Winnipeg Jets down Ottawa Senators 3-1 in East Coast pre-season game

ST. JOHN‘S, N.L. – The WinnipegJets thrilled a capacity crowd at the new home of their American Hockey League farm team with a 3-1 pre-season win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. 

 

 

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Mark Scheifele and Troy Bodie scored a pair of unanswered goals in the second period for the Jets as the badly out-shot Senators struggled to respond. Ben Maxwell added the other goal for Winnipeg. 

 

 

Ottawa rallied and got on the board in the third period as Mika Zibanejad stuffed one in on Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec. 

 

 

Despite a lengthy power play in the third period on a fighting penalty taken by Winnipeg‘s Patrice Cormier, the Sens were not able to tie up the match and were outshot 36-28. 

 

 

The game was played before a packed house of 6,275 hockey-starved fans who will be cheering this season for the St. John’s IceCaps, the Winnipeg affiliate in the AHL. 

 

 

It’s the first time the city has had an AHL team since the St. John’s Maple Leafs left in 2005. 

 

 

The rare NHL spectacle on the Rock was as much a thrill as it was a happy coincidence. 

 

 

It just so happened that nearby Conception Bay South, N.L., won the chance to host the pre-season game as part of the annual Kraft Hockeyville contest. That hard-won victory nicely dovetailed with the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, while the AHL’s Manitoba Moose became the St. John’s IceCaps. 

 

 

And for 25-year-old Senators forward Colin Greening, who grew up five minutes from Mile One Centre, the chance to play an NHL game in his hometown is a dream come true. 

 

 

“Hockey here is huge,” said the left winger, who debuted in Ottawa last season with six goals and seven assists in 24 games.  

 

 

“I know sometimes you forget about Newfoundland because we’re so far East and we have our own time zone, but hockey’s big here. Everyone’s born on skates.” 

 

 

“We’re proud Canadians, so it’s great to have Hockeyville here and to get another AHL team.” 


Egypt state media say 1st general election after Hosni Mubarak’s ouster to begin Nov. 28

CAIRO – Egypt’s ruling military decreed on Tuesday that the country’s first parliamentary elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster will begin Nov. 28, ending months of speculation on the timing of the key vote.

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The elections for parliament’s two chambers will be staggered over several months, with the vote for the People’s Assembly starting Nov. 28 and the less powerful Shura Council, the chamber’s upper house, on Jan. 29. The announcement by the ruling military council, which took over from Mubarak in February, was carried on the state news agency and television.

The last parliamentary election under Mubarak was held in November and December last year, when the ousted leader’s now-dissolved ruling party swept the vote, winning all but a handful of seats in the People’s Assembly.

The vote was widely condemned as the most fraudulent under Mubarak’s 29-year rule and considered one of the causes behind the 18-day popular uprising that forced him to step down on Feb. 11.

Egyptians went to the polls in March for a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments. A decent turnout of more than 40 per cent and the absence of any serious instances of fraud led many to declare it Egypt’s cleanest vote in living memory.

Tuesday’s eagerly awaited announcement came at a time of tension between the military council and the pro-reform protest movement over the generals’ handling of the transition to democratic rule. The military rulers, in turn, claim some of the youth groups behind the Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising received training abroad and unauthorized foreign funding.

The protesters and a broad spectrum of politicians say the military has not acted decisively or swiftly enough to dismantle Mubarak’s legacy and bring figures of the old regime to account over corruption and other crimes. They also maintain that the generals ruled in near total secrecy and without consulting enough on major issues.


Budget officer says chances of missing balanced budget target higher

OTTAWA – The chances that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will miss his target to balance the budget by 2014-15 have increased because of a slowing economy, the parliamentary budget watchdog said Tuesday.

Kevin Page said projections done by his office earlier this year gave Flaherty a one-in-five chance of balancing the books by that deadline.

But since then, the outlook for the global and Canadian economies has worsened.

“It will be less likely now,” Page said of the chances Flaherty will have a balanced budget in three years.

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With recession fears growing in Europe and the U.S. economy still in the doldrums, Canada’s growth rate has been scaled back because the export sector is under pressure and demand is falling for many of the resources the country produces.

As well, the recent volatility on stock markets has eroded consumer confidence and made ordinary Canadians more reluctant to spend.

