Archive for February 2019

Peru needs more international aid to help hundreds of thousands of people cope with continuing floods and mudslides that have killed more than 100 people and torn apart much of the country’s infrastructure, the transportation minister said Friday.


Minister Martin Vizcarra told Reuters that the government will likely award reconstruction contracts in August or September, once heavy rains and the current crisis have subsided.

Peruvians displaced by raging rivers and landslides still need bottled water, canned food, tents,toilet paper, medicine and other basics to survive coming months, Vizcarra said.

READ MORE: Death toll rises to 72 in Peru rains, flooding, mudslides

Peru has distributed 4,000 tonnes of aid so far, most of it donated by Peruvian families and companies and institutions, but another 4,000 tonnes will likely be needed in coming months, Vizcarra said.

Local donations were tapering off as raging rivers and mudslides continue to slam parts of Peru.

“Every family, company has a limit to what it can give,” Vizcarra told Reuters in an interview. “But people are going to be in need for a long time. There are families that have nothing.”

WATCH: Peru devastated by flooding, mudslides

He noted that Peru prefers goods that could be distributed immediately to cash donations.

A railway used to transport zinc and copper concentrates from mines in central Peru to port will likely take another two weeks to become operative, Vizcarra said.

The government will likely hold public tenders for “packets” of projects – such as bridges needed in a region – to ensure a swift recovery.

READ MORE: Heavy rains and mudslides in Peru causes death, widespread destruction

So far, more than 200 bridges and more than 2,000 kilometers of highway have been wiped out, Vizcarra said. Scientists in Peru now expect the localized version of El Nino that appeared suddenly off of Peru’s coast this year to stretch into May, though April rains should not be as intense as the downpours still battering the northern coast.

The United States said Thursday that it had allocated more than $775,000 to help Peru, about half of China’s donation of $1.5 million to the Andean country.

Economists in Peru have put the cost of reconstruction at more than $6 billion – more than 3 percent of gross domestic product.

WATCH: Drinking water shortages hit Peru

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) —; President Donald Trump says that the United States is prepared to act alone if China does not take a tougher stand against North Korea‘s nuclear program.


Trump’s comments in an interview with the Financial Times come just days before he is set to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago estate in South Florida. The two are expected to discuss a number of issues, including North Korea, trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea during their meeting on Thursday and Friday.

“Yes, we will talk about North Korea,” Trump told the newspaper for a story that appeared Sunday on its website. “And China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”

WATCH: China urges US to remain ‘coolheaded’ with North Korea

Trump said trade was the incentive for China to work with the United States. Still, he said the United States could “totally” handle the situation in North Korea without China’s help.

Asked how he would tackle North Korea, Trump said: “I’m not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East.”

While China provides diplomatic and economic support to its neighbor, it claims that its influence over Kim Jong Un’s government is limited.

READ MORE: U.S. mulls North Korea sanctions, targeting cash that flows through Chinese banks

The relationship between the United States and China has been uncertain since Trump’s election. During his campaign he accused China of unfair trade practices and threatened to raise import taxes on Chinese goods and declare Beijing a currency manipulator, though it is unclear whether Trump will follow through with either threat.

Trump told the newspaper that he doesn’t “want to talk about tariffs yet, perhaps the next time we meet.”

READ MORE: China denies devaluing currency ahead of presidential summit between Trump, Xi Jinping

Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, also offered tough talk on China, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that the U.S. is pressing China to take a firmer stand regarding North Korea’s nuclear program.

U.N. resolutions have failed so far to deter North Korea from conducting nuclear and missile tests. Last year, the North conducted two nuclear tests and two dozen tests of ballistic missiles.

WATCH: Tillerson calls for ‘new approach’ to North Korea threat

“They need to show us how concerned they are,” Haley said. “They need to put pressure on North Korea. The only country that can stop North Korea is China, and they know that.”

Asked what the U.S. would do if China doesn’t cooperate, Haley said: “China has to cooperate.”

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, however, said he doubted that Beijing will cooperate.

READ MORE: North Korea may be in final stages for another nuclear test, satellite images show

“I’ve been working on the North Korea problem since 1994,” Carter said on ABC. “And we have consistently asked Chinese leaders … because they uniquely have the historical and the economic relationship with North Korea to make a difference.

