David Nwaba (Houston Rockets) with a deep 3 vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 02/24/2021
David Nwaba (Houston Rockets) with a deep 3 vs the Cleveland Cavaliers, 02/24/2021
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OTTAWA — Some Canadian soldiers supported a major military offensive last month that U.S. and Iraqi officials say killed dozens of fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to the commander of the country's military elite special forces. In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Maj.-Gen. Peter Dawe said his troops helped plan the two-week operation codenamed Ready Lion, which involved using airstrikes and Iraqi snipers to root ISIL forces from mountain hideouts. The Canadians also provided surveillance and assistance with resupplying local forces as the assault in the Makhmur Mountains was underway, Dawe added, and were on standby with helicopters to provide medical evacuations. "I can say we were part of the coalition effort to support it," he said. "Our aviation detachment was providing medevac support, was on standby for that. Helping with a little bit of surveillance, as well." The revelations about Canada’s involvement in Operation Ready Lion represent the first real update in more than a year about what the roughly 200 Canadian special forces soldiers currently in Iraq are doing as part of Canada’s ongoing fight against ISIL. They also coincided with the federal government’s recent decision to extend the entire mission, which also involves hundreds of non-special forces troops scattered in Iraq and the surrounding region, until next March. Canada has had special forces in Iraq since September 2014, when the international community first scrambled to stop ISIL from taking over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. While Canada’s anti-ISIL mission has evolved several times, it has continued to include special forces. Dawe confirmed Canada’s special forces are continuing to operate out of a military base near the city of Irbil, in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region. That base has come under attack from rockets several times over the past year, but Dawe said no Canadians have been hurt. Operation Ready Lion was launched on March 9 and, over the course of the next two weeks, saw Iraqi and coalition aircraft pound a series of ISIL tunnels and bunkers with 312 airstrikes. ISIL fighters who tried to flee were captured or killed by Iraqi snipers. U.S. and Iraqi officials say 120 hideouts were destroyed and at least 27 ISIL fighters killed, though it’s unknown how many may have been buried in the cave complex, which sits in an area of the country that is difficult to police. While the operation has been hailed as a success, Dawe said Canada’s support is “the exception to the trend” when it comes to what his troops have been doing in Iraq. Dawe would not get into specifics, but suggested the training and assistance that Canadian troops have been providing to their Iraqi counterparts has shifted from working alongside them on the battlefield to more behind-the-scenes planning. That reflects the Iraqis having started to develop their own skills and experience as they hunt down ISIL cells and sympathizers, Dawe said, though he confirmed Canadian troops do sometimes accompany their charges into the field. “It’s a progression,” he said. “We’re still on occasion tactically advising and assisting. And historically, on occasion, we’ve found ourselves proximate to hostile actors. And on occasion, we’ve had to defend ourselves and our partners.” Dawe again wouldn’t provide details, but said Canadian troops have fired in self-defence on at least one occasion “in the last couple years.” The military and federal government faced questions earlier in the mission about whether Canadian special forces were in combat, even though officials insisted they only fired in self defence and were not engaged in “offensive combat operations.” Sgt. Andrew Doiron is the only Canadian to have been killed during the ISIL mission, but died from so-called friendly fire in March 2015. The government’s decision to extend the anti-ISIL mission comes amid uncertainty about exactly what form Canada’s presence in Iraq and the surrounding region will take in the coming months. That includes a NATO training mission that previously involved 250 Canadian troops and was led by a Canadian, Maj.-Gen. Jennie Carignan, until command was transferred to Denmark in November. Canada now has only 17 trainers involved in the mission. Brig.