There are broken devices doing important jobs in the bodies of Canadians right now. We don’t know how many. We don’t know how dangerous they are. But we do know that similarly broken medical implants may have played a role in at least 1,400 deaths and 14,000 injuries since 2008. And that number is likely under-reported. And a broken system prevents us from establishing guidelines around which devices are causing problems quickly enough to prevent more. A massive global investigation has revealed some frightening facts and raised some immediate questions.How often do medical implants fail? Which versions of which devices are prone to malfunction and cause more harm than the symptoms they are intended to treat? How thoroughly are they tested before they’re put on the market, and what happens when problems begin to be reported with a device that’s already wired into hundreds of thousands of beating hearts around the world? Jesse McLean of the Toronto Star worked with a team of reporters from 58 organizations to expose the hidden stories of faulty medical implants.GUEST: Jesse McLean, Toronto StarAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_11302018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
VANCOUVER – Shares in Primero Mining Corp., which owns the San Dimas silver-gold mine in Mexico, more than doubled in trading Friday after First Majestic Silver announced a deal to buy the company.Primero shares (TSX:P) were up 15 cents at 27 cents in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, while shares of First Majestic (TSX:FR) fell 30 cents to $8.44.Under the deal, shareholders will receive 0.03325 of a First Majestic share for each Primero share.First Majestic also signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. to end a silver streaming interest at San Dimas and replace it with a new deal based on 25 per cent of the gold equivalent production with ongoing payments of US$600 per gold equivalent ounce.As part of the transaction, Wheaton Precious Metals will receive 20.9 million shares of First Majestic valued at roughly US$151 million.First Majestic put the total value of the transaction at US$320 million including the shares issued to Primero shareholders and Wheaton Precious Metals as well as other payments under the deal including the repayment of Primero debt.
Rabat – Moroccan low-cost airline, Air Arabia Maroc, inaugurated eight new routes on June 14, including a new flight between Fez and Marrakech, the first of its kind in Moroccan history. The flight between Marrakech and Fez flight will operate three times a week as a promotional offer. The flight currently costs MAD 250 one way. It has been developed in collaboration with Morocco’s National Tourist Office (ONMT).Both Air Arabia Maroc and ONMT aim to make the city of Fez accessible from various international destinations including Barcelona, London, Brussels, Lyon, Strasbourg, Rome and Amsterdam. Thanks to a new terminal, inaugurated by King Mohammed VI on May 29 of this year, the Fes airport is on target to surpass more than one million passengers for the year 2017.In 2016, nearly 900,000 passengers were processed through a woefully inadequate terminal designed to handle only 500,000. The new terminal will increase passenger capacity to approximately 2.5 million.An increase of 12 percent was necessary to hit the one million passenger target for 2017. So far in 2017, passengers traveling through the Fes airport have already risen by 13.6 percent, compared to an increase of just 1 percent for all of 2016.To celebrate its new domestic air route, Air Arabia Maroc invited the most deserving schoolchildren of Fez to take part in the inaugural flight to discover a journey by plane and experience a voyage aboard the Airbus A320.Based in Casablanca and founded in April 2009, Air Arabia Maroc is Morocco’s first low cost airline.
21 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced the hope today that Central African Republic’s (CAR) delayed presidential and legislative elections, slated for Sunday, will help lay the foundation for stability and development in a country riven by fighting. “It is important that these elections are credible, transparent and inclusive and that the results are respected by all candidates and parties in accordance with the code of conduct,” a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman said, commending all the candidates and parties for participating in a peaceful campaign process.Last month, the Security Council voiced serious concern over the security situation in CAR, which has seen significant ethnic conflict in its north, an overflow of violence from neighbouring Chad and Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, and attacks in the east from the brutal rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).It acknowledged progress made so far in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants, calling on “all politico-military groups to take the necessary measures for a transparent and accountable completion” of the process and on the Government to quickly implement a national reintegration strategy for former fighters with the transparent funding “critical to the programme’s long-term success.”It also stressed the need for the Government to revive efforts to reform the security sector and address widespread impunity, and commended regional States for their increased cooperation in dealing with the LRA threat.Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for CAR, Sahle Work-Zewde, warned the Council that despite relative stability in the capital, Bangui, and the south-western region, eastern areas remained prone to persistent acts of banditry, attacks by foreign armed groups, including the LRA, and local politico-military factions that are not part of the peace process.The UN peacebuilding office in CAR (BINUCA) has been assisting with reconciliation, the DDR process, electoral and other efforts to restore state authority throughout the country, security sector reform and the promotion of the rule of law and respect of human rights.
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In all the joint effort aims to relocate some 7,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from SKD stadium, 15 kilometres east of Monrovia, to six official IDP camps in the Montserrado area on the outskirts of the capital. About 1,500 people were scheduled to be moved on the first day, as soldiers from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided security escort for the operation that also involved agencies like the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the Liberian Refugees Repatriation and Resettlement Commission and several non-governmental organizations. UNHCR provided 15 trucks for transport, and distributed mats, blankets, kitchen sets and other relief items. The new arrivals will live in temporary shelters for up to a week before they are given construction materials to build their own huts in the camps. The relocation exercise is expected to last for three days, ending on Monday. Another 4,000 people remaining in the stadium are believed to be local residents who will be assisted back to their homes. The current operation is part of a collaborative effort to decongest public buildings and schools around Monrovia after tens of thousands of people converged on the capital amid fighting in June between government and rebel forces before a ceasefire in August put an end to nearly a decade and a half of civil war in the West African country, one of the world’s poorest nations. In another attempt to return Liberia to normalcy, more than 8,500 former combatants have surrendered their weapons since the start of a disarmament and demobilization campaign on 7 December. The initiative was suspended on Wednesday for the holiday season, and will resume on 20 January. Another 3,000 ex-fighters have registered for the campaign, bringing the total number of disarmed soldiers to 11,585, more than one-quarter of the estimated 40,000 ex-combatants targeted.
by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted May 4, 2017 8:22 am MDT Last Updated May 4, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NAFTA dilemma: will Trump administration seek broad deal or quick resolution? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. The Trump administration will soon be forced to choose between two contrasting goals it has articulated for upgrading NAFTA, a fast-approaching dilemma over which of those objectives it truly prizes: A vast deal or a fast deal.Detailed statements over the last week have been overshadowed by the intrigue swirling around U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief flirtation with the idea of blowing up the continental trade pact by way of executive order. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will soon be forced to choose between two contrasting goals it has articulated for upgrading NAFTA, a fast-approaching dilemma over which of those objectives it truly prizes: A vast deal or a fast deal.Detailed statements over the last week have been overshadowed by the intrigue swirling around U.S. President Donald Trump’s brief flirtation with the idea of blowing up the continental trade pact by way of executive order.But the administration has dropped substantive clues about two priorities for the upcoming overhaul of the North American Free Trade Agreement, through its point man on the upcoming talks, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Doing both won’t be easy.On the one hand, Ross suggests he wants big changes. He’s pointed to a vast horizon of possibilities, which together would amount to a once-in-a-generation overhaul of NAFTA: greater trade in dairy; a deal on softwood lumber; tougher Canadian pharmaceutical patents; new tariff rules for auto parts; changes in the dispute-settlement process; and the addition of new sections from the ill-fated Trans-Pacific Partnership, like digital services.On the other hand, he wants it done quickly.Ross points to the pressure of the clock. More than once, he’s said he wants a deal in the months before the Mexican election. That’s consistent with Mexican officials, who say they don’t want high-profile talks lingering into next spring, through the heat of the campaign.Ross told a CNBC interviewer this week: ”The key to the timeline is the Mexican elections are next year… The closer we get to the election, the more difficult it will be to get anything through.”So which will it be — vast or fast?A Canadian cabinet minister met with Ross this week and said it’s still not clear which is priority No. 1. Industry Minister Navdeep Bains chatted with his U.S. counterpart during a conference in California.Bains called it a positive, constructive meeting. But anyone wondering whether Trump’s team intends to prioritize depth or speed will need to wait a while.“I think it’s still early stages,” Bains said in an interview. “They still have to give their official notice to Congress to trigger that 90-day period.”That’s a reference to the first step in the renegotiation. Under U.S. law, the administration needs to consult with industry and lawmakers for 90 days before launching major trade talks, so they can establish U.S. objectives.That leaves barely six months to get a deal before the Mexican election enters full swing.If the administration agreed tomorrow with lawmakers on negotiating priorities and posted the formal 90-day notice, the earliest talks could start is August. By the new year, Mexican election candidates will be deep into their primary season.Don’t count on anything substantive happening before the July election, said one Mexico-watcher.“I think that’s incredibly unrealistic,” said Christopher Wilson, deputy director of the Mexico Institute at Washington’s Wilson Center.“Every day that ticks by, every month that ticks by, the political space for negotiation narrows with Mexico. The space (for Mexican politicians) to make anything that looks like a concession to the United States, anything that could be construed as a concession to the United States, is just narrowing and narrowing.”Things don’t get much easier in the second half of 2018.There’s a five-month lame-duck period after the Mexican election in July, where the old government still runs the country. Over that same period, the U.S. will be holding its midterm congressional elections.Then, suddenly, it’s 2019.It’s technically possible to negotiate during Mexico’s lame-duck period in late 2018, Wilson said — just as it was possible during the U.S. lame-duck period in late 2016 for Congress to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and send it to Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.But that hinges on two political realities: Does the new deal have political support in Mexico? And does the election winner want it passed? In the case of the last U.S. election and the TPP, the answer to both those questions was ‘No.’Privately, some officials in Ottawa wonder whether that’ll be the ultimate fate of NAFTA renegotiations — lots of talking, speculating, haggling, only to see the project die from the paper cuts of passing calendar pages.Ross articulates a hopeful vision: a deal concluded and all three countries happy in the end.”My biggest priority is getting NAFTA on the right foot,” Ross told Yahoo News this week.”Because a lot of the anxiety that people in America have about… the new trade regimes will go away if we can bring NAFTA to a satisfactory conclusion, without a trade war, without recriminations, without reprisals.”He was non-committal on the timeline. The Canadian side says it’s awaiting specifics.
Briefing reporters at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, said that over the past 48 hours, “at least seven people have reportedly been killed in south rural Idlib, while two were reportedly killed in Hama governorate yesterday.”Dozens of people were also reportedly injured in Idlib, Hama and Aleppo governorates due to fighting, which news agency reports said had intensified due to Government and Russian airstrikes and shelling on Wednesday night, quoting local sources. Villages were reportedly hit which lie within a demilitarized buffer zone, agreed by Russia and Turkey on the border between northern Hama and southern Idlib last September, which has been credited with averting a major offensive against what is the last main rebel-held area of the country. Mr. Dujarric said that more than 300 civilians had “apparently lost their lives due to hostilities in the northwest in the last three months, 60 of them in April alone.”The new wave of fighting has triggered large-scale displacement from the Idleb border area, and there are also reports of villages being deserted, after resident fled for their own safety, the UN Spokesperson added.Around 323,000 people are estimated to have been displaced in the northwest since September of last year. “The United Nations reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and calls on all parties to the conflict to exercise restraint,” said Mr. Dujarric.On Friday, talks are due to held in Geneva among members of the so-called Small Group on Syria working towards a longterm peace deal, involving the UN Special Envoy to the country, Geir Pedersen, who briefed the Security Council earlier this week, warning about the escalation of fighting in the northwest.“External intervention poses real threats to international peace and security”, he told the Council. “Five international armies operate across Syria’s land and airspace, in tension or even in conflict, generating risks for dangerous escalation. These risks must be contained and ultimately removed.”
Ohio State (23-6, 11-1) is battling for a major conference win against the second-seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers (21-7, 9-3). On April 1, the Scarlet and Gray defeated Loyola-Chicago, 3-1, in Columbus to clinch the regular-season Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title. At 7 p.m. Saturday in St. John Arena, the Buckeyes face the Ramblers in the MIVA Tournament finals. The Buckeyes weapon, redshirt senior Steven Kehoe, was named first team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The top-seeded Buckeyes defeated the Lewis University Flyers in the semifinals Wednesday, and coach Pete Hanson said Lewis’ similarity to Loyola makes for a favorable matchup. “Loyola is pretty similar to these guys (Lewis),” he said. “They’re going rely on one or two guys, and if we can control those guys we’re going to be in good shape.” A win for OSU would mark its fourth consecutive MIVA Tournament Championship. OSU has faced Loyola twice this season, and both times, OSU won. In their first matchup March 5, the Buckeyes took first place in the MIVA, taking the victory in four sets. Redshirt senior Kevin Heine led the way with a team-high 18 points and a season-high 16 kills. Loyola-Chicago’s Joseph Smalzer led the match with 19 points. Kehoe’s 43 assists and three service aces led the match, and OSU posted an 11-2 margin in service aces. In their second meeting, Kehoe served for a career-high five aces, and Heine posted 10 assist blocks, which tied his career high for assists and total blocks that he set in 2008 against UC Irvine. Junior Mike Bunting led the Ramblers with 18 kills in Loyola’s 3-1 win against sixth-seeded Quincy in the MIVA Tournament semifinals. The Ramblers’ win marked their eighth win in their past 10 matches. “I think we came out with a lot of energy, and we have to do that again,” Kehoe said Wednesday. “We have to play together as a team and keep our confidence about us.” This tournament matchup is a chance for redemption for the Ramblers. Loyola faced OSU in last year’s MIVA Tournament Championship, and the Buckeyes came back from a 1-2 match score to beat the Ramblers, 3-2, in Columbus. “Game one we have to step it up — they’re going to be gunning for our throats,” junior opposite Shawn Sangrey said. “We have to play harder and we have to play like game two through four, starting in game one.” Saturday’s winner advances to the 2011 NCAA Final Four.
The two Danish teams at VELUX EHF Champions League 2018/2019, Bjerringro Silkeborg and Skjern Handbold celebrated wins at the start of the season.Here are the results and statisticsCelje PL – Skjern 26-27 (13-12)Celje : David Razgor 4, Rok Ovnicek 4, Branko Vujovic 3, Gal Marguc 3, Matic Groselj 3, Josip Sarac 3, Drasko Nenadic 2, Tilen Kodrin 2, Jaka Malus 1, Kristian Beciri 1Skjern : Anders Magnussen 8, Jesper Konradsson 5, Bjarte Myrhol 3, Sebastian Augustinussen 3, Eivind Tangen 3, Jan Grebenc 2, Bjarke Christensen 2, Benjamin Jakobsen 1Bjerringbro / Silkeborg – Chekhovskiye Medvedi 39-28 (21-16)Bjerringbro / Silkeborg: Johan a Plogv Hansen 14, Michael Knudsen 7, Nikolaj Markussen 5, Jesper Brian Nöddesbo 4, Sebastian Skube 3, Rasmus Thiemer-Jensen 2, Mads Nielsen 1, Stefan Hundstrup 1, Nikolaj Nielsen 1, Jacob Lassen 1Chekhovskiye Medvedi: Alexander Kotov 5, Kirill Kotov 4, Dmitriy Kornev 4, Maxim Kuretkov 4, Denis Vasilev 2, Sergei Kosorotov 2, Roman Ostashchenko 2, Victor Furtsev 2, Dmitrii Santalov 1, Igor Karlov 1, Pavel Andreev 1 Bjerringro Silkeborgskjern handbold ← Previous Story SG Flensburg Handewitt win first French-German battle in Nantes Next Story → LNH: PSG Handball in series… Zaporozhye, Istres
I, as well as many others, are fed up listening to the old mantra, to the press play on the machine you have in front of you to say it’s all your fault, we inherited what we did and what we did not. You had a lofty policy document on social housing when you entered government – well it’s time to put flesh on the bones, it’s not time to rehash the same arguments we had before the last election.No other choiceSinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien was also critical of the government’s policies, telling O’Sullivan that 80 per cent of the people who visit him at his clinic are there with housing issues. He said people are now living in houses with no hot running water and no heating and “people are paying money from top of social welfare payments on top of rent allowances to live there because they have no other choice”.Richard Boyd Barrett said the “catastrophic failures” of the previous government had been compounded by policy failures by this government since it took power.If a family does not have a roof over their heads they cannot function in any other way in society. How can you pursue education? How can you try and access employment? How can you even maintain your mental health? How can you not run the risk of drug and drink problems or mental breakdown if you don’t have a secure roof over your head?He urged the government to continue direct building of social housing and lift the rent cap which he said is forcing people onto the streets.“It is the most basic thing and if a government can’t deliver that for its citizens, it is not worth the name government,” he added.Read: EU to double Ireland’s funding for homeless services like soup kitchens>Ireland’s housing crisis: Four women’s stories of facing eviction and homelessness> TEMPERS WERE FRAYED in the Dáil chamber this morning as TDs debated the government’s handling of homelessness and social housing across the country.Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan told TDs that it is the government’s “firm ambition” to eliminate longterm homelessness and rough sleeping by 2016.“Homelessness is a destructive social condition that can wreak havoc on human dignity and wellbeing,” she said.In a real republic there’s an onus on us to ensure all citizens have a place that they call home – that is the government’s policy in this area.The junior minister pointed to recent investment in the development of social housing, like the launch yesterday of a two year €68 million local authority home building initiative. This will see 449 new homes built across the country over the next two years.She also told TDs that the government is, at present, delivering 5,000 new social homes each year.DeficienciesThis did not do much to satisfy Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen who launched an attack on her and the government for failing to “put flesh on the bones” of policies put forward on social housing during the election.He said it has to be acknowledged that there are over 100,000 households on the social housing waiting list across the country and claimed the “vicious combination” of social welfare cuts and escalating rents was pushing people into homelessness.Cowen told the junior minister that she has a responsibility to “address the deficiencies that exist today, not yesterday, not last month or not last year”.
The Garmin Forerunner 610 will bring GPS to the masses in a way like never before, because it will be with you all the time even if you don’t have your phone with you.That is, if you remember to put your watch back on after you take a shower. The Forerunner 610 is an increasingly prospective market for GPS giant Garmin. Designed mainly for runners, it will make its first mass market debut at the Boston Marathon on April 18.The watch will go up for general sale in the middle of May.AdChoices广告“This is indeed an exciting moment in GPS fitness watches because the first touch screen bike computer, the Garmin Edge 800, already has proven how superior this type of navigation can be. Adding new features like cumulative Training Effect, Virtual Racer, and then a touch screen display, which quickly navigates to more data faster than ever before, is going to be outstanding for runners and cyclists,” said Heart Rate Watch Company president Rusty Squire in a Garmin press release.
‘I was playing for a Grand Slam with Ireland and I still didn’t really know how to play rugby’ Former Ireland and Lions prop Tom Court has brought the curtain down on a rollercoaster rugby career. what a career. Congratulations mate. Hope you have an absolutely stinking hangover.— chris henry (@chrishenry678) May 25, 2017 Source: chris henry/Twitter Congrats on a great career Courty! Great character to have around the place @UlsterRugby !! Best wishes for what’s next. #upandback— Paul_Marshall (@PaulMarshall9) May 26, 2017 23 Comments Wishing @TomCourt1 and his family all the best for the future. Great player, team mate and friend. Welcome to the afterlife TC … pic.twitter.com/itwH7OB6HM— Stephen Ferris (@StephenFerris6) May 26, 2017 Source: Stephen Ferris/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Court knows that he’s fortunate to have so much success to reflect on from his professional career, but the journey wasn’t always smooth. Often consumed by his desire to be better on the field, sleepless nights were common as he struggled to switch his mind off when he needed to.Throughout Court’s time as an Ulster and Ireland player, the pursuit of improvement in his game sometimes had an adverse effect on his mindset. He has spoken of flirting with depression and admits he seldom handled the pressure well. Even the greatest triumphs he was involved in — like Ireland’s victory over the country of his birth at the 2011 World Cup — were subsequently often difficult to savour.“Mental health, not just for rugby players but for everyone, is extremely important,” says Court, who hopes to assist future generations of players in his role as an ambassador for mental health charity ‘State of Mind’, which is geared towards sportspeople.“I think I experienced first-hand quite a lot of the ups and downs, but luckily I’ve got an extremely supportive wife and family who are always there to keep me grounded. A lot of other people don’t have that luxury. The more people that talk about mental health, the better. It’s important that people realise that everyone encounters issues at one stage or another. Everyone goes through ups and downs and there’s nothing wrong with that.“With rugby and sport in general, all anyone sees of the players is that they run on, they play a game, and then they run off. Commentators, pundits, fans, they have a narrow outlook when they try to surmise and guess why a player might have played badly. They don’t take into account the players’ private lives and the effect that can have.“You don’t get a concession because things in your private life might be difficult at a particular time. When your private life permeates into your professional life, it can be really hard to separate one from the other.” Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHe adds: “I didn’t have very good coping mechanisms for the pressure that went along with rugby. I was consumed by the game 24 hours a day, trying to get better and the different things I needed to work on. Coming from Australia and then playing for Ireland, and feeling like you’re the first person they’re looking to get out of the team, I always felt a lot of pressure.“I was usually coming off the bench as well so a lot of the time you’re coming into a situation when you’re not sure how the game is being played. Take the game against Australia at the World Cup as an example.“I came on for the last 10 or 15 minutes at tighthead. I was playing in a position I hadn’t played much of for years and you’re suddenly in a series of five-metre scrums which the whole game is riding on. Obviously everything went well in that game and we won, but that wasn’t always the case.“I didn’t cope with the pressure well but I didn’t feel like there was always a huge amount of support for me to stay in the team anyway. I’m very grateful for the very many selections and chances I got — more than most people could ever dream of — but I never managed the whole thing very well.“The big thing is making sure you put rugby into perspective. For me, rugby was everything and I had everything riding on it for a good while. I did start to realise later in my career that even though it’s very important and there’s a lot riding on some of the games, the most important thing is family and friends. Sometimes you just need a bit more experience to have that perspective.”Just six months after that win over Australia, Court endured the toughest day of his career. He never expected to play for Ireland again after the 30-9 defeat to England at Twickenham on St Patrick’s Day in 2012. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIreland were second-best from early on in the game. When Court replaced injured tighthead Mike Ross just before half-time, Declan Kidney’s side trailed 9-3. With their dominance at the scrum providing an effective platform, England eventually ran away with the game in the second half. When the post-mortem began, Court became the scapegoat for an abject Irish performance.“Especially with the fall-out from the game, that was the lowest point for me,” he says, “even though I always say that you should look at the guys who started the game — Cian Healy, Rory Best and Mike Ross, all top players — and look at all the scrums up until half-time, just before I came on.“Then come and talk to me about how you felt the scrum was going that day before the change was even made. We were under a lot of pressure from the start. It was just one of those occasions where England had a head of steam, then obviously Mike Ross went off injured and I came on.“I suppose it was the recency effect, where people only remembered how things ended instead of the start. People will remember what they want to remember and some guys are easier targets than others.“There were many times when I didn’t play as well as I could have with Ireland, but on that occasion in particular the team hadn’t been going well from the start, particularly in the scrum. But I know as well that if you’re willing to put on the jersey and you say ‘I can do the job’, you have to be willing to deal with the consequences as well.”Court understandably struggled in the aftermath. However, a return to action with Ulster three weeks later accelerated his recovery from a setback that severely tested his resolve. Ulster would come up short in that season’s Heineken Cup decider, but Court played his part in a landmark quarter-final victory over Munster at Thomond Park along the way. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“For the week after the [England] game I don’t think I said more than 20 words to my wife. That was probably the darkest part of my career. I can look back and joke about it now, but when you’re experiencing those feelings it’s hard to see much light at the end of the tunnel,” Court admits.“Supporters can be fickle and have short memories. One month they’ll be baying for your blood and the next month they’re roaring you on. I didn’t really follow a whole lot of media coverage of it but obviously a lot of the papers — certainly in southern Ireland anyway — went to town and picked out the guys who they wanted to make sure copped the flak. It was a tough few weeks.“Your family does as much as they can but obviously it can be hard for them to understand about the actually rugby context. In that respect you’re relying on the support of your mates in the team at Ulster. They accept you back in as if nothing’s happened and they’re the ones who tell you to get on with it and help you through it. They know whether you need a kick up the bum or an arm around the shoulder.“I didn’t think I’d ever play for Ireland again, that’s for sure. I wasn’t even sure how long more I’d be playing for Ulster, with the way it all played out. But you’re a stronger person when you emerge and it gives you perspective.“You can’t get from A to D without going through B and C. There’s a broader picture to difficult experiences like that too. If I was to look back and say ‘I wish it hadn’t happened’, then maybe I wouldn’t have played for the Lions.”After living in the UK for the past three years, Court and his family will spend a month in Ireland this summer before making the move back to Australia, where he plans to pursue a career in psychology with the masters degree he’s been studying for. Source: David DaviesHe’s a born and bred Aussie, but the Irish connection provided by his grandfather only grew stronger after he moved here in 2006 to play for Ulster. Two years earlier, at the age of 24, Court played rugby for the first time.He previously excelled in the shot put and narrowly missed out on a place at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Instead, he went on to become part of an Ireland squad that won the country’s first Six Nations Grand Slam in 61 years — an achievement he cherished, irrespective of his birthplace.During the 2009 championship, Court won his first Ireland cap as a second-half replacement for Marcus Horan in the defeat of Italy. He then made a brief cameo as a blood sub in the decider against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.Court: “The guys who won that Grand Slam were a really special group. They were such warm, welcoming characters to start with. My grandfather was raised in Limerick so he’d tell us bits and pieces about Ireland when I was growing up, but it wasn’t until I got over here that I got an understanding of what the people are like and I realised how special a country it is.“Looking back, the feeling for me throughout that championship was a little bit like what I experienced with the Lions. I don’t know whether this shows an underestimation of my ability or some kind of humility, but because it was so far out of your imagination of what you think you could achieve, I was still just in shock that I was part of it.“I was just doing my best to contribute when I could. If I’m honest, I was playing for a Grand Slam with Ireland and I still didn’t really know how to play rugby. I was still getting a feel for the game because I only started playing four or five years before. I was still developing an understanding for what I was doing and what my role was. Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO“Being around guys like John Hayes, Paul O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara — legends of the sport — you’re sort of overwhelmed at the start and you’re just trying to fit in and do as much as you can to play a part. Obviously I didn’t play a lot of minutes through that series, but it was more afterwards when you get an appreciation for it.“Even now when I look at some of the photos, where you’re standing next to Ronan O’Gara and meeting the Queen, you’re bringing the trophies to President McAleese, then you realise how rare it is for anyone, let alone an Irishman, to actually achieve a Grand Slam.“I’ll probably appreciate it more and more the older I get. It’s the same with the Lions. I only saw the other day the number of people who have played for the Lions. I think it’s 833 now. To be able to say that you’re one of that small number in the whole of history in this amazing tradition is something that’s hitting me more and more since it actually happened.”By the way, the main image at the head of this article: of Tom Court in conversation with Prince William in the dressing room after Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam triumph, as Brian O’Driscoll seemingly erupts into uproarious laughter — you may be curious as to the story behind it. Unfortunately, so is Tom Court.“I’ll be honest, I didn’t even remember meeting Prince William until you showed me that,” he laughs. “It’s probably another example of how much shock and awe I was in during those times. I’m assuming it’s to do with my accent. Brian was probably introducing him to the players and I’m hoping I said ‘Hello’ instead of ‘G’day mate’ or something stupid like that. Great pic though.” Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOWhen tales of Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam winners are passed down through the generations by those who witnessed the achievement, kids will learn about O’Driscoll and O’Gara, O’Connell and O’Callaghan.Tom Court’s name may not stand the test of time as well as many of the players he shared that Ireland dressing room with, but that won’t diminish the strength of the memories he has taken into retirement and the experiences he’ll share with his own children.In life, you make the most of the cards your dealt. On that basis, Court — the man who became a Grand Slam winner, a European Cup finalist and a British & Irish Lion within a decade of taking up rugby — won’t carry many regrets back to Brisbane.‘This isn’t where I wanted to be at this stage of my life… but it’s out of my control’Moving on to a new challenge a decade since Grand Slam glory Jun 18th 2017, 8:00 AM Top man TC, aboslute legend and always looked after the younger fella’s.— Niall Annett (@NiallAnnett2) May 25, 2017 “A lot of the time — and I don’t mean any disrespect to people here — guys put the news out there nice and early as a bit of an ego boost,” he says. “Whether it’s a PR ploy to get them a bit of publicity for their next role, that will help I’m sure. But I purposely wanted to keep it low-key. I didn’t want to make a big fuss about it.”However, given the esteem in which he is held by his peers, Court wasn’t going to be allowed to slip away quietly. Former Ulster and Ireland team-mates like Stephen Ferris and Chris Henry were among the many who sent messages of support and congratulations in the 36-year-old’s direction.Court: “For me, the biggest accolade I’ve had in rugby is the encouragement and support from team-mates. It’s been a bit of a rocky ride in rugby with me over the years, and the supporters who have stood by me through thick and thin have always been brilliant. But rugby can be a fickle sport. Getting that support from guys I played with was quite flattering.” Short URL Source: Paul_Marshall/Twitter Share581 Tweet Email The elusive silverware & my two good luck charms 😍🍀🏆 Rugby, thanks for the memories – it’s been some ride #Afterlife #OverAndOut pic.twitter.com/urNdo3CWp6— Tom Court (@TomCourt1) May 25, 2017 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOTHE SUNSHINE ON Australia’s Gold Coast was just the tonic for Tom Court after a long season with club and country.Seven days earlier he was in Toronto, winning what would prove to be his final cap for Ireland in a victory over Canada. He had been looking forward to this break back home, near where he was raised in Brisbane. So too had his wife Cath, daughter Maddy and son Theo.Only one thing would have passed as an acceptable holiday interruption, but it was never likely to happen — at least that’s what Court thought until his phone rang while Cath went out to pick up a takeaway for dinner.“I was just in the apartment with the kids,” he recalls. “They were running around and enjoying the kind of weather they weren’t used to back in Ireland. I think I was just watching TV. The call was from a number I didn’t recognise and the person on the other end of the line was claiming to be Mick Kearney, the Ireland team manager.”The following morning, Court was picked up by a car and taken to Brisbane Airport. Three days later he entered the pitch at AAMI Park as a British & Irish Lion, replacing Ryan Grant for the final 25 minutes of a 35-0 win against Melbourne Rebels.“I was sure the call was a wind-up from one of my team-mates at Ulster. They were always good craic and that’s the kind of thing you’d expect from them. I was questioning the legitimacy of it all, which goes to show my frame of mind with regards to being in the reckoning,” says Court, who had won 24 of his 32 Ireland caps from the bench. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHaving been summoned as a replacement for the injured Alex Corbisiero, there was certainly an element of being in the right place at the right time about his call-up. But for an Aussie who first picked up a rugby ball just nine years earlier, facing the Wallabies as one of the British & Irish Lions was a significant milestone.“For all the other guys, they would probably have dreamt of playing for the Lions when they were kids, hearing stories about guys like Willie John McBride and Syd Millar. For them it was the realisation of a lifelong goal. For me it was just a genuine shock; an appreciation of a very special experience but in quite a different way.”As evidenced by his Lions number — 807 — taking pride of place in the bio on his Twitter profile, Court’s involvement in the 2013 tour of Australia represents one of the highlights of a professional career that concluded last month, when London Irish sealed their return to the Aviva Premiership by overcoming Yorkshire Carnegie.An eight-year spell at Ulster ended in 2014 when he accepted the offer of a three-year deal from the Exiles. Results in England’s second tier don’t tend to reverberate throughout the rugby world, but helping the club to atone for the disappointment of the previous season’s relegation was a satisfying manner in which to sign off. Nevertheless, making noise had never been one of Court’s objectives anyway.He played in a Lions series, a Grand Slam campaign and a European Cup final. A lengthy statement advising of his impending retirement, followed by a lap of honour and an emotional farewell, wouldn’t have been unjustified. Instead, Court saw out his contract and sent a tweet the following afternoon to announce that he had reached the finish line. Source: Niall Annett/Twitter Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 8:00 AM https://the42.ie/3440672 52,599 Views Source: Tom Court/Twitter By Paul Dollery
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece on Saturday arrested the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party and hunted for dozens of members as part of a crackdown launched after the murder of a leftist musician, a police source said.Nikos Michaloliakos, 56, was arrested along with Golden Dawn lawmaker and spokesman Ilias Kassidiairis and two other party members on charges of belonging to a “criminal organisation,” the source said on condition of anonymity.Arrest warrants have been issued for at least five other MPs and dozens of members of the party, which has 18 lawmakers in parliament.The arrests came a day after Golden Dawn threatened to quit parliament, a move that would prompt by-elections in the recession-hit country where the government is struggling to implement painful public sector reforms in return for international bailout funds.Greece launched a crackdown on the party after the fatal stabbing of 34-year-old anti-fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas on September 18 by a self-confessed neo-Nazi.On Friday, Michaloliakos threatened to pull the party’s 18 lawmakers out of parliament, a move that would prompt by-elections in 15 regions around the country.The by-elections could hurt the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, which has a slim majority of 155 MPs in the 300-seat parliament.Golden Dawn was voted into parliament for the first time in 2012 elections, amid widespread anger over structural reforms international creditors have imposed on the debt-wracked country, which is currently in its sixth continuous year of recession and that has a staggering 27 percent unemployment rate.
Xavier Bertrand opposé à une extension de la taxe sodas aux boissons lightDimanche, le ministre de la Santé Xavier Bertrand s’est dit opposé à ce que la taxe qui sera prochainement appliquée aux sodas concerne également les boissons contenant des édulcorants. La semaine dernière, les députés ont proposé que la nouvelle taxe qui concerne les boissons avec sucre ajouté telles que les sodas, soit élargie et également appliquée aux boissons dites “light”. Une mesure qui avait déjà été proposée mais qui n’a pas remporté un grand succès du côté du ministère de la Santé. En effet, dimanche, Xavier Bertrand a fait part de son opposition contre une extension de la taxe aux boissons contenant des édulcorants. “Je ne le souhaite pas parce qu’il y a une différence entre consommer des boissons +light+ et des boissons avec sucre ajouté. Pour l’obésité ce n’est pas la même chose”, a justifié le ministre de la Santé sur Canal +, maintenant sa position sur l’objectif anti-obésité de la future taxe. À lire aussiUne “taxe hamburger” à la rentrée en HongrieIl a poursuivi : “s’il y a un vrai risque sur l’aspartame, un risque qui est avéré, je n’hésiterai pas une seconde, non pas à taxer mais, dans ce cas-là, à prendre des précautions supplémentaires, voire même à suspendre. S’il y avait un rapport qui disait clairement : ‘cela présente un danger, il faut retirer’, je n’hésiterai pas à le faire, mais ce n’est pas le cas”. A ce jour, l’aspartame suscite en effet de nombreuses inquiétudes et fait l’objet de plusieurs études concernant les effets de sa consommation à moyen et long terme. Cependant, les résultats de ces enquêtes ne seront pas connus avant plusieurs mois voire plus d’un an. Jeudi, le gouvernement s’était dit ouvert au débat sur l’extension de la taxe tout en soulignant que la proposition des députés, dénoncée par les industriels, n’était “pas son projet” et “soulev(ait) des fragilités juridiques”, relève l’AFP. Le 17 octobre 2011 à 11:48 • Maxime Lambert
Comment la baleine fait-elle pour rester en apnée jusqu’à 50 minutes ?Une équipe internationale a mis en évidence, chez les mammifères marins actuels mais aussi anciens, les adaptations qui, au niveau moléculaire, permettent à l’organisme de stocker davantage d’oxygène avant la plongée.Formidable cétacé, la baleine est équipée, comme les humains, de poumons et n’est donc pas capable de respirer sous l’eau. Toutefois, elle présente une remarquable capacité à rester en apnée, pouvant demeurer sous l’eau jusqu’à 50 minutes, quand l’homme peine à atteindre les 10 minutes. Comment fait-elle ? C’est la question qui taraude depuis longtemps les scientifiques qui commencent peu à peu à en trouver la réponse.En effet, les spécialistes savaient déjà que chez les cétacés et les pinnipèdes (phoques et otaries), champions des longues plongées, une protéine appelée “myoglobine”, abondante dans leurs muscles, leur permet – comme l’hémoglobine du sang – de fixer l’oxygène indispensable aux apnées. Mais les protéines en concentrations élevées ont tendance à s’agglutiner, ce qui nuit à cette fonction de stockage. Les modalités de ce processus biologique demeuraient donc mal connues.Des protéines qui agissent comme des aimants Aujourd’hui, une équipe internationale dirigée par le Dr Michael Berenbrink, de l’Institut de biologie intégrative de l’Université de Liverpool, a réussi à apporter certaines précisions. “Nous avons étudié la charge électrique sur la surface de la myoglobine et constaté qu’elle augmente chez les mammifères qui peuvent plonger sous l’eau longtemps. Nous avons été surpris de voir cette signature moléculaire chez les baleines et les phoques, mais aussi chez les castors, les rats musqués et même les musaraignes d’eau, semi-aquatiques”, explique le Dr Berenbrink.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Notre étude suggère que l’augmentation de la charge électrique de la myoglobine, chez les mammifères qui ont des concentrations élevées de cette protéine, provoque une électro-répulsion, comme les pôles identiques de deux aimants. Cela doit empêcher les protéines de s’agglutiner et permettre ainsi à des concentrations beaucoup plus élevées de myoglobine d’accumuler de l’oxygène dans les muscles de ces plongeurs”, précise le Dr Scott Mirceta, membre de l’équipe dont l’étude est publiée dans la revue Science.Un ancêtre commun amphibie vieux de 65 Ma Pour en savoir plus, les chercheurs ont alors cartographié cette signature moléculaire sur l’arbre généalogique des mammifères. Ceci leur a permis de “reconstituer [l’histoire] de ce ‘réservoir musculaire’ d’oxygène chez les ancêtres disparus des mammifères plongeurs d’aujourd’hui. Nous avons même pu rapporter la première preuve [de l’existence] d’un ancêtre amphibie commun aux siréniens, aux damans et aux éléphants, qui vivait dans les eaux peu profondes d’Afrique il y a environ 65 millions d’années”, reprend Berenbrink.Aussi, “nous sommes vraiment enthousiasmés par cette nouvelle découverte, car elle nous permet de connecter les changements anatomiques qui ont eu lieu pendant la transition terre-eau des mammifères [aquatiques] avec leurs capacités physiologiques réelles de plongeurs. (…) Ces résultats illustrent le fort intérêt de combiner des approches moléculaires, physiologiques et évolutives des problèmes biologiques”, conclut le chercheur.Le 14 juin 2013 à 16:35 • Maxime Lambert
Pour apprendre une langue étrangère, mettez vous à chanter !Selon une récente étude, chanter dans une langue étrangère aiderait à apprendre plus rapidement cette langue. Il y a peu, le site Spotify a dévoilé le Top 10 des chansons yaourt. Vous savez ces fameuses chansons que la plupart chante en se trompant systématiquement dans les paroles. En tête arrive ainsi le célèbre tube des Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (are made of this) souvent transformé en Sweet Dreams are made of cheese. Un changement qui, il faut bien le reconnaitre, fait sourire. Pourtant, on aurait tout intérêt à bien faire attention aux paroles des chansons. En particulier, si la langue de Shakespeare n’est pas notre fort ! C’est du moins ce que suggère une récente étude publiée dans la revue Memory and Cognition et menée par des chercheurs écossais de l’université d’Edimbourg. D’après ces travaux, chanter dans une langue étrangère aiderait grandement à apprendre cette langue. Des mots chantés mieux retenus Pour en arriver là, le Dr Katie Overy et ses collègues ont fait écouter des enregistrements de mots hongrois à 60 volontaires. Les scientifiques ont choisi le hongrois afin d’être surs que les participants en avaient peu voire jamais entendu et qu’aucun n’avait essayé de l’apprendre. Au cours de l’expérience, les mots étaient soit prononcés de façon classique, soit chantés. Les participants devaient alors le répéter juste après, de la même façon.Après 15 minutes, tous les sujets ont été soumis à un test évaluant les résultats de l’apprentissage. Les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les participants qui avaient entendu et répété les mots chantés montraient les meilleurs scores. Mieux encore, à long terme, ce sont eux qui se rappelaient les mots de la façon plus correcte. Ils pouvaient même bien les prononcer sans chanter. “Les résultats suggèrent qu’une méthode d’apprentissage “écouter et chanter” peut faciliter la mémoire pour des phrases de langue parlée”, a commenté le Dr Karen Ludke, co-auteur des travaux. “La plupart des personnes se sont déjà souvenues de mots venant de chansons qu’elles avaient entendues et les chansons sont parfois utilisées chez de jeunes enfants par des professeurs de langue”, a relevé le Dr Overy cité par le Telegraph.Un lien particulier entre musique et mémoireÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est pourquoi, nous avons voulu savoir “s’il y avait un bénéfice et nous avons trouvé que chanter était bien plus efficace, particulièrement quand il s’agit de tests de langue parlée”, a t-elle ajouté. Néanmoins, la découverte n’est pas si étonnante dans la mesure où des scientifiques avaient déjà mis en évidence des liens spéciaux entre la musique et la mémoire. Aussi, les scientifiques suggèrent que ces nouveaux résultats pourraient amener ceux qui ont du mal à apprendre une langue à opter pour une méthode plus musicale. Mais ils permettent également d’ouvrir de nouvelles portes “pour de futures recherches dans le domaine”, selon le Dr Ludke. Par exemple, l’une des questions serait de savoir si “la mélodie peut fournir un signal supplémentaire pour rafraichir la mémoire de quelqu’un et l’aider à se rappeler de mots étrangers et de phrases plus facilement”, a t-elle indiqué. Le 23 juillet 2013 à 17:28 • Maxime Lambert
11:28 a.m. State officials confirm that they have reached a tentative agreement with the union representing striking ferry workers. Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka says in a release that a new three-year deal was reached Thursday night. Tshibaka says terms will be released after union members ratify the agreement. Voting was ongoing Friday afternoon. Robb Arnold, a spokesman for the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, tells the Anchorage Daily News that an agreement was reached Thursday night in its employment contract negotiations with the state. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific union members went on strike July 24 over wages, health care and over a lack of communication of how budget cuts would affect them. Arnold would not disclose terms of the agreement which still needs to be approved by union members. Neither Arnold nor state officials immediately returned messages to The Associated Press. Union president and chief negotiator Marina Secchitano is quoted in the state’s release saying the new agreement addresses many concerns of union members. The Alaska Marine Highway System is preparing to bring ferries back online. Officials say the earliest ships could sail would be Saturday. 12:05 p.m. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a tentative agreement being reached by the state and striking ferry workers (all times local): A tentative agreement has been reached between ferry workers and the state of Alaska that could end a week-old strike that left some passengers and vehicles stranded. Union members went on strike July 24, halting a network that serves many coastal communities not connected to the road system. ___ The union represents about 430 workers, according to the state. It is one of three unions representing ferry workers.
Fears of retaliatory sectarian violence have already caused Muslim communities to flee their homes amid bomb scares, lockdowns and security sweeps. “Police are looking to arrest them,” Sirisena said. Reuters . Colombo He blamed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government for weakening the intelligence system by focusing on the prosecution of military officers over alleged war crimes during a decade-long civil war with Tamil separatists that ended in 2009. Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe in October over political differences, only to reinstate him weeks later under pressure from the Supreme Court. Authorities have so far focused their investigations on international links to two domestic Islamist groups – National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – they believe carried out the attacks. “Security is important,” he said. Sirisena told reporters on Friday some Sri Lankan youths had been involved with Islamic State since 2013. He said information uncovered so far suggested there were 140 people in Sri Lanka involved in Islamic State activities. The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka also urged its citizens to avoid places of worship over the coming weekend after authorities reported there could be more attacks targeting religious centres. Nearly 10,000 soldiers were deployed across the Indian Ocean island state to carry out searches and provide security for religious centres, the military said on Friday. The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ullama, Sri Lanka’s main Islamic religious body, urged Muslims to conduct prayers at home in case “there is a need to protect family and properties”. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith also appealed to priests not to conduct mass at churches until further notice. They included British, U.S., Australian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals. Britain warned its nationals on Thursday to avoid Sri Lanka unless it was absolutely necessary. Police have detained at least 76 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt, in their investigations so far. Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Until now, Christians had largely managed to avoid the worst of the island’s conflict and communal tensions. The extremist group released a video on Tuesday showing eight men, all but one with their faces covered, standing under a black Islamic State flag and declaring their loyalty to its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. DEFENCE, POLICE CHIEFS QUIT The Sri Lankan government said nine homegrown, well-educated suicide bombers carried out the attacks, eight of whom had been identified. One was a woman. Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home and not attend mosques or churches after the State Intelligence Services warned of possible car bomb attacks, amid fears of retaliatory violence. Islamic State provided no evidence to back its claim that it was behind the attacks. If true, it would be one of the worst attacks carried out by the group outside Iraq and Syria. Most of the victims were Sri Lankans, although authorities said at least 38 foreigners were also killed, many of them tourists sitting down to breakfast at top-end hotels when the bombers struck. Sri Lankan police detain 140 on suspect of IS link Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard under the rain at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 25, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPSri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday.Muslims in Sri Lanka were urged to pray at home and not attend mosques or churches after the State Intelligence Services warned of possible car bomb attacks, amid fears of retaliatory violence.The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka also urged its citizens to avoid places of worship over the coming weekend after authorities reported there could be more attacks targeting religious centres.Sri Lanka remains on edge after the suicide bombing attacks on three churches and four hotels that also wounded about 500 people.Nearly 10,000 soldiers were deployed across the Indian Ocean island state to carry out searches and provide security for religious centres, the military said on Friday.The All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ullama, Sri Lanka’s main Islamic religious body, urged Muslims to conduct prayers at home in case “there is a need to protect family and properties”.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith also appealed to priests not to conduct mass at churches until further notice.”Security is important,” he said.Police have detained at least 76 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt, in their investigations so far.Islamic State provided no evidence to back its claim that it was behind the attacks. If true, it would be one of the worst attacks carried out by the group outside Iraq and Syria.The extremist group released a video on Tuesday showing eight men, all but one with their faces covered, standing under a black Islamic State flag and declaring their loyalty to its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.DEFENCE, POLICE CHIEFS QUITThe Sri Lankan government said nine homegrown, well-educated suicide bombers carried out the attacks, eight of whom had been identified. One was a woman.Sirisena told reporters on Friday some Sri Lankan youths had been involved with Islamic State since 2013. He said information uncovered so far suggested there were 140 people in Sri Lanka involved in Islamic State activities.”Police are looking to arrest them,” Sirisena said.Authorities have so far focused their investigations on international links to two domestic Islamist groups – National Thawheed Jama’ut and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – they believe carried out the attacks.Government officials have acknowledged a major lapse in not widely sharing an intelligence warning from India before the attacks.Sirisena said top defence and police chiefs had not shared information with him about the impending attacks. Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned over the failure to prevent the attacks.”The police chief said he will resign now,” Sirisena said.He blamed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government for weakening the intelligence system by focusing on the prosecution of military officers over alleged war crimes during a decade-long civil war with Tamil separatists that ended in 2009.Sirisena fired Wickremesinghe in October over political differences, only to reinstate him weeks later under pressure from the Supreme Court.Opposing factions aligned to Wickremesinghe and Sirisena have often refused to communicate with each other and blame any setbacks on their opponents, government sources say.The Easter Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that had existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since the civil war against mostly Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended.Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus. Until now, Christians had largely managed to avoid the worst of the island’s conflict and communal tensions.Most of the victims were Sri Lankans, although authorities said at least 38 foreigners were also killed, many of them tourists sitting down to breakfast at top-end hotels when the bombers struck.They included British, U.S., Australian, Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals. Britain warned its nationals on Thursday to avoid Sri Lanka unless it was absolutely necessary.Fears of retaliatory sectarian violence have already caused Muslim communities to flee their homes amid bomb scares, lockdowns and security sweeps.But at the Kollupitiya Jumma Masjid mosque, tucked in between sleepy side streets in Colombo, hundreds defied government calls to stay at home, attending a service they say was focused on a call for people of all religions to help return peace to Sri Lanka.”It’s a very sad situation,” said 28-year-old sales worker Raees Ulhaq, as soldiers hurried on dawdling worshippers and sniffer dogs nosed their way through pot-holed lanes. Tags: Sri Lanka, Bomb Attack, Church, Terror AttackCap: Meta: Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday But at the Kollupitiya Jumma Masjid mosque, tucked in between sleepy side streets in Colombo, hundreds defied government calls to stay at home, attending a service they say was focused on a call for people of all religions to help return peace to Sri Lanka. “The police chief said he will resign now,” Sirisena said. Opposing factions aligned to Wickremesinghe and Sirisena have often refused to communicate with each other and blame any setbacks on their opponents, government sources say. The Easter Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that had existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since the civil war against mostly Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended. “We work with Christians, Buddhists, Hindus. It has been a threat for all of us because of what these few people have done to this beautiful country.” Government officials have acknowledged a major lapse in not widely sharing an intelligence warning from India before the attacks. Sri Lanka remains on edge after the suicide bombing attacks on three churches and four hotels that also wounded about 500 people. “It’s a very sad situation,” said 28-year-old sales worker Raees Ulhaq, as soldiers hurried on dawdling worshippers and sniffer dogs nosed their way through pot-holed lanes. Sirisena said top defence and police chiefs had not shared information with him about the impending attacks. Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned over the failure to prevent the attacks. Sri Lankan police are trying to track down 140 people believed linked to Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings of churches and hotels that killed 253 people, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday. “We work with Christians, Buddhists, Hindus. It has been a threat for all of us because of what these few people have done to this beautiful country.”
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