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The mother of a suspected gunman
who killed a Canadian soldier and
raced through Parliament before
being shot dead has apologised for
her son’s actions.
A woman who identified herself
as suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s
mother issued a statement today.
“No words can express the sadness
we are feeling at this time,” the
woman, Susan Bibeau, said. “ We
send our deepest condolences.”
Bibeau stayed at a homeless
shelter in a downtrodden part of
Ottawa for at least a week before
the attack, multiple people at the
site said today.
The apology came after Canadian
Prime Minister Stephen Harper
pledged to boost security forces’
surveillance and detention powers.
Addressing the House
Commons just metres from the
spot where the gunman, a reported
convert to Islam, was shot dead
yesterday, Harper said lawmakers
would expedite new powers to
counter the threat of radicals.
“The objective of these attacks
was to instill fear and panic in our
country,” Harper said. “Canadians
will not be intimidated. We will be
vigilant, but we will not run scared.
We will be prudent but we will not
Harper said the attack, which
followed an incident on Tuesday
when a convert to Islam ran over
two Canadian soldiers with his
car, killing one, would strengthen
Canada’s response to “terrorist
The attacks in Ottawa and
Quebec took place as the Canadian
government prepared to boost
the powers of its spy agency, the
Canadian Security Intelligence
Public Safety Minister Stephen
Blaney said last week the new
legislation would let the agency
track and investigate potential
terrorists when they travel abroad
and ultimately prosecute them.
Police said they were satisfied that
only one person was involved in the
attack, despite reports yesterday that
two gunmen were on the run.
tensions in Canada’s capital
remained high today.
Police arrested a man at gunpoint
just steps from the prime minister
as Harper and his wife were laying
a wreath at the National War
Memorial to commemorate the
killing of the soldier there, Corporal
Nathan Cirillo, 24.
Today, the Canadian parliament ’s
sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers,
given a prolonged standing ovation
by lawmakers who credited him
with shooting dead the attacker, said
he was moved by the attention but
declined to comment on his specific
actions, saying they were part of an
ongoing investigation. — Reuters
mother says sorry
Four former Blackwater guards
found guilty for their role in
the 2007 massacre of at least
14 civilians in Baghdad’s busy
Nisur Square should be executed,
relatives of victims say.
Their convictions followed a
two-month trial that heard how
they opened fire with sniper
rifles, machine guns and grenade
launchers in Baghdad’s bustling
Nisur Square as they escorted a
The shooting exacerbated Iraqi
resentment toward Americans
and exemplified the impunity
enjoyed by private security firms
on the United States payroll in
“They should be executed in
the same place in Nisur Square
where they committed the crime,”
Hussein Ali Abbas, the brother of
one of the victims said overnight.
His brother Saadi was on
the way to visit a friend when
the shooting occurred, and
tried to flee but was gunned
down anyway, Abbas said. “ The
conviction is not enough,” he said.
“ Justice was not achieved.”
Khaled Walid, whose father
was among those killed, agreed:
“ Everyone said they should be
sentenced to death. ”
“I demand the harshest
sentence,” Saddam Jawad, whose
mother was killed, said. “ If there
is the death penalty in America,
we demand the death penalty.”
But the death penalty is not on
the table for any of them.
One guard, Nicholas Slatten,
was convicted of first-degree
murder, which carries a potential
life sentence. The others were
found guilty of voluntary
manslaughter and will be jailed
for at least 15 years for each
Before the incident, Slatten
allegedly told acquaintances he
wanted to “kill as many Iraqis as
he could as payback for 9-11”,
court documents showed.
An Iraqi police officer looks at a blown up car after four United States security guards killed 14 civilians
in Baghdad in 2007.
Death penalty calls for Baghdad massacre
A deadly bombing in northern Nigeria
and new details about kidnappings
blamed on Boko Haram, has cast
further doubt on the government ’s
claim that the Islamists have agreed to
As reports emerged overnight that
extremists seized dozens more women
and girls from the remote north-east,
fresh violence rocked the town of Azare
in Bauchi State.
A police spokesman for the State,
Mohammed Haruna, said a bomb
blast at a bus station in Azare killed
five people, with their bodies “burnt
beyond recognition”, and injured 12
No-one claimed responsibility, but
Bauchi has been attacked repeatedly
throughout Boko Haram’s brutal five-
year uprising, which has left more than
10,000 people dead.
kidnappings by the Islamists first
emerged on Saturday near the town
of Chibok, where more than 200
schoolgirls were seized in April in an
attack that sparked outrage worldwide.
