. Attendance — 4,514 at Spokane.
Sunday’s summaries Winterhawks 2, Silvertips 1 (SO) First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Mueller Eve (holding) 1:26, Schoenborn Por (inter. on goaltender) 9:17, Dumba Por (high-sticking) 15:47. Second Period No Scoring. Penalties — Macdonald Eve (tripping) 13:12. Third Period 1. Everett, Nikolishin 15 (unassisted) :07. 2. Portland, Bjorkstrand 43 (Petan, Leipsic) 7:13. Penalties — None. Overtime No Scoring. Penalties — None. Shootout Portland : Pouliot miss, Bjorkstrand goal, Turgeon miss. Everett : Winquist miss, Bajkov miss, Hayer miss. Shots on goal by Portland 12 4 18 4 3 — 38 Everett 12 8 4 0 3 — 24 Goal — Portland: Boes (W, 16-24-2); Everett: Lotz (LS, 22-18-3). Power plays (goal-chances)Portland: 0-2; Everett: 0-2. Attendance — 4,511 at Everett. Chiefs 9, Blazers 4 First Period 1. Kamloops, Bellerive 14 (Grist, Ully) 1:47 (pp). 2. Spokane, Zwerger 13 (Proft, Whittingham) 6:11. 3. Spokane, Holmberg 55 (McIntosh) 7:33. 4. Spokane, Zwerger 14 (Whittingham, Proft) 7:40. 5. Spokane, Holmberg 56 (Gow, Helewka) 11:59. 6. Spokane, Proft 11 (Zwerger, Whittingham) 12:19. 7. Spokane, Holmberg 57 (Fram, Aviani) 18:54 (pp). Penalties — Gow Spo (high-sticking) 1:35, Kam Bench (Bench) 17:07, Kornelsen Kam (cross-checking) 20:00, Elynuik Spo (cross-checking) 20:00. Second Period 8. Kamloops, Connolly 11 (Ully, Needham) 5:53. Penalties — Bobyk Spo (tripping) 0:52, Clouston Kam (boarding) 11:42, Proft Spo (cross-checking) 14:34.
National Hockey League EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts Pittsburgh 58 40 15 3 83 Boston 57 37 16 4 78 Tampa Bay 58 33 20 5 71 N.Y. Rangers 59 32 24 3 67 Montreal 59 32 21 6 70 Philadelphia 59 30 23 6 66 Toronto 60 32 22 6 70 Detroit 58 26 20 12 64 Columbus 58 29 24 5 63 Ottawa 59 26 22 11 63 Washington 59 27 23 9 63 Carolina 57 26 22 9 61 New Jersey 59 24 22 13 61 N.Y. Islanders 60 22 30 8 52 Florida 58 22 29 7 51 Buffalo 57 15 34 8 38
GF 186 176 168 155 148 162 178 151 170 169 171 144 135 164 139 110
GA 138 125 145 146 142 167 182 163 161 191 175 158 146 200 183 172
WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA Anaheim 60 41 14 5 87 196 147 St. Louis 57 39 12 6 84 196 135 Chicago 60 35 11 14 84 207 163 San Jose 59 37 16 6 80 175 142 Colorado 58 37 16 5 79 174 153 Los Angeles 59 31 22 6 68 139 128 Minnesota 59 31 21 7 69 145 147 Dallas 58 27 21 10 64 164 164 Phoenix 58 27 21 10 64 163 169 Vancouver 60 27 24 9 63 146 160 Winnipeg 60 28 26 6 62 168 175 Nashville 59 25 24 10 60 146 180 Calgary 58 22 29 7 51 137 179 Edmonton 60 20 33 7 47 153 199 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Sunday’s Games No games scheduled Monday’s Games No games scheduled Tuesday’s Games Carolina at Buffalo, 5 p.m.
Olympics G 13 9 11 10 8 8 4 4 2 6 3 3 2 2 1 0 5 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
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WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE EAST DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Regina 62 34 22 3 3 215 Swift Current 62 30 24 2 6 204 Brandon 63 29 26 6 2 230 Prince Albert 62 29 29 2 2 201 Moose Jaw 61 15 37 3 6 159 Saskatoon 62 16 41 2 3 180 CENTRAL DIVISION GP W L OTLSOL GF Calgary 63 41 15 3 4 253 Edmonton 60 43 15 1 1 251 Medicine Hat 62 38 21 3 0 223 Kootenay 62 35 23 2 2 207 Red Deer 63 29 30 1 3 185 Lethbridge 63 12 46 2 3 150
MEDALS Nation Russian Federation United States Norway Canada Netherlands Germany Austria France Sweden Switzerland China South Korea Czech Republic Slovenia Japan Italy Belarus Poland Finland Great Britain Latvia Australia Ukraine Slovakia Croatia Kazakhstan
S 11 7 5 10 7 6 8 4 7 3 4 3 4 2 4 2 0 1 3 1 2 2 0 0 1 0
● Midget AA hockey playoffs: Bow Valley at Lacombe, 7:30 p.m.
● Senior high basketball: Notre Dame at Lacombe, Lindsay Thurber at Ponoka, Hunting Hills at Rocky Mountain House, Stettler at Wetaskiwin, Sylvan Lake at Camrose; girls at 6 p.m., boys to follow. ● Men’s basketball: Bulldog Scrap Metal vs. Grandview Allstars, 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Mountainview at Stettler, third game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, 8:30 p.m.
● JV basketball: Notre Dame at Innisfail, Lacombe at Rocky Mountain House, Stettler at Ponoka, Lindsay Thurber at Camrose, Hunting Hills at Wetaskiwin; girls at 6 p.m., men to follow. ● WHL: Kamloops at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Three Hills, second game of best-ofseven North Division semifinal, 8 p.m.
● Men’s basketball: Carstar vs. Wells Furniture, Bulldog Scrap Metal vs. Dream Team, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Three Hills at Blackfalds, third game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, 7:30 p.m.
● College men’s basketball: ACAC championship at RDC, RDC Kings vs. TBA, 6 p.m. ● WHL: Medicine Hat at Red Deer, 7 p.m., Centrium. ● Major midget girls hockey: Southeast at Red Deer, third game of best-of-five division semifinal, 7:15 p.m., Collicutt Centre.
● Heritage junior B hockey: Stettler at Mountainview, fourth game of best-ofseven North Division semifinal, 8 p.m., Didsbury. ● Senior AAA hockey: Fort Saskatchewan at Innisfail, fifth game of best-of-seven provincial semifinal, 8:30 p.m.
● College men’s basketball: ACAC championship at RDC. ● Minor midget AAA hockey: Airdrie/ Cochrane at Red Deer Northstar, 11:30 a.m., Arena. ● Martial arts: Adam Tai Kwon Do tournament. ● Major midget girls hockey: Southeast at Red Deer, fourth game of best-of-five division semifinal, if necessary, 12:30 p.m., Collicutt Centre. ● College men’s hockey: Portage at RDC, 7:15 p.m., Penhold Regional Multiplex. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Blackfalds at Three Hills, fourth game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, 8 p.m.
● Minor midget AAA hockey: Calgary Stampeders at Red Deer Aero Equipment, noon, Arena. ● Major bantam girls hockey: Calgary Rangers at Red Deer, 12:45 p.m., Kin City B. ● College men’s basketball: ACAC championship at RDC, final at 3:30 p.m. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Three Hills at Blackfalds, fifth game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, if necessary, 3:30 p.m. ● Men’s basketball: Grandview Allstars vs. Carstar, Vikings vs. Rusty Chuckers, Sheraton Red Deer vs. Woody’s RV, 4:15 p.m.; Monstars vs. Orangemen, Gord Scott Nissan vs. The Secret Runs, Triple A Batteries vs. Triple Threat, 5:30 p.m.; all games at Lindsay Thurber. ● Heritage junior B hockey: Mountainview at Stettler, fifth game of best-of-seven North Division semifinal, if necessary, 5 p.m.
Basketball B 9 12 10 5 9 5 5 7 6 2 2 2 2 4 3 6 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 1
Tot. 33 28 26 25 24 19 17 15 15 11 9 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 5 4 4 3 2 1 1 1
What Canada Did on the weekend SOCHI, Russia — What Canada Did on the final weekend of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games (distances in metres unless specified): SUNDAY Bobsleigh Men’s fours — Canada 1 (Lyndon Rush (pilot), Sylvan Lake.; Lascelles Brown, Calgary; David Bissett and Neville Wright, both Edmonton) placed ninth overall with a combined time of three minutes 41.76 seconds after four runs; Canada 2 (Chris Spring, Calgary; Timothy Randall, Toronto; James Mcnaughton, Newmarket, Ont.; and Bryan Barnett, Edmonton) finished 13th (3:42.84); Canada 3 (Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C.; Jesse Lumsden, Burlington, Ont.; Luke Demetre, New Glasgow, N.S.; and Graeme Rinholm, Medicine Hat), 30th (2:50.80) and did not qualify for fourth run. Cross-Country skiing Men’s 50-kilometre freestyle (mass start) — Alex Harvey, St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., 19th overall in one hour 47 minutes 40.9 seconds; Ivan Babikov, Canmore, 20th (1:47:41.8); Graeme Killick, Fort McMurray, 28 (1:48:22.4); Jesse Cockney, Canmore, 56 (1:59:16.6). Hockey Men — Carey Price stopped all 24 shots he faced and Jonathan Toews scored the eventual winner as Canada successfully defended their Olympic title with a 3-0 win over Sweden in the gold-medal game. Closing Ceremonies Flag bearers — Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries, Calgary, and Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I., who won the gold medal in the women’s event for the second time in as many games, were given the honour. Final Ranking Canada finished with 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze, which placed them fourth overall in total medals and third-most in the gold tally (Russia led with 33 and 13 respectively) SATURDAY Alpine Skiing Men’s slalom — Michael Janyk, Whistler, B.C., 16th overall, one minute 44.36 seconds (22, 48.82; 12, 55.54); Philip Brown, Toronto, 20 (34, 49.97; 20, 59.68) 1:49.65; Trevor Philp, Calgary, tied for 29th in first run (49.55), did not complete second; Brad Spence, Calgary, tied with Philp in first run (49.55), disqualified in second run. Biathlon Men’s 4x7.5-kilometre relay — Jean-Philippe le Guellec, Shannon, Que.; Scott Perras, Regina; Brendan Green, Hay River, NWT; and Nathan Smith, Calgary, placed seventh overall in one hour 13 minutes 46.2 seconds with one penalty. Bobsleigh Men’s fours — Canada 1 (Lyndon Rush (pilot), Sylvan Lake; Lascelles Brown, Calgary; David Bissett and Neville Wright, both Edmonton), stand 10th after the opening two runs in one minute 50.78 seconds; Canada 2 (Chris Spring, Calgary; Timothy Randall, Toronto; James Mcnaughton, Newmarket, Ont.; Bryan Barnett, Edmonton), 13th (1:51.20); Canada 3 (Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C.; Jesse Lumsden, Burlington, Ont.; Cody Sorensen, Ottawa; Ben Coakwell, Saskatoon), 30th (1:55.08). Cross-Country Skiing Women’s 30-kilometre freestyle (mass start) — Brittany Webster, Caledon, Ont., 46th overall in 1:21:05.5; Emily Nishikawa, Whitehorse, 47th (1:21:38.6); Amanda Ammar, Onoway, 49 (1:22:03.7); Heidi Widmer, Banff, 52 (1:24:11.5). Snowboarding Men’s parallel slalom — Jasey Jay Anderson, Mont-Tremblant, Que. , placed 15th in qualifying with a combined time of 59.77 seconds for two runs, then lost in opening round of head-to-head races to eventual silver-medallist Zan Kosir of Slovenia
(0.32, 0.34); Michael Lambert, Toronto, 16th (59.80) - lost in first round to Vic Wild of Russia (0.77, 1.78); Matthew Morison, Burketon, Ont., 18th in qualifying (59.96), did not advance. Women’s parallel slalom — Ariane Lavigne, LacSuperieur, Que., was 17th in qualifying (1:05.60 missed advancing by 0.06 seconds); Caroline Calve, Aylmer. Que., 26th (1:06.15); Marianne Leeson, Burlington, Ont., 27 (1:06.26). Speedskating Long Track Men’s team pursuit — Mathieu Giroux, Pointeaux-Trembles, Que.; Lucas Makowsky, Regina; and Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C.) lost in the bronze-medal race to Poland by 2.33 seconds. Women’s team pursuit — Ivanie Blondin, Ottawa; Kali Christ, Regina; and Brittany Schussler, Winnipeg, defeated the United States by 1.73 seconds in the C-final to finish fifth overall. HOCKEY Men - Gold Medal game Canada 3, Sweden 0 First Period 1. Canada, Toews 1 (Carter, Weber) 12:55. Penalties — Ericsson Swe (holding) 14:55, Kunitz Cda (high-sticking) 19:47. Second Period 2. Canada, Crosby 1 (unassisted) 35:43. Penalties — Silfverberg Swe (Delaying Game) 25:46, Berglund Swe (boarding) 37:20. Third Period 3. Canada, Kunitz 1 (unassisted) 49:04. Penalties — Perry Cda (tripping) 50:12. Shots on goal Canada 12 11 13 — 36 Sweden 11 9 4 — 24 Goal — Canada: Price (W, 0-0-0); Sweden: Lundqvist (L, 0-0-0). Power plays (goal-chances)Canada: 0-3; Sweden: 0-2. Olympic Hockey All-Time Medallists The top three finishers in men’s and women’s hockey at the Olympics (in order of gold, silver, bronze): MEN 2014 — Canada, Sweden, Finland 2010 — Canada, U.S., Finland 2006 — Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic 2002 — Canada, U.S., Russia 1998 — Czech Republic, Russia, Finland 1994 — Sweden, Canada, Finland 1992 — Unified Team, Canada, Czechoslovakia 1988 — Soviet Union, Finland, Sweden 1984 — Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Sweden 1980 — U.S., Soviet Union, Sweden 1976 — Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, West Germany 1972 — Soviet Union, U.S., Czechoslovakia 1968 — Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Canada 1964 — Soviet Union, Sweden, Czechoslovakia 1960 — U.S., Canada, Soviet Union 1956 — Soviet Union, U.S., Sweden 1952 — Canada, U.S., Sweden 1948 — Canada, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland 1936 — Britain, Canada, U.S. 1932 — Canada, U.S., Germany 1928 — Canada, Sweden, Switzerland 1924 — Canada, U.S., Britain 1920 — Canada, U.S., Czechoslovakia (Summer Olympics) WOMEN 2014 — Canada, U.S., Switzerland 2010 — Canada, U.S., Finland 2006 — Canada, Sweden, U.S. 2002 — Canada, U.S., Sweden 1998 — U.S., Canada, Finland Note: Women’s hockey introduced as medal event beginning with 1998 Games. Olympic Men’s and Women’s Hockey All-Star Teams and Awards SOCHI, Russia — End of tournament awards and all-star teams for men’s and women’s hockey at the 2014 Olympics: MEN Individual Awards (As selected by tournament directorate) Best Goaltender — Carey Price, Canada Best Defenceman — Erik Karlsson, Sweden Best Forward — Phil Kessel, U.S. Most Valuable Player (As selected by media) Teemu Selanne, F, Finland All-Star Team (As selected by media) Goaltender — Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden Defencemen — Drew Doughty, Canada; Erik Karlsson, Sweden. Forwards — Mikael Granlund, Finland; Phil Kessel, U.S.; Teemu Selanne, Finland. WOMEN Individual Awards (As selected by tournament directorate) Best Goaltender — Florence Schelling, Switzerland Best Defenceman — Jenni Hiirikoski, Finland Best Forward — Michelle Karvinen, Finland
MEN’S BASKETBALL Jarrett Hart dropped in 34 points and Jeremy Roberge added 13 for the Orangemen in a 7466 Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association win Sunday over the Grandview Allstars. Greg Carritt scored 21 points and Chris Girvan 14 in a losing cause. In another contest, Eddie Ellis hooped 23 points and Dave McComish was close behind with 22 as Wells Furniture topped Woody’s RV 85-59. Michael Gajudo had 13 points for Woody’s, with Brode Phillps adding 10.
