Colts expect Manning to miss camp opening; Bush traded completed; Adams cut

Peyton Manning never misses a game and hardly snap. That’s in the regular season.

The Indianapolis Colts expect to begin training camp practices Monday without their star quarterback, who not only is coming off neck surgery, but doesn’t have a contract.

Coach Jim Caldwell said Friday that Manning is “not ready right now” and that the team will “turn him loose” when he is ready to play.

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Manning is in the midst of negotiations on a new contract that Colts owner Jim Irsay says will make the four-time league MVP the highest-paid player in NFL history. Manning has never missed a start – the streak is at 227, including playoffs, the longest active one in the league.

“I’ve told him to be as cautious as he needs to be because the last time I checked, we don’t count pre-season games,” Pro Bowl centre Jeff Saturday said. “I can tell you this, there’s not a player that works harder than he does.”

Miami completed its trade for Reggie Bush by sending safety Jonathon Amaya and an undisclosed draft pick to New Orleans. Bush was acquired Thursday, when he agreed to a two-year contract for nearly US$10 million with the Dolphins.

“It’s still pretty surreal for me,” said Bush, who can’t practice with Miami until Aug. 4 because of post-lockout league rules. “This whole experience is great. I’m looking forward to this opportunity. … I’m just looking forward to being able to come in here and contribute right away and be a difference-maker and help this team win.”

Amaya was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada in 2010. He led the Dolphins with 15 tackles on special teams.

Miami also cut outspoken linebacker Channing Crowder, who had been a starter since his rookie season in 2005, but was criticized for not making more big plays.

Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne said Friday the team had reached a contract agreement with QB Matt Moore, who was not re-signed by Carolina. But Miami had not confirmed the deal.

Pittsburgh cut veteran tackle Flozell Adams on Friday, while Atlanta is bringing back a rising star at the position, Tyson Clabo.

After the Steelers agreed to terms with free agents Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott, they released the 36-year-old Adams, who was in the second year of a two-year deal and was scheduled to make $5 million this season. Adams started all 16 games in 2010 and is a five-time Pro Bowler who spent the first 12 years of his career with Dallas.

The Falcons agreed to terms with Pro Bowl tackle Clabo on a five-year deal worth $25 million, about $11.5 million in guaranteed money. Atlanta still hopes to bring back at least one of its two starting guards from 2010: Justin Blaylock or Harvey Dahl.

Atlanta opened cap room by releasing defensive end Jamaal Anderson and receiver Michael Jenkins, a pair of former first-round picks. The team cleared $7.8 million under the salary cap with those moves, then agreed to terms with DE Ray Edwards on a five-year contract.

Edwards, who spent the last five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, is a strong pass rusher. He had 16 1/2 sacks the past two years and gives Atlanta another threat along with John Abraham.

San Francisco released veteran kicker Joe Nedney and centre Eric Heitmann after they failed physicals. Nedney will be replaced by five-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers, late of the Eagles, who agreed to a deal Thursday.

The 31-year-old Heitmann was placed on injured reserve last November because of a neck injury that wasn’t healing quickly.

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-Quarterback Mark Brunell was cut by the Jets, but the 40-year-old quarterback could return to back up Mark Sanchez at a reduced salary, two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press. Brunell was due $1.25 million in base salary this year.

Punter Steve Weatherford said he is leaving the Jets. He won’t be changing stadiums, though, by moving to the Giants.

“I’m on my way back to NYC but my helmet has changed,” Weatherford said on Twitter.

The Jets also cut backup quarterback Kevin O’Connell, who spent last season on injured reserve after injuring his throwing shoulder.

-Jacksonville gave up on 2008 first-round draft pick Derrick Harvey. The defensive end had just eight sacks in 47 career games, including 32 starts. The eighth overall pick in ’08, Harvey got a five-year, $33.4 million contract that included $17.4 million guaranteed. By 2010, he was riding the bench.

The Jaguars also cut starting guard Vince Manuwai, who showed up at training camp injured, out of shape and overweight. Manuwai injured his left foot last month and couldn’t attempt conditioning tests.

-Tampa Bay agreed to terms with former Atlanta punter Michael Koenen, then reached deals to re-sign free agent guard Davin Joseph and tackle Jeremy Trueblood. The Buccaneers had a turnaround season in 2010 in great part due to improvement on the offensive line.

