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Northeastern Ontario

Northeastern Ontario is a secondary region of Northern Ontario which lies north of Lake Huron and east of Lake Superior. Northeastern Ontario consists of the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Timiskaming and Manitoulin. For some purposes, Parry Sound District and Muskoka District Municipality are treated as part of Northeastern Ontario although they are geographically in Central Ontario; these two divisions are coloured in green on the map. Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Ontario may be grouped together as Northern Ontario. An important difference between the two sub-regions is that Northeastern Ontario has a sizeable Franco-Ontarian population — 25 per cent of the region's population speaks French as a first language, compared with just 3.2 per cent in the northwest. The entire region, excepting only the Manitoulin District, is designated as a French-language service area under Ontario's French Language Services Act, unlike in the northwest where only a few standalone municipalities are so designated.

There are six cities in Northeastern Ontario in alphabetical order, they are. Smaller towns in the region include Espanola, Blind River, Cochrane, Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, French River, St. Charles, Markstay-Warren and West Nipissing; the region is served by several branches of the Trans-Canada Highway, including Highway 11, Highway 17, Highway 66 and Highway 69. Several other highways in the region are part of the provincial highway system, but not the national Trans-Canada Highway; the only freeways in the region are a portion of Highway 17 in the Walden district of Greater Sudbury, most but not all of Highway 69 between Greater Sudbury and the French River. The remainder of Highway 69 is slated for conversion into a full freeway, will be redesignated as part of Highway 400 when the construction is complete; the provincial government has plans on file for the eventual conversion of Highway 17 to freeway from Sault Ste. Marie easterly toward Ottawa, although no timetable for this project has been announced as of 2018 except for the conversion of Highway 17's Southwest and Southeast Bypasses route through Sudbury near the completion of the Highway 69/400 project.

List of Ontario provincial parks in Northeastern Ontario

Peter Cochran (politician)

Peter Lachlan Cochran is a former Australian politician. He was the National Party member for Monaro in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 1998. In recent years he has been known for his ongoing lobbying to keep feral horses within the Kosciusko National Park. Cochran was born in Albury in New South Wales, he enlisted in the Army in 1965 and was sent to Vietnam in 1969, returning in 1970. He left the main force in 1972, was a reservist from 1977–79. Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace, he farmed near Adaminaby after leaving the armed forces and became involved in the National Party. In 1987 he stood unsuccessfully as the National candidate for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro, but came third after Labor MP Jim Snow and Liberal candidate David Evans, obtaining 16.4% of the vote. This was a large increase from the 1984 result of 3.9%. In 1988, Cochran was selected as the Nationals' candidate for the state seat of Monaro a marginal Labor seat. Cochran defeated sitting member John Akister and warded off an attempt by the Liberal Party to win the seat.

In parliament he acted as liaison between the Young Nationals. He was known for opposing the creation of new national parks and backing the four-wheel drive lobby to access existing ones, he was re-elected in 1991 and 1995, the latter coming as the Coalition lost government. During his final term, he was Monaro's first opposition member in 65 years, he resigned from parliament on 26 October 1998, shortly before the 1999 election. In 2001, Cochran returned to politics as an independent candidate for the federal seat of Eden-Monaro, one of several independents to stand in that election. He'd represented most of the eastern portion of the seat at the state level for a decade. Cochran came third with 8.2 % of the vote. In 2018 Cochran runs commercial horse treks through the Kosciuscko National Park, he has been lobbying for feral horses to remain in the park, was under scrutiny in May 2018 after it was discovered he and his wife had donated more than $10000 to the Nationals leader John Barliaro, who had put a bill through parliament listing feral horses in NSW as having heritage significance.

Cochran claimed to have helped create the legislation, causing controversy due to his business having a vested interest in keeping feral horses within the Kosciuscko National Park

GameCenter CX

GameCenter CX known as Retro Game Master in other regions, is a Japanese gaming-variety show television program produced by Fuji Television and Gascoin Company. It stars Shinya Arino, a member of comedy duo Yoiko, who plays home console video games from previous decades and attempts to get the game's ending within a single day; the show has been on-air since November 4, 2003, with a new episode airing bi-weekly at Thursday midnight on Fuji TV One. 11 DVD sets have been released in Japan. In 2008 Fuji TV was looking for international distributors for subtitled DVDs; the show is presented as a gaming variety show. Shinya Arino challenges several games from previous eras, presented by his producers in order to get each ending, he is supported by the show's assistant directors and sometimes other staff, both via moral support and actual gameplay. He is featured in segments interspersed throughout the episodes where he goes to local arcade centers, as well as segments where he does a variety of things, such as interviews with game designers, showcasing classic console hardware or games, or a made-up game show where the staff participate.

