Dying at Wimbledon would have been acceptable—Bartoli

first_img“It was almost a miracle from God to win Wimbledon,” said Bartoli, whose highest world ranking was seven.Bartoli says the weight loss was so dramatic she was reduced to buying clothes made for young teenagers.“I was in the public eye and I could hear people talking behind my back and saying, ‘Oh, she’s anorexic’ and I wanted to scream out and say, ‘You have no idea what I’m going through’,” said Bartoli, who went through her 2013 Wimbledon campaign without dropping a set.“It was a battle to survive every day. I could not believe people were thinking I was doing that on purpose to myself. I was scared of everything.“I was not processing protein, I was losing my hair and I love my long hair, and my teeth were almost falling out and my skin was breaking down.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena After shock win over Pacquiao, Horn ignoring the criticism LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img French former tennis player Marion Bartoli. AFPMarion Bartoli has battled back from ill health to be fighting fit for her role commentating at Wimbledon but the former French tennis star admitted on Monday she feared she would die.The 32-year-old who beat Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to win the 2013 Wimbledon title, retired later that year and faded away to a mere shadow of the robust looking athlete she once was.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES She told The Times she was battling the HINI virus, the swine flu bug blamed for wiping out millions in the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, but was only diagnosed after Wimbledon last year, laying to rest the rumours she was anorexic.“I did not know if I would wake up alive the next morning,” she said while taking time out from commentating on the WTA tournament at Eastbourne last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But I thought, ‘if I have to die, then if it is at Wimbledon, I would accept it.’”Bartoli, who also reached the 2007 Wimbledon final, says her career-defining victory in 2013 came just at the moment she was physically falling apart. “I could not wash myself with normal water, I could not type an email, my skin was so thin that I could feel the electricity. I had arthritis. I was buying clothes for 14-year-olds.”Following her diagnosis last year Bartoli spent four months in hospital in Paris and then required daily visits from a nurse at her home in Dubai.She puts her illness down to battering her body incessantly from a very young age in her bid to succeed in the sport.“I felt it happened for a reason. My body was reminding me that it has been going non-stop since I was eight years old until the moment I got ill,” said Bartoli, whose immediate target is to focus on her personal life and her desire to find love and found  a family.“I am starting to feel alive again and ready to build a love story, to start a family,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Happy feet

first_imgIt’s the joy of seeing the unexpected, of not knowing what each day holds and the carefree leisure of curiosity which gets you feeling like a child again and makes going to a new place so exciting. Whether you are the kind of person who enjoys the relaxed leisure of,It’s the joy of seeing the unexpected, of not knowing what each day holds and the carefree leisure of curiosity which gets you feeling like a child again and makes going to a new place so exciting. Whether you are the kind of person who enjoys the relaxed leisure of sandy beaches, the exotic romance of desert country or are just looking to satisfy the adventurer in you. Here’s everything you need to know about the 10 best places to travel to, in India and abroad, that will suit your budget and mood, with tips on what to expect, the places not to miss and how to perfect that stylish yet practical holiday look.IstanbulReasons to visit: If flea markets and the mysticism of dervishes are not reason enough, then you have great food and architecture to look forward to. The beautiful beaches are an added bonus.Hot spots: Explore the Byzantine wonders, especially the Church of St Saviour in Chora, known for its mosaics and frescos. Haggle for great Turkish carpets at the Grand Bazaar, ferry around the Bosphorous and do not forget to walk along the legendary city walls.Wardrobe: Stylish, casual dresses are your best bet. Dress up more for the city and less for the seaside. Focus on light dresses with flats rather than the staple touristy shorts and T-shirt look. Do not forget to carry some modest clothing for the mosques as you will not be allowed in if you are showing skin.Sandals by Bess; Price: Rs 23,196Dress by Missoni; Price: Rs 60,053Bag by Stella McCartney; Price: Rs 58,914Tunic by Versace; Price: Rs 1,83,930advertisementBora BoraReasons to visit: This French owned territory in the Pacific Ocean is known for its white sandy beaches and idyllic beauty. The perfect place to head out to if you are looking for an easy relaxed vacation.Hot spots: Take part in all the exciting water sports, which include everything from windsurfing to shark feeding. It’s known for its varied marine life and snorkeling is a sport that every visitor should experience.Wardrobe: Before you even begin to pack, make sure to buy or borrow a small weekend bag, even for a week long trip, as Bora Bora has no direct flights and you will take a smaller plane from Tahiti’s main island to your resort. Keep your wardrobe very basic. Include lots of beachwear and carry simple totes that are water-resistant.Shorts by JC Crew; Price on RequestSandals by Lanvin; Price Rs 47,728Tankini by Missoni; Price Rs 35,324Bag by Anna Hindmarch; Price Rs 12,692JordanReasons to visit: If the history of a place is what excites you, then travel to Jordan to follow the ancient footsteps of the Queen of Sheba, Cleopatra, Prophet Mohammed, Jesus, and Lawrence of Arabia.Hot spots: Visit the nature reserves of Dana and Wadi Rum, Jerash, Madaba, and Mt. Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. Float in the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Discover dramatic crusader castles. Take the camel ride into the Wadi Rum desert, then explore Petra for two full days.Wardrobe: No cleavage. Please stick to demure garments that do not attract too much attention to you. Wear long flowy dresses, team them with headscarves and avoid shorts. Skirts are fine, as long as they are not too short.Jumpsuit by Stella McCartney; Price on Request Sandals by Paloma Barcelo; Price Rs 34,028 Bag by Christian Louboutin; Price on RequestBandhavgarhReasons to visit: If being wild is what you crave for, then this national park in Madhya Pradesh is the best bet for you. There are 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds to watch out for.Hot spots: Beside the wildlife, Bandhavgarh is also famous for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period that have been found there. There are caves belonging to the pre-historic period, which should not be missed, as they date back to the first century.Wardrobe: Refrain from carrying anything fancy to this part of town. Focus on pants, boots and camping gear. Carry cottons and do not forget to pack some woollens, as the temperature tends to dip in the evenings. Say no to skirts and shorts as they will be uncomfortable in the jungle.Boots by Belstaff; Price Rs 24,657Cargos by JC Crew; Price Rs 23,395Gloves by Burberry; Price on RequestJaisalmerReasons to visit: Known as much for its majestic architecture as for its magical sand dunes, this place is a must visit for those who are looking for a little bit of gypsy romance.Hot spots: The most magnificent attraction is the Jaisalmer Fort known as the Sonar Kila, made famous by Satyajit Ray, due to the yellow stone it was built from. Then there is the Jain temple. But the most important thing to do when here is to go on a desert safari.Wardrobe: Do not carry clothes in dark colours. Carry ample linen shorts for the day. You can also carry day dresses. Make the most of the chilly desert evenings in romantic flowy dresses and dramatic jewellery as Rajasthan is all about opulence and luxury.Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg; Price Rs 29,295Bag by Lanvin; Price Rs 60,078Dress by Elizabeth and James; Price Rs 25,910advertisementTuscanyReasons to visit: Known as much for its history as for its romance. From Renaissance art in Florence to tasting local wines, this part of Italy is a must visit for every romantic.Hot spots: Visit the cities such of Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa and the countryside for its quaint villages, castles, villas and vineyards.Wardrobe: A place this dreamy deserves your fashionable best. Wear skirts during the day teamed with leggings, opt for wedges to stay comfortable without lowering your style quotient. In the evenings switch to gowns and elegant dresses.Boots by Stella McCartney; Price Rs 34,665Dress by Vionnet; Price on RequestClutch by Temperley London; Price Rs 78,827LakshadweepReasons to visit: These are India’s only coral atolls and geologically a part of the same chain as the Maldives. This is a place known for its sandy beaches and thriving marine life.Hot spots: The Coral Reef Cruise to Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy islands is an interesting opportunity to rejoice in the solitary pleasures of these emerald islands.Wardrobe: The only thing you need to carry while on these islands is your swimwear. Pack a few kaftans or light shirt dresses for the times when you feel like covering up.Kaftan by Mathew Williamson;Price Rs 74,266 Bag by Valentino; Price on RequestDress by Halston Heritage; Price Price Rs. 30,077Araku ValleyReasons to visit: Famous for its coffee plantations, tunnels, bridges, orchards and waterfalls. Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is the perfect place to go to if hill stations are what make you happy.Hot spots: The picturesque Ananthagiri Hills in the ranges of the Eastern Ghats and the Burra caves for their stalactites and stalagmites are a fascinating experience.Wardrobe: The best wardrobe for this destination is a pair of denims or cargo pants with comfortable T-shirts and flat shoes as there is a lot to explore. T-shirt by Fendi; Price Rs 34,028Bag by Stella McCartney; Price on RequestJeans by 7 For All Mankind; Price Rs 17,292HampiReasons to visit: The capital of Vijayanagar, the 14th century empire has its ruins spread over Hampi. It is a great place to spend a few days discovering its rich, vibrant history and admiring its scenic views.Hot spots: Major tourist attractions of this royal relic include Hampi Bazaar and the the royal center near Kamalapuram. The stone chariot is a must visit and so are the the rock cut caves of Badami, Pattadakal.Wardrobe: Avoid tight fits and synthetic fabric as it is usually quite hot. Wear loose-fitting clothes and something to protect and cover your head. Sunglasses are a must because of the the harsh sun.Ballerinas by Alia; Price Rs 80,065Dress by Anna Sui; Price Rs 47,366Sunglasses by Elizabeth and James; Price Rs 25,898advertisementSurinameReasons to visit: The smallest independent country in South America is filled with nature reserves, beaches and rivers. An idyllic vacation spot if you want to see a little bit of everything and be exposed to different cultures in one spot.Hot spots: The White Beach, an artificial beach created on the Suriname river is a popular destination. So is the Brownsberg Nature Park. It boasts of three vegetation types and can be a nature lover’s delight. The bustling city of Paramaribo by the banks of the Suriname river is another must-visit.Wardrobe: Western clothes are very popular in the area. Carry casuals such as a pair of jeans and shorts to keep you comfortable.Jeans by Bess; Price on RequestMarc by Marc Jacobs; Price Rs 19,767Shorts by Lover; Price Rs19,767last_img read more

