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  • Cathay Pacific plane from HK escorted to Vancouver

    05/15/2010 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 3,069+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2010
    VANCOUVER - At least two Canadian fighter jets escorted a Cathay Pacific passenger jet to a safe landing in Vancouver International Airport on Saturday due to a potential unspecified security threat, a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesperson said. Local media reports said the plane, which reportedly originated in Hong Kong, was towed to a secure part of the tarmac with passengers still on board.
  • The Sea to Sky Climb on the Rocky Mountaineer

    05/13/2010 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 229+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | 13th May 2010 | Claire Newell
    Enjoy breathtaking scenery without the winding roads and gnarled trafficOn a sunny and clear day, is there any scenery in the world more breathtaking than the towering mountains and sparkling waters that surround you as you travel up the Sea to Sky Highway? However, throw in bumper-to-bumper traffic and unexpected delays and the journey can be less than relaxing. Well, what if you could slow down and really enjoy that beautiful scenery without the worry of the car in front or behind you and the twists and turns of the highway? What if you could actually relax and make the...
  • NBC Posts $223 Million Loss on Winter Olympics (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/17/2010 4:50:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 93 replies · 1,943+ views
    CBS News ^ | April 16, 2010
    The tally is in: NBC lost $223 million on the Winter Olympics in the first quarter. That's slightly better than the most recent estimate of $250 million in losses. Advertising sales have improved a bit since NBC parent General Electric Co. made that projection in late January. The Olympics did bring about $800 million in extra revenue to GE. But NBC had a lot of production and other expenses, including $820 million just to acquire the rights to carry the Vancouver Games on television and online. That expense was cited as the main culprit for the red ink.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 21-27, 2010: Black Tusk

    03/25/2010 9:15:53 PM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 516+ views
    While watching the Winter Olympics, you might have seen a prominent crag near the Whistler Ski Area. It took exhaustive searching for me to finally figure out that this peak is called "Black Tusk". If you knew that, very good! Below are some pictures of it. Click for full-size: Click for full-size: Click for full-size: Click for full-size:
  • The Winter Olympics: A Dying Proposition? (Why Demographic trends portend a dire future)

    03/07/2010 1:59:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 347+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 03/2010 | Joseph Finlay
    The current 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada presents a confluence of sport, civilization, and pageantry -- all of which, upon reflection, are uniquely Western. With the notable exceptions of a few winter sports-loving Asian nations like Japan, South Korea, and China -- nations that have to varying degrees opened to Western technology -- the Winter Olympics have historically been a showcase for the northern nations of Europe, North America, and the former Soviet Union. Whereas the Summer Olympics dwarfs the sister Winter games in terms of worldwide participation and popular interest, the Winter Olympics features sports that necessitate freezing-temperature...
  • Dallas-Fort Worth sports columnist likens our (sic, Canadian) patriotism to Nazi Germany

    03/03/2010 6:40:32 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies · 907+ views
    The Province ^ | March 2, 2010 | Cam Battley
    Dallas-Fort Worth sports columnist likens our patriotism to Nazi Germany An American sports columnist gets a bizarre Nazi flashback in Vancouver By Cam Battley, Canwest News Service March 2, 2010 It took the investigative skills of intrepid Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports columnist Gil LeBreton to uncover the ugly truth. Like Edward R. Murrow in pre-Second World War Vienna and London, Mr. LeBreton put his personal safety at risk to file a brave report from the turbulent city of Vancouver. Sure, Canadians seem multicultural, friendly and good-natured on the surface. But that's just what they want you to think. Dig a...
  • No snow? No surprise. Vancouver is warmest city to ever host Winter Olympics

    03/01/2010 5:47:58 PM PST · by JimWayne · 21 replies · 682+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | CHAD SKELTON article I wrote for The Vancouver Sun way back in 2003...But Vancouver has an average snowfall of just 48 centimetres and -- as most Vancouverites know -- it is rare for even that small amount to stay on the ground for more than a couple of days. Vancouver's lack of snow will have no practical impact on the Games.

    02/28/2010 9:56:16 PM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 291+ views "PARALYMPIC GAMES: VANCOUVER 2010 WINTER PARALYMPICS" "With Glowing Hearts March 12-21, 2010
  • What Do You Do after Winning a Gold Medal?