“They haven’t used that influence, and so it’s hard for me to be optimistic with that,” he said.

April 2nd marks World Autism Day — a chance to learn more about a condition that affects one in 68 children, and what life is like for families impacted by it.

For parents with children on the autism spectrum, life can be challenging at times. They have had to learn how to parent, communicate and teach in unique ways.

Amy and Evan Shout know this all too well — both of their sons Ashton and Tristan have autism.



  • New autism campaign will see Calgary students wear their shirts inside out

    “Ashton had some skills and then regressed; Tristan just didn’t develop at a typical rate,” Amy explained.

    “For two children on the spectrum, they have totally different mannerisms,” Evan added.

    READ MORE: 5 things you didn’t know about autism

    Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder that presents differently in every person, meaning you can’t always tell when someone has autism.

    For the Shouts, one of the hardest parts of having children with autism is dealing with public judgement.

    “You can’t see autism all of the time. We could be out at a playground and our kids could look very typical and fit in with the rest,” Amy said. “Something could happen that sets them off … and it looks like poor behaviour, poor parenting, or something like that.”

    “Yes, they act differently in crowds. Yes, we may have to leave an event early because of a behavioural episode, but that doesn’t mean [we] have to treat them different. They’re still kids,” Evan said.

    READ MORE: ‘Sesame Street’ to introduce muppet with autism in April

    Sharla Carr, whose son Blake also has autism, wishes people would put more effort into understanding and accepting those living with autism.

    “I think it’s important for people to open their minds and gain some understanding of these children, appreciate them for who they are, and what obstacles they might be facing at that time,” Carr said.

    “People are quick to judge, and that has been really difficult. I wish everyone could see [Blake] the way I see him.”

    Both Blake and Tristan are in the “little tots” program at Autism Services of Saskatoon, which provides vital communication and behaviour lessons for both children and parents.

    “It has helped us understand our son, which I think is very important, because we can’t parent Blake the same way we can parent our other child,” Carr said.

    As unique as kids with autism may be, Carr has the same hopes for her child as every parent: “I just want Blake to be accepted for who he is.”

The London Knights and the Windsor Spitfires finished fourth and fifth overall in the regular season.

There wasn’t much to split between them. In the playoffs, there has been even less.

The final score in Game 6 read 5-3 for the London Knights, but the game was yet another razor-thin matchup.

In a game London had to win, they built a 4-1 lead and then survived a late two-goal Windsor surge to force a Game 7 on Tuesday at Budweiser Gardens.


Even the teams’ coaches couldn’t overlook the sheer entertainment of two such closely-pitted competitors.

“It was exciting,” said Knights assistant coach Rick Steadman. “We get a three-goal lead, they come back and then our players were forced to dig in and hang on, and they did. It was a great win.”

It was London’s first win in Windsor all season and it wrestled back home-ice advantage for the finale.

The teams last went seven games in 2003, when their positions were reversed. The Spitfires were the number-four seed and the Knights were fifth. That game was played at the old Windsor Arena and London won with what amounted to sheer determination.

It took a hefty dose of that same grit for the Knights to get the job done at the WFCU Centre on Sunday afternoon.

London assistant coach Dylan Hunter broke down a few key plays: “Parsons made a really big save on a breakaway early to keep it 1-0 for them. Our special teams were clicking and were getting pucks to the net and working well systematically.”

As they did in Game 5, the Knights came out quickly. In the first minute, an Evan Bouchard shot hit the inside of the post and bounced to Mitchell Stephens. His rebound try went off the outside of the post to the left of the Windsor net.

A little over four minutes after that, a Sean Day shot was blocked in front of the London net, but bounced to Jeremiah Addison and he scored his third goal of the series to put the Spitfires ahead 1-0.

London was put to the test on the penalty kill in the opening period and held off all three Spitfires chances. For the second straight game, the Knights did not allow a power-play goal and in the two wins to tie the series, they were a perfect 10-for-10.

Early in the second period, Parsons made a big stop on Game 4 hero Graham Knott, giving his team a chance to keep pushing for the tying goal.

