Saskatchewan News

Armed robbery in Saskatoon has police looking for one man

News Talk 650 CKOM - 41 min 4 sec ago
An armed robbery Friday night left one person with minor injuries. It happened on 33rd Street West near Avenue D around 8:30 p.m. Police were called to a business there after a man went in with a metal bar and his face covered.  He broke into the till and stole cash. According to police as he was leaving the business he attempted to rob a customer, he wasn't successful, but he did assault the customer causing minor injuries.  The suspect ran and the K9 unit was unsuccessful finding him. The customer was transported to hospital for treatment. Police have described the suspect as approximately 6 feet tall, slender build, dark complexion and in his late teens to early 20’s.  He was wearing a brown work style jacket. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Trump White House ringed by 'swamp' denizens despite pledge

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 18 sec ago
WASHINGTON — The "new world" of Donald Trump's Washington was supposed to be drained of "swamp" creatures who make their living through political ties. But the lobbyists, consultants and ex-government officials who earn their keep by selling their influence aren't dissuaded by that piece of Trump's agenda. Former campaign aides and other associates, like many before them, are setting up shop in Washington. This migration happens anytime a new president comes to town. Still, it demonstrates the uncomfortable reality Trump faces if he's serious about his promise to "drain the swamp" of those who use their ties to officials to make "a fortune." It also belies a reality of such perennial promises to clean up Washington: No one, even those knee-deep in it, considers himself or herself part of "the swamp." Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Italian skier Paris masters tricky Streif course for second win

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 19 min ago
KITZBUEHEL, Austria — As soon as Dominik Paris had mastered a tricky World Cup downhill on the Streif on Saturday, the Italian kneeled down and held both his skis up in the air. For the second time in four years, Paris celebrated victory in what is arguably the toughest downhill race of the season. "The first win just happened, I couldn't believe it," he said. "The second win was the hardest and is much more emotional." On a sun-soaked but bumpy and icy 3.3-kilometre course, Paris became the third Italian winner of the classic race in five years. He finished in 1 minute, 55.01 seconds to beat French duo Valentin Giraud Moine and Johan Clarey by 0.21 second and 0.33 second, respectively. Last year's winner, Peter Fill, was fourth, 0.40 second behind his Italian teammate. It is Paris' seventh victory and third at the Hahnenkamm races. He won the downhill there in 2013 and a super-G two years later. "It's one of the greatest races we have. I am always looking forward to it," Paris said. "Especially when you're in good shape. That makes it a bit easier." Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., who came second in Kitzbuehel in 2013, was the fastest Canadian down with a time of 1:55.50, good enough for a sixth-place finish. Guay was just 0.49 seconds out from the first-place time after all 62 racers ran the track. "Today was tough like always," said Guay. "It was rough and bumpy and you really had to fight all the way to the bottom. I always struggled a bit with the turn into the side hill and today I didn't ski it as clean as I could. That was the difference between being on the podium and being off it." Calgary's Manuel Osborne-Paradis made a few costly errors that kept him out of the top ten. Osborne-Paradis finished 19th. "I'm very happy with how I felt this weekend but race day execution didn't go as planned so I'm a bit bummed," said Osborne-Paradis. "I'm happy yesterday's super-G result going from bib 47 to 14th. I'm looking forward to the rest of the season." Broderick Thompson of Whistler, B.C., had his first ever World Cup Kitzbuhel race. In 2016 Thompson ran the training runs but didn't push out of the downhill start gate. This year, Thompson finished 47th. Paris earned his first win of the season, though he reached the podium in super-G races in Val d'Isere and Santa Caterina last month. Saturday's result sent him atop the downhill standings after this season's three races, edging Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal by just two points and defending champion Fill by three points. Svindal ended his season after undergoing knee surgery earlier this week. In a strong showing by the French team, Giraud Moine earned his second career top-three result and said, "All these years I have been dreaming of a podium in Kitzbuehel." Clarey returned to a World Cup podium for the first time in nearly three years. "I was almost retired last year so this is a big surprise for me," said Clarey, adding that French skiers always do well "when the slope is tough. The tougher it gets, the better we are." The race was carried out on the original course for the first time since 2013, when Paris last won it. Weather conditions forced organizers to lower the start gate and shorten the course each of the past three seasons, stripping it of the trademark Mausefalle passage. Last year, the race in flat lights was called off after 30 starters and several crashes, with Svindal and Austria's Hannes Reichelt among those involved. This time, in perfect conditions, several racers were faster than Paris halfway through their runs, but nobody matched the Italian's pace on the bottom section. "From the Hausberg down, I nailed it," Paris said. "But I was shaking several times. You can ski faster, but obviously, nobody was perfect in the traverse." Max Franz, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in training on the course last year, was in the lead at the first split by 0.11 second, but the Austrian — who won the previous downhill in Val Gardena — lost his right ski as he caught a bump in a left turn. Italy's Christof Innerhofer was 0.18 ahead of the field at the second split but was too wide in a right turn. Similar to Bode Miller's fence-riding escape in 2008, Innerhofer used his left ski to push himself away from the netting and stay on the course. The Italian lost much speed, though, and placed 17th, a day after finishing second in the super-G. Switzerland's Beat Feuz led the field by 0.72 second but went off the race line in the traverse before the finish section and skied into the safety netting. "I risked everything," said Feuz, who was unhurt. "If you want to win, you have to risk everything, but the Streif does not forgive anything." Steven Nyman, who led the first training run on Wednesday, was the best American, finishing 10th and 0.84 second behind Paris. The 77th edition of the Hahnenkamm races ends with a slalom on Sunday. Eric Willemsen, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Government says High Peace Council chief dies

