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Canada’s top-ranked female tennis player blames racism for relative obscurity

Canada's top-ranked female tennis player blames racism for relative obscurity

Canada’s top-ranked female tennis player has a troubling theory for why she’s not a household name: racism. Twenty-one-year-old Francoise Abanda made her opinion known after a Twitter user asked why she doesn’t get the same amount of attention as her much-lauded peer, Eugenie Bouchard. “I will never get the same treatment because I am black,” Abanda replied on her verified Twitter account Wednesday. “It’s the truth!” The Montrealer, who turned pro in 2015, is currently ranked 128 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Bouchard sits at 169. Abanda, who climbed aboveRead More

Nearly a quarter of Ontario opioid prescriptions exceeded guidelines: Study

TORONTO — Nearly a quarter of first-time opioid prescriptions in Ontario from April 2015 to March 2016 exceeded recommended dose limits introduced in 2017. Researchers say 23.9 per cent of initial opioid prescriptions in Ontario during that time had a daily dose of more than 50 milligram morphine equivalents. That’s more than the threshold set last year for North American physicians treating chronic non-cancer pain with opioids like oxycodone, hydromorphone and the fentanyl patch. The year-old guidelines suggest opioids be restricted to less than the equivalent of 90 milligrams ofRead More

More than 2,000 guns turned in during month-long amnesty: OPP


Provincial police say more than 2,000 guns were turned in to police services across Ontario during a month-long gun amnesty. OPP say they recovered 689 items, including 267 rifles, 156 shotguns, 113 prohibited firearms, 62 other guns such as replica and vintage weapons, as well as 12,615 pieces of ammunition. They say a total of 1,503 guns were voluntarily surrendered in non-OPP jurisdictions during the amnesty in April. OPP say most of the firearms that have been surrendered to police will be destroyed, but a number of guns will beRead More

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ scores second-best second weekend ever

Film Box Office

LOS ANGELES — After breaking opening weekend records, “Avengers: Infinity War” continued to dominate in its second weekend in theatres, but alternative programming like the romantic comedy “Overboard” also found an audience in what has historically been considered the “official” kick-off to the summer movie season. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that “Avengers: Infinity War” will gross an estimated $112.5 million from North American theatres over the weekend, becoming the second highest grossing film in weekend two behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”‘ $149.2 million and just slightly aheadRead More

City bike rider taken to hospital following collision


Waterloo Regional Police are investigating a collision involving trail bike rider with the City of Kitchener. It happened around 3 p.m. at the intersection of Victoria and Lackner. Police say the rider was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Traffic was backed up as officials investigated. There is no word on what caused the collision or if any charges will be laid. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews and stories from around the world USA Today News Headlines USA News Headlines ABC NEWS Headlines

Sask. man wins lottery home for second time

Dwayne Prystupa

The man who won the grand prize in the Hospitals of Regina Foundation Home Lottery has won a home before. Dwayne and Kristen Prystupa won the STARS Home Lottery back in 2012. The family said they continued to buy tickets to support the cause, but they never thought they would win big again. “My brother-in-law called me, ‘I can’t believe you just won another house,’” Prystupa said. “I didn’t believe him and he had it still on TV, so he rewinded and he was playing it for me and IRead More

Jets late push not enough, Predators tie up series

P.K. Subban

Ahmar Khan, CTV Winnipeg Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 10:41PM CST Last Updated Thursday, May 3, 2018 10:45PM CST Despite a late goal, the Nashville Predators were able to stave off another comeback by the Winnipeg Jets winning 2-1 on the road tying up the series at two games apiece. A good note for Jets fans despite the loss is that star forward Patrik Laine found the back of the net for the first time this series. Laine scored with just under 50 seconds left in the game squeaking oneRead More

Russian Olympic Committee president Zhukov to step down

Alexander Zhukov in Moscow

MOSCOW — The head of the Russian Olympic Committee is stepping down from his post, three months after athletes from his country were forced to compete at the Pyeongchang Games as neutral athletes. Alexander Zhukov said he wants to focus on his political career as a deputy speaker of parliament for the ruling United Russia party. Zhukov has led the ROC since 2010 and spent much of that time battling allegations of widespread doping in Russian sport. “In the complex situation which has occurred in international sport in recent times,Read More

Students still hope Newfoundland town will recognize LGBTQ citizens in some way

Road closures in effect for WorldPride Toronto

SPRINGDALE, N.L. — A teacher sponsor says high school students in a small Newfoundland town who asked the local council to permit a rainbow crosswalk are disappointed the idea was rejected. However, Christina Pelley said today that students in the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Indian River High School who asked Springdale town council to reconsider are encouraged by the tone of the latest letter from council. Council had rejected the students’ request, arguing it would set a “precedent,” and Mayor Dave Edison has said he feared it would create divisionRead More

Teen arrested for carrying loaded sawed-off rifle in Pleasant Hill Park

Saskatoon Police

A 15-year-old is facing a number of gun charges after he was found in possession of a sawed-off rifle in a Saskatoon park. Police officers received a report of a male with a gun in Pleasant Hill Park, which is on the 200 block of Avenue S South. Officers found the teen with a loaded sawed-off .22 calibre rifle. He was arrested without incident. The teen is facing numerous firearm-related offences including carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a weapon dangerous to the public. Source link #canadiannews #worldnews #headlinenews andRead More