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Broncos player who returned to team this month steps away to recover


first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. — An injured player who returned to the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team earlier this month has decided to step away.Tyler Smith, who is 20, said in a social media post that he is thankful for all the support from the team, its fans and his billets for welcoming him back to Humboldt.But he says he has decided to step away from the team so he can continue his recovery at home.Smith suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder blade and nerve damage down his left arm when the team’s bus collided with a semi-trailer at a Saskatchewan intersection in April.The six-foot-one, 185-pound forward from Leduc, Alta., was one of three survivors who returned to the team this season.Smith joined in early November and played 10 games, recording one assist.His coach, Nathan Oystrick, thanked Smith for his dedication to the Broncos on and off the ice.“Tyler’s perseverance and commitment to being a part of our organization is inspiring to our Broncos family,”Oystrick said in a statement.“Smitty, I wish you all the best and look forward to following your success in whatever you choose to do.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Kaia Gerber Gigi Hadid and Canadas Winnie Harlow nominated for Model of


first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Kaia Gerber and Canada’s Winnie Harlow will compete for Model of the Year at the 2017 Fashion Awards. The breakout catwalk stars have each been nominated in the International Model Category at The Fashion Awards, formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, as organized by the British Fashion Council (BFC). Kaia, the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford, and Winniw are joined in the category by former winner Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid.“The Model of the Year award recognizes the global impact of a model, who over the last 12 months has dominated the industry with an influence that transcends the catwalk,” a spokesperson said of the category.The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski will take place on 4 December, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Votes were cast by 2,000 members of the fashion industry drawn from media, retail, communications and photography, with the voting body covering 38 countries. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement READ MORElast_img read more


