Christchurch: An Australian gunman whose assaults on two New Zealand mosques Friday left at least 49 people dead, published a racist manifesto on Twitter before livestreaming his rampage. The New Zealand government said it could be illegal to share the video, which showed the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range. The Facebook Live video, taken with a camera that appeared to be mounted on the gunman’s body, shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe enters the building and fires repeatedly at worshippers as he moves from room to room. AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman’s footage with images available online showing the same areas. The “manifesto” detailing motivations for the attack was posted on Friday morning onto a Twitter account with the same name and profile image as the Facebook page that streamed the attack. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpIn the video, the shooter parks his car next to the mosque and gets out of the vehicle with a rifle. He slowly goes to the boot of his car and retrieves another firearm. He then walks into the compound of the mosque and fires at a person standing near the doorway before dropping the rifle and shooting repeatedly with the second weapon as he moves inside. The gunman fires dozens of bullets at people trying to run away or lying down in huddled groups in corners of the rooms. In the excerpt of the video viewed by AFP, which did not appear to be the full clip, he can be seen changing cartridges three times in just under two minutes. The framing of the video, which shows only the gunman’s hands holding the gun as he shoots and reloads, is eerily similar to the style of a first-person shooter video game. AFP is not publishing the footage. In the 74-page manifesto entitled “The Great Replacement”, the gunman details his intention to attack Muslims. The title of the document has the same name as a conspiracy theory originating in France that believes European populations are being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates. The gunman identified himself as an Australia-born, 28-year-old white male from a low-income, working-class family. He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Akerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian. “We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison said. New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public. They later announced one man, aged in his late 20s, had been charged with murder and would appear in court on Saturday. The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the car, with what sounded like an Australian accent. Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as he drove to the mosque. Distinctive writing on his weapons was seen in the footage as well as images posted on the Twitter account. Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures — many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries. A few took part in the Crusades, centuries earlier. The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The Twitter account of the same name was quickly suspended. “Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we quickly removed both the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts and the video,” Facebook said in a tweet. “We’re also removing any praise or support for the crime and the shooter or shooters as soon as we’re aware.” A spokesman for New Zealand’s interior ministry said the video is likely to be classified as objectionable content under local law, and could be illegal to share. “The content of the video is disturbing and will be harmful for people to see,” he said. “This is a very real tragedy with real victims and we strongly encourage people to not share or view the video.”
A winter wollop let to dangerous driving conditions across Southern Ontario Saturday.Snow, rain and freezing rain caused slippery roads and sidewalks.The OPP sent out a tweet saying there were 300 collisions on highways they patrol.Most of the crashes happened between noon and 2 p.m.The snow didn’t last long before the temperature rose turning snow to slush and bringing some rain.The wacky winter weather is expected to last for at least the next 24 hours.The temperature will rise to 8 degrees tonight with quite a bit of rain.Then tomorrow afternoon it will plummet to -10 but feel like -20 with more snow after that.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENTMedical evidence played a key role in a judge’s decision to find a 50-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting a woman he met through the Plenty of Fish dating website.Gioulian Nikdima was tried on a single charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm, relating to an incident from March 19, 2016 — the date he and the now-49-year-old victim met for the first time after briefly getting to know each other through the dating site.The woman told the court the two met for coffee, then went for lunch. While she found him sweet and gentlemanly at first, she told the court that changed shortly after he drove them to a dirt road south of Regina. There, she said, he sexually assaulted her in multiple ways, causing her significant injuries when he forced anal sex.Nikdima, who also took the stand at his trial, claimed the sex was consensual and that the woman actually initiated some parts of the encounter, including the anal sex.In addition to challenges presented by two diametrically opposed sets of testimony — a true “he said, she said” case, in the words of Queen’s Bench Justice Fred Kovach — the case hit a snag when the judge noted earlier this month that the indictment on which the charge is based was missing an essential element.Given the location wasn’t stated on the document setting out the charge, defence lawyers Barry Nychuk and Nicolas Brown asked the indictment be quashed. On Thursday, Kovach instead agreed with the position taken by Crown prosecutor Randene Zielke, opting to amend the indictment to include the location.He then went on to deliver his verdict.Kovach noted the testimony of Nikdima