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Manitoba man who shot at Mounties wounding one sentenced to 18 years

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first_imgMINNEDOSA, Man. — A Manitoba man who shot at two RCMP officers and left one with severe injuries has been given an 18-year prison sentence.Therae Racette-Beaulieu pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of attempted murder, break and enter, and robbery in connection with a string of crimes in western Manitoba last summer.Court heard Racette-Beaulieu was 18 when he and some other men broke into residences and garages and stole items including a truck and a semi-automatic shotgun.When police responded and forced the stolen truck off the road near Onanole, Man., the men inside fled and Racette-Beaulieu started firing.Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was hit with pellets in the back of his head and Const. Mitch Thompson was pinned down and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.Provincial court Judge John Combs said in his sentencing decision that the shooter’s actions deserve strong condemnation.“To state the obvious, the conduct of Mr. Racette-Beaulieu was disturbing and abhorrent,” Combs said Tuesday.“These officers, and their families, are scarred for life.”The shooting led to a manhunt that ended several hours later in Neepawa, Man. Four suspects were arrested. The other three accused are still before the courts.Combs acknowledged that Racette-Beaulieu had a traumatic childhood, was abused by his father and suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a low intellectual capacity. But, the judge added, Racette-Beaulieu has also not expressed remorse for his crimes.“He has a lack of empathy and has reluctance to accept responsibility,” Combs said.“He remains, in his present state, a very dangerous individual.”During his victim impact statement last month, Kingdon said his life was changed by the shooting. He has been unable to return to work and is not able to do many of his favourite activities with his wife and two daughters.“The only reason my family is not describing my murder right now is that I fought to live, and brave police officers and paramedics saved my life,” Kingdon said at the time.The Crown was seeking 20 years in prison while the defence asked for 16 1/2 years.Combs ruled Racette-Beaulieu should serve 18 years, less nine months credit for the time he has spent in custody.— by Steve Lambert in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Homeland Creator Says No To Militarys War On Animals

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first_imgGideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world.Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.After reading PETA’s exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond urging him to switch to the high-tech human simulators that most military institutions use to teach life-saving skills.“I am troubled that this violence still goes on when more humane and effective ways of training medics and doctors are available, so I have joined Peta’s campaign to end this cruel practice,” he wrote. “Caring for the wellbeing of animals and preparing the troops serving our countries are not mutually exclusive. Sparing animals pain and death in training drills means that military personnel receive better medical training and ultimately better care if they are wounded on the battlefield.”To read the letter, click here.Source:PETA UKlast_img read more

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Kahnawake facing human rights investigation over membership law

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first_imgAPTN National NewsDoes human rights legislation trump the membership laws of a First Nation?The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is currently under investigation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission over their membership law.The investigation is coming from human rights complaints made by people inside the community.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

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Canadas Canola Sector receiving help from Canadian Government

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first_imgCanadian farmers and producers now have preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries, with the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).According to the Government of Canada, they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian producers and want to ensure they have the support they need. The Government shares they are prepared to respond to support producers of other commodities should further trade actions occur.Strong and stable markets for our high-quality Canadian canola means more money in the pockets of our farmers and supports good, middle-class jobs for Canadian farm families. The Government of Canada will not rest until this issue is resolved for our Canadian producers, workers and communities. The announcement by Minister Bibeau shares, the Government intends to amend the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations to temporarily increase loan limits under the Advance Payments Program (APP). These changes will help ease cash flow pressures that farmers are facing and help them manage the impacts of market disruptions in key export countries.The regulatory amendment would change the loan limits for the APP for the 2019 year as follows:Advances of up to $1 million will be available on all commodities, more than double the previous limit of $400,000.The first $100,000 will remain interest-free on all commodities, except canola. Canola advances will be eligible for up to $500,000 (total) interest-free.As well as the announcement, Minister Bibeau shared as part of the Government of Canada’s trade diversification strategy, she will be heading to Japan in May to participate in the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting. During Minister Bibeau’s time in Japan, she will meet with Japanese industry leaders and officials from several countries to advance Canada’s agricultural trade.“Farmers deserve our support as we work to maintain full market access to China and create new opportunities for them to grow their business. We are ensuring that farmers have the security they need leading into this year’s season to help manage their cash flow, giving them the flexibility to sell their canola at the best time and at the best price. Our government will always stand up for Canadian interests and support hardworking farmers as we work closely with the grains sector, exporters and provinces to secure unrestricted market access for Canada’s high-quality canola”, said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.As well Minister Carr announced that he will be leading a canola trade mission to Japan and South Korea in early June. Minister Carr’s outreach will build on his work to engage other high-potential countries including UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Germany, and France. Trade missions open doors and provide on-the-ground support so that companies can compete and succeed in the international playing field.“For the last three years, our government has been focused on diversifying our trading partners and opening new markets to high-quality, Canadian-made products, including canola. Through our new trade agreements, Canadian businesses—including exporters and agri-food producers—now have preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion customers around the globe. This trade mission will give us another opportunity to open new doors for our canola farmers in both Japan and South Korea.” said Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification OTTAWA, ONT – The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining full market access for Canadian canola seed exports to China to support Canadian producers and their families.Canada’s canola producers will export $11 billion in canola to more than 50 countries in 2018. Canola producers are key drivers of jobs, economic prosperity and growth for the middle class, shared the Government.The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr announced actions to support Canadian farm families.last_img read more

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UN envoy in Nepal calls for security agreements for Maoists as firstphase

