James Harden still dealing with eye injury but will play in Game 3

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “It’s different,” Harden said. “Like an ankle injury, I’ve rolled my ankle 100 times or whatnot and you kind of know how to deal with that. When you’ve got blurry vision and you can’t see it’s really difficult. But still no excuses.”Harden and D’Antoni scoffed at the notion that he would wear goggles or protective eyewear of any kind Saturday. D’Antoni even went so far as to make a joke about if he’d need something like that to play.“Maybe one patch over an eye,” he said, snickering. “It’s going to be the pirate look.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “If I played barely seeing last game, what makes you think I’m going to sit out Game 3?” Harden asked defiantly.Harden was injured midway through the first quarter Tuesday night after a blow from Green as he tried to rebound a shot he missed. He immediately fell to the court where he remained writhing for a bit before he was tended to by Houston’s training staff and taken to the locker room. He returned with about seven minutes left in the second quarter and scored 29 points despite saying that his vision was extremely blurry and that he could see “nothing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“When he went out he had zero points and he comes back with not even one eye, one eye was almost shut and the other one was blurry and he gets 29 points,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Not many people would have played. So whatever happens, that’s pretty special.”Harden practiced with the team Thursday as the Rockets prepare to host Golden State for two games. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Though both eyes are injured, the left one is far worse than the right with the entire left side of the eye remaining bloody. The right eye was bloody, too, but it was a much smaller section in the left corner of that eye.“It’s still there,” he said. “It’s still tough, especially in bright lights but I can see y’all a little bit better so that’s all that matters.”Harden said he visited a doctor Wednesday and “he gave me some stuff to calm it down to make it better.” He said he didn’t know the exact diagnosis of his injury, but the team called it contusions to both eyes. He added that the doctor told him that he’d be “good,” but that it will take a few days to heal.“That was a freak injury. I feel bad for James,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after practice Thursday before his team left for Houston. “And obviously Draymond did, too, and went over and apologized. But that’s just one of those plays that happens, so I’m glad that James is OK. Everything seems to be fine.”Last year’s MVP said he’s dealt with a variety of injuries, but that this one has been the most difficult.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets walks back onto the court after he was poked in the left eye by Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 30, 2019 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — James Harden squinted under the bright lights of the Toyota Center court on Thursday and parts of both eyes remained a garish, bloody red.It was clear Houston’s superstar was still dealing with injuries to his eyes after being hit by Golden State’s Draymond Green in Game 2. Harden insisted the problem wouldn’t keep him out of Game 3 on Saturday as the Rockets try to climb out of an 0-2 hole against the two-time defending champions.ADVERTISEMENT Mangosong turns back Ramento; Gabriel shines in MMF Supercross SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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Hockey game in the Himalayas becomes world’s highest altitude ice hockey game to be played

first_imgAfter several years of planning, The Hockey Foundation’s attempt to set the record for the world’s highest altitude ice hockey game was deemed successful as they played the sport on a rink they set up in the Himalayas.The Hockey Foundation, a New York based non-profit organization, broke this record by gathering players and playing a Guinness World Record-certified game in the northern parts of the Indian Himalayan region in Ladakh.How this legendary game was made possible Adam Sherlip, along with the hockey foundation, invited players from different countries to be a part of this game in order to make history.”The idea to pursue this record came about in 2014 from one of the Hockey Foundation’s coaches, Antoine Jouvet, from Montreal, Quebec. It took us a few years to plan the record attempt, as we knew that we wanted it to tie in to our organization’s charitable mission,” said Sherlip to the reporters from Guinness World Records. The rink was constructed 14,000 feet above sea levelThe rink was constructed at nearly 14,000 feet above the sea level and all the players reached the destination about a week before to game so that their bodies acclimatized to the high altitude.Raising awareness about hockey in Indian citiesSherlip’s visit to Ladakh made him discover the residents love and interest in hockey, drawing him to the idea of collaborating with The Hockey Foundation to make this game happen.After his visit, he had exclaimed, I first arrived in Ladakh in January 2009 and was struck by the raw beauty of the region, the warmth of the people, their distinct culture and history, and most surprisingly, their love of ice hockey.He had seen that his promotion of the sport had the most profound effect in Ladakh, which encouraged him to bring awareness and support for hockey to this city, in hopes that it will have a positive effect on the whole nation.advertisementChallenges faced in the process Players from all over the world flew in to be a part of this gameA lot of players had flown in from countries like USA and Germany along with parts of Europe and Asia to witness or be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime game, but they cold weather made it difficult for them to adjust.The players on the rink had to wear oxygen masks almost through the entire game as it was getting hard for them to breathe because of the high altitude and stormy weather.The event, which was named Hockey Goes Higher, was difficult to set up as most of the equipment was coming in from Austria and the roads that led to the rink were blocked because of the wintry conditions of the city. The equipment to build the rink was difficult to import but the officials at the Indian border and Ladakh made it easier for the team.Apart from all this, players also suffered from jet-lag, altitude sickness, exhaustion and the flu.This whole endeavor turned out to be a memorable and important moment in hockey history. Not only did it promote the sport but the event helped in raising $30,000 for charity along with a collection of hockey equipment and books for the schools of Ladakh.Read: 11 facts about Indian Hockey you probably didn’t knowInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Welbeck shows Arsenal he can be ‘Dat Guy’