Most Valuable Player (As selected by media) Florence Schelling, G, Switzerland All-Star Team (As selected by media) Goaltender — Florence Schelling, Switzerland Defence — Megan Bozek, U.S.; Jenni Hiirikoski, Finland Forwards — Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Canada; Amanda Kessel, U.S.; Hilary Knight, U.S. Complete Canadian 2014 Winter Olympics Medallists GOLD (10) BOBSLEIGH (1) Women’s doubles — Kaillie Humphries (pilot), Calgary; Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I. CURLING (2) Women — Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, Dawn McEwen, Kirsten Wall, all Winnipeg Men — Caleb Flaxey, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden, Ryan Harnden, Brad Jacobs, all Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. FREESTYLE SKIING (3) Women’s moguls — Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Montreal Men’s moguls — Alex Bilodeau, Montreal Women’s ski cross — Marielle Thompson, Whistler, B.C. HOCKEY (2) Women — Meghan Agosta-Marciano, Windsor, Ont.; Gillian Apps, Toronto; Melodie Daoust, Valleyfield, Que.; Laura Fortino, Hamilton, Ont.; Jayna Hefford, Kingston, Ont.; Haley Irwin, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Brianne Jenner, Oakville, Ont.; Rebecca Johnston, Sudbury, Ont.; Charline Labonte, Greenfield Park, Que.; Genevieve Lacasse, Montreal; Jocelyne Larocque, Ste. Anne, Man.; Meaghan Mikkelson, Regina; Caroline Ouellette, Montreal; Marie-Philip Poulin, Quebec City; Lauriane Rougeau, PointeClaire, Que.; Natalie Spooner, Toronto; Shannon Szabados, Edmonton; Jennifer Wakefield, Toronto; Catherine Ward, Montreal; Tara Watchorn, Ajax, Ont.; Hayley Wickenheiser, Shaunavon, Sask. Men — Roberto Luongo, Montreal; Carey Price, Anahim Lake, B.C.; Mike Smith, Kingston, Ont.; Jay Bouwmeester, Edmonton; Drew Doughty, London, Ont.; Dan Hamhuis, Smithers, B.C.; Duncan Keith, Penticton, B.C.; Alex Pietrangelo, King City, Ont.; P.K. Subban, Toronto; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Montreal; Shea Weber, Sicamous, B.C.; Jamie Benn, Victoria; Patrice Bergeron, Sillery, Que.; Jeff Carter, London, Ont.; Sidney Crosby, Cole Harbour, N.S.; Matt Duchene, Haliburton, Ont.; Ryan Getzlaf, Regina; Chris Kunitz, Regina; Patrick Marleau, Aneroid, Sask.; Rick Nash, Brampton, Ont.; Corey Perry, Peterborough, Ont.; Patrick Sharp, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Martin St. Louis, Laval, Que.; John Tavares, Oakville, Ont.; Jonathan Toews, Winnipeg SNOWBOARDING (1) Women’s slopestyle — Dara Howell, Huntsville, Ont. SPEEDSKATING (1) Short-track Men’s 1,500m — Charles Hamelin, Ste-Julie, Que. SILVER (10) FIGURE SKATING (3) Team Event — Kaetlyn Osmond, Marystown, N.L.; Patrick Chan, Toronto; Meagan Duhamel, Lively, Ont.; Eric Radford, Balmertown, Ont.; Kirsten Moore-Towers, St. Catharines, Ont.; Dylan Moscovitch, Waterloo, Ont.; Tessa Virtue, London, Ont.; Scott Moir, Ilderton, Ont. Men — Patrick Chan, Toronto Ice dance — Tessa Virtue, London, Ont., & Scott Moir, Ilderton, Ont. FREESTYLE SKIING (4) Women’s moguls — Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, Montreal Men’s moguls — Mikael Kingsbury, Deux-Montagnes, Que. Men’s halfpipe — Mike Riddle, Edmonton Women’s ski cross — Kelsey Serwa, Kelowna, B.C. SNOWBOARDING (1) Women’s snowboardcross — Dominique Maltais, Petite-Riviere-St-Francois, Que. SPEEDSKATING (2) Long-track Men’s 1,000m — Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C. Short-track Women’s 3,000m relay — Marie-Eve Drolet, Chicoutimi, Que.; Valerie Maltais, La Baie, Que.; Marianne St-Gelais, St-Felicien, Que.; Jessica Hewitt, Kamloops, B.C. (Feb. 18) BRONZE (5) ALPINE SKIING (1) Men’s super-G — Jan Hudec, Calgary SNOWBOARDING (2) Men’s slopestyle — Mark McMorris, Regina Women’s slopestyle — Kim Lamarre, Quebec City SPEEDSKATING (2) Long-track Men’s 1,500m — Denny Morrison, Fort St. John, B.C. Short-track Men’s 500m — Charle Cournoyer, Boucherville, Que.
Trio of Red Deer fencers win gold in Calgary Red Deer Fencing Club members Petar Toshkov, Devyn Hurry and Riley Norman won gold medals in the Don Laszlo meet at the University of Calgary. Toshkov struck gold in the men’s open event, Hurry was golden in the under-20 men’s epee and Norman was the top fencer in the under-15 men’s epee. Norman also picked up silver medals in the U20
men’s and U17 men’s epee, and Hurry won a bronze in the U17 epee. Other Red Deer medal winners in the competition that included fencers from British Columbia and Saskatoon, were Shawn Roland (silver in U-15 men’s epee), Karren Lyver (bronze in open women’s epee) and Robert Forstrom (bronze in veteran men’s epee).
National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Toronto 31 25 .554 — Brooklyn 26 28 .481 4 New York 21 35 .375 10 Boston 19 38 .333 12 Philadelphia 15 41 .268 16 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Miami 40 14 .741 — Washington 28 28 .500 13 Charlotte 27 30 .474 14 Atlanta 26 29 .473 14 Orlando 17 41 .293 25 Central Division W L Pct GB Indiana 42 13 .764 — Chicago 29 26 .527 13 Detroit 23 33 .411 19 Cleveland 22 35 .386 21 Milwaukee 10 45 .182 32 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB San Antonio 40 16 .714 — Houston 38 18 .679 2 Dallas 34 23 .596 6 Memphis 31 24 .564 8 New Orleans 23 32 .418 16 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Oklahoma City 43 14 .754 — Portland 38 18 .679 4 Minnesota 27 29 .482 15
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L.A. Clippers Golden State Phoenix Sacramento L.A. Lakers
25 30 .455 19 36 .345 Pacific Division W L Pct 38 20 .655 34 22 .607 33 22 .600 20 36 .357 19 37 .339
17 23 GB — 3 3 17 18
Saturday’s Games Washington 94, New Orleans 93 Charlotte 92, Memphis 89 Dallas 113, Detroit 102 Atlanta 107, New York 98 Indiana 110, Milwaukee 100 Minnesota 121, Utah 104 Sacramento 105, Boston 98 Golden State 93, Brooklyn 86 Sunday’s Games L.A. Clippers 125, Oklahoma City 117 Miami 93, Chicago 79 Washington 96, Cleveland 83 Toronto 105, Orlando 90 Sacramento 109, Denver 95 Brooklyn 108, L.A. Lakers 102 Portland 108, Minnesota 97 Houston 115, Phoenix 112 Monday’s Games Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 5 p.m. Golden State at Detroit, 5:30 p.m. Dallas at New York, 5:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New Orleans, 6 p.m. Boston at Utah, 7 p.m.
Golf WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Sunday At Dove Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Marana, Ariz. Purse: $9 million Yardage: 7,791; Par: 72 (Seedings in parentheses) Championship Jason Day (8), Australia, $1.53 million, def. Victor Dubuisson (27), France, $906,000, 23 holes. Third Place Rickie Fowler (53), United States, $630,000, def. Ernie Els (31), South Africa, $510,000, 19 holes. Semifinals Jason Day (8), Australia, def. Rickie Fowler (53), United States, 3 and 2. Victor Dubuisson (27), France, def. Ernie Els (31), South Africa, 1 up. Honda LPGA Thailand Sunday At Siam Country Club (Pattaya Old Course) Chonburi, Thailand Purse: $1.5 million Yardage: 6,568; Par: 72 a-amateur Final Anna Nordqvist, $225,000 66-72-67-68 — Inbee Park, $139,933 71-71-67-66 — Catriona Matthew, $101,512 76-71-65-65 — Michelle Wie, $78,527 67-73-69-69 — Stacy Lewis, $46,044 71-69-73-66 — Gerina Piller, $46,044 70-73-70-66 — Lexi Thompson, $46,044 68-74-69-68 — Yani Tseng, $46,044 72-73-66-68 — Julieta Granada, $46,044 71-68-71-69 — Suzann Pettersen, $31,028 69-73-72-66 —
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Azahara Munoz, $27,771 71-68-74-68 — So Yeon Ryu, $27,771 69-72-71-69 — Jenny Shin, $25,128 72-70-70-70 — Thidapa Suwannapura, $22,26873-70-70-70— Sandra Gal, $22,268 69-70-73-71 — Angela Stanford, $22,268 68-73-71-71 — Na Yeon Choi, $19,460 75-73-72-64 — Se Ri Pak, $19,460 72-72-68-72 — Caroline Hedwall, $17,621 69-73-70-73 — Karrie Webb, $17,621 71-70-71-73 — Lydia Ko, $17,621 72-70-69-74 — Eun-Hee Ji, $15,215 70-78-70-68 — Dewi Claire Schreefel, $15,21571-73-74-68 — Morgan Pressel, $15,215 70-73-74-69 — Shanshan Feng, $15,215 71-72-69-74 — Cristie Kerr, $15,215 71-72-68-75 — Mariajo Uribe, $13,560 75-69-71-72 — Brittany Lang, $12,756 73-69-76-70 — Brittany Lincicome, $12,756 74-79-65-70 — Paula Creamer, $11,338 72-77-72-68 — Meena Lee, $11,338 79-71-69-70 — Hee Young Park, $11,338 71-76-70-72 — Jennifer Johnson, $11,338 68-73-71-77 — Chella Choi, $10,189 73-74-74-69 — Mamiko Higa, $9,807 77-71-71-72 — Mina Harigae, $8,504 70-76-76-70 — Jessica Korda, $8,504 74-77-71-70 — Carly Booth, $8,504 72-74-74-72 — Candie Kung, $8,504 73-77-70-72 — Sun Young Yoo, $8,504 74-72-74-72 — Pornanong Phatlum, $8,504 71-73-73-75 — Pernilla Lindberg, $7,048 74-77-72-70 — Natsuka Hori, $7,048 75-72-75-71 — Haeji Kang, $7,048 75-72-73-73 — Alison Walshe, $5,937 73-77-76-68 — Amy Yang, $5,937 74-77-73-70 — Katherine Kirk, $5,937 75-75-73-71 —
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Lacrosse National Lacrosse League East Division GP W L Pct. GF GA GB Buffalo 8 6 2 .750 95 83 — Rochester 8 5 3 .625 86 68 1 Toronto 8 4 4 .500 104 98 2 Philadelphia 10 3 7 .300 114 122 4 Minnesota 9 2 7 .222 91 112 4 1/2
Edmonton Calgary Colorado
GP 7 8 10
West Division W L Pct. GF GA GB 7 0 1.000 84 54 — 5 3 .625 106 100 2 1/2 4 6 .400 109 138 4 1/2
7 .300 112 126 5 1/2
Sunday’s result Minnesota 15 Philadelphia 14 Saturday’s results Calgary 11 Rochester 10 Toronto 14 Minnesota 12 Friday, Feb. 28 Toronto at Edmonton, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1 Toronto at Calgary, 7 p.m. Rochester at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX — Agreed to terms with LHP Chris Capuano on a one-year contract. Placed RHP Ryan Dempster on the restricted list. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Agreed to terms with SS Erisbel Arruebarruena on a five-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS — Signed C Hilton Armstrong to a 10-day contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League DETROIT RED WINGS — Recalled Fs Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan and D Gleason Fournier from Grand Rapids (AHL). ECHL ALASKA ACES — Signed F Phillip Ischi. FLORIDA EVERBLADES — Released F Will MacDonald. Added G Dan Hobbs as emergency backup. COLLEGE MINNESOTA — Signed football coach Jerry Kill to a contract extension through the 2018 season.
