EDMONTON – Meat lovers filled Clarke Stadium on Saturday as the third annual Porkapalooza got into full swing.
Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director for Alberta Pork, said approximately 70,000 people are expected to walk through the grounds during the three-day event.
Fitzgerald said he hopes the event gives attendees a greater appreciation for barbecue, such as pulled pork, brisket and pork and beef ribs.
“The intent really was to try and introduce Alberta and Edmontonians to more barbecue,” he said.
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“I think traditionally most people think of barbecue as grilling. You take the meat, you put it over a flame and you cook it really quickly. But barbecue is really about low and slow – low temperatures for a long time.”
The low and slow barbecue technique is something Myke Badry is familiar with. The Edmonton man is one of three men who make up MJM Competition BBQ.
The trio have barbecued together for about five years now but decided to enter the barbecue competition at Porkapalooza this year.
“It’s a popular thing throughout the U.S. We see it on TV all the time. We thought, why not , give it a shot,” Badry said.
So what is the key to good barbecue? Badry said the answer is actually quite simply.
“To have fun – I think it’s all about getting people together in the backyard making delicious meat.”
Attendees like Leon Cardinal have been coming to Porkapalooza ever since it started three years ago.
“It’s pretty laid back, just like barbecue, low and slow,” he said.
Cardinal said he finds himself drawn to pork ribs and beef ribs in particular.
This year was Margaret Duma and Scott Cameron’s first time at the event.
“We are both meat lovers,” she said with a laugh.
“We love to eat and being Father’s Day coming up, I figured I would bring Scott.”
“We’re looking at buying a smoker and thought we’d check out what these guys do,” Cameron said.
Porkapalooza includes a concert series and this year, Alberta Pork decided to donate 8,000 tickets as a way to say thank you to everyone who helped out with Fort McMurray fire relief.
“We looked at this and just thought Edmonton and Alberta and others just really opened their hearts, opened their doors and helped out the evacuees from Fort McMurray. We’ve seen so much giving, we just thought, why don’t we give too?” Fitzgerald said.
Concertgoer Breanna Duguay calls the idea “great.”
“It also gives people extra incentive to donate as well instead of just paying [the admission],” she said.
Fitzgerald said the donation is a big financial cost but he hopes people enjoy it.
“We hope people remember a good time and I hope people remember Alberta Pork helping out a great cause,” he said.
The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation is also on-site at Porkapalooza to accept donations for the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.
It’s been exactly six months since Karanpal Bhangu was shot and killed while working at a Mill Woods Mac’s convenience store.
In the middle of the night on Dec. 18, 2015, three masked men allegedly burst into the store in an armed robbery.
Police say Bhangu cooperated, but the gunmen still shot him in the stomach. The 35-year-old died soon after.
The suspects then drove to another Mac’s store in Pleasantview. That’s where Ricky Cenabrae was working alone. He too was shot and killed.
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Bhangu’s widow, Kiranbir Bhangu, said she has not been able to move forward since her husband’s death.
“Karan was everything to me. He was my husband, he was my mentor, he was my guide, my everything,” she explained. “Love of my life.”
To help her cope, she’s spearheading the Karan Project, an initiative named in her husband’s honour, to improve the safety of overnight workers.
“The project is my way of saying thank you to the community and finding a purpose in my life.”
After more than five years of waiting to join his wife, Karanpal had just moved to Canada with the couple’s six-year-old son, Royce, in August 2015.
The 35-year-old had only started working at the convenience store one month before he was murdered.
“Kiranbir and her family came to Canada for the security and safety and that was robbed from them,” said Karan Project supporter Monica Lewicki.
“It was stolen from them. It’s heartbreaking.”
Kiranbir believes a few changes would go a long way in protecting workers like Karanpal.
“Night shift employees should be behind a secure barrier or a bulletproof countertop or shield,” she said.
She also wants to see them working in pairs.
“If somebody’s in the back room and they see there is something going on, they can jump in or they can call the police.”
Karanpal’s cousin, Navpreet Baath, agreed. He worked overnight at a Mac’s store for two years before quitting due to safety concerns.
“If there are two guys working, you can feel like you have someone backing you up. And if you’re behind the counter, you feel more safe. You have a little space that’s yours.”
One of the safety suggestions is to have two people working overnight. Another is to have bullet-proof glass. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/B4yQB2BoXX
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
Kiran said on the night of the robbery, her husband activated the store’s emergency transponder – but the store owner told her that alarm company can’t see what the surveillance cameras do – that’s another company.
“They call the police and they call the dealer,” she said. “Then police call the store, three times, a minute apart, to make sure it’s not a false alarm. I think it’s too long.”
She’s worried those phone calls tip off the burglars that the employee has reached out for help.
“If you push it multiple times, in a panic, a patrolling officer should arrive there (without calling first),” she explained. “No wasting time.”
With help from her employer, the Progressive Academy, Kiranbir hosted a special brainstorming event for the Karan Project on Saturday.
She’s hoping to hear suggestions from others on how to ensure employees make it home from their shift.
The Karan Project aims to protect the lives of employees who work overnight shifts. Like Karan, killed at Macs. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0IHOLCVMWS
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
“I feel like night shift workers are at a high risk of violence. We need to get together to make our voices heard and get decision makers to have our voices heard.”
Labour Minister Christina Gray came to Progressive Academy to speak with Kiran. She sent this statement to media later in the day:
“My heart goes out to Kiran and all of Karan’s family. I was overwhelmed by today’s powerful show of support from the Edmonton community for Kiran following such a tragic loss. I was also touched to meet with her and hear from the Karan Project team about the ideas they have for improving the safety of workers in Alberta’s convenience stores and gas stations. These are tragic situations that should be preventable. Families need to know that when their loved ones go to work, they will come home safe at the end of the day.”
Gray also extended an invitation to Kiran to meet with her and her staff at the Legislature.
We sat down with Karan’s widow, Kiran, to talk about how the last 6 months have been for her and her son. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0iD9ObOHk0
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
“The darkness of night is so horrifying. I don’t want anybody else to go through this.”
