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  • admin 21:10 on 29/12/2018  

    WATCH: Every disaster is an opportunity and for Iraq’s Kurdish population, this may be a chance to go it alone. Stuart Greer reports from Erbil.

    Please note: This post, originally published June 18, has been updated to include new reporting from inside the Kurdistan region

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    Kurdish-controlled areas of Iraq have been largely spared the country’s worsening turmoil as Islamist militants make their way further south, taking over cities and towns en route to Baghdad.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took over areas that have large Kurdish populations, including Iraq’s second-largest city Mosul last week, but the Sunni Muslim militant group’s fighters haven’t attempted to move into Kurdish-controlled areas so far.

    Erbil, the capital of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, has become a haven for displaced people fleeing ISIL’s violent advances.

    With Iraq on the brink of bloody sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shiites – again – and amid fears the country could fall apart, the Kurdistan region in the north may have a chance to achieve a greater degree of independence.

    Iraqi Kurdistan is safe – for now

    The Kurds may not have the strongest relationship with the Shiite-led government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, but they’re by no means pledging allegiance to ISIL, as local Sunni groups in captured cities have.

    Iraq’s Kurds see ISIL as a terrorist group and, with the advance on Mosul June 6, the Kurdistan Regional Govenment mobilized peshmerga forces to protect the autonomous region’s recognized borders.

    Peshmerga forces protected Kurdish territory and moved into Kirkuk – the oil-rich city the Kurds have long claimed as their capital, but which has been under Iraqi government control – and areas of the northwestern province of Niveneh, where Mosul is located.

    Meanwhile, areas inside Iraqi Kurdistan have become a refuge for those fleeing the violence.

    About 300,000 people fled Mosul last week and sought refuge in Kurdish cities and towns, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

    An Iraqi boy who fled fighting between security forces and al-Qaida inspired militants in his hometown of Tal Afar carries his belongings at Germawa camp for displaced Iraqis, in a hot dusty plain in the largely-autonomous Kurdish area of Dahuk, 430 kilometers northwest of Baghdad Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

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    That’s in addition to about 250,000 Syrian refugees that have fled into Iraqi Kurdistan in the past three years, and thousands of others seeking refuge from fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province this year, according to Rudaw, a Kurdish news network.

    Are Kurdish forces fighting with ISIL?

    Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told BBC on Tuesday that peshmerga fighters would not assist Iraqi efforts to reclaim Mosul.

    “It would be a mistake to fight the ISIS at this stage,” Kurdish politician Arif Taifour told Rudaw . “We should defend our own Kurdish territories outside the Kurdistan Region and not become part of the religious fight in Iraq.”

    A peshmerga officer told Rudaw ISIL promised to keep its fighters out of Kurdish controlled areas: “If you don’t attack us, we [will] not attack you,” the group reportedly said in a message sent by courier Sunday.

    But there have been clashes between ISIL militants and peshmerga fighters in the past two weeks in areas claimed by both Kurds and the Iraqi government, such as in Niveneh and Diyala province.

    Six peshmerga were injured Wednesday in the town of Jalula, about 125 kilometres northeast of Baghdad, where the ISIL are fighting to take control.

    Kurdish peshmerga fighters wounded in fighting with al-Qaida-inspired Sunni militants recover in a hospital bed in Erbill, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 350 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Kurdish security and hospital officials said Wednesday that fighting has been raging since morning between Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga and militants who are trying to take the town of Jalula, in the restive Diyala province some 125 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.

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    Will Iraqi Kurdistan become independent?

    That’s anyone’s guess. But the prime minister and deputy prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government said, in separate interviews, they expect Iraq could end up divided.

    “We’ve said all along that we won’t break away from Iraq but Iraq may break away from us, and it seems that it is,” Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani told TIME, adding that Iraq looks like it may become three separate states – Kurdistan in the north, a Sunni state through central Iraq and a Shia state in the south.

    Kurdish Prime Minister Barzani told the BBC it would be “almost impossible” for Iraq to go back to the way it was before the ISIL advances.

    “Regarding a solution, is for the Sunni areas to decide, but the best model is to have a Sunni region like we have in Kurdistan,” Barzani told Rudaw.

    Kurds suffered under Saddam Hussein: Between 3,200 and 5,000 people died when Hussein ordered a gas attacks on the Kurds in 1988, and between 50,000 and 100,000 more were killed or disappeared during a seven-month campaign that completely wiped out villages.

