Ebene Magazine – 10 things: Pascal Siakam’s game winner drops out when Raptors lose heartbreaker to Warriors

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One – Heartbreaking: The Raptors had no expectation to steal this game, especially after losing the first three quarters and being up to 17 points behind. In a valiant comeback push, the Raptors were able to pull out a point with eight seconds to go but still couldn’t close the deal. The Warriors received a generous, if not exaggerated, call for premature foul, and the Raptors’ reaction from Pascal Siakam rang out on the final buzzer. Toronto now drops to 2-7 in the season and as unfortunate as it has been several times, its record is what it is. The frustration builds and the schedule only gets more difficult from here.

Two – Unfortunate: It took Siakam a lot of heat to miss the final shot into a midfielder through Andrew Wiggins, who hit irons twice transformed before it failed. Siakam had 4.3 seconds left and caught the ball on the back court, so it was hardly an easy situation. He tried to drive, but Wiggins cut him off and turned left again when Siakam crossed to his right. In addition, Draymond Green OG helped Anunoby in the corner to block Siakam’s path to the edge. Siakam made the decision in a split second to move away from Wiggins, which caused just enough separation for the attempt. It didn’t go in and so it became another excuse to beat up Siakam for those who are still sticking to last year’s playoffs. That’s the cruel range in sport between winning and losing.

Three – exaggerated: What makes this loss even harder was the foul that Damion Lee pushed to the foul limit. The Raptors raved about Stephen Curry all night, and Curry passed the ball to Lee. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet were both in the game, and there was minimal contact when Lowry and VanVleet got together. Lee threw himself in the air deftly, his leg kicked over his shoulder, and the call was made. It’s one of those bang-bang decisions that could easily have been a no-call, especially considering how tight the pipe was for most of the night. However, we thank Lee for forcing the whistle and then knocking down both free throws. This is his second game in the young season.

Damion Lee wins the game for the Warriors. His second game won for Golden State. pic.twitter.com/snOglrOSOu

Four – Inspired: It’s hard to explain what happened to Lowry in this game. Invisible and out of sync for the first three quarters, it only scored one point and did little else. Lowry is usually so active and involved that it is impossible not to notice him, and yet he hovered in the background for most of the night. Lowry then grabbed everyone’s attention in the fourth, scoring 16 points from a series of pull-up threes and face-off ball drives to the brim, removing the 15-point deficit the Raptors had in the quarter. Lowry’s last three put the Raptors at four with three minutes to go, but he missed a crucial open three that would have sunk the Warriors nine seconds ahead.

Five – tireless: VanVleet continues to put Stephen Curry on the defensive which goes back to the 2019 final. Curry entered this game averaging over 30 points, including a 62 point blast earlier in the week, but VanVleet had absolutely smothered the three-time champion. Curry shot 2:16 on the night, his first make came in the third quarter with a midrange driver, literally walking around the square in a circle and snaking through countless screens to get a piece of space against VanVleet. His second basket and only three were away from a quick back pass from Draymond Green in which VanVleet was only half a second late for competition. VanVleet could be the best guardian in the league when it comes to navigating screens and he did everything in his power to secure the win for Toronto.

Six – Clutch: VanVleet had in the last Minute two sensational games. First, he let off a lopsided baseline sweater while grabbing a tough bump from Green that brought the Raptors forward by one. The next game, Curry thought he rocked VanVleet on the high screen, but VanVleet returned to the game to chase Curry into sales. VanVleet even found Lowry for the open three that could have sealed the deal, but he fell out. VanVleet takes another step in its development and the signing of a new four-year contract was the Raptors’ best move in the off-season for miles.

Seven – Hustle: Siakam played his heart out during the night. He didn’t dominate the post as he did against the Suns and Kings, but neither did the Raptors very often put him in that position. Siakam was still doing his damage up on the ground, hitting open jumpers, his fair share of pull-up attempts and tracking faults around the tire. The only complaint you might really have is that Siakam missed four of his nine fouls, but he hit two in crunch time.

Eight – Spark: Chris Boucher was electric off the bench again, scored 15 points and collected six blocks. Boucher becomes a stunning three-point pick-and-pop shooter and shows good chemistry with all of the Raptors’ starters. Boucher unfortunately fouled in the fourth quarter, and he’s giving away fouls by making defensive mistakes, but he’s made a largely positive contribution this season that should be considered as a starting option.

Nine – blank: the problem when starting Boucher, however, is that the bank remains completely sterile. The other four bankers outside of Boucher scored a total of eight points and completely surrendered to their colleagues in the Warriors. Keep in mind that the Warriors don’t exactly have All-Stars in their second unit, but it was people like Lee, Eric Paschall, and Kent Bazemore who tore the Raptors’ reserves to pieces. Nick Nurse is still looking for line-up combinations and expects to keep shuffling after this miserable performance.

Ten decisions: Raptor President Masai Ujiri and General Manager Bobby Webster were in court for this game. This isn’t an uncommon sight as the front office is usually on the move, but it’s a visual reminder that tough decisions will need to be made if the Raptors keep dropping games. Webster and Ujiri’s decision to replace Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka with Alex Len and Aron Baynes, who both stood on a bench tonight, created a gaping hole in the middle of this roster and they have to make a decision. Either acquire a viable center to give this team a chance with a balanced roster, or bite the ball and evaluate the two veterans on expiring deals.