and the woman was similar insofar as what came before the incident on the dirt road. Once it came to descriptions of the incident itself, Kovach pointed out he was faced with two very different stories, each presented by a person he found credible in many respects.Because of that, Kovach said he would have had difficulty finding, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a sexual assault had occurred — but only up to the point of anal sex.That was where Nikdima’s credibility hit its limit with the judge. Kovach referenced the testimony of two sexual assault forensic examiners who looked at the woman’s injuries shortly after the incident. One, Kovach noted, had dealt with more than 600 similar exams and found a laceration to the woman’s anus — the most significant of the woman’s various injuries — to be “unusually large.”The woman had testified she’d continually screamed in pain during the forced anal sex; Nikdima denied that happened and claimed she was enjoying the sex. Kovach found Nikdima’s testimony lacked credibility on that point.“Even if I had accepted that the complainant either asked for or, by her actions, invited the anal intercourse, or if I had a reasonable doubt in that regard, she clearly and unequivocally withdrew her consent upon commencement of the act as evidenced by her screams,” he said. “The accused disregarded the screams and persisted to ejaculation without apparent concern or inquiry.”The judge further found there was no air of reality to the proposed defence of honest or mistaken belief, in which it had been argued that Nikdima might have erroneously believed the woman was consenting to the act.Nikdima will remain free on conditions until his sentencing, but was required to turn over his passport as he is not a Canadian citizen. Court heard the outcome of the case could impact his ability to remain in Canada.A pre-sentence report was ordered and sentencing is expected to take place on Dec. email@example.com/LPHeatherP
“We are budgeting more than $64 million for winter preparations throughout the region, including for displaced Syrians in their own country,” the chief spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva. During the news briefing, Ms. Fleming outlined the measures the agency is taking in each of the countries which, altogether, are hosting the more than 340,000 refugees that are currently registered or awaiting registration with UNHCR. In Jordan, where average temperatures drop to two degrees Celsius between mid-November and mid-March, UNHCR will focus on refugees living in camps as well as those living in local communities. There are more than 105,000 Syrians currently registered as refugees or awaiting registration in Jordan. Refugees living in camps will receive a winter package that includes stoves and fuel, warm clothing, thermal blankets, plastic sheeting, hot water bottles and other items. The kit is in addition to the regular provision to refugees of blankets, sleeping mats, mattresses, jerry cans, kitchen sets, buckets, solar lamps and hygiene kits. Tent modifications are also planned for better insulation, Ms. Fleming said, adding that donors are providing more than 2,500 prefabricated family shelters, some 300 of which have already been set up in the camp. Some 50,000 ‘urban refugees,’ who have been using their own resources or depending on help from Jordanian families, will receive cash assistance with an extra amount devoted for winter preparations in November and December. In addition, UNCHR will provide emergency grants to cover urgent needs such as clothing, fuel for heating and rental payments. “We will also issue ‘basic needs vouchers’ which can be used in designated shops across Jordan to purchase winter clothing and a variety of non-food items for use during the winter,” Ms. Fleming said. In Lebanon, where some 94,213 Syrians are scattered across the country, UNHCR is working to ensure the growing population has accommodation that provides sufficient protection from the cold, and that they have enough fuel and warm clothing. In addition, cash rental assistance will be available for some 3,000 families as many are paying high accommodation prices. Ms. Fleming added that host families will also receive assistance to renovate their housing. “Lebanese communities have generously welcomed their Syrian neighbours, but this generosity must be supported to meet the growing needs as the refugee population expands and the winter months approach,” the spokeswoman said. In Turkey, UNHCR is working closely with the Government to provide support in the camps, which are currently hosting 96,000 refugees in seven provinces. Pre-fabricated homes, winter tents, and weather-proof facilities are all measures underway. “UNHCR is prepared to offer its support and expertise in a number of areas, including procurement, technical specifications for various types of equipment, compilation of non-food aid packages, supply and logistics,” Ms. Fleming said. “Discussions are also underway to ensure preparedness for the needs of any urban refugees who may ultimately seek shelter in the camps during the winter months.” In Iraq, assistance will be given to some 20,000 refugees in the three camps in the country. Some 12,000 vulnerable urban refugees and host families will receive cash grants to purchase kerosene for three months, and classrooms in camps will also be replaced with heated, pre-fabricated classrooms and aid packages will be distributed to all new arriving families. In Syria itself, the agency has a Keeping Families Warm programme that will target 500,000 Syrians to provide for the rehabilitation of communal shelters, the distribution of non-food aid, and the provision of one-time cash assistance to the vulnerable. “We are $12 million short of being able to fund this,” Ms. Fleming said. “The money is urgently required if we are to complete all of our winterization activities on time, prior to the onset of cold weather.” More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began last year. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, according to UN estimates.