Global News reached out to Mac’s Convenience stores, but has not yet received a response.
The provincial and federal government celebrated the official opening of 12 affordable rental housing units in Regina with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
“This project is interesting, because it’s not all in one location. It’s at nine different locations throughout the city of Regina,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale explained.
The units are a mix of duplexes and two-storey family units. Most of the rentals are located in the North Central neighbourhood.
The federal and provincial government, through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporate (SHC) and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) jointly contributed $240,000.
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That money will go towards six of the 12 units over the course of ten years. The savings for low income families equate to $300 per month.
“This gives the individual or the family a really good running start to be able to make sure that they have some sort of help and assistance with their housing needs,” MLA Regina Rochdale Laura Ross said.
According to Avana Homes president Jennifer Denouden, the total affordable rental housing project costs $2.4 million.
“It’s very important to give back, and what better way to give back as a homebuilding company that to invest in affordable housing,” Denouden said.
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According to the latest “Housing Market Outlook” according to CMHC’s Spring 2016 forecast, rental vacancies across Regina are at an all time high.
Still, the federal government said investing in social infrastructure, and specifically social housing, will help boost the economy.
“We increased over the next two years, the federal investment (of Affordable Housing Agreement) by 1.5 billion dollars. That is part of the acceleration that we’re making in infrastructure across the country,” Goodale said.
The province acknowledges there is more social housing that needs to be addressed, but believes this is a start.
“We have more work to do, there’s just no doubt about that … We’re committed to helping ensure that families and individuals have good quality homes,” Ross explained.
U.S. federal investigators have released a partial transcript Monday of the conversations between Omar Mateen, the gunman who murdered 49 people within the Pulse Nightclub, and Orlando police negotiators.
The redacted transcript revealed more details into the deadly mass shooting that occurred a week ago. The agency said in a statement they will not be releasing audio of the shooter’s 911 calls at this time out of respect for the victims of this horrific tragedy.
Partial transcript of 911 call between Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, dispatch
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OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded. OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic] OD: What? OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I’m in Orlando and I did the shootings.
OD: What’s your name? OM: My name is I pledge of allegiance to [omitted]. OD: Ok, What’s your name? OM: I pledge allegiance to [omitted] may God protect him [in Arabic], on behalf of [omitted]. OD: Alright, where are you at? OM: In Orlando. OD: Where in Orlando?
[End of call.]
During the 50-second call with a dispatcher, Mateen “made murderous statements in a “chilling, calm and deliberate manner,” said Ronald Hopper, FBI assistant special agent in charge in Orlando.
However, there is no evidence Mateen was directed by a foreign terrorist group, and he was radicalized on his own, Hopper said.
Mateen’s name and the groups and people to whom he pledged allegiance were omitted from the excerpt. But the FBI has previously said he pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.
According to the FBI, Omar Mateen identified himself as an “Islamic soldier” and told the negotiator that America needs to stop bombing Syria and Iraq and that is why he was “out here right now.”
When the crisis negotiator asked the shooter what he had done, the shooter stated, “No, you already know what I did.”
“There is some vehicle outside that has some bombs, just to let you know. You people are gonna get it, and I’m gonna ignite it if they try to do anything stupid,” Mateen said.
Later in the call with the crisis negotiator, the shooter stated that he had a vest, and further described it as the kind they “used in France,” an apparent reference to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.
“In the next few days, you’re going to see more of this type of action going on,” Mateen said before hanging up.
The release comes a day after tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in the heart of downtown Orlando for the 49 victims who died in the massacre. The victims also were remembered at church services and at makeshift memorials throughout Orlando.
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“As a community, it’s important that we gather together to show our support because only together can we move forward,” said Gabrielle Claire, a musician and Universal Orlando worker who says she knew three Pulse victims who died. She was holding a “Hugs for Healing” sign at the vigil and numerous strangers came up to hug her.
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“We don’t have to be afraid of holding each other. We don’t have to be afraid of saying to other people, ‘I’m here for you,”‘ she said.
Lynch said in interviews Sunday on several news shows that the FBI would release a partial, printed transcript of the conversations between gunman Omar Mateen from within the Pulse nightclub and Orlando police negotiators. Armed with a semi-automatic weapon, Mateen went on a bloody rampage at the club June 12 that left 49 people dead and 53 others seriously hurt. Mateen died in a hail of gunfire after police stormed the venue.
Lynch told ABC’s “This Week” that the top goal while intensifying pressure on the Islamic State – the extremist group thought to have inspired Mateen – is to build a complete profile of him in order to help prevent another massacre like Orlando.
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“As you can see from this investigation, we are going back and learning everything we can about this killer, about his contacts, people who may have known him or seen him. And we’re trying to build that profile so that we can move forward,” Lynch said.
Lynch said she would be travelling to Orlando on Tuesday to meet with investigators.
Speaking to CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Lynch said that a key goal of the investigation was to determine why Mateen targeted the gay community. The victims were predominantly gay and Hispanic since it was “Latin night” at Pulse.
“We are hurting. We are exhausted, confused, and there is so much grief,” said Larry Watchorn, a ministerial intern, during a sermon Sunday at Joy Metropolitan Community Church in Orlando, whose congregants are predominantly gay.
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott described the attack as “devastating” while praying at the First Baptist Church of Orlando on Sunday. He said the gunman targeted “two very vulnerable populations.”
“But here is the positive out of it … people have come together,” Scott said. “There are so many people who have done so many wonderful acts.”
Around Orlando, people left balloons, flowers, pictures and posters at a makeshift memorial in front of the city’s new performing arts centre and at Orlando Regional Medical Center where 49 white crosses were emblazoned with red hearts and the names of the victims.
The crosses were built by a Chicago carpenter with a history of constructing crosses for victims of mass shootings. Greg Zanis drove from Illinois to Orlando last week and installed the crosses at the medical centre, where many of the 53 shooting victims who survived were taken for treatment.
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He said Sunday that the crosses are a message for people of all faiths: “Quit judging and start loving.”
