Hamilton study reveals large health gaps between First Nation general population

first_imgAPTN National NewsNew research has been published about health in the urban Indigenous community.The research shows that despite close proximity to hospitals and other health care services, Indigenous people are facing huge health disparities compared to the general population.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

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Dam sale boosts Q3 profit for Teck Resources but lower commodity prices

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. reported a profit of $1.3 billion in its third quarter, boosted by the sale of the Waneta Dam.The miner says the profit amounted to $2.23 per share for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with $584 million or $1.01 per share a year ago.Revenue totalled $3.2 billion, up from $3.1 billion.On an adjusted basis, Teck says it earned 81 cents per share for the quarter, compared with $1.05 per share in the third quarter of last year.Thomson Reuters Eikon says analysts on average had expected a profit of 94 cents per share.Teck chief executive Don Lindsay says the company’s operations continued to perform well, but noted it was hurt by lower commodity prices.The company says steelmaking coal prices were up 10 per cent compared with a year ago, but copper and zinc prices fell by four per cent and 14 per cent respectively, compared with a year ago.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

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Little League for esports hopes to organize youth gaming

first_imgWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he’s best at “Minecraft.” Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theatre last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why.“I basically know the controls like the back of my hand,” he said before turning his focus back to a tight match against a rival team from Boston. Christian claims to be shy at school, but here, he’s a vocal leader on a New York team of nearly 20 esports competitors, some as young as 6 years old. With a spot in the league finals on the line, Christian tapped away at his keyboard and excitedly discussed tactics with teammates.The group was strategizing over pickaxes and archers, not pitchers and catchers, but the focus on teamwork and communication could have come straight from the bench at a youth baseball game.At Super League Gaming events like this, that’s the goal.“Like Little League for esports,” says Super League CEO Ann Hand.Super League is trying to bring structure to an industry devoid of it at the youth level. The organization was founded in 2015 and runs national leagues for three esports games: “Minecraft” for players in elementary and middle school, and “League of Legends” and “Clash Royale” for older players. Kids are often introduced to competitive video games via “Minecraft” before graduating to “League of Legends,” giving them a place to train and play throughout their teenage years and beyond — the “League of Legends” competitions don’t have an age limit. Super League Gaming has tens of thousands of players, although not all attend every live event, and its “Minecraft” championship has been turned into a reality TV show on Nickelodeon.The hope is that Super League can close a major gap in the esports ecosystem for young gamers, particularly in the U.S. The industry is set to eclipse $1 billion soon, and there are more professional opportunities than ever. Pros in the NA LCS — the top North American “League of Legends” circuit — averaged over $300,000 in salary this season, and many colleges now provide esports scholarships. Careers in esports coaching or game design are increasingly in demand, too.But to pursue those jobs, players need to start early. Esports pros often peak in their early 20s, and elite talents in countries like South Korea are being identified before reaching middle school.The relatively weak U.S. gamer pool is holding back North American franchises from competing on an international stage. Esports powerhouse Cloud9 became the first NA LCS club to even make the semifinals at the League of Legends World Championship this year, and it only had one U.S. player in its starting lineup. The lacklustre American feeder system was a talking point when NA LCS franchise owners met this summer.“A lot of our amateur system has fallen away,” said NA LCS Commissioner Chris Greeley. “I think we all agree that it is shallower right now than it could be and should be.”Riot Games, which publishes “League of Legends” and manages its professional circuits, is partnered with Super League and hopes the organization can boost the reputation of American gaming. Super League uses proprietary software to pair players with competition at the appropriate skill level, and its weekly in-person events allow for stronger development than if players were left to practice alone. Super League also makes it easier for pro franchises to scout players and evaluate their talent and makeup.“You can’t really just look at the best players online and use that as your primary way to find the next great pro because the problem is that you don’t know a lot about their behaviours,” Hand said. “Will they be able to handle the pressure of being at the Staples Center or Madison Square Garden?”Just like Little League, it’s not strictly about churning out elite talent. Super League also creates an in-person sense of community around gaming, one that allows parents to watch and even coach. Some have concerns about their kids spending too much time on screens, but at least with Super League, gaming happens in a social, supervised space — better than playing solo in a basement or bedroom.“It’s one of the best decisions we’ve made,” said Alon Rothschild, who drives his 11-year-old son, Frankie Capello, over an hour from Staten Island to compete with New York’s “Minecraft” team.The co-ed organization provides players with uniforms, tech support and access to its digital platform, which allows players to log into Super League competitions from anywhere. But it’s the in-person events that pull kids in.“You’re actually sitting next to each other and you’re talking,” Frankie said. “When you’re talking, you basically are getting the better experience with your friends. I love talking with my friends and doing this.”The league hasn’t turned out any professional players, though it’s taking steps to ramp up its gamer development. It has created a training program within its software for at-home use and is offering boot camps focused on helping players improve. Hand wants to begin hiring former professional gamers to coach at Super League events, too.Super League is also eyeing expansion into games like “Fortnite.” Although Super League’s player base is believed to be the largest of its kind in the U.S., it still represents a sliver of the gaming world, leaving a lot of room for growth before Super League is as synonymous with esports as Little League is with baseball.Getting there could be a boon in an already booming industry.“A kid who does play Little League is an MLB fan for life,” Hand said. “Cultivating that future fan through our youth leagues is really essential.”___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJake Seiner, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Fairytale farewell for Robben and Ribery as Bayern win Bundesliga

