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Quebec Premier Francois Legault apologizes to First Nation and Inuit peoples in the province’s National Assembly on Wednesday.APTN News Quebec Premier Francois Legault has followed one of the calls to action in the Viens report and apologized to First Nations and Inuit peoples for long-standing discrimination in their dealings with the province.Legault made the formal public apology today at a sitting of the provincial legislature and said the government is ready to act on recommendations contained in the report issued this week.The apology was the first of 142 calls to action laid out by the Viens commissioner Jacques Viens, which concluded that the province’s Indigenous communities suffered systemic discrimination.Legault called the findings in the report devastating and pledged that the Quebec government will work with Indigenous leaders to implement the recommendations.The Quebec government has convened a meeting of First Nations and Inuit leaders on Oct. 17 to discuss further action.The apology came as many Indigenous chiefs and leaders looked on from the visitors’ gallery of the national assembly’s legislative chamber.“I offer Quebec’s First Nations and Inuit members the most sincere apology from all of Quebec,” Legault said. “The state of Quebec has failed in its duty to you, and it asks you today for forgiveness.”But on Monday, the day the report was released, the head of the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) said it was “too weak,” and didn’t go far enough in recommending the changes needed.Fast forward to Wednesday and the apology, Ghislain Picard said in a statement that while the AFNQL recognizes the gesture of reconciliation, “First Nations are looking towards the future while worrying that [Quebec] does not understand the urgency of taking immediate action to correct the current situation.”“[Legault] may attempt to make amends for the past, but I especially wish that he would do so for today, when the Government of Quebec, on this very day, stood before the court and continued to affirm that [the province] has never recognized the right to self-determination of Fist Nations, and that it refuses to recognize that First Nations police services are essential services,” Picard explained.For two and a half years, Viens led the inquiry that was charged with looking into the relationship between Indigenous peoples in Quebec and some of the province’s public services.The inquiry was called after a number of First Nations women in Val d’Or, a mining city 525 kilometres northwest of Montreal, complained about physical and sexual abuse by members of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The 520 page report contains 142 calls to action. Not just for police, but for other public services such as health, justice and social services.The recommendations include more money for housing, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and making services more friendly for non-French speaking Indigenous people.Viens says the calls to action are meant to combat what he describes as systemic racism in the province.“In a developed society like ours, this finding is unacceptable,” he said.Picard said the report confirms what First Nations people have been saying for a long time.He welcomed the report but worries about accountability around its email@example.com@aptnnews-with files from Lindsay Richardson, Tom Fennario and The Canadian Press
BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9:20 a.m.The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has written to Prime Minister Theresa May, spelling out what he wants in exchange for backing the government’s Brexit plan.In the letter, Jeremy Corbyn again demanded permanent British membership in a customs union, which May has repeatedly ruled out.Corbyn told the prime minister she won’t win his backing solely by winning concessions from the European Union on the contentious Irish border issue.The Labour leader said he is seeking “alignment with the union customs code, a common external tariff and an agreement on commercial policy that includes a U.K. say on future EU trade deals.”Corbyn’s position is disappointing some Labour Party legislators who had hoped he would back calls for a second referendum on the Brexit process.___8:25 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is travelling to Brussels in a new attempt to reopen talks with the European Union on the Brexit divorce agreement and will meet with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.With the planned departure date of March 29 closing in, May is expected to be stonewalled by the EU officials when it comes to reopening the legal withdrawal agreement which was already endorsed in November before the U.K. Parliament overwhelmingly rejected it.With the gap between both sides already yawning, Tusk acerbated the frosty climate on Wednesday by wondering aloud what “special place in hell” might be reserved for those who had no idea of how to deliver Brexit.The Associated Press
8 April 2011Filmmakers, activists, journalists, aid workers, policy-makers and United Nations staff are gathering in New York this weekend for a two-day documentary forum aimed at raising public awareness about the fight against hunger worldwide. The third annual “Envision: Addressing Global Issues Through Documentaries” forum, which kicks off tonight, comprises film screenings and panel discussions centred on the themes of combating hunger and poverty, one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to try to achieve by 2015.Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, said the choice of poverty and hunger for this year’s event was particularly timely given the approaching target date for the MDGs.“We must redouble our efforts to bring the crisis facing so much of the world’s population into the public eye,” Mr. Akasaka said. “Documentarians, who present complex issues to filmgoers in ways that engage the heart and mind alike, are crucial allies in that effort.”The former United States senator and presidential candidate George McGovern, who has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) since 2001, told the UN News Centre that there was “no excuse” for the estimated 1 billion people worldwide going hungry each day.