Friday, May 31, 2013

The mystique of the Commonwealth Games

The mystique of the Commonwealth Games

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
October 24, 2045

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and has taken place every four years ever since (except 1942 and 1946 which were cancelled). The Games are described as the third largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.

It was initially known as the British Empire Games and was renamed to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 and the British Commonwealth Games in 1970, before finally gaining its current title, the Commonwealth Games, for the 1978 edition. The Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities. A host city is selected for each edition and eighteen cities in seven countries have hosted the event.

As well as many Olympic sports, the Games also include some sports that are played mainly in Commonwealth countries, such as lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball. Only six teams have attended every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. Australia has been the highest achieving team for eleven games, England for seven and Canada for one.

Although there are 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, 71 teams participate in the Commonwealth Games as a number of British overseas territories, Crown dependencies, and island states compete under their own flag. The four Home Nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – also send separate teams.

A sporting competition bringing together the members of the British Empire was first proposed by the Reverend Astley Cooper in 1891 when he wrote an article in The Times suggesting a "Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing the goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire".

In 1911, the Festival of the Empire was held in London to celebrate the coronation of King George V. As part of the festival an Inter-Empire Championships was held in which teams from Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom competed in events such as boxing, wrestling, swimming and athletics.

In 1928, Melville Marks Robinson of Canada was asked to organise the first British Empire Games. The first Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The name changed to British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, to British Commonwealth Games in 1970 and assumed the current name of the Commonwealth Games in 1978. At the 1930 games, women competed in the swimming events only. From 1934, women also competed in some athletics events.

The Commonwealth Paraplegic Games were held alongside the Commonwealth Games from 1962 to 1974. In the regular Commonwealth Games, athletes with a disability were first included in exhibition events at the 1994 Victoria, Canada Games At the 2002 Manchester Games they were included as full members of their national teams, making them the first fully inclusive international multi-sport games. This meant that results were included in the medal count.

The Empire Games flag was donated in 1931 by the British Empire Games Association of Canada. The year and location of subsequent games were added until the 1950 games. The name of the event was changed to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the flag was retired as a result.

Lawn bowler Willie Wood from Scotland is the first competitor to have competed in seven Commonwealth Games, from 1974 to 2002. Also, Greg Yelavich, a sports shooter from New Zealand, has won 12 medals in seven games from 1986 to 2010.

Week 10 2045 Preview

Massive quarterback issues after Madoka pound Hawaii, 171-56

Massive quarterback issues after Madoka pound Hawaii, 171-56

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
October 21, 2045

Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi will be coming into the next several weeks with a massive quarterback issue after blowing apart the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors, 171-56 at a rainy Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Haw. The only quarterback available for the Best College Football Team in All of College Football is Damion Roberson, and there is a possibility that players who are not natural quarterbacks will have to play under center.

"It's a necessary evil that we have to put up with," said Coach Kaname following the game. "We have players that are not quarterbacks that are capable of being leaders under center and make big plays on offense. Believe it or not, we are very deep at quarterback; it's just that we are one-deep among those players who are designated QBs."

Roberson passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 177 yards and four more majors. Wide receiver Avery Clark passed for 132 yards and three scores. Also with a passing touchdown were wide receiver Terrance Andrews, punter Maurice Willlams, Anonymous and halfback Adam Johnson, who rushed for 103 yards and two majors.

Wideout Charlie Carpenter ran for two short touchdowns. Also with a touchdown on the ground were Jackson, Clark, halfback Kyle Ryan, halfback Brandon Williamson, wideout Adam Dotson and fullback Red Eilands. Wideout Dallas Williams, Ryan and wideout Jack Dallaire had two receiving touchdowns each. Also with a receiving touchdown were Williamson, Andrews and Carpenter.

Tight end Joel Ingram, right guard Phillip Smith and left guard Adam Simmons led the blockers with 23 pancakes each. Middle linebacker David Smith led the defense with 17 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Cornerback Corey Montgomery had two interceptions, while left end Jess Holley and defensive tackle George Lowery added two sacks each.

Madoka improve to 7-0 and return to action next week at home against Fresno State.

"I was once Manti Te'o's girlfriend until he left me": Kazari Uiharu

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"I was once Manti Te'o's girlfriend until he left me": Kazari Uiharu

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
October 18, 2045

Kazari Uiharu is a member of the Mitakihara Town department of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police. Her wife, Ruiko Saten, works as a daycare center operator. Working in the IT branch of the RCMP, she recalled a time when she was the girlfriend of now-retired linebacker Manti Te'o.

