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Do not pay con artists money to ward off black magic and curses: Edmonton Police

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EDMONTON — Fortune tellers who claim they can ward off witchcraft and black magic are appearing in the Edmonton Police Service’s crystal ball.

Investigators have been getting complaints since April about bogus psychic readers and astrologers who have duped thousands of dollars out of their victims.

“It is difficult to track these alleged fraudsters,” explained Const. Harpreet Jhinjar, Edmonton Police Service. Police said such criminals often have visas and disappear quickly.

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People have paid between $2,000 and $15,000 to these self-proclaimed fortune tellers, police said. In one case, a family paid $85,000 to fraudsters who then fled the country.

Edmonton police and the Canada Border Service Agency are working together to find and deport other scammers. There have been similar frauds in other cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

Investigators explained people occasionally seek out astrologers and psychics to help with family and business issues, which then makes victims hesitant to go to police after being scammed.

“You do not have to feel embarrassed. These fraudsters are experienced and have stolen money from a lot of people,” said Const. Jhinjar.

“If you have been scammed, it’s important to report the incident to police immediately so there is a higher chance of locating the suspects.”

Signs of astrology and psychic fraud:

Unrealistic promises to solve personal and financial problems.Request for a small amount of money upfront for performing healing rituals.Gain your confidence and present a plan requiring thousands of dollars as offerings (for prayers, chain of rituals etc.).Claim to remove “black magic and/or witchcraft.”

Anyone with information about this fraud is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at 杭州夜生活tipsubmit杭州桑拿/start.htm.

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Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson is AL MVP front-runner

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TORONTO – When Josh Donaldson steps to the plate at Rogers Centre and the strains of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” fade out, the crowd noise fills in with chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!”

Sometimes it’s just a few hundred fans, until the star Blue Jays slugger hits a home run and some 40,000 more join the call.

“I try not to listen to it too much, but it’s nice,” Donaldson said. “Obviously all year the fans have really supported me. So far this year it’s kind of worked out, and we’ll see how it goes.”

To say it has “worked out” is the understatement of the year from the third baseman, a front-runner to be the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Donaldson leads the league with a .589 slugging percentage, 111 runs batted in, 304 total bases and 104 runs scored.

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He has passed and even lapped defending champion Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels by being at the forefront of the Blue Jays’ surge into first place.

“I don’t think we’re anywhere close to where we’re at without him,” starting pitcher Mark Buehrle said. “If he doesn’t win, I’d be disappointed.”

Donaldson would be the first player in 31 years to win AL MVP honours after being traded prior to Opening Day. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off the steal of the off-season by acquiring Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics for oft-injured third baseman Brett Lawrie.

The 29-year-old hit 29 home runs last season and 24 in 2013. Coming off an all-star appearance, expectations were that Donaldson would be an upgrade, but few could have predicted this.

READ MORE: Blue Jays promote 5 players to fill expanded September roster

“Two years in Oakland he had good years, but not this good,” Buehrle said. “If somebody says they thought he was going to have this good of a year, I think they’re crazy.”

Donaldson, the No. 2 hitter behind trade-deadline acquisition Troy Tulowitzki and in front of power righties Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in baseball’s most feared and productive lineup, is batting a career-best .304 and already has 36 home runs with 29 games left.

Using the wins above replacement stat, which calculates value to a team if replaced by a bench player or minor-leaguer, Donaldson’s 7.64 trails only Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper.

“He’s having a career year,” Toronto starter Marco Estrada said. “What he brings on the field is everything. He’s been our best hitter, his defence is incredible and he brings a lot of energy to the clubhouse. I’m glad he’s on our side.”

READ MORE: A look at Blue Jays’ amazing August performance

Donaldson leads Trout in wins above replacement and has been much better since the all-star break. Trout’s Angels have also fallen 5 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot in the AL, while the Blue Jays lead the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 games in the East Division.

“I know Trout’s cooled off a little bit,” Estrada said. “If (Donaldson) just keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s probably guaranteed to win it.”

Donaldson’s resume is unmatched, even by the 24-year-old Trout, who was the unanimous choice as 2014 AL MVP and is considered the best position player in baseball. While Trout as a centre-fielder plays a premium up-the-middle position, Donaldson has also excelled defensively on the tough turf at Rogers Centre.

While Donaldson has already driven in as many runs as Trout did last season, some of that is a product of the Blue Jays’ absurd lineup, which has scored a major-league best 730. Of course Donaldson has thrived in 149 plate appearances with runners in scoring position, hitting .385 to Trout’s .347.