“We need to get our priorities straight. We know how to produce enough food, we know how to distribute enough food, and we know how to teach others how to produce enough food,” he said.Mr. McGovern – who described hunger as the most urgent global problem today – said it was important to remember that defeating hunger was “not a dream. This is something we can do. It’s something that the people of this planet can do.”He said filmmakers, television producers and other artists had an important role in bringing the issue of hunger, as well as other key global issues, to the public spotlight.“A picture can sometimes speak louder than words… Television is such a powerful medium, and there are some very powerful documentaries out there.”Co-organized by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the Envision forum will be screening three films with distinctive subjects.In The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical, filmmaker Sarah McCarthy follows a group of children in an Indian slum who gain the opportunity to perform the movie classic The Sound of Music with the help of an orchestra.Phil Grabsky’s film, The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan, charts the journey of a charismatic boy from the age of eight to the cusp of adulthood at 18, while Lucy Walker’s Waste Land – which was nominated for an Oscar – follows the artist Vik Muniz to the world’s largest garbage dump in Brazil.
TORONTO — The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to take steps to curb rising electricity prices.The organization representing the province’s businesses is issuing a report saying hydro costs are one of the most pressing challenges for Ontario’s economy.The report says industrial electricity prices have risen 16 per cent since 2013 and are slated to climb 13 per cent higher over the next five years.The ministry of energy says Ontario’s industrial electricity rates are competitive with jurisdictions across North America and the government has introduced several programs to help businesses reduce electricity costs.Chamber president and CEO Allan O’Dette says there’s no easy way to bring prices under control, but believes one key step is for the Liberal government to be more transparent about how costs are calculated.He says more disclosure about peak and off-peak times could help all consumers keep their hydro expenses under control.O’Dette also says the government should reverse its decision to remove a debt retirement charge from residential bills starting next year, adding it’s unfair to leave businesses shouldering the burden of discharging debt.“Year over year, the cost of electricity continues to rise,” O’Dette said in a telephone interview. “Has the sky fallen? No it hasn’t…I think what we’re saying here is the majority of our members are raising electricity prices as a major, major concern.”A spokesman for the ministry of energy touted various programs that he said are “directly assisting businesses in maximizing the cost-saving benefits of conservation.”Behind the two attempts to privatize Hydro One: This time, there’s a lot less dramaScotiabank and RBC selected to lead Ontario’s Hydro One market debut, biggest IPO in 16 years“While we seek to reduce costs through conservation initiatives and prudent system planning, (Premier) Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals have also implemented a wide range of programs to reduce the cost of electricity for businesses,” Dan Moulton wrote in a statement.The report, compiled by seeking input from local chambers of commerce over the past year, lists several recommendations the government could adopt to keep prices in check.O’Dette said the thorny policy issues involved made it difficult to reach a consensus, but the two primary suggestions were widely agreed upon.Transparency, O’Dette said, is the most glaring oversight in the government’s current approach to managing the province’s electricity. Business and consumers, he said, are left in the dark as to the complex rules that dictate how a hydro bill is calculated and are therefore unable to change their usage patterns to keep the total down.He also cited the pending partial sale of Hydro One, a move opposition parties are decrying as a surefire way to send electricity costs through the roof.The government has announced plans to sell 60 per cent of the giant utility that also serves as a local electricity distributor for 1.3 million customers. The Liberals hope the sale will raise $9 billion, $5 billion of which is earmarked for hydro debt.O’Dette, however, said the facts on the prospective deal are so scanty that the chamber couldn’t even factor it into its report.We really don’t know too much about the Hydro One sale“The reality is we really don’t know too much about the Hydro One sale,” he said. “What we’re calling on is a little bit more transparency around that.”The report’s other key recommendation focuses on the debt retirement charge, a fee averaging $5.60 a month that has been in place since 2002 to defray the costs of old nuclear plants.The government has announced that the charge will come off residential bills starting Jan. 1, 2016, while businesses will continue to pay the fee.O’Dette said the move places an unfair burden on the province’s economy and urged the Liberals to leave the charge in place for all hydro users until the debt is paid down. The ministry of energy said it would not be following the chamber’s recommendation on the debt retirement charge.“The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is recommending that hardworking Ontario families and seniors pay higher electricity bills, and this is not something our government will do,” Moulton wrote.The report argues that reduced hydro prices are necessary to keep businesses competitive, saying several pending government initiatives will join forces to create a tough economic climate in the province.The chamber cites an increase to minimum wage, an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan in the works, and a review of the Labour Relations Act as potential drags on the province’s businesses.