A rainbow appeared over Lake Eola Park Sunday evening as tens of thousands of people turned out for an evening vigil to honour the victims of the shooting. The park was filled with people holding white flowers, American flags and candles.
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One of those people attending, Traci Hines-McKenzie, said the timing of the rainbow was perfect.
“You know that’s a sign,” she said.
Dr. Khurshid Ahmed was part of a group of Muslim-Americans at the vigil who held signs reading, “Muslims Condemn Extremism.” Investigators have said Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, and a letter from the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, said Mateen wrote on Facebook that “real Muslims will never accept the filthy ways of the West.”
At the end of the vigil, people held up their candles as the names of each victim were read, creating a ring of fire around Lake Eola. They chanted “One Orlando,” “Orlando United” and “Somos Orlando,” Spanish for “We are Orlando.”
“That event has gotten the attention of the world,” said Evania Nichols, an Orlando resident. “And, for Orlando – a city that’s always been incredibly inclusive no matter your skin colour, no matter your background – it’s brought about a movement that I think is starting here and I really hope continues.”
Toronto police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who was fatally struck by a GO Train early Monday morning on the Lakeshore West line.
Police responded to the collision just before 6:30 a.m. Monday on the GO Train tracks near 130 The Queensway.
Police said a man was walking northbound across the tracks, west of South Kingsway, when he was struck by an eastbound GO Train.
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The man suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police describe the man as white, mid-20s, standing around 5’6″ tall, weighing 150 pounds, with short light-brown hair, a light-brown trimmed beard, with no visible marks, tattoos or jewelry. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, dark Bluenotes blue jeans, black Nike high-top leather shoes with black laces, a black belt and black socks.
Officials say trains were put back into service after a near two-hour delay following several cancellations.
“This is our busiest line and the busiest time of the day so approximately 20,000 people are going to be impacted by this,” Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Lakeshore West #GOtrain Passengers: Train service has resumed. Trains will begin travelling through to Union with some residual delays.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
LSE #GOtrain: Service near EX getting back to normal We don’t think there will be any more delays/cancellations.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
TPS on scene The Queensway/ Humber River. Reports of a person hit by a train. Searching the area for a victim. ^ec
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) June 20, 2016
Aldershot 5:31 – Union 6:38 #GOtrain struck a person west of Exhibition. Expect trains to be delayed, cancelled & adjusted.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
Union Station 07:13 – Aldershot GO 08:21 #GOtrain is cancelled as a result of a person being struck by a train west of Exhibition GO stn
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
LSW: Report has come in that a person was struck east of Mimico. We expect this will affect service for next 2 hours. Update to follow.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
Union 6:55 – Aldershot 7:58 #GOtrain is cancelled as a person has beenstruck by a train west of Exhibition.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
LSE #GOtrain: Fatality of a person on tracks west of Exhibition. Trains likely affected with delays & possible cancellations til 8:30.
— GO Transit (@GOtransit) June 20, 2016
LSW #GOtrain service suspended. Shuttle bus from Port Credit to Cooksville. TTC protocol in effect. Details: https://t.co/FCxkTdpBUu
The intersection of College Street and Bathurst Street will be closed for the next three weeks as a result of streetcar track reconstruction and won’t reopen until July 13.
The Toronto Transit Commission said the project involves capping old watermains, removing the eastbound streetcar platform, reconstructing the westbound streetcar platform, some road resurfacing and sidewalk improvements.
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Businesses and residences in the area are being advised that the first few days of work will be the most disruptive in terms of noise and dust.
The TTC said crews will also be working into the evening and overnight hours.
“After-hours work by TTC is required to support the daytime construction and complete the project as quickly as possible,” the TTC said in a release.
“There will be some loud noise with trucks backing up and sound associated with moving rail into place.”
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There will be a number of TTC service disruptions during that time. They are as follows:
511 Bathurst streetcar route will be converted to buses. Buses will divert around the intersection closure both ways via Harbord, Spadina and Dundas. 310 Bathurst night buses will follow the same detour.506 Carlton streetcars will be maintained on the eastern portion of the route during weekdays. Streetcars will operate between Main Street Station and the downtown area.506 Carlton streetcars will be converted to buses on the western portion of College Street during weekdays. Buses will operate both ways on College between Keele Station and the downtown area, and will divert around the intersection closure both ways via Spadina, Harbord and Ossington.506 Carlton weekend and 306 overnight services will operate as buses along the entire route from Main Street Station to Keele Station to accommodate City watermain relining work on Gerrard Street East.
LONDON – British lawmakers returned to Parliament Monday to pay tribute to lawmaker Jo Cox, as the man charged with her slaying was set to appear in court for a bail hearing.
Parliament was in recess for campaigning in the European Union referendum when Cox was shot and stabbed to death outside a library in her northern England constituency on Thursday.
The killing – the first of a sitting British legislator in more than a quarter of a century – prompted an outpouring of shock and grief, and brought a three-day halt to campaigning for this week’s referendum.
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Cox was a Labor legislator who had championed the plight of Syrian refugees and strongly backed a “remain” vote in Thursday’s EU poll.
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Speaker John Bercow recalled the House of Commons to allow lawmakers to honour their colleague. In a break with tradition, members were allowed sit together, rather than dividing along party lines.
The House is generally recalled only at times of crisis or high significance. The last time it happened was in September 2014, so lawmakers could vote on whether to launch air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
The man accused of killing Cox, 52-year-old Thomas Mair, is set to appear Monday afternoon at London’s Central Criminal Court for a bail hearing.
Mair gave his name as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain” in his first court appearance Saturday.
TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian intelligence officials have broken up “the biggest terrorist plot” ever planned to target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, the country’s state television reported on Monday.
An anchor on state television read off a statement attributing the information to Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. Officials could not be immediately reached for comment to elaborate.
Several suspects have been arrested and are under interrogation over the plot after agents seized ammunition and bombs, the state TV said.
