Chatty 100th game for Smith

It was the Smith mutual admiration show yesterday. Ben gave plenty of love to Aaron as the latter gets ready to bring up his 100th game for the Highlanders tonight. And why not — the duo have been a massive reason why the Highlanders have made the playoffs in the past three years. Of the 99 games played for the Highlanders by Aaron Smith, all but six of them have also had Ben Smith in the line-up. The two go together and feed off each other’s energy. Ben Smith said yesterday his namesake was a yapper but that was part

Meningitis C kills 282 in Nigeria amid shortage of vaccines

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) ” A Nigerian official says a meningitis strain new to the West African nation has killed 282 people and infected nearly 2,000 amid a shortage of vaccines. Chikwe Ihekweazu is in charge of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control. He says efforts to curb the meningitis C outbreak are hampered by a worldwide shortage of vaccine. He told journalists Thursday that the World Health Organization has delivered 500,000 doses of vaccine but estimates 3 million are needed just in Zamfara, the worst-hit of 15 states in north and central Nigeria. Ihekweazu says most victims are children aged

Brooke Henderson shoots one over in opening round of ANA Inspiration

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — As Brooke Henderson’s four-foot birdie putt slid agonizingly by the cup on the par-5 11th hole at Mission Hills Country Club on Thursday, the sirens from emergency vehicles wailed from a nearby road. At times during her one-over par 73 in the first round of the ANA Inspiration, the LPGA Tour’s first major of the year, it looked like Henderson’s game might be in need of resuscitation, but the 19-year-old from Smiths Falls gritted it out. A 73 might not look pretty, especially after playing in the morning at 6,763-yard Mission Hills Country Club when the

Local cinematographer Bendo up for national award

Cinematographer Matt Bendo Handout Photo / Windsor Star Somehow Windsor-born cinematographer Matt Bendo made a car’s exhaust system look cool, exotic and even a little sexy on film. The 24-year-old University of Windsor grad crafted such a creative visual that his web commercial has been recognized nationally by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. The CSC’s 60th annual awards gala is this Saturday in Toronto and Bendo will attend as a nominee for Best Cinematographer in branded content. His one-minute commercial, titled Storm, features the custom exhausts produced by YST and Armytrix for Lamborghini. “A lot of guys don’t get nominated

What happened to free speech?

The old standard for free speech was the apocryphal line from Voltaire: “I do not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”  How quaint and naive that ideal seems today. A new survey by the Canadian Constitution Foundation shows Canadians are lukewarm on free speech rights. Majorities think the government should be able to ban “hate speech” (60%) and speech that praises terrorists and terrorism (72%), apparently without regard to who decides when insults cross the line into prohibited “hate”, who defines a “terrorist” and what constitutes “praising” one.  A significant

Manitoba defies federal act, takes money from 'most vulnerable kids'

OTTAWA — The Manitoba government continues to claw back benefit dollars intended for children in care despite a federal government report four years ago indicating the practice was contrary to federal legislation. The Children’s Special Allowance Act provides child-welfare agencies with a monthly payment for every child in their care. It is now equivalent to the Canada Child Benefit and the Child Disability Benefit. The amount can range from $450 to $533 a month depending on the child’s age, plus about $230 a month for a child with disabilities. The payments are made to child-welfare agencies, and according to the

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Tommy Hanley, brother of Pearce and Cian, dies in Dublin

The younger brother of Pearce and Cian Hanley, Tommy, has passed away in Dublin. Pearce, who plays for Gold Coast, and Cian, who is with the Lions, made it back to Ireland in time to farewell their brother, who had cancer. Play Video Don’t Play Pavlich says AFL draft age should be older Play Video Don’t Play Previous slide Next slide FootyFix: Will the Doggies lord it over … FootyFix: Will the Doggies lord it over Sydney again? Rohan Connolly previews all the footy action ahead of round two in the AFL. Pavlich says AFL draft age should be older Play Video

8@eight: Shooting for 5900

The local sharemarket is set to make it four straight days of gains, with futures pointing to a solid open which should see it on the cusp of 5900. Overall, it should be an interesting day and the prospect of unpredictable flows in the FX, bond and equity markets is high as we head into the last day of the month and more importantly quarter-end.  Winning run  1. Wall Street: The lead passed over from the US is supportive of a positive open for Asian equity markets, and the bulls will be happy to point to the sector rotation underway in the