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 1 min ago
KABUL — An Afghan official says that Pir Sayed Ahmed Gailani, chief of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, tasked with negotiating an end to the country's protracted conflict, has died at age 84. Mohammed Karim Khalili, deputy head of the council, told The Associated Press that Gailani died in Kabul earlier Friday. The exact cause of death was not immediately reported but he had been ill. Gailani rose to prominence during the 1980s Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as a resistance leader and the founder of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan, one of seven U.S.-backed groups fighting Russian invaders. The war ended with the Soviet withdrawal in 1989. Three years later Afghanistan's pro-Moscow government collapsed and the resistance leaders took power. Gailani had been a strong proponent of peace talks with the Taliban. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Bergdahl case presents early legal test of Trump rhetoric

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 4 min ago
RALEIGH, N.C. — A military court will weigh the real-world consequences of President Donald Trump's fiery rhetoric as Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argues he can't get a fair trial under his new commander in chief. Minutes into the Republican president's term, lawyers for Bergdahl cited Trump's scathing criticism in a request to dismiss charges that Bergdahl endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan. The motion filed Friday argues Trump violated his due process rights by repeatedly calling him a traitor and suggesting ways he could be punished. The motion noted more than 40 instances of Trump's criticism at public appearances and in interviews through August 2016. "Remember the old days? A deserter, what happened?" Trump said while campaigning in July before pantomiming pulling a trigger and adding: "Bang." Trump's negative comments take on new importance now that he is commander in chief. Legal scholar Rachel VanLandingham said she thinks it will be hard for potential jurors and others involved in the case to ignore what Trump has said because of the sheer repetition. "Ingrained in military culture is the desire to serve and follow commanders' orders, and that what commanders say is right," said VanLandingham, a former Air Force lawyer who teaches at Southwestern Law School in California. "And so that applies to the ultimate commander in chief. ... They were made time after time after time, and I do think they are seared into the military psyche." Bergdahl's trial is scheduled for April at Fort Bragg on charges of desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The latter carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Bergdahl, who is from Idaho, has said he walked off his post in 2009 to cause an alarm and draw attention to what he saw as problems with his unit. He was held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years. The Obama administration's decision in May 2014 to exchange Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners prompted some Republicans to accuse Obama of jeopardizing the nation's safety. During his campaign, Trump made criticism of Bergdahl a staple of his campaign speeches, suggesting such outlandish punishments as returning him to the Middle East by throwing the soldier out of a plane without a parachute. At a December 2015 rally in Iowa, Trump said: "Let's fly him over. We'll dump him right in the middle; throw him out of the plane. Should we give him a parachute or not? I say no." There is precedent for a military judge to decide a president's comments have tainted a prosecution. In 2013, a Navy judge cited comments by then-President Barack Obama when he said two defendants in sexual assault cases couldn't be punitively discharged if they were found guilty because of Obama's public comments about cracking down on sexual assault. Now, Bergdahl's lawyers say the question of whether Trump went too far is one of monumental importance to the military justice system. "The circumstances require the military justice system to defend itself," the defence lawyers write. "Administrations come and go, but the credibility of the system must remain the lodestar." Eric Carpenter, a former Army lawyer who teaches law at Florida International University, said dismissing the charges "wouldn't be an unreasonable decision," but that military judges typically seek ways to keep cases moving. The judge could also give the defence wide leeway to challenge potential jurors or limit Bergdahl's punishment if convicted. VanLandingham said she believes dismissing the case would be the right thing to do. "I think justice demands a dismissal. But do I think it's going to happen? No," she said. As to whether Trump's brashness could affect future cases, Carpenter said he expects the secretary of defence or military lawyer to give Trump advice on how to avoid comments that create problems for the military justice system. "Time will tell whether Trump would respond to that advice," he said. ___ Follow Drew at Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Rooney becomes Man United's record scorer with 250th goal