First Nations across Canada have started taking doses of COVID -19 vaccines as vaccination programs begin in the provinces and indigenous leaders encourage people to roll up their sleeves.
Six of 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations on Vancouver Island were priority recipients of doses of Moderna’s vaccine last week, said Mariah Charleson, vice president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, which serves about 10,000 members.
The council employs nurses who are among those who do vaccinations so that people see a familiar face that they know and trust, she said.
Health officials need to work with communities to ensure the COVID-19 vaccination program is culturally appropriate, she said given the impact of the dormitory school system and discrimination in the healthcare sector, as in a recent report by former Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond set out.
« There are many people in our communities who may never have seen our nurses because they just will never ask for help, » said Charleson.
Turpel-Lafond’s report, released in November, sheds light on the widespread racial profiling based on harmful stereotypes affecting the care of indigenous patients in British Columbia. Of the more than 2,700 indigenous peoples surveyed, 84 percent said they experienced some form of discrimination in the health care system.
It’s understandable that many are reluctant to trust Canadian health officials, said Charleson, who encourages people to get vaccinated.
« If you aren’t doing it for yourself, you are doing it for the elders in the church and the vulnerable, » she said in an interview.
Ehattesaht First Nation chief Simon John said he had seen some concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines among residents of the Ehatis reservation on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.
The community of approximately 100 members was affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 that spread to 28 people last month. When John learned that they were about to receive Moderna’s vaccine, he decided to lead by example.
« For us as a council, our priority was to take it first, » he said.
John said he received his first dose last Monday along with about 30 other Ehatis residents and 40 people in the nearby village of Zeballos, including some elders and band members who live outside the reserve.
B.C. has allocated 25,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to vulnerable members of distant First Nations by the end of February. As of Monday, First Nations had 10,700 doses of Moderna’s vaccine and 5,300 had been distributed to 18 communities.
Indigenous Services Canada had confirmed nearly 10,000 cases of COVID-19 in First Nation communities across the country as of Friday, including 3,288 active infections, 452 hospitalizations and 95 deaths.
Canada’s Advisory Committee on Immunization has identified indigenous communities among the priority groups for vaccines that have limited availability.
In Alberta, residents of remote First Nations and people 65 and older living in a First Nation or Metis parish are among those the province is prioritizing in its third phase of immunization starting in February.
In Saskatchewan, 4,900 doses of Moderna vaccine have been shipped to northern regions to be the first to be vaccinated, including those living in First Nation communities, healthcare workers, nursing home workers and residents, and people aged 80 and over.
Initially, « the First Nations were not really concerned with where this vaccine should be allocated, » said Dr. Nnamdi Ndubuka, Medical Health Officer for the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority.
More recently, communication between communities and the Saskatchewan Health Authority about vaccine distribution has improved, he said.
The province expects to receive an additional 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, with smaller cities serving as regional distribution centers.
Meanwhile, Manitoba began shipping 5,300 doses of Moderna’s vaccine last week to reach people in all 63 First Nations in the province.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021.
This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship.

Brenna Owen, the Canadian Press

TORONTO – Many parts of the country will open schools in many parts of the country on Monday that are closed on post-holiday fears of a pandemic. However, experts say that children’s safety depends on increased control outside the learning environment. Thousands of students in Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan will come together again after a long break, depending on the region and age group. In some regions, return to class coincides with stricter precautions both inside and outside the classroom. Grade 1 and Grade 2 students in Quebec will join older elementary school students required to wear masks on school buses and in public areas, while Grade 5 and 6 students must also wear masks in class. Biggest news in Quebec was the introduction of the first Canadian curfew for COVID-19, which prevents most residents from leaving between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. There is significant pressure that should help protect schools from rising community rates that have driven cases, hospitalizations and deaths to worrying levels, observers say, « We need to talk about other sacrifices we as communities, when, are ready we do this.  » I want our children to return to school, « says Ashleigh Tuite, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. » I don’t like the idea of ​​curfews or restrictions on movement, but again these are measures I think as adults we should be willing to take on this if it helps reduce community transmission. « Ontario was scheduled to reopen elementary schools in the southern half of the province on Monday, but delayed that plan due to two-week staggering of case numbers and a worrying rise in child positivity rates. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said last week that the positivity rate in children tested approached 20 percent in early January, y for 12–13 year olds, up from 5 percent in late November and early December, and a survey of COVID-19 test results in the province, broken down by age, also found lower , but still significant peaks for other age groups, including a jump from 5 percent for 4-11 year olds to 16 percent and from 6 percent for 14 to 17 year olds to 14 percent, as the number of infections increases daily record of more than 4,200 reported cases on Friday, although that is a backlog of around 450 cases stopped. Ontario has suggested that more restrictions are on the way, and expressed a vague desire to introduce more school-based measures to suppress transmission rates, but details have not been released, according to Jason Kindrachuk, a virologist at the University of Manitoba, it’s an inaccurate science Find the right balance between community and school constraints. However, he says any steps taken to contain wider infections will help prevent the possibility of outbreaks in class. « We probably shouldn’t be talking about school closings if we weren’t also talking about closings of all non-essential businesses and offices, » says Kindrachuk, of Saskatoon, where he works with the University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Center. But better data are also keys to assessing how susceptible schoolchildren really are, he said, and repeated calls for asymptomatic tests: « We still don’t fully understand what transmission looks like in schools to this day. » were extended in Alberta and Manitoba, while Saskatchewan announced it will review the status of its Christmas borders for conventions and retail capacity. Children in British Columbia returned to public school last week after a two-week winter break, but there is pressure there too to increase protection including mask mandates and physical distancing. Teachers in the Fraser Health area are particularly concerned about « schools where health prevails » and safety standards are inadequate, inconsistent or unsafe, « the BC Teachers Association said in a press release Friday, urging provincial authorities to reduce school density to decrease, improve ventilation, make masks mandatory in all indoor spaces, and ensure that educators and school staff are « appropriately prioritized » for COVID-19 vaccinations. Kindrachuk says a more contagious COVID variant from the UK is increasing use for Infection Control continues: « Things don’t go from one day that is good to one suddenly that goes bad the next day, » he said. « There is a slow escalation and then everything starts to reach that exponential phase where you’re not increasing linearly, but actually increasing very, very steeply. « This report from The Canadian Pr ess was first published on January 10, 2021. Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

