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Year in review 2016: 10 sports moments even non-sports fans talked about

Great video is synonymous with sports and the highlights athletes provide every year.

Slow motion video and sideline cameras allow sports fans to re-live the unbelievable plays they see on television.

READ MORE: 10 big Canadian sport stories from 2016

But sometimes there are moments within games that transcend sport. Moments that go beyond just “jock talk” and captivate a broader audience.

There were more than a few stories in 2016 that left the field of play and splashed their way onto screens and newspapers around the world. Here are 10 sports events that had you talking this year.

Barack Obama trolls Phil Kessel during Penguins’ White House visit

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  • Toronto court dismisses application to ban Cleveland Indians name and logo during ALCS

  • Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak named Canada’s athlete of the year

  • Jose Fernandez had cocaine, alcohol in system during boating accident

  • IOC president Bach enraged by scale of Russian doping scandal

    Phil Kessel has found himself the focus of jokes and scorn on more than one occasion – especially as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    But this year he grabbed the attention of President Barack Obama.

    During a visit to The White House to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup victory, Obama led off the ceremony by taking a jab at Kessel.

    It’s hard to imagine the Commander-in-Chief was that familiar with the unassuming scorer prior to this summer. But a tweet Kessel posted in September about being left off the U.S. men’s national team following their embarrassing exit at the World Cup of Hockey proved he can dish jokes as well as he can take them.

    Ryan Lochte lies about being robbed by armed men during Rio Games

    CCTV video shows US swimmers at Rio gas station


    CCTV video shows US swimmers at Rio gas station


Brazilian Police release video showing US swimmers attending a party


Ryan Lochte: ‘I left details out…And I over-exaggerated’ after he said he was robbed while in Rio


Ryan Lochte rushed by 2 protesters during ‘Dancing with the Stars’ taping

The Olympics always provide a plethora of stories that have the ability to cross over into the mainstream, and 2016 was no different.

A Russian doping scandal, Rio’s water quality, Penny Oleksiak, Aurélie Rivard, Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps all grabbed headlines.

But it was Phelps’ teammates, including Ryan Lochte, whose actions out of the pool overshadowed competition.

Lochte and his teammates were involved in an early-morning drunken encounter at a Rio gas station during which, they later claimed, they were threatened and robbed by gunmen.

The incident garnered international attention, and soon police and media began to poke holes in the swimmers’ timeline of events.

Lochte fled the country, but was later charged by Brazilian police for making a false robbery report.

USA Swimming banned him from competition for 10 months.

Lochte was also dumped by several sponsors and was rushed by two men wearing anti-Lochte T-shirts while performing on Dancing with the Stars this fall.

Ronaldo shows Euro 2016 frustration by throwing reporter’s microphone in lake

Another sports star showed off some bad behaviour in June during the summer’s other major international tournament.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been struggling early in the Euro 2016 tournament, took out his frustrations on a reporter’s microphone during practice.

Asked if he was ready for his next match, Ronaldo responded by snatching the microphone and throwing it into a lake.

The release of tension worked, as Ronaldo scored his first two goals of the tournament in his next match, eventually leading his country to its first Euro championship with a win over France.

Sportsmanship shines through on and off the soccer pitch

Athletes can sometimes let their “celebrity status” cloud their judgement, but more often than not sport brings out the best in people, and no moment proved that more this year than in Paris’ “fan zone” following France’s loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final.

Euronews cameras captured a touching moment as a little Portuguese fan approached a sobbing French fan to offer a pat on the arm and some words of encouragement.

The touching moment resulted in the two fans embracing – the little Portuguese fan consoling the man with a hug.

A similar display was shown by Barcelona’s youth soccer team after winning the U-12 Junior Soccer World Challenge in August.

Barcelona’s under-12 “Infantil B” side defeated Japanese team Omiya Ardija 1-0 in the championship.

After losing such a close match in front of their home crowd, some Omiya players broke down in tears. 

Within moments, the Barca players noticed their opponent’s distress and came over to offer hugs and handshakes.

MLB player retires after team tells him son isn’t welcome in clubhouse

Classy acts carried over into baseball, with one player in particular choosing family values over money.