first_imgArsenal Welbeck can’t be Henry, but he can be ‘Dat Guy’ Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:30 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Danny Welbeck Arsenal Getty Arsenal Premier League The England international has struggled with injury over the last few years, but his record when fit is better than many people give him credit for Danny Welbeck has become an archetypal ‘Marmite man’ – you either love him and appreciate his all-round contribution to any given cause, or you loathe him and question how he has been a regular for club and country down the years.Whatever your opinion, it is safe to assume that the 26-year-old is not overly concerned.Chelsea 18/1 to beat Arsenal 3-2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Neither is his current boss Arsene Wenger, nor England manager Gareth Southgate.Welbeck may not be to everyone’s taste, but his ability to deliver the goods is difficult to question.In his 36 senior international appearances to date, he boasts a rather healthy return of 15 goals – netting as many times in 2014 World Cup qualification as the likes of Thomas Muller and Gareth Bale and bettering the return of Cristiano Ronaldo en route to Euro 2016.At club level, he has never been prolific, but then there have often been obstacles blocking his path.Danny Welbeck England goalsManchester United were eager to welcome a home-grown talent into the fold at Old Trafford, but their star-studded ranks meant that he was restricted to a support role, and that situation eventually edged him towards the exits.Then Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal said after sanctioning a £16 million sale on the summer deadline day of 2014: “Welbeck doesn’t have the record of Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney. We let him go because of Falcao, but also to allow the youngsters to fit in. That is the policy. That is why I am here.” It is fair to say that the Falcao experiment did not work out – with Welbeck doubling his four-goal return across all competitions in 2014-15 – while Van Persie only managed 10 that season before being offloaded to Fenerbahce.While Welbeck could take positives from his debut campaign in north London, it was also that year which saw his fitness struggles kick in.An untimely knock towards the end of the season kept him out of Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph over Aston Villa, with a succession of setbacks eventually sidelining him until February 2016 – when he returned with a bang by snatching a late winner against Leicester to spread the love around Emirates Stadium on Valentine’s Day.Unfortunately, there was another spell on the treatment table to follow – keeping him out of a forgettable showing by England at Euro 2016 which may actually have been a blessing in disguise – with eight months spent cursing his luck.Arsene Wenger Danny Welbeck ArsenalSince then, Welbeck appears to have appeased the injury gods and is no longer a target for their wrath.Clear of the bumps and bruises which have been holding him back, the 26-year-old has opened the 2017-18 in positive manner – with a full summer of work on the training credited for his upturn in fortune.Welbeck said after bagging a brace in a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth: “The past two years I didn’t have a pre-season and that made it a bit difficult for me. I’m pleased to have a pre-season. With some of the games that we’ve played at the start of the season it’s not gone too well, but I’m pleased to be on the scoresheet and long may it continue.”Wenger added on a similar theme: “He gets stronger and stronger. Let’s not forget that he was out for a long time. He’s a team player, Danny Welbeck, and that’s why coaches love him. He’s a guy who has a huge physical potential. People are not convinced that he is a great finisher, but these kinds of goals will help him become more relaxed in front of goal.”There it is again – ‘not a natural finisher’.That image, it would appear, is what has been holding Welbeck back.Danny Welbeck Arsenal mins/goalsHe is ungainly, without question, but if in a time of crisis you were looking for somebody to knock one in off his backside, then Welbeck would be a useful port of call – particularly in an England shirt.After all, his record really is better than many would give him credit for.Since 2015, when the injuries started to kick him where it hurts, Welbeck has netted in the Premier League at a rate of one effort every 183.8 minutes – so not far off one every other game, which is not too shabby for a man who has not seen all that many minutes in which to build confidence and continuity.Over the same period, his conversion rate (22.5) – for a forward deemed not to be a natural finisher – stands up to Alexis Sanchez (23.42) and Olivier Giroud (24.58), while his overall passing accuracy and ability to pick out a team-mate in the opposition half of the field (useful qualities in a side such as Arsenal) are better than his forward-thinking colleagues.So, for all of his apparent faults, there are seemingly as many benefits to counter them.He may never be a Thierry Henry or Alexandre Lacazette type, but Welbeck will happily tell you himself that he can be ‘Dat Guy’ – a nickname which has stuck since first being bestowed on him by Ravel Morrison – and maybe it is time that a few more people started to buy into that way of thinking.last_img read more