-Gen. Mike Wright, who as commander of Joint Task Force Impact oversees those parts of Canada’s anti-ISIL mission that don’t involve the special forces, says NATO is now working with Iraq to determine the best approach to the training effort. “We remain plugged in, we being the Canadian Armed Forces at NATO, because those discussions about the future of the (Iraq training) mission happen in Brussels,” he said, suggesting the results of those discussions will determine Canada’s future contribution to the effort. Canada also has a headquarters unit, two CC-130 Hercules transport planes and support staff in Kuwait involved in the anti-ISIL mission, along with teams of military trainers in nearby Jordan and Lebanon. All told, there are about 500 Canadian troops in the region, though the federal government has authorized up to 850. There has been growing concern about the threat posed by Iran and Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq, even as the number of ISIL fighters believed to be in Iraq and Syria has shrunk from between 14,000 and 18,000 to between 8,000 and 16,000. While that has led to analysts arguing the purpose of the mission has shifted from dealing with ISIL to checking Iran, Dawe and Wright were both adamant that their focus remains on ISIL, which is also known as Daesh. “Our mandate is the defeat of Daesh,” Wright said. “So that's what we remain focused on. ... Obviously, we pay attention to other threats within the region for situational awareness and force protection.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
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Canada is nearing the peak of the current wave of COVID-19, the country's chief public health officer said Sunday as Ontario reported a new single-day record for new infections and provinces brought in new restrictions to contain the virus' spread. Dr. Theresa Tam described the current rash of nationwide infections as the pandemic's second wave, though public health officials in several provinces are describing their recent daily case surges as a third wave. "With the current acceleration of COVID-19 activity, approaching the peak of the second wave, and a concerning rise in the proportion of cases that involve more contagious variants of concern, strong public health measures and individual precautions must be sustained where COVID-19 is circulating," Tam said in a statement. Tam said intensive care admissions across the country increased by 23 per cent over the last seven days compared to the week before, noting the spike is straining the country's health-care system. She said COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are increasingly affecting younger people, adding figures show a jump in the number of hospitalizations among those 40 to 59 years old. "These data also show that an increased number of adults in this age group were admitted to intensive care units (ICU) and received mechanical ventilation in March 2021," her statement said. The percentage of patients in intensive care who were aged 18 to 39 also doubled from January to March, from 7.4 per cent to 15 per cent of the total. Tam's statement came as Ontario reported a record 4,456 cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period. The latest figures showed 21 additional deaths associated with the virus and a sharp rise of new cases in Toronto, which jumped by nearly 400 to 1,353. Hospitalization rates in the province have been climbing steadily, prompting the province to order facilities to scale back elective surgeries starting on Monday. A hospital at the centre of an outbreak in northwestern New Brunswick is also feeling pandemic-related strain, with seven of its nine intensive care beds filled with patients fighting COVID-19. Local health authorities said the Edmundston Regional Hospital had 13 patients sick with the virus, with seven in intensive care and five on respirators. Parts of the northwest were placed in lockdown as of Sunday following a recent rise in cases. In the afternoon, health authorities announced that municipal elections would be suspended in regions under lockdown, which include Edmundston, Upper-Madawaska, Lac Baker, Riviere-Verte, Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska and Saint Leonard. Rules are also being tightened in Quebec, where a nighttime curfew is being moved to 8 p.m. from 9:30 as of Sunday evening in Montreal and neighbouring Laval to stave off a rise in cases. The province reported 1,535 new infections on Sunday, as well as a 25-person jump in hospitalizations -- numbers the province's health minister described as "worrisome." Premier Francois Legault already imposed the 8 p.m. curfew in some other hot spots including Quebec City and Gatineau, which are currently under special lockdown measures. In British Columbia, health authorities announced they will offer vaccines to all adults living in the ski community of Whistler beginning Monday. Whistler residents account for the majority of cases in Howe Sound, which has the highest rate of COVID-19 of any local health area in the province. Saskatchewan said it continues to set new records for the number of vaccines administered in a single day with 13,170 on Saturday. Authorities said half of Saskatchewan residents who are 50 and older have now received their first dose, after recently expanding the provincial booking system eligibility to everyone 55 and up. That province reported 321 new cases on Sunday, while Manitoba logged 112. Atlantic provinces continued to record comparatively low infection rates, with New Brunswick reporting nine new cases and Nova Scotia adding five to its tally. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2020 Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press
