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Monday, November 24, 2014

Legendary Hockey Coach Pat Quinn Dies At 71

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Former player and well known hockey coach Pat Quinn has passed away after a battle with a lengthy illness.

The WHL team the Vancouver Giants announced the sad news Monday morning on behalf of the Quinn family. The co-owner of the Giants passed away Sunday night at Vancouver General Hospital.
"Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family," said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. "Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed."
Quinn began his junior career with the Hamilton Tiger Cubs and Hamilton Kilty B’s in the Ontario Hockey Association. Quinn turned pro in 1963-64 and was called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1968, making his NHL debut.

He then played two seasons in Vancouver and prematurely retired in 1977 after suffering an ankle injury. Quinn coached several NHL teams including with the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers and then moved on to become the General Manager and President of the Vancouver Canucks.

Quinn, who is a member of the Order of Canada, guided Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

[Sportsnet]

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Toy Story 4" To Hit Theaters In 2017

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If you haven't learned by now, franchises are never really dead in Hollywood. They get remade, rebooted, spun-off, or reimagined, and for a series as lucrative as Toy Story, it was only a matter of time before another movie was in the works.

Years of rumours have come to this: Disney is officially working on Toy Story 4, and John Lasseter is set to direct. Disney announced the news on an earnings calling Thursday afternoon. Toy Story 4 will hit theatres June 16, 2017.

The last film in the series, Toy Story 3, opened in theatres in 2010 and marked the end of Woody and Buzz’s time with Andy.
 
No story details yet, but I presume Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and the rest of the gang will be back.

Pixar’s release slate looks like this over the next few years:

– June 2015: Inside Out
– November 2015: The Good Dinosaur
– June 2016: Finding Dory
– June 2017: Toy Story 4

Pixar announced earlier this year that they are working on new films in the Incredibles and Cars franchises, but those movies don’t have release dates yet.

[Variety]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gunman Attacks Canada Parliament

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A Canadian soldier is dead after a gunman shot him and went on to attack the national parliament on Wednesday.

The gunman shot the soldier who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. Then the gunman went inside the main parliament building and opened fire (as captured on video below).

Police say the gunman was killed inside but that they believe there is more than one assailant. Downtown Ottawa is on lockdown as police search for the other gunman.

The attack comes two days after a radicalized Muslim struck two Canadian soldiers with his car in Quebec, killing one of them.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Canadian government raised its terror threat alert from low to medium.



[CBC News/Video via Globe And Mail]

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car

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Just in time to make traffic worse, Google introduced its long-awaited self-driving cars Tuesday.

The cars have two seats, no steering wheel, gas, or brake pedal - just a stop-and-go button. If all goes well, 100 to 200 of the cars are expected to be driving on California roads in a pilot program next year.

The cars will max out at 25 mph and have sensors that can detect objects in all directions for up to 200 yards.



“What I’m excited about is how we could change transportation today,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said.

[Google/Video via: Self-Driving Car Project]