The semi-official Fars and ISNA news agencies quoted Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, as saying the attack was timed to hit during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, citing the Intelligence Ministry, said the attack was supposed to come on the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s wife, Khadija, which was commemorated in small ceremonies across Iran on Thursday.
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The report didn’t identify those arrested, though it called them “takfiris,” a derogatory term in both Arabic and Farsi referring to Muslims who accuse others of being “nonbelievers.”
Iranian authorities often refer to followers of the Sunni militant Islamic State group as “takfiris,” though it isn’t clear if this case involved the extremist group that holds territory in Iraq and Syria.
Shiite power Iran has been helping both the Syrian and the Iraqi government in their battles against the Islamic State group. It has warned of possible militant attacks targeting the country, which largely hasn’t seen such attacks since the immediate aftermath of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.
IRNA, however, called those involved in the plot “Wahhabi takfiris.” Wahhabism is an ultraconservative school of Islam practiced predominantly in Saudi Arabia.
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have frayed following the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in January and subsequent attacks by protesters on Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran. The kingdom cut diplomatic relations with Tehran following those attacks.
Iran recently announced it would not be sending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, as it said the kingdom did not meet Iran’s requests for better security for Iranian pilgrims. The hajj pilgrimage is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their lifetime.
In May, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi announced that 20 “terrorist groups” that planned to detonate bombs and cause insecurity across the country had been dismantled. It’s unclear whether that included the plot announced Monday by state television.
Iran faces threats from several militant groups. Last week, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard battled armed members of an insurgent Kurdish group in the country’s West Azerbaijan province near its border with Iraq and Turkey.
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Both sides gave conflicting death tolls from the fighting, as the Guard said its forces killed 12 insurgents while three of its own died. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan said Kurds killed over 12 Guard members, including a colonel.
Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.
OTTAWA – The United Nations’ refugee agency says one in every 113 people around the world is either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.
The agency says by the end of last year, 65.3 million people had been forcibly displaced from their homes.
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Of that about 12.4 million were newly displaced, due to ongoing persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations that continue to plague countries around the world.
The sobering statistics were contained in the agency’s annual global trends report, released Monday to mark World Refugee Day.
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Only a fraction of those displaced find new permanent homes around the world, largely thanks to the UN’s refugee resettlement programs.
Canada has consistently been among the lead nations in resettling refugees, with the Liberals’ Syrian program helping raise those numbers in 2015.
But one of the factors the report also examines is how well refugees settled into their new homes – and data recorded by the UN suggested that more refugees became citizens of Canada than became citizens of any other country last year, continuing a trend from 2014, the agency said.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, who has widely praised Canada’s program, said the rising number of displaced people isn’t the only concern.
“More people are being displaced by war and persecution and that’s worrying in itself, but the factors that endanger refugees are multiplying too,” he said in a press release.
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“At sea, a frightening number of refugees and migrants are dying each year; on land, people fleeing war are finding their way blocked by closed borders. Politics is gravitating against asylum in some countries.
“The willingness of nations to work together not just for refugees but for the collective human interest is what’s being tested today, and it’s this spirit of unity that badly needs to prevail.”
This fall, Canada will co-chair a special summit on the refugee crisis in New York.
HOUSTON – Saron Wyatt pointed to the secluded end of her small street in Houston’s impoverished Fifth Ward, where a mound of old tires keeps popping up.
Always a trashy nuisance, it’s now a growing danger. Tires collect water and become prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes — especially the ones that spread Zika virus disease and other tropical mosquito-borne illnesses.
Wyatt, a mother of five, doesn’t know where the tires are coming from. But she’s worried about it, and so are health officials.
Spraying for the type of mosquito that carries Zika is not always effective, and they can breed in pools of standing water as small as a Styrofoam cup. That means vacant lots or messy yards may need to be cleaned up.
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Dr. Umair Shah, the head of Houston’s local health department, called getting the co-operation of local residents his department’s biggest issue. “It’s really about a neighbour who might have sources of breeding on their property that can impact a neighbour two or three houses down,” he said.
Experts believe the vast majority of neighbours will comply. But not all. For months now, the federal government has been urging local health officials to review local nuisance ordinances and plot how to handle property owners who are combative or can’t be found.
During a recent outbreak of dengue fever in Hawaii that involved the same mosquito that can spread Zika, health officials went to more than 500 properties to survey or spray. In 23 cases, residents refused requests to enter.
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It happened again in March, when health officials went to see a Kauai resident who was infected with Zika after travelling to an outbreak area in Latin America. Initially, the person would not allow health officials onto the rental property. But when a team returned for a follow-up visit, a family member let them in to look for mosquito breeding areas.
“For the most part, we do get good co-operation,” said Keith Kawaoka, deputy director for environmental health at Hawaii’s state health department. But sometimes co-operation only comes only after a couple of conversations.
Zika has been sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean in recent months, and the fear is that it will get worse there and arrive in the U.S. with the onset of mosquito season this summer. Zika causes only a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people. But it can cause fetal deaths and severe birth defects in the children of women infected during pregnancy.
After West Nile Virus, another mosquito-borne disease, hit the United States in 1999, the response was often to spray wide areas using trucks and aircraft.
But the kinds of mosquitoes that primarily spread West Nile are different from the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads Zika and dengue. That tropical pest likes to live very close to people, and immediately around their homes.
If someone is diagnosed with Zika and health officials determine that they were infected by a local mosquito, officials will draw a circle around their house with a radius of about 150 yards. That’s roughly half a block in many cities. An Aedes aegypti mosquito doesn’t travel farther than that during its typical three-week lifespan.
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Next, health officials or mosquito control workers will visit the properties within that circle and look for standing water where mosquitoes may be breeding, including Styrofoam cups, flower pots, and old tires. They will work with the property owner to remove them, or treat them with chemicals that kill mosquito larvae.
Some people may not want such an intrusion.
In Hawaii during its dengue outbreak, much of the resistance came from organic farmers and beekeepers wary of chemical sprays, Kawaoka said.
But there may be other cases in which a property occupant is hiding an illegal activity and doesn’t want health officials snooping around. Or, there may be people who simply don’t want anyone from the government on their land, some experts said.
