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During suicide debate Justice Minister says its time for First Nations to

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsJustice Minster Jody Wilson-Raybould said Tuesday the Trudeau Liberal government aims to “complete the unfinished business of Confederation” and replace the Indian Act with a “reconciliation framework” that would outlast the life of this administration.Wilson-Raybould didn’t lead the government side in an emergency debate held late into the night which was triggered by a suicide crisis gripping the small fly-in community of Attawapiskat in Ontario’s James Bay region. Yet, her speech was the only one that revealed the extent of the historical vision the Trudeau government has when it comes to reshaping the relationship between the state and the original inhabitants on this land.The Liberals aim to do nothing less than scrap the Indian Act. In its place the government wants to create a new relationship based on section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), according to Wilson-Raybould.“We need to ensure we breathe life into section 35 and that we complete the unfinished business of Confederation,” said Wilson-Raybould. “If we do so we will have a strong and appropriate governance in First Nation communities wherein they have moved beyond the Indian Act.”For about five-and-a-half hours on Tuesday evening, the House of Commons, the centre of political life in Canada, turned its full attention to the dark and painful suicide epidemic that seems to cycle through northern First Nation communities.The latest is Attawapiskat which declared a state of emergency Saturday after recording 11 suicide attempts in a 24-hour period.NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding includes Attawapiskat, called for the debate to not only discuss the Cree community, but also similar tragedies that have hit other First Nation communities: Pimicikamak Cree Nation which declared a state of emergency last month after suffering six suicides and 140 attempts in the span of two months and La Loche, Sask., a Dene community that suffered a school shooting that left four dead in January.Wilson-Rayboud, a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, who is now the country’s top lawyer, wove her own life experience and political track record in a speech that traced the roots of the suicide crisis to the 140-year-old Indian Act. Her speech laid out the thinking behind much of the symbolism and language the Trudeau government has employed whenever it communicates about the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian state.“I am proud to be an Indigenous person and stand up in this honourable house and speak to this important issue,” she said. “Indigenous peoples in this country are at an important junction in our history as they seek to deconstruct their colonial legacy and rebuild their communities….Only the colonized can decolonize themselves and change is not easy.”Wilson-Raybould then attacked the Indian Act.“It is not easy to remove the shackles of 140 years of life under the Indian Act. Our government, and I hope all members of this honourable house, is committed to ensuring, in partnership with Indigenous peoples, to do just that,” she said. “For Attawapiskat and for all First Nations, the Indian Act is not a suitable system of government, it is not consistent with the rights enshrined in our constitution, the principles as set out in (UNDRIP) or calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. In addition to the need for social and economic support, urgently needed in Attawapiskat and all First Nations, all Indigenous peoples need to be empowered to take back control of their own lives.”Then, Wilson-Raybould described the scale of the project as nothing short of historical in a portion of her speech addressed directly to Indigenous peoples.“Indigenous peoples, the challenge is not easy, it is complex, indeed for far too long it has been ignored as a task as too difficult and monumental, but we can and must do better. This work is non-partisan, it is broader than the department of Justice and did not just fall to the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs,” she said. “The nation-to-nation relationship is one of the most challenging public policy issues of our time and I challenge all members of this House to work with us in building this relationship. There are no quick fixes to these issues, a substantive nation-to-nation discussion with Indigenous peoples is needed. We need to sit down and work jointly to ensure Indigenous communities are strong and healthy and in charge and in control of their own destiny.”There were about 20 NDP MPs, from a caucus of 44, in the chamber during the debate at various points, and about 50 Liberal MPs from a caucus of 184. The Conservatives had the lowest number attend, with about five scattered throughout their party’s 98-seat section in the House of Commons. Their numbers jumped to 11 when their Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod stood up for her turn in the debate and most sat around her for the benefit of the House of Commons camera.When the debate began, MPs from all sides said they wanted Tuesday night to be a turning point, the debate to finally end the debates about another crisis crippling another First Nation.Angus compared the current suicide crisis as Canada’s “Alan Kurdi” moment, referring to the image of the body of the three-year-old Syrian refugee child who drowned in September after a failed attempt to reach Europe.