With just less than a minute remaining in the first half of the Ohio State men’s basketball game against Penn State, OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft attempted to alley-oop freshman forward Sam Thompson about 35 feet from the basket. Thompson leapt to catch the ball, but Craft’s pass never made it into his hands. Instead, the pass landed in the hoop and was good for a 3-pointer. “Well, I got pretty lucky,” Craft said. It was that kind of night for the Buckeyes. No. 4-ranked OSU routed Penn State, 78-54, and moved into a share of the Big Ten lead. The 24-point victory is nothing new for the Buckeyes, especially at home. Not only are the Buckeyes undefeated at the Schottenstein Center, but only one team — Florida — has come closer than 17 points. The win moved OSU’s home record to 15-0 on the season and extended their home win streak to 37 games, the second-longest such streak in program history. PSU coach Patrick Chambers said playing at home is a huge advantage for any team. “The comforts of home and playing in this arena and the fans — it helps (OSU),” Chambers said. “It makes a difference. Going on the road in the Big Ten is absolutely brutal.” Defense led the way for the Buckeyes. PSU missed their first seven shots from the floor, and OSU jumped to an early 8-0 advantage. With six minutes remaining in the first half, PSU had managed just six points and was shooting less than 25 percent from the floor. OSU led at halftime, 38-18. Coming into the game, PSU junior guard Tim Frazier was the Big Ten’s leading scorer, averaging 18 points a game. Frazier got his points in the game, finishing with 16, but 11 of those came in the second half when Craft was only on the floor for six minutes. Craft contributed offensively as well, adding 11 points. Chambers said Frazier needs to bring it every night for his team to be successful and Craft got him out of his game. “I thought Craft did a great job on him.” Chambers said. “I think Craft got into Tim a little bit mentally and physically.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “I thought Aaron was extremely effective,” Matta said. “I think (Frazier) had six points with 12 minutes to go and Aaron likes a good challenge. But for the majority of the game we gave him good support.” Craft made up for missing Thompson in the first half by throwing a lob from an inbounds play that Thompson caught high above the rim and finished with a one-hand jam. Thompson, who joked that he was a “decoy” on the first play, said he and Craft talked about the 35-footer at halftime. “I had a pretty good laugh about it,” Thompson said. “We just executed the play in the second half. The dunk gave OSU a 51-29 lead. Thompson finished with six points, two rebounds and three assists. Senior guard William Buford, who has been going through what some have described as a midseason slump, found his stroke from behind the arc, connecting on three 3-pointers. Buford had 15 points and 9 rebounds on the game. OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger left the game with just under 11 minutes remaining, but was still the Buckeyes’ high-point man, ending with 20 points and 13 rebounds. The win improves OSU’s overall record to 18-3 and its conference record to 6-2. The Buckeyes are now tied atop the Big Ten standings with Michigan, which travels to the Schottenstein Center Sunday for a 1 p.m. tipoff. The game, which is already sold-out, will have Big Ten title ramifications. “You always got to get up for Michigan,” Sullinger said. “Every sport at Ohio State and Michigan, if we clash it’s always a rivalry.”
Police have foiled an alleged Christmas terror plot after swooping on a house in a quiet cul–de-sac in Newcastle upon Tyne.Heavily armed officers from the police’s elite counter-terrorism unit raided an address in the Arthur’s Hill area of the city less than a mile from St James’s Park football stadium and the Eldon Square shopping centre.A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion on preparing acts of terror and was last night being questioned at a police station on West Yorkshire.It is understood police decided to move in amid fears that a lone wolf bomb attack was being plotted in the run up to Christmas.Specialist forensic officers were last night continuing to carry out a fingertip search of the property.More than 100 police officers were involved in the raid which saw a large area around the house cordoned off and neighbours evacuated from their homes. “As part of the operation a number of residents were evacuated from properties as a precautionary measure.”Officers also attended a nearby school to offer reassurance and ensure pupils were away from a nearby property which was being searched as part of the operation. Neighbours described the man who was living at the address as an Asian man in his 30s, but said they knew little about him.Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchinson said: “Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Northumbria Police have this morning (TUES) arrested a man in the Arthur’s Hill area of Newcastle on suspicion of terrorism offences.”The 33-year-old has been taken to a police station in West Yorkshire for questioning.”The arrest was intelligence led and pre-planned as part of an ongoing investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing North East. One man said: “They were dressed like soldiers and had guns – it is armed response. They told us to come up here and evacuated the street.”Another local added: “I was expecting the council to come and fix my bathroom – but it was the police with guns telling me to get out my house. I said ‘you don’t look like the council’.” “When we were satisfied there was no threat posed at this address, residents were allowed to go back home and the school returned to normal.”A police presence remains at the address, including armed officers, and activity will continue for some time. 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. Large areas of near the house were cordoned off and some neighbours evacuated Counter terror police arrested a 33-year-old man after raiding a house in Newcastle Credit:NNP Around 100 officers took part in the raid “I understand our communities will have concerns but I want to offer my reassurance that we are here to serve and protect them.”I would also like to thank all of those who have been affected for their patience and understanding, along with our partners who have supported us throughout this operation.”We work very closely with our colleagues in Counter Terrorism Policing North East and we will ensure we maintain these strong links in order to provide a high level of service to you.”Public service is our utmost concern.”We would ask the public to be vigilant and if you see or hear something that could be suspicious, act on your instincts and call the police.” The man was being questioned on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorCredit:NNP A police spokesman said the operation had been the result of a pre-planned, intelligence led investigation and warned locals that armed officers were likely to remain at the scene for some time.Locals expressed their shock at seeing police officers in military style uniforms descending on the normally quiet street shortly after 10am.
This year’s upcoming Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast almost got canceled. But its organizers have faith.“We want to exhaust all options before we cancel,” said J.R. Cantrell, a member of the local chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America, which puts on the event every year.The 11th annual prayer breakfast, set for Oct. 25 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, has only drummed up 18 committed corporate sponsors so far, Cantrell said. By this time of year, he said, it’s usually passed the 50 mark.“That helps us move forward with the things we have to do,” he said — such as market the event ahead of time and feel confident that room rental, the keynote speaker’s fee and other bills will get paid once the event is done.It cost $35,000 to put on last year’s prayer breakfast, which drew 900 people, Cantrell said. Registration costs $33 for individual seats or $300 for a table of 10. Corporate sponsorships that get a logo included in mailings and other materials start at $150 — but go much higher. Visit http://clarkcountyprayerbreakfast.org to learn more.Cantrell said he doesn’t have a strong theory why corporate commitments are lagging this summer — except that the improving economy still hasn’t improved that much, and hungry nonprofit agencies are all asking for funds.
Hyderabad: The Collectors of 33 districts have reached Pragati Bhavan for the Collectors’ conference convened by CM K Chandrashekhar Rao to take inputs and views on the proposed new Revenue Act. Other issues to be discussed include implementation of the new Panchayat Raj and Muncipal Acts and the Action Plan for 60-day programme to be undertaken in villages and towns. The conference will be held for two days. Ministers, senior bureaucrats from various departments and CMO officials are also taking part in the conference.
Chilukur (Suryapet): Chilukur mandal agriculture officer T Srinivas warned of taking stringent action against traders who cheat farmers by selling spurious seeds to them. On Friday, along with staff, he examined the fertiliser shops located in Bethavolu village of Chilkur mandal in the district.As part of inspection, he checked the records of respective shops and collected samples of stored fertilisers to ascertain the quality by sending them to pesticide quality testing lab in Hyderabad. Action would be taken against traders after receiving the reports, he informed. Agriculture Extension Officers Shirisha, Nagajyothi and Chandra Shekar accompanied the official.
The D.C. Police Complaints Board recently suggested the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) appoint an “independent consultant” to investigate the actions of District police officers on Inauguration Day. The review raised concerns on how authorities responded to protests.The board, in a report on Feb. 27, stated D.C. police should begin an independent examination of the incident, as well as review and update the procedures for handling mass demonstrations, due to instances where the use of force and crowd-control devices were questionable. The report was based on accounts of the protests from the Office of Police Complaints (OPC) 11 staff members who monitored the presidential inauguration events.“OPC monitors did observe police activity that raised concerns . . . MPD officers using force at times on some of the protesters, dispersing OC spray and stingers into the crowd without an order or warning and arresting individuals who were not involved in any rioting or acts of vandalism,” the report concluded.The report said law enforcement’s response to calming the chaotic demonstrations may have violated department guidelines on handling large demonstrations.The 2005 SOP Act, updated in 2016 and distributed to D.C. police before the inauguration, requires authorities to give warnings before using “amplification devices” and making arrests in the event of a violent demonstration.The report said D.C. police didn’t follow these procedures in the area of 12th and L Streets, NW where a limousine was lit on fire and vehicle and storefront windows were smashed by an organized group of anarchists.There were 230 arrests of adults charged with felony rioting during the anti-Trump protests, police said. The board said some of these arrests were made without probable cause, which is required by the SOP Act.“If arrests become necessary, they must be based on ‘probable cause of those participating in violations of law,’” the report explained, “those committing the acts of vandalism and violence were dressed primarily in all black, yet many of those held and arrested, were visibly wearing items that identified them as not being associated with these protesters.”The U.S. attorney’s office has indicted 214 people on felony rioting charges which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000, according to a Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office. He told the AFRO Feb. 27 that there have been no guilty pleas or verdicts in any of these cases.As of Feb. 28, the court had dismissed 16 cases. The reasons why the charges were dropped are unclear.“In response to the riots, the men and women of MPD made reasonable decisions during extremely volatile circumstances,” Hugh Carew, a spokesperson for MPD, told the AFRO on Feb. 28. Even so, Carew said the MPD would take the OPC board’s recommendations into account.The board’s review of law enforcement’s overall interaction with the public during the inauguration was not all bad. “MPD’s general interaction with the public appeared cordial, helpful, and respectful. MPD officers appeared alert and attentive, yet unimposing and non-confrontational,” the report detailed.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has been invited to participate in the 2019 NBA Draft Combine to be staged in Chicago on May 14-19.Nwora entered his name in the 2019 NBA Draft pool earlier this month, but is taking the necessary steps to maintain his collegiate eligibility to allow a return for his third season with the Cardinals. As a participant at the combine, Nwora will have the opportunity to engage in multiple drills, measurements, interviews and extensive evaluation by NBA personnel.Honored as the 2019 ACC Most Improved Player, Nwora was the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.0 scoring average (sixth in the ACC), up 11.3 points per game from his 5.7 average a year ago. The All-ACC third team selection is one of five players in the ACC who scored 20 or more points on at least 13 occasions this season. Nwora scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games and produced nine double-doubles this season.A sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y., Nwora was UofL’s leader in scoring and rebounding (7.7 rpg, ninth in the ACC). He was also among the ACC leaders in field goal percentage (.446, 12th), three-point field goal percentage (.374, ninth), three-pointers made per game (2.3, 11th), defensive rebounds (6.44 per game, fourth) and minutes played (31.9 per game, 21st). He was named to the USBWA All-District IV team and NABC All-District 2 team.An exercise science major who was named to the All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team, Nwora scored a career-high 32 points against Boston College in Louisville with 10 rebounds and four assists. Honored on the 2018 NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team in November, he made at least three three-pointers on 16 occasions this season. Nwora helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s fourth-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament. Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Version Story Links