“With this dialogue taking place in every part of the world, appeals to war will be met with appeals to compromise,” Mr. Annan said at the outset of the debate, which stemmed from the 1998 decision of the General Assembly to proclaim 2001 as the Year for Dialogue among Civilizations. “Hatred will be met with tolerance. Violence will be met with resolve. A dialogue among civilizations is humanity’s best answer to humanity’s worst enemies.” The Secretary-General noted that the Dialogue was not based on the premise that humanity was all the same, or always in agreement, “but rather on appreciation of the fact that we represent a diversity of cultures, and that our beliefs reflect this diversity.”For his part, Assembly President Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea said that over the millennia, humankind had developed and nurtured a wealth of civilizations that had interacted with each other. In the globalizing world, diverse cultures could constitute a source of stability, which was an important lesson the Dialogue among Civilizations had taught. “Indeed, tolerance and dialogue should be included among the core values of the international community. Without them, peace and security cannot be achieved and would hardly be worth achieving,” Mr. Han said.President Mohammad Khatami of Iran, who initially proposed the Dialogue idea, said all cultures, civilizations and faiths were now bound to cohabit the same world by the inviolable verdict of technology. It was therefore the best of times to cultivate harmony and foster empathy among this variety. “Let us have compassion not only for ourselves but also for others,” he said. “Let us have compassion for the others within their own idiosyncratic realms. Having compassion for others should not coerce them to assimilate within us, or to succumb to our values. Compassion should come unconditionally.”Among close to 30 speakers addressing the Assembly today, the Federal Chancellor of Austria, Wolfgang Schüssel, stressed that in order to reach all segments of society, it was important to put the Dialogue on a broader base. “We will have to aim for the children, our future,” he said. “They all – boys and girls alike – need to be taught the merits of mutual respect and solidarity. They shall be able to grow up with a profound understanding and esteem for diversity.”Zlatko Lagumdzija, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that less than 10 years ago terrorists in his country had tried to misuse religion and ethnic identity in order to widen the gap between “us” and “them.” Today, another group of people was misusing religion in order to impose its own brand of terror. The international community had to use this overall human and American tragedy as an opportunity to wake up and hit the very roots of global terrorism. The fight that was being fought today was a fight against the consequences of poverty, ignorance and injustice. There was, however, a much bigger task facing the international community: uprooting the causes and eliminating potential focal points for the new extremists.
