AC Milan reported over yet another alleged breach of financial regulations

first_imgAC Milan have been reported by UEFA investigators over an alleged new breach of European soccer’s break-even rule known as Financial Fair Play (FFP), the governing body said on Wednesday.UEFA said the investigation found that Milan had “failed to comply with the break-even requirement” for the 2018/19 season, its most recent monitoring period, and that the case had been passed to its financial adjudicators.There was no immediate comment from the Serie A club.Under UEFA regulations, any club spending more than the revenue it generates faces possible sanctions, including, in certain circumstances, a ban from competitions run by UEFA.UEFA said that the referral was not connected to the previous case against the seven-times European champions which saw them banned and then reprieved on appeal.Also Read | AC Milan’s Europa League ban overturned by CASMilan were given a one-season ban from European football in June after UEFA ruled that the club had not complied with FFP rules for the previous monitoring period.Milan appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which overturned the ban in July, accepting the club’s argument that its finances had improved after an ownership change.Milan were then able to take part in this season’s Europa League, which they exited in the group stage, while UEFA was ordered by CAS to find an alternative punishment.In its revised decision in December, UEFA gave Milan until June 2021 to comply with the rules or face a one-season ban from European competition.Milan are currently fourth in Serie A, which is the final Champions League qualifying place for next season’s competition.advertisementAlso Read | Champions League: 2-0 win over Porto very good result, says Liverpool boss KloppAlso Read | Champions League quarters: Guardiola upbeat despite Man City setback at TottenhamAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzlelast_img read more

10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe warns Fulham: Mousset going nowhere

first_imgBournemouth boss Howe warns Fulham: Mousset going nowhereby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham will not be getting their hands on Lys Mousset anytime soon.The struggling Premier league club had hoped they would be able to sign the youngster, but Bournemouth see him as a key part of their plans.He started the 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea in midweek and was impressive.After the game, Howe spoke about the possibility of Mousset leaving: “It sounds like we’re going to be left with no strikers at this rate!”Lys [Mousset] did very well. That was probably his best performance for the club.”His fitness levels were much improved and technically, he produced a really high-level game and he’s a big part of our future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Atalanta vs Juventus: Pjanic & Mandzukic miss out

first_imgJuventus have not missed a beat since returning to competitive action following the winter break after coming from behind to beat Lazio on Sunday.The Old Lady were rescued by a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty which secured all three points and extended their lead at the top of Serie A to 11 points.Now, the focus switches to the Coppa Italia and a trip to Atalanta, as the Italian champions look to secure their fifth league and cup double in a row with the treble still in the back of their minds. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Atalanta vs Juventus Date Wednesday, January 30 Time 7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast but is available for streaming on ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be televised on BT Sport 3 and can be streamed on the BT Sport App. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport App Squads & Team News Position Atalanta players Goalkeepers Berisha, Gollini. Rossi Defenders Masiello, Mancini, Toloi, Palomino, Adnan, Varnier, Djimsiti, Reca Midfielders Gomez, Rigoni, Pasalic, De Roon, Freuler, Hateboer, Castagne, Gosens, Valzania, Pessina Forwards Ilicic, Zapata, Tumminello, Barrow Atalanta come into this game with a fully available squad after Ali Adnan returned from international duty.Atalanta starting XI: Berisha; Palomino, Djimsiti, Mancini; Hateboer, Freuler, De Roon, Castagne, Gomez; Zapata, Ilicic. Position Juventus players Goalkeepers Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin Defenders De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Bonucci, Rugani, Sandro Midfielders Pjanic, Matuidi, Can, Bentancur, Bernardeschi, Spinazzola, Khedira, Cuadrado Forwards Ronaldo, Dybala, Costa, Mandzukic, Kean Leonardo Bonucci picked up an injury against Lazio and will miss this game, while Juan Cuadrado remains a long-term absentee.Mario Mandzukic also misses out with injury, while Miralem Pjanic is only fit enough for a spot on the bench. Juventus starting XI: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Chiellini, Rugani, Sandro; Khedira, Bentancur, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Ronaldo, Bernardeschi.Betting & Match Odds Juventus are favourites to win this match, with bet365 offering them at evens. Atalanta can be backed at 11/4, while a draw is 23/10.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus 2018-19Juventus look unbeatable in Italy and have started 2019 in the fashion you come to expect from the Italian champions.The Old Lady are still unbeaten after 21 games in Serie A and they haven’t lost in the Coppa Italia since Roma defeated them at the quarter-final stage in the 2013-14 season.Atalanta have become known as one of Italy’s European challengers in recent seasons and are chasing a Champions League spot once again, as they sit three points behind AC Milan in the race for fourth place.For all of Atalanta’s recent success, they have not lifted any silverware since 1963 after being knocked out by Juventus at the semi-final stage in this competition last season.Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri knows this won’t be an easy test.“There will be no second chances – we need to produce a big performance,” he said.“It won’t be easy. Atalanta have scored more goals than anyone else in Serie A this season and they fought back against Roma on Sunday, creating lots of chances.“Physically, they’re one of the few sides that can match us – but they do give you chances. In these one-off games, the winner is the team that makes the fewest mistakes. We need to take advantage of their weaknesses.”Record signing Cristiano Ronaldo netted again at the weekend taking his tally up to 16 for the season but the Portuguese superstar is yet to find the net in the Coppa Italia for his new club.Atalanta held Juventus to a draw on Boxing Day, with Allegri’s side reduced to 10 men after Rodrigo Bentancur was sent off, and the hosts will be hoping to go one better to end their opponents’ monopoly of the Coppa Italia.last_img read more