Arino is presented as an employee of the GameCenter CX company, which exists inside the GameCenter CX universe. His jumpsuit attire adorns the GameCenter CX logo, which with the second season onward lost the original brackets around the "CX". Arino formally greets anyone of status by serving him/her a business card; the CX company promotes Arino depending on how well he does during the season. The phrase Arino says right before turning on the console, "Kachō on!", signifies his role as chief of the aforementioned company. To continue on with the corporate theme of the show, a stock certificate was included with the second DVD collection to have the buyers feel like they owned stock in the company. In the last episode of season 7, Bandai Namco Entertainment president Ishikawa made Arino an honorary employee and presented him with a company card; the assistant directors help provide creative input, construct settings, work as camera crew at times when on location. Their on-screen presence is precipitated by Arino struggling with a spot in a game.

They will offer help of a varying degree, enough to dislodge Arino from his despair, but not so much as to raise questions about whether he beat the game on his own. These members of staff start as interns, they are promoted to various paid positions surrounding the show's production. Many have moved on to other Japanese TV shows. Naoki Yamada - Season 1 Shinichirou Toujima - Seasons 1 & 2 Hiroshi Sasano - Season 2 Shun Urakawa - Seasons 3 & 4 Yuuya Inoue, a.k.a. Inoko MAX - Seasons 5 & 6 promoted to Trainee Director in the end of season 13 Sachi Takahashi, a.k.a. Meijin,Sensei - Season 7 Takeshi Tsuruoka - Season 8 Tomoaki Nakayama - Seasons 9 & 10, left the staff in the 12th season. Hiroyuki Emoto, a.k.a. Emoyan - Seasons 11 & 12, left the staff in the end of the 12th season. Akane Itou - Seasons 11 & 12 & 13 Yuuki Katayama, a.k.a. Katakin-kun - Seasons 13 & 14 & 15, now only appears in the "TamaGe" segments starting the 15th Season. Junpei Takahashi Seasons 13 & 14 & 15 Atsushi Itou - Season 16 Gen Matsui - Seasons 16 & 17 & 18, left the staff in the 18th season.

Hideaki Yanai - Season 18 & 19 Ryo Osuka - Seasons 19 & 20 Hirotaka Watari - Season 20 & 21 Yuta Kaga - Season 21 & 22 Tasuku Iwahashi - Season 22 & 23 Kusuda Kenta - Season 23 Kobayashi Kyosuke - Season 23 Kouichi Abe - Cameraman Masayuki Kibe - Art Director, Writer Tsuyoshi Kan - Producer, Narrator Yuuichirou Suda - Video Editor Muneaki Tanizawa, a.k.a. Tanii - Voice Mixing Kensaku Sakai - Planner Yuko Watanabe - Assistant Director, left the staff in the 12th season. Came back as director in 17th season. Tsukasa Nagahashi - Assistant Director Tatsuya Fujimoto - Production Audio clips from the videogame Kid Icarus are used to intro segments with The King; the song used during Arino's arcade field trip adventures is called 異国のしらべ from HEAT WAVE. The song during his trip north is "Between large land" by Chiharu Matsuyama; the second and third seasons made extensive use of the soundtracks from the games Headhunter and Headhunter Redemption to highlight the show's dramatic segments. The show frequently features popular music by contemporary artists such as Phil Collins, Jesse McCartney and Madonna, as well as music from film scores like "Jurassic Park" and Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

NOTE: An asterisk is noted beside the episode number to indicate the episode's localization and release on Kotaku. Western titles in "quotes" are unofficial names. 1st season 2nd season 3rd season4th season 5th season 6th season 7th season 8th season9th season 10th season11th season12th season 13th season 14th season15th season16th season17th season18th

Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan

Escape & Frontiers Live in Japan is a live album by American rock band Journey, recorded in 2017 and released in 2019. Official Performers Arnel Pineda – lead vocals Neal Schon – lead guitar, backing vocals Travis Thibodauxkeyboards, backing vocals Gregg Rolie - harmonica, backing vocals Jonathan Cain – rhythm guitar, backing vocals Ross Valorybass guitar, backing vocals Steve Smith - drums, cymbalsProductionKevin Elson - producer, mixing, live sound Clifford Bonnell, Daniel Aumais, Guy Charbonneau, Akira Fukuda, Tom Suzuki - live recordings assistant engineers Wally Buck - studio recording assistant engineer Bob Ludwig - mastering