first_imgBerlin: Departing veterans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both scored in their final game at the Allianz Arena on Saturday as Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to wrap up a seventh successive Bundesliga title. The fairytale farewell for club icons Robben and Ribery saw Bayern end an unusually tight title race two points ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund, who beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0. Nine points behind Dortmund in December, Bayern lost just one game between January and May as they bounced back to be crowned German champions for the 29th time in their history. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuRobben and Ribery, who will both leave the club at the end of the season, came off the bench against Frankfurt to score Bayern’s fourth and fifth goals and end Dortmund’s hopes of pulling off a final day miracle. Their departure marks the end of a glistening decade of success for Bayern, who are now set for a major squad overhaul ahead of next season, having already signed World Cup winners Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez. Kingsley Coman gave Bayern a dream start, slotting home a Thomas Mueller through ball after just four minutes. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThere was brief hope for Dortmund as both they and Frankfurt scored either side of half-time. After Gladbach dominated the first half, Jadon Sancho smashed in the opener for Dortmund, and Reus doubled the lead after the break. In Munich, Sebastien Haller bundled in a shock equaliser at a corner just after the break, but Bayern responded furiously, and David Alaba restored the lead in a matter of minutes. Dortmund’s hopes lay in tatters when Renato Sanches blasted the ball in from close range to score his first Bundesliga goal and put Bayern 3-1 up.last_img read more

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Exiled Ray Rice to Challenge NFLs Indefinite Suspension

Ray Rice, banned from the NFL last week after TMZ released the video of him punching unconscious his fiancee in February, will fight the indefinite suspension through the NFL Players Association.The league originally levied a two-game suspension on Rice. A few weeks ago, the NFL instituted a domestic violence policy that called for a six-game suspension for first-time offenders and a permanent ban for second-time violators.But after the release of the footage a few days later, the Baltimore Ravens released their star running back, which it has the right to do, and the NFL changed his suspension from two games to indefinite, which is a point of contention for Rice.At issue will be how the NFL went from two games to indefinite, even skipping over the six-game ban it instituted after it had reprimanded Rice, a first-time offender.Rice must file the appeal by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday — three business days after the NFL officially notified the players’ union of the suspension.The NFLPA still has not finalized its plan on a basis for the appeal and is considering multiple options, according to ESPN.The two-game ban drew widespread criticism of the NFL’s policy on domestic violence, prompting the tougher penalties. Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he “didn’t get it right” in a letter to team owners with the initial minor punishment of Rice.But public outrage intensified this past week in the aftermath of the circulation of the video, which clearly showed Rice punching Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, in the face. She hit her head on a railing inside the elevator and was knocked unconscious.The NFL and the Ravens both have repeatedly said that they saw the video footage from inside the elevator for the first time when it was released by TMZ last week.But an anonymous law enforcement officer told The Associated Press that he personally sent a tape of Rice striking Palmer to an NFL executive in April, sparking further scrutiny of Goodell and the league. A team headed by a former FBI chief is investigating. read more

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Carroll wants Swansea to bounce back

first_imgSwansea was relegated to the Championship after not being able to perform up to their level at the end of the season and Tom Carroll insisted that they will have to try hard to bounce back immediately.The midfielder knows that the squad was capable of achieving much higher spots than they actually did this season – and they need to continue their original philosophy to be able to get back to the top tier.Carroll spoke about his team’s situation as he said, according to swanseacity.com:We must look to reflect, rebuild and bounce straight back next season.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“With the squad we had, we should not have ended up where we did in the table.”“But now we have to look forward and try to make sure next season is a lot more successful than this one.”“I think we need to start playing football and get the philosophy back that made this club successful.”“Losing to Stoke was a disappointing and a sad way to end.”last_img read more

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Evra says Messi is better than Ronaldo at dribbling

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender Patrice Evra voiced his opinion that Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo at running at defenders with the ball.The Frenchman claimed Ronaldo has given him quite a few headaches on the many occasions the two former teammates have faced each other after separating. However, when asked who he would prefer to play against – Messi or Ronaldo, Evra picked the latter.“I would say Cristiano,” Evra said, according to the Express.“Messi with that little touch, it’s more difficult.”“But Cristiano you can read him. Cristiano is more about strength, about speed.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“But Messi, yeah (it’s more about small touches).”Despite this, Evra thinks Ronaldo is overall between from the most compared couple in the football world right now.“Cristiano, especially when he scored that header,” Evra claimed.“I think he nearly touched the sky.”“I remember (Sir Alex) Ferguson was shouting at me after the game.”last_img read more

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Santi Cazorla happy to make a return to football

first_imgFormer Arsenal player Santi Cazorla has revealed he is delighted to be back on the field of play– after fearing the worst for his career.Santi Cazorla, 33, suffered a nightmare injury and was given a bad prognosis by medics who told him, he would be lucky even to play football with his son at one point. However, he rejoined Villareal from Arsenal where he played for the first time in many years.The Spaniard also paid tribute to the fans who supported him – and said staying fit is his primary concern.According to an interview from Standard Sport, Cazorla said: “To feel like a footballer again is something extraordinary.“The warmth of everyone during this period is something that will stay with me forever.“The fans have given me strength and been there through all the bad times.“Sometimes I can ask too much of myself, and I don’t enjoy things.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’ve returned to training with my teammates and played a game at a reasonable level. For me, this was unthinkable 20 months ago.“I’m just focused on getting 100 percent fit and doing what I love to do: playing football.”The friendly against Hercules was the first game he’d played in 636 days – and it’s a remarkable comeback given he worried at one point he wouldn’t even be able to walk again.Want to wish Santi Carzola the best of luck at Villeriea good to see him back on his feet & on a football pitch I hope out mutual respect Arsenal come across Villeriea in the Europa League in the new season & he get one hell of a standing ovation.#ThankYouSanti pic.twitter.com/RMdabEgPxb— @AProudGooner (@Y2JohnCenaRKO95) July 17, 2018last_img read more

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