6 August 2013The World Transplant Games, which wrapped up in Durban on Saturday with a moving closing ceremony, have been deemed a resounding success by athletes and organisers.Over 1 800 participants from 50 countries enjoyed Durban’s sunshine in winter weather conditions that were warmer than the last Summer Games held in Sweden in 2011.The Durban Games marked the first time that they had been held on African soil and the delegates were overwhelmed by the opening ceremony, featuring Zulu culture and a mass choir of 1 300 members of the public, singing the official World Transplant Games song.Organ donor awarenessThe Games serve as the biggest organ donor awareness event in the world. The aim of the Games is to offer hope to those awaiting transplants and encourage the public to become donors by showing the difference that organ transplants can make to the lives of young and old people alike.In addition to competing in qualifying events, competitors had to be transplant recipients of either solid organs or bone marrow.South African athletes made their mark in Durban.One of the hosts’ standout performers was Helletje Uys, the National Secretary for the South African Transplant Sports Association and the Secretary for the World Transplant Games Local Organising Committee.She won gold in golf and was nominated the best women’s golfer of the Games.In addition, Uys, who has undergone a kidney transplant, added a gold medal in the shot put and broke Transplant Games’ records for the javelin, discus and shot put.‘Fighting for your life’Swedish athlete Martha Ehlin encapsulated the agony that most of the athletes have experienced when she said: “When you are on the list, waiting for a donor, you are not waiting, you are fighting for your life and we are now celebrating our lives at this event in Durban.”Ehlin, who had five transplants during a 17-hour operation, won five gold medals in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2011 and won gold for shot put, javelin and cricket ball in South Africa, as well as a silver medal in high jump.She competed in four sports at athletics and volleyball, one dedicated to each of her five organ transplants.Howard Dell, running for United States, set a record he desperately wanted on the last day of competition.Competing against record holder Andre Lassooij of the Netherlands, he broke the 200m World Transplant Games record, clocking 25.96 seconds to better the previous mark of 26.79. Dell also won the 100 metres in record time.Montague Summers of Australia broke two world Transplants Games records for the 800 and 1500 metres and equalled the 400 metre World Transplant Games record. He also raised Aus $16 000 (approx R160 000) for an organ donor project to inspire transplantees to integrate in society and sport.The next World Transplant Games will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2015.SAinfo reporter
Reaction to turbine bird deaths has been mixedThe effect of wind farms on bird populations has long been a point of contention between environmental groups and the wind industry. Last year, wind turbines in 10 states were blamed for scores of eagle deaths.Last November, Duke Energy Renewables agreed to pay a $1 million fine in connection with bird deaths at two Wyoming wind farms, the first time the federal government had used the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prosecute bird fatalities.Yet the National Audubon Society says it supports “properly sited wind power” because renewable energy ultimately reduces environmental threats to birds by lessening the impact of climate change. The Audubon society reported earlier in the month that hundreds of bird species were at “serious risk” from loss of habitat due to climate change.Some bird species will lose nearly all of their current ranges, that report said, and more than 300 species are either endangered or threatened.Terry Root of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, told USA Today that wind energy is a “growing solution to some of the more serious threats that birds face, since wind energy emits no greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change.” Although wind turbines are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of songbirds in North America annually, the combination of cats and cell phone and radio towers do much greater damage, according to a new report. An article in USA Today said turbines are responsible for between 214,000 and 368,000 bird fatalities per year, while collisions with cell phone and radio towers account for 6.8 million deaths. Cats account for between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion deaths, although about two thirds of the cats were barn and feral cats, not house pets.The newspaper said the peer-reviewed study was written by two federal scientists and an environmental consulting from called West Inc. The study was published at Plos One.“We estimate that on an annual basis, less than 0.1% … of songbird and other small passerine species populations in North America perish from collisions with turbines,” the paper quoted lead author Wallace Erickson of Wyoming-based West as saying.The estimates were based on 116 previous studies in the U.S.and Canada.