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 11 min ago
STOKE, England — Wayne Rooney became Manchester United's record scorer after moving onto 250 goals by netting a stoppage-time equalizer in Saturday's Premier League game against Stoke. Rooney had been tied on 249 goals with Bobby Charlton, who has held the record since 1973. The 31-year-old England captain is in his 13th season at United and no longer assured of a starting spot. He came off the bench at Stoke to clinch a 1-1 draw and complete possibly the final major feat of his illustrious — if turbulent — career. It confirms him as a modern-day great in English soccer, if not maybe the world game. Some will say he hasn't quite reached the heights expected of him after bursting onto the international scene with such brio at the 2004 European Championship, or that he hasn't kicked on from when he was arguably at the top of his game with United in the 2009-10 season. In that season, Rooney was at a level comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But his career has tailed off somewhat — save for certain standout periods — while Messi and Ronaldo have gone from strength to strength, competing on an annual basis for FIFA's Player of the Year award. In some United supporters' eyes, he has also tarnished his long stay at United by seeking to leave the club firstly in 2010 and again at the end of the 2012-13 season. But there have been many memorable moments in the famous red jersey since moving to United from Everton for 20 million pounds as an 18-year-old prodigy in 2004, starting with his debut when he scored a hat trick in a Champions League match against Fenerbahce at Old Trafford. He scored 17 goals in his first season, the highlight being a thunderous volley from 30 metres against Newcastle in April 2005 that will go down as one of the best goals in his career. Ironically, Rooney has never been a prolific scorer. He managed 16 league goals in 2005-06, 14 in 2006-07, 12 in 2007-08 and 12 in 2008-09. His best scoring season for United was in 2009-10, when he netted 33 goals in all competitions (26 in the league) and he was named English soccer's Player of the Year by his fellow professionals. Some of Rooney's other great goals include: —His powerful volley from the edge of the area in a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup in January 2005 —His overhead kick against Manchester City that sealed a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in February 2011 —His shot from the halfway line against West Ham in a 2-0 win at Upton Park in March 2014 In January this year, Rooney moved past Denis Law to become United's second-highest scorer in 239 and, now playing as a deep-lying attacker or in midfield, began the slow crawl to overhaul the tally of club great Charlton that had stood since 1973. He moved level with Charlton on Jan. 7, needing two more weeks to take the record outright. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Trump opens first full day on job at church

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 14 min ago
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump opened his first full day as president Saturday at a national prayer service, the final piece of transition business for the nation's new chief executive before a promised full-on shift into governing. Trump and his wife, Melania, and Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, sat in a front pew at Washington National Cathedral for the morning service after a day of pomp, pageantry and protests that accompanied his Friday inauguration. The interfaith service is a tradition for new presidents and is hosted by the Episcopal parish, but the decision to hold a prayer session for Trump sparked debate among Episcopalians opposed to his policies. The service took place as throngs of women, many of them wearing bright pink, pointy-eared hats, descended on the nation's capital and other cities around the world Saturday for marches organized to push back against the new president. Trump had no speaking role at the service. Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, asked God to grant the president, vice-president and Cabinet members "wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties." Jackson also asked that Trump and Pence "serve all people of this nation and promote the dignity and freedom of every person." After church, Trump planned to visit the CIA for a meeting with members of the nation's intelligence community that could be fraught with tension. Trump has sharply criticized top U.S. intelligence officials over their conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election on his behalf, as well as over leaks about classified briefings he received in the weeks before his he was sworn into office on Friday. Trump has signalled an intention to make a quick and clean break from the Obama administration. Before dancing with the new first lady at three inaugural balls Friday night, Trump signed an executive order aimed at former President Barack Obama's health care law. The order notes that Trump plans to seek the law's "prompt repeal." It allows the Health and Human Services Department and other federal agencies to delay implementing parts of the law that might impose a "fiscal burden" on states, health care providers, families or individuals. Trump also cleared the way for members of his national security team to take their places. He signed legislation granting James Mattis, his pick for defence secretary, a one-time exception from federal law barring former U.S. service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military. Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013. Hours later, the Senate confirmed Mattis, and retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Homeland Security Department. Both were sworn into office late Friday by Vice-President Mike Pence. Separately, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a memo aimed at freezing some new regulations and halting ones the Obama administration had started. Trump, his wife, children and grandchildren spent Friday night at the White House. His daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, were seen snapping photos Saturday on the Truman balcony with a young girl who appeared to be their daughter. The Justice Department released a memo concluding the president's "special hiring authority" allows the New York real estate mogul to appoint Kushner to the administration and the move does not contravene federal anti-nepotism laws. Trump, a Presbyterian, is not a regular churchgoer. He does not attend weekly services in New York, but worships every Christmas at a church near his estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump courted evangelical voters during the presidential campaign and infused his inaugural address with references to God and quoted from the Bible's book of Psalms during a call for national unity. Trump shook hands with guests who attended the invitation-only church service as he departed. The service included readings and prayers from Protestant, Jewish, Sikh, Mormon, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Baha'i, Episcopal, Hindu and Native American leaders. But the program was remarkable for the large number of evangelicals participating, including two former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention, the country's largest evangelical denomination. Several speakers had served as Trump advisers and supporters who spoke at the Republican National Convention. The dustup over the service marked another example of the backlash against Trump by religious leaders, artists, celebrities and others. But Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington wrote in a blog post that while she shared "a sense of outrage at some of the president-elect's words and actions" she felt an obligation to welcome all people without qualification, especially those who disagree and need to find a way to work together. ___ AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll in New York and Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Jonathan Lemire and Darlene Superville contributed to this report. Ken Thomas, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Women's marches attract masses across the globe