    02/28/2010 9:28:08 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 726+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/01/10
    What Do You Do after Winning a Gold Medal? Figure skating gold medalist, Kim Yuna, playing with her digital camera and trying out cardboard moose antlers.
  • Vancouver Winter Olympics-Photos Closing Ceremonies

    02/28/2010 8:10:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 1,088+ views
    Vancouver Winter Olympics-Photos Closing Ceremonies
  • Anti-Olympic activists, hockey fans trade chants at final protest march

    02/28/2010 5:34:50 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 32 replies · 838+ views ^ | Sunday, February 28, 2010 | Steve Mertl
    VANCOUVER - Demonstrators were drowned out by hockey fans Sunday as anti-Olympic activists made one last protest march through downtown Vancouver on the final day of the Games. While Canada battled the United States on the ice, between 150 and 200 protesters staged their own farewell in the hours before the closing ceremonies at nearby B.C. Place stadium.... But the protesters couldn't escape heckling from flag-draped hockey fans passing by and red jersey-wearing game watchers in nearby bars. Some of them, beer in hand, spilled onto the street to taunt the marchers as bicycle police stood between them. It turned...
  • Vancouver: Mutton Dressed as Lamb

    02/26/2010 4:23:10 AM PST · by Loyalist · 13 replies · 699+ views
    Pravda Online ^ | February 26, 2010 | Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
    We all knew it weeks before the game started, with accusations about doping being levelled at Russian athletes, and we all saw it on day one of the games, with the death of a Georgian athlete on a corner which miraculously was elevated the following day. Vancouver is not fit to hold the Winter Olympics. Far from being a question of sour grapes, Russian commentators were already expressing their reservations as to the integrity of the Vancouver Lobby being able to host the Olympic Games weeks before the start. After all the IOC was starting to fire off in all...
  • A $1 Billion Hangover From an Olympic Party

    02/25/2010 3:37:04 AM PST · by ricks_place · 11 replies · 996+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2010 | IAN AUSTEN
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Josie Lombardi came downtown this week for a taste of the Olympics accompanied by a friend rather than her husband, because he is on an Olympics boycott. She was thrilled to see the Olympic caldron up close, she said, but after being told she would have to wait five hours to see an exhibit of Olympic medals, Mrs. Lombardi began to think her husband might have a point. “O.K., are the Olympics worth it?” Mrs. Lombardi said while stopping for lunch at Murchie’s, a venerable tea and coffee shop. “I don’t want to be too negative...
  • Cork the Whine

    02/20/2010 1:39:14 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 200+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | February 20, 2010 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Without question the most unnecessary, petty, and perhaps most childish of all is the whining coming from within Canada regarding the supposed lack of French at the opening ceremonies. (The French bitching about their asses not being kissed enough? Again, who would have thought it?)
  • Ohno becomes most reviled athlete in South Korea

    02/19/2010 11:22:13 AM PST · by ScottMerge · 31 replies · 1,631+ views
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Apolo Anton Ohno may be feted at home for his Olympic feats, but he's better known in South Korea as the "king of fouls." The American short-track speedskater, who goes up against the South Koreans again when he races for a historic seventh Winter Olympics medal on Saturday, may well be the athlete South Koreans hate the most. One company once sold toilet paper emblazoned with Ohno's face: Ohno joyfully winning the gold, Ohno kissing his medal, Ohno laughing. One video game features an Ohno character you can shoot in the head, and to call...
  • USA dominating Vancouver Olympics (USA leads medal count by 7)

    02/18/2010 9:52:45 PM PST · by jerry557 · 33 replies · 1,211+ views
    AP via Yahoo Sports ^ | 02/18/10 | Stephen Wilson
    VANCOUVER, B.C. - So far, so gold for the U.S. Olympic team. It looks like American snowboarder Nate Holland wasn't joking when he said U.S. athletes planned to "rent" the medals podium at the Vancouver Games - a verbal shot at Canada's multimillion-dollar "Own The Podium" program. After the first 5 1/2 days of competition on the snow and ice, the Americans are piling up medals of all colours and making a run at finishing the Olympics on Feb. 28 at the top of the heap for gold and total medals. "They are on fire," said Roger Jackson, who heads...
  • NBC Responds to Olympic Complaints