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DENVER — Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown fueled a 31-3 run that helped the Boston Celtics put the skids on the NBA’s hottest team with a 105-87 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Nuggets looked well on their way to their ninth straight victory when they took a 79-65 lead in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Facundo Campazzo. Boston outscored the Nuggets 40-8 the rest of the way. The Celtics had been held to 16 first-quarter points and trailed by 14 early on. Brown started the epic run with a nifty bucket and Tatum provided the biggest highlights, including eight straight points on a trio of free throws, a jumper and a 3-pointer. Tatum finished with 28 points two days after a career-best 53-point performance against Minnesota, and Brown had 20. Tatum (illness) and Brown (sore left knee) starred despite being listed as questionable before tip-off. Michael Porter Jr. led Denver with 20 points. Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. HAWKS 105, HORNETS 101 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 32 points on a career-high eight 3-pointers and the Atlanta Hawks battled back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 105-101 ON Sunday without Trae Young. Clint Capela added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the surging Hawks. They have won six of seven to take sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The short-handed Hawks won despite Young (left calf contusion) and reserve Danilo Gallinari (right foot soreness) sitting out along with John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Tony Snell and Kris Dunn. Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 23 points. The Associated Press
PARIS — Striker Wissam Ben Yedder came off the bench to score twice as Monaco beat last-place Dijon 3-0 to stay third in the French league on Sunday. Fourth-place Lyon beat Angers 3-0 to remain one point behind Monaco in the chase for third and a slot in the Champions League qualifying rounds, although both teams are also fighting Paris Saint-Germain and Lille for the title itself. Lille is three points ahead of second-place PSG, four ahead of Monaco and five clear of Lyon, with six games remaining in the most open championship race for many years. Netherlands forward Memphis Depay scored twice for Lyon, which travels to Monaco early next month. While coach Niko Kovac's consistent Monaco has lost once in the past 20 games overall, Dijon endured a 13th straight defeat and looks doomed to relegation. Following a dour first half, Kovac brought on Ben Yedder and he was soon tripped for a penalty in the 48th minute. Ben Yedder's spot kick was saved but forward Stevan Jovetic followed up to finish from close range. Ben Yedder netted in the 62nd when Dijon failed to clear the ball properly and Aleksandr Golovin sent him through on goal. He then added a late penalty to make it 3-0 and reach 17 league goals. Only Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has more with 21. DEPAY'S DOUBLE Depay's brace moved him onto 16 league goals and 18 in 34 games overall in what may prove to be his final games with Lyon, after he almost joined Barcelona during the off-season. His first goal came in the 20th, when he tucked home the rebound after Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta's shot hit the post. Depay's second was superb as he latched onto Paqueta's defence-splitting pass, then casually chipped the goalkeeper from the edge of the area with exceptional technique in the 82nd. After a shaky start, it proved a dominant performance from Lyon after some inconsistent form recently. Paqueta set up forward Karl Toko Ekambi in the 37th, but the goal was ruled out because Paqueta handled the ball before crossing it. Toko Ekambi turned provider three minutes later when he dribbled down the left and helped Paqueta to score at the back post in the 40th. Striker Islam Slimani thought he'd made it 3-0 in the 77th, but his goal was ruled out because Toko Ekambi was narrowly offside when he passed to him. OTHER MATCHES Fifth-place Lens had five players out with coronavirus for the home game against Lorient, but still won 4-1. Time is running out for Nantes, which won the last of its eight league titles 20 years ago but is languishing in 19th after losing 1-0 at Rennes. Winger Martin Terrier netted early in the second half for seventh-place Rennes with a superb curling shot into the top right corner from the left of the penalty area. Rennes is one point behind sixth-place Marseille but still four points behind Lens in the chase for fifth and a Europa League spot. Saint-Etienne is closer to midtable after beating Bordeaux 4-1. Playing against his former club, Saint-Etienne winger Wahbi Khazri scored a hat trick after South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo gave Bordeaux an early lead from the penalty spot. Saint-Etienne travels to PSG next weekend. Also Sunday, it was: Brest 1, Nimes 1; and Nice 0, Reims 0. PSG won 4-1 at Strasbourg on Saturday. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press