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 15 min ago
PARIS — Legions of women flooded parks, streets and city squares from Sydney to Paris to Philadelphia on Saturday, marching in solidarity as a show of empowerment and a stand against Donald Trump. More than 600 "sister marches" were planned across the country and abroad in conjunction with the Women's March on Washington, which drew hundreds of thousands to the nation's capital a day after Trump became president of the United States. Here's a look at some of the other rallies around the world: PARIS Several thousand people, including many American workers and students living in France, gathered in Paris for the Women's March. Protesters marched in the Eiffel Tower neighbourhood in a joyful atmosphere, singing and carrying posters reading: "We have our eyes on you Mr. Trump," ''With our sisters in Washington", "Women's rights are human rights". Anne Tiracchia, from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was on vacation in France where her son lives. She wrote in French "Let us resist the catastrophe" on a U.S. flag. "It's important because Trump wants to destroy 50 years of progress, he wants to go back to smoke coming out of factories and women staying home and having babies," she said. "He won't change. He doesn't care. But we have to show we don't agree with him". More than 40 feminist and anti-racist groups organized the Paris march. NEW YORK Demonstrators crammed near Trump World tower for the Women's March on New York City say the new president may be from there — but he's no New Yorker. "New York is a community in itself, and people care about each other, and it's diverse," said Ashia Badi, 44, who brought her two daughters to Midtown Manhattan to march in protest of Trump. "He doesn't feel like he has those New York values I see." New York City and state overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. On Saturday, thousands of people donning pink knit hats held signs that read "Women's rights are human rights" and "Putin's puppet." Patricia Palermo, one of six women wearing surgical masks that say "save the ACA" (Affordable Care Act) said she would fight Trump's effort to eviscerate the law. She said she met the president once doing real estate . New Yorkers know Trump, she said. "That's why most New Yorkers are against him. We've seen him in person." SYDNEY Demonstrators flooded a popular central Sydney park carrying placards with slogans including "Women of the world resist," ''Feminism is my trump card" and "Fight like a girl." Organizer Mindy Freiband told the crowd hatred, bigotry and racism are not only America's problems. "This is the beginning of something, not the end," she said. Protester Alyssa Smith, who came with her husband and 2-year-old daughter, said she worried about the future after Trump's election. She said she didn't want her daughter growing up in the world "where hatred is commonplace, where people think it's OK to persecute minorities." Charlotte Wilde said she shed tears watching Trump get sworn in. The 33-year-old said the businessman's rise to the presidency left her in a state of horror, and attending Saturday's rally was a way to feel empowered. A plane was seen skywriting "TRUMP" over the rally. Skywriting Australia owner Rob Vance said the sign was commissioned by Trump fans who wanted to remain anonymous. TRENTON, NEW JERSEY Holding a handmade sign that read "Girls just want to have fundamental rights," Mary Morrisey, 35, of Trenton, said she attended the march in her hometown to show support for America and its people. "We may go about things differently, but we all want the same thing: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," she said. Morrisey said she didn't mind standing out in the chilly, damp conditions because this was an opportunity to make things better for people across the nation, especially LGBT people and minorities. Noting the large turnout, she said she had already made some new friends who plan to start an online group to spread the word about the march's goals and what can be done in the future. "It's great that we come together to show the strength of our beliefs, but this can't just be a one-day thing," she said. "It's something we need to do every day, even if it's just talking with someone about it." YANGON, MYANMAR Dozens attended a "solidarity picnic" in Yangon organized by Alyssa Paylor of Colorado and other U.S. expats. "We're not able to have a march in this climate, so we wanted to just gather together in solidarity with our sisters and brothers marching in Washington and all across the world because of what we believe in," said Paylor, 26. She is in Myanmar working for an organization called Mote Oo Education for Curriculum Development. Paylor said Trump's election and the United Kingdom's Brexit motivated people to get involved. "I think these things have energized a lot of people and made many people, especially women, very angry about what they may have to deal with in the coming years," she said. PRAGUE Hundreds gathered in freezing weather in a busy city square in the Czech capital, waving portraits of Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin and holding banners that read "This is just the beginning," ''Kindness" and "Love." "We are worried about the way some politicians talk, especially during the American elections," organizer Johanna Nejedlova said. CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE At a rally in Concord, author Jodi Picoult told the crowd, "We in New Hampshire are not in the habit of going in reverse. We have the backs of those who are less fortunate — who may be struggling for health care, for environmental rights, for racial equality, for a fair wage, for justice. "We are in this together. And we know that change does not come from the top down, but from the bottom up." ___ Associated Press writers Karel Janicek in Prague, Jan Olson in Copenhagen, David Rising in Berlin and Esther Htusan in Yangon, Myanmar, Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton, N.J., and Rachelle Blidner and Colleen Long in New York contributed to this report. Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Canada's Humphries, Lotholz, just miss out on gold in two-man bobsled