Tyler Parsons: From a spark to a flame

It didn’t come easily.

Another shot from the point was blocked in front of the Windsor net and bounced to Knights’ captain J.J. Piccinich, and he pivoted and fired off the inside of the post.

London kept coming and were finally rewarded on a power play as Stephens batted a puck in after a shot by Janne Kuokkanen was stopped by Michael DiPietro and the game was tied. Robert Thomas picked up the other assist on that play.

The line of Thomas, Stephens and Kuokkanen clicked well despite being a relatively new creation.

“We thought we needed to change this up a bit,” said Hunter. “[Thomas] and Kuokkanen were working well together on the power play and you add in Stephens. That allowed us to put [Max] Jones with [Owen] MacDonald and [Dante] Saiituro. Sometimes it just rejuvenates guys to put them in different situations.”

London Knights forward Janne Kuokkanen signs with Carolina Hurricanes

London certainly put Windsor into a different situation in the third period.

After some Spitfires fans booed as the team left the ice at the end of 40 minutes, they had to watch as London scored two goals 1:37 apart.

After a big Windsor chance, J.J. Piccinich skated the puck out of his end, got in across the Spitfires’ blue line and wired a wrist shot that went off DiPietro’s shoulder, fell behind him and trickled in.

Then Thomas started and finished a passing play with Victor Mete that saw Thomas receive a return pass on the right side of the Windsor end, fake a pass back and beat DiPietro short-side to make it 4-1 at 5:50 of the third period.

That lead was the largest either team has had during the series with that much time remaining.

The Spitfires pushed back, with Addison poking a puck past Parsons off a faceoff then jamming in a rebound exactly three minutes later, bringing the Windsor deficit down to a goal.

The Spitfires pulled their goalie and generated a couple of shots, but a save by Parsons went to Jones and he sent a puck into centre ice that Thomas caught up to, held and deposited into the empty net to finish the scoring at 5-3.

The line of Thomas, Kuokkanen and Stephens accounted for three goals and six points.

Parsons ended the game with 25 saves.

Knights battle their way to Game 6

Game 7 will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Budweiser Gardens. AM 980’s coverage will start at 6:30. Tickets are available at 519-681-0800 ext. 1, at the Knights’ Armoury or online at londonknights杭州桑拿.

Highway 5 is now open in both directions following two multi-vehicle accidents on Sunday. Several people were transported to hospital. One woman died when she got out of her vehicle following the crash.

B.C. Emergency Health Services confirms two different accidents occurred on the highway stretch, injuring 10 people in total.


Five of the injured were transported by ground to Nicola Valley Hospital and five were transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

“Cars were just slamming into each other and spinning off to the side, it was just mayhem,” Steve Hamilton, a resident of Kamloops who witnessed the crash, told Global News.

Hamilton said he was driving home to Kamloops with his two daughters when they passed through a sudden snow squall. Every car on the road was driving between 120 and 130 km/h, Hamilton said, and upon hitting the storm, cars started flying out of control.

“It had stopped snowing and the road was relatively clear, but as we came up and over the crest of the hill and the road veered off to the right, the snow was just pounding down, just really wet, heavy, freezing-rain-snow mix.”

“It must have caught the first car off guard,” Hamilton said. “They hit the brakes and started going sideways. A guy who had just passed me literally 500 metres before, was rolling down the median of the highway as I went through.”

Hamilton said he was just trying to hang onto his steering wheel and swerve his way through the chaos, “It was just absolute chaos.”

“I hit the brakes and I was like ‘Girls, hang on!’”

Just as he had finally made it past the first crash site, another driver had slid out of control not too far ahead.

About a kilometre past the crash site, the roads were completely bare, he said. By the time they reached Merritt, several police cars and at least a dozen ambulances passed them on route to the crash, Hamilton said.

He counts himself and his family extremely lucky to have made it through the pile-up unscathed

Hours after making it home from the drive, Hamilton said he’s still shaking. From his traumatic experience, he cautioned other drivers to stay alert.

“Highway conditions can change in a moment. You just can’t let your guard down for a second. It’s an extremely dangerous road,” Hamilton urged.