Adam LaRoche was set to earn $13 million this past summer, but abruptly announced his retirement from baseball in March, after reportedly being told by the Chicago White Sox that his son, Drake, had exceeded his welcome in the clubhouse.

Drake had been a presence with the team in previous seasons, but due to disappointing play from LaRoche in 2015, the club decided the 36-year-old would have to reduce Drake’s time in the clubhouse by half as a way of refocusing his attention on baseball.

That didn’t sit well with LaRoche as he quit his 12-year career in the Majors.

Blue Jays season highlighted by beer cans, punches being thrown

“Classy” would not be a word used to describe the major stories that followed the Toronto Blue Jays this summer.

The club entered the season with hopes of improving on their long 2015 post-season run, highlighted by Jose Bautista‘s epic bat flip against the Texas Rangers.

That toss would lead to more fireworks in the spring when Texas’ Rougned Odor got revenge by punching the Blue Jays slugger in the face during a game on May 15.

Judging which player was in the wrong was decidedly split between fans of both teams. Nevertheless, the punch knocked some sense into the Blue Jays players.

The club was two games below .500 at that point, but wound up posting the third best record in the American League the rest of the season, good enough to clinch a wild card berth back to the post-season.

It was in that game that a Toronto fan tossed a beer can onto the field in the direction of an Orioles player.

The incident immediately brought back ugly memories of beer cans being thrown on the field during the post-season game against Odor’s Rangers the year before.

The beer can controversy overwhelmed watercooler talk and sparked a 48 hour manhunt to find the culprit, who eventually turned himself into police.

Tenors singer changes ‘O Canada’ lyrics to ‘All Lives Matter’

Canadian band The Tenors found themselves inducted in the pantheon of bizarre national anthem renditions when one of their members altered the lyrics to ‘O Canada’ to include “All lives matter to the brave” during their performance prior to the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego in July.

Singer Remigio Pereira‘s very public statement against the Black Lives Matter movement received instant backlash online.

The Tenors said Pereira was ‘acting as a lone wolf,’ and announced hours after the performance that he had been removed from the group.

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for U.S. anthem in protest

NFL quarterback refuses to stand for US anthem


NFL quarterback refuses to stand for US anthem


49ers Kaepernick and teammate kneel during national anthem


Backlash against 49ers quarterback Kaepernick over American anthem stance


49ers fans burn Colin Kaepernick jerseys in anger after QB refuses to stand during national anthem


Kaepernick ‘exercising his constitutional right to make a statement’: Obama


NFL ratings are way down due to Colin Kaepernick: Donald Trump

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick also found himself at the centre of an anthem scandal in August after deciding to remain seated during the singing of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ prior to a preseason game.

Kaepernick explained that he would not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.”

The statement was in reaction to several police shootings across the U.S. that targeted black males.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick received harsh criticism from fans, professional athletes and even Donald Trump.

Kaepernick has continued his protest throughout the NFL season, and says he will continue until he sees change.

“When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Ryder Cup heckler sinks putt for $100

An American fan overheard heckling Europe’s Ryder Cup team in September was given the chance to back up his talk – and he delivered in spectacular fashion.

The incident happened during a public training session in Minnesota as the Europe team practiced their putting ahead of the tournament. The heckler was challenged by Europe team players to sink a putt for $100 after the man was overheard boasting that he could make that same putt they were missing.

After lining up the putt, David Johnson, an insurance salesman from North Dakota, said he closed his eyes, hit it – and sunk it. The crowd broke into chants of “USA! USA!” as the European players swarmed Johnson to congratulate him.

Pro surfer fights off shark during competition in South Africa

Another incredible moment caught on camera came in July during a surf competition in South Africa, when a surfer came face to face with a great white shark.

Three-time world champion Mick Fanning was in the water with his surfboard when a shark’s fin appeared.

Fanning said he punched the shark in an effort to fight it off and that he was “totally tripping out” after the close call.