Revisiting The Twitter Beef Between Jim Harbaugh, Mark Dantonio This Past December

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan and Michigan State are set to tangle in a few hours, which means we get Jim Harbaugh vs. Mark Dantonio, volume four. Let’s revisit what’s happened between the two since last year’s meeting.College GameDay just aired a few tweets that Harbaugh and Dantonio fired off at one another last December. Here’s a quick refresher on that situation.A year ago, Michigan State, coming off a 3-9 season, turned things around, finishing with a 9-3 record that included a 14-10 win over rival Michigan. The Wolverines, meanwhile, finished with an 8-4 mark.But when bowl season came around, the Outback Bowl selected Michigan over Michigan State. Dantonio, when asked about the snub, told reporters he would continue to focus on beating Michigan – not dwelling on the bowl selection process.Harbaugh fired back on Twitter, jokingly congratulating him for turning around a 3-9 program “plagued with off field issues.” Dantonio swiped back. Check it all out:Dantonio on UM getting picked over MSU for a Florida Bowl Game: “I will just keep focused on beating Michigan.”— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) December 3, 2017Saw Coach D comments on continuing to “focus” on how “he” can beat Michigan. Congrats on turning around a 3-9 team, plagued with off field issues. Good for BIG to have him back.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) December 4, 2017For all Spartans, “it’s not over, it’ll never be over, it’s just getting started” #SpartansWill— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) December 4, 2017Through three years, Dantonio holds a 2-1 advantage on Harbaugh in the rivalry series. But going back further, Dantonio is actually 9-3 against his main rival.The two schools will meet at Noon ET on Saturday.last_img read more

