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Smiles greet reopening of B.C. schools

Posted September 22, 2014 by The Province - News

Snapping cameras and children buzzing with nervous excitement Monday replaced animosity outside schools where B.C. teachers had been picketing for the first three weeks of the new school year.

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Looking for ISIL: How jihadists operate among Turks

Posted September 22, 2014 by Frau Katze

With seven reporters and four photojournalists, daily Hürriyet traces the Turks’ path toward the ranks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in five Turkish cities, as well as in France and Germany. A new breed of Islamic associations that has popped up in Turkey seems to be one of the sources of the problem

GAZİANTEP: This southern Turkish city has been one of the focal points of news stories about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is one of the cities that have seen the largest number of Syrian refugees, and people seem concerned that so many refugees can be seen in the streets. While taking the pulse of residents, Hürriyet’s correspondent in the city even received death threats.

‘I’ll go to die for Muslims

Gaziantep resident, identified only as Hasan A., did not want to talk about ISIL at first. His 27-year-old son has gone to Syria to fight for ISIL. Hasan A. has not heard from his son for one-and-a-half months. In the past, his son was quite close to his family, wife and children, but then he joined an Islamic association that had opened a branch in his neighborhood. It was then that he started threatening those who don’t pray regularly, accusing them of not being Muslims. One day, he told his father, “I’ll go to die for Muslims,” and a few days later he had secretly left home. He has not returned since…

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Worth reading the whole thing.  No reader restrictions.  Hürriyet is a liberal newspaper; it does not have Islamist sympathies. They received this threat:

One man, identified as S.C., admits that he is now an active ISIL militant. “But don’t ask me questions,” he said. “This is a very dangerous issue. Don’t get yourself in trouble. I’m a man of this cause, so do you think I would explain it to you? We have been ordered not to speak [about ISIL]. Never, ever go out and ask others about ISIL. You may end up in the wrong place and be killed in the middle of the street. Another person came here recently to ask about ISIL. Ask the neighboring shops what happened to him.”

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Commissioner Silver says NBA will review domestic violence policies in wake of NFL’s incidents

Posted September 22, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - Sports

NEW YORK — NBA commissioner Adam Silver says his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents.

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Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall out for season with ruptured left Achilles

Posted September 22, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - Sports

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a ruptured left Achilles and is done for the season. Hall arrived at Redskins Park on crutches Monday after undergoing an MRI.

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Basketball

Commissioner Silver says NBA will review domestic violence policies in wake of NFL’s incidents

Posted September 22, 2014 by Canada.com

NEW YORK — NBA commissioner Adam Silver says his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents. Silver said Monday the league has been discussing with the NBA […]

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Alberta

A colourful guide to Alberta’s amazing larches!

Posted September 22, 2014 by mike

This post is presented by Travel Alberta There’s lots of questions that everyone has been asked at least once in their life: What are you doing after graduation? Get up to anything fun this summer? Have you seen the larches? …
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World records set in our videos of the week

Posted September 22, 2014 by Canada.com

Holy world record, Batman! Last Thursday in Calgary, Nexen Energy ULC employees set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Batman. There was even a few Joker sightings! Apple’s new iPhone 6 hit stores last week. […]

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Football

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall out for season with ruptured left Achilles

Posted September 22, 2014 by Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has a ruptured left Achilles and is done for the season. Hall arrived at Redskins Park on crutches Monday after undergoing an MRI. The three-time Pro Bowl player went down without being […]

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LG’s Wine Smart is company’s first clamshell smartphone

Posted September 22, 2014 by Jane McEntegart

There was a time when the flip phone was king. However, for the last five years, it’s been mostly about the candy bar style device. As display sizes grew larger,…

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Ottawa-Gatineau police rank high in efficiency: report

Posted September 22, 2014 by Anonymous

While most Canadian cities are beefing up police services despite a “dramatic” drop in crime, the Ottawa-Gatineau region is bucking that trend, according to a report. Between 2001 and 2012, the number of police officers per 100,000 Canadians increased nearly … Continue Reading

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Crime

Lockdown lifted at Brampton Centennial Secondary after alleged gun threat

Posted September 22, 2014 by Staff

A brief lockdown at Brampton Centennial Secondary School has been lifted. The high school was put under lockdown earlier Monday after two females reported that they were approached by a vehicle outside the school and an occupant threatened them with … Continue Reading

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Minds focused by IS, Saudis and Iranians think about making up

Posted September 22, 2014 by Frau Katze
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the Council on Foreign Relations in New York ahead of next week’s United Nations General Assembly September 17, 2014.

(Reuters) – For decades the opposing poles of Middle East power politics, Saudi Arabia and Iran may be driven to set aside at least some of their differences by the rise of a mutual enemy: Islamic State.

