22 people missing, 900 evacuated after building collapses in China

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BEIJING – A landslide collapsed and buried buildings at and around an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Sunday, leaving 27 people missing, authorities said.

At least seven people were rescued after 18 buildings were buried and an area of 20,000 square meters (24,000 square yards) was covered with soil, the Ministry of Public Security’s firefighting bureau said in an online statement.

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Shenzhen’s public security bureau posted a notice online saying that eight hours after the landslide, 21 men and six women were unaccounted for.

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Shenzhen’s fire brigade said that one building had collapsed, but that the landslide had affected a large area in the northwestern outskirts of the city.

Li Yikang, the deputy secretary general of the Shenzhen city government, said at a televised news conference that more than 900 people had been evacuated.

Giving different figures than the fire authorities, Li said that four people had been rescued and 22 factory buildings buried, involving 15 companies. The reason for the discrepancies wasn’t immediately clear.

Li said that nearly 1,500 people were involved in rescue efforts.

State broadcaster China Central Television, or CCTV, said that there was a residential area next to the industrial zone, and that the buildings buried included two workers’ dormitories.

Ren Jiguang, the deputy chief of Shenzhen’s public security bureau, told CCTV that most people had been moved to safety before the landslide hit.

The Beijing Youth Daily, citing a local resident, reported that the soil that slid down onto the area had been piled up against a 100-meter (110-yard) -high hill after being dug up in the past two years in construction work.

State media carried photos of what looked like at least one five-story building leaning over and partly crumpled in the industrial park, and a sea of brown soil covering a vast area around it.

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Finance ministers to meet in Ottawa to confront Canada’s new economic reality

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OTTAWA – Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau is expecting to hear from his provincial counterparts Monday about a familiar, contentious subject: equalization payments.

Morneau, who will meet with regional ministers for a second day in Ottawa, released figures Sunday outlining how much the neediest provinces can expect to receive from the federal government in the next fiscal year.

The constitutionally guaranteed equalization program will redistribute nearly $18 billion in 2016-17 to poorer provinces, where the cash will help fund public services.

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Under the formula, the same six so-called have-not provinces that received cash in 2015-16 – Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island – will get the payments again next year.

That means provincial economies hit hard by low commodity prices – such as Alberta and Saskatchewan – will continue to pay into the program.

On Sunday, Morneau appeared to want to steer clear of the sometimes thorny issue.

“Equalization I’m sure will come up,” Morneau said when asked if he thought the equalization formula is fair when struggling, resource-reliant provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan were still considered among the well-to-do.

“I expect that at every meeting of the finance ministers that is a subject that people will discuss.”

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, whose province receives by far the most from the program, said Sunday that the equalization formula will eventually reflect the low energy prices.

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Leitao, a former bank economist, said the “very complex” calculation has yet to factor in the weak energy prices because it’s based on a three-year moving average of nominal gross domestic product.

When asked about the formula’s fairness, Leitao said federal coffers take in cash from all provinces – including about 23 per cent that comes from Quebec.

“So, a portion of it gets transferred back (to Quebec) and more,” he said as he arrived for a dinner meeting with the ministers.

In 2016-17, Quebec will receive about $10 billion from the nearly $18-billion program.

Historically, provinces have had their differences about equalization.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has expressed frustration with the formula, arguing it doesn’t easily take into account the changes in resource prices, such as oil and hydro, making it years behind the times.

Wall has also said provinces like Manitoba and Quebec receive bigger payments because the formula doesn’t account for the revenues they rake in from hydro power. The calculation does, however, factor in non-renewable resource revenue from oil and gas.

He has called for the payments to be halved to allow Ottawa to instead invest the money in things like infrastructure projects across the country.

On Sunday, British Columbia Finance Minister Michael de Jong said he expected the ministers to raise the issue of equalization with Morneau as part of the broader talks about all federal transfers, including health payments.

Asked if the current formula was fair, de Jong answered by saying he was happy his province is considered among those that don’t qualify for the payment.

“Candidly, I don’t want to be a province that is categorized as have-not,” de Jong said.

“At the same time, the distribution has to take place on an equitable basis.”

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said his province has always given $11 billion more, year-over-year, than it has received – even when it has qualified for equalization.

The province will receive $2.3 billion next year from the program.

“So, still, Ontario is a net contributor to the federation and we’ll continue to be so and we recognize how important that is for us to have a strong federation,” Sousa said.

He added that other provinces that have qualified for equalization have had “substantively more” per-capita support than Ontario.

“But that’s OK,” Sousa said.

“We want to support all provinces to be at their best and we will work together to do so.”

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FIFA ethics court bans Blatter, Platini for 8 years

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ZURICH – Banished from soccer’s ruling body for eight years for unethical conduct, Sepp Blatter won’t give up the presidency of his beloved FIFA without a fight.

“I will fight. I will fight until the end,” Blatter said Monday at a news conference that started 90 minutes after he and former protege Michel Platini were each banned by FIFA’s ethics committee.

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It was a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders over a $2 million payment by FIFA to Platini, the president of European soccer’s ruling body UEFA. The payment is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.

“I’m sad. It can’t go on this way. It’s not possible,” said the 79-year-old Blatter, who has spent more than half his life working for soccer’s scandal-hit governing body. “After 40 years, it can’t happen this way. I’m fighting to restore my rights.”