“It shocked the world,” said Angus, who triggered the emergency debate. “This is our moment….Tonight might be the beginning of a change in our country and that is what I am asking us to come together to do.”Angus’ voice, with emotion seeping in at the edges, read out messages from First Nation youths he recently received, including the words of Abigail Mattinas, from Constance Lake First Nation, who said she wanted to bring “light in a dark time.”NDP MP Georgina Jolibois spoke after Angus and said suicide attempts were starting to rise in La Loche, which sits in her riding, as a result of the January shooting. Jolibois said youth were not getting the help they needed. She said many youth were showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the shooting.“But they have no one to turn to and nowhere to go,” she said. “The families are left alone on their own to mend for themselves and take care of their problems…Young people, children and their families when they are feeling the effects of PTSD they need to go to the health centre or the band office or clinic and say I need to speak to someone because I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed. They walk in and there is no one to talk to them.”Health Minister Jane Philpott said during the debate that she believed those supports should still be there in La Loche, but would discuss the issue with Jolibois. She said the Liberal government would this year be investing $300 million in mental health and wellness in Indigenous communitiesPhilpott began her Commons speech with the data: First Nation male youth suicide rates are 10 times higher than male non-Indigenous youth; First Nation female youth suicide rates are 21 times than their non-Indigenous counterparts; Inuit male youth rates are 35 times higher than their Canadian counterparts.“It is a staggering reality, it is completely unacceptable,” she said. “When I think there are communities in our country where young people as young as my young 15-year-old daughter and even younger than that, when there are young people in groups are decided that there is no hope their future, we must do better…tonight has to be a turning point for us as a country.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, who was praised for her passion by MPs during the debate, became emotional as she recounted her last trip to Attawapiskat when she was an in opposition and the community was in the midst of a housing crisis.“I was thinking of my trip to Attawapiskat in one of those terrible homes and seeing this 10-month-old baby on the bed and just thinking that that baby can’t pay for whatever else is going on around, that baby deserves a chance,” said Bennett.Bennett, who at one point referred to herself as the “minister of reconciliation,” said “these communities need hope” and the children need to know “they are valued and have value.” Bennett said she was hoping by the end of the debate that all Canadians would lift these communities up.“Suicide is not a consequence of individual vulnerability,” she said. “It is about the causes of the causes.”She then listed many of the causes of the causes, including racism, Indian residential schools, colonialization, child abuse, over-crowded houses, lack of health services, lack of clean water and healthy food.“There is no single answer to addressing this,” said Bennett.In her speech, Bennett also discussed the child welfare system, “where we have more children in care than at the height of residential schools.” She also raised the issue of child abuse.“We have to talk out loud about that now,” said Bennett, referring to an Anglican priest who abused 500 children in Ontario’s James Bay region.“This is 20 years of abuse in that region,” she said. “This is not difficult to understand, to make the links.”The Conservatives took a different tack. While for a moment it seemed that the party’s Aboriginal affairs critic Cathy McLeod would continue to focus on the suicide crisis facing First Nations by recounting her first week on the job as a nurse in a First Nation community facing three suicides, she eventually shifted gears.“Moving back from the First Nation Transparency Act is a terrible disservice to band members,” said MacLeod.The Transparency Act was passed by the Stephen Harper government which forced band councils to publicly release their financial information. While the Act has not been repealed, the Liberal government has pulled back from court action to force non-complying First Nations to release the information.The issue was raised repeatedly by Conservative MPs during the debate.“To me this is a critical one step,” said McLeod. “We shine the light for communities to actually look at their leadership and what their leadership is doing.”MacLeod also said her party remained unapologetic about refusing, while in government, to move forward with $1.9 billion in education investment after First Nation chiefs refused to support accompanying legislation.“There should be some equal work done, not only is there money, but we are going to create a structure that is going achieve results we want to achieve,” she said, responding to a question from Edmonton NDP MP Linda Duncan.However, long-time Nova Scotia MP Bill Casey, who left the Conservatives and ran under the Liberal banner in the last election, summed up the sentiment of many MPs present in the House of Commons throughout the evening.“I was elected 28 years ago for the first time,” said Nova Scotia Liberal MP Bill Casey. “One of the first debates we had was this debate we are having tonight about the plight of Aboriginals….Are we ready to help? Are we ready to do something? Every single one of us, so we don’t do this in another 28 years, so we don’t do this debate in another eight years. That is the question for all of us.”The debate was expected to wrap up at read more