Sunday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League NEW YORK YANKEES — Agreed to terms with OF Brett Gardner on a four-year contract. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS — Designated SS Justin Sellers for assignment. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NEW JERSEY NETS — Signed C Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League MONTREAL CANADIENS — Recalled D Jarred Tinordi from Hamilton (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Claimed D Mike Kostka off waivers from Chicago. American Hockey League SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE — Recalled D Josh McFadden from Cincinnati (ECHL). Loaned G Rob Madore to Cincinnati. Central Hockey League ALLEN AMERICANS — Waived G Mark Guggenberger. Signed G Thomas Speer.
B4 RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Junior ends drought at Daytona DALE EARNHARDT JR. WINS DAYTONA 500 A DECADE LATER, 6-PLUS HOURS AFTER RAIN DELAY BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona’s longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end. NASCAR’s most popular driver won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night for the second time — a decade after his first victory — to snap a 55-race losing streak dating to 2012. The victory ended a streak of futility at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished second in three of the previous four 500s. “Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,” said Earnhardt, who climbed from his car in Victory Lane and hugged every member of his Hendrick Motorsports crew. “I didn’t know if I’d ever get the chance to feel it again and it feels just as good.” As he crossed the finish line in his No. 88 Chevrolet, the few who withstood a rain delay of 6 hours, 22 minutes screaming their support, Earnhardt euphorically radioed his crew, saying: “This is better than the first one!” He was met by Rick Hendrick after his victory lap, and the team owner climbed into the driver’s window for a ride to Victory Lane. “The world is right right now — Dale Junior just won the Daytona 500,” teammate Jeff Gordon said. “That’s a sign it’s going to be a great season.” Rain stopped the race about 45 minutes after it began for a delay of more than six hours. When it resumed, Earnhardt dominated at the track where his father was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 race. He led six times for a race-high 54 laps — all after the rain delay — and seemed to have it under control until things got chaotic near the end. There were 42 lead changes and four multicar accidents as the field closed in on the checkered flag. An accident with seven laps to go triggered by pole-sitter Austin Dillon, driving the No. 3 — Earnhardt’s father’s number making its return to the Daytona 500 for the first time since 2001 — set up a final two-lap shootout to the finish. Earnhardt got a great jump past Brad Keselowski on the restart, and had Gordon behind him protecting his bumper. But Denny Hamlin came charging through the field and Earnhardt suddenly had a challenger with one lap to go. Then an accident farther back involving former winners Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray brought out the caution and the win belonged to Earn-
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) gets a push from teammate Jeff Gordon (24) as Brad Keselowski (2) makes a run on a green flag restart on the next to last lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday. hardt. “We could fight off battle after battle. We got a little help at the end there from Jeff to get away on the restart,” Earnhardt said. “This is amazing. I can’t believe this is happening. I never take this for granted, man because it doesn’t happen twice, let alone once.” Hamlin was second in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, followed by Keselowski in a Team Penske Ford. Hendrick took fourth and fifth with Gordon and last year’s race winner, Jimmie Johnson, in what quickly became a company-wide celebration. “He’s been knocking on the door of the 500 for a lot of years. He got it done tonight — did an awesome job,” said Johnson, who beat Earnhardt to the finish line a year ago. The win means Hendrick already has one of his four drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Under the new win-and-get-in format announced last month, Earnhardt is now eligible to race for the title and can spend the next 25 races preparing for the post-season. “We might be in the Chase — I ain’t
going to worry about that,” Earnhardt said from Victory Lane. “Trust me, man, we’re going to have a blast this year.” Rain wreaked havoc on the event for the third time in six years, and this year’s race was stopped after 38 laps as a strong storm blew into the area. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning in the area and advised people to take shelter, and fans fled from the grandstands. NASCAR rolled out the track drying system Air Titan for several failed attempts over the delay. It was the only on-track activity for more than six hours, but there was plenty of behindthe-scenes fun as drivers desperately tried to stay entertained. David Ragan made a pizza run in his firesuit, Hamlin played basketball, Clint Bowyer answered fans questions on Twitter and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s crew practiced tornado drills. It hit absurd levels as Fox Sports tried to fill the air time with a replay of the 2013 race that hundreds of thousands did not understand wasn’t a live broadcast. Social media exploded with
congratulatory tweets for last year’s winner, Johnson, who posted on his account: “I hear I won the Daytona500? Haha! I also have friends confused and texting congratulations to me.” Fellow drivers had fun with the widespread error, too. “Wait a minute! I’m confused, did (at)JimmieJohnson win or not?” Bowyer tweeted. Plenty of fans on Twitter were confused throughout the replay, tweeting along as if the race was live. Deadspin ran some of them under the headline, “Scores Of Idiots Don’t Realize Fox Is Airing Last Year’s Daytona 500.” Even NASCAR couldn’t resist jokingly weighing in on the confusion. “Congrats (at)JimmieJohnson amazing,” tweeted Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s senior vice-president of racing operations. Piling onto the strange story line, Fox’s rain-delayed coverage was sponsored by the movie “Noah,” which opens March 28 and stars Russell Crowe as the title character who builds an arc to save creation from a massive flood.
Lawrie gets bragging rights in Jays clubhouse BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DUNEDIN, Fla. — Brett Lawrie can claim bragging rights inside the Blue Jays clubhouse. The Toronto third-baseman celebrated Team Canada’s 3-0 win against Sweden on Sunday to capture its second straight Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey. Lawrie, who is the lone Canadian-born player on the Blue Jays’ roster, said he couldn’t watch the entire game because of spring training commitments. But the native of Langley, British Columbia, made sure he received score updates. “It was exciting,” Lawrie said. “I probably would have been a little more excited if I watched the full game. But every time I’d peek back (at the television) and we just kept going up another goal, another goal. It’s very positive and, obviously, Canada is very pumped up about it, too.” While Lawrie didn’t grow up an avid fan of hockey, he has always enjoyed and respected the sport
and cheered for his home country. He tried to keep his trash-talk to a minimum around the clubhouse during the Olympics, in fear of being laughed at by teammates if Canada didn’t prevail. “I guess everybody was on point a little bit, just kind of nervous, because nobody knew,” Lawrie said. “If Canada loses, obviously they’re going to slam me and if America loses, I’m going to slam them.” But after the United States was defeated by Canada 1-0 on Friday and then ousted from medal contention in a 5-0 loss to Finland on Saturday, Lawrie didn’t hold back. “They’re just going to have to suck this one up,” he said of his teammates that were rooting for the United States to win. “They knew. They knew Canada was going to win it the whole time. So, they’re just going to have to wear this one. “When you’re the underdog you’ve got to kind of keep quiet, because there’s too many of them,” Lawrie added. “I just waited for my turn and I got my opportunity.” Japanese-born infielder Munenori Kawasaki also was rooting for Canada to win it all. “I said Canada would win,” Kawasaki said. “3-0? That’s strong, very strong. Very good game. Congratu-
Retired Halladay returns to spring training as instructor with Phillies BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEARWATER, Fla. — Retirement is not keeping Roy Halladay away from baseball. Halladay is a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies for a few weeks this spring. “I love being here,” the twotime Cy Young Award winner said. “I definitely want to keep doing it.” Halladay sounds as if he’d like to parlay his spring tutor work into a second career as a coach down the road. The 36-year-old Halladay spent the final four seasons of his career with the Phillies, following a successful run with Toronto. “I think maybe this first year (after playing), I want to make sure that I get to spend the time that I want with my boys and my wife, and that’s my priority,” said Halladay, who retired from a 16-year playing career in December. “Once I see how things work, yeah, I’d love to continue to do it and if I have more time, do more. I’ll always continue doing it. It’s just a matter of starting to figure out how much I can do. Once the kids are (grown up), maybe it’s something to do full time.” Halladay spent the final four
seasons of his career with the Phillies, following a remarkable run in Toronto. In 2000, his second full season in the big leagues, Halladay went 4-7 with a 10.64 ERA in 19 games. At the time, it was the highest ERA for any pitcher with at least 10 starts in a season in major league history. Halladay rebuilt his career when he was sent to A-ball a year later. He went 135-62 with a 3.13 ERA from 2001-09 with the Blue Jays, racking up 14 shutouts and 47 complete games. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2003. Halladay’s dominance continued in his first two seasons in Philadelphia, going 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA, five shutouts and 17 complete games. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010, when he threw a perfect game in May and became just the second pitcher in baseball history to throw a post-season no-hitter in October. The final two seasons of Halladay’s career were beset with injuries: he had a 5.15 ERA in 38 starts, made two lengthy stays on the disabled list and required shoulder surgery last May. Despite the ultra-competitive nature that defined his career,
and the fact that he never had the chance to pitch in a World Series, Halladay will not be making a comeback attempt. “For me it was a long decision it wasn’t something that happened overnight,” Halladay said. “It was the right decision for me. I felt it was the best option and the only option. I still feel good about it.” Halladay has sat in on coaches meetings this month with the Phillies. He’s also consulted with firstyear pitching coach Bob McClure about his own observations and he’s enjoyed lengthy, one-on-one conversations with several pitchers in camp, including top prospect Jesse Biddle. “He’s a Hall of Famer,” the 22-year-old Biddle. “He’s unbelievable. . There are a lot of things you want to learn from a guy like that.” Halladay is content with retirement. He’s enjoying time with his family, coaching his sons’ baseball and basketball teams. But since his family home is only a short drive from Clearwater, he’s happy to help his former team, too. “Anything they want to talk about,” Halladay said. “We’ve talked mechanics, mental stuff, pitch selection. We’ve really kind of covered the gambit. I enjoy talking pitching and talking baseball.”
lations, Canada. Congratulations.” Lawrie said it’s good to see the support that people have for all Olympic sports and is eager to see what Canada will do at Rio de Janeiro in August 2016. “We crushed the Winter Olympics, so, we’re very good in the winter and we’ll have to see what we can do when the summer ones come around,” Lawrie said. “Hats off to all of Canada for their great work in Sochi and great support in Canada as well. It’s awesome.” NOTES: RHP Esmil Rogers will leave the team after Monday’s full-squad workout and fly to Denver for the birth of his first child. He is expected to return on Wednesday. . Manager John Gibbons said the Blue Jays will play a four-inning scrimmage on Tuesday in preparation for the exhibition opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. . RF Moises Sierra took reps at first base during infield drills on Sunday. Gibbons said he’s not opposed to giving Sierra a chance to play in the infield, but does not plan on it being a long-term move. “We wanted to look at it a little bit and see if he’s on the team, if he got in a pinch, could he do it,” Gibbons said. “I wouldn’t anticipate seeing a whole lot of it. We’re just looking at it and he doesn’t look too bad out there, but it’s just
LEBRON JAMES MIAMI — LeBron James was held out by the Miami Heat on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls because of his broken nose, missing a game for only the second time this season. Coach Erik Spoelstra said the decision, announced less than two hours before tipoff, was “somewhat close.” But after Miami beat Chicago 93-79, Spoelstra said he didn’t want to risk James aggravating the injury.
James was replaced in the lineup by centre Greg Oden, who made his first NBA start since December 2009. Oden, a former No. 1 overall draft pick, had five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. James has been in top form lately, scoring at least 33 points in each of the past four games, all wins. But he had no problem with the decision to keep him on the bench, Spoelstra said.