Fentanyl Death Healing and Preparing for the Next Big Drug


first_imgBrandi Morin, APTN National News“Call an ambulance! Someone call an ambulance!”Brad Provost was sitting in the dark theatre high off a recent hit of fentanyl he had snorted in the bathroom with his girlfriend.She was in a different theatre watching a movie with Provost’s cousins and had since come into the theatre where Provost sat a few times to wake him up after he had nodded off.When he assured her he was ok, she went back to her seat.The next thing he recalled was his cousin rushing in and yelling, “She’s not waking up! Your girlfriend’s not waking up!”She had stopped breathing and lay there for about 20 minutes before anyone noticed.A fentanyl overdose is a silent killer.It comes in the form of deep relaxation and causes the user to feel extreme fatigue. It looks like the victim is sleeping, but their organs are shutting down.They’re dying.Provost said he sprang to his feet as adrenaline rushed through his veins overbearing the drugs in his system.He ran over to the next theatre to see his girlfriend passed out in the chair not moving, or breathing. He pulled her over to the aisle and began performing CPR. He said it was a frightening scene. She gave no response as vomit began spilling out of her nostrils.“Call an ambulance! Someone call an ambulance!” he shouted.According to Provost, his girlfriend had overdosed before, but she had always pulled through.During the ride in the ambulance to the hospital, Provost prayed for the best.They had plans to turn their lives around. They were going to leave the drug infused streets of Lethbridge, Alta., and go to live on the Blood Tribe reserve – a place where they would have a roof over their heads.They talked about their plans to get off the drugs and be together, healthy and strong.It was the one decision to make the stop at the drug dealers and head to the movies before they left town that changed everything.Although emergency responders were able to get her heart going again, the odds weren’t good.For two days Provost said he stayed sober and sat by his girlfriend’s side in intensive care.His girlfriend’s family started arriving along with tensions toward Provost. They soon asked him to leave and to this day blame him for what happened to her.One day later she died at age 37.“I lost her…they (her family) don’t understand. It’s been almost two years now. I have no idea why they’re blaming me. I pray and hope they get over it,” said Provost.Brad ProvostAfter a two-week drug fueled rampage following her death, Provost said he wanted to get clean.He chose to get it over with. Cold turkey. He checked himself into the Foothills Detox treatment center in Fort Macleod, AB.He said detox was the worst pain he’s ever experienced.So bad that he cried. At one point he went to hospital for treatment. Three weeks later said he was “free.”“It’s like Dante’s inferno – Dr. Sue ChristensonDr. Sue Christenson, a physician at the Lavern Clinic on the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta (Provost’s home community) deals with hundreds of cases of fentanyl users.Christenson said she has witnessed withdrawal’s that’s the stuff of nightmares.“It’s like Dante’s inferno,” said Christenson. “Like needles being stuck into your body. Sweats. I’ve seen people horribly dry heaving, uncontrollable diarrhea, inability to sleep, severe depression. It’s horrible. Avoiding withdrawal is what drives addiction. People are terrified of it.”She doesn’t recommend the cold turkey method of quitting. Right now Christenson is treating about 300 patients with suboxone, a drug that’s a partial opioid agonist that helps to diminish the withdrawals.“For people that are taking these medications or drugs (fentanyl) on a regular basis- the brain uploads receptors and it needs a certain amount to just feel comfortable. Which is why when you don’t have them you feel horrible and you’re in withdrawal. The suboxone has a chemical in it that’s a partial opioid agonist so it stimulates those receptors but not the ones that cause you to decrease breathing, so it’s safe. It takes away withdrawals and cravings, but doesn’t activate the receptors that make you high,” explained Christenson.She said the failure rate for the cold turkey method is 98 percent. However, the suboxone success rate is only about 20 or 30 percent. But it’s a heck of a lot better than two percent said Christenson.The Blood tribe, population 12,800 declared a state of emergency in March 2015 after fentanyl began claiming lives at an alarming rate.The painkiller, sold on the black market in a pill, patch or powdered form can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin. Christenson said people in her First Nation are more subject to pain, whether it be from growing up in adverse conditions or residual and intergenerational affects from colonization like the Indian residential school system. Traumatic experiences can affect child brain development and make people susceptible to addiction, she said.Often times the numbing effects of fentanyl can be a quick fix from dealing with grief as well.“It’s like, ‘give me a break for a moment, I’m hurting so much.’ If the drug is readily available and brought to you- because it’s easier to get fentanyl delivered to your door step here than it is to go to a doctor and talk about your problems and get another pill,” she said.It’s a problem that’s rapidly growing and affecting people from all walks of life in western Canada.Overdoses claimed the lives of 374 people in British Columbia in 2016 and 374 in Alberta that same year. An average of 34.4 deaths per month in Alberta.Christenson said the drug is spreading eastward and warned officials there to expect its imminent arrival. There were four fentanyl related deaths in Saskatchewan in 2016, nine in Manitoba and numbers rose back up with almost 200 deaths in Ontario.“You’re literally dealing in death when you’re selling this stuff – RCMP Corporal Curtis Peters The overdoses are mostly caused by illicit fentanyl intake that’s manufactured mostly in China then shipped to Canada’s ports, according to the RCMP.Prescription grade fentanyl is highly regulated and used for people suffering from severe pain such as cancer or people undergoing surgery.RCMP Strategic Communications Unit, Corporal Curtis Peters, said most of the customs seizures have to do with illicit fentanyl. But organized crime groups are now learning how to make it and are starting to manufacture it in Canada.Although the RCMP said they can’t quite pinpoint as to why fentanyl use is more prominent in the western provinces.“We know that it’s manufactured here in the west by organized crime groups who have a foothold here in these two provinces,” said Peters. “The pills are largely pressed in Alberta and BC. I think the availability of it being here and the distribution network is contributing to the problem for sure.”Peters said during a recent raid one officer was exposed to the powered form of fentanyl and had to be given its antidote, naloxone.Because of the deaths, Alberta RCMP is now going after drug dealers.Bobby Weasel Head, 41, was charged with manslaughter last year for selling tainted fentanyl to Roxanne Blood, 41, and Timothy Eagle, 46, who died in their home on the Blood reserve in March 2016.Last fall police in Edmonton laid a manslaughter charge against Jordan Yarmey, 25, for the fentanyl overdose death of Szymon Kalich, 33.It’s becoming more commonplace to hold dealers to account, said Peters.“To me, the people that are selling this poison, that’s a problem. You’re literally dealing in death when you’re selling this stuff. And it’s driven strictly by greed. They sell it for profit. Playing with people’s lives and getting rich off of it- it’s terrible. It’s disgusting,” he said.RCMP enforcement efforts have been ramped up to include training police dogs in the detection of fentanyl, increasing awareness campaigns on social media and main stream media, officer training, educating frontline workers and distributing naloxone kits.A take home Naloxone kit from the City of Ottawa.Naloxone allows a five minute window of survival after an overdose. In the past year, the Province of Alberta allocated almost $17 million to combat the opioid crisis including almost $1 million for take home naloxone kits.The Blood Tribe has been using naloxone for over a year and has seen a significant reduction in overdose deaths. As of spring 2015 there were 40 fentanyl related overdoses and 20 deaths.There have been two deaths on reserve and three off reserve since naloxone was introduced.“We have a lot of people in the community trained in naloxone kits,” said Blood Tribe Deputy Chief of Police Kyle Melting Tallow.“We’re still seeing a lot of people that are overdosing but they’re using the kits. You’ll go into houses and you’ll see several kits stacked at the door. You’ll see used kits as well,” he said.Melting Tallow said there are at least two overdoses in the community a day, however users will administer the naloxone kits and then continue to get high.Christenson hopes that the kits will become common place.“Every citizen in the province should consider getting a kit. I think it’s going to become like CPR. We’ll have these kits on the walls to be grabbed in the event of an overdose,” said Christenson.It’s a crisis that will never go away, she added, once this is dealt with another drug will take its place.“I think it’s probably going to get worse and I just want to be prepared for the next wave.”The next wave is already hitting the streets in the form of carfentanil which is 100 times more potent than fentanyl and W18, a designer drug which is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.Beds in the Kanai Wellness Center on the Blood reserve. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNFirst Nations like the Blood Tribe work with Health Canada which has committed $65 million over five years to the opioid issue.Meanwhile, the Blood Tribe has its own treatment center that treats patients from all over Canada called the Kanai Wellness Center.Indigenous groups are also working with Alberta Health Services which is funneling out $8 million for new treatment beds.An opioid dependency clinic opened last May in Cardston located in Southern Alberta is treating 129 people with new patients being added daily.A 300 bed treatment clinic is set to open this spring in northern Alberta. With an additional 11 treatment centers scattered across the province.“We’re also working with groups in cities around the province around establishing supervised consumption services to provide a safer space for people to use drugs but also those wrap around services that come with,” said Alberta Associate Minister of Health, Brandy Payne. “A key piece is ensuring that we’re investing in treatment.”She recognizes that Indigenous groups have been highly affected and the province will continue to provide supports.“We do know that Indigenous people have been very hard hit by this whether they’re living on reserve or off and we want to make sure we’re providing supports needed,” said Payne.Provost said he has now been clean for 18 months. He said he did it for his girlfriend. He reflected back on his demeanour while he was doing fentanyl.“I was at a point in my drug use where I didn’t even care. I didn’t care if people were dying off of it…but now I tell people every time you use that stuff it’s like putting a gun to your head,” he said. “Usually something really bad has to happen for someone to come off it-for me I had a wicked wake up call.”Provost speaking to a group at the detox centre on the Blood reserve in Alberta. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNHe now has a place of his own in Fort Macleod and goes to the detox center to speak to patients about how to get clean.He said it’s rewarding and a chance to give back, but it’s not easy being sober.“Times are tough when you’re sober. It’s a lot harder because you face everything head on.”There are several coping mechanisms Provost uses like surrounding himself with good people, going to sweats and doing yoga.Looking back he said when his girlfriend took fentanyl that fateful day she knew the potential dangers of her choice.“You can’t make anybody do drugs. If they’re going to do them, they’re going to do them. My girlfriend was very intelligent, she was very smart. She never let anybody make her do anything. She was very independent. She wanted to do it (fentanyl).”He believes she is now a guardian angel and that her spirit is close by. She often visits him in his dreams to tell him everything’s going to be ok.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more


