For the first time in the world, live human bone tissue that was grown outside the body has been successfully transplanted into a person’s arm, thanks to a still-experimental procedure developed by an Israeli company.

Because of the importance of the announcement, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange halted fixed trade in the company’s stock for 15 minutes; sales resumed at 10:05 a.m., when its price rose by 13%.

The transplant was carried out by injection at Afula’s Emek Medical Center, as part of a clinical trial of the BioGroup Bonus company.

Dr. Shai Mertzky, CEO of BioGroup Bonus, noted that “transplantation of human bone tissue into a patient who has suffered a major critical deficiency in the bone of his arm sets a new standard of hope for rapid healing in a wide variety of cases. This was the only solution for the patient when nothing else helped.

“The success of this experimental treatment may lead humanity to a new era in which it will be possible to achieve full recovery in most cases,” he said.

Francophone beats speeding ticket issued by non-bilingual officer

A Franco-Manitoban lawyer has successfully challenged a speeding ticket because the officer who pulled him over didn’t speak to him in French.

The case was scheduled to go before a judge on Aug. 22, but the Crown has asked for a stay of proceedings.

Antoine Hacault was pulled over for an alleged speeding infraction last year while driving on Highway 59 in the French-majority community of St-Pierre-Jolys.

When the officer approached, Hacault spoke in his first language, French. The officer responded in English, and didn’t offer to speak in French, Hacault said.

Under the Official Languages Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Hacault argued, police in bilingually designated areas have an obligation to actively offer service in French.

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ESPN apologizes for fantasy football segment compared to slave auction

ESPN apologized on Tuesday for a fantasy football segment of an auction draft where black players were sold to mostly white male bidders.

“Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players,” the network statement said.
“Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.”
On social media, reaction to the segment that was part of the 28-hour fantasy marathon was mixed, with many comparing the outdoor scene to a modern-day slave auction.
New York journalist Shaun King tweeted video of the auction with the message, “Apologize now for doing a sketch where you auctioned a black man off to the highest bidder.”

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Hizbullah’s armoury is growing

Along with Russian air power and Iranian military aid, Hizbullah’s ground units have kept the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s blood-soaked president, in power. 

Displaced Syrians heading home in larger numbers: IOM

Syrians who have been displaced by the ongoing civil war in their country are heading home in larger numbers, according to a Switzerland-based migration agency.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday that nearly 603,000 Syrian refugees set off to return to their cities and villages in the first seven months of this year.

The Syrians included in the figures were returning from other locations in Syria or from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

The number nearly matched the 685,662 people who returned during the whole of 2016, Olivia Headon, IOM spokesperson, said.

The returning Syrians were motivated by the desire to protect their homes and possessions; an improved economic and security situation in their areas of origin; as well as problems with integration in their host countries, according to the IOM.