Search for missing Tofino boaters scaled back handed over to RCMP

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. – Jae Valentine woke to the sound of wolves howling and cries for help early Friday morning after a boat sank off the coast of Tofino, B.C., prompting an exhaustive search for three missing men that has now been scaled back.The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre reduced rescue efforts 18 hours after responding to the call for help and has handed the case over to Tofino RCMP, which is treating it as a missing persons case.Two of the five people aboard the tin boat were rescued within two hours, but volunteers and search technicians continue to scour the shoreline and sea for the remaining three.Valentine, who owns the Cable Cove Inn, says she heard someone yelling “help me” over and over again beginning at 2:45 a.m. on Friday. She couldn’t tell where the calls were coming from because her property sits between an ocean and harbour. She got dressed and went outside to find her neighbour yelling back, “What kind of help do you need?”Her neighbour had already phoned the Canadian Coast Guard and asked her to call 911.About 40 minutes later, she watched rescuers drop one person off at a dock where an emergency vehicle was waiting. Then, she said she heard a second voice calling out, “Where are you, I’m coming, where are you, buddy?”Valentine believes the second voice was another person who had been on the sunken vessel, searching for the first man who was rescued.Since then, she said community members have come together to help look for the men or are waiting for news.“We’re all sort of standby, I think,” she said. “I know a number of people in the local stores, when they’re off shift from their employment, they’re all down at the docks just awaiting information.”Details continue to emerge in the wake of the incident. There were five people aboard the open, six-metre boat that sank without a mayday call, the JRCC said.One person was found in the water south of Felice Island, half an hour after rescuers received the call for help. Almost an hour after that, a second person swam ashore to Duffin Cove.Both were taken to hospital.One of the survivors is a member of a southern Ontario First Nation.Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River said she wrote a letter to WestJet verifying he is a community member so that he could board a plane to return home.Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne said the three missing men are fishermen from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.Osborne said while nobody ever wants accidents to happen, she’s struck each time that they do by the way the community comes together with “all hands on deck.”In 2015, five Britons and one Australian died after a rogue wave capsized a 20-metre whale-watching vessel.Last spring, Calgarian Alvin Beckley and Edmontonian Mike Cutler died when their sport fishing charter capsized.“Something that always sticks with me each time is the way people come together and just kind of the sheer humanity in it, of people gathering and feeding each other, supporting each other and loving each other. It’s kind of the very human side of tragedies,” Osborne said.Navy Lt. Melissa Kia, spokeswoman for the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said the search has involved hundreds of people from the Canadian Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada, Emergency Management B.C., RCMP and Emergency Health Services — plus community members who have gone out in kayaks and other small crafts.But after 18 hours, she said the JRCC had to scale back its role in the search.“We really threw everything we’ve got at it and to come up empty handed is really heartbreaking,” Kia said.Kia said community members and volunteers are continuing the search, but could not speak on behalf of their efforts.Rescuers determine a “survivability” time frame, which was 18 hours in this case, using computer modeling that considers many factors, Kia said.Factors may include what the individuals were wearing, how they came to be in distress, water temperature, winds, tides and whether they had life vests, she said.“What we do is we take that number, it’s not hard and fast in every case, and we will stretch it to the maximum and throw everything we’ve got at it, as was the case in Tofino,” she said.Kia said it’s not uncommon for RCMP to classify a search and rescue case as a missing persons file, once the case is handed over to them.She said the community response to the disaster has been “overwhelming.”“We would like to thank the countless volunteers from the community surrounding Tofino and Ucluelet and all of our First Nations partners. The response was really quite overwhelming, there were hundreds of people who took to the water and to scour the coastline,” she said.“Our thoughts go out to the families of the loved ones; it’s very heartbreaking to turn this case over unresolved.”last_img read more