With files from The Associated Press, Reuters and Global News

24 Nov -

Poker star Phil Ivey ordered to return $10M to casino for ‘edge-sorting’

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Poker pro Phil Ivey and a companion must return more than US$10 million they won from an Atlantic City casino while playing cards that were arranged in a certain way to give the players an edge.

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A federal judge had previously ruled Ivey and companion player Cheng Yin Sun didn’t meet their obligation to follow gambling regulations on four occasions in 2012 by having a dealer at the Borgata arrange baccarat cards so they could tell what kind of card was coming next.

Last week the judge ordered the pair to return US$10.1 million to the casino. The order by U.S. District Court Judge Noel Hillman essentially returned both sides to where they were before Ivey and Sun began gambling at the Borgata.

Poker star Phil Ivey broke gambling rules in $10M Atlantic City win

The sum includes money that Ivey won playing craps with some of the money he won at the card table.

“This case involves the whims of Lady Luck, who casts uncertainty on every hand, despite the house odds,” Hillman wrote in his opinion. “Indeed, Lady Luck is like nectar to gamblers, because no one would otherwise play a game he knows he will always lose.”

He added that deciding the case involved “voiding a contract that was tainted from the beginning and breached as soon as it was executed.”

Ed Jacobs, the attorney for the nine-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner, stressed that the judge affirmed that Ivey had followed every rule of baccarat and did not commit fraud.

“What this ruling says is a player is prohibited from combining his skill and intellect and visual acuity to beat the casino at its own game,” he said, adding Ivey will appeal the ruling soon. “The casino agreed to every single accommodation requested by Phil Ivey in his four visits because they were eager to try to win his money.”

The judge rejected a request by the casino to use a formula for calculating damages that could have seen the restitution go as high as US$15.5 million. That method, assessing how much the casino could have won had Ivey and Sun not engaged in a style of play known as edge-sorting, was deemed too speculative.

Gamblers in unshuffled cards case beg judge to let them keep $1.5M in winnings

The Borgata claimed the pair exploited a defect in cards that enabled them to sort and arrange good cards. The casino says the technique violates state casino gambling regulations. But Ivey asserts his win was simply the result of skill and good observation.

The Borgata claimed the cards used in the games were defective in that the pattern on the back was not uniform. The cards have rows of small white circles designed to look like the tops of cut diamonds, but the Borgata said some of them were only half-diamonds or quarters. Ivey has said he simply noticed things that anyone playing the game could have observed and bet accordingly.

The judge noted that Ivey and Sun instructed dealers to arrange the cards in a certain way, which is permitted under the rules of the game, after Sun noticed minute differences in them. But he ruled in October that those actions violated the state Casino Control Act and their contractual obligation to abide by it in gambling at the casino.

Neither the casino nor Ivey’s lawyer immediately responded to requests for comment Monday.

The judge rejected a request by the Borgata that Ivey repay nearly US$250,000 in comps — listed only as “goods and services” — the casino extended him while playing there.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: December 2016

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

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GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: November 2016

Dec. 1: Jodine Siebert took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Borden.

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Dec. 2: Chris Hartman took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina.

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Dec. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tammie McGonigal near Rosetown.

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Dec. 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jason Field near Waldheim.

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Dec. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gloria Katsiris at Jackfish Lake.

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Dec. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Robert Johnson of a bison bearing through Monday’s blizzard near Fairlight.

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Dec. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jenalle Tari Bahm in Kerrobert.

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Dec. 8: Tammie McGonigal took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Rosetown.

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Dec. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eldon Laird north of Prince Albert.

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Dec. 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Heather Godwin at Tantallon.

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Dec. 12: Pervaiz Iqbal took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Dec. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gina Rea at Murray Lake.

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Dec. 14: Garfield MacGillivray snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Quill Lake.

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Dec. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Belle Plaine by Scott Aspinall.

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Dec. 16: Lucas Carrier took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Stony Rapids.

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Dec. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the supermoon was taken by Kitiara Martens near Hepburn.

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Dec. 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Corning by Shelby King.

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Dec. 19: Cam Leslie took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a sundog on Dec. 17 at Lake Diefenbaker.

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Dec. 20: Can you spot the snow owl in this Your Saskatchewan photo taken by Jenine Boser near Unity?

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Dec. 21: Krista Sharpe took this Your Saskatchewan photo of Mission Ridge Winter Park at Fort Qu’Appelle.

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Dec. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leslie Anderson in Prince Albert.

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Dec. 23: Karen Smith took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Wilkie.

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Dec. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Viceroy by Stephanie Schneck.

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Dec. 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Couillonneur at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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Dec. 27: Kevin Neabel snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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Dec. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo of fertilizer domes was taken in Hanley by Susan Sagen.

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Dec. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Margaret Flack near Vanscoy.

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Dec. 30: Scott Aspinall took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Pilot Butte.

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Dec. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo of Lake Diefenbaker was taken by Maria Steinson.

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24 Nov -

Berlin attack: German police on manhunt for ‘violent and armed’ Tunisian asylum-seeker Anis Amri

BERLIN – Germany on Wednesday launched a Europe-wide manhunt for a “violent and armed” Tunisian man with ties to Islamic extremists who has used at least six different names and three different nationalities, saying he is a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack.

A German security official said that authorities had considered him a possible terror threat previously and had been trying to deport him after his asylum application was rejected this summer.

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READ MORE: German investigators seek Tunisian man in Christmas market attack

Germany issued a notice to other European countries overnight seeking the arrest of 24-year-old Anis Amri, but initially held off on going public so as not to jeopardize the manhunt. After German media published photos of him and a partial name, federal prosecutors went public with the information.

Federal prosecutors described Amri as of average height and weight, with black hair and brown eyes.

“Caution: He could be violent and armed,” the notice warned. “A reward of up to 100,000 euros ($105,000) has been issued for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.”

A separate European arrest warrant from Germany obtained by The Associated Press states that Amri has at times used at least six different names and three different nationalities.

“This is a suspect, not necessarily the perpetrator,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said after briefing Parliament’s domestic affairs committee. “We are still investigating in all directions.”

WATCH: Toronto Christmas market steps up security following Berlin attack

Twelve people were killed and 48 injured when a truck plowed into a popular Berlin market Monday evening in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Twelve of the wounded were still being treated Wednesday for very serious injuries and some were in critical condition, Berlin health officials said.

De Maiziere wouldn’t give details on the new suspect, but committee members said he’s believed to be Tunisian and had spent time in pre-deportation detention.

The man is in his early 20s and apparently has used various identities, said Stephan Mayer, a senior lawmaker with Germany’s governing conservatives. He said the man was considered part of the “Salafist-Islamist scene” by authorities.

READ MORE: Berlin police release suspect in deadly Christmas market truck attack

Germany’s chief federal prosecutor told lawmakers that “this Tunisian is a solid lead, his wallet was found in the cab of the truck, but that it’s not clear that he was also the perpetrator,” said Burkhard Lischka of the Social Democrats, the junior governing party.

The new suspect apparently arrived in Germany in July 2015 and lived in three German regions since February, mostly in Berlin, said Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister of western North Rhine-Westphalia state.

Jaeger told reporters on Wednesday that state police had launched proceedings against the man on suspicion that he was preparing a serious crime. He said “security agencies exchanged information about this person in the joint counter-terrorism centre, the last time in November.”

WATCH: Global News reporter recounts Berlin attack

Separately, the man’s asylum application was rejected in July. German authorities prepared to deport him but weren’t able to do so because he didn’t have valid identity papers, Jaeger said. In August they started trying to get him a replacement passport.

“Tunisia at first denied that this person was its citizen, and the papers weren’t issued for a long time,” Jaeger said. “They arrived today.”

READ MORE: Berlin Christmas market truck tragedy described by witnesses

A Tunisian official said German investigators are trying to determine the role of the man, who he said was named Anis Amri. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity before Germans spoke more about the investigation, said Tunisian authorities were requesting more information on the German probe into the suspect.

A Tunisian living in France was shot to death after carrying out a similar attack on July 14 Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice, killing 86 people.

Police in Berlin said they had received over 500 tips on the Monday evening attack.