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A group of Torontonians rallied together on Saturday to help those affected by a volcano that erupted on Friday on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. After decades of inactivity, La Soufrière volcano erupted, forcing thousands of people from surrounding villages to evacuate. GlobalMedic, a Canadian charity and disaster response agency, organized a local relief effort to help displaced families in St. Vincent. Fitzgerald Huggins, the consul general of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Toronto, thanked the group for their "tremendous donations." "This donation is going to go a long way in assisting in the relief efforts to make sure our people have that comfort that they're accustomed to." Huggins says he has survived three eruptions himself, and knows that the 16,000 people who have been displaced from their homes will need food and proper housing. "We're in this for the long haul; it's not going to end overnight." Watch: Consul general of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Toronto appeals for aid for displaced families The volcano sat dormant since 1979, until December, when it began showing signs of activity. Those signs picked up this week, which prompted an evacuation of the surrounding area on Thursday. Early on Friday, the volcano erupted, plunging the neighbouring area into near total darkness from ash and smoke. Rahul Singh, the executive director of GlobalMedic, says it will be difficult to get aid to people in need because most planes can't fly into a volcanic area. The group is sending down sea containers full of aid instead, equipped with emergency kits to help displaced families. The kits include dried food, such as rice, lentils, and pasta. "This is just the start of this crisis and we're hoping to reach as many people as we can," says Singh.
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Ash from the La Soufriere volcano eruption on St Vincent traveled across over 100 miles of ocean and coated parts of Barbados on Sunday, April 11.Roseann Haynes livestreamed this footage on Facebook that shows ash covering surfaces and plants. Haynes said the footage was filmed in the Waterford area of Bridgetown, Barbados.The country’s meteorological service issued a volcanic ash warning on Sunday, reminding residents of reduced visibility and that additional ash may reach the island. Credit: Roseann Haynes via Storyful
WHISTLER, B.C. — Adults living and working in Whistler, B.C. will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination earlier than other parts of the province, as the region grapples with a surge of cases. Eligible residents will be required to provide proof of their permanent residency or employment in Whistler. A B.C. driver’s licence, a valid credit card statement with their Whistler address, or a recent paystub to confirm their employment in the area will be required. Those eligible for the vaccine will be able to start receiving doses starting Monday. The health authority did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the decision to start widespread vaccination in the community. The move comes as the province deals with a rush of COVID-19 and variant cases in the community. From the start of the new year to April 5, there have been 1,505 COVID-19 cases in Whistler, with the majority occurring in people aged 20 to 39. The health authority adds that the Howe Sound health area has the highest rate of COVID-19 of any local health area in the province, with the majority of these cases residing in the Whistler community. Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton said the move will protect more than the residents of his town. "This protects Whistlerites but I believe it will protect the province as well," Crompton said in an interview. "The community vaccination means that when people come from Vancouver in to this community and go home, they'll be more protected than they would've been otherwise." The town is largely made-up of hospitality workers and small business owners, which have seen their livelihoods devastated by the pandemic, he added. "Whistler does not have an economy in the middle of COVID-19. That's never been clearer than when the mountain closed and the vast majority of our community was out of work," said Crompton. The program also comes as the town deals with a large number of COVID-19 variant cases. B.C. has recorded 974 cases of the variant that originated in Brazil, the highest in Canada. Of those cases, there are at least 197 of the variant cases in the community. The ski resort was shut down at the end of March with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry blaming the rising number of COVID-19 cases for the decision. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
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