Already serving a provisional ban, the elected FIFA president and his long-time likely successor were kicked out of the sport just two months before 209 member federations elect a new leader.

Platini, a FIFA vice-president whose bid to succeed Blatter on Feb. 26 now looks over, described the proceedings as a “true mockery.”

Their offences were judged to be conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA. They avoided life bans because corruption was not proven.

Platini’s lawyer, Thibaud d’Ales, told The Associated Press it came as no surprise that the corruption charge had been dropped.

“They used it with the sole purpose of dirtying Michel Platini, although they knew from the start it was an untenable argument,” D’Ales said.

Guilty verdicts were expected. So were the subsequent denials of wrongdoing and promises of urgent appeals to FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Blatter’s defiant display was a bonus for international media summoned to FIFA’s former headquarters, just hundreds of meters (yards) from the new building where he spent eight hours with four ethics judges last Thursday.

The choice of venue hinted at a vintage Blatter show. He did not disappoint.

Blatter invoked Nelson Mandela within a minute, pointing to the spot where the iconic South African leader had lifted the World Cup trophy 11 years ago, when his country was chosen as the host nation for the 2010 tournament.

Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, the Nobel organization and the United Nations were also referenced in a spirited 52-minute performance as he held court with more than 100 journalists.

His last words were “I’ll be back, thank you.”

Blatter’s trademark fighting talk was delivered while still sporting a strip of surgical tape on his right cheek after a minor medical procedure five days earlier.

Blatter made it clear he regretted his current position but declared he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

“I am not ashamed,” he said. “I am sorry that I am a punching ball. I am sorry for football. … I am now suspended eight years, suspended eight years. Suspended eight years for what?”

Platini was also dismissive of the ethics commission’s work.

He said its proceedings, which included a hearing earlier this month that he did not attend, had been “orchestrated… by governing bodies that I know well” to tarnish him.

“I’m convinced that my fate was sealed before the Dec. 18 hearing and that this decision is just a pathetic manoeuvr to hide a true will of taking me out of the football world,” the Frenchman said.

“My behaviour has always been faultless and I’m at peace with my own conscience.”

Platini said he will also file a lawsuit in a civil court to seek damages for what he has endured during the ethics commission’s proceedings. In a brief statement, UEFA said it was “extremely disappointed” with the ruling and supported its leader’s right to clear his name.

FIFA’s ethics judges decided that Blatter and Platini had broken ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering or receiving gifts.

Platini took $2 million of FIFA money in 2011 – a payment approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

In Monday’s verdict, Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,400).

“Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr. Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment,” the judges said. “By failing to place FIFA’s interests first and abstain from doing anything which could be contrary to FIFA’s interests, Mr. Blatter violated his fiduciary duty to FIFA.

“His (Blatter’s) assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.”

Blatter hit back at that conclusion during his news conference, portraying the ethics committee as saying of Platini and himself: “He’s a liar and I’m a liar.”

“This is not correct,” Blatter said.

Blatter acknowledged an administrative “error” in failing to register FIFA’s debt to Platini in its accounts for eight years, though he insisted: “This is nothing to do with the ethics regulations.”

The Swiss had started tentatively and the grey bristles on his chin – that clearly showed he hadn’t shaven that morning – added to his aged appearance.

Yet his voice grew stronger, seeming to take heart from gentle prompts and notes given by his only child, daughter Corinne, sitting to his left.

He spoke in four languages and translated his own German, French and Spanish answers into English, clearly relishing the attention of a big audience again.

By the end, with his top shirt button undone and tie loose, it was possible to forget that Blatter had faced a health scare on Nov. 1.

“I am back, I am back, I am doing better,” he said. “I have the support of my daughter, I have the support of Linda (Barras), my love.”

While Blatter wants to leave FIFA with his head high, the 60-year-old Platini wants to clear his name, pass a FIFA integrity check and be declared an official candidate in the election he had been favoured to win.

Platini’s campaign has stalled since he was questioned on Sept. 25 in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected criminal mismanagement at FIFA.

Switzerland’s attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the suspected “disloyal payment” of FIFA money to Platini and selling undervalued World Cup TV rights for the Caribbean.

Platini was paid in February 2011, just before Blatter began campaigning for re-election against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. Platini’s UEFA urged its members weeks before the June 2011 election to back Blatter, who was elected unopposed when Bin Hammam was implicated in bribery.

Few FIFA officials knew of the Platini payment which emerged during a wider Swiss probe of the governing body’s business affairs, including suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

“I have never cheated with money,” Blatter insisted, before claiming he still wielded authority in the sport. “I am still the president. Even if I am suspended, I am still the president.”

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AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin contributed from Paris.

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Manitoba premier mulls surtax on high incomes, hints at election issue

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is considering a surtax on high-income earners and feels he is no longer bound by a provincial law that would require a referendum on major tax changes.

Selinger says no final decision has been made, but he has been “looking at” high-income tax rates that have been implemented in Alberta, Ontario and federally under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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“I note many jurisdictions have implemented a surtax already across the country – both east and west of us,” Selinger said in a year-end interview with .

“There’s different options that have been started to be proposed. We’re working our way through this consideration right now.”

Alberta’s NDP government has replaced the province’s flat 10 percent income tax rate with a series of higher income tax brackets for people earning more than $125,000 annually. As of next year, the top bracket – for those earning more than $300,000 – will reach 15 per cent.