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The report by the Joint Monitoring Coordinating Committee (JMCC), made up of representatives from the UN, the Maoist Army and the Nepal Army, was signed yesterday and concluded that nearly 3,500 weapons were registered as well as more than 31,000 Maoist combatants during this first phase of the process.“It is essential that the Government and the CPN-M (Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)) immediately finalize arrangements for security of the Maoist leadership, so that UNMIN can put in place full monitoring procedures for all Maoist arms,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ian Martin, the head of UNMIN.“UNMIN, and the members of the JMCC, will investigate any alleged breaches of the Agreement on Monitoring Arms and Armies, including reports of weapons outside the cantonment sites which are not approved for the security of Maoist leaders.” The second phase of the monitoring process is scheduled to begin later this month and involves verifying the details of each person registered as a Maoist combatant to ensure they joined the army before the deadline of 25 May 2006 and that they are over the age of 18.According to the conclusion of the report, the Nepal Army is to store arms in equal numbers to that of the Maoist Army, and discussions on this are ongoing within the JMCC.The Security Council established UNMIN in January to assist with the follow-up to the Nepalese peace deal and also to support this year’s planned elections in the impoverished Himalayan country where 10 years of civil war killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.However last month, amid violence in the Terai region of southern Nepal, Maoist combatants leaving their cantonment sites and a continuing lack of agreement among the political parties, Mr. Martin warned that June’s scheduled polls may have to be postponed.“Unless a consensus can be reached very soon on the electoral arrangements for the constituent assembly election then the intention to hold that election by mid-June will be called into question,” he told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York. 9 March 2007The United Nations Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) today made public the conclusions of a tripartite report on the first phase of the world body’s registration of Maoist arms and fighters, as laid down in last year’s peace deal, while the UN envoy to the country said it was “essential” to reach an agreement regarding security for the group’s leaders. read more

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On biodiversity day UN highlights social economic and green benefits of forests

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“Despite our growing understanding and appreciation of just how much we reap from forests, they are still disappearing at an alarming rate,” said Mr. Ban in a message to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, which falls on 22 May each year.Last October, the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization, a landmark treaty that links conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity with development.“Forests contain a vast – and barely catalogued – store of biodiversity. The early ratification and implementation of this protocol can support forest protection and the sustainable use of biodiversity. This, in turn, can contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable national development,” said Mr. Ban.He drew attention to the fact that this year’s observance of the International Day for Biodiversity coincides with the International Year of Forests, declared by the General Assembly to educate the global community about the value of forests and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them. “The benefits of forests are far-reaching. Forests catch and store water, stabilize soils, harbour biodiversity and make an important contribution to regulating climate and the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is devoted to highlighting the need for urgent action.”He noted with appreciation that awareness is growing that stemming deforestation and forest degradation can contribute to reducing the threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation.The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, acclaimed actor and conservationist Edward Norton, for his part, warned that humanity is wreaking havoc with Earth’s capacity to sustain life through destructive exploitation of natural resources and decimation of the planet’s biodiversity.“We are disrupting the natural systems of our planet in ways that will cause havoc for our way of life,” Mr. Norton told UN News Centre in an interview.“The UN is providing a forum for countries big and small to work together on how we can put into policy issues like environmental sustainability, protection of biodiversity, protection of forests, combating desertification,” he said.The Secretary-General pointed out that governments will next year reconvene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and called for a recommitment to the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.Twenty-two States have signed the Nagoya Protocol, which will enter into force 90 days after ratification by 50 Parties to the CBD. More States expected to sign the protocol at UN Headquarters in September on the sidelines of the 66th session of the General Assembly, according to the secretariat of the convention.The protocol envisages the setting up of an international regime on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, which will lay down the basic ground rules on how nations cooperate in obtaining genetic resources.It outline how benefits – for example, from when a plant’s genetics are turned into a commercial product, such as medicine – will be shared with countries and communities which conserved and managed that resource, in some cases for millennia.Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), cited one of the agency’s reports that analyzes the contribution that $15 billion a year – or 0.03 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) – can make to greening the forest sector, including triggering greater investments in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation.“Over the period 2011 to 2050, investment of $15 billion annually would raise the value added in the forestry industry by more than 20 per cent, relative to business as usual. A transition to a Green Economy could increase forested land – currently close to 4 billion hectares – by over three per cent in 2020, eight per cent by 2030 and over 20 per cent by 2050,” said Mr. Steiner.In her message, the current President of UNEP”s Governing Council and Spain’s Minister of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs, Rosa Aguilar, said conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity is a key component for sustainable development and the green economy.“Conservation and the sustainable use of biological diversity are, nevertheless, a challenge for society as a whole, and require the support, collaboration and the involvement of all social and economic actors.“Each and every one of us, at an individual and collective level, can and have the duty to contribute to this common purpose, which will translate into the well-being of our society and of future generations,” said Ms. Aguilar. 20 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over alarming deforestation and the degradation of woodlands and urged States to implement the recently agreed international treaty on sharing the benefits of the Earth’s genetic resources, including forests and the natural valuables found in them. read more

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Trump ally reassures Canadians He really truly believes in having free trade