“In modern America, there’s been a lot of focus on individual autonomy,” said Lawrence Gostin, a public health law expert at Georgetown University.
Health officials think health they would be able to beat back a legal challenge to government intervention because courts have long allowed the government to intrude onto private property to deal with situations that may be harmful to the public, Gostin said.
Wyatt doesn’t know where the tires on her street in Houston come from, but she doesn’t think it’s her neighbours. She considers the people on her block to be quiet people who don’t come out of their houses much but don’t appear to cause any trouble.
“They all look out for one another,” she said.
But health officials in Harris County have had mixed results trying to clear up dumping grounds and standing water.
And mosquito control staff are fielding complaints from people tired of seeing staffers walk on their property to monitor mosquito traps that officials have set up to try to detect Zika before human infection, said Martin Reyna Nava, technical operations manager for the county’s mosquito control division.
Shah and others are concerned that these kinds of trouble spots will keep popping up, at least until a local Zika case occurs in the community and makes people realize that the danger is real.
“There may be folks who say, ‘Nah, I’m not really interested in helping,’” Shah said. “That’s where the challenge comes in.”
Associated Press writers Jennifer Kay in Miami contributed to this report. Stobbe reported from Atlanta and New York.
THE I LOVE MY GARDEN CONTEST (THE “CONTEST”) IS INTENDED TO BE CONDUCTED IN CANADA ONLY (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) AND SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO APPLICABLE CANADIAN LAW. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE OF THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID IN WHOLE OR PART WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE CONTEST RULES (THE “CONTEST RULES”).
HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST. There is no purchase necessary to enter the Contest. There are two (2) ways to enter the Contest: (a) by submitting an Entry (as defined below); and (b) by submitting a vote (the “Vote(s)”).
To be eligible to submit an Entry for this Contest, an individual must:
be a legal resident of the province of Alberta;
be of the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of entry;
be the sole owner of all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the Work (as defined below) submitted in connection with the Contest; and
be legally able to travel within Canada and have any and all necessary documentation as may be required for presentation to Canadian and/or International customs and airport personnel.
(b) To be eligible to submit an entry by casting a Vote an individual must:
(i) be a legal resident of the province of Alberta; and
(ii) be of the age of majority in his/her province or territory of residence or older at the time of submitting a Vote.
Employees of Inc. its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, successors and assigns (collectively “Corus”) and the City of Calgary (together with Corus, collectively, the “Sponsors“), their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, related companies, advertising and promotional agencies, any person who has been confirmed as a winner of two (2) Corus administered contests within six (6) months preceding the Contest start date indicated below and/or the household members of any of the above are not eligible to enter.
The Sponsors shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and/or eligibility to participate in the Contest. Failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification. All personal and other information requested by and supplied to the Sponsors for the purpose of the Contest must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant should such an entrant at any stage supply untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate or misleading personal details and/or information.
The Contest begins at 5:00 a.m. Mountain Time (“MT”) on Monday, June 20, 2016 and ends at 11:55 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 24, 2016 (the “Contest Period“).
Entries may be submitted beginning at 5:00 a.m. MT on Monday, June 20, 2016 and ending at 11:59 p.m. MT on Thursday, July 7, 2016 (the “Entry Period”) after which time the Entry Period will be closed and no further Entries will be accepted.
The Finalists (as defined below) selection process takes place on or about Friday, July 8 and 10:00 a.m. MT.
Online voting to determine the Grand Prize Winners on the Contest Website begins at 10:00 a.m. MT on Monday, July 11, 2016 and ends at 11:55 p.m. MT on Sunday, July 24, 2016 (the “Voting Entry Period”) after which time no further Voting Entries will be considered.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY
To submit a Contest Entry, visit https://globalnews长沙夜网/calgary/contest/2766811/i-love-my-garden-contest (the “Contest Website”) and follow the instructions on how to enter the Contest via e-mail. Be sure to include in your e-mail a photo of your new (planted after January 1, 2014) or established (planted prior to January 1, 2014) garden (the “Photo”) along with a written submission (five hundred (500) words or less) telling us why your yard deserves to win (together with the Photo, collectively the “Work”). Be sure to indicate in your e-mail if you have a new or established garden. Size of Photo submitted must be 3300 x 2500 pixels.By participating in this Contest, each entrant represents and warrants that the Work: (i) does not contain any material, language or gestures that are libelous, defamatory, indecent, profane, obscene or violent and does not violate any laws relating to hate speech or otherwise; (ii) is original, solely created by the entrant and that no third party participated as an author, co-author or otherwise in the creation of the Work or any part thereof; (iii) all right, title and interest (including copyright) therein is owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable the Sponsors to use the Work as contemplated by these Contest Rules; and (iv) the Work does not infringe upon the intellectual property right, proprietary interest or other statutory or common law rights of any third party; (v) does not contain any recognizable logos or any other copyrighted material; (vi) does not contain any mention, endorsement, or “plug” any commercial product, service, venture or thing, including, without limitation, the name of your employer; and (vii) has not been submitted in connection with any other contest and/or promotional campaign.Limit of one (1) Entry per person during the Entry Period. In the case of multiple entries, only the first eligible entry will be considered.All entries, including the Work, become the sole property of the Sponsors and will not be returned for any reason. Entries must be received no later than the end of the Entry Period. Entries will be declared invalid if they are late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, mutilated, forged, garbled or mechanically or electronically reproduced. Unless otherwise set out herein, no communication or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants except with those selected as a potential winner.
HOW TO SUBMIT A VOTING ENTRY
To enter the Contest by submitting a Vote (each a “Voting Entry” and collectively the “Voting Entries”) during the Voting Entry Period, visit the Contest Website and follow the instructions on how to submit a Voting Entry. Limit of one Voting Entry, per e-mail address, per day during the Voting Period.
GENERAL ENTRY TERMS
Entries received online shall be deemed to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with an Entry or a Voting Entry. For the purpose of the Contest Rules, “authorized account holder” of an e-mail address is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Any entrant may be required to provide the Sponsors with proof that they are the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with their Entry or Voting Entry.
There are two (2) grand prizes (the “Grand Prizes”) available to be won by the Grand Prize winner (the “Grand Prize Winner(s)”) each consisting of a trip for two (2) to Victoria, BC (the “Destination”) which shall include:
Round-trip economy airfare for each Grand Prize Winner and one (1) guest (the “Guest”) leaving together from the same gateway, on the same itinerary, from Calgary International Airport to the Destination;
Three (3) nights hotel accommodation to be selected by the Sponsors in their sole discretion for each Grand Prize Winner and Guest based on double occupancy unless otherwise indicated;
A gift certificate to a local greenhouse/garden centre in the amount of two hundred and fifty Canadian dollars (CDN $250.00);
Admission for two (2) to the Buchart Gardens in the Destination; and
If the Grand Prize Winner resides in Calgary, the Grand Prize will include a two (2) hour yard consultation with Kath Smyth from the Horticultural Society (subject to availability).
Each Grand Prize has an approximate value of two thousand five hundred Canadian dollars (CDN $2,500.00).
Grand Prize Winners and their Guests must be available to travel and participate in the Grand Prize between August 2, 2016 and October 31, 2016. Blackout dates may apply. All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking. Should a Grand Prize Winner and/or their Guests be unable to travel and participate on the dates and times designated by the Sponsors, the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Grand Prize Winner and Guests will be responsible for transportation to and from originating airport, travel and medical insurance, travel documentation, airport improvement fees, bag check fees, taxes, gratuities, telephone calls, in-room charges and any other expense not explicitly included in the Prize. Winner may be required to present a valid major credit card upon check-in to cover any expenses over and above the standard room charge.
Guests must be of the age of majority or older in their province or territory of residence, comply with the Contest Rules and sign and return the Release (described below).
There are two (2) voting prize (the “Voting Prize”) available to be won by the Voting Prize winners (the “Voting Prize Winners”), each consisting of a gift card to a local greenhouse/garden centre in the amount of one hundred Canadian dollars (CDN $100.00).
GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS
Grand Prizes and Voting Prizes are hereafter collectively referred to as “Prize” or “Prizes”. Grand Prize Winners and Voting Prize Winners are hereafter collectively referred to as a “Winner” or “Winners”.
Winners are not entitled to monetary difference between actual Prize value and stated approximate Prize value, if any.
The Sponsors and/or the Sponsors’ representatives will contact the Winners to coordinate the provision of the Prizes within five (5) business days once such Winners have been successfully contacted and notified of his/her Prize and fulfilled the requirements set out herein.
Prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Any unused, unclaimed or declined portion of a Prize will be forfeited, have no cash value and the Sponsors shall have no obligation to provide either an alternative or value-in-kind. The Sponsors reserve the right, in its and their sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if a Prize (or any portion thereof) cannot be awarded for any reason.
Shipped Prizes shall not be insured and the Sponsors shall not assume any liability for lost, damaged or misdirected Prizes.
Six (6) Finalists shall be selected as follows:
On or about Friday, July 8, 2016 in Calgary, AB, six (6) entrants will be selected as potential Finalists from all Entries received to date based on the following equally weighted criteria demonstrated in their Work: (i) Use of colour and design; (ii) Eye appealing; (iii) Yard is well thought out and planned to manage the flow of water and use of light; (collectively the “Criteria”). The odds of being selected as a potential Finalist are dependent upon the number of eligible Entries received by the Sponsors and the Criteria. Before being declared a Finalist, the selected entrant shall be required to comply with the Contest Rules.
The Sponsors, in their absolute discretion, shall select the Finalists based upon the above Criteria. The decisions of the Sponsors shall be final and binding and may not be challenged in any way.
EACH SELECTED ENTRANT WILL BE NOTIFIED BY TELEPHONE AND/or E-MAIL NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2016 AT 1:00 P.M. MT AND MUST RESPOND WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS (24H) OF NOTIFICATION IN ORDER TO BE CONFIRMED AS A FINALIST. Upon notification, the selected entrant must respond by telephone or e-mail (as specified in the notification) to the contact number or e-mail address provided no later than the indicated deadline set out in the Contest Rules. If the selected entrant does not respond in accordance with the Contest Rules, he/she will be disqualified and will not proceed as a Finalist and another entrant may be selected in the Sponsors’ sole discretion until such time as an entrant satisfies the terms set out herein. The Sponsors are not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of a selected entrant to receive notification or for the Sponsors to receive a selected entrant’s response.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER SELECTION.
Two (2) Grand Prize Winners shall be selected as follows:
On or about July 28, 2016 in Calgary, AB, two (2) Finalists will be selected as potential Grand Prize Winners, one from the “new garden” category and one from the ‘established garden’ category based on the number of eligible Votes received during the Voting Period. Before being declared a Grand Prize Winner, the selected entrant shall be required to comply with the Contest Rules and sign and return the Release (described below).
VOTING PRIZE WINNER SELECTION.
Two (2) Voting Prize Winners shall be selected as follows:
On or about July 28, 2016 in Calgary, AB, two (2) potential Voting Prize Winners will be selected from the pool of entrants that submitted a Vote during the Voting Period. The odds of being selected as a potential Voting Prize Winner are dependent upon the number of eligible Voting Entries received by the Sponsors. Before being declared a Voting Prize Winner, the selected entrant shall be required to comply with the Contest Rules and may be required to sign and return the Release (described below).
WINNER SELECTION GENERAL TERMS.
THE ENTRANTS SELECTED AS POTENTIAL GRAND PRIZE WINNERS AND POTENTIAL VOTING PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY TELEPHONE or E-MAIL NO LATER THAN JULY 28, 2016 AT 10:00 A.M. MT AND MUST RESPOND WITHIN TWO (2) BUSINESS DAYS OF NOTIFICATION. Upon notification, the selected entrant must respond by telephone or e-mail (as specified in the notification) to the contact number or e-mail address provided no later than the indicated deadline set out in the Contest Rules and/or the notification. If the selected entrant does not respond accordingly, he/she will be disqualified and will not receive a Prize and another entrant may be selected in the Sponsors’ sole discretion until such time as an entrant satisfies the terms set out herein. The Sponsors are not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of a selected entrant to receive notification or for the Sponsors to receive a selected entrant’s response.