Gazprom says China, Russia sign 30-year, $400 billion natural gas supply deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SHANGHAI – China signed a landmark deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth about $400 billion, giving a boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin and expanding Moscow’s ties with Asia.Price negotiations on the 30-year deal continued into the final hours of a two-day visit by Putin to China, during which both sides had said they hoped to sign an agreement.Putin was in Shanghai for an Asian security conference where China’s president called for a new model of Asian security co-operation based on a regional group that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States.The gas deal gives Moscow an economic boost at a time when Washington and the European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on dozens of Russian officials and several companies over Ukraine. It allows Russia to diversify its markets for gas, which now goes mostly to Europe.The agreement “opened the door for Russia to enter into Asia’s gas market,” said Keun-Wook Paik, senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.Politically, the deal has provided “a breathing space for Russia,” Paik said. “Russia, and Putin, can demonstrate it’s not completely isolated because of the Ukraine crisis. Russia has demonstrated that they have a very reliable strategic partnership with China.”Russia’s economy has been bruised by its dispute with the West over Ukraine’s tilt toward the European Union, a shift that inflamed Moscow’s insecurities about declining influence and sparked its annexation of Crimea in March.The supplies will help to ease gas shortages in China, the world’s second-largest economy, and curb reliance on coal.The agreement calls for Russian government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. with 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually, Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov told The Associated Press. That would represent about a quarter of China’s current annual gas consumption of nearly 150 billion cubic meters.The contract is worth a total of $400 billion, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told Russian news agencies. That figure is greater than the GDP of South Africa. Gas is due to begin flowing to China as early as 2018.The U.S. treasury secretary, Jacob Lew, appealed to China during a visit last week to avoid taking steps that might offset sanctions. However, American officials have acknowledged China’s pressing need for energy.The contract “particularly important” at a time when Europe has threatened to cut gas imports and reduce its dependence on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, said Alexander Lukin, a deputy head of the Russian Diplomatic Academy under the country’s Foreign Ministry, quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.“We will be able to show to Europe that we have other customers,” Lukin said.Alexei Pushkov, a Kremlin ally who is head of the international affairs committee of the Russian parliament’s lower house, said on Twitter: “The 30-year gas contract with China is of strategic significance. Obama should give up the policy of isolating Russia: It will not work.”CNPC announced it had signed a deal but it gave no details.Putin met Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping while gas negotiations continued in private.The Russian leader’s visit is a “major step toward a strategic partnership of the two nations,” said Mikhail Margelov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, according to RIA Novosti.The Ukraine crisis and Western sanctions on Russia had raised expectations Moscow would compromise to secure the gas deal.The price appears to be closer to the level Russia wanted, according to analyst Xizhou Zhou of IHS Energy. In exchange, the two sides dropped a requirement for prepayment that was a feature of Chinese purchases of Russian oil, he said.“This higher price level reflects China’s willingness to pay more for cleaner fuel,” said Zhou in a report.China and Russia have been negotiating the deal for more than a decade but had been hung up over the gas price.“Gazprom is under increasing geopolitical and competitive pressure to diversify its market toward the East, while China’s gas market remains supply constrained as demand continues to surge,” said Zhou.Russia will invest $55 billion in fulfilling the contract while China will invest $22 billion, Putin told Russian reporters in Shanghai. He said the gas price would be based on a formula linked to that of oil and oil products.Plans call for building a pipeline to link China’s northeast to a line that carries gas from western Siberia to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. The development of a gas centre on the Pacific will allow Russia to export to prosperous markets in Japan and South Korea.___Isachenkov reported from Moscow. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, left, applauds, during signing ceremony in Shanghai, China on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 while Russian Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, second left, and China’s CNPC head Zhou Jiping, second right, hold documents, China’s President Xi Jinping, stands partially seen at right. China signed a long-awaited, 30-year deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth some $400 billion in a financial and diplomatic boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service) by Louise Watt And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2014 6:17 am MDT