Incredible highs from Indian sport

first_imgIt would not be an exaggeration to state that 2010 was a brilliant year for Indian sport, in which athletes from a broad spectrum rose to the top and crowned themselves with glory at the Asian and world level.As has become a habit, sections of the electronic media go through the gimmick of picking a “sportsperson of the year”. A select number make it to the list and eventually one person is chosen ahead of the pack.The point is, in a year where Indians did so well and tore the form book to shreds in so many disciplines, it is the collective joy which athletes brought that should make us all feel proud.Today, when people have become so disillusioned with life in India, it is sport which makes us forget the pain. When one watched Sachin Tendulkar carve out his magical 50th Test century in South Africa, one forgot about having to pay through one’s nose for petrol or onions or how corruption was an integral part of the Indian system.And if you choose to think about His Majesty’s ODI double hundred in Gwalior, you know you were watching a genius at the crease. In the end, he left you in a trance.I honestly feel at the end of the year, it is not worth talking about what Lalit Modi did in the Indian Premier League and how the BCCI reacted in a knee- jerk fashion.Yes, Modi is history and the BCCI is rightly being pulled up by courts for taking all kinds of arbitrary decisions.advertisementAt the same time, just as people kept saying the Commonwealth Games ( CWG) would never happen, India showed that it was possible to do things at the last minute. Everyone associated with the task of hosting the Games managed to pull it off, though from ticketing woes to poor food packages for volunteers and excessive policing, there was a bad taste that lingered.Yet, what people will really remember the CWG for is India’s rich medal haul and how several new stars were born. Be it the efforts of gymnast Ashish Kumar or the golden girls from track and field, India shone as hosts. It is their efforts which made the CWG a success, with shooter Gagan Narang defining consistency with a four- gold haul.The loss really was for all those athletes who did not come to India thinking the stadia would collapse or snakes would be slithering in their beds at the Games Village near the Yamuna bank.From the CWG to the Asian Games, it seemed India would not be able to reproduce the same form. However, despite pessimistic predictions from the naysayers, it was again a case of India shining, though the shooters, wrestlers and weightlifters flopped. Ronjan Sodhi was the golden exception.The way Ashish, Bajrang Lal Takhar, Virdhawal Khade, Ashwini Akkunji, Preeja Sreedharan, Joseph Abraham, Pankaj Advani, Vijender Kumar and Somdev Devvarman led the assault on medals, you knew Indian sport had come of age.Comparisons were made with China, as to how they win so many medals in virtually every discipline.But I think the Indian sportspersons are rising to the challenge and comparisons with China are ridiculous. With tight doping controls now in place at the mega events, it was great that no Indian flunked a dope test in Guangzhou.What one needs to do in 2011 is build on the momentum. Do not starve the athletes of good competition, equipment and foreign coaches. Without all this, expecting results at the London Olympics in 2012 will be foolhardy.And now, we come to a category of sportspersons who I would not wish to address as winners but champions. There is a difference between a winner and a champion – and the latter category is the one where Viswanathan Anand, Sushil Kumar, MC Mary Kom and Tejaswini Sawant belong.To produce four world champions in one year is something Indian sport was never known for.It is a tribute to the perseverance and work ethic of these individuals that they could crown themselves with glory in a year where our sport shone.Just to jog the reader’s memory, when Anand was to go to Sofia, Bulgaria, to defend his world title, he was in huge trouble. Fly ash was a big menace and flights were being cancelled across Europe.Anand eventually had to take a 40- hour road journey from Frankfurt to Sofia. And after that, he was still alert enough to beat Topalov for the world championship title.advertisementComing to Sushil, people thought his bronze medal effort at the Beijing Olympics was nothing great. But when he won the world title in Russia in September, it was indeed a big day for Indian sport.No Indian wrestler had ever won anything as big as this and the smiling man again won gold in New Delhi at the CWG. Two women also made it special as Mary Kom won the world boxing championship for a record fifth time, this time in a different category to her previous four. Everyone knows what she has done for women’s boxing in India, but it is her hunger for more and more success which is hard to understand.And last but not the least, Tejaswini Sawant winning the 50- metre rifle prone event at the world championship in Germany was not expected. This win should put Tejaswini in the right frame of mind to train for the London Olympics.To leave Saina Nehwal’s four big titles out would be wrong, and the World No. 2 badminton player doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.People will talk of bad things as well in Indian sport in 2010 – with specific reference to corrupt officials and politicians. Let’s just forget about them.If you have woken up with a bad hangover after the Christmas parties, just think of Indian sport in 2010. It will make you feel good again.last_img read more