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Talks alone can solve fishermen issue says Sri Lankan envoy

The Sri Lankan fishermen’s main allegation was that the Indian fishermen crossed the international maritime border and swept away all marine resources. “It is imperative that both sides understand each other as also the ground realities and act accordingly. Only talks can solve the tangle,” Natarajan said. A political solution has to be found for the problems facing the Indian fishermen in the Palk Strait, India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka A Natarajan said in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.Speaking on the sidelines of a workshop at the Tamil University, Natarajan said that internal strife on the Island Nation in the past 30 years kept the Sri Lankan fishermen away from the seas but with peace returning to Sri Lanka, their fishermen too have come out in a significant manner, The Hindu newspaper reported. The Deputy High Commissioner mentioned that the governments of the two nations would facilitate a smooth dialogue between Indian and Lankan fishermen communities so that a lasting solution would be found to the benefit of both sides. Natarajan released the book Tamil Civilisation on the occasion while the Tamil University Vice-Chancellor G. Bhaskaran gifted on behalf of his institution more than 300 books to the Jaffna University. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Crude oil price drops and metals prices slide stocks retreat from 5year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 3:56 pm MDT Crude oil price drops and metals prices slide, stocks retreat from 5-year high NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell Wednesday as a drop in metals commodities overflowed to crude markets and U.S. stocks retreated from five-year highs.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery lost $1.88, or two per cent, to finish at US$95.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The March contract, which expires Wednesday, fell $2.20 to end at US$94.46 per barrel.Brent crude, used to price many international varieties of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell $1.92 to finish at US$115.60 a barrel in London.Gold and other precious metals tumbled in Wednesday trading, and oil was dragged down by the commodities sell-off. Gold was down about $26, around two per cent, to $1,578 an ounce. Silver and platinum lost about three per cent.The stock market backed off Wednesday as well, with the major indexes lower after minutes from the last Fed meeting showed some concern about the risk in the central bank’s bond-buying stimulus policy.Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said housing starts slowed in January from December, although applications for building permits continued to rise, pointing to more recovery for the housing market this year.Many analysts expected the decline in January starts after a sharp rise in December, and most of the drop came in apartment construction. Single-family home starts were slightly higher last month.Oil prices were undercut by analysts’ expectations for higher U.S. crude supplies when the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration releases its weekly inventory report on Thursday. Analysts on average forecast a rise of two million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, heating oil fell two cents to end at US$3.16 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline fell six cents to finish at US$3.06 a gallon and natural gas rose one cent to end at US$3.28 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Primary school head suspended after forming relationship with sex offender

first_imgA primary school head teacher was suspended after she formed a relationship with a convicted sex offender, a teacher misconduct panel heard.Lisa Johnson failed to inform Holy Family Catholic School in Small Heath, Birmingham, of her partner’s conviction for a child sex offence, it is alleged.The National College of Teaching and Learning also claim she did not put an end to the relationship even after she learnt of her partner’s criminal history. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Miss Johnson was suspended as head teacher last September when it was revealed she was in the relationship. She resigned during the suspension and now faces being barred from the teaching profession altogether.The panel heard that Miss Johnson did not believe the school should dictate “who she fell in love with” and that she spent 15 years working as a teacher “always putting her work first”.Miss Johnson was not present at the hearing and it was said that she has no intention of teaching again. The panel will decide whether Miss Johnson should be banned from working with children.Parents at Holy Family Catholic School received a letter from Mrs Mary Lynch, the school’s chair of governors, last month telling them about the upcoming hearing, the panel was told.The letter explained that the school had become aware that Miss Johnson “had potentially taken some decisions in her personal life that had brought in to question her ability to safeguard our children”.Mrs Lynch stressed that the pupils of Holy Family Catholic School were never in danger.”At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all times,” she said.The letter caused panic among parents of children at Holy Family School.One woman with three girls at the school said: “I have been debating this letter for two weeks. I have been very unhappy, thinking: were my kids in danger?”I don’t like to think bad of anyone and I want to know the facts of the matter. How are we to know if our kids were at risk?”The teacher misconduct panel hearing continues.center_img At no point did this matter impact the safety of our children; the children at Holy Family were completely safe at all timesLisa Johnsonlast_img read more

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Taoiseach backs Limerick bid for Gay Games