Harlem Globetrotters To Tour Global US Military Bases

first_imgThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters announced this week that the team will once again embark on an extended holiday tour of global U.S. military bases – the eleventh time in nine years that the “Ambassadors of Goodwill” have entertained U.S. troops overseas.During the 10-game tour – which commences after Thanksgiving – the Globetrotters will play for the first time ever in Afghanistan, marking 121 countries and territories in which the Globetrotters have performed in their illustrious history.Made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment, the tour will also feature shows on U.S. military bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Djibouti, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a performance on an active-duty U.S. aircraft carrier.“While there is no way to fully express our admiration of the U.S. Armed Forces, it’s an incredible honor for our players to bring the troops a little piece of home, especially at this time of the year,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “Without the sacrifices made daily by these brave men and women, the Harlem Globetrotters would not have the opportunity to bring joy to families all over the world.”For the first time ever, the Globetrotters will pay tribute to U.S. troops by wearing specially-designed camouflage uniforms from Russell Athletic in games on the holiday military tour. Also, for the fourth straight year, the tour will feature a specially-created camouflage Spalding basketball, in addition to the Globetrotters’ iconic red, white and blue basketball.Past Globetrotter military tours have visited nearly 30 U.S. military bases in Bahrain, Belgium, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Guam, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom – as well as tours of Iraq in 2006 and 2009.Highlights have included a visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2005 and games on three active-duty U.S. aircraft carriers, including a performance on the U.S.S. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf in 2006.The Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” North American Tour tips off Dec. 26.Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: read more

LAPD investigates officers actions in Costco shooting

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man who authorities say attacked him inside a Costco Wholesale warehouse store.Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff says Sunday it’s Chief Michel Moore’s decision whether to put the officer on leave but it remains unclear if that has happened.The department doesn’t have any rule prohibiting off-duty officers from carrying firearms.Authorities remained tight-lipped Sunday, not responding to requests for comment about what provoked the confrontation and whether anyone but the officer was armed. Two others were critically injured in the Friday night shooting in Corona, which is about 40 miles (64 kilometres) east of Los Angeles.The officer’s identity has not been released.The Associated Press read more

Ban recommends incremental approach to Somalia peace force

“While the deployment of a multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation should remain the United Nations goal, realistically achieving that goal will require fulfilling the conditions set out in this and previous reports,” he says in a report to the Security Council released today.Those conditions include the assurance of security for UN personnel and a political process that has gelled enough to permit the diverse political actors to agree on the insertion of international forces, the idea of which remains divisive and could exacerbate conflict if pursued too soon, Mr. Ban says.In January, the 15-member body signalled its intention to establish a UN force, when conditions permit, in the Horn of Africa country that has lacked a functioning central government since 1991.In that resolution, Mr. Ban was requested to establish a trust fund to help support the existing African Union (AU) force, known as AMISOM, and to facilitate a logistical support package, training and equipment, in anticipation of its eventual absorption into a UN force.It requested Mr. Ban, by 15 April, to develop the mandate for the new force that would include support for the flow of humanitarian aid, monitoring a ceasefire and assisting “in supporting the effective re-establishment and training of inclusive Somali security forces, including military, police and judiciary.”In the resulting report, the Secretary-General proposes an approach consisting of three major phases.The first step would see the UN maintain its support to AMISOM. The Organization will also help build the Somali security institutions, support its political reconciliation process, and provide humanitarian assistance. The success of this phase, which Mr. Ban says he hopes would last 3 to 4 months, will be gauged through frequent trips to accessible areas of Somalia by relevant UN units.Then, security conditions permitting, a second phase (also to last 3 to 4 months) will lead to “a light United Nations footprint” in Mogadishu. This phase will see the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) provide direct assistance to the political process on the ground. It will also have the Department of Field Support (DFS) ensure the delivery of the support package to AMISOM, while the UN country team oversees humanitarian, development and recovery initiatives. Having satisfied himself of the “acceptability of a UN presence in Mogadishu,” the Secretary-General will then refer the matter back to the Security Council to advise and decide on the final phase. That phase would be a full-fledged UN peacekeeping operation to take over from AMISOM, Mr. Ban says.In the meantime, he says, he remains deeply concerned at the worsening humanitarian situation in Somalia, and what he called “the under-funding of life-saving humanitarian assistance.” He urges Member States to come forward with additional pledges to the consolidated appeal for Somalia that will enable the United Nations and its partners to deliver much-needed assistance to populations trapped in a deadly constellation of conflict, drought and economic crisis.Tomorrow, in Brussels, Mr. Ban will co-chair an International Conference in support of AMISOM and the development of Somali security institutions. 22 April 2009Noting hard-won progress in Somalia but also that the situation remains in dangerous flux, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended a phased approach to United Nations peacekeeping support to the faction-torn nation. read more