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 15 min ago
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz put down their best performance ever as a team in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Saturday but only earned a silver medal after finishing one-hundredth of a second behind the gold-medal time in two minutes 16.15 seconds. "I don't think I have actually ever lost a race by one-hundredth of a second before. I asked the girls 'is it really bad that I'm mad.' I think I'd rather lose by more than one-hundredth of a second," laughed Calgary's Humphries. Elana Meyers Taylor and Briauna Jones from the United States climbed two spots in the final heat to win the gold with a time of 2:16.14. The other American team of Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs were third at 2:16.29. "This stings a bit, but we still came away with the silver. At the end of the day, this is great for women's bobsleigh. It is great to see the competition on the women's side so tight. Everyone is pushing so good, and if you aren't fully on it on the day, you aren't going to win," said Humphries. "This will keep us hungry, and it will push us not to become complacent. We will take the positives from this race and not dwell on losing but such a small margin." It was the 42nd career World Cup podium for Humphries to go along with her four World Championship and two Olympic medals. She has two victories and a bronze on the St. Moritz track — one of those wins coming at the 2013 World Championships. "Being the birthplace of the sport, it is a really cool place," said Humphries. "It is a lot more of my driving style. This place brings together the whose who in the world — there is no chance I'd ever be here unless I'm with bobsleigh — but it is just an amazing place and so cool to see what the track workers do to prepare and shape the track." It was the 14th career World Cup podium for Lotholz, of Barrhead, Alta., since hopping into Humphries' sled three years ago. Her previous best in St. Moritz came last year when they finished third. "We had the fastest push times today so that was really exciting," said Lotholz. "Kaillie and I have spent two years chasing these American girls down and to walk away from today with the fastest pushes is very rewarding. Yes we wanted the gold, but when we got to the bottom I was insanely happy knowing I hopped in the sled having pushed well." Lotholz and Toronto's Cynthia Appiah have been splitting starts this season in Canada's top sled. Lotholz pushed Humphries to gold in Altenberg two weeks ago, and rookie pilot Alyssia Rissling to a fourth-place finish in her World Cup debut at the season-opener in Whistler. "It has been a complete team effort all year," said Lotholz. "We, Cynthia and I, have had some really friendly competition going on all year and she played a big role in today's success as well. Today I just focused on the process and letting things happen. "It means a lot to get on the podium here in St. Moritz. The track is so much fun to slide on because it is so different than anything else in the world. You just feel like one on the track. It is a bittersweet day for sure." The Canadians will all be back on the start line Sunday for the World Cup four-man competition St. Moritz. On the men's side, world junior champion Johannes Lochner of Germany raced to his first World Cup victory in a two-man bobsled event on Saturday. Lochner and partner Christian Rasp held their first-run lead to finish 0.28 second ahead of fellow Germans Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp. U.S. pilot Steven Holcomb was the fastest in the second run on the Olympia track with partner Carlo Valdes, helping him rise from seventh place to secure third, 0.67 back. Won Yunjong of South Korea retained his overall standings lead despite finishing ninth on Saturday. Meyers Taylor topped 140 km/h on the second run to claim the victory, and third place went to American teammates Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs, who trailed by 0.15. Greubel Poser is second overall and Meyers Taylor is fourth with three races left. Calgary's Chris Spring and Edmonton's Neville Wright (2:12.11) were 14th, Hamilton's Nick Poloniato and Calgary's Derek Plug (2:12.46) finished 19th and Justin Kripps of Summerland, B.C., and Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, Ont., (1:06.27 - one run) were 21st. ___ With files from The Associated Press The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

