Alex Pietrangelo focused on training for World Cup

Alex Pietrangelo focused on training for World Cup

After busy summer, Blues captain turns attention to helping Team Canada.

It has been an eventful summer for St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

Pietrangelo already knew he’d be a member of Team Canada for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, which starts Sept. 17, but from getting married to his fiancée, Jayne, in July, to building a second house in his hometown of King City, Ontario, to go with his home in St. Louis, to being named the 21st captain in Blues history on Thursday, Pietrangelo has had a full plate.

He hasn’t allowed all the good things in his life to stop his training for the World Cup.

The majority of the players on Team Canada, one of the favorites to win the World Cup, were members of the Canada roster that won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“It’s been a busy summer, getting married and all that. I had to flip the switch pretty quick,” Pietrangelo said. “It’s a little different having to play a month earlier than normal, but definitely excited to start the season. It’s certainly going to be a fun tournament.

“For me, I’ve played with a lot of these guys at the Olympics so to be able to reunite with most of them and have the opportunity to do something special again as a group, that’s a good feeling and it’s going to be some of the best hockey I’ve ever been a part of. I’m lucky and privileged to be named to that team.”

Pietrangelo will be joined on Team Canada’s roster at the World Cup by Blues teammate Jay Bouwmeester, a late replacement for injured defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Team Canada opens its training camp Sept. 5 in Ottawa.

The Blues ended last season with a six-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. With Pietrangelo and St. Louis hoping for another long playoff run this season, he has given a lot of thought to how much to train and when to scale back.

Pakistan: Cleric-cum-politician furious over return of Ahmadiyya owned schools in Rabwah

Pakistan: Cleric-cum-politician furious over return of Ahmadiyya owned schools in Rabwah

 

These Ahmadiyya run institutions were nationalised and taken over by the government in 1972, according to an Ahmadiyya website. Since 1972 these had been managed by the Government of the Punjab. 

Minister for School Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan was grilled during the Question Hour at the Punjab State Assembly over the department’s decision to hand over a number of schools to private organisations.

Malik said, according to an Express Tribune report, that 8,000 schools in the Punjab had been closed and he defended the public-private partnership strategy in general. He said that schools under private supervision were reporting better results than government schools.

Further, according to the Express Tribune, the Pakistan Peoples Party’s Faiza Malik made disparaging remarks about a parliamentary committee involved in the procedural aspects of the school transfer. However, the speaker expunged the remarks.

In the matter of schools previously owned by Ahmadiyya community, a cleric and Nawz group politician, Maulana Ghayasuddin, expressed his concern at the alleged transfer of government schools back to the Ahmadiyya community and organisations associated with it.

These Ahmadiyya run institutions were part of the privately run schools that were nationalised and taken over by the government in 1972, according to an Ahmadiyya community website. While, over time, other nationalised institution were handed back to their originals owners, the Ahmadiyya owned institution were never returned and since 1972, these had been managed by the Government of the Punjab.

The Ahmadiyya community has claimed that “these institutions, apart from a sharp decline in their educational standards, are now suffering from gross neglect by officials, and the lack of proper maintenance has severely affected their physical state.”

“The situation is nothing short of criminal neglect,” it is further asserted.

However, according to the Express Tribune, Maulna Ghayasuddin alleged “in a fiery speech” that such actions would lead to deterioration in the standards of education.

Neither the minister nor the Chair responded to his speech, the Express Tribune stated.

Pakistan: Cleric-cum-politician furious over return of Ahmadiyya owned schools in Rabwah

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Sri Lanka: President says no to break civil liberties of Muslims

The President had emphasized that there no reports from the intelligence services that ISIS terrorist organization is having links and is a target in this country.

One security staff personnel, a head of a security force had brought in a proposal at a crucial security staff meeting the other day to ban the Muslim women wearing the ‘Burka”. To this proposal, President Maithripala Sirisena had not agreed.

This proposal had been brought forward with the clear intention to prevent the ISIS Islam principles in cultivating roots for Islamic terror. When the proposal was put forward the President had asked whether there had been any clues identified in regard to this attempt.

However, there had been only two instances of involving the “Burka” that have been reported. One instance had been when a husband had come disguised wearing a “Burka”while returning from the Katunayake International airport to surprise his wife and the other instance was when thieves had entered a bank in Kandy area to rob the bank.

The President had added that some European countries are making attempts to ban the “Burka” but  it cannot be allowed here as in such a background like what had happened in the past era when the religious conflicts and clashes took place, such repetition of events would take place.

The President had emphasized that there no reports from the intelligence services that ISIS terrorist organization is having links and is a target in this country. Hence in these contexts, there is no necessity to raise alarms and in such a proposal to ban the “Burka” in this country. However, the President had stated that not to listen to certain extremist persons in some organizations on this matter.

This view of the President was endorsed by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera.

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Man, 26, dead, parents injured in collision with TTC bus

Man, 26, dead, parents injured in collision with TTC bus

TORONTO - A young man was killed and his parents badly hurt when their car crashed into the back of a TTC bus in Scarborough Tuesday morning.

A Nissan Versa, with three people inside, rear-ended the vehicle while it was stopped in the southbound bus lane on Warden Ave. at Finch Ave. E. around 6:30 a.m.

“It’s so sad,” Sgt. Dora Pavlidis, of traffic services, said at the scene Tuesday. “It’s a family.”

She said a woman, 52, was behind the wheel of the Nissan and her husband, 58, was in the passenger seat.

The couple, who are believed to have been buckled up, was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital with serious injuries.

Their 26-year-old son, who was in the backseat, was killed in the crash.

“There is a good possibility that he was not wearing a seatbelt,” Pavlidis said.

The victim’s name was not immediately released.

The family live in the Toronto area, Pavlidis said.

The TTC vehicle remained parked in the bus lane at a stop on the north side of the intersection following the crash.

The front end of the compact Nissan was demolished and the deployed driver’s side airbag was stained with blood. There were no visible skid marks on the road behind the car.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said none of the passengers were injured.

“The bus driver was shaken up but was physically OK,” Ross said.

Why the car rammed into the back of the bus is still under investigation.

Officers will be looking at an assortment of possible factors such as medical impairment, distraction and excessive speed.

The Nissan will also be examined to determine if there was any mechanical issues with the vehicle, Pavlidis said.

She urged any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to come forward.

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Source/Credit: Torontosun 

Messages about Islam stereotypical in Canada

Messages about Islam stereotypical in Canada 

Re: Extremist literature common in mosques, Islamic school libraries, study says (Aug. 22)

News coverage of the recent study titled Lovers of the Death? — Islamist Extremism in Mosques and Schools undermines the work many Muslim communities have undertaken in Canada.

To the effect they suggest all mosques are perpetuating extremist and violent messages, these articles are inaccurate, generalized and stereotypical.

Looking up Canadian news coverage of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, one would actually question if there is any merit to these arguments whatsoever. From relentlessly promoting “Love for all, hatred for none” (our motto), to running nationwide campaigns in colleges and universities across the country to counter extremist ideology, such as “Stop the CrISIS,” our efforts toward peace are endless.

Thus, as a Canadian-born Muslim student, I am upset. I would hope more efforts are made in Canada toward strengthening and building the values that make us a strong country — diversity, multiculturalism and understanding. In order to accomplish this, our discussions need to be more productive and offer solutions rather than sheer criticism.

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Source/Credit: Winnipeg Free Press