UN experts urge Chile to put needs of the disabled into quake

As a matter of priority, reconstruction plans should take into consideration access to physical space, information, communications, transportation, products and services, the Committee on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities said in a statement issued in Geneva.“Reconstruction in the areas affected by the devastating February earthquake and tsunami must also become a reality for the disabled,” said the current committee’s chairperson, Ronald McCallum. “A recent survey shows that an estimated 12.9 per cent of the Chilean population has disabilities, and many in the affected areas were persons with various forms of disabilities,” he added.In a recent statement, the 12-member committee also recommended that relief measures take into account the special needs of persons with different forms of disabilities, in particular, in warning procedures, evacuation, information and communications. “Equal attention shall be given to sign language and video captioning of public information regarding the emergency situation in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” it said.The committee stressed the urgent need to provide services to the disabled, including post-traumatic stress care. It called for “special support in rebuilding their homes, whether in urban or rural areas and those sites that host associations of persons with disabilities and centres that serve them, which have been destroyed or damaged.”It said it recognized the efforts of the Chilean Government in the earthquake emergency, but urged the country to “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters.”The committee is made up of independent experts who monitor the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which so far has been endorsed by 140 countries, including Chile. The Convention was adopted in December 2006 by the General Assembly, and entered into force in May 2008.The 8.8-magnitude quake on 27 February claimed the lives of more than 480 people and triggered a tsunami that devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile. 14 April 2010The United Nations committee on the rights of people with disabilities today urged the Chilean Government and the international community to include needs of the handicapped in the reconstruction plans of areas affected by the earthquake that jolted the country in February. read more

EthiopiaEritrea UN officials disappointed by Council decision to cut peacekeepers

“We are disappointed that we are not to keep as many forces as we have today, but this is a decision that we were expecting for some time,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative Azouz Ennifar said of the Council’s decision on Wednesday to cut the peacekeeping force by more than 1,000 to troops to 2,300.“Now that the decision is made, we will have to adapt to it as much as possible,” he told a news briefing in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa yesterday. “Of course, any downsizing of troops has an impact on our activities. But, as we adapted very well about a year ago to the downsizing of the mission, I think we can also do this very well.”His views were echoed by Force Commander Major General Mohammad Taisir. “I would love, of course, to have enough forces, and I hope reconfiguring the troops to 2,300 will be good,” he said.“I do hope that the new number of troops will be good enough for our side to keep going and to try to achieve our tasks, and of course to implement our mandate. But I do hope by the same token that restrictions of movement, including of course that helicopter ban” imposed by Eritrea on UNMEE helicopter flights over its portion of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between the two countries. “In that case, we will have a good capability and we can go ahead.” In renewing UNMEE’s mandate for another four months while cutting its size, the Council on Wednesday demanded that the two countries comply with last November’s resolution calling on Ethiopia to accept the border set by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in a binding decision and calling on Eritrea, which blames the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the decision, to lift its flight ban. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 7:12 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,137.18 down 32.56 points):Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX:GCM). Mine explorer. Up half a cent, or 1.35 per cent, at 37.5 cents on 8,097,360 shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 76 cents, or 2.70 per cent, at $27.43 on 5,684,036 shares. The Calgary-based company is increasing it 2013 capital spending by nearly eight per cent compared to this year as it eyes more oil and natural gas liquids growth. The company set a budget of $6.9 billion for next year, a nearly $500 million increase over what it expects to spend in 2012.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Unchanged at $9.81 on 5,055,071 shares. The gold sector dipped 0.03 per cent at 302.19 points as the price of the bullion plunged US$25.30 to $1,695.80 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 0.82 per cent, at $18.11 on 4,158,040 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up two cents, or 0.16 per cent, at $12.76 on 4,079,384 shares.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless telecommunications. Down five cents, or 0.43 per cent, at $11.50 on 3,530,131 shares. The company has been actively trading for the last few weeks as analysts weigh in on the prospect of its new operating system and phone set to launch at the end of January.TSX Venture Exchange (1,192.75 down 15.25 points):Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSXV:PTA). Oil and gas explorer. Up 2.5 cents, or 8.77 per cent, at 31 cents on 2,610,689 shares. The Calgary-based company’s stock jumped a day after providing an update on its Las Maracas-5 field production in Colombia.Touchdown Resources Inc. (TSXV:TDW). Mineral explorer. Unchanged at half a cent on 2,566,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Up 34 cents, or 0.57 per cent, at $59.63 on 2,448,375 shares. The big bank beat analyst estimates when it reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.08 billion or $1.59 per share before adjustments, a 41 per cent increase over the same period last year. Analysts had been expecting $1.37 per share of net income and $1.43 per share on an adjusted basis for the fourth quarter. Revenue totalled $4.18 billion, a jump from $3.82 billion and higher than the estimated $3.8 billion.CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Flight simulator. Up two cents, or 0.20 per cent, at $9.82 on 368,238 shares. The Montreal-based company won a series of military contracts worth a total of $70 million, which includes developing two tactical operational flight trainers for the Royal Australian Navy, simulator services for the King Air 350 aircraft of the Australian Defence Force and C-130 aircraft training to the Royal New Zealand airforce.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Railway. Up $1.65, or 1.81 per cent, at $93 on 583,941 shares. The Calgary-based company announced after markets closed that it will cut 4,500 jobs by 2016 through job reductions, attrition and fewer contractors as part of its restructuring plan. The company says it expects 1,700 positions to be eliminated by the end of the year. Earlier in the day, CP said it is seeking potential buyers for a U.S. line that stretches about 1,000 kilometres across several states in the U.S. Midwest. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

15yearold boy caught in bogus collection pretending to be for Fr McVerry

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who was caught carrying out a bogus door to door collection pretending to raise money for the Fr Peter McVerry trust, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.The boy pleaded guilty to theft charges as well an offence under the Street and House to House Collection Act.Judge John O’Connor heard at the Dublin Children’s Court that the teenager had been going door to door in residential estate in Lucan, in Dublin, collecting for the Fr McVerry charity on 18 August last.He had no permit for the unauthorised collection.The court heard the youth, who has no prior criminal convictions, was also involved in shoplifting incidents. He stole a curtain pole and window blinds worth €40 at a Harry Corry shop in November, a top worth €35 from Timberlands in December and €151 worth of toiletries from Boots on 28 June last at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.In these thefts he was stopped by security as he passed all points of payment and the goods were recovered in a saleable conditions, the judge was told.The juvenile court heard that on 24 October last, he stole €225 worth of clothes from Arnotts in Dublin city-centre. The property was recovered but not in a saleable condition.Defence solicitor Michelle Finan asked the court to note that the boy is attending a project for troubled young people and attending counselling as a result of a tragic family bereavement which left him traumatised and in shock.She asked that during the preparation of a pre-sentence report, the Probation Service would liaise with the youth project which has been helping the boy who spoke briefly to confirm he understood the charges.She also asked the judge to note that the guilty plea meant witnesses did not have to come to court to give evidence.Judge O’Connor said the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, may not appreciate the seriousness of the offences but they were serious chargesHe warned the teenager he needed to get a positive probation report and that if he continued offending he risked going into custody.The case was adjourned for five weeks. The judge asked gardai to see if there would be victim impact statement from the charity in relation to the fake collection offence.Read: ‘We’ll be here as long as it takes’: Striking Tesco workers say they’re in it for the long haul> Image: Shutterstock/vchal Image: Shutterstock/vchal Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 4:23 PM 15-year-old boy caught in bogus collection pretending to be for Fr McVerry charity The court heard the youth, who has no prior criminal convictions, was also involved in shoplifting incidents. Feb 14th 2017, 4:23 PM Share7 Tweet Email No Comments 17,969 Views Short URL By Tom Tuitelast_img read more