Housing starts showing signs of easing over next two years:CMHC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2014 6:48 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s housing market may start showing some signs of easing over the next two years as new construction begins to slow and sale prices climb down slightly, according to the latest forecast by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.The national housing agency is forecasting housing starts in Canada to range between 179,600 and 189,900 units in 2014 on an annual basis, dropping to a range of between 163,000 and 203,200 units in 2015.“Recent trends have shown an increase in housing starts, which is broadly supported by demographic fundamentals,” said Bob Dugan, chief economist at CMHC.“However, our latest forecast calls for starts to edge lower as builders are expected to reduce inventories instead of focusing on new construction,” Dugan said Wednesday.The third quarter outlook also says that Multiple Listing Service sales are expected to range between 450,800 and 482,700 units in 2014, with an average price of between $394,700 and $405,700.In 2015, the CMHC says Multiple Listing Service sales are expected to range from 455,800 to 502,900 units, with and average price of $396,500 to $416,900.“It certainly seems like the soft landing picture is unfolding,” said Benjamin Reitzes, a senior economist with the Bank of Montreal.“Housing has remained resilient despite continuous calls for prices to collapse, or sales to collapse or condos to collapse. Sales have remained consistently strong and you’ve also seen construction remain consistently strong pretty much to everyone’s surprise.”Sales should begin to slow down next year as interest rates begin to rise, which will lead to construction slowing down as well, he said.Construction is currently at about 200,000 units on an annual basis, Reitzes said, but should go down to between 180,000 and 190,000 to avoid oversupply.When it comes to pricing, he added, a lot depends on what market home buyers are in.“You have a hot market in Toronto, a solid market in Vancouver and a very hot market in Calgary. Those are the areas that are really driving price gains throughout the country,” he said.In its forecast, the CMHC said housing starts in the Prairies are projected to increase to 52,900 units in 2014 before moderating to 50,800 in 2015, as net migration to that part of the country is expected to decline from the record achieved in 2013, as is employment growth.Ontario housing activity will regain momentum through the course of 2014 before easing later in 2015, with housing starts in that province ranging between 50,900 and 63,300 units over the next two years.Quebec housing starts are expected to amount to 38,400 units in 2014 and 38,700 units in 2015, as moderate economic and employment growth will hold back demand for existing and new homes.In Atlantic Canada, housing starts are expected to decline close to 14 per cent in 2014 and a further three per cent in 2015, amid a slowdown in economic growth.Earlier this week, CMHC said in its monthly update that housing starts increased to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 200,098 in July, a slight increase from 198,665 in June.It was the fifth consecutive monthly increase in new housing construction, with gains in urban starts were concentrated in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, while the Prairie provinces and Quebec all recorded declines. There were also modest decreases in British Columbia.On Wednesday, the Teranet National Bank National Composite House Price Index reported home prices were also up in July, rising 1.1 per cent from the previous month and exceeding the historical average for July. The index measures price changes for repeat sales of single-family homes.A separate condo report commissioned by Genworth Canada, also out Wednesday, found that population, economic and employment growth all point to a stabilizing of the Canadian condominium market, suggesting that while pockets of higher risk still exist in Toronto and Vancouver, a broad-based downturn is unlikely.
#CampJACK underway. Long socks, cheesy shorts? Check! @morningshowmatt @EricFrancis Kelly @donniefromjack #ABcamping pic.twitter.com/RjvBql697p— Jack FM Calgary (@jackfmcalgary) June 5, 2015 by Stephanie Froese Posted Jun 5, 2015 1:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2015 at 1:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JACK FM pulls up its camp counselor socks Those driving by the Cat ‘N Fiddle Pub along 16th Ave. N.W. Friday morning may have seen some out of place outfits on some of its patrons. “We are dressed the part, we’ve got our khakis on, they’re not sexy at all, they’re not flattering I can tell you that,” says Eric Francis, JACK FM’s morning show host. Francis was spending the day acting as camp counselor for a summer day camp for adults.About 40 listeners headed to the mountains for Camp JACK, for some canoeing, rock climbing and a Canmore brewery tour before trekking back to the pub.Francis said this is a much different adventure than when they started the yearly event in 2013. “The first year we did Camp JACK coincided with the floods here in Calgary, so we decided to scrap the camping and everybody who was supposed to go camping with us decided to pitch in,” he said. “We were part of the massive crew of Calgarins that helped clean up after the flood.” This year besides the canoeing, Francis said he’s most looking forward to taking off his camp counselor high socks. 96.9 Jack FM Calgary#CampJACK is underway and we’re excited! Heading to Banff and Canmore for some Rocky Mountain Fun!! Matt, Eric, Kelly and Donnie have long socks and cheesy shorts on. We’re all set!