Ogaden is one of the three historical names given to the modern Somali Region, the territory comprising the eastern portion of Ethiopia part of the Hararghe province. The two other names are Reserved area; the region, around 200,000 square kilometres, borders Djibouti and Kenya. Important towns include Jijiga, Gode, Kebri Dahar, Shilabo, Kelafo and Danan; the Ogaden is a plateau, with an elevation above sea level that ranges from 1,500 metres in the northwest, falling to about 300 metres along the southern limits and the Wabi Shebelle valley. The areas with altitudes between 1,400 and 1,600 metres are characterised as semi-arid. More typical of the Ogaden is an average annual rainfall of 350 mm and less; the landscape consists of dense shrubland, bush bare hills. In more recent years, the Ogaden has suffered from erratic rainfall patterns, which has led to an increasing frequency of major droughts: in 1984–85; the inhabitants are predominantly ethnic Somalis, of 30 clans. The Ogaden of the Darod constitute one of the majority in the region, were enlisted in the Ogaden National Liberation Movement, That is why the region is associated with the Ogaden Clan.

However, this is disputed. Other Somali clans in the region are Isaaq, Issa, Massare and Jidle and Karanle Hawiye clans; the origin of the term Ogaden is unknown, however it is attributed to the Majority Somali clan of the same name referring only to their land, expanding to encompass most parts of the modern Somali Region of Ethiopia. During the new region's founding conference, held in Dire Dawa in 1992, the naming of the region became a divisive issue, because 30 Somali clans live in the Somali Region of Ethiopia; the ONLF sought to name the region ‘Ogadenia’, whilst the non-Ogadeni Somali clans who live in the same region opposed this move. As noted by Dr. Abdul Majid Hussein, the naming of the region where there are several Somali clans as ‘Ogadenia’ following the name of a single clan would have been divisive; the region was named the Somali region. An alternative etymology analyses the name as a combination of the Harari word ūga and Aden, a city in Yemen deriving from an ancient caravan route through the region connecting Harar to the Arabian Peninsula.

There are few historical texts written about the people who lived in what is known today as the Somali Region, sometimes referred to as The'Ogaden' region of Ethiopia. In its early history, The'Ogaden' was inhabited by a now extinct people. Harla are linked to the Somali Ogaden clan. In the ninth century Ogaden served as capital of the Makhzumi Dynasty. Ogaden was part of the Ifat Sultanate in the 13th and beginning of the 14th centuries AD; the borders of the sultanate extended to the Shewa - Addis Ababa area of Ethiopia. The Ifat Sultanate was succeeded by the Adal Sultanate. There was an ongoing conflict between the Adal Sultanate and the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia throughout this time. During the first half of the 16th century, most of Abyssinian territory was conquered and came under the rule of Adal, when Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, the leader of the Somali-dominated Adal's Army, took control. In the seventeenth century it became a tributary state of the Emirate of Harar. During the last quarter of the 19th century, the region was conquered by Menelik II of Abyssinia and Ethiopia solidified their claim by treaties in 1897.

I. M. Lewis argues a subtly different interpretation of this treaty, emphasising that "the lost lands in the Haud which were excised from the Protectorate were not, however ceded to Ethiopia". In practice, Ethiopia exerted little administrative control east of Jijiga until 1934 when an Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission attempted to demarcate the treaty boundary; this boundary is still disputed. In 1914, Iyasu V of Ethiopia appointed governor of Ogaden; the Italians annexed the region to Italian Somaliland in 1936 after their conquest of Ethiopia. Following their conquest of Italian East Africa, the British sought to let the [[Somali Region' be unified with British Somaliland and the former Italian Somaliland, to realize Greater Somalia, supported by many Somalis. Ethiopia unsuccessfully pleaded before the London Conference of the Allied Powers to gain the Ogaden and Eritrea in 1945, but their persistent negotiations and influence from the USA persuaded the British in 1948 to abandon all of the Ogaden to Ethiopia in 1954.

The British returned these last parts to Ethiopia in 1954. In the late 1970s, internal unrest in the'Ogaden' resumed; the Western Somali Liberation Front, spurred by Makhtal Dahir, used guerilla tactics to resist Ethiopian rule. Ethiopia and Somalia fought the Ogaden War over control of its peoples. In 2007, the Ethiopian Army launched a military crackdown in Ogaden after Ogaden rebels killed dozens of civilian staff workers and guards at an Ethiopian oil field; the main rebel group is the Ogaden National Liberation Front under its Chairman Mohamed O. Osman, fighting against the Ethiopian government; some Somalis who inhabit in the'Ogaden' claimed that Ethiopian military kill civilians, destroy the livelihood of many of the ethnic Somalis and commit crimes against the nomads in the region. However, testimony before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs revealed massive brutality and killings by the ONLF rebels, which the Ethiopian government labels "terrorists

Battle of Ramadi (2014–15)