"Manti was a cool person, one that you could go to a restaurant and have some interesting conversations with," said Uiharu in an interview at her house while off-duty. "One time, Manti and I slept in a hotel. I wanted to feel his all because I was madly in love with him and I couldn't stop these feelings I had for him. But days later, I found out that he ended up swinging with another woman, and I ended up being pregnant.

"At that point, I had huge resentment for Manti. I learned that he was a misogynist, a chauvinist, a womanizer, a playboy, and simply downright cruel to young women. I decided to leave him. I moved to Canada with Ruiko and gave birth to twin daughters: Saya and Anri. Anri ended up moving to France and is now a French citizen. Saya elected to return to Japan and look for work there. She ended up giving birth to my only grandson thus far: Haruyuki Arita.

"I don't know much about my grandson, other than him being rather portly and short, and a very good gamer and athlete for someone his size. I would like to meet him and have him reunited with me and Ruiko. I still have nightmares about the time Manti had sex with me and impregnated me. But I now have two children that are successful and living their own lives, so the challenge for me is to let it go."

Kazuto Kirigaya, the former Mitakihara Magi linebackers coach who is now a scout for the team, had nothing but rave reviews about the young prospect who is still in middle school but can transform into a pig at will.

"Don't let his 5'5, 400-lbs something frame fool you," said Kirigaya of Arita. "He's a small, pudgy, really quick quarterback who is too small to be a linebacker or offensive lineman. He's got great speed, can run the option well, and can throw it deep for someone his size.

"He may go down as one of the more peculiar quarterbacks Mitakihara ends up getting should he sign with the Magi coming out of high school."

"Buntarou needs to come back and visit us sometime": Kurisu Makise

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"Buntarou needs to come back and visit us sometime": Kurisu Makise

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
October 14, 2045

Mitakihara University professor Dr. Kurisu Makise is the mother of Mitakihara Magi football alumnus Buntarou Okabe, one of the finest defensive ends to have ever played for head coach Tatsuya Kaname. Okabe is now in his fourth season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and is the team's sack leader with 16.5 sacks to his credit.

Dr. Makise is used to seeing her son on the Mitakihara Shimbun, the city's primary newspaper which feeds stories to the university-operated newspaper, The Daily Magi. But there are times she wishes that Buntarou simply came home to visit her and her husband, Dr. Rintarou Okabe, Buntarou's father.

"He really needs to come home and pay us a visit, and I know that sooner or later, he will do that; it's just a matter of when," Dr. Makise said over coffee at her office in Lupin III Hall. "It's just disappointing to know that he is that committed to being a defensive end in the NFL.

"Buntarou doesn't believe in taking a break and always works hard to keep himself in shape. There are times I worry that he is doing too much to be able to play on Sundays. Overwork is something that I personally try to avoid because I don't want to be stretched thin in my research.

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"What I like about my son is that he saves what he earns in the pros. He puts a majority of his earnings in securities, with just a little bit in private equity. He is aware that any time, he could lose everything just by being injured and by investing in something that is very risky, like a car wash or a sports bar and grill. Not like he wants to put it time and effort into things like that, but still, I just wanted to point it out.

"Pittsburgh is a long way from Mitakihara. It's a five-to-six hour cross country flight, and because of that, he contacts me via email, Facebook or Twitter. I now know a lot about the cuisine and customs of Pittsburgh. I just don't have to time to visit the city because I'm a professor and I do research as my job.

"I look forward to the day that Buntarou returns to Mitakihara, and I plan to treat him with my husband. It's all going to be on me."

Mitakihara continue their season this week against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Haw.

Week 9 2045 Preview

Mitakihara bowl past New Mexico 188-30

Mitakihara bowl past New Mexico 188-30

Staff reports
The Daily Magi
October 14, 2045

After starting quarterback Anonymous Anonymous took his leave at quarter time, six different players played quarterback for Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi, who ran past the New Mexico Lobos, 188-30 at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara, B.C. on Homecoming 2045. Backup quarterback Andre Spence broke his collarbone and will be out seven weeks.

Halfback Kyle Ryan ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns, backup quarterback Damion Roberson ran for 165 yards and two majors and fullback Allen Heinz rushed for 114 yards and two more scores. Despite rushing for negative yards, Anonymous scored a couple of touchdowns on the ground. Also with a rushing touchdown were Spence, halfback Cory Jackson, halfback Adam Johnson and halfback Brandon Williamson.