Throttle Jockey: Ural still makes ’em like they used to

first_imgLast time around on Throttle Jockey, we checked out India’s classic Royal Enfield retro bikes, which are retro because, outside of some recent under-the-skin improvements, they’re still essentially the same bikes that have been in production for the last 60-odd years.That kind of longevity for a motorcycle – heck, for anything – is unusual, and I got a ton of emails saying “love those Royal Enfields, but what about Ural?”Indeed, what about Ural!Ural joins Royal Enfield (and Morgan, on the car side of things) as a legacy maker of retro rigs that we’d love to own – given a big enough pile of cash. So what’s a Ural? As you may have suspected, Ural is a Russian-made motorcycle and essentially a copy of a BMW model from the 1930s. Let’s just say its exact history is… complicated.  The bike has been in production in some guise and under various names over the preceding decades, but most people in the bike biz just call them Urals.Oh, and by the way, they include a sidecar. And don’t tell me you haven’t had fantasies of crossing continents with your wife/partner/kid/dog/cat riding shotgun in a tough-as-nails dozer of a bike while wearing a leather helmet and goggles, because we all have. So here’s your for-real ride.Ural motorcyclesCheck out the Sahara, just one of Ural’s world-conquering models built around their base 40-odd horsepower 750cc air-cooled boxer twin and sidecar system. For a mere $18,000, you essentially get a turn-key machine with selectable 2-wheel drive (that’s a lot for a motorcycle), appropriate sub-Saharan paintwork, lots of headlights, racks, spare tire, shovel, spacious trunk, jerry can and more. Not enough gear? Trust me, they have options.While the Sahara looks like it came out of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (and for all intents and purposes, it sorta did), Ural has of late updated their bikes to the same degree as Royal Enfield: better brakes (that use discs instead of drums, although drums actually remain an option), fuel injection, LED lighting and so on.Pony up another two grand for the upgrade package and you’re pretty much ready to roll from Cape Town to the Kremlin like it was a Sunday drive. I mean, c’mon, you can get a winch for these rigs. Comparatively, a base BMW GS Adventure costs more and there’s no sidecar or winch in sight. So, hey, a bargain.Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycleAny kidding aside, Urals are a special breed. Piloting a sidecar rig is not for the faint of heart. The usual motorcycle dynamics do not apply when riding since the bike doesn’t lean when turned. You can go hard left and out-turn a sports car because yo have the sidecar for added stability. Do the same going right and you’ll end up on your head with a heavy motorcycle-plus-sidecar on top of you.If you do choose to go this route, be sure to take a LOT of time practicing your turns in an empty lot (maybe a grass field, just for the extra cushion if you get too aggressive). This really is a situation where practice and experience can literally save your life.But in the end, if your’e looking for a bike that, really, few others are going to own, it’s hard to go wrong with a stout and steady Ural. Whether it’s the Sahara model or one of the many other variants (camo? Yes, of course), take pride in knowing that come hell, high water, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie outbreak or meteor strike aftermath, you’ll most likely be able to make it to the coffeeshop safe and sound, along with your dog or some other brave passenger, on your trusty go-anywhere Ural.All photos courtesy of URAL’s USA website, which you should check out to see the craziness people put these things through.Ural motorcycles What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Editors’ Recommendations 1. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 2. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 3. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 4. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 5. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 6. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 7. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 8. Ural Sahara sidecar motorcycle 10. Ural motorcycles 11. Ural motorcycles 12. Ural motorcyclescenter_img The Best Motorcycle Tents for Camping on Two Wheels Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy last_img read more

Western Australia’s Port Authorities Merger under …

first_imgzoom An independent review will be undertaken for the ports amalgamation project to provide confidence that Western Australia’s new merged regional ports authorities will be ready to start operations on July 1, 2014, West Australia (WA) Transport Minister Dean Nalder said today.Port HedlandMr Nalder said the review would be conducted by an independent panel, facilitated by the Department of Finance, to assess the readiness of port authorities to meet the merger deadline.It follows delays to the passage of the Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 through State Parliament. The Bill, introduced to Parliament last October, was expected to pass last December, giving port authorities a six-month transition period. It is now expected to pass in coming weeks.It consolidates seven of WA’s eight port authorities into four new regional ports authorities – Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid West and Southern. “This would have allowed a transition period of six months for the new regional boards to plan for operations to start from July this year,” the Minister said.“This review will provide certainty that the late passage of the Bill will not impede the amalgamation process and shows the State Government’s commitment to the ports governance reforms and the smooth transition of amalgamations. “These ports are critical to the economic well-being of the State. The ports and the Department of Transport have worked well together to prepare for the change. However, in light of the delay, I want to have absolute confidence that everyone is ready. If required, implementation may be staged.” The four new regional port authorities to be established by the Ports Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 include:Kimberley Ports Authority (initially comprising the port of Broome)Pilbara Ports Authority (initially ports of Port Hedland, Dampier, and Ashburton)Mid West Ports Authority (initially comprising the port of Geraldton)Southern Ports Authority (comprising the ports of Bunbury, Albany and Esperance) Press Release, May 2, 2014; Image: MSClast_img read more