Slower growth generally means lower corporate and personal tax revenues for governments, squeezing their overall revenues and putting upward pressure on social spending. That makes it more difficult to eliminate the deficit.

Flaherty’s June budget forecast a 2011-2012 deficit of $32.2 billion for the current fiscal year, down from $36.3 billion last year.

The federal finance minister has said he would be looking to find $4 billion in annual savings in his plan to balance the budget by 2014-15.

But much of his plan depends on strong growth in the economy to boost revenues. So any shortfall means Ottawa would be forced to delay balancing the books or impose more stringent cuts to reduce spending,

Flaherty spokesman Chisholm Pothier said the government is committed to returning to a balanced budget and is supporting that goal with a review aimed at eliminating ineffective government spending.

“We’re making progress on that and will report the results in Budget 2012. We will present updated economic and fiscal projections later this fall,” Pothier said in an email.

Page commented on the deficit as he released a report that found spending by the federal government in its first quarter was generally in line with the plan set out in the budget.

However, the global economic upheaval has raised questions about the government’s budget due to slower than expected growth around the world and the affect that will have on the revenue side of the equation.

“I don’t think people anticipated just how flat world growth would be in the first half of 2011, particularly in the U.S.,” Page said.

“I don’t think people anticipated the policy shock that came from that debt limit debate and just watching it play out week by week in Europe over sovereign credit issues.”

The report Tuesday found that total spending by the federal government for the quarter rose one per cent to almost $60 billion for the quarter compared with a year ago.

Meanwhile, operating spending in the quarter was up roughly four per cent compared with a year ago to nearly $12 billion, boosted in part by the spring election and census.

“We’re going to watch that,” Page said of the growth in spending.

Capital spending and transfer payments, excluding major statutory transfers such as old age security and the Canada Health Transfer, were down compared with a year ago due to the wind down of the government’s stimulus program.

Capital spending amounted to about $400 million for the quarter, down from over $600 million a year earlier due to a planned decrease, while the non-major transfers totalled about $7 billion, down six per cent.

Spending on internal services, which includes communications, financial management, human resources and information technology totalled $2.4 billion for the quarter.


Doritos backing a 6th annual contest to create a Super Bowl commercial

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The football season just started, but Doritos is already thinking about the Super Bowl.

The snack chip brand is going to have its sixth annual “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, which allows U.S. viewers to submit their own Doritos commercials and fans to vote on their favourites to appear during the big game.

If the ads score well on the USA Today Ad Meter, which measures the popularity of Super Bowl commercials, contestants win cash prizes of up to US$1 million.

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This year, Doritos has added a twist: It has enlisted Andy Samberg, a comedian on the popular “Saturday Night Live” program, and The Lonely Island, a creative team that consists of Samberg and two childhood friends, to create an ad to compete in the contest.

If their ad wins, they’ll donate the prize money to charity. If they don’t, they’ll work with the winners on a future yet-to-be-determined Doritos project.

“I see this year as really us raising the stakes a little bit,” said Tony Matta, vice-president of marketing. Instead of just cash and recognition, he says winners will get “a career-changing opportunity.”

The Super Bowl is advertising’s largest showcase; the football championship garnered a record 111 million viewers in the U.S. when it aired on Fox in February, according to Nielsen.

In order to get more bang for their buck – a Super Bowl ad costs about $3 million per 30 seconds – marketers are increasingly seeking ways to promote their advertising online and get publicity before and after the big game.

“The challenge for marketers today is to really engage consumers using both traditional and new forms of media,” said Tim Calkins, Clinical Professor of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

“Crash the Super Bowl” has been Doritos’ way to create buzz. The brand, which is made by PepsiCo Inc.’s Frito-Lay division, saw video submissions for the contest increase 38 per cent to 5,600 for the most recent game played earlier this year. The contest finalists’ videos were viewed 22 million times. Doritos also saw a 30 per cent increase in Twitter activity and a 25 per cent increase in Facebook activity during the contest.

This year, they’re amping it up by teaming with the partnership The Lonely Island. The team, which also includes Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, wrote, directed and appeared in a series of popular digital shorts for “Saturday Night Live” with Justin Timberlake. The team also wrote and shot a music video for a song called “I’m on a Boat,” which was nominated for a Grammy.

