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An instructor teaches a French course in a classroom of Alliance Francaise, an organization that promotes French language and culture, in Tianjin, China.

During the third period of Canada’s 3-2 victory over the United States in an exhibition game, a brawl broke out. If this occurrence had happened in men’s play, it wouldn’t have been considered a big deal, but the bottom line is we are still not used to altercations like the one that happened in Vermont Saturday, to happen in women’s hockey. The roughhousing started when American forward Monique Lamoureux bumped Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados. A melee ensued with Canadian players Hayley Wickenheiser, Courtney Birchard and Tessa Bonhomme involved. Birchard took exception to Lamoureux’s bump and went right after the American. Then Jocelyne Lamoureux came to the aid of her twin sister, and there were three minor roughing penalties called for each team. This is not the first time players from Canada and the United States have been involved in an altercation. The photo shown occurred from an altercation in 2009. Canada next plays the United States in exhibition play Thursday evening in Montreal. Suggested by the author

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Were happy about it and we want to keep them here, she said. Alliance Francaise, which promotes French language and culture, turned away would-be students in the Chinese capital last year because its classes there were full for the first time ever. There is a growing demand for immigration to French-speaking countries and especially Quebec, said Laurent Croset, managing director of Alliance Francaise in China. The number of lesson hours sold across China from October 2010 to September 2011 increased by 14 per cent compared with the same period in the previous year. Its an enormous rise, Croset said. Many of those who want to leave are middle-class professionals who own a larger-than-average apartment in Beijing or Shanghai and earn more than an annual 200,000 yuan ($32,000), according to Zhao of the Beijing immigration consultancy. Of all those who want or plan to emigrate, 80 per cent want their children to get a better education, she said. Chinese were the biggest group of immigrants to Canada from 2001 to 2009, although they fell to third place in 2010 behind people from the Philippines and India, even as the numbers of Chinese rose. In 2010-2011, China became the number one source for immigrants to Australia as numbers of new Chinese migrants rose to just under 30,000. In the U.S., Chinese were behind only Mexicans in being granted lawful permanent residence in the three years to 2010, the latest year for which data is available. The exodus highlights how many Chinese see a better future abroad. While Chinas policies have lifted millions out of poverty over the last two decades, the authoritarian government tightly controls many aspects of daily life. Chinas leaders punish dissent and any perceived challenges to their power, and censor what can be read online and in print.

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“For us, it doesn’t matter because we plan to play thinking of our system, our plan,” he told reporters in a conference call on Monday. That plan won’t include Atiba Hutchinson , who came into camp with a minor hamstring injury and has since returned to his club in Turkey. HISTORY Canada and Australia last met in 1993, when they contested the CONCACAF/OFC intercontinental playoff in World Cup qualifying. Canada won the first leg, played in Edmonton, by a score of 2-1. The second leg, played in Sydney, also ended 2-1. . AUSTRALIA TEAM OUTLOOK The Socceroos already have their ticket booked for Brazil 2014, having qualified back on June 18 with a 1-0 win over Iraq but have stumbled badly since then. They lost twice and drew 0-0 with South Korea at Julys East Asian Cup, before being thrashed 6-0 by Brazil in a September friendly and then 6-0 by France on Saturday. The Australian roster features a number of familiar faces, including Tim Cahill (and his New York Red Bulls teammate David Carney ) and former West Ham and Everton man Lucas Neill. But the side doesnt include a number of other Aussie veterans, including Schwarzer (109 caps) and Brett Emerton (95 caps). PLAYERS TO WATCH Canada Kyle Bekker: Its been a rather curious year for the 23-year-old midfielder, his first as a professional. After being selected No. 3 overall by Toronto FC in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, hes played just 155 minutes all season for the MLS club, but has managed to amass 569 minutes for the senior national team in 2013.

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