EC writes ‘love letter’ to Adityanath for ‘insulting’ Army: Cong on ‘Modiji ki sena’ row


first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Saturday questioned the Election Commission’s letting off of Yogi Adityanath with a light rap for his “Modiji ki sena” remark, saying that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister “insults” the Indian Army and the poll body writes a “love letter” to him. The opposition party also came down hard on the EC communication to NITI Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar, saying he criticised the party’s proposed minimum income scheme NYAY and the poll body told him “don’t do it in future”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Has the MCC now become ‘Modi Code of Conduct’. Adityanath insults the Indian Army — EC writes a love letter to him,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted. “NITI Aayog vice chairman criticises the NYAY scheme — EC says ‘don’t do it in future’,” he said. Why is the EC shying away from showing the mirror of truth to those in power, Surjewala asked. The EC was learnt to have let off Adityanath with a light rap for his “Modiji ki sena” remark, asking him to be more careful in the future. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Not satisfied with the remarks, the EC was learnt to have told him that be “more careful in his utterances in future”, sources had said. The EC Friday also expressed “displeasure” over the NITI Aayog vice chairman’s remarks against the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’ and said the comments violated the model code of conduct. In a communication sent to Kumar, the EC asked him to be cautious in future while making statements.last_img read more


Iraqi cholera outbreak widens to include first case in Baghdad – UN


21 September 2007The cholera outbreak in northern Iraq has spread south to the capital Baghdad and more than 1,500 cases have now been confirmed across the country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The cholera outbreak in northern Iraq has spread south to the capital Baghdad and more than 1,500 cases have now been confirmed across the country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that Baghdad recorded its first confirmed case of the disease two days ago.Iraqi health officials had warned in recent days that the continuous movement of people and cargo, bad sanitary conditions and high temperatures increased the possibility that the disease would spread rapidly to other areas such as Baghdad and the central provinces.Northern Iraq has been plagued by cholera cases since last month, when the first cases were reported in Kirkuk province. It remains unclear what caused the initial outbreak although polluted water and cracked water pipes contaminated by sewage may be to blame.Nearly 30,000 cases of diarrhoea have been confirmed so far in the north, Ms. Montas said, and WHO is reporting 10 deaths in the Sulaymaniyah area.Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It causes watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. About 80 to 90 per cent of cases are mild or moderate and are difficult to distinguish clinically from other types of acute diarrhoea. read more


UNDP unveils programme to boost developing countries ability to offer basic services