Donaldson’s worst month was June, when he hit .269 with only three homers and 10 RBIs. Many hitters would beg for those numbers.

“I think he’s been consistent, he’s played great defence,” Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro said. “He’s doing it on a team that we’ve got two or three guys that could be doing the same. Eddie, Bau, when those guys were struggling, he’s been really consistent throughout the whole year.”

Even after replacing a homegrown Canadian star in Lawrie, Donaldson became a fan favourite almost right away. As his MVP-calibre season has gone by, he has only picked up more support.

“It’s been surreal,” Donaldson said Sunday at his first “Basebowl” charity event benefiting Jays Care and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto. “I feel since Day One everybody’s been open arms for me and just kind of excited for not just what I have to offer but the team has had to offer.

“We’ve really been playing well as of late. It’s exciting to be a part of this team.”

– With files from John Chidley-Hill.

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Calgary parents launch petition against new congregated bus routes

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WATCH ABOVE: A group representing almost 40-thousand Calgary students is circulating a petition aimed at putting an end to the Calgary Board of Education’s new bus system.

CALGARY – Alberta’s education minister is now involved in the congregated bus system controversy after the Calgary Association of Parents and School Councils (CAPSC) launched a petition against the new system.

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“Decisions on busing service are the responsibility of school boards,” said Minister of Education David Eggen in an email to Global News. “My office is aware of the concerns specific to Calgary. I have asked my staff to monitor the situation and encourage the school board to work to address the concerns voiced by parents in a timely manner.”

The group of parents, which represents 72 Calgary Board of Education (CBE) school councils, is also asking parents to send letters to Eggen and their Calgary MLAs to take action.

As of this school year, routes with less than 15 riders on the bus have been cancelled and tagged onto other, busier routes. This has resulted in what the CBE calls a maximum 2 km walk for some students to their bus stops. That equals about 13 city blocks, or a 28-minute walk according to Google Maps. The CBE recommends parents carpool each other’s children to the bus.

The CAPSC says there was no consultation about the changes, and claims they are impacting families’ schedules and childcare.

“If changes are not made before the snow flies we are in for some trouble because we’ve got little kids making 30-minute walks along major arteries with no sidewalks, and that is absolutely a safety issue,” said CAPSC president Lisa Davis on Thursday. “It is our expectation that change is going to be made.”

The petition lists the following requests:

Stakeholders in public education require the CBE to restore walk times to bus stops to previous levels;
• True public consultation on transportation strategies take place immediately;
• An independent financial review of transportation fees take place, including Calgary Transit fees paid by parents.

Clare Cotton, who signed the petition online, wrote: “It is irresponsible to expect children to walk up to 2 km…and then wait for a bus in the freezing cold. It is also classist to expect that everyone owns a car they can use to drive their child to the bus stop and can then afford to take time off work while they wait for their child to get on or off the bus.”

Francisco Granadillo wrote: “My kid’s stop was moved to aprox (sic) 1 km further and now a main street with heavy traffic needs to be crossed. This add more risk for the kids and the adult going to the closer stop

CBE blames a provincial funding gap for the cancelling and merging of bus routes. Officials said without the service cuts, families would’ve paid 50 per cent more for transportation.

“That’s that fine balance, because not all of our families can afford transportation services and we do not want to deny any child the access to any of our schools,” said the CBE’s Joy Bowen-Eyre on Tuesday.

The previous Progressive Conservative government had made education funding cuts, but the NDP government has since restored the funding.

CBE officials have promised to consider any concerns and requests brought forward, and met with parents Thursday.

Davis said during that meeting, CBE “refused to advise” CAPSC as to when the bus system issue would be addressed.

“We are hoping the CBE acknowledges that they have created undue hardship for families, and they should deal with that quickly,” she said.

With files from Gary Bobrovitz and Dallas Flexhaug

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‘6S Marketing’ agency rents out billboard in Times Square asking Apple to rename ‘iPhone 6s’

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We are still a few days away from Apple’s big annual fall press event, where the tech giant is expected to unveil its next generation iPhone lineup. And although nothing is official, the world already referring to the next models as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

This doesn’t bode well for digital marketing agency 6S Marketing.

The agency has embarked a bit of a guerrilla marketing campaign of its own – asking Apple to please consider naming the device the iPhone 7.

They even went as far as to rent out a billboard in the middle of Times Square to spread their message: We had the name first.

They also parked a mobile ad truck with the message outside the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue for good measure.

