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Advani retains Asian Billiards title

first_imgYangon (Myanmar), Mar 24 (PTI) Pankaj Advani today defended his Asian Billiards Championships title in style by demolishing his practice partner B Bhaskar 6-1 in the summit clash here. With this win, Advani remains the reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18. Indias Amee Kamani won the Asian Womens Snooker title by blanking her Thai opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan 3-0. This is Advanis 11th gold medal at the Asian level of cue sports. His continental billiards title tally has gone up to seven, in addition to the back-to-back Asian Games gold medals in 2006 and 2010, one 6-red snooker title and a snooker team gold. After losing the first frame, thanks to a well-crafted 100 by Bhaskar, the rest of the match saw Advani punish his opponent for every mistake made with a frame-winning break. Advani left the spectators mesmerised with top quality billiards as he scored a deadly barrage of breaks in the final consisting of 102, 83, 94, 96 and 99. Advani scored heavily in the fourth and fifth frames, not allowing Bhaskar to put a single point on the board. These two frames appeared to be the turning point of the tie as it kept Bhaskar away from the table while Advani grew from strength to strength, making him invincible from that point on. There were spirited attempts thereafter of a comeback from the eventual silver medalist Bhaskar but Advani was in no mood to let his lead and title go. He completed the proceedings with a world-class 99 break to seal the match and championship yet again. Bhaskar is yet to win an Asian title.advertisement “This Asian crown is special as it comes just before the Padma Bhushan ceremony (April 2). I got to defend my title from last year plus got to play the final with my sparring partner and dear friend Bhaskar as we bring back both gold and silver to our country and our state Karnataka,” said Advani. Results: Advani (India) beat B Bhaskar (India) 6-1: 24-100 (100), 102 (102)-6, 101(83)-59, 100(94)-0, 101(96)-0, 102-40, 101(99)-51. Amee Kamani (India) defeated Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan (Thailand) 3-0: 49-11, 83-46, 72-24. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Jonny Wilkinson: ‘It took a few years for the pressure to really build. And then it exploded’

first_imginterviews He has heard about how Kearnan Myall opened up about his own mental health problems in a recent interview with the Guardian. He knows there are a lot of players out there going through the same things he suffered with himself. Anxiety, depression, angst. “The guys I was playing with when I started came from the amateur era, and they definitely had a better sense of balance because they had the grounding of working in an office one day and playing rugby the next,” he says. “They knew that the same guys they were working with in that office might be there in the crowd watching them play, so they understood that it was supposed to be for fun and entertainment.”Wilkinson thinks the sport needs to find a way to recapture some of that spirit. The stigma of discussing mental health is being broken down, “but we have to get beyond that beautiful beginning where we’re all talking about it, and sharing our experiences, we have to get to a point where we’re asking: ‘What next?’ It can’t all be about ‘dealing’ and ‘coping’ and ‘managing’ with mental health. Because that path ends with you crawling out the other side of your career, thinking about how life gets so much harder as you get older.”He feels as if he spent years trying to fight his depression with “another Six Nations Championship, or some more caps, or titles, or points. ‘Surely,’ I told myself, ‘that will keep you off my back?’ It doesn’t. It’s never enough.”• Jonny Wilkinson was speaking as the ambassador of a new mental health campaign launched this month by health insurer Vitality. Share on Pinterest Read more Twitter Robert Kitson “I spent my career surviving the pressure I put on myself,” Wilkinson says. “When you get to the end you look back and you say ‘what did I do with my career?’ I survived it. Well if you had told that to me when I was 20 I would have smacked myself.”But Wilkinson won a World Cup, four Six Nations and the Heineken Cup, twice. He scored more points in Tests than any other Englishman. “Look,” he explains, “there’s guys who made the World Cup squad and never got picked who are as happy as anything, and there are some guys that played in the final and won it who are utterly miserable.”Wilkinson knows. He was one of them himself. “I lived a huge amount of my career thinking I was going to achieve joy through suffering,” he says, “but all I did was create a habit of suffering. I lived for those beautiful moments of being in the zone during the games, and I told myself they were the result of the ridiculous suffering I went through and the sacrifices I made. So I told myself I had to suffer more, because that was the way I was going to get back into the zone.” Facebook Pinterest Support The Guardian Old instincts of World Rugby are preventing a true global union England rugby union team Share on LinkedIn It is October 2011, and a 32-year‑old Jonny Wilkinson is playing in his fourth World Cup, under Martin Johnson in New Zealand. “I was a shell of the player I’d been when I was 20 years old. I’d had 12 years to work and grow and build and in all that time all I’d managed to do was take the bright shining light of my potential and turn it into this dim, weak, being.”Wilkinson has always suffered with anxiety, “but when I was younger it was 50-50, half of me was loving the game, half was worrying about what would happen if it went wrong. And as I got older that ratio became 70-30, then 85-15, and it left so little space for joy.”There are lessons here. Wilkinson was the prototypical superstar of professional rugby in this country, and his experiences foreshadow the mental health crisis the game is only just beginning to address. Stop the suffering and ditch the lip service to mental health in sport Jonny Wilkinson says of England’s World Cup triumph: ‘There are some guys that played in the final and won it who are utterly miserable.’ Photograph: Tom Shaw – World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images The Wasps forward Kearnan Myall has spoken about his mental health problems and the pressures of being a professional rugby player. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images Share via Email Since you’re here… Rugby union Read more Topics Jonny Wilkinson … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It is October 1999, and a 20-year-old Jonny Wilkinson is sitting on the edge of a bed in Clive Woodward’s hotel room in Paris. Woodward has just told Wilkinson that he is dropping him to the bench for England’s World Cup quarter-final against South Africa at the Stade de France that weekend. Woodward has chosen instead to play Paul Grayson, who is eight years older and has a dozen more caps. “I remember it so well,” Wilkinson says now. “I looked at Clive and I said: ‘Mate, I think it is a great idea, I think he is a brilliant player and the team will go brilliantly with him. I’m young. My time will come.’”Wilkinson wonders what happened to that 20-year-old, and what he would have thought of the player he grew into. “I look back now, and I can’t believe the maturity I had then, how free I was, compared to the player I became, so wrapped up in my own self-importance and reputation.” In 2003 “my anxiety was at a peak, and then it paid off, we won the World Cup, so I was like: ‘Bring on the joy!’” It never came.So Wilkinson just kept punishing himself. “I’d allowed that World Cup to become a defining moment, it gave me the proof I needed that I was doing everything right, so it reinforced this idea that I needed to destroy myself physically and mentally. It took a few years for the pressure to really build. And then it exploded.”Wilkinson does not enjoy revisiting those memories, like the time he found himself sinking to the bottom of a swimming pool and screaming to himself underwater, or the moments he spent shivering in a toilet cubicle in the minutes before kick-off, scared stiff and desperate for someone to talk to. Share on Twitter Reuse this content Mental health Twitter Share on Messenger Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Facebook last_img read more