With government officials still working in Bali to hammer out a final action plan and political declaration for the upcoming World Summit for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today unveiled a new initiative for countries striving to meet global targets for cutting poverty by 2015.Known as “Capacity 2015,” the project aims to support nations in improving their ability to meet the goals set at the 2000 Millennium Summit in New York. The scheme provides a flexible, service-oriented platform to address a diverse range of capacity development needs, including nurturing healthy economies and environments and bringing practical support to communities, while linking their efforts to national and global initiatives, according to UNDP.”Real improvements in managing water, energy and biological resources, health services and sanitation, must happen at the local level, [but] local actors will need national and global support to achieve their goals,” UNDP said in a statement released in Bali, where more than 4,500 delegates are gathered for the final preparatory meeting for the Summit, which will be held from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named water and sanitation, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity as key areas of focus for the Summit.Meanwhile, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, today participated in the political launch of a recent UN report that looks at policies and environmental affects of the past 30 years and outlines approaches for the coming three decades.The Global Environment Outlook-3 (GEO-3), the Deputy Secretary-General said, paints a picture that is “not pretty” and shows that the environment is seriously at risk because of the burdens being placed on it.”GEO-3 warns us that we can no longer blindly trust in the regenerative capacity of the planet’s ecosystems,” she said. “Even in the best-case scenario, conditions will continue to worsen for several decades in a number of areas.”The preparations in Bali for the Johannesburg Summit afforded delegates an opportunity to focus on practical responses, the Deputy Secretary-General stressed. “It would be disastrous to sit back and ignore the picture that GEO-3 has painted for us,” she said. “Let us resolve to translate the vision that GEO-3 offers us into reality.” read more


Worlds poorest need relief help combined with development plans – UN official


In a keynote address to the opening of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance Programme organized by Fordham University of New York, Anwarul Karim Chowdhury yesterday noted that the humanitarian crises in the least developed countries (LDCs) seriously hampered their long-term development efforts.Mr. Chowdhury, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, emphasized that efforts to reach and provide assistance to the most vulnerable persons affected by crises could only be sustained if there was a clear strategy for moving as quickly as possible away from the simple provision of emergency relief and towards a more comprehensive humanitarian and development assistance programme. He also stressed that there could be no transition to development without the involvement and participation of the community and local structures and institutions.The participants in Fordham’s four-week workshop – co-sponsored by the Centre for International Health and Cooperation, the University of Geneva and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – many of whom work for humanitarian agencies around the world, will undergo training in crisis negotiation, international human rights law and health and human service issues. A number of UN agencies will be represented by field-level participants.The Programme also opened with a videotaped welcome message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who underscored the importance of well-coordinated humanitarian assistance programmes in various parts of the world because of the increasing complexity and frequency of such emergencies. read more


Trumps Treasury pick boosted an investment with TV talk


Trump’s Treasury pick boosted an investment with TV talk FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin arrives in Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump’s wealthy Treasury appointee, Mnuchin, says in new government ethics filings he will sell more than $100 million in assets upon taking office. But comments he made in a November television interview may already have boosted the value of one of them. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to become Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will sell 43 assets to avoid conflicts of interest in office, according to new filings made public Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Statements Mnuchin made in a November television interview may already have boosted the value of one of them.Mnuchin, an investment banker and financier with a disclosed net worth of at least $166 million, holds investments of between $1 million and $2 million in the Paulson Advantage Fund, a hedge fund managed by fellow Trump supporter John Paulson. Among the fund’s most prominent bets is the common stock of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-backed housing guarantors that were effectively nationalized as part of a $187 billion bailout during the financial crisis. Speculators such as Paulson have bet heavily that the mortgage giants will be reprivatized.Mnuchin’s exposure to the companies is small in the broader context of his net worth. But Mnuchin — who as Treasury secretary would play a large role in any such privatization process — sparked a rally in the stocks’ price when he told Fox Business News on Nov. 30 that privatizing the companies would be a priority for the Trump administration.“It’s right up there in the top 10 list of things we’re going to get done,” he said.The companies’ respective stock prices rose more than 40 per cent each that day. A Bloomberg article credited the companies’ stocks for a 9 per cent monthly gain in the value of Paulson’s holdings.The Associated Press asked Mnuchin spokesman Barney Keller whether Mnuchin had anticipated the effect of his comments on Fannie and Freddie stock. In response, Keller sent a link to Mnuchin’s ethics agreement outlining his intended divestitures.Mnuchin pledged to sell a lengthy list of assets, including Paulson’s fund, within 90 days. He also submitted a declaration that he will not participate in any matter that would have “a direct and predictable effect” on the value of his holdings.Aside from the Paulson funds, Mnuchin’s holdings reflect his time in investment banking, the entertainment business and private equity. His single largest holding — worth at least $50 million — is stock in CIT Group, which bought out OneWest Bank, a company he once led. Other investments include between $25 million and $50 million in a Goldman Sachs Treasury bond fund, an agreement with Warner Bros. worth at least $1 million and a stake in a Willem de Kooning oil painting worth between $5 million and $25 million.Despite Mnuchin’s substantial fortune, he would be neither the richest Treasury secretary in recent history nor the wealthiest member of Trump’s Cabinet. George W. Bush’s choice, former Goldman Sachs chief executive Hank Paulson, sold more than $500 million in Goldman stock following his confirmation. Trump’s choices for the Education and Commerce departments, Betsy DeVos and Wilbur Ross, are each worth billions.___Associated Press writer Chad Day contributed to this report. by Jeff Horwitz, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 4:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Exposing the hidden crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls


They are mothers, daughters and sisters. They number more than 1,200. They are Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Their voices have been silenced. For decades, no one was listening.That is finally starting to change but there is still so much work to be done to put an end to this national tragedy, says Brock University Faculty of Education PhD candidate Jennifer Brant, co-ordinator of the Gidayaamin Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program.There’s case after case of another missing or murdered woman.Brant and D. Memee Lavell-Harvard, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, have compiled and edited a new book that shines a light on the ongoing problem.In Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada, a variety of voices from academia to the front-lines discuss the issue, its root causes and its terrible human toll on families, communities and the very culture of Canada’s First Nations.“There’s case after case of another missing or murdered woman. It’s ongoing,” Brant says.In 2004, Amnesty International released a report called Stolen Sisters, identifying a problem that, at the time, involved over 500 Indigenous women who were victims of racialized and sexualized violence. That number, according to the most recent RCMP report that notes Indigenous women are eight times more likely to die as a result of violence, climbed to 1,181 between 1980 and 2012.Brant says Amnesty International’s initial report was the first time the crisis was brought to light for many Canadians. In subsequent years, there have been more reports from human rights organizations, First Nations organizations and governments all calling for action. But, not much has been done.The issue has made it into the public consciousness in recent years, with media reports and political discussion largely inspired by grassroots movements. However, Brant says it isn’t enough just to know about the problem. Indigenous communities are looking for accountability and immediate action.She says the new Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has responded to the call for a national public inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.The book is meant to educate and promote awareness as well as offer support. We want this to be healing and reach the hearts and homes of those affected by this issue.It’s a start and gives advocates hope, but there is a lot of work to be done, Brant says.Forever Loved explores everything from police and government responses to media coverage and education.“We have a balance of academic and non-academic chapters to bring awareness to the issue and debunk the myths that dehumanize Indigenous women,” Brant says. “Like Amnesty International’s Stolen Sisters campaign, we hoped to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and their stories as daughters, mothers, sisters and aunties.”She says the book includes stories from the loved ones of the missing and murdered. It gives them a voice that is too often left unheard.“The book is meant to educate and promote awareness as well as offer support,” she says. “We want this to be healing and reach the hearts and homes of those affected by this issue.”Brant says the book exposes the hidden crisis and she hopes it promotes awareness, action, dialogue and ultimately an end to the violence so Canada can be a safe place for Indigenous women and girls.“We are urging all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together and participate in this dialogue,” she says. “We intentionally didn’t write a conclusion. We want this to start a discussion.”Brant first heard of the issue in 2006, in class at Brock University. She was shocked that so many hundreds of Indigenous women were gone as a result of racialized and sexualized violence, and she’d never heard about it. During her time at Brock she’s worked to raise awareness and the issue features in her research into Indigenous women’s realities.These women lived real lives, and they are not a number. They have names. They have stories. They matter.Brant, who teaches in the Indigenous Studies program at Brock, has noticed a “distinct shift” in student awareness since the push for the national inquiry.Jessica Riel-Johns, graduate of the Gidayaamin program, also first heard of the problem when she was a student at Brock. From that moment in class, she’s worked to try and make a difference. Her essay in the book looks at the systemic issues that perpetuate violence against this population, including political and legal discrimination and the sexualization of Indigenous women.Riel-Johns shared her personal journey exploring her cultural roots and the reasons she is an advocate for more awareness. Her reasons are simple and powerful.“These women lived real lives, and they are not a number,” she writes. “They have names. They have stories. They matter.”•••The book is available through publisher Demeter Press and at the Brock Campus Store. read more


Opinion New collision rule appropriate move for Major League Baseball


Seattle Mariners outfielder Dustin Ackley (right) is called safe at home after a collision with Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt (middle) Aug. 21 at O.co Coliseum. Seattle won, 5-3.Courtesy of MCTA new rule adopted by Major League Baseball Monday is set to alter one of the only contact plays in baseball — the home plate collision.The adjustment of this old-school play will surely lead to a great deal of objection from fans and former players from a more gritty era, but it has to be considered the appropriate move from MLB commissioner Bud Selig and the MLB Players Association.The experimental rule states that a runner who uses his shoulders, hands, elbows or arms to push through the catcher without any effort to touch the plate will be automatically ruled out, even if the catcher drops the ball. On the flip side, if the catcher attempts to block the plate without possession of the ball, the runner will be called safe even if he doesn’t touch home.A collision at the plate is as exciting as anything in a sport that many people have classified as “boring.” However, it doesn’t seem to have any place left in a time when the safety of players — especially when it comes to head injuries and concussions — is the No. 1 priority.In a sport where players usually don’t have to worry about being targeted physically by a member of the opposition, catchers — who already the most physically demanding position — are put at an unfair risk.Off the top of my head, I can think of several gruesome injuries to a catcher from a home plate collision.Former Miami Marlins center fielder Scott Cousins broke San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey’s leg in 2011, and former Los Angeles Angels catcher Bobby Wilson sustained a concussion and left ankle sprain in 2010 from a collision with New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.Arguably the most infamous collision came in 1970 when the Indians’ Ray Fosse’s career was derailed by a separated shoulder from a violent collision courtesy of former-Cincinnati Reds third baseman Pete Rose — in the All-Star Game, no less.The justification for physical contact with the catcher has always been the fact that catchers wear protective gear not found on position players, but it is clear this is not enough.The flaw with the new rule is it says a catcher would be allowed to block the plate if the umpire determines he needed to do that in order to field the ball and contact could not be avoided. This turns the ruling into an umpire’s judgment call, which will inevitably lead to a controversial situation somewhere down the line.The MLB said video replay would be allowed to determine the correct call in a situation like that, but that could just lead to more confusion and outrage.Still, this rule was a long time coming and had to be done. Of course, as a baseball fan, I will miss the heart-pounding action of a base runner barreling into a catcher who is squeezing the ball with all of his might.But I would rather miss out on that action than see another catcher’s season end because of a violent play, because that is not what baseball, or any sport, is about. read more


AHC discusses Greek issues in Canberra


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A delegation of the Australian Hellenic Council (AHC) met in Canberra with representatives of the federal government and coalition parties, for the purpose of seeking their assurances on issues pertaining to the wider Australian Greek community. The AHC delegation included Evan Kakulas (National President and WA State Co-ordinator), John Petropoulos (NSW State Co-ordinator) and Chris Bekiaris (from the AHC NSW) and they met with the Minister for Immigration, the Hon. Brendan O’ Connor, the Leader of the federal opposition, the Hon. Tony Abbott and the Deputy Leader of the federal opposition (and opposition Foreign Affairs Spokesperson) the Hon. Julie Bishop. The issues that were discussed included: FYROM, Cyprus: Both political sides expressed their commitment to maintaining bipartisan support of these issues as in the past. The AHC expressed their concerns of the spasmodic utterances from various MP’s contrary to these policies; Gallipoli Centenary and Lemnos: The AHC proposed that given the magnitude of the involvement of the island of Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign, and generally as a strategic Allied partner in WW1, the Aegean island should be included in the Centenary commemorations; Greece: The AHC noted that there has not been any high ranking Australian delegation visiting Greece in 5 years. It was agreed that a new impetus is necessary in this direction, with an emphasis of increased economic co-operation and collaboration; Migration: The AHC called for the cap of 500 in the Working Holiday Visa and the 457 Visa to be increased significantly, given the number of quality professionals wanting to come to Australia. Support was expressed for both these two areas; Greek language: The importance of the federal government’s support in terms of resources, personnel and funding of Greek language as part of the National Curriculum was emphasised, as it believes only through such support it could be viable and sustainable; and Aged Care: The significance of specialised (ethno-specific) care, in view of the fact that the Australian Greek community’s ageing population is increasing considerably was also tabled. “I believe the meetings went extremely well as all were very receptive to our theses”, Evan Kakulas, National President of the AHC said. “I should point out that Tony Abbott in particular had a thorough understanding of all our issues and in fact requested that we maintain regular contact and dialogue directly with him, as he valued the Australian-Greek community’s contribution to Australian society,” Mr Kakulas concluded.last_img read more


Alex talks about his elimination from WWE Tough Enough


first_img Pinterest Michael Jordan Suggests Working On Fundamentals To Beat Nerves Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Warriors star Klay Thompson to appear in `Space Jam 2` Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kevin Durant The Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces Now Playing Up Next Kevin Durant Trashes Oklahoma City Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Google+ Twitter Facebook Michael Jordan Is Still The King Of Basketball Shoes Now Playing Up Next Brian Fritz of Sporting News has a new interview up with Tough Enough finalist Alex Frekey talking about his elimination from the show this week.Alex on being eliminated:“Actually, I’m doing a lot better than I thought I would. After the show, I was bummed out but you get over it. Realizing that you came out over almost 12,000 competitors and to be in this position, I feel great. Millions of people would love to be in my position and I’m glad I got to do the experience.”Alex on if his “Knowledge Means Nothing” comment hurt him:“(laughs) Yeah. Unfortunately, it was cut out — my explanation to Patrick. I meant to say that Michael Jordan didn’t need to know the history of the NBA to shoot a jump shot. That’s what I meant. You don’t have to know the history of something to be good at it. When I was a kid, I didn’t really know about a lot of players in the NBA. I just knew the best ones but I did know how to train and how to prepare the right way because I was good at basketball and other sports but my knowledge of those sports was kind of lacking. It didn’t make me a bad player if that makes any sense.”Alex on what is next for him:“I have some options. I will probably get back into the industry I’ve been working in which wouldn’t be difficult for me to do but I would really love to make a career in the WWE. I really fell in love with it being around the Performance Center, feeling the energy and the camaraderie. I love athletics so it was like me being back in college basketball. The competition aspect, striving to be the best and entertaining people. I really fell in love with it.”Sportingnews.com: Alex Frekey: ‘Choice of words’ got him voted off ‘WWE Tough Enough’Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKevin Durant Trashes Oklahoma CityVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:12/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -1:07 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Videos Articles WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img

SPOILERS 104 WWE Main Event tapings from San Diego Heath Slater Rhyno


first_img Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene WWE Superstar Natalya Comments On Jim Neidhart’s Death Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles The following was taped on Tuesday from San Diego.Dark Match: Curt Hawkins def. Chase Silver10/4 WWE Main Event taping results:* Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno def. The Ascension* Naomi def. NatalyaPre-Smackdown Dark Match: Randy Orton def. Bray WyattPost-Smackdown Dark Match: John Cena def. WWE World Champion AJ Styles in a Non-Title Match.Source: F4WOnline.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhy Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE RebrandedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter WWE RAW Results – 8/26/19 (Sasha Banks in action, King of the Ring continues) Natalya Neidhart Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next SPOILERS: 9/1 NXT UK TakeOver Cardiff Fallout TV Tapings to air on WWE Network Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Pinterest SPOILERS: 9/5 Impact TV Tapings from Las Vegas to air on Pursuit and Twitch John Cena Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstarslast_img read more


Contract talks stall between Ramsey and Arsenal


first_imgArsenal has not made a breakthrough in contract talks with Aaron Ramsey, and there are rumours the Welsh midfielder will leave in January.Ramsey’s current deal will run out at the end of the season, and the Gunners had hoped to resolve his contract issues before the start of the current campaign.Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United both expressed an interest in signing Ramsey during the summer, and they are monitoring the situation at the Emirates.It’s believed Aaron Ramsey wants similar deals like that of his teammates who signed a new deal worth £110,000-a-week in wages.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Gunners’ boss Unai Emery made it clear during pre-season he wants Ramsey to renew, but the club is in a difficult position as they are equally looking to trim their wage bill.The north Londoners are keen to avoid a similar situation with Ramsey as they have experienced with the likes of Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez in the past.They were forced to sell the latter pair, and now there are fears Ramsey will have to be sold in January if new terms are not agreed.Ramsey was dropped to the bench in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday and now has added competition in midfield following the arrivals of  Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.last_img read more


Heroes day Motorcade draws hundreds of TCIs friends


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 2, 2016 – It was a fantastic turn out on National Heroes Day as hundreds participated in the Taxi Union’s motorcade to honor the late Right Excellent James Alexander George Smith McCartney, the country’s first and only national hero.  Right Excellent JAGS’ image and the Turks and Caicos Flag were creatively displayed in this fourth annual event on vehicles from taxis to cars, SUVs and trucks, even scooters were on the parade.  Families from across the island, civic, church and political leaders all turned out. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img One driver expressed the wide sentiment at this festive display of national pride. “It’s all about JAGS McCartney, we love it, happy National Heroes Day Turks and Caicos.”The motorcade was followed by fun at the down town ball park.last_img read more


This Megaphone Transforms Your Voice Into An Anime Characters


first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Have you ever tried to sound like your favorite anime character? It’s pretty difficult to do if your voice doesn’t match the timber or pitch of your waifu, but there’s a new product that could potentially come to the market that aims to help you sound just like a voice ripped straight from anime. It’s silly, yes, but could actually serve a purpose if used correctly.The novelty-like item is called the Animegaphone, and it supposedly utilizes Crimson Technology’s “R.C. Voice” (ReaChan Voice) tech to let any old average Joe transform their voice to sound like something ripped straight out of an anime series. The idea behind it is that people might pay more attention to or listen to an attractive anime voice more if it sounds like their favorite show. It’s the sad truth, but people are weird. It could also just be a fun way to add spice and flavor to anime conventions or large events where communication via megaphone is appropriate.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Voice actors Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece) and Kotori Koiwai (Non Non Biyori) volunteered their voices to the project, which debuted at the Wonder Festival 2018 Winter event. It’s such a cool idea, but it’s not clear just yet if Animegaphone’s creators want to make this weird thing a reality, or if it’s just a gimmick. It could very well be just some silliness created to spur fans into thinking this kind of tech is a viable option for the future, or it could be the real thing.Would you use an animegaphone to turn heads at a large gathering? Or would you be too embarrassed to have people seeing you use it? That guy that turns around near the end of the trailer has a hilarious look on his face like he’s afraid, but that security guard does look pretty weak yelling into his little megaphone. Stay on targetcenter_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… last_img read more