Without Us Referees Would Be Peeling Potatoes: Carlo Ancelotti in Red Card Rage

first_imgMilan: Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant were sent off in a fiery end to an entertaining 2-2 draw against Atalanta in Serie A on Wednesday.Josip Ilicic struck a disputed 86th-minute equaliser that was upheld following a lengthy VAR review, as Napoli appealed for a penalty. Napoli forward Fernando Llorente tumbled to the ground after jostling with Simon Kjaer in the Atalanta area before the visitors countered and scored through Ilicic.A five-minute interruption followed before the referee awarded the goal without reviewing the incident on the touchline monitor.Images suggested Llorente committed the initial foul but Ancelotti and his assistant coach were shown red cards for protesting the decision.”I consider what happened an attack on my professionalism, my players and my club,” Ancelotti said.Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was livid with the controversial finish to the game.”If there is VAR it’s pointless creating eight minutes of additional time because all that happens is pushing and shouting,” he told Sky Sport Italia.”And what is this buffoonery from the referee who kicks out a gentleman like Ancelotti?”We’re fed up. Without us the referees would be peeling potatoes. We’re tired of paying for this standard of officiating.”Nikola Maksimovic had headed in a Jose Callejon cross to give Napoli the lead on 16 minutes at the San Paolo, but Remo Freuler levelled just before half-time when his shot squirmed through goalkeeper Alex Meret.Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik hit the post and crossbar before putting Napoli back on top on 71 minutes when he raced onto a Fabian Ruiz pass and rounded Pierluigi Gollini.However, Ilicic levelled and nearly grabbed a winner in stoppage time as Atalanta stayed third, four points behind Inter Milan who beat Brescia 2-1 on Tuesday.Juventus would reclaim top spot with victory at home to Genoa later on Wednesday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. assistantAtalantacarlo ancelottidraw First Published: October 31, 2019, 12:55 PM ISTlast_img read more

India have no time to turn things around after Perth defeat: Ricky Ponting

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes it’s advantage Australia in the ongoing four-Test series after the hosts’ dominant win in the recently-concluded second Test in Perth.Ricky Ponting said he had predicted well ahead of the start of the series that India had very little chance of winning in Perth and their 146-run defeat in the Optus Stadium’s Test debut only highlighted the visitors’ “batting frailties”.India headed into the second Test in Perth with a lot of confidence after having won the series opener in Adelaide. However, skewed team selection and familiar batting woes came back to haunt Virat Kohli’s men, who fell well short of a 287-run target. With their long tail unable to make any considerable contribution to the team’s total, India lost their last five wickets on the final day morning for just 21 runs.Captain Kohli led from the front with a century in the first innings. Ajinkya Rahane chipped in with a fifty but the twin failures of openers put too much pressure on the middle order. Chasing 287 on a wearing wicket, India got off to the worst possible start as they lost opener KL Rahul and Adelaide hero Cheteshwar Pujara inside the first four overs.India’s woes have only compounded as opener Prithvi Shaw, who was expected to get fit in time for the Boxing Day test, has been ruled out. With uncertainty remaining around the fitness of Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin, the visitors have called up all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has very little match practice under his belt.advertisement”I compared the two teams at the start of the series and I didn’t think India could win here just because of the frailties of their batting and I think that’s been highlighted this week,” Ricky Ponting told cricket.com.au.”They’ve had to call in another opener, they’ve brought in another allrounder as well to try and bolster that middle order.”They’ve got as much on their plate as the Australian boys have, if not more now that they’ve lost this game. [There is] a lot of uncertainty around their group and they haven’t got long to turn things around.”Having lost the momentum that they had gained in Adelaide, India have less than a week to fix things. It remains to be seen if the likes of Pandya and Mayank Agarwal will straightaway be slotted into the playing XI.Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting also cautioned Tim Paine’s men against complacency and added that India will find conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) more friendlier than some of the other wickets Down Under.The batting great also ruled out concerns over the possibility of a docile pitch at the MCG, which was rated poor by the International Cricket Council after England and Australia played out a boring draw during last year’s Boxing Day Test at the Ashes.”They’ve set a bit of blueprint this week (of how to beat India) with the way they’ve played. They just have to build on that now. There’s no doubt with one win a bit of belief comes but they can’t just rock up in Melbourne and expect India are going to play like they did here,” Ponting added.”If you think about the MCG and SCG, they are (venues with) conditions that will suit the Indians more than Adelaide and Perth.”The Aussie boys will have their work cut out, but as long they play the brand of cricket they know that they can play – and I think they showed that (with) some great aggression this week, I hope that continues for the next couple of weeks – if they can do that then I think they’re going to be hard to beat.”I think Melbourne will have a little bit of grass on it and moisture and then flatten out to be a pretty good one after that.”Also Read | Virat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | KL Rahul should return to India and play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Paine on banter with Kohli: He brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of peoplelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Each player would have some boxes to tick against Sri Lanka, says Dinesh Karthik