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CHARLOTTETOWN — A key ally of Donald Trump says Canadians should understand the U.S. president believes in free trade, and they shouldn’t read too much into what they hear.Maine Governor Paul LePage, in Charlottetown for a meeting of Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors on Monday, said he’s spoken to Trump on the subject and he is confident any issues with NAFTA “can be fixed.”“Don’t read in too much in what you sometimes hear. He really truly believes in having free trade and good, honest trade between the two countries. He really does believe that.”Trump again suggested Sunday that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be terminated, tweeting that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult.” It was the first time that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Trump repeated his NAFTA criticisms Monday during a news conference with Finland’s president, calling it one of the worst trade deals in history.Trump said the U.S. will likely have to begin the termination process before it gets a fair deal.“It’s been a one-sided deal — and this includes Canada by the way. Great respect for Canada, great love for Canada, but it’s been a one-sided deal for Canada and for Mexico … it’s been unfair for too long,” he said.LePage, who campaigned several times with Trump, said earlier in the day Canada likely has little to worry about.“I don’t really believe he’s concerned as much over Canada as much as maybe Mexico.”The Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors ended their meeting Monday with a resolution to tout the importance of cross-border trade and commerce to their respective economies.Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said it’s his hope that any rhetoric coming from Washington won’t affect an opportunity to refresh and modernize NAFTA.The best result, he said, would see as little harm done as possible during the negotiations.“In 1864 when the Fathers of Confederation came to P.E.I., most of them were not greeted upon their arrival because most of the population was at the circus. Right now the circus is in Washington,” the Democratic governor said in Charlottetown.“I’m hopeful that the rhetoric that has been applied most frequently to our southern neighbours, but at times to our northern neighbours is just that, rhetoric, and that this will be looked at as an opportunity to refresh these agreements and to modernize them.”Vermont Governor Philip Scott said the governors realize the importance of the trade relationship with Canada and he believes common sense will result in a mutually beneficial deal.Frank McKenna — a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and former premier of New Brunswick — said people should not get caught up in Trump’s tweets.“He’s a negotiator. It’s in his blood,” McKenna said in Charlottetown. “I think he’s always going to use soaring rhetoric as part of negotiations, but at the end of the day there are a lot of sober-minded people involved at the negotiating table guiding the negotiations and supporting the negotiations.”McKenna, now deputy chair of TD Bank Group, was the luncheon speaker at the conference of premiers and governors. He said he remains confident that the Canada-U.S. relationship will be strong during and after negotiations on both NAFTA and softwood lumber.“The relationship is massive, it’s integrated, and it is highly supported on both sides of the border. At the end of the day the government of Canada is handling the file beautifully in my view and I think we’re going to come out eventually with a softwood lumber agreement and, as well, a new NAFTA.”LePage had proposed that the leaders gathered in Charlottetown join together on softwood lumber. He wants them to write a letter supporting exemptions on duties for softwood lumber from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.LePage said the pressure for the duties is coming from the U.S. lumber coalition.He said the U.S. industry is being irresponsible and if new, hefty duties remain in place there will be collateral damage to economies on both sides of the border.In June, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.LePage said the issue needs to be resolved quickly — noting that Texas is going to need a lot of softwood lumber to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.“When you get eight feet of water in Texas, there’s going to be a lot of lumber needed in the next couple of months to rebuild that state. And it’s going to be coming from Canada and the U.S.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said many of the states and provinces at the meeting are each others’ largest trading partners and they will continue work to grow ties that run historically deep. read more

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Loonie moves slightly lower after sharp runup on new round of Fed

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TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday after the U.S. Federal Reserve unveiled a third round of economic stimulus to help a weak economy.The loonie was down 0.3 of a cent to 102.97 cents US after the U.S. central bank said it will spend $40 billion a month on a new round of bond purchases and will continue to do so until the job market shows substantial improvement.The money will be spent on mortgage backed securities to keep interest rates low, encourage lending and support the slow recovery of the housing sector.The loonie had been up more than half a cent earlier Friday morning but moved lower amid soft manufacturing data while traders took some profits from a substantial gain.The loonie surged more than two cents over the past seven sessions as the European Central Bank announced a plan to purchase government bonds in order to keep eurozone borrowing costs under control and speculation mounted the Fed would act to support a slowing economy.“Central bank policy, namely by the ECB and Fed, have put significant downward pressure on the U.S. dollar,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.“The looming threat of (further stimulus moves), without substantial improvement in the labour force, is likely to put additional downward pressure on the U.S. dollar and has made employment releases a key component of USD valuation.”On the economic front, there was data showing slowing Canadian manufacturing shipments and U.S. retail sales.Statistics Canada said that manufacturing sales fell 1.5 per cent to $48.3 billion in July, the third decrease in five months. The agency said that declines in transportation equipment were largely responsible for the overall drop.And in the U.S., the Commerce Department said retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.9 per cent. Gas station sales jumped 5.5 per cent, the most in nearly three years and a reflection of sharp price increases. Demand for autos increased 1.7 per cent.Outside those categories, sales rose only 0.1 per cent.Commodities were higher as the Fed program raised demand prospects for oil and metals.Geopolitical worries also drove oil prices higher as a wave of anti-American protests in the Mideast raised supply concerns.Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital Thursday. Ongoing clashes have been taking place around the U.S. mission in Cairo, and the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed Tuesday.The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 69 cents to US$99.The rally in copper prices continued with the December contract up 12 cents to US$3.83 a pound. Copper, viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries, has surged 19 cents this past week.Bullion gained 60 cents to US$1,772.70 an ounce following a jump of almost $40 on Thursday as the Fed program raised inflation concerns. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie moves slightly lower after sharp runup on new round of Fed stimulus by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 4:19 pm MDT read more

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Market rally and rising rates boost pension plans Mercer report says