Wide receiver Dallas Williams led the receivers with three passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Also with a receiving touchdown were Ryan and Heinz. Wideout Adam Dotson led the blockers with 20 panckaes while Williams added 19 pancakes.

Corner David Phillips led the defense with 11 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. Right end Jake Crawford added three sacks while cornerback Mike Walker added 10 tackles, two sacks and two picks. Middle linebacker J.R. Cooper led all tackles with 17 tackles.

Mitakihara improve to 6-0 and return to action next week on the road against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors.

Mitakihara Homecoming 2045: My Boys Know What You Did In The Town

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Mitakihara Homecoming 2045: My Boys Know What You Did In The Town

Staff reports
The Daily Magi
October 9, 2045

The Mitakihara Homecoming Committee released the schedule for Mitakihara Homecoming 2045: My Boys Know What You Did In The Town. Toshizou Kasumi, a senior humanities major from Tokyo, Japan, is this year's Homecoming Chair and a bubbly personality. Kasumi was ecstatic at the prospects of this year's Homecoming Week.

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Toshizou Kasumi, Homecoming Week 2045 Chair.

"An alternative title for the theme of this week is 'Get It Up,'" said Kasumi in an interview at Magia Quad. "Our football team are like spies that come after you and surprise you in a lot of ways. They seem to know what their opponents do when they are in Mitakihara Town for business regarding any game. The same can be said with the male sports teams here at Madoka. We know what you're doing, we will find you, and we will kick your ass. 

"So, in deference to Fall Out Boy and in celebration of the 35th anniversary of this great university, we decided to call this year's theme 'My Boys Know What You Did In The Town.'"

A number of events will take place leading up to the Homecoming Game against the Harvard Crimson on October 14, 2045 at 12:30 p.m. PT/3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by TSN, ESPN, NHK and BBC.

The Schedule is as follows:
(all times in PT)

Tuesday, October 10
8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Chapel
Speaker: Archbishop Charles Curtis
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

12 p.m. - Homecoming Registration Opens - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.
All Day - Museums: Spend the afternoon visiting one of the Mitakihara Museums. Admission is free with your Homecoming Passport.
* Nissin Museum of Ramen, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Hayao Miyazaki Museum of Art 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
* Mitakihara Museum of Puella Magi, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-Museums open all day Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday

Madoka Garden: Find your peace of mind visiting the Madoka Garden, located next to the Madoka Chapel. Admission is free with your Homecoming Passport. Open 6 a.m. to sunset, all week.

Libraries: Admission is free at the following locations with your Homecoming Passport:
* Yuuki Library, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* Saito Library 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Exhibit at Saito Library: The Evolution of Natural Gas and Fuel Resources. For more information, please visit the Saito Library website.
Libraries open all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

1 p.m. Classes: Participants are invited to sit in on a variety of undergraduate classes:
Classes TBA, see University Web Site

2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Mizuhashi Library Tours
Take a guided tour of the Mizuhashi Library at the Mitakihara School of Graduate Studies. Tours will meet at the reception area inside the front door and will leave at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Space on each tour is limited.

3 p.m. - Open band practice
Mitakihara Director of Bands, Dr. Mary Cochran holds a special band practice with members of the Marching Ultimates, the university's marching band.

3:30 p.m. Campus tours led by The Society
The Society/La Societe is the premiere student-run organization that is dedicated to serving the Mitakihara University community and is owned and operated by the Mitakihara Associated Students. Tours are conducted in English, French and Japanese.
1. Mitakihara General Tour
2. Beyond The Campus: Madoka Square, The Dorms and More
3. Touring the Madoka Garden
(also will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
4:30 p.m. Campus tours led by The Society/La Societe
1. Mitakihara Athletic Facilities
2. Madoka Architecture: Where Old Meets New
3. Madoka Garden Tea Ceremony (refreshments provided)
(also will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

5 p.m. - Nonaka House Association's Postmeridie Lecture and Award
Featuring Theo Gillibrand, President of the United States
Presentation of Award, Homura Akemi, President of Mitakihara University, Tsukino Centre (Doors open at 4:30.)