-New England released seven players, including defensive end Ty Warren, tight end Alge Crumpler and offensive tackle Nick Kaczur. All carried salary cap numbers of at least $3 million.

Also released were linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, defensive lineman Marcus Stroud, cornerback Tony Carter and linebacker Ryan Coulson.

-Defensive lineman Shaun Smith, an eight-year veteran, agreed to terms with Tennessee. He spent last season with Kansas City and had 56 tackles and one sack with 10 starts.

Embraer to decide this year whether to build new plane to take over Bombardier

MONTREAL – Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer still plans to decide by year-end whether to re-engine its E195 or develop a new, larger aircraft to compete with Bombardier’s (TSX:BBD.B) CSeries.

Chief executive Frederico Fleury Curado said Friday that the company is evaluating the merits of stretching its largest aircraft and adding a new engine and wing, or investing more on an even larger two-aircraft family of planes.

Either way, he said, Embraer would only follow the path that makes it more competitive.

Embraer is under pressure to adjust its offering after Boeing announced plans last week to re-engine its family of 737 aircraft. That followed a similar move earlier by Airbus.

All are trying to reduce the fuel burn of their planes to better compete against the promised savings of Bombardier’s new design slated to enter into service the end of 2013.

Curado said a new plane to compete with the smaller Airbus and Boeing planes would have much in common with its existing E jets, giving customers an opportunity for an upgraded product.

Most analysts believe Embraer will elect to install new engines instead of devoting more time and money to come up with a new plane.

Earlier, Embraer beat analyst expectations by earning US$96.4 million or 53 cents per share in the second quarter on US$1.36 billion of revenues.

Analysts had forecasted on average 46 cents per share.

The latest quarterly figures compared with $57.4 million or 32 cents in the same year-earlier period.

The company also raised its 2011 sales and margin guidance with its EBIT target rising 10 per cent to US$465 million.

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Feds: Pellan canvases, removed for Queen’s portrait, will find new public home

MONTREAL – The federal government says two paintings, pulled down to make space for a portrait of the Queen, will be placed up somewhere the public can enjoy them.

Heritage Minister James Moore says even more people will be able to see the masterpieces by Alfred Pellan.

The move to pull down the paintings created some surprise or anger – among art-lovers, anti-monarchists, Quebecers and even among federal employees at Foreign Affairs.

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The government says it took down Pellan’s paintings of Canadian scenes, which hung in the Foreign Affairs building, to pay tribute to Canada’s head of state in advance of her 50th anniversary on the throne.

“I know that no slight was intended,” Moore told reporters Friday.

“Mr. Pellan’s painting will be displayed prominently very soon.”

Moore made the remarks in Montreal while announcing that the federal government is spending $23 million to fund 252 arts projects.

While the vast majority of these projects are already underway, several dozen of them – 44 in total – will receive new federal funding. Those new contributions are slated to total $3 million.

Pellan is considered a pivotal figure in bringing modern art to Canada and is revered enough that a federal electoral riding is named after him.

The Parti Quebecois, Quebec’s opposition party, says the recent gesture surrounding Pellan showed a lack of respect for Quebec art.

But Moore scoffed at that suggestion. He said the PQ was just trying to score political points ahead of a Quebec election.

No provincial election is actually required for another two years, and there is no indication one is imminent – but Moore seemed to indicate he believes one might happen in the fall.

Lack of stars doesn’t stop Whitecaps from drawing fans to MLS games

VANCOUVER – For the second time this season one of the marquee teams in Major League Soccer will play against the Vancouver Whitecaps without their superstar player.

David Beckham won’t be in the lineup Saturday afternoon when the L.A. Galaxy take the pitch against the Whitecaps at Empire Field. Beckham, the former Manchester United midfielder and English captain, has been suspended after receiving his eighth yellow card of the season.

In May, a knee injury kept Thierry Henry out of the New York Red Bulls lineup when they tied the Whitecaps 1-1 in Vancouver.

“Our fans for sure would have loved to see both of them,” said Bob Lenarduzzi, the Whitecaps president. “Those kinds of things are out of our control.

“We need to accept that’s a hazard of the game.”

A crowd of over 26,000, the largest of the season, is expected for the match against the Galaxy.

“We were at close to 23,000 before Beckham picked up his yellow card,” said Lenarduzzi. “It’s not like we haven’t been able to sell tickets.”

A crowd of 21,000 turned out to watch the Red Bulls without Henry.