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Queens capture ACAC championship BY ADVOCATE STAFF Queens 3 Wolves 0 GRANDE PRAIRIE — The RDC Queens saved their best of last and they were impressive to say the least. The Queens rolled over the host Grande Prairie College Wolves 25-17, 25-12, 25-19 to capture gold in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s volleyball championships Sunday afternoon. It completed a perfect weekend for the Queens, who didn’t lose a set in their three matches. “We played our best volleyball of the season,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton, who won his third ACAC title. “We really brought it together at the right time.” Despite being seeded No. 1 the Queens were underdogs in the eye of the large, noisy crowd, going into the final. “I think we were a little nervous heading into the final, because of the
VOLLEYBALL Grande Prairie fans,” said Walton. “They’re notorious for their support. They were dressed up with a lot of thunder sticks. But we stuck together. We were strong over the first few points and it seemed to quiet the crowd down a bit.” Outside of middle blocker Alex Donaghy the Queens have a veteran starting lineup, led by fourth-year outside hitter Brooke Sutter. “Brooke was outstanding, she was on the money with her hitting, with over a .500 kill efficiency which is huge, and solid on defence,” said Walton. “Overall we didn’t make a lot of mistakes.” Sutter and setter Bronwyn Hawkes were named to the first all-star team with power hitter Amber Adolf the tournament MVP. Libero Maddi Quinn also drew praise from Walton, along with middle blockers Donaghy and Shelby Bramall
and right side Karissa Kuhr, who was the Queens player of the game in the final. Sutter and Adolf had 11 kills each in the final while Sutter added 12 digs and Adolf nine digs and two aces. Kuhr had seven kills, eight digs and Donaghy six kills and four aces despite playing with a broken finger. Hawkes had 31 assists. “Bronwyn did a great job of putting the ball in the right places for our hitters,” said Walton. The Queens went into the championships having lost three of their final four matches, including two to Grant MacEwan. “We weren’t playing on a full tank against MacEwan, but our last week of practice before coming here we started to come together.” The Queens reached the final with a 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 win over Briercrest Bible College Clippers with Adolf fin-
ishing with 11 kills, nine digs, two aces and a stuff block. Donaghy added nine kills and two blocks while Kuhr had five kills and six digs, Quinn 16 digs and Hawkes 20 assists. Grande Prairie reached the final with a 20-25, 25-23,25-19, 23-25, 15-11 victory over Grant MacEwan. MacEwan won the bronze medal with a 25-14, 28-30, 25-18, 24-26, 15-13 win over Briercrest. King’s took the consolation title with a 26-24, 25-19, 2519 victory over Olds College. Telaina Snider had 10 kills and Shael Bourne 19 digs for Olds, who downed NAIT 25-16, 25-16, 21-25,25-22 in the semifinal. The Queens and the Wolves will both compete in the national finals, March 6-8 at Seneca College in Toronto. “The nationals are a great experience, but this provincial championship is so hard to win,” said Walton. “It’s the measure of our development as a team.” email@example.com
Hoover helps Thrashers eliminate Vipers from playoffs JUNIOR B HOCKEY BY ADVOCATE STAFF Thrashers 3 Vipers 1 It was anything but a homer series. In fact, all three games in the Heritage Junior Hockey League North Division survivor series were won on enemy ice, including Saturday’s decisive contest at the Arena, where the Three Hills Thrashers pulled out a 3-1 win over the host Red Deer Vipers. Recently-appointed Vipers head coach JD Morrical, whose club lost Game 1 of the best-of-three set on home ice and forced a third game with a 6-4 win Friday at Three Hills, suggested his players never had enough time to ingest the system he put into place. “The guys bought into the system but it was just too much information too quickly,” said Morrical, who replaced Stephen Pattison as the club’s bench boss just prior to the first game of the series. “The players bought in hard and played good last night, but tonight we just didn’t have it.” Following a scoreless opening period, Lucas Jones gave the Thrashers a 1-0 lead 25 second into the middle frame. Dustin Spearing replied for the Vipers at 5:45 and Kelby Stevens potted the eventual winner for the visitors at 14:11. Three Hills carried the play in the third period until the final five minutes. The Red Deer squad poured on the pressure, especially during a late power play, but couldn’t beat Thrashers netminder Brady Hoover. With just over a minute remaining, Conner Ablett scored into an empty net to seal the deal for Three Hills. Hoover, who finished with 29 saves, made a series of big-time stops down the stretch. “He’s a great goalie. We were able to solve him the first two nights but it just wasn’t our time tonight,” said Morrical, who said he’ll be back as the club’s head coach next season. While Hoover was spectacular when it mattered, Anthony Hamill was no slouch at the other end. The Vipers netminder, in fact, was the busier of the two while turning aside 41 shots. “We had a good game. I thought we played our best game of the series tonight, a whole 60 minutes,” said Three Hills head coach Ian Hall. While the Vipers held home-ice advantage in the series, the outcome could be labelled as just a narrow upset. “There was only a two-point difference between the teams (fourth-place Red Deer and fifth-place Three Hills),” said Hall. “The teams are similar and play similar styles.” ● It was a short turn-around for the Thrashers, who traveled to Blackfalds Sunday and were hammered 10-3 by the Wranglers in the opening game of a best-of-seven North Division semifinal. Jared Guilbault fired three goals and Robin Carlson sniped a pair for the Wranglers. Tiaan Anderson, Chance Abbott, Bryce Boguski, Trent Hermary and Garrett Glasman also scored for Blackfalds, while Russell Olsen scored twice for Three Hills, which got a single goal from Aaron Neumeier. Thomas Isaman turned aside 29 shots in the Blackfalds net. Brody Dirk made 37 saves for the Thrashers. The series continues Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Three Hills. ● In the other North Division semifinal, Landon Potter notched the winning goal at 11:58 of the third period as the Stettler Lightning downed the Mountainview Colts 5-4 Saturday at Didsbury to take a 2-0 series lead. Potter tallied twice for the winners, who got single goals from Adam Ternes, Jake Schwarzenberger and Dylan Houston while firing 38 shots at Colts netminder Connor Slipp. Simon Thieleman made 36 saves for the Lightning, who led 2-0 after one period and were tied with their hosts 3-3 after 40 minutes. Stettler grabbed a 1-0 series lead at home Friday, defeating the Colts 4-1 on the strength of Thieleman’s 38-save performance. Kyler O’Connor, Connor Doucette, Randon Rankin and Dylan Houston scored for the Lightning, who were outshot 39-30. The third game of the series goes Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in Stettler. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hunting Hills lightning Evan Petriew breaks past a Lloydminster Barons player during the opening game of the 20th Annual Hunting Hills Senior Invitational basketball tournament on Friday.
Lightning boys win title of home tournament, Raiders girls win The host Lightning downed Calgary Bowness 96-78 in the senior boys final of the Hunting Hills senior boys basketball tournament during the weekend. The Notre Dame Cougars defeated Grande Prairie 83-41 in the third-place game and Edmonton Archbishop MacDonald was an 8372 winner over Lindsay Thurber in the consolation final. Jackson Haddow led the Cougars with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the third-place win, while Ken Villaluzhad 14 points. l0Notre Dame’s Trenton Driedger was awarded the Pride, Hustle and Desire award for the tournament.
Taber W.R. Myers was a 55-44 winner over Archbishop MacDonald in the senior girls final, while Lindsay Thurber downed Hunting Hills 71-38 in the third-place game and Grande Prairie dropped Notre Dame 52-40 to take consolation honours. ● Hiram Sanchez netted 16 points and Tanyaradzwa Kunaka had 15 as the Lindsay Thurber Raiders downed Stony Plain Memorial 71-61 in the championship game of the Notre Dame Cougars JV boys tournament Saturday. In other tournament games involving Central Alberta teams: Notre Dame 51 Sturgeon 27 — ND: Dustin Evangelista 9 points,
CHINOOK LEAGUE The Innisfail Eagles closed to within a single victory of meeting the Bentley Generals in the Alberta senior AAA hockey final with a 4-3 overtime win over the host Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs Saturday. Mike Sullivan potted the overtime winner for the Eagles, who trailed 3-1 after one period but rallied with a pair of unanswered second-period goals from Tyler Helfrich and Brody Malek. Darryl Laplante notched a first-period goal for the Eagles, who lead the best-of-seven provincial semifinal 3-1 with Game 5 set for Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Innisfail.
Chad Klassen had two goals for the Chiefs, who got a 39-save effort from Adam Bartko. Jonathan Larose blocked 29 shots in the Innisfail net. Elsewhere Saturday, the visiting Generals blanked the Stony Plain Eagles 2-0 on goals from Scott Doucet and Keenan Desmet to complete a four-game sweep of the other provincial AAA semifinal. Innisfail took a 2-1 series command over the Chiefs with a 4-1 home-ice win Friday. Michael Kneeland notched two goals for Innisfail, while Wyatt Hamilton and Shawn Bates also tallied for the winners. Larose made 19 saves for the Eagles, who directed 47 shots at Chiefs netminder Jim Watt.
MINOR HOCKEY Midget AAA The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs will host the UF Bisons in the first game of a best-of-five Alberta Midget Hockey League South Division semifinal Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. at the Arena. The second game of the series will be played Friday at Strathmore, with the third contest slated for Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at the Arena. Major midget girls Becky Davidson, Erica Nelson and Becky Crowley scored as the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs downed the Southeast Tigers 3-2 Sunday to even their best-of-five Alberta Major Midget Girls Hockey League South Division semifinal 1-1. Nisa Bartlett made 29 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 3120. The Chiefs dropped the series opener 3-2 Saturday, their goals provided by Jocelyne Prince and Breanna Martin. Nisa Bartlett made 24 saves for Sutter Fund,
Franz Credo, 8; Hunting Hills 54 Calgary Queen Elizabeth 36 — HH: Parker Booth 15, Zach Morgan 12; Lindsay Thurber 89 Sturgeon 31 — LT: Hiram Sanchez 14, Aric Dunn 13; Stony Plain 65 Notre Dame 60 — ND: Cody White 9, Michale Ozga 8, Jesse Muirhead 8; Archbishop MacDonald 73 Hunting Hills 60 — HH: Gabe Duckering 14, Booth 14; Notre Dame 68 Bellerose 50 — ND: Josh Ballantyne 18, Ozga 10; Lindsay Thurber 61 Archbishop MacDonald 29 — LT: Alistair Mahood 11, Ayub Adan Hamud 9; Sturgeon 48 Hunting Hills 47 — HH: Nick Scory 14, Booth 9.
outshot 27-22. The third and fourth games of the series will be played Friday and Saturday — at 7:15 and 12:15 p.m., respectively — at the Collicutt Centre. Midget AA James Gaume netted two goals, including the winner, as the Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs downed the Sylvan Lake Lakers 8-6 during the weekend to win their two-game, total-goal provincial series 9-8. Michael Pruss also tallied twice for the Chiefs, who will compete in the AA major provincial championship tournament March 20-23 at Wainwright. Braydon Barker and Logan Linnell each contributed a goal and two assists for the winners. Declan Johnson and Brody Kalinowski notched singles and Rylan Bardick stopped 35 of 41 shots. Major bantam Dakota Krebs scored at 11:45 of the second overtime period to give the Rocky Mountain Raiders
a 2-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels White in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League playoff action Saturday at the Arena. The Raiders, who got a 31-save outing from Isaiah Betinol, won the best-of-three division semifinal 2-1. Devon Fankhanel notched a first-period goal for the Rebels White, while losing netminder Dawson Weatherill made 36 saves. Major bantam girls Cianna Weir stopped all 18 shots she faced and Shaelynne Bilodeau sniped three goals as the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs rolled over the host Spruce Grove Saints 8-0. Also scoring for the winners were Jordyn Burgar, Kaylee Sawchuk, Shae Demale, Kaitlan Linnell and Jade Bussard. Bantam B Jordan Volk sniped six goals to lead Northwest Motors to an 8-3 win over Trail Appliance Friday. Jeramie Kohot scored twice for the winners, while Cody Pollard, Noah Elliott and Jacob Goodwin replied in a losing cause.
MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014
Canada closes on a high note BY THE CANADIAN PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Canada ended the Sochi Olympics the same way it ended the Vancouver Games four years ago — with a gold medal in men’s hockey. Canada fell shot of its stated goal of winning the most medals of any country in Sochi, and will take home one fewer medal than the 26 won in Vancouver. But Team Canada’s dominating 3-0 win over Sweden to end the Olympics on Sunday will go down as one of the country’s many memorable moments over the course of the Games. Canada ended up fourth in overall medals in Sochi with 25 — 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze. Host Russia, with a huge closing weekend, finished top of the table with 33 medals (13 gold, 11 silver, nine bronze). The United States was second with 28 (nine gold, seven silver, 12 bronze) and Norway was third with 26 (11 gold, five silver, 10 bronze). Beating or even matching the 2010 performance was going to be a tall order for Canada without home-ice and home-snow advantage. The Canadian team came close thanks to five medals won in new sports introduced in Sochi. “We asked our athletes to contend,” Canada’s chef de mission Steve Podborski said Sunday. “Our athletes have done so. It’s not easy. Sometimes it doesn’t work very well at all. But they stood up. They stood together.
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Men’s hockey gold medallists Rick Nash, left to right, P.K. Subban, Jeff Carter, and Sidney Crosby share a laugh during the medal ceremony after defeating Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal final at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, in Sochi. “I’m delighted with the performance they have offered us, and what they have done for themselves and for their teammates.” Team Canada capped that performance with a workmanlike and near flawless win in the gold medal game against Sweden. Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored his first goal of the tournament for Canada, while Carey Price made 24 saves for his second shutout in as many games. “I thought we were domi-
nant,” Canada coach Mike Babcock said. “I thought we played great.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed, congratulating the team in a statement. “On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our men’s Olympic hockey team on achieving the gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games,” Harper said. “Today’s exciting victory by this exceptional group of players has demonstrated once again that hockey truly is Canada’s game. The passion
and dedication shown by our team throughout this gruelling competition have inspired Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and have made us all extremely proud.” Having three Canadian forwards score, particularly Crosby and Toews, was a welcome sight for the Canadians, who had some trouble scoring in the tournament and seemed to get most of their goals from the blue-line. “I think just regardless of what happened in the prior games, this game was the biggest one and we all knew
that,” Crosby said. “Regardless if I scored that or not, we all wanted to make sure we did our part.” And the Canadians always did do their part. Even when the forwards weren’t scoring, they were forechecking or coming back to help the defence. And when the defence wasn’t limiting the opposition’s scoring chances, it was jumping into the play to create problems on offence. When asked whether it was the best defensive team Canada has ever put on the ice, Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman replied “I believe so.” With the women’s team beating the U.S. 3-2 in a thrilling overtime final earlier in the week, Canada won double hockey gold for a second straight Olympics. However, Sunday’s medal wasn’t enough to cut into Russia’s impressive final tally. The hosts put their stamp on the Games with a podium sweep in the men’s cross-country race and another medal in bobsled Sunday. After a dismal 2010 with just 15 medals including three gold, the host team scooped up seven medals on the final weekend to claim the overall title. “Russia nailed it,” said Caroline Assalian, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s chief sport officer. Also Sunday, Canadian sleds finished ninth, 13th and 30th in the four-man bobsled, and Alex Harvey of St-Ferreolles-Neiges, Que., was the top Canadian in the 50-kilometre mass start cross-country race, finishing 19th.