A G4S driver allegedly stole around £1 million in cash from his van as he abandoned the vehicle on a London street this week. The security guard reportedly fled with 40 deposit boxes after leaving the cash-in-transit van on a leafy south London street on Tuesday morning.The blue armoured van, covered with G4S logos, sat on a double yellow line on Larkhall Rise, Clapham, for eight hours before police were alerted, it was reported.A local resident suspicious that the van was parked up in a residential area had looked inside and seen “strips of paper with ‘mum,’ ‘dad’ and phone numbers” and grew concerned that someone had been harmed, the Sun reported.The Metropolitan Police’s elite Flying Squad unit launched an investigation and a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft in neighbouring Brixton on Wednesday afternoon. A quantity of cash was recovered and G4S, a major government contractor, said there had been no “material” financial impact from the incident.A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “Police were called at approximately 7pm on Tuesday, 23 April to reports of a theft of cash deposit boxes from a cash-in-transit vehicle.”Officers attended a location in the Larkhall Rise area of Clapham where the vehicle was parked. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle. 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. “He has been taken to a south London police station. A quantity of cash has been recovered.”Police said inquiries were continuing into the incident.A G4S spokeswoman said: “These incidents are extremely rare in our UK Cash business and we are working closely with the Metropolitan Police to resolve the matter. The financial impact is not material.”It comes as the security firm is reviewing offers for a potential sale of its armoured van division after reporting a 55pc plunge in full year profits.A number of private equity firms and public companies have shown interest in the asset, although G4S warned last month a sale was not guaranteed.The FTSE 250 company added that it could still spin the delivery unit off in a demerger, partial separation or public listing. “An investigation was launched by the Met’s Flying Squad and a 36-year-old man was arrested by officers on suspicion of theft at approximately 3pm on Wednesday, 24 April in SW2. The G4S van was said to have been parked on double yellows on Larkhill Rise in Clapham, London, pictured from Google Streetview
There are no easy answers when trying to stop the bloodshed in Syria, but sending more arms and ammunition clearly isn’t one of them. International efforts should be focused on halting arms transfers to all sides and finding a political solution to the crisis.There are serious risks arms could be used to commit human rights violations. And the risks of diversion of weapons and the likely humanitarian consequences are very real. We are already seeing the catastrophic humanitarian impact of this crisis on civilians. NOT EXTENDING THE existing arms embargo on Syria will risk making the situation for civilians in the country even worse, according to international aid agency Oxfam.EU Foreign Ministers are meeting on Monday and the humanitarian agency says failure to extend the EU arms embargo at the end of the month would be “irresponsible and could scupper the fragile glimmer of hope for progress offered by the US-Russian peace summit scheduled for June”.80,000 people have already lost their livesUN figures show that more than 80,000 people have already lost their lives since the start of the Syria crisis two years ago and almost seven million people inside the country need humanitarian aid.Currently, the EU arms embargo forbids the transfer of lethal weapons to Syria – whether to government forces or the opposition.Oxfam Ireland’s Chief Executive Jim Clarken said that if the EU arms embargo was to end it could have devastating consequences. He said: While a relaxation of the arms embargo would “pave the way” for EU states to arm the opposition, Oxfam states it would “almost certainly fan the flames of the conflict and cost lives”.Mr Clarken said the UK and France are taking a “risky course of action” and that diplomacy “should be the priority”.Read: Turkey and US demand Assad stand down>Read: Syria: 3.1 million children need ‘urgent’ help>
The former Arsenal and AC Milan midfielder believes the ex-Gunners manager could be a perfect addition to the Italian clubArsene Wenger left English Premier League club Arsenal after 22 years there.And for former Gunners and AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini, the Frenchman could be the perfect addition to the Rossoneri.“I’m very close to Arsene, it’s been very inspiring for me to work with him. So I think he would be great for AC Milan,” Flamini was reported saying by ESPN.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Even if they already have a great manager in Gattuso, who I played with.”“But Arsene, I worked with him for many years. I don’t need to tell you he’s an incredible manager. He proved it for many years. If he goes to AC Milan, I’m sure he’d do a great job,” he added.“Arsene has a huge amount of experience, and he’s very smart. So he’s someone who will be able to adapt to any type of football.”“And it would be an incredible ad for Italian football to have him there. And maybe he’ll create a new style, who knows? He’s done a lot for English football, coming here and creating this new football based on technique and short passes. So why not do that in Italy?” he asked.