Boxer to Lead NS Into Closing Ceremonies

first_imgBrody Blair of Lyon’s Brook, Pictou Co., will lead Team Nova Scotia into the closing ceremonies of the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon. Brody, a member of the boxing team, captured a bronze medal in the 64 kilogram category. At 15, he was the youngest boxer competing in Whitehorse. “This is a great honour,” said Brody. “This has been the best trip I’ve ever been on — an all around wicked experience. I am proud of myself and my team, and I’m thankful to my coaches for nominating me.” The boxing team hauled in four medals for Team Nova Scotia, the most recent coming Friday evening — a silver, to Cameron Howatt of Windsor, in the 81 kilogram category. Also, gymnast Liam Hawkins of Fall River came through late Friday with a bronze medal in vault. Nova Scotia’s medal count is as follows: Matthew Vaughan, Halifax, Judo, silver Alexandra Duckworth, Kingsburg, Snowboarding (demo), gold Shyanne Dolliver, Dartmouth, Special Olympics Figure Skating, silver Liam Hawkins, Fall River, bronze Brody Blair, Lyon’s Brook, Pictou Co., Boxing, bronze Sonny McLellan, Berwick, Boxing, bronze Michael Gerrow, Sydney Mines, Boxing, bronze Cameron Howatt, Windsor, Boxing, silver Chef de Mission Susan Beazley applauded Nova Scotia’s athletes, artists, coaches, managers and mission staff. “This has been the experience of a lifetime for Team Nova Scotia. We had a strong second week and I am proud of our entire team. I hope all our participants look back fondly on this experience and use it as a stepping stone to their future goals.” Participants in the National Artists Program, which runs alongside the Games, gave gala performances Thursday and Friday night. Michael Cleutt of Halifax, Aaron MacLean of St. Margaret’s Bay, and Lisa Snow of Fall River are among the young Canadians in the program. For more results, visit the team’s website at . Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers are gathering in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports from Feb. 23 to March 10.last_img read more

Gardenparty à Amherst

first_img Pour diffusion : Le public est invité à la première garden-party de la lieutenante-gouverneure à l’extérieur de la région d’Halifax. La réception aura lieu le 26 août à 15 h au Cumberland County Museum and Archives situé au 150 de la rue Church à Amherst. La lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis a déclaré que la tenue d’une garden-party à l’extérieur d’Halifax était une façon de rencotnrer les Néo-Écossais dans leurs propres collectivités. Elle a ajouté que c’était une de ses priorités depuis le début de son mandat. -30- La lieutenante-gouverneure reçoit des Néo-Écossais dans leur collectivité. Le public est invité à assister à la garden-party de la lieutenante-gouverneure le 26 août au Cumberland County Museum and Archives situé au 150 de la rue Church à Amherst. C’est la première garden-party de la lieutenante-gouverneure à l’extérieur de la région d’Halifax. « Dès le premier jour de mon mandat, rencontrer les gens dans leurs collectivités a été une priorité pour moi, a déclaré la lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis. « Tenir une garden-party à l’extérieur de la région d’Halifax me semblait être la deuxième étape pour que le Bureau de la lieutenante-gouverneure soit accessible au plus grand nombre de Néo-Écossais possible. » La garden-party se tiendra de 15 h à 17 h et on servira des rafraîchissements. Tout le monde est le bienvenu. La tenue de ville est de mise. Des bénévoles de l’Amherst Township Historical Society ont aidé à organiser la réception.last_img read more

Man hires contract killers to bump off woman who pushed uncle to

first_imgNEW DELHI: To avenge the suicide of his uncle, a man hired contract killers to murder a woman in Dwarka whom he believed to be into a relationship with his uncle and also for ruining his married life.Chandraprakash fixed the deal to 5 lakhs for murdering Kiren bala, a local property dealer. The two contract killers on bikes shot several rounds on the woman while she was returning after leaving her child in the school near Radisson Blue Hotel on July 11. The woman received gunshots on her neck and is still into a vegetative state. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccused Chandraprakash is a tour and travel service provider but the business was not yielding enough income. He started committing a crime in the area and was arrested in 2015 in a murder case in Najafgarh. During his jail term, he came into contact with several criminals and became their friends. Giri Raj Singh Tomar was also jailed in a rape case and in another case. His uncle Premchand was engaged in the Property business in Najafgarh area. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe came into contact with the lady victim of the case and both became friends. In December last year his uncle Sh Premchand, committed suicide and his aunt held the friendship with the lady victim responsible for his suicide. “Chandra Prakash pledged to take revenge for the death of his uncle. He contacted his jail time friend Giri Raj Singh and asked to murder the lady and deal was fixed for Rs. 5 lakh in Jan 2019. He paid Rs. 2 lakh advance also and provided vital information about the lady. Giri Raj accepted the offer and roped in his friends Pinku and Narender to complete the task. While Gulab arranged for weapons, Narender arranged for motorcycles, all five have been arrested,” said Madhup Tiwari, Joint CP Western range. Though Police initially suspected the husband of the victim but on technical surveillance, he came out clean and this made Delhi Police to investigate other angles. The woman is still in critical condition and a team of doctors is monitoring her health.last_img read more