If, as a result of an error relating to the entry process, drawing or any other aspect of the Contest, there are more selected entrants than contemplated in these Contest Rules, there will be a random draw amongst all eligible Prize claimants after the Contest’s closing date to award the correct number of Prizes.
Winners and Guests will be required to execute a legal agreement and release (“Release”) that confirms each Winner’s and Guest’s: (i) eligibility for the Contest and compliance with these Contest Rules; (ii) acceptance of the Prize as offered; (iii) release of each of the Sponsors and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates and/or related companies and each of their employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsors, administrators, licensees, representatives, advertising, media buying and promotional agencies (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in the Contest, participation in any Contest-related activity or the acceptance, use, or misuse of any Prize, including but not limited to costs, injuries, losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising therefrom; and (iv) grant to the Sponsors of the unrestricted right, in the Sponsors’ collective or individual discretion, to produce, reproduce, display, publish, convert, post, serve, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, exhibit, distribute, adapt and otherwise use or re-use the Winner’s and Guest’s name, statements, image, likeness, voice and biography and submitted Work, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in connection with the Contest and the promotion and exploitation thereof. The executed Release must be returned within two (2) business days of the date indicated on the accompanying letter of notification or the verification as a Winner or the selected entrant will be disqualified and the Prize forfeited.
INDEMNIFICATION BY ENTRANT. By entering the Contest, each entrant releases and holds Releasees harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person, including personal injury, death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from (a) their participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity; (b) the acceptance, use, or misuse of any Prize; or (c) any breach of the Contest Rules. Each entrant agrees to fully indemnify Releasees from any and all claims by third parties relating to the entrant’s participation in the Contest, without limitation.RIGHTS CLEARANCE. By providing the Work to the Sponsors in connection with the Contest, each entrant shall retain all right, title and interest (including copyright) in and to the Work and shall grant to the Sponsors a worldwide, gratuitous, irrevocable, and exclusive licence to copy, modify, produce, reproduce, display, publish, exhibit, distribute, convert, adapt, post, serve, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, transmit and otherwise use or reuse the Work for use in all media now known or hereafter devised in perpetuity beginning on the date of entry, including, but not limited to, in connection with the administration, promotion and exploitation of the Contest. Sponsors assume no responsibility for any claims of infringement of rights to copyright, privacy, personality or otherwise, and all such liability shall remain with the entrant. Sponsors reserve the right to exclude any Work on the basis of concerns relating to the rights of third parties, including but not limited to privacy, copyright, defamation, rights of personality, obscenity or hate speech, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. The Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for lost, late, unintelligible/illegible, falsified, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries, notifications, responses, replies or any Release, or for any computer, online, software, telephone, hardware or technical malfunctions that may occur, including but not limited to malfunctions that may affect the transmission or non-transmission of an entry. The Sponsors are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest. The Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability in the event that the Contest cannot be conducted as planned for any reason, including those reasons beyond the control of the Sponsors, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or corruption of the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest and/or the Contest Website. CONDUCT. By participating in the Contest, each entrant is deemed to have executed and agrees to be bound by the Contest Rules, which will be posted at the Contest Website and made available throughout the Contest Period. Entrant further agrees to be bound by the decisions of the Sponsors which shall be final and binding in all respects. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant found to be: (a) violating the Contest Rules; (b) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest and/or the Contest Website or any related promotional website; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general rules or guidelines of any Inc. property or service; and/or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass the Sponsors or any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE CONTEST WEBSITE OR ANY RELATED WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. Grand Prize Winners and Guests must at all times behave appropriately when taking part in the Grand Prize and observe the Contest Rules and any other rules or regulations in force at the hotel and/or any other Grand Prize-related locations. The Sponsors reserve the right to remove from the hotel and/or any other Grand Prize-related locations, any Grand Prize Winner(s) and/or Guest(s) who breaks such rules and/or fails to behave appropriately and to disqualify such Grand Prize Winner(s) and/or Guest(s). PRIVACY / USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. All intellectual property, including but not limited to trade-marks, trade names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source code, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations is owned by the Sponsors and/or their affiliates. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited. SHAW MEDIA is a trade-mark of Shaw Cablesystems G.P., used under licence.
TERMINATION. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the Contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Contest, and/or the Contest Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice.
LAW. These are the official Contest Rules. The Contest is subject to applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. The Contest Rules are subject to change without notice in order to comply with any applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws or the policy of any other entity having jurisdiction over the Sponsors. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Contest Rules or the rights and obligations as between the entrant and the Sponsors in connection with the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the province of Ontario without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other jurisdiction’s laws.DISCREPANCY. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of the Contest Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, including but not limited to the Contest entry form, or point of sale, television, print or online advertising, the terms and conditions of the Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control.
OAKLAND, Calif. – LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago.
Later, flanked by his three children on Father’s Day, a cigar between his lips and winning net as a necklace with the lingering stench of champagne, James began to understand the magnitude of his accomplishment for Cleveland after a half-century wait.
“I’m coming home with what I said I was going to do,” he said, adding, “I can’t wait to get off that plane, hold that trophy up and see all our fans at the terminal.”
James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavs pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, and Cleveland is title town again at long last.
WATCH: Steph Curry says Game 7 loss hard to swallow
James delivered on a vow to his home state and brought the Cavs back from the brink as they became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit, beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 on Sunday night to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland.
“I’ve never seen a man in my life tell an entire state: ‘Get on my back, I got you. Get on my back and I’m going to carry you. I don’t care if we fail, I’m going to wake up the next morning and I’m going to start working out and prepare for the next year,”‘ Richard Jefferson said. “… He was like, ‘I’m going to come back home because I promised them that I would do something.’ And he carried us the whole way.”
