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Wheelchair basketball player David Eng named Canada’s Paralympics flag-bearer

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

RIO DE JANEIRO – When David Eng made his Paralympic debut 12 years ago in Athens, coach Mike Frogley would jot down a word each day and pin that word on the wall.

They were words like “leadership” and “commitment,” character traits Frogley wanted his players to embody.

They were words, Eng decided then and there, to live by.

“I started focusing on that,” Eng said. “That was what I wanted to become, was that type of person.”

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The 39-year-old veteran of Canada’s wheelchair basketball team has been chosen to carry the Maple Leaf into the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday.

READ MORE: Canada’s Aurelie Rivard entering Rio Paralympics as swimmer to beat

Frogley, now the high performance director for Wheelchair Basketball Canada, said there was no better choice. Every player and every team, he said, “starts with great character.”

“And that’s what David is: great character that allows us the opportunity to be great,” Frogley said. “And he’s a great representation of Canada, (he) embodies all the things that Canadians hold in the highest regard, his work ethic, his discipline, his commitment to the team … those are things all Canadians share in, so they share in him marching out holding our flag.”

The two-time Paralympic gold medallist, who was cheered on by both the men’s and women’s wheelchair teams at his news conference Tuesday morning, will be competing at his fourth Games. Canada won gold in Eng’s debut in 2004, took the silver at the 2008 Beijing Games and won gold four years ago in London.

The Canadian co-captain, who was born with one leg shorter than the other, took up the sport when he was just 12 through the encouragement of his uncle Gerald Brule, a former national team player.

His first team was a senior men’s squad, where the “hoops were pretty high” for a 12-year-old, and the chairs were “almost hospital chairs.” He went on to play college wheelchair ball at the University of Texas in Arlington, and now suits up for two club teams: Gladiateurs de Laval and the New York Rollin Knicks.

Eng is a big NBA fan, and rode the emotional roller-coaster of the Toronto Raptors’ historic playoff run last spring.

READ MORE: Rio 2016: Canada’s youngest Paralympic swimmer’s heads out from Moncton

“I love the Raptors. I think Drake should be our ambassador for wheelchair basketball,” Eng said with a chuckle. “He played a guy in a wheelchair on ‘Degrassi: (The Next Generation.)’ He’s a big Raptor guy.

“If Drake (reads) this: tweet me, we need to talk.”

The Toronto rapper, who’s also the Raptors’ global ambassador, played Jimmy Brooks on the popular television series. His character on the show suffered a spinal cord injury in a shooting.

Eng is also a huge Kobe Bryant fan, and named his husky dog “Kobe” after the retired Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

He models his career, he said, on a variety of players and people.

“Michael Jordan, I liked his dedication and heart for the game, love for the game,” Eng said. “Magic Johnson, I liked his team bonding approach, making your team better. Michael Jackson (the late singer), he was a perfectionist who paid attention to all the little details.

“So I take little pieces of everybody and try to emulate and replicate it in my own career.”

Michael Jackson also happens to be his go-to pre-game music.

READ MORE: Rio 2016: Paralympics will go ahead with major budget cuts

“‘Man in the Mirror’ is one of my favourites, ‘Billie Jean’ … I like more of the old Michael Jackson.”

Eng wore a Superman t-shirt for his pre-game warm-up from the time he was 12 until 21, but replaced it with the Superman diamond-shaped logo he had tattooed on his left shoulder.

He’s fiercely passionate about the Paralympic movement.

“There’s nothing more human than the Paralympics,” Eng said. “You have diversity, you have disability … and you go out there and you maximize what you’ve got and you perform, and it’s really inspiring.

“If I were to compare the Olympics and the Paralympics, we’ve got the back stories of the athletes and what they went through. They already succeeded in something before they started competing. The true value of sport, we’re really embracing it right now at the Paralympics.”

Canada has long been a leader in wheelchair basketball. In Rio, however, Eng will guide a team that features six rookies after half of Canada’s core of players retired post-London.