Imran Khan asks Pakistanis living abroad to help highlight Kashmir issue

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked his party’s workers and followers living abroad to help highlight the Kashmir issue internationally.The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf decided to highlight the Kashmir issue at all the world forums.Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndia has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. During a meeting with his party’s Overseas Secretary Abdullah Riar on Wednesday, the prime minister directed the party leaders and workers to hold protest in New York against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the UN General Assembly session next month.last_img read more

Wayne Millard very happy weeks before his death murder trial hears

first_imgTORONTO – A murder trial in Toronto has heard that an aviation executive was very excited about a new business venture in the weeks before he died from a single gunshot wound to the head.The death of 71-year-old Wayne Millard on Nov. 29, 2012 was initially ruled a suicide, but in 2014, his son — Dellen Millard — was charged with murder in the death of his father.Court heard that Wayne Millard had recently moved Millardair — his family-owned aircraft servicing and maintenance company — from Toronto’s Pearson airport to Region of Waterloo International Airport, where he had built a massive hangar.Chris Wood, the general manager of the Waterloo airport, testified today that on Nov. 1, 2012, Wayne Millard had received a crucial certification for his business from Transport Canada and was very happy.Wood says Wayne Millard told him he was investing in Millardair because the legacy of the family company was really important to him.Dellen Millard, a twice-convicted murderer who is serving two consecutive life sentences, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.Wood testified that Dellen Millard was not interested in running the family company, and after his father’s death, he quickly fired all Millardair staff and returned the valuable government certification.“We thought that was a poor business decision,” said Wood. “If you’d like to get maximum return out of business, you sell the business with the hangar with certificate and staff in place.”Court has heard that Dellen Millard, now 32, told police his father suffered from depression, alcoholism and was under a lot of stress from the new business.Millardair was started by Carl Millard, Wayne Millard’s father, in 1963 and operated as a cargo airline, then a passenger airline, before the business shifted into renting out its hangar at Toronto’s Pearson airport.Wayne Millard took over the business when his father died in 2006.Wood told court he approached Wayne Millard in 2009 to woo him away from Toronto. In short order they had an agreement, he said, and construction began in 2011 on a hangar that was triple the size of any other hangar at the Waterloo airport.Wayne Millard was taking his company in a new direction to service and repair aircraft. Then, after more than a year of work, Millardair received the Transport Canada certification.“He was very excited, very happy … there was a lot of excitement at the airport. It was a very large hangar and a real big win to have this type of business come to our airport,” Wood said.That excitement soured after Wayne Millard died, he said. The hangar was full of “junk,” he said, including old cars, a couple small planes, a helicopter and a bunch of car parts.“It became more and more clear it was not going to be used for what it was intended,” Wood said.“We were growing increasingly frustrated that 90 jobs were promised and aircraft were going to start coming, so we ratcheted up pressure to enforce the lease.”The hangar was later sold to another company, Wood said.Court has heard that Dellen Millard called his dad a failure and blamed him for the company’s financial problems. Court documents show Dellen Millard’s DNA was on the handle of the gun that was found next to Wayne Millard’s body.A shooting reconstruction expert testified Thursday that forensic testing suggested it was “unlikely” Wayne Millard shot himself.last_img read more

Protesters shout down rightwing group at Halifaxarea event for second day

first_imgHALIFAX – Protesters in the Halifax area shouted down members of a Calgary-based organization with controversial views on immigration as police kept watch at an event Sunday afternoon.Five members of the National Citizens Alliance tried to hold a rally at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, but a much larger group of 60 to 80 protesters showed up and interrupted their plans.Police say the organizers left the area, and protesters dispersed shortly afterward.The group tried to hold a rally at the same venue on Saturday, but decided to reschedule after they were shouted down by demonstrators.In June, they tried to gather in a central Halifax park after being denied the use of three indoor venues, but they ended up leaving after they were quickly outnumbered by protesters.On its Facebook page, the National Citizens Alliance asks “all Canadians to join us in our mission to return Canada to the country it was intended to be,” saying “extreme multiculturalism” is a failed policy.“While we welcome immigrants, we feel that the extreme multiculturalism and mass immigration policies are a failure, as they result in a divisive and fractured society,” the group says in a document titled “Our Story.”last_img read more

Joy sprang out of our grief Parents of misidentified Bronco describe mixup

first_imgMELFORT, Sask. — The parents of a Humboldt Bronco hockey player misidentified after a deadly crash on a Saskatchewan highway say they weren’t convinced the battered body lying in the funeral home was really their son.Paul and Tanya LaBelle of Saskatoon described for the first time in court Wednesday their confusion and anguish at being told over and over that their boy had to be dead, planning for his funeral and then getting a phone call that there had been a terrible mistake.Xavier LaBelle was alive and in hospital.“Joy sprang out of our grief in an exponential way,” said Paul LaBelle. “We arrived at his bedside with kisses and very, very gentle hugs.”But the couple said they also felt pain for the parents who thought Xavier was their son and had been comforting him and holding his hands for nearly three days in the hospital. Parker Tobin of Stony Plain, Alta. was actually among those who had died and it was his body in the funeral home.“We know they cared for him as a son and we are forever grateful,” said Tanya LaBelle. “We grieved with them as they came to terms with the realization that their amazing son had not survived.“We were devastated for them and their family.”The LaBelles shared their story in a victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing for the truck driver who barrelled through a stop sign and into the path of the junior hockey team’s bus last April.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving.Over three days, families of the dead and injured have taken turns reading dozens of heart-wrenching statements in a makeshift courtroom in Melfort.Tobin’s family spoke briefly Tuesday. Myrtle Tobin struggled to describe what she went through after learning her 18-year-old grandson was not the boy in the hospital.“To discover that Parker had been gone the entire time, but we never knew … our family has leaned on one another to get through the days, weeks and months that have followed.”Paul LaBelle, an emergency room doctor, said Wednesday that his family had been travelling to watch the Broncos play in Nipawin when they came across the wreckage from the crash. He grabbed his medical bag and ran down the highway to help, but was turned away by RCMP.After they were informed that their 18-year-old son was among the dead, they were sent to a makeshit morgue at a funeral home to identify his body.They were shown one body that they knew wasn’t their son. Staff apologized and showed them another body. Again, it was not their boy, they said.“We were very anxious and confused,” recalled Paul LaBelle. “Maybe Xavier was still trapped at the scene or perhaps he had wandered off into a field unnoticed?“We were assured all 29 people on the bus were accounted for.”Still unconvinced, he said he and his wife went to the Saskatoon hospital and showed nurses caring for the injured Broncos photos of Xavier. “The staff members were sympathetic but they let us know all the players were identified and our son was not there.”Tanya LaBelle said she pleaded for police to search the crash site again with dogs but was told no one had been left behind. That’s when it began to sink in that maybe their grief was blinding them. Maybe Xavier was dead.They went back to the morgue and looked over the one body that had yet to be identified. It had no scars or birthmarks matching Xavier. So they arranged for his orthodontic records to be ordered. “We needed to be 100 per cent sure,” Paul LaBelle said.In the meantime, the family accepted that the body might be Xavier. They held him and balled their eyes out and started making funeral arrangements.It was two days later, while they were at a vigil in Humboldt honouring those who died, that they received the miraculous phone call. They discreetly went outside to tell other family members the news, then rushed to Saskatoon.The coroner’s office apologized at the time for the mistake, saying several of the players had dyed their hair blonde for the playoff season and weren’t carrying identification when the bus crashed.A coroner also said that the mistake was realized when Xavier LaBelle woke up and said, “I’m not Parker Tobin.”Paul LaBelle told court that his son suffered serious injuries, including fractures and gashes to his face, along with brain trauma, spine fractures and nerve damage in his legs and left arm.He continues to require medical care.Chris Purdy, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

