A Hell of a Save

Newfoundland goalie saves collapsed fan before game

By Sarah Doktor, QMI Agency
Monday, November 24, 2014 5:33:52 EST PM


Talk about a save.

Goalie Patrick O’Brien helped revive a fan that had gone into cardiac arrest before a Central-West Senior Hockey League game on Sunday afternoon in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Gander Flyers were set to face the Corner Brook Royals in Gander over the weekend when a fan collapsed in the stands from an apparent cardiac arrest.

O’Brien – who works as a paramedic with the Central Health Authority – raced from the Flyers’ dressing room to assist others tending to the fan while still wearing his skates, hockey pants and one goal pad. He began doing chest compressions on the man who was not breathing and had no pulse.

“I just hopped in and started chest compressions,” O’Brien told The Gander Beacon. “Anyone would have done what I did. I guess it’s just where it was at the rink and I had some of my gear on. But it’s what I do. It happens with some level of regularity [while on duty].”

Gander’s mayor Claude Elliot, a retired paramedic, along with Tom Whalen, a Flyers’ board member and former paramedic, also assisted the man before paramedics arrived. The man was then transferred to Gander’s James Paton Memorial Hospital.

O’Brien thanked the group in a Twitter post.

The goaltender wasn’t rattled by the drama and went on to play 23 minutes.​

Jian and the Giant Breach

When the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced a few weeks ago that it was severing ties with their star broadcaster and host of immensely popular radio show, “Q,” I initially dismissed it as an over-reaction by a bureaucratic monster along the lines of when they grossly over-reacted by threatening to fire supremely talented on-air talent, Sook Yin Lee of “Definitely Not the Opera” fame, for her nude appearances in movie roles.




It was clear within a day or so that something was different here. First, Ghomeshi took the unusual step by responding immediately and publicly, identifying himself the transgressions he was being accused of and dismissing them as simply BDSM games that were consensual and safe. What was even more surprising was how CBC refused to hide behind the usual “We can’t comment because the the issue is under litigation” boilerplate. Within days, a large variety of CBC programs were reporting and investigating their own story. Then the Toronto Star reported it had been investigating sexual assault allegations against Ghomeshi by a larger variety of women. As I write this, nine courageous women have publicly come out and made allegations, three filing complaints with the RCMP. A senior executive producer of “Q” is on leave and details are being published about how CBC management abetted the alleged Ghomeshi sexual harassment against the the program’s female staff.

However the story ends up playing out, it is clear that CBC committed a giant breach by turning a blind eye to the accusations against their “talent” by his own program staff . They were that afraid of killing the Golden Goose, a critically acclaimed program picked up worldwide, quite a feather in the cap of an organization dying by a thousand paper cuts. All the investigations and reports by their own journalistic programs can’t hide that.

By ignoring, obfuscating, excusing and thus enabling Ghomeshi’s alleged behaviour, the CBC itself has breached the public trust a government-run cultural powerhouse should be expected to have. Nor are the CBC alone. Canada’s public institutions are rife with incidents of similar toxic cultures in the military, the RCMP and Parliament.

I can’t wait for the police line up


Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk
Published: 28 Oct 2014 14:47 GMT+01:00

A mother in central Germany came up with an unusual tactic to allegedly steal from a pharmacy on Monday.

The woman distracted staff at the pharmacy in Darmstadt, Hesse, by lifting up her top and squirting her breast milk at them.

The mother entered the store at 4.25pm and asked to buy a breast pump, police reported.

But after handing over a €200-note to pay for her €20 purchase, she suddenly uncovered one breast and used her fingers to squirt milk from it at the pharmacist.

She then rummaged through the counter display and went to a second cash register.

Ignoring the pleas of staff and customers to cover herself up, she again rooted through the counter displays and unleashed a fresh spray of milk.

Apparently satisfied with her handiwork, she quickly left the pharmacy, leaving the breast pump behind.

The pharmacists only noticed that €100 was missing from their cash register some time later when counting the day’s takings.

Police believe the woman, who they described as having a “robust” figure, long dark hair tied into a ponytail and speaking an unknown language, stole the cash while customers and staff were distracted by her antics.

Officers described the woman’s antics as “almost unbelievable”.