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Vancouver loses a cup; riots ensue

It’s been almost three hours since the end of the Stanley cup 2011 final, as the Boston Bruins annihilated the Vancouver Canucks by 4-0 lead.

After such a loss, Vancouver and its die-hard hockey fans stormed to the street and began rioting. People are being injured left and right, cars are being set on fire, and civilians are taking this opportunity to become criminals and loot commercial stores and local shopping malls.

Such behaviour on behalf of Vancouver is absolutely ridiculous. All of Vancouver, especially the rioters, should be ashamed of themselves and what they are doing. As a Canadian fan rooting for the Canucks to win tonight, I do not hate Boston and therefore, Boston fans should not be hunted down and fatally injured by rioting.

I am unable to describe my disappointment in my fellow Canadians.

What Vancouver lost tonight was simply a hockey game – and it has now turned into Vancouver losing all respect for a beautiful city and its people. Good-bye, Vancouver – soon you will sink into the sea.

I am currently watching the live stream of the riots in Vancouver on CTV’s website:

http://edmonton.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20110615/bc_stanley_cup_riot_110615/20110615/?hub=EdmontonHome

Pac-Man: 30th Anniversary

If any of you fine ladies and gentleman have turned up to Google’s homepage, you’ll notice something interesting. It’s Pac-Man! If you have further inquired like I have, you’ll notice that the logo not only says GOOGLE, but it’s actually a game!

It happens to be Google’s first playable doodle, and in honour of Pac-Man, that’s what they’ve done. If you even want to play with Ms. Pac-Man, click “Insert Coin” and use the WASD keys on your keyboard to control her! (Pac-Man is then controlled by the regular directional keys.)

So rediscover your 8-bit memories from that long-time-ago. It’s up for the next 48 hours, so… WAKA WAKA WAKA! (Translation: Have fun!)

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I didn’t make it past level one. But that’s because I’ve always sucked at Pac-Man. This time, I’ll get to level two!

Russian Leaders: Moscow Metro

Russian leaders have threatened that the masterminds behind the Moscow Metro bombings which killed 38 people “will be destroyed.”

The attacks occurred this morning during the rush hour and also injured more than 60 people.

No one has taken responsibility for the attacks but security forces are placing the blame on rebels from the North Caucasus.

US President Barack Obama personally conveyed his condolences to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and offered co-operation with Russia in order to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice.

Foreign ministers from the G8 continued their talks in Canada and condemned the attacks.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised to eradicate the terrorists responsible for the attacks adding, “Terrorists will be destroyed.”

These attacks are the deadliest since February 2004 in which 40 people were killed on a metro train headed towards the Paveletskaya station.

Pictures of the attacks and the aftermath:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8592322.stm

2010 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

How envious am I of every living being in that dome in British Columbia. To witness the haven of the Winter Games. The Opening Ceremony was held today in Vancouver, the first time it was held indoors. The awe of the main stage, the cultural backgrounds shown by the Aboriginal peoples and the athletes and teams from countries across the globe.

The animation of the main stage was absolutely amazing. I could never have imagined such magnificent reality being created out of images and lights. Each effect, each story, each word and each song, was done so well that it really made me appreciate the value of being a Canadian. We live in a wonderful country, a mosaic of different cultures and traditions from around the world.

Personally, I’m proud that for the first time, Muhammad Abbas is bringing Pakistan to the Winter Games. I’m very proud that my country will be participating in the Winter Games for the very first time along with other countries around the world. Over 2600 athletes are performing from over 80 different countries, but unfortunately one of them met a tragic end at noon before the opening ceremony. Nodar Kumaritashivili, an Olympian from Georgia met a tragic accident during a training run for the luge. He was thrown from his sled and hit a steel pole at over 140 km/h. Kumaritashivili’s injuries were so severe he quickly passed away.

Although the day was burdened with sad news, the ceremony went on and Georgia appeared strong with heads held high and wore a black armband to mourn the death of their teammate. Addressing the athletes, Vancouver Olympic organizing committee CEO John Furlong and International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge acknowledged the loss.

“You compete with such bravery, conviction and pride at these Games,” Furlong said to the athletes taking part in the Olympics and the wide international audience watching.

“You now have the added burden to shine and be united around your fallen colleague Nodar. May you carry his Olympic dream on your shoulders and compete with his spirit in your hearts.”

Russia, the United States of America, and Canada brought in the largest teams to the games, 178, 216, 206, respectively. A slight problem was witnessed with the lighting of the indoor cauldron but nonetheless, the opening ceremony was a success with Wayne Gretzky carrying the Olympic Torch out to the waterfront to light the outdoor cauldron and start the Winter Games. After 106 days of carrying the torch, the wait is over… let the games begin!

Tiger Woods Implodes, “Im Stroking My Driver” Sex Jokes Ensue

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

Tiger what happened? You went from a simple car crash to media frenzy and the front page of CNN.com in less then 24 hours, well if you don’t know the story by now let me wrap it up for you with these simple bullet points.