    02/17/2010 3:52:54 PM PST · by Species8472 · 78 replies · 2,334+ views ^ | 2-17-10 | Dashiell Bennett
    NBC has heard your complaints, America, and they have a message for those who are whining about the dearth of live event coverage at the Winter Olympics: We don't really care. Other media outlets are picking up on the viewer outrage and doing their best to channel it toward the Peacock Network—and the network has been less than receptive. Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd has a rather amusing article (in a "you can't be serious" kind of way) about trying to set up an interview with Christopher McCloskey, NBC Universal's vice president for communications, who is based in Vancouver. He...
  • Vancouver Olympic Games Live Thread (Day 6)

    02/17/2010 9:26:25 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 38 replies · 1,113+ views
    NBC Sports | 2-17-10
    The Olympics medal count 2010 has increased today with Germany taking the lead over the U.S. and France. Germany has racked up 9 Olympic medals count at the 2010 Vancouver winter games followed by the United States closely behind with 8 medals. The Germany team has won three gold medals so far in five days of the Olympic games. Magdalena Neuner won two medals in the Biathlon with a silver in the Women's 7.5km Sprint and a gold medal for winning the Women's 10km pursuit Biathon event. In the luge, the men's gold went to the Germany team member Felix...
  • Vancouver Olympics Live Thread (Day 5)

    02/16/2010 6:43:44 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 31 replies · 777+ views
    Tuesday, Feb. 16 NBC 3-5 p.m. — Men's Biathlon-12.5km Pursuit Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women's Biathlon-10km Pursuit Gold Medal Final. 8 p.m.-Midnight — Men's Figure Skating-Short Program (LIVE); Women's Snowboard-Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final; Women's Speed Skating-500 Gold Medal Final; Men's Alpine Skiing-Super Combined Gold Medal Final. 12:35-2 a.m. — Women's Luge-Gold Medal Final; Medals Plaza-Award Ceremonies. 2-5 a.m. — Primetime Replay. USA Noon-6 p.m. — Men's Ice Hockey-USA vs. Switzerland (LIVE); Men's Curling-USA vs. Germany (LIVE). CNBC 5 p.m.-5 a.m. — Men's Ice Hockey-Canada vs. Norway (LIVE); Russia vs. Latvia (LIVE) Women's Curling-USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Women's Ice Hockey-Finland...
  • Romney threatened on flight out of Vancouver

    02/15/2010 7:05:09 PM PST · by KansasCanadian · 92 replies · 2,729+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 15, 2010 | Jane Taber
    Republican politician Mitt Romney was physically threatened by a violent passenger on an Air Canada flight leaving Vancouver this morning.
  • Vancouver Olympic Games Live Thread (Day 4)

    02/15/2010 11:20:03 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 105 replies · 2,222+ views
    NBC Sports | 2-15-10
    Monday, Feb. 15 NBC 1-5 p.m. — Men's Snowboard-Snowboard Cross Competition (LIVE); Men's Cross Country-15km Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women's Cross Country-10km Individual Gold Medal Final (LIVE). 8 p.m.-Midnight — Figure Skating-Pairs Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Men's Speed Skating-500 Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Men's Snowboard-Snowboard Cross Gold Medal Final. 12:35-2 a.m. — Women's Luge-Competition; Medals Plaza-Award Ceremonies. 2-5 a.m. — Primetime Replay. MSNBC 5:30-8 p.m. — Women's Ice Hockey-Canada vs. Switzerland (LIVE). 3-5:30 a.m. — Women's Ice Hockey-Sweden vs. Slovakia. Let’s take a look at the current overall and gold medal count for the 2010 Winter Olympics before the...
  • Peaceful protest sours as 'criminal element' takes over streets

    02/15/2010 3:47:49 AM PST · by myknowledge · 19 replies · 607+ views
    The Province ^ | February 14, 2010 | Lena Sin and John Colebourn
    Bystanders and Olympic revellers expressed disgust Saturday as they watched 200 anti-Games protesters storm downtown Vancouver and smash windows, knock over newspaper boxes and spray-paint transit buses, cars and postboxes. Curious passersby who followed the demonstration said the protesters crossed the line with violence and vandalism. "These guys are lucky they have the opportunity to voice their opinions -- and I think when they try to interrupt a police barricade and they have machine guns, they should back off, realize they have the freedom to express their opinions, but leave it at that," said Greg Smith, who followed the protest....
  • 'Thugs' from central Canada behind Olympic protests: police