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“To me, the encouraging aspect is people want to watch the game,” said Lenarduzzi. “They’d love to see the marquee players, but it hasn’t stopped people from purchasing tickets.”

The expansion Whitecaps are last in MLS with a 2-10-9 record but their average attendance of 20,008 in nine home matches leaves them third in the league. Empire Field’s capacity is 27,500.

The Seattle Sounders lead the league in average attendance with 37,189, followed by the Galaxy at 22,829.

Toronto FC is fourth at 19,977.

Lenarduzzi believes the figures show Vancouver fans are attracted by the game, not just the stars on some teams.

“We have made some huge strides to a point where people are coming out to see the game,” he said. “If there happens to be the marquee players, it certainly generates a lot more interest, but I’m not sure that’s the sole reason people are coming out.

“It has become a soccer crowd. People are coming back because they like being part of that atmosphere.”

The Whitecaps will leave Empire Field in October and play their final three games of the season in B.C. Place Stadium, which is undergoing US$565 million in renovations, including a retractable roof.

The soccer configuration at B.C. Place is for 20,000 seats.

The Whitecaps sold around 16,500 season tickets for their inaugural MLS season.

The Whitecaps may be enjoying a honeymoon this year, but Lenarduzzi knows the team must be competitive in 2012 if it hopes to keep drawing support.

“This season I think we have a grace period because we are an expansion team,” he said. “Beyond this, we need to start showing drastic improvement.

“What we want to do come the end of the season, regardless of where we finish, is determine what our core of players is that will carry us forward to next year.”

One player the Whitecaps might add to their lineup is Keven Aleman, a member of Canada’s under-17 national team. It’s believed he may be the future considerations in the trade that send Terry Dunfield from Vancouver to Toronto FC.

Lenarduzzi refused comment.

“Part of our deal for Dunfield to go there was future consideration,” he said. “Right now that’s exactly what is it, future considerations.”

Toronto released Aleman in May. He had refused to sign a letter of commitment to the Reds because he wanted to try out for teams in Europe.

In other news, the Whitecaps have added goalkeeper coach Marius Rovde and physiotherapy consultant Rick Celebrini, the club announced.

A native of Trondheim, Norway, Rovde played professionally in his home country, as well as in Scotland and Wales.

His coaching career includes spells in Norway and Scotland before serving as director of goalkeepers with Trinidad & Tobago’s soccer federation from 2008 until this year. He also worked as head goalkeeper coach at Trinidad & Tobago’s Joe Public FC.

Celebrini played 31 games with the Whitecaps from 1992 to 1996 when the club was known as the as Vancouver 86ers.

Since retiring as a player and becoming a physiotherapist, the Burnaby, B.C., native has worked with Canada’s alpine ski team, the Canadian Soccer Association, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, and the NHL Players Association.

His client list includes Canadian NBA star Steve Nash.

Radio talk show host Glenn Beck has promoted the kind of political camps he criticized

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Radio talk show host Glenn Beck criticized the notion of summer political camps for kids like the one in Norway where 68 people were killed last week, even though he has promoted similar camps in the U.S. where children are taught tea party principles.

Beck’s criticism earlier this week was directed at Norway’s Utoya Island summer camp for the youth wing of Norway’s ruling Labor party. On his radio show Monday, the former Fox News Channel host said the Utoya camp “sounds a little like the Hitler Youth or whatever.”

“Who does a camp for kids that’s all about politics? Disturbing,” he said.

However, Beck has promoted similar camps called vacation liberty schools in the U.S. that teach the “virtues and morals” of the Founding Fathers. Lisa Abler, one of the founders of the liberty camp concept, said she appeared on Beck’s TV show a year ago to discuss the schools.

“We originally had made it just for our community, but when I was able to go on his show, others heard about it. … We had so many contacts after that from people all across the country,” Abler said.

Beck didn’t respond to an email request for comment.

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Abler said the program is modeled after vacation Bible schools hosted by many mainline churches, and are different from the Utoya camp because they aren’t affiliated with a political party. Instead of teaching the Bible, the estimated 130 liberty school programs teach children about politics from Beck’s perspective. The camps are independently run, but Abler said she has written a curriculum that she shares with other schools.

Abler said the program does no harm and teaches the children who attend about history, freedom and civic responsibility.

“Responsibility stems from virtues and morals and education, and that’s not necessarily happening with our children,” Abler said.

The Utoya Island camp was targeted by a gunman who claimed he was trying to save Europe from what he said is Muslim colonization.

Torbjorn Eriksen, a former press secretary to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, told The Daily Telegraph in England that Beck’s comments were a “new low” and were directed at a program that for more than 60 years has enabled children to learn about and be part of democracy.

Beck made his comments on his syndicated radio program during a discussion about problems he predicted Europe would face because of a growing Muslim population. He denounced the gunman, who he said “is just as bad as Osama bin Laden.”

England’s Paul Daley looks to fight his way to another Strikeforce title shot

Love him or hate him, Paul (Semtex) Daley rarely fails to put on a show when he enters the cage.

The brash English welterweight has 39 bouts under his belt, with only eight going to a decision. When Daley fights, it’s usually lights out for somebody.

Daley (27-10-2) takes on Tyron Woodley on Saturday night on the undercard of the Fedor Emelianenko-Dan Henderson fight at the Sears Center in suburban Chicago.

Last time out Daley was involved in a slugfest with then Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz. Both men were in trouble at different times of the fight but Diaz prevailed and eventually won by TKO with three seconds left in a wild first round.

“It was crazy . . . it was a lot to fit in four minutes 57 seconds,” said Daley.

There is plenty at stake for Daley on Saturday in that Diaz has given up the Strikeforce title so he can challenge Canadian Georges St-Pierre for the UFC championship in October.

A win and Daley would be in prime position to contend for the vacant Strikeforce title, possibly against the winner of Scott Smith-Tarec Saffiedeine fight also on Saturday’s card.

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While Daley recognizes that his April loss to Diaz was a popular scrap with the fans, it’s not one of his personal favourites. He didn’t win and reckons he did not perform to his potential.

“I think the fans just enjoyed the excitement. It was a bit of an old-school Wanderlei-type brawl you used to see back in the Pride days,” he said, referencing Wanderlei (The Axe Murderer) Silva.

The fight was all-action with both men suffering knockdowns.

According to FightMetric, Diaz landed 44 significant strikes – that’s one ever seven seconds – and connected on 65 of 103 strike attempts. Daley connected on 20 significant strikes (he was good on 26 of 69 total strikes).

“It made for a wonderful and entertaining fight,” Daley said. “I’m just happy the fans were entertained, to be honest with you. I’ve had nothing but great feedback.

“Obviously I wanted to be the champion but I gave Nick Diaz a lot of respect as a fighter coming into the fight. I was an admirer of the fact that he does come to fight.

“I think a different ref on a different day, it could have gone any way. But he came off better this time. It was that close of a round. … It would have been nice for me and the fans to go into the second round but we didn’t have that luxury.”

Daley, 28, was originally slated to fight Evangelista Santos on Saturday but the Brazilian was forced out due to injury. Enter Woodley, a former all-American wrestler at the University of Missouri who has won all eight of his MMA fights including six in Strikeforce.

Woodley comes from a good camp in Florida’s American Top Team.

“I know a few of the guys at American Top Team so I kind of know what he’s capable of and what he’s not capable off,” said Daley.

The English fighter is 4-1 since he was cut by the UFC in the wake of a loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 113 in Montreal in May 2010.

A frustrated Daley lashed out after the bell and caught Koscheck with a sucker-punch. UFC president Dana White promptly released him.

Daley agrees the incident didn’t do much for his image but says there’s more to him that what happened that night.

“Yeah I do get a bad rap but I don’t blame those people for their opinions because they can only hear it one way. They’ve never met me, they’re not able to draw their own opinions on me so they only know what other people tell him.

“But you’ll find nine times out of ten, people that actually meet me, socialize with me, train with me, are actually very shocked at the type of individual that I am. I’m really much more different than people expect.”

Daley signed with Strikeforce, only to find himself under the Zuffa banner again when the UFC’s parent company bought Strikeforce.

Daley would welcome another UFC shot but says he has enjoyed his time in Strikeforce.

“I’m just happy to fight, to be honest with you. I’m happy to be able to wake up in the morning in my own house and be able to pay my bills and go to training and do a job that I loved doing. At this present point in time, it’s just Strikeforce.

“They treat me good. (CEO) Scott Coker’s been a cool guy. Since the UFC’s taken over, things haven’t changed that much,. As long as things stay as they are, I’m more than happy to continue fighting for Strikeforce as long as they want me to.”

Canfor pursuing opportunities to grow Canadian lumber exports to India

Forest products producer Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP) is hoping India becomes the new China and eventually delivers explosive demand for Western Canadian lumber.

Lumber shipments have begun to trickle into the world’s largest democracy since trade barriers were lifted last December, but volumes are low for now and Canfor CEO Don Kayne says India is where China was a decade ago.

In May, China overtook the United States as the largest export market for B.C. lumber. In the second quarter, Asian shipments led by China increased by 71 per cent from a year earlier. Kayne said he believes the industry can double the volume going to China over the next five years.

Looking at its next emerging market, Canfor is at the very early stages of a 12-month effort to determine what parts of India provide the greatest opportunities and on which products it should focus its efforts.

Like China, India has a culture of using wood in home construction, but maybe not as much for quality SPF, or spruce, pine and fir, timber produced in Canada. Besides domestic rivals, European producers are the largest competitors in India, says Kayne.

Late Thursday, Canfor reported that its net profits dropped sharply in the latest quarter as revenues fell on weak lumber prices.

The Vancouver company said earnings fell to $26.2 million for the second quarter, down from $43.7 million from the year-ago period.

Sales decreased to $619.1 million from $634.7 million.

Canfor said it saw little change in the underlying factors hurting the recovery of North American lumber markets.

On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canfor’s shares lost 18 cents, or 1.76 per cent, at $10.02 in early afternoon trading.

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Almost 3 dozen charges laid in Alberta stage collapse that killed woman

EDMONTON – Almost three dozen charges have been laid after a stage collapse that killed a woman at a country music festival in Alberta two years ago.

Donna Moore, 35, was crushed by falling scaffolding when a fierce storm tore through the grounds at the Big Valley Jamboree near Camrose on Aug. 1, 2009. The single mother from Lloydminster, Alta., was sitting near the stage.

Another 75 people, including members of Hollywood actor Kevin Costner’s band, were injured.

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The 33 charges under provincial occupational health and safety legislation are against three companies involved in putting on the show.

Premier Global Production, which was responsible for the stage, and event organizer Panhandle Productions face a total of 27 charges. Most of them relate to failing to ensure the health and safety of workers. Premier faces two additional charges of failing to ensure that stage equipment and rigging could withstand any stresses it might face.

A contractor directing Premier’s activities also faces six charges of failing to ensure compliance under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

All three companies are due in Camrose provincial court Sept. 28.

The maximum penalty is $500,000 and/or six months in prison for each charge.

Panhandle Productions declined comment when contacted Friday. Premier Global and the contractor could not be reached.

A lawsuit on behalf of Moore’s sons, who are 10 and 16, was filed last week. It names the City of Camrose, the concert’s promoter, the company responsible for security and several companies that built the stage. None of the allegations has been proven in court.

This year’s jamboree with headliners Gary Allan, Jason Aldean and Toby Keith began Thursday. Barrie Harrison, a spokesman for occupational health and safety, said the site was inspected two days ago and everything appeared to be in compliance.

“We are hopeful that this will be nothing other than a good weekend for the Big Valley Jamboree,” he said.

Earlier this summer, three people were injured when an outdoor stage collapsed in Ottawa at the annual Bluesfest.

New Brunswick premier appeals to Harper to stop Canadian Blood Services move

FREDERICTON – The premier of New Brunswick wants to know if Prime Minister Stephen Harper has the power to help prevent Canadian Blood Services from moving blood production from Saint John, N.B., to Halifax.

David Alward said he has asked Harper who has the final say on the move – the prime minister or Canadian Blood Services.

“The Canadian Blood Services say that they have the final decision, so I have asked the prime minister who has the final decision,” Alward said Friday.

Amanda Cullen, a spokeswoman for Canadian Blood Services, said the non-profit charitable organization operates at arms-length from the government and makes its own decision on operational matters such as consolidating production facilities.

“This is not a regulatory decision,” she said. “This is an operations decision so we don’t see how the federal government would have jurisdiction over this particular matter.”

Alward has discussed the issue with Harper a number of times before and during their most recent meeting a few weeks ago sought an answer on who has jurisdiction over the operations of Canadian Blood Services. Alward said he has yet to get an answer.

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“We have a responsibility not to leave any rock overturned,” Alward said. “We’ve said that in the past and we’re continuing to do that work going forward.”

A request for comment from the Prime Minister’s Office was not returned.

But the federal government has previously said that decisions on where Canadian Blood Services bases its operations are not theirs to make.

“Decisions on relocations are made by the CBS board of directors as well as by the provincial and territorial governments, which are at arm’s length from Health Canada,” Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told the House of Commons in April 2010.

Canadian Blood Services announced in March 2009 that it planned to consolidate some of its facilities across the country as a means to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Three production facilities in Toronto, Hamilton and London, Ont., are being replaced with one facility in Brampton, Ont. That facility is expected to be complete in a few weeks.

The next change would involve the move of most blood production work from Saint John to a new regional facility in Halifax.

“Halifax is the greatest user of blood products in the Atlantic region, so we decided to locate our production site there,” Cullen said.

“It also has the largest airport in the region which gives us much more flexibility in getting our test samples to our facility in Toronto which does donor testing.”

The agency would keep blood donation, storage and distribution in Saint John.

There are currently 120 employees in Saint John, and Cullen said it isn’t known how many jobs might be lost with the change.

Cullen said the facility would store three to four days’ worth of blood supply for hospitals, just as it does now. She said the agency is testing an air service out of Halifax to get blood to hospitals in northern New Brunswick, and the Saint John facility would also serve as a backup for them.

“So what we’re building into the system today is a redundancy,” she said.

Despite the assurances, the New Brunswick Medical Society says that in order to guarantee public safety, Canadian Blood Services should maintain and enhance blood production facilities in New Brunswick.

Alward said that remains his first choice, and provincial Health Minister Madeleine Dube said she’ll fight the removal of the production unit from Saint John “to the limit.”

A review commissioned last July by the provincial government and the New Brunswick Medical Society looked at the plans by Canadian Blood Services as well as options by the province to start their own blood agency or partner with another agency such as Quebec’s blood agency, Hema-Quebec.

The report by KPMG examined factors such as cost, efficiency and patient safety. It evaluated the three options and gave the highest grade to the Canadian Blood Services move to Halifax.

While the report doesn’t make recommendations, it says 85 per cent of the doctors, blood bank specialists and hospital staff that they interviewed felt that staying with Canadian Blood Services was the best option.

The report was given to the provincial government at the end of March but only released by the health minister this week.

“She should have released it four months ago,” said Liberal health critic Donald Arseneault.

“There’s a lot of rhetoric coming out of the government ministers and the premier but we’re seeing little or no action on these very important files.”

Arseneault said his party also wants blood production to remain in Saint John.

The consolidated operation in Halifax is expected to be complete by the end of 2012.

Dube won’t say when she’ll make a final decision on how the province will proceed.

Note to readers: This is a corrected version. A previous story said there were only 22 employees in Saint John.

Undaunted by civil war a lone Libyan swimmer pays way to world championships

SHANGHAI – Libyan swimmer Sofyan Elgidi finished last in his heat in the 100-metre butterfly at the world championships Friday. To him, getting here was all that mattered.

Elgidi is the only swimmer representing his country in Shanghai. Because of the turmoil in his country, the 19-year-old has no coach or team manager with him.

“I’m basically here by myself,” he told The Associated Press after his swim in the morning preliminaries. “It’s very hard, but it has to be done. That’s all I can say. You’ve got to get through. You can’t let anything stop you.”

Elgidi finished in 58.38 seconds, more than six seconds behind the top qualifier for the semifinals, Tyler McGill of the United States. He ended up in 57th place out of 66 starters.

Though Elgidi has lived in Egypt with his immediate family for the last three years, he said the civil war in his homeland has wreaked havoc with his training and preparations. His plans to train in the United States were put on hold when fighting broke out this year.

“It was the biggest distraction,” he said. “I really can’t do anything. I had to fend for myself.”

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But he was determined to make it to Shanghai at all costs. Because he grew up in Canada and has a Canadian passport, he was able to get a visa for China. He paid for airfare himself.

“Anything for swimming,” he said. “This is my first world championships.”

His thoughts, however, haven’t strayed far from his family in Libya. He said his uncles and two of his grandparents are in Tripoli. He doesn’t speak to them often. The last time he was in the country was November, months before the government protests began.

“They’re not saying anything basically,” he said. “They can’t say anything because they’re monitored on the phones.”

He’s optimistic about competing for his homeland at the 2012 London Olympics.

“After everything clears up in Libya, I’ll hopefully get focused and stay on track,” he said. “I’m just with the country.”