TORONTO – The strength of Canada’s team at the upcoming Invictus Games in Toronto lies in the bond between the veterans and armed forces members who form the group, the team’s co-captain said Thursday as organizers marked the 100-day countdown to the international sporting competition.The games, founded by Prince Harry, will be held in Toronto Sept. 23-30 and will mark the first time Canada hosts the event.The competition for wounded, injured and sick troops, including current and veteran members of the forces, aims to use sport to inspire recovery and draw awareness to the physical and psychological injuries suffered by service members.Canada’s team, unveiled Thursday, is made up of 90 athletes who have acquired a physical or mental-health injury or illness while in service.“It’s… the events that happened that bond us together,” said co-captain Maj. Simon Mailloux. “It’s a special thing to come back and to do a different kind of challenge, a sport one, and represent Canada again.”Canada’s team is already training at a camp in Kingston, Ont., after a previous training camp in British Columbia.Mailloux said the games are a source of motivation for veterans and active service members.“I’ve lost a leg in Afghanistan and sport has been the way for me to rehabilitate and be able to redeploy back, and be able to serve again.”Tickets to the games went on sale Thursday. Sporting event tickets cost $25 and opening ceremony tickets start at $60.Organizers also announced the Canadian musical talent, including Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors, that will perform at the opening ceremonies.There will be 550 competitors from 17 countries coming to Toronto to compete in 12 sports, including track and field, swimming and, in a first for the Invictus Games, golf.Michael Burns, CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017, said spectators will be amazed to see what the competitors will do — especially if they know how far they’ve come, with some of the competitors struggling just to get out bed months ago.“These are people who are used to winning, because they had to on the field of battle,” he said.The first Invictus Games were held in London, England, in 2014.
We often hear about the NFL’s dominance in the mindshare of sports fans, and it’s hard to argue with the facts and figures floating around to support this notion. Pro football has been No. 1 in the annual Harris Poll survey of Americans’ favorite sports for three consecutive decades, and the NFL’s television ratings routinely trounce those of other sports. But, curiously, I was fooling around with Google Trends, and there is at least one area in which the NFL is not crushing the opposition: Google searches.The NFL is trailing the NBA by about 5 percent since Google’s Trends search data became available in 2004.There are a lot of factors that can cloud these results, including the possibility that not all search terms are being correctly attributed to each league. This is a particular issue for “football,” which is, as you probably know, what everyone outside the U.S. calls soccer. Recent improvements to Trends make this issue less problematic, but it’s still worth mentioning.The numbers also include worldwide searches; the NBA has a large global presence (particularly in Asia), and Google is, by definition, biased toward countries with a greater number of Internet users. For what it’s worth, the NFL is still tops by quite a bit within the U.S.Even so, it’s an interesting data point about the relative global reach of America’s biggest sports leagues. If we look at things from an international perspective, the NFL is not the behemoth it usually appears to be stateside.
Under a rare clear London sky, Allyson Felix shot around the track in the 200-meter race like a woman determined to not have a third failure in the event of her life.With 40 meters remaining to cover before the finish line – and the elusive Olympic gold medal – Felix burst pass Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to glory.The disheartening results of previous Olympics mattered not. The gold was hers, and she left no doubt about it, either, winning by .21 seconds.Felix won the race in 21.88 seconds, topping Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, who won the 100 four nights earlier and Team USA’s Carmelita Jeter, who added a bronze to go with her silver in the 100 meters.One more spot back was Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who defeated Felix in the Athens and Beijing Games and was trying to become the first woman to win the same individual track and field event in three consecutive Olympics.It was the third-place tie in 100-meter qualifying at U.S. trials last month that hovered over Felix’s run-up to these Olympics — forcing her to defend herself off the track for the first time in an otherwise-pristine career.Her tie with Jeneba Tarmoh for the third and final spot in the 100 forced USA Track and Field officials to scramble for a solution. One possibility was a coin flip; instead, they settled on a run-off. But Tarmoh begged off. Felix, never a serious medal contender for the 100, had to defend her decision not to give up the spot, and she went on to finish fifth.“Everyone just expected me to give up this spot, because I think lots of people … know me and they know that I’m seen as this very nice girl,” Felix said with a chuckle a few days before the start of track and field in London. “But it’s not just about me.”On this night, finally, it was.
Former Bahamas PM warns new Govt to remain “humble” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, Bahamas May 8, 2017 – Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley says the Free National Movement (FNM) has “stooped to an all time low” following a fake news report accusing her of tampering with ballot boxes.Yesterday, Reckley said FNM incumbent MP for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest had gone to the Central Police Station with two lawyers supposedly to report the fraud. There were also rumors on social media that Reckley and her husband had been arrested for ballot box tampering. “Yesterday he made a total you know what of himself. Very, very disgraceful and had to come back and say there’s no truth to it,” said Reckley.However, assistant parliamentary commissioner, Reno Smith has cleared the air on the issue stating that neither Reckley nor her husband were guilty. “They were in no way present. They were not in the vicinity of the police headquarters at all. On election day all ballot boxes are empties for everyone to see and touch. Even there were secret compartments in the boxes all of the political operatives are allowed to touch the boxes,” Smith said. Smith assured the public that the process is transparent.Reckley said that she has had enough of the FNM’s Grand Bahama campaign which she claimed has been constantly attacking her character.#MagneticMediaNews#MichelleRickley#fakenews Bahamas Min. Finance vs opposition on Civil servant pay Forthcoming appointments at ZNS, Training Agency leaked Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, fnm, michelle reckley, Peter Turnquest
Should you be worried?It’s hard to say. Patients have reported vaping products that contain a variety of substances, including nicotine and THC, as well as using do-it-yourself “home brews,” finds the Washington Post. At this time, health officials are unsure whether the lung issues stem from the e-cigarette devices or one or more ingredients commonly found in vape juice. “While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses,” says the CDC. At least one Wisconsin man who was hospitalized had purchased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil on the street, according to news reports. Canva The American Vaping Association is skeptical that traditional vape products are at fault. “With approximately 10 million adults vaping nicotine each month without major issue, it appears much more likely that the products causing lung damage contain THC or illegal drugs, not nicotine,” an AVA spokesperson told CBS News.But health experts like Anne Griffiths, MD, a pediatric lung specialist who saw all four of the reported cases in Minnesota, aren’t so sure. “My sense is this isn’t new,” she told the Associated Press. “It’s new that we’re recognizing it. I really do think the primary cause of these illnesses is what’s been inhaled.”Currently, no one device or cartridge is associated with the reported cases of lung disease. When estimating the scope of the problem, health officials are only counting certain lung illnesses in which the person reports having vaped within three months. Most of the illnesses under investigation involve teens and young adults, a population in which e-cigarette use has skyrocketed: 78% among high school students and 49% among middle school students between 2017 and 2018, according to the CDC. As of 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, report using e-cigarettes. The suspected link to vaping is more bad news for an industry that’s already under fire for targeting teens. In an email to Reuters, industry-leader Juul Labs said, “Like any health-related events reportedly associated with the use of vapor products, we are monitoring these reports.” As the investigation progresses, the CDC is asking clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-related pulmonary illness to their state or local health department. And in a statement last week, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm strongly urged “people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone — especially young people who have recently vaped — experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.”Read more: Why vaping could give you cavitiesWhat we know about vaping and respiratory healthE-cigarettes have only been available in the US for a little over a decade and, during that time, have gone largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, there’s a huge amount of variability in the market. Together, these two things make it difficult to draw definitive conclusions about the respiratory effects of vaping. That said, here’s what we know so far: E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than tobacco cigarettes and are considered safer in many respects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But vaping is not without respiratory risks — especially in people who have no prior history of smoking. When the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzed all the available research on the public health consequences of e-cigarettes — more than 800 peer-reviewed studies — it concluded that, “studies examining the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on the development of chronic respiratory symptoms are completely lacking due to the newness of the product.” The jury is still out on whether vaping causes lung disease, but early research points to potential other problems. Canva However, it did find “conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarette products contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances” like acetaldehyde, acrolein, diacetyl and formaldehyde, which have all been linked to lung disease. And that exposing lungs to these substances could potentially damage the respiratory system or worsen pre-existing lung disease. Although NASEM was unable to identify any research on whether or not vaping causes respiratory diseases, it did find moderate evidence of a link between vaping and increased coughing and wheezing in teens, as well as an increase in asthma exacerbations.Bottom line: There are still a lot of unknowns, but preliminary research — and the lack of federal oversight — has health organizations like the American Lung Association concerned. “The e-cigarettes currently in the US marketplace have not been systemically reviewed by the FDA to determine their impact on lung health,” the ALA says. “While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of these products, the ALA is very troubled by the evolving evidence about the impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs.”Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction experts The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 2:19 How food dye could help create 3D-printed lungs At least 24 people have been hospitalized with vaping-related respiratory issues since July — many of them young adults. Canva Health concerns over vaping intensify after state and federal health officials report that 153 people — many of them young adults — across 16 states have been treated for suspected vaping-related respiratory issues. Most of the patients admitted to a hospital have reported similar symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue that worsened over time. Some patients also reportedly experienced fever, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. (The FDA is also investigating 120-plus reports of seizures after vaping. Check out this timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies.)In Minnesota, some of these individuals had to be hospitalized for multiple weeks, including stints in the intensive care unit. An 18-year-old man in Florida suffered a collapsed lung after vaping. One Wisconsin man in his 20s even had to be placed in a medically induced coma. It’s unclear at this time whether all patients will fully recover.In a statement issued over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that officials are working with the departments of health in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin to investigate these “severe” pulmonary illnesses. Additional states have notified the CDC of more possible cases and investigations are ongoing. According to the CDC, says “there is no conclusive evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses.”Read more: Why vaping is so addictive, according to doctors Wellness Now playing: Watch this: 2 Tags Comments Share your voice
Actress Shobha of Magalu Janaki fame died in a road accident.Kannada TV actress Shobha and four others died in a road accident on the outskirts of Chitradurga on Wednesday, July 17. The incident occurred when their car rammed into a truck on National Highway 4.The reports say that there were eight people travelling in the multipurpose vehicle, which crashed into a speeding truck in Kunchinaganalu on the outskirts of Chitradurga. Five people have been declared dead, while three people, including two children, sustained severe injuries.The deceased have been identified as Shobha, 45, Ashok, 35, Shyamala, 64, Sukanya, 67, and Manjula, 45. Pavitra, 30, Shreshtha, 7, and Arthat, 2, are being treated at a government hospital in Chitradurga.The residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on the way to Banashankari Temple in Badami taluk in Bagalkot District. It is reported that the accident occurred after the car’s tyre burst.Who is Shobha? Shobha was working in noted filmmaker TN Seetharam’s TV soap Magalu Janakki. She was seen in the character of Mangala, the mother of Anand Belagur. She had earned fans through her natural acting.Mourning her death, TN Seetharam said, “Ever smiling and highly talented actress Shobha, who was doing the role of Mangala, is no more. I am shocked over the tragedy and expressing my condolence to her family.”
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that policemen barred him from leaving his house in Manikpur village of Companiganj upazila in Noakhali district to exchange greeting with supporters on the Eid day, Saturday.Police, however, denied the allegation citing ‘the blockade was for security reasons’, reports UNB.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Moudud told newsmen that it has been proved that this government has become isolated from people and also being feared to face mass people.”So, policemen were deployed in front of my house in the morning and they barred me from coming out of my home,” he added.”I asked police to arrest me if I did anything wrong or let me go out, but they were firm about not allowing me to go outside,” said the senior BNP leader.Moudud said he spoke to Companiganj police station officer-in-charge and superintendent of police in Noakhali Md Ilias Sharif. Both denied him permission to go out, he added.When contacted, Md Ilias Sharif said, “Moudud Ahmed is a senior political leader. We deployed police in front of his house considering his security.”Rabiul Islam, sub-inspector (investigation) of Companiganj police station, who was on duty in front of Moudud’s house, said police were deployed following an intelligence report that he might face problems if he went out of home just before evening.
Three Dhaka University (DU) students, who were handed over to police from Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall on Tuesday morning on charge of spreading rumours on Facebook, were released in the afternoon, reports UNB.The students are Tariqul Islam of mathematics department, Mashiur Rahman Sadik of institute of information and communication technology and Zobaidul Haque Rony of physics department.Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly beat them up and handed over to the police over the allegation of spreading rumours.They were released around 4:00pm after students under the banner of ‘students against repression’ went to the proctor and demanded his step to release the detainees.The proctor assured them of taking steps to this end and later, the trio was freed.Officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police station Abul Hasan said they released the students as they did not find any evidence of spreading rumours against them.
Extortion, corruption and fear; violence, hunger and sometimes even death: for west African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe, the road to get there can be an absolute minefield.DepartureWhether it’s The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Senegal or Nigeria, everything starts with the “hustlers” — slang for the middlemen or fixers who organise the trip. Their honesty and prices vary, with the would-be migrant usually deceived about the welcome expected in Europe.Many possess no official documents from their home country, and do not understand illegal status in Europe.Most are ignorant about the extreme difficulties they will encounter en route. “We didn’t know we were risking our lives,” said Kante Sekou, 27, who gave up upon reaching Libya.Hustlers demand between 200,000 to one million CFA francs (300-1,500 euros/$330-$1,660) per person for a journey they claim will end up in Europe, but which often goes no further than Agadez in central Niger, or Libya.Towards NigerDespite mounting pressure from Niamey to halt the flow of people heading to Europe, Niger remains a key route on the migrant trail.Even before getting there, migrants are often “ripped off” by unscrupulous police and customs officials.According to witnesses, those in Burkina Faso appear to be particularly greedy, with migrants speaking of being held in overflowing cells until they pay up.Once in Niger, officers also take small “commissions” at each roadblock. Bus companies have a tendency to group migrants and non-migrants in different vehicles, with officers tipped off about which to approach, a bus company source said.In 2016, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) observed around 335,000 migrants heading northwards out of Niger.But the numbers are unclear because the IOM only counts those crossing its own checkpoints.Agadez: a key crossroadsThis city in central Niger is a key crossroad, with routes through it leading to Libya and Algeria.However, with the increasing number of checks, several new routes have opened up from the southern city of Zinder, offering an eastern route to Libya, while others bypass Agadez to the west, leaving from the southwestern city of Dosso, people smugglers say.In Agadez, migrants are held in “ghettos” or “hostels” owned by the smugglers — these are usually simple plots surrounded by walls, which sometimes have a hut, where the migrants huddle under tarps as shade from the sun. Usually, there is no running water or electricity.Over the past few months, ghettos visible from the city centre have disappeared with people taken to homes in the suburbs. According to one fixer, that is the best way to avoid police controls and also means they can leave the city without travelling along main roads.Hustlers pick up migrants from bus stations in Agadez. Usually grouped by nationality, they have often run out of money by this stage, meaning the hustlers have to arrange extra funds through phone contact with their families.While waiting for departure, migrants live hand-to-mouth in precarious circumstances with men doing odd jobs and women sometimes resorting to prostitution.Sudden departureMigrants are not notified in advance about their departure. They are put in the back of 4×4 pick-up trucks which can carry up to 29 passengers with their legs dangling over the sides. Sticks are wedged between the luggage so passengers can hold on.To cope with the sand and heat, they must have on them a hat, gloves, sunglasses, a jacket and water. Since the police crackdown, departures tend to happen in the pre-dawn hours.A convoy is usually made up of three to five vehicles, with migrants sometimes transferred out of the city before being put into trucks in order to avoid roadblocks.A few months ago, passage to Libya cost up to 300,000 CFA francs but the crackdown has seen prices ballooning with the rate easily hitting 400,000 CFA francs and sometimes rising as high as a million, a local official said.Bandits in the desert”It’s 750 kilometres (460 miles) and three days’ drive to the border,” says one smuggler who refused to give his name. “We drive 24-7. We stop only to drink tea, five minutes for the restroom. I carry up to 26 people. We leave in a convoy, never alone.”We don’t stop because we are afraid of bandits and the police. The bandits are armed. They can hijack your vehicle and leave you in the desert. So it’s death,” he said.If there is an attack, “we try to hide the Thuraya (satellite phone) to bury it,” he said.”The bandits have people in town. When a car leaves the city, they inform them.”If soldiers stop them, everyone is brought back to the city and the cars are impounded.For the migrants, it is a difficult road. They have to hold on without falling, and be sparing with their food and water. Many throw up on the way and arrive at their destination exhausted.Some even die en route. Earlier this month, at least 44 people, among them women and babies, died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the desert. “This desert is full of migrants’ bodies,” lamented Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum.Libya: apocalyptic lawlessnessMost migrants returning from Libya describe an apocalyptic lawlessness with armed groups extorting and exploiting them, with many speaking of theft, kidnapping and torture. Others speak of being jailed in “private” prisons and only released when their families paid a ransom.Others speak of having to work for miserable wages or in slavery-like conditions. Even so, for most, Libya is an unavoidable stop for those hoping to catch a boat to Europe.