first_imgIndia have already qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup, but Dinesh Karthik believes the Men in Blue would love to fine-tune their skills when they take on Sri Lanka at the Headingley Cricket Stadium on Saturday.”I think at the end of the day a few of the batters would want to have a good hit. Even for the bowlers, for that matter, it’s important that they work on the things that they want to do. I think there is scope for improvement in all aspects of our game.”I think we’ve been playing a good tournament, but I’m sure that personally each player would have some boxes to tick and I think we’ll all be looking to do that,” Karthik pointed out.Karthik added that the team was not looking beyond the Lanka game at the moment. “Look, first up is Sri Lanka. I think there are a few things a few players would want to achieve personally and as a team as well. We’d definitely want to play the best game that we can.Also Read | What happened last time India met Sri Lanka in World Cup?Also Read | India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at LeedsBut talks of the semifinal are bound to happen and Karthik said that all the teams are strong and looking in fine form.”Look, to be very honest, it’s a World Cup semifinal, so I think all the other three teams, apart from India, will look forward to that game. It’s hard for me to say which team will be a threat. But on any given day any team can stand up. And that’s the beauty of a tournament like World Cup, because once you hit the semifinal mark, it’s just that one day, and you’ve got to make sure you stand up on that day.advertisement”We’re really looking forward to it as a team. At the same time, I think we have a game to play in Leeds. We’ll do the best we can tomorrow,” he said.Asked if any of the boys will be rested considering that the Indians have already qualified, Karthik said: “To be very honest, I don’t know. I don’t know what team management is thinking. So obviously that call will be taken by the coach and the captain. Until now I have no clue what they’ve decided on the team yet.”While the England-Pakistan series before the showpiece event saw the players score beyond 300 at will, the same cannot be said of the matches in the World Cup and Karthik said the pressure of performing on the big stage is always there as are the conditions which have helped bowlers.”I think it’s a bit of both. When you’re batting first, it’s about seeing through the initial phase when the ball is new and then you have the ability to decide what the par score is and try and get there. When you’re batting, I think the wicket changes a bit, becomes slightly slower and helps the spinners a little bit.”For a lot of the teams, they’re bowling cross-seam and the wicket has been a little up-and-down as well. It’s not been that easy to execute shots. Also, this is a World Cup, so obviously there’s a bit of scoreboard pressure. I think a lot of teams have fallen prey to that as well,” he explained.Also See:last_img read more

Résumé de la situation par rapport au H1N1 du 25 au 31

first_imgLa Nouvelle-Écosse continue de connaître une augmentation des cas de H1N1 partout dans la province. Depuis le début de la saison de la grippe 2009-2010, qui s’étend de septembre 2009 à septembre 2010, la province rapporte : South Shore South West Guysborough Antigonish Strait Capital Voici d’autres faits saillants : Le pourcentage de visites aux services des urgences pour des symptômes grippaux a atteint 15,4 %. Il était de 3,7 % pour la semaine du 18 au 24 octobre. Le pourcentage de cas de symptômes grippaux est passé de 5,4 % à 10,3 %, selon les rapports des médecins partout dans la province. 377 cas confirmés, 26 hospitalisations pour le H1N1. Il n’y a eu aucun décès lié au H1N1 dans la province depuis celui qui est survenu en juillet. « Le H1N1 est la seule souche de la grippe que nous voyons actuellement dans la province, a déclaré Maureen Baikie, médecin-hygiéniste en chef adjoint. Nous allons continuer à voir plus de gens malades et plus de d’activité partout dans la province. » Les régies régionales de la santé suivantes ont rapporté des éclosions de symptômes grippaux et une augmentation de l’absentéisme dans les écoles : La Province publie un rapport sur les maladies respiratoires, y compris le H1N1, tous les mercredis. Vous pouvez le consulter à : www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/NSRespiratoryWatch.pdf . Un communiqué hebdomadaire avec les faits saillants du rapport sera transmis aux médias le mercredi.last_img read more

Eaton Centre shooter seeks new trial over juryselection process

first_imgTORONTO – A man who gunned down two people in Toronto’s landmark Eaton Centre mall is asking for a new trial, arguing the jury that convicted him more than two years ago was improperly selected.Christopher Husbands was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, and Ahmed Hassan, 24.He was also found guilty of five counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm in the June 2012 shooting that sent hordes of panicked shoppers running for the exits.Husbands, whose lawyers had put forward a defence of not criminally responsible due to post-traumatic stress disorder, was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 30 years.His lawyer has said the sentence is unprecedented for second-degree murder.The appeal, which is being heard Friday in Toronto, focuses largely on the manner in which jurors were chosen and refers heavily to an appeal court ruling in a case by the same trial judge.As part of the selection process, prospective jurors may be questioned as to whether they believe they can remain impartial. Two people from the jury pool take on the role of “triers,” meaning they weigh the answer and determine whether there is sign of bias.Lawyers for both the Crown and the defence then decide whether to allow the person on the jury.Each newly appointed juror replaces one of the two triers so that the responsibility is shared, a process called “rotating triers.”At the request of the accused, the court can appoint two people who will assess all the prospective juror responses. These are called “static triers” and do not get to serve on the jury.Husbands’ lawyers say they made it clear they wanted rotating triers but the judge, Superior Court Justice Eugene Ewaschuk, imposed static triers instead.As a result, they argue, Husbands was “tried and convicted by an improperly constituted court.”Crown lawyers, meanwhile, say the judge wasn’t mistaken in choosing static triers. In any case, they say, “any error here occasioned the appellant no prejudice or miscarriage of justice.”Two years ago, the court of appeal called for a new trial over the imposition of static triers in another case over which Ewaschuk presided.In that ruling, the court noted the use of rotating triers has been a feature of the Canadian jury-selection process since the 1900s and that a properly constituted jury is critical to the entire process.last_img read more