    02/15/2010 1:57:03 AM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 471+ views
    CTV Olympics ^ | February 13, 2010 | Robert Matas
    A loosely organized group of "thugs" from central Canada promoting anarchy were among 200 anti-Olympic protesters who marched through downtown Vancouver Saturday, smashing plate glass windows at Hudson's Bay and TD bank, overturning newspaper boxes and assaulting bystanders, police say. They used spray paint on cars and transit buses, tore down signs and threw about road construction barricades as they marched down the street. The protest through the heart of downtown Vancouver marked the second consecutive day of anti-Olympic protests that organizers say will continue until the Winter Games end on Feb. 28. The protests have drawn a wide array...
  • Bilodeau wins Canada's first gold on home soil

    02/14/2010 9:16:15 PM PST · by ScottMerge · 15 replies · 512+ views
    CTV ^ | ScottMerge
    Mogulist Alexandre Bilodeau won Canada's first ever gold medal on home soil laying down a near-perfect final run at Cypress Mountain on Sunday. "I went out and I knew what to do," Bilodeau said immediately following the event. The 2009 overall World Cup champion executed a back full off the top air and a perfect-scoring back iron cross off the bottom air to earn a score of 26.75. Dale Begg-Smith, competing for Australia, took the silver medal. American skier Bryon Wilson claimed the bronze medal.
  • Biden's motorcade in minor accident

    02/14/2010 9:05:51 PM PST · by JohnLongIsland · 14 replies · 593+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | February 14, 2010 | Petti Fong
    VANCOUVER — The Integrated Security Unit is investigating whether an oil spill caused the collision of a motorcade Sunday carrying U.S. Vice President Joe Biden that sent former figure skating star Peggy Fleming to the hospital. Biden's motorcade was travelling to an Olympic venue but his car was not directly hit. The rear vehicle of the motorcade collided into a second car which was pushed into a third vehicle.
  • Biden's Motorcade Involved in Vancouver Accident; 2 Hurt

    02/14/2010 5:33:12 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 93 replies · 5,072+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 02/14/2010 | Staff
    Just the headline
  • Anti-Olympic Protests Turn Violent in Vancouver

    02/14/2010 3:51:30 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies · 1,311+ views
    WSJ ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2010 | PHRED DVORAK
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Anti-Olympic protests turned violent here Saturday, as demonstrators smashed windows, overturned newspaper boxes and spray-painted buildings and cars downtown. Vancouver police said that about 100 masked protesters marched through the city Saturday morning, kicking cars, ripping down signs and vandalizing buildings. The masked protestors, who the police say were intermingled with a few hundred other "legitimate" demonstrators, smashed windows of the Hudson Bay Company's flagship downtown store. Down the street, they tossed a newspaper box through the window of a Toronto-Dominion Bank. Vancouver police said they called on the help of Olympic security forces to stop...
  • Vancouver Olympic Games Live Thread (Day 3)

    02/14/2010 9:39:45 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 79 replies · 1,691+ views
    NBC Sports | 2-14-2010
    Olympic champion in women's moguls Hannah Kearney of the USA, center, runner up Jennifer Heil of Canada, left and third placed Shannon Bahrke of the USA, right pose on the podium during a flower ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. Hannah Kearney of the USA reacts during the flower ceremony after she won the women's moguls final at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 13: Shannon Bahrke of United States celebrates celebrates after the women's freestyle skiing moguls final on day 2...
  • Winter Olympics 2010 : Apollo Ohno takes silver, ties record

    02/14/2010 7:19:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 2,794+ views ^ | 02/14/2010 | Frank Fitzpatrick
    VANCOUVER - Someday soon, Apolo Anton Ohno will take his cool name, his charisma, the bandanna, and the trademark soul patch and skate away from the short-track sport in which he has used all to maximum advantage. Some, in fact, thought that day would have come already. But the lure of an Olympics in Vancouver, so close to his Washington hometown, and the opportunity to become the most decorated American winter athlete pulled him back for more. Last night, Ohno tied that record, though it took some luck on the last lap of the 1,500. With three South Koreans leading,...
  • Olympic Protesters Smash Department Store Windows [''No Olympics on Stolen Ancient Land'']

    02/13/2010 8:30:47 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 820+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 13, 2010
    Olympic Protesters Smash Department Store Windows THE ASSOCIATED PRESS February 13, 2010 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Police in riot gear confronted more than 200 masked protesters who hurled newspaper boxes through the display windows of a popular department store selling Olympic souvenirs. Seven people were arrested after officers carrying clubs and shields quashed the downtown protest on the opening day of competition at the Vancouver Olympics. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Those arrested could face a variety of charges, including assault, Police Chief Jim Chu said. At least one could be charged with weapons possession for wrapping...
  • Troubled Winter Games off to miserable start

    02/13/2010 5:05:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 1,704+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | Martin Parry
    VANCOUVER (AFP) – The Winter Olympics suffered a miserable start on Saturday when the men's skiing downhill was postponed and protests turned violent in Vancouver, but the luge went ahead despite the death of a Georgian slider. A day after a dazzling ceremony opened the Games, the first gold medal was claimed by Switzerland's Simon Ammann, who won the normal hill ski jump ahead of Poland's Adam Malysz and Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer. Ammann wants Miami ice ... and more girls Dutchman Sven Kramer took out the 5,000 metre men's speedskating gold, finally capturing a title that had eluded him four...
  • Seven people arrested in police protests

    02/13/2010 4:26:28 PM PST · by myknowledge · 15 replies · 724+ views
    Vancover Sun ^ | February 13, 2010 | Rebecca Lindell
    VANCOUVER - Police arrested seven people in downtown Vancouver Saturday after an anti-Olympic protest turned violent, prompting officers to promise to clamp down on "criminal protests." Protesters threw objects at police, spray painted cars and transit buses and intimidated pedestrians as they proceeded down Georgia street past Granville, said police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness. The protesters also broke windows at retailers including The Bay. "About half the group today were criminals intent on committing violent acts including damage to property, including assaulting passersby," said Chief Constable Jim Chu. ""Because of those actions...the Vancouver police commander on the scene decided to move...
  • Vancouver Olympic Games Live Thread (Day 2)

    02/13/2010 7:03:31 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 125 replies · 2,376+ views
    aturday, Feb. 13 NBC 2-6 p.m. — Men's Speed Skating-5000 Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Ski Jumping-Individual K-90 Gold Medal Final; Women's Biathlon-7.5km Sprint Gold Medal Final. 8-11:30 p.m. — Men's Short Track-1500 Competition, Semifinals and Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women's Freestyle Skiing-Moguls Competition and Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Men's Alpine Skiing-Downhill Gold Medal Final. Midnight-1 a.m. — Men's Luge-Singles Competition; Women's Short Track-3000 Relay Semifinals and 500 Competition; Medals Plaza-Award Ceremonies. 1-4:30 a.m. — Primetime Replay. CNBC 3-5:30 p.m. — Women's Ice Hockey-Sweden vs. Switzerland (LIVE). 8-10:30 p.m. — Women's Ice Hockey-Canada vs. Slovakia (LIVE). MSNBC 3-5:30 a.m. — Women's...
  • Men's Olympic lugers will start lower on track

    02/13/2010 10:19:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 1,079+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/13/10 | Tom Withers - ap
    WHISTLER, British Columbia – International luge officials are moving the start of the men's Olympic luge competition farther down the track. It was a decision made with the "emotional component" of athletes in mind following the death of a Georgian competitor. ... The move means speeds will be a bit lower at the Whistler Sliding Track. It likely also means the course will be a bit easier to navigate.
  • Despite luge death, Olympic ceremonies open

    02/12/2010 7:02:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 1,321+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/12/10 | David Crary - ap
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – In time-honored tradition, the show went on. Despite the training-run death earlier in the day of a luger from the country of Georgia, the Olympics' opening ceremonies were launched Friday night with a jubilant countdown by the crowd filling BC Place Stadium. The festive mood, and the opening rain of confetti, contrasted sharply with the grief that befell the games earlier in the day when luger Nodar Kumaritashvili of the republic of Georgia died in a horrific crash on the sliding track at Whistler. "This is a very sad day," said a visibly shaken Jacques Rogge,...
  • Live 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Thread

    02/12/2010 6:08:57 PM PST · by Nowhere Man · 23 replies · 1,166+ views
    Myself | 2-12-2010 | Myself
    OK, guys, here we go, live comment thread.
  • Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games Live Thread