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by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 2, 2014 11:36 am MDT TORONTO – The health of Canadian pension plans improved to its best level in more than a decade in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to strong stock markets and rising long-term interest rates, consulting firm Mercer said Thursday.The Mercer pension health index, which tracks the funded status of a hypothetical defined benefit pension plan, stood at 106 per cent at Dec. 31 — its highest level since June 2001.The index started the year at 82 per cent and stood at 98 per cent at Sept. 30.“It’s hard to overstate how good 2013 was for most defined benefit pension plans,” said Manuel Monteiro, a partner in Mercer’s financial strategy group.“Stock markets soared, long-term interest rates rose sharply, and the Canadian dollar weakened, which further magnified foreign returns.”The firm estimated that almost 40 per cent of pension plans were fully funded at the end of 2013, compared with six per cent at the beginning of the year.The assessment by Mercer came as a quarterly survey by insurance and consulting firm Aon Hewitt suggested the average solvency funded ratio of defined benefit pension plans increased to 93.4 per cent.Aon Hewitt said the ratio, based on more than 275 plans, was 24.8 percentage points higher than a year ago.“Last year saw a remarkable turnaround and we ended with the highest median solvency ratio in six years,” said Will da Silva, senior partner in Aon Hewitt’s retirement practice.The firm said roughly 26 per cent of the plans surveyed were more than fully funded at the end of the fourth quarter, compared with three per cent at the end of 2012.Long-term Government of Canada bond yields, a key factor in calculating the liabilities of pension plans, ended the year at 3.2 per cent, up from 2.3 per cent at the beginning of the year.Mercer estimated that a one percentage point increase in long-term interest rates would reduce the liabilities of most pension plans by 10 per cent to 15 per cent.Under a defined benefit pension, a plan pays a promised amount to retirees, while under a defined contribution plan, a member receives a set amount that they then invest to pay for their retirement.The health of defined benefit pension plans has been a key issue for many of Canada’s largest corporate names as record low interest rates have driven up the liabilities of plans and forced companies to make large contributions.The rising costs have also helped defined contribution pension plans gain in popularity as their costs are more predictable than a defined benefit plan and not susceptible to swings in interest rates or the stock market. Market rally and rising rates boost pension plans, Mercer report says AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Amaya shareholders give OK to deal for online poker company the Oldford

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by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 12:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Amaya Gaming Group’s shareholders have approved a financing that’s key to its proposed acquisition of the world’s largest online poker company, operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.The company (TSX:AYA) said Wednesday it has now obtained all the required shareholder approvals after receiving regulatory support needed to close the deal.Shareholders approved the creation of a new class of convertible preferred shares and warrants as part of the financing. They also approved changing the company’s name to Amaya Inc.Montreal-based Amaya has agreed to pay US$4.9 billion for the Oldford Group, parent company of the Rational Group, whose poker brands have more than 85 million registered players.CEO David Baazov said after the meeting that he was pleased with the “phenomenal and overwhelming support” from shareholders, but acknowledged the hard work that lies ahead.“As hard as you feel you’ve worked historically in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) and until you get the transaction done, the hard part always comes after it’s done,” he said in a brief interview.Analyst Ralph Garcea of Global Maxfin Capital raised his target price for Amaya to $35 from $30 on anticipation of strong results ahead.“We believe the street is underestimating the positive impact of the recent deals as well as the growth opportunities in U.S. online gaming,” he wrote in a report.After hitting an all-time high on Tuesday, Amaya’s shares closed down 12 cents at $29.49 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The Rational Group, based on the Isle of Man off the coast of Britain, is also a producer of live poker events and poker programming for television and online audiences. It employs more than 1,700 people and has online poker licenses in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Italy, Malta and Spain.Amaya provides gambling products and services for casinos and gambling companies in North America, Latin America and Europe.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter Amaya shareholders give OK to deal for online poker company the Oldford Group read more

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Legion opens model concept branch in Kensington

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(Crystal Laderas – 660 NEWS) by Crystal Laderas Posted Jun 20, 2017 3:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2017 at 4:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email There’s a modern kitchen and lounge open in the trendy northwest neighbourhood of Kensington, and most people would never be able to guess who owns it.North Calgary Branch No. 264 moved into a four-storey facility that houses a members lounge, office space and the 7,000 square foot 1918 Tap & Table.Six years ago, membership was dropping and the decades-old building was in rough shape. It faced similar problems that has legions across the country closing their doors.“The choice was close the legion or find a sustainable model like this,” said area city councillor Druh Farrell.“I think the public will want to be a part of this. Legions, because of their model and some of the services that they delivered in the past, were losing some relevance. They recognized that, and they’re going to be providing new services to the new veteran.””We build community in the name of the legion…,” –@nenshi #yyc pic.twitter.com/PUy25jTBNq— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) June 20, 2017Branch 264 found value in the land it owned and it signed a land swap arrangement and partnered with builder Truman Homes.Treasurer Mark Barham said the legion is debt free, and its mortgage is paid for. He added the mixed-use facility is catching the attention of branches facing closure and the dominion president who believes it’s a framework for others to follow.“Dave Flannigan indicated that this is the way of the future, this is where we have to go. Legions across the country are sitting on property, so in essence, they’re asset rich but they’re cash flow poor,” said Barham.The new branch was built on the same land as the old building. It has three revenue streams — membership, the office space for lease and the first-floor restaurant 1918 Tap & Table.1918 Tap & Table – 1st floor of legion. A non-profit restaurant, revenue will be donated to charities it supports. pic.twitter.com/dRP5Bfxp9K— Crystal Laderas (@CrisLaderas) June 20, 2017“That will generate, of course, the profit, we intend on taking that profit and kicking it back into the community. So, in essence, it’s a not-for-profit restaurant,” said Barham.Eighty-two-year-old Royal Canadian Air Force veteran, Marion Mascaro, thinks she will be sitting next to new members who are drawn in by the restaurant.“A lot of those people will end up joining because it’s a nice building and it would be a nice date,” said Mascaro. “Say you’re a dentist and a doctor or something like that and you’re having a very busy day. You can ring up the wife and say, ‘come on down we’ll have dinner here.’ It could be very convenient for people like that. Calgary|YYC Legion opens model concept branch in Kensington read more