    The Iraqi Special Tribunal charged Hussein with genocide in April 2006, but was never tried. He was executed on Dec. 30, 2006 after the tribunal convicted him of him crimes against humanity for the 1982 murders of 148 Shiites in Dujali, north of Baghdad.

    But since Hussein’s fall, Iraq’s Kurdistan region thrived – largely thanks to the oil industry. It’s grown about 10 per cent annually, according to an Oct. 2013 report in the New York Times.

    International oil companies are pouring billions of dollars into Iraqi Kurdistan, home to about 45 billion barrels of oil, according to Forbes magazine.

    And the Kurds have built a new pipeline to Turkey that will eventually allow 400,000 barrels per day to flow to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

    Turkey, which has a collegial relationship with Iraq’s Kurds but not its own Kurdish population, supports the possibility of Iraqi Kurdistan independence. Huseyin Celik, spokesperson for Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party, told Rudaw the people of Iraqi Kurdistan “would have the right to self-determination like other nations” if Iraq splits apart. But he said Turkey would rather Iraq stay united.

    With files form The Associated Press

  • admin 21:10 on 29/12/2018  

    QUEBEC CITY – “My family, people close to me, we’ve all heard about it.”

    It’s an election promise and something close to the Quebec premier’s heart. Bullying is a plague, said Philippe Couillard, that despite laws that have been passed, still poisons thousands of Quebecers, from children to the elderly.

    “We don’t solve a problem like this only by laws and regulations.” 

    “You solve it by showing it’s a priority,” he said.

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    “I’m the chief of the government of Quebec and I’m telling the population that this is an utmost priority for me.”

    In 2012, the previous Liberal government forced school boards to implement anti-bullying and anti-violence plans, where rules of conduct and safety measures had to be explained to students at a civics session each year.

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    However, the media kept getting wind of more bullying cases, often ones that involved teens resorting to drastic measures to make it stop.

    Jasmin Roy, an openly gay television personality, said he believes more work needs to be done.

    “People want to find solutions against bullying and violence, so what they need now is to be supported,” said the founder and president of the Jasmin Roy Foundation, a charity that works to fight bullying.

    The premier is investing $200,000 towards a forum on bullying, scheduled for October 2 in Quebec City, launching online consultations for anyone with something to say on the issue and mandating his team to consult with youth centres.

    Opposition parties said they’re on board and compared the collaboration to the non-partisan Dying with Dignity consultations.

    “I hope that we will be able to apply concrete measures after this forum, within six months,” said Coalition Avenir Quebec house leader François Bonnardel.

    Although Premier Couillard didn’t promise millions towards this initiative, he did promise the fight against bullying would start at the top. He admonished one of his MNAs for bullying Quebec Solidaire’s Manon Massé in the hallways at the National Assembly.

  • admin 21:10 on 29/12/2018  

    WATCH: Hero nurse Chris Burden talks about how he saved the man’s life who had been struck by lightning

    TORONTO – Chris Burden was in the clubhouse at Stouffville’s Bethesda Grange Golf course, taking shelter from the severe storm rolling through southern Ontario Tuesday, when lightning struck and the room was “overwhelmed” by thunder.

    Someone was hit.

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    Burden and his brother, a police officer in Halton, ran outside and saw four people injured. One of them, a 60-year-old man, was lying face down about 50 yards from the 18th hole.

    Witness Peter Epstein said the man appeared dead, his clothing was melted and his skin was burned.

    “He wasn’t breathing and he didn’t have a pulse, and he wasn’t conscious. He was dead,” Epstein said Tuesday.

    Burden, an ICU nurse, said his instincts immediately took over.

    “His body was burned, his face, his hands, everything we could see was burned,” he said. “He was purple, he was ashen at the time. His eyes had rolled back into the back of his head and it was just purely instincts to start CPR.”

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    He rolled the man over and started CPR with his brother.

    “This guy’s not going to go now, me and my brother have to do what’s got to be done until somebody can come with better tools than we have.”

    Burden finished two minutes of chest compressions and CPR. His brother was about to start when there was another clap of thunder overhead and Burden thought he was also going to be hit.

    But as his brother started giving CPR, the man started breathing.

    “His eyes started to open, he started to move his hand and started to move his arms,” Burden said. “I started looking at my brother as if to say, I think we got him, I think we got him back.”

    Burden and his brother focused on keeping the man stable and moved him to a safer position, off the course, away from the golf clubs and out of the rain.  Paramedics came and took the man to hospital in critical condition.

    “Did that just really happen?” asked Burden.

    Three other men were hit and injured on the golf course as the storm moved through much of southern Ontario, flooding some streets in Toronto and damaging hundreds of homes when a tornado touched down in Angus, Ontario.

    After the paramedics came, Burden and his brother went back to the clubhouse and ordered a burger and a drink.

    When crowds of people started to form, they left.

    “My brother’s a cop, I’m a nurse, we’re public servants. We do our job for others, we don’t do it for ourselves,” said Burden. “We work to make other people better and safer and we’ve done that for years and years now. So the hero thing, it’s a title. I just did what I knew I could do in that situation. Luckily what I did, it helped save this guy. I hope what I did has given him a chance at another 30 years of life. I hope.”

    – With files from Mark McAllister

  • admin 21:10 on 29/12/2018  

    WASHINGTON – The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics awaited his first court appearance Saturday amid heightened security at a federal courthouse.

    Ahmed Abu Khattala was scheduled to appear before a magistrate judge, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. He is charged in connection with the assaults on the U.S. diplomatic compound in the eastern Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

    U.S. special forces captured Abu Khattala in Libya two weeks ago, marking the first breakthrough in the investigation. Officials had been questioning Abu Khattala aboard a Navy ship that transported him to the United States.

    This undated image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured by U.S. special forces on Sunday, June 15, 2014, on the outskirts of Benghazi. (AP Photo)

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    The prosecution reflects the Obama administration’s stated position of trying suspected terrorists in the American criminal justice system even as Republicans call for Abu Khattala and others to be held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Critics say suspected terrorists don’t deserve the legal protections afforded by the American court. The administration considers the civilian justice system fairer and more efficient.

    Abu Khattala was flown early Saturday by military helicopter from the ship to a National Park Service landing pad in the Washington’s Anacostia neighbourhood, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss the transfer publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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    A criminal complaint filed last year and unsealed after Abu Khattala’s capture charges him with terror-related crimes. They include killing a person during an attack on a federal facility; that crime can be punishable by death.

    At the initial hearing, the government was expected to outline the charges against him. He almost certainly will remain in detention while the Justice Department seeks a federal grand jury indictment against him.

    The violence in Libya on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon quickly became a political controversy at home.

    Republicans accused the White House, as the 2012 presidential election neared, of intentionally misleading the public about what prompted the attacks. The White House said Republicans were politicizing a national tragedy.

    Abu Khattala was a prominent figure in Benghazi’s circles of extremists. He was popular among young radicals and lived openly in the eastern Libyan city, spotted at cafes and other public places, even after the Obama administration publicly named him as a suspect.

    He is accused of being a member of the Ansar al-Shariah group, the powerful Islamic militia that the U.S. believes was behind the attack.

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    He acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press in January that he was present during the storming of the U.S. mission in Benghazi. But he denied involvement in the attack, saying he was trying to organize a rescue of trapped people.

    In the attack, gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades and stormed the mission, with many waving the black banners of Ansar al-Shariah.

    The compound’s main building was set ablaze. Ambassador Chris Stevens suffocated to death inside and another American was shot dead.

    At the time, several witnesses said they saw Abu Khattala directing fighters at the site.

    Later in the evening, gunmen attacked and shelled a safe house, killing two more Americans. No evidence has emerged that Abu Khattala was involved in the later attack.

    Abu Khattala is one of just a few cases in which the administration has captured a suspected terrorist overseas and interrogated him for intelligence purposes before bringing him to federal court to face charges.

    Those cases include Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, who was arrested in Jordan in March 2013 and turned over to U.S. agents. A jury in New York City convicted him in March of conspiring to kill Americans.

    ©2014The Canadian Press

  • admin 21:10 on 29/12/2018  

    FREDERICTON – The city of Fredericton is warning drivers a 12 week rehabilitation project on the city’s Westmorland St. Bridge will create some serious traffic delays over the summer if people don’t change their driving habits.

    The Government of New Brunswick is investing $4.3-million into the project, including $950,000 for paving Devonshire Drive.

    Construction begins June 23.

    “There’s two phases in the project. Phase one will be on the upriver side of the bridge and all the associated ramps,” said Darren Charters, the city’s traffic engineer.

    “Essentially they’re cutting the bridge in half and working on half at a time. Once they’re done of the upriver side, they’ll flip it and work on the down river side lanes, and ramps, so the ramps is what makes it very difficult for access to the bridge.”

    The City of Fredericton has the summer’s construction projects identified on their website.

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    Over 51, 000 vehicles use the bridge each day. Once the project is complete, the bridge is expected to be able to withstand decades of traffic, connecting the south side to the north side of the city.

    In the meantime, the city is asking the public to change their commute if they routinely use the bridge, or use a different mode of transportation.

    “Walking, cycling, active transportation, carpooling is huge, there’s not many people in Fredericton who carpool and that makes a huge difference. Using transit is a big advantage to the traffic congestion,” Charters said.

    For phase one of the project, people will be unable to cycle or walk across the bridge for safety reasons.

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    Some sustainable transportation advocates are hoping the project will mean more people turning to other methods of transportation.

    “Get on your bike, drive to work, you get yourself to work, you change, you’re healthy, you’re happy and you’re ready to tackle your day,” said Dorian Beggs, with Capital City Cycles. “And at the end of the day, you’ll be driving by everyone who’s steaming in traffic.”

    Capital City Cycles is a community program trying to get more bicycles and less vehicles on Fredericton roads.

    The city is also hoping more people will turn to Fredericton transit. There have been complaints about a lack of frequency and the need for transit in growing areas of the city.

    The transit system hasn’t changed significantly in two decades, and both sides of the city have become much denser over the past 20 years.

    The city is hosting two open houses, asking for people’s input in ways to improve the transit system.

    READ MORE: Transit changes to be presented at open houses

    Making the changes will take some time, but for this summer, it could be a better option than driving, the city says.

  • admin 23:44 on 27/11/2018  

    TORONTO – In the hours after the Conservative government announced it would conditionally approve the Northern Gateway proposal, Canadians’ opinions were splitalmost equally into thirds – but most said the oil pipeline would be built regardless of public opinion.

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    And the poll comes after a spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford told Global News the government’s stance is just a “maybe,” rather than an approval.

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    The Angus Reid Global (ARG) poll showed 37 per cent of people surveyed think the government’s decision to allow the pipeline to be built through Alberta and B.C. after meeting 209 conditions is right. Almost the same number, at 34 per cent, said the decision is wrong. But nearly one-third, at 29 per cent, said they aren’t sure.

    Forty-three per cent said the 209 conditions are enough to address concerns about the pipeline, but 37 per cent disagree. Another 20 per cent aren’t sure.

    The majority of Canadians polled, at 58 per cent, said environmental protection should take top priority in shaping Canada’s energy policy; 42 per cent said it should be economic growth.

    But the biggest agreement came regardless of views on approval: 68 per cent of respondents said they believe it will eventually be built.

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    As past polls have suggested, disdain for the pipeline is much higher in B.C. than oil producer-heavy Alberta: 40 per cent of British Columbians polled said the decision to go ahead was wrong (40 per cent of Quebecers responded the same), while only 18 per cent of Albertans shared that view.

    Meanwhile, the highest level of support came from Alberta, where 58 per cent of respondents said approval is the right decision. But the split opinion is also seen within B.C.: A surprisingly high 38 per cent of British Columbians said the approval was the right decision.

    In the rest of Canada, highest opposition after B.C. and Quebec was Ontario at 35 per cent. Saskatchewans and Manitobans replied more similarly to Albertans, with 44 per cent supporting the feds’ approval.

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  • admin 23:44 on 27/11/2018  

    The man who is alleged to have shot his former boss in Yaletown last week is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week. His court date set for today has been put over until Monday.

    Sixty-one-year-old Gerald Mark Battersby was shot multiple times in a standoff with Vancouver police officers near Science World after allegedly shooting his former boss — 52-year-old owner of Reckless Cycles Paul Dragan — in front of a coffee shop on Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent moments earlier.

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    Battersby has been charged with six counts of attempted murder, one for the attempted murder of Dragan and five counts of attempted murder in relation to police officers involved in the shootout.

    At a hearing this morning, the Crown asked that Battersby be remanded in custody, but the judge says he doesn’t have the authority to do so until he knows that the suspect has been informed of his right to a lawyer.

    Crown says Battersby hasn’t communicated he wants counsel.

    Battersby was expected to make his first court appearance last Friday. 

    In the aftermath of the shooting, police investigators suggested they were looking into the possibility mental health issues played a role in the incident.

    Battersby’s current employer Colin Barkhouse says he was recently evicted from a temporary shelter and was trying to get his life back together.

    He recently lost his job as a bike mechanic. After losing his job he got kicked out of a house where he lived with his brother and another roommate. Dragan was their landlord.

    Desperate and with nowhere to go, Battersby ended up in a shelter in North Vancouver last month. The shelter only offers temporary accommodations and Barkhouse said Battersby told him he was kicked out and ended up living on the street.

    Barkhouse said he never knew Battersby to own a gun and he never talked about wanting to harm Dragan.

    Dragan is currently recovering in hospital and is now off the critical list. Today, the Yaletown Business Improvement Association will be hosting an outdoor community BBQ in support of the victim.

    With files from Rumina Daya and Amy Judd

  • admin 23:44 on 27/11/2018  

    With the BC Teachers Union and the provincial government still far apart, and no more assistance from the union’s strike fund, some teachers are finding it difficult to make ends meet.

    To give teachers some relief, some teachers’ associations have set up food banks.

    Surrey Teachers’ Association President Jennifer Wadge says new teachers, single parents and two-teacher families are especially feeling the pinch.

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    “Even though this is the second day of the full scale strike, teachers in Surrey have already lost three days of pay in the rotating strike as well as the 10 per cent that’s being deducted because of the employer lockout on days that teachers are working.”

    Wadge says she’s personally received a big pay cut as a result of the job action.

    “Teachers already have seen a significant reduction in their mid-month pay. I know for myself, my mid-month pay was about half of what it normally is.”

    She says donations to the food bank are coming from union members and other unions who have donated in the past.

    “We already know we have a lot of support from parents, and the public, so they are welcome to donate as well,” says Wadge.

    The association has already been giving out $75 grocery store gift cards to members in need over the past two weeks.

    The cards are paid for by the teachers’ association employees. Staff are having their pay deducted in solidarity with teachers, and using the saved wages to fund the gift card program.

    During the two-week teachers strike in 2005, the association also ran a food bank out of its Surrey office.

    It’s unclear when students will be back in class but the province says it’s reaching out to the BC Teachers Federation.

    The BCTF says it will update its members today on meetings with provincial negotiators and both sides say they are ready to talk.

    B.C’s education minister is calling on the union to release a fully-costed proposal on the table, something he says has not been done yet.

    WATCH: BC teachers are bracing for a long walk on the picket line even as their strike fund runs out. Randene Neill reports.

  • admin 23:44 on 27/11/2018  

    According to Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera, there’s no room for sex when it comes to soccer and the World Cup.

    There are early mornings, long days of practice and a strict diet that coaches traditionally put their teams on. And then there’s the month-long stretch of no sex that Herrera enforced on team Mexico for the 2014 World Cup.

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    “If a player can’t go one month or 20 days without having sexual relations, then they are not prepared to be a professional player. All the players we have selected have a pretty good resume, they all have won great things, they have been champions, and they know what we want to achieve,” Herrera told Mexican newspaper Reforma.

    “So then we will not be looking for sex or having sex at the World Cup just to have it, we are going to go after what we came for, a competition that gives us the opportunity to rise above and do something great,” he explained.

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    Maybe it zaps you of your energy. Or it strips you of a competitive edge on game day. Or it leaves you lusting for more while you’re on the field.

    For whatever reason, athletes tend to abstain from sex before game day. Muhammed Ali, allegedly, wouldn’t have sex for weeks before a fight. During the 2010 World Cup, Argentinian soccer players were allowed to have sex with their wives and girlfriends, but English players were only allowed to see their partners just once post-game and even less if they were on a winning streak.

    “Coaches like to control the situation and rightly or wrongly, there is this belief that having sex before a competition can affect an athlete’s performance,” Dr. Todd Loughead told Global News. He’s a sports psychologist at the University of Windsor in Ontario. There, he’s part of a lab focusing on enhancing athlete performance to make sure they compete at their best while enjoying the experience.

    “For many countries at the World Cup, soccer is religion and teams want their players to stay focused, so they may see sex as a distraction,” he explained.

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    But is there science behind that theory?

    In 2000, Canadian sports medicine specialist Dr. Ian Shrier studied how sex the night before competition affects performance.

    He wrote that the abstinence ritual is more or less a “long-standing myth” that sexual frustration might boost an athlete’s aggression.

    Dr. Kate Hays says that, as far as she knows, there is no concrete evidence in favour of abstinence for better game play.

    A decades-old study dating back to 1968 had men squeeze a device that measured force — sex or no sex the night before, the men performed all the same.

    Sex doesn’t exert too much energy, either. A Canadian study pegged 30 minutes of sex at between 90 and 120 calories. (Unless, of course, you’re having acrobatic sex, which Brazil officials have banned before World Cup matches.)

    In some cases, having sex might even make players sleep better and relax.

    Or it could have more to do with camaraderie.

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    “It becomes a team aspect too. Does it add some level of bonding if you’ve got certain restrictions? Does it make us more capable as a team?” Hays, a Toronto-based sports psychologist who runs the Performing Edge clinic, told Global News.

    “They think it works, whether I think it works is a whole other question.”

    Collectively, the shared experience of avoiding women and sex may bring the team closer. Giving up sex to focus on soccer is just one of the many superstitions athletes will take to heart when the stakes are high.

    “These are all beliefs, they’re not based on actuality. It may relate to when you sleep, what you eat, what you wear, what you say, who you speak to,” Hays listed.

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    At the heart of it, being game-ready has to more to do with managing the “appropriate level of energy and intensity for being able to focus and deliver at the moment,” Hays explained. How teams get there is at their own will.

    So do the men have a backup plan? Bosnia’s coach — who was also quoted saying “there will be no sex in Brazil” — is offering a consolation prize.

    “They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want,” he told British outlets.

    Read more World Cup coverage here.

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  • admin 23:44 on 27/11/2018  

    Watch above: After two tornadoes touched down in southern Ontario in just one week, Mark Carcasole looks at whether the twisters are becoming more frequent. 

    TORONTO – If a tornado touches down and there’s no one around to see or hear it, was it really there?

    The United States gets the most tornadoes, annually, of any country in the world – but Canada comes in second.

    On average, the U.S. reports about 1,300 tornadoes a year. While Canada reports a mere 80 annually, the real number is expected to be much higher: So much of the country is uninhabited that meteorologists suspect many tornadoes go unreported.

    READ MORE: A look at tornadoes in Canada

    Our country even has two tornado alleys: One, in Ontario, stretches from Windsor northeast toward eastern Ontario. Another is spread out across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

    Most tornadoes in Canada occur in southern Ontario and the Prairies.

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    On average about 17 tornadoes occur annually across Ontario and Quebec. In the Prairies, that number jumps up to about 43 a year.

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    But are we actually seeing an increase in tornado activity across Canada?

    The answer is complicated: Better technology makes them easier to detect and predict.

    “What we do say is that we’re better able now to detect them, to be aware of where they occur. … And we’re better able to forecast them,” Peter Kimbell, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told Global News. “So all those things put together makes our database gathering and forecasting a lot better now. But it doesn’t really speak to how many occurred in the past.”

    Kimbell also believes that with the popularity of tornadoes on the rise, there are more people chasing them, which increases the likelihood of tornado reporting, something the agency calls “ground-truthing.”

    “If we use a spotter report of a tornado today, well, guess what? I don’t think there were many people chasing tornadoes, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, 50 years ago.”

    Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said Ontario is in the same “climatic regime” as America’s tornado alley: warm, moist air mixed with colder, drier air. When these come together, along with other factors such as wind shear, they can make the atmosphere quite unstable, leading to severe thunderstorms, which can spawn tornadoes.

    “Tornadoes or severe thunderstorms don’t stop at the border,” Phillips added. “They come right in.”

    This map tracks 56 years of tornado paths throughout the United States. Many of those tornadoes or severe storms make their way across the boarder into Canada.

    John Nelson/IDV Solutions

    Kimbell said the Prairies also experience a similar climatic situation.

    “[The Prairies] have the warm moist air coming up in the summertime and they have the cold fronts, and they also have the dry air flowing off the mountains,” Kimbell said.

    Canada’s deadliest tornadoes

    Tornadoes are rated on the Enhanced Fujita Scale which ranges from an EF0 (the weakest, with winds between 64km to 116 km/h) to EF5 (the strongest with winds between 419 to 512 km/h).

    Only one F5 (this is before the scale was modified to the Enhanced Fujita scale) tornado has been reported – in Canada, in Elie, Man., on June 22, 2007. There were no deaths or injuries.

    The deadliest tornado in Ontario occurred in Windsor, Ont., on June 17, 1946. That F4 tornado killed 17 people. But three of the four deadliest tornadoes in Canada occurred in the Prairies: On June 30, 1912, in Regina (28 fatalities); Edmonton, AB, on July 31, 1987 (27 fatalities) and in Pine Lake, AB, on July 14, 2000 (12 fatalities).

    By comparison, the deadliest tornado in U.S. history occurred in the tri-state area (Missouri, Illinois and Indiana), killing 695 on March 18, 1925.

    Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to note that the deadliest tornado in Ontario occurred in Windsor. A previous version of the story left out the province specification.

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