Samberg said The Lonely Island agreed to work on the campaign in part because the Super Bowl is “such a large stage,” and he added “we just thought it was cool that young filmmakers get an opportunity to get that break.”

So far, winners of the contest have garnered some commercial work but there has been no breakout success story yet. The winners from the telecast earlier this year, Tess Ortbals and J.R. Burningham, started their own company, Mythmakers Entertainment, to pursue commercial work after creating an ad that took the stop spot on the Ad Meter.

That ad, “Pug Attack” shows a man mocking a dog with a bag of Doritos through a glass door. The pug then knocks down the door and eats the chips.

The first $1-million winners, Joe and Dave Herbert, brothers who won the contest in 2009, have gone on to direct several beverage spots and have shot several Web commercials. They’re also developing a feature film.

Matta said the goal is to one day launch a winner who can capitalize on the break and become a big-name director. “I would love in two or three years from now for the winner of this year’s program be directing or producing major motion picture film, that is true success,” he said.

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Judge blocks showing of Michael Jackson’s press conference at upcoming manslaughter trial

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Jurors in the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor won’t see a recording of a press conference by the singer promoting his final concerts, a judge ruled Monday.

Defence attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray had wanted to show the footage, claiming it showed Jackson wasn’t healthy and had only committed to 10 shows. By the time of his death, the singer had been committed to 50 shows at London’s O2 arena.

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Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled the March 2009 press conference wasn’t relevant to the involuntary manslaughter case against Murray, which will focus on the pop superstar’s final weeks and hours.

Defence attorney Nareg Gourjian said that according to promoters of the shows, Jackson’s press conference was delayed 90 minutes because the singer was passed out and appeared to be “hung over.”

“We believe that it’s readily apparent from watching the video that Mr. Jackson was under the influence,” Gourjian said.

Pastor said showing the footage would be prejudicial and the defence’s request included speculation that should not be shown to jurors.

The judge also blocked prosecutors from mentioning efforts by investigators to speak to Murray after his initial interview with police days after Jackson’s June 2009 death.

The rulings were some of the final bits of housekeeping before opening statements, set for Tuesday.

Murray has pleaded not guilty. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted and the loss of his medical license.

Authorities contend the Houston-based cardiologist gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. Murray first disclosed he had been giving Jackson the anesthetic in the bedroom of the singer’s rented mansion during his interview with police.

Murray’s lead defence attorney Ed Chernoff disputed whether authorities left messages seeking another interview with the physician. Ultimately, Pastor determined attempts to contact Murray through his counsel should not be brought up during the trial.

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AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch contributed to this report.


Clearwater Seafoods formally rebuffs Cooke Aquaculture takeover bid as too low

HALIFAX – The board of Clearwater Seafoods Income Fund (TSX:CLR.UN) board has formally rejected a takeover bid from rival Cooke Aquaculture takeover bid as too low.

The Halifax company said Tuesday it believes the $3.50 per unit offer – valuing Clearwater at about $97.1 million – “does not adequately reflect the value of the fund and its future prospects.” Cooke already owns Cooke holds 10.9 per cent of the voting stock in the fund.

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John Risley, president of Clearwater Fine Foods Inc., which holds 48.2 per cent of the fund’s voting units, stated last month that he believed the deal would not succeed.

Privately owned Cooke, led by CEO Glenn Cooke, primarily farms salmon. The company announced its hostile bid Aug 12. and Halifax-based Clearwater announced a unitholder rights plan three days later to fend off the takeover bid from the New Brunswick company.

The poison pill plan allows unitholders to acquire units at an 80 per cent discount if Risley’s company increases its stake or if someone else acquires ownership of at least 20 per cent of the fund’s voting units.

Cooke has said it welcomes the plan because it prevents insiders from buying more shares to block a potential bid.

Risley has said Cooke’s offer is too low, as Clearwater is in the midst of a recovery. It is also in the process of transforming itself from an income fund to a publicly traded corporation.

Clearwater has 1,600 employees, about 20 vessels, seven plants and offices in Toronto, Europe, China, Japan, Europe and the United States. The company is best know for its lobster products, but it also harvests scallops, clams, shrimp, crab and other ocean fish.

Cooke has about 2,500 employees at salmon operations in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Maine, Chile and Spain, as well as sales people in the United States and Canada.

Cooke Aquaculture processes and sells more than 115 million pounds of Atlantic salmon and 35 million pounds of trout each year, generating more than $500 million in sales.