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5-Star WR Julian Fleming Updates Timeline For Commitment

first_imgFive-star WR Julian Fleming.MaxPrepsFive-star wide receiver Julian Fleming is taking things relatively slow.Last month, he revealed a pretty star-studded top 10 schools list.Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, USC, and Virginia Tech all made the cut.The Pennsylvania native is one of the elite players in the class of 2020.247Sports ranks him No. 5 overall, and No. 1 in both the state and among wide receivers in the class.PennLive.com recently caught up with the local star, and he made it clear that he’s in no real rush to make a decision.From the report:The 6-3, 215-pounder said he likely will not make a final decision until next year, saying: “I’m definitely going to wait it out a little bit.”The state 2A player of the year believes the final decision will be his to make. His family so far has not given him any input, he said.“I get to talk with a lot of coaches. I get to get my family out of the area for a little bit. It’s a fun overall process. It’s stressful at times but overall it has been a great experience for me.”Penn State is considered the favorite by most of the 247 crystal ball voters, and the Nittany Lions could have another interesting edge in the Julian Fleming recruitment.82-percent of the crystal ball predictions are for Penn State, with Ohio State running in second.Fleming also admitted that he takes a lot of trips to Happy Valley because his girlfriend goes there:Fleming noted that he was headed to Penn State right after the basketball game Friday night, but with a chuckle said it was to see his girlfriend who goes there.“I might stop in and say something to the coaches,” he said.“I go up every couple of weeks, whenever I get the chance, to check in on her and check in with the coaches, too,” he said.Fleming says Michigan’s hire of Josh Gattis, who previously recruited him at both PSU and Alabama is a “gamechanger,” and praised the southern hospitality of Georgia, so clearly this one isn’t close to over yet.[PennLive.com]last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia Masters

first_img Asian News International Kuala LumpurJanuary 16, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 16:48 IST Saina Nehwal has been one of the top achievers for India in badminton in 2018 (Saina Nehwal Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18Parupalli Kashyap got the better of Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10Kidambi Srikanth also eased past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth made a winning start to their campaign at the ongoing Malaysia Masters on Wednesday.While Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 to move into the second round of the women’s singles event, Srikanth eases past Honk Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long 21-17, 21-11 to advance further in the men’s singles event of the tournament.Nehwal looked tentative in the initial stage of the match but soon made a comeback with a resilient attitude. Having lost the opening margin of seven points, the shuttler gave an impressive performance in the consecutive games to move further in the competition.Nehwal has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.Good first round wins for both of us #MalaysiaMastersSuper500 .. Looking forward for the pre-quarters tomorrow #kualalumpur pic.twitter.com/5T4nVsCFbMSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 16, 2019She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.For Srikanth, the battle was comparatively easy as he registered a dominating straight sets victory over his Hong Kong counterpart. Without showing any signs of weakness, the world number eight player maintained a firm grip on the match from start to end.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.advertisementMeanwhile, Parupalli Kashyap, who tied the knot with Saina Nehwal in December last year, also made it to the second round of the Malaysia Masters after defeating Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 19-21, 21-19, 21-10 in an exciting contest.In mixed-doubles event, Indian pair of Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy defeated Dutch duo of Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek 21-19, 21-17 to move into the second round of the competition.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Malaysia MastersFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Kidambi Srikanth Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap sail into second round of Malaysia MastersSaina Nehwal defeated Deng Joy Xuan of Hong Kong to move into the second round of the women’s singles while Parupalli Kashyap defeated Rasmus Gemke in his men’s singles opener.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Deal Enhances Training and Mobility for Shipbuilding and Marine Workers