VIDEO: Cell phone video shows moments after truck slams into Christmas market in Berlin

Shortly after the attack, police arrested a Pakistani man found a kilometre (1/2 mile) from the market who matched witness descriptions of the truck’s driver. However, they released him the next day, saying they did not have evidence tying him to the attack.

The claim of responsibility carried on the IS group’s Amaq news agency late Tuesday did not identify the man seen fleeing from the truck, but described him as “a soldier of the Islamic State” who “carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition.”

READ MORE: Berlin attack: Germans share messages of strength after Christmas market attack

Germany’s top prosecutor, Peter Frank, told reporters before the IS claim that the attack was reminiscent of the Nice rampage and appeared to follow instructions published by IS. He also said it wasn’t clear whether there was one perpetrator or several.

Christmas shoppers were out again in the streets Wednesday in the German capital, and Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said it was “good to see that Berliners aren’t being intimidated.”

WATCH: Hundreds attend Berlin vigil for victims of Christmas market attack

“I don’t think there’s any need to be afraid,” he told ZDF television. “The police presence has been significantly heightened … and of course other measures taken to find the perpetrator quickly.”

Mueller argued that there are limits to increasing security, given the number of public spaces and events.

“It wouldn’t be our free and open life any more if we escalated security measures so much that people worry about going anywhere, that there are strict entry checks,” he said. “We don’t want that. It must be appropriate and goal-oriented.”

24 Nov -

Lena Dunham apologizes after controversial abortion comments

Fans aren’t rushing to forgive actress Lena Dunham following her controversial comments about abortion. The Girls creator and actress said she “wished” she could have had an abortion – an act she believed would have made her a better women’s rights activist.

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“And I realized then that even I was carrying within myself stigma around the issue. Even I, the woman who cares as much as anybody about a woman’s right to choose, felt that it was important that people know that I was unblemished in this department. Now I can say that I still haven’t had an abortion, but I wish I had,” she said, concluding her Dec. 14 Women of the Hour podcast.

Dunham, 30, issued an apology on her Instagram Tuesday, labelling her comment “a distasteful joke” that was lost in translation, and also took the opportunity to provide an explanation for her poor choice of words.

“My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means,” she writes. “I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated.”

READ MORE: Lena Dunham wants to remove guns from ‘Jason Bourne’ ads

She goes on to say her words were spoken from “a sort of ‘delusional girl’ persona” she often inhabits.

“I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy,” she says. “I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don’t convey this truth clearly.”

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My latest podcast episode was meant to tell a multifaceted story about reproductive choice in America, to explain the many reasons women do or don’t choose to have children and what bodily autonomy really means. I’m so proud of the medley of voices in the episode. I truly hope a distasteful joke on my part won’t diminish the amazing work of all the women who participated. My words were spoken from a sort of "delusional girl" persona I often inhabit, a girl who careens between wisdom and ignorance (that’s what my TV show is too) and it didn’t translate. That’s my fault. I would never, ever intentionally trivialize the emotional and physical challenges of terminating a pregnancy. My only goal is to increase awareness and decrease stigma. I take reproductive choice in America more seriously than I take literally anything else, and therefore own full responsibility for any words I speak that don’t convey this truth clearly. I know plenty of people will never like a thing that leaves my lips, mea culpas or no, but this apology is for the women who have placed their trust in me. You mean everything to me. My life is and always will be devoted to reproductive justice and freedom. You know how in some households you curse and have to put money in a jar? Well in mine, if you mess up your pro-choice messaging you have to give a sizable donation to abortion funds (https://abortionfunds长沙夜网/need-abortion) in New York, Texas and Ohio 💰I look forward to fighting with you all for the next four years and beyond.

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She concluded her apology by saying she would donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds in New York, Texas and Ohio.

READ MORE: Kanye West ‘Famous’ video: Lena Dunham condemns ‘sickening’ imagery

Her apology may have gotten over 15,700 “likes” on Instagram as of Wednesday morning, but many on social media made it clear her apology wasn’t good enough.

However, some fans were on-hand to defend the Girls star.