Residents of the town of Wagga said
that 40 females were kidnapped by
suspected Islamist gunmen who went
door-to-door, specifically looking for
young women and girls.
“They left 1500 naira ($NZ10) and
some kola nuts in each home where
they seized a woman, apparently as a
bride price,” Lazarus Baushe, an elder
of the Wagga community, said.
Witnesses in the nearby town
of Gwarta separately reported a
kidnapping at the weekend involving
another 20 female victims, but details
were not immediately clear. — AFP
$10, nuts ‘bride price’ for kidnapped girls
The use of female troops inside
the highest-security unit at
Guantanamo Bay is sparking
protests by prisoners.
“ high-value” detainees are refusing
to meet with their lawyers unless
the military agrees to use only male
guards to move them around the
US base in Cuba.
The prisoners are devout Muslims.
Their beliefs prohibit physical
contact with women who are not
Major Derek Poteet says the
protest will prevent efforts to
prepare his defence to charges
stemming from the September 11
The military says it will not agree
to use only male guards. — AP
The Islamic State (IS) group has
become the world’s wealthiest terror
organisation, generating tens of
millions of dollars a month from
black market oil sales, ransoms and
extortion, officials say.
It earns $US1 million ($NZ1.28m)
a day alone by selling crude oil from
fields captured when the group
swept across Iraq and Syria earlier
this year, David Cohen, Treasury
undersecretary for terrorism and
financial intelligence, said.
Because the group, also known
as ISIL, has “amassed wealth at an
unprecedented pace” from different
sources than most terror groups, it
presents a particular challenge to the
United States and its allies working
to choke off money flows.
“ We have no silver bullet, no secret
weapon to empty ISIL’s coffers
overnight. This will be a sustained
fight, and we are in the early stages,”
He is among a team of Obama
administration officials leading the
fight against the IS group.
Unlike al Qaeda, IS does not
attract most of its funds from deep-
pocketed rich donors, often in Gulf
countries, or from State sponsors.
Yet “with the important exception
of some State-sponsored terrorist
organisations, ISIL is probably the
best-funded terrorist organisation
we have confronted”, Cohen said.
tactics enable it today to generate
tens of millions of dollars per
month,” Cohen told the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace.
Oil sales alone from captured
refineries are allowing the militants
to produce some 50,000 barrels a
day sold “at substantially discounted
prices to a variety of middle men
... who then transport the oil to be
resold ”. — AP
IS earns $1.28m a day
A man arrested after
jumping the White
House fence overnight
has been charged with
three felony counts and
four misdemeanors, the
United States Secret
Ser vice says.
Dominic Adesanya of
Bel Air, Maryland, was
unarmed when he was
arrested on the White
House grounds after
facing dogs that stopped
and attacked him, the
Secret Ser vice said.
The incident came
about one month after
an intruder with a knife
scaled the White House
fence and entered the
raising questions about
security at the heavily
guarded complex and
spurring the resignation
of Julia Pierson as Secret
Ser vice director.
Video showed the
one of the dogs and
Secret Ser vice agents
surrounding him on the
north lawn of the White
House. — Reuters
Second man jumps
White House fence
Camel cigarette maker
Reynolds American is
stubbing out smoking in
its offices and buildings.
biggest tobacco company
told employees yesterday
that from January,
cigarettes, cigars or
pipes will be barred
at employee desks or
offices, conference rooms,
hallways and lifts.
Lighting up is already
prohibited on factory
floors and in cafeterias
and fitness centres.
policy will go into effect
once Reynolds builds
separate areas for those
still wanting to light up
indoors, spokesman David
“ We believe it’s the
right thing to do and
the right time to do it
because updating our
tobacco use policies will
non-smokers and smokers
who work in and visit our
facilities,” Howard said.
will no longer allow
smoking, it will allow
use of smokeless tobacco
moist snuff and pouches
of finely milled tobacco
called snus (pronounced
“snoose”). — AP
stamps out smoking
PICTURE: Ben Aulakh
John Paul II dominates volleyball
Westland High School’s Daley Brough reaches for the ball, in the team’s West Coast secondary schools
volleyball tournament game against John Paul II High School, at the ASB Civic Centre yesterday. John
Paul II won 40-29. John Paul II won both the boys and girls competition.
Several rugby league reunions, the New
Zealand Heartland rugby final, and street
racing are among a packed weekend of
events that promise to swell the West Coast
population by thousands this long weekend.
Greymouth has the 25th anniversary
motorcycle street races, speedway, a vintage
truck run, and three rugby league reunions.
