Saanich sand sculpture competition on at Cadboro-Gyro Park

One of the four sand sculptures in the competition is shown. Saved by the Bell - by Ken Abrams: (District of Saanich) One of the four sand sculptures in the competition is shown. Saved by the Bell - by Ken Abrams: (District of Saanich)

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Merkel's bloc stumbles badly in Germany; horse-trading ahead

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats and outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel 's centre-right bloc both laid claim Sunday to lead the country's next government as projections showed the long-time leader's party heading for its worst-ever result in a national election.