Stay on target Never Forget About the Donkey Kong Country CartoonA Look Back at 50 Years of Planet of the Apes It’s April! And you know what word you can’t spell April without? Ape! It’s Ape April! We’re big fans of apes here on Geek.com whether they’re smart, famous, or just want to mourn their dead boyfriends with their cats. So April is as good an excuse as any to chat about some gorillas, chimps, orangutans, gibbons, and other tailless primates we enjoy, like video game apes!What makes apes such inherently good video game characters? Is it because they are human-ish while having enough plausible extra physicality to be satisfying to control? Or are they just dumb fun? Who knows? But what we do know is that these are the best video game apes!Donkey Kong and FriendsWhat is there left to say about Nintendo’s famous, tie-wearing ape? The original Donkey Kong arcade game (and Radar Scope mod) marked the company’s hit debut in the American video game scene, as well as the debut of famous jump man Mario. Years later, Donkey Kong Country, starring the descendant of the original DK, revitalized an aging Super Nintendo. Plus the DK Rap! Take me down to New Donk City.The Gorilla from 1-2 Switch1-2 Switch is a very strange, very horny Nintendo Switch launch game. Playing its minigames back-to-back can be a bewildering experience. So if taking care of virtual babies or competing in wizard duels becomes too much for you, just slow your roll with this gorilla.Ape OutApe Out is a very promising upcoming student indie game in which you play as an ape attempting to get out. The stylized polygonal visuals and top-down perspective, reminiscent of the first Metal Gear Solid, belie how brutal this game actually is. It’s like Hotline Miami but with fiery animal fury instead of cold human detachment. Different flavors of murder.GonGonMonkeys aren’t quite apes, but GonGon from Super Monkey Ball doesn’t have a tail so let’s say he counts. As the heaviest ape, he can be pretty difficult to control is this game of balance. However, manage his speed and momentum properly and you’ll be greatly rewarded. For ape experts only.Ape EscapeA PlayStation classic, this platformer tasks you with rounding up apes that have gotten loose. Notably, this is the first PlayStation game to require the twin analog sticks of the then-new DualShock PlayStation 1 controller in 1999. These apes also appeared in Metal Gear Solid 3, which isn’t even the tenth weirdest thing to happen in that game.Greg the GorillaBloody Roar is a fighting game series about combatants who can turn into animal-human hybrids mid-match for new abilities. Alice turns into a giant rabbit, Ganesha turns into a small elephant, you get the idea. People are into that. Meanwhile, Greg is a circus strongman who turns into a gorilla. Strangely, Greg only appeared in the first game and no sequels. Folks couldn’t handle all that ape.WinstonWhile the kids are all shouting about Hanzo or whoever, let’s not forget that Blizzard’s breakout hit multiplayer shooter Overwatch lets you play as a dang gorilla who wears glasses and blasts cowboys with lasers. Running gorilla-style, with your massive forearms first, in first-person is absolutely delightful.George from RampageRampage is a classic arcade game (and soon to be movie starring The Rock) featuring a giant off-brand Godzilla named Lizzie and a giant off-brand wolf man named Ralph, but we’re focusing on the third character: a giant off-brand King Kong named George. It only makes sense that video games drew inspiration from the most famous ape of all.Bio Force ApeBio Force Ape was an NES game about a superpowered ape. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, it never actually came out. Hobbyists have been trying to recreate it for years based on screenshots, and early builds have hit the internet, but that original ape remains a mystery.Gorilla GroddGorilla Grodd may be primarily a famous comic book ape, but groddammit he’s playable in Injustice 2 so he counts. How can you ever expect us to forgo an opportunity to praise Grodd, the one true ruler of Gorilla City?Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the MovieDeveloped by Rayman creator Michel Ancel, this King Kong adaptation, with its unforgettable title, was an artsier attempt at a licensed game. There was no HUD so you relied on context clues for jungle survival. In some ways, it was an early form of Ubisoft’s later Far Cry sequels. Plus, you could play as Kong himself and ape it up.HarambeRIP Harambe.
A recent study released by Costa Rican officials shows that the country has accumulated approximately $1.13 billion in losses due to climate change from 2005 to 2011, primarily along coastal areas.The investigation was based on a report by climate change expert Roberto Flores about how to adapt to climate change. The study was released Sunday in the weekly business newspaper El Financiero.Rural areas were hit the hardest, and 50 percent of damages affected highway infrastructure. The other damages were distributed between agriculture (16.7 percent), flood control and similar construction projects (13 percent) and homes (12.2 percent).Puntarenas, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific, is the province most affected by climate change, with damages in the six-year period reaching $164.5 million.Flores, the head of climate change at the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry’s Planning Department, said that the study used data primarily from the National Emergency Commission.William Alpízar, director of climate change at the Environment Ministry, told the weekly newspaper that the phenomenon’s primary effects are increased precipitation, more sickness and higher ocean levels.These effects are reflected in the nearly $710 million lost due to hydrometeorological changes. For Walter Vergara, an expert in the field at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDP), Costa Rica needs to prioritize prevention, as estimates show that by the middle of the century damages from temperature increases in Latin America could increase to $100 million annually.The IDP suggests that one out of every $4 of financing should be spent on prevention and adaptation.On Sept. 19-20, Costa Rica will host an important Climate Vulnerability Forum with the environment ministers of 20 countries, who will gather at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center in the Caribbean slope city of Turrialba. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica presents climate change action plan U.N. climate change negotiators drink Costa Rican coffee Last minute climate change deal reached in Durban USAID, green groups target climate change in Guatemala