The Marist Rugby League Club will
formally celebrate its 90th anniversary,
while the Runanga and Brunner clubs will
be holding less formal reunions.
Marist club committee member Craig
Mooney said about 180 were expected for
their reunion, including 50 former members
from Australia. It begins with an informal
gathering tonight, followed tomorrow with
a dinner and dance at Shantytown.
Sunday would be more formal with
Mass at St Patrick’s Church at 9.30am,
immediately followed by photographs, the
launch of volume two of Peter Kerridge’s
book In League with Marist, and a farewell
lunch. A separately organised launch of an
oral history of the club, by Gerry Morris, is
scheduled later in the afternoon.
Both Runanga and Brunner league clubs
decided on 95th anniversary reunions for
the benefit of older members, rather than
wait another five years for their centennials.
Runanga club secretary Rosie Murcott
said they were expecting about 100 current
and former members.
“ We’re happy with the response,” she said.
Activities include a get-together tonight,
a possible old boys’ game tomorrow and a
cabaret in the evening.
Brunner is expecting a similar number,
and committee member Diane Kavanagh
said the celebration was relatively informal
in view of the pending centennial in 2017.
The reunion will kick off at Stillwater
tonight. On Saturday there will be some
schoolboy and old boys’ games, followed
by presentation of life memberships,
photographs, and a barbecue at the Brunner
Pulses will be racing with visitors for the
Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races, the
Greenstone Park speedway, and the Can
West Labour Weekend Truck Run.
Can West spokesman Arthur Foster said
up to 40 old trucks, mainly from the 1950s
and 1960s, were due to arrive this afternoon
and stay until Monday.
A series of runs will begin this afternoon
with a trip to Roa, followed by a run to
Reefton on Saturday, while on Sunday
they will venture to Hokitika, arriving
about 11.30am and then on to Ross about
the Greenstone Park
Speedway at Cobden will open the new
season of racing at 2pm. Up to 80 local and
visiting racing enthusiasts will compete
across several classes.
Club president Robbie Brown said this
included 10 visiting motorcycle sidechairs
to add to a spectacle of TQs, youth and
adult mini stocks, production saloon cars,
and standard stocks. Brown said the Labour
Weekend meeting was always a great day
and gained momentum from visitors for the
The Greymouth Motorcycle Street Racing
itself will celebrate 25 years on Sunday.
A strong contingent of West Coast and
Buller riders will be out, along with many
visiting motorcyclists racing in central
Greymouth from 9am until 4.30pm on
Sunday. The day will also include go-kart
The regular Greymouth market will be
held in lower Tainui Street and Albert
Mall tomorrow, while the Regent Theatre
will host the Greymouth Motor Bike Show
throughout Saturday and Sunday from
10am to 4pm.
Hokitika is set for a busy weekend, too.
Hokitika i-Site manager Lisa De
Rooy said the town was already “pretty
full” and they were struggling to meet
She attributed part of this to overflow
from the Greymouth street racing, but a lot
of visitors in town were taking advantage
of the long weekend to explore the West
Coast Wilderness Trail.
The Hokitika Golf Club will host the
South Island Chartered Clubs Women’s
In South Westland, the annual Bruce Bay
Sports Day will be held at the Bruce Bay
Hall on Sunday.
The event has become a popular fixture
for South Westland following its revival in
the 1990s and activities include children’s
races, woodchopping and a ball in the
Westport is keenly anticipating the
Heartland rugby final between Buller
and Mid-Canterbury, at Victoria Square
Buller has gone through this season
unbeaten so far, after winning the semi-final
against Horowhenua Kapiti last weekend.
Westport will also host the first big
surfing event of the season on the South
Island Surfing Association calendar with
the annual Cape Classic at Tauranga Bay.
The provinces are where the ITM
Cup comes alive.
Forget those city slickers because,
with the exception of Canterbury,
their fans have largely tuned out
and New Zealand’s smaller cities
have enjoyed success in the national
provincial championship this year.
One season of topsy-tur vy results
does not indicate a permanent shift
in power, but the 2014 instalment
has been a breath of fresh air from
Canterbury celebrating another
In the Championship, Manawatu
will host Hawke’s Bay tonight with
promotion to the Premiership on
the line, while Tasman travel to
New Plymouth to meet Taranaki in
the competition’s showpiece contest
Taranaki housed around 6000
people per home game during the
regular season but they were on
track to sell out the 21,000-seat
Yarrow Stadium this weekend.
