619 kilograms of smuggled ivory seized in Vietnam

State media and officials say Vietnamese authorities have seized 619 kilograms (1,362 pounds) of ivory illegally shipped in from Africa after finding 4 tons at the same port over the past two months.The ivory seized Thursday had been hidden in two containers arriving at Cat Lai port in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, the city’s Customs newspaper said.READ MORE: Kenya government burns 105 tons of ivory to protest poachingLe Dinh Loi, the city’s deputy customs chief confirmed the report, but did not give more details Friday.The seizure came just a week after leaders and senior officials from more than 40 countries met at an international conference on illegal wildlife trade in Hanoi.Vietnam is one of the world’s major transit points and consumers of ivory and rhino horn.

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AMBER ALERT: Vancouver Police searching for 4-year-old girl

An Amber Alert has been issued by Vancouver Police for four-year-old Delilah Felton, possibly travelling with her mother, suspect Angela Hanley.Delilah was last seen wearing a colourful rain jacket, mostly red with flowers on it, a black skirt with writing on the front, and black leggings with grey stripes.She is described as Caucasian, one metre and 22 centimetres tall, 40 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.Police say Delilah was taken from the East King Edward area of Vancouver.Her mother, the suspect, is 46, 5’6″ tall, 139 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes.She was last seen wearing a light brown corduroy jacket with a fur-lined hood, dark jeans, and calf-height rain boots.Police ask the public to call 9-1-1 if they spot either Delilah or her mother. They say to not approach either.No information on a possible vehicle was made public by police.

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Medlock wins top special teamer award

Winnipeg Blue Bombers kicker Justin Medlock is the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.Medlock won the award at Thursday’s Shaw CFL Awards in Toronto as he beat out Hamilton Tiger-Cats returner Brandon Banks who won the award in 2015.“I’m glad I could win it here in Winnipeg. It means a lot more,” said Medlock.WATCH: Justin Medlock Accepts Award

Medlock, 33, just finished his first season in the blue and gold. He set a CFL record in 2016 for most field goals in a season. Medlock connected on 60 of his 68 field goal attempts to break Dave Ridgway’s 26 year old record. Medlock is also the league’s most accurate kicker of all-time with a career field goal percentage of 87.7 percent. He also tied the Bombers club record for longest field goal when he booted a 58 yarder. Story continues below

“It’s exciting,” Medlock said. “It’s an honour to win this award. A lot of hard work throughout the year. It was definitely the goal. First day I walked into Investors Group Field and I saw that Most Outstanding Special Team Player and I was hoping to get on that wall.”RELATED: Bombers kicker Justin Medlock nominated for CFL awardMedlock is scheduled to be a free agent in February, but he sounded like a player intent on returning to the Bombers.“A couple of little pieces and we’re going to be back up there in Grey Cup hopefully,” said Medlock. “I just think we’re doing good things. I think we have a great coach. He’s such a positive guy. He knows how to get on us when we need to. And when he doesn’t need to get on us when we’re down, right, picks us back up.”WATCH: Raw Justin Medlock Interview

Keith Stokes was the last member of the Bombers to win the award back in 2004. The last Bombers’ player to pick up a major individual award was Chris Matthews who won the Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 2012.

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Stampeders dominate at 2016 CFL awards; Bo Levi Mitchell wins most outstanding player

TORONTO – Bo Levi Mitchell and his Calgary Stampeders teammates led a West Division sweep at the CFL awards banquet Thursday night. Story continues below

Mitchell led the Western march as he was named the league’s outstanding player. The other winners included Calgary teammates Jerome Messam (Canadian), Derek Dennis (lineman) and DaVaris Daniels (rookie) along with Dave Dickenson (coach), B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian (defensive player) and kicker Justin Medlock of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (special-teams player).The East Division finalists included receiver Earnest Jackson (outstanding player), centre Jon Gott (lineman), offensive lineman Jason Lauzon-Sequin (rookie) and Rick Campbell (coach) of the Ottawa Redblacks, slotback Andy Fantuz (Canadian) and kick-returner Brandon Banks (special-teams player) of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods (defensive player).Voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.WATCH: Calgary Stampeders Dave Dickenson has been named the CFL’s Coach of the Year