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is lending his support to efforts to bring the 2018 Gay Games to LimerickThe city is vying with London and Paris for the right to host the games. If successful, some 10,000 participants from over 70 nations will arrive to take part in five years time, along with some 25,000 spectators.In a letter to the bid committee, Enda Kenny says that an Irish welcome can be guaranteed for everyone who attends, adding: “Ireland is waiting, Do come & join us”.The event started in San Francisco in 1982 and is held every four years. The games generally last over a week, and include 32 sporting categories, alongside cultural activities and opening and closing ceremonies.It’s anticipated the event would bring a boost of €50 million euro to the region in terms of tourism spend, according to organisers.The city will find out on 7 October if it’s been successful in it bid.Read: The 9 best Twitter suggestions for an Irish James Bond film >last_img read more

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Des minirequins préhistoriques auraient survécu à la grande extinction

first_imgDes mini-requins préhistoriques auraient survécu à la grande extinctionLes Cladodontomorphes, une lignée de requins qu’on croyait disparue lors du Permien, il y a 250 millions d’années, a en réalité vécu 120 millions d’années supplémentaires. C’est ce qu’ont révélé des dents fossilisées et retrouvées dans le sud de la France.Des paléontologues du Muséum de Genève et de l’Université de Montpellier ont découvert dans le Gard, dans un gisement fossilifère proche de Saint-Hippolyte-du-Fort, des dents fossilisées de Cladodontomorphes. Il s’agit d’une lignée de petits requins ne dépassant pas 30 cm qu’on croyait disparue lors du Permien, il y a 250 millions d’années. Les six dents fossiles d’à peine 2 mm appartenaient à trois espèces différentes de Cladodontomorphes. Or, elles ont été découvertes dans des sédiments de roche datant du début du Crétacé (soit il y a environ 130 millions d’années), lorsque l’océan recouvrait l’actuelle région de Montpellier. Cette découverte, loin d’être anodine, montre ainsi que les requins de cette région ont survécu encore environ 120 millions d’années après la grande extinction du Permien. Survenue il y a 252 millions d’années, elle a décimé 95% des espèces marines et 70% des espèces vivants sur les continents.C’est pourquoi la découverte est aussi étonnante. Les fossiles ont été retrouvés dans des “sédiments qui se sont constitués dans une mer assez profonde”, explique Guillaume Guinot, un des paléontologues du Muséum de Genève cité par l’AFP. Ce spécialiste et ses collègues estiment donc que des espèces de Cladodontomorphes ont pu échapper à l’hécatombe en se réfugiant dans des eaux plus profondes. Des mini-requins à la morphologie extravaganteÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette découverte “change notre vision de ce qu’a été cette extinction”, a indiqué Guinot à NBC News. La trouvaille suggère qu’il pourrait y avoir dans les dépôts de sédiments, bien d’autres poissons vivant dans les profondeurs que nous n’avons pas encore trouvé. Cela suggère aussi que “l’extinction n’a peut-être pas été aussi dramatique pour les poissons cartilagineux”.  Les Cladodontomorphes “n’étaient pas de grands prédateurs”. Ils possédaient des “morphologies extravagantes”, comme “une sorte de peigne dorsal” ou un “crochet au-dessus de la tête”, à la place de la nageoire dorsale. Ainsi, la découverte montre “l’intérêt des milieux marins profonds dans la compréhension de la biodiversité”, conclut M. Guinot.(crédits photo : Alain Beneteau) Le 30 octobre 2013 à 18:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Duck Hunt

first_imgWho Are They?Duck Hunt is this rascal of a chortling pooch, as well as one of the waterfowl he mocks you for not shooting down, from the classic NES game Duck Hunt. However, joining the duo is the disembodied presence of someone off-screen shooting an NES Zapper, the same light gun you would use to shoot ducks in Duck Hunt. Guest stars from other NES Zapper games, from Hogan’s Alley to Wild Gunman, also show up during certain moves.Smash HistoryEvery Smash Bros. game needs a wacky retro newcomer to round out the character roster at the end, like Mr. Game & Watch or R.O.B. The Robot. Duck Hunt served that role as the final newcomer for the base lineup in Smash Wii U/3DS before DLC. Plus who doesn’t appreciate more dogs in a fighting game?What Looks New in Ultimate?Playing as Duck Hunt lets you inflict the same pain on players that you felt yourself when that smug canine first laughed at you back in the 1980s. Duck Hunt’s playstyle revolves around annoying opponents from a distance with all sorts of weird projectiles like clay discs and exploding cans. When you’re in trouble just fly away with the duck on your back. And so far in Ultimate Duck Hunt mostly enjoys buffs, making that annoyance even more effective.Our Hopes?Duck Hunt was such a cool unexpected pick for a NES-era rep we’re glad they’re still here. But even cooler is how the whole “bird riding a furry mammal” combo lets you almost pretend Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie is in the game. We would like to know who is wielding that Zapper though? Is it Sakurai?Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. 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Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guide Stay on target Duck Hunt Takes Aim!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Duck Hunt.center_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… last_img read more