“We want to still be a leader, it’s another motivation,” Eng said. “We have new athletes coming in and we want to show that it wasn’t just the individuals on the team, but it was the concept, the program behind it that made us so successful.”

Canada opens the Paralympics on Thursday against Spain, and will also meet Algeria and Great Britain in preliminary-round action.

The Canadians captured silver at last summer’s Parapan Am Games in Toronto, losing the final to the United States.

The Canadian women, silver medallists at last summer’s Parapan Am Games, also open the Paralympics on Thursday when they face Great Britain.

El Salvador players say offered cash before Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Canada

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

El Salvador players were offered financial inducements to win, draw or avoid a heavy defeat in their crunch World Cup qualifier against Canada, the country’s football association said on Tuesday.

“Players with the national football team reveal the supposed arrangement ahead of their game with Canada,” the association said on the team’s Facebook page.

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A heavy defeat for the Salvadorans in Tuesday evening’s match in Vancouver could prevent their neighbours Honduras from progressing to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Honduras are in pole position to advance but Canada could edge them on goal difference if they run up a big score against El Salvador and Honduras lose to Group One leaders Mexico at the Aztec stadium.

READ MORE: FIFA ethics court drops investigation of President Infantino

Mexico are unbeaten in five matches and the Salvadorans sit bottom of the group with two points from a possible 15.

The association said a Salvadoran businessman and former president of local club Alianza FC approached the players with financial inducements before they travelled to Canada at the weekend.

“Players with the national team tonight revealed at a press conference a tape in which the Salvadoran businessman Ricardo Padilla offered them ‘rewards’ for winning, drawing or even losing against Canada,” the association said.

Team captain Nelson Bonilla played the tape of the 10-minute conversation to reporters in Vancouver on Monday night.

In it, the man identified as Padilla promised varying amounts of money depending on the result and the time played by each player, from $30 a minute for a win to $10 a minute in a 1-0 defeat.

“In reference to what we heard, we want to make it clear that we are against anything of this kind,” Bonilla said.

“We want to be transparent about everything that has happened with the national team.”

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Fourteen El Salvador internationals were banned for life for match-fixing in 2013.

FIFA said it was aware of the issue and was looking into the matter.

READ MORE: FIFA says top officials, including Sepp Blatter, awarded themselves $80M over 5 years

“FIFA does comment on whether or not investigations are underway into alleged cases of match manipulation so as not to compromise any possible investigations,” a spokesperson said.

CONCACAF did not respond to emailed requests for comment and the football associations of Canada, Honduras and Mexico made no mention of the allegations on their websites.

Padilla, however, said there was nothing wrong with the offer as he was not asking the players to throw the game.

“Let them investigate, I’m not worried,” he told the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Grafica. “Those who want to see it as something bad can see it that way and those who want to see it as something good then they can too.”

Relations between El Salvador and Honduras have not always been harmonious on the soccer pitch and the two Central American nations went to war in 1969 after a rancorous best-of-three World Cup series.

The short-lived conflict had been brewing for months but angry scenes during the matches led to border skirmishes in which hundreds of people were killed in what was forever remembered as the Soccer War.

8 new public schools open in Calgary this month

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

Hundreds of students enrolled in Calgary’s public school system headed back to class on Tuesday in brand new schools.

The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is opening 8 new schools this month, including:

Auburn Bay SchoolCopperfield SchoolKenneth D. Taylor School (in Evanston)New Brighton SchoolNelson Mandela SchoolPeter Lougheed School (in Saddle Ridge)William D. Pratt School in (in Royal Oak)Buffalo Rubbing Stone School (in Panorama Hills)

Although originally set to open on Sept. 6, Buffalo Rubbing Stone School will instead open on Sept. 26 due to construction delays. In addition, Peter Lougheed School is expected to open during the “first week” of school, according to the CBE.

