Archive for December, 2018

Flash mob attacks in Philadelphia leave 4 in hospital

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Four people, including an off-duty police detective and his wife, were taken to a hospital after a “flash mob” attack by some among a crowd of juveniles in downtown Philadelphia, police said.

Police said a large crowd of juveniles were at 16th and Walnut streets, a popular spot for dining and shopping, at about 6 p.m. Saturday when some people began randomly assaulting people on the street.

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A 55-year-old off-duty police detective saw a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman being assaulted and tried to arrest one of the offenders. He was punched from behind by several people, police said.

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The detective’s 53-year-old wife splashed water on the offenders to try to stop them from attacking her husband, and she was punched in the face, police said. All of the offenders then fled.

One of the five people assaulted there declined medical treatment, but the other five were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for treatment. The police detective had an orbital fracture to his right eye while the others had minor injuries.

Immediately afterward, there was another assault by several juveniles nearby, and two 16-year-old youths were arrested, police said. The victim had minor injuries and didn’t seek medical attention.

One man told WPVI-TV that he feared for his safety when the large group of teens appeared, and he saw other people running into nearby stores to escape.

“It’s crazy out here,” said Dwight Magood. “I don’t know if they were trying to protest or ‘flash mobbing.’ But it’s not the right way to do it, whatever it was.”

Chris Rock makes ‘SNL’ cameo to mock white liberals shocked by Donald Trump’s win

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Chris Rock returned to Saturday Night Live to mock white liberals shocked by Donald Trump’s victory.

In the skit, he and host Dave Chappelle watch the election unfold with their friends, who started out confident in Democrat Hillary Clinton’s victory.

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When someone starts out claiming “this is going to be a historic night, we’re about to have our first woman president,” Chappelle is quick to point out: “Don’t forget, it’s a big country.”

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The two of them sit back and watch as the liberals seem confused as they slowly realize Trump will become president.

“Oh my God, I think America is racist,” one person said.

Chappelle replied: “I remember my great-grandfather told me something like that. He was like a slave or something.”

Throughout the election the comedy show has brought levity to the contentious election season, and it ended with a stunning tribute from SNL regular Kate McKinnon.

WATCH: Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton performs Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah‘ 

Dressed as Hillary Clinton, she sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, less than a week after he passed away.

At the end of the song, she turned to the camera and said “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”

Chappelle hosted the show, and wished Trump well in the coming years, but reminded him that he should remember to give the “historically disenfranchised” a chance.

WATCH: Dave Chappelle wishes Trump luck, says he’s willing to give him a chance

*with a file from The Associated Press

Edmonton’s Val Sweeting to play Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot in Tour Challenge final

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Sweden’s Niklas Edin will try and make it two for two on this season’s Grand Slam of Curling calendar.

Edin beat Matt Nichols and Team Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., 6-4 on Saturday in the Tour Challenge men’s semifinal.

Nichols, skipping in place of Brad Gushue while he recovers from hip surgery, led 4-3 through seven ends after scoring a single, but Edin responded with three points in the eighth to pull off the victory.

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    Edin will go for his second title of the season on Sunday when he faces Scotland’s Kyle Smith in the championship draw.

    Smith needed an extra end to defeat Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud 6-5 in the other men’s semi.

    Edin won the first stop on the Grand Slam tour in October, beating Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., at the Masters.

    The women’s final will see Edmonton’s Val Sweeting against Winnipeg’s Michelle Englot.

    Sweeting earned her spot in the women’s championship draw with a 9-2 drubbing of Allison Flaxey of Caldeon, Ont., while Englot used an extra end to beat Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg 6-5.

    Sweeting dropped her first round-robin draw but has won five straight en route to the final. Meanwhile, Englot needed a tiebreaker just to reach the quarter-finals.

Fundraiser set up for family of Calgary teen killed in suspected drunk driving crash

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

A fundraiser is underway for the family of a Calgary teen who was killed in a suspected drunk driving crash last month.

Shiraz Shermohammad died when his family’s car was struck just after midnight on Oct. 23.

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READ MORE: 19-year-old killed in crash on Metis Trail

His mother, father and one of his sisters were in the car when they were hit by a Dodge Journey driven by a 28-year-old woman who police say didn’t stop at the intersection of Country Hills Boulevard at Métis Trail N.E.

The eastbound Kia Forte driven by Shermohammad’s 43-year-old father was struck on the passenger side by the northbound Journey, according to police.

The father and teenage daughter were also in the car and were rushed to hospital in serious condition.

The driver of the SUV was arrested at the scene. She has since been released pending the results of the investigation.

At the time, investigators said they suspected speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.

A GoFundMe page set up for Shermohammed’s family. 

“This Afghan family is in need; let’s help the remaining family by reaching our goal of $5,000.00 or more if possible so it helps the family with the financial situation,” Shermohammed’s family stated.

Shermohammed’s sister told Global News that her father is now out of the hospital but her mother and sister are still being treated at the Foothills Medical Centre.

She says this has been an extremely difficult time for their family, both emotionally and financially.

Sittara Shermohammed says her brother recently started a new job at a warehouse to help pay for his school fees and her father is not able to work now.

Event aims to spread message that computers aren’t just for the boys

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

For the second consecutive year, young females in Saint John got a chance to see exactly how computers work at Girls Learn to Code Day.

In what is typically a male-dominated field, IT professionals are spearheading an initiative to encourage girls to give computer technology a try.

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“Women are underrepresented in IT and they might be more reluctant than men to learn how to code or go to a place where they can learn how to code,” Susan Almon, the lead for the Saint John chapter of Ladies Learning Code, said . “We find the same thing with girls.”

In her efforts to encourage young women to pursue a career in the computer sector, Almon has noticed many don’t immediately consider it an option, despite computers being so prevalent in our society.

She hopes to change that by getting girls interested at a young age.

“I was in an event a few weeks ago for high school girls where we talked about careers and a lot of the girls were saying, ‘Well, I don’t really know about computers,’” she said. “And I was thinking, ‘Well you could. There’s no reason why you can’t.’ So programs like this counter that.”

Now in its second year in the Port City, the initiative has grown from a handful of attendees last year to over 20 this time around.

Almon says the success comes from showing the girls that working with computers can be a lot of fun.

“Part of our goal is for these girls to go home, back to their schools, back to their soccer teams, their girl guide groups – and say, ‘Wow, that was really cool, I made a game all by myself,’” she explained.

Girls Learn to Code Day is a Canada-wide initiative that takes place in cities across the country.