The Sunni militant group is as hateful to Tehran for its threat to the rule of Iran’s Shi’ite allies in neighbouring Iraq and Syria as it is to Saudi Arabia for its pursuit of fundamentalist theocratic rule in an Islamic caliphate.

“We are aware of the importance and sensitivity of this crisis and the opportunity we have ahead of us,” Saudi Foreign Minister said after meeting his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York on Sunday, according to the Iranian state news agency IRNA.

“We believe that by using this precious opportunity and avoid the mistakes of the past, we can deal with this crisis successfully.”

It was the highest-level meeting between the two countries since the election of the pragmatic Hassan Rouhani as Iranian president last year.

Zarif also sounded upbeat, saying: “Both my Saudi counterpart and I believe that this meeting will be the first page of a new chapter in our two countries’ relations,” according to IRNA…

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Creationism

Kirk Cameron’s “Crocoduck” Came Back To Bite Him In The Ass

Posted September 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Kirk Cameron's "Crocoduck" Came Back To Bite Him In The Ass

A few years ago, ex-teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron went on Fox News as a pitchman for young-Earth creationism. Claiming there were no transitional fossils, he ridiculed evolution saying that, if it were true, we would have duck-crocodile hybrids. Ha, ha—oh, wait, scientists found a dinosaur that’s half duck, half croc.

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Prince Edward County Celebrates Canada’s Classical Music Composers and Performers

Posted September 22, 2014 by Canada News Centre - National News

Government of Canada supports the Prince Edward County Music Festival

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ISIS urges jihadists to attack Canadians: ‘You will not feel secure in your bedrooms’

Posted September 22, 2014 by The Province - News

In a 42-minute audio speech an ISIS spokesman urged supporters to kill Canadians, regardless of whether they were civilians or members of the military

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Vancouver police arrest ‘fake cops’ allegedly scamming tourists

Posted September 22, 2014 by Matt Kieltyka

Three men are in custody for allegedly impersonating police officers and stealing money from tourists, according to Vancouver police. Police issued a warning Friday after the suspects allegedly went on a five-day crime spree involving 13 confirmed incidents. Sgt. Randy … Continue Reading

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Nova Scotia police charge man with driving drunk twice in under 24 hours

Posted September 22, 2014 by Staff

Apparently, the man didn’t get the message the first time. Police in Nova Scotia have charged a 48-year-old man with driving impaired behind the wheel twice in less than 24 hours. On Saturday, the RCMP in Pictou say Brian Logan … Continue Reading

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Jets welcome Bears for Monday night battle on TSN

Posted September 22, 2014 by tsn.ca Top Stories RSS

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Canada

Afghan soldiers who went missing in U.S. detained at Ontario border crossing

Posted September 22, 2014 by Staff

BOSTON – Massachusetts law enforcement officials say they have been notified that three Afghan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise are in custody at the Canadian border. State police spokesman David Procopio said Monday that federal … Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup captain’s concerns about McIlroy-McDowell partnership focused on average record

Posted September 22, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - Sports

GLENEAGLES — European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup. Attribute that to an ordinary record, not an acrimonious lawsuit.

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Calgary

Calgary bylaw officers seize dog responsible for biting woman’s face

Posted September 22, 2014 by Jeremy Nolais

Calgary police have laid charges against a city dog owner after a woman was bitten and suffered “serious facial injuries.” The incident occurred early last Thursday at a home Radisson Heights. Animal and bylaw services have seized the animal, a … Continue Reading

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BlackBerry will sell its Passport smartphone for less than the iPhone 6

Posted September 22, 2014 by The Canadian Press

BlackBerry is bringing its newest Passport smartphone to the market with a price that’s lower than Apple’s iPhone 6 and the latest incarnation of the Samsung Galaxy. Units of the phone will sell for US$599 without a wireless carrier contract […]

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Canada

Canadian woman arrested at JFK with guns

Posted September 22, 2014 by Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Police say a 24-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested at Kennedy Airport with handguns, ammunition and 15 kilograms of marijuana in her checked baggage. Joseph Pentangelo is the spokesman for the Port Authority of New York … Continue Reading

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Calgary

Calgary police work with Interpol to track man wanted in 2008 gangland murder

Posted September 22, 2014 by Jeremy Nolais

Calgary police continue to search for a murder suspect named as part of a five-year operation that targeted not only gang members who committed serious crimes in the city, but also those calling the shots behind the scenes. The efforts … Continue Reading

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Do You Want to Help Create a Good Commenter Community on io9?

Posted September 22, 2014 by Annalee Newitz

Do You Want to Help Create a Good Commenter Community on io9?

We’re looking for people who would like to help make the comments on io9 posts more useful. You can do that by volunteering to help bring comments out of the “pending” zone and into the light.