“We are working closely with the families of these schools to provide updates on construction and contingency plans for students,” CBE spokesperson Dany Breton said.

READ MORE: A look inside Calgary’s new Nelson Mandela High School

The new schools have a total capacity of 6,600 students.

“These new facilities will not only benefit the students who are attending them, but also the community, as these new schools grow into hubs of activity,” Chief Superintendent David Stevenson said.

In addition to eight new schools, modernization projects at Bowness High School and Jack James High School have been completed.

Bowness now offers a new wing of classrooms, a culinary arts classroom and a robotics lab, as well as automotive and wood shop upgrades.

Jack James, meanwhile, has undergone upgrades to auto body, building trades, horticulture and child care spaces.

A new Catholic school also opens this month; Our Lady of Grace School in Evanston will have students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

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Halifax council to consider starting over on Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Regional Park

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

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Halifax regional councillors will decide whether to ditch a controversial recommendation to develop parts of the area around the Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area.

Municipal staff are calling on councillors to roundly reject a June report that recommended allowing development to take place on much of the land slated for a regional park near Bayer’s Lake.

The park is supposed to buffer a provincial wilderness area but critics say the facilitators report would have thrown that into jeopardy. The park has been promised since 2006 but much of the land is owned by private companies that want to develop the land instead. None of the privately owned land is zoned for development.

READ MORE: Municipal report recommends against Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes development

The August report from staff recommends against any further action on the facilitator’s report and calls on councillors to reject all proposals from developers to build on the land.

It goes on to recommend against beginning the secondary planning process requested by the developers who own the land.

Staff also suggest councillors direct staff to “explore opportunities and develop a program to acquire land” to create the proposed park.

Guns for transit tickets

Councillors are also expected to debate a recommendation to create a gun amnesty program similar to a previous program in the municipality in 2009.

The program is being recommended in response to a spate of gun violence earlier this spring that killed four men.

READ MORE: Province slams Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes report

Citizens would be allowed to turn over firearms and/or ammunition to the police without fear of being charged with possession of an unrestricted, restricted, or prohibited firearm. In return the individuals would receive 50 single Transit tickets for each firearm handed in.

Firearms turned over to Halifax RCMP or Halifax Regional Police would be checked for involvement in prior criminal activity.

If approved the program would run for two weeks between September 12 and 23, 2016.

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What to expect from Apple’s iPhone 7 event

Written on July 24, 2019 at 18:57, by

It’s that time of year again. Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone lineup during its annual fall press event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

In typical Apple fashion, little information has been released about the event; however, an invitation sent to members of the media read, “See you on the 7th,” leading many to believe the tech giant will show off the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

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READ MORE: Apple expected to release a new iPhone next week

Of course, Apple has not released any information regarding what will be released – but the rumour mill is already churning up ideas about what the new phones might include.

But the iPhone 7 likely won’t be the only attraction on Wednesday. Here is what many expect to be unveiled during the event:

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

The announcement of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is expected to revolve around audio capabilities. That’s because Apple is expected to unveil a phone without a headphone jack.

Rumours surrounding the removal of the headphone jack have been circulating for about a year and have not been well-received by Apple users. In fact, an online petition accusing Apple of trying to rip off customers by removing the headphone jack has been signed over 303,000 times.

READ MORE: Apple patents and leaks pointing to a waterproof iPhone 7

But, if Apple is planning on releasing an iPhone without a traditional headphone jack, it’s likely the company will unveil some sort of adapter to support existing audio devices. We may also see Apple branded Bluetooth wireless headphones to go with the phone.

WATCH: Apple Pay now available in Canada

Some believe the company will introduce a new type of Apple branded headphones that plug into the phone’s lightning port (where you plug your phone in to charge).

Overall, the physical design of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus isn’t said to be changing much. But, according to a report by Bloomberg, one of the new models may include a second camera on the back of the phone to take higher quality photos and offer a better zoom.

