Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury | Considering his once mangled lower left leg has been put back together with 13 screws, bone cement and a hip bone taken from a cadaver, downhiller Man

Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury

Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury

Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury

Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury

Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury

Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury
Alpine skiing - Osborne-Paradis down but not out after horrific injury
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TORONTO: Considering his once mangled lower left leg has been put back together with 13 screws, bone cement and a hip bone taken from a cadaver, downhiller Manuel Osborne-Paradis' return to the piste could rank among the great ski racing comebacks of all time.

Even his trauma surgeon Stephen French, who had the task of reconstructing the shattered leg, would not disagree.

A year after suffering what many thought would be a career-ending crash, Osborne-Paradis hopes to join the Canadian national team in China in February for a World Cup, if for no other reason than to get a look at the venue for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in which he plans to race.

"These injuries are pretty rare, this is more like a motor vehicle collision, two cars hitting head on kind of injury," French, who has worked with Alpine Canada since 2005, told Reuters.

"He has a lot of friends in ski racing, who happen to be doctors, who assumed from the outset that this is it, this is a career ender with that kind of injury."

Osborne-Paradis is now back on his feet but weeks away from running, months away from skiing and more than two years out from his ultimate goal of competing for Canada at a fifth Winter Olympics.

Brian Stemmle's return to win Pan Am Winter Games gold after a horrific 1989 crash during a competition in Kitzbuehel that almost cost the Canadian his life is viewed as the ultimate comeback.

Others can also can make an argument.

Austrian great Hermann Maier, who nearly had is leg amputated in a motorcycle accident, returned to win the overall World Cup title.

It was exactly a year ago that Osborne-Paradis pushed out of the Lake Louise start hut for the first training run for the season opening World Cup downhill.

It was a generally quiet training session until Osborne-Paradis lost control coming into the 'Fishnet' section of the layout, a crash he blamed on a combination of bad luck and "driver error".

EXCRUCIATING PAIN

Osborne-Paradis's leg was jammed under the protective fencing, leaving the limb twisted and shattered.

When medical staff arrived on the scene, Osborne-Paradis was given a Fentanyl lollipop to dull the excruciating pain while they waited for a helicopter to come and airlift the skier.

Once at the hospital Osborne-Paradis would undergo nine operations in 12 days.

"The severity is very uncommon, generally it is just not fixed that often. Usually it is a fatality," said Osborne-Paradis. "To me it didn't feel that devastating, you take your drugs and go off into La-la land.

"It was the fear in the doctors eyes that scared me."

A member of Canada's Alpine team since 2004, Osborne-Paradis has climbed the World Cup podium 11 times, including three wins. He is a four-time Olympian and a super-G world championship bronze medallist.

But over the last eight years he has spent almost half of them recovering from knee injuries.

He missed most of the 2011 and all of the 2012 campaign after tearing ligaments in the same left knee and is now sitting out a second successive season due to the shattered leg.

In the high-speed world of downhill, slow and steady is not a concept racers easily grasp.

Skiing this year is likely to be limited to enjoying a few runs with his daughter.

If the recovery continues on course there will be late season training camps and the national championships.

Now 35-years-old with a wife and daughter and another child on the way, Osborne-Paradis insists he will know when it is time to quit.

That time has not arrived.

"I didn't just join this sport at 30 thinking this seems like a good idea," explained Osborne-Paradis. "This is just because it is who you are.

"I believe in myself and my medical team. We believe I have a chance to have a full recovery.

"When your only job is to get better and there's a real chance to get back on the podium, everybody would do that."

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Malaysian officer secretly recorded meeting where Najib tampered with audit, court hears

Malaysian officer secretly recorded meeting where Najib tampered with audit, court hears

KUALA LUMPUR - An audit officer secretly tape recorded a meeting in 2016 where then-premier Najib Razak allegedly discussed removing several key sections from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) audit report that was to be presented to a parliamentary committee.

The two-hour 45-minute recording made by National Audit Department (NAD) officer Nor Salwani Muhammad of a meeting on Feb 24, 2016 held by top officials from government and 1MDB was tendered as evidence in the High Court this week in the trial of Najib.

The former premier allegedly asked for the report to remove four contentious issues, including the presence of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, in one 1MDB meeting though he did not have any position in the state fund.

Despite not being allowed inside, Ms Nor Salwani, 52, told the court she had hidden a voice recorder in the stationary case of another officer who attended the meeting.

"I should have been present because this was regarding our audit because I was the coordinator. So, I should take the minutes," she testified on Thursday (Nov 21).

The court was told that the meeting was chaired by then-chief secretary to the government Ali Hamsa, and attended by then auditor-general Ambrin Buang, former chief private secretary to the prime minister Shukry Salleh, ex-1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy and Attorney-General's Chambers officer Dzulkifli Ahmad.

Ms Nor Salwani told the court that she also secretly kept one of 60 copies of the original report, which the department had prepared in 2016, before it was allegedly tampered with.

Her then boss Tan Sri Ambrin had ordered for all the original copies to be destroyed to prevent leaks, while the modified version was submitted to the parliamentary committee.

"I kept the report to be given to the new auditor-general. With pure intention, I had surrendered the report watermarked '09' to allow the new auditor-general to get the whole picture about the audit findings," she said.

The evidence saved by Ms Nor Salwani could become a crucial platform for the prosecution in the case.

The authenticity of the recording was confirmed by Tan Sri Ali on Wednesday, when he was called to take the stand to identify several voices.

On Tuesday, Mr Ali also testified that the meeting was called following Najib's instructions to remove "dissatisfactory content" in the report.

This trial is Najib's third involving 1MDB.

Najib, 66, altogether faces 42 charges of criminal breach of trust, graft, abuse of power and money laundering, in a case that had led to international probes in the US, Singapore, Switzerland and other jurisdictions. The US Department of Justice has said US$4.5 billion (S$6.1 billion) were pilfered by government officials and their associates from state fund 1MDB.

In the audit tampering case, Najib has been charged with using his position to order amendments to the 1MDB final audit report to avoid any disciplinary action against him, while Arul Kanda was charged with abetting Najib.

In a separate trial, Najib had been ordered to enter his defence over seven charges of money laundering, corruption and criminal breach of trust over RM42 million (S$13.8 million) transferred into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.

In the third 1MDB-linked trial Najib faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes totalling RM2.3billion from 1MDB funds and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount in a different court. This trial is set to resume on Jan 6 next year.

Toddler in India dies after falling into hot curry pot

Toddler in India dies after falling into hot curry pot

NEW DELHI (DPA) - A four-year-old boy in India fell into a hot pot of curry and later died of his injuries, police told dpa on Thursday (Nov 21).

The accident happened on Monday when the child was playing near the pot.

The family, from the city of Shabad in the state of Telangana, was holding a party at the time.

The boy died a day later in hospital because of severe burns.

The police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident.

Wall Street opens flat after conflicting signals on trade

Wall Street opens flat after conflicting signals on trade

REUTERS: U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday after mixed signals on trade and a row between Washington and Beijing over the Hong Kong protests cast doubts on the timing of a deal to end the prolonged tariff dispute.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.81 points, or 0.00per cent, at the open to 27,820.28.

The S&P 500 opened higher by 0.03 points, or 0.00per cent, at 3,108.49. The Nasdaq Composite gained 1.14 points, or 0.01per cent, to 8,527.87 at the opening bell.

(Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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