After fifth Sochi Canadians leave Sochi disappointed athlete tests after finishing short of medals positive, Bach BOBSLED says anti-doping program works BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — At the midpoint of the Sochi Games, not yet marred by a single case of doping, the IOC’s top medical official said its efforts to catch drug cheats were so successful they had scared them all away. A week later, after the disclosure of a fifth doping case on the final day of the games, IOC President Thomas Bach cited the positive tests as the sign of success. Who’s right? To Bach, it doesn’t much matter. “The number of the cases for me is not really relevant,” Bach said. “What is important is that we see the system works.” During the course of the Sochi Olympics, Bach said Sunday, more than 2,631 athlete samples were analyzed for doping — nearly 200 more than planned. It wasn’t until the final few days of the games that any came back positive, although it’s possible more could be announced in the next few days as tests are completed on samples taken in the final week of the games. None of the five athletes thrown out of the games for doping in Sochi won medals, and four of the five tested positive for minor stimulants that can be found in food supplements and often result in lesser sanctions. “When you look at the substances taken, most of them stimulants, which have been detected, then look at the quantities, you see how far advanced the analysis is,” Bach said. The fifth positive was for EPO, the classic doping substance of choice in endurance sports. It’s used to boost an athlete’s count of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the muscles, increasing stamina and endurance. Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr admitted to using EPO after he tested positive in a sample taken in Austria, where he had returned for training after competing on Feb. 9 in the men’s skiathlon. He placed eighth. “This is the worst thing I’ve done in my life,” Duerr told Austrian TV. “This is very, very tough. You can’t explain this in three sentences.” Duerr was sent home hours before he was due to compete in Sunday’s 50-kilometre mass start crosscountry ski race. In Sochi, Austrian Olympic Committee President Karl Stoss said “it’s a black day for us” and tried to distance his team from Duerr. The positive comes eight years after the nation’s cross-country and biathlon teams were involved in a blood-doping scandal that tarnished the 2006 Turin Olympics. “The athlete himself confessed that he is the only one who did that and he takes all the responsibility on himself,” Stoss said. Austria’s sports director for cross-country, Markus Gandler, said the “team is broken” and called Duerr’s actions a matter of “heavy doping.” The 26-year-old Duerr has been the leading athlete in a new generation of cross-country skiers attempting to rebuild the sport’s image in Austria. The four other athletes thrown out of the Sochi Games for a positive doping tests were: Latvia hockey player Vitalijs Pavlovs, Ukraine cross-country skier Marina Lisogor, Italian bobsledder William Frullani, and biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle of Germany. As a cross-country skier, Sachenbacher-Stehle won gold medals in team events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Canadian pilot Justin Kripps didn’t want a crash to be his last memory from the four-man bobsled competition at the Sochi Olympics. He returned to the Sanki Sliding Center on Sunday to put one last run down and leave the Games on a better note. Kripps did just that with a strong run that helped erase the memory of a night earlier. “It was a sweet ending to our Olympics,” Kripps said. His time of 55.72 seconds was impressive considering the ice conditions are most challenging when you’re the last crew in a 30-sled field. Kripps was ecstatic in the finish area, raising both arms in the air and pumping his fists. Kripps knew that he wouldn’t make the cut for the final run but wanted to finish strong and give spares Luke Demetre of Halifax and Calgary’s Graeme Rinholm a chance to compete at the Games. “Kripps didn’t have to come and ride here today,” said coach Tom De La Hunty. “He did it to get back on the horse is one reason. The other reason, the main reason, is he did it for those two guys.” The Canadians escaped serious injury Saturday night when their sled turned on its side and slid down the final few turns of the track and to the finish. Kripps, from Summerland, B.C., and Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, Ont., were a little banged up but were medically cleared to compete on the final day. Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen suffered a mild concussion and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell has a stiff neck and a shoulder injury, De La Hunty said. Kripps blamed a “tiny little skid” that he didn’t even feel as he approached Turn 14. “I came out of the previous corner and I thought we were straight and good,” he said. “I was patting myself on the back and getting ready to do my steers for the next corner and then my face was on the ice. “And then it gets really loud and really uncomfortable and you start smashing your head on walls and stuff. It’s not good.” The crash inflated the Canada 3 sled’s time and left it in last place in the 30-sled field. The top 20 sleds made the cut for the fourth and final run. Russia’s Alexander Zubkov won gold with a four-run time of three minutes 40.60 seconds. Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis took silver in 3:40.69 and American Steven Holcomb won bronze in 3:40.99.
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Canada’s Lyndon Rush, Lascelles Brown, David Bissett and Neville Wright are seen at the start of the fourth heat of the Men’s Four-Man Bobsled at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Sunday. Canada 2 pilot Lyndon Rush of Sylvan Lake, was ninth in 3:41.76 and Calgary’s Chris Spring guided the Canada 1 sled to a 13th-place finish in 3:42.84. The day capped a disappointing and rather tumultuous week for the Canadian men’s team. Canada was shut out of the medals in both two-man and four-man events and a late lineup change left Spring fuming. Canadian team officials switched his crew on the eve of the competition to give Kripps the strongest possible team behind him. With Spring struggling and Kripps in the best form, the team pushed all in to try to get one sled to the four-man podium. De La Hunty said it was the right call. “(Kripps) was in second place when he crashed yesterday and definitely if he’d finished, he would have been probably third going to bed last night,” he said. “That didn’t happen so we can’t claim that, but I can certainly claim that what we did as a team by changing things around was the right thing to do. “In any performance-based sport, that’s what we do. Tough decisions but you’ve got to get over it and get on with it.” Lumsden, who pushed Spring in several races this season, agreed that the team officials made the right call. “We were close (to the lead) and then lightning struck and it happens,” he said. “It wasn’t Justin’s fault, it wasn’t anybody’s fault. It was just an (unfortunate) situation.”
Kripps was coming off a World Cup two-man victory last month, had the top result in the two-man event here and had the most impressive runs in training. Spring, meanwhile, did not take the news of his demotion well. His frustration was evident and he was visibly upset after the competition. “We really expected the support of our coaching staff,” Spring said. “They didn’t have the belief in me at the end of the day here and maybe that’s something we can reconcile here. But I need some time, man. It cuts me real deep what those guys did. “You can forgive people because everyone makes mistakes, but I’ll never forget that my Olympic dream was taken away from me here.” Spring, who competed for Australia at the 2010 Vancouver Games, became a Canadian citizen last year. The dual citizen said he was proud to compete for Canada and plans to continue with the program. It was a challenging Games for Canada in the sliding sports. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse won the lone Canadian medal on the Sanki track this week. They successfully defended their Olympic title in the women’s bobsled race. The skeleton team was kept off the podium and the luge team settled for three fourth-place finishes. Follow (at)GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.
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Seizing the Day JASON DAY WINS MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP BUT A FRENCHMAN STEALS THE SHOW
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Jason Day celebrates on the 23rd hole after winning his championship match against Victor Dubuisson during the Match Play Championship golf tournament, Sunday, in Marana, Ariz. hard off the back of the green and into the desert, the ball nestled at the base of a cholla. During regulation, he would have taken a penalty drop. In this case, he felt he had no choice. He stepped up to the ball and, with nothing to lose, swung away. The club got caught on a TV cable, and the ball scooted up the slope of 3-inch grass and onto the green. It was reminiscent of the shot Bill Haas pulled off at East Lake from shallow water on the 17th hole. This was better. And it came with an encore. On the next extra hole, the par5 ninth, Dubuisson tugged his shot left of the green, left of the bleachers and into a desert bush surrounded by rocks. He took another crack at it, and the shot came out perfectly through thick grass and onto the green. Day could only laugh, though he had every reason to believe this was not his day. “I kept shaking my head because there was a couple of time there where I thought he was absolutely dead — the tournament was mine,” Day said. It was — eventually. After matching bogeys and pars on the next two holes — this time
from the green grass — the match ended on the 333-yard 15th hole when Dubuisson’s drive strayed too far right into side of a hill, leaving him an awkward pitch. “I’m disappointed because I made some terrible shots,” Dubuisson said, ignoring the two that were as close to a miracle as golf allows. Day won $1.53 million. Lost in all the theatre was that he never trailed over the final 53 holes of this fickle tournament. Dubuisson earned $906,000, all but assuring a PGA Tour card for next year. And he all but clinched a spot on the Ryder Cup team in September, moving to the top of the points table by the equivalent of about $1.5 million. Dubuisson only reached the championship match by rallying from 3-down after six holes against Ernie Els in the morning semifinals. The Frenchman said he couldn’t sleep Saturday night, perhaps because he realized he was playing a four-time major champion. He wound up beating Els with a par on the 18th hole to meet Day, who beat Rickie Fowler 3 and 2. Fowler beat Els in 19 holes in the third-place match.
Rousey keeps UFC women’s title by beating McMann in first round THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS — Ronda Rousey heard the chorus of boos again. This time it was for a different reason. Rousey kept her UFC women’s bantamweight title, dropping Sara McMann to the mat with a left knee to the area of her liver at 1:06 of the first round at UFC 170 on Saturday night. Rousey (9-0) was booed by fans during the post-fight interview after the co-main event was quickly stopped by referee Herb Dean, much to the fans’ dismay at Mandalay Bay Events Center. McMann, who seemed hurt after the blow to her right side with her back to the fence, is now 7-1. “I didn’t think it was too soon,” Rousey said. “Obviously, that’s why we have a referee in there. I just went to that spot.” The 27-year old from Venice, Calif., is 9-0 after a quick battle Saturday and trip back in the octagon after defeating Miesha Tate on Dec. 28. “I told (UFC President) Dana (White) I will fight on 24 hours’ notice,” Rousey said. “I know we spent a lot
of time training in the clinch. We were focusing on the knees. I’m still learning. I was doing the judo when I was kid. I feel I’m more rounded as a martial artist now.” Rousey, who was a 4-1 favourite, was also booed after her last title defence against Miesha Tate. Rousey refused to shake hands with Tate after their bout at UFC 168 in December. Both fighters started Saturday night’s fight with a flourish before Rousey backed McMann, a 33-year old from Gaffney, S.C., to the fence. After the liver shot, McMann did not fight back and Rousey used a left shot to the same area. “Looking back, it seem kind of quick,” McMann said. “I should get up quicker. If you want to win fights, you have to get up quicker. When I hit the ground, I got my bearings back. When I heard his voice, I was reaching for a leg.” McMann only landed one good shot on Rousey. In the other co-main event, Daniel Cormier (13-0) easily defeated Patrick Cummins (41) by TKO at 1:19 of the first round of their light heavyweight co-main
event. Cormier, who just moved down a weight class, hit Cummins with a right upper cut and knocked him to the mat. Cormier never recovered. “It feels good because it was my first finish in UFC,” Cormier said. “Training camp was long and hard and I prepared for a long fight, but I have no complaints. I’ve been talking about this move (to light heavyweight) and when you do it the right way, you don’t feel any effects. At heavyweight, I could feel these guys out. I think these guys (at light heavyweight) are a little faster.” Cummins, a 9-1 underdog, lost his job at an Orange County coffee shop for taking White’s phone call to fight on Saturday, filling in for Rashad Evans, who blew out his knee in training. White said Cummins would have another fight “to prepare for,” and would use him again. The card also featured Canadian Rory MacDonald got past Brazilian Demian Maia by a unanimous decision with all the judges scoring it 29-28 in the three-round
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MESA, Ariz. — LPGA Tour player Alena Sharp won the Symetra Tour’s season-opening Visit Mesa Gateway Classic on Sunday, beating Marissa Steen by two strokes. The 32-year-old Canadian closed with a 1-under 71 for a 12-under 204 total at Longbow Golf Club. She finished second last year, two strokes behind Jaclyn Sweeney. “It feels amazing, I’ve worked really hard the last five months and I’ve finished second a lot on this tour and this is my first win,” said Sharp, who earned $15,000. “It
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CHONBURI, Thailand — Anna Nordqvist won the LPGA Thailand on Sunday to end a five-year victory drought, holding off top-ranked Inbee Park at Siam County Club. Nordqvist, the LPGA Championship and LPGA Tour Championship winner in 2009, led wire-to-wire. The 26-year-old Swede closed with a 4-under 68 to beat defending champion Park by two strokes. “I’m speechless to be honest,” Nordqvist said. “It’s been a couple years since I won. I’ve been working very hard. Had my ups and downs. Just couldn’t be happier to be here. It was such a hard push on the back nine.” Nordqvist finished at 15-under 273 on the Pattaya Old Course. Park, making her first start of the year, had a bogey-free 66. The South Korean player won six times last year. “I feel good,” Park said. “Today, my ball-striking wasn’t as good as yesterday. I putted better than yesterday. So I feel like my putter is coming back. I played one shot better than last year and didn’t win. Still a very good result. Tells me I improved a little.” Scotland’s Catriona Matthew was third at 11 under after a 65, and Michelle Wie was 10 under after a 69. “Inbee kept making birdies and Michelle was playing great,” said Nordqvist, four strokes ahead of Park and Wie entering the round. “I couldn’t really breathe until the last putt, so obviously I could just let go on the last putt.” Wie cut the lead to one with a three-stroke swing on the par-4 fifth hole. Nordqvist had a double bogey on the hole and Wie made a birdie. Nordqvist rebounded with a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 7 to extend her lead two shots. She birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine to open a three-stroke lead and closed with a bogey on the par5 18th. “I just really had to stay strong,” Nordqvist said. Projected to jump to 14th in the world ranking, Nordqvist changed equipment and started working with instructor Jorje Parada during the off-season after considering leaving the tour. “I surround myself with great people and friends and family,” Nordqvist said. “I have a great coach that really inspired me the last couple months, couple weeks, just to believe in myself and keep going no matter what. It was a grind this off-season, but sitting here with the trophy it was well worth it.”