Wednesday, October 11
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

8 p.m. - Mitakihara University Glee Club Concert
Tickets required: $40 for adults, S25 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Thursday, October 12
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot

2 p.m. - Battle of the Bands at Tsukino Centre
The tradition continues! See your favorite local bands battle for cash prizes and a recording contract. Many distinguished musical guests and music industry executives will be on hand to witness this exciting, electrifying occasion.
Tickets required: $30 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

5 p.m. - Men's Water Polo vs. Pacific
The Amagami Campus Pool

7 p.m. - Men's Handball vs. UC Merced
Urobuchi Fieldhouse, Akagi Court

7:30 p.m. - Sprint Football vs. Cornell
Hakurei Centre

Friday, October 13
9 a.m.- 3 p.m. - Homecoming Registration - Kaname Hall (Administration Building)
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

5 p.m. - Women's Volleyball vs. British Columbia
Battle for the Cup of Life. Exhibition, Anderson Court, Marisa Kirisame Pyramid

Approx. 8 p.m. - Pep Rally at Anderson Court, Marisa Kirsame Pyramid
Following the Women's Volleyball game vs. the British Columbia Thunderbirds, the 2045 Mitakihara Magi Football Team will be introduced. Speeches by head coach Tatsuya Kaname, offensive team captain Joel Ingram, defensive team captain David Phillips, athletic director Mami Tomoe and university president Homura Akemi will be made.

9 p.m. - Evening activities
Visit the Inu Daruma Pub or your favorite restaurant at the Campus.
The Meeting: Special gathering for Roseluck Arrow Boosters and Men About Town at McGann's, cash bar @ 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 14
5:00 - 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast at the Dorms - Passport holders are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast at the dorm of their choice. Pay at the door (cash please), cost is $15 per person.

8 a.m. - Morning Prayers to Madoka - Madoka Chapel
Speaker: Archibishop Terrence Palanco
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Homecoming Headquarters and Registration- Rei Ayanami Field
Registered participants must check in here for their Passport and vouchers for the Saturday Homecoming Barbecue at Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot.

10 a.m. to kickoff Pre-Game Tailgate at Athletics
Pack a picnic and set up a tailgate with your friends prior to the Mitakihara-New Mexico football game. The Madoka Tailgate Area will be located inside Gate 13. Cars can park here for $20, payable on-side. Tailgate is permitted for 2 hours prior to kickoff and for one hour following the game. More information can be found at the Athletics website.

9:00 a.m. Men's Soccer vs. Air Force
Hirasawa Field

11 a.m. Women's field hockey vs. Johns Hopkins
Rei Ayanami Field

12:00 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Umass
Hirasawa Field

12:00 p.m. Women's Ice Hockey vs. McGill
Battle for the Sis Puella Magica Cup. Exhibition game, Shanarena

12:30 p.m. Football Kick-Off
Cheer on the Mitakihara Magi as they take on the New Mexico Lobos. A block of tickets for Madoka Homecoming is currently reserved through the Mitakihara Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are required and cost $18 each, children ages 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

10:30 a.m. - 4th quarter - Homecoming Barbecue
Barbecue in the Mitakihara Stadium Parking Lot, Gates 7-9. A voucher for the "Ika's BBQ Fan Zone" is included in your Homecoming registration price. Please be sure to check-in at the Homecoming registration desk to receive your meal ticket. Drinks will be sold separately on-site. A variety of family a children's activities will be offered in the "Fan Zone," including face painting, music, sports games, prizes and raffles.

5:00 p.m. - A Salute to the Four Seasons
Presented by the Mitakihara University Philharmonic (MadoPhil), Tsukino Centre.
Ticket Required: Regular: $35.00, $31.00, $25.00;
Students: $20.00, $16.00, $12.00; Seniors (65+): $15.00,
$13.00, $10.00.
Tickets can be purchased directly through the Mitakihara Box Office by phone at (250) 4MADOKA or online at the box office website.

Sunday, October 15
9:00 a.m. - Mitakihara 10K Run/Walk for Life
Get ready to put on your running or walking shoes and take a cruise around the different places on campus and in Mitakihara. The route starts at Magia Quad and will weave around the city before ending at Madoka Square. Registration is $50.00 ($25.00 for students with ID) at the Magia Quad tent from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the BC Cancer Foundation. Refreshments and medals will be provided at finish line.

Week 8 2045 Preview

Mitakihara euthanize Wyoming, 170-14

Mitakihara euthanize Wyoming, 170-14

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
October 7, 2045

Senior defensive tackle Mike Smith ran rampant over the Wyoming Cowboys offense, making eight sacks as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi euthanized the Wyoming Cowboys 170-14 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo.