READ MORE: Here is everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016

As with every iPhone iteration, both new devices will likely have upgraded internal components and faster chips.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will finally ditch the 16 gigabyte model and make 32 gigabyte the smallest available model. This comes after thousands of users with 16gb phones complained that Apple’s operating took up a large chunk of their devices’ storage. For example, iOS 8 required at least 5.7GB of free space in order to be installed on most iPhone and iPad models.

Apple Watch

Two years after introducing its first wearable device, Apple is expected to unveil the second version of the Apple Watch.

While most rumour sites don’t believe the company is going to significantly change the Apple Watch’s design, the biggest change to the device is expected to be built-in GPS capability. That means you won’t necessarily need to bring your iPhone with you in order to track things like your daily run on your watch.

According to Apple rumour site 9to5Mac, the new Apple Watch will also have better battery life.

iOS 10

We will likely also find out an official release date for iOS 10 Wednesday. However, thanks to Apple’s beta testing program, we already know most of the changes coming to the new operating system for iPhone and iPad.

The messaging app has been revamped to allow users to customize their messages. For example, you can now hand draw a response that will animate once opened by friends and messages that say things like “Happy Birthday” will send animated balloons flying across your screen.

Another new feature called “invisible ink” will allow you to send your friends a photo or message that remains hidden until they swipe across it.

An example of iOS 10’s invisible ink feature. (Screenshot/Apple)

But there will be some big changes for users to get used to.

“Slide to unlock” is gone – once iOS 10 is installed, swiping right will now bring users to a revamped notifications screen. To unlock your phone, you will now need to hold your finger over the TouchID fingerprint sensor on your home button, or  – if you don’t have a phone with a fingerprint sensor – click the home button to get to the unlock screen.

READ MORE: Goodbye ‘Stocks’ app! Apple to let you delete those un-deletable iPhone apps

If that makes you hesitant to install the new operating system, take this into consideration – Apple will finally let you remove those unwanted apps, like the Stocks app.

An updated MacBook Pro

Anyone who has been holding out for a new MacBook will know that Apple hasn’t updated its MacBook Pro laptop line in a while. And while there are some rumours that Apple is gearing up to release a new MacBook Pro, it’s unclear whether or not the computer will be unveiled during Wednesday’s event.

9to5Mac reported the new laptop could include an OLED touch screen panel above the keyboard, a thinner design and the addition of a USB-C port; but other details surrounding the laptop remain scarce.

Global News will have live coverage of Apple’s iPhone event, starting at 1 p.m. ET.

Canada isn’t perfect on human rights, either, Trudeau tells Chinese leaders

Written on June 24, 2019 at 10:27, by

HONG KONG – When Justin Trudeau raised concerns directly with China’s political elite about their human-rights record, he says he also acknowledged that Canada isn’t perfect.

The prime minister shared more details Tuesday about his high-level talks last week with Beijing, sessions that included face time with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

Trudeau told a business luncheon in Hong Kong that he brought up his concerns in those meetings, ranging from consular cases, rule of law, governance and corruption.

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“(I) talked about the challenges, but also talked about the fact that Canada is not immune to criticisms on human rights, either,” he said during an on-stage interview during the event, hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau honours fallen Canadian soldiers in Hong Kong

“The perspective that a lot of countries have is, ‘Well, you know, foreign countries or foreign observers shouldn’t be criticizing what are internal matters to us.”‘

He said he pointed out how a United Nations rapporteur put out a “scathing report” a few years ago on Canada’s treatment of Indigenous Peoples, of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls and other challenges.

Trudeau’s Hong Kong event came on the last day of his eight-day official visit to China, a trip that also included stops in Beijiing, Shanghai and Hangzhou for the Group of 20 leaders’ summit.

His primary goal of the visit was to strengthen commercial ties with the Chinese regime. He repeated his argument Tuesday that Ottawa’s connection to China was “hot and cold” when the Conservatives were in power.

With Canada struggling through an extended period of weak growth, the government sees expanding the relationship with China – the world’s second-largest economy – as a key to helping the economy.

