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Jan 16 , 2019 / By :

Watch (above): The BC Muslim Association is launching a campaign against extremism to counter increasing efforts by radical groups to recruit Canadian youth. Scholar Aasim Rashid joins Global News to talk about the positive work being done and what else is required to combat radicalization.

The BC Muslim Association is hoping their new campaign will counter efforts by radical groups to recruit Canadians.

Islamic scholars say some work is already being done to deal with the issue of radicalization.

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But they are putting more effort into countering propaganda from ISIS in light of Canada’s military involvement in Syria.

The association is also concerned about public perception of the Muslim community, especially after the Paris and Ottawa shootings.

READ MORE: Canada is at war with the Islamic State movement: Harper

The new campaign is called CAVE or the Campaign Against Violent Extremism.

Scholar Aasim Rashid spoke with Aaron McArthur on BC1’s Prime show saying like any text, there are passages in Quran that can be taken out of context.

“That is part of the problem we have here,” says Rashid. “It is people taking out small bites, small passages and verses and trying to fix them into their goals and objectives, and justify what they are doing, or make it look like what they are doing is a religious duty or obligation.”

Rashid says they have been actively educating local Muslim community, particularly the youngsters.

“We want to do it in partnership with law enforcement agencies and local political leaders,” says Rashid.

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Every week on Globalnews苏州丝足 Canadian golf stars Graham DeLaet and Adam Hadwin take readers behind the scenes of the PGA Tour, providing insights, perceptions and observations as they battle at the game’s biggest tournaments.

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I may have missed the cut last week in Hawaii at the Sony, the opener of the year, but at least I’m back playing. It seems like a long time since I last teed it up—almost three months in fact. Lots has happened in golf in the meantime. Nick Taylor, a fellow Canadian on the PGA Tour, won in Mississippi, and Tiger is back playing after recovering from his injury.

For me, what started as a simple neck injury eventually meant missed tournaments, events I was anxious to play. I’ve been hurt before and recovering is never easy. The frustrating part of being injured is waiting. The recovery from any injury is always slower than you’d like and this one wasn’t any different. For me the key was having a roadmap and sticking with it. That meant taking all of November off and working on soft tissue therapy, which is essentially low intensity workouts that build up muscle strength. It’s tricky because you’re exercising in a way that’s meant to help the injury but not cause any pain. It is a fine line.

A lot of the recovery was spent resting. For me — someone who likes to be active, always doing something — taking days off where you’re basically not able to do much is a challenge. You always want to be doing something, but in the case of this injury, less was more.

At least my Calgary Flames were red-hot during the stretch when I was out of commission, so I like to think that helped with my recovery while I was planted on the couch.

I’m back now—and I’m in the field for the Humana this week, and the Waste Management event that follows. I need to get back to competitive tournament golf. Any PGA Tour pro will tell you there’s a vast difference between practicing and playing tournaments. That means I’m trying to get back to playing while making sure I’m healthy.

Perhaps the biggest frustration from the injury was watching my World Ranking number drop at a time when there’s nothing I could do about it. When I was injured I was in the Top 50 in the world. That’s a hugely significant spot for a PGA Tour golfer as it gets you into practically every big event, including the Masters. Last year I received an invite to the Masters in the mail. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I learned a lot playing my first Masters.

It is a helpless feeling watching your ranking fall while you are laid up on the couch. By the time I was back playing last week, I’d dropped almost 20 spots. Needless to say, my goal in the first couple of months is to not only get my game back in shape, but to crack that Top 50 and earn a spot back to the Masters.

Regardless, I’m excited to be back playing golf. The time off has done wonders for my physical health and my mindset heading into this year. When you’re on tour your life becomes a whirlwind. You can overanalyze your game because you’re so focused on every element of it.

The injury was unfortunate—there’s no doubt about it. But I’m trying to take something positive from the experience. I’ve come back refreshed mentally and physically and with a goal in mind, firmly focused on the task ahead.

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Jan 16 , 2019 / By :

SUNDARBAN TIGER RESERVE, India – At first, the numbers seem impressive: India’s tiger population has gone up 30 per cent in just four years. The government lauded the news as astonishing evidence of victory in conservation.

But independent scientists say such an increase — to 2,226 big cats — in so short a time doesn’t make sense.

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They worry an enthusiastic new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is misinterpreting the numbers, trumpeting false claims of a thriving tiger population that could hurt conservation in the long run.

“The circus is not necessary,” said tiger expert K. Ullas Karanth, science director for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Asia. “All of this tom-tom’ing and arm-waving, claiming we’ve had stupendous success, is ridiculous and unscientific.”

The first numbers were released in January. Last week, the government offered details of the data.

Even as scientists begged caution in presenting the count, India’s government doubled down. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar again boasted of a 30 per cent population increase. And Prime Minister Modi rounded that up, saying tiger numbers had seen “about a 40 per cent increase. Feels good to hear it!”

If only it were true. This census differs in an important way from earlier tallies: It estimates India’s entire wild tiger population, while preceding counts focused only on cats in sanctuaries and reserves.

“I’d prefer to say there are 30 per cent more known tigers, rather than say there is actually an increase in tigers. We might not have counted them all earlier,” said Anurag Danda of the World Wildlife Fund in the Sundarbans, one of many groups that participated in the census.

A Royal Bengal tiger prowls in Sunderbans, at the Sunderban delta, about 130 kilometers south of Calcutta, India.

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A 30 per cent increase within four years is implausible. Though tigers have high birth rates, they also have high natural death rates, and factors such as habitat loss and poaching haven’t slowed. At least 110 tigers were killed in 2011-14, barely a drop from the 118 poached in 2007-10, according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India.

Globally, experts believe the best that can be hoped for is a 50 per cent increase in the world population over 10 years – a much more modest rate of growth.

Such incongruities have happened before. India claimed a 17 per cent increase between 2006 and 2010, even while tiger habitats shrank by some 40 per cent.

But while Danda interprets the latest numbers more conservatively than some government officials, he agrees they show that conservation efforts appear to be working: “Otherwise, how come we have so many tigers outside the tiger reserves?”

India is by far the world leader in protecting tigers, spending more resources and money than any other country. For decades it has faced immense challenges, from habitat loss and human encroachment to poaching, disease and pollution. Still, India manages to keep about 70 per cent of the world’s wild tigers on less than 25 per cent of the world’s tiger habitat. That’s partly a credit to its vast rural population, which long ago learned to live in relative proximity to the secretive beasts.

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If India can protect tigers, despite a human population 1.26 billion strong, that proves any country can do it, conservationists say.

“But they can’t relax. And that’s my biggest worry about this latest census and the way it’s being presented,” said Alan Rabinowitz, head of Panthera, a New York-based big-cat conservation group. “The worst outcome of that is it allows development and business interests to say, ‘We’ve been doing really well. We can pull back a bit.”‘

When India says it now is home to 2,226 tigers, what it is giving is an estimate — a best-guess based on a technique called index-calibration that combines small-scale cat counts and, through complex calculations, extrapolates them to a national total. Those counts are conducted by various groups — forest rangers, independent scientists, tiger charities — through various means, including photographing individual tigers and analyzing tiger droppings and paw prints.

The technique, which India adopted in 2006, is by no means perfect. An Oxford-led study published in February by the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution suggested the data collection was too erratic for adequately predicting cat populations in areas outside census monitoring.

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Scientists also question the absence of independent oversight in the government-organized census. And some say that one census every four years is not enough.

“The criticism of the census is rubbish,” said Rajesh Gopal, who headed the government’s National Tiger Conservation Authority from its beginning in 2006 until January, when he joined the Global Tiger Forum.

“Out of the 2,226 tigers estimated in this census, we have photographic evidence for about 1,500 individuals, or 70 per cent. And the statistical models are state-of-the-art. The detractors are not being very fair,” he said.

Gopal agreed, however, that the government is overstating things by saying the overall population had grown 30 per cent. “These are just the numbers we know of right now. We can’t say anything beyond that.”

Experts praise India for maintaining corridors for the tigers to move between sanctuaries and cracking down on poachers, including giving some state forest rangers the right to shoot suspected poachers on sight. Patrolling has improved in the country’s 47 tiger reserves, covering less than 2 per cent of India’s total land mass, or about 53,500 square kilometres.

But India could do more, scientists say, such as establishing prey populations and anti-poaching patrols on some 300,000 square kilometres (116,000 square miles) of unprotected forest that is otherwise suitable as tiger habitat.

India’s greatest conservation strength may be its human population. Villagers long ago learned to live alongside the predators and appreciate their importance to maintaining order within an ecosystem – for example, by keeping deer populations in check so they don’t devour trees and plants. Though they are among India’s poorest people, many villagers would sooner adjust their own behaviour in the forests than see the big cats disappear.

“If it weren’t for the tigers, there would be no forest,” the 41-year-old said. “And with no forest, there would be no place for us.”

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Canadian Milos Raonic finished a 7-6 (3), 7-6(3), 6-3 victory over Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko with an ace on Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Open.

Vasek Pospisil, of Vancouver, squeezed out a tense win over American Sam Querrey in three hours, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The match ended on a double-fault from Querrey, who had beaten the Canadian in their only other meeting.

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Pospisil finished with 20 aces, 58 winners and broke on four of five chances.

He next faces Italian Paolo Lorenzi, who beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., who lost the Brisbane final this month to Roger Federer, fired 28 untouchable serves, his best at 228 km/h.

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“I’m very happy with how I played,” said Raonic. “I competed well and managed to get through.”

“I’m hoping 2015 can be my year. I’ve put in a lot of work and I believe I can win a Grand Slam title. I’ve come here to play.”

He will face Donald Young of the United States in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament. Young beat Tim Puetz of Germany, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to advance from the first round. Raonic beat Young twice last season, first in Washington, D.C., and then indoors in Basel, Switzerland.

Raonic concluded Tuesday’s match with his trademark stinging serve, joining Monday winner Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., in the second round in straight sets.

Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil played later Tuesday, facing American Sam Querrey in the first round.

Raonic said that his momentum from a final against Roger Federer earlier this month in Brisbane, Australia, has little to do with how he performs at the first Grand Slam of the season.

“This tournament, every tournament, the previous one has nothing to do with it,” said Raonic. “I always start at zero. I have to find my way into it.

“That’s something I’ve learned to accept, I wasn’t the best at it before, especially the first few years on the tour. But it’s just about getting through and giving myself an opportunity to play better in the next match.”

©2015