Sony have released a new firmware update (3.56) for the PS3 in an attempt to counterbalance Geohots hack which saw the individual and his team sued by Sony recently over several legalities, one of which was piracy caused by the exploit.However Sony have not confirmed that the update is designed explicitly to stop jailbreaking, but its recent restraining order against Geohot (aka George Hotz) was a minor victory for the corporate (or was it?, keep reading).A San Francisco court granted Sony a temporary restraining order which bans Hotz from offering to the public, creating, posting on-line, marketing, advertising, promoting, installing, distributing, providing, or otherwise trafficking any info or software that is related to circumventing the PS3’s security.Yet if Sony thought it had won the battle the company were mistaken as all this has done is made a martyr of Geohot. Already we have read reports that the 3.56 update has been hacked by a Wii hacker called Youness Alaoui, (aka KaKaRoToKs). Apparently he stated on Twitter the he has been able to unpack the firmware and publish its signing keys, thus allowing for custom firmwares to be created that would mimic the official update and allow hacked PS3s access to the PSN network.With this news Sony’s only hope to combat ongoing piracy is to deploy serial keys with PS3 games, but would this still be enough to deter all but the most determined hackers?Read more at CrunchGear
I love Fist of the North Star and I love Yakuza games. The former is responsible for getting me into anime while the latter fills the void left behind by Shenmue. You can imagine my delight after learning the Yakuza team was about to release a FotNS title in the vein of the company’s popular franchise. Thankfully, Sega came to New York City last month to give the media a taste of Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. After playing a nearly 45-minute long demo, I’m happy to say this is everything I could have hoped for.Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise contains the same set up as the original anime/manga. Protagonist Kenshiro suffers defeat at the hand of his nemesis, Shin. To make matters worse, the villain kidnaps Kenshiro’s girlfriend, Yuria. Afterward, Kenshiro travels across the barren wastelands of a post-apocalyptic world in search of his love. He learns that a woman resembling Yuria was last seen in a city called Eden; where the majority of the game takes place.AdChoices广告The city of Eden is similar to the locales found in Yakuza. However, the city’s structures are mostly comprised of whatever materials citizens salvage from the wasteland. Being a post-apocalyptic land, everything is dirty, rusted, broken, and generally dilapidated. It’s a far cry from the slick, modern Japanese cities and suburbs of Yakuza. With that said, Eden contains its fair share of shops, bars, and recreational centers. Basically, if it’s in a Yakuza city, it’s in Eden… just not as nice looking.While Eden is a veritable paradise compared to most of the inhospitable world, it is no less dangerous. Like in the Yakuza series, random thugs patrol the streets looking for a fight. Unlike Yakuza, these battles are to the death. Kenshiro may exhibit traits similar to Yakuza star, Kiryu Kazuma, but he is a stone-cold killer. He has no problems taking multiple people’s lives, especially if they are a danger to others. Using the deadly Hokuto Shinken style, Kenshiro can make enemy’s body parts explode into chunks of gore. Anyone who gets in Kenshiro’s way is already dead.Being familiar with Yakuza’s combat mechanics, it didn’t take long for me to acclimate to Lost Paradise. Like Kiryu, Kenshiro attacks with a series of punches and kicks. As the game progresses, new moves and combos become unlocked. Kenshiro does not need to use objects in the environment to fight. His fists and feet are all he requires. The main difference with combat is the fact Kenshiro is faster than Kiryu. Besides speed, this is the same tried-and-true Yakuza combat we’ve all come to expect, for the most part. That is most definitely a good thing.More so than Yakuza, Lost Paradise is very dependent on Quick Time Event (QTE) sequences during battles. In order to finish rivals quickly, Kenshiro must first stagger them. He can do this by furiously punching and kicking. When a foe becomes staggered, users must press the Circle button to initiate a killing technique. Successfully performing the QTE sequence will either take off a good portion of a baddie’s health or instantly