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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Star Kelly Marie Tran Says Leia Scenes Were Like “Puzzle Pieces” – Comicbook.com

January 1st, 2020

While Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been dominating the box office since its release, it has still faced quite a bit of criticism from fans especially with the reduced role of Kelly Marie Tran‘s character Rose in the film. She’s supposed to be a big deal in the Resistance, aiding General Leia Organa in organizing their forces against the First Order, but is only on screen for less than two minutes of the movie. Now Tran has shed more light on this development, explaining that there was a lot of difficulty in repurposing the unused footage of Carrie Fisher.

Tran spoke with the Hollywood Reporter about the challenge of filming new scenes set around Fisher’s old performance for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

“The one thing that was difficult was that you were acting with footage that was prerecorded,” explained Tran. “So, instead of having an actor there and reacting off the actor, you would sometimes look — in between takes — at how the actor delivered a line and then try to imagine and react to that. So, it definitely took more time and was a very different experience for me. We probably did a lot more takes for scenes with her than without her.

She added, “It’s one thing to sit there, look at that footage and try to react to it, but a lot of the big group scenes felt like they were puzzle pieces if that makes sense. I think there were more reshoots on those scenes, specifically, to just try and make sure all of the performances matched up since she [Carrie Fisher] wasn’t physically there.”

These comments back up the sentiments expressed by Chris Terrio, who wrote Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker alongside director J.J. Abrams. Terrio explained that Abrams had to make some hard decisions and leave a lot of Tran’s scenes on the cutting room floor.

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“As I’ve said elsewhere before, there were a couple of scenes that we shot with Rose that I wish had made it to the final cut. You’d be hard pressed to find a screenwriter who doesn’t wish that all his scenes were treated as inspired gospel and ended up in the film exactly as written,” Terrio said. “But it’s the nature of the process that certain scenes fall out of the film, and I very much respect the difficulty of the decisions J.J. had to make, wearing both his screenwriter hat and his director hat — especially given that I know for a fact that J.J. adores and respects Kelly and would have loved to keep every second he shot with her in the film.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now playing in theaters.

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Two people critically injured in shooting near Regent Park – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

January 1st, 2020

Bryann Aguilar, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:51PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:56PM EST

Two people have been critically injured in a shooting near Regent Park on Wednesday night.

Toronto police said they received calls for shots fired in the area of River Street and Dundas Street East just after 10:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, they located two people suffering from life-threatening injuries, police said.

The victims have been rushed to a hospital via an emergency run.

Paramedics said one victim is in life-threatening condition while the other is in serious condition.

No suspect information has been released.

Police said the shots were not from an elevated position after uncofirmed reports of a shooter in a balcony.

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January 1st, 2020

Thousands flee, some restock in face of worsening Australian wildfires – Global News

January 1st, 2020

Thousands of tourists fled Australia’s wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south.

Cooler weather since Tuesday has aided firefighting and allowed people to replenish supplies. Vehicles formed long lines at gas stations and supermarkets, and traffic was gridlocked as highways reopened. But fire conditions were expected to deteriorate Saturday as high temperatures and strong winds return.

A Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighter conducts mopping up near the town of Sussex Inlet on December 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.
A Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighter conducts mopping up near the town of Sussex Inlet on December 31, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Sam Mooy/Getty Images

“There is every potential that the conditions on Saturday will be as bad or worse than we saw (on Tuesday),” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said.

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READ MORE: Military ships, aircraft deployed as Australian wildfire death toll rises to 17

Authorities said 381 homes had been destroyed on the New South Wales southern coast this week and at least eight people have died this week in the state and neighbouring Victoria, Australia’s two most-populous states, where more than 200 fires are currently burning.

Fires have also been burning in Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

This Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, photo provided by Twitter user @AvaTheHuman shows red sky from wildfires burning, in Victoria, Australia. On Tuesday morning, 4,000 people in the coastal town of Mallacoota fled to the shore as winds pushed a fire toward their homes under a sky darkened by smoke and turned blood-red by flames.
This Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, photo provided by Twitter user @AvaTheHuman shows red sky from wildfires burning, in Victoria, Australia. On Tuesday morning, 4,000 people in the coastal town of Mallacoota fled to the shore as winds pushed a fire toward their homes under a sky darkened by smoke and turned blood-red by flames. (@AvaTheHuman via AP)

The early and devastating start to Australia’s summer wildfires has led authorities to rate this season the worst on record. About 5 million hectares (12.35 million acres) of land have burned, at least 17 people have been killed and more than 1,400 homes have been destroyed.

Prime Minster Scott Morrison said the crisis was likely to last for months.

“It will continue to go on until we can get some decent rain that can deal with some of the fires that have been burning for many, many months,” Morrison told reporters on Thursday.

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New South Wales authorities on Thursday morning ordered tourists to leave a 250-kilometre (155-mile) zone along the picturesque south coast. State Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it is the “largest mass relocation of people out of the region that we’ve ever seen.”

1:36Australian military helping save people from raging bush fires

Australian military helping save people from raging bush fires

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a seven-day state of emergency starting Friday, which grants the New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner more control and power.

It’s the third state of emergency for New South Wales in the past two months, after previously not being implemented since 2013.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly but we also want to make sure we’re taking every single precaution to be prepared for what could be a horrible day on Saturday,” Berejiklian said.

A statewide total fire ban will be in place on Friday and Saturday.

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Australian fire crew forced to take shelter in their truck as bushfire rages in Nowra

In Victoria, where 83 homes have burned this week, the military was helping thousands of people who fled to the shore as a wildfire threatened their homes Tuesday in the coastal town of Mallacoota. Food, water, fuel and medical expertise were being delivered and about 500 people were going to be evacuated from the town by a naval ship.

“We think around 3,000 tourists and 1,000 locals are there. Not all of those will want to leave, not all can get on the vessel at one time,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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A contingent of 39 firefighters from the United States and Canada landed in Melbourne on Thursday to help with the catastrophe.

Smoke from the wildfires made the air quality in the national capital, Canberra, the world’s worst in a ranking index Thursday and was blowing into New Zealand.

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Canotated: Doctor Who just rebooted a classic villain, but there’s a bigger twist – SYFY WIRE

January 1st, 2020

After a decidedly slow burn, the season 12 premiere of Doctor Who just revealed that the greatest villain in the entire series has shockingly returned. And now, the biggest question is how? Unlike season 11, it’s clear that Jodie Whittaker’s second season of Doctor Who won’t be dodging hardcore references to show’s long history, and instead, will be dealing with Time Lord mythology head-on. But figuring out the timeline of this specific villain might get wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey really fast. Here’s why.

Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Doctor Who season 12, episode 1; “Spyfall Part 1.”

Okay. After a complicated plot involving interdimensional aliens, global espionage, and domineering software mogul, the entire plot of “Spyfall Part 1,” turned out to be a distraction for the real twist, actor Sacha Dhawan, who we thought was playing a helpful MI-6 agent code-named “O,” is really…the Master!

Why is that such a big deal? If you’re kind of new to Doctor Who lore, know that the Master is, just like the Doctor, an alien Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. And just like the Doctor, the Master has had several physical incarnations. In fact, the last version of the Master, went by Missy (Michelle Gomez), as was, as far as we knew, she was the final version of the Master. And that’s because she was killed by the Master (John Simm), who was, actually, her former self. Got that?

A bit more background: In the penultimate, Peter Capaldi season 10 episode, “The Doctor Falls,” the Doctor (Capaldi) briefly convinced Missy/the Master to join the good guys, which a time-traveling previous version of the Master hated. And so, as he was dying — presumably regenerating into Missy — the Master killed their future self.

Unless that’s not what happened. In “Spyfall,” the new Master (Sacha Dhawan) tells the Doctor that “everything you think you know is a lie.” Now, this could refer to the fact that the Master seems to be manipulating the fabric of reality (Where did Barton go? What’s up with the flying house?). But, what if it refers to the exact regeneration cycle of the Master?

We always assumed that Missy was the most recent version of the Master relative to John Simm, but we don’t actually know that for sure. In fact, in the season 10 episode, “The World Enough and Time,” Missy suggests she’s not sure how many regenerations she’s had since she was John Simm, saying, “I’m a bit hazy on the whole regeneration thing, I’m afraid.”

So right here, two seasons ago, when two versions of the Master briefly teamed-up, there might be a hidden clue as to how Sacha Dhawan’s version of the Master can even exist. The short answer is time travel (duh) but the slightly longer answer might be that up until this point, we actually haven’t seen the regenerations of the Master in the correct order.

In other words, this Master might be an incarnation in between John Simm and Michelle Gomez. Or, more interestingly, he could be a version of the Master who predates both John Simm and Derek Jacobi.

Back in the season 3 episode “Utopia,” it was revealed that Professor Yana (Jacobi) was really the Master, but that he had amnesia because — wait for it — his DNA had been rewritten by a chameleon arch, which is Time Lord technology that turns one species into another. Now, the entire plot of “Spyfall” revolves around the DNA of people being rewritten, and because we know the Master is involved, that could suggest he’s using Time Lord tech to do this.

It also could suggest that this version of the Master might predate the Time War. In the David Tennant era, we got the impression that the Doctor saw the Master die during the Time War. But… we don’t know which version of the Master was on Gallifrey when the Doctor saved the entire planet in “The Day of the Doctor.”

To put it another way, it’s possible the Doctor created an alternate Gallifrey in “The Day of the Doctor,” one which housed the version of the Master from before the Time War. This wouldn’t negate any of the Masters the Doctor met after that since all of those events would be required in order for the Doctor to save Gallifrey at all.

So, this is the theory: Sacha Dhawan’s Master is either a version of the Master in between John Simm and Michelle Gomez, or he predates all of them, which would make him the Master who follows, weirdly, Eric Roberts, who played the Master in the 1996 TV movie, Doctor Who. (There’s also the possibility that the Doctor rescued yet another version of Gallifrey in the season 11 finale, “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.”)

In any case, the fact that this version of the Master met the Doctor, as he says in “Spyfall,” when “the Doctor was a man,” that could imply future episodes of season 12 could give us a flashback to when that happens… which could mean a retro Doctor cameo. But who? Matt Smith? David Tennant?

For longtime fans, the Master using a disguise in conjunction with time travel is old hat; this was essentially exactly what the Master did in “The Sound of Drums” in season 3, expect there, instead of pretending to be an MI-6 agent, the Master got himself elected Prime Minister. So, how did this version of the Master slip under the Doctor’s nose again? And what does he want? This time, cleary, the Master has different goals. Because if the interdimensional aliens are on his side, and he’s (maybe) using Time Lord tech to rewrite people’s DNA, the endgame is murky.

One thing is for sure. If Doctor Who sticks to using time travel shenanigans to attack the schemes of the villains, then it seems likely that the answer to what happens next to the Doctor and her friends might not actually be something that happens in the future at all. Instead, it’s possible that the key to the new Master and his evil schemes might lie in the Doctor’s past.


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Harry and Meghan promote Instagram account celebrating acts of kindness and good news globally – Daily Mail

January 1st, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are promoting the work of a journalist-run Instagram account that focuses on positive news stories globally as part of their work into the New Year. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will ‘shine a spotlight’ on the @goodnews_movement as they choose a different Instagram account each month to remind followers of ‘all the good that is happening in the world.’ 

It comes just one day after Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38,  shared an unseen picture of baby Archie in a highlight reel of their top moments of 2019.

Their latest post on their official lnstagram account read: ‘Happy New Year! For 2020 we will be continuing our tradition of highlighting accounts that inspire, and that remind us of all the good that is happening in the world. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are promoting the work of a journalist-run Instagram account that focuses on positive news stories globally as part of their work into the New Year

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are promoting the work of a journalist-run Instagram account that focuses on positive news stories globally as part of their work into the New Year

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are promoting the work of a journalist-run Instagram account that focuses on positive news stories globally as part of their work into the New Year

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will 'shine a spotlight' on the @goodnews_movement as they choose a different Instagram account each month to remind followers of 'all the good that is happening in the world.' They made the announcement on their Instagram account

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will 'shine a spotlight' on the @goodnews_movement as they choose a different Instagram account each month to remind followers of 'all the good that is happening in the world.' They made the announcement on their Instagram account

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will ‘shine a spotlight’ on the @goodnews_movement as they choose a different Instagram account each month to remind followers of ‘all the good that is happening in the world.’ They made the announcement on their Instagram account 

‘However, this time we will be focusing on just one account each month. For January, we would like to shine a spotlight on @goodnews_movement. 

‘This journalist run-page covers and celebrates acts of kindness and good news in our global community. We hope it brings you joy!’

The goodnews_movement, which has 189,000 followers, describes itself as a journalist-run page for ‘good news only’ which celebrates community heroes and acts of kindness across the globe.

Recent stories that it covers include plans by Greyhound to give homeless, young people free tickets to return home or to a safe place, as well as other stories about donations given to refuge shelters over the Christmas period. 

The Duke and Duchess rang in the New Year by hitting a staggering 10 million followers. Their Royal account broke a Guinness World Record when launching on April 2 last year.

It became the fastest Instagram profile to reach one million followers in less than six hours.

This was later beaten by Friends star Jennifer Aniston who gained a million followers in five hours and 45 minutes, upon joining the site in October.

And the most recent picture of Harry, standing by a lake in what is thought to be their Canadian hideaway on Vancouver Island, as he smiles at a beaming Archie, has been viewed over 3.4 million times since it was posted on New Years Eve. 

Sharing the post, which racked up over 260,000 likes in half an hour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote: ‘2019 in review. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and thanking you for your continued support!

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared an unseen picture of baby Archie in a highlight reel of their top moments of 2019. The first picture shows Prince Harry standing by a lake in an unknown location, which could be Canada, as he smiles at a beaming Archie

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared an unseen picture of baby Archie in a highlight reel of their top moments of 2019. The first picture shows Prince Harry standing by a lake in an unknown location, which could be Canada, as he smiles at a beaming Archie

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared an unseen picture of baby Archie in a highlight reel of their top moments of 2019. The first picture shows Prince Harry standing by a lake in an unknown location, which could be Canada, as he smiles at a beaming Archie

The goodnews_movement, which has 189,000 followers, describes itself as a journalist-run page for ‘good news only’ which celebrates community heroes and acts of kindness

‘We’ve loved meeting so many of you from around the world and can’t wait to meet many more of you next year. We hope 2020 brings each of you health and continued happiness. – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’

They added: ‘Special thanks to Chris Martin and Coldplay for allowing us to use one of their songs’.

Elsewhere a throwback to the 8th May shows Meghan and Harry introducing little Archie to the world at Windsor Palace. 

The video offers some retrospective of the Sussexes’ busy year. A picture shows the Duchess of Sussex during her pregnancy at the National Theater, on January 30, 2019.

In another snap, Harry proudly stands next to Sir David Attenborough, his brother William, 37 and Prince Charles, 71, at a screening at the Natural History Museum in London for the world premiere of his new Netflix series ‘Our Planet’.

The video fondly looks back on several of Harry and Meghan’s joint engagements as expecting parents, like their Morocco visit in February, where they met with local children.

The Duke and Duchess rang in the New Year by hitting a staggering 10 million followers

The Duke and Duchess rang in the New Year by hitting a staggering 10 million followers

The Duke and Duchess rang in the New Year by hitting a staggering 10 million followers

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in a $14.1 million waterfront mansion owned by a mystery multi-millionaire

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent their first Christmas with baby Archie in a $14.1 million waterfront mansion owned by a mystery multi-millionaire, DailyMail.com revealed last week.

The royal family and the Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria Ragland enjoyed time in one of the most idyllic spots on Vancouver Island.

Their presence in Canada had been confirmed before Christmas by prime minster Justin Trudeau.

The eight-bedroom gated estate on Vancouver Island, Canada, boasts two beaches and views across the peninsula from the four acre property.

Harry and Meghan’s presence in North Saanich was first revealed by local restaurateur Pierre Koffel and his wife Bev, who reportedly turned away the royal couple from their high-end restaurant because of their intense security requirements.

Baby Archie was front and centre in the duke and duchess' Christmas card this year, pictured

Baby Archie was front and centre in the duke and duchess' Christmas card this year, pictured

Baby Archie was front and centre in the duke and duchess’ Christmas card this year, pictured

The royals have had an action-packed year, with the high point being the arrival of baby Archie on May 6 weighing 7lb 3oz

The royals have had an action-packed year, with the high point being the arrival of baby Archie on May 6 weighing 7lb 3oz

The royals have had an action-packed year, with the high point being the arrival of baby Archie on May 6 weighing 7lb 3oz

Koffel says he was merely visited by the royals’ security team and didn’t decline their reservations – but has still faced a backlash with ‘hundreds’ of emails and ‘dozens’ of phone calls from Harry and Meghan fans berating him for denying their favorite royals their Christmas dinner. 

The chef and co-owner of the Deep Cove Chalet in North Saanich told DailyMail.com that he and his wife were tricked into revealing the royals’ secret getaway, and have now received ‘hundreds of emails, tens of phonecalls’ accusing he and his wife of being ‘terrible people’.

The restaurateur’s wife, Bev, told the Vancouver Sun on Christmas Eve that they had been visited by Harry and Meghan’s security detail, casing their restaurant for a potential dinner spot for the couple.

The royals have had an action-packed year, with the high point being the arrival of baby Archie on May 6 weighing 7lb 3oz.

Two days later baby Archie was introduced to the world at a photocall in the Castle’s St George’s Hall, with Meghan declaring: ‘It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.’

Keen to give him a normal life, Harry and Meghan chose not to use the courtesy title Earl Dumbarton or style him Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, making a personal decision he should be a plain Master.

Just months before Archie’s arrival, Harry and Meghan undertook an official royal tour of Morocco in February.

Following his birth in the spring, the couple kept a relatively low profile over the summer, engaging in various charity visits.

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Two people in life-threatening condition after shooting near Regent Park – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

January 1st, 2020

Bryann Aguilar, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, January 1, 2020 10:51PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 1, 2020 11:56PM EST

Two people have been critically injured in a shooting near Regent Park on Wednesday night.

Toronto police said they received calls for shots fired in the area of River Street and Dundas Street East just after 10:30 p.m.

When officers arrived, they located two people suffering from life-threatening injuries, police said.

The victims have been rushed to a hospital via an emergency run.

Paramedics said one victim is in life-threatening condition while the other is in serious condition.

No suspect information has been released.

Police said the shots were not from an elevated position after uncofirmed reports of a shooter in a balcony.

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Safer skies: Plane crash fatalities fell significantly in 2019 – Al Jazeera America

January 1st, 2020

Air travel was safer in 2019 as the number of people killed in large commercial plane crashes fell by more than 50 percent, despite a high-profile Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia in March, a Dutch consulting company said on Wednesday.

Aviation consulting firm To70 said there were 86 accidents involving large commercial planes – including eight fatal incidents – resulting in 257 fatalities last year. In 2018, there were 160 accidents, including 13 fatal ones, resulting in 534 deaths, the firm said.

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To70 said the fatal accident rate for large aircraft in commercial passenger air transport was just 0.18 fatal accident per million flights in 2019, or an average of one fatal accident every 5.58 million flights, a significant improvement compared with 2018.

The numbers of deaths include passengers, aircrews such as flight attendants and any people on the ground killed in a plane accident

Large passenger aircraft in the study are planes used by nearly all travellers on airlines worldwide but excludes small commuter aeroplanes in service, including the Cessna Caravan and some smaller turboprop planes, according to To70.

On December 23, Boeing’s board said it had fired Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg after a pair of fatal crashes involving the 737 MAX forced it to announce it was halting output of its best-selling jet. The 737 MAX has been grounded since March after an October 2018 crash in Indonesia and the crash of a MAX in Ethiopia in March killed a total of 346 people.

To70 said the aviation industry spent significant effort in 2019 “focusing on so-called ‘future threats’ such as drones.” But the MAX crashes “are a reminder that we need to retain our focus on the basics that make civil aviation so safe: well-designed and well-built aircraft flown by fully informed and well-trained crews,” it added.

The Aviation Safety Network said on Wednesday that, despite the MAX crash, 2019 “was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation.” The 157 people killed in March on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accounted for more than half of all deaths last year worldwide in passenger airline crashes.

Over the last 20 years, aviation deaths around the world have been falling dramatically even as travel has increased. As recently as 2005, there were 1,015 deaths on board commercial passenger flights worldwide, the Aviation Safety Network said.

In 2017, aviation had its safest year on record worldwide with only two fatal accidents involving regional turboprops that resulted in 13 deaths and no fatal crashes of passenger jets.

Last week, 12 people were killed when a Fokker 100 operated by Kazakh carrier Bek Air crashed near Almaty after takeoff. In May, a Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft caught fire as it made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, killing 41 people.

The figures do not include accidents involving military, training or private flights, or cargo operations and helicopters.

SOURCE: Reuters news agency

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‘I was upside down’: Surrey 16-year-old survives 500-foot fall from mountain in Oregon – CTV News

January 1st, 2020

VANCOUVER — A high school student from Surrey, B.C., is recovering after surviving a fall of about 150 metres while ascending a popular climbing mountain in Oregon on Monday.

Sixteen-year-old Gurbaz Singh had been climbing Mount Hood with a group, and was nearing the summit on the morning of Dec. 30 when he fell.

“I was ascending near the Pearly Gates,” Singh told CTV News Wednesday, referring to an area with an elevation of about 10,500 feet (3,200 metres).

He knew he had to stop his tumble, “because when you tumble, you’re gaining momentum,” so he tried to create friction.

While he estimates he was falling for less than 20 seconds, he says he fell a distance of about 500 feet (152 metres). Singh came to a stop in an area just above a part of the mountain known as Devil’s Kitchen.

“I was upside down,” he said.

Singh suffered a broken femur, which required surgery after he was rescued, but first, he had to wait. It took crews several hours to get to him due to his location.

Fortunately, others in the area were trained emergency medical technicians. He said they were able to get to him early on, and helped him manage the pain until rescuers arrived.

“There’s lots of cramping going on and they really helped me. They literally saved my life. They helped me get through a really tough time with a lot of pain,” he said.

“I can’t thank them enough.”

Rescuers reached Singh early in the afternoon, splinted his injured leg and began making their way down the hill.

Singh was taken down the mountain on a stretcher, with skiers accompanying him.

The teen also expressed gratitude to his rescuers and members of ski patrol who helped get him downhill.

“I’m really grateful for whatever they do. I’ve always been a big supporter of search and rescue groups,” he said.

His father, Rishamdeep Singh, drove to Oregon to be by his son’s side.

“We are just so thankful that it turned out the way it has,” he said.

Fellow climber Mel Olson was with Singh on the Mount Hood trip. She told CTV News Vancouver there were a lot of other people on the mountain that day, and initially, everything went well. But at a point closer to the peak, something went wrong.

“One of his footholds broke and he just went for a tumble,” Olson said.

Singh was above her at the time, and Olson said she got out of the way just in time.

“It was horrible,” she said. “The whole time I didn’t know whether he was alive.”

Singh’s father said he’s grateful for the rescuers who helped save the teenager.

“All of them are heroes,” his father said.

He and Olson said Singh is an avid climber, who has completed nearly 100 summits so far.

Olson said she met Singh through a hiking group about a year ago. She described him as “bubby, really energetic” and positive.

“I don’t want people to assume that he wasn’t prepared, or he wasn’t experienced enough to do this climb. He was very well prepared, he was experienced enough to do this climb, and it’s just an accident that happened,” she said, and added Singh had proper equipment with him such as crampons, an ice axe and a helmet.

“He was testing all the holds, making sure he could get up safely, but sometimes it just happens,” she said.

Singh himself says his experience and caution paid off, crediting his training and instinct. He said his helmet, which was destroyed in the fall, likely saved his life.

But, he added, “I was just really lucky. That’s all I can say.”

Steven Song has also climbed with Singh, and agrees the teen is careful.

“I actually haven’t known anyone else at that age who has done as many peaks as he does,” Song said. “He’s very passionate about the mountains.”

Climbing isn’t the teenager’s only interest.

“He’s played chess in competitions, he’s an honour-roll student,” his dad said. “He’s a very brave kid and I’m very proud of him.”

His father also said once Singh has healed, they intend to return and climb Mount Hood together.

Olson isn’t surprised Singh hasn’t lost his passion, despite the setback.

“That sounds like him, absolutely,” she said. “It’s amazing, and so grateful.”

Singh said Wednesday he was already up and walking.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time. Just trying to get back up onto my feet.”

Olson has started an online fundraiser to help the family with any expenses.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Hood is the highest mountain in Oregon at 11,239 feet (3,426 metres). More than 10,000 people make the ascent to the mountain’s summit each year.

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Lynnfield woman approached by rabid coyote in her driveway – WCVB Boston

January 1st, 2020

Town officials in Lynnfield are warning residents after a woman was approached by a rabid coyote on her property.Kerrianne Allain was packing up her Christmas decorations at her home on Lynnbrook Road on Monday when she encountered the coyote. She said the animal was standing at the end of her driveway about 4 feet away from her.”Obviously, it scared the heck out of me,” Allain said. “I thought it was a dog at first because of the way it was walking towards me, and walking slow towards me, and then stopped. I looked close and (realized) it wasn’t a dog.”I was slowly trying to back up the driveway. I didn’t want to make any sudden moves.”Allain said her son arrived back home shortly thereafter and she was able to jump into his car, but she said the coyote continued to hang around.”We were beeping at it, and the coyote just stood in front of the car, stood to the side of the car,” she said. “He tried to back up, but the coyote tried to follow us a little.”The coyote eventually circled and disappeared into the woods, only to reappear in a neighbor’s yard.Shortly thereafter, animal control officers arrived at the scene and were able to capture the coyote.Officials said the animal tested positive for rabies and had also been seen in Lynn between Christmas and Dec. 27 in the area of Emerald Drive and Meghans Way.There is concern the coyote may have spread the disease to other wild animals in the area.”I’m lucky. I’m very lucky,” Allain said. “Everybody just has to be careful in the neighborhood now. Everybody has to be on the lookout.”Rabies is a serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals, including people, and almost always causes death if untreated.Any person who was exposed to the coyote’s saliva through a bite, scratch or fresh wound — or got coyote saliva in their eyes, nose or mouth — has had a high risk of exposure. Anyone who may have had contact with the animal is asked to contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 or their health care provider.People with pets that may have had contact with the coyote are asked to contact Lynnfield Animal Control at 781-983-1804 or Lynn Animal Control at 781-552-2361 for further information.Anyone who observes a wild animal that is sick or acting strangely is asked to avoid the animal and call their local animal control official to report it.Officials also said it is important to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies, which will help protect them and their owners if they are exposed to a rabid animal.

Town officials in Lynnfield are warning residents after a woman was approached by a rabid coyote on her property.

Kerrianne Allain was packing up her Christmas decorations at her home on Lynnbrook Road on Monday when she encountered the coyote. She said the animal was standing at the end of her driveway about 4 feet away from her.

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“Obviously, it scared the heck out of me,” Allain said. “I thought it was a dog at first because of the way it was walking towards me, and walking slow towards me, and then stopped. I looked close and (realized) it wasn’t a dog.

“I was slowly trying to back up the driveway. I didn’t want to make any sudden moves.”

Allain said her son arrived back home shortly thereafter and she was able to jump into his car, but she said the coyote continued to hang around.

“We were beeping at it, and the coyote just stood in front of the car, stood to the side of the car,” she said. “He tried to back up, but the coyote tried to follow us a little.”

The coyote eventually circled and disappeared into the woods, only to reappear in a neighbor’s yard.

Shortly thereafter, animal control officers arrived at the scene and were able to capture the coyote.

This rabid coyote was spotted on Lynnbrook Road in Lynnfield on Dec. 30, 2019.

Kerrianne Allain

This rabid coyote was spotted on Lynnbrook Road in Lynnfield on Dec. 30, 2019.

Officials said the animal tested positive for rabies and had also been seen in Lynn between Christmas and Dec. 27 in the area of Emerald Drive and Meghans Way.

There is concern the coyote may have spread the disease to other wild animals in the area.

“I’m lucky. I’m very lucky,” Allain said. “Everybody just has to be careful in the neighborhood now. Everybody has to be on the lookout.”

Rabies is a serious disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals, including people, and almost always causes death if untreated.

Any person who was exposed to the coyote’s saliva through a bite, scratch or fresh wound — or got coyote saliva in their eyes, nose or mouth — has had a high risk of exposure. Anyone who may have had contact with the animal is asked to contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 or their health care provider.

People with pets that may have had contact with the coyote are asked to contact Lynnfield Animal Control at 781-983-1804 or Lynn Animal Control at 781-552-2361 for further information.

Anyone who observes a wild animal that is sick or acting strangely is asked to avoid the animal and call their local animal control official to report it.

Officials also said it is important to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies, which will help protect them and their owners if they are exposed to a rabid animal.

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