Inquiry into relationship between Quebec public services and Indigenous peoples gets underway

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN National NewsThe public inquiry on relations between Indigenous peoples and six public services in Quebec got underway Monday in Val d’Or.It began with a traditional ceremony with two Anishinabe elders and two grandmothers.Their message to the inquiry and participants was about understanding each other and that many need to be heard.Anishinabe Elder Roy Paul also gave an eagle feather to Chief Commissioner Jacques Viens.Elder Phillip Gliddy gives said it’s important the commissioner understands its meaning.“It is a great significance to pass an eagle feather,” said Gliddy. “It will give him strength and it will give him guidance when he does these hearings.”Then Viens opened the inquiry.He said that he and his team will do all that is possible to shed light on discrimination and racism on Indigenous people and that it is very important to establish a climate of trust in order to get themost participation as possible.The two next weeks will be for Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to testify. Testimony for individuals will start in the fall.Viviane Michel, president of Quebec Native Women’s Association was the first to present her organization and her concerns.She highly recommended that the commission give its support to the victims before during and after the testimony.On Tuesday, the commission will hear from AFN Regional Chief Ghislain Picard and Grand Chief Verna Polson from the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation Tribal Council.last_img read more

Via Rail warns of delays through Montreal because of infrastructure work

first_imgMONTREAL – Via Rail says passengers travelling through Montreal could be delayed for up to 45 minutes starting Friday because of infrastructure work in the city.The passenger rail company says reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange requires that a portion of the track and signals be relocated.Disruptions will affect travellers on trips between Montreal and Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and Senneterre/Jonquiere through Wednesday.Previously booked customers will be notified of the delays and can obtain a refund or change their dates of travel if desired.last_img

UN wraps up electoral assistance after Nepal polls

7 May 2008The United Nations Electoral Assistance Office in Nepal is wrapping up after providing technical aid and advice to the country’s Election Commission for last month’s Constituent Assembly polls. “The role of the Electoral Assistance Office has ended,” Fida Nasrallah, Chief Electoral Advisor with the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), said today. She will deliver a final report in June based on the written reports of electoral advisors. “I would describe the experience overall as having been extremely successful,” she said, adding that it was “very challenging, demanding a lot of patience and diplomacy.”All 25 political parties winning seats in the 10 April polls have now submitted their lists of candidates to the Election Commission, with the percentage of women candidates at just below one third of the elected Constituent Assembly, up from 6 per cent in the previous election.Once the Commission announces the final results of the election, the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly must take place within 21 days, UMNIN said. The Assembly will then be tasked with drawing up a new constitution for the country, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives before the Government and Maoist rebels signed a peace accord in 2006.On election day, UN electoral advisors visited polling centres to monitor the process, and since then have helped analyze the election results. They have also trained political parties in selecting candidates to meet quota requirements, as well as setting up media monitoring for non-electoral periods. read more

Tim Hortons reports strong quarterly samestore sales growth

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons, which will join forces with Burger King in a US$11-billion deal, says preliminary sales for the third-quarter were up in both Canada and the U.S.The doughnut and coffee chain says same-store sales were up 3.6% in Canada and 7% in the U.S., referring to stores that have been open for at least a year.Tim Hortons says it’s releasing the information for the nine weeks ended Aug. 31 in connection with disclosure obligations under its recent deal with private equity firm 3G Capital and Burger King Worldwide.The deal will create the world’s third-largest fast-food company and the corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada. As of June 29, Tim Hortons had 4,546 restaurants, including 3,630 in Canada, 866 in the United States and 50 in the Gulf Co-operation Council. read more

Resistance is futile in slow march to open banking in Canada

“Canada needs to speed things up, frankly,” Matt Flynn, a Toronto-based partner at Bennett Jones, a law firm, told me in an interview on Jan. 23, adding that “90 per cent” of the legal structure that would be needed to support open banking already exists. “It’s better to get ahead and export our prowess (in financial technology) to the rest of the world, rather than have others come, partner with our banks, and eat our lunch,” he said.  Some fintech companies think the legacy banks might be the problem, using concerns about privacy and security as excuses to stifle a competitive threat. Or it simply could be the banking oligopoly’s historic aversion to risk. “Change is not a big word in their vernacular,” said Flynn. And Stephen Redican, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, said in a separate interview on Jan. 23 that “Any industry, if you see a threat to your business model, you are going to work in a way to preserve your business model.”The tech scenes in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are incubating some potential world beaters in digital finance. Redican’s firm includes fintech among eight emerging industries in which it reckons Canada could excel, but only if the regulators keep up. “We have less certain structures for our companies to grow in,” Redican said. Open banking will be an important piece. Take Mobeewave, a Montreal-based startup that added Samsung Group as an investor on Jan. 28. Mobeewave owns patented technology that facilitates contactless payments, so it is well placed to profit off the growth of cashless transactions. An open banking regime would accelerate that shift, as it would create an incentive for entrepreneurs to get into financial services. The bigger the financial services industry, the bigger the market for Mobeewave’s payment system. “It’s going to be really, really interesting for us,” Benjamin du Haÿs, the co-chief executive, said in an interview. We have less certain structures for our companies to grow inStephen Redican, partner, Borden Ladner Gervais Most experts think the shift is coming, eventually. Teresa Scassa, the Canada research chair in information and law policy at the University of Ottawa, wrote that even though there are “a lot of risks,” Finance is “clearly enthusiastic” about the economic potential of open banking, so “resistance probably is futile.” National Bank of Canada, the junior member of the Big Six, has gone ahead and started sharing its customers’ data, if asked. But Lionel Pimpin, senior vice-president of digital channels, makes the point that open banking is a two-way street. National created a digital hub where its clients can display both in-house and external accounts: super convenient for the user, and an opportunity for National to steal some business, as long as its clients grant permission to view the data that they have imported from rival institutions. “We see (open banking) as a major opportunity,” Pimpin said in an interview on Jan. 28. Still, National doesn’t sound like it’s in a rush for new rules. The U.K. forced open banking on the industry before anyone, including consumers, were ready for it, Pimpin said. National prefers a “market-led” approach that keeps government mandates and timeliness to a minimum, Pimpin said. Maybe that’s the way to go? It would be easier to answer that question if Canada’s sheltered banking industry was fully exposed to market forces. Can an oligopoly lead a “market-led” approach? It will be interesting to see what the federal government decides.  • Email: kcarmichael@postmedia.com | Twitter: CarmichaelKevin At some point between early April and late September last year, Bay Street realized that the future comes for all of us, even oligopolies. The Bank of Canada conducted its new biannual Financial System Survey of about 100 bankers first between March 26 and April 9, and then again Sept. 24 and Oct. 12. On the big issues, the mood was roughly the same in the autumn as it had been in the spring. A cyber attack was seen as the biggest threat to stability, but most felt the system could withstand a major shock. Federal budget: Ottawa to study merits of ‘open banking,’ a catalyst for fintech Adoption of digital IDs would help unlock Canada’s economy, bankers say RBC launches data sharing portal for app developers in step towards open banking But the central bank observed something in the fall survey that appeared to come out of nowhere. Thirteen per cent of the respondents said open banking — an approach to financial regulation that requires banks to share their clients’ banking information with other service providers if asked to do so — would transform the industry over the next three years. That might seem like a small number. However, the only innovation that inspired more interest — or dread — was the automation of trading. “Open banking appears to be an important emerging development, since in the spring survey, only one participant mentioned it,” the Bank of Canada said. Emerging in Canada, maybe. The innovation has already emerged in most other developed economies; a year ago in Europe, later this year in Australia, and in 2020 in Japan.  We’re still thinking about it. Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced in the 2018 budget that he would study the merits of open banking. Seven months later, at the end of September, he appointed a four-person advisory committee that will make recommendations at an unspecified date. Earlier this month, Finance published an overview of open banking and asked the public for input. The consultation period closes Feb. 11, but there is little reason to expect anything definitive from the government this year, given the October election. The EU gave its financial industry a couple of years to get ready for open banking. If Canada were to do the same, assuming the government even embraces the idea, it could be 2022 before Canadian banking upstarts have regulatory clarity. By then, their international rivals in Europe will have had a five-year head start.It’s better to get ahead and export our prowess (in financial technology) to the rest of the world, rather than have others come, partner with our banks, and eat our lunchMatt Flynn, partner, Bennett Jones read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 11 July 2014