France's ex-PM Valls fights for spot in presidential primary

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 29 min ago
PARIS — As France's prime minister when terrorists killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Manuel Valls was on the front line of the government's response, calling the attack an act of war and successfully lobbying parliament for emergency powers. Just 14 months later, having stepped down in December from President Francois Hollande's government, Valls' political future has never been more uncertain. Should he fail to secure the Socialist Party's nomination for France's two-round presidential election in April and May, Valls could be staring at a long spell in the political wilderness. This weekend's first round of voting in the Socialist primary pits the Spanish-born 54-year-old, who became French at 20, against six other candidates. With little to separate them politically, Valls' opponents have tried to set themselves apart by attacking him. Valls, in return, argues that his years spent at Hollande's side, first as France's top cop at the interior ministry and then as prime minister, have armed him with the experience that France's next leader will need as the country battles Islamic terror and other challenges. "In this difficult world, with my convictions, my ability to speak the truth, I assumed the responsibilities," Valls told the Liberation newspaper. "I take responsibility for has been done." But his association with Hollande, who gave up on a second presidential term that he had no hope of winning, and Valls' own record in government make his candidacy a tough sell. Voters could use Sunday's primary to punish Valls for pro-business reforms and a 40-million-euro ($42 million) tax cut for companies that he pushed through when he was prime minister. On six occasions, Valls forced new economic and labour laws through parliament without a vote, infuriating lawmakers. Valls now says that as president, he would limit this extraordinary power — an about-face that leaves him open to accusations of hypocrisy. Several of his opponents in the primary are vowing to repeal the labour measures that sparked wide protests, on grounds that their passage was undemocratic. On the campaign trail, Valls has encountered problems, too. In the western region of Brittany, a young man lightly slapped Valls as he was shaking hands with a small crowd, and was immediately wrestled to the ground. Last month, a man threw flour at Valls during a visit to the eastern city of Strasbourg. The outcome of Sunday's primary is uncertain, with Valls seemingly locked in a close race with two other former ministers of Hollande's — Benoit Hamon and Arnaud Montebourg. Unlike Valls, neither carries the baggage of close ties with Hollande's presidency. They rebelled in 2014, stepping down as ministers amid feuding over economic policy. Valls, on the other hand, split with Hollande only when it became clear even to the president that he was too unpopular to run again. Hamon, 49, a former junior minister and education minister, is pledging to push for the introduction of a modest but regular "universal income" living allowance for all French citizens. Montebourg, 54, a former industry and economy minister, wants protectionist measures and state intervention to boost the French economy. The four other candidates — Vincent Peillon, Francois de Rugy, Sylvia Pinel and Jean-Luc Bennahmias — aren't expected to be among the top two who will advance to a Jan. 29 runoff. For the winner of the primary, the road will get even steeper. The Socialists are being squeezed on both sides by leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon and Hollande's former economics minister, Emmanuel Macron, running as an independent. Both are attracting crowds and headlines. The fear for the Socialist presidential candidate in the first round of balloting in April will be that Melenchon and Macron siphon off so many voters that conservative candidate Francois Fillon and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen get a clear path to the French presidential runoff in May. Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 29 min ago
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There's even a diamond-studded, gold-gilded Roor that goes for nearly $4,000. Both marijuana and the tools used to smoke it remain illegal under federal law, but that hasn't stopped Roor and its American licensee from using the federal courts to protect the brand and its sales. In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. Trademark No. 3675839, protecting "SMOKER'S ARTICLES, NAMELY, GLASS PIPES, BONGS, WATER PIPES, (and) WATER PIPES OF GLASS" sold under the Roor mark, which has "a stylized font with the last "R'' facing backwards." Almost 200 such lawsuits have been filed since 2013, most of them in the last year. "Counterfeiting is a huge problem for us," said Jay Farraj, the owner of Sream Inc., Roor's U.S. partner. He said the Corona, California, company's losses have been in the "millions." Now that marijuana has increasingly been legalized for medical or recreational use in some U.S. states, consumer demand for such drug paraphernalia is booming, and imitators of the German pipe maker abound.But the bong market remains a grey area legally. Most makers and sellers advertise them as tobacco pipes, while giving a wink and a nod to their use with marijuana. Alison Malsbury, a Seattle lawyer who specializes in marijuana trade law, said this marketing sleight of hand could be the best defence against Roor's lawsuits. The accused sellers could challenge the legality of the company's 2009 trademark, which specifically calls its product a bong. If a product violates federal law, it can't be trademarked or patented. And Roor, she said, would have to show it never went after the pot market — which might be hard given its bongs have won numerous awards in High Times magazine's annual Cannabis Cup competition. She said this might be why many of these lawsuits have settled and none have gone to trial — neither Roor nor the sellers want to discuss their business before a judge. "To go into court and say under oath that what you are doing is a crime, that's something a lot of people are unwilling to do," she said. Attorney Jamie Sasson, whose firm represents Roor and Sream in the Florida lawsuits, denied this, asserting that the company is perfectly willing to go to trial if necessary. Under federal trademark law, companies injured by counterfeit sales can seek up to $150,000 per act. Stores sued by Sream and contacted by The Associated Press said they have been told to fork over between $12,000 and $16,000 to avoid trial. While cheap, generic bongs go for about $15 online, Sasson showed off a counterfeit Roor in his office thathe said was purchased for $90. If authentic, that size and model would sell for $400. The glass felt thinner and weaker than two legitimate pipes. He said the counterfeits, believed to be made in China, are hurting Roor's reputation. While refusing to confirm the settlement amounts requested, he said a penalty of about $12,000 for breaking the law was "a good number. It doesn't put anyone out of business. It stings but it is not going to cripple." Smoke shop owner Jay Work calls the Roor lawsuits legalized extortion of smoke shop owners who are vulnerable because they sell bongs in a "grey" market where "you look not to ruffle feathers." He said he unknowingly sold $1,200 worth of counterfeit Roor bongs he got from a distributor at a convention. He said he offered to surrender his $600 profit, and then the whole $1,200, but Sasson's firm demanded $14,000, and then $12,000 if he also bought $2,000 in Roor pipes. In late December, Roor unexpectedly dropped the lawsuit without explanation. He says Farraj is exaggerating his losses. "This is all about generating lawyer fees," said Work, who owns the five-store Grateful J's chain and is former president of the Florida Smoke Shop Association. Steve Bloom, editor of Freedom Leaf magazine and publisher of, said Roor remains a status symbol among serious marijuana smokers, but has lost dominance to other top-end bong makers. "Roor was the one to get if you wanted to spend money — people would be impressed," Bloom said. Are they worth it? Bloom compared bongs to stereo equipment — some people can tell the difference in the sound or smoke produced by expensive gear, while others can't. Work was dismissive, saying "you can't tell one water pipe from another." Work said Roof's craftsmanship doesn't match its reputation. He pulled out three Roor pipes and put them on his store counter, pointing out the flaws in two of them. One has a slight lean when standing on its base. Another has a connection that isn't smooth. "I can't get rid of them," he said, complaining that it took him six years to sell most of a 100-pipe shipment from Roor. Ken Minerley, a South Florida lawyer representing six smoke and convenience stores being sued by Roor, said some of his mom-and-pop clients sold a single fake Roor pipe to an undercover company agent after buying them from a distributor who also sells underwear, toiletries and other goods. He said a cease and desist letter and perhaps a demand for $1,000 would be enough to keep counterfeits off shelves. "It seems like they have made a business decision that it is more profitable to sue these people than it is to sell their products," Minerley said. Terry Spencer, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Fog advisories, snowfall warnings in effect for parts of Sask.

CBC Saskatchewan - 2 hours 40 min ago
Environment Canada has issued fog advisories and snowfall warnings for parts of central and northern Saskatchewan.
Categories: Saskatchewan News

2 wounded in shooting during Puerto Rico street festival

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 47 min ago
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities say a shooting during a crowded street festival has wounded two men and prompted the evacuation of partygoers from San Juan's historic district. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said Saturday that a Coast Guard petty officer was among the two people shot Friday night outside a bar during the popular San Sebastian Street Festival. The four-day music and art festival draws thousands of visitors from across Puerto Rico and abroad. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz ordered bars and other businesses closed and authorities evacuated of festival goers from the mile-square colonial zone. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

2 garages totaled in Regina fire

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 49 min ago
Two garages are a total loss after a blaze in Regina. Firefighters were called to the 2000 block of Broder Street - right by Victoria Avenue - around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Both garages were fully involved when fire crews arrived. Regina Fire said a nearby home, and the neighbouring garages, suffered heat damage. The occupants of nearby homes are safe and accounted for. The cause has yet to be determined.

Canada's Raonic advances to fourth round of Australian Open with win over Simon

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 51 min ago
MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Milos Raonic overcame France's Gilles Simon — and flu-like symptoms — to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open. Raonic earned a 6-2, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 win over Simon in the Grand Slam's third round on Saturday after spending his off-day stuck in bed. "I had a rough last 48 hours, but I got my energy up today much more," said Raonic, who had had a fever and an aching body. "I can sometimes get winded a little bit quicker, but that's improving." The third-seeded Raonic, who reached the semifinals in Melbourne last year before losing to Andy Murray, reached the fourth round for the fifth year in a row. It was the big-serving Canadian's fourth win in five matches against Simon. Despite battling through fatigue and other lingering symptoms, Raonic believes that his success is always dependent on the mental aspects of his game. "Just attitude and the way I stuck to it," said Raonic of his win over Simon. "The game will always come if I give myself a chance with that." Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat David Ferrer 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 6-4. Raonic has a notable size advantage over the Spaniard, standing five inches taller and weighing nearly 50 pounds more. As a result, Raonic's power game will have to contend with Bautista Agut trying to push the tempo, much like Simon. "It's going to be a little bit similar to today," said Raonic. "They both hit pretty flat but Bautista tries to take over more with the forehand.  But also, he doesn't suck you in as much into his game." Raonic has won all four of his meetings with Bautista Agut, but is still wary of the styles clash. "I've been able to find the solutions for him a few times in the past before," said Raonic. "It's going to have to be a match where I step up and try to dictate and take it on my terms."   The Canadian Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Regina's Ski Club offers a relaxing, rhythmic reprieve, skier says

CBC Saskatchewan - 2 hours 55 min ago
Skiing is more than just a way to keep physically fit for Tamela Friesen, a member of Regina's Ski Club. It's a chance to get away from the city and explore Saskatchewan's natural beauty in a communal setting.
Categories: Saskatchewan News

Canada's Alex Harvey wins cross-country ski World Cup 15-kilometre race

News Talk 650 CKOM - 3 hours 25 min ago
ULRICEHAMN, Sweden — Canadian Alex Harvey won a 15-kilometre freestyle race at the cross-country ski World Cup on Saturday. Harvey's time of 32 minutes 46.2 seconds made him the first North American man to win a World Cup race since he last topped the podium almost three years ago. "It's amazing. Individual start, it's a real man's race. You're there on your own," said Harvey, who is from Saint Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que. "I'm really happy to be able to check that off." Standings leader and reigning World Cup champion Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway was six seconds off Harvey. Sweden's Markus Hellner finished 14.3 seconds off the pace as he narrowly beat Switzerland's Dario Cologna to the final podium spot. Sundby stretched his lead in the standings to 257 points over Russia's Sergei Ustyugov, with Finland's Matti Heikkinen 220 points back of Ustyugov and Harvey in fourth. Earlier, Norwegian veteran Marit Bjoergen won a women's 10-kilometre freestyle race in 23:46.3 to underline her dominance of the event. She has now won seven of the last 15 10K freestyle races in the World Cup. It was the first World Cup race ever held in Ulricehamn, meaning the 36-year-old Bjoergen has now won in a record 37 different host cities over the course of her career. Finland's Krista Parmakoski was second, 10.7 seconds off Bjoergen's time, while Sweden's Charlotte Kalla took third, 24.9 seconds off the lead. Norway's Heidi Weng, who was sixth in Saturday's race, leads the overall standings by 279 points over Parmakoski. The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Women descend on DC to push back against new president

News Talk 650 CKOM - 3 hours 33 min ago
WASHINGTON — Wearing pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" to mock the new president, tens of thousands of women massed in the nation's capital and other cities around the globe Saturday for marches and demonstrations aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent over the next four years. "We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war," actress America Ferrera told the Washington crowd. "Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the president is not America. ... We are America and we are here to stay." The women brandished signs with messages such as "Women won't back down" and "Less fear more love" and decried Trump's stand on such issues as abortion, health care, diversity and climate change. There were early signs that the crowds in the capital could top those that gathered for Trump's inauguration on Friday. City officials said organizers of the Women's March on Washington had more than doubled their turnout estimate to 500,000 as crowds began swelling and subways into the city became clogged with participants. It wasn't just a Washington phenomenon and it wasn't just women: More than 600 "sister marches" were planned across the country and around the world, and plenty of men were part of the tableau. In Washington, Rena Wilson, of Charlotte, North Carolina, said she hopes the women can send Trump a message that they're "not going anywhere." Joy Rodriguez, of Miami, arrived with her husband, William, and their two daughters, ages 12 and 10. "I want to make sure their rights are not infringed on in these years coming up," Joy Rodriguez said. March organizers said women are "hurting and scared" as the new president takes office and want a greater voice for women in political life. "In the spirit of democracy and honouring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore," their mission statement says. Retired teacher Linda Lastella, 69, who came from Metuchen, New Jersey, said she had never marched before but felt the need to speak out when "many nations are experiencing this same kind of pullback and hateful, hateful attitudes." "It just seemed like we needed to make a very firm stand of where we were," she said. Rose Wurm, 64, a retired medical secretary from Bedford, Pennsylvania, boarded a Washington-bound bus in Hagerstown, Maryland, at 7 a.m. carrying two signs: one asking Trump to stop tweeting, and one asking him to fix, not trash, the Obamacare health law. "There are parts of it that do need change. It's something new, something unique that's not going to be perfect right out of the gate," she said. Many arrived wearing hand-knit "pussyhats" — a message of female empowerment aimed squarely at Trump's crude boast about grabbing women's genitals. The march attracted significant support from celebrities. Ferrara led the artists' contingent, and those scheduled to speak in Washington included Scarlett Johansson, Ashley Judd, Melissa Harris-Perry and Michael Moore. The promised performance lineup included Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Samantha Ronson, the Indigo Girls and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Cher, Katy Perry and Julianne Moore all were expected to attend. Women and other groups were demonstrating across the nation and as far abroad as Myanmar and Australia. In Prague, hundreds gathered in Wenceslas Square in freezing weather, waving portraits of Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin and holding banners that read "This is just the beginning," ''Kindness" and "Love." "We are worried about the way some politicians talk, especially during the American elections," said organizer Johanna Nejedlova. In Copenhagen, march organizer Lesley-Ann Brown said: "Nationalist, racist and misogynistic trends are growing worldwide and threaten the most marginalized groups in our societies including women, people of colour, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBT community and people with disabilities." In Sydney, thousands of Australians marched in solidarity in Hyde Park. One organizer said hatred, bigotry and racism are not only America's problems. The idea for the women's march took off after a number of women posted on social media in the hours after Trump's election about the need to mobilize. Hundreds of groups quickly joined the cause, pushing a wide range of causes, including abortion rights, gun control, climate change and immigrant rights. While the march organizers' "mission and vision" statement never mentions Trump and stresses broad themes, including the message that "women's rights are human rights," the unifying factor among those turning out appeared to be a loathing for the new president and dismay that so much of the country voted for him. Friday's unrest during the inauguration led police to use pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump's formal procession and the evening balls. About a mile from the National Mall, police gave chase to a group of about 100 protesters who smashed the windows of downtown businesses, including a Starbucks, a Bank of America and a McDonald's, as they denounced capitalism and Trump. "They began to destroy property, throw objects at people, through windows. A large percentage of this small group was armed with crowbars and hammers," said the city's interim police chief, Peter Newsham. ___ Associated Press Writers Alanna Durkin Richer, Brian Witte and David Dishneau in Washington, Karel Janicek in Prague contributed to this report. Nancy Benac And Ben Nuckols, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

News Talk 650 CKOM - 3 hours 52 min ago
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain. Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with state Rossiya television that it would be an "illusion" to expect that U.S.-Russian relations would be completely free of disagreements. "Successful development of bilateral ties will depend on our ability to solve these differences through dialogue," Peskov said. He added that Putin will call Trump soon to congratulate him. Peskov's sober assessment contrasted with euphoria in Russian political and business elites, where many expect a quick thaw in relations with the U.S. A few clubs and bars sought to cash in on public excitement, hosting parties to mark Trump's inauguration. Trump has promised to mend ties with Moscow badly strained over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. elections, and his victory has elated Russian political elites. Peskov, however, pointed at the challenges posed by the intricacy of nuclear arms control, the complexity of the situation in Syria and other issues. While Russia supports prospective nuclear arms cuts, they should be proportional and not upset the nuclear parity between Russia and the U.S., which "plays a critical role in ensuring global stability and security," Peskov said. He noted that different composition of Russian and U.S. nuclear forces is a factor that needs to be carefully considered in negotiations. Asked to comment on Trump's recent interview with the Times of London in which he indicated that he could end sanctions imposed on Russia imposed after the 2014 annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal, Peskov said the two issues are hard to link. Peskov emphasized the U.S. role in settling the nearly six-year conflict in Syria, where Trump has offered to pool efforts with Russia in fighting the Islamic State group. "It's quite obvious that it's impossible to constructively solve the Syrian problem without the U.S. participation," he said. Russia already has invited Trump's administration to attend talks between Syrian government and opposition groups in Kazakhstan capital Monday. Russia brokered the talks together with Turkey and Iran, but Tehran has opposed the U.S. involvement in them. "There are certain disagreements between Moscow and Tehran on this subject," Peskov said, adding that the Syrian issue "is too complex to have a full harmony in approaches." "Any deals there are unlikely, there are too many parties involved," he added. Turning to the Ukrainian crisis, which has driven Russia's relations with the West to post-Cold War lows, Peskov criticized Barack Obama's administration for an "unconstructive" approach and voiced hope that Trump's administration would revise it. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press ©2017 The Canadian Press

Canada’s worst cities for full-time jobs

Global Regina - 4 hours 16 min ago
Aging communities show up a lot in this list.