MARANA, Ariz. — Jason Day never stopped believing he would win the Match Play Championship, even in the midst of so many shots by Victor Dubuisson that simply defied belief. With his ball at the base of a cactus, Dubuisson took an all-ornothing swing though the sharp needles and a TV cable and incredibly hit it to 4 feet to save par. Seemingly out of it on the next playoff hole, the 23-year-old Frenchman somehow whacked a wedge through a desert bush and rocks and onto the green for another par. Mon dieu! Day finally ended the madness Sunday on the 23rd hole with a pitch to 4 feet on No. 15 for birdie. It was the first time the championship match went overtime since the inaugural year in 1999 at La Costa, when Jeff Maggert chipped on the second extra hole of a 36-hole final. That was like watching paint dry compared to the show Dubuisson put on. “Those two shots were amazing,” Dubuisson said. “I just played it like I had nothing to lose.” Day, with his first World Golf Championship, walked away with his second PGA Tour title that will take the Australian to No. 4 in the world. This tournament might better be remembered for Dubuisson’s magical escapes. “Vic, man, he has a lot of guts,” Day said. “He has a great short game — straight out of the cactus twice. For a 23-year-old kid, he’s got a lot of game. We’re going to see a lot of him for years to come.” Even the great Seve Ballesteros would have saluted this performance. Two holes down with two holes to play, Dubuisson rapped in a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and then took advantage of a rare lapse by Day, who bogeyed the 18th hole with a three-putt from 50 feet on the upper tier. The Frenchman saved par from the bunker to force extra holes. It looked like it would be over quickly. From the first fairway, Dubuisson went so far long that bounced
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(Reliable vehicle needed.)
MOUNTVIEW ANDERS AREA INGLEWOOD AREA MORRISROE AREA SUNNYBROOK AREA VANIER AREA
Call Prodie: 403-314-4301 for more info ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK
in Kentwood Kennings Cres. & Kirby St.
WEST PARK WESTLAKE For more information phone Quitcy at 403-314-4316 DISPATCHER REQ’D. Knowledge of Red Deer and area is essential. Verbal and written communication skills are req’d. Send resume by fax to 403-346-0295 LOOKING for P/T person to clean motor coaches. Must be willing to work evenings and weekends. Transportation required: location 10 miles from Red Deer. Please forward resume to email@example.com or fax to 403-347-4999 LOOKING FOR SCREENPRINTER. Will train the right person. Apply in person to Grand Central Stitchin’ #7, 7439 49th Ave. Cr. Red Deer
Normandeau Nellis & Norton Ave. also Nordegg Cres. & 76 St.
Oriole Park West O’Brien Cres & Oxley Cl. Call Joanne 403-314-4308 info Early morning FT commercial cleaner required. email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWSPAPER CARRIERS REQUIRED To deliver 1 day a week in BOWDEN Please call Debbie at 403-314-4307 RENTAL STORE REQUIRES AN EMPLOYEE FOR COUNTER SALES. Must have equipment and small engine knowledge. Retail and parts inventory experience are assets. Must be physically fit. Full time position with OT in busy season. email@example.com or fax 403-347-7066
TRENDNET WiFi, wireless Router, $25; Motorola surf board cable modem, $10; D-Link Router, $10. 403-755-2760
AFTERNOON ADULT CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of the morning ADVOCATE in Red Deer
Something for Everyone Everyday in Classifieds
Road construction company looking for a parts person. Willing to train. Must be able to work away from home for 6 months a year and have a class 5 licence. Fax resume to 403-309-0489
TRAILERS for sale or rent Job site, office, well site or storage. Skidded or wheeled. Call 347-7721.
D.V.D’s and VHS, 10 for $5. 403-314-9603 DIE cast models, cars, truck, and motorcycles, fairies, dragons and biker gifts. #14 6350-67 St. east end of Cash Casino
WANTED: all types of horses. Processing locally in Lacombe weekly. 403-651-5912
FURN. ROOM, use of full house, utils. & internet all incl. $475. 403-506-1907
Rooms For Rent
wheels CLASSIFICATIONS 5000-5300
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Antique & Classic Autos
JACKET, ladies chocolate brown suede, size large, from boutique of leather. Good cond. $20. 403-314-9603
PS2 w/15 games, $75. XBOX w/15 games, $75. PS1 w/8 games, $60. 403-782-3847
LONG haired Calico cat, beautiful, white, gold & brown. FREE TO GOOD HOME. FOUND HOME
ADULT or YOUTH CARRIERS NEEDED For delivery of Flyers, Express and Sunday Life ONLY 4 DAYS A WEEK in
TO GIVE AWAY TO GOOD HOME 5 year old Beagle mix. Female, spayed. 403-343-0015 after 6 p.m. Tired of Standing? Find something to sit on in Classifieds
BAR BELL BENCH, with bars & weights. FREE. 403-347-9843 DEER Shoulder Mount on Shield. $200. 403-314-2026
DEER PARK AREA
74 to 129 Block of Dunning Cres., Depalm St. and approx. 3 blocks of Douglas St. $108/mo.
Wanted To Buy
Erickson Dr., Eldrige Cr., Everitt Cr., Elkin Cl., $187/mo.
WANTED: SNOWBLOWER 403-886-5194, 304-5974
37 Ave. from 39 St. to 44 St. and Exeter Cr. and 38A Ave. Area $111/mo.
The hours for this position would be Monday to Friday, working every 6th Saturday, 7.5 hours a day, with start times at 10 a.m. or earlier.
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The candidate should have an outgoing personality, along with the ability to multi task. This should be complimented with excellent written and oral presentation skills. The position requires very good organization skills, the ability to work independently and in a group setting. For this position you must have good computer skills, a valid driver’s license with good driving record. A company car may be available during working hours. The candidate must be able to pass a criminal background check.
ATOMIC ARC skis, downhill, $50. 403-342-7460
Crossley St., Cooper Cl., Carter Cl., Connaught Cres. & Cody Pl. $190/mo.
The candidate would be responsible for the recruitment of carriers for delivery of Advocate, EMC and CAL routes by various methods incorporated by the Circulation Department. This would include telephone calls, distribution of recruitment flyers, posters, networking, group presentations, advertising, use of social media, along with various other methods. The position would require interviewing, screening and signing up carriers for delivery, along with cold calling.
ALIX, AB 3 bdrm. 2 bath condo, private entrance, $1200 + utils. avail. Feb. 20, 403-341-9974 SOUTHWOOD PARK 3110-47TH Avenue, 2 & 3 bdrm. townhouses, generously sized, 1 1/2 baths, fenced yards, full bsmts. 403-347-7473, Sorry no pets. www.greatapartments.ca
1 BDRM apt. to over 40 aged non partying tenant, no pets, private parking, laundry on site, security cameras, at Riverside Meadows, 5910-55 Ave. Rent/D.D. $750.00. Ph:403-341-4627. 3810 47 ST. Spacious 1 bdrm. suite w/balcony. Stove, fridge, security. Adult only, no pets. Rent $845. 403-343-0072 GLENDALE reno’d 2 bdrm. apartments, avail. immed, rent $875 403-596-6000 LARGE, 1 & 2 BDRM. SUITES. 25+, adults only n/s, no pets 403-346-7111
1 & 2 bdrm., Avail. immed. Adult bldg. N/S No pets 403-755-9852 PONOKA, lrg. 1 bdrm apt. incld’s, laundry & all utils. $750. Avail. end of Feb. no pets, n/s 403-993-3441
41 Ave. from Ross St. to 44 St. + 4000 Block of 47 St. and 44 Block of 40A Ave. $63/mo ALSO
BUSINESS Legal Administrative Assistant Marketing Coordinator Insurance Advisor Business Administration Hotel & Tourism Management
Abbott Close / Anders St.
Rowell Cl. & Ritson Cl. $87/mo.
West half of Robinson Cres, Rich Cl., & Ryan Cl. Area. $84/mo. Call Jamie 403-314-4306
Houses For Sale
2 SPEC HOMES Ready for your colours. Can be shown at any time. 10 & 98 MacKenzie Cres. Lacombe. 403-588-8820
NEW HOMES by Mason Martin Homes Kyle, 403-588-2550 FREE Weekly list of properties for sale w/details, prices, address, owner’s phone #, etc. 342-7355 Help-U-Sell of Red Deer www.homesreddeer.com
Locally owned and family operated
2003 F350 Diesel. For parts or to fix up. Lots of new parts. $3000 obo. 403-588-2298
1217 sq.ft. duplex. 4 bdrm., $184,900. 403-588-2222 New Home. 1335 sq.ft. bi-level, 24x23 att. garage. 403-588-2550
EXCLUSIVE LUXURY RIVERFRONT CONDOS FOR SALE in Downtown Red Deer. Call Renee at 403-314-1687 for Inquiries.
1000 sq.ft. 2 bdrm., 2 bath. $192,000. 403-588-2550
Law Close / Lewis Close
LX, 3254, 3 slides,thermo windows, fireplace, lots of extras. MINT $27,900. trades cons. 403-598-0682
& home on 24 acres, located on Blindman Valley, 15 mins. to Red Deer 4 bdrm., (2) full & (2) 1/2 baths. Arena is 60x250, 5 paddocks, 2 large pastures, pipe fencing. $1,290,000. Dave 403-304-9770
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DUPLEX large single att. garage, 1.5 lots, walkout, infloor heat, air cond., 2 large decks, fully dev. up/down & landscaped, high eff. furnace & water heater. $329,900 No GST. 403-396-3203
2965 Bremner Avenue, Red Deer
1722 SQ.FT. 2 storey 3 bdrm., 2.5 bath, over-sized dbl. garage. Call Glen 403-588-2231
Call Today (403) 347-6676
8TH ANNUAL RED DEER COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION & SPEED SHOW. Mar 14 - 16. Westerner Park, Red Deer. 150,000 sq.ft. indoor show. Exhibitors space available. Western Canada’s Largest Collector Car Event. Consign today 1-888-296-0528 Ext. 102 EGAuctions.com
Laebon Homes 346-7273
Anders St. / Armstrong Close Addinnell Close / Allan St.
Call GORD ING at RE/MAX real estate central alberta 403-341-9995 firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Assistance available to qualified applicants.
43 Ave. Area between 39 St. and 43 St. $61/mo
& HERE TO SERVE
(Blackfalds) Brand new 2067 sq.ft. fully dev. bi-level w/walk-out bsmt., 4 bdrm., 3 bath, 2 gas fireplaces, vaulted ceilings & solid birch cabinets w/granite countertops. 4 stainless appls. And more. $354,900 w/net GST to builder. Immediate poss. For more details call 403-304-5555
YOUR CAREER IN
40A, 41 & 42 Ave. between 39 St. & 44 St. $120/mo.