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9/19 WWE Results: Waco, Texas (Reigns vs. Wyatt)

first_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest WhatsApp Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Winscenter_img Luke Harper Returns To WWE Live New matches announced for Summerslam, Updated card in three weeks in Toronto Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey 9/19 WWE Results: Waco, Texas* Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev.* Curtis Axel def. Adam Rose.* R-Truth def. Adam Rose.* Paige, Charlotte & Becky Lynch def. Sasha Banks, Naomi & Tamina.* Dean Ambrose def. Luke Harper.* Jimmy Uso def. Bo Dallas.* Sheamus def. Jack Swagger.* Roman Reigns def. Bray Wyatt in a street fight match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Seth Rollins Videos Articles Facebook Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Bomb scare on Cascade Middle School bus was hoax

first_imgA Cascade Middle School student who was reportedly overheard talking about bringing a bomb to school prompted a police response Friday afternoon, sending neighboring schools into lockdown.The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. after students were released for the day, Evergreen Public Schools spokeswoman Gail Spolar said.The student was joking with a friend on the school bus about carrying around a bomb in their backpack all day. Another student overheard the conversation and called their parent. The parent then called 911, Spolar said.Evergreen and Legacy high schools went into lockdown for about five to 10 minutes.All of the students were removed from the bus, Spolar said, and the student talking about the bomb was dealt with at the school. The other students were put on another bus while things were sorted out and to prevent delays in getting home.“Of course the moral of the story is don’t joke about anything (of that nature),” Spolar said. “Right now, things are heightened. It’s just not a good thing to joke about at all.last_img read more

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Redknapp believes Defoe signing will help Rangers challenge Celtic

first_imgHarry Redknapp believes the signing of Jermain Defoe by Rangers will help the club challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.The Bournemouth striker will have a medical on Saturday before finalizing an 18-month loan move to the Gers.The former England international is expected to join up with the Steven Gerrard’s men for the start of their winter training camp in Spain on Monday.Redknapp coached Defoe at a number of clubs including West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham and feels optimism among the Ibrox fans about the addition of the 36-year-old is well justified.With Steven Davis expected to join from Southampton, Redknapp believes the Light Blues can challenge Celtic for the league title this season following their recent Old Firm victory.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“He’s a fantastic player,” said Redknapp, according to Daily Mail.“And still very fit. I’m sure he’ll score plenty of goals at Rangers.”“He’s a great finisher, he’s got fantastic movement. If they’ve got people that can slide passes into him then he’ll score goals all day.”“He’ll be a real big signing for Rangers and I’m sure Stevie (Gerrard) will be delighted to have him.”“If he gets Steven Davis as well that would be two amazing signings, I can see it making a big difference to their team. They could push Celtic all the way with those two in the team.”last_img read more

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Man stabbed in Serra Mesa refused to cooperate with investigators

first_imgMan stabbed in Serra Mesa refused to cooperate with investigators Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man was stabbed at a Serra Mesa apartment complex Saturday, but whoever committed the act was gone by the time police arrived.Officers headed to an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Mission Village Drive just before 9:15 a.m. for a report of a stabbing, but found both the victim and the suspect had already left, San Diego Police Officer Steve Bourasa said.A short time later, a man turned up at a Coronado hospital with a stab wound, Bourasa said. The man is believed to be the victim in the incident, but he was uncooperative with investigators and yielded little information about what transpired.“He’s not really talking,” Bourasa said.The man was transferred to a different hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening. Posted: July 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 28, 2018last_img read more