Quarterback Anonymous Anonymous passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 211 yards and three more scores. The ground game was fantastic. Halfback Cory Jackson ran for 297 yards and five majors, fullback Red Eilands ran for 203 yards and five more scores and halfback Kyle Ryan ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Also with a touchdown on the ground were wide receiver Dallas Williams and wideout Avery Clark.

Williams led the receivers with six catches for 97 yards, while wideout Adam Dotson had four receptions for 74 yards and three touchdowns. Wideout Terrance Andrews and left guard Adam Simmons had 27 pancakes each to lead the blockers, while right guard Phillip Smith added 26 pancakes.

Aside from Smith's field day in the Morning Rescue Defense, cornerback Corey Montgomers led the tacklers with 16 tackles and two interceptions. Free safety J.J. Anderson also had two picks, while defensive tackle George Lowery added five sacks. Right outside linebacker Marco Drew has 12 tackles and two sacks.

Madoka up their record to 5-0 and return to action next week in Homecoming 2045 against the New Mexico Lobos.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The mystique of the 2006 Ontario terrorism plot

The mystique of the 2006 Ontario terrorism plot

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
October 3, 2045

The 2006 Ontario terrorism case refers to the plotting of a series of attacks against targets in Southern Ontario, Canada, and the June 2, 2006, counter-terrorism raids in and around the Greater Toronto Area that resulted in the arrest of 18 people (the "Toronto 18") found to be Al-Qaeda members of an Islamic terrorist cell.

They were accused of planning to detonate truck bombs, to open fire in a crowded area, and to storm the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, the Canadian Parliament building, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) headquarters, and the parliamentary Peace Tower to take hostages and to behead the Prime Minister and other leaders.

Following the jury trial in June 2010, a comprehensive presentation of the case and the evidence obtained from court exhibits previously restricted was presented by Isabel Teotonio of the Toronto Star. It contains the details on guilty pleas and convictions.

The Ontario Court of Appeal released their decision on December 17, 2010, upholding three of the sentences (two of the three were increased).

Suspects of the Toronto 18
  • Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, Mississauga; an active member of the mosque who frequently led prayers. Immigrated from Karachi, Pakistan.
  • Shareef Abdelhaleem, 30, born in suburban Egypt; immigrated with his family to Canada at age 10 around the 90's.
  • Steven Vikash Chand, alias Abdul Shakur, 25; a recent convert to Islam, and a former Canadian soldier.
  • Jahmaal James, 23, Toronto
  • Fahim Ahmad, 21, Toronto
  • Asad Ansari, 21, Mississauga
  • Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, born in Canada; his family immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago. Charges against him were dropped after two years.
  • Zakaria Amara, 20, Mississauga
  • Saad Khalid, 19, born in Pakistan; immigrated with his family to Canada at age 8.
The identities of the five minors were legally protected by Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Six of the 17 men arrested have ties to the Al Rahman Islamic Center near Toronto, a Sunni mosque. Another two of those arrested were already serving time in a Kingston, Ontario, prison on weapons possession charges. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) two other men, Syed Ahmed and Ehsanul Sadequee, who were arrested in Georgia in the United States on terrorism charges, are connected to the case as well.

John Thompson, president of the Mackenzie Institute, a Toronto think tank, summarized the young suspects stating "These are kids at a transition, between Islamic society and Western society. A lot of people will get militarized if they're unsure of their own identity. They're just young and stupid. If you're 17, bored, restless, you want to meet girls – hey, be a radical. "The cops have a nickname for it – the jihad generation," says Thompson.

Week 7 2045 Preview

Mitakihara race past Colorado State, 121-3

Mitakihara race past Colorado State, 121-3

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
September 30, 2045

It was back to business as usual. At Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colo., Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi mowed down the Colorado State Rams, 121-3, to open up their Mountain West campaign in style. For the first time this season, the second team was activated for action as the starters were given the week off.

Quarterback Andre Spence passed for 268 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 190 yards and four majors. Fullback Allen Heinz ran for 160 yards and three scores, halfback Brandon Williamson ran for 141 yards and a touchdown, backup quarterback ran for 76 yards and a score and tight end Nick Inman ran for 64 yards and a major.

Wide receiver Avery Clark caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns while wideout Adam Dotson caught four passes for 83 yards and two majors. Wideout Charlie Carpenter also caught a 44-yard pass for a score. Dotson led the blockers with 22 pancakes while wideout Dallas Williams added 21 pancakes.