IQALUIT, Nunavut – In October, Collette Nilaulak gave birth to her third child alone in a hospital room about 1,200 kilometers from her home in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
Pandemic restrictions meant one person could be with her at Saint Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. But Nilaulak’s partner, who had flown south with her, had to stay in a hotel to watch her two-year-old daughter.
« It was very difficult for me. Going through work alone is difficult, » said Nilaulak.
After giving birth, she spent another two days alone in the hospital before isolating herself in a hotel for two weeks to meet the Nunavut government requirements for anyone returning north after a trip south.
In total, 25-year-old Nilaulak spent over a month in Winnipeg.
« I was a month and five days away from my oldest. I had no family there. I didn’t know anyone. »
At the time, COVID-19 cases were climbing in Manitoba while Nunavut was not yet affected by the novel coronavirus.
« I was so concerned about getting COVID. Worried about myself and my unborn child. »
It is routine for expectant Nunavut mothers to travel south to give birth. The capital of Iqaluit is the only one of the 25 parishes in Nunavut that can provide medical support for childbirth. Although Rankin Inlet has a birthing center, his services were suspended in August after longtime midwives quit.
Adigii Nukapiak, who also lives in Rankin, said she learned just three days before her flight to Iqaluit that she was being sent to Winnipeg instead. Health workers told the 20-year-old that Iqaluit Hospital was out of space.
Nukapiak, whose first child was born in October, said she spent a lot of time in her hotel room and was too scared to take a taxi somewhere as COVID cases rose in the province.
« I was so scared, » she said.
She spent six weeks in Winnipeg. She said spending two weeks in isolation after giving birth gave her time to bond with her baby and heal her body.
« But it wasn’t fun because my mother wasn’t with me or my older sister. »
The recent case of a Nunavut woman who flew to Winnipeg to give birth to her fifth child and died of COVID-19 points to the risk of turning to health care travel during a pandemic while traveling between provinces leave.
Silatik Qavvik, 35, died on January 2nd.
Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, said Qavvik’s death « underscores the urgent need for midwifery services » in every community.
« Every Inuk woman should have access to safe and compassionate pregnancy, childbirth and follow-up care, and she shouldn’t have to leave her homes and support circle to receive it, » Kudloo said.
The Nunavut Health Department did not respond to interview requests.
The latest statistics from Statistics Canada show that Nunavut has the highest birth rate in Canada, at 22.6 live births per 1,000 people – twice the national average of 10.1. In 2019, 840 babies were born to Nunavut mothers.
With a hospital and no intensive care unit, many of Nunavut’s 39,000 residents have no choice but to travel south for health care. In its budget for 2019-2020, the area estimated it would spend $ 90 million on medical travel this year.
And like Nilaulak, Nunavut women who go south to give birth are often faced with the difficult decision of leaving family members behind. Nunavut’s medical travel policy calls for a person to accompany an expectant mother.
« It creates trouble for their other children who need to be looked after by family members who may have crowded homes or are food unsafe. To be away from your family for so long, especially now that they have to isolate themselves, creates a lot of stress. » said Kudloo.
Kudloo, who was born in the country, said Nunavut women were not only entitled to home obstetrics, but also to health care in their own language.
« It is so important that Inuit be cared for … with Inuktitut-speaking or culturally trained nurses, » she said. « Birth used to be about being with the family. The other kids were there to see their brand new siblings. It was a happy time.
« Inuit women are very resilient and very strong, but they have to be close to their families when they are born. »
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021.
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This story was produced with financial support from Facebook and the Canadian Press News Fellowship

Emma Tranter, the Canadian press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. In an earlier version, the population of Nunavut was given as 390,000. The population is actually 39,000.

TORONTO – Kiki Lally has never seen a mess she was afraid of. The Calgary entrepreneur started the Pinnovate crafting studio in the middle of an Alberta recession and has seen a fair share of sticky fingers at hundreds of art classes, birthday parties, and camps her company has seen. When the COVID-19 measures triggered shutdowns last year, Lally approached the crisis the way she knew best: with color, yarn and a little creativity. She launched DIY Delivery, an online website that sells craft kits, but quickly found that it wasn’t cheap or as easy as a few clicks to set up. « It’s not as easy as it looks … All of a sudden we’re learning about e-commerce and inventory and creating kits, videos, and a YouTube channel, » Lally said. “Even the logistics of shipping it sounds so simple, until you actually find all of these nooks and crannies in your city and work out plans.” Lally’s experience provides a glimpse into some of the challenges Canada’s 1.14 million small businesses have faced in the race Accept e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Association of Independent Businesses said that a third of small businesses across the country were selling online as of November. Approximately 152,000 small businesses switched between March and November to kickstart e-commerce, and one in five independent businesses told advocacy that it would increasingly rely on this route to survive. While customers have blown through online shopping, delivery, take-out, and roadside pickup, small business owners have been working around the clock, spending a lot of money, and retooling their entire operations to keep it all together. Some had to revise products and menu items to ensure they do not arrive damaged or cold and damp when delivered. Others have toyed with virtual reality to offer digital fittings for apparel, and many have looked into coding, social media, and online payment systems. Catherine Choi, the owner of Hanji Gifts in Toronto, was involved in photography. When COVID-19 hit Canada, her company already had a website that sold goods, but she estimates that only 15 percent of the products were on it. Chi bought a light box and in between setting up her daughter for the virtual school and processing roadside pick-up orders, she began searching the store’s inventory. « It takes a long time, » she said. « We probably still have less than half of our products online. » Choi has tried to focus on adding items from artisans and manufacturers who provide their photos for them because this limits the work. She has also focused on items that are easy to ship like cards, stickers, washi tapes, socks, and craft paper. Bulky and fragile products like ceramics will be available later. Getting items online was a time-consuming task as Hanji doesn’t have a traditional payment system and uses old-school paper books and folders to keep track of inventory at its three locations. Choi moved Hanji’s warehouse closer to her home so she could work on orders processing late into the evening, but that didn’t solve every problem. « Somebody might want a card and there’s only one left and it’s only online at our Scarborough warehouse. So we need to figure out how to get this card to the place where it’s supposed to be picked up, » Choi said. Dealing with so many changes and stressors at the same time has « overwhelmed » entrepreneurs, said Darryl Julott, executive director of Digital Main Street, which helps companies digitize operations and is supported by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. “I speak to business owners and they will say that we are trying to make a website. Every time we talk to a company they overwhelm us and we don’t get answers to our questions so we don’t know what to do « , he said. Founded in 2014, Digital Main Street seeks to dispel some of those guesswork and make it easier and less confusing for businesses that are realizing that “bricks and clicks” are needed to make a living. Over the past few months the organization has helped many entrepreneurs build accounting software, email systems, and online stores. The biggest roadblocks they notice are the bookkeeping or the lives of the owners in relation to their business, Julott said. Many companies still use paper books, and any sales or adjustments they make will require going to their office or store, which can be difficult and time consuming to operate online, he explained. While a company’s logistics and retooling can be an issue, Lally said the hardest part of moving online is keeping hope alive as the pandemic drags on. « Just like everyone else in Canada, we didn’t know what This (pandemic) was and what it would be and what the long-term effects of it were, » she said. Most of their staff were ready to roll up their sleeves and do whatever they could to start the delivery. One worker waived her salary and instead volunteered in the studio. Regulars even offered to drop off the studio’s kits, but most customers don’t even know how much work goes into a transformation, Lally said, « It always looks easy when someone else is doing it, but it really isn’t.  » This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021. Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

MOSCOW – Dozens of people who protested against the opposition elections in Kazakhstan were arrested in the capital and in the capital of the country but were released after a few hours. Five parties are fighting for seats in the lower house of parliament on Sunday, but all are loyal to the government. The country’s only registered opposition party declined to run field candidates. According to Akipress news agency, more than 30 protesters have been arrested in the capital, Almaty. The Interfax news agency announced that more protesters were arrested in the capital Nur-Sultan. Deputy Interior Minister Arystangani Zapparov said late Sunday that all detainees had been released without charge. The ruling Nur Otan party is expected to maintain its current rule or strengthen the parliament of the former Soviet republic, which is rich in oil, gas and mineral resources. The party is headed by former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was in power from independence in 1991 until his resignation last year. Although he resigned, he resigned, retaining significant power as chairman of the National Security Council. The Associated Press

A three-year-old girl from Fredericton received a special reputation for wearing masks on her dolls during Friday’s COVID-19 briefing from New Brunswick’s top doctor. Reese Belyea was playing with her dolls at home, which she refers to as her girls, while her mother Melanie beamed the briefing in the background. The daughter recognized Dr. Jennifer Russell’s voice, taping stickers and clothing over four of her favorite dolls as she played, getting them ready for shopping. « Look, Mom, the girls have masks on, Dr. Russell would be so happy, » the little child said to her mother. Her mom thought it was so cute that she decided to take a picture and send it to Dr. Russell to send the press conference, although there are no prior ties with the province’s top doctor. Much to Belyea’s surprise, the doctor read the message while she was not speaking on the podium and replied immediately. « I got a message from her that said, ‘Thank you, this is so cute, » said Belyea. But the moment didn’t end there. When Russell returned to the podium to answer questions from the media, she took a moment at the beginning of her first answer to recognize Reese. « There’s a little girl out there who’s just watching, called Reese, who has masks on her dolls. And I just want to acknowledge that this is a really, really safe bet. And good for you Reese, good job, » Russell said . Belyea said she was incredulous when she heard Russell call her daughter. « I was shocked, I kind of had to go back and say, ‘Did I just hear that right?' » She laughed. Reese was in another room in At this point, her mother replayed that section so her daughter could hear it for herself. « She just had a big grin on her face, » said Belyea, adding that they have seen this clip several times since Friday. « I just thought it would be so nice of Dr. Russell to do that. She didn’t have to, this wasn’t what we were looking for at all, I was just hoping to make Dr. Russell smile during all of this. » And it worked. Dr. Russell said the next day that such moments are special during the pandemic. « Well, I feel good to obviously know that there are people out there who are watching and listening and taking everything I say to heart, » Russell said. « It’s heartwarming, I like getting these messages, definitely helps at a time like this for sure. »