first_imgNova Scotia and British Columbia are teaming up to enhance workforce training and increase the mobility of skilled workers between the two provinces. Premier Stephen McNeil and Premier Christy Clark signed an agreement in principle today, July 17, that will mean more opportunities for workers in the shipbuilding and industrial marine industry, and ensure that employers in both provinces have access to the qualified workforce they need. “This is a perfect partnership, and one in which our economies and our workers will benefit,” said Premier McNeil. “Our two provinces each have a strong and booming shipbuilding industry. “Working together we will deliver top notch training for our skilled trades workers and help ensure our respective labour market needs continue to be met as these industries grow.” “Shipbuilding and ship repair is worth billions of dollars in our two provinces and we will continue to need trained workers in the coming years,” said Premier Clark. “This agreement means employers will have access to a deeper talent pool, and workers will have more opportunities in a growing economy.” British Columbia and Nova Scotia will prepare a memorandum of understanding to implement the agreement. It will focus on sharing best practices in marine trades training, and exploring joint training ventures using innovative delivery methods. A co-ordinated training strategy will make it easier for skilled trades workers to move between the two provinces for work. In 2012, it was estimated that the shipbuilding business supported a total of 4,423 direct and indirect jobs in Nova Scotia. Estimates suggest that by 2020, that number could be as high as 11,500, including 7,400 in manufacturing.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka Prez denies advocating UN resolutions on Kashmir

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday dismissed a claim by the Pakistan’s envoy in Colombo that he had advocated resolving the Kashmir issue under the UN resolutions. “The President gave a hearing to the (Pakistani) High Commissioner. He was told that it was the Sri Lankan policy to see this dispute resolved through regional cooperation as both countries do enjoy a high level of friendship,” the President’s Office said. It denied that the President had made such comments. Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Colombo Maj Gen Retd Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat on Wednesday met President Sirisena. A release issued by the Pakistan High Commission after their meeting said the President “acknowledged that J&K is a disputed territory & expressed his desire that this dispute should be runder UN Resolutions.” Agencieslast_img read more

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Indias golden girl

first_imgPV Sindhu scripted history as she became the first Indian to win badminton World Championships gold by beating arch-rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided summit clash in Basel, Switzerland, on Sunday. The Olympic silver-medallist Indian won 21-7, 21-7 in the final that lasted just 38 minutes. Two years after being robbed off the gold by Okuhara in an epic 110-minute final at Glasgow that was considered as one of the greatest battles in badminton history, Sindhu finally exorcised the ghost of that heart-wrenching loss with a completely dominating win over the same opponent.last_img read more

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Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Gord Downie for promotional use / CD packaging LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie will play two concerts in support of his Secret Path project — a set of songs and a graphic novel honouring Chanie Wenjack.Tickets go on sale on Friday at gorddownie.com/shows.Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy, died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school near Kenora, Ont., fifty years ago.center_img Facebook Downie, who has terminal brain cancer, recently performed in several Canadian cities alongside the Hip, culminating in a nationally-broadcast concert in Kingston, Ont.“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” Downie said in a statement when the project was revealed. The Secret Path project includes 10 songs, and a graphic novel by award-winning author Jeff Lemire. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Governments argue while more children face risk

first_imgAPTN National NewsJordan’s Principle was named after Jordan River Anderson.Anderson was a five-year-old boy from the Norway House Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He died in hospital while governments argued over who should pay his medical bills.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, governments continue to argue while more kids are at risk.On Friday, APTN InFocus will take a closer look at the issue.last_img

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Cannabis executive says producers unlikely to meet demands of consumer market