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Selawik officer faces charges after 16yearold girl dies

first_imgA substitute village police officer in an Inupiat Eskimo village in northwest Alaska is facing charges that he provided alcohol to two minors, one of which was later found dead.Alaska State Troopers say 29-year-old Brent Norton of Selawik gave alcohol to a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl this week. Troopers also allege he sexually assaulted the 16-year-old after she became incapacitated, and she was later found dead.He’s been charged with felony counts of providing alcohol to minors and sexual assault. Troopers say the Office of Special Prosecutions will review the case and autopsy results and decide if additional charges will be filed.KTUU reports Norton also faces charges for previously giving alcohol to a 13-year-old girl on two occasions. He was awaiting trial on these charges when the 16-year-old girl died.He was being held without bail. A message left with the public defender’s office in Kotzebue, which has been assigned to represent him, wasn’t immediately returned Thursday to The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Street Fighter and How SNK Started the Fighting Game Wars

first_imgStay on target This week sees the release of SNK 40th Anniversary Collection, a compendium of two dozen arcade games from the remarkably durable Japanese studio. If you know SNK, it’s probably because of their fighting games like Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown and King of Fighters, the latter two which continue to the present day. But how did SNK get into the fighting game business in the first place? The answer lies with one of gaming history’s most fascinating tales. Let’s get into it.Ancient HistoryShin Nihon Kikaku — “New Japan Project” — was incorporated in 1973, but it wasn’t until the end of the decade when founder Eikichi Kawasaki made the decision to push the company into video games. They released their first title, Ozma Wars, in 1979. 1981’s Vanguard was licensed to Centauri for U.S. release at the height of the arcade boom, bringing serious coin into the company’s coffers.AdChoices广告In 1981, they established an American office of their own in Sunnyvale, California. The company would release nearly two dozen games before 1986’s Ikari Warriors, a run and gun title inspired by Rambo that was wildly successful. SNK also bet big on the new to market Nintendo Entertainment System, licensing and porting many of their successful arcade titles to the home console. By the end of the 80s, they were also producing original titles for the NES like action-RPG Crystalis.When Nintendo and Sega moved into the 16-bit era in the 1990s, SNK also made a move on the home console market with the Neo-Geo, a $599 beast of a system that played their arcade software. It was insanely powerful, but the price point doomed it to a luxury for the super-fans at best. The Neo-Geo platform, though, would play host to the next step in SNK’s software evolution.Round One FightIt’s not an exaggeration to say that the arcade market was completely upended by Capcom’s introduction of Street Fighter II in 1991. Its two-player competitive mode revitalized the industry, with the winning player staying on while the loser slunk away in defeat. Profits were up and the company’s competitors rushed to cash in. Our friends at SNK were already two steps ahead, though, with their prescient hiring of Hiroshi Matsumoto and Takashi Nishiyama.Also known as “Finish” Hiroshi, Matsumoto had been a planner at Capcom in the late 1980s. One of the titles he worked on was the original Street Fighter. Nishiyama was the original SF‘s director. Although that game wasn’t a robust success — its bizarre pressure pad buttons and slow, awkward gameplay were both drastically improved in the sequel — the two men learned a lot from it, and during their last years at Capcom were present for the early development of the sequel. SNK actively headhunted both men and other members of the development team because they knew they were onto something.SNK released Fatal Fury, created by Nishiyama, just nine months after Street Fighter II. It had everything Capcom’s game had — large, colorful characters with a handful of special moves triggered by quarter-circle joystick motions — plus something else: the ability to move back and forth between two planes on the Z-axis. And, because it ran on the Neo-Geo hardware, arcade fans could play the very same game at home.In 1992, Matsumoto followed suit with SNK’s next one-on-one game, Art of Fighting. That title had huge sprites that employed graphical scaling, so when players moved closer and farther away they’d change size proportionate to the screen, as well as a “spirit gauge” that powered the characters’ special moves. Both Capcom hires had left their mark on SNK, and the company would pivot heavily towards fighting games for the rest of the decade.Matsumoto and Nishiyama would bring their two franchises together for 1994’s King Of Fighters, an innovative mash-up that let players assemble teams of three warriors to face off in traditional 2D fighting style. KOF would become SNK’s flagship franchise, with updates nearly every year adding new fighters and game mechanics.Cross CounterWhile you’d think that Capcom staff were pretty sore at SNK for stealing the talent to make their fighting franchises, the Japanese game industry is a tight-knit world and Matsumoto and Nishiyama continued to talk to their Capcom counterparts. The companies also used their fighting games to poke fun at each other.1995’s Street Fighter Alpha introduced Dan Hibiki, a ponytailed martial artist clad in a gi remarkably similar to Art Of Fighting‘s protagonist Ryo Sakazaki. There were many other similarities — he throws his fireball with one hand, like Ryo, but it travels an embarrassingly short distance. The thing about Dan is that he was an overt joke character, letting Capcom put a thumb in SNK’s eye by running down their flagship character.SNK would fire back with the introduction of Yuri Sakazaki in the King of Fighters series. The perky young karate fighter has a moveset almost entirely plagiarized from a variety of Street Fighter characters, from Ken’s uppercut to Makoto’s intro animation. Unlike Dan, though, Yuri was more than a joke character and has actually been high tier in many KOF games.There were no hard feelings, though, and soon afterwards the two companies would come together in a more productive manner. Starting in 1999, the SNK vs. Capcom and Capcom Vs. SNK games pit the greatest fighters of each roster against each other on a variety of platforms, from the Neo Geo Pocket Color to the Dreamcast. Of the entire series, 2001’s Capcom vs. SNK 2 has stood the test of time best, allowing players to select from six “grooves” that determine how their special bar charges as well as giving them different offensive and defensive options.Dark DaysLike many companies focused on the arcade market, SNK had a rough time at the dawn of the new millennium. With the fighting game craze petered out except for a dedicated subculture, the myriad franchises slowly winnowing themselves down. In 2000, facing bankruptcy, SNK sold its assets to a Japanese firm called Aruze, which specialized in pachinko and slot machines. Aside from a King of Fighters pachislot, they didn’t do much with it.SNK founder Eikichi Kawasaki founded a firm called Playmore, which ended up buying SNK’s assets back from Aruze a few years later. They then sued Aruze for using SNK assets without permission and were awarded over 5 million yen. With that in their war chest, the company moved back into the gaming market, seeing both successes and failures. They currently focus on home console gaming, with many FGC fans hype for the upcoming Samurai Shodown reboot.Nishiyama and Matsumoto left SNK in 2000 to found Dimps, an independent studio that started out making licensed GBA games and Dragon Ball titles. Dimps also ventured into the original IP market with fighting game series The Rumble Fish. Capcom brought the pair back into the fold, hiring Dimps to co-develop Street Fighter IV and V.That’s a great illustration of exactly how valuable those two guys have been to the history of the fighting genre — 30 years after they worked on the first Street Fighter, they’re still plugged in to the highest-profile franchise in the game. SNK’s hire of the duo was one of the smartest move in the firm’s history.More on More Characters We Want Confirmed for ‘Smash’11 Greatest Esports Moments of All Time25 Years Later, How ‘Super Metroid’ Defined a Genre No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… last_img read more

