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Euro swap for Mavs: Porzingis joins Doncic at Mavs as Nowitzki moves on

first_img“If everybody keeps working hard and improves over the summer, have a healthy (Porzingis) next year, I think they should be fun to watch hopefully for Mavs fans a long, long time,” Nowitzki said in his final chat with reporters a day after playing his final game in San Antonio.“Stay together like that, stay injury-free, add a few veterans here, I think we’re on the right track.”THE NEXT DIRKWhile Doncic is viewed as the next potential face of the franchise, the more immediate Nowitzi replacement could be diminutive guard J.J. Barea. He’s an unrestricted free agent, still recovering from an Achilles injury and might not be ready when the season starts. But Barea also was the only player besides Nowitzki remaining from the title-winning team. Dallas wants him back.“This year I did more talking,” the native of Puerto Rico said. “Next year, I think even more now. Dirk led by example. Me, I gotta talk a little bit more.”OTHER PORZINGIS PIECEThe other potential starter to come with Porzingis was guard Tim Hardaway Jr. He was shut down the final 11 games because of a stress reaction in his left leg that will require surgery.Hardaway has a big contract (two years left on $71 million, four-year deal) so he’s more likely to be around at least another year. He expects to be healthy when the season starts. For him and Porzingis, that would be the first time together since early February 2018.“Those guys that were sitting out the last couple of games of this season, we just kept talking about that, just saying to ourselves, ‘What if, what if, what if,’” Hardaway said.WHAT TO EXPECT The decision to push the recovery past the one-year mark on Porzingis’ knee injury was essentially an admission by the Mavericks that their focus was on 2019-20.And now that an emotional two-day send-off for the NBA’s most decorated European player is over, Dallas can concentrate on ending a playoff drought that covered Nowitzki’s final three seasons — the longest of the big German’s career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Mavericks didn’t win a playoff series in eight seasons with Nowitzki after he led them to their only championship.“I cannot tell you what to expect,” said Doncic, the overwhelming favorite for rookie of the year despite the second 33-49 record in three seasons for Dallas, with a 24-58 clunker in between. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting With success in free agency (Dallas is unlikely to have its first-round pick in the June draft because of trading up to get Doncic), the Mavericks could have their loftiest expectations in years.Dallas wasn’t considered a title contender before winning it all in 2010-11, the third season under coach Rick Carlisle. Because the Mavericks didn’t keep all the important players from that championship, they’ve been scrambling with their roster almost every year since.“This is a full-fledged rebuild,” Carlisle said. “We cannot sit here and feel like this is going to be a turnkey operation. There’s a lot of work to continue to do. But I’m extremely optimistic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “All I can tell you is we’re gonna fight, we’re going to work hard, we’re gonna try to get into the playoffs. I’m not promising that, but we’ll try everything to do it.”There is some business to take care of before the pairing of Porzingis with Doncic can become official. The 2018 All-Star is a restricted free agent with a $4.5 million qualifying offer.Owner Mark Cuban said during Porzingis’ introductory news conference that the club wanted to sign him to a long-term deal. Rape allegations against Porzingis in New York and a counterclaim of extortion have surfaced since then, and the Mavericks aren’t saying how that case affects their plans for signing him.“Based on the nature of that, I can’t comment on it,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Thursday. “But Kristaps is our No. 1 priority in the offseason.”The second priority is a notable free agent, and Dallas cleared about $30 million in salary cap space by sending Harrison Barnes to Sacramento. The other three starters alongside Doncic when the season started went to the Knicks in the Porzingis deal. The Mavericks also have a large trade exception.ADVERTISEMENT Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, center, responds to questions during an NBA basketball news conference in Dallas, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are the Euro stars of the future for the Dallas Mavericks now that Dirk Nowitzki has retired after a record 21 seasons with the same franchise.The rookie sensation from Slovenia and the 7-foot-3 Latvian didn’t get to play together in the two months after Dallas acquired Porzingis in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Masters: What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth? 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first_imgChawrasia, who also finished second at the Indian Open in Chawrasia, who also finished second at the Indian Open in 1999, 2006 and 2013, said: “It was a good start to the tournament. Now, its important to build on that for the next three days. Today my putting was good and I made some good recoveries. I also had a chip-in on the second hole from just over then green from 15-18 feet. “My driving overall was decent except on the 16th when I pulled to the left and went into the bushes. I tried to chip out but couldnt make the up and down from just 10-12 feet. “If I had not had made a double bogey on the 16th (my seventh hole) it could have been really good but its still allright. I will take a five-under for a start. Of course, it will always be nice to have a couple of more birdies, but you cant have them all.” Talking about his topsy-turvy round, Lahiri, a seven-time Asian Tour winner, said: “It was quite an up-and-down day, and I hit a lot of 4-Irons, but coming in I had a good stretch. “Starting out on the 10th, I had a bogey on 11th and then again on 17th. I missed makeable putts on 11th and 13th and then coming back I misjudged a chip on third and went into the bunker on the fourth. I also had a couple of bad lies,” he said. “I was very inconsistent with my iron play to start with. Then I broke it down and tried to focus on the routine and it worked. I putted solidly coming down the final stretch from sixth to ninth, it was nice to roll a few (birdies).” Scores after round 1 of the Hero Indian Open 2016 being played at the par-72, 6983 yards DGC (am – denotes amateur): 65 – Daniel IM (USA). 66 – Prom Meesawat (THA), Jorge Campillo (ESP), Nacho Elvira (ESP). 67 – Sanjay Kumar (IND), Jeunghun Wang (KOR), SSP Chawrasia (IND), Terry Pilkadaris (AUS), Raphael Jacquelin (FRA). 68 – Honey Baisoya (IND), Anirban Lahiri (IND), Alejandro Canizares (ESP), Gregory Havret (FRA), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Wade Ormsby (AUS). 69 – Sebastien Gros (FRA), Thangaraja N (SRI), David Lipsky (USA), Rahil Gangjee (IND), Vikrant Chopra (IND), Siddikur Rahman (BAN), Rashid Khan (IND), Maximilian Kieffer (GER). 70 – Shankar Das (IND), Craig Lee (SCO), Thanyakon Khrongpha (THA), Paul Peterson (USA), Romain Wattel (FRA), Chapchai Nirat (THA), Miguel Tabuena (PHI), Chris Paisley (ENG), Ben Evans (ENG), Danny Chia (MAS), Arjun Aatwal (IND), Julien Quesne (FRA), Pablo Larrazabal (ESP), Trevor Fisher Jnr (RSA), M Dharma (IND), Angelo Que (PHI). PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Mitroglou On Greece Cup Squad