DOWNLOAD1. UK MEP chosen as chairman for IMCO committee.2. €1billion boost for EU-industry partnership projects.3. Juncker wants ‘fair deal’ for Britain.4. Juncker calls for more women in new Commission team.5. UK to miss 2030 air quality targets.6. Week ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Hornchurch fire Two men arrested on suspicion of arson after explosion at

first_imgExplosion at residential block of flats on A127, Hornchurch, East LondonCredit:John McLellan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police, ambulances and fire engines at the sceneCredit:Grant @ SnowAndBeach/Twitter Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to an explosion at a block of flats in east London on Monday evening. The explosion occurred shortly after 5pm in Ardleigh Green Road in Hornchurch and it was thought that there were a number of casualties.As many as 60 firefighters were said to be on the scene, but the cause of the explosion was not immediately known.  Police, ambulances and fire engines at the scene We have treated three patients at the scene of a fire in #Hornchurch and so far have taken one man to hospital.— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) January 23, 2017center_img Police said two people were taken to an east London hospital, two were being treated at the scene, and one went to hospital themselves.Firefighters were dealing with a blaze in a ground floor flat in a three-storey building.The Metropolitan Police later arrested two men on suspicion of arson. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. Jason Smedley, 46, managing director of Nail Harmony UK, close to the Bridge Point building, said he was in his office at the time.”We felt the whole building shake,” he said, adding that he could soon see “flames billowing”. Mr Smedley said the front of the flats had been “blown out” across the road.”We pulled people back and told them to get out of the way,” he said, adding that he and his staff brought people back to their office to give them shelter.”Unfortunately there was a woman and her daughter, that were in the flat above, that heard the explosion, ran out, and we brought them back … had just their dressing gowns on, so we just gave them tea and blankets. They’ve got nowhere to live tonight,” he said. A Havering Council spokesman said most residents went to a local McDonald’s restaurant, adding that measures will be put in place to ensure they had somewhere to stay.The council spokesman said the explosion came from a ground floor corner flat, adding that 41 flats had been evacuated, with many residents staying with family and friends.Police said road closures were in place and people were advised to avoid the area.A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Police were called at 17:14hrs on Monday, 23 January to reports of an explosion at a block of flats in Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch.”Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service are currently at the scene. We await an update as to the number of people injured.”At this early stage officers are unable to confirm the cause of the explosion but enquires are underway. Residents are in the process of being evacuated from the building. The Local Authority has been informed. Local road closures are in place. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area.” Explosion at residential block of flats on A127, Hornchurch, East Londonlast_img read more

Churchgoer 88 becomes Britains oldest stalker after falling for younger woman after