MONTREAL — An official with a large Canadian producer of medical cannabis is confident consumers will be adequately supplied come next July, but says production will need to be increased.“Right now, the existing capacity and what is already envisioned will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the adult consumer market,” Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora Cannabis Inc., said in an interview Monday.He has urged other companies to ramp up their production ahead of next July 1, when recreational marijuana is expected to be legalized.“We need to expand our capacity right away simply to meet the demands of the rapidly growing medical cannabis system,” Battley said. “When the demand of the adult consumer system is layered on top of that, it’s a rush to build as much capacity as possible.”Battley made the comments on the same day that Aurora (TSX:ACB) began trading common shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Alberta-based Aurora, one of several producers now listed on the TSX, is building what it describes as the world’s largest cannabis production facility at Edmonton International Airport.Battley said Canada has a well-developed and successful medical cannabis system.“This is a coming of age, not just for Aurora, but for the cannabis sector and what we’re seeing now is that Canada has established itself as the world leader in a brand new emerging industry that we are literally inventing in real time,” he said.Battley added that officials from around the world have been coming to his facility in Alberta to visit and to learn how Canada has been so successful both on the medical side and on the consumer side.“There’s something very big happening and it’s a global movement and it is being led out of Canada.”Jordan Sinclair, director of communications for Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), another major medical cannabis producer, agrees.“There’s no doubt that we already are …that Canada is the global leader in cannabis on the medical side certainly,” he said.“The demand doesn’t seem to be slowing down on the medical side of things and then with recreation, obviously that’s a massive market opportunity.”Sinclair pointed out that Canopy, whose headquarters are in a former Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls, southwest of Ottawa, was first listed on the big board of the TSX in July 2016.“We’re very proud to have done that before anyone else in the country,” he added. “It does seem like now the pace is speeding up with other companies following in our footsteps (and) it signals that there is credibility across the sector.”On its website, Health Canada says there are 52 authorized licensed producers of cannabis for medical purposes.Ontario has issued 29 licences, followed by British Columbia with 12. read more

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Three more Tamils charged in asylum case

Christhurajah’s wife, Mary Patrishiya, sat in the gallery with her brother and 13-month-old baby girl. A third man, Sathyapavan Aseervatham, faces the same charge, which carries a maximum $1 million fine and/or life imprisonment. Three more men, including two Canadians, have been charged with human smuggling, accused of organizing the ship that brought hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers to B.C. in 2010.Nadarajah Mahendran and Thampeernayagam Rajaratnam, both of Ontario, were indicted Monday of organizing illegal entry into Canada in violation of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They are expected to be brought to B.C. in the coming weeks to face charges. Two men — alleged ship owner Kunarobinson Christhurajah, 32, and Lesly Jana Emmanuel, who were aboard the vessel when it was intercepted by the Canadian navy — were charged in May.They appeared in Vancouver provincial court Tuesday for a bail hearing. The three new accused bring to six the total of people charged with allegedly organizing the voyage of the MV Sun Sea and the 492 Tamil passengers on-board between August 2009 in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand until it docked on August 13, 2010 in Esquimalt. Wearing red prison-issue uniforms, the two men stood in front of a judge, hands clasped, as a Tamil interpreter translated the proceedings.Details about the alleged roles of the six men in the operation were heard in court, but are under a publication ban.Christhurajah’s case was adjourned to a later date; he was taken back into custody. Emmanuel was denied bail. A sixth man — Sri Lankan national Thayakaran Markandu — is being extradited to Canada from France.Both Markandu and Christhurajah appeared on the radar of Thai police when they were arrested — along with Mahendran and Rajaratnam, two of the new accused — in a Bangkok apartment raid in June 2010, a month before the Sun Sea set sail from Thailand with its human cargo.Authorities found engine parts, sacks of food and other provisions they believed were going to be used for the sea voyage to Canada.The men were released after paying a 10,000 baht fine.Mahendran, a father of three, lives in Ajax, Ont. and runs a South Asian clothing shop in Toronto’s Tamil-Canadian community. Rajaratnam lives in Markham.According to the Immigration and Refugee Board, as of April 30, six out of the 492 passengers have been accepted as refugees, 19 have been issued deportation orders, and a family of five has abandoned its refugee claims. (The province) Having her husband arrested has been “very hard,” said a teary-eyed Patrishiya outside the courtroom.“He’s crying all the time,” she said. “We don’t have anybody here.”She said she and Christhurajah would like to stay in Canada because “there are a lot of problems” back home. read more

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Hundreds of Nigerian women had corrective surgery during UNs Fistula Fortnight