Dunham is gearing up for the sixth and final season of Girls, which premieres on Feb. 12.

24 Nov -

$22K in fines for illegal outfitting, hunting in Biggar, Sask. area

Four people have been fined over $22,000 for illegal outfitting and hunting last month in Saskatchewan.

The four were arrested after conservation officers pulled over a truck on Nov. 8 north of Biggar.

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    A search of the truck turned up two rifles, one which was loaded. Officers said there were also loose shells on the floor and back seat of the truck.

    The truck was impounded and rifles, ammunition and hunting equipment were seized.

    Two Saskatchewan men appeared in Biggar provincial court on Dec. 9.

    Elliot Meechance, 34, of North Battleford and Tyson Adams, 25, from the Sweetgrass First Nation, pleaded guilty to guiding without a licence and aiding and abetting unlawful hunting.

    Meechance was fined $10,000 and also handed a fine of $1,560 for operating a motor vehicle without a licence.

    He has two previous convictions in the past 15 months related to illegal outfitting.

    Adams was fined a total of $7,000.

    READ MORE: Court battle may continue over Indigenous hunting rights in Saskatchewan

    Two hunters, both from Texas, told officers they were actively hunting with their guides at the time the truck was stopped and admitted to having loaded firearms.

    They were each fined $1,880 for unlawful hunting and carrying loaded firearms in a vehicle.

    Their rifles and hunting gear were returned after they paid their fines.

24 Nov -

Adopt a Teen: 4,800 Edmonton teenagers still need a Christmas gift

UPDATE: As of Friday morning, there were still 1,500 teenagers on the waiting list, with just four hours to go on the Adopt-A-Teen campaign. Donations can be made online at 长沙夜生活adoptateenedmonton长沙夜网, or by phoning 780-414-7694 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Thousands of Edmonton teenagers may go without a Christmas present this year, because a local charity has received less than half of the donations it needs to help underprivileged youths.

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The Edmonton Sun Adopt-A-Teen program says some 4,200 teens have been taken care of, but 4,800 teens still need a gift.

READ MORE: Edmonton charities worry about meeting Christmas demand in bad economy

The program works in partnership with two other Edmonton charities. The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton gives a complete holiday meal to families, while Santas Anonymous puts toys under the tree. Adopt a Teen fills the gap between, to ensure teenagers aren’t forgotten.

“So where [Santas Anonymous] provides gifts to kids up to the age of 12, we pick up at age 13 and provide the kids from underprivileged families from 13 to 17 one of these $50 Walmart gift cards so they have something under the tree, too,” Edmonton Sun reporter and Adopt-A-Teen Spokesperson Claire Theobald explained.

READ MORE: Top 5 ways Edmontonians can help out in the community without cash

Instead of collecting or buying gifts for teens, the charity gives them a gift card – which is often the only present the teens will get at Christmas.

“Teens are a diverse bunch, you know at that age they’re figuring out who they are and what their interests are, and we found the best way to support them in creating those little Christmas miracles that they wish for throughout the year is to give them a $50 Walmart gift card, ” Theobald explained, saying that way kids can pick out whatever they want.

While a $50 donation will provide a complete gift for a teen, a donation of any amount is appreciated. Theobald said the charities hold a walk-in day close to Christmas for families to come get essentials.

“A lot of the time the teens come in and don’t expect anything for themselves. What they really come for is to help their family, so at the end of the trip when they find out there is one of these gift cards waiting for them, the joy is really indescribable.”

Donations can be made online, by phone or by cheque.

READ MORE: Christmas Bureau demand up 20%, expects to feed 70K Edmontonians in need

Families in need can apply to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, which handles the administrative side for all three charities.

Demand for help from the Christmas Bureau is up 20 per cent this year. The charity expects to help over 70,000 people this year, up from 65,000 in 2015.

As of Wednesday, the bureau was only 47 per cent of the way towards its  $1.8 million fundraising goal.

24 Nov -

Ontario premier wants debate on future of water bottle industry

TORONTO – Ontario plans to increase its charge for water-taking permits for bottled water companies in the new year, but Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants a bigger discussion on the future of the entire industry.