Left end Chad Estes led the defense with 14 tackles and six sacks while right outside linebacker Mark Jefferson added 3.5 sacks. Strong safety Lorenzo Jackson and middle linebacker J.R. Cooper had 12 tackles each.

Madoka improve to 4-0 and continue their road trip next week against the Wyoming Cowboys.

The mystique of the 2013 VIA Rail Canada terrorism plot

The mystique of the 2013 VIA Rail Canada terrorism plot

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
September 26, 2045

The 2013 VIA Rail Canada terrorism plot is an alleged conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in and against Canada in the form of disruption, destruction or derailment of trains operated by Canada's national passenger railway service, VIA Rail Canada. The allegedly-targeted train route runs between Toronto and New York. The arrests occurred on April 22, 2013.

The arrests were the culmination of an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canada's federal Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams. The RCMP and INSETs received cooperation and assistance from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Canada Border Services Agency. Provincial police forces involved were the Ontario Provincial Police and the Sûreté du Québec. Municipal police forces involved were the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, the Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police, Peel Regional Police, and the Durham Regional Police. Private security forces involved were corporate physical security teams from VIA Rail Canada and CN Rail.

In its interdiction, dubbed "Operation SMOOTH" by the RCMP, Canada received cooperation and assistance from the United States Department of Homeland Security, including the United States Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The two suspects, who are not Canadian citizens, were arrested by the RCMP, and subsequently charged by the Crown, in connection with the plot.

Chiheb Esseghaier, a Tunisian citizen, was arrested by RCMP in Montreal, and Raed Jaser, a Palestinian resident, was arrested in Toronto. Special terrorism-related charges under section 83.24 of the Criminal Code entered by the Crown under consent of the Attorney General of Canada include conspiracy to carry out an attack, and to commit murder at the direction of, or in association with, a terrorist group.

Canadian and American intelligence experts have linked the plot to involvement by Al-Qaeda elements (possibly Jundallah) based around the Iran–Pakistan barrier. and Chiheb Esseghaier is known to have travelled to Iran. At his arraignment before Justice of the Peace Susan Hilton in Toronto, Esseghaier repudiated the Criminal Code of Canada, under which he was charged. Esseghaier defiantly told the court, "it is not a holy book." If convicted, he would receive a sentence of life imprisonment. Esseghaier, who was a doctoral student at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique of the Université du Québec, was known for his disruptive and offensive behaviour, and was referred to by his neighbours as a "nightmare neighbour". Esseghaier is believed to have been "radicalized" through contact with Ahmed Abassi, a 26-year-old Tunisian also arrested in connection with the plot by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York on April 22.

The contention that Jaser is truly stateless—for the purposes of the enforcement of immigration law and regulation and deportation under Canadian law—may be questionable, in that he was known to have travelled to the United Arab Emirates on a Jordanian passport several times as recently as September 2011. He had been known to Canadian immigration officials since at least 2004, when Canada had commenced proceedings to deport him. It appears, though, that this had been the conclusion of the panel considering his case, given that his deportation never actually occurred. This may have been because he had arrived in Canada from Germany on falsified French travel documents.

Among other claims pertinent to his bids to remain in Canada, Jaser had claimed that he had been harassed by anti-immigrant groups while living in Germany. Jaser had a criminal record in Canada. At one point in time, he had been employed driving a minivan transporting special-education students in a Toronto suburb. He had been pardoned after conviction for the criminal offence of uttering a death threat.

Week 6 2045 Preview

The mystique of Operation Support

The mystique of Operation Support

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
September 19, 2045

Operation SUPPORT is the name given to Canadian Forces activities directly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The CF had two immediate goals: to provide support for stranded aircrew and passengers from diverted commercial flights, and to increase emergency preparedness. Transport Canada called their operation Yellow Ribbon.

Stranded travellers were received at several CF bases and stations, including Goose Bay, Gander and Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Halifax, Shearwater and Aldershot, Nova Scotia. Also, CF units in the Atlantic region provided thousands of beds and ration packs; nine CF transport aircraft delivered about 8,800 cots, 8,300 blankets and 55 support personnel to places where commercial flights had been diverted. CF aircraft also transported Canada Customs and Revenue Agency officials to those locations so stranded travellers could clear Customs and enter Canada — many of them to accept the hospitality of the communities in which they found themselves.