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Businessmans gun cash stolen as vehicle broken into on Brickdam

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedestrian killed after Brickdam accidentJanuary 2, 2018In “Crime”Bandits rob UNDP employees outside Brickdam officeSeptember 24, 2016In “latest news”‘Bandit’ turns self in after robbing, shooting minerSeptember 7, 2017In “Crime” A silver/grey Toyota Premio vehicle, PVV 4583 belonging to a 34-year-old businessman was on Monday last broken into and the man was robbed of his semi-automatic pistol with live rounds and approximately $350,000 in cash while in the vicinity of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Office on Brickdam Road and Winter Place, Georgetown.The victim has been identified as Tyrone Hamilton of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara.According to information received, the incident occurred at around 13:30hrs on the day in question.INews understands that the victim left his home and visited a commercial bank on Robb Street, Georgetown where he conducted a business transaction.Shortly after, Hamilton visited the NIS and parked his car on the western side of Winter Place before entering the public building.Upon returning to his motorcar, Hamilton told police that he observed that the left side of his car window was broken and upon closer inspection, realised that the cash and his .32 Taurus Millennium semi-automatic pistol, with a magazine containing eight (8) matching rounds was missing.The matter was reported to the Brickdam Police Station and several latent prints were lifted from the vehicle.Investigations are ongoing. read more

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New Outotec office in Manila to support mining plus electrowinning deal in

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first_imgOutotec has opened a new office in Manila, the Philippines, as part of the company’s expansion in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The new office was inaugurated by Stuart Sneyd, President of Outotec’s APAC region, in the presence of customers, ministries and industry associations. The Philippines is ranked as the fifth most mineralised country in the world and has some of the world’s largest resources of gold, copper and nickel. Approximately 30% of the country’s total land area is believed to contain important metallic mineral deposits. Outotec says it “is committed to helping the Philippines develop its world-class resource industry in a sustainable way. The new office in Manila will focus on serving Outotec’s customers, driving sales in the growing market, and supporting project implementation in the Philippines.”Speaking during the event, Sneyd said, “Outotec has sold technologies for copper smelting and concentrating in the Philippines since the 1960s. Through our industry-leading technologies we want to make a strong contribution to sustainable development of the Philippines mining and metallurgical industry. Apart from the mining and metals sector, this market also offers attractive growth opportunities for Outotec in industrial water treatment and renewable energy sectors. With the opening of our Manila office, we will take our capability to deliver sustainable technology solutions and local customer support services to a whole new level in the Philippines.”Elsewhere, in Mexico the company has has agreed with Cobre del Mayo on the delivery of full anode conversion of the Piedras Verdes copper electrowinning plant in Mexico. The delivery will include over 6,000 of the new mixed metal oxide coated titanium anodes. Cobre del Mayo’s refinery at Piedras Verdes in Sonora, the heart of Mexico’s copper production, produces approximately 30,000 t/y of copper. Outotec’s coated titanium anodes were tested on-site for nine months, and the results verified that Outotec anodes will operate at a significant reduction in energy consumption and provide higher current efficiency than traditional lead anodes. An additional benefit is elimination of lead from the whole electrowinning operation. The end result for Cobre del Mayo is higher quality copper product at lower operating costs.“This is the fifth copper electrowinning conversion from lead anodes to Outotec coated titanium anodes in the industry. The energy efficiency benefits and lower operating costs of our anodes ensure short payback time for the investment and made it an easy choice for Cobre del Mayo”, says Robin Lindahl, head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area. Outotec acquired the mixed metal oxide coated titanium anode business of Republic Alternative Technologies in April 2014. The acquisition complements its offerings for sustainable technologies and life-cycle solutions.last_img read more

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Surreal video gives us a glimpse of flying roller coasters

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first_img.Every kid loves a good roller coaster ride. Well, at least kids who aren’t scared of heights or prone to motion sickness do. The suspenseful climb, the big drop, the twists and turns; roller coasters are designed for maximum thrills.But what if you took away the tracks, yet could somehow keep the roller coaster moving? This would defy all laws of gravity. But that hasn’t stopped a clever filmmaker from experimenting with the idea. The result is a bizarre and entertaining ride through Buenos Aires, featuring rides that propel themselves through Argentinian space.This clip is called Inception Park, named after the 2010 film Inception. In the dream world that was created in Christopher Nolan’s Hollywood blockbuster, laws of physics are meaningless. Hotels can be suspended in a state of zero gravity. People can become chameleons, completely morphing their physical appearances. Entire cities can be folded in half. Inception Park also conjures a fantasy world of dreams, but things are much simpler: all you have to worry about are floating amusement park rides.As you can see above, a trackless roller coaster takes on a serpent-like appearance. Teacup-like rides look positively dangerous when performed on a ledge. Tourists photograph it all just as casually as they would the Monumento de los Españoles.Inception Park is the work of an imaginative filmmaker, Fernando Livschitz. He took some mundane video of Buenos Aires, some feed of amusement park rides, and used some CG software to tie it all together. If rules are made to be broken, then the imagination of artists like Livschitz are breaking the rules of nature. It’s nothing we’ll see in our lifetimes, but that’s part of what makes film entertaining, no?Black Sheep Films via Dvicelast_img read more

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Its About Time The Flash Told Us Savitars Identity

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first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target After months of teasing and slow, painfully somber TV episodes, we finally know who Savitar is. Though it took way too long to get to this point, at least it came at the end of a good episode. After last week injected a sense of hope back into this series, last night’s show rode that momentum to create one of the more fun episodes we’ve had in a while. Most of that has to do with Killer Frost. She’s been a great villain ever since we first saw her Earth-2 version last season. Now that the Caitlin we know and love has become her, she’s so much more interesting.This happened before, back in the first half of the season when Caitlin’s powers first took over her mind. That only lasted one episode though, and science cuffs had her back to normal. Now that she’s teamed up with Savitar getting Caitlin back isn’t going to be easy. Killer Frost is interesting because The Flash can’t fight her the way he does other rogues. Underneath all that ice, she’s still their friend. They don’t want to hurt her; they want to help her. It creates a dilemma for the whole team when she tries to kill them. In this episode especially, Vibe couldn’t bring himself to use his powers against her.That’s really what this episode was about: Vibe learning how to be a superhero. He needed to learn that sometimes saving someone’s life requires him to do things he’s afraid to do. He needed to learn that he can and will have to control his powers. Why him? Well, given what we now know about Savitar, Cisco might have to take on more of a leading role for the final three episodes of the season. We’ll get to that later.Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The other reason Killer Frost makes such a great villain on The Flash is that her powers look so cool. Ice abilities translate to the screen really well and make for fantastically fun fight scenes. It also helped that they waited a few scenes to have her show up. At the beginning, Julian is angry that nobody has been able to find her yet, and they’re all concentrating on other things. At this point, it’s obvious she’s going to make an appearance, but we have no idea when. It’s not until the team is focused on something else entirely that we even see the hint of her presence. The team finds Tracy Brand, the doctor who created a way to imprison Savitar in the future. Well, she’s not a doctor yet. For now, she’s a failed Ph.D. candidate whose research was laughed out of the room. While the team is trying to convince her not to burn everything and work in fast food, a cloud of telltale frost appears on the glass.The first fight scene is brief, but like all the action sequences in this episode, it’s well-put-together and exciting as hell. There’s an especially cool trick Barry pulls where he snaps his fingers and using the spark to create a flamethrower out of a butane torch. Didn’t realize that was possible. From here on out, the story becomes about protecting Tracy from Killer Frosts repeated attacks, and convincing her to create the Savitar trap early. This all leads to my favorite fight scene of the entire episode. Watching Killer Frost fly between buildings, sliding on her own ice path, while the Flash chases her up buildings will never not be cool.Anne Dudek as Tracy Brand (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Tracy also appears to be a love interest for H.R. Bonding over their shared love of coffee; he awkwardly flirts in a way that adds some levity and humor to the episode. H.R. is one of the better additions to the show this season has made, and it was fun watching these two outsiders fall in like with each other. I wish I could say the same for Joe’s relationship storyline this week. With so much else going on in this episode, the Joe/Cecile plot felt like an afterthought. Maybe if this had come in an earlier episode, they could have spent more time on it and made it matter. As it is, every time the two of them were on screen, I wondered why we were focusing on them. Especially since she just unceremoniously brought into the fold. We didn’t even get to see her reaction to learning the identities of Flash and Kid Flash. (Speaking of, is this all we’re going to do with his inter-dimensional relationship? Just ship him off to a different universe whenever you can’t find room for him in the script. That’s messed up, CW.)The point of all the love going around in this episode is to make Savitar’s identity click in Barry’s mind. He starts thinking about who he would be without love, and it all comes back to him. This scene could have been cool, but they drag it out even more. If the show had just let the answer click with Barry and trusted the audience to piece it together on our own, it would have been a cool reveal. Instead, we got a drawn out montage of every clue we’ve seen so far. I hate it when TV shows and movies do this. Please, have a little faith in your audience. Nonetheless, we finally see the truth. Savitar is none other than future Barry Allen. Without Iris, the circa-2005 Green Day hair apparently took root in Barry’s brain, and now we have Savitar.Danielle Panabaker as Killer Frost (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As mishandled as the reveal was, Savitar being future-Barry is an interesting twist on the evil speedster thing the show has been doing for three seasons now. Barry having to face himself opens up all sorts of cool stories the show could explore. Which only goes to show they should have revealed his identity sooner. Had they not put off this reveal for so long, it might have been the big shock they were going for. Had it not dragged the season into an endless spiral of interminable sadness, maybe our reaction would have been more than, “FINALLY!” When Barry says he knows who Savitar is, and Savitar says “It’s about time,” I’m right there with him. Yeah, it is about time, this mystery ran out of steam a month and a half ago.At least now, the show can move on to finding a way to defeat him. Thanks to Tracy, they’ve already made some progress on that. Having Barry fight his future self should open up a lot of interesting places for this story to go. I only wish they left themselves more than three episodes to explore them. Plus, as I said before, it is likely going to be Vibe’s time to shine very soon. Since Savitar remembers everything Barry does, Cisco might be the only person who can surprise him. There’s a reason this whole episode was about him learning to use his powers against a friend. Final thought: I just realized that now, season three of The Flash is essentially the Zelda II of the series. It’s not as fun as its predecessor, and it ends with the protagonist fighting a dark version of himself. Maybe that means season four will be The Flash‘s Link to the Past?last_img read more

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Highlevel GHMC team visits Kukatpally areas

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first_imgKukatpally: M Dana Kishore, the Commissioner of GHMC, on Monday inspected the areas flooded by the recent rain in Kukatpally constituency. He went round the spots facing inundation along with top officials of HMWSSB, Transco, Municipal Administration department and traffic police. The GHMC chief identified 40 spots facing floods.He directed officials to use motors to ensure that there is no water stagnation on roads and in colonies. Dana Kishore identified that there was stagnation of water on over 120 roads and also some spots for finding solutions to traffic problems, after holding discussions with the Traffic wing officials. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us He said steps would be taken to make sure that vehicle users don’t face traffic jams with the cooperation of the traffic police. The GHMC chief later told press persons that indiscriminate dumping of waste, including construction material, was causing water stagnation. He warned of taking strong action against those resorting to such dumping.last_img read more

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Special officer to rule Guntur Zilla Parishad from today

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first_imgGuntur: The tenure of Guntur District Zilla Parishad members completed on June 4. The government appointed District Collector I Samuel Anand Kumar as special officer and issued orders to this effect. He was already special officer for Guntur Municipal Corporation. Due to sand policy of TDP government, ZPs revenue had drastically fallen as a result the ZPs are facing resource crunch. Janimun, who was elected on TDP ticket as ZPTC, shifted her loyalty to YSRCP. Meanwhile, the government is planning to conduct the ZP elections. Zilla Parishad standing committee meeting held on Thursday took several decisions relating to development works. Later, the officials gave farewell to the ZPTCs and ZP Chairperson Janimun. Later, they felicitated Janimun. ZP chief executive officer PS Surya Prakasa Rao was also present.last_img read more

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Comedian Rajpal Yadavs message to daughter on her halfbirthday is winning hearts

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first_imgRajpal Yadav with his daughters and wife Radha.InstagramBollywood comedian Rajpal Yadav posted a sweet message for his baby daughter’s half-birthday on April 10, and its winning hearts. The comedian who was recently in a controversy along with his wife Radha in a Rs 5 crore loan case, seemed in a happy mood on his daughter’s big day.Rajpal Yadav has three daughters, the eldest being from his first wife Karuna. The youngest one was born in October 2018 and celebrated her half-birthday with her papa. The National School of Drama alumnus posted a message full of praise for womankind, and encouragement for his baby daughter. His message, posted in Hindi on social networking sites Instagram and Twitter, is in support of daughters and women empowerment.Rajpal Yadav talks of his baby’s sweet smile and how when his wife told him about the baby completing six months, he couldn’t stop thinking how important daughters and women are to this world. He tells his daughter to remember when she grows up that she is no less than a man, rather she is eight times more powerful than a man. He asks her to value a person’s time rather than seek sympathy. Read the message here.Rajpal Yadav said in Hindi, “सुबह सुबह उठा, तुम्हारी प्यारी सी हँसी देख के लगा की तुम्हारे मन की जो हँसी है वो पापा के अंतर्मन की हँसी है। और सामने वाइफ़ का चेहरा देखा तो बोली ६ महीने की हो गयी है। सुबह सुबह एकदम चिंतन में चला गया।काफ़ी देर तक सोचता रहा. तुम्हारी आँखों में देखता रहा और फिर अपनी माँ की याद आ गयी। मेरी बेटी एक बात हमेशा याद रखना की तुम किसी पुरुष से ८ गुना ज़्यादा शक्तिशाली हो और इतिहास इस बात का गवाह है की नारी शक्ति पुरुष शक्ति से ८ गुना ज़्यादा है और इसको आप अपना अभिमान नहीं स्वाभिमान मानिये। आप किसी से सहानुभूति की जगह समय की क़दर करो। आप ईश्वर की वो रचना हो जो लोगों को सहानभूति दे सकती हो। रेहाँशी समय इतनी जल्दी निकल गया और आप ६ महीने की हो चुकी है। मेरी तरफ़ से आपको १/२ जन्मदिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ। बेटियों है तो ये संसार है। बेटियों की वजह से परिवार है। बेटियाँ नहीं तो ये संसार बिलकुल निराधार और बेकार है। मैं हर एक बेटी का सम्मान और आदर करता हूँ। #happyhalfbirthday #love #godbessyou#blessings #rise #shine.”We hope and wish all fathers think the same about their daughters, and all men do. That would certainly make the world a better place, wouldn’t it?last_img read more

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FRDI Bill Online petition to remove controversial clause goes viral as people

