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World Cup 2022: Canadian football in full learning



Little known to the general public, Canadian football nevertheless climbs the ranks from year to year. “With three Canadian teams present in Major League Soccer (the main professional soccer league in North America, editor’s note)we feel that the development of football is booming,” exults Jean-François Téotonio, sports journalist at the French-language daily The Press. It is driven by this positive momentum that the Canadian national team is preparing to start the second World Cup in its history, against Belgium, Wednesday November 23 at 8 p.m.

“The soccer academy has invested, and now we have a pool of interesting young players, book Jean-François Téotonio. At CF Montreal (Canadian elite club, Editor’s note)for example,they hired a sporting director who wanted to completely rethink the club’s philosophy. As a result, it’s a safe bet that we will soon have quite interesting new generations. »

A lack of “football culture”

“If the king sport remains hockeythe number of young football graduates today is higher in our country”, explains for his part Marc Cassivi, journalist and author of My world cups (1). And for good reason, hockey requires significant equipment and financial means where football remains accessible to all.

“Investments have multiplied in recent years. The gymnasiums where young people played football in the winter have given way to football stadiums with synthetic turf,” continues the enthusiast. But the latter points to a paradox: “When I go to the stadium, I see an incredible excitement, but I always come across someone explaining the rules to their neighbour. We lack what is called “football culture”. »

Alphonso Davies, left piston of Bayern Munich, Jonathan David at the forefront of the Lille attack or Atiba Hutchinson, defensive midfielder of Besiktas (one of the great teams of Istanbul), are all names that have recently shone in Europe, giving a spotlight on the Canadian breeding ground. “It contributes to growth, that’s obvious”, believes Jean-François Téotonio. “Before, our rare players who played in Europe were substitutes or luxury supports. Now there are also superstars,” abounds Marc Cassivi.

A test before 2026

What ambition for the competition in Qatar? We will call it reasonable. “With a group made up of Morocco, Belgium and Croatia, you have to be realistic: if we go to eighth, it’s a semi-miracle, having fun Jean-François Téotonio. SIf we put even one goal, it would already be great! »

But the goal goes beyond 2022. In four years, Canada will be one of the host countries, along with the United States and Mexico. “We go to Qatar to learn, observe, acquire the science of football that we lack”, explains Marc Cassivi. During an interview for the newspaper The PressCanada’s coach, Britain’s John Herdman, recalled his mission: “Be ready in 2026.”

If the development of men’s football has been visible in recent years, there is still room for improvement. In Qatar, she will be the only selection not to have a new jersey. “A lack of anticipation from the federation”, argues Jean-François Téotonio.

First emulations, first controversies

Four years is also the time left to settle a financial dispute which is hampering the good development of football. The Canadian federation (Canada Soccer) and its national men’s team were cold in June 2022 due to compensation and transparency issues. Dissatisfied with the salary conditions offered, the internationals then opted for a strike.

They were asking for fair terms with the women’s national team in terms of game-related revenue or percentage of winnings at World Cups. “The relationship has been strained for years. Canada Soccer disrespects our team and undermines our efforts to raise standards and advance soccer in Canada,” the players had thus declared, last June, in a press release.

In a country where football has long been worn by women, the men’s selection is meeting with increasingly popular success, at the same time as it experiences its first areas of turbulence. Undoubtedly proof of a mutation in progress.

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Canada-Belgium, a very unbalanced opposition

In business since 1912Canada’s team ranks 41st in the FIFA rankings. His opponent of the day, Belgium, semi-finalist of the Russian World Cup in 2018, ranks 2nd.

The Canadian “Canucks” have only encountered the Red Devils once. In 1989, Belgium won this friendly match (2-0).

It is only the second participation of Canada at a World Cup, after that of 1986. In Mexico, Canada had been eliminated in the first round, without garnering points in the group stage. The country had notably met France and lost (1-0).

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The world’s smallest antenna


CanadaResearchers at the University of Montreal (UdeM) created a nanoantenna 20,000 times smaller than a human hair to track the movement of proteins.

Fluorescent nanoantennas are used in protein research. Photo: Caitlin Monney

In a study published on December 30, 2021 in the journal Nature Methods, Scott Harroun, PhD student in chemistry at UdeM, and colleagues say antennas are a new way to track structural changes in proteins over time, helping scientists better understand the technology Natural nano and human design.

More than 40 years ago, researchers invented the first DNA synthesis machine to create molecules that encode genetic information. “In recent years, chemists have realized the possibility of using DNA to make a wide range of structures and nanomachines. Inspired by DNA’s Lego-like character with building blocks 20,000 smaller than a human hair times, we created a DNA-based fluorescent nanoantenna that helps describe the function of proteins.Just like two-way radios can receive and transmit radio waves, fluorescent nanoantennas receive light at one color, or step. waves, and depending on the motion of the protein, it transmits light back in a different color for us to detect,” the team said.