It’s popular to rail against the social media figures that suggest that you should hustle and grind. Some find the idea of people working too much, too hard, and for too long to be bad advice, suggesting life is more than constant work. You will be warned to put your relationships before work, an idea with which I mostly agree, but not if your laziness prevents you from taking care of the people who make up those relationships.The criticism about people hustling and grinding applies to a small percentage of the overall population, with very few of them working themselves to death, or even to the point of burnout. The better criticism and unsolicited advice would be better directed towards those who are lazy, doing too little, with too little energy, and who avoid work.Unwilling to WorkWhen you are born, other people take care of you, making you a dependent. As you grow up, those people have to help make you independent—and you must become a self-sustaining, productive human being, as defined by whatever you believe those words mean. Choosing to be lazy is to violate the laws of nature.Nature requires you to expend effort to provide for your needs, like food, water, shelter, transportation, a Netflix membership, and excellent internet bandwidth. Nature doesn’t care whether you believe you should have to provide for yourself or not, and reality doesn’t mind hurting your feelings, nor does it care whether or not you suffer.If you like, you can choose to be unwilling to work (and it is a choice). You can choose to be idle, becoming less, doing less, having less, and contributing less. However, that is not what you were made for; you were made to exert effort, to create something useful to other people, to work.You might also put comfort, distraction, and entertainment before work, allowing it to crowd out what you should be doing, as well as taking your mind off the fact that you are procrastinating. What prevents laziness is your ability to will yourself to work, or self-discipline, or what I call “me management,” as those who cannot manage themselves end up with difficulties that multiply over time.If there is criticism to be directed at individuals about work, that critique should be for those who do too little—not that those whom some may believe do too much. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Reuters photoDisappointment for Gianluigi Buffon again. Will he get another chance to lift the elusive trophy or will he give up the chase. Defeat for Juve, but they can look back on this campaign with so much pride. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/iRuWizWSR4- #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Cristiano Ronaldo is the man of the final and deservedly so. Real Madrid – 12 European Cups!56 ???57 ???58 ???59 ???60 ???66 ???98 ???00 ???02 ???14 ???16 ???17 ???#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/XbSG89GQsv- #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Real Madrid have won, they complete their 12th Champions League win also becoming the first team to win the UEFA Champions League back to back in the modern era. ??? UEFA Champions League 2017#CHAMP12NS pic.twitter.com/xDA5RXoIUO- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017It is surely all but over now, Marco Asensio scores in stoppage time. Toni Kroos is brought for Alvaro Morata. Red card for second-half substitute Juan Cuadrado. Juve down to 10 men.83′ RED CARD ??´ @Cuadrado is sent off for a second bookable offence. #UCLFinal- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017Not many minutes left for Juventus now, if they want to get back into this game now is the best time. Unless they have some other plans for last minute heroics.Zidane brings the Welsh superstar ,Gareth Bale comes on for Karim Benzema.??? 77′ Primer cambio en las filas del Real Madrid. Se retira @Benzema y entra @GarethBale11. @juventusfces 1-3 #RealMadrid#APorLa12 pic.twitter.com/5Kj5eV9VTP- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017Massimiliano Allegri ringing in the changes now, after Juan Cuadrado came on for Andrea Barzagli, Miralem Pjanic makes way for Claudio Marchisio.advertisementThe Juventus back line are falling asleep, Ronaldo ever-present in the box poaches a beauty, Buffon beaten for the third time this season. Previous to this match, he was beaten thrice in the whole tournament. ??? #APorLa12 ?? 61′ @Casemiro?? 64′ @Cristiano @adidasfootball #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/j74lqXFc5W- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017Goal!! Cristiano Ronaldo scores. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. 64′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL de @Cristiano! @juventusfces 1-3 #RealMadrid#APorLa12 #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/TnJxGhgicY- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017A deflected cross finds the mid-fielder just outside the box, who thumps the ball into the back of the net. Casemiro scores another long ranger to give Real the lead, again.61′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL de @Casemiro! @juventusfces 1-2 #RealMadrid#RMUCL #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/AmZaQeAlOK- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017Real Madrid have looked the livelier side in the second half so far, with Isco and Ronaldo inching ever closer to getting the lead back for Real. Looks like Gareth Bale is warming up on he sidelines, he is definitely going to make an appearance in his hometown. An interesting match-up has been on the Real’s left flank , as Marcelo and Dani Alves have been fighting the whole night for the ascendancy. The second half is under way.???? #APorLa12Comienza la segunda parte!??? HASTA EL FINAL, VAMOS REAL! ???@juventusfces 1-1 #RealMadrid@adidasfootball #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/MkbJaqwHmR- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017If the first is anything to go by, football fans will be treated to more attacking over the next 45 minutes. Look out for Ronaldo to be more involved in the game, as he had faded away just as the half waned. Ex-Real Madrid player, Sami Khedira has been key in Juventus’ mid-field and has been more combative than Casemiro and better at dictating the pace of the game. HALF-TIME: Juve 1-1 @realmadriden?? 