But getting tighter with China poses challenges at home. Trudeau has had to address widespread concerns about the Chinese regime’s handling of human rights.

On Tuesday, his interviewer asked him how he balances the two.

READ MORE: Will Trudeau open the door to Chinese foreign investment?

She noted, for example, that public opinion polls have suggested Canadians are cool to the idea of pursuing free trade with the Asian superpower.

“I don’t know if I like the word balance because balance does make it sound like you’re making a trade off,” Trudeau replied.

“I don’t think you have to choose, I think you have to be very up front and frank about doing that in a very thoughtful, respectful way, but in a constructive way.”

His appearance Tuesday in Hong Kong followed a landmark election result in the southern Chinese city over the weekend that saw a group of young pro-democracy activists win seats in the local legislature.

The activists, who helped lead huge pro-democracy street protests two years ago, intend to change the rules on how the city is governed by China’s leaders. It could set off a fresh showdown with Beijing.

Asked how Canada might engage with China on behalf of Hong Kong, Trudeau was cautious.

“I’m going to use a line that I’ve been able to use a few times regarding our neighbours to the south: Canada will work with whoever gets elected and forms government in foreign jurisdictions,” he said.

Andrew Work, editor-in-chief of Hong Kong’s Harbour Times, said it is “hugely important” that Trudeau was in the city shortly after the election to see its vibrant democracy first hand.

READ MORE: ‘Canada cares deeply about its citizens in difficulties abroad’: Trudeau on prisoners held overseas

“Canada is an influential nation with 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong,” said Work, a Canadian who has lived in the Chinese city for 20 years.

When it comes to working with China, this week Trudeau left the door open to allowing more investment from the country’s state-owned enterprises.

On Monday, he said he would listen if China raises its long-held concerns with him over Canada’s restrictions on investment by foreign, state-owned enterprises. He elaborated on the topic Tuesday.

“We need to draw in global investment as a way of being able to properly develop our resources in ways that are going to create a lot of jobs in Canada,” Trudeau said during the on-stage exchange with Bloomberg TV anchor Angie Lau.

“Yes, we have to think about it in terms of what are the benefits, what are the labour standards, what are the environmental impacts?. But I don’t think that anyone can imagine that we would do better by closing ourselves off from the world.”

Earlier Tuesday, Trudeau visited the mountainside Sai Wan War Cemetery to pay homage to Canadian soldiers who died after fighting to defend Hong Kong from a Japanese invasion during the Second World War.

There are 283 Canadians buried at the cemetery, 107 of whom were never identified.

Trudeau also met with billionaire businessman Li Ka-shing, chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, to discuss investment opportunities at his cavernous office on the 70th floor of a Hong Kong tower.

The prime minister also held a meeting with Leung Chun-ying, chief executive of Hong Kong, at his residence.

British Airways apologizes after computer glitch causes global delays

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LONDON – British Airways travellers are suffering delays globally due to a computer glitch in the check-in systems, the latest in a string of technical failures to hit major international airlines.

Travellers took to social media to complain of long lines and the airline said “a number” of airports were affected.

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According to tracking service Flightaware, 157 BA flights were delayed, or 17 per cent of its total flights, and five were cancelled as of midday in London.

READ MORE: Delta cancels 400 flights as computer troubles continue; thousands stranded

“We’ve been in line for three hours,” Erik Blangsted, told KGO-TV as he waited for his flight at San Francisco International Airport. “We’ve talked to the people who’ve offered us some cold water and some chips – and sympathy.”

The airline apologized and said passengers are now being checked in at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports but that the process may be “a bit slower than usual.”

BA had to apologize already in July after computer glitches in check-in systems also delayed passengers. It began installing new systems last October and completed the rollout earlier this year.

The company, which is part of the International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, says it would “encourage customers to check in online before they reach the airport.”

READ MORE: Delta computer meltdown: This man spent nearly 20 hours at Japan’s Narita airport

The airline’s problems come barely a month after U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc. suffered a global outage that caused it to cancel 2,300 flights, costing it $100 million in lost revenue.

A fire and failure of a piece of equipment at Delta’s Atlanta headquarters on Aug. 8 had caused a massive outage of the airline’s computer systems, leading to three days of heavy cancellations and delays.

Enbridge to buy Spectra Energy in $37B deal

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CALGARY – Enbridge is making a big bet on natural gas with the C$37-billion friendly takeover of Spectra Energy Corp., as it looks to grow while facing severe pushback on infrastructure projects.

The all-stock deal with Houston-based Spectra will create the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and one of the biggest energy companies of any kind globally, with a combined value of about $165 billion.

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The deal would give Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) far more exposure to the natural gas side of the business and extend the company’s reach throughout the continent, Enbridge CEO Al Monaco said Tuesday on a conference call with analysts.

“This transaction is transformational for both companies, and results in unmatched scale, diversity and financial flexibility with multiple platforms for organic growth,” said Monaco, who will stay on as president and CEO of the larger company.

The deal brings much greater diversity to the companies, said AltaCorp Capital analyst Dirk Lever.

READ MORE: Enbridge to buy US$1.5B stake in Bakken pipeline system

“Enbridge before was very much more of an oily company and Spectra was a gassy company. Put them together and they’re balanced,” said Lever.

If the deal closes as expected early next year, Spectra will add 140,800 kilometres of gas pipelines to bring Enbridge’s total gas lines to 165,600 kilometres, while Spectra will add only 2,720 kilometres of liquids pipelines to Enbridge’s existing 27,600 kilometres.

Lever said the resistance companies across Canada and the U.S. have faced in building new resource projects like pipelines has forced companies to look to mergers and acquisitions for growth.

“There’s been huge pushback from vocal groups against pipelines,” he said, despite the importance of the infrastructure. “They don’t care, they just don’t want pipelines.”

Enbridge has faced stiff resistance for years on its proposed $7.9-billion Northern Gateway project, while large groups of protesters are currently trying to block construction on the Dakota Access pipeline project in the U.S. that it’s buying into.

READ MORE: Enbridge CEO emphasizes pipeline safety as federal decisions loom

TransCanada Corp. – which faced significant opposition to its Keystone XL pipeline project before the U.S. government rejected it, and continuing opposition to its Energy East pipeline – opted to make a US$13-billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group earlier this year to expand its network.

Lever said that given the cost and timelines on these major infrastructure projects, companies are looking for scale to spread the risk and increase strategic opportunities.

“Companies are finding that there’s more strategies if they band together, and there’s more strategic opportunities by doing that rather than build new pipelines that just can’t seem to get off the ground,” he said.

“Infrastructure for energy is so critically important and the size of the problems to be solved are so large, that you’re more likely to see mergers going forward,” Lever said.

Monaco said the companies will need to see what divestitures may be required by competition authorities, but he doesn’t see much overlap between Spectra Energy’s natural gas infrastructure business and Enbridge’s oil and liquids operations.

READ MORE: Enbridge profit down 47%; company cites Fort McMurray wildfires

Enbridge would take on about $22 billion in Spectra debt, while Monaco said the company plans to sell about $2 billion of non-core assets over the next year.

Under terms of the deal, Spectra Energy shareholders would receive 0.984 shares of the combined company for each share of Spectra Energy common stock they own. Based on the closing price of Enbridge common shares on Friday, that translates to US$40.33 per Spectra Energy share, representing about a 11.5-per-cent premium to Spectra Energy’s closing stock price Friday.

Emirates flight tried to take off after brief touch down when it crash landed: report

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A preliminary report released Tuesday into last month’s Emirates airliner crash landing in Dubai found that the pilot attempted to take off again after briefly touching down, and that the plane ultimately hit the runway as it tried to climb with its landing gear retracting.