Widower Frank Chadwick (pictured) had hoped for companionship with Sheila Thompson, 54, after the death of his wife just before their 50th wedding anniversaryCredit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press “She said he was seen by a neighbour and he was loitering around the area, and posted letters and a book through her door.” Widower Frank Chadwick (pictured) had hoped for companionship with Sheila Thompson, 54, after the death of his wife just before their 50th wedding anniversary He was also conditionally discharged for 18 months.The incidents began in 2016 after Chadwick met Miss Thompson after they bumped into other whilst they were out walking in the Salford area.At the time he had a Bible in his hand after being asked to research a question posed by his vicar and she offered to help.Prosecutor Lynn Rogers said: “The two met by complete chance. She was out walking in February 2016, when she saw him and they started to chat, and they had a cup of tea together and arranged to meet for lunch.”She took him to a local centre where she works as a volunteer. He asked if he could also volunteer but was told it would not be appropriate.”He followed her to her place of worship, and would send her hand-written letters, and hand-deliver them through her front door.”At the centre, he was spoken to by staff and asked him if the reason he wanted to volunteer for them was because he wanted to be close to her and he said ‘yes’. He was told not to attend the centre any more.”He was reported in 2016 and March 2017, as she saw him walking down her cul-de-sac. He went up to her house and he knocked on the door and rang the bell to try to contact her. She remained in her house and the curtains were drawn in the front. “This has gone on for a period of around two years. He has a good character and entered an early guilty plea.”He has no previous convictions. Probation do not need to be involved with a man of 88 years of age.” At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, Chadwick of Westhoughton, Bolton, admitted a charge of stalking without fear, alarm or distress and was banned from contacting Miss Thompson for 18 months under the terms of a restraining order. A devout churchgoer aged 88 has become Britain’s oldest stalker after he became infatuated with a younger woman he met through their shared interest in the Bible.Widower Frank Chadwick had hoped for companionship with Sheila Thompson, 54, after the death of his wife just before their 50th wedding anniversary.But after the pair had a cup of tea together, Chadwick – who is partially deaf – began hounding accountant Miss Thompson over a period of two years.He asked if could volunteer at a community centre where she worked, but concerns were raised when he began following her to church on a Sunday.When the pensioner was asked to leave the community centre after he admitted the only reason he went was to see Miss Thompson, he began hand-delivering cards, letters and gifts to her home in Salford, Greater Manchester.He was eventually reported to police after being seen repeatedly lurking around her cul-de-sac – forcing Miss Thompson to hide behind the curtains to avoid him.In a statement Miss Thompson said: “Due to his behaviour I am still keeping the blinds shut in my living room as he could still see me if I sat in my chair.”When I approach my house, I check I have my keys ready and check he is not lurking in the area. I avoid answering the phone or door unless I know who it is. I have to consider what he may do before I do things myself.” Chadwick later attended a police station on August 21, 2018 where he was arrested. In mitigation defence lawyer Mr Adam Whittaker said: “He had impeccable character and it is unfortunate we have to be in this situation today.”He just didn’t understand what has happened. He does have difficulties with hearing, and he communicates by letters.”He lost his wife on Christmas Day a few years ago, just as they were approaching their 50th wedding anniversary and she was his life companion.”His family have grown up and he finds great comfort in the church. On the first meeting with her he had his Bible, and he was working on a question from his minister.”She approached him and spoke to him first. After they swapped numbers, she contacted him after that and they met for lunch. They went to each other’s place of workship.”He felt there was more to this friendship than there actually was. He wanted to see her.”She told him to then not contact her for three months and he thought maybe that would salvage their friendship. He didn’t know why or what he did wrong. He just sought after companionship. District judge Khalid Qureshi dismissed the need for punishment, and said: “There was no malice involved and there was no threat, it was just the persistence of the matter, and the letter is very well written – you pleaded guilty at the first instance.”I will make this a conditional discharge for 18 months. In terms of the restraining order, you must not go to her address or contact her in anyway way whatsoever. The restraining order will be in place for 18 months.”In 2016 retired bookie Andrew Trimble, 81, of Garrowhill, Glasgow was placed under supervision for stalking May Fernie, 79. in the same year former sailor Colin Bagot-Hodgson, 78, of Blackburn, Lancs, was given a suspended sentence after harassing a 73-year old woman suffering from cancer with letters, cards, magazines and gifts. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Anger over proposed RSPCA moves to campaign against angling and horse racing

Rural groups and sporting associations have hit back at moves by radical animal rights activists to push the RSPCA to campaign for a ban on fishing and horse racing.The Sunday Telegraph has revealed that key figures on the charity’s ruling body are attempting to steer it towards taking a hardline stance against two of Britain’s most popular pastimes.But that has threatened to lead to a backlash from groups representing thousands of anglers, as well as the thousands who work in the horse racing industry and enjoy watching the spectacle.They are now understood to be lobbying behind the scenes for the RSPCA not to take a more radical turn.In a letter to the RSPCA seen by this newspaper the Angling Trust, which represents game, coarse and sea anglers in England and Wales, said: “Far from launching attacks on anglers and angling we would hope those who care for the future of our wildlife would want to work with us and other conservation bodies on countering the myriad threats caused by pollution, over exploitation, abstraction and habitat destruction.“It would be good hear confirmation from you directly that the RSPCA does not intend to seek to ban angling and to criminalise up to two million people who currently enjoy this healthy pastime.”The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), which governs the sport, is also understood to have been in regular dialogue with the RSPCA in an attempt to pre-empt any moves by the charity to campaign for a ban on racing. Some on the RSPCA ruling council reportedly want to see a ban on horse racing  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some on the RSPCA ruling council reportedly want to see a ban on horse racing Credit:Michael Steele/Getty Images In a statement the BHA said: “British racing has a long history of collaboration with recognised welfare organisations such as the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and SSPCA, which over recent years has resulted in a number of measured, evidence-based enhancements to the sport’s high welfare standards.”The controversy is just the latest to surround the RSPCA, whose patron the Queen is a known lover of country pursuits.Moderate elements within the charity are understood to be concerned that any moves to campaign against horse racing – which is one of Her Majesty’s favourite leisure activities – would threaten to undermine the relationship between the organisation and its patron.It could also lead to questions over whether that royal patronage can continue when the Prince of Wales Charles becomes king.In recent years Prince Charles has voiced concern over its campaigning against countryside sports, raising questions over its royal patronage, first granted by Queen Victoria in 1840.In 2016 the Telegraph revealed that Prince Charles had privately raised his concerns that the emphasis of the charity was moving away from animal welfare towards campaigning against countryside sports.The RSPCA has until now taken a more moderate approach to both pastimes, by working with the horse racing industry to improve welfare standards and seeking  to educate anglers about the risk to wildlife posed by discarded fishing line and hooks.But a group of activists on the charity’s ruling council, including it’s vice chair Jane Tredgett, are understood to be seeking to persuade it to take a tougher line on both activities.Ms Tredgett’s current allies on the RSPCA council include Bob Baylis, a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who frequently posting tweets in support of the Labour Leader and has allegedly offended colleagues with criticism of the Queen. According to his RSPCA biography his commitment to animal rights dates back to the early 1980s, when he was a director of  Animal Aid and the anti vivisection and animal experiments group BUAV, now named Cruelty Free International.Mr Baylis has referred all questions to the RSPCA and dismissed reported he had criticised the Queen during RSPCA council meetings, saying: “I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous in my entire life.” Ms Tredgett did not respond to requests for comment.Asked if the RSPCA was discussing whether to campaign for angling and horse racing to be outlawed, a spokesman said: “All our policies are regularly reviewed and things will have been discussed. We won’t go into details of our discussions but regular discussions do take place of all topics regarding animal welfare.”The charity added: “The RSPCA has no plans to campaign for a ban on angling or horse racing. We work constructively with the relevant bodies in these sectors to improve animal welfare standards.” read more