Argentina defends legal action over Falklands oil


first_imgRelated posts:Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Argentina announces end of forex restrictions New government, same claim over Falklands in Argentina Argentina starts talks with ‘vulture’ creditors LONDON, United Kingdom — Argentina on Friday defended its decision to take legal action against companies exploring for oil off the Falkland Islands, the latest twist in a tense sovereignty dispute with Britain.Last week, the Argentine government said it had launched legal proceedings against three British firms — Rockhopper Exploration, Premier Oil and Falkland Oil and Gas Limited — and two from the U.S., Noble Energy and Edison International.“Argentina will use the full force of national and international law to prevent Argentine resources from being exploited,” Argentina’s Secretary for the Malvinas Daniel Filmus told a press conference at the London ambassador’s residence.Britain and Argentina fought a 74-day war over the Falklands in 1982 which killed 649 Argentine troops, 255 British service personnel and three islanders.Argentina claims it inherited the remote South Atlantic islands, which it calls the Malvinas, from Spain when it gained independence.But Britain argues it has historically ruled them and that the islanders should have the right to self-determination.Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accused Argentina of “bullying” by taking legal action Friday.“It is an outrageous piece of bullying and threatening against the Falkland Islanders’ perfect right to develop their own economic resources,” Hammond told Sky News television.“Argentina needs to stop this kind of behavior and start acting like a responsible member of the international community.”Filmus and Argentina’s ambassador to London, Alicia Castro, said they were shocked by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon’s claim last month that Argentina posed a threat to the archipelago.Fallon announced that the Falklands’ military defenses would be boosted with a £180-million ($268-million) program over 10 years in response to the “continuous intimidation” from Argentina.“Whoever says that Argentina is posing a threat to the inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands is lying,” Castro said.Read also: Argentina to declassify Falklands War files Facebook Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgErrorOK ErrorOK Top Stories Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Could another quarterback controversy be brewing inArizona?According to ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, a guest onArizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo, the Cardinals shouldopen up competition between Kevin Kolb and John Skeltonthisoffseason.“I really believe that this quarterback job at Arizona isgoing to be open,” Jaworksi said. “I think John Skeltonhas shown enough where they’ve got to take a good, hardlook at him and say maybe we have two really goodquarterbacks here, let’s open this competition.”center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “I really believe that competition brings out the best inplayers,” Jaworksi added.Let the games begin. Comments   Share   Jaworski acknowledged that while it is awfully tough toassess Kevin Kolb’s injury-plagued season with theCardinals, he was surprised by the quarterback’s lowcompletion percentage.“Kevin is normally a very accurate passer,” Jaworksistated. “I thought he’d be around 65% in this Cardinalsoffensive structure, not where he’s at 56-57%. So hehasn’t played up to his talents. He really hasn’t.”While the young Skelton has had his own struggles gainingmomentum early in games, Jaworksi believes he has to lookno further than Drew Brees for inspiration.“I actually like the New Orleans Saints approach and howDrew Brees likes to start his games,” Jaworksi said.“Their first 15 plays are scripted and for the most partthose scripted plays are high-percentage passes. I think ayoung quarterback, you’ve got to give him the first downpasses and high percentage throws.”Jaworksi didn’t give the edge to either Kolb or Skelton.He feels a good natured battle for the starting job couldpush both players to the next level — which would onlybolster the Cardinals’ chances for a winning season nextyear.last_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter IHG will soon debut its


first_imgGo back to the enewsletterIHG will soon debut its boutique luxury brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in the UK with the opening of Kimpton Fitzroy London in late October 2018.Kimpton Fitzroy London, the first UK hotel for the brand, will open in London’s Bloomsbury neighbourhood in an iconic heritage building which originally opened in Russell Square in 1898. The hotel will be named after the original architect of the hotel, Charles Fitzroy Doll: a titan of British architecture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, who specialised in designing hotels. Today, the Kimpton Fitzroy London stands for vision and craft, history and modernity, and luxury and timelessness. The hotel also further honours the name with Fitz’s bar, the hotel’s glamorous cocktail bar.Earlier this year IHG and Covivio entered an agreement to re-brand and operate 12 hotels (and one pipeline hotel) currently operating under the Principal and De Vere brands. The Principal London is the first of these hotels to be re-branded as Kimpton Fitzroy London. Next year will see a continuation of the brand’s momentum with additional Kimpton hotel openings in highly desirable cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.Kimpton first opened in Europe last year with the opening of Kimpton De Witt in Amsterdam, and since then the brand has rapidly increased its global footprint following signings in Tokyo and Paris, both set to open in 2020, and Kimpton Frankfurt, due to open in 2023. In the next few months Kimpton Da An Hotel in Taipei will also open its doors.Founded in 1981 by Bill Kimpton, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States. The boutique luxury brand was acquired by IHG in 2015 and currently operates 67 hotels and 82 restaurants, bars and lounges in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more


18yearold critical after motorcycle accident


first_imgAn 18-year-old boy is in critical condition at Nicosia General after his motorcycle was hit by a car in Paphos on Tuesday.Police said the teen was turning right on Evropis Avenue at approximately 1:30pm when the car coming from the opposite direction hit him at the traffic lights near the Stelios Kyriakides stadium.The 18-year-old was initially taken to the emergency department at Paphos General, where doctors said he had a head injury.The teen was then transferred to Nicosia General due to the severity of his condition.The driver of the other car was given an alcohol breath test, which turned out negative.You May LikeCultivated KnowledgeRanked: The 30 Weirdest Cars Of All-TimeCultivated KnowledgeUndoTrading BlvdAt 59, Magic Johnson Owns A Very Famous Food FranchiseTrading BlvdUndoNutrition ExpertWhat Happens When You Eat Celery Every DayNutrition ExpertUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more