The West Division dominated the CFL in 2016, with four of its five teams making the post-season. Fourth-place Edmonton (10-8) earned the crossover by accumulating more points than third-place Montreal (7-11) but actually finished with a better record than East-leading Ottawa (8-9-1).READ MORE: Jerome Messam finally finds home with Calgary StampedersWest Divison teams were an emphatic 28-11-1 this season versus their Eastern rivals.WATCH: Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player

Mitchell, a finalist to Ottawa’s Henry Burris for last year’s outstanding player award, enjoyed a stellar 2016 campaign. He led Calgary to a 15-1-1 record in his 17 starts — he didn’t play in the club’s season-ending loss to Montreal — and anchored the CFL’s most potent offence.Mitchell, 26, was second overall in passing with 5,385 yards but threw a CFL-high 32 TD passes. He has amassed a stellar 43-7-1 regular-season record as Calgary’s starter and Sunday will look to become the first Calgary starter to win two Grey Cups when the Stamps face Ottawa at BMO Field.Mitchell guided Calgary to a 20-16 victory over Hamilton in 2014.WATCH: CFL Commissioner helps kick off 2016 Grey Cup Festivities

Jackson was seventh in CFL receiving yards with 1,225 and recorded 88 catches with 10 touchdowns. Jackson, Greg Ellingson (1,260 yards), Chris Williams (1,246) and Brad Sinopoli (1,036), all cracked the 1,000-yard receiving plateau, the first time in CFL history the same four receivers had over 1,000 yards receiving in consecutive seasons.WATCH: Calgary Stampeders running back Jerome Messam is named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian

The six-foot-three, 254-pound Messam led the CFL in rushing with 1,198 yards. He averaged a solid 5.8 yards per attempt and also ran for 11 TDs in capturing the top Canadian for the second time (2011).Fantuz, the CFL’s top Canadian in 2010 while with Saskatchewan, had a club-record 101 catches this season for 1,059 yards and five TDs before the Chatham, Ont., native suffered a season-ending knee injury.WATCH: Calgary Stampeders LT Derek Dennis has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman

The six-foot-one, 341-pound Dennis was a versatile performer for Calgary, making 15 starts at left tackle, two at left guard and one at right guard. The second-year player was a big part of an offensive line that allowed a CFL-low 20 sacks and helped pave the way for Messam.The six-foot-three, 294-pound Gott, an Edmonton native, has been at centre for all of Ottawa’s regular-season and playoff games since the franchise began play in 2014.READ MORE: Ottawa Redblacks survive Edmonton Eskimos comeback attempt, earn spot in Grey Cup gameWATCH: Calgary Stampeders wide receiver DeVaris Daniels is named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie

The six-foot-one, 207-pound Daniels, who played collegiately at Notre Dame, had 51 catches for 885 yards and nine TDs in 11 games with Calgary.Ottawa selected the six-foot-four, 300-pound Lauzon-Seguin in the first round, seventh overall, in the 2016 CFL draft. The former Laval star, a native of Pointe-Claire, Que., contributed immediately, playing at both guard and tackle as the Redblacks dealt with injuries along their offensive line.It was a rookie season to remember for Dickenson, whose 15 victories was a CFL single-season record for a first-year head coach.WATCH: BC Lions LB Solomon Elimimian is named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for 2016.

The 2016 campaign was a comeback for the six-foot, 227-pound Elimimian. The CFL’s outstanding player and top defensive player in 2014 suffered a career-threatening Achilles injury last year but came back to post a league-high 129 tackles with eight sacks and an interception.The six-foot, 245-pound Woods — a finalist as top defensive player to Elimimian in ’14 — finished second overall in tackles with 126 with five sacks and two interceptions.Medlock hit a CFL-record 60 field goals this season, his first with the Blue Bombers. The 33-year-old Californian was also the league’s scoring leader (club-record 227 points) and made all 40 converts he attempted.Winnipeg also improved to 11-7 to make the playoffs this season after posting a 5-13 mark in 2015.Banks, who served a two-game suspension this season for violating the CFL’s drug policy, returned 61 punts for 588 yards (9.6-yard average) with a TD, had 55 kickoff returns for 1,245 yards (22.6-yard average) and took two of his three missed field-goal returns back for touchdowns.