The province charges $3.71 for every million litres of water taken, on top of a permit fee of $750 for low- or medium-risk water takings.

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Wynne wants to see that charge increased, but said price won’t be the only factor as the Liberal government considers new rules for bottled water companies.

READ MORE: Premier Wynne wants Ontario to review its water-taking permits for bottled water

“Absolutely that needs to go up, but the reason that we wanted a bit more time to look at this is, is that enough? Is it enough that the price just goes up?” she asked in a year-end interview with .

“I really think we need to look at the culture around bottled water. Why are we all drinking water out of bottles when most of us don’t need to?”

There are situations where bottled water is needed because of old pipes or other problems, said Wynne.

“But do all of us need to be using bottled water?” she asked.

“I think we need to have a bigger look at the whole industry, and our role in regulating it.”

Wellington Water Watchers, a group of environmentalists in the Guelph, Ont., area an hours’ drive west of Toronto, agreed that increasing the price for permits for bottled water companies won’t address concerns about water use.

“It’s not just about increasing the price,” said Water Watchers chair Mike Nagy. “No price would be high enough to stop some companies from doing what they’re doing because the profits are so high.”

The government should counter aggressive marketing by bottled water companies with public information campaigns about the safety of tap water, added Nagy.

“It’s been about 20 years of solid marketing, making out as if this was a healthy product – healthier than the sugar drinks that they also market – and it’s time that the government take back that voice,” he said.

“We believe the province has failed to educate the public that there is no lower environmental footprint and healthier thing to do than drink tap water and bring a reusable container with you.”

Wynne imposed a two-year moratorium on permits for new or expanded bottled water operations after Nestle purchased a well that the small but fast-growing township of Centre Wellington wanted for its drinking water supply.

The province also posted proposed new regulations for bottled water companies with existing permits for public comment until the end of January.

They would limit the period of water-taking permits to one to five years, down from the current maximum of 10 years, and require companies to issue weekly reports on how much water they are permitted to take and how much they actually take.

There would also be stricter scientific requirements for water taking permits including studies on the cumulative impact of the practice, and reviews looking at the anticipated impacts of climate change such as more severe droughts.

READ MORE: Ontario places two-year hold on permits for new bottled water operations

Stronger regulations of the bottled water industry and more public education about the safety of tap water could help the province achieve its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change, said Nagy.

“Climate change, droughts, carbon emissions are all tied to this very wasteful industry,” he said. “It should be part of that holistic discussion about people not just rejecting products that are wasteful, but also reconnecting on a personal level with their water, and we mean that very sincerely.”

The Canadian Bottled Water Association said making bottled water more expensive for producers would only end up making it more expensive for consumers.

“The industry cannot absorb additional costs,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Griswold said in an email. “Increasing cost for Ontario companies would also serve to open the market for imported bottled water, and many Ontario jobs would be lost.”

24 Nov -

Year in review 2016: The top dramatic rescues on video

This year saw some dramatic, nearly life-threatening moments that seemed like they were taken from a movie script because they were too surreal to believe. From massive fire evacuations, to car crashes and even a little girl saving her mom from drowning in a pool, these are some of the craziest rescues in 2016 that were all captured on video.

Car crashes, fires and accidents

Unfortunately accidents happen while you’re behind the wheel of a car, no matter how good of a driver you are. Thankfully some of the most dramatic rescues in 2016 had happy endings. Such as a firefighter saving an 87-year-old woman from her burning vehicle.

A Sante Fe, N.M. elderly woman was on her way to the hospital Oct. 8 when she got a flat tire. The women proceeded to drive to her appointment which caused friction and heat and resulted in a huge blaze.

The firefighter’s body cam, which can be viewed above, captured the moment he saved the woman from her car.

WATCH: Bystanders form human chain to save man trapped inside burning car

Back in October in Palm Bay, Fla. an SUV collided with another vehicle sending the SUV down an embankment.  Shortly after the crash, the car burst into flames with a man stuck inside.

Good Samaritans formed a human chain, according to the Palm Bay police department, to rescue the disoriented man.