Manitoba’s current top tax rate is 17 per cent and kicks in at $67,000.  Selinger said it is too early to discuss details, such as at what level a surtax might apply and the rate. He also suggested that if a surtax is implemented, it would be at least partially offset by cuts to middle and lower income taxes.

“We’re always interested in making life more affordable for middle-class and working families in Manitoba. That’s important.”  Selinger ran into public anger in 2013 when he raised the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven. He suspended a section of the province’s balanced budget law that required a referendum on any increase to sales, income or corporate payroll taxes.

The Opposition Progressive Conservatives took the issue to court and argued Selinger was not allowed to sidestep the referendum. A Court of Queen’s Bench judge rejected the Tory argument. The judge said it is unconstitutional to force a referendum on tax changes because it infringes on the powers of the legislature.

With that court ruling, Selinger said he would feel no need to hold a referendum if he implements an income surtax.

“The courts ruled that the way the (balanced-budget) law was written was illegal and unconstitutional … but we do believe people need to have a chance to have input into things.”

Selinger said people would have their say via legislature committee hearings – Manitoba is one of two provinces in which every legislature bill must undergo public hearings. He also hinted a surtax could be an issue for the provincial election set for April 19.

“We would put that to the people as a proposal. They would have a chance to be aware of that, and they would have a chance to vote on it in an election.”

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Kyle Lowry ejected, Raptors lose 104-94 to Sacramento

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TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors were already fighting an uphill battle, faced with clawing their way out of a massive first-quarter hole.

Doing it without all-star guard Kyle Lowry proved just too big of a challenge.

The Raptors dropped a 104-94 loss to Sacramento on Sunday, after giving a season-worst 37 points to the Kings in the first quarter, then losing Lowry to a third-quarter ejection.

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“It’s terrible, it’s totally unacceptable the way we performed tonight,” coach Dwane Casey said. “The way you come into the game with that disposition of: OK, we’re at home, we’re OK. It’s not OK. How many times do we have to do that before it smacks us upside the head and wakes us up?”

Patrick Patterson added 18 points in the loss, while James Johnson finished with 14, Terrence Ross chipped in with 13 and Bismack Biyombo grabbed 13 rebounds.

The Raptors (17-12) stumbled out to another horrible start, digging themselves a 22-point deficit before the first quarter was even over.

“Yeah, it was terrible,” DeRozan said. “Gave them too much confidence, too many easy shots. . . we found ourselves dug in a hole.”

Lowry was ejected with 7:22 left in the third quarter, picking up two quick technicals when he persisted in speaking to official Scott Wall about a call.

Addressing the media in the post-game locker-room, Lowry said he let his team down.

“At the end of the day it’s my fault,” he said. “I’ve got to have better composure and I take all responsibility for my actions.

“I couldn’t be out there with my teammates and that’s the most frustrating part is I let my teammates down and the organization.”

Patterson insisted Lowry had nothing to be apologetic about.

“We know that he’s a very passionate player, he plays with his heart every possession, he’s very emotional, and he cares about the game and most importantly he cares about this team,” Patterson said. “We understand whether he gets two technicals, whether he gets one, whether he gets in a fight, whether he gets ejected, we all know it’s his passion, it’s his desire to want to win so much.

“He shouldn’t feel sorry, he shouldn’t feel like he let us down.”

The Raptors managed to inch their way back into the game, and trailed just 78-70 with a quarter to play. A Patterson three-pointer with 4:29 remaining pulled the Raptors to within four points, but that was as close as they’d come.

Darren Collison’s basket with 1:10 left put the Kings up by 12 and sent the soldout crowd of 19,800 fans pouring out of the Air Canada Centre.

Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists to lead the Kings (11-16), while former Raptor Rudy Gay also had 19 points.

Rondo was playing his second game since he was suspended for his flurry of profanity-laced homophobic slurs directed toward referee Bill Kennedy.

Kings coach George Karl said he believes the team has moved past the ugly incident.

“I hope so,” Karl said. “I don’t think it’s a burning fire, it probably has a way to flicker and maybe stimulate something but I don’t think it’s on our top-10 priority list, it’s not going to make the top 10 of David Letterman for us.”

The Raptors were without both Jonas Valanciunas, who missed his 14th consecutive game with a broken hand, and DeMarre Carroll (knee contusion). Both are scheduled to see doctors this week seeking clearance for their return.

The Raptors couldn’t get anything going in a first quarter that saw the Kings race out to a 17-2 lead. The Kings led 37-18 going into the second.

The Raptors chipped away at the deficit in the second and when Patterson scored on a running dunk with 29 seconds left before halftime, it cut the Kings lead to seven points. Sacramento led 55-48 at the break.

Patterson led the way with eight points in the third, and the Raptors trailed by just eight going into the fourth.

The Raptors host Dallas on Tuesday.

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Virtual reality to offer foreign buyers a glimpse into Canadian real estate

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TORONTO – Overseas investors looking to park their money in Canadian real estate could soon be donning headsets and touring upcoming condo developments in virtual reality, according to the founder of a Toronto-based technology firm.

Invent Dev turns floor plans of new developments into 3D, immersive mockups that can be experienced in virtual reality, such as through the Occulus Rift system, or via he Samsung Gear VR headset.