In a later development Tuesday, Clearwater said it had received the final order from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court approving its plan to covert the fund into a corporation.

The change is effective in early October, the seafood processor said.


Ottawa gives tobacco manufacturers deadline for tough new cigarette packaging

OTTAWA – Cigarette packs are about to get a whole lot more jarring in Canada.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, accompanied by the widower and daughter of anti-smoking crusader Barb Tarbox, visited a school in Ottawa on Tuesday to announce that tobacco companies will have to start selling revamped cigarette packages by next June.

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Twelve new images will cover 75 per cent of the outside panel of cigarette packages and eight new health messages will appear on the inside in full colour in an attempt to turn off smokers.

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A picture of a dying Barb Tarbox will be among the new images on cigarette packs.

“Our government has followed through on its commitment to introduce new, stronger labelling requirements on key tobacco products,” the health minister said Tuesday.

“I applaud the courage and commitment of those who are sharing their experience with tobacco use through these messages. I’m especially proud to welcome the family of Ms. Tarbox. Her unforgettable image has become a symbol of the hazards of smoking.”

Pat and Mackenzie Tarbox were on hand to praise the announcement Tuesday.

Tarbox’s wife, Barb, died of cancer in 2003 at age 42. Before she died, the Edmontonian documented her battle as part of an anti-smoking campaign to convince young people not to smoke.

As part of the new rules, tobacco companies will also have to include four toxic-emission messages for the side panel, along with a national toll-free quit line.

Currently, health warnings cover 50 per cent of the outside panel, but Health Canada research has consistently showed that smokers have dulled to the old graphics, first introduced in 2001.

Initially, the plan was to have the old packs out of the marketplace by next March, but a delay in publishing the final regulations means industry has another three months to transition.

Aglukkaq committed to the new regulations last December after she signalled in the fall that the file was on hold so the federal government could focus on combating contraband cigarettes.

Health Canada then published draft regulations in February, launching consultations and laying out timelines.

Last fall, Tarbox’s widower lamented what he saw as foot-dragging on the part of the federal government after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it was considering using Barb’s image on cigarette packages sold in the U.S.  


Jennifer Hudson opens weight loss centre in Chicago to promote healthier lifestyle

CHICAGO – Jennifer Hudson’s name has graced an Oscar and Grammy, but the Chicago native said she never imagined her name would be on a weight loss centre that she could use to inspire others.

The singer and actress stopped in her home town Tuesday for the opening of “The Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center.” Hudson, who lost about 80 pounds, is a spokeswoman for the company.

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The new centre, where walls are covered with posters of the svelte star, is in a strip mall on Chicago’s South Side, not far from President Barack Obama’s home.

“I never thought I would make it to have my own centre,” said Hudson, who wore a fitted, ruffled black dress and high-heeled studded black boots. “I’m so honoured to be here and see this day.”

Weight Watchers had pledged to donate a portion of the centre’s revenue to a foundation that Hudson co-founded in honour of her late nephew, Julian King.

The body of the 7-year-old was found in a vehicle a few days after Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were found dead in the family’s Chicago home in October 2008. All three had been shot. The estranged husband of Hudson’s sister is charged in the killings and is awaiting trial.

Hudson, who started the foundation in Julian’s honour with her sister, Julia, said she was inspired as a child by seeing the success of others.

“I love to target children, because that’s the thing that makes a difference,” Hudson said. “We hope to do the same thing and start here at home in Chicago with health, with education, with dreams.”

Hudson, who first earned fame as an “American Idol” finalist, won a Grammy for her self-titled album and an Oscar for her role in “Dreamgirls.” Her album “I Remember Me,” came out this year.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who attended the ribbon-cutting, called Hudson “Chicago’s ambassador to the world at large.”

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Health, jobs and crime among top issues in Manitoba election poll

WINNIPEG – Health care is the biggest election issue for Manitobans who responded to a new opinion poll. 

 

 

When asked by Environics Research Group to name the most important issue in deciding which party to support, 27 per cent of respondents said health. 

 

 

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The economy and unemployment was next at 18 per cent, followed by crime at 14 per cent. Taxation ranked fourth at 11 per cent, followed by debt and deficit at seven per cent. 