More than 500 women had corrective surgery for a debilitating injury suffered during childbirth and a dozen more surgeons were trained in its treatment during “Fistula Fortnight,” which ended at the weekend, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said. Lack of medical intervention during prolonged, obstructed labour damages the mother’s soft pelvic tissues and creates a hole, or fistula, in her bladder and/or rectum. The injury is usually fatal for the baby, while causing severe physical and emotional trauma to the mother, who may then suffer from incontinence, infections and nerve damage. In Nigeria between 400,000 and 800,000 women have the preventable, treatable condition, especially in the north, UNFPA said. “Women living with fistula put a human face on the necessity of having good maternal health care,” said UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. “The ‘Fistula Fortnight’ has helped us address the tremendous backlog of patients and care for those in need. Together we can end fistula by strengthening maternal health systems.” In addition to treating 545 women, the two-week campaign trained another 16 doctors, mainly Nigerian, as well as nurses and social workers, at four renovated hospitals. The event is part of a UNFPA-led global “Campaign to End Fistula,” launched in 2003 and carried out with local organizations and mainly European donors. The Campaign in more than 35 countries in Africa, South Asia and the Arab States focuses on fistula prevention. It also treats the women who are affected and trains social workers in ways of helping survivors reintegrate successfully into their communities. Mustafa Lawal, one of the trainee surgeons at the fistula centre in Kebbi State, said the women who came in for treatment felt hopeless at first but changed to a positive attitude afterwards. “For 20 years I had been leaking,” said 60-year-old Aminatu Liman, who developed a fistula after three days of labour to deliver her third child, a stillborn son. She was treated on the second day of the Fortnight and was recovering well this week at a hospital in Sokoto. “I’m very happy all the inconvenience is gone,” she added. “I’m so grateful.” read more

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Forestry company Resolute launches ad campaign against Greenpeace ForestEthics

MONTREAL – Resolute Forest Products is fighting back against years of attacks on its forestry practices by launching a publicity campaign that counters what it says are inaccurate allegations from environmental groups Greenpeace and ForestEthics.Full page ads began to appear Friday in several Canadian newspapers.The Montreal-based company said it plans to spend “significant” sums on advertising in national and regional publications, direct mail, along with digital advertising and social media campaigns.“We are turning the tables in a way that no company has ever done before and we believe that we are doing it for a just and worthy cause,” vice-president Seth Kursman said in an interview.He said the campaign amplifies the support the company has received from forest community mayors, unions and First Nations who are concerned about jobs and their livelihoods.“So much is at stake here. It’s our way of life. It’s our livelihoods that are under attack. The future of communities are held in the balance,” Kursman added.Resolute (TSX:RFP) said it has lost millions of dollars in business after being subjected to unwarranted attacks, including that it has not fulfilled its pension obligations to employees, has harvested in non-permitted areas and ones that questioned the company’s certification status.Greenpeace spokesman Richard Brooks called Resolute’s campaign a waste of money and said it was validation that its efforts have succeeded in pressuring the company.“Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars for full page ads and now probably more than $1 million in legal fees battling us out in the courts why not put that money into convening people together to have a discussion about solutions,” he said.Two years ago, Resolute launched a $7-million lawsuit against Greenpeace alleging defamation. The case was brought forth after Greenpeace accused it of building roads and cutting down trees in regions of Quebec the company had promised it wouldn’t touch, under an agreement on forest preservation and harvesting signed by environmental groups and Canada’s main forestry companies.Greenpeace later retracted allegations it had made about road-building, but Resolute accused the group of repeating those charges.Greenpeace later filed a statement of defence, saying its intention was never to harm the company but instead promote a vision of the boreal forest that includes Resolute and other companies playing an important role in a diversified forestry economy.Brooks said Resolute recently rejected Greenpeace’s offer of mediation to resolve the lawsuit and find common ground on the Boreal Forest.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Forestry company Resolute launches ad campaign against Greenpeace, ForestEthics by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2015 1:56 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Security Council urges strengthened efforts to tackle small arms scourge