Several steps were taken to increase emergency preparedness. Additional CF-18 fighters were assigned to NORAD. The Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was placed on stand-by at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. Also, HMC Ships Preserver, Iroquois and Ville de Québec were put in a higher state of readiness in case they were required to go to a U.S. port to provide humanitarian assistance.

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The mystique of Operation Yellow Ribbon

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The mystique of Operation Yellow Ribbon

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
September 11, 2045

Operation Yellow Ribbon was commenced by Canada to handle the diversion of civilian airline flights in response to the September 11 attacks in 2001. Canada's goal was to ensure that potentially destructive air traffic be removed from U.S. airspace as quickly as possible, and away from potential U.S. targets, and instead place these aircraft on the ground in Canada, mostly at military and civilian airports in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and British Columbia (and also several in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec) where their destructive potential could be better contained and neutralized. As none of the aircraft proved to be a threat, Canada and Canadians subsequently undertook to play host to the many people aboard the aircraft during the ensuing delay in reaching their destinations.

Canada commenced the operation after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded all aircraft across the United States. The FAA then worked with Transport Canada to reroute incoming international flights to airports in Canada.

During the operation, departing flights, with the exception of police, military, and humanitarian flights were cancelled, marking the first time that Canada shut down its airspace. As a result of Operation Yellow Ribbon, 255 aircraft were diverted to 17 different airports across the country.

The actual number of diverted aircraft and passengers varies from each source. Transport Canada said over 33,000 passengers on 224 flights arrived in Canada, whereas Nav Canada said 239 flights. According to Prime Minister Chrétien, the number of flights was anywhere between 225 and 250 and the number of passengers between 30,000 and 45,000.

Operation Yellow Ribbon had many consequences for Canadians. After the initial task of diverting the flights was over, thousands of stranded passengers and flight crews had to be housed and fed until the crisis was over. During the diversion of flights, some airports, including Vancouver International, were inundated with hundreds of telephone calls from members of the public and the corporate community offering their support. In Ottawa, SitCen staff were also inundated with calls from airports, air carriers, the media, and the general public. On average, SitCen staff received an estimated 5,000 calls a day.

When asked in a CNN interview if he was able to get food to the passengers, the prime minister said that he was able to, and that "many of them have been accommodated in hotels and schools and gymnasiums and so on. And the Canadian authorities and provincial authorities are working... (to make their visitors) in those places as comfortable as possible."

Public efforts to help those affected by Operation Yellow Ribbon led to positive remarks on the subject by people such as Chrétien and his wife, Aline; the United States ambassador to Canada, Paul Cellucci; Collenette; Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband, John Ralston Saul; and in the provinces, premiers, and lieutenant governors. Airports involved in the effort received messages of thanks from passengers, airlines, residents who took in the passengers, and staff at U.S. immigration and U.S. customs. Edmonton International Airport also received a child passenger's drawing of the diverted flights on the ground there, published on page 12 of their 2001 annual report. Some airports also published messages of thanks on their web sites and/or annual reports, like Halifax and Edmonton. Many stories of the hospitality given to stranded passengers have come out as a result of the operation.

Some airports were cited for how they handled the crisis. The British Columbia Aviation Council presented its 2001 Airport Management Award to Vancouver International Airport, citing its professional and compassionate handling of the situation, while the Canadian Public Relations Society (Nova Scotia) presented Halifax International an Amethyst Award in the Crisis Communications category to honour the authority's crisis communication response to the situation.

On September 11, 2002, about 2,500 people gathered at Gander International Airport for Canada's memorial service to mark the first anniversary of the attacks, over which Chrétien, Collennette, and Cellucci and other provincial and local officials presided. Chrétien addressed them: "9/11 will live long in memory as a day of terror and grief. But thanks to the countless acts of kindness and compassion done for those stranded visitors here in Gander and right across Canada it will live forever in memory as a day of comfort and of healing" and closed his speech by commending Operation Yellow Ribbon, "You did yourselves proud, ladies and gentlemen, and you did Canada proud."

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Madoka rout Illinois, 164-28

Madoka rout Illinois, 164-28

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
September 9, 2045

Anonymous Anonymous passed for 352 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 464 yards and six more scores as Tatsuya Kaname's Mitakihara Magi ran over the Illinois Fighting Illini, 164-28, in the pouring rain at Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara, B.C. 

Halfback Cory Jackson ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns, fullback Red Eilands ran for 128 yards and two majors, halfback Kyle Ryan ran for 70 yards and a touchdown, and wide receiver Dallas Williams rushed for 104 yards and a score.