One of the major innovations in nanoantennas is that the antenna’s receiver is fitted with a sensor to sense the molecular surface of a protein through molecular interactions. The main advantage of using DNA to make nanoantennas is that the chemistry of DNA is relatively simple and easy to program, according to Harroun.

Nanoantennas can be synthesized with different wavelengths to optimize their function. The researchers can easily bind the fluorescent molecule to DNA, and then link the fluorescent nanoantenna to a nanobiological machine like an enzyme. By carefully tweaking the design, the team created a 5-nanometer-long nanoantenna that emits a characteristic signal when the protein performs a biological function.

In addition to helping researchers understand how natural nanomachines work or fail to cause disease, the method also helps chemists identify new drugs and guide nanoengineers in the development of machines. What excites the team most is that many laboratories equipped with spectrometers can use nanoantennas to track their favorite proteins, thereby identifying new drugs or developing new nanotechnology.

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Wildfires raging in the US and Canada


More than 400,000 hectares of forest in the western United States and Canada are engulfed in flames in an area facing drought and deadly heat.

Many areas of California are on red alert because of wildfires. The River Fire near Yosemite National Park is out of control. Firefighters are also concerned about the potential northward spread of the Dixie Fire.

A plane drops chemicals to extinguish the Dixie fire at River Canyon in Plumas County, California on July 14. Image: AP.

2020 is the worst wildfire year in modern California history but 2021 could break this record. Oregon is the state most affected by wildfires.

Dry weather and strong winds caused the Bootleg Fire in Oregon to burn more than 86,000 hectares, equivalent to 120,000 football fields, forcing people to evacuate. Officials warned that drought and high temperatures could make the situation worse in the coming days.

“We’ve never seen a fire move like this, in these conditions, since the beginning of the year. Wildfires can do unprecedented damage,” said Al Lawson, Bootleg Fire commander. warning.

Mark Enty, spokesman for the Northwest Incident Management Team, which is working to bring the Bootleg Fire under control, said the size of the fire is doubling every day. Officials say it could take more than four months to completely extinguish the Bootleg fire.

More than 16,000 firefighters and rangers battle fires across the western United States and Canada, where more than 400,000 hectares of forest are engulfed in flames.

Western Canada, which suffered a recent unprecedented heat wave, recorded more than 35 new fires in the past two days. One swarm spread over 40,000 hectares, forcing 900 households to evacuate.

Meteorologists say this year’s heat wave is worse due to global warming and will continue to persist in the coming days.

Wildfire areas in the western United States and the Canadian border.  Photo: NOAA.

Wildfire areas in the western United States and the Canadian border. Image: NOAA.

The West of North America is caught in a vicious cycle, with dry land, arid vegetation creating conditions for higher temperatures, and repeated heatwaves and reduced rainfall with high temperatures. making forest fires easy to break out.

Hong Hanh (According to the AFP/Guardian)

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Nearly 500 people may have died from the record heat in Canada


British Columbia officials recorded more than 700 “sudden deaths” in the past week, nearly 500 more than the usual number of deaths for the same period.

Lisa Lapointe, the head of the agency investigating the unusual deaths of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada, said on July 2 that the agency recorded 719 sudden deaths in the past week, while it normally only records received nearly 230 cases in the same period.

“We are releasing this information because we believe it is very likely that extreme weather in British Columbia over the past week has been a significant contributor to the increased number of deaths,” she said.

The total death toll may continue to rise as more communities provide more data. However, Ms. Lapointe said British Columbia is seeing a downward trend in deaths as temperatures begin to subside and shift eastward.

Girl tries to cool off at a water park in Richmond, British Columbia this week. Image: DW.

Officials say it could take months to pinpoint the exact cause of the deaths of hundreds of residents, but say the record heat is clearly one of the leading causes of the increase in deaths, especially in group of elderly people.

“A lot of the deaths in the past week have been elderly people living alone in private homes with poor ventilation,” Lapointe said.

In an area accustomed to mild climates, communities in British Columbia are racing to find ways to protect vulnerable residents from record-breaking heat.

However, local officials have also been criticized for their response. On July 1, the head of British Columbia’s emergency medical service apologized after people had to wait for an ambulance for hours in the hot weather. In addition, British Columbia’s emergency services center, which dispatched medical teams to the area in need, did not operate until the peak of the heat wave passed, according to Global News.

Affected by the “heat dome”, parts of the Pacific Northwest, such as British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, have surpassed record levels above 39 degrees Celsius.

Thanh Tam (According to the Guardian)

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Trudeau warns Covid-19 on a Christmas break


The number of Covid-19 cases in Canada skyrocketed after Thanksgiving, forcing Prime Minister Trudeau to ask people to reduce gatherings if they do not want to affect Christmas.

“Reducing exposure, reducing gatherings is the most important thing. What we do in the coming days and weeks will determine what we will have to do over Christmas,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned today. 11/13.

Canada’s Thanksgiving this year falls on October 12, and as families and friends gather, it spurs the spreading Covid-19 wave, increasing hospitalizations and deaths, putting pressure on health system. Health officials warned their systems would not be able to respond if the same situation repeated at Christmas.

The Prime Minister of Canada warned the people on November 13. Image: CTV Networks

Dr Theresa Tam, Canada’s public health director, said the holiday social exposure was the main reason why the number of Covid-19 cases increased across the country.

“One important reason for the increase in cases is that informal gatherings and social activities in the outdoors and indoors continue,” Tam said. “In comfortable environments like family gatherings, birthdays, holidays and entertainment, relaxation is natural. But it also means it’s easy to forget and let off guard, not real. Show the necessary precautions “.

Tam said the number of new infections could double in just a few weeks if Canadians do not take serious precautions.

Canada recorded more than 287,000 infections and more than 10,800 deaths caused by Covid-19. Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in the world continues to increase, with more than 620,000 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 54 million and the number of deaths to more than 1.3 million.

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Canada supported Vietnam with more than $ 500,000 in overcoming flood consequences


The Government of Canada will support more than 700,000 CAD (535,000 USD) to help the central provinces overcome the consequences of floods.

“I would like to share with the Vietnamese people affected by the recent floods and landslides in the central provinces. Canada is always willing to unite with Vietnam in assisting affected people. affected by natural disasters “, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Vietnam Deborah Paul today said, according to the announcement of the Embassy of Canada in Vietnam.

Hoi An ancient town, Quang Nam was submerged in flood water today. Image: Dac Thanh.

The Government of Canada will, through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund, help CARE Canada and Oxfam-Québec and its partner organizations in Vietnam provide emergency aid to about 31,000 flood-affected people in Ha Tinh province Quang Tri.

Canada’s grant of more than 700,000 CAD ($ 535,000) aims to help improve food security and access to shelter, clean water and sanitation services for affected residents.

Through the Disaster Emergency Assistance Fund, a mechanism that allows to provide assistance to the emergency operations of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Canada will assist the Vietnam Red Cross to help. about 160,000 people are affected. Canadian assistance includes providing emergency medical relief, livelihoods, shelter, clean water and sanitation.

This support will also focus on disaster risk reduction, community connectivity, accountability, safety protection, gender equality and inclusion.

Since the beginning of October, the central provinces of Vietnam have been hit by heavy rains, floods and landslides, affecting more than 1.5 million people and more than 200 dead or missing.

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Canada stops selling UAV sensors to Turkey


Canada stopped sales of UAV sensors to Turkey on the grounds that they could be used in the Armenian-Azerbaijani armed conflict.

“I suspended relevant export permits for Turkey in order to comply with Canada’s strict export controls, as well as to have more time to assess the current conflict situation,” said the Canadian Foreign Minister. Francois-Philippe Champagne announced on October 5.

The decision was taken by the Canadian Foreign Minister after calls for control of weapons technology related to armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

TB2 Bayraktar unmanned by Turkey. Image: Anadolu.

Canada is currently a supplier of optical sensor systems and laser target indicators for the Turkish TB2 Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). TB2 is believed to be the UAV being widely used to attack, causing heavy damage to the Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. They can either be transferred to Baku by Ankara or operated directly by Turkish soldiers.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry immediately issued a statement protesting what it called the “double standard” of Canada. “They have no problems exporting weapons to countries that are intervening militarily during the crisis in Yemen, one of the worst humanitarian disasters of this century,” the ministry said.

The fighting broke out on September 27 between Armenia and Azerbaijan as the most intense conflict in recent years in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh area. Experts are concerned about the risk of a full-blown war of war, as the warring parties seek support from regional powers Turkey and Russia.

Nagorno-Karabakh is a province in southwestern Azerbaijan, but the majority of the local people are Armenians who always seek to secede from Azerbaijan to merge with Armenia. Much of the Nagorno-Karabakh region is now controlled by pro-Armenian separatists.

Experts say the UAV is playing a big role in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. They are small in size, have a short operating time in the air, are equipped with modern sensors that can detect enemies from a distance and provide valuable battlefield information to the headquarters.

Unmanned aerial vehicles and suicidal UAVs built by Israel, Turkey and Russia, as well as a slew of Azerbaijan domestic aircraft resulted in the loss of armored tanks, artillery and anti-aircraft missiles. in conflict.

Vu Anh (Follow RT)

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