The agency has embarked a bit of a guerrilla marketing campaign of its own – asking Apple to please consider naming the device the iPhone 7.

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“When the 4s came out we kind of made a joke like, wouldn’t it be funny if they made a 6s, and then kind of forgot about it,” Chris Breikss, president and co-founder of 6S Marketing, told Global News.

“More recently we noticed a huge dip in our search traffic coming from Google, as the rumours about an iPhone 6s came out.”

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The company, which was founded in Vancouver in 2000, chose the name because it sounds like “success.” And it’s done well for them – the agency has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York and has done campaigns for Mountain Equipment Co-op and Cirque Du Soleil in China.

Of course, the agency is using the coincidence an opportunity to get their name out there – but who can blame them, they are a marketing company afterall.

But will they really be mad if Apple uses the name “6s”?

“I don’t think we’re going to be mad – you know, it’s like your mom saying, ‘I’m not mad, I’m disappointed,’” Breikss said.

“We’re big fans of Apple products and the reality is, I don’t think our advertising agency is even a blip on Apple’s radar. We know that they are going to be talking about the next iPhone soon anyway.”

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Spruce up your meat with an easy, warm salad

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This recipe is a template for topping sauteed steaks or chops of most any kind with a wilted salad, a splendid dish for a late summer dinner.

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Mostly, I’m taking my cues here from the Italians. In Florence, they like to pep up their grilled steaks with a drizzle of olive and a spritz of lemon, which cuts through the meat’s fattiness. Then there’s veal Milanese, a breaded chop with a salad on top. But the latter dish doesn’t marry the salad dressing to the chops, as I do here, and my chop isn’t breaded. Also, Caesar dressing is rooted in Mexico, not Italy. All of which is to say I guess my inspirations were pretty diverse.

How to marry the meat to the salad? By taking advantage of the concentrated bits of reduced meat juices at the bottom of the pan, as well as the juices from the resting chops after they have been cooked. It’s then that the salad’s flavours — anchovies, garlic and shallots — are added to the skillet, followed by chicken broth, lemon juice and olive oil.

As noted, these are basically the ingredients for a Caesar dressing with a little chicken broth added. (The broth amps up the meat flavour while cutting down on the need for more olive oil.)

If the very thought of anchovies sends you screaming for the exit, steel yourself and add them to the recipe as called for. Try it that way just once. You assume that the little devils are going to overwhelm the dish, adding nothing but fishiness. Not true. In this context, the anchovies are surprisingly modest; they provide salt and depth of flavour, but no obvious fishiness.

As for the greens, feel free to experiment. If you prefer them to be more crispy and less wilted, don’t add them to the pan; just toss them with the warm dressing.

Finally, I have called for lamb shoulder chops because they’re more affordable than rib or loin chops. They’re every bit as tasty as the pricier chops, even if they’re also marginally chewier. Of course, if you feel like splurging, reach for the more expensive cuts. And know that this recipe works just as well with steak, pork chops and chicken on the bone as it does with lamb chops.

LAMB CHOPS WITH WARM CAESAR SALAD

Start to finish: 35 minutes (15 minutes active)

Servings: 4

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, dividedFour 1/2-inch-thick lamb shoulder or round bone chopsKosher salt and ground black pepper4 anchovy fillets, chopped2 tablespoons minced shallots1 teaspoon minced garlic1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth2 tablespoons lemon juice4 cups chopped escarole, dandelion greens (tough stems removed) or romaine1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Reduce the heat to medium and add 2 of the lamb chops, sprinkled with salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned on both sides, 5 to 6 minutes total for medium-rare. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Repeat with the remaining 2 chops in the oil remaining in the pan.

Return the skillet to the heat and reduce to medium-low. Add 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil, the anchovies, shallots and garlic, then cook, stirring, for 1 1/2 minutes. Add the broth and lemon juice and cook, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom, for 1 minute. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, the greens, and a hefty pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until the greens are slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the juices from the resting lamb and remove from the heat.

To serve, transfer the chops to each of 4 plates and top each chop with a quarter of the dressed wilted greens and the cheese.

Nutrition information per serving: 500 calories; 380 calories from fat (76 per cent of total calories); 43 g fat (15 g saturated; 1.5 g trans fats); 90 mg cholesterol; 620 mg sodium; 5 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 26 g protein.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sara Moulton was executive chef at Gourmet magazine for nearly 25 years, and spent a decade hosting several Food Network shows. She currently stars in public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” and has written three cookbooks.

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