Fiba Americas: Canada Eliminated In World Cup Basketball Qualifier

Wild card unlikely. Luis Scola leads Argentina in Caracas. A 73-67 loss to Argentina in the final game of the FIBA Americas World Cup qualification tournament on Sunday has effectively killed Canadas chances of taking part in the 24-team tournament next summer in Spain, delaying any kind of golden age for Canadian basketball. Finishing with three straight losses, the only way for Canada to get to Spain would be by gaining one of four wild-card berths. But with at least two likely to go to European teams, one to China and one to an African country not to mention 2016 Olympic host Brazil that seems a longshot. Canada was doomed in Venezuela by a lack of international experience when the games became most important. They saw veteran Luis Scola score 28 points to lead Argentina on Sunday, just the kind of big game from a grizzled veteran successful teams need. Canada was once again hampered by a lack of outside shooting 3-for-18 as a team from three point range. Cory Joseph had 19 points to lead Canada. Andrew Nicholson added 17. MORE

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President Barack Obama resisted pressure to let go of plans for air strikes against Syria and enlisted the support of 10 fellow leaders for a “strong” response to a chemical weapons attack. U.S. jobs growth missed expectations in August, while the unemployment rate hit a 4-1/2-year low – but that was because more Americans gave up the search for work – complicating the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision on whether to begin trimming its bond-buying program later this month. “It shows the economy has got a pulse, but it’s a very feeble pulse,” John Ing, president of Maison Placements Canada, said of the jobs report. Investors have been dissecting every piece of U.S. economic data to try to determine when the Fed will begin dialing back its asset purchases. The Fed meets later in the month to discuss monetary policy. “The advocates of a more accommodating policy are going to have more ammunition going into the meeting this month, to potentially postpone the timing of the taper,” said Stephen Wood, chief market strategist, North America, at Russell Investments. “The certainty the market had about the September time frame for taper became less certain,” he added. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 24.14 points, or 0.19 percent, at 12,820.92. Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.

Health Canada Issues Recall For Another Birth Control Pi.l- Update

The first company to bollocks up their batch of pills was Apotex Inc. which is a billion dollar a year pharmaceutical company and Canada s largest producer of generic medicines with a product line of over 300 items. Apotex recalled their Alysena-28 contraceptive pill. In August, the multinational pharmaceutical giant Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. which annually administers 45 billion doses of medicines, claimed that placebos made it into their Freya-28 line of contraceptives. A recall was subsequently announced. Both the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada are asking the government to put in strickter regualation to restore confidence in the system. Were very concerned about the whole issue of quality now, said Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. This is a problem that Canadians have not had to consider in the past. Weve had a very reliable pipeline for contraception. We have a safety problem now. Now, the same Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that some of the placebos which made their way into the Freya-28 product line may also have rolled into the batch for Esme-28. The recall is part of a precaution on the part of the company and they state there is no conclusive proof of placebos making it into Esme-28. Therefore, as a precaution, Mylan Pharmaceuticals is expanding their recall to include Esme-28.