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Former Ohio State WR Mike Thomas Is Trolling Jim Harbaugh On Twitter

first_imgurban meyer hugs michael thomas during ohio state's win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Michael Thomas #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Urban Meyer after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State AD Gene Smith may be at the point where he’s apologizing for yesterday’s back-and-forth with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, but it looks like former Buckeyes wideout Michael Thomas is just getting started. Tuesday night, Thomas followed up on Ezekiel Elliott’s trolling to take things to a new level.Thomas, in a series of tweets, poked fun at Harbaugh and Michigan for their loss to the Buckeyes last November. He included a Drake quote and a Bart Simpson meme. #Twitterfingers #shhhh https://t.co/9Pe5RsAUsQ— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 23, 2016#shhhh pic.twitter.com/Mrw7RXCAFG— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 23, 2016— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) March 23, 2016If Harbaugh ever returns to the NFL, it’ll be interesting to see if he winds up coaching any former Ohio State players.last_img read more

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Education Ministry to Place all GSAT Students in High School in 2018

first_imgMinister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Ministry will, as of 2018, be able to place all students who sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in a high school.Addressing the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston meeting at the Hotel Four Seasons, Ruthven Road in Kingston, yesterday (September 27), Senator Reid reported that 99 per cent of the students who sat the GSAT this year have been placed in high schools, which is two percentage points higher than the 2016 figure.“We have added four more full high schools this year, but we have 762 primary institutions. So, you have far more primary schools… (and) the demand is now at the secondary level,” he noted.Meanwhile, the Education Minister pointed out that the Government is doing all that it can to provide free education to children, as there should be no barriers to learning.“We are providing five days of lunches (under the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education – PATH), when they come to school. So, they don’t have to worry about meals,” Senator Reid said.“We need to have them in school, and we need to empower them through education. They must attend school regularly, and they must be supported as we transform them with free education policies, so they can become useful and productive citizens,” the Minister said.last_img read more

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TOS to Conduct Workboat Delivery for GSS Marine Services

first_imgzoom TOS to have conducted the second ship delivery for GSS Marine Services, a service provider for marine construction, engineering, repair and maintenance.“The new built Ellen K was shipped to Port Klang, Malaysia on a heavy lift vessel. After the vessel was unloaded TOS stepped in. Our ship delivery crew prepared the vessel for a voyage to Darwin, Australia. After a safe voyage the vessel arrived in Darwin last Sunday the 7th of October. ”, says Dennis van der Waal, Consultant Ship Delivery at TOS. The workboat 2611 Ellen K sailed under full TOS management and with a TOS crew. Last year TOS delivered the shoal buster Liz F from GSS Marine Services from the Netherlands to Darwin, Australia.TOS has become a world known specialist in this line of work: delivering all types of ships worldwide. Maritime services including crewing solutions for the maritime, offshore and oil & gas sector is the core business of TOS. Visit our website for more information about all services.TOS, October 11, 2013last_img read more

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ABCO Continues to Reach New Markets With Innovative Products

first_imgLunenburg’s ABCO Industries Ltd. is expanding its operations. The manufacturer of engineered metal products for processing and marine industries is working on a $337,000 project to purchase new manufacturing equipment and a wharf extension to serve its growing business demands, specifically, the order for two 18-metre research vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is complementing the company’s investment with a payroll rebate capped at a maximum of $161,525 over five years. The rebate will allow the company to upgrade its facilities and lower production costs through upgrades, and improvements to infrastructure and equipment. “We are proud to be working with an innovative company like ABCO, a company meeting the changing demands of the global economy, ensuring it will be here to contribute in the future,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development Percy Paris. ABCO Industries Ltd. delivers a diverse range of products including custom aluminum boats, and a new sludge dewatering truck that allows for efficient extraction of solid waste material from septic tanks. “With this investment we are able to improve our production ability and keep delivering high quality customer service as we enter new market opportunities,” said John Meisner, president ABCO Industries Ltd. “We’ve completed part of our project including the wharf extension and delivery of one of the vessels and we continue to move forward with developments like a new sludge dewatering truck.” ABCO Industries Ltd. was founded in 1947, on a site originally built as a training facility during World War II. Since then, the company has continually grown and has about 60 employees. “ABCO is a great example of a company that found innovative ways to maintain its competitiveness during economic uncertainty,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We want to work with more companies like this to help them remain aggressive and ready to come out ahead once the economy turns around.” ABCO Industries Ltd. is a world class supplier and manufacturer of engineered metal products to processing and marine industries. ABCO’s operations are located on the waterfront of the UNESCO World Heritage designated town of Lunenburg. ABCO’s goal is to provide customers with the highest standard of quality and value. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment-attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to www.novascotiabusiness.com for more details.last_img read more

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Innovation Key to Agriculture Success

first_imgNova Scotia farmers face daily challenges in today’s competitive, globalized marketplace. It isn’t enough to grow top-quality fruits, vegetables, livestock and related products, farmers need to be in step with consumer needs and provide value-added products that consumers will embrace. With that in mind, a one-day symposium designed to help producers, agri-businesses, and researchers embrace innovation as part of their working plans is being held in Truro on Tuesday, March 23. “This session is designed to explore components of an innovation tool kit that we’re building here in Nova Scotia,” said Alan Grant, executive director, Department of Agriculture. “We must move beyond a traditional commodity approach to agri-business and toward advancing new and innovative business models, new approaches to product and service development, and creating new agri-food business partnerships and opportunities.” The event features a panel discussion with three Nova Scotia producers sharing how they embraced innovation to expand operations and improve their farm’s bottom line. “Innovation opens the doors to new opportunities,” said Jeanita Rand of Fox Hill Farms in Port Williams. Her family wanted to ensure the dairy farm’s long-term viability by developing value-added products using their milk, and opened a cheese-making business. Today, Fox Hill produces Gouda, cheddar and Havarti cheeses as well as quark (a soft cheese), yogurt, cheese curds and gelato (an Italian ice cream). “The consumer tells us what they’d like from us, in terms of products, and as innovative producers, we work to meet those requests. Happy consumers mean a more profitable future,” Rand said. “Businesses all use innovation — a little or a lot — to help keep them profitable and growing,” said Mark Sawler of Sawler Gardens, a vegetable farm and processing facility near Berwick. Building on the popularity of baby carrots as a raw snack food, Sawler Gardens has recently added precut, packaged turnip sticks to their production. “We’ve been marketing baby carrots for over a decade and decided to add a product line using an equally great, but under-utilized, vegetable and help create a demand for it.” Curtis Millen grows strawberries and blueberries in Great Village, near Truro. In 2009, he became the first producer in Nova Scotia to use the FreshQC system. It tracks when, and in what part of the field, a box of berries was harvested, as well as which employee picked the fruit. “We saw this system of traceability as a means to produce a consistently top-quality product for our customers,” he said. “In this industry, if you’re not innovative, you’re soon not going to be part of the industry.” The symposium also includes presentations by Gus Swanson, LST Energy and Randy MacDonald, Van Dyk’s Health Juice Producers on how they tapped into local research expertise to develop innovative products for customers, including the scientists who contributed to products. “This event will highlight how farmers and agri-businesses are using their ingenuity to improve productivity and profitability,” said Janet Steele, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Atlantic regional director. “Innovation is alive and well on Nova Scotia farms, and participants will hear first-hand success stories and learn more about programs and research resources that can help them, too.” The symposium will be hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Department of Agriculture, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College as part of the federal-provincial Growing Forward initiative. Advance registration, $40 including lunch, is required by Friday, March 19. To register or for more information, contact Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at 902-896-3652, by e-mail at Laurie.Eagles@agr.gc.ca or visit the agriculture federation website at www.nsfa-fane.ca/innovation-symposium .last_img read more

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Rugby Canada says sport has good safety record despite two deaths in

first_imgRugby Canada’s CEO says major traumatic injuries like one that killed a P.E.I. teenager are rare despite the lack of protective gear because players are trained to safely tackle opponents and respect each other’s safety.Allen Vansen said Wednesday that he was incredibly saddened to hear about the death of Brodie McCarthy, an 18-year-old high schooler who sustained a fatal brain injury during a rugby tournament last Friday.“We’re incredibly saddened to receive that news and all our immediate thoughts and prayers were on Brodie’s family, his friends and teammates, the entire community of Montague and his school,” Vansen said.But he said McCarthy’s sudden death — five years after the death of Ottawa teen Rowan Stringer after multiple on-field concussions — should not deter other teens from playing the sport.“It’s not a sport that has as much major physical trauma that may be perceived out of a very unfortunate incident like this,” he said.Vansen said rugby is like any other contact sport, but unlike football and hockey, players are trained to be more mindful of each other’s safety.“Rugby is a sport that is founded on very strong values of respect for each other and respect for competitors,” Vansen said. “You are taught to tackle in a smart way and in a way that is meant to protect yourself and the opponent you are tackling.”Although players do not wear helmets or protective gear, they are trained to tackle below the shoulders and to immediately recognize when they or others are hurt.“Our mantra is always ‘if in doubt, sit them out.’”Vansen said Rugby Canada follows strict protocols when it comes to assessing the risks and recognizing concussions and other brain injuries on the field.Rugby Canada’s PlaySmart program was launched in 2016 to educate members and provincial unions on the risk of head injuries on the field and how to properly manage and report them.“Any player with concussion or suspected concussion should be immediately and permanently removed from training or play,” the Rugby Canada website says.According to Statistics Canada, rugby was the third most common sport in which 15- to 19-year-old males sustained concussions and other brain injuries between 2012 and 2014, behind ice hockey and football.In 2013, Stringer, a 17-year-old high school rugby player from Ottawa, suffered two concussions in one week before sustaining a third during a rugby game that led to her death two days later. In March, Ontario passed Rowan’s Law, concussion safety legislation designed to protect amateur athletes and educate coaches about the dangers of head injuries.Vansen said rugby officials at Friday’s game followed Rugby Canada’s protocol on seriously injured players.last_img read more

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Jane Philpott tells Macleans Theres much more to the story

first_imgJane Philpott was deeply ambivalent about talking earlier this week when she welcomed a Maclean’s reporter to her MP’s office in the Confederation Building across the street from Parliament Hill. It’s not an office the former Treasury Board president knows well: she had fancier and more centrally located ministerial offices in a succession of senior roles in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet since 2015, before she resigned from cabinet on March 4. Now she is only the Liberal MP for the Ontario riding of Markham-Stouffville.This is Philpott’s first interview since she resigned over Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy. She believes, as she put it, that “there’s much more to the story that needs to be told” but that it can’t come out because “there’s been an attempt to shut down the story” — an attempt she attributed to the Prime Minister and his close advisors.But she is also keenly aware, because she has been hearing from Liberal colleagues, that “there are people who are afraid that they’re not going to get elected because of what I did.” As she described that anger, the former minister said: “My only way of living with myself on that, is that this is not my fault. I did not start this.” Now she is trying to figure out how to see it through.This transcript of our conversation has been edited only lightly for clarity.Q: When you left cabinet, did you have a strategic goal in mind? What was the point of resigning?A: I resigned because I could not maintain solidarity with cabinet on the specific issue of the management of the SNC-Lavalin issue. I felt that there was evidence of an attempt to politically interfere with the justice system in its work on the criminal trial that has been described by some as the most important and serious prosecution of corporate corruption in modern Canadian history.Q: Have all of the things that concerned you about the handling of that file come to light at the committee?A: No. There’s much more to the story that should be told.Q: What sort of stuff?A: I believe the former attorney general has further points to make. I believe that I have further issues of concern that I’m not free to share. There was a reference by Gerry Butts in his testimony of the fact that I spoke to the Prime Minister on January the 6th about SNC-Lavalin’s desire to have a DPA [deferred prosecution agreement]. This was more than a month before the story became public. And I ordinarily would have not been allowed to share that information. But of course it’s already on the public record from the Justice Committee. I think Canadians might want to know why I would have raised that with the Prime Minister a month before the public knew about it. Why would I have felt that there was a reason why former Minister Wilson-Raybould should not be shuffled?Q: In what forum would you like to discuss all of this?A: My sense is that Canadians would like to know the whole story. I believe we actually owe it to Canadians as politicians to ensure that they have the truth. They need to have confidence in the very basic constitutional principle of the independence of the justice system.Q: All of this has been raised in the context of something called the Shawcross doctrine. Part of the Shawcross doctrine holds that if an attorney general feels that she is the subject of inappropriate pressure, she should resign immediately. Is that your understanding of the doctrine, and what do you say to people, including Gerry Butts and others, who asked why she didn’t raise it at the time?A: I would not consider myself an expert on the Shawcross doctrine. But I have heard people raise that concern. Here’s what I would have to say about that — and of course the former attorney general is the person who can best speak for why she didn’t resign at the time. I see it as her having her finger in the dike. She essentially singlehandedly was upholding the independence of the justice system on this criminal trial — supported of course by the fact that the Director of Public Prosecution was the first one who said they don’t qualify for a DPA, based on law that was put in place in our last budget bill. So that was where the decision was made. The former AG didn’t want to override that, and she had her finger in the dike and said no repeatedly. She may have felt that, if she were to resign, that that would put the independence of the justice system at risk.There’s one answer to that. Another answer to that is, from the perspective of somebody who is under pressure and perhaps being harassed, it’s incredibly hard — if you talk to people who are harassed in any capacity, to maintain relationships and to find the right time to be able to speak up about the fact that you are being treated that way. So you know, I think if you look at examples of other types of bullying or harassment, it’s not necessarily as easy as people might think to speak to those who are inflicting it upon you.Q: Mr. Butts said, essentially, ‘Come on, this doesn’t rise to the level of harassment, or bugging, or even sustained engagement. It’s 20 interactions over four months. It’s two phone calls and two meetings per month.’A: The constitutional principle of the independence of the justice system is such that the attorney general of our country should not be subjected to political interference in any way. Whether there is one attempt to interfere or whether there are 20 attempts to interfere, that crosses ethical and constitutional lines.Q: In recent days, including on Monday, the Prime Minister and the government have announced a series of steps: getting advice from Anne McLellan; a change at the clerk level; and the Liberal majority on the committee has written that they have heard enough. How would you assess that series of steps as a response?A: When I decided to become a politician, I made a commitment to represent the people of my riding. People of my riding want to hear more. They do not feel that they have heard the whole story. And I believe my primary obligation in representing them is to ensure that they have confidence that nothing untoward took place. And they have understandably been concerned about why there’s been an attempt to shut down the story.Q: Now there’s an Ethics Commissioner investigation. Michael Wernick seemed to have a lot of confidence in the Ethics Commissioner. Do you think that can capture everything that needs capturing?A: My sense is that they will not have the appropriate tools to be able to get at all of this.Q: What’s missing?A: If nothing wrong took place, then why don’t we waive privilege on the whole issue and let those who have something to say on it speak their minds and share their stories?Q: I’ve heard it argued that yours and Jody Wilson-Raybould’s parliamentary privilege trumps other privilege, and that you could simply get up in a series of SO-31s [short statements before Question Period] and air this out. Or speak to any bill or motion that is even peripherally connected. That you could stand in the House of Commons and you’re protected.A: I would prefer to err on the side of caution in terms of the very serious oaths that I made when I became a cabinet minister to respect confidentiality. And every supposed legal expert in the country weighing in, saying I can assume that that privilege has been waived does not necessarily give me confidence clearly enough that I am prepared to speak.In terms of speaking in the House and using parliamentary privilege as a cover, it is technically possible. It’s easier said than done. Even SO-31s are sometimes sought-after spots, and I don’t think this is something that, you know, you’re going to be able to explain in a few minutes. We got four hours of testimony from the former AG, and I think there’s still a substantial amount of her story that’s not out there. I doubt that I would get four hours of time, or she would, or others would, to be able to explain the story in the House of Commons.Q: While all this is going on, can you be an effective MP?A: I believe that I can. It’s up to my constituents to judge whether I’m being effective or not. I will continue to listen to my constituents. I have been meeting with as many of them as possible over the last couple of weeks. My staff is doing a great job making sure I understand what they’re saying. So I’m trying to represent them as best I can and stay in regular communication with them.Q: Do you have leadership ambitions?A: No.Q: The reason I ask is because the Liberal Party has historically been fairly kind to people who established a clear divergence from the leader and then later sought to rally fellow Liberals around them in a leadership bid. That’s not the plan?A: There’s nothing in the decisions that I’ve made in the last few weeks that is any kind of power play. I ran to be a good Member of Parliament. I did not ever run to be in cabinet. I was obviously thrilled to have the privilege of being in cabinet. I saw it as an amazing opportunity to be able to do good things for the country and try to support people that might otherwise not have someone at the cabinet table advocating on their behalf. I am happy to be a good Member of Parliament. I don’t think my time in federal politics is done. I know there are people that are putting out rumours that the reason I quit is because I want to run for the [Ontario Liberal Party’s] provincial leadership. That is not true.Q: The Finance Minister [Bill Morneau] said your resignation from cabinet was an expression of personal friendship with Jody Wilson-Raybould. What do you make of that?A: I think that’s an insult.Q: How so?A: I don’t make decisions on any policy — and definitely not on a matter of principle — based on friendship. I made the very difficult decision to step down because my conscience demanded it.Q: What kind of reception are you getting within the Liberal caucus these days?A: Mixed. I like to think that I have pretty good relationships, and I have extraordinary respect for my colleagues and worked hard to build relationships, to listen well, to be a fair colleague, even if we disagreed on issues. This has hurt people, and I feel really sad about that. That was the hardest thing about doing this. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve made a decision that would directly impact people that I really care about. And I’m really sorry that I had to do it, because there are people who are afraid that they’re not going to get elected because of what I did.My only way of living with myself on that is that this is not my fault. I did not start this. And a very wise person said two things to me that helped me over that. This is someone who has been around politics for a long time. They said that politicians in general, and perhaps Liberals in particular, make mistakes when they assume that the best interests of Canadians and their own future political success are synonymous.Of course I want a Liberal government in federal politics. I do not want to see Prime Minister Andrew Scheer, for a whole bunch of really important reasons. But the Liberal Party needs to be the best version of the Liberal Party. And I had to do the right thing and trust that the details would work out for the best interests of Canadians. And I think that was the second thing that this person said to me: that you have to make the decision that you can live with, based on your own convictions and principles, and you are not responsible for the fallout from it.Of course, as long as I’m allowed to continue to serve as a Liberal Member of Parliament, I will fight for all of the important things that I think our government is doing. Our action on climate change. Our incredibly important work to address justice for Indigenous peoples. Our really important work to make sure that we have a fair and inclusive society. So I will keep advocating for that. But I had to make the decision on this, and we will hope that Canadians will see that our overall policies are still the best ones for the country.The only other thing I would say is — and one of my hesitations in talking to you — was that I do, in a sense, have two parallel messages. One is that I’m not happy with how the SNC-Lavalin issue has been dealt with, and I’m not prepared to support how it’s being managed. But at the same time, I really strongly support the Liberal Party and believe that we have the best overall policy suite for the good of Canadians. So I was really hesitant to talk to you because it will be perceived by my colleagues as some kind of attack. I have not yet figured out how I can reconcile the fact that it is wrong for me to stay silent on this, but somehow I have to hope that people, my colleagues in particular, can believe what is probably hard for them to believe: that I’m not trying to damage our party or our government.last_img read more

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WHO IS RYAN KELLER THE CANADIAN WHO RUNS AUDITIONS FOR JEOPARDY CONTESTANTS

first_imgKeller presides over the cross-continent auditions that produce about 250 contestants for the show each year. One of those auditions last year in Chicago produced current Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer.“I was one of two people that was at his original audition,” says Keller.Since then, Holzhauer has won 24 consecutive games and racked up more than $2 million in winnings. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In baseball terms, making it to “the show” means cracking a career in the major leagues.Former Victoria HarbourCats pitcher Ryan Keller never got there, but he’s carved out a career on the world’s most popular quiz show, Jeopardy.“What I do is when I’m not travelling with the show doing auditions, I’m on set making sure the contestants are comfortable,” says Keller from his apartment in West Los Angeles. Former Victoria HarbourCats pitcher Ryan Keller with his boss and host of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek. (Ryan Keller) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Two Moroccan Women Infect 16 ISIS Terrorists With AIDS

Rabat – Two Moroccan women have reportedly passed on AIDS to at least 16 terrorists of the so-called Islamic State in al-Mayadeen city in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. 16 Islamic State terrorists, who had sexual intercourses with two Moroccan women, have been tested positive with AIDS, reported ARA News, citing medical sources.Those infected, most of them foreign terrorists, are currently held in a quarantine center, ARA News quoted a Syrian doctor in the national hospital of al-Mayadeen. The two Moroccan women have reportedly escaped to Turkey “for fear of execution by the IS.”Following the reports that AIDS is running rampant in the ranks of the terror group, the IS leadership in Deir ez Zor issued a decision through its so-called Sharia Commission to run tests for AIDS on its members in order to contain the spread of the disease.“IS leadership is planning to assign suicide attacks for its militants who are tested positive with AIDS,” a civil rights activist in al-Mayadeen reported.This comes after the IS executed an AIDS-infected terrorist from Indonesia who donated blood to fellow terrorists at an IS-held hospital in Shaddadi, in Hasakah province.The Indonesian terrorist passed on the virus to a 15-year-old Yazidi sex slave and the illness subsequently spread to two other terrorists who raped her.The radical group also executed a Saudi doctor who revealed the information on the spread of AIDS in Shaddadi city last June.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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ISIS Threatens to Carry out Attacks in Morocco on New Years’…

Taroudante – Morocco reportedly figures among the list of countries threatened to be a target of ISIS’ chemical attacks on New Year’s Eve.“Intelligence services of various European countries have published reports in which they detail ISIS’ plan to attack several capitals of countries that are members of the coalition against this organization,” Arabic daily Assabah reported in its Monday issue.According to the Moroccan daily, Morocco is among these countries where ISIS plans to carry terrorist attacks on December 31.The extremist group did not specify the nature of the attacks, but reports by intelligence services said that terrorists could use sarin gases known to be extremely lethal. In an audio message that surfaced online on Saturday, a man identified on ISIS-affiliated social media accounts as ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, threatened Israel and mocked the Western coalition aligned against his group.The audio message was regarded by international media as a tool “to boost the jihadists’ morals,” encouraging them to commit more attacks against the U.S.-led coalition.“Soldiers of the Islamic State be patient because you are on the right path,” the man is heard saying on the audio, encouraging ISIS fighters to “Be patient, because God is with you.”According to the same source, confidential documents were distributed to secret service agencies in the targeted countries to raise the level of security in public places such as theaters, clubs and  other venues hosting  the New Year festivities.Morocco’s intelligence services’ proactive and anticipatory multi-dimensional approach in fighting terrorism has proven efficient in thwarting potential threats on Moroccan soil.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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UNESCO chief condemns recent assassination of Iraqi journalists

Welcoming the news of arrests in connection with the brutal murder this week of two Iraqi journalists, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today reiterated his outrage at attacks against the media in the country, saying that whatever the punishment for the perpetrators “there can be no moral or ethical justification for their acts.” Najem Abed Khodair, of the independent daily newspapers Al-Madaa and Tariq al-Shaab, and Ahmad Adam, a poet and writer who contributed to Al-Madaa and Sabah newspapers, had their throats slit on 15 May as they were travelling by road to their hometown of Kerbala, south of Baghdad. According to the Iraqi army, nine armed men suspected of carrying out the murders have been arrested. “I condemn the bloody assassinations…and I am outraged by their brutality,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said, adding: “The media play an essential role in empowering people to make informed choices and rebuild their country. Those who are carrying out these attacks on brave professionals committed to carrying out their duty cannot claim to be working for the people of Iraq.” Mr. Matsuura said he welcomed news that the Iraqi army was able to arrest suspects in connection with the killing. “I hope that the culprits are brought to trial and punished. This will be an important step towards ending the attacks against media professionals in Iraq, which have reached an intolerable level.” read more

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Rosatis 100000 donation creates entrepreneurial scholarship fund

From left: Brock alumna Deborah Rosati, Don Cyr, Goodman School of Business Dean, and Cindy Dunne, director of Co-op programs.Deborah Rosati was lured to Brock 34 years ago because of its groundbreaking co-op program, and the University alumna wants to make sure others get the same opportunity.Rosati, during Tuesday’s Monster Pitch event, formally announced her donation of $100,000 to start the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Co-op Fund.The five-year pledge will support entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups.“I believe in the co-op program, I believe in entrepreneurship, and I believe in business,” she told the crowd Tuesday at Amici’s Banquet Centre. “I would like to see new ventures (and) businesses created through this co-op entrepreneurship award that would generate employment in the Niagara region.”Rosati chose Brock in 1980 because of the Accounting Co-op program, which was the first of its kind.It’s not the first time Rosati has given back to the University.In 2005, she was part of a group of co-op grads to gift $50,000 to the program.Rosati graduated in 1984, and her astute business acumen translated into a successful career.She is currently an “ambassador and advisor” for Karma Athletics, a Vancouver-based clothing brand, and sits on the board of Canada’s National Ballet School.Rosati knows her career might have taken a different path if not for a life-changing decision 34 years ago.“I am excited to be able to give back to Brock’s co-op program as I was in the first co-op accounting class to graduate from Brock in 1984, so I am most grateful for the co-op education that I received at Brock,” she said. “When the opportunity came up to develop a co-op entrepreneurial award for young entrepreneurs, it resonated with me.” read more

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Black Girl Magic Conference aims to empower women

Amanda Lyn is working to amplify the voices of women of colour.After finding inspiration last fall from speakers at White Privilege Symposium Canada and the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women, the second-year Kinesiology student decided to create an outlet for women to share their stories and have their thoughts heard.That vision has come to fruition in the inaugural Black Girl Magic Conference, set for March 18.The event, sponsored by the Student Justice Centre, Student Life and Community Experience, and Brock University Students’ Union Advocacy, aims to bring together students, scholars, youths, leaders and community members to empower women of colour and create a culture of understanding.“There just aren’t enough voices out there that represent women of colour,” Lyn said.“As leaders, we can change the way people see us and break down the stereotypes that have been around for far too long.”The daylong conference will encourage attendees to use their voices as a catalyst for change.Seminars, workshops, performances and a keynote presentation from Akio Maroon, a recognized human rights advocate, are planned for the event.“We know it’s going to take more than just talking about it,” Lyn said.“We need to support each other as we act on the change that we talk about. Things like the natural hair movement and the diversity of black dolls for kids are just a couple of indicators that we’re on our way to achieving the kind of authentic representation we need.”The conference takes place in Thistle Hallway from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Attendance is free and lunch will be provided. Childcare will also be available.“This conference is for everyone, just be open and willing,” Lyn said, while encouraging people to attend.“Hear our stories, see where we’re coming from and understand who we are so we can face these challenges together.”Registration closes March 15. Reserve your spot online. For more information, visit the Facebook event page. read more

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Taxi driver died in multivehicle crash in Birmingham minutes after telling his

first_imgImitaz Mohammed has been named among the victims West Midlands Fire Service said 40 firefighters helped in the aftermath of the “horrific” crash, and were met with what they described as a “complex scene, spread over some distance”. The location of the accident All first responders at the scene are doing their very best in very difficult and upsetting circumstances. This is a very serious incident. If you saw the crash happen or the circumstances leading up to it, please call us now on 101.— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) December 17, 2017 The scene of a multi-vehicle crash at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near EdgbastonCredit:Aaron Chown/PA “He didn’t know what had happened to the second person in the car so he was at the scene trying to find out. It must have been horrendous for him.”People have told me there were bodies scattered across the carriageway.” Police officers work at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Lee Bank Middleway, EdgbastonCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images The fourth was taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a critical condition.Of those travelling in the three other cars involved in the crash, a man and a woman were treated for minor injuries, one man was discharged after assessment and another said he did not require any assistance.The Hazardous Area Response Team of West Midlands Ambulance Service described it as a “significant incident”.The road will remain closed on Sunday. West Midlands Police described the circumstances of the incident as “very difficult and upsetting”.Relatives of the victims arrived at the scene on Sunday morning, desperate to find out what happened. The scene of a multi-vehicle crash at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston “Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene. The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated.”Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene.”The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.” Six people have died and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning.Police have appealed for witnesses to the “harrowing” collision as they try to establish how it occurred.Three men were killed when they were thrown out of their car while a black cab driver and his two passengers, a man and woman, died after the vehicle was left on its side.A fourth man travelling in the car remains in a critical condition at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.The taxi driver has been named as “happy, loving” father-of-six Imtiaz Mohammed.He had six children all aged under 15 and was described by his father as a “happy, loving and friendly guy”. Imitaz Mohammed has been named among the victimsCredit: Birmingham Mail/BPM Media Police officers work at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Lee Bank Middleway, Edgbaston The scene on Lee Bank Middleway in BirminghamCredit:SWNS.com One passer-by, who asked not to be named, said: “It is really horrific.”A man turned up here and said the police had knocked on his door this morning and told him one of his relatives had died in the crash. The location of the accident The scene on Lee Bank Middleway in Birmingham The scene on Lee Bank Middleway in Birmingham  One of their girls had been due to celebrate her fourth birthday on Monday.His younger brother Noorshad Mohammed revealed how just moments before the fatal crash, his sibling rang his wife to tell her he would be coming home.The 32-year-old said: “It was his last job of the night.”That was the last time she spoke to him.”He was going to come home – he rang his wife at 1am, and they were going to have something to eat.”And then that was it. That was the last time they spoke.”Older sister Nassrin Bibi paid tribute to her brother and said the family had been “shattered” by what had happened.Mr Mohammed worked for local firm Castle Cars, who said in a statement: “Imtiaz was a wonderful young hard-working family man”, who was “loved and respected by all”.The crash occurred shortly after 1am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway, near Edgbaston, at the junction of Bristol Road.Six vehicles were involved in the incident, West Midlands Ambulance Service said. Five ambulances and three paramedics were sent to the scene. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The scene on Lee Bank Middleway in Birmingham Credit:SWNS.com A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said a man and woman in the first car managed to escape with “relatively minor injuries”, and were taken to Heartlands Hospital.He added: “The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’, was on its side. Surrounded by the 33-year-old’s other relatives at the family home, Ikhtiar Mohammed recalled how his “heart sank” as police knocked on his door at 5am on Sunday.The 65-year-old said: “I knew there was something wrong, as soon as I saw them.”I thought to myself, ‘which of my sons is hurt’, I just knew something was seriously wrong.”He said that Mr Mohammed’s wife, Nargas Gul, was still in deep shock while relatives struggled with how to break the news to the couple’s five daughters and son. There were four men in the third car, the spokesman said, three of whom were confirmed dead at the scene.last_img read more

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Food Drug warns against misleading Vinegar labels

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedImported items not labeled in English will be refused entry, removed locally- GA-FDDDecember 19, 2017In “Business”Look out for fake evaporated milk – Food & Drugs DeptOctober 16, 2015In “Business”Food and drug dept gets tough with businesses selling expired productsOctober 12, 2018In “Health” The Government analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) is informing consumers of the difference between purchasing Diluted Acetic Acid instead of the natural product Vinegar.Moreover, the GA-FDD is advising importers and local manufacturers that they must clearly distinguish, via their labels, between ‘products that are solutions / liquid prepared by diluting concentrated acetic acid’ and actual Vinegar which is a ‘solution / liquid obtained by the acetous fermentation of an alcoholic liquid and shall contain no less than 4 per cent or more than 12 per cent of acetic acid’.See their full statement below: The Government analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) wishes to advise all Importers and local Manufactures that the word “Vinegar” must not appear on the label of products that are solutions / liquid prepared by diluting concentrated acetic acid.According to the Law of Guyana Food and Drug Regulation Division 16 (I, VII & VIII), Vinegar is a solution / liquid obtained by the acetous fermentation of an alcoholic liquid and shall contain no less than 4 % per cent or more than 12 % per cent of acetic acid, while the labels of a solution / liquid prepared by diluting concentrated (synthetic) acetic acid must state “Diluted Acetic Acid (Food Grade 4-12%)” and not Vinegar.The Department has recently observed that there are several labels of locally manufactured and imported products that are actually solutions / liquids of food grade diluted acetic acid that  misleadingly bear the word Vinegar. According to the Law of Guyana Food and Drug Act Chapter 34:03 section 6;“Any person who labels, package, treats, processes, sells or advertises any food in a manner that is false, misleading or deceptive or is likely to create an erroneous impression regarding its character, value, quantity, composition, merit or safety is guilty of an offense”Consumers are being advised about this practice and to take a closer look at labels so that they can make an informed choice between what is Vinegar (natural) and / or Diluted Acetic Acid (synthetic).Members present at our last monthly National Food Safety and Control Committee Meeting were briefed about this practice and action will be taken against perpetrators which includes and is not limited to; the refusal of entry into Guyana products with misleading labels, refusal of approval of local labels with the word Vinegar on products that are diluted acetic acid and the withdrawal of support to local manufacturers who refuse to comply with labelling requirements for this category of product. read more

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South Australia launches new maps for mineral explorers

first_imgThe Government of South Australia has released new high resolution satellite imagery covering the entire State to the world’s explorers. The ASTER geoscience maps and data sets, supported by the Government’s PACE 2020 initiative, will assist explorers to identify promising areas to target drilling programs, and are now available for explorers to view free of charge on-line through the South Australian Resource information Geoserver – SARIG 2020. Geological Survey of South Australia Director, Dr Tim Baker said the ASTER maps provided a level of detail and accuracy – never seen before in South Australia.“ASTER maps provide a google-like “mineral zoom” of the cover overlying geological formations, aiding explorers in the search for economic mineral deposits,” he said. “This processing technology means explorers can now see spectral wavelengths sensitive to important rock forming minerals including: iron oxides, clays, carbonates, quartz and alteration minerals such as muscovite and chlorite. The information will help explorers better target their drilling programs, ensuring this State remains an attractive place to explore.  The maps will complement the state’s drill core data archive.”The maps were previewed at the PDAC in Toronto and formally promoted at workshops at the South Australian Resources and Energy Investment Conference, being held in Adelaide.DMITRE Mineral Resource Executive Director, Dr Ted Tyne, said the ASTER geoscience mineral maps – made possible by advances in collecting and processing information from satellites – provide a valuable new exploration tool for our resources sector.“We expect the maps and data will be in high demand from explorers, and have organised an ASTER workshop with our CSIRO partners to enable explorers to get the best value from them,” he said.The Centre of Excellence for 3D Mineral Mapping (C3 DMM) together with the CSIRO Minerals Down Under and Geoscience Australia partnered with the South Australian Government through the PACE 2020 initiative, and with Japanese and USA Space Technology Partners, to deliver the South Australian ASTER Maps. “The maps are generated from Japan’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) sensor onboard a US satellite – South Australia is partnering in a truly global project,” Tyne said.Director of C3 DMM who collaborated on the project, Dr Cudahy, said the State’s ASTER geoscience release is the second across Australia. Explorers can view the new ASTER maps on SARIG 2020 – the South Australian Resource Information Geoserver at: www.sarig.dmitre.sa.gov.au  and by selecting the regional mineral map tab – best viewed through web browser, google chrome.A presentation on the maps and data will be delivered at the South Australian Resources, Energy and Investment Conference Technical Forum on Wednesday May 2, and a half-day ASTER workshop will be held on Thursday May 3 2012, demonstrating interpretation. Technical Forum registration is essential: www.saresourcesconf.com/technicalforum/last_img read more

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Motorcylist dies in Cork crash

first_imgA MOTORCYCLIST HAS died in a road traffic collision in Cork this evening.The man was fatally injured when his motorbike hit a wall on the Cork to Macroom road at Garryhesta at around 5.15pm.His body remains at the scene. The road is currently closed as forensic investigators carry out an examination of the area.Gardaí at Ballincollig have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Ballincollig Garda Station on 021 – 4214680 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.The man is the second motorcyclist to die on Ireland’s roads today. Earlier, a 50-year-old man died when his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car in  Wicklow. Two other people were injured in the crash.last_img

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Aslans Christy Dignam diagnosed with cancer

first_imgChristy was admitted to hospital last week with a suspected chest infection,this progressed into pneumonia. After numerous tests being carried out he has been diagnosed with cancer,he is to undergo treatment immediately and will be unable to perform until he is feeling better and doctors advise it is safe to do so. We would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages,we are trying to deal with this news and help him through his illness and hope fans will continue to be as supportive as they have always been. We would like to ask for some privacy at this time thank you Kathryn and Kiera Dignam and all the members and crew of Aslan.The group are said to be cancelling some up-and-coming gigs, including the one scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day in The Olympia, Dublin. ASLAN’S LEAD SINGER, Christy Dignam, has been diagnosed with cancer.A statement on the band’s Facebook page confirmed the news today.It was initially believed that Dignam had a chest infection, which progressed to pneumonia but it was later discovered it was cancer.The band have asked for support from fans and for privacy for Dignam, his wife, Kathryn and daugher, Kiera.The statement read:last_img read more

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