In a resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with Russia abstaining, the Council welcomed efforts that have been made to tackle this scourge, and urged the further strengthening of cooperation and information sharing to combat the problem. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Council that, from bringing instability to the Sahel region of Africa to fuelling lawlessness in Guinea-Bissau, Central African Republic, Iraq and the high seas, small arms have wreaked havoc on lives and nations as well as undermined development efforts. “Small arms are a source of crises, conflict and criminality,” he said at the outset of the meeting, chaired by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month. “The uncontrolled availability of guns and bullets threatens peace processes and fragile reconciliation efforts,” he noted. “It leads to a vast range of human rights violations, including killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, enforced disappearances, torture and forced recruitment of children by armed groups“It exacerbates inter-community violence and organized crime. And it undermines our work for social justice, the rule of law and the Millennium Development Goals,” he added, referring to the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.“The world is over-armed and peace is underfunded.”The Secretary-General called on States to commit to building a safer, more secure world for all, and in particular to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty. Adopted by the General Assembly in April, the treaty regulates the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. The “landmark” treaty obligates States to regulate international arms transfers, including prohibiting shipments to governments that fail to use them in conformity with the UN Charter, noted Mr. Ban. “The treaty will also help address weapons diversion from government stockpiles – a growing and disturbing source of arms for pirates, rebels and warlords.” The treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to enter into force, has so far been signed by 110 States and ratified by 7. Mr. Ban added that innovations such as weapon-tracking technologies and the personalization of firearms can help. “Arms embargoes are also vital,” he said. “Yet unscrupulous brokers are adept at evading such strictures.”In this context, he said the various monitoring groups of Security Council sanctions committees need more and better information.“Small arms remain a big concern,” Mr. Ban stated. “The challenge lies at the intersection of human rights, security, development, crime, international trade, public health and counter-terrorism… Member States, the UN system, regional organizations and civil society have made progress, but much remains to be done.”In addition to the ministers and representatives of the Council’s 15 members, the meeting also heard from Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who described small arms as the “weapons of choice” in conflicts. They deliberately target civilians and property and prolong conflicts and violate international humanitarian and human rights law, she stated. read more

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Social media users campaign for Gary Lineker to win Best TV Presenter

first_imgGary Lineker has won the backing of a social media campaign calling for him to win a national award after he attracted controversy over his pro-migrant comments.People are calling online for him to be named Best Presenter at the National Television Awards. The ceremony is sponsored by the Sun, which has published calls for him to be sacked by the BBC.As people questioned the ages of the child refugees coming into the country, the star wrote on Twitter: “The treatment by some towards these young refugees is hideously racist and utterly heartless. What’s happening to our country?”While some took offense at the idea of being labelled “racist”, others have begun to campaign for him to win the award. National Television Awards: your chance to vote for Gary Lineker (final category) https://t.co/B6hrr9UDD8— Chris Bertram (@crookedfootball) October 22, 2016 Messages asking for people to vote for Mr Lineker have been retweeted hundreds of times, making it more likely that he could win the award.Among those who have stood up for the presenter online is Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, who tweeted: “I admire @GaryLineker and @lilyallen for showing Britain at its best: compassionate, welcoming, and standing up to fear and division”.Lily Allen recently came under fire for apologising to a migrant in the Calais jungle on behalf of England.Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, also voiced his support for Mr Lineker, writing: “The Sun should lay off @GaryLineker. Compassion and solidarity are great British values. Since when should people be sacked for them?”Mr Lineker has, however, asked his fans not to vote for him in the award. Please don’t. https://t.co/CY08j9DLTW— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 22, 2016 Never voted in National TV Awards before, but you can vote for @GaryLineker and it’s sponsored by @TheSun, so… 🙂 https://t.co/j2vpENd0Zw— Duncan Hothersall (@dhothersall) October 22, 2016center_img Responding to one person who asked for others to vote for him, the star said: “Please don’t”.The Match Of The Day host has continued to defend his comments on Twitter, writing: “Getting a bit of a spanking today, but things could be worse: Imagine, just for a second, being a refugee having to flee from your home”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Vote for @GaryLineker in National Television Awards, final section, Best Presenter. Sponsored by The Sun. https://t.co/3ZJmkf35rX— J Courtenay Grimwood (@JonCG) October 22, 2016last_img read more