Edmonton police issue plea for help finding missing 73-year-old man

Police are asking the public for help as they try to find a missing man last seen in west Edmonton Wednesday evening.They said 73-year-old John Nielsen was last seen near 104 Avenue and 135 Street after leaving a home on foot at around 7 p.m.He is 6’1″ tall, weighs about 165 pounds and has hazel eyes with short white and grey hair and a beard.

John Nielsen was last seen near 104 Avenue and 135 Street in Edmonton after leaving a home on foot at around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

COURTESY: Edmonton Police Service

John Nielsen was last seen near 104 Avenue and 135 Street in Edmonton after leaving a home on foot at around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

COURTESY: Edmonton Police Service

Nielsen was last seen wearing a dark blue or green sweatshirt, dark brown chino pants and black sandals with white socks.The man is known to frequent Laurier Park in west Edmonton.Police said Nielsen’s disappearance “is considered out of character” and there are concerns for his well-being.Anyone with information on Nielsen’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Tips can also be anonymously submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Chronic pain sufferers struggle with side effects of B.C. opioid crisis

While overdoses grab the headlines, there are thousands of other unintentional victims of the opioid crisis currently gripping B.C.A growing number of chronic pain sufferers say they’ve been denied opiates following new guidelines introduced by the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in June.For a Metro Vancouver woman, whose identity Global News has agreed to conceal, the past five months have been unbearable.“Lucy” says chronic pain has plagued her for decades. Story continues below

“Within ten minutes of waking up, I have an ice pack on my head,” she said, describing the simple but insufficient remedy she now resorts to.She is among the one in five British Columbians who struggle with chronic pain.“I have had chronic intractable migraines for 29 years,” Lucy said. “When I wake up in the morning, it’s pretty much a nine out of ten.”Over the counter pain killers are her only option these days. However, for years, it was morphine.“I was dependent on it. It made my life cope-able,” she said.Changes introduced by the college saw doctors significantly scale back on opiate prescriptions. Patients already on the medication were to be weaned off.Long term opioid treatment was no longer advisable for headache disorders, fibromyalgia and axial low back pain, among other conditions.Lucy says she was cut off.In recent months, the provincial government has moved to control the use and spread of opioids, particularly in light of the fentanyl crisis unfolding in B.C.Maria Hudspith, Pain BC’s executive director, says it takes more than just opiates to treat chronic pain, but that support system isn’t in place in B.C.She says doctors and patients have been unintentionally caught in the middle.“The challenge is that we’ve been relying solely on opioids in many cases for a long time and the alternatives for people are just not there,” Hudspith said.She says some are turning to the black market for relief. Lucy is one of them.She’s aware there is a risk she could unknowingly buy something laced with fentanyl, but says the pain relief is worth it.“The relief is nice. You can just sit back, and you know, not be plagued by it day in and day out.”

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Death toll in China power plant accident climbs to 74

The death toll in the collapse of a platform under construction at a power plant in eastern China has risen to 74, with two others injured, as China’s chief safety inspector arrived to oversee an investigation, state media said on Friday.Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, where anger over lax standards is growing. Three decades of swift economic growth have been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires.State news agency Xinhua said 68 of the 74 dead have been identified so far, with victims ranging in age from 23 to 53.The accident happened on Thursday morning in Fengcheng, in Jiangxi province, during work on a cooling tower for the coal-fired power plant.WATCH: Dozens dead after construction collapse in China