    02/12/2010 11:06:14 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 1,637 replies · 39,814+ views
    NBC | 2-12-2010
    NBC 7:30 p.m.-Midnight — Opening Ceremony-Parade of Nations and Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron (LIVE); Ski Jumping-Individual K-90 Competition. 2:40-6 a.m. — Primetime Replay. Saturday, Feb. 13 NBC 2-6 p.m. — Men's Speed Skating-5000 Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Ski Jumping-Individual K-90 Gold Medal Final; Women's Biathlon-7.5km Sprint Gold Medal Final. 8-11:30 p.m. — Men's Short Track-1500 Competition, Semifinals and Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women's Freestyle Skiing-Moguls Competition and Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Men's Alpine Skiing-Downhill Gold Medal Final. Midnight-1 a.m. — Men's Luge-Singles Competition; Women's Short Track-3000 Relay Semifinals and 500 Competition; Medals Plaza-Award Ceremonies. 1-4:30 a.m. — Primetime Replay....
  • Answers to biggest Olympic TV questions (ZZZZZZZZZ)

    02/09/2010 9:55:48 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 22 replies · 663+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 02/09/10 | Bob Condotta
    Here's a primer designed to answer the biggest questions TV viewers may have about watching the Games. Q: What networks in the United States will carry the games? A: NBC is the only network. It paid $820 million for the right to carry the Games — it has broadcast every Olympics, summer or winter, since 1984. But action won't be limited to just NBC, whose local affiliate is KING-TV (Channel 5). Other stations in its empire — MSNBC, CNBC, USA and Universal HD — will also take part. Further coverage will air on its new Universal Sports Channel (115 on...
  • Whatever the weather, US moguls team is ready - Snow still being trucked into Vancouver

    02/08/2010 9:52:18 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 340+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/10 | Mike Corder - ap
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Cypress Mountain passed a major test Monday, as freestyle skiers completed their first pre-Olympic practice sessions and Winter Olympic organizers kept dumping snow on competition courses in unseasonably warm weather. “It’s absolutely fine,” World Cup champion Hannah Kearney said after her training runs. “It’s as if there was no problem.” Trucks and helicopters still were dumping snow onto the mountain in an effort to get the Olympic venues ready for the Vancouver Games, which open Friday.
  • STILL no snow in Vancouver for Winter Olympics... as 'Snowmageddon' brings chaos to U.S. East Coast

    02/08/2010 4:11:26 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 28 replies · 1,005+ views
    Mail Online ^ | 8th February 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    Organisers of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver were today stubbornly refusing to consider a last-minute venue change after an unseasonably warm weather front put the competition under threat. With just four days until the Games' opening ceremonies, the Canadian city still has not seen any snow. Ironically, parts of neighbouring America have been buried under a two-foot blanket of snow after the worst blizzard in 90 years.
  • Washington Border Area Is Bracing for Games

    01/16/2010 9:24:14 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 645+ views ^ | January 16, 2010 | William Yarley
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. — SNIPPET: "The goal, officials say, is to be ready for any emergency that might be magnified by having the Olympics and a few hundred thousand visitors next door, whether a terrorist attack, a truck overturned on Interstate 5 near the border or disruptions from the big winter storms that often pound the region."
  • Protesters amass ahead of Olympics (leftist Olympic Resistance Network possible terrorist threat)

    02/06/2010 6:22:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 384+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/06/10 | Kim Murphy
    Protesters amass ahead of OlympicsThousands of domestic demonstrators prepare to rally as the Olympic Resistance Network, which opposes what it sees as the Games' corporate culture, in Vancouver. Officials back off plans to stop them.By Kim Murphy February 6, 2010 Reporting from Vancouver, Canada - While past Olympics have been magnets for protests over issues such as aboriginal rights in Australia and oppression in Tibet, the Vancouver Winter Games are preparing to host one of the biggest displays ever of organized opposition to the Olympics themselves. Building on years of disgruntlement over the increasingly corporate nature of the Games --...
  • Vancouver Olympic Winter Games: Security Screening Assigned to Novices

    01/29/2010 12:24:21 PM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 4 replies · 320+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 1/25/10 | Steve Mertl
    VANCOUVER – Thousands of police will keep watch over the Vancouver Winter Olympics but the first line of defence against potential threats at the events themselves will be private security screeners, many with no previous experience. Spectators heading into venues will go through airport-style screening – walking through the familiar metal detectors, perhaps followed by a once-over with a scanning wand while their bags go through an X-ray machine. On the other end of those security devices – in what is likely the biggest security operation in Canadian history outside of wartime – will be 5,000 employees of Contemporary Security...
  • NBC plans 835 hours of Winter Olympic coverage