The Battle of Ramadi called the Fall of Ramadi, was part of an ISIL offensive to capture all of the Anbar Province. Ramadi was one of the Iraqi government's last strongholds in Anbar, after ISIL's success in a previous campaign; the battle began in October 2014, drew to a close on 14 May 2015, as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant insurgents seized hold of government buildings. On 17 May, the Iraqi Army and special forces fled the city, with 500 civilians and security personnel dead. Ramadi is one of the biggest cities in Iraq, it was conquered by ISIL and its allies when fighting erupted in the Anbar Province. Following a counterattack by government forces, the Iraqi government recaptured most of the city by February 2014, all of it by March 2014; the claim was repeated again in May, in which the Anbar Police Chief said that "most" of the city was under their control. However, ISIL returned, had a presence in Ramadi by October 2014. On October 16, "Wilayat Anbar", ISIL's name for its faction in the Anbar Province, published a series of photos showing its presence in Ramadi.

It was stated by Long War Journal that ISIL was in control of 60% of Ramadi, that much of its southern districts and areas west and north of the city are contested or held by ISIL. The attack on Ramadi began after ISIL attacked the city from the west, they captured the village of Al Shujairiya, fired at government buildings in the central part of the city. ISIL militants pounded the city center with mortars, used car bombs to try to weaken government forces in the area. Security forces and tribal fighters launched a counterattack, stopped ISIL from advancing beyond their parts of the city; the Iraqis lost 20 soldiers and government forces called for reinforcements, while clashes continued in the city. The next day, Iraqi government fighters launched an operation to retake lost ground; the operation focused on recapturing the Sijariya neighborhood seized on Friday. One government official said that heavy fighting was continuing in the city, with both sides firing mortars at each other. During an Iraqi government counter-offensive, they discovered 25 dead men on the eastern edge of Ramadi from the Albu Fahd tribe, killed by ISIL.

A tribal leader, Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi, said that there were more than 25. The Ramadi–Habbaniya road was under ISIL control, but government forces aided tribal fighters who were battling with tanks to secure the area. Heavy fighting continued on November 23. Fierce battles took place between government forces and ISIL near the main government complex, which hosts the regional government and security headquarters; the battles were taking place about 1,000 feet away from the government complex. About 37 people were reported dead according to local authorities. On November 24, ISIL was 150 m away from the city center, government forces were reinforced with weapons from 5 planes that arrived in government-held areas of Ramadi; the heaviest fighting so far was occurring in downtown Ramadi, were the government complex was still held by Iraqi forces. ISIL seized the houses of Dulaimi tribe leaders, used them as attack bases. One government official said ISIL had a presence "in the centre of Ramadi from the eastern side and have taken control of the al-Mu'allimin district and the Haouz area in the centre."

Despite reported setbacks, Iraqi forces said the momentum was shifting in the favor of government forces. Iraqi forces, with the help the coalition airstrikes, managed to push back ISIL fighters in the city and take back a key military supply line. However, clashes continued in the eastern suburbs. On November 25, ISIL published a series of photos through Twitter that showed the fighting in Ramadi; some showed that ISIL captured M113 armored personnel carriers, used them to attack Iraqi forces and tribal fighters. On November 26, Iraqi forces said they repelled an ISIL offensive on the government complex, that the militants suffered heavy losses. Iraqi forces, supported by tribal fighters and airstrikes, repelled other attacks as well. Setbacks were reported for government forces, because during the night before, ISIL seized the Education Directorate and were less than 20 meters away from the complex; the Anbar Provincial Council issued a statement saying that the city could fall to ISIL within the next 24 hours.

Col. Hamid Shandukh said that government forces were defending the compound, the Governor of the Anbar Province said that "If we lose Anbar, that means we will lose Iraq. I will soon be with the tribes and the security forces in Anbar to fight". Heavy fighting continued on November 29 in the al-Hoz and Bakr districts. A police major said that clashes had been going on for hours, tribal leaders said they retook entrances that led to the al-Hoz district, they said that if military airstrikes continued they may able to take complete control of Ramadi. On December 2, Iraqi Security forces continued to repel attacks by ISIL forces on Ramadi; the attacks began when ISIL fighters tried to storm the city from three fronts, but tribal fighters in the northwestern Abu Risha fought back and repelled the assault. The clashes killed 2 Iraqi soldiers. Iraqi forces had prevented ISIL from reaching the government complex, as a result of airstrikes and increased security. However, Iraqi officials said. Despite that, the US said they hit an ISIL column near Ramadi, destroying a vehicle and a tactical unit.

On December 6, Iraqi forces foiled multiple ISIL attempts to capture the government complex. On December 8, the Iraqi Army claