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Adam Hadwin, Brooke Henderson named 2014’s top Canadian golfers – Saskatoon

Adam Hadwin, Brooke Henderson named 2014’s top Canadian golfers – Saskatoon

Adam Hadwin, who had two wins on the Web杭州夜网 Tour, was named Canada’s top male golfer of 2014, while Brooke Henderson was picked as the country’s top female amateur in a vote released today by the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.

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Other golfers receiving accolades were LPGA veteran Alena Sharp, who was voted as the country’s top female professional, and U.S. Amateur runner-up Corey Conners, who received the nod as the country’s top male amateur. Conners continues to play as an amateur, and will turn professional after participating in the Masters, golf’s first major championship of 2015, in April.

“We at GJAC are delighted to honour this remarkable foursome, and the runners up who in other years could have won handily,” said Hal Quinn, president of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, an organization that represents more than 80 writers, TV reporters and others who are involved in golf.

“The skill levels and accomplishments of the winners and all the nominees heralds a new and very promising era in Canadian golf.”

Naming Hadwin as the country’s top player may come as a surprise to some. The Abbotsford, B.C. native topped the Web杭州夜网 Tour money list and will play a full season on the PGA Tour this year. Hadwin bettered fellow Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship in November on the PGA Tour, becoming the first Canadian to win on the tour since Stephen Ames in 2009, and Weyburn, Sask., standout Graham DeLaet, who earned more than $2.6-million, but spent the last months of 2014 injured.

Sharp was named as the top female pro by the GJAC for the second time in the past four years. Sharp had two Top 20 finishes on the LPGA Tour in 2014. She’s no longer the top-ranked female pro in Canada though, following the decision of 17-year old Henderson, from Smiths Falls, to try for the LPGA Tour in December. Henderson was voted the top female amateur for the third year in a row, while Conners, from Listowel, Ont., was named the top amateur for the second year in a row.

Henderson was runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and was low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open.
 Conners won three NCAA Division I individual titles in his graduating year from Kent St. University, and is Canada’s highest-ranked male amateur golfer.

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UPDATED: Liberals target youth, Greens pledge better local food, NDP on economics – New Brunswick

UPDATED: Liberals target youth, Greens pledge better local food, NDP on economics – New Brunswick

MONCTON – New Brunswick’s Liberal leader says he would introduce a youth employment fund in hopes of stopping the flow of young people from the East to the West if his party is elected next month.

Brian Gallant says the fund would provide six-month placements including training and work experience for unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 29.

He says the program, modeled after a similar fund in Ontario, would ultimately give young people the skills they need to find full-time jobs in the province.

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Gallant says a Liberal government would subsidize 1,500 placements a year at a cost of $7,800 per placement.

Elsewhere, the Green Party released its new Local Food Security Act, which included setting targets for the province to rely on more locally produced food.

The party also wants to engage schools, hospitals, seniors’ homes, Crown agencies and government offices to help build a provincial food economy.

The act would also improve local food labelling to help consumers easily identify food produced and processed in New Brunswick.

NDP leader Dominic Cardy was in front of a Saint John business group Thursday, unveiling his economic development vision.

Cardy said if elected, he’d close the department of economic development and merge ‘what worked’ under the department of finance.

He also promised to increase the New Brunswick Investment Tax Credit cap to $500,000, making it the highest on the eastern seaboard.

With files from Laura Brown, Global News

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Bryan Singer accuser gets OK to drop sex abuse lawsuit – National

Bryan Singer accuser gets OK to drop sex abuse lawsuit – National

HONOLULU – A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing X-Men director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him.

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Singer has sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed. He also wanted Egan to pay his attorney costs and fees.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied the request by Singer.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan was pleased with the ruling, said Vince Finaldi, an attorney in Irvine, California, who said he’s advising Egan but isn’t representing him legally. “He got everything he wanted.”

Finaldi said he can’t say what Egan will do next. “I’ve got to leave a little bit of cliff-hanger here,” he said.

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Singer also was pleased, said one of his Los Angeles attorneys, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director.

“Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it’s dropped … is satisfactory,” Marty Singer said. “We’re pleased that it’s over.”

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated. An Aug. 19 court filing by Egan that the judge ordered unsealed on Wednesday said Egan claimed his previous attorneys withheld information from him.

Finaldi said Egan declined to accept a $100,000 settlement. “No. 1, the money wasn’t enough and No. 2, they were trying to shut him up,” Finaldi said.

Marty Singer said that settlement offer was proposed by Egan’s previous attorneys. Egan’s previous Hawaii attorney referred questions to an attorney in Florida, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

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Baby Logan all smiles at B.C. Children’s Hospital after heart transplant

Baby Logan all smiles at B.C. Children’s Hospital after heart transplant

ABOVE: A Prince George boy, who spent months being kept alive by a Berlin Heart, receives a transplant. Global’s Elaine Yong reports. 

At 11-months old, Logan Vandermeulen is thriving at Ronald McDonald house, five weeks after receiving a new heart.

At his young age, Logan has already made history as the first baby in British Columbia to have what is called a Berlin Heart, a life-saving heart pump that helped keep him alive until a donor became available. The device is used in children whose hearts are no longer strong enough to pump enough blood to vital organs.

Multiple tubes are connected to the heart as the device sits outside the body.

Berlin Heart device.

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Berlin Heart device.

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“I describe it to people as a fancy bicycle pump,” said Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, “Kids that get a Berlin Heart are in much better shape for the heart transplant that they ultimately get. Their post operative course tends to be much smoother than kids that are waiting in the hospital on drugs.”

READ MORE: Berlin Heart technology helps kids waiting for heart transplants

Baby Logan had a tough start in life. When his mom was 26 weeks pregnant, doctors noticed there was something wrong with Logan’s heart. He was just a day old when he had a pacemaker installed, then surgery after surgery, but his only shot at having a future was a transplant.

Waiting was the hardest part for the Vandermeulen family. Logan’s mother, Veronica, said the estimated wait time for a transplant was anywhere from 24 hours to a year and half, but time was running out as her son was on the verge of death.

After five months of uncertainty, Logan got his new heart . Veronica is eternally grateful to the family who donated an incredible gift, giving Logan a second chance at life. “Without their baby…Logan wouldn’t be here. And we are so grateful,”said Veronica as tears poured down her face while she held onto her son.

Baby Logan recovering at B.C. Children’s Hospital five weeks after receiving a new heart.

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According to the B. C Transplant Society there is a chronic shortage of hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers for transplant in the province. There are more than 300 British Columbians currently awaiting organ transplants.

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WHO: Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 – National

WHO: Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 – National

GENEVA – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

A new plan to stop Ebola by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.

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The agency published new figures saying that 1,552 people have died from the killer virus from among the 3,069 cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. At least 40 per cent of the cases have been in just the last three weeks, the U.N. health agency said, adding that “the outbreak continues to accelerate.”

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In Geneva, the agency also released a new plan for handling the Ebola crisis that aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months and prevent it from spreading internationally.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general, told reporters the plan would cost $489 million over the next nine months and require the assistance of 750 international workers and 12,000 national workers.

The 20,000 figure, he added, “is a scale that I think has not ever been anticipated in terms of an Ebola outbreak.”

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“That’s not saying we expect 20,000,” he added. “But we have got to have a system in place that we can deal with robust numbers.”

Aylward said the far-higher caseload is believed to come from cities.

“It’s really just some urban areas that have outstripped the reporting capacity,” he said.

Aylward also said the agency is urging airlines to lift most of their restrictions about flying to Ebola-hit nations because a predictable “air link” is needed to help deal with the crisis. Air France on Wednesday cancelled its flights to Sierra Leone. Aylward said the agency hopes airlines will lift most restrictions within two weeks.

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Nigerian authorities, meanwhile, said a man who contracted Ebola after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia had evaded their surveillance efforts and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died.

The announcement of a sixth death in Nigeria marked the first fatality outside the commercial capital of Lagos, where a Liberian-American man Patrick Sawyer arrived in late July and later died of Ebola. On Wednesday, Nigerian authorities had said they not yet eliminated the disease from Africa’s most populous nation but that it was being contained.

The doctor’s wife is also in isolation now after she starting showing symptoms of Ebola, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu added. Morticians who embalmed the doctor are part of a group of 70 people now under surveillance in Port Harcourt.

Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal. Bashir Adigun in Abuja, Nigeria, contributed to this report.

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Young man charged in fatal downtown shooting

Young man charged in fatal downtown shooting

CALGARY – Police have charged a 21-year-old man in connection to the shooting death of an innocent bystander on the weekend.

Hussein Ibrahim, 21, faces one count of reckless use of a firearm.

Police say they are continuing to investigate his role in Saturday’s shooting, which killed 26-year-old Natasha Mohamed Farah.

The young woman was leaving a bar on the corner of 1st Street and 11th Avenue S.W. when she was hit by a stray bullet.

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Police have said the Farah was an innocent bystander. Her death is Calgary’s 23rd homicide of the year.

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Ibrahim is one of three people who were questioned in connection to the shooting on Monday, and then released.

Another man remains in custody, as he is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for an attempted murder in Toronto.

Witnesses who were in the area of 11th Avenue and 1st Street S.W., in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 are encouraged to call police.

Any related photographs or videos can be sent to [email protected]桑拿按摩.

Ibrahim is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

Officers escort Hussein Ibrahim out of the Calgary Police Service’s arrest processing unit on Wednesday, August 28th, 2014.

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Woman accused of putting newborn in trash can didn’t understand her actions – National

Woman accused of putting newborn in trash can didn’t understand her actions – National

KEARNS, Utah – A newborn girl was fighting for her life a day after Utah police say her mother dumped her in a neighbour’s trash can, an act the woman’s parents said Wednesday that she didn’t fully comprehend.

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The 2-day-old girl was on a ventilator and in critical condition in a hospital, Unified Police Detective Jared Richardson said. The girl’s mother, 23-year-old Alicia Marie Englert, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Her father, Robert Englert, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s trying to make sure everyone is safe but declined to comment further. Earlier in the day, he told Utah media outlets that his daughter had a learning disability and didn’t understand her actions.

“She doesn’t even realize that it’s a crime and it’s bad,” Englert told The Salt Lake Tribune. He said he didn’t know who the baby’s father was.

The woman’s mother, Tammy Englert, told the Deseret News that her daughter didn’t understand what had happened.

“We tried to explain it to her, and she didn’t realize it was that bad what she had done,” Tammy Englert said.

She said her daughter had gained weight recently, but she had no idea Alicia Englert was pregnant.

The young woman told authorities that she hid the pregnancy from her parents and hoped the newborn girl would die in the trash and solve her problems, according to a probable cause statement. The mother told police the baby had been in the trash for about an hour before she was found. The baby had not received any medical care or food, police said.

Jail records show Englert was still in the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday. It was unclear if she had an attorney.

A neighbour in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns discovered the baby Tuesday morning when she mistook her cries for a kitten meowing in the trash bin, police said. The baby girl was airlifted to a hospital.

Police have learned where Englert gave birth to the girl but are not releasing the location yet, citing the ongoing investigation, Richardson said Wednesday.

He had no information about the child’s father.

Utah allows mothers to drop off newborns at hospitals without consequences. A handful of infants are given up under the safe haven law every year, said Al Romeo with the Utah Department of Health.

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Mediator talks in teachers’ dispute

Mediator talks in teachers’ dispute

RICHMOND, B.C. – A veteran labour mediator waded into a bitter dispute between the British Columbia government and its teachers Thursday, meeting with both sides in what could be the most significant development in a strike that is threatening to derail the start of the school year.

At the end of the meeting, mediator Vince Ready emerged to say the two sides still appeared very far apart. Still, he said he asked bargaining committees to reconvene with him on Friday.

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Earlier in the day, Ready described the meeting as “exploratory” as he assessed whether the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, which bargains on behalf of the government, are close enough to begin formal mediation.

Teachers have been on strike since mid-June, though negotiations were largely stalled over the summer break, making a delayed start to the school year increasingly likely.

Ready, who has helped bring an end to a number of high-profile labour disputes in the province, acknowledged he was walking into a very difficult situation.

“Last time I met them, they were a long ways apart,” Ready said as he arrived at a hotel in Richmond, south of Vancouver.

The gathering followed a proposal from the province’s education minister, who asked the teachers’ union and the employer a day earlier to enter into mediation, put aside one of the most contentious issues in the dispute, and agree not to stage strikes or lockouts for two weeks.

Peter Cameron, the employers’ lead negotiator, said the education minister’s proposal wasn’t a prerequisite for mediation.

Union president Jim Iker did not comment as he arrived for Thursday’s meeting or when he left for the day. Iker has yet to say whether the federation is prepared to put the strike on hold and allow teachers to return to the classroom next week, though he has said such a move would likely require a vote from union members.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender issued a statement earlier on Thursday asking the union to put the proposal to teachers.

“Today, I am asking Mr. Iker and the BCTF leadership to canvass teachers in advance of Sept. 2 on the idea of suspending their pickets if (labour mediator) Vince Ready is engaged in mediation,” Fassbender said in the statement.

“There are only a few days ahead for Mr. Iker to seek a mandate from teachers on this idea. I think parents, students and communities would like to know whether the BCTF is willing to let schools open and allow teachers to work while mediator Vince Ready helps the parties to negotiate an agreement.”

The main issues have been wages and working conditions, such as class size and class composition.

Class size and composition were also highlighted in a long-running court battle, which resulted in a B.C. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year in favour of the union.

The court ruled that the provincial government violated the union’s collective bargaining rights when it stripped provisions related to class size and composition from the teachers’ contract in 2002. The government is appealing the decision.

During negotiations, the union has proposed a fund worth $225 million a year to deal with contract grievances related to the court case. The province wants the potential impact of such grievances to be suspended until the case makes its way through the appeal process.

Fassbender’s proposal this week would see those grievances taken off the table, instead leaving the courts to sort them out. Negotiations would instead focus on wages, class size and class composition, he said.

The education minister has repeatedly said the government will not use legislation to order teachers back to work.

The union has resumed picketing this week and announced plans to air radio ads targeting the provincial government. It has promised rallies outside the offices of the premier and several cabinet ministers next week if there’s no deal by then.

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Rocco Mediate returns to defend after ‘freaky’ Shaw Charity win

Rocco Mediate returns to defend after ‘freaky’ Shaw Charity win

CALGARY — Freaky.

That’s how Rocco Mediate described his remarkable performance at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic where the golfer shot 22-under over three rounds to win the tournament.

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Mediate, talkative, affable and outspoken, said the three days at Calgary’s Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club were unlike anything he’s experienced at a tournament over his 30-year professional career. He tied a Champions Tour record for the lowest score in a three-day event with his play last year.

“It was freaky,” Mediate said. “It was one of those weeks where nothing bad happened. A lot of good shots and a lot of good putting. It doesn’t happen very often. A lot of people asked what happened and I didn’t have an answer for that.”

Mediate, who had six wins on the PGA Tour and most famously lost a playoff against Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open, says tournaments like last year’s Shaw Charity Classic have to be appreciated because they appear so rarely.

“You have days like that, but not three rounds,” says Mediate. “It was my lowest score ever over three days. I shot 20-under to win the Buick Open in 2000 but that was over four days.”

And Mediate didn’t see it coming. By his own admission he was playing badly coming into the tournament, and “felt awful.”

“I wasn’t hitting it any good and I wasn’t doing anything that well,” he says. “I got up on the first tee and thought about something and hit it down the fairway and went from there. There’s no planning out what you want to do. There’s no figuring out what you want to score—at least not for me.”

And though he doesn’t think the scores at this year’s tournament will be as low—the par 5 14th has been turned into a monstrous 492-yard par four for this year’s tournament, Mediate says the players that drive the ball well this year still have a chance of posting low scores.

Mediate’s battle with Woods at Torrey Pines during the 2008 U.S. Open is probably what he’s best known for. Mediate lost in a playoff to Woods, who was playing on a stress fracture of his left tibia. Though Mediate says he doesn’t speak with Woods, he’s watched with interest as Tiger has struggled with injuries, including recent back surgery that has forced him to shut down his year.

“It was inevitable [Woods] was going to reinjure it coming back doing the things he was doing before he injured it,” said Mediate, who has struggled with back issues for much of his career. “Common sense says that. All I’ve done my whole career is try to figure ways around it. When you come back out of an injury that is that devastating, even to him, you have to change and go back and say this is what caused it and not do that anymore. And I think a couple of days ago he said, ‘I’m not doing that anymore.’”

Mediate, who is spending this week at the home of Clay Riddell, founder of Paramount Resources, a part owner of the Calgary Flames and one of the creators of the Shaw Charity tournament, plans on heading up to Banff after the tournament to check out the legendary Fairmont Banff Springs, the course created by Canadian Stanley Thompson. He’s a big fan of Thompson courses and is anxious to see if Banff measures up to the pictures he’s seen.

In the meantime he’s trying to tap into the memories of his record-tying performance from last year, one of two Champions Tour wins on his record. It isn’t hard to recall the details of such an impressive win, he admits.

“If I had 90 wins then you might forget some of those,” says Mediate. “But when you [win like last year] don’t you remember them vividly.”

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Rob Ford’s behaviour as football coach revealed in school documents

Rob Ford’s behaviour as football coach revealed in school documents

Watch above: New documents allege Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was drunk and abusive while coaching his high school football team. Despite a steady stream of bad news, there’s a very real possibility Ford will be re-elected. Mike Drolet reports.

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford’s behaviour is yet again under the microscope following the release of documents revealing disturbing details of when he was a head coach of a Toronto high school football team.

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The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star are both reporting Thursday that Ford allegedly threatened a teacher, appeared drunk at a practice and swore at students.

It all occurred in the months leading up to his dismissal as a football coach at Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School.

The allegations are based on more than 300 pages of documents released from the Toronto District Catholic School Board (TDCSB) on a Freedom-of-Information request.

It is further alleged that Ford made his players roll around in goose feces and delayed mandatory criminal background checks for himself and his coaching staff.

Ford was fired as head coach of the Don Bosco Eagles in May 2013 after nearly 10 years in the role.

A statement released by the TDCSB said it had thanked Ford for his efforts but wanted to move in a “different direction.”

No clear reason was given at the time as to why he was relieved of his head coaching duties.

“This decision was based on what is best for our students, our school and the Don Bosco community,” said TCDSB Director of Education Bruce Rodrigues in the release.

The board had decided to release the documents of Ford’s firing this past March but the mayor appealed to the province’s information and privacy commissioner. The case was closed in early August.

The TCDSB had first refused to reveal them to the Toronto Star due to the fact Ford was considered a “quasi” employee.

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