In a testy series of blowouts – and a few blowups – the winner-take-all Game 7 provided the thrilling finale with James as the finals MVP disarming two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and his record-setting Warriors.
The native of Akron rattled off moments from the lengthy list of Cleveland sports heartbreak and said what it meant for him to personally bring the Cavaliers their first championship.
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California.
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Playing his sixth straight finals, James almost single-handedly carried the Cavs back into this series and finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs gave their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. He also had three blocked shots, including a key one of Andre Iguodala on a fast break in the final minutes.
An emotional James fell to the floor when this one ended with a second win in a week on Golden State’s imposing home floor, surrounded by his teammates. Only moments earlier, he went down in pain with 10.6 seconds left after being fouled by Draymond Green while going for a dunk, then came back out to make the second of two free throws.
After four successful seasons in Miami and two titles with the Heat, James came back to the Cavs in hopes of winning the title this franchise and championship-starved city so coveted. It took a second try against Golden State after Cleveland lost to the Warriors in six games last year.
“I was calm. I was focused. I was locked in,” James said.
Cleveland did it after a coaching change, with Tyronn Lue taking over in January for the fired David Blatt.
“We made history tonight,” Lue said. “Cleveland, Ohio, we’re coming back, baby!”
Kyrie Irving scored 26 points to cap his brilliant finals, including a 3-pointer over Curry with 53 seconds left.
Curry sat briefly on the bench to take in the scene after the Warriors made their last basket with 4:39 left.
“It hurts, man,” Curry said. “Just proud of every single guy that stepped foot on the floor for our team this year. … Hopefully we’ll have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage because this is what it’s all about.”
Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, but the Warriors’ record-setting season ended without the only prize this close-knit “Strength In Numbers” crew cared about from way back in the beginning – through the record 24-0 start as Coach of the Year Steve Kerr was out, Curry’s second consecutive MVP campaign, and the 73 regular-season wins to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ mark.
WATCH: Rowdy Cavaliers fans fill streets, destroy cop cruiser
As Cleveland celebrated in the trophy ceremony, Green returned to the floor to congratulate the Cavs. He stopped by the winning locker room, too, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers brought in the freshly cut nets.
Golden State might always be remembered as one of the best teams ever that couldn’t close it out, and Green is taking at least a good share of the blame after he sat out Game 5 on Monday night suspended for flagrant fouls.
The Cavs staved off elimination twice to force Game 7 back at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors went up 2-0 with a pair of lopsided wins to start this series.
Cleveland became just the fourth team to win an NBA Finals Game 7 on the road.
Curry – who said beforehand he needed the best game of his career – scored 17 points on 6-for-19 shooting, while Splash Brother Klay Thompson added 14 points while making 6 of 17 shots.
READ MORE: NBA Finals: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving help Cavaliers stave off elimination
“I didn’t do enough to help my team win,” Curry said. “It will haunt me for a while.”
President Barack Obama, an avid basketball fan, returned to Washington aboard Air Force One late Sunday as the game entered its final, tense minutes. He watched until the end and did not come down the stairs until moments after the Cavs won.
This time, it will be Cleveland hosting the victory parade on Wednesday. A year ago at home, the Cavs had to watch Golden State win its first title in 40 years.
“Now we have our own parade,” Irving said, “and we’ll celebrate it the way it’s supposed to be celebrated in Cleveland.”
Cavaliers: James missed scoring at least 30 points for the first time in his last five Game 7s. … The Warriors and Cavs faced off in their 13th finals game in two seasons, matching the highest total in NBA history over a two-year span.
Warriors: Golden State played the first finals Game 7 in franchise history. … Not since the Oakland Athletics won the World Series in 1974 has a Bay Area team won a championship at its home venue.
Associated Press writer Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.
OAXACA, Mexico – Violent clashes between police and unionized teachers who were blockading roads and burning vehicles in southern Mexico left at least four people dead on Sunday, according to union and state officials.
The teachers from the radical National Coordinator of Education Workers, or CNTE, are opposed to the mandatory testing of teachers as part of Mexico’s education reform and are also protesting the arrest of union leaders on money laundering and other charges.
Sunday’s clashes in several municipalities in Oaxaca state involved federal and state police. Associated Press journalists saw riot police firing on protesters in Nochixtlan, where officials said the protests were strongest.
READ MORE: Experts in search of missing Mexican students find at least 17 bodies burned at dump
Isabel Garcia, a member of the CNTE’s political commission, said three people supporting the protests were killed. She provided no further details.
And a state official, who was not authorized to speak to the press and requested anonymity, said a state police officer was killed.
Mexico’s federal government released a statement Sunday evening that made no reference to the number of people killed, but said that 21 federal agents had been wounded, three of them by gunfire. It said the federal police that participated in the operation were not carrying guns.
“The attacks with guns came from people outside the blockades who fired on the population and federal police,” it said.
Footage filmed by The AP shows at least one police officer firing a gun several times, though it was unclear if he was a federal or state agent.
Clashes also lasted hours in the municipality of San Pablo Huitzo, north of the state capital. And clashes were continuing Sunday evening outside Oaxaca city itself, where protesters burned federal police installations.
READ MORE: Mexico has ‘tragic’ human rights problems: report
Over the past week, unionized teachers have blockaded streets, a shopping mall and even train tracks in the western state of Michoacan. They have also forced some bus lines to cancel trips to Oaxaca, which is a popular tourist destination, and blocked a highway on the isthmus of Tehuantepec. And in Oaxaca city, protesting teachers have set up an encampment in the city’s main square.
Federal prosecutors accuse union leaders of setting up an illegal financial network to fund protests and line their own pockets. They allege the scheme operated in 2013-2015, when the union effectively controlled the payroll of Oaxaca’s teachers.
Following the arrest of some if its top leaders, the union called for a revolt against Mexico’s government.
Ten years ago, the teachers started a six-month takeover of Oaxaca that didn’t end until police stormed the barricades.