 

 

The online poll was conducted by Environics Research Group between Sept. 20 and 26, and provided exclusively to The Canadian Press on Monday. Overall, 45 per cent of decided respondents backed the Opposition Tories, while 42 per cent supported the governing New 

Democrats. Only 10 per cent supported the Liberals. 

 

 

Crime does not normally rank so high in most provinces, said Derek Leebosh, Environics’ vice-president of public affairs. But in a province that routinely registers the highest rates of murder, assault and other crimes, its third-place ranking could be expected. 

 

 

“It’s unusual to see crime ranked that highly on this type of a question,” Leebosh said. 

 

 

The numbers could be seen as good news for incumbent premier Greg Selinger. When asked which party leader would do a better job of managing health care, 36 per cent of respondents said Selinger. 

 

 

Tory Leader Hugh McFadyen garnered 25 per cent while Liberal Leader Jon Gerrard scored 19 per cent. Twenty per cent were unsure. 

 

 

However, McFadyen came out on top when people were asked which leader would best manage the economy – 38 per cent to Selinger’s 30 per cent. 

 

 

McFadyen also beat out Selinger on taxes, crime and managing the deficit, while Selinger scored highest on the environment, social inequality and dealing with floods and other natural disasters. 

 

 

“It all leads back to a very close race,” Leebosh said.  

 

 

When asked which leader would be best at running an “honest, ethical and trustworthy government”, 29 per cent of respondents picked Selinger, while 24 per cent chose McFadyen. Gerrard received 14 per cent and 33 per cent of respondents said they were not sure. 

       

 

Unlike traditional telephone polling, in which respondents are randomly selected, the Environics survey was conducted online among 1,000 respondents, all of whom were chosen from a larger pool of people who were recruited and compensated for participating. 

 

 

Environics then adjusts the sample to reflect a broad spectrum of the population. 

 

 

The non-random nature of online polling makes it impossible to determine statistically how accurately the results reflect the opinions of the population at large. 


Subway trains crash in Shanghai, injuring more than 270 in latest mishap for expanded system

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SHANGHAI – A Shanghai subway train crashed into a stopped train during a signal failure Tuesday, injuring more than 270 people in the latest trouble for the newly expanded transportation system in China’s commercial centre.

The signal failure meant trains on Line 10 were being directed via phone by subway staff instead of electronic signals and thus were running at lower speeds, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said in a statement. That line opened last year and is one of the city’s newest.

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At least 271 people were hurt, none seriously, said Xu Jiangguang, head of the city’s health bureau. Some of the injured were carried away on stretchers, however, and 30 were being kept overnight for observation.

“This is the darkest day ever for the Shanghai subway. Regardless of the cause or responsibility, we are stricken with remorse for having caused our passengers injury and losses,” the company said in an apology posted on its blog. “We want to deeply, deeply apologize.”

The signal system is a product of Casco Signal Ltd., a joint venture of China Railway Signal and Communication Corp. and Alstom, which reportedly supplies signal systems to a number of subways in Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenzhen.

Casco was blamed for a subway train crash in Shanghai in 2009, and it was the supplier of a centralized traffic control system for a railway in east China’s Zhejiang Province where two bullet trains crashed on July 23, killing 40 people and injuring 177.

That accident exposed festering resentments over the huge costs of the country’s massive buildup of its rail system, especially its high-speed lines.

Authorities have not yet disclosed the results of an investigation into the cause of that accident, though state media cited experts as saying signalling equipment was a key factor.

In Tuesday’s accident, the trains were relatively crowded when they crashed at midafternoon. Photos posted online by passengers showed some of the injured covered in blood and crouching or lying on the floor of the train.

Firefighters helped evacuate the approximately 500 passengers on the trains, taking them out through emergency exits and walking them through the subway tunnel.

The crash snarled downtown traffic as police blocked roads to clear the way for ambulances, and hundreds of gawkers gathered to watch as passengers were escorted from the subway.

Shanghai, a city of 23 million, has rapidly expanded its subways in recent years and some lines have had problems with windows shattering, doors not opening properly and trains stopping suddenly or in the wrong spots along platforms.

Tuesday’s was the third system failure in two months on Line 10. It is among several opened last year that were built hastily ahead of the 2010 World Expo, which brought more than 72 million visitors to the city.

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Associated Press writer Elaine Kurtenbach and researcher Fu Ting contributed to this report.