first_imgATHENS — Striker Kostas Mitroglou has been named in Greece’s preliminary World Cup squad despite his troubled move to relegated Premier League side Fulham, while injured-plagued defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos was not included.Greece’s football association released the names of the 30-player squad, and is due to announce the final 23-man squad on May 19.The 26-year-old Mitroglou sent Greece to the finals in Brazil, scoring three goals for a 4-2 aggregate win over Romania in the playoffs. But he has struggled since his move to London in January, playing in just three matches and scoring no goals due to a knee injury and being dropped from the starting lineup by coach Felix Magath.Fulham teammate and veteran of the 2004 winning European Championship squad, Giorgos Karagounis, stays on as captain.Greece faces Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast in Group C at its second sconsecutive World Cup.Coach Fernando Santos also called up two players from Panathinaikos, which recovered from a spell of poor form to win the Greek Cup, naming goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino and forward Nikos Karelis.The Portuguese coach was forced to leave out Schalke defender Papadopoulos, who missed most of the season at the Bundesliga club through injury.The Greek FA had said it would not make the preliminary list public, but then released the names following reports of the lineup in the news media.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Swapna becomes first Indian heptathlete to win Asiad gold, makes plea for customised shoes

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes of Barman) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) The first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, Swapna Barman today made a plea to provide her more customised shoes for her ‘abnormal’ feet. Barman, who has six toes in both her feet, produced her career-best performance today by logging 6026 aggregate points from the seven events spread for two days. She competed with a tape on her right cheek to lessen pain arising out of teeth infection. Before Barman, only Bengal’s Soma Biswas and Karnatakas J J Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal from the Asian Games but none of them have won a gold. Biswas and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006), while Pramila had won a bronze at the 2010 Guangzhou edition. “I have got this gold on the National Sports day, so it’s really special. I use normal shoes worn by people who have normal five toes. It really pains during training. It is very uncomfortable, whether I wear spikes or normal shoes,” Swapna said with a smile. She said she also overcame a knee injury before the event. Asked if she would like some companies to manufacture customised shoes for her, she said, “Definitely. It will make life easy.” At one time, Barman’s father was a rickshaw puller and bed-ridden due to a stroke suffered. En route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).advertisement Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. Going into the 800m run, the last of the seven-event competition, Barman was leading China’s Qingling Wang by 64 points. She needed a good run in the concluding event in which she eventually finished fourth. It was the same event in which she had collapsed during the Asian Athletics Championship last year in Bhubaneswar but despite finishing fourth today, she had emerged a champion. Asked about the tape on her cheek she said, it was to lessen the pain in her teeth. “I used to eat a lot of chocolates, so I have a teeth problem. It started paining two days before the event. It was severe but I could not let years of hard work go waste. So I forgot the pain and gave my best,” said the undergraduate, who is fearing for final examination result. “First day, I thought I won’t be able to compete. It was unbearable. I thought what will happen to my hard work, I had to do it. I forgot the pain.” Another Indian in the fray, Purnima Hembram was 18 points behind Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki going into the 800m run. She finshed just ahead of Barman in the 800m run and overall fourth with 5837 points. Qingling (5954) won the silver and Yamasaki the bronze with 5873 points. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