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first_imgIndian Parliament. [Representational Image]WikipediaThe controversial Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) bill has been in the news every other day. This time an online petition, demanding the exclusion of the “bail in” provision of the Bill, is doing rounds and has already attracted over 1.3 lakh signatures.Indian middle-class fears the FRDI bill in the current form, because apparently Clause 52 of the draft legislation proposes a “bail-in” provision which would give legal powers to a specially-mandated authority called the “Resolution Corporation” to invoke it. The provision apparently allows the government to use depositors’ money to bail out banks on the verge of bankruptcy.The petition, titled “Do not use innocent depositors”, was floated two weeks ago and aims to gather 1.5 lakh signatures. The face behind the campaign, Shilpa Shree, said: “This bill gives power to a government entity to use depositors’ money to save a bank on the verge of bankruptcy.”The joint committee reviewing the bill sought on Monday, December 18, more time from Parliament to submit its report. Following that, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the lower house has extending the time granted to the joint panel “up to the last day of Budget Session 2018,” news agency PTI reported.According to the government, the bill is aimed to put in place a framework for overseeing financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and stock exchanges in cases of insolvency.The petition has been addressed to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with five members of the Joint Committee of the Bill.The proposed bill provides depositors insurance up to a limit in case of failure. Currently, all deposits up to Rs 1 lakh are protected under the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation Act, which is sought to be repealed by the proposed bill.However, the finance minister recently tweeted to assure people that the Bill would not hurt depositors’ interests.”The FRDI Bill will strengthen the system by adding a comprehensive resolution regime that will help ensure that, in the rare event of failure of a financial service provider, there is a system of quick, orderly and efficient resolution in favour of depositors,” he tweeted.The FRDI Bill does not propose in any way to limit the scope of powers for the Government to extend financing and resolution support to banks, including public sector banks. Government’s implicit guarantee for public sector banks remains unaffected.— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) 7 December 2017Recently, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the bill “draconian” and wrote to Jaitley requesting its immediate withdrawal. In a letter, she said people would lose faith in the banking system if the bill was not withdrawn.”I will like to sincerely appeal to the Centre to desist from enacting this Draconian law and withdraw the bill to ensure that the common people in the country are saved from financial ruin,” Mamata wrote in her letter.Bank employee unions had in September urged the finance minister to withdraw the bill after it was tabled in the Lok Sabha in the Monsoon session.Speaking recently at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci)’s 90th annual general meeting at in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Rumours regarding FRDI are being spread. The Central government is working towards protecting interest and rights of depositors but the rumours being spread are totally opposite.”Rumors regarding FRDI are being spread. Govt is working towards protecting interest and rights of depositors but rumors being spread are totally opposite. Contribution of institutions like FICCI important to dispel such rumors: PM Modi in Delhi pic.twitter.com/Xpia2Q2UFy— ANI (@ANI) 13 December 2017last_img read more

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Gjallarhorn returns New Destiny trailer reveals exotic in Rise of Iron

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first_imgIt’s here. Hours after yet another leak of Destiny news, Bungie has released the official trailer for Rise of Iron, the next major expansion. It’s as glorious as we hoped.Confirmed for a release date of September 20, just over two years after Destiny’s original release, Rise of Iron will focus on Lord Saladin taking his wolves to fight the enemies beyond the wall in Old Russia. This is an all-new setting called The Plaguelands, an area near the Cosmodrome that was quarantined for centuries and thought to be safe. This new faction called the Devil Splicers have broken down the wall and found old tech in the ruins, harnessing it to transform the area for their nefarious needs.This is a Fallen army, but they’re almost unrecognizable from their southern brothers and sisters. Don’t expect a simple reskinning- these Devil Splicers are warped and seem mechanically enhanced, with electric peg legs and knives at the ready.  Much like The Taken it appears that these Splicers will warp into areas, this time in a blaze of electric red light. Could this mean they infect other areas of the game? Let’s hope.But besides this brand new zone, perhaps most exciting thing for longtime players is the return of everyone’s favorite weapon, the Gjallarhorn. They’re really going hard with this wolf theme!As any Destiny diehard knows, the Gjallarhorn is an exotic rocket launcher that is covered in engraven wolves, and was probably the most coveted weapon in Year One. It features upgrades like enemy tracking, wolfpack rounds (basically cluster missiles), and proximity detonation, which makes the rocket blow up when it nears someone. All of that combined to make a nearly unstoppable rocket launcher… or at least it used to be. When The Taken King released last year it was nowhere to be found, and since you weren’t able to upgrade the gun in Year Two, players were left to look elsewhere for even greater firepower.But it’s back in black, as the trailer is sure to state. If you pre-order the expansion you will get the Iron Gjallarhorn, a reskinned version of the almighty special weapon. Read the fine print however and you’ll note that you’ll only receive the weapon after completing an in-game quest for it, the same as everyone else. The quest will involve you actually forging a brand new weapon from the armor of fallen heroes. At least it doesn’t involve having to consume Red Bull.But otherwise the trailer reveals much of what we already knew. We’re going to have a new campaign, new raid, new strike, new social space, a “significant light increase”, etc. You can even get some nifty new wolf armor!Here’s some more details, straight from Bungie-New Social Space: Felwinter Peak-From their mountain fortress atop Felwinter Peak, the Iron Lords onceranged across the planet, battling the Darkness and protecting the survivors of the Collapse. After the Iron Lords fell, so too was their fortress reclaimed. Now, new Guardians must make the icy climb to reclaim the snowy mountaintop that looks out onto The Plaguelands, and establish a new base of operations in the fight against the Fallen Devil Splicers. New Enemy Faction-Every Fallen House has Splicers – body hackers and bioengineers who fuse metal and flesh – but The Devil Splicers have uncovered the ultimate technology, SIVA, a Golden Age breakthrough in self-assembling, self-replicating nano-technology. The Fallen have always worshiped machine gods, now, armed with SIVA, the Devil Splicers are becoming machine gods themselves. Confront the Fallen Devil Splicers in The Plaguelands, find the source of the SIVA outbreak, and contain it at any cost. New Six-Player Raid-Deep below the earth lies the true source of the SIVA outbreak, guarded by the most zealous and powerful Fallen Devil Splicers. Six Guardians will plumb the depths to stop the threat at its source. Should they emerge victorious, they will return to the surface wielding powerful new SIVA weapons and armor. All of this will run you $30, and again, this is PS4 and Xbox One only. September is when you will fire up those dormant Destiny accounts once again.last_img read more

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