20′ Ronaldo ?? 27′ @MarioMandzukic9 #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/bIuoqS03ie- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017A terrific first half with both teams looking to attack and score goals. Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to the lead , but a Mandzukic stunner made sure the half ends at 1-1 for Juventus.A pass from Sandro, which the big man chests down and after a stunning overhead kick beats Navas. All hail @MarioMandzukic9! ???What. A. Goal. #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/EFRgkMUnRI- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017Mario scores a stunner to bring Juve level. It’s 1-1, game on. GOOOAAALLL!!! SENSATIONAL FROM @MarioMandzukic9!!!!GAME ON!!!! #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/KiXdix22Qv- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017Dani Carvajal passes the ball to Ronaldo, who unleashes a low strike towards the far post from just outside the box. The ball flies past Buffon’s out-stretched hand and disturbs the net to give Real Madrid the lead. Ronaldo draws first blood, beats Buffon after a turn over in midfield. 20′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL de @Cristiano! SIIIIIIIIIIIIIUUUUU!@juventusfces 0-1 #RealMadrid#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/3ajPbNEF9t- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) June 3, 2017100 UEFA Champions League game for Dani Alves?? #UCL games for Dani Alves! ?????????#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/KhxT87n6oSadvertisement- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 201712′ YELLOW CARD! @PauDybala_JR cautioned for a coming together with Kroos. #UCLFinal- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 20173′ An early sight of goal as @G_Higuain twice tests Keylor Navas! FORZA RAGAZZZIII!! #FINOALLAFINE #ItsTime #UCLFinal- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017The match starts, with Real Madrid C.F. in their purple kit, while Juventus F.C. are playing in their traditional black and white stripes.Some stats before the match gets under way,Cristiano Ronaldo has 103 UEFA Champions League goals up till now in the competition, which means he has outscored all but 22 whole clubs in the competition’s 25-season history.It will be Juventus and Real Madrid’s 19th encounter in the Champions League, which is the second-most played fixture in the history of the tournament.Real Madrid have reached the final a record 15 times, winning 11 times. This is also their third final appearance in the last four years.If Real Madrid manage to win, they’ll be the only club in the Champions League era to have successfully defended their European title.The last team to win back to back trophies was Italian club, AC Milan who won it back in the years 1989 and 1990, when the tournament was known as the European Cup.On the other hand, if Juventus win the title, not only will they be winning it after 20 years, it will also be their first-ever treble and the first Champions League title for Gianluigi Buffon.As a matter of fact, the team that will score first has a better chance to lift the trophy at tyhe end of the night in Cardiff, statistically speaking that is. In previous finals, 17 of the 23 teams that scored first won the game.Gianluiggi Buffon will become the second oldest player to win in the UEFA Champions League final, on 39 years and 4 months, after Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar(40 years and 6 months).Real Coach, Zinedine Zidane was part of the Juventus team that last faced Real in the final back in 1998, when he ended up on the losing side.Real Madrid are currently at a record 64-game scoring streak and on the back of a La Liga title after 5 years.If Real Madrid fail to score, only three would have managed to score past Buffon this season, Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, Sevilla’s Nicolas Pareja and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. Who will make history tonight?The Juventus captain gets ready for action. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/mWodgkQAeI- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Or,It looks like @Cristiano is raring to go! #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/i2EJGqPsrU- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017The Black Eyed Peas are ready to rock the football fans at Cardiff. They are belting out their hits from the last decade. ???? Opening ceremony tunes with @bep ???? #UCLFinal #ItsTime pic.twitter.com/oJsqlAen7T- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 3, 2017The line-ups again ??? TEAMS ???Introducing the 22 players that will start the #UCLfinal… pic.twitter.com/OwwvKx3Bl8- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017The treasure that both teams are fighting for. advertisementJuventus or Madrid?Time for your #UCLfinal predictions!?? https://t.co/YpOIrJkPXo pic.twitter.com/ZEK0WeENVe- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017 The stadium looks stunning.Reuters photo Players are out on the pitchThe Juventus players go through their preparations. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/N6Gt9PZ2va- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Real Madrid arriving at the stadium When @realmadriden checked in at the #UCLfinal! pic.twitter.com/0NcDWsxKCr- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017The dressing rooms are ready. Everything in its place in the @realmadrid dressing room. #AccessAllAreas #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/mLDjUR8BDZ- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017Plenty of focus on the legendary @juventusfc goalkeeper as he bids to become the oldest winner of the #UCLfinal https://t.co/9HfInyg11f pic.twitter.com/WZWUnBFyyu- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017 The teams have been named. Here’s how the two teams will start. ??? Follow all the build up here: https://t.co/Ryq8HmzwF7 #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/Cf6ukYO2bQ- Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 3, 2017It will be a historic night either way ahead of the meeting between Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday night.If Real Madrid manage to win, they’ll be the only club in the Champions League era to have successfully defended their European title.On the other hand, if Juventus win the title, not only will they be winning it after 20 years, it will also be their first-ever treble and the first Champions League title for Gianluigi Buffon.
Every now and again people achieve remarkable things in our sport, but very rarely do they receive recognition for their achievements. Over the past few weeks four people have gained their level 4 referee presenter status, Chris Harapa, Erene Devall, Scott Dews and Michael Rush. On the database of referee presenters there are only 100 people who have ever achieved this level and this award. Because of their remarkable achievement, we decided to take some time to focus on them and their involvement as Touch referees. Recently I asked each of them some questions about their involvement with Touch, what they love, what’s tough and what they see as the future of refereeing… CHRIS HARAPA: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I first started refereeing about 1990 down at the Domain lunchtime competition in Sydney as a duty ref, before a friend suggested that I take it more seriously as I was a better ref than a player. I joined South Sydney Referees the following year and they helped me get my level 1. I had lots of help then because some of the best refs then officiated at Souths; Adam Foley, Gary Mournehis, Richard Lawry, Mark Sinclair (all level 6’s & still involved in the sport). I stopped refereeing 3 years ago due to nerve damage in my back and am currently a member of the NSW Referees Panel. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? The speed & intensity of the game as well as the different standards across the park. Referees also devote a lot of time and money to the sport and this makes it hard for them and their families. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? When I refereed it was the great camaraderie and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even now as a panel member, the buzz and excitement of a tournament and seeing everyone puts a smile on my face. Also the challenge of improving, attaining higher badge levels and getting better quality games. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? I had no choice in giving up refereeing because I was forced to give it away, but when the Director of Referees, Ian Matthew invited me to assist the panel for the first time, I jumped at the chance to stay involved and give something back. Presenting and coaching is all part of the job, and I love it. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? As a referee, I attained my Level 4 State badge. As a referees’ coach, I am now a level 3 and hope one day to get that L4 at a national tournament. As a presenter, L4 as you now know. I’m also a level 1 player coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Achieving my L4 state badge and getting that blue blazer. An unbelievable semi final game at the State Cup in 1996 between the two best Womens’ sides at the time, Easts v Cronulla which went down to 3 on 3 and helped me get my level 4 badge. Also, you can’t beat our Referees’ Grading Night when you see the smile on a referee’s face when they receive their blue blazer and you helped them get there! 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? All my fellow referees through the years, the NSW Referees Panel, Ian Matthew (Director), my daughter Leah who is an inspiration (I got her involved from the age of 9 and she still loves playing now at 20), my son and best mate Dan, and my wife Megan as she is the one that encourages me and helps me to stay in Touch. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I can see a bright future ahead. Being associated with so many people that are happy to give up their time and energy as well as a genuine love for what they do, we will only get better in what we do. We are continually developing improving and delivering our courses on a regular basis as well as providing our senior and experienced referees a means to becoming coaches & presenters to help in the development of our junior, female & emerging referees. ERENE DEVALL: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I started in Kiama, NSW playing in 1980 and started refereeing as a L1 in 1983 (a life time ago) 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Its not difficult it just has lots of challenges. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The people you meet from all walks of life 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? When I started going through the levels as a referee. I have always been someone that likes to give something back – quite a few people helped me along the way – now its my turn. I also get a buzz out of seeing the people you help achieve their goals too. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? L4 Referee (retired when I became pregnant with my first child) L4 Coach and now L4 Presenter 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Coaching a great friend of mine through the system from L1 through to L6 referee and being present when he received his L6 at NTL. Too many highlights to mention one in particular – there have been so many. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? My husband has been the one to support and encourage me to achieve as I have, however, on the Touch Scene there are four people that have had the greatest influence on my career – Greg West, Ian Matthew, Lou Tomkins and Steve Fisher – they are part of the reason I stay involved. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I would like to see refereeing promoted as a sport within a sport – you either hate it or love it, there is no middle ground. I think that it does take a special type of person to become a Touch Referee. Within my career, thankfully, the highs definitely outweigh the lows. SCOTT DEWS: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I have been refereeing since the early 90’s, I became more involved & committed when I watched my wife playing rep Touch and realised I could ref at that level. I did my first tournament in ’94. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? During my time when I stopped playing and concentrated on refereeing full time, the park players in open grades basically ran the games, until I gained their respect. Now the only difficult ones are the long term players, who still need the older rules to recover (Mainly women). 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? To me being able to be involved in high level Touch games e.g.; Mens open NTL, Mens 20’s World Cup) is all the motivation I need. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? We need a level 1 coaching qualification to gain our state level badges, it was something I enjoyed, passing on information and assistance to developing referees.(My career now is adult training). 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? I gained my level 6 at NTL’s ’03 and from that and State of Origin I was invited to referee at the Youth World Cup in ’05. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Gaining the level 6 and then refereeing at the Youth World Cup in 2005. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? Ian Mathew and his panel have most definitely influenced my career. Ken Golden from this panel more than others, as he was the one that made me realise, I was the only one who could control my career as a referee. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? There is now a new system for referees to follow which will bring more female and younger referees into Touch, this can only make it stronger. MICHAEL RUSH: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I’ve been refereeing since 1991. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Players not knowing the key rules & the minority who think its open season on refs on the field. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The constant challenge during the game. You’re more involved in the game than as a player – or maybe that was just a problem with my playing! 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? As part of the refs team at a local venue, you find that after a while you have the opportunity to offer support to new refs. Getting injured and not being able to ref as much also played a key role for me later on. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? Level 4 Presenter, Level 3 Referee Coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? The memorable moments are when one of the refs you know achieves a goal (a Badge, or a level of game); but also when you see someone new come through and start to show interest in refereeing. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? One of our Refs Directors here, when I started refereeing, got me interested in sticking with refereeing and having a look at the coordinating and coaching side. More recently getting to work with some of the senior referee coaches. Also, the refs you organise courses and coaching for – a lot of really dedicated people. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? Very positive things. The arm of the sport continues to develop in terms of technical support offered. Refereeing offers a great challenge. The Presenters and Coaching qualifications offer the opportunity to set and achieve goals during and after your on-field career. Once again Touch Football Australia would like to take the opportunity to thank these referees for their contribution to refereeing and the development of our current and future Touch referees at all levels of the sport. We would also like to congratulate them on their own personal achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. By Rachel Moyle
Arsenal boss Emery: We can only make loan signingsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the club will only sign loan players this month. The Gunners want to bring Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez to the Emirates, but are reluctant to part with a fee for the 25-year-old. And Emery has confirmed the club are only looking for temporary signings.”We cannot sign anyone permanently,” Emery said ahead of the Gunners’ game against West Ham on Saturday. “Only loan players this January.”Asked specifically about Suarez, Emery added: “I do not know his situation.”But I know the club is working for the possibility of players who can help us with this condition (on loan).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Brewster patient with Liverpool future: Klopp has a planby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRhian Brewster has faith in Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.The 19-year-old whizkid made his first and only appearance for the Reds in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons last month.But Brewster believes Klopp has a plan for his career.”You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly.”Just chatting to him and stuff, he says, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen,’ and I’m just waiting. I’m being patient.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.The national recall of General Mills Canada Corp. products include some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram containers, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.The recall follows a similar one by Ultima Foods in June over concerns about the potential of plastic pieces in seven Iogo yogurt products.The Iogo recall included six 93-millilitre Iogo Nano packs of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and banana drinkable yogurt and one-litre Iogo smoothie protein packs with mango, strawberry-raspberry and strawberry flavours.
OTTAWA – Canada’s spy agency wants to shield the identities of five current and former employees from the public when they testify in the lawsuit of a Montreal man who was detained in Sudan — prompting vehement objections from the man’s lawyer.In newly filed court documents, federal lawyers say the Canadian Security Intelligence Service identities must be kept confidential in order to protect the individuals from personal harm and to ensure the service can continue to work effectively.It is the latest legal spat in the long-running case of Abousfian Abdelrazik, who is suing the Canadian government for an apology and compensation over his lengthy overseas detention.Abdelrazik, 56, arrived in Canada from Africa as a refugee in 1990. He became a Canadian citizen five years later.He was arrested during a 2003 visit to Sudan to see family. In custody, Abdelrazik was interrogated by CSIS about suspected extremist links. He claims he was tortured by Sudanese intelligence officials during two periods of detention, though Canada says it knew nothing of the purported abuse.Abdelrazik denies any involvement in terrorism, and civil proceedings against the government are slated to begin Monday in the Federal Court of Canada.The federal lawyers, backed by an affidavit from a senior CSIS official, are asking the Federal Court for an order that will permit the spy service witnesses to testify in open court while ensuring their names and physical appearance are kept from the public, Abdelrazik and his counsel.All five employees have “worked in a covert operational capacity” and divulging their identities would put them at risk of personal harm, given the threats that are frequently made against the service and its employees, the federal submission says.The government proposes the five “protected witnesses” be allowed to enter and leave the courtroom via a special entrance, take an oath in a separate room and testify while hidden by a screen or through videoconference in a manner that obscures their faces.The witnesses would provide their real names in writing to the judge and the required court staff prior to testifying.In their submission, federal lawyers say the arrangement “strikes an appropriate balance” between the traditional tenet of open court proceedings and the need to maintain secrecy. “The open court principle is not absolute, and must, in appropriate cases, be limited for reasons of national security, the safety of individuals, and the proper administration of justice.”Abdelrazik’s lawyer, Paul Champ, calls the federal request “a gross overreach.”“In some cases the identity of undercover police officers are protected, but it’s only for a limited period and with evidence of a specific danger or threat. There is none of that here. And why should CSIS get more protection than the police?” Champ said.“There needs to be accountability and those responsible should not be allowed to hide in the shadows.”He plans to file written arguments with the court opposing the confidentiality demands later this week. This disagreement is not expected to delay the trial as the witnesses are not scheduled to appear for several weeks.The federal submission notes the CSIS Act makes it an offence to name an employee “who was, is or is likely to become engaged in covert operational activities” of the service.Senior CSIS personnel who appear in public forums are typically identified publicly. Current CSIS director David Vigneault is expected to testify openly at the Abdelrazik trial.However, federal lawyers contend the five other witnesses in question must be shielded given the threats to intelligence personnel posed by terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and hostile intelligence looking to exploit such opportunities.They also cite the recent British charges against two alleged Russian intelligence officers in relation to the attempted murder of double agent Sergei Skripal, his daughter and a police officer with a military-grade nerve agent.Threats against CSIS personnel have also come from individuals encountered during spy service investigations, says the affidavit from the senior spy service official, identified only as “David” in keeping with the agency’s arguments for anonymity.“These have included threats uttered during interviews, projectiles thrown at cars, being approached with weapons and receiving threatening voice messages,” says the affidavit.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter