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    Why Is China Investing Billions in Africa? | NowThis World
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    Why Is China Investing Billions in Africa? | NowThis World

    August 22, 2019


    China has invested billions of dollars into the continent of Africa to build massive infrastructure projects. Much of this infrastructure is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an estimated 1 trillion dollar plan to connect the country to trade routes all over the world. African leaders like Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta have favorably compared China’s investments to earlier projects built by colonial powers. While the old railway was built by force and violence against the wishes of those whose land it divided, the new railway is built by consent and partnership both between ourselves and China and between the governments which will prosper and profit by it. But is China’s investment in the continent actually a “win-win” as some African and Chinese leaders have said? Or just a new form of colonialism on a continent that’s experienced so much of it? In this episode, we’re examining China’s Belt and Road Initiative and what it might mean for Africa. While China’s Belt and Road Initiative was only proposed in 2013, the country’s first infrastructure project on the African continent was built decades ago. The Tazara railway, completed in 1976, was built to connect copper mines in Zambia to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s former capital. The Tazara railway was the first infrastructure project built on a pan-African scale. China’s Belt and Road projects will be designed with this scale in mind, creating new trade routes within and between African countries. In 2017, a Chinese firm opened a railway network in Kenya, connecting its capital Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa. There are already plans to extend this network into South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. China, through its public and private sectors, has already loaned about $132 billion to African countries from 2006 to 2017. Many observers worry that African countries won’t be able to pay back these debts, placing them in what’s been called a quote “debt trap.” The Jubilee Debt Campaign, which campaigns for poor countries’ debts to be canceled, estimates that about 20% of debt held by African governments is owed to China, making it the single largest lending nation. For comparison, 35% of African debt is owed to multilateral, global institutions like the World Bank. Earlier waves of Chinese firms that invested in Africa made mistakes that caused problems for those countries’ governments. Starting in 2005, tens of thousands of workers from China poured into the west African country of Ghana to take advantage of a gold rush. This eventually provoked a local backlash due to accusations of illegal mining, inflaming tensions between Chinese miners and the local government. Many observers have pointed to projects like this as examples of China exploiting Africa for its natural resources through quote “neo-colonialist behavior.” However, other observers contend that the majority of investment from China has largely avoided creating the problems seen in Ghana’s gold mines, precisely because resource extraction has not been the main focus of other investments. In fact, the number one industry for Chinese investment has been the service industry, according to IMF economist Wenjie Cheng. She also points out that the countries where China’s investment has been largest include those without abundant natural resources, such as Ethiopia and Kenya, in addition to resource-rich countries like Nigeria. Ultimately, African governments may feel that the risk of accumulating debt is outweighed by the benefits of new infrastructure. The China Africa Research Initiative found that roughly 40% of China’s loans between 2000 and 2015 went towards paying for energy projects and another 30% went toward modernizing transportation on the continent. These loans were set at relatively low interest rates and with longer periods of time to pay them back. The Center for Global Development crunched the numbers on debt to China as a result of the Belt and Road Initiative, and found that eight of the 71 countries involved in the project were particularly vulnerable to getting caught in a debt trap. Of these eight countries, only one was in Africa: Djibouti, a port country that’s also become a military strategic point for China. The other seven countries are in Europe and Asia. Nevertheless, China has denied engaging in “debt trap” diplomacy. In an attempt at thisto strengthen this collaboration, China has also promised to align its goals for the Belt and Road Initiative with the African Union’s own development goals of greater interconnectivity on the continent. However, these promises have yet to be outlined. Ultimately, China’s push in Africa may be seeking to increase the country’s influence, rather than reap financial gains. Its investments are already strengthening China’s alliances with African governments, to China’s benefit. Every African country but eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has cut ties with Taiwan, a prerequisite for diplomatic relations with mainland China. Some observers think that as African countries rise economically, they could actually have the upper hand by the time they negotiate payments back to China. This explains why African leaders have been so confident in calling Chinese investment a “win-win,” but only time will tell if their long game pans out. So do you think China’s investments in Africa will be a boon to the continent, or are they a form of neocolonialism? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for watching NowThis World, don’t forget to like and subscribe.

    Railroad closes road
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    Railroad closes road

    August 20, 2019


    HAPPY ABOUT IT. ROSS TALKED TO PEOPLE THAT USE THAT ROUTE.>> CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILROAD PERMANENTLY SHUT DOWN A BUSY STREET NEAR THE GOLF COURSE.>> THEY COME THEY GOT TO PICK THIS ROAD?>> THIS ROAD FROM OVER HERE TO OVER THERE, THIS IS A QUICK WAY TO GET OVER ON TO THIS SIDE THERE> THE RAILROAD SAID THEY WERE FORCE TODAY CLOSE THE ROAD FRIDAY. THE CITY SAYS THEY’VE WORKED WITH THE COMPANY ON THE SHUT DOWN THE PAST FEW WEEKS. FRUSTRATED DRIVERS DIDN’T LEARN ABOUT IT UNTIL THEY DROVE UP AND SAW THE ROAD CLOSED SIGN.>> I HAVE TWO JOBS AND I NEED ONE TO GO TO THE OTHER JOB. THIS WILL MAKE ME LATE.>> THE COMPANY LEADERS SAY THE OVERPASS IS UNSAFE AND REPEATEDLY HIT BY VEHICLES TOO TALL TO PASS UNDER THE INSTRUCTION.>> I CAME HERE 8:15 THIS MORNING AND IT WAS OPEN AND I’M GOING BACK THROUGH NOW AND IT’S CLOSED. THAT MEANS I HAVING TO ALL THE WAY AROUND.>> WE HAVE TO DO THAT A LOT IN JACKSON, SIGN OF DETOURS. WE PAY THEIR TAX MONIES. WE NEED TO HAVE GOOD STREETS AND NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NE WS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC íRRK [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@ [email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT ABCí[email protected] @A[@ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT [email protected] ABC í[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT @A[@[email protected] ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT í[email protected] [email protected][@

    LEGO Minecart – Minecraft
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    LEGO Minecart – Minecraft

    August 19, 2019


    All right. What’s going on guys? My name is ZaziNombies. And today, I’ve built the Minecraft Minecart. This was of course crafted with five Lego iron ingots. And I’ve given it some wheels as well. And we’re out here on the tracks, to bring it out, give it a little test drive. In Minecraft the minecarts- They basically float on the tracks. But I’ve given it some lego wheels as I said. to you know, be able to roll around. It rolls pretty good as well. And there you can see I put… I’ve got a lego track as well. to you know, have it roll across. There you can see I used a lot of smooth Lego bricks. For that sort of inside It’s got that kind of worn look you know some “coal” sort of that “steel” look as well. Light gray and dark grey were the two main colors for this creation. And if you guys want to build your own Lego Minecart, you can take a pause pretty much anywhere in the video. The tracks were just built with some tan, light gray, dark gray smooth bricks. And uh… The dimensions for the Minecart are 20 by 16. And there you can see the tracks. It’s got that sort of dark tan Lego brick for the kind of gravel I guess, in the middle of the tracks. So Minecraft can be customized to place different blocks in them you know: Chests, hoppers, that sort of thing. And they’re one of two vehicles in Minecraft. The other being the boat, which we’ve brought to life with Lego as well. So now we have the Minecart to add to our collection. Hope you guys enjoyed. Let me know what you guys want to see built next? And I’ll see you guys in another video.

    Miniatur Wunderland *** official video *** largest model railway / railroad of the world
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    Miniatur Wunderland *** official video *** largest model railway / railroad of the world

    August 17, 2019


    For 10 years now, the world’s largest model railway can be found in Hamburg’s historic warehouse district – a mammoth miniature project. It took 500.000 working hours to create this incredible miniature world on 1.300m². The city’s most popular tourist attraction fascinates over one million people a year. And it’s continually growing! Eight different sections, connected by 13 km of track installation, provide an unforgettable experience for all ages. Tons of steel, wood and plaster form the foundation of this extraordinary exhibition. The journey leads through Scandinavia to Germany, from Austria to Switzerland and far away to America in just a few moments. Each day, 900 trains with 12.000 wagons travel a distance of several hundred kilometres. The longest train is 14.51 metres long. On the North East Sea, with a water capacity of 30.000 litres, large and small ships are cruising. In Scandinavia, America, at the airport and in the cosy fictional town of Knuffingen, 250 computer-controlled vehicles are on the move. Special attractions are the fire runs, controlled by a sophisticated software. The fire brigades are constantly engaged in fire fighting procedures. But the police are also busy tracking down traffic offenders. The newest attraction of the Miniatur Wunderland is the “Knuffingen Airport”. After six years of development and a cost of 3.5 million Euro, the world’s probably smallest commercial airport opened in May 2011 On 150 square metres, with more than 40 airplanes and the ground staff that goes with it, it may be the world’s most advanced flight simulation. From the technology hangar to the air terminal every little detail has been faithfully recreated. Without a doubt, the attention to detail is at the heart of the layout. Over 200.000 figures show life in all its facets. It’s a world where the law chases criminals and where some don’t really care. Where the fire department puts out a large fire and a new fire starts not too far away. Funeral oration or celebration, Eat or be eaten, Travelers from this or another world, Imagination knows no bounds in the the Wunderland. There are fire-breathers, travelling animals and surprisingly strong girls – in a world alternating between hectic and peaceful, between wild animals – and some that were already tamed, there are hunters – and some just hunting for the best pictures, there are holy sanctuaries, and some not quite so holy, there are people bursting with life, and some not so much… The Wunderland is absolutely diverse and unique. Travel from the highest mountain with over six meters… over dreamy streets to the Grand Canyon… snow-covered landscapes… through idyllic villages to below the surface of the earth. In the Miniatur Wunderland, a day lasts 15 minutes. At dusk, over 300.000 LEDs ensure that the layout shines in a captivating light. Then, the night life of the various regions really becomes visible. And amidst all this, more hidden stories emerge at the push of a button. There are over 200 push-button actions spread across the edge of the layout, where the visitors can actively participate in various forms. For example, in a sweet way, at the chocolate factory, or in the daily struggle with the pitfalls of technology, or in the creation of life, or with a bit too much craftsmanship. The technology behind it all is monitored by human eyes from a control console and with the help of more than 40 computers. These are controlled by a complex, self-developed software. The Miniatur Wunderland is internationally well known through more than 1.000 TV-Reports The 260 people on the Wunderland team are never short on new ideas. Until 2020, there will be new sections covering France, Italy, England and parts of Africa… and who knows what’s next. But there’s no end in sight. To convey this marvel in five minutes – impossible! Just come by and see for yourself. You will be amazed!

    The National for July 26, 2019 — B.C. Floatplane Crash, Manhunt for Murder Suspects
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    The National for July 26, 2019 — B.C. Floatplane Crash, Manhunt for Murder Suspects

    August 15, 2019


    TONIGHT, WHERE ARE THE TWO MEN SUSPECTED IN THREE B.C. MURDERS?>>THE SUSPECTS MAY HAVE INADVERTENTLY RECEIVED ASSISTANCE IN LEAVING THE AREA.>>Ian: THE SEARCH CONTINUES IN NORTHERN MANITOBA, BUT THE LAST CONFIRMED SIGHTING WAS DAYS AGO.>>WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON, PEOPLE DON’T FEEL SAFE.>>Ian: WE’LL TAKE YOU TO COMMUNITIES ON EDGE.>>Andrew: OLD TENSIONS FLARING AGAIN.>>HE MADE IT CLEAR THIS MORNING HE’S NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT HE SEES AS THE TRUTH.>>Andrew: A LAND TRANSFER SPARKS NEW ANGER IN OKA. WE’LL TAKE YOU TO THE HEART OF THE DISPUTE.>>>PLUS, A RECORD-BREAKING PRIZE POOL FOR SOME OF THE WORLD’S TOP GAMERS.>>I DON’T THINK ESPORTS IS GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON. THE SHOWMANSHIP IS A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME.>>Andrew: AFTER THIS WEEKEND, YOU WILL NOT LOOK AT E SPORTS THE SAME WAY AGAIN. THIS IS “THE NATIONAL”.>>Ian: WE BEGIN THIS EVENING IF THE STORY BREAKING HERE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. FOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A FLOAT PLANE CRASH OFF THE NORTHERN TIP OF VANCOUVER ISLAND. WE’RE TOLD FIVE OTHERS ON BOARD MANAGED TO SURVIVE, BUT THEIR CONDITIONS HAVEN’T YET BEEN DISCLOSED. THE CRASH HAPPENED JUST AFTER 11 A.M. PACIFIC TIME, ON ADDENBROKE ISLAND, 200 KILOMETRES NORTH OF PORT HARDY. MEGAN BATCHELOR IS HERE IN THE NEWSROOM WITH THE LATEST. WHAT DO WE KNOW NOW ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED?>>Reporter: WELL, WE KNOW THIS IS STILL VERY MUCH AN ACTIVE SITUATION. WE KNOW THAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE AT ADDENBROKE ISLAND WORKING ON BRINGING THOSE SURVIVING PASSENGERS TO VANCOUVER ISLAND AND THEN AIR LIFTING THEM TO VANCOUVER FOR TREATMENT. SO AT THIS POINT, WE KNOW FOUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED, FIVE PEOPLE SURVIVED, THERE WERE NINE PEOPLE IN TOTAL ONBOARD THE PLANE WHEN IT CRASHED. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF CONDITION THE SURVIVORS ARE IN. IT WAS A CESSNA 208 FLOAT PLANE ON ITS WAY TO A NEARBY ISLAND TO THE WEST WHEN IT CRASHED. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED LEADING UP TO THAT CRASH, BUT THE JOINT RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE SAYS AT THE TIME THE WEATHER WAS RAINY, THERE WAS LOW VISIBILITY. THAT IS A POSSIBILITY, BUT AGAIN, WE DON’T KNOW FOR SURE WHAT HAS HAPPENED LEADING UP TO THE CRASH.>>Ian: STILL EARLY HOURS. THIS COMPANY HAD A FATAL CRASH TEN YEARS AGO?>>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT, BACK IN 2009, THE COMPANY, SEAIR, WHICH OWNS THIS PLANE IN QUESTION TODAY WAS INVOLVED IN A FATAL CRASH OVER THE COAST OF THE ISLAND IN B.C. IN THAT CASE, SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THAT CRASH BACK IN 2009. IN TODAY’S CASE, SEAIR HAS ISSUED A STATEMENT, IT READS IN PART OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THOSE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH AND THEIR LOVED ONES AND ARE DEVASTATED BY THIS FATAL ACCIDENT.>>Reporter: SO THE COMPANY HAS DECIDED TO SUSPEND ITS FLIGHTS. WHILE THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDER WAY, WE’RE HOPING FOR A FEW MORE DETAILS, INCLUDING JUST HOW THOSE SURVIVING PASSENGERS ARE DOING AS THE NIGHT GOES ON.>>Ian: I KNOW YOU’LL STAY ON THE STORY. THANK YOU.>>>LET’S MOVE TO THE OTHER MAJOR DEVELOPING STORY HERE IN CANADA. A NEW POSSIBILITY IS BEING RAISED IN THE SEARCH FOR ALLEGED KILLERS BRYER SCHMEGELSKY AND KAM McLEOD. EVEN AS THE RCMP COMB THROUGH THE FOREST NEAR GILLAM, MANITOBA TODAY, THEY SAID THE PAIR MAY HAVE SLIPPED OUT.>>OUR INVESTIGATORS ARE ALSO EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE SUSPECTS MAY HAVE INADVERTENTLY RECEIVED ASSISTANCE IN LEAVING THE AREA. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOMEONE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AWARE OF WHO THEY WERE PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO AND MAY NOW BE HESITANT TO COME FORWARD.>>Ian: SO POLICE ARE WARNING PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO REMAIN VIGILANT. THEY ALSO RELEASED THIS VIDEO OF THE PAIR IN A SASKATCHEWAN STORE LAST SUNDAY, DAYS AFTER THREE PEOPLE IN B.C. WERE MURDERED. AND TONIGHT, WORD THE TEENS WERE IN COLD LAKE, ALBERTA THAT DAY. SOMEONE HELPED THEM GET THEIR VEHICLE UNSTUCK FROM A TRAIL. POLICE CALLING IT A SHORT, UNREMARKABLE INTERACTION. NO ONE IS SURE WHERE THE SUSPECTS ARE, BUT THE AREA AROUND GILLAM REMAINS THE EPICENTRE OF THE SEARCH. IT’S A REMOTE TOWN OF 1100 PEOPLE. THE FUGITIVES AND THE PUSH TO FIND THEM HAVE PEOPLE THERE ON EDGE.>>Reporter: AT THE TRAIN STATION IN GILLAM TODAY, OFFICERS BOARDED AN INCOMING VIA RAIL TRAIN. ON THE HUNT FOR ANYTHING OUT OF PLACE. WITH A HEAT SENSING DRONE IN THE SKY AND A LITTLE EXTRA HELP ON THE GROUND, THIS CONCERTED EFFORT TO TRACK DOWN THE TWO SUSPECTS WHO REMAIN ON THE RUN COMES ON A DAY WHEN THE ELEMENTS ARE NOT WORKING IN ANYONE’S FAVOUR.>>HELLO, GOOD AFTERNOON.>>Reporter: RCMP SAY IT’S POSSIBLE THE TWO AREN’T EVEN IN THIS AREA ANYMORE, BUT THEY’RE STILL DOUBLING DOWN HERE.>>OVER THE NEXT 72 HOURS, INVESTIGATORS WILL CONDUCT DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASS IN THE TOWN OF GILLAM AND FOX LAKE CREE NATION IN HOPES OF GENERATING NEW TIPS AND INFORMATION.>>Reporter: UNDER THE STRAIN OF THE ATTENTION AND THE MANHUNT, PEOPLE HERE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER AS WELL AS THE SUSPECTS. ALTHOUGH THE REALITY OF THIS ONGOING CASE IS ALWAYS PRESENT, THE MANAGER HERE SAYS SHE’S TAKING CARE TO MAKE SURE STAFF ARE NOT WORKING ALONE.>>IF SOMEBODY DOESN’T WANT TO COME TO WORK BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THAT IS GOING ON, PEOPLE DON’T FEEL SAFE LEAVING THEIR HOUSE, THAT’S THEIR PREROGATIVE AND THAT’S OKAY.>>Reporter: PEOPLE ARE ALSO BANNING TOGETHER IN FOX LAKE CREE NATION. THIS CREW IS BUILDING A SHELTER FOR A COMMUNITY BONFIRE. AFTER DAYS OF BEING HOLED UP, THEY’RE SHARING FOOD AND FEELINGS.>>THE ISOLATION IS JUST GETS TO BE TOO MUCH FOR PEOPLE AND THAT WAY THEY CAN SHARE, TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON, INSTEAD OF STAYING HOME AND JUST BEING FRIGHTENED.>>Reporter: BUT ALWAYS TOP OF MIND IS THE QUESTION, WHEN WILL THIS ALL END? AND HOW?>>I’M JUST HOPING AND PRAYING THEY GET CAUGHT SOON BECAUSE IT’S CRAZY. I JUST HOPE IT ENDS PEACEFULLY AND NOBODY ELSE GETS HURT.>>Reporter: THIS SEARCH IS ABOUT TO GET A BOOST. CANADA’S PUBLIC SAFETY MINISTER SAYS MILITARY AIR SUPPORT IS ON THE WAY. ANOTHER TOOL FOR INVESTIGATORS AS THIS SEARCH DRAGS ON. ANGELA JOHNSTON, CBC NEWS, GILLAM.>>Ian: IF McLEOD AND SCHMEGELSKY ARE STILL OUT IN THE WILDERNESS AS THE POLICE MOVES CLOSER, WE WONDERED WHAT THEIR STATE OF MIND WOULD BE.>>Reporter: WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING DOWN A THREAT, FEW HAVE AS MUCH EXPERIENCE AS TOM SHARKIE. IN HIS DECADE LONG CAREER, HE OVERSAW SOME OF TORONTO’S MOST TENSE MOMENTS. LIKE THIS 2004 HOSTAGE TAKING. HE SAYS THE FIRST THING POLICE NEED TO DO WHEN THEY FIND THE SUSPECT IS CONTAIN THEM.>>THEY HAVE TO SANITIZE THE AREA. NOBODY CAN GET IN. NOBODY CAN GET OUT. BRING IN THE UNITS, THE SNIPER UNITS AND OTHER THINGS TO ADD TO THE CONTAINMENT AREA. ONCE THAT IS ATTAINED, THEY’LL TRY TO NEGOTIATE.>>Reporter: HE SAYS RCMP LIKELY ALREADY HAVE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILES OF THE MEN, BECAUSE HOW THAT CONVERSATION BEGINS IS CRITICAL.>>FIRST 30 MINUTES IS USUALLY THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME OF THE ENCOUNTER WITH THE PERSON. ADRENALINE PUMP.>>Reporter: BUT GETTING A READ ON FUGITIVE, ESPECIALLY THOSE SUSPECTED OF MULTIPLE HOMICIDES IS TOUGH.>>THEY FEEL A SENSE OF THRILL BECAUSE THEY’RE ON THE RUN. THEY’RE EVADING LAW. BUT THAT FEELING DISSIPATES AND CHANGES ONCE THEY REALIZE THEY’RE THE PRIME SUSPECTS IN THE NATIONAL MANHUNT.>>Reporter: LEE IS A SOCIOLOGIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. HE SAYS THE SUSPECTS ARE LIKELY RUNNING ON ADRENALINE.>>PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE LAM REALIZE THEIR OPTIONS ARE RUNNING THIN, THEY GO INTO FIGHT OR FLIGHT MODE AND BECOME DESPERATE. THESE ARE TYPICALLY MOMENTS THAT ARE EXTRAORDINARILY VOLATILE.>>Reporter: THAT VOLATILITY COULD FRACTURE THE BONDS BETWEEN THE TWO SUSPECTS. SHARKIE SAYS HE’S SEEN IT MANY TIMES DURING HIS CAREER.>>MAYBE I’M JUST GOING ALONG FOR THE RIDE, THE ONE GUY, AND HEY, THIS IS MORE THAN I EXPECTED. I DIDN’T EXPECT WE’D KILL SOMEBODY. OR YOU GET A SUICIDE PACT. ONE OF THEM COMMITS SUICIDE AND THE OTHER SURRENDERS.>>Reporter: IF THE DESPERATION DOESN’T RIP THEM APART, IT COULD PRESENT A REAL DANGER TO OTHERS.>>WHAT IS TO STOP THEM FROM TAKING A HOSTAGE? WHAT IS TO STOP THEM FROM TAKING A VEHICLE? WHAT IS TO STOP THEM FROM JUMPING ON A TRAIN?>>Reporter: PRECISELY THE FEAR SPREADING THROUGH NORTHERN MANITOBA AND COMMANDING VIGILANCE ACROSS THE COUNTRY.>>Ian: ON THE FLIP-SIDE OF ALL OF THAT ARE WHAT THE POLICE ARE THINKING, THEY TRACK THE FUGITIVES. IN 20 MINUTES, MY CONVERSATION WITH THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE RCMP BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES BRANCH.>>>YOU’RE LOOKING INTO A CONFLICT IN QUÉBEC THAT IS RAISING MEMORIES OF A BITTER DIVIDE.>>Andrew: IT’S PITTING A FIRST NATION AGAINST A SMALL TOWN AND TODAY THE TWO LEADERS HAD A CHANCE TO WORK TOGETHER ON THE ISSUE, BUT INSTEAD AN EMOTIONAL IMPASSE. IT’S EASIER TO UNDERSTAND THE RIFLT WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT THE TOWN AT THE CENTRE OF THIS IS OKA. IN 1990, PROTESTERS FROM THE KANESATAKE FIRST NATION FORMED AN ARMS BARRICADE. THEY WANTED TO STOP A MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE FROM EXPANDING INTO AN AREA CALLED THE PINES. SO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY SAW IMAGES LIKE THIS. A MONTH LONG STANDOFF. AND IT’S THAT SAME PARCEL OF LAND AT THE HEART OF THESE NEW TENSIONS. ALL OF THIS, IS ABOUT AN HOUR WEST OF MONTREAL. HERE’S THE TOWN SITE. AND HERE’S THE NEARBY MOHAWK LAND. BUT THE DEVELOPER WANTS TO GIVE 60 HECTARES OF LAND TO THE KANESATAKE MOHAWKS THROUGH THE ECOLOGICAL GIFTS PROGRAMME. HE ALSO WANTS TO SELL THEM ANOTHER 150 HECTARES. BUT THE MAYOR OF OKA HATES THE IDEA, SAYING HIS TOWN WOULD BE “SURROUNDED BY MOHAWKS”. SO THE CHIEF AND THE MAYOR WERE INVITED TO MEET TODAY IN MONTREAL ALONG WITH FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS, BUT AS SIMON NAKONECHNY EXPLAINS, IT DID NOT GO WELL.>>Reporter: THEY DIDN’T SHAKE HANDS. THEY DIDN’T TALK. AND AS FAR AS SERGE SIMON IS CONCERNED, HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MAYOR OF OKA IS AT A DEAD END.>>MY COUNCIL AND I DECIDED WE WERE NOT GOING TO GIVE THIS MAYOR ANY MORE IMPORTANCE THAN HE’S LOOKING FOR. SO HE MADE IT CLEAR HE’S NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT HE SEES AS THE TRUTH WHEN HE DESCRIBES MY COMMUNITY.>>Reporter: LAST WEEK, MAYOR PASCAL QUEVILLON TOLD A NEWSPAPER THAT THE LAND DEAL WOULD LEAVE HIS TOWN SURROUNDED BY MOHAWKS. SAY THE CHIEF CALLED THE COMMENTS RACIST AND DEMANDED AN APOLOGY, WHICH DIDN’T COME.>>Reporter: MAYOR QUEVILLON EVEN RAISED THE SPECTER OF THE 1990 ARMS STANDOFF AT OKA. A 78-DAY CRISIS THAT GRIPPED THE COUNTRY. BUT THIS TIME IT WOULD BE THE TOWNS PEOPLE RISING UP.>>I THINK THE ONLY ONE SPEAKING ABOUT ANOTHER CRISIS IS THE MAYOR OF OKA AND YOURSELVES AS MEDIA. WE HAVEN’T GIVEN THAT IMPRESSION OR THAT PERCEPTION.>>Reporter: CHIEF PICARD SAYS THERE IS NO REASON FOR THE MAYOR OF OKA TO BE AT THE TABLE ANYWAY. THAT THE MOHAWKS SHOULD DEAL NATION TO NATION. AND IF OTTAWA HAD RESOLVED THEIR LAND CLAIMS AFTER THE FIRST OKA CRISIS, HE SAYS THERE WOULD BE NO TALK NOW OF A SECOND.>>Andrew: POLICE ANNOUNCED A MAJOR BUST IN ONTARIO. YOU SEE TWO OF THOSE CHARGED WERE EMPLOYEES OF SUNWING AIRLINES. LISA XING TELLS US MORE.>>Reporter: POLICE WOULDN’T SAY MUCH MORE ABOUT THE TWO MEN CHARGED IN A COCAINE TRAFFICKING RING, JUST THAT THEY WORKED AT TORONTO’S PEARSON AIRPORT ACCORDING TO A SOURCE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE INVESTIGATION, BOTH WERE IN AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE.>>THROUGHOUT THE TERM OF OUR INVESTIGATION, WHICH WAS APPROXIMATELY A YEAR AND A HALF, IT WAS ONGOING AND HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED PRIOR TO THAT.>>Reporter: THE UNDERCOVER OPERATION LED TO THE ARRESTS OF NINE OTHERS IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO AND THE SEIZURE OF $10 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS LIKE FENTANYL.>>MILLIONS OF DOSES. THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT TO SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO.>>Reporter: THE FENTANYL SEIZED CAME FROM MEXICO. POLICE SAY THE COCAINE THE SUNWING WORKERS SMUGGLED CAME FROM SOUTH AMERICA. ALL DESTINATIONS THE COMPANY SERVICES. THERE IS A LONG HISTORY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AT CANADIAN AIRPORTS. FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AND AIRPORT WORKERS HAVE DONE JAIL TIME, INCLUDING THOSE FROM MONTREAL, WINNIPEG AND TORONTO. AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS ARE A TEMPTING TARGET FOR TRAFFICKERS AND THAT TROUBLES THIS NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERT.>>WE HAVE SEEN ALSO PEOPLE WITHIN THE AIRPORT ECOSYSTEM WHO CONTRIBUTED TO ACTUAL TERROR EVENTS. SO IT’S A REAL ENVIRONMENT OF SOPHISTICATED AND BAD ACTORS.>>Reporter: HE SAID IT’S TOUGH TO MONITOR THE THREATS BECAUSE RUNNING AN AIRPORT REQUIRES COORDINATION.>>THEY’RE ALMOST LIKE MINI CITIES. THEY HAVE MULTIPLE LEVELS OF STAKEHOLDERS. SOMETIMES INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AGENCIES AND MULTIPLE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT GOVERN THEM.>>Reporter: SUNWING SAYS IT’S WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE RCMP. THE TWO EMPLOYEES ARE SUSPENDED. THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCE REVOKED AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. LISA XING, CBC NEWS, TORONTO.>>Ian: SCANNEDOUSLY DISAPPOINTED, THAT’S HOW HASSAN DIAB FEELS ABOUT THE FINDINGS OF AN INVESTIGATION. IT CONCLUDED CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ACTED PROPERLY. DAVID COCHRANE HAS MORE ON THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE.>>Reporter: HE SPENT THREE YEARS IN A FRENCH PRISON FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT. HE’S JUST BEEN TOLD THE SYSTEM WORKED.>>WE BOYCOTTED THE REVIEW BECAUSE WE BELIEVED THAT IT WOULD AMOUNT TO A WHITE WASH EXERCISE. IT IS PROFOUNDLY UPSETTING TO SEE OUR CONCERNS AND FEARS MATERIALIZING.>>Reporter: FRANCE IMPRISONED DIAB WHILE IT TRIED TO LINK HIM TO THIS BOMBING OUTSIDE A PARIS SYNAGOGUE. BUT CANADA TURNED HIM OVER TO FRENCH JUSTICE, EVEN THOUGH THE EVIDENCE WAS WEAK AND DIAB HAD AN ALIBI. THE LAWYER SAYS THE REVIEW WAS RIGGED TO EXONERATE THE GOVERNMENT. WITH NO TRANSPARENCY IN THE PROCESS FOR CANADIANS.>>Reporter: THAT CAREER PROSECUTOR IS MURRAY SIEGEL, THE FORMER DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ONTARIO.>>I FOUND THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COUNSEL ACTED TOTALLY PROFESSIONALLY. HE REJECTED CLAIMS THAT THE CANADIAN PROSECUTORS WERE OVERZEALOUS. DIAB IS ANGRY THAT CANADA STEPPED IN AND DIRECTED FRANCE TO REPLACE DISCREDITED EVIDENCE. CANADIAN LAWYERS GOT COURT DELAYS TO ALLOW FRANCE TO DO THAT. BUT WHEN FINGERPRINT SAMPLES DIDN’T MATCH, THE REPORT WAS NEVER SHARED WITH THE FRENCH.>>THIS IS A REPORT THAT EXCUSES ALL THE CONDUCT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. IT ENDORSES ALL OF THE TROUBLING ASPECTS OF THE CURRENT EXTRADITION LAW AND SYSTEM IN CANADA.>>I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF SYMPATHY FOR DR. DIAB AND HIS FAMILY.>>Reporter: THE JUSTICE MINISTER ACCEPTS THE FINDING THAT HIS DEPARTMENT DID NOTHING WRONG, BUT CAN IMPROVE.>>THERE ARE CERTAINLY RECOMMENDATIONS THERE THAT WILL HELP. YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE A PROCESS BETTER.>>Reporter: 14 RECOMMENDATIONS, INCLUDING TO SHARE EVIDENCE WITH THE DEFENCE, EVEN WHEN THERE IS NO OBLIGATION TO DO SO. AND TO SEEK ASSURANCES OF A SPEEDY TRIAL SO CANADIANS WON’T LANGUISH IN A FOREIGN CELL AS DIAB DID. NONE OF WHICH HELPS HIM OR RESTORES WHAT HE LOST.>>MY REPUTATION WAS TARNISHED. MY FINANCIAL SAVINGS WIPED OUT. MY PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH DETERIORATED. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, I MISSED THE BIRTH OF MY SON AND MORE THAN THREE YEARS OF MY CHILDREN’S LIVES.>>Reporter: HE’S BEEN TOLD THE SYSTEM WORKED FINE. HE SAYS, THE SYSTEM IS THE PROBLEM. DAVID COCHRANE, CBC NEWS, OTTAWA.>>Andrew: THE LONG MARCH TO THE 2020 ELECTION IS WELL UNDER WAY IN THE U.S. AND ON THE DAY THE CONGRESS BEGAN A SUMMER RECESS, TWO DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMEN LOOKED TO END THE PUBLIC SPAT. INFIGHTING WITHIN THE PARTY IS A GIFT FOR THE REPUBLICANS. SO NANCY PELOSI AND ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ MADE A SHOW OF PATCHING THE CRACKS IN CAUCUS. STILL, LYNDSAY DUNCOMBE SHOWS US WHAT REMAINS BELOW THE SURFACE.>>Reporter: AFTER WEEKS OF PUBLIC SPARRING, ALL SMILES. HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI TWEETED THIS PICTURE AND TOLD REPORTERS HER MEETING WITH ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ WAS POSITIVE.>>DO YOU THINK YOU WERE ABLE TO BURY THE HATCHET WITH CONGRESSWOMAN CORTEZ?>>I DON’T THINK THERE WAS A HATCHET.>>Reporter: MAYBE SO, BUT THIS FAMILY HAS BEEN FIGHTING AND ALL THE NEIGHBOURS KNOW ABOUT IT. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, OR A.O.C. IS AMONG THE MOST PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS. A WAITRESS TURNED POLITICIAN WHO KNOCKED OUT A PARTY LEADER IN HER PRIMARY. SHE’S JUST 29. SHE HAS CALLED FOR THE PRESIDENT’S IMPEACHMENT AND PUSHES BACK AGAINST MODERATE LEADERSHIP.>>WE ARE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WE’RE A HOUSE MAJORITY AND WE NEED TO ACT LIKE IT.>>Reporter: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND THREE OTHER CONGRESSWOMEN OF COLOUR WHO CALL THEMSELVES THE SQUAD, RECENTLY VOTED AGAINST THEIR PARTY OVER A BORDER BILL. NANCY PELOSI DISMISSED THE SOCIAL MEDIA STARS IN AN INTERVIEW SAYING THEY DON’T HAVE ANY FOLLOWING, THEY’RE FOUR PEOPLE AND THAT’S HOW MANY VOTES THEY GOT. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ COUNTERED IN AN INTERVIEW OF HER OWN, CALLING THE MOST POWERFUL DEMOCRAT IN THE COUNTRY, DISRESPECTFUL, ACCUSING PELOSI OF SINGLING OUT NEWLY ELECTED WOMEN OF COLOUR. THE INFIGHTING HAS GIVEN REPUBLICANS AN OPENING.>>President Donald Trump: I REALLY THINK THEY MUST HATE OUR COUNTRY.>>Reporter: DONALD TRUMP HAS ATTACKED THE SQUAD WITH LANGUAGE WIDELY CONDEMNED AS RACIST. AND ACCUSED A.O.C. OF PUSHING HER PARTY DANGEROUSLY TO THE LEFT.>>Reporter: DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO HAVE DECIDED THE BEST WAY TO RESPOND TO THE ATTACKS IS AS A TEAM.>>IT WAS A POSITIVE MEETING.>>Reporter: A UNIFIED MESSAGE. AT LEAST FOR NOW. LYNDSAY DUNCOMBE, CBC NEWS, WASHINGTON.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, MORE ON THE MANHUNT IN NORTHERN MANITOBA. WE LOOK AT THE POLICE STRATEGY SO FAR. BUT FIRST… >>Andrew: A DIFFERENT KIND OF WORLD CUP.>>IT’S GOING TO BE INSANE. TO SEE WHO STEPS UP THE PLATE AND WHO DOESN’T.>>Andrew: HOW GAMERS LOOK TO [ * ]>>Andrew: THIS MAY LOOK LIKE A CARTOON THEME PARK, BUT IT’S ACTUALLY A TOP TIER ESPORTS EVENT. IF YOU HAVEN’T PLAYED OR WATCHED “FORTNITE”, YOU PROBABLY KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS. THE GAME BOSTS MORE THAN 250 MILLION REGISTERED USERS AND TONIGHT, THE BEST AMONG THEM BEGIN COMPETING FOR THEIR SHARE OF THE CASH HAUL. TOP PRIZE IN THIS TOURNAMENT NETS YOU A COOL $3.8 MILLION. STEVEN D’SOUZA TAKES US INTO THE BIG LEAGUES.>>Reporter: THEY CAN BARELY SHAVE. SOME AREN’T EVEN OLD ENOUGH TO DRIVE. HERE IN THE WORLD OF “FORTNITE”, KIDS DON’T HAVE TO LOOK UP TO THEIR HEROES. IN >>A LITTLE BIT.>>Reporter: NOW, ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM, WHERE TENNIS GREATS, THE WILLIAMS SISTERS, ROGER FEDERER AND PETE SAMPRAS HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED. MORE THAN $40 MILLION CANADIAN. MILLIONS TRY TO QUALIFY. ONLY 100 MADE THE CUT. CANADIAN HAYDEN KRUEGER ARRIVED IN NEW YORK TWO WEEKS AGO, PLAYING 8-12 HOURS A DAY TO PREPARE.>>GOING OVER MY FILM. GOING OVER WHAT MISTAKES WE’VE MADE. OUR GOOD PLAYS. MAKING NEW STRATEGIES. APPLYING THOSE.>>Reporter: THE CALGARY BORN 17-YEAR-OLD IS BEST KNOWN AS ELEVATE. AS A PROFESSIONAL GAMER HE EXPECTS TO MAKE AROUND $150,000 JUST FROM TOURNAMENTS. THAT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING.>>LIKE MY SALARY AND SPONSORSHIP AND TWITCH AND STREAMING REVENUE, BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE TO WATCH ME PLAY. SO IT KIND OF ALL ADDS UP.>>Reporter: CASUALLY ROAMING “FORTNITE” WORLD AND PLAYING THE SHOOTER AGAINST FRIENDS IS FREE, BUT THERE ARE THINGS YOU HAVE TO BUY.>>DEFINITELY HUNDREDS, POSSIBLY, I DON’T WANT TO THINK IT’S THOUSANDS, BUT I REALLY DON’T WANT TO ADD IT UP BECAUSE IT WOULD PROBABLY SQUARE ME.>>Reporter: THAT LUCRATIVE MARKET IS FUELING THE BOOM. A NEW RECORD FOR PRIZE MONEY WILL BE SET NEXT MONTH.>>I THINK THE SHOWMANSHIP IS JUST A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME.>>Reporter: FOR NOW, THOUGH, THE EYES OF THE GAMING WORLD ON ARE CENTRE COURT AND ELEVATE WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.>>IT’S GOING TO BE INSANE TO SEE REALLY HOW PEOPLE ADAPT AND WHO REALLY STEPS UP TO THE PLATE AND WHO DOESN’T.>>Reporter: FUELING DREAMS OF BIG PAYDAYS, THE GAME IS ANYTHING BUT CHILD’S PLAY. STEVEN D’SOUZA, CBC NEWS, NEW YORK.>>Andrew: THE $3.8 MILLION PRIZE FOR FIRST IS STUNNING EVEN COMPARED TO THE MORE TRADITIONAL SPORTS ON TV. COMPARISON, NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND HALEP, THEY TOOK TOP PRIZES OF $3.8 MILLION AT WIMBLEDON. SO “FORTNITE” MATCHES TENNIS AND BEATS GOLF. WHEN TIGER WOODS WON THIS APRIL AT THE MASTERS, HE WALKED AWAY WITH A PALTRY $2.7 MILLION.>>Ian: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, FROM MISSING PERSONS TO SUSPECTS, WITH EBREAK DOWN THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE NATIONWIDE MANHUNT.>>Andrew: AND BUILDING A LEGACY FOR BLACK COMMUNITIES IN NOVA SCOTIA. HOW ONE GRASSROOTS CAME TO BE.>>I GOT TIRED OF ATTENDING YOUNG MEN’S FUNERALS. IT WAS PAINFUL. CHALLENGED ME TO SAY,>>Ian: WE’RE LIVE ON “THE NATIONAL”. LARGE AREAS OF SIBERIA ARE EXPERIENCING UNPRECEDENTED WILDFIRES THIS YEAR, CAUSED BY HIGHER THAN AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND LIGHTNING. MORE THAN 2.3 MILLION HECTARES OF LAND ARE AFFECTED AND HEAVY SMOKE IS DRIFTING CAUSING BREATHING AND VISIBILITY ISSUES.>>>WILD ROAD BLOCK ALONG THE TOUR de FRANCE. THE ROADWAY WAS COVERED IN HAIL. IT MADE IT TOO DIFFICULT FOR CYCLISTS. DURING EARLIER STAGES OF THE RACE, RIDERS PUT UP WITH EXTREME HEAT AS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY SWELTERED UNDER A HEATWAVE.>>>LET’S RETURN TO THE QUESTIONS FROM ONE OF OUR TOP STORIES TONIGHT. IT HAS BEEN FOUR DAYS SINCE TWO YOUNG MEN SUSPECTED IN THREE HOMICIDES IN B.C. LEFT THEIR LAST CLUE. A BURNING VEHICLE PUT THEM NEAR GILLAM, MANITOBA, BUT SINCE THEN NOTHING, DESPITE A GROWING POLICE SEARCH. TODAY, THE RCMP RAISED THE POSSIBILITY THAT KAM McLEOD AND BRYER SCHMEGELSKY COULD HAVE LEFT THE AREA. MAYBE WITH THE HELP OF SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T RECOGNIZE THEM. IF SO, THIS WOULD BE JUST ANOTHER TWIST ON A TRAIL DOTTED WITH PAIN AND QUESTIONS.>>THEY’RE JUST KIDS ON AN ADVENTURE, LIKE, THEY’RE GOOD BOYS.>>Ian: EXACTLY TWO WEEKS AGO, BRYER SCHMEGELSKY LAST KNOWN CONTACT WITH HIS FAMILY, A TEXT TO HIS DAD, SAYING HE AND McLEOD WERE HEADING INTO ALBERTA. THREE DAYS LATER, LUCAS FOWLER AND CHYNNA DEESE ARE FOUND DEAD IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. THE ADVENTURING COUPLE MURDERED. THEIR FAMILIES GUTTED.>>IT’S A LOVE STORY THAT HAS ENDED TRAGICALLY. IT REALLY IS. IT’S THE WORST EVER LOVE STORY.>>Ian: THAT FRIDAY, McLEOD AND SCHMEGELSKY’S TRUCK IS FOUND IN FLAMES OFF ANOTHER B.C. HIGHWAY. NOT FAR AWAY, THE BODY OF U.B.C. LECTURER LEN DYCK, NOW A MURDER VICTIM.>>HE LOVED THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT SO HE FOCUSED ALL HIS ATTENTION ON THAT. HE ALSO WAS FOCUSED ON HIS FAMILY.>>Ian: THE TEENS ARE FIRST LABELLED AS MISSING. ON SUNDAY, THEY GO SHOPPING IN MEADOW LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN. THAT NIGHT, THEIR VEHICLE IS FOUND IN FLAMES. ON TUESDAY, THE RCMP CHANGES THEIR STATUS.>>CAM AND BRYER ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED MISSING. THE RCMP ARE NOW CONSIDERING KAM McLEOD AND BRYER SCHMEGELSKY AS SUSPECTS.>>Ian: THEN THEY VANISH. AS POLICE SAID TODAY, NO NEW SIGHTINGS. BUT STILL TONIGHT, THE QUESTION IS, EVEN FOR THE RCMP, WHERE ARE THE SUSPECTS? LET’S GET A POLICING PERSPECTIVE FROM GLENN WOODS, FORMER RCMP SUPERINTENDENT AND FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE RCMP BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES BRANCH. HE’S IN OUR OTTAWA STUDIO. I WANT TO START WITH THE VIDEO RELEASED TODAY, FROM EARLIER IN THE WEEK, THE TWO TEENS, AT THAT POINT THEY HADN’T BEEN PUBLICLY IDENTIFIED AS SUSPECT, BUT AS YOU WATCHED THE VIDEO, WHAT DID YOU THINK?>>I WAS TAKEN A LITTLE BIT ABACK BY IT, SIMPLY, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT APPEAR TO BE PANICKED OR UPSET. THEY WERE WALKING THROUGH THE STORE VERY NONCHALANT AND I WAS QUITE SURPRISED THAT THEY WEREN’T SHOWING A LITTLE MORE PARANOIA, TRYING TO AVOID CAMERAS, AND SPENDING ANY LENGTH OF TIME IN A PUBLIC PLACE LIKE THAT.>>Ian: AND DRAWING ON THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES BACKGROUND, DOES THAT TELL YOU OR SUGGEST ANYTHING TO YOU ABOUT THEM?>>WELL, I THINK FIRSTLY, AS YOU SAID, THEY HADN’T BEEN IDENTIFIED AS SUSPECTS YET. THEY MAY HAVE THOUGHT THEMSELVES TO BE INVISIBLE AT THAT POINT. AND SECONDLY, I DON’T THINK WE’RE DEALING WITH HIGHLY EXPERIENCED LIFETIME CRIMINALS. I DON’T THINK THEY HAVE THAT FORENSIC AWARENESS AND ARE THOUGHTFUL LIKE CAREER CRIMINALS ARE. AND IT SHOWS TO ME THE LACK OF EXPERIENCE THAT WE WOULD NORMALLY SEE IN THE EVERYDAY CRIMINAL.>>Ian: I’VE NEVER SEEN A CASE LIKE THIS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU. BUT I THINK ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR THE RCMP IS WHAT IS IN THEIR MIND, WHERE ARE THEY GOING NEXT? THE RCMP FINDS THE BURNED OUT CAR IN NORTHERN MANITOBA AND SO THEY DEPLOY A HUGE SEARCH IN THE WOODS, BUT TODAY THEY’RE SUGGESTING MAYBE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THESE SUSPECTS AREN’T EVEN THERE. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY TOUGH INVESTIGATION TO MANAGE.>>WELL, IT IS BECAUSE IT’S GOT SEVERAL MOVING PARTS. EVERY TIME THERE IS A LOCATION WHERE THEY’RE SIGHTED, IT BECOMES ALMOST TREATED LIKE A CRIME SCENE. IF THEY BURN A VEHICLE, IT’S ANOTHER CRIME SCENE. DON’T FORGET, THEY’RE INVESTIGATING THREE HOMICIDES. THEY HAVE BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS TO DO WITH RESPECT TO THE INDIVIDUALS TO TRY TO IDENTIFY HISTORY AND GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND INSIGHT INTO HOW THEY’RE THINKING. KEEPING IN MIND HERE, THE FIRST PRIORITY AT THIS POINT FOR THE RCMP IS TO ARREST THESE GUYS AND TO ARREST THEM AND AVOID ANY FURTHER VIOLENCE TO THE POLICE, OR THE SUSPECTS.>>Ian: WE HAVE JUST A FEW SECONDS LEFT. ONE OF THE INTRIGUING THINGS TODAY, THE RCMP SAYING, LOOK, IF SOMEONE HELPED THEM OUT AND DIDN’T REALIZE WHO THEY WERE, THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD COME FORWARD. YOU’VE BEEN IN THAT SITUATION BEFORE, YOU THINK THEY MAY BE ABLE TO COAX — THE RCMP — COAX WITNESSES OUT OF THE WOOD WORK HERE?>>I THINK SO. AND GENERALLY I THINK THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE OFFENCES COMMITTED BY THESE INDIVIDUALS, SO IF IT COULD BE MORE COMFORTABLE FOR THEM TO COME FORWARD REPORTING IT WITHOUT ANY FEELING OF BEING CHARGED, I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE A BIG HELP.>>Ian: THIS IS A TOUGH CASE LOOKING FOR THESE SUSPECTS AND WE APPRECIATE YOUR INSIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU, IAN.>>Ian: BESIDES KEEPING OUR EYE OUT FOR THE SUSPECTS, THERE IS ANOTHER REQUEST FROM THE RCMP TONIGHT. DON’T CREATE OR SHARE RUMOURS ABOUT THE CASE ONLINE. TODAY, THEY HAD TO TRACK DOWN A PHOTO THAT SOME THOUGHT IT WAS KAM McLEOD. IT WAS NOT.>>Andrew: STILL AHEAD ON “THE NATIONAL”, BRINGING THE NBA TROPHY TO MONTREAL. THE CANADIAN RAPTOR INSPIRING A NEW GENERATION IN TONIGHT’S MOMENT.>>MAKE ME FEEL GREAT. WITH HIM HERE, I CAN KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. LIKE AN ORDINARY PICKUP GAME, BUT THIS TIP-OFF BETWEEN COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND POLICE WAS ABOUT BUILDING BRIDGES AND FRIENDSHIPS. IT WAS ORGANIZED BY A GROUP CALLED 902 MAN-UP. 902 BEING THE AREA CODE IN NOVA SCOTIA. IT’S A GRASSROOTS GROUP AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE ROOT CAUSES OF VIOLENCE. TONIGHT WE REVISIT HOW THAT MOVEMENT CAME TO BE.>>WE’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE COMPETITION HERE FOR THE YOUNG UNS. WHO CAN DO THE BEST NAY, NAY.>>I THINK WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE IS THE FACT THAT IT’S A CLOSE-KNIT COMMUNITY. IT’S WELCOMING PLACE. IT’S HOME TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. IT’S A VERY SPECIAL PLACE. BUT THERE ARE ISSUES THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.>>MAN’S WORLD IS ABOUT NO GUIDANCE WITH MORE YOUNG BOYS LIKE ME LOST. NO ROLE MODEL. SO WHEN I SQUEEZE THAT TRIGGER ALL I COULD PICTURE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER TRYING HER BEST. RUNNING UP AND DOWN THAT BLOCK. BECAUSE MONEY WAS A WAY OUT. WE’RE MORE ALIKE THAN YOU KNOW. THERE ARE SIMILARITY IN OUR TRAITS. MAN-UP, BECAUSE WE’RE TIRED OF SEEING MEN DOWN. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>MY NAME IS MARCUS JAMES.>>I’M CO-FOUNDER OF 902 MAN-UP. 902 MAN-UP IS MEN BEING MEN. GIVING BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITY. DOING WHAT THEY CAN. NO MATTER HOW BIG THAT LOOKS OR HOW SMALL IT IS. IT’S THEM GIVING BACK AND SHOWING THE COMPASSION AND GIVING BACK WHAT WAS ONCE GIVEN TO THEM.>>WHAT’S UP? HOW ARE YOU?>>I’VE BEEN WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY 27 YEARS. I LIVED IN THE COMMUNITY FOR — GOD, I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER. MY KIDS ARE FROM THIS COMMUNITY. IT’S HOME.>>MAN-UP, WOO.>>EVERYBODY KNOWS HIM, THAT’S FOR SURE. WE ALL TRY TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER.>>WHAT MOTIVATES ME IS THE FACT THAT I GOT TIRED OF ATTENDING YOUNG MEN’S FUNERALS. THAT WAS VERY PAINFUL. AND TALKING ABOUT IT AND SEEING PEOPLE HURT, I THINK JUST CHALLENGED ME TO SAY, OKAY. WHAT CAN I DO? SO WE PUT A SOCIAL MEDIA CALL OUT AND THE RESPONSE WAS AMAZING. WE HAD OVER 100 BLACK MEN COME AND SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE AND TALK ABOUT THIS. AND IT JUST STARTED TO DEVELOP FROM THERE. [ * ] IT WAS DIFFICULT. BECAUSE WE HAD TO HAVE THOSE HARD CONVERSATIONS. BECAUSE IT STARTED WITH US AS MATURE BLACK MEN, ASKING OURSELVES, WHERE DID WE DROP THE BALL AS FATHERS, UNCLES? WHERE DID WE DROP THE BALL WITH THESE YOUNG MEN? SO WE HAD TO START THAT HEALING PROCESS, RIGHT, BEFORE WE CAN MOVE ON AND START ENGAGING THE YOUNG MEN. [ * ]>>PEOPLE NEED SUPPORT. AND THAT’S WHAT 902 MAN-UP DOES.>>MY NAME IS CORY RICIN. I KNOW 902 MAN-UP MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. BY GIVING ME EXTRA TOOLS, GIVING ME THE CONFIDENCE AND THE EXTRA TOOLS TO CARRY ON IN MY JOURNEY.>>OKAY, LOVE YA.>>I WAS INCARCERATED TWICE. AND THE FIRST ONE, I WASN’T READY TO CHANGE. BUT THE SECOND TIME, I WAS IN AND I’M LOOKING, I’M LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT, THINGS NEED TO CHANGE, BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO KEEP COMING IN AND OUT, IN AND OUT, IN AND OUT. I CAN’T DO THAT.>>ALWAYS. YEAH.>>NICE. * THIS IS WHERE I WANT TO BE [LAUGHTER] [LAUGHTER] * GIVE ME A MINUTE >>902 MAN-UP SPEAKS TO EVERYBODY INDIVIDUALLY. THERE IS NOT A CERTAIN CRITERIA THAT YOU HAVE TO FIT. THIS IS LIKE YOU COME IN, YOU ENGAGE. THEY ATTACK ISSUES THAT YOU HAVE. OKAY, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM HERE, HERE, HERE. LET’S ADDRESS THEM. LET’S FIX THEM. [ * ] WE HAVE TO BE WANTING AND WILLING TO CHANGE.>>WHAT’S UP, NEPHEW? WHAT YOU SAY?>>HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>NOT TOO BAD.>>YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THIS?>>THAT’S THE NEW BROCHURE. INFORMATION ON THE GROUP AND EVERYTHING. NICE PHOTO OF YOU.>>YEAH.>>SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE HANDING OUT TO THE PUBLIC WHEN IT COMES TO INFORMATION SESSIONS. THAT’S WHAT THEY’LL RECEIVE.>>MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS YOUNG MAN IS UNDESCRIBABLE. IT REALLY IS. RIGHT? BECAUSE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I THOUGHT I LOST HIM AT ONE POINT IN TIME. AND HE KNOWS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I THOUGHT I FAILED AS WELL. BECAUSE I’M EXTREMELY CLOSE TO HIM. BUT TO SEE HIM TODAY, AND IT’S A LEARNING CURVE FOR ME. 902 MAN-UP HAS HELPED BOTH OF US TO EVOLVE, RIGHT, AND TO BE ABLE TO — BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO AS BLACK MEN IS BE ABLE TO EXPRESS OUR FEELINGS TO EACH OTHER. RIGHT. YOU KNOW, IT’S EASY TO PULL A TRIGGER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, BUT IT’S DIFFICULT TO LOOK AT A BROTHER AND SAY –>>HAVE DIALOGUE WITH THEM.>>HAVE DIALOGUE, LOOK HIM IN HIS EYES AND SAY I LOVE YOU. THAT’S DIFFICULT FOR US. RIGHT? 902 MAN-UP HAS ALLOWED US TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.>>IT MEANS A LOT, THANK YOU.>>LOVE YOU. YOU KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW THAT.>>IT’S GOING TO BE A GOOD TIME.>>WE GOT TO –>>I GOT THAT. YOU GOT TO GO TO JOYCE –>>I DON’T THINK IT’S SO MUCH ISSUES WE’RE IDENTIFYING AS ISSUES THAT NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED. YOU KNOW, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING. WHETHER THAT’S JUSTICE, EDUCATION, HEALTH, MENTAL HEALTH, LACK OF EMPLOYMENT, YOU KNOW OPPORTUNITY. WE’RE LOOKING AT ALL THOSE, RIGHT? AND SOME CASES, WE’RE ABLE. IN SOME CASES WE’RE ABLE TO ADDRESS IT. IN OTHER CASES, IT’S ABOUT FINDING THOSE RESOURCES AND MAKING THEM AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY, IN THE COMMUNITY, BY COMMUNITY. AND THAT’S IT RIGHT THERE.>>THAT’S A GOOD MOVE, MAN.>>YOU GETTING YOUR GED.>>I’M GOING TO TRY.>>YOU’RE NOT GOING TO TRY, YOU’RE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL. SHOWING UP EVERY DAY.>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT 902 MAN-UP, WHAT WE DO SO WELL. THAT IS WHAT MAKES OUR GROUP SUCCESSFUL. WE DON’T RELY ON GOVERNMENT RESOURCES. WE UNDERSTAND, WE RECOGNIZE A NEED AND WE ADDRESS IT. IT’S COMMUNITY SUPPORTING COMMUNITY.>>I CAN’T PUT IT TOGETHER.>>REMEMBER WHAT YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT. ONE DAY AT A TIME, ONE STEP AT A TIME. DON’T RUSH IT. DON’T RUSH IT. HAVE A GOOD DAY.>>LOVE YOU.>>LOVE YOU, MAN.>>YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY. [ * ] HOT DOGS IN THE CITY RIGHT HERE, BUDDY.>>LET ME KNOW. I’LL GRAB MORE.>>YOU HAVE YOUR HIGH POINTS, YOUR LOW POINTS, YOU DO, RIGHT?>>WE GOT MORE OVER HERE.>>BUT WHAT REALLY KEEPS YOU GOING IS WHEN YOU SEE A YOUNG MAN SUCH AS CORY.>>THE THREE-POINT COMPETITION, COME HERE, LET ME TAKE YOUR NAME DOWN.>>TURNING HIS LIFE COMPLETELY AROUND AND ACCOMPLISH AND OVERCOME BARRIERS THAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY, OKAY, HIS LIFE IS OVER. NO, IT’S NOT. NO, IT’S NOT. WHEN I SEE THAT AND I SEE HIM DOING SO WELL, THAT’S IT RIGHT THERE. THAT’S THE PAYOFF RIGHT THERE. [ * ]>>SEEING HIM GET TO THAT NEXT LEVEL AND THEN HIM TURN AROUND AND GIVE BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE THOSE SAME TYPE OF SUPPORTS TO YOUNGER MEN AND WOMEN COMING UP BEHIND HIM.>>WHEN YOU HAVE A COLLECTIVE SAYING THINGS TO YOU, IT JUST HITS HARDER. IT’S JUST LIKE, OKAY. AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM AND YOU KNOW THEM AND IT’S COMING FROM A GENUINE PLACE.>>COMMUNITY!>>MAN-UP.>>IT’S LIKE, WE’RE ALL FOR THE SAME STRUGGLE. WE’RE ALL FOR THE SAME GOALS. WE’RE ALL — YOU KNOW WHAT? WE’RE A TEAM HERE. LET’S GET IT, LET’S GET IT.>>PEACE, YEAH!>>Andrew: WE DO HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE STORY. CORY, WHO YOU MET IN THE PIECE, IS STILL COMMITTED TO HELPING HIS COMMUNITY. IN FACT, THROUGH 902 MAN-UP, HE’S NOW WORKING WITH CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES TO HELP INMATES TRANSITION SUCCESSFULLY BACK INTO SOCIETY.>>Ian: UP NEXT ON “THE NATIONAL”, A HOME COMING CELEBRATION FOR A CANADIAN RAPT IN OUR “MOMENT”. BUT FIRST. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, PLANET EARTH DODGED A COSMIC BULLET ON WEDNESDAY. AN ASTEROID WHIZZED BY. WAY CLOSER TO US THAN THE MOON.>>75,000 KILOMETRES IS ACTUALLY A REALLY, REALLY CLOSE SHAVE.>>Ian: WHAT MAKES THIS IS UNSETTLING IS NO ONE SAW IT COMING UNTIL DAYS BEFORE. IF IT HIT, IT COULD HAVE DONE WHAT WE SEE IN THE MOVIES.>>BASED ON THE SIZE AND VELOCITY COMING IN, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AKIN TO A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DEVASTATING. ENOUGH TO LEVEL A CITY.>>Ian: PLENTY OF SCIENTISTS WATCHED THE SKY. LARGE FACILITIES ARE DEVOTED TO IT.>>BUT THEY’RE ALL DOING THAT AT NIGHT. IN ORDER TO FIND ONES THAT ARE UP DURING THE DAY, WE NEED A WHOLE OTHER PLAN FOR THAT AND THAT IS SATELLITES IN SPACE DOING OBSERVATIONS OF THE SKY IN THE DIRECTION OF THE SUN AND THAT IS A LOT HARDER TO DO AND WE HAVE A LOT LESS TECH DOING THAT.>>Ian: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NEXT SURPRISE VISITOR IS HEADED RIGHT FOR US?>>WHEN IT COMES TO DISCOVERING AN ASTEROID THAT IS GOING TO HIT EARTH IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO, THE BEST WE CAN DO IS CLEAR AREAS WE THINK IT MIGHT HIT.>>Andrew: YOU MIGHT REMEMBER CHRIS BOUCHER, THE TORONTO RAPTOR WHO WORE A GIANT CANADIAN FLAG AROUND THE SHOULDERS AFTER THE WIN. HE’S THE ONLY ACTUAL CANADIAN ON THE TEAM. ONE OF HIS GOALS IS TO PUT MONTREAL ON THE BASKETBALL MAP. TODAY, HE GOT CLOSER. BRINGING THE COVETED TROPHY TO THE CITY. PEOPLE PACKED PARKS SURROUNDING BOUCHER, MANY WHO WANT TO BE JUST LIKE HIM. AND THE MONTREALERS HE INSPIRED, THEY’RE OUR MOMENT.>>YOU WANT TO PLAY IN THE NBA ONE DAY?>>HE’S A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR THE REST OF THE KIDS LOOKING UP TO HIM. A LOT OF OUR PLAYERS HAVE NBA ASPIRATIONS, SO HE SHOWS THAT IT’S VERY POSSIBLE AND WITHIN THEIR POWER. TO SEE A GUY FROM MONTREAL BRING NBA TROPHY, IT’S UNBELIEVABLE FOR REAL.>>ALL HIS HARD WORK, HE BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER. BY BRINGING ALL THESE KIDS TOGETHER AND MAKING THEM SEE IT’S POSSIBLE, IT’S A WONDERFUL FEELING.>>WE ALWAYS SAY ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, BUT HE’S THE LIVING PROOF.>>Andrew: WHETHER IT’S MEETING A BASKETBALL PLAYER, MOVIE STAR, IT CAN BE SO PROFOUND TO MEET SOMEONE WHOM YOU IDOLIZE AND THAT IS SOMETHING YOU KNOW YOU DON’T FORGET IN YOUR LIFETIME. AND EVEN SOMEONE IN CHRIS BOUCHER’S POSITION MAY NOT REALIZE THE BIG IMPACT, BUT GOOD TO SEE THE FOLKS LOOKING UP TO HIM.>>Ian: HE’S PART OF THE NEW GENERATION OF CANADIAN NBA PLAYERS AND PROSPECTS. WE’VE HAD STEVE NASH, HE WON THE M.V.P. TWICE AND NOW HAD A NBA CHAMPION, THE RAPTORS. IMAGINE IF THOSE TWO THINGS CAME TOGETHER? THAT IS “THE NATIONAL” FOR FRIDAY, JULY 26. GOOD NIGHT.>>Andrew: GOOD NIGHT. [ * ]

    Geography Now! LIECHTENSTEIN
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    Geography Now! LIECHTENSTEIN

    August 14, 2019


    Guys, it’s here. Some of you have been waiting for this episode for years. Sure, everybody knows about China, Brazil, Germany and Australia but how many of you know anything about little Liechtenstein! ♫ It’s time to learn Geography Now! ♫ Everybody I’m Host Barb’s. Okay, I actually had the incredible honour to not only go to this country with my mum last year And we also got passport stamps, which by the way Swiss geogra-peeps Hermann and Fabianne thank you for driving and hosting us, but I also had the incredible honour of meeting one of the incredibly rare and few native-born Liechtensteiner Geogra-peeps, Pascal. Dude, a real Liechtensteiner watches Geography Now. That’s amazing! Meeting an actual native of Liechtenstein is like finding a unicorn, in a haystack, in the Saharan desert. And the desert is made of haystacks, Sorry I’m just kind of gushing because come on we’re doing little Lichtenstein today. Let’s begin Now if you don’t know anything about Liechtenstein, the first thing you might need to know is that it is incredibly small. Like this sixth smallest country in the world. And it’s also rather difficult to get into in contrast to other European countries. First of all, Classified as a Microstate, the nation of Liechtenstein is located between Austria and Switzerland taking up only a hundred and sixty-two square kilometres, being only 25 kilometers long and and 9.4 Kilometers wide. It is also one of the only two doubly landlocked nations in the world meaning that it’s landlocked within other landlocked nations, the other one being Uzbekistan. The country is divided into 11 different municipalities with their own exclaves with the capital of Vaduz that has only about 5,200 people located in the center of the country. Vaduz is actually the second largest town in the country, the first being Schaan with about 500 more people. The country has no airports or seaports, but they do have a heliport at Balzers but that’s just like for tourist rides into the mountains. And they do have four train stations operated by an Austrian Federal Railway system and the stations are only serviced on weekday peak hours. So getting in, you’re much better off either taking a bus or car. To drive in, you can take various bridge crossings from Switzerland or you can come in from Feldkirch, Austria. There isn’t any border patrol or passport checks. It’s really easy. However if you do want a passport stamp, you can get one at the Tourism/ Post Office in Vaduz for about 3 Euros. Worth it! The main number 28 road pretty much crosses the entire country north to south as almost the entire country lives on the west side due to the high mountainous border to the east. The funny thing is: After World War 2, Liechtenstein actually had a little land dispute with what is now Czechia over the castles and forests and agricultural land plots that were hereditary lands that belonged to the former monarchs. These lands altogether made up a land area over ten times the size of the Liechtenstein. However when they brought it up, Czechia was like: “Hmm, so you want your old lands back, eh? Well, how about I give you the castles, but not the surrounding land areas.” to which Liechtenstein was like: Finally in 2009, they decided to drop the case and just let it go. But I mean whatever, they have like 7 other palaces in Austria and one in Italy. Otherwise some places of interest might include: The prince’s Castle in Vaduz Malbun, which has a ski resort The Main Square, the National Museum The Postage stamp Museum, The Schatzkammer treasure chamber The Kunstmuseum, The Landtag or “Parliament building” and Balzer’s gothic castle. All right. Now let’s take a look at those pristine Alps, shall we? For such a small country, Liechtenstein actually has a lot going on in terms of landscape. For one, the country is located on the Upper Rhine Valley in the European Alps along the longest river, the Rhine that borders with Switzerland. The entire eastern side of Liechtenstein is mountainous with the highest peak, Grauspitz located on the southern border with Switzerland as well. Just up north, the largest and pretty much only real lake in the country, Gampriner Seele can be found although it should be classified as a pond, but eh. When it comes to resources, Liechtenstein isn’t exactly top dog. I mean there’s a few cultivated fields in the south but overall, not too many things to extract. Nonetheless, they do actually have some industries like textiles, pharmaceuticals, power tools like the company “Hilti”. Other companies are in the country like “Neutrik”, “ThyssenKrupp”, “Hoval”, “Hilcona” and also Liechtenstein is the world’s largest provider of false teeth. Thanks to the company, “ivoclar vivadent” accounting for 20% of sales worldwide producing 60 million sets a year. It has something to do with the close relationship with Bollywood? Eh whatever, just look it up. It’s funny though. Because there’s actually more registered companies and jobs in Liechtenstein than there are people. Which is why over half the workforce has to travel into Liechtenstein from Switzerland or Austria. This means the country has the most exports per capita at around 122,000 dollars per person. It wasn’t always like this though. Before the 17th century, Liechtenstein was known for being “the Witch country” with boring farmers. It wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century that Liechtenstein decided to change up fiscal policies and become a huge tax haven especially for billionaires, but it’s not like one of those blacklisted havens. It’s a good one, Okay? They do things right. St. Kitts & Nevis: “Hey, we’re just hustling, okay? Don’t act like you don’t too!” Out of all the seven-ish trillion shelter dollars worth in tax havens worldwide, Liechtenstein manages about 180 billion. In addition, They host nearly seventy four thousand ‘letterbox companies’ which don’t even really do anything but they still get paid for. So that means the system kind of keeps Liechtensteiners abundantly employed with about five million dollars and two companies to look after per citizen. Yeah, kids. If you really want to get rich, don’t seek after fame study Business and Finance with minors and accounting. Trust me. I’m a Youtuber. I know exactly what NOT to do. Oh, yeah. The national animal is the Kestrel. they even have a falconry center in Malbun. And some of the top notable dishes of Liechtenstein might include: “Käsknöpfle” which is like a variation of “Kaesespaetzle”, “Riobol”, “Sura käs”, Liechtenstein wine and those crown shaped chocolate things called… Oh geez, how do you pronounce this? “Fürstenhütchen” All right. Now, let’s move on to the ones that make those dishes. The people of this country. Once upon a time, there was this thing called the Holy Roman Empire. It was basically made up of like 1800 territories that eventually meshed and melded into what is now parts of like twelve different countries in Europe. Liechtenstein is basically the last surviving territory of the Holy Roman Empire that never really coalesced into any other state. Partially because nobody really cared about it and it was too small to bother with. BUT WHO’S LAUGHING NOW?! First of all, the country is nearly 38,000 people and is almost always ranked in the top three highest GDP per capita states in the world at nearly 180k per capita. The country is only about 1/3 Native Liechtensteiner whereas the remaining populous is made up of foreigners mostly Germans Austrians, Swiss and Italians They use the Swiss Franc as their currency, they use the type J plug outlet and they drive on the right side of the road. Which by the way, I hate the J plug outlet because half the time, the sockets are sunk into these weird hexagon shaped divots. Half the time, I couldn’t even fit my type C adapter plug when I was in Switzerland. Why? why do you guys do that? That’s like borderline statistic in Switzerland in Liechtenstein; that and your prices, for everything. Otherwise, I’d love everything else about you guys. 😀 Now here’s the thing: Liechtenstein is one of four countries in Europe that speaks German, however, they speak with their own distinct dialect very similar to the Swiss and Austrians. Obviously, it’s a little different from Hochdeutsch which is spoken up North in Germany. From what I was told, Liechtenshiners are known for saying “Hoi” for hello and “Tschau” for bye. Instead of “Kuh” for cow, they say “Buschla”. Instead of “Hügel” for Hill, they say “Böhel”. This is what you guys told me so yeah. Also I was told that this is how you can tell all the Germanic speaking countries apart. Let’s say that you gained weight. This is how a friend from each country would respond: Hmm, so how are you doing? Ahh! I see you’re enjoying your schnitzel eh? You got fat! Now like the Swiss, Liechtenstein has always kind of kept to themselves and stayed out of affairs. There’s a legend that says that when they fought in the Austro-Prussian war, they came back with negative casualties, as in, the army of 80 men came back with a friend. After that the military was disbanded and today, all military affairs are handled by the Swiss army even though they accidentally fired a shell and burned off a patch of their forest in the 80s and accidentally invaded in 2007 and Bah *I’m a sheep* You know, they laughed over it with glasses of wine. Now Liechtenstein is generally seen as being more conservative than other countries and more religious, mostly adhering to Catholicism with very strict stances on social issues like gay marriage abortion and immigration. In fact, less than 60 resident permits are issued every year for EEA citizens that work in Liechtenstein, half by lottery and half by government. Oh yeah, and the country is a monarchy, a principality to be exact. Essentially the Von Liechtenstein Family where the country gets its name from, are descended from Austrian noblemen related to the Hapsburgs. And even though they get little publicity, They are literally the richest Royals in Europe with a net worth of over 7.5 Billion dollars. The current Prince Hans-Adam II being the owner of LGT bank alone having a personal fortune of about four billion dollars. Yeah. By contrast, Queen Elizabeth has only about 500 million. The prince has four children and 15 Grandchildren. Alois being the next in line to the throne. Oh and his brother Maximilian married Angela Gisela Brown from Panama who was the first person of known African ancestry to have married into a reigning European dynasty. The royal family is actually quite popular and loved by the people. They’re very down-to-earth and they eat at cafes downtown in Vaduz regularly talking to the everyday citizens. Once a year, they even hold a party which everyone is allowed to come to the castle and share a beer. There is a bit of controversy though because today, they are the only monarchy in Europe in which the monarch has influence on every level of government. The prince can veto anything. In 2012, they held a vote which kind of went like this: The people: “We want to take away your powers of Exercising the option to veto bills.” The Royal Family: “Hmm, I mean if you really don’t want me around, I can totally just leave and let you guys handle everything.” The people: “Really??” The Royal Family: “Yeah, I’ll just take my 7.6 billion dollars corporate interest and revenue deals outside of the state, but you know, you can sell postcards to… tourists.” The people: “Wait, COME BACK!!” Annnnd, over three quarters of the population voted to let him remain with his original duties. Speaking of monarchy, History. We don’t have a lot of time to go too far into it, but the quickest way I can summarize it: Two small Holy roman empire earldoms of Vaduz and Schellenberg, 1699 this guy comes along, 1712, He purchases both Vaduz and Schellenberg hence joining the two together making the country complete, The Napoleon years but the prince is like a respected military leader so they remain independent, 19th century joins German Confederation although Austria gets left out which geographically separates Liechtenstein from Germany, World War I, breaks ties with Austria-Hungary, 1938 Prince moves back in from Vienna, World War II after Austria’s annexed, they are literally on the Nazi border But Hitler was like: “Meh, not worth it” and left them alone, They stay neutral and independent Post-World War II, economic boom, all the bank’s fiduciaries and engineers come in Czechia dispute, 1984, women are allowed to vote, the last European country to do so, 1995 they joined the EEA and here we are today. Oh and Liechtenstein has like one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Prisons are often empty and anyone with a sentence over 2 years is actually sent to Austria. It’s been said that people typically don’t even lock their front doors. For such a small population, everyone kind of knows everyone and has a close tie. Nonetheless, they still reach out and make friends abroad. Which brings us to… Now it doesn’t really matter how small your country is. If you’re able to handle your country’s overall economic output with a content populace, holding on to sovereignty is a breeze, and so is making friends. Today, They have six embassy missions abroad in Austria, Belgium, Germany Switzerland and the Vatican and the United States. However Switzerland is authorized to represent Liechtenstein in other diplomatic situations unless they decide to send their own delegates. Liechtenstein is interesting because they don’t host any embassies in their territory, but rather 32 honorary councils, surprisingly three of which are the African states of Chad, Senegal and the Central African Republic whom have reached out and made close ties for decades. They are not part of the European Union but rather part of the Schengen area, which means they have open borders and visa policies with the EU. And also as a member of the EEA, they have free movement of goods and persons and services as well, but yeah, not part of the EU. Austria and Germany have always been close friends especially the Southern Bavarian and Baden Württemberg states of Germany. These two make up some of the largest business partners and foreign population living in Liechtenstein, which is barely even much of a distinction since they are all germanic brothers to begin with. In earlier years, most of the monarchs actually chose to live in Austria rather than their own country until 1938 when Franz Joseph was like: “We’re moving back in folks!” When it comes to their best friends however, most Liechtensteiners might say the Swiss. They share everything. A customs union, a monetary union, military coverage, diplomatic delegates. They even speak relatively the same dialect and have similar mannerisms and culture cues. It’s often said that Switzerland sees Liechtenstein as its little yet surprisingly richer brother. I mean, they literally were totally cool with it when they got accidentally attacked. What more do you need to know? In conclusion, Liechtenstein is kind of like a high capacity storage microchip. Small yet absolutely flooding with abundance neatly tucked away in a small space hidden away from the public eye. Stay tuned, the second creepy Baltic twin, Lithuania, is coming up next.

    Death of the American Hobo (Documentary)
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    Death of the American Hobo (Documentary)

    August 14, 2019


    BEN: Your heart’s racing. Obviously, you’re hoping that
    we wouldn’t get caught. -There’s something about the
    hobo that has to be recorded in American history. BEN: The whole time we were
    asking ourselves, what is the story here? What is the story of the hobo? What is a hobo? EMPRESS VAGABOND HOBO LUMP: It’s
    not like people think. It’s hard, like, a hard life. -It’s speeding up! Go go go go go go! [APPLAUSE] AARON SMITH: This
    is Britt, Iowa. It’s a small town of about
    2,000 people out in the central Iowa cornfields. Over the last 112 years,
    Britt has become known for one thing– an annual event called The
    National Hobo Convention. There’s a hobo jungle, a hobo
    museum, and a hobo cemetery. In 1900, Britt was just a newly
    incorporated farming community in search of
    migrant workers. The town founders enticed the
    hobos to move their annual gathering from Chicago
    to Britt. A tradition was born that still
    brings self-described hobos to Britt every year
    for one August weekend. HOBO MIKE: I’ve been traveling
    trains since I was eight, and as a living since ’63. FROG: I started riding trains
    when I was 20 years old. I’m 62 years old now. WRONG WAY: [LAUGHING] I’m Wrong Way. My nephew gave me that name
    in the early ’70s. HOBO SPIKE: I started in 1952,
    and I used a train to go from one place to another
    to find work, and that’s how I survived. AARON SMITH: Most historians
    agree the hobo emerged after the Civil War. Young men from both sides set
    off across the country in search of work. By the turn of the century, the
    hobo had become part of the fabric of America. But today, what was once a
    substantial culture and way of life seems close
    to extinction. We wanted to see what was left
    of the hobo community, and we hoped we’d find it in Britt. In our minds, there was only one
    way to travel to the hobo convention– the
    freight train. We began our journey in Oakland,
    California, hoping to travel 1,900 miles on the
    rails in five days. AARON SMITH: These are the maps
    that show the different rail lines all over California,
    with like, special zoom-ins that show you all the
    little small towns that you can stop in, different crew
    changes, and this is something totally like, pre-iPhone. Now you can totally just
    GPS your location. But these maps were really
    helpful for a lot of people for a long time. Before a cohesive network of
    roads was laid across America, the train was the fastest way
    to get from place to place. Early hobos learned to ride by
    swapping information with other travelers they met along
    the way in hobo jungles. Chris is from Virginia and
    spends his time hopping freight trains around the
    country for pleasure. Our friend Ben lives in San
    Francisco and had a couple weeks off work and decided
    to join us. BEN: I wasn’t sure what
    to expect of the trip. I knew it was going to be an
    adventure, but I didn’t know exactly what the details
    and the minutiae of the trip would hold. We woke up that morning, hoping
    to catch a train. But we woke up, got ready,
    there was no train there. And as more time passed, we
    realized that the information we had gotten was probably
    incorrect. AARON SMITH: We decided to wait
    for another train, but a worker spotted us in the yard
    and called the bull. Bull is an old-time term
    for a railroad cop. It’s always been a cat and mouse
    game between the hobo and the bull. Back in the day, bulls had
    no problem killing hobos. Today, it’s a little
    bit different. -We don’t really have
    hobos anymore. -A transient, a hobo, vagrant,
    is a guy who participates on the rail property– trespass, hopping
    freights, yeah. -And a tramp, tramp’s in
    the middle, right? -What did they call it? Tramps. I like that. That was back in the day, man. That was back in the day. Tramps, hobos. -When have you seen somebody
    with a broomstick– -A tramp with a bag tied around
    his shoulder, right? All right, guys. You know how to get out
    of here, right? Don’t come back, all right? -Don’t come back. AARON SMITH: There seem
    to be very few people hopping trains anymore. The hobo seems like
    a museum piece. It’s like a joke, a word
    nobody uses anymore. We didn’t want to go to the
    Oakland jail, so we headed to Amtrak station with our tails
    between our legs. We got out to the next crew
    change stop on the line– Roseville, California. As soon as we got to Roseville,
    there was a train getting ready to take off. Bad decision. A conductor saw us and we got
    pulled off the train five miles outside of town. Uh, we just got pulled
    off this train here. -Again. AARON SMITH: Yeah, yeah, it
    was the second time today. Morale was low. Chris decided to set off on
    his own to Denver, and we hopped a gambling bus
    to Reno, Nevada. JACKSON FAGER: Now we’re in
    Reno, Nevada, feeling a little better about our situation, and
    hoping a train comes in the next couple hours. AARON SMITH: In the yard,
    avoiding bulls and workers is one concern. Finding a rideable
    car is another. Some of the wells on these
    double-stacked cars have a cubby hole you can
    ride in, but we weren’t seeing anything. The locomotive at the back of
    the train, called the rear unit, seemed like
    our best bet. But it’s risky. Workers periodically
    check the cars. Lucky for us, the train
    aired up, and we finally got on our way. We’re indoors, Amtrak style, and
    we’ve got these big plushy seats, continuing along. We’re in the middle
    of nowhere. For the first 100 miles,
    there were no roads, no highways, no nothing. It was just desert as far
    as the eye could see. It was beautiful. It was amazing to kind of get
    that, see what that was like, vast expanses of nature. MEDICINE MAN: Now, everybody
    thinks that the real hobo life is great, and it’s part of
    wanderlust, but it’s not. The hobo life is a very,
    very dangerous life. ADMAN: Sometimes painful, when
    everything is all fucked up. You’re looking around, and
    the bulls are out there. BEN: It felt like something out
    of a special operations combat mission. We spotted a grain train. We knew that this was our
    ticket out of Elko. Go go go go go! ADMAN: Riding on a flat car with
    a full moon, and watching the [CLICKING NOISE] It’s a game that gives you
    a fucking hard-on, I can tell you that. MINNESOTA JIM: Once you
    do it, it’s with you the rest your life. You want to keep on the move. ADMAN: We see the world
    in a different light. FROG: Always total, absolute
    freedom, every day of my life. HOBO SPIKE: I don’t think
    there’s any better way to see this great world of ours,
    especially our nation, than from a freight train. AARON SMITH: We were crossing
    the Great Salt Lake. The air was cool, and
    the smell of sulfur rose from the water. It was the most undisturbed
    stretch of natural beauty any of us had ever seen. The train forces you to slow
    down and take it all in. All the frustrations and
    anxieties of life back in civilization seemed
    to disappear. HOBO SPIKE: When you’re on the
    rails, if you don’t get caught, there’s no one to tell
    you what to do, when to go to bed, when to get up,
    what to eat. You’re on your own for 100%. AARON SMITH: Although we were
    loving the ride, we were running out of water fast. After close to 24 hours on the
    train, we were hungry, tired, dirty, and dehydrated. Well, our train stopped here
    in Green River, Wyoming. It’s just a little railroad town
    here in southern Wyoming. Just kind of roamed around and
    got the vibe of the town. HOBO SPIKE: Then when you get
    into a community, of course you have to fit into society,
    so you have to abide by laws at that time. But if you’re by yourself,
    you don’t have to pay attention to any law. AARON SMITH: So we walked over
    this bridge that we’re sitting under now, probably about
    110 degrees, dry heat. BEN: Just took a dip
    in the Green River. After four or five days not
    showering, it felt amazing. AARON SMITH: I’m gonna go
    get in there right now. BEN: Our days have
    been very full. We haven’t gotten
    a lot of sleep. It’s been a few hours here, a
    few hours there, trying to hop on trains successfully,
    which we sometimes have, sometimes haven’t. We’re always on the move trying
    to get to our end goal, which is Britt. AARON SMITH: No eastbound trains
    were coming through. The sun went down, and we
    enjoyed the solitude of the Wyoming landscape. Up to this point, we hadn’t seen
    any other travelers on the trains. At the turn of the century,
    there were around a million hobos on the rails. After the Depression,
    that number doubled. Hobos had organized their own
    union, and there were over 60 hobo colleges all across
    the country. Boxcars were crowded
    with riders. But something happened midway
    through the century. Maybe it was American
    prosperity. Where there were once millions
    on the road, today, there’s probably a couple thousand. In my experience, you hardly
    ever see anyone on the rails. The next morning, we decided to
    try our luck in the Green River yard. -Hey, man. -How about yourself? -We’re hitchhiking. -Sorry, man. -Oh, really? -All right, thank you. -OK, man. -Thank you. AARON SMITH: After getting
    warned by the cops to leave, we went back to our original
    spot under the bridge. MEDICINE MAN: Today, you don’t
    want to jump a train. It’s so dangerous, because the
    old steam locomotives, it was chug, chug, chug, and pretty
    soon, it was [ENGINE NOISE]. But today, in two minutes,
    they’re flying. AARON SMITH: Our train stopped
    in the middle of the yard, and we didn’t know why. AARON SMITH: An hour went by,
    and it felt like an eternity. Each time you get on
    the train, it’s a role of the die– a unique and unpredictable
    experience. Perhaps that’s one
    reason we do it– to gamble, to relinquish control
    completely, and give ourselves to fate and luck. That was one of the faster
    ones I’ve hopped on. You kind of had to run alongside
    and kind of throw yourself up. But we all made it. Really grateful for that. The train out of Green River
    had three units and looked like it would blaze across
    Wyoming, but it puttered along the entire time at
    35 miles an hour. It was time for a
    change of plans. We arrived in Laramie, Wyoming
    on Friday morning, with still 800 miles to go to
    get to Britt. We were behind schedule,
    and the convention had already started. We got off here in Laramie,
    Wyoming because the train was so damn slow. Rent a cars were too expensive,
    the Greyhound would take two days, so we ended
    up getting this U-Haul. 12-hour drive ahead of us, and
    we’ve gotta haul ass to Britt. In keeping with the spirit of
    our trip, we picked up all the hitchhikers we saw
    along the way. JOE YOUNG: Hey, what’s
    up, guys? I’m Joe Young. I’ve been on the road for about
    four or five years. The only way I get around
    is on bicycle. AARON SMITH: We picked
    up another guy. This is Alex. He’s coming from Colorado. ALEX: How’s it going? AARON SMITH: It didn’t take us
    long to fill up the back of the U-Haul. After six grueling days
    of traveling, we finally arrived in Brit. We were ready to hang out with
    hundreds of hobos and swap stories about our travels
    on the rails. -Hello! Happy Hobo Days! -Happy Hobo Days! -What we found instead was a
    family-friendly event with a bunch of tourists. BEN: Just a number of
    townspeople, big farm tractors, fancy or unusual cars,
    and homemade floats. People– not hobos. -All aboard! -The hobo convention has gone
    county fair mainstream. This wasn’t the wild, drunken,
    turn of the century event that brought 1,800 hobos
    here in the 1940s. -Well, we’re serving mulligan
    stew, and it is what the traditional hobo
    used to serve. Meat– we have pork in ours–
    and then it has beef flavoring, and pork flavoring,
    and then vegetables, barley, and rice in it, and
    then water. -Every year for the past 112
    years, the hobos have elected a hobo king and queen. -This year, our new
    queen is Angel. And your new king is
    Minnesota Jim. -It’s an important moment for
    them, especially now that most of the hobos are senior
    citizens. The hobo jungle in Britt is a
    well maintained park on the edge of town. It used to be a pretty
    wild place. EMPRESS VAGABOND HOBO LUMP:
    This is not the same. They bring in like a family
    affair, and a history thing, and people learning. Because the hobo, you wouldn’t
    be finding no children in an old camp, you know
    what I mean? People really was kind of
    sleeping out, and across the tracks or in the bush. It was more like a jungle. AARON SMITH: Today, there’s
    a lot of rules. No drinking, no drugs,
    no unleashed dogs. It’s become the kind of place
    that people used to become hobos to get away from. Most of the hobos we met were
    retired from riding trains. Living an itinerant life for
    decades takes its toll. MEDICINE MAN: A modern-day
    hobo, probably in my estimation, is getting to the
    point where it’s rubber tire hobos that come together
    and perpetuate history. AARON SMITH: The convention
    has become a shadow of its former self. The city’s turned it
    into a parody. There are still plenty young
    people out there riding the rails for adventure, but those
    who call themselves hobos and travel around looking for
    work are a dying breed. FROG: And it’s still there. Though I’m not riding freight
    trains, it’s still there. I still want to ride. AARON SMITH: Out on the rails,
    we slowed down and experienced an adventure that was
    once a way of life for a lot of people. The train tracks persist on,
    relics on the landscape, entry points into the hidden world. We felt a deep nostalgia for a
    time that’s passed and sadness for the American hobo, fast
    disappearing down the westbound track. FROG: I have one final ride, and
    it’s my westbound journey. -For the moments of happiness,
    for the love, for the moments of disappointments, for
    everything, hobo is thankful to the railroad.

    Miniatur Wunderland OFFICIAL VIDEO – world’s largest model railway | railroad
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    Miniatur Wunderland OFFICIAL VIDEO – world’s largest model railway | railroad

    August 14, 2019


    The centre of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt district, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been home to the Miniatur Wunderland since 2001 In 17 years and more than 800,000 hours of work… …on 1500 square metres a miniature world of superlatives was created that cost over 21 million euros to build. The most popular tourist attraction in Germany… …holder of the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest model railway. The Wunderland has been visited by more than 17 million globetrotters of all ages. A mind-blowing experience for all playful adventurers immersing themselves into a giant miniature world consisting of nine sections. The round-the-world trip at a scale of 1:87 starts in Italy, continues through Switzerland to Germany, Austria and Scandinavia and takes you all the way to America, and it keeps getting bigger. More than 1000 trains with more than 10,000 coaches cover several hundred kilometers every day. In the northern Baltic Sea, ships float on real water in a 30,000-litre water basin with simulated tides. The road traffic in America, at the airport, in Scandinavia and in Wunderland’s famous little town of Knuffingen is computer controlled. More than 250 moving cars react to each other in an intelligent simulation. The spectacular large-scale fire-fighting operations of the car system with up to 30 fire-fighting vehicles offer lots of action. According to the Guinness World Record, Knuffingen Airport is the largest miniature airport in the world featuring sophisticated technology down to the last detail. The complex flight simulation uses software to control more than 40 aircraft taking off and landing every minute. To date, more than 265,000 people live in the Wunderland. All facets of life are portrayed with loving attention to detail. Funeral speech or joyous celebration. The saintly and the not so saintly. Very lively people – and those no longer so lively… Some love to play with fire, and others make sure nothing gets burnt. The unlucky fellow or the lucky devil. The muscleman or the beanpole. Nudists, exhibitionists or tourists. Some reach for the stars and others are not of this world. Eat or be eaten. Lazybones or dreamer. Some go on a long trip, and others feel most comfortable at home. Blue light and red light. Superhero or strong girls. Knight of the Round Table or knights from another galaxy. Fairy tale characters, mythical creatures, cartoon figures or famous movie heroes. Some have their noses in books, others are given the runaround. On a journey from the highest mountain of six metres… across dreamy roads through the Grand Canyon… snow-covered landscapes… and idyllic villages, to secret underground bases, the miniature landscape is created with loving attention to detail. A day in Miniatur Wunderland is 15 minutes long. When night falls, everything is illuminated in dazzling light. Throughout the Wunderland, secret stories are brought to life. The 220 entertaining actions can be activated at the touch of a button along the edge For the sweet-toothed and chocoholics at the chocolate factory. Jumping dolphins. Rocking gondolas. Duelling gunslingers. Or when new life is created. The 350 Wunderlanders work day-in-day-out on new ideas, gimmicks and gadgetry. The world has so many stories to tell. The new sections Monaco and Provence in France will follow by 2020. Subsequently… South America. What comes next is written in the stars. But we will continue to build…

    The Legend of the Haunted Railroad Tracks in San Antonio, Texas!
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    The Legend of the Haunted Railroad Tracks in San Antonio, Texas!

    August 13, 2019


    In this area, it has a legend haunted story! In 1940s or earlier, There was a school bus carrying around 10 kids to the school. The engine was broken down while the bus was on the railroad! A bus driver was puzzled and tried to figure out a way to solve the engine issue. Apparently, a bus driver didn’t realize the bus was on the railroad. Then, he saw a train coming and it was too late to save kids or himself. The train crashed the school bus and everybody were killed. So what’s happening next now? Now, I’m getting a baking soda. What is this for? We’ll take a car on the railroad, then we will wait and it will eventually move. Maybe a car was being pushed by kids who were killed in the train crash. You might see kids’ handprints on those baking soda. Maybe they’re trying to save us from getting killed. You see the sign says no stop on the railroad, which means they know people do come here to confirm the experience. Now, I’m taking my car on the railroad. Justin will set a camera tripod to capture the entire action. I’m here to make sure that we’re not getting hit by a train. It’s what terrified me the utmost right now. I have that imagination what if it will hit us or not. You funny. I know you’re doing it. I’m parking here. We’re giving it a try again. Now it’s moving backward. I have to admit it’s the ideal spot for feeling tension or terrifying a bit. We were nervous about cars driving through us. I think it’s moving on its own. I didn’t do anything lol. Let’s check the baking soda. What! It’s true! We did several tests. Some did move on its own. We just had to see if there are any kid hands. And hands are right there! The total is 10 hands. I think it’s more than just ten hands. (Joking: not true about hands) (There are two cars testing the railroad now. I just learned that there is 2 inches horizontal off. When you park on the railroad, it will stay a while but it will move later. Why? It has a steep a bit. Once it’s moved, then everybody immediately assumed it is pushed by kids!