India vs Australia series at home a chance to give youngsters a go: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan Singh was of the opinion that India need not field all their World Cup players in the upcoming one-day internationals (ODIs) and twenty20 internationals (T20Is) against Australia at home. India are set to play two T20Is and five ODIs against Australia starting February 24 in Bengaluru.Harbhajan Singh felt India gained a lot of confidence from the tour Down Under, where they beat Australia in their backyard and dominated the Kiwis in New Zealand in the ODIs. He added that had India’s premier choice of Jasprit Bumrah together with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had played, New Zealand would not have scored those many runs.”This thing is definite. Jasprit Bumrah not playing and Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal not playing together is the reason that India conceded over 200 runs in two T20Is. Because if these three play together and plus Bhuvneshwar, I don’t think they will let past 200 runs””Confidence has been a major plus from the series in Australia and New Zealand. When you go overseas and win in such a manner against big teams, the morale of the team gets high. Every player did well there, not even one would be thinking I did not do well in these series, it has been a great tour for India, for their confidence. For the time ahead, this tour Down Under will help them a lot,” Harbhajan said on Sports Tak.Harbhajan said while hosting Australia, India can afford to rest of their senior players after a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand and instead look to expand the pool.advertisement”I don’t think you need to put the best 11-13 players in play because they had a very long tour of Australia and New Zealand. If they are asked to play in India, it might be too much for their body and then there is IPL also. So it will be good if the senior players can be rested as much as possible.”This can be taken a chance for players like Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal and similarly you can see Siddarth Kaul and Mayank Markande, these young players can be given a chance and the pool should be expanded. If the pool is large, more and more players will come.”Don’t think only about the World Cup but there has to be cricket after that too and a look should be given to people who will play after that and those should be looked at. Some senior players should be rested and some young players should get the opportunity in the India vs Australia series and it should be a mix-and-match,” Harbhajan further said.Harbhajan predicted that India captain Virat Kohli will score a lot of runs in the World Cup if he stays fit through the hectic IPL schedule and the summer is good in England.”Virat, as a captain, has to see how to manage players and who to rest and who not to rest, it’s an important factor. He also has to keep his fitness in check. There are back-to-back matches in the IPL and there’s a lot of travelling so he has to make sure that he doesn’t get too tired or get a niggle. If he remains fit, he is going to make runs in England because if the summer is good there then it’s going to be an Indian summer.”Here is Harbhajan’s 15-man squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav and Vijay Shankar. Probable: Ravindra JadejaAlso Read | Matthew Hayden reacts to Sehwag’s babysitting ad: Never take the Aussies for a jokeAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik denies Krunal Pandya single in final over: Harbhajan reacts to controversyAlso Read | This is the MS Dhoni we know: MSK Prasad after Australia, New Zealand toursAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK Prasadlast_img read more