“ It ’s a real bonus,” Taranaki chief
executive Mike Collins said of
hosting the final. “O ur ticketing guy,
Jimmy Fastier, has been at work until
about one or two in the morning on
Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
We haven’t raised our prices, we’ve
dropped our prices. This is a bit of
history for around here and we want
everyone to be able to get along
and enjoy it; no matter what their
In a throwback move, children
were also allowed on the ground
after Taranaki’s games this season
and Collins said they had seen
youngsters out on the paddock
kicking a ball around for up to 90
minutes after the final whistle had
“ We want to provide our
community with an experience they
can’t get on their couch at home.”
That is the challenge facing many
unions across the country, but it is
not just a matter of cost.
Even though there were $10
tickets on offer to Auckland’s games
at Eden Park this season they could
still only muster crowds of 4000.
“Collectively we are really
struggling in the metropolitan areas
and I think it ’s an issue of (over)
exposure of the game in those
areas,” Auckland chief executive
Andy Dalton said.
“ You’ve got Super Rugby, test
matches and ITM Cup, we are just
not getting the support that the
provincial unions are receiving.”
While there have been calls to
move Auckland’s home games to a
smaller venue, it is not an easy fix
given sponsorship requirements,
members obligations and finding a
“From a financial point of view,
it ’s going to need a lot more
support from New Zealand Rugby
to continue,” Dalton said of the
“Costs of players
and holding the fixtures is a very
expensive part of the business for
New Zealand Rugby chief
executive Steve Tew said it had
poured money in to the ITM Cup,
which held an important spot in the
game’s pyramid, while unions across
the country had learned to become
more financially self-sufficient in
“ We do see it as an investment,”
The future of the competition will
likely hinge on the sale of television
rights rather than paltry gate
takings and Tew said this season’s
viewership figures were positive.
“ We’ve seen the preliminary
numbers around the early and
middle rounds and they’re holding
up okay. ”
Tew also said the format, while
not perfect, was likely to stay for the
Manawatu chief executive John
Knowles, who managed the Turbos
in 2006 and 2007 before he returned
to the union to take up his current
role in 2009, had seen the ITM Cup
go through numerous revamps.
“ We’d all love to have 14 teams
playing each other all the way
through but the reality of it is the
window is just not there,” Knowles
“So this is probably the best
compromise we could ever get and
it ’s given the smaller unions an
opportunity, as you’ve seen this year,
to come through. ”
With the tight window there was
the odd scheduling complaint as
some players and coaches found the
tight turnarounds tough to manage,
while others enjoyed it as it meant
less time on the training paddock.
The major point to remember
about the ITM Cup is that it is
the jewel in New Zealand Rugby’s
Each year a handful of players
use it as a launching pad to success,
while it is a perfect platform for a
rehabilitating All Black to use to
get back up to speed following an
“ It ’s doing everything they want
in terms of bringing out some new
players from around the country,
spreading the talent,” Dalton said.
“ Both Auckland and Wellington
have over 60 players playing outside
their areas that have come through
their academy systems.”
ITM Cup thrives in smaller provinces
Cut by the Chiefs after just one
season, Robbie Fruean’s improved
fitness will see him make a dramatic
return to the Crusaders next year.
Centre Fruean will next week be
announced as a full squad member
of the Crusaders after his impressive
showing with Hawke’s Bay, who will
contest the ITM Cup championship
final against Manawatu tonight.
Fruean, 26, has played 11 matches
for the Magpies this season, at an
average of 79 minutes each — a far
cry from the four matches he played
for the Chiefs this year following
more difficulties with his heart.
The powerful runner had to undergo
his second heart operation last year to
replace a faulty valve, and moved to
the Chiefs after the Crusaders were
prepared to offer him only a wider
training group place.
He started well for the Chiefs,
scoring against his former team in
Christchurch in the first match, but
later suffered from an accelerated
heartbeat which restricted his
appearances. Fruean’s signing at the
Chiefs was made with much fanfare
but Sonny Bill Williams’ return
has helped to squeeze him out and
the Crusaders, impressed with the
improvements Fruean has made, have
swooped once again after first signing
him from the Hurricanes for the
Fruean is said to have run 10km
during the Magpies’ 26-21 semi-final
victory over Northland at McL ean
Park last weekend, a testament to his
improvement fitness and workrate.
Fruean, who has offloaded 19 times
in this season’s ITM Cup — the
fourth best in the competition —
will be a powerful addition to the
Crusaders’ midfield. Fruean, Ryan
Crotty and Kieron Fonotia will be the
main options for Todd Blackadder,
but, with Colin Slade performing
well at No 10 this year, Dan Carter
could again be used as a second-five.
Improved fitness key
in Fruean returning
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