  • Tiger crashes car (minor crash, wasn’t traveling over 30)
  • Praised wife for getting him out of car (smashed windows supposedly to “Save Him”)
  • Car was hardly damaged, the drivers side was fine  (no signs of him not being able to get out)
  • Less then 48 hours later, an affair story leaks out
  • Turns this whole situation into a mess
  • Tiger swiftly gives apology and says affair has gone on for 2 1/2 years

I don’t know who to feel more bad for Tiger for having this affair story come out at a very bad time, or his wife who has been cheated on for two and a half years. Not only has Tiger lost some of that perfect athlete reputation, he has also been ridiculed in the way of several YouTube videos and a few new advertisements. I personally don’t really care about Tiger’s affair I’m just more worried of how his image is somewhat damaged after a car crash and a tabloid publishing a true story for once. Sure I feel bad for Tiger’s wife, but reports have circulated that she’s confronted the person Tiger had an affair with. So Im sure this was already known a little before this incident, so I don’t feel like she’s been in the dark the whole time.

Now let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to be the Alex Rodriguez  if you remember right that Alex unlike Tiger was actually seen with prostitutes first in Toronto in 2007. Then about a year later they separated, and a mere seven months later and A-Rod who was at the aimed to be the clean home run leader in the Major League Baseball had been caught. He admitted to anabolic steroid use or basically cheating in baseball, now I’m just saying it seems a little similar to Tiger’s story except without the exception of a car crash. You just got to pray that a similar story doesn’t happen to Tiger. I know it may not be the most convincing argument but I got a hunch it could go that way.

Switzerland Votes to Ban Minarets

November 29, 2009 2 comments

min⋅a⋅ret

 

–noun a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attached to a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconies, from which the muezzin calls the people to prayer.

(from Dictionary.com)

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On the 29th of November, Switzerland voted to ban the new construction of minarets. The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) has put forth this proposal, claiming that minarets are a symbol of “Islamisation.”

57% of the votes and 22 out of 26 provinces voted in favour of the ban. The government has opposed the ban in the preset that it would harm Switzerland’s image, especially in the Muslim world.

Martin Baltisser, the SVP’s general secretary said, “This was a vote against minarets as symbols of Islamic power.”  This vote is believed to stop the threat of radical fundamentalism.

Islam is the second biggest religion in Switzerland after Christianity, with 400, 000 Muslim citizens and there are only four minarets in the whole country. Proposals to build more minarets are almost always refused.

Supporters believe that the minaret is a symbol of Islamic power and hope to stop the growth of Sharia Law which may try to supplement Swiss democracy.

Many believe that this campaign has been incited by hatred. Amnesty International has said that the vote violated freedom of religion.

Elham Manea, co-founder of the Forum for a Progressive Islam said this about what the vote represents towards Muslims, “It’s a message that you are not welcome here as true citizens of this society.”

‘Despicable’

I find this vote to be absolutely absurd and definitely incited by hatred towards Islam and its followers. Minarets a symbol of Islamic power? That’s the most the hilarious thing I’ve heard since a man said that America won the Vietnam war.

As a Muslim, I can clearly say that minarets are not a symbol of Islamic power. And building more does not mean that there is “Islamisation” going on. Are the Swiss really that idiotic?

Clearly, this vote is nothing but hatred against Muslims, saying that they do not belong anywhere in Europe. This violates freedom of religion!

Churches can have all sorts of stained glass and towers, but mosques cannot have even the smallest minaret? If this is not hatred towards Islam then what is it?

Europe is fearing something that does not exist, Islam is not trying to take over. Muslims are just trying to practice their religion as is decreed by the Qur’an. Yes, there is radical fundamentalism going on, but it is by the smallest amount of radicals that shouldn’t be feared.

If minarets are banned first, then Hijabs will be banned, soon the sale and purchase of Qur’ans will be banned, and then what next? Muslims will be banned from travelling to Europe altogether?

If creating such laws and banning freedoms continues like this, then obviously radical fundamentalism will be on the rise. There is no doubt that more extremism will continue.

Switzerland and Europe had created an extreme of its own, and radical Muslims are using their own form of extremism to combat the first. It’s like fighting fire with fire.

I only hope that this ban is appealed before “Islamophobia” is dramatically rises ever more.

Wife Posed As Young Girl In Online Trap

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The wife of 68 year old David Roberts posed as a young girl in a chat room to catch her husband approaching girls. Through her suspicions, 61 year old Cheryl Roberts was able to catch her husband and had called the police. Police seized Roberts’ computer and found various cases of illegal child porn images.

As Roberts’ was talking to the “so-called” 14 year old girl, he had no idea that the girl was actually his wife chatting with him from a different computer in the house.

David Roberts has been charged with a three year community order and has been prohibited having access to persons 18 years and younger.

Chris Hansen, look out. You’re not the only one who can catch a predator.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8357454.stm