Lee Bowyer named Charlton caretaker manager after Karl Robinson’s exit

first_imgLeague One news Read more Share via Email Lee Bowyer has been named the caretaker manager of Charlton Athletic after Karl Robinson left the club by mutual consent.Bowyer, who started his professional career with Charlton, will take charge for Saturday’s game against their League One play-off rivals Plymouth with Johnnie Jackson named as his assistant.Robinson, who was appointed manager in November 2016, said: “I’d like to thank the Charlton fans for their support during my time at the club. Moving on was not an easy decision for anybody but it is what is best for the club and everyone involved. Bow and Jacko have been fantastic during my time here and I have no doubt I’m leaving the club in good hands.”Robinson was then announced as the new head coach of Oxford United, Charlton’s League One rivals. Football League Charlton Athletic Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Lee Bowyer: ‘My life has changed – I don’t need to justify myself to anybody’ Share on Twitter Topics Bowyer, who earned one England cap and also played for Leeds United, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town, is a former Charlton academy graduate. The 41-year-old returned to the club in early 2017 as a member of Robinson’s coaching staff, before being named the assistant manager last summer.“I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to take this team forward,” Bowyer told the club’s official website. “We have a talented squad of players and our focus has to be on winning games and giving ourselves the best opportunity to make the play-offs.”The Charlton director Richard Murray said: “I’d like to place on record our thanks to Karl Robinson who has worked tirelessly during his time at Charlton. We’re very grateful to Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson for stepping forward in the club’s time of need.“Lee has impressed everyone at The Valley since coming back to the club last year and Johnnie has Charlton running through his veins. Together they are the best people to lead the club through an important few weeks.”Charlton are ninth in League One, five points off the play-off places, after a run of only one win in their last eight matches. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Child Diversion Act to be Operationalised Soon

first_img The Child Diversion Act 2018 was enacted so that children can be diverted from the formal justice system, instead of being treated as criminals. The Ministry of Justice is now in the process of implementing the administrative infrastructure so that the Child Diversion Act can be operationalised within a couple of weeks. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on May 21. Story Highlights The Ministry of Justice is now in the process of implementing the administrative infrastructure so that the Child Diversion Act can be operationalised within a couple of weeks.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate, in the House of Representatives, on May 21.The Child Diversion Act 2018 was enacted so that children can be diverted from the formal justice system, instead of being treated as criminals.“Children are brought into this world as blank slates, and it is our impressions upon them that determine the way in which they will operate in society,” Mr. Chuck said.“The Ministry of Justice is ensuring that when children are charged or find themselves committing minor offences, they are not pulled before the court at the first opportunity, but they are taken to the child diversion officer and, hopefully, we can find a way to assist those children to go on the straight and narrow path,” he added.Over the next 10 months, the Ministry will be rolling out the programme in all 14 parishes.last_img read more

AET Names LNG DualFueled Aframax Pair

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: AET Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET has named its first two LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers.  The 113,000 dwt vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, were inaugurated today at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018.Being in compliance with NOx Tier III emission when operating in gas mode, the vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual fuel capability.LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 cubic meters each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels — via ship-to-ship transfer. The vessels will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.“AET has worked for many years in close cooperation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes, which are amongst the very first in the industry (…) Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are proof that as an industry, we needn’t see increasing environmental requirements as a threat to how we operate, but rather as an incentive to develop new, more innovative and sustainable shipping solutions,” Yee Yang Chien, AET Chairman, and President/Group CEO of parent company MISC Berhad, commented.Image Courtesy: AETBoth vessels have been awarded the “Green Passport” and “GFS” notations and have been fitted with an IMO-compliant ballast water management system.“Shell has been an advocate of LNG as a marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET’s commitment to exceeding the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements,” Lars Wogen, Global Crude Freight Trading Manager, Shell commented. “We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our group’s Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence. This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us,” Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President & CEO of AET, said.Featuring a length of 244 meters and a width of 43 meters, each of the two tanker newbuilds has a market value of USD 44.14 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

Will lend our minister teachers if states want to implement happiness classes

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi government would like to spread the happiness curriculum to all the other states of India and if needed then the government would be ready to send the Education Minister along with the teachers to give primary training on the introduction of the happiness class, asserted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.”I want the miracle that is happening inside Delhi’s classes, to reach every corner of the country. Many Education Ministers and Education Secretaries and Officers have come from different states today. We want to assure you that when you implement this model in your own states, you will have our wholehearted support. We will send our teachers, principals, and in fact, if you need it, we can lend you our Education Minister for a few days,” said the Chief Minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe added that Happiness Curriculum is not just another government scheme. It’s a feeling that 8 lakh students of Delhi government schools experience every single day. Every parent is observing this change. “I will not be here tomorrow. Perhaps even the CJI or the LG will not be here tomorrow. But it is from these lakhs of children that a future chief minister of Delhi will emerge, the future CJI and the Lt Governor will emerge. Perhaps, even the Prime Minister will emerge from among these children. The future of our nation is being built in our schools. This is true nation-building. Today, the country’s judiciary is seated inside this hall, the country’s executive is here, and so are legislators (pointing to the MLAs). Today I appeal to the judges of the country, the executives of the country and of Delhi, and the Legislature of Delhi, that we all need to come together in this festival, this effort that is building the nation,” the CM said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn the Happiness Conference, Deputy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia also talked about how India is going down in Happiness Index. Sisodia announced that the Delhi government is working on a certificate course for those who want to start the Happiness Curriculum in different parts of the country and the world. “We feel the need for this because India’s position on the World Happiness Index has dropped from 118th to 140th. Our dream is that India should reach Number one on this list,” said the education minister.last_img read more