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Prolonged daily sitting causes 4 of deaths globally says study

first_imgSitting for more than three hours per day is responsible for nearly four per cent of deaths in the world, shows an analysis of surveys from 54 countries around the world.Reducing sitting time to less than three hours per day would increase life expectancy by an average of 0.2 years, the researchers estimated.In order to properly assess the damaging effects of sitting, the study analysed behavioural surveys from 54 countries around the world and matched them with statistics on population size, actuarial table and overall deaths. Researchers found that sitting time significantly impacted all-cause mortality, accounting for approximately 433,000, or 3.8 per cent, of all deaths across the 54 nations in the study.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’They also found that sitting had higher impact on mortality rates in the Western Pacific region. The findings were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. While researchers found that sitting contributed to all-cause mortality, they also estimated the impact from reduced sitting time independent of moderate to vigorous physical activity. “It was observed that even modest reductions, such as a 10 per cent reduction in the mean sitting time or a 30-minute absolute decrease of sitting time per day, could have an instant impact in all-cause mortality in the 54 evaluated countries, whereas bolder changes would represent at least three times fewer deaths versus the 10 per cent or 30-minute reduction scenarios, explained lead investigator Leandro Rezende.last_img read more

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Jetstar reaffirms Cairns Japan service

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Jetstar said it has no intentions of suspending its services between Cairns and Japan, despite the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami. A Jetstar spokesperson said the airline is committed to servicing the Cairns market and is holding daily meetings to discuss the situation in Japan, The Cairns Post reported. “Obviously we know the importance of the Japanese market to Cairns. It’s in the top three,” the spokesperson said.”There have been many cancellations, we’ve had thousands of inquiries and we’re making arrangements such as deferring travel, travel vouchers, refunds and travel to other destinations.”Leadership is really important and we are really showing that leadership by continuing to fly to Japan from Cairns.”The spokesperson added that the carrier has confidence that the third largest economy in the world will recover and rebuild after the recent natural disaster.last_img read more

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