One firefighter was killed responding to the accident, which destroyed the Boeing 777-300, but all 300 people onboard Flight EK521 managed to escape.

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The accident was the most serious in Emirates’ more than three decades of operations, and was the second major air disaster for a Dubai government-backed airline in less than five months.

The findings released Tuesday in a 28-page report by the United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority were broadly in line with an Associated Press analysis a day after the crash that was based on flight data, air traffic control communications and interviews with aviation experts.

READ MORE: WATCH: Video from on board Emirates crash landing captures panic

Investigators found that the crew received a warning indicating wind shear – a sudden change in wind speed or direction – as the plane approached Dubai on its return from Thiruvananthapuram, India. As it neared the ground, a headwind started to shift to a tailwind and then back again.

The right landing gear hit the ground first, with the left following only three seconds later, according to the report. The nose gear stayed in the air.

Video captures confusion, panic as Emirates passengers told to ‘leave bags behind’

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Video captures confusion, panic as Emirates passengers told to ‘leave bags behind’

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Emirates airliner with 300 on board crash lands in Dubai

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Emirates plane catches fire after crash landing at Dubai airport



A warning system alerted the crew of a “long landing,” indicating that the plane had not touched down where it was supposed to, and the plane took to the air again as the crew tried to make a second landing attempt.

Six seconds into the air, the crew began to retract the landing gear.

READ MORE: Firefighter killed after Emirates plane crash-lands at Dubai airport

After making it only about 85 feet off the ground, the twin-engine plane began to lose altitude. Three seconds before impact, the crew tried to push the jet engines all the way from an idle to full power.

Cockpit warnings blared “Don’t sink, don’t sink!” as the engines began to throttle up.

It was too late.

With the landing gear still retracting, the back of the plane and then the engines hit the runway at 125 knots (144 mile per hour).

A fuel-fed fire broke out as the right engine was ripped off and the plane skidded on its belly before coming to a rest.

Hermine weakens but could still impact eastern seaboard

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Hermine is expected to begin weakening as it churns hundreds of miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could continue to impact areas from New York to southern New England with pounding waves, coastal flooding and beach erosion before it moves out to sea.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect Tuesday morning from New York’s Long Island to Massachusetts.

New York officials extended beach closures beyond Labor Day because of continued deadly rip currents, but some ignored the warnings.

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The New York Post said police issued $80 tickets to at least four surfers at Rockaway Beach. An emergency worker who dived into the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island to save a swimmer who violated the ban told the Post that the current felt like a “300-pound guy pulling me back out to sea.”

READ MORE: Hermine lingers off shore continuing its unsafe storm surges

In New Jersey, big waves and churning surf up to the base of dunes were reported in some areas of the state hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, including the Ocean County communities of Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head, Mantoloking and Brick. But no flooding or other damage was reported.

The National Hurricane Center said Hermine was expected to become nearly stationary by Tuesday night before turning toward the northeast Wednesday.

As of 2 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Hermine’s top sustained winds were steady at 65 mph (104 kph) as it moved west-northwest at 9 mph (14 kph). The storm was centred about 110 miles (177 kilometres) south-southeast of the eastern tip of Long Island.

While many communities felt like they dodged a bullet, the threat of Hermine caused many vacationers to cancel their holiday plans.

READ MORE: Hermine spins away from US East Coast, regains strength

MD Mahabub Khan has worked as a taxi cart pusher at the shore for 27 years and said he still attracted some business over the weekend, but the smaller crowds were noticeable.

“People from New York and New Jersey are kind of stuck here (during bad weather), so they can still come,” if forecasts don’t play out as predicted, Khan said.

Hermine rose over the Gulf of Mexico and hit Florida on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before weakening to a tropical storm across Georgia. It has caused at least three deaths, inflicted widespread property damage and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people from Florida to Virginia.

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Associated Press writers Megan Trimble and Wayne Parry in Atlantic City, New Jersey, contributed to this report.