One winter storm passes another looms as warnings posted on BCs south

first_imgVANCOUVER — Thousands of students across much of Vancouver Island and parts of British Columbia’s south coast were off school Monday as the region recovered from a winter wallop and prepared for another.Schools in Greater Victoria, the Gulf Islands and Comox didn’t open following weekend storms that blanketed some parts of the Island with as much as 40 centimetres of snow.A number of schools on the mainland, including the Sunshine Coast, Surrey, Langley and Mission, were also shuttered, along with the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford and Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.People were still digging out Monday from the weekend storms that brought heavy snow to Vancouver Island and howling arctic winds to parts of the south coast.Environment Canada has issued another snowfall warning for the entire inner south coast including Metro Vancouver, excluding Howe Sound and the northern tip of Vancouver Island.“A long period of snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 centimetres is expected,” said the weather office, which predicted the snow would begin Monday afternoon and continue into Tuesday. “This second disturbance will spread snow to virtually the entire south coast with heaviest amounts falling (Monday night). Total snowfall amounts will vary across the region with 10 to 15 centimetres falling in most areas with somewhat higher amounts possible on Vancouver Island.”An arctic outflow warning was lifted for Howe Sound, but remained posted for the Whistler area as extremely strong outflow winds were forecast to continue Monday night, creating windchill values expected to be near -20.Ferries were running Monday, although BC Ferries tweeted that snow delayed the first departures of several smaller vessels as crew members struggled to reach the terminals, while the decks of other ships had to be shovelled before loading could begin.  Arrivals and departures were close to being on schedule at the Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver on Monday. Clean up continued at a neighbouring marina where numerous small boats were damaged or sank during a powerful windstorm on Saturday.The storm forced the closure of the ferry terminal for several hours because of damage to a breakwater and the amount of debris in the water.Thousands of BC Hydro customers were without power during the height of the weekend storms, but the utility website showed just over 1,000 customers were still affected by midday Monday. Many were expected to have their electricity restored within hours.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Graham Norton Backs Samaritans Feel Good Friday

first_imgGraham Norton is one of the celebrities backing Samaritans’ Feel Good Friday, encouraging people at work to get involved in the fundraising day, taking place on Friday 1 February 2013.Sponsored by healthcare provider Simplyhealth for the second consecutive year, Feel Good Friday aims to get companies to take part in ‘feel good’ themed activities, in return for a donation to Samaritans, the helpline charity for people struggling to cope.Graham Norton said: “When I’m having a bad day I go running with my dogs to perk myself up. It’s important to feel good at work, especially in my job!“Feel Good Friday is the perfect excuse to have a laugh at work without feeling guilty! It’s easy to get involved, why not offer office massages in return for a donation?! Come on, get on board and help raise vital funds for Samaritans.”To kick-start the events and get people in the feel-good mood, Samaritans has launched Guess the Giggle – a competition involving Graham Norton, and celebrity supporters Linda Nolan, Alesha Dixon, Craig Revel Horwood, June Sarpong and Claudia Winkleman. Participants who play the game on the Feel Good Friday website can win dinner for two with Samaritans’ celebrity ambassador, Linda Nolan.Mark Day from Simplyhealth said: “This is the second year that we have been involved in Feel Good Friday. The day is all about doing something fun and that makes you feel good. This year comedy is the main focus and we hope that every one gets involved by organising their own event, to help to raise money for a great cause. Why not start by guessing the celebratory giggle on the Feel Good Friday website.”Download a fundraising pack from for ideas and support with organising your own ‘feel good’ fundraiser. The pack includes a range of feel good ideas, which range from hosting a comedy night, to sponsoring colleagues to do something funny – like wearing slippers to work.Be part of the ultimate Feel Good Friday by logging on to and help Samaritans’ 20,665 volunteers answer more calls from people struggling to cope.last_img read more

AAP eyes Muslim votes

first_imgNEW DELHI: With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner and little chance of an alliance with the Congress in Delhi, the AAP at the grassroots level initiated its work to bring together the Muslim votes of the city. Senior leaders of the party said that the AAP has initiated work targeting to get nearly 80 per cent vote.Nearly 12 per cent of the population of Delhi is Muslims which has been a stronghold of Congress however the AAP got 77 per cent Muslim votes in 2015 Vidhan Sabha polls. According to earlier data, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections AAP got 56 per cent of Muslim votes followed by 39 per cent Congress and 2 per cent BJP. Before 2014 also the available data showed that in Delhi the BJP has little base in terms of the Muslim votes but the Congress was the strongest. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn this Lok Sabha elections in the ground, the leaders felt that there is a major sentiment among Muslims that the anti-BJP vote in Delhi should not be divided hence the community voiced for an alliance. Talking to Millennium Post, chairman of Delhi Waqf Board Amanatullah Khan said, “The Muslims in Delhi was a strong base for the Congress but now the entire community is with us. The party in the ground is working to 80 per cent votes.” Khan who is also an MLA of AAP from Okhla explained that the Muslims of Delhi has been the direct beneficiary of the development works of the AAP government which made the voters confident toward voting the party. “After coming to power the AAP has never taken any step which discriminates the religious minorities or the caste minorities. A large section of Dalits are also with the AAP and the Muslims have already been major voters of the AAP,” Khan said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe also said that in the ground as there was a sentiment of alliance between the Muslims, the party found that nearly 60 per cent vote would be with AAP in today’s condition. “The way we have started working alone I believe that by the end of the campaigns we would be able to get the other 20 per cent of the Muslim vote because nearly 10 per cent Muslim vote would go the Congress,” said Khan. Meanwhile, the Sikhs, 4 per cent of Delhi’s population, also rallied behind AAP — 57 per cent in the 2015 assembly elections earlier this Sikhs were also a stronghold of the Congress.last_img read more