Wideout Terrance Andrews led all receivers with five catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Williams caught three passes for 48 yards and a score and wideout Jack Dallaire caught two passes for 49 yards and a major. Andrews also led all blockers with 28 pancakes while right guard Phillip Smith added 25 pancakes.

Middle linebacker David Smith paced the defense with 19 tackles, three sacks and an interception. Cornerback Lee Matthews paced the ballhawks on the Morning Rescue Defense with three picks while strong safety Leon Farris added 17 tackles and two picks.

Madoka improve to 3-0 and will take the next two weeks off before kicking off their Mountain West campaign on the road against the Colorado State Rams.

The Mystique of Air India Flight 182

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The Mystique of Air India Flight 182

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
September 5, 2045

Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the Montreal–London–Delhi route. On 23 June 1985, the aircraft operating on the route – a Boeing 747-237B (c/n 21473/330, reg VT-EFO) – was blown up by a bomb at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,400 m). It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while in Irish airspace.

A total of 329 people were killed, including 268 Canadians, 27 British citizens and 24 Indians. The incident was the largest mass murder in Canadian history, and the deadliest aviation disaster to occur over a body of water. It is also the worst aviation disaster in Irish territory.

It was the first bombing of a 747 jumbo jet. The 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie used a similar method, with explosives placed in a radio inside a bag and detonation by timer; no passenger accompanied either bomb. The 1985 explosion and downing of the Air India plane occurred within an hour of the fatal Narita Airport bombing. It was also conducted by Sikh terrorists from Canada. In this case, a bag exploded on the ground before being placed on another Air India flight. Evidence from the explosion pointed to an attempt to blow up two airliners simultaneously.

Investigation and prosecution lasting almost 20 years made this the most expensive trial in Canadian history, costing nearly CAD $130 million. Canadian law enforcement determined that the main suspects in the bombing were members of the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa and other related groups based in Canada. Though a handful of members were arrested and tried, Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Canadian resident, was the only person convicted of involvement in the bombing. There was a lack of solid evidence, and the prosecution had committed various legal and investigative errors. Singh pleaded guilty in 2003 to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for building the bombs that exploded aboard Flight 182 and at Narita.

The Governor General-in-Council in 2006 appointed the former Supreme Court Justice John Major to conduct a commission of inquiry. His report was completed and released on 17 June 2010. It concluded that a "cascading series of errors" by the government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) had allowed the terrorist attack to take place.

Twenty years after the downing of Air India Flight 182, families gathered in Ahakista, Ireland to grieve. Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Prime Minister Paul Martin declared the anniversary a national day of mourning. During the anniversary observances, Martin said that the bombing was a Canadian problem, not a foreign problem, saying, "Make no mistake: The flight may have been Air India's, it may have taken place off the coast of Ireland, but this is a Canadian tragedy."

In May 2007, Angus Reid Strategies released the results of public opinion polling of whether Canadians viewed the Air India bombing as a Canadian or Indian tragedy and who they blamed. Forty-eight per cent of respondents considered the bombing as a Canadian event, while twenty-two per cent thought it was a mostly Indian affair. Thirty-four per cent of those asked felt both CSIS and airport security personnel deserved a great deal of the blame in addition to twenty-seven per cent who believed the RCMP were largely to blame. Eighteen per cent mentioned Transport Canada.

Ken MacQueen and John Geddes of Macleans said that the Air India bombing has been referred to as "Canada's 9/11." They disagreed, however, stating:

In truth, it was never close to that. The date, 23 June 1985, is not seared into the nation's soul. The events of that day snuffed out hundreds of innocent lives and altered the destinies of thousands more, but it neither shook the foundations of government, nor transformed its policies. It was not, in the main, even officially acknowledged as an act of terrorism.

Memorials were erected in Canada and elsewhere to commemorate the victims. In 1986, a monument was unveiled in Ahakista, West Cork, Ireland, on the first anniversary of the bombing. Subsequently, a groundbreaking occurred on 11 August 2006 at a playground that would form part of a memorial in Stanley Park, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Another memorial was unveiled on 22 June 2007 in Toronto, the city where most of the people killed had lived. The memorial features a sundial, the base of which consists of stones from all provinces and territories of Canada, as well as the countries of the other victims, and a wall, oriented toward Ireland and bearing the names of the dead.

A 4th memorial was unveiled in Lachine, Quebec on the 26th Anniversary of the tragedy. There are no memorials in India as yet.

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