1 & 2 bdrm. adult building, N/S. No pets. 403-596-2444
Full Time, 37.5 hours a week. $14.67/hr. to $20.39/hr. Depending Experience
FOR FLYERS, RED DEER SUNDAY LIFE & EXPRESS ROUTES IN:
2 QUEEN COMFORTERS, $30/ea or 2/$50. 2 THICK WARM BLANKETS, like new, $35/ea. QUEEN QUILTED MATTRESS COVER, $10. ELECTRIC ROASTING PAN, like new, $30. 403-348-6449
Grain, Feed NAILS, several types, 2 boxes + 1 box of electrical Hay ROOM in Westpark, n/s, Firewood items. $3. per box; Desk top fan, 3 speed, $10; 25, TIMOTHY & Brome square no pets. Furnished. TV & utils incl. 403-304-6436 legal office file holders, all bales, great for horses, apAFFORDABLE for $10.; Deer Antler mount prox. 60 lbs. put up dry Homestead Firewood on Shield, $60. Mobile and covered, $5/bale Spruce & Pine - Split 403-314-2026 Sylvan area. 403-887-2798 Lot 7 days/wk. 403-304-6472 PAPER Shredder, Costco, LOGS straight cut, like new. $15; PADS $450/mo. Semi loads of pine, spruce, Tripod stand for bird cage; Brand new park in Lacombe. tamarack, poplar. $10. 403-755-2760 Spec Mobiles. 3 Bdrm., Price depends on location. 2 bath. As Low as $75,000. QUEEN SIZE TURPLE BROS. Lil Mule Logging Down payment $4000. Call COMFORTER, $40. 403-318-4346 LTD. at anytime. 403-588-8820 403-782-3847 Is taking resumes for: Now Offering Hotter, Cleaner CLASSIFICATIONS SET OF HEAVY DUTY • Accessories Dept. with BC Birch. All Types. P.U. / MAGNETIC TRUCKERS FOR RENT • 3000-3200 experience in clothing Delivery. Lyle 403-783-2275 ROAD FLARES. $30. WANTED • 3250-3390 or power sport industry. 403-348-6449 • Also looking for a TABLECLOTHS, Damask, Receiver. Lumber 60” round and 8 Damask Houses/ napkins, blue, new in Duplexes F/T positions avail. PARTICAL Shelf Boards, package. All for $25. CLASSIFICATIONS 6, 5.8” x 16”. various 403-314-9603 Please forward resume to 3 FLR, 3 Bdrm house w/3 4000-4190 lengths. All for $40. HR Department bath, new paint & carpets 403-314-2026 Fax: 403-341-4910 & deck at 7316-59 Ave. Avail. to over 30 tenants. Realtors Cats No pets. Off street parking Household for 3 vehicles. Rent $1500, & Services Furnishings 2 VERY SHY 5 MO. OLD D.D. $1500. 403-341-4627 ORANGE BROTHERS. LANCASTER; 1/2 duplex Completely neutered LOVESEAT, light brown w/front attach garage. 2 & litter box trained. year and half old good bdrm., 1 den, 5 appliances. Sweet personalities, but shape. $75. phone Suitable for adults. N/S, need to be socialized to 403-986-2849 No Pets. Avail. March 1st. humans. 403-782-3130 CLASSIFICATIONS $1500/mo. rent, $1200 S/D WANTED CALICO, cat, beautiful 1500-1990 Contact 780-720-2993 Antiques, furniture and black & gold, extra fingers estates. 342-2514 on front paws, FREE TO GOOD HOME. Condos/ 403-782-3130 Stereos Clothing Townhouses HERE TO HELP SWAMPERS F/T needed immediately for a fast growing waste & recycling company. Heavy lifting involved (driver’s helper) position. Reliability essential. Own transportation required. Please email resumes to email@example.com Start your career! See Help Wanted
CLEARVIEW RIDGE AREA
Please forward resume to: Red Deer Advocate, Attention Doug Sibbet 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, AB T4R 1M9 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 403-341-4772
Misc. for Sale
Lamont Close Lund Close
T@B 14’, 1200 lbs., loaded. Like New. $10,999. 403-755-2760
Tires, Parts Acces.
SNOW TIRES - Radial - set of 4. 225/50RF17. $100 obo for the set. 403-755-2760
RED’S AUTO. Free Scrap Vehicle & Metal Removal. AMVIC APPROVED. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. 403-396-7519
Vehicles Wanted To Buy
RED’S AUTO. Free scrap vehicle & metal removal. We travel. May pay cash for vehicle. AMVIC APPROVED. 403-396-7519
FREE removal of scrap vehicles. Will pay cash for some. 403-304-7585
Red Deer ADVOCATE CLASSIFIEDS 403-309-3300
MORRISROE AREA 455 ACRES AGRICULTURAL
Somerset Close Springfield Ave. Savoy Cres. / Sydney Close Sherwood Cres. VANIER AREA Viscount Drive Vickers Close Volks Place / Vanier Drive Vanson Close / Visser St. Call Prodie @ 403- 314-4301 for more info ********************** TO ORDER HOME DELIVERY OF THE ADVOCATE CALL OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT 403-314-4300
land, 12 mi. E. of Ponoka, 1 mi. off pavement, good surface lease revenue. Inquire with your name and address to: Box 1079, c/o Red Deer Advocate, 2950 Bremner Ave., Red Deer, Ab T4R 1M9
We are currently seeking the following to join our team in Blackfalds for all shifts: PRECAST INSTALLATION LABORERS CONCRETE FINISHERS CARPENTERS/ WOODWORKERS STEEL REINFORCEMENT LABORERS OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATORS GENERAL LABORERS Top wages paid based on experience. Full Beneﬁts and Uniform Package included.
SMALL / LARGE SPACES -Free standing - fenced yards For all your needs. 400-46,000 ft. 403-343-6615
Visit our website for more detailed job descriptions at
www.eaglebuilders.ca Applicants are able to apply online or fax resume to 403-885-5516 ATTN: Human Resources or email: email@example.com. We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
6581 SQ. FT. BEAUTIFUL OFFICE SPACE in Riverside I1 with bay & fenced yard. Must be seen. Glenn Moore at C21 403-346-6655.
Lots For Sale 366001B20
(Blackfalds) You build or bring your own builder. Terms avail. 403-304-5555
U-STORE IT SELF STORAGE NOTICE TO: Doug Hunt Jay Newton Darcy Kennedy Andrew Wiper Gerald Mercredi Tyler Moore Roger Melanson Kayla Boucher Ranbir Singh Brent Crouse Vega Wong Peter Odidi Please be advised that you have until
MARCH 6, 2014
to pay in full or they will be auctioned on March 8, 2014
B10 RED DEER ADVOCATE Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Brimming with pride and medals RUSSIA CLOSES COSTLIEST OLYMPICS EVER BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SOCHI, Russia — Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Said the head of the International Olympic Committee: “Russia delivered all what it had promised.” Raucous spectators chanted “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!” — “Russia! Russia!” — before being surrounded by multicolored fireworks and carried through a visually stunning, sometimes surrealistic panorama of Russian history and culture. The crowd was in a party mood after the high-security games passed off safely without feared terror attacks. “This is the new face of Russia — our Russia,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee. He called the games “a moment to cherish and pass on to the next generations.” In a charming touch, the Sochi organizers used the ceremony to make a joke at their own expense. Dancers in shimmering silver costumes formed themselves into four rings and a clump in the centre of the stadium. That was a wink to a technical glitch in the Feb. 7 opening ceremony, when one of the five Olympic rings in a wintry opening scene failed to open. The rings were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. This time, it worked: As Russian President Vladimir Putin watched from the stands, the dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then
formed a ring of their own, making five, drawing laughs from the crowd. The closing ceremony, a farewell from Russia with love, pageantry and protocol, started at 20:14 local time — a nod to the year that Putin seized upon to remake Russia’s image with the Olympics’ power to wow and concentrate global attention and massive resources. “Now we can see our country is very friendly,” said Boris Kozikov of St. Petersburg, Russia. “This is very important for other countries around the world to see.” The nation’s $51 billion investment — topping even Beijing’s estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games — transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism. But the Olympic show didn’t win over critics of Russia’s backsliding on democracy and human rights under Putin and its institutionalized intolerance of gays. And while security was a potential problem going in, it appeared to be a big success coming out: Feared attacks by Islamic militants who threatened to target the games didn’t materialize. Despite the bumps along the way, IOC President Thomas Bach used the closing ceremony to deliver an robustly upbeat verdict of the games, his first as IOC president. He was particularly enthusiastic about the host city itself. “What took decades in other parts of the world was achieved here in Sochi in just seven years,” Bach said in declaring the games closed.
Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Man takes a photograph of fireworks during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, in Sochi, Russia. As dusk fell, Russians and international visitors streamed into the stadium for the ceremony featuring the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Day and night, the flame became a favourite backdrop for “Sochi selfies,” a buzzword born at these games for the fad of athletes and spectators taking DIY souvenir photos of themselves. Russia celebrated itself and its rich gifts to the worlds of music and literature in the ceremony. Performers in smart tails and puffy white wigs performed a ballet of grand pianos, pushing 62 of them around the stadium floor while soloist Denis Matsuev played thunderous bars from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2. There was, of course, also ballet, with dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, among the world’s oldest ballet companies. The faces of Russian authors through the ages were projected onto enormous screens, and a pile
of books transformed into a swirling tornado of loose pages. Athletes were saying goodbye to rivals-turned-friends from far off places, savoring their achievements or lamenting what might have been — and, for some, looking ahead to 2018. Winners of Russia’s record 13 gold medals marched into the stadium for the closing ceremonies carrying the country’s white, blue and red flag, which was raised alongside the Olympic flag. Athletes streamed by their hundreds into the stadium, dancing and taking photos of themselves. Earlier, giant screens flashed highlights of their Olympic exploits. Absent were six competitors caught by what was the most extensive anti-doping program in Winter Olympic history, with the IOC conducting a record 2,631 tests — nearly 200 more than originally planned. Putin smiled as he stood be-
side Bach, and he had reason to be pleased. Russia’s athletes topped the Sochi medals table, both in golds and total — 33. That represented a stunning turnaround from the 2010 Vancouver Games. There, a meagre 3 golds and 15 total for Russia seemed proof of its gradual decline as a winter sports power since Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Russia’s bag of Sochi gold was the biggest-ever haul by a non-Soviet team. Russia’s golden run started with aging star Evgeni Plushenko leading Russia to victory in team figure skating. Putin was on hand for that, one of multiple times when he popped up at venues across the games. Russia’s last gold came Sunday in four-man bobsled. The games’ signature moment for home fans was Adelina Sotnikova, cool as ice at 17, becoming Russia’s first gold medallist in women’s Olympic figure skating.
No decision on extradition of Mexican drug lord AT LEAST SEVEN U.S. CITIES WANT GUZMAN TRIAL BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican navy marines at a navy hanger in Mexico City, Saturday. A senior U.S. law enforcement official said that Guzman, the head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, was captured alive overnight in the beach resort town of Mazatlan. Guzman faces multiple federal drug trafficking indictments in the U.S. and is on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted list.
WASHINGTON — After 13 years on the run, narrow escapes from the military, law enforcement and rivals, drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is back in Mexican custody. Now starts what is likely to be a lengthy and complicated legal process to decide which country gets to try him first. In Mexico, Guzman is likely to face a host of charges related to his role as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, the country’s most powerful drug trafficking organization and a key player in the years-long violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives since 2006. But grand juries in at least seven U.S. federal district courts, including Chicago, San Diego, New York and Texas, already have handed up indictments for Guzman on a variety of charges, ranging from smuggling cocaine and heroin into the United States to participating in an ongoing criminal enterprise involving murder and racketeering. Federal officials in Chicago were among the first to say they wanted Guzman tried in their jurisdiction. On Sunday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Tiscione in Brooklyn, New York, became the second. In an email Sunday Tiscione said, “Yes, we will be seeking his extradition,” adding it would be up to Washington to make the final call on whether Guzman is extradited to the U.S. and, if so, where he is prosecuted. A U.S. Justice Department official speaking on condition of anonymity because it’s a matter of sensitive diplomatic discussions said that decisions regarding extradition have not been made. The official said that decisions regarding extradition will be made in consultation with Mexico. Mexico convicted the man whose nickname translates to “Shorty” on drug trafficking and murder charges in 1993. Guzman had served less than half of
Israeli forces kill convicted U.S. killer who had seized gun and shot 3 prison guards BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHARON PRISON, Israel — Israeli special forces raided a prison in central Israel Sunday after an inmate stole a gun, shot several guards and barricaded himself inside the compound, killing the notorious prisoner who was serving time for a gruesome murder carried out in the U.S. Police identified the inmate as Samuel Sheinbein, an American who fled to Israel after murdering and dismembering another man in Maryland in 1997 and whose case sparked a high-profile row between the two allies. Police special forces rushed to this prison in central Israel after Sheinbein stole a weapon and shot three guards, wounding two of them seriously. He then barricaded himself inside the compound where a standoff ensued, with counter-terrorism units dispatched to the scene. The inmate then opened fire again, wounding three more guards, before
the forces shot him dead, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Hospital officials said one of the wounded guards was fighting for his life. Police and the Israel prison service have opened investigations into the incident. Sheinbein’s lawyers told Israeli TV that their client was under duress and that the Israeli prison service has ignored their warnings. Sheinbein, 34, was tried in Israel in 1999, two years after he fled to the country and successfully sought refuge from extradition, enraging Maryland authorities and briefly threatening U.S. aid to the Jewish state. An Israeli court sentenced Sheinbein to 24 years for his slaying and dismemberment of 19-year-old Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr. Sheinbein was 17 at the time of the killing and could have faced a life sentence in Maryland. His extradition to Maryland was blocked after a yearlong battle between Israel and the United States over an Israeli law that prohibited it. Following that embarrassment, Israel changed its laws to allow
the extradition of Israeli citizens on condition that they are returned to Israel to serve any sentence imposed. Sheinbein, of Aspen Hill, Maryland, confessed to strangling Tello with a rope and hitting him several times with a sharp object. Sheinbein then dismembered the body with an electric saw and burned it, authorities said. Another teenager charged in the killing, Aaron Needle, committed suicide while in jail in Maryland. Sheinbein fled to Israel days after Tello’s remains were found in a garage. He successfully sought refuge under a law that prevented the extradition of Israeli citizens to foreign countries. Sheinbein had only passing contact with Israel, but his father, Saul, was born in the country and Sheinbein qualified for Israeli citizenship. Israel refused to extradite Sheinbein, prompting protests from senior officials, including then-Attorney General Janet Reno. Some congressmen who had otherwise been friendly to Israel threatened to cut aid in response.
his 20-year prison sentence when he escaped in 2001. The Mexican government is almost certain to levy a host of new charges related not only to the break out but also to his role in running the global drug-empire that the Sinaloa Cartel has become. Calls for his extradition to the United States started just hours after word spread of Guzman’s arrest Saturday morning at a condominium in Mazatlan, a beach resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago office, told the Chicago SunTimes newspaper Saturday that he believes federal prosecutors there have the best case against Guzman in the United States. “I fully intend for us to have him tried here,” Riley said. George Grayson, a professor at the College of William and Mary who studies Mexico’s cartels, said domestic politics in Mexico are likely to play a significant role in how the Mexican government decides Guzman’s legal future. “It’s going to be a completely political decision,” Grayson said. “It’s going to be framed by how does this help ... in next year’s congressional elections.” Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has taken a starkly different approach to fighting the violent drug cartels than his predecessor, Felipe Calderon. Calderon routinely touted his administration’s fight against the criminal gangs and sent thousands of police and military troops to various hot spots around the country to take them on. But Pena Nieto, who took office in late 2012, has been more muted on the criminal enterprises, instead championing other domestic concerns, including the economy and education. Guzman’s arrest by Mexican federal forces with the help of the DEA, the U.S. Marshal Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement is already seen as one of the biggest achievements for Pena Nieto’s young administration. And he may not want to relinquish the win quickly.