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Black Death burial pit found at site of medieval abbey in Lincolnshire

first_imgThe Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human history. It devastated European populations from 1346 to 1353 and resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people.The disease is documented to have reached Lincolnshire in the spring of 1349.The team said they sent teeth samples from the skeletons found at the Thornton Abbey site to McMaster University in Canada, where ancient DNA was successfully extracted from the tooth pulp. DNA test revealed the presence of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for the plague. The team said they sent teeth samples from the skeletons found at the Thornton Abbey site to McMaster University in Canada An “extremely rare” 14th century Black Death burial pit containing 48 skeletons, including 21 children, has been discovered at the site of a monastery hospital.The mass burial was been uncovered by a team from Sheffield University at Thornton Abbey, near Immingham, in North Lincolnshire.The presence of such a large burial site – which included both male and female adults as well as 27 children – suggests the community was overwhelmed by Black Death and left unable to cope with the number of people who died, they said. The Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human historyCredit:University of Sheffield/PA The team said they sent teeth samples from the skeletons found at the Thornton Abbey site to McMaster University in CanadaCredit:University of Sheffield/PA The presence of such a large burial site – which includes both male and female adults as well as children – suggests the local community was overwhelmed by Black DeathCredit:University of Sheffield/PA Dr Hugh Willmott, Sheffield University’s Department of Archaeology, said: “Despite the fact it is now estimated that up to half the population of England perished during the Black Death, multiple graves associated with the event are extremely rare in this country, and it seems local communities continued to dispose of their loved ones in as ordinary a way as possible.”Dr Willmott said the only two previously identified 14th-century sites where Yersinia pestis has been identified are historically documented cemeteries in London, where the civic authorities were forced to open new emergency burial grounds to cope with the very large numbers of the urban dead. The Black Death was one of the worst pandemics in human history He said: “The finding of a previously unknown and completely unexpected mass burial dating to this period in a quiet corner of rural Lincolnshire is thus far unique, and sheds light into the real difficulties faced by a small community ill-prepared to face such a devastating threat.”Dr Diana Mahoney Swales, of the University of Sheffield’s Department for Lifelong Learning, who is leading the study of the bodies, said: “Once the skeletons return to the lab, we start properly learning who these people really are.”We do this by identifying whether they are male or female, children or adults. And then we start to investigate the diseases that they may have lived through, such as metabolic diseases like rickets and scurvy, which are degenerative diseases for the skeleton.”However, for diseases such as plague, which are lethal, we have to use ancient DNA analysis to investigate that further.” The presence of such a large burial site - which includes both male and female adults as well as children - suggests the local community was overwhelmed by Black Death Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Stantec continues growth acquiring Norwest

first_imgStantec has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Norwest Corp. With the addition of Norwest, Stantec’s Energy & Resources business operating unit will add a strong mining practice to the company’s portfolio in western Canada.Norwest, a 140-person energy and resources firm headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia; Denver and Trinidad, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Charleston, West Virginia.“We are excited to welcome Norwest to our Energy & Resources business at Stantec,” says President and CEO, Gord Johnston. “We are seeing positive momentum in this sector after a number of challenging years. Both firms were able to effectively manage business during the economic downturn, and we are looking forward to expanding Stantec’s geotechnical, geological, and mining work for our Energy & Resources clients across western Canada and the western US. Together, we will continue to work with our clients to find innovative, sustainable, and safe resource development opportunities.”Norwest has been involved with western Canadian energy and mining projects for over 35 years. The firm has a long-standing involvement with resource assessment, and mine development in Alberta’s mineable oil sands working closely with clients from early development stages through to operations, and reclamation. Norwest’s capabilities span the full project life cycle which includes drilling project management, oil sands geological deposit modelling, surface mine planning, hydrology, and geotechnical engineering. More recently, Norwest has shifted their focus to partnering with oil sands operators who require design and construction of compensation lakes, tailings dam design, and on-site geotechnical monitoring.“Norwest employees are looking forward to joining Stantec and combining our talents to support our clients and communities,” says Steve Cameron, President Norwest. “When we first explored becoming part of Stantec, it was clear that our professional work aligned, and our company’s values were very similar. We appreciate their continued commitment to our industry, and their desire to grow and diversify operations. We are confident that by joining Stantec our expertise, paired with Stantec’s resources, will provide a positive impact to both staff and clients.”With the addition of Norwest to Stantec’s current Energy & Resources operations, the mining sector in western Canada will grow to over 100 employees. In the Vancouver market, Norwest’s presence has assisted in the re-development of the northeast British Columbia coal mining sector, and new metal mine development projects. In the United States, Norwest has established itself as the leading coal mining consultant with expertise in resource and reserve assessments, mine planning, mineral processing, water management and permitting, and due diligence activities.Norwest has successfully supported a number of international mining projects in eastern Europe, South America and China, drawing on their leadership in geology, mining engineering, and tailings management from their North American offices.The Norwest acquisition is expected to close in Q2 2018.last_img read more

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