By Melissa HekkersThe last time I spoke to Dimis Michaelides was almost three years ago. At the time, the multitalented business consultant was putting on a variety show entitled God, Sex, Revolution and You that attempted to blur the lines between social and sexual revolution through various artistic expressions.On that occasion, Michaelides used music, magic and theatre to unleash his creative whim to address the bilingual (Greek-English) community of the island. This time I am meeting him to look into another facet of Michaelides’ many personas through a literary work which tells “a story of the future of peace on earth as humans are threatened by highly intelligent aliens”.Launched last week and entitled Y2.200K, “the book is a chronicle; an imagined future with major tensions between war and peace, science and superstition, nationalism and internationalism, democracy and dictatorship,” Michaelides says.All these notions are interplayed in the year Y2.050K when the Energia spacecraft begins its voyage to Proxima Centauri. As it travels, humanity progresses and regresses in leaps and bounds and alien threats loom in the background. Until it reaches the year Y2.200K…Throughout the chronicle there is an underlying drive to attain world peace that is obstructed by the achievements of man, whether this be the consequences of genetically modified food production, the increase of life expectancy, gene manipulation, space travel or artificial intelligence.“I have strong views on the themes that run through the book and I’m quite disappointed on what today looks like,” admits Michaelides.“Many politicians and their countries are regressing from international co-operation back to nativism. I’m always surprised and shocked by the hold of religion, and irrational belief in general, at times when the role of science in human progress should seem so glaringly evident,” he adds.It is perhaps this evidence that Michaelides uses in his chronicle to depict a future which is plausible and not too far from reality, a notion that is thought provoking and somewhat timely given current affairs.“I have no doubt that artificial intelligence and genetic engineering will bring immense benefits to humankind. They will also raise major issues as they completely transform ways of working and systems of employment, distribution of income and wealth. They will challenge sexual relations as well as the very nature of what it is to be human,” he asserts.“I’m unconvinced by the efficacy of organic farming. In my futuristic mind, I see a future where food is genetically manufactured and we don’t need to raise animals in order to slaughter them, or devastate eco-systems to grow crops. And yes, one day we shall be able to read people’s minds… these challenges can only be addressed and resolved collaboratively and certainly with a role for individual freedom and expression as well,” he adds.In the chronicle, Michaelides deals with the consequences of human progress through a fictional peace organisation he names Humanity International, a somewhat hopeful, global and collective drive that embodies the actions and visions of private and public organisations and places individuals as equal decision makers at its forefront.“Humans tend to have stronger affiliations to people who are close to them – family, traditions, beliefs etc. This might even somehow form a survival instinct though I doubt it is biologically embedded in our DNA. In any case, given the known potential of destruction of nuclear weapons today, such affiliations also threaten our survival. I optimistically speculate that we have reached a level of consciousness where we can actively engage in changing our thinking and living and even our DNA!“The future must be confronted globally and with each and every individual being a conscious actor in the process of progress. Science is value-free but people are not. They may choose to use science, technology and knowledge in different ways. We all know that the effects of climate change might be attenuated by global, collective action, but trying to convince the US President that this is so isn’t working these days,” comments Michaelides.To this end, Y2.200K attempts to answer the question: ‘Will the survival instinct beat politicians’ vanity and people’s propensity to self-destruct?’Visually, the chronicle is accompanied by the artwork of Umit Inatci, a parallel dialogue that is maintained through abstract images. “I knew from the beginning that the book needed visuals but that it should not be a conventional ‘graphic novel’. His work is philosophical, full of symbols. He has an abstract aesthetic which balances spontaneity and structure. He has integrity as an artist and as a human being, having worked for many years as a soldier for peace in a united Cyprus… it’s easy to trust Umit when he takes on a challenge such as the one I proposed for Y2.200K: to design a book that is more than a story, a book that is a desirable object in itself,” Michaelides says.The book is available online through Armida Books www.armidabooks.com/book/y2-200k as well as from the Soloneio, Parga, and MAM bookshops in Nicosia, Kyriacos Bookshop in Limassol and Academic in Larnaca. Dimis Michaelides is an economist, marketer, financier, speaker, consultant and author on innovation, creativity and leadership. His first book The Art of Innovation – Integrating Creativity in Organisations has been hailed as “a Bible for 21st century CEOs”. Umit Inacti is a painter, poet, writer, filmmaker, academic and art critic whose painting and installations hang in major European contemporary art galleries.You May LikeList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog Breeds From Around The WorldList NebulaUndoscienceglory.comResearchers Weren’t Ready for This Mad Underground Discoveryscienceglory.comUndoTop4ListsGet a Good Night’s Sleep! Search For Purple Saatva Casper SaleTop4ListsUndo Fresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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