Spelling bee still not decided after two contestants exhaust word list BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After 19 rounds in a Missouri county’s annual spelling bee over the weekend, only two of the 25 contestants who started the competition remained. Several hours and 47 rounds later, an 11-year-old and her 13-year-old adversary had used up all of the available words, forcing organizers of the Jackson County Spelling Bee to temporarily halt the showdown. “It was legendary,” said Mary Olive Thompson, a library outreach manager and co-co-ordinator of the Saturday spelling bee. Sophia Hoffman, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Elementary School in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation in Kansas City, buzzed through the list of words provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Then they ran through a list of about 20 additional words bee officials picked out of their Merriam-Webster’s 11th Edition during the lunch break, The Kansas City Star reported. But bee officials decided not to pull more words from the dictionary because they worried one speller might get a tough word and the other a relatively easy one, which wouldn’t be fair.
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HI & LOIS
LUANN Feb. 24 1905 — Members of the Ottawa Silver Seven, winners of the Stanley Cup, celebrate their victory by booting the cup onto the frozen Rideau Canal. Captain Harry Smith retrieves it unharmed the following day. 1982 — Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores his 77th goal of the season to break Phil Esposito’s single-season NHL scoring record, en route to his awe-inspiring 92 goal season.
1993 — Brian Mulroney announces he is stepping down as prime minister and Progressive Conservative Party leader; says his biggest disappointment was the failure of the Meech Lake Accord. Kim Campbell will win the June Tory leadership convention. 1986 — Tommy Douglas dies. The former Saskatchewan CCF premier and national NDP leader was the first in North America to bring in government medicare health plan. 1887 — Vancouver loses city charter after failing to control rioting against Chinese immigrants.
TODAY IN HISTORY
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Doctors decode chemo resistant tumour RESISTANCE FOUND IN CHILDHOOD BRAIN TUMOUR, DOCTORS FIND POTENTIAL DRUG BY THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Canadian researchers believe they have solved a puzzle that has long baffled doctors — why no chemotherapy drug has been found that can treat a type of brain tumour that primarily affects babies and toddlers. Their discovery has led them to an FDA-approved drug that may help eradicate a tumour known as an ependymoma, the third most common brain cancer diagnosed in children. “It’s a very slow-growing tumour, and the current treatment in 2014 is surgery and radiation,” said Dr. Michael Taylor, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children who led the research reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. “We don’t give chemotherapy because the numerous clinical trials that have been done using every chemotherapy known, none of them work.” Despite surgical and radiation treatment, about 60 to 70 per cent of babies with an ependymoma don’t survive, usually because the tumour recurs, he said, noting that the peak age of diagnosis is about nine months. “They can’t even walk yet and they’re dying of brain cancer.” Frustrated by that missing weapon in their treatment arsenal — most cancers are attacked with a triad of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy — the Sick Kids researchers decided to look at the genetic makeup of patients’ tumours. By sequencing the DNA of 47 tumour samples, they discovered that ependymomas are unlike other cancers: they don’t contain the genetic mutations that are the typical hallmark of
cancer. “If you think of the DNA as a threebillion letter book in every cell and it’s sort of the code of instructions for a cell on how to behave, mutations are things like misspelled words, words that are deleted or added, or book chapters that are out of order,” Taylor explained. “In ependymoma’s book, everything is spelled right and everything’s in the correct order, but the font is all messed up. It’s all written in the wrong font.” He said the font — or how the DNA is packaged — appears to be similar to what would be seen in embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to continuously divide and give rise to other cell types. “We think that these are neural stem cells that have a Peter Pan syndrome — they never got the message to grow up, and just keep growing and growing.” Most chemotherapy drugs work by promoting damage to DNA, causing cancer cells with mutated genomes to self-destruct. “Since ependymomas don’t have significant mutations, it explains why chemotherapy has not worked,” Taylor said. “For most cancers, there’s been targeted therapies or experimental things. For ependymoma, until a week ago, there was nothing. It was off to Mexico for avocado pits and shark cartilage.” Dr. Peter Dirks, a neurosurgeon and stem cell scientist, said the team is the first to grow patients’ ependymoma cells in the lab, allowing the researchers to perform the DNA sequencing. “And that really enabled the next phase of the project to go forward, to see whether targeting this abnormal
packaging signal would show any effectiveness or be a promising strategy for treatment of these tumours,” said Dirks, whose lab discovered the existence of brain cancer stem cells in 2003. The team then began testing existing drugs on the tumour cells grown in the lab. One of them — a medication called decitabine that is FDA-approved to treat a bone marrow cancer — was found to work against the tumour cells. They then tested it directly on an ependymoma tumour that had been removed from a young patient, and its effect was again positive. The boy, who was not identified for privacy reasons and is “very, very sick,” is currently being treated with decitabine, sold under the brand name Dacogen. Taylor would only say the boy has reportedly “improved clinically.” Even such preliminary results have given hope to Liz Gavin Kerr, in case her daughter Isla’s ependymoma should recur. The three-year-old Toronto girl is in remission after being treated with surgery and radiation for a tumour diagnosed when she was 18 months old. Kerr said her physically active toddler had begun having episodes of severe vomiting and was having slight balance problems that lasted for a couple of days. Doctors thought she had a stomach bug, and when she recovered that seemed to be the case. But after being well for two months, the vomiting suddenly began again, her mother recalled. “Then her mental state started to decline. She started to become more clingy and didn’t want to play as much.” A CT scan turned up a walnutsized tumour in her brain. Within 12
hours, Isla was in surgery at Sick Kids to have the tumour removed. That was followed by almost seven weeks of radiation, a treatment that can later lead to cognitive and physical deficits. “We always say that we are the unluckiest, but also the luckiest people because these kids can come out with some really serious side-effects from the brain surgery,” said Kerr. After the operation, Isla could not walk or even crawl, but she is now back to running around with her two older brothers. “She is doing amazing,” said Kerr. “She really is the same as every other three-year-old. She is happy, doing everything that everyone else is doing and there’s absolutely no physical deficits so far.” Despite living daily with the fear that Isla’s tumour might come back, Kerr is excited about the prospect of a drug that might help her daughter if that happens. “For our family, of course, we hope that it never comes back. But in combination with that, we hope that as a result of this research that ... it would be great if this were the drug that went forth and cured all ependymomas.” While elated about the team’s discovery, Taylor said only properly conducted clinical trials of children with an ependymoma can decide whether decitabine would be an effective chemotherapy, and that will need about $2 million in funding even for an initial study of 15 to 20 patients. “We need a very well-heeled and generous Canadian donor or a publicspirited Canadian company to set up and give us the money so we can run this clinical trial here in Canada,” said Taylor.
Son’s statement an unintentional insult to father Dear Annie: My son recently said thought of as cheap, especially by his something that embarrassed me and own children. But we don’t think your kept me awake most of the night. son or daughter intended to be hurtful. My wife and I were at his home for What you consider sensibly frugal, they dinner, along with my daughter and undoubtedly recall as you saying “no” several others. We were to their innumerable retalking about TV, and my quests for toys, gifts, vacason mentioned a show tions, etc., and how pleased where a guy does all kinds you were when you saved a of things to save money. He penny here and there. But said to my daughter, “If you please don’t let this fester, think your daddy is cheap, as it could damage your reyou should see this guy.” I lationship with your chilsaid nothing at the time bedren. Talk to your son and cause I didn’t want to spoil tell him how much his comthe occasion. But evidently, ment hurt you. We hope he and my daughter both he’ll be more aware of your think I am cheap. feelings in the future. Annie, I put both of them Dear Annie: I have been through college, and so a widow for three years. My MITCHELL they don’t owe any money. husband was my first love, & SUGAR I worked three jobs so my and we were married for 36 son could attend a prestiyears. gious university out East. I have now met a man They have never wanted who seems similar to my for anything. late husband. I really like It’s been three months, and I’m still “Don,” but I worry that he only wants hurting. Any advice? - Disappointed a caregiver. When we first met, I asked Dad whether he had any health issues, Dear Dad: No one wants to be and he said no. But after our second
HOROSCOPES Monday, Feb. 24 fessional moves and how far you can CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS go in life. Who you know could mean DATE: Floyd Mayweather, 37; Kristin much more than what you actually Davis, 49; Edward James Olmos, 67 know. Being in the right crowd could THOUGHT OF THE take you as far as choosing DAY: The Capricorn Moon your next responsibilities. is asking us to make use of TAURUS (April 20-May our efforts and time in a 20): You will gain deeper judicious manner. Opporinsight into a specific field tunities to success will pop that will awaken the philup as long as we know how osophical side in you. Not to recognize the help that only will you attain a bigger is being offered us. Coopvision and greater clarity in erative actions and helplife, but you will also enjoy fulness on our part will the fruits of an intellectusurely make things progally stimulating doctrine. ress today. Later tonight, GEMINI (May 21-June the Goddess of love and 20): You will become inSaturn will ensure stabilcreasingly more aware of ASTRO ity in our relationships. your need to either connect DOYNA HAPPY BIRTHDAY: If deeper with someone you today is your birthday, you have strong feelings for or will have a global idea of decide that you cannot conwhat is really your calling. nect the dots between you Having spent some time two. A strong desire evokes thinking about how you can fit in the in you to get to the root of a very inticorporate world, as the year progress- mate issue. es, you will want to form new alliances. CANCER (June 21-July 22): One-onARIES (March 21-April 19): Today one relationships will come to the fore you will ponder over your future pro- this week. The definition of a true part-
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that Don seems to be rushing things. You should never feel pressured to move faster than what makes you comfortable. If you enjoy Don’s company, there’s no reason not to continue seeing him, but make it clear that you are in no hurry. If he wants a caregiver, he should look elsewhere. Dear Annie: I read the responses to “I Need Nice Clothes, Too,” about large-size clothing selections. My complaint is about petite sizes for mature women. There is no selection at all. It’s as if we are being discriminated against because we are short. We like to dress fashionably. We wear coats, pajamas, slacks and dresses, but few stores carry petite sizes, and fewer still have clothing suitable for anyone over 12. I’m sure it’s the same problem for tall women. - Warren, Ohio Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@ comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
nership will show you what it actually is. If you like how you feel about it, you may decide to embark a step further, if not, you may call it quits. You will be happy to see its real meaning. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This week you will come to a closer understanding about the meaning of procrastination, and more specifically about your health status. Your charisma and your animalistic instincts transform you into a ferocious feline. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Watch and observe how the modest Virgo turns into a daredevil. This week you will say goodbye to your unpretentious side and manifest your true desires in a very reckless kind of way. Enjoy the sizzling love game. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may need to come to terms of a very personal issue that is close to your home. There is no time to hold back but act. You will embrace this change mainly because it will fit better with your personal lifestyle. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): An important talk may spark some insights about what is truly going on in your life. The information you gather now might not be big yet it will be powerful enough to elevate your morale to a new level. You may suddenly come up with
genius ideas. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Monetary talks and dealings will come to fruition this week. You will have to prepare a reassessment of your current financial situation and allocate your resources more efficiently. Judicious steps taken now will benefit you in the long-term. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You are rejuvenating into a new you. You may want to completely change your looks or adopt a new fashion trend. The good news is that you will definitely not regret these fresh alterations in your life. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put your life on pause mode and retreat yourself for the time being. Any conclusions you may deal with now will require you to boost your batteries. Take the time to review your life and to ponder over your inner self. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A project in the broadcasting or the digital media could start now. Another way this celestial energy could reveal itself to you is by bringing a friendship under the microscope. Your bond may prove much more momentous. Astro Doyna is an internationally syndicated astrologer and columnist. Her column appears daily in the Advocate.
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date, he started saying our relationship wasn’t moving fast enough. After a month, Don ended up in the hospital with a mild heart attack, for which he needed a stent. A week later, he was back in the hospital. I think Don lied to me about his health and is looking for someone to be a nursemaid. I like him, but I’m not willing to put forth that kind of effort for a man who has lied to me. I don’t mean to sound callous, but I don’t want to take care of a stranger. It is different when you have loved someone for a while, as opposed to walking into a relationship with someone who already has health problems. Am I doing the right thing by breaking it off, or should I go along and see what is ahead for us? I really am confused. - Don’t Want To Be Saddled So Soon Dear Don’t: Heart attacks are generally unexpected, so unless Don was aware that he had heart problems, he may not have been lying about his health. And over time, health problems are more likely to arise in any relationship. However, we are more concerned
Published on Feb 24, 2014