kill them. QTEs are a point of contention for some gamers. In this instance, I felt they were appropriate and didn’t detract from the action. In fact, these QTEs enhance the inherent brutality of the game’s world.When not making the streets run red with the blood of his enemies, Kenshiro can enjoy some leisure time. During my demo, I went to visit one of Eden’s largest bars. There, I talked to some locals and played a game of darts. Afterward, I went behind the bar to serve customers adult beverages. Seeing the brawny Kenshiro listening to patrons’ mundane problems while making them drinks is as hilarious as it sounds. One must move the analog stick to simulate stirring. I messed up the first time and served a customer what looked like poison. Thankfully, he didn’t die after drinking it. A second drink I made for a dejected young woman came out perfectly, which made her happy. Bartending and other activities like it are silly, but they give the game a nice sense of levity.In addition to the main story, players can complete a wide variety of side missions found all over town. One side quest I initiated concerned (ironically enough) kidnapped children. This showed me that not all side quests would be humorous like they frequently are in Yakuza. I suppose this isn’t shocking given the harsh nature of the game world. With that said, some side quests do indeed exist purely for comedic value. This is still a Yakuza game, even if it has a different moniker.Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise runs on the same engine as all titles prior to Yakuza 6. While this engine isn’t as advanced as the Dragon Engine, it brings the world of Fist of the North Star to life in an admirable fashion. The game’s use of cell shading for characters and environments makes it look like an anime or manga. The almost flat textures also give it a manga/anime look. It should come as no surprise that the fountains of blood which spew from opponents are extremely detailed. Lost Paradise isn’t graphically impressive, but its art style is definitely eye-pleasing.With the exception of the first title released in the West, Yakuza games exclusively feature Japanese voice-overs. Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise features both English and Japanese audio. The demo I played contained English voices, and they sounded great. It very much reminds me of watching the Streamline Pictures dub of the Fist of the North Star movie. If you go with Japanese voices, you’ll hear many of the same actors from the Yakuza series. Appropriately enough, Kiryu’s voice actor plays Kenshiro. No matter which voice tracks you go with, you’ll get top-quality acting, which is awesome.One interesting thing about Lost Paradise is how the Western release contains more violence than the Japanese original. Like in the anime TV series, blood is rarely red. It mostly comes out of foes as black or white. Western users get to enjoy the blood in all of its crimson glory. But, if you don’t want to see all of that raw plasma, you can opt to disable the extra gore. Personally, I’m keeping the gore on.I only got to check out Eden, but there’s more to the game. Specifically, a giant desert wasteland to explore. Like in Eden, players will find all manner of side quests and activities in the open-world environment. They’ll even get to drive an old truck which they can customize to have different abilities. I can’t really speak much on this open-world portion since I didn’t play it, but it sounds intriguing. With that said, I hope we won’t have to spend too long out there seeing as how all the real fun stuff is in Eden.From what I played, I’m quite happy with Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise. While I’m a fan of the source material, I can’t exactly say I’ve enjoyed a single FotNS game. Considering how Lost Paradise is basically a Yakuza game with a different skin, I think it’s safe to say I’m going to enjoy the full game. The best part is that we’re not too far off from its October 2 release date. I cannot wait to play this one. If you like Yakuza games, Fist of the North Star, or over-the-top violence, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise is one to keep on your radar.Revisit Yakuza 0 with the hands-on review on the game’s sixth edition. Check out the Fancy Collector’s Edition on the game too. Read our hands-on review of this creative team’s other game H1Z1: Battle Royale. Stay up to date on all PlayStation 4 games news here. 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