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The official China Daily newspaper said the accident happened when a tower crane collapsed, triggering the collapse of the entire construction platform as the night shift was being relieved by the morning shift.“We will conduct a serious investigation into the cause of the accident and hold those who are responsible accountable,” Jiangxi vice governor Li Yihuang was quoted as saying.The company in charge of the plant, Jiangxi Ganneng Co, said in a stock exchange filing on Thursday it was cooperating with authorities.The China Daily cited a company statement from September as saying it had started a 100-day campaign to speed up construction of the plant and take advantage of days with “fine weather”.Yang Huanning, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, had already arrived on the scene to oversee an investigation into what happened and to collect evidence, the People’s Daily said.His administration held an emergency meeting with departments all over China to learn the lessons of the accident to root out “hidden dangers” and ensure people’s safety, the newspaper said.China has vowed to improve its poor safety record.READ MORE: 12 miners trapped, 4 missing following coal mine accident in ChinaPresident Xi Jinping has said authorities would learn the lessons paid for with blood after chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin killed more than 170 people last year.Shortly after those explosions, Yang Dongliang was removed from his post as director of the State Administration of Work Safety and later charged with corruption.He admitted during his trial on Thursday taking bribes and gifts worth 28.5 million yuan ($4.1 million). He will be sentenced at a later date.The two Yangs are not related.(This story has been refiled to fix typo in word “risen” in first paragraph)(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)

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Cypress Mountain to open Friday thanks to snowy week

The North Shore’s Cypress Mountain will be the first ski hill in Metro Vancouver to open this season.The resort announced on Thursday they would officially open the downhill portion of the mountain on Friday at 10 a.m., with both Lions Chair and Easy Rider Chair operating.If the snow continues, they hope to have Sky Chair operating as well.The opening is possible thanks to a dumping of snow this week. Cypress has received 90 centimetres in the last seven days, with 20 centimetres falling in the last 24 hours.At mid-mountain, there is a current snow depth of 90 centimetres.Cypress Mountain will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend. Lift tickets will also be 40 per cent off Friday only.There is no word on when the North Shore’s other two mountains, Grouse and Mt. Seymour, will open. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! ❄️

Leap Manifesto co-author Avi Lewis to deliver keynote address at economic conference in Edmonton

A leading Canadian social activist, documentary filmmaker and co-author of last year’s controversial Leap Manifesto is one of two people set to deliver a keynote address at a conference on economic issues in Alberta’s capital next month. Story continues below


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Avi Lewis, a former journalist with the CBC and Al Jazeera, is scheduled to appear at a conference organized by the Economic Society of Alberta. The organization says its aim is to “promote better understanding and informed public discussion of important economic issues” and to “support academic achievement in economics.”Lewis was among a number of notable Canadians behind last year’s Leap Manifesto, which called for an overhaul of the Canadian economy and for an end to the use of fossil fuels in Canada. The document was deeply unpopular among many people living in oil-rich Alberta and NDP Premier Rachel Notley lashed out at the federal wing of her party in April for considering the merits of the manifesto’s suggestions on fossil fuels.READ MORE: What is the Leap Manifesto? Talk of the NDP convention explained“The government of Alberta repudiates the sections of that document that address energy infrastructure,” Notley said at the time.Watch below: In April of 2016, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told Vassy Kapelos the federal NDP’s Leap Manifesto fails to understand the economic conditions facing her province, and she does not think it will be adopted as party policy.

Lewis is the son of Canada’s former United Nations ambassador and one-time Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis. Lewis’ wife is author and climate activist Naomi Klein whose most recent book, This Changes Everything, is critical of Alberta’s oilsands and their role in accelerating climate change. Last year, Lewis released his feature-length documentary on climate change also called This Changes Everything.

Director Avi Lewis, right, and author Naomi Klein of the film ‘This Changes Everything,’ stand for a photo on the red carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival press conference announcing the 2015 Canadian features and shorts lineup in Toronto on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. The Leap Manifesto is a document that calls for a radical restructuring of the economy as Canada swiftly moves toward ending the use of fossil fuels. It was crafted by best-selling author Klein and her husband, documentary filmmaker Lewis, and released last September in the midst of the federal election campaign.

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The Economic Society of Alberta’s conference is scheduled for Dec. 8, 2016 at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Aside from Lewis, others scheduled to speak include former governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge, former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay and Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan.Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and ATB Financial’s chief economist Todd Hirsch have spoken at the conference in the past.Next month’s conference comes as Alberta’s economy continues to struggle because of the collapse in oil prices and as the provincial government introduces controversial economic measures including the introduction of a carbon levy, raising the minimum wage and implementing a plan to phase out the production of coal in Alberta.

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