The victim was sent to hospital after sustaining a head injury. His identity and current condition had not been released.

WATCH: Caught on camera: North Carolina strangers help rescue man trapped in truck pinned under bus

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It was a terrifying moment for the driver of a pick-up in North Carolina after his car collided with a school bus in September, pinning the truck under the bus with the man still inside.

Two bystanders and six police officers rushed to the scene to remove the shaken driver who had not been identified.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Dogs in danger

Good Samaritans and police officials went beyond their call of duty in order to save dogs stranded after the animals found themselves in some very unfortunate situations.

Two Okanagan men in December were out by a partially frozen lake when they thought they heard a duck splashing when really it was a dog crying for help.

“The sound it was making was unforgettable,” said Dylan Cocquyt, one of the rescuers to Global News.

Both Cocquyt and Bill Varner jumped into action by canoeing to the dog who, according to Varner, “was just about spent of energy..it was doing its last swim.”

The men brought the dog to shore and called its owner.

WATCH: Amazing rescue of a dog from a frozen lake caught on tape

Dramatic video out of Louisiana showed at least two men helping to rescue a woman and her dog who were trapped in a red vehicle as it slowly submerged under floodwaters.

The men could be seen trying to break the car windows before one of the men finally jumps into the water and yanks the women out.

The unknown woman is heard asking for the good Samaritans to save her dog, who at first is believed to have disappeared under the water but then is quickly saved.

WATCH: Caught on camera: Woman and her dog rescued from submerged car

A massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy in September, burying both people and animals alike. More than a week later, officials rescued a golden retriever from the rubble of a collapsed building.

WATCH: Dog pulled alive from the rubble more than a week after the earthquake in central Italy

Life-saving moments

A five-year-old Texas girl was credit as a hero after saving her mother who had had a seizure while swimming in a pool.

Surveillance video shows the girl struggling, but eventually managing, to pull her mom to shore before running to get help.

WATCH: Caught on Camera: Little girl saves mom from drowning after she suffers seizure in pool

A scary moment for two Texas parents who called 911 in agony after their three-year-old son stopped breathing.

The terrifying video shows a police officer performing CPR on the boy until he began breathing on his own again.

WATCH: Caught on Camera: Texas cop uses CPR to save boy’s life after he stops breathing

Firefighters in China were able to stop a man from jumping off the ledge of a 30-storey building after he threatened to do so.

The dramatic rescue of a firefighter sneaking up behind the man and pulling him back to safety was all caught on camera.

WATCH: Firefighters pull man from ledge of 30-storey building in China

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With files from: Elton Hobson, Emanuela Campanella, Aaron McArthur and Alexander Maveal

24 Nov -

Amateur video offers shockingly close view of deadly cargo plane crash in Colombia

Amateur video captured the shocking and dramatic moment a cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Puerto Carreno, Colombia on Tuesday.

Local  resident Yurlan Falla captured the footage while recording on his motorcycle, on a road perpendicular to the end of the runway at Puerto Carreno’s German Olano Airport just after 5:00 p.m. local time Tuesday.

Normally, the spot would seem to offer a great view of departing aircraft, but on Tuesday he was witness to a far more terrifying occurrence.

As captured in the video above, a Boeing 727 on its way to Bogota is attempting to take off but does not achieve enough altitude, clipping the barbed wire fence at the edge of the airport.

WATCH: Delta Airlines under fire after YouTube star Adam Saleh allegedly kicked off flight for speaking Arabic

A short time later, the plane crashed. According to a statement from Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority, five of the six people on board died in the crash.

WATCH: Rescue workers discover lone survivor of Colombian cargo plane crash

The sixth, flight technician Diego Armando Vargas Bravo, was taken to hospital in nearby San Juan de Dios before being transported by air to a hospital in Bogota. His condition is not known at this time.

César Urueña, director of National Relief for the Colombian Red Cross, told the Naticias Caracol the crash occurred approximately 10 kilometres from Germán Olano airport, meaning the plane likely continued to skim for several seconds after clipping the fence before coming down.

There is no word yet as to the cause of the crash.

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