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford says the province won’t have mass vaccinations until April since A new daily record of 3,945 new COVID-19 cases and 61 new deaths was set on Sunday. In a video tweet on Sunday, Ford said that mass vaccination in the province won’t happen until April, May and June. In the video, he urges Ontarians to « band together » and continue to follow public health protocol to contain the spread of the novel virus. « I ask again, we have to unite, we have to stick together. » Ford said, « We’re going to see some really turbulent waters in the next few months. » As of Sunday, a total of 113,246 COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in the province, of which 9,983 were issued on Saturday 61 people who died in the past 24 hours were residents of the long-term care system. There were 1,160 new cases in Toronto, 641 in Peel Region, 357 in York Region, 223 in Windsor-Essex County and 220 in Waterloo Region. Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province’s laboratory network had 62,300 in the last 24 hours Tests carried out. 39,362 COVID-19 tests are still under investigation. The provincial health ministry reported that 1,483 people are in hospital due to COVID-19. Of these, 388 are in intensive care units and 266 are breathing with the help of ventilators. Sunday marks the seventh consecutive day of more than 3,000 new daily cases in Ontario. A total of 3,443 new infections were reported on Saturday. A total of 4,249 cases were reported on Friday, but about 450 were due to a delay in uploading data from Toronto Public Health. The new deaths reported on Sunday bring the total COVID-19-related deaths in Ontario to 4,983 since the pandemic began. Other areas reporting three-digit COVID-19 case numbers on Saturday include: * Durham Area: 190. * Middlesex-London: 173. * Niagara: 151. * Ottawa: 129. * Halton Area: 118. More than 30,000 Cases are now classified as active and 180,720 cases have been marked as resolved. New COVID-19 modeling data coming Tuesday, according to Ford’s office, the latest COVID-19 modeling for Ontario will be unveiled on Tuesday. On Friday, Ford announced further restrictions were coming to Ontario as health officials described the pandemic as « scary ». The prime minister said the new modeling would represent a potentially dire scenario in the province. « We’re in a desperate situation and when you see the modeling you’ll fall out of your chair, » said Ford.  » More action will be taken as this gets out of hand. « The provincial government ordered a 28-day lockdown across Ontario on December 26th to help contain the spread of COVID. 19.

A rare bird that normally lives in Siberia and East Asia may have been spotted in Nova Scotia last week. Bird watcher Angela MacDonald spotted what she believed to be a Taimyr gull, also known as the Siberian gull, in a parking lot in New Glasgow last Monday. MacDonald said, she did not know what a Taimyr gull was at the time, but it was unlike any gull she had seen before. Surprised by the possible discovery, she took some pictures. « It has not yet been fully confirmed, but according to the records it looks it looks like this is the first Taimyr gull for all of Canada and it is a second record for that entire continent. « Said MacDonald, who has been watching birds for three years. » I think you probably have a better chance of seeing a flamingo on your lawn than a Taimyr gull. « MacDonald said she noticed some things that were different about this gull. The long legs were bright orange-red, which she had never seen before, and the coat – the top of the wings – was dark gray and didn’t go with herring gulls or black-backed gulls like those normally found in Nova Scotia. « I knew something was wrong. So I thought this seagull needed further investigation, « she said. She contacted her friend Steven McGrath, who agreed that the seagull had to be examined by experts. He suggested that they send the photos to a Facebook group called North American Gulls. There the group of seagull experts wondered what the seagull could be. « When I saw it, I knew it was something completely different from the seagulls we normally get in Nova Scotia, » said Mark Dennis, one Naturalist and gull expert who has been bird watching since 1966. When he saw MacDonald’s photo, he turned to his wife and said, « Start the car. « Day they traveled four hours from their home on Cape Sable Island to the car park in New Glasgow hoping to see the seagull in person. Armed with cat food to attract the seagulls, Dennis was able to see the bird within seconds of arriving. Tennis believes he has seen this type of seagull before – while traveling in India in 1997. Now he believes that the same type of seagull is approximately 6,000 kilometers from its home breeding destination. « They will migrate and then spend time in an area and instead you turned and went home with another bunch of seagulls … and all of a sudden you find yourself in Nova Scotia eating KFC fries in the parking lot in New Glasgow, « he said. He said he was confident that the bird is a Taimyr gull.  » I’m assuming if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck, « he said. MacDonald, who is part of the Nova Scotia Bird Society, said she could take a stool sample from the gull that was used to DNA analysis sent away for confirmation, the bird watcher said she was still in shock from what she saw and hoped the potentially rare sighting would encourage people to treat seagulls with respect Returned to parking lot to see the seagull several times and each time it saw vehicles drive through the resting seagulls. « That is very unnecessary. They are individuals. They are struggling to survive. Just leave her alone. If you don’t like her it doesn’t matter, just don’t hurt her, « she said. » If I can get even one person to look at seagulls differently – for me, finding the Taimyr seagull served the purpose « MORE TOP STORIES

The police in the US have arrested a number of pro-Trump supporters and indicted for participating in the riot on Capitol Hill

MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian Steven Diez reached the second round on Sunday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Russian Alexey Vatutin The Australian Open Qualifier. Toronto-born Diez had five aces and switched six of his 14 breakpoint chances in a match where both players struggled to hold on to serve – Vatutin broke accurate on just 51 percent of his first serves Diez, however, four times with five chances. Diez next faces Henri Laaksonen (15th) Switzerland. Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Que., And Rebecca Marino from Vancouver should play the women’s qualifiers in the first round on Monday iten. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021. The Canadian Press

MOSCOW – A nationalist politician who was released from prison following protests in which the President of Kyrgyzstan was overthrown last year has been elected to succeed him. Voters in Sunday’s elections, which gave Sadyr Zhaparov a landslide victory of 79%, also voted for a referendum to amend the constitution and give the presidency more power. The vote followed the overthrow of the previous president in October. The ex-Soviet Central Asian nation sank into turmoil after a parliamentary election that was swept by parties affiliated with the government. Opposition supporters accused the authorities of rigging the vote and forced President Sooronbai Jeenbekov to resign on October 15. Schaparov, jailed for involvement in the kidnapping of a regional governor in 2017, led Jeenbekov’s impeachment for the third time in 15 years when a leader of the 6.5 million nation on the border with China was displaced by a popular uprising. As with the previous uprisings that overthrew presidents in 2005 and 2010, the recent turmoil has resulted from clan rivalries that have shaped the country’s politics. Zhaparove pushed for the constitutional referendum on Sunday under which the presidency will gain the powers of parliament. It is a member of the Russia-dominated economic and security alliances, hosts a Russian air base and relies on Moscow’s economic support. There used to be a US air force base here, which served as an important transportation hub for the war in Afghanistan. Russia has raised concerns about the turmoil in Kyrgyzstan but has not supported any of the presidential candidates. The Associated Press

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French authorities said on Sunday they wanted to include the more contagious variant of COVID-19, the first found in Great Britain and now discovered in the French Mediterranean port of Marseille and in the Alps. Marseille Mayor Benoit Payan said seven to eight people had tested positive for the new variant in the city, while another 30 people tested who may also have been exposed to the variant. « Right now, every minute counts to prevent the spread of this English variant, » Payan told reporters.

TORONTO – Five things to look out for in the Canadian business community in the coming week: Bankers Conference Become bankers Monday Speak at the RBC Capital Markets 2021 Conference of Canadian Bankers. Several Canadian companies – including the country’s top banks – recently said they plan to thank their employees for a year of hard work with year-end bonuses, with some even topping up the amount. Coror Results Corus Entertainment Inc. will publish its first quarterly results and conference call on Tuesday. The media company reported in October that the pandemic had unevenly impacted various parts of its business in the fourth quarter. The income from television showed glimmers of hope, but heavy losses on the radio. Former Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz will speak on Canada’s current state of economic climate, political priorities and what all of this could mean for Canada’s long-term prosperity on Wednesday. Big Canada’s chief economists said Jan. 7 that they expect the economy to recover this year, but that failure to control COVID-19 or the introduction of vaccines into arms could accelerate that recovery. Shaw Results Shaw Communications Inc. will publish its first quarterly results on Wednesday. Western Canada’s largest cable company told analysts in October that it hopes Shaw customers will bundle home Internet services with its new wireless service to prevent rival Telus Corp. achieved further market gains. The Cogeco Update Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. will be released Q1 results on Thursday. After fending off two hostile takeover attempts by Altice USA Inc. and Rogers Communications, CEO Phlippe Jette said in October that Cogeco has the financial resources to profitably conduct more acquisitions and service improvements as an independent company. This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 10, 2021. The Canadian Press

QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) – In a shrine near the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River, an Epiphany procession took place for the first time in more than 50 years on Sunday after being set free had been declared by landmines. Father Francesco Patton, the Holy Land Administrator for the Roman Catholic Church, led the Franciscans to a shrine in a former war zone between Israel and Jordan. « Today we are back to pray, » said Father Ibrahim Faltas, one of the clergymen at the ceremony.

PARIS – France’s Defense Minister on Sunday denied reports that his warplanes were civilians at a wedding ceremony in central Mali a week ago would have met. Only jihadists were attacked and hit and she checked the information herself after alleging at least 20 civilians had been killed.Some reports said a helicopter bombed people celebrating a wedding in the village of Bounti, but Defense Secretary Florence Parly said that on January 3, no helicopters were involved in the strike that « eliminated several dozen jihadists ». “There was no marriage, no women, no children. They were all men, ”Parly said in an interview with France Inter. « You can say a lot of things … These are facts, accurate, proven, verified, certified. » Witnesses had said that at least 20 people were killed in a strike on Bounti. Hamadoun Dicko, leader of one of Mali’s largest ethnic Peuhl organizations, told witnesses describing two January 3 air strikes in the village: « I have personally lost two friends, » said Dicko, president of the Tabital Pulaaku Youth Association. The French military authorities already had any connection between the strike and an alleged wedding party. The air strike was part of a larger operation by French forces to fight Islamist extremists in the Sahel of Africa. Parly spoke after five French troops were killed in two separate attacks using improvised explosive devices last week, and six other troops were wounded in a third attack. The new casualties bring the total number of French deaths to 50 since France first intervened in Mali in 2013 to stop jihadists who had taken control of some northern cities before advancing towards the capital, Bamako. The casualties in rapid succession have sparked new doubts about the effectiveness of France’s Operation Barkhane, which currently consists of around 5,000 soldiers, and whether it is time to withdraw. Parly said all decisions would be taken at a Sahel Summit in Chad next month. French President Emmanuel Macron was set to announce a timeframe for a possible withdrawal of French forces. A year ago, Macron convened a summit of the Sahel states in France to inform the partners whether they wanted to continue the French presence. They did, but « it’s not our calling to be in Mali forever, » Parly said, corrected to show that five French troops were killed last week, not six. The Associated Press

The top diplomat of the European Union said on Sunday that the siege of the US Capitol last week exposed the dangers of leaving the deterioration of democratic values ​​unchecked and disinformation in the social Spread media. « Everyone needs to understand that if we accept setbacks after setbacks, even if they seem minor, democracy and its values ​​and institutions can ultimately and irreversibly perish, » said Borrell, speaking on behalf of the 27 EU member states. p> NEWMARKET, Ont. – A picturesque scene of a few dozen ducks cruising the icy, sun-drenched river along Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket was interrupted by the sudden arrival of the city’s newest celebrity in southern Ontario. « Eddie, » a mandarin duck who recently fled near his owner’s farm, dipped in the cool water to take a bath with some mallards. His landing sparked an immediate surge in local buzz that had built up after a few recent sightings and social media posts. Eddie did not disappoint, flapping his wings and showing oohs and ahhs of youth and adults his dazzling colors. « I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a spectacular duck, » said Judie Rollins, a resident. With a thin sheet of a small piece of running water on a park bridge that covered most of the river in ice, it turned out to be an ideal spot for a joke. Eddie even tried to strut carefully on the ice before leaning back into the water to the delight of the audience. Children from the nearby sledding hill noticed the excitement and ran over to catch a glimpse. Photographers stationed on the snow-covered river bank snapped away violently. Families walking the adjacent nature trail peered through the brush for a view. « It’s a beautiful day and I had to take a little walk and get some exercise and some fresh air, » said Rollins. « I didn’t expect to see him at all. I was pleasantly surprised. » The duck’s owner, Tracey Harpley, has visited the area south of Newmarket’s High Street in hopes of catching Eddie. She left seeds in a small pen nearby in hopes that he would remember his usual routine and settle in it. « I’m glad people got to enjoy it, » she said. “But now I think it would be best if he came home.” Harpley, who volunteers for wildlife rehabilitation centers, looks after several small rescue animals. She said her 11-year-old daughter was helping care for her domestic ducks, which live in a large pond on her property. Eddie started one evening after being startled by a flock of geese, Harpley said. It was discovered in a few other ponds but has yet to return. « He’s very friendly, which makes him a little cheeky, » she said. « That’s why he’s asserting himself out there. » The mandarin duck is found mainly in Asia and Europe and has an exotic look with bright orange feathers on the back. White crescent moons on the eyes are split by an unusual, mohaw-like look with red, green and black tones. Harpley plans to work with animal control officers in the coming days to get Eddie back into their possession. This report from The Canadian Die Presse was first published on January 10, 2021. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. Gregory Strong, the Canadian press

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The Canadian Justin Kripps and his bobsled crew from Ben Coakwell, Ryan Sommer and Cam Stones return from Germany with their first podium of the season after finishing second at the World Cup event in Winterberg on Sunday. They recorded a two-run time of one minute, 48.70 seconds on a tricky track with 15 corners, to land behind the German Francesco Friedrich, Alexander Schuelller, Thorsten Margis and Candy Bauer with 1: 48.13. « We are delighted that we opened our season with a silver medal in Winterberg, our best result so far on this track, » said Sommer to Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton as the squad was preparing for the next competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland « We had really good execution on both bursts. We worked on that this off-season. Being able to execute on race day is exactly what we wanted to do. » WATCH | Justin Kripps leads the Canadian crew onto the podium at the season debut: Friedrich wrote bobsleigh history on Sunday by setting the record for World Cup victories for a driver in 46th place. The German Andre Lange had 45 victories, while another German, retired women’s driver, Sandra Kiriasis, won 46 world cup races in her career. Friedrich is a nine-time world champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and has simply dominated his sport for the past three years. In his last 47 international races, starting with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Friedrich has 36 gold medals, six silver medals and two bronzes – never less than fifth place. The Austrian team of Benjamin Maier, Kristian Huber, Markus Sammer and Sascha Stepan was 1: 48.89 on the third Sunday. « This route is difficult because the Germans have a million practice runs here and the weather is always terrible, » said Kripps of Summerland, BC, who turned 34 on Wednesday. « It can also be tricky here because it makes you fall asleep upstairs where there is no speed or pressure, and sometimes you don’t pay attention to the details that the slow speed creates for the ground. » Sunday was the sixth top three result for the Canadian crew, which won bronze at the 2019 World Cup. It is the ninth career four-man medal as a pilot for Kripps, whose best result so far at the event in Winterberg at the 2017 World Cup was the fourth. Canada’s bobsleigh athletes trained at home for the first half of the World Cup season due to international travel risks associated with COVID-19: « Our team motto was always to stay ready because we never really knew when we would get a chance this year Races, « said Sommer of White Rock, BC, the youngest member of the team on 27. » We were very happy to come out today and set the runs we did – from the start and until Justin’s ride. We really wanted that for each other today.  » Elsewhere, Vancouver’s Chris Spring and his crew of Mark Mlakar from Mississauga, Ontario, Shaq Murray Lawrence from Toronto and Mike Evelyn from Ottawa won a four-man bobsleigh race in the European Cup in Altenberg on Sunday. The spring sledge ended in front of the German sledges, which were piloted by Maximilian Illmann and Hans-Peter Hannighofe.

When the travel bans of the pandemic put an end to Rachel Marshik’s annual travel plans, she wrote down the names of all 53 SkyTrain stations in Metro Vancouver and threw the papers into a bowl for a project to quench her wanderlust. Every day last summer, the 35-year-old New Westminster school teacher pulled one out, planned a route with nearby attractions, and got on a train to begin her adventure. She set off on foot for hours, visiting attractions, local businesses, and industrial parks, and found beauty in art and even trash. « I wanted to imitate the feeling of seeing something new where you don’t know what to expect and where it’s kind of out of your hands, » she said. Marshik said she developed the project to recreate the thrill of traveling she has had every summer since she was 19. She teaches at Burnsview Secondary School in Delta and has been all over Europe, including Africa and South America. She went to China one summer to learn more about the country after teaching a class about the country’s ancient history. « I’m quite a travel addict, » she said. But in 2020, when she knew it would not be as usual when flights were canceled and advice against unnecessary travel was given, she devised various travel plans. She based the project on the way she travels abroad, frequently searching for an area to visit, taking transit nearby and exploring on foot, making the day go by on the spur of the moment. « You see things that are more unexpected, » she said. “You can let the things you see decide where you go.” Marshik did not judge the great variety of landscapes around the stations. Some are in dense urban centers, others on the edge of green residential areas, while others are near industrial parks surrounded by thoroughfares. She saw people on the move, beautiful gardens, historic houses and public art, but also trash and burned sofas.She found a wooded path at Scott Road SkyTrain Station in Surrey, an area that apparently is only attractive to someone on foot, adorned with a teddy bear and a shop where she could buy South American sweets. She even saw a burning sofa and the lens of her camera. « And I mean, charcoal is beautiful in the sunlight, so in a way it was still nice to see, » she said. Another place to remember was the neighborhood around the Marine Drive SkyTrain Station at the foot of Cambie Street in Vancouver. She didn’t expect much as she believed the area would be dominated mostly by high-rise developments. But even there, she found inspirational public art before discovering beautiful historic homes and gardens in Marpole, including Canadian author Joy Kogawa’s children’s home. « It was a really amazing stroll in a neighborhood that I didn’t know had so much heritage and history that you could still see so clearly, » she said. Marshik shared her photos and experiences with a group of 20 friends and family via email, just like she does when she’s out of the country. She said doing it for her SkyTrain adventures helped her keep in touch with people over the summer. « And so it was a project that wasn’t just for me, » she said. She is now thinking of something similar for 2021 when she’s still limited to travel next summer. She encourages others to make plans for similar projects to help them cope with these uncertain times. « You see what people are doing in all of these different parts of the city, whether it’s fighting or if it’s the path they want to get to. You feel more part of the whole city experience. »

The Total number of positive COVID-19 cases due to PEI holds steady at 102 with eight still active. There were no deaths or hospitalizations. However, cases continue to increase in neighboring provinces. New Brunswick announced 30 new cases on Saturday and another 14 on Sunday, bringing the total active cases to 184. Nova Scotia tightened its border restrictions with New Brunswick after the outbreak on Saturday. Anyone coming to the province from New Brunswick must – with a few exceptions – self-isolate for 14 days. People who have been contacted by P.E.I. don’t have to self-isolate unless they stop in New Brunswick. PEI, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador have had travel restrictions since the Atlantic bubble burst in November. Nova Scotia reported three new cases on Saturday, including a second case at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish. There are 31 known active cases in the province. There have been 652,473 positive cases across Canada since the pandemic began in March. More than 16,800 have died. There are 83,252 active cases. Sarah Steele of Stratford, P.E.I., will be part of women’s hockey history next month when the semifinals and finals of the COVID-shortened NWHL season on NBC.P.E.I. has started giving the first doses of the Moderna vaccine. The Chief Public Health Office says its goal is to have 80 percent of islanders vaccinated by the end of the summer. PEI pharmacists say they had talks with the chief public health office and could hand out and administer vaccines spring. Also on the newsMore ResourcesSymptomatic ReminderSymptoms of COVID-19 can include: * Fever. * Cough or worsening of a previous cough. * Possible loss of taste and / or smell. * Strep throat. * New or worsening tiredness. * A headache. * Shortness of breath. * Runny nose. More from CBC P.E.I.

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