David Payne, the company’s founder and CEO, says he’s been getting tremendous interest from the Chinese community.

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    “They are very excited about the potential,” he said, noting that in the past week alone he has received three media inquiries from Chinese news outlets.

    The technology could help Canadian developers tap into global markets by allowing prospective buyers to tour a space without ever having to board a plane, he said.

    “They can now, from the comfort of their own home, view any floor plan that they want, with the finishes they want, and feel like they’re actually inside that home,” says Payne.

    The technology can benefit developers in other ways as well, says Payne.

    Rather than building model suites, Lifestyle Custom Homes employed Invent Dev’s technology to create virtual reality mockups of its upcoming development in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood – a significant cost saving for the company, says Payne.

    While full-blown virtual reality – the kind that’s experienced through a headset – is relatively new in the Canadian real estate industry, a number of agents have been using other technologies to create immersive experiences of homes.

    Cameras such as the Matterport Pro 3D can scan an existing home and create a three-dimensional rendering of it that can be viewed through a simple web browser. A number of Toronto-based brokers with Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, which works with a large proportion of overseas buyers, started using the technology earlier this year.

    “Our clients love the fact that they’re able to experience an immersive model that they’re able to control and where they’re able to walk through a space in its entirety,” says Elaine Hung, the company’s vice-president of marketing.

    “It’s a huge benefit for us, and for overseas buyers.”

    Ara Mamourian says his brokerage, SpringRealty长沙夜网, has been using online virtual tours for all of its listings since 2013. One of the things that prompted Mamourian to start offering the service was a high number of calls from overseas buyers.

    Mamourian says some foreign investors are willing to purchase properties such as condos without visiting them in person first.

    “They love this technology because they can essentially walk through the house and actually feel how big the rooms are, or how small the rooms are, without being fooled by that wide-angle lens,” he says.

    While the appeal of immersive tours for foreign buyers is obvious, realtors note that the technology has benefits for local home buyers, as well. For example, it can help a home-hunter narrow down his or her list of options, ultimately cutting down on the amount of time spent driving around town touring homes, says Hung.

    “We have a new generation of home buyers … who expect and deserve to experience a product before they invest their time in walking through,” says Hung.

    As virtual reality technology becomes more affordable and more widely adopted by consumers, its popularity in the real estate industry is likely to grow, she adds.

    “Real estate is one of the leading industries to pioneer and adopt this technology in a significant way.”

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B.C. tech startups threaten to disrupt ‘dinosaur’ industries

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VANCOUVER – One technology startup is using artificial intelligence to save people who book online flights up to 80 per cent.

Another helps farmers boost their crop yields with a mobile app that manages operations from seed to sale.

A third new technology firm aims to replace conventional bank accounts with only a card and an app.

They’re all samples of a boom in digital-technology startups in Vancouver that are revolutionizing traditional industries with tech savvy.

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The companies are challenging old methods of doing business, and they’re out to “disrupt” everything from travel to agriculture to financial services.

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“You adapt or you die,” said Ray Walia, CEO of Launch Academy, a leading non-profit firm that trains and mentors such startups.

The organization has helped entrepreneurs start more than 350 companies, raising about $57 million in funding and creating over 635 jobs across 15 industries. They include TripDelta, Farm At Hand and Koho.

Walia said employers outside the technology world must change the mindset that “bleeding-edge” advancements don’t matter to their own industries.

“It’s an economic stimulus for the entire country. Because it’s those technology companies that are going to help those incumbents – those dinosaurs – stay alive and avoid the asteroid that’s coming.”

The youth-propelled trend is also flourishing in the technology hubs of Toronto and Montreal, and is considered most prolific in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley.

About 84,000 British Columbians were employed by over 9,000 tech companies in 2014, according to the provincial Technology Ministry – more than in mining, forestry, and oil and gas combined.

Earlier this month, Premier Christy Clark announced the province is betting on startups as engines for job creation by establishing a new $100-million venture capital fund to launch in 2016.

It’s the first prong in a multi-year government strategy to enhance the industry’s role in the provincial economy. Plans to attract new talent and open markets are expected to be announced in January, when the province hosts the B.C. Tech Summit, its largest-ever technology business conference aimed at mingling entrepreneurs with those in established industries.

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Vancouver is home to more than a dozen “incubator” facilities and “accelerator boot camps,” which provide crash courses for early-stage companies on taking technology ideas to market. Millennials are strongly represented, with many aspiring to hatch the next company valued at $1 billion – broadly dubbed a “unicorn” in tech circles, or “narwhal” in Canada.

Hootsuite, Slack and Avigilon have already joined the Narwhal Club, while another 12 Vancouver companies are considered emerging. Ten others have been acquired by more established companies, according to Launch Academy.

Walia said innovative new business models are developing, with some entrepreneurs realizing product ideas with just a 3D printer, then turning to online freelancers for logo design and marketing.

Others write code in their basement and harness remote servers to increase efficiency and prevent disastrous losses of data.

Employees also collaborate from far-flung cities using social apps and video streaming, while avoiding overhead costs.

Those seeking venture capital have participated in American Idol-style pitch competitions that have sold tickets out the door and down the block in Vancouver’s Gastown district.

Millennial startups are also often motivated by doing social good, the result of a hyper-awareness of pressing issues from constant immersion in social media. Many for-profit companies are incorporating philanthropy into their business model.

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“If you don’t adapt, you’re not going to succeed,” said Vivian Chan, who co-ordinates an accelerator program for wireless companies with Wavefront. “You can join the rest of the crew, or you’re going to be left behind.”

Chan said millennials are thirsty to run their own businesses, their way.

“It’s the cool thing to do.”

But rags-to-riches success stories such as Uber and Airbnb have put a halo over the current wave of startups, warned HeroX CEO Christian Cotichini, who has successfully built four companies over 24 years.

He predicted there will be a rise in failures of startups in the coming year, but suggested that won’t be as painful as more notorious tech-industry crashes of the past.

Cotichini also predicts more millennials will dump the pursuit of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg-style rockstar status and instead focus on building a career out of their small, sustainable businesses.

Industries invented before the Internet are “de facto obsolete,” he said.

“We’re really on a super cycle of leveraging all this new technology to make our lives better.”

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Canadian soldier stabs pregnant wife before plunging to death from Toronto balcony: police

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TORONTO —; A Canadian soldier allegedly stabbed his pregnant wife multiple times and threw her off of an apartment building balcony in Toronto Sunday night, before plunging to his death. This according to Toronto police who are investigating the suspected homicide.

Police said Precious Charbonneau, 33, and Robert Giblin, 43, both of Toronto, were a recently married and living in the apartment together when they fell from the 21st floor balcony at 111 Raglan Ave., near Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue, just before 6 p.m.

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Their bodies were discovered with “obvious signs of trauma” and police said Charbonneau was the victim of a homicide. It is believed that Charbonneau was nine weeks’ pregnant.

An autopsy was conducted Monday and police said the cause of death was “multiple impact injuries” consistent with a fall.

Investigators said they believe Giblin was responsible for Charbonneau’s death and are not pursuing any more suspects.

“I was out on the balcony having a smoke and she went right by me,” said second floor resident Ryan Darbyson.

“I thought somebody tossed a garbage bag out of their window and when I looked down, what I saw was something that I should not have and will now never forget.”

Darbyson said he immediately dialed 911 and was on the phone with authorities when a second body struck the ground.

“There was nothing, there was not even a sound. Even when he hit there was not even a sound,” he said, adding that he called out to his wife after the first body fell.

“Anybody who said they heard screaming, they probably heard me.”

The Canadian Department of National Defence confirms Giblin was a sergeant from the Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) based out of the Denison Armoury in Toronto.

“The loss of any soldier is devastating to the military community and our thoughts and condolences go out to Sergeant Robert Giblin’s family and friends,” said DND spokesman Lonny Kates.

Kates said Giblin was a regular force member who joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1997.

He was deployed on HMCS Regina in 2003 and to Afghanistan in 2005 and 2007. He was also an intelligence operator.

“[Building management] told me he was always downstairs everyday complaining and yelling and screaming about something about the building and she just told me that something was wrong with him mentally,” he said.

“Obviously he wasn’t getting the care that he needed because you can see the result.”

The police homicide squad has taken over the investigation. Investigators are urging any witnesses to come forward and contact Toronto police or Crime Stoppers.

With files from David Shum

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FIFA bans Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini for 8 years

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ZURICH – Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning removal of world soccer’s most powerful leaders.

FIFA President Blatter and his one-time protege Platini were kicked out of the sport for conflict of interest and disloyalty to FIFA in a $2 million payment deal that is also the subject of a criminal investigation in Switzerland.

In a defiant news conference shortly after the verdict was announced, Blatter said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, insisting he had done nothing wrong.

‘I will fight,” Blatter said. “I will fight until the end.’

His last words on leaving the conference were “I’ll be back.”

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    Blatter’s FIFA career is ending in disgrace after more than 17 years as president and 40 years in total with the scandal-hit governing body.

    Platini’s bid to succeed his former mentor in the Feb. 26 presidential election is now likely over. Platini, a FIFA vice-president and head of European governing body UEFA, is also expected to appeal.

    Blatter made it clear he regretted his current position but declared he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

    “I regret, but I am not ashamed,” he said. “”I am sorry that I am a punching ball. I am sorry for football… I am now suspended eight years, suspended eight years. Suspended eight years for what?”

    FIFA’s ethics judges decided that Blatter and Platini broke ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering or receiving gifts.

    Both denied wrongdoing in 2011 when Platini took $2 million of FIFA money approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

    In Monday’s verdict, Blatter was fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,250) and Platini 80,000 Swiss francs ($80,400).

    READ MORE: FIFA ethics court asks for sanctions against Blatter, Platini

    “Neither in his written statement nor in his personal hearing was Mr. Blatter able to demonstrate another legal basis for this payment,” the judges said. “By failing to place FIFA’s interests first and abstain from doing anything which could be contrary to FIFA’s interests, Mr. Blatter violated his fiduciary duty to FIFA.

    “His (Blatter’s) assertion of an oral agreement was determined as not convincing and was rejected by the chamber.”

    Blatter hit back at that conclusion during his news conference, portraying the ethics committee as saying: “He’s a liar and I’m a liar.”

    “This is not correct,” Blatter said.

    Responding to a reporter’s question, he said in French: “I’m sad. It can’t go on this way. It’s not possible. After 40 years, it can’t happen this way. .. I’m fighting to restore my rights.”

    Platini, the judges said, “failed to act with complete credibility and integrity, showing unawareness of the importance of his duties and concomitant obligations and responsibilities.”

    Blatter, who turns 80 in March, said he wants to preside over the FIFA congress on Feb. 26 where his successor will be elected.

    The 60-year-old Platini wants to clear his name, pass a FIFA integrity check and be declared an official candidate in the election he had been favoured to win.

    READ MORE: Corruption scandal grows for FIFA as new acting president Issa Hayatou has first day in office

    Platini’s campaign has stalled since he was questioned on Sept. 25 in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected criminal mismanagement at FIFA.

    Switzerland’s attorney general has opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the suspected “disloyal payment” of FIFA money to Platini and selling undervalued World Cup TV rights for the Caribbean.

    Platini’s status in the criminal case is “between a witness and an accused person,” attorney general Michael Lauber said in October.

    In recent media interviews, both men have said Platini asked Blatter for a salary of 1 million Swiss francs. He got a contract for 300,000 Swiss francs annually, in line with FIFA’s then-wage structure, plus a “gentleman’s agreement” to get the rest later. Swiss law obliged FIFA only to pay the deferred money within five years.

    Platini was paid in February 2011, just before Blatter began campaigning for re-election against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. Platini’s UEFA urged its members weeks before the June 2011 election to back Blatter, who was elected unopposed when Bin Hammam was implicated in bribery.

    Few FIFA officials knew of the Platini payment which emerged during a wider Swiss probe of the governing body’s business affairs, including suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

    Platini was an icon of French football, a former national team captain and coach, when the newly-elected Blatter offered him a job in 1998.

    He had led the organization of a successful 1998 World Cup, won by host France, and on the eve of the tournament had campaigned to help Blatter win the FIFA presidency.

    Blatter appeared to see Platini as a protege in FIFA politics who could add ideas and credibility to his presidential office.

    Their friendship cooled after Platini was elected UEFA president in 2007. It became strained when Blatter reneged on a 2011 promise to step aside in four years’ time, which could have left Platini a clear run at the FIFA top job.

    Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May, beating Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan two days after American and Swiss investigations of bribery and corruption were unleashed on FIFA. Platini had urged Blatter to resign immediately but was ignored.

    Just four days later, Blatter announced his resignation plans – provoking the Feb. 26 election – under pressure from the corruption crisis.

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Driver who deliberately plowed into people on Las Vegas Strip identified

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LATEST UPDATES:
– 35 injured, including five Canadians.
– 3 remain in critical condition, suffering from head injuries.
– Lakeisha Holloway to be charged with one count of murder with deadly weapon.
– No sign of alcohol, blood and drug tests pending.
– As of now, police don’t believe it’s an act of terrorism.
– Holloway told police she was unable to rest because she kept being run off casino properties.
– More charges pending.

A woman with her 3-year-old daughter in the car smashed into crowds of visitors on the Las Vegas Strip, then drove to a hotel and told a valet to call 911 after killing a woman from Arizona and injuring at least 35 others, including at least five Canadians, police said.

People jumped on the car and banged on its windows, but Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, would not stop driving on the sidewalk, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters. Video appeared to show the crash in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels was intentional, he said.

READ MORE: Homeless suspect in Vegas crash said she was stressed by living in car

The 1996 Oldsmobile sedan was fully on the sidewalk twice Sunday night, including once when it traveled for 200 feet, police said. The child in the car was not hurt.

The 24-year-old told police told she was homeless and tired, and denied using drugs or alcohol. Holloway also told police she had been unable to rest or sleep because security officers kept running her and her daughter and her car off casino properties.

Booking photo of suspect Lakeisha Holloway, arrested following deadly crash on Las Vegas Strip.

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At least two of the injured Canadians, a man and a woman, were from Montreal, and were in need of French translators.

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Anthony Hamel was celebrating a birthday with his family from Montreal when the car mounted the sidewalk.

“Why did this girl run over the sidewalk and injure a lot of people? You can’t really know the consequences unless you live it,” Hamel told KTNV News. “The pain. She won’t be able to feel the pain that she gave to a lot of people.

“Honestly I’m not the worst, there’s people there who had like big problems. I’m wondering if they’re good, what their life will be, just because of this,” the Quebec native said.

Hamel was taken to hospital and treated for a knee injury. His mother remains in hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said two Canadians are among five people in either critical or serious condition. Danita Cohen of the University Medical Centre of Southern Nevada could not elaborate on the health of the two Canadians.

The crash happened on a busy stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard across from the dancing water fountains of the Bellagio hotel-casino where visitors crowd sidewalks as they head from one casino to another. The Miss Universe pageant was being held nearby at Planet Hollywood.

Holloway was believed to be from Oregon and had been in Las Vegas for about a week. He says investigators believe she was homeless and living in the car, police said on Monday.

Holloway drove a few blocks to a hotel, parked and asked a valet to call police, saying she had run over some people on the Strip, Lombardo said. She was stoic when she was arrested, he said.

Lombardo said police did not have a definitive motive but that they believe she had a falling out with the father of her child before the crash. A drug recognition expert on the scene determined Holloway was under the influence of a “stimulant,” but blood test results were pending.

She faces a charge of murder with a deadly weapon and is being held without bail, prosecutors say. District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he also is considering a slew of other charges.

The vehicle was in the northbound lanes of Las Vegas Boulevard near Bellagio Way when it drove up onto the sidewalk about 6:30 p.m. in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino and struck pedestrians, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Peter Boffelli said.

Police and emergency crews respond to the scene of a car accident along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Danita Cohen, spokeswoman for University Medical Center, said 11 of the crash victims, including at least five Canadians, were brought to its trauma centre. Cohen said a Canadian was among three victims listed in critical condition.

Cohen noted the crash victims were being treated for head injuries, cuts and broken bones.

Justin Cochrane, a property manager from Santa Barbara, California, said he was having dinner at a sidewalk restaurant outside the Paris Hotel and across the street from the famous Bellagio Fountain when the incident took place.

The car appeared to be going at least 30 mph (48 kph) when it first hit the pedestrians on Las Vegas Boulevard, Cochrane said. “It was just massacring people,” he said.

The vehicle then went farther down the road and drove back into another crowd of pedestrians on the sidewalk, he said.

Cochrane said he couldn’t understand why the car went into the crowd a second time. “Why would it slow to go around and then accelerate again?” he said. “I thought it’s a crazy person.”

Cochrane said he saw children and adults injured and on the ground as the car drove away.

Police and emergency crews respond to the scene after a car drove up onto a sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. A woman intentionally swerved her car onto the busy sidewalk two or three times Sunday and mowed down people outside a Las Vegas casino.

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Police were reviewing video from casino surveillance cameras to get details of what occurred. The pedestrians were not in the road and were not at fault, police said.

Joel Ortega, 31, of Redlands, California, said he and his wife, Carla, were visiting for the weekend and found themselves blocked from walking on the sidewalk toward the Paris hotel. They could see police investigating about a block away from the crash.

“At first, I thought it was a movie shoot,” he said. “I thought maybe we’d see someone famous.”

But then they learned that it was a crash scene. Ortega said it made them remember how their Redlands neighborhood was disrupted after the Dec. 2 mass shooting in nearby San Bernardino, California.

The crash comes months after another woman was accused of driving into a crowd during Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade. Four people were killed and more than 40 were hurt Oct. 24.

In September 2005, three tourists were killed and nearly a dozen injured when a car barreled through the crowd on the Las Vegas Strip and crashed into a cement barrier in front of Bally’s hotel-casino.

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Syrian refugee trying to bring rest of his family to Canada

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These days, Mohammed Alsaleh has only one mission.

“We are trying to sponsor my Mom, two sisters and brother,” said Alsaleh. By “we” he means he and Deana Brynildasen, the New Westminster woman who read about Alsaleh in the New Westmisnter Record and felt compelled to reach out. When she finally met him in person, Brynildasen said his family was top of mind.

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“He talked about finishing the course, get a job and save his money and then in six or seven years, he was going to sponsor his family and I thought why not now?” she said.

Alsaleh has been separated from his family for about two years. He fled Syria after he says he was detained and tortured by Syrian state forces. A year later, he’s settled in the Lower Mainland, where he now has a job and is going to school. He said he wants the same for his siblings.

“My family has suffered a lot through this whole crisis. During the last four years they had to lose family members. My siblings who are students have lost their schooling,” said Alsaleh.

GoFundMe campaign launched

Less than two weeks ago, the pair launched a GoFundMe campaign to come up with the $30,000 dollars needed for private sponsorship.

(You can donate here)

“I’d never even heard of GoFundMe. But you know we did a little bit of research because we wanted to do something before Christmas,” said Brynildasen

Over $9,000 has been donated so far.

According to the crowdfunding site, over $250,000 has been raised in Canada through GoFundMe for the Syrian refugee crisis. In the British Columbia, three campaigns have raised over $60,000 in less than 30 days.

“We’re so happy to be able to provide a platform that allows people to come together online to support loved ones when they need it most,” said Kelsea Little, Media Director at GoFundMe, via email.

More Syrian families in need of help

The Syrian Canadian Council of BC said there are many more in this province and across the country like Alsaleh, who are anxious to reunite with their families in Canada. However, their options are limited to private sponsorship unless they come from certain areas.

“Right now, it seems that the criteria is those refugees have to come from a specific refugee camps,” said Rahim Othman, the council’s spokesperson.

“We think that setting aside some of this number for family reunification is probably a good approach.”

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Host Steve Harvey crowns wrong Miss Universe

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LAS VEGAS – The Colombian contestant was already wearing this year’s Miss Universe crown when host Steve Harvey returned to announce on live television that he had mistakenly read from a cue card, and that the contestant from the Philippines was actually this year’s winner.

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In the following moments, the crown was removed and placed on the head of a mystified Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines, other contestants rushed to console Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo of Colombia and a sheepish Harvey felt compelled to apologize on 桑拿会所 and to reporters assembled backstage.

“I feel horrible for this young woman,” he said.

Harvey said it was his mistake and that he would take responsibility for not correctly reading the card, which said that Wurtzbach was this year’s winner and Colombia was actually the first runner-up.

WATCH: The contestant from the Philippines was declared this year’s winner by host Steve Harvey, but not before some rather confusing and chaotic moments on live television. Don Champion reports.

He held up the card for Fox network cameras to see up close afterward. Talking with reporters afterward, Harvey and an executive for pageant owner WME-IMG called it human error.

“Nobody feels worse about this than me,” he said.

READ MORE: Canadians among the injured after car crashes into pedestrians on Las Vegas Strip

Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Arevalo before last year’s Miss Universe from Colombia removed the crown and placed it on Wurtzbach’s head.

Wurtzbach later said she felt conflicting emotions as the mistake happened: joy when she was told she had indeed won, concern for Colombia contestant Ariadna Gutierrez Aravelo and confusion at the whole situation.

Wurtzbach said she tried to approach Aravelo onstage afterward, but the Colombian was crying and surrounded by a crowd of women. She said she realized it was, “probably bad timing.”

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“I did not take the crown from her,” Wurtzbach told reporters after the pageant concluded, saying she wished the contestant from Colombia well and hoped the Latin American community understands that “none of this was my fault.”

“None of this was done on purpose. It was an honest mistake,” she said, apologizing on behalf of the organization she now represents. She said Harvey told her afterward that she “should just enjoy the moment.”

Harvey also apologized on 桑拿会所, but at first misspelled the home countries of both contestants before also fixing that. “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake,” he wrote. “I feel terrible.”

Harvey, who was hosting the contest for the first time, said he re-read the card and noticed it said “first runner-up” next to the Colombia contestant’s name before he asked producers if he had made a mistake.

An executive with pageant owner WME-IMG, Mark Shapiro, said Harvey caught the mistake and corrected it on his own, saying he wanted to make a wrong into a right.

“It was humiliating for the women. It was humiliating for him,” he told reporters after the pageant.

WATCH: Miss Universe says crowning moment was confusing

As all this was unfolding, a car drove up onto a sidewalk and struck dozens of people just outside the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino where the pageant was taking place. The Las Vegas Strip was soon jammed with ambulances and fire trucks, and authorities said at least 30 people were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries and one person was killed.

READ MORE: Canadians among injured as woman crashes car into pedestrians on Las Vegas Strip

Even before Sunday night’s oops moment, the pageant was involved in another controversy when a backlash against the pageant’s former owner Donald Trump led Univision to pull out of the broadcast and the businessman to sell it in September.

The competition started with women representing 80 countries between the ages of 19 and 27. For the first time, viewers at home weighed in, with their votes being tallied in addition to four in-person celebrity judges.

NBCUniversal and Donald Trump co-owned the Miss Universe Organization until earlier this year. The real-estate developer offended Hispanics in June when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his Republican presidential run.

That led Spanish-language network Univision to pull out of the broadcast for what would have been the first of five years airing the pageants and NBC to cut business ties with Trump.

WATCH: Miss Colombia reacts after controversial crowning of Miss Universe

The former star of the “Celebrity Apprentice” reality show sued both companies, settling with NBC in September, which included buying the network’s stake in the pageants.

That same month, Trump sold the organization that includes the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants to entertainment company WME-IMG.

Shortly after Sunday night’s confusion, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted a message on his official account to Ariadna Gutierrez. “For us, you will continue being miss universe! We are very proud!”

Philippines presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda didn’t address the controversial win but said, “in bagging this victory, Ms. Wurtzbach not only serves as a tremendous source of pride for our people, but also holds up the banner of our women and of our country-as a true representative of what the Filipina can achieve.”

It’s the third time a contestant from the Philippines has won the title. It could have been the second win in a row for Colombia.

The pageant’s contestant from the United States, Olivia Jordan, was named second runner-up.

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Associated Press writer Jim Gomez in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.

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Rush lacrosse championship pedigree starts in goal

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SASKATOON  – He’s one of the best lacrosse goaltenders in the world, but Aaron Bold’s career could have taken a much different path. The Saskatchewan Rush netminder had no plans to play the position when he first took up the sport.

“My buddy had just moved to a new school and he got me into lacrosse. I reluctantly put up my hand when we needed a goaltender and I’ve been a goaltender ever since,” Bold laughed.

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    That reluctant decision is looking pretty good these days. After winning the National Lacrosse League Champions Cup with the Rush last season Bold went on to capture the Mann Cup as a member of the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association, then capped off an incredible year by helping Canada win the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.

    “It was great of course, winning three championships. But it’s not all about personal accolades,” said Bold. “I had great teams to play behind.”

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    Rush head coach Derek Keenan knows how important the 10-year NLL veteran is to his team.

    “He gives the guys a lot of confidence. When you have a competent guy back there who has experience in winning championships, (it’s) a calming influence on the guys. They know if they do make a mistake a lot of times they’re going to get help back there,” he said.

    In fact it was Keenan who drafted Bold in 2006 when he was with the Portland Lumberjax, seeing in the Victoria, B.C. native the potential to become a special player.

    “Since then he’s grown a lot. It took a while for him to become a number one (goaltender), until he got with (the Rush), but I was pretty sure he had the makeup to be that guy.”

    All three of the championships he won this year are special to Bold, but he doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the past. Like any good goaltender his focus is squarely on the next challenge: winning an NLL title in Saskatchewan.

    “I’m really looking forward to opening night and all the fans coming out to support us. I know it’s going to be a growing situation and we all know that, so I’m just really looking forward to hopefully bringing another championship back here,” he said.

    The once-reluctant goaltender is now eager to face whatever comes his way.

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