WikiLeaks Defended By Ron Paul

first_imgWell, you sir can consider yourself uninvited from any and all future Palin family pool parties. Whatever you might of think of Ron Paul’s take on the issues, there’s something to be said for taking a stand, no matter how politically unpopular it might be. Certainly no one can accuse the man of kowtowing to political pressure.The Texas congressman today sent out a note to his nearly 20,000 Twitter followers, defending whistleblowing site Wikileaks in the wake of overwhelming political criticism at its release of thousands of classified government documents. Paul wrote,Re: Wikileaks- In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.last_img

An Irishwoman on converting to Islam It excited me It wasnt anything

first_img Share1698 Tweet Email I believed there was a God, but I couldn’t find God in the Catholic religion, it didn’t make sense for me. Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 9:00 PM It’s a part of the religion and there are a lot of different meanings to it, but it all gets collapsed into one symbol of religion. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3221552 48,918 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha I wasn’t a practising Catholic but I still believed in God, and life was fine but I needed an element of purpose. I started reading the Bible, and felt like their was a total lack of clarity.BRIGID AYLWARD, A paediatric nurse at University Hospital Waterford, grew up as a Christian, but wouldn’t have given much consideration to what that meant.It was after she left home that she started thinking more about where she was was going and for what purpose she was here.She decided that she would travel to a Muslim country where she would work as a nurse in the hope that in isolation, she could reconnect with God, confirming her belief.“When I got to Saudi Arabia, I realised that I had a very western mindset, a western culture. I had so many questions: ‘What the heck is with these women who covered head; I thought it was sad to look at, and that women had no place in society.” Source: Shutterstock/Aisylu Ahmadieva‘Mothers behind the veil’Brigid says that working as a paediatric nurse in a Muslim country she got to know the “mothers behind the veil”, and disspelled myths she had about the veil.“They don’t have to cover – it’s their choice, they prefer to. They’re human, they’re normal. I started to read about Islam purely to do my job better and to understand these women better. 177 Comments Muslim mother teach her daughter reading koran inside the mosque. Source: Shutterstock/leolintang“It’s the woman who wants to wear a hijab,” says Brigid. “When you actually wear it then you realise the benefits.“As well as fulfilling the religious requirements, for me I’ve gained more confidence when I speak, they’re not looking at me at what my hair is like, I have an inner confidence.”Woodlock wears a hijab everyday, but recalls donning a face veil (nijab) when she was visiting a Muslim country, and she says it gave her an deeper understanding of why women wear it.“I really got a sense of the privacy of it – I feel I’m able to look out at the world and operate in the world without the world intruding on me.“But I wouldn’t wear it in the West, in case it creates a fear and apprehension.”Aylward and Woodlock took part in the only registered event in Ireland to mark World Hijab Day last Wednesday at Waterford Institute of Technology. The an annual global event was set up by New Yorker Nazma Khan in 2013 in order to fight prejudice and discrimination against Muslim women.Article was updated at 23.55Read: Austria promises ban on face veil in public placesRead: Vegetarianism, communal living and ‘plenty of craic’: How do Irish Buddhists live? Feb 5th 2017, 9:00 PM An Irishwoman on converting to Islam: ‘It excited me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was’ We spoke to a Waterford woman about why she converted to Islam and the benefits of wearing a hijab. It started to make sense to me – it excited to me. It wasn’t anything I thought it was before.In November 2008 Brigid accepted Islam. There were some fears she had that were associated with it, about what her mum would say and what her family would say.Her husband, who she met while working in hospital in Saudi helped her deal with her fears and she says her family have seen the sense of purpose the religion has given her.“I’ve only ever had positive reactions. I knew people would be surprised at a big change. I’ve only experienced niceness, that’s the great spirit of Ireland.”Brigid says that the news of Donald Trump’s travel ban saddened her, but that she’d be sad no matter what religion they were.“What Trump has done is put a mark on Muslims that says ‘We’ve a reason to be afraid of these people’. This is what we’ve been working against, it’s putting fuel on a fire.” Muslim worshippers attend a service for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, in the Queens borough of New York. Source: Mark LennihanMisconceptions about MuslimsDr Rachel Woodlock is an Australian Muslim academic who lives in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. She’s been studying attitudes about Muslims and opinions of Muslims themselves, and says that there are many misconceptions around Islam – one of which is not all Muslims are really religious.“[In Catholicism] you’re meant to fast during Lent, but not all Catholics fast, not all Catholics go to church, and it’s the same with Islam. Muslims are a lot more heterogeneous – there’s no Vatican equivalent that prescribes what you do.”Woodlock says that a survey was done of a population in Victoria, Australia that showed rates of ‘religiousness’ was the same in the general population as it was with Muslims.“[Some Muslims] go to mosques the same way some Christians go to church at Christmas time.Woodlock said that there were different attitudes towards Islam before the Lindt café siege – states like New South Wales started an ethnic force, while Victoria set-up a ‘multicultural liaison unit’.“The thing about the attacker though, the Muslim community had been saying this guy is crazy, we’re worried about him, he doesn’t represent us. At the Quebec shooting this week, the attacker was called a ‘lone wolf’. Well Man Haron Monis was our lone wolf.”She says that in Australia, the coverage of Muslims feels moch different compared to Ireland: “It’s as if Muslims make up 2% of the population but take up 30-40% of the media coverage, while in Ireland, about 1% of the population is Muslim and half a percent is covered in the media”.“I think the history of terrorism in the north means Ireland can contextualise a national crisis a bit better than most.”‘The veil’ used as political props Source: Shutterstock/Saida ShigapovaIn traditional Muslim cultures, both men and women covered their bodies. It later evolved so that it was reserved only for upper class women. This then eventually spread out to all families as a symbol of culture and identity in the 18th century.“Europeans argued for the emancipation of women,” Woodlock says. “But ironically, people like Lord Cromer who were arguing that these women needed to be set free, were also opposing the suffragette movement in England.”In the Ottoman empire, women were a representation of the Muslim world; the Hijab was seen as the last barrier of defence. “So the veil took on a political current that it wouldn’t have had in previous eras.”Even more so now – with burkini bans in France causing a debate over how to deal with the fear of terrorism and a recent ruling by a Swiss High Court that means Muslim girls must learn to swim with boys as part of their education, the issue of how to make room for tradition in a modern setting is becoming more and more tricky.“Most Muslim women in the west chose to wear a veil as part of their identity – it’s not a fundamentalist act,” says Woodlock. 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