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Vancouver Canucks know PP success critical

Posted September 22, 2014 by Joshua Clipperton

WHISTLER, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks know a return to the playoffs will largely hinge on rediscovering their mojo with the man advantage. The club had the NHL’s top power play when they went to the Stanley Cup final in … Continue Reading

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Canada

Rainstorm knocked out power in Nova Scotia

Posted September 22, 2014 by Staff

HALIFAX – Electricity was being restored in Nova Scotia after heavy rain and high winds knocked out power across the province overnight, prompting schools, businesses and roads to close. The Halifax Regional School Board closed a number of its schools … Continue Reading

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General

The Movie and TV Release Calendar, Ghost in the Shell Edition

Posted September 22, 2014 by Anonymous

Two big anime Blu-rays headline the week in media releases. First up is Attack on Titan, Part 2, which is hitting shelves in both standard and limited editions.Read more…

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France opts to play on indoor clay to foil Federer, Swiss in Davis Cup final

Posted September 22, 2014 by Vancouver Sun - Sports

PARIS — France will play the Davis Cup final against Switzerland on indoor clay in a bid to thwart Roger Federer’s quest for a first win in the team competition. The final will be held at the 27,000-capacity Pierre Mauroy […]

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Europe

Ryder Cup captain’s concerns about McIlroy-McDowell partnership focused on average record

Posted September 22, 2014 by Canada.com

GLENEAGLES — European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup. Attribute that to an ordinary record, not an acrimonious lawsuit. The Northern Irish duo has made it clear in recent […]

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Biology

Are Sperm Really Attracted to the Scent of These Flowers?

Posted September 22, 2014 by Esther Inglis-Arkell

A few years ago, researchers made a strange discovery. Sperm seemed to gravitate toward the scent of flowers called lily of the valley. Could this open up a whole new era of scent-based conception and disreputable flower shops? Read more…

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Florida woman claims to have surgically added third breast in an effort to repel men

Posted September 22, 2014 by The Province - News

A Florida woman — because where else? — claims to have gotten a third breast surgically implanted dead-centre on her chest.

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‘F**k it, I quit!': TV reporter quits her job on air to pursue marijuana activism

Posted September 22, 2014 by The Province - News

KTVA’s Charlo Greene had just finished presenting a segment on a medical marijuana business’s fight for legalization — up for a vote in November as a ballot measure in Alaska — when she revealed herself as the owner of that business and announced her immediate retirement from the TV news business.

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Proposal would give two diesel-guzzling ‘Spirit’ ferries an LNG alternative

Posted September 22, 2014 by The Province - News

B.C. Ferries wants to convert its two largest vessels to dual-fuel capability, allowing the ships to operate on both diesel and liquefied natural gas — and thereby save millions of dollars in fuel costs each year.

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General

Here Are All the Different Ways the Sun Can Explode

Posted September 22, 2014 by Ria Misra

Our sun may look relatively constant from our far away perch on Earth, but up close it’s a busy place, full of plasma activity, shifting magnetic fields, and, yes, even explosions. Here are the different kinds of solar explosions you might see, and ho…

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Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup says FIFA executive

Posted September 22, 2014 by Frau Katze
Both FIFA and Qatar World Cup organizers have also been fending off questions of corruption ever since they were awarded the tournament. (Reuters)

The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.

“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” the German told Sport Bild on Monday.

“Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions,” the former German football (DFB) chief, who is now a member of the world soccer’s governing body FIFA that awarded the tournament to Qatar in 2010.

Although Qatar has insisted that a summer World Cup is viable thanks to cooling technologies it is developing for stadiums, training areas and fan zones, there is still widespread concern over the health of the players and visiting supporters…

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General

MAVEN “Nails It,” Swinging Into Mars Orbit With Style

Posted September 22, 2014 by Anonymous

The MAVEN spacecraft used an orbital insertion burn just 11 seconds longer than nominal when slipping into Mars orbit last night. That’s a fantastically short correction to end a a 10-month journey over 711 million kilometers, and a perfect kickoff t…

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Canada

New Alberta premier wants TFW changes

Posted September 22, 2014 by Staff

CALGARY – Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says labour policy, including temporary foreign workers, will be at the top of the agenda when he gets a chance to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prentice served for years in Harper’s cabinet … Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup players must leave egos behind : Rotella

Posted September 22, 2014 by Sports News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Mike Weir of Canada putts on the practice green during a practice day for the 2009 PGA Championship golf tournament at Hazeltine National Golf Club in ChaskaBy Tony Jimenez GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) – The 24 players in this week’s Ryder Cup must leave their egos at the front gate and focus on the needs of their respective teams, according to one of golf’s top psychologists Dr Bob Rotella. The 65-year-old American, who boasts world number one and European team leader Rory McIlroy as a client, believes the stigma attached to being part of a losing team is hard to bear. “The players are competing for something bigger than themselves this week,” Rotella told Reuters in a telephone interview from his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. …

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