Tadhg Beirne flies in late and shines in Munster win over Ospreys

first_imgTadhg Beirne flies in late and shines in Munster win over Ospreys ‘Johann rang me yesterday and told me I was flying here,’ said Beirne after his breakdown efforts earned him man of the match. Share223 Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Beirne made his return from injury for Munster despite training all week with Ireland. Image: Alex Davidson/INPHO Beirne made his return from injury for Munster despite training all week with Ireland. Ospreys 13Munster 19TADHG BEIRNE GAVE Joe Schmidt a timely nudge with a superb man-of-the-match performance as Munster beat the Ospreys in Swansea.The Ireland international was a late call-up in place of South African Jean Kleyn who pulled out due to illness. And Beirne was outstanding winning a number of crucial turnovers to help his side solidify their position in the Conference A play-off places.“I’d been up with Ireland and I was supposed to be training there today, but Johann rang me at eight yesterday morning and told me I was flying here,” said Beirne, who missed Ireland’s openning Six Nations rounds with a knee injury.“I met the boys here, flew in from Dublin, it was a last-minute thing, but I’m happy to be back playing.”A penalty try and a touchdown apiece from Darren Sweetnam and Mike Haley plus two points from the boot of JJ Hanrahan was enough to get Munster over the line.All the Ospreys could muster was a try from Hanno Dirksen and six points from Luke Price. Mike Haley kicks ahead beyond Keelan Giles. Source: Alex Davidson/INPHOMunster drew first blood with Sweetnam crossing at the corner after a lovely missed pass by Hanrahan saw the winger step back inside to score.It was young wing Keelan Giles who sparked the Welsh region into life with an electric break up the touchline after some neat handling by Price and Dan Evans. Just as he was about to get bundled into touch the former Wales Under-20 star executed a well-weighted kick through for Dirksen to score.The try wasn’t immediately given with referee Stuart Berry deciding to go upstairs to check whether Dirksen was in front of the ball before awarding the score.A cracking break from captain Olly Cracknell who charged into the Munster 22 allowed Price to put the Ospreys into an unlikely lead.Munster laid siege to the Ospreys line with their forwards going through numerous phases before being held up over the try line. But they went again off the resulting scrum with Beirne reaching out in attempt to pace the ball against the post.Yet again Berry made use of the TMO with the replays showing Ospreys openside Sam Cross preventing the try from an offside position. As a result a penalty try was awarded with Cross sent to the sin bin meaning Munster turned around 14-10 ahead.The Ospreys came out firing in the second half with Price cutting Munster’s lead to a single point. But the visitors went up a few gears in the final quarter and after their forwards had softened up the Ospreys defence with a series of ferocious carries, the ball was spread wide for Haley to touch down.Ospreys: Evans; Dirksen, Allen, Thomas-Wheeler (Hook 41), Giles (Morgan 64); Price, Aubrey (Morgan-Williams 54); Lay (Jenkins 64), Baldwin (Otten 64), Botha (Fia 55), King, Davies, Cracknell, Cross, McCusker (Ashley 40) (Griffiths 73)Tries: Dirksen 19Con: Price 19 Pen: Price 33, 64Munster: Haley, Nash, Goggin, Taute (Scannell 50), Sweetnam (Johnston 64); Hanrahan, Cronin (Mathewson 50); Loughman (O’Connor 54), Marshall (O’Byrne 55), Archer (Parker 54), Beirne, Holland, Wycherley (O’Donoghue 71), Cloete, Botha (O’Shea 71)Tries: Sweetnam 5, Penalty 37, Haley 71Convs: Hanrahan 6 Feb 22nd 2019, 9:46 PM Image: Alex Davidson/INPHOcenter_img By Alex Bywater Subscribe Short URL 59 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32,787 Views Friday 22 Feb 2019, 9:46 PMlast_img read more

Amazing footage of the lights going out in Athens during Earth Hour

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amongst the landmarks that went dark worldwide to call for action on climate change was the Acropolis.Alexandros Maragos, filmmaker and award-winning photographer, captured the darkness enveloping the monument in a time lapse video. The video shows the flickering lights slowly dimming as the Acropolis plunges into darkness, giving it a dramatic feel.Mr Maragos is particularly known for his timelapse imagery that has been used by various brands across the world. he has also had his work featured and publishedby important international organisations and publications including NASA and National Geographic.In this project, the filmmaker showed how the Athenian jewel marked Earth hour on Saturday by turning its lights off at 8.30pm local time as part of a WWF initiative to to raise awareness of the plight of our planet.READ MORE: Athens to become a safe and sustainable capitalEarth Hour first took place in Sydney back in 2007 and since then, more than 180 countries have joined in, including Greece.Athens produced some of the most mesmerising photos that were uploaded by both professional photographers and social media users, with the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis going off all at once. Lights were also switched off at the Athens City Hall and Lycabettus Hill while many citizens showed support by turning their home lights off.“We are thrilled to see such an amazing response from Greek cities and citizens. As a part of a global community, Greece stands ready to sends its message on climate change, loud and clear.” said Demetres Karavellas CEO of WWF Greece.READ MORE: Athens Anaplasis – redesigning the Greek capitallast_img read more