Nepal UN urges calm following deadly violence at refugee camp

29 May 2007The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for calm at a camp in Nepal where clashes have left two people dead. The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for calm at a camp in Nepal where clashes have left two people dead.The appeal was made in Geneva by Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who said the fighting broke out between groups of refugees with differing opinions over third country resettlement, and that police intervened to curb the violence and to maintain law and order.“The situation remains tense, and a curfew imposed by government authorities, starting Monday in all seven camps, is still in force. We are reviewing our daily presence in the camps until the situation stabilizes,” Ms. Pagonis said.High Commissioner António Guterrres, who has just returned from a five-day mission to both Nepal and Bhutan last week, told the refugees who have been in camps in eastern Nepal since the early 1990s that they had the freedom to chose whether to resettle, and urged refugees to respect others freedom of choice. He also assured the refugees that he would make every effort to ensure that as many doors as possible would be opened in terms of a lasting solution to their plight, including voluntary repatriation.In Nepal, the High Commissioner discussed the situation of the 107,000 refugees in the seven camps in the country and the urgent need to find solutions to their plight. He welcomed the constructive approach of the Nepalese government in allowing resettlement to go ahead as soon as possible following the generous offer of a core group of countries – the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Australia, New Zealand and Netherlands – to offer more than 60,000 resettlement places. “We are deeply concerned over violent incidents in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal in which two refugees have died and others been injured during clashes which started Sunday and we appeal for calm to be restored immediately,” Ms. Pagonis said. read more

UN to begin first phase of pullout of blue helmets in DR

13 April 2010The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the Security Council today that the first stage of withdrawing blue helmets from the country by July is “operationally feasible,” but the safety of civilians under threat from militias and criminals remains a priority. “Violence against civilians is increasingly perpetrated by criminal elements in North and South Kivu [provinces], which points to the need for an enhanced police presence to secure public order,” said Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC and head of the UN mission to the country (MONUC).He noted that a “large number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), high levels of sexual violence against women and attacks on humanitarian workers” in the Kivus and parts of Orientale province are of “deep concern” to MONUC.However, close to 1 million IDPs have already returned home and the economic tempo in several territories of the Kivus has picked up, Mr. Doss added.The national army, backed by MONUC peacekeepers, has been fighting mainly Rwandan Hutu rebels and a collection of other insurgent groups in the eastern provinces of North and South Kivu. MONUC, which has been in DRC since 1999, is working to restore order across the vast country, but tensions persist in the far east. MONUC is in the process of preparing a drawdown of troops, which will begin by 30 June, as recommended in Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report, and with support from the DRC President, Joseph Kabila.The Secretary-General proposed withdrawing 2,000 troops from the 20,000-strong peacekeeping force by June, emphasizing that despite violence and human rights abuses, Congolese authorities have made progress in restoring a measure of stability over much of the country.Mr. Doss told the Security Council – which will head to the DRC on Friday for an official visit – that following the drawdown, a joint Government and MONUC team would review the security situation in September and again in March next year, to plan subsequent phases.The review would focus on progress made on military operations against armed groups, deployment of security forces to assume MONUC protection tasks, and the establishment of State authority in areas freed by armed groups. Following today’s Security Council meeting, the Japanese Permanent Representative, who chairs the 15-member body this month, said members plan to meet with Mr. Kabila and other Government officials to discuss how the UN can best support the DRC.“The Council had intensive discussion about reconfiguration of MONUC and we believe that this forthcoming Security Council mission has a very important role to play,” Ambassador Yukio Takasu said.The Security Council originally planned to visit Rwanda and Uganda during the visit, but said it has had to postpone those visits given the pressing agenda in the DRC.MONUC’s mandate expires at the end of the month, and the Security Council members want a first-hand understanding of the mission’s status in the DRC before extending or revising its mandate. read more