    01/15/2010 4:38:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 831+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/10 | AP
    NEW YORK – NBC will spread 835 hours of coverage of the Vancouver Olympics over five networks and its Olympic Web site, all of it in high definition. The network announced the numbers Thursday, saying it will be the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics, and more than the last two Winter Games combined. Coverage starts with Opening Ceremonies on Feb. 12. In addition to NBC, programming will be on the USA Network, MSNBC, CNBC and Universal HD.
  • "Pineapple Express" dampens Vancouver Olympic buzz

    01/11/2010 7:16:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 1,287+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/10 | Steve Keating
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – The Vancouver Winter Games countdown shifts from months to days on Tuesday just as a "Pineapple Express" weather front has slammed into the Pacific Northwest dampening Olympic fever. As athletes and construction workers were pushing full speed ahead with their final preparations, VANOC officials faced their worst nightmare on Monday as unseasonably high temperatures and rain lashed the Vancouver area. Weather fronts that bring warm, wet conditions from the Pacific ocean during the winter are often described as Pineapple Expresses by local forecasters. With just one month to go until the February 12th opening ceremonies,...
  • North American Muslims issue fatwa

    01/08/2010 10:20:13 PM PST · by spyone · 425 replies · 14,076+ views ^ | January 8, 2010 | Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
    Date: January 8, 2010 ISCC affiliated Imams Issue Important Fatwa Attack on Canada and the United States is Attack on Muslims Over 10 million Muslims Live in North America Calgary) Twenty Imams affiliated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada have issued a Fatwa today declaring the attacks on Canada and the United States by any extremist will be the attack on 10 million Muslims living in North America. This is the first Fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the United States as attack on Muslims. Following is the text of the Fatwa. FATWA (religious edict)...
  • Ebersol: NBC expects to lose money on Olympics

    01/10/2010 12:39:10 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 765+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/10 | AP
    PASADENA, Calif. – NBC Universal says it expects to lose money on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol says advertising sales for the games have picked up over the past few months. He said the loss is more due to the heavy rights fee NBC paid to show the games. NBC won the rights to broadcast the Vancouver Olympics and the 2012 Summer Games in London for $2.2 billion.
  • Winter Olympics: The Big Bust

    12/23/2009 9:53:26 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 4,142+ views
    Forbes ^ | December 16, 2009 | Michael Ozanian
    The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver is going to be a financial disaster that should serve as a wake up call to sports executives ...spending on sports sponsorships and advertising--is very bad. NBC... is going to lose about $200 million on Vancouver... Over the past five years the operational costs of the 2010 Winter Games has mushroomed from $1.3 billion to almost $2 billion. Vancouver is going to take it on the chin as declining sponsorship and tourism revenue ...
  • Man arrested at B.C. border with 'terrorist resources'

    11/13/2009 10:27:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 39 replies · 2,180+ views - THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Updated: Wed Nov. 11 2009 05:51:51 | n/a
    The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — SNIPPET: "Khaled Nawaya, a flight instructor, was arrested by Canada Border Services agents when they found $800,000 in gold coins and other currency in his car and pockets on Oct. 6, as he crossed into Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver." SNIPPET: "He'd been living in the U.S. since he was 17 and had gained approval for permanent residency in Canada. Besides the gold, Canadian agents found a ring bearing the insignia of Hezbollah, which has been listed as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government since 2002. They also seized 9/11 conspiracy theory-themed DVDs and a...
  • Vancouver Church Steps up to Provide Venue for Euthanasia Activist after Library Refuses

    10/26/2009 3:57:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 446+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/26/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    VANCOUVER, October 26, 2009 ( - The Unitarian Church of Vancouver has stepped in to provide a Canadian venue for Australian right-to-die activist Philip Nitschke after he was refused workshop space to hold a seminar on how to commit suicide by the Vancouver Public Library.Rev. Steven Epperson of the Unitarian church said he believes Nitschke, director of the suicide advocacy group Exit International, has the right to free speech, even if he's telling people how to kill themselves."Historically, we have provided a forum, a space, for controversial, difficult ideas to be presented," Epperson told the Vancouver Province.The Vancouver church has a...