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

first_imgOTTAWA — The United Nations is urging Canada to help ease Mexico’s refugee burden by helping resettle some of the most vulnerable of its new arrivals, including women, children and LGBTQ people.Mexico is feeling the squeeze from an unprecedented exodus of people fleeing Central American countries and some of the worst violence from nations not at actually war is forcing families northward.“Our pitch to Canada is to do more,” said Mark Manly, the Mexico representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.Manly was in Ottawa earlier this month for meetings with the federal government to look for ways for Canada to help resettle more of the migrants that have arrived in Mexico.The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border, with President Donald Trump branding the caravans of migrants as being laced with violent criminals bent on destabilizing his country.Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are pushing to have their new version of the North American Free Trade Agreement ratified soon as Vice-President Mike Pence visits Ottawa this week to give that a renewed push.Asylum seekers reaching Mexico from Honduras, El Salvador and Venezuela caused a 103-per-cent spike in claims in 2018 over the previous years from almost to 15,000 to about 30,000, says the UNHCR.Manly said that many migrants have good settlement prospects in Mexico because of its growing economy and need for foreign labour, but women and girls fleeing gang violence as well as members of the transgender and gay communities need to be resettled elsewhere because they are not safe.The UNHCR wants to “take the pressure off Mexican authorities to take care of this kind of profile and resettle them to Canada,” Manly said.Criminal gangs are flourishing in Central America, he said. They extort money from the non-criminals, kill other gang members, and are constantly recruiting adolescent boys and girls.“Anyone who gets in the way is at severe risk, so entire families leave,” Manly explained. “That explains the demographic change.”Canada is already “doing a few things in terms of technical support for the Mexican asylum system, resettlement of people who face extreme protection risks in the region,” he added, including helping resettle LGBTQ applicants.“These are countries that are close by; they are countries with which Canada has close ties, Mexico being the most important of them.”A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was unable to provide statistics of how many Mexican asylum seekers Canada has received recently.But Lise Jolicoeur said Canada is a partner in the Rainbow Refugee Society which helps sponsor LGBTQ2 refugees from around the world. “In fact, this year we managed to sponsor 64 refugees (record-breaking),” she said in an email.The Ontario-based World Refugee Council released a report earlier this year that said the large-scale migration of Central American women, as well as unaccompanied children and adolescents, had become a major policy issue in the Western Hemisphere.“It is estimated that six out of 10 migrant women and girls are victims of sexual violence carried out by illicit actors, government authorities and intimate partners. However, most of what is known is anecdotal and there is an urgent need for a stronger evidence base in order to inform policy,” the report says.Lloyd Axworthy, the chair of the refugee council, toured Mexican refugee camps near the border city of Tijuana last year at the height of the caravan activity, and described the situation as dire and entrenched.Axworthy made “human security” a key tenet of Canadian foreign policy when he was the country’s top diplomat in the Liberal government from 1996 to 2000.“What it demonstrates is that as long as the conflicts take place and the violence going on, you’re going to have people trying to escape. And it’s going to be in our region,” he said in an interview.“We’ve been focusing on the NAFTA issue; well maybe there’s got to be some parallel discussion (on migration).”The long and occasionally bitter NAFTA renegotiation highlighted the differences on dealing with gender issues between the U.S. and its two continental partners.In the new deal’s chapter on labour rights, it calls on all three countries to “protect workers against employment discrimination on the basis of sex (including with regard to sexual harassment), pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity …”That paragraph also has a footnote that essentially gives the U.S. an out on that point, saying it need not take “any further action” to comply with that requirement. The footnote came after 40 U.S. members of Congress wrote Trump a letter in November 2018 objecting to sexual orientation and gender identity language in the trade deal.“A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” their letter said. “It is especially inappropriate and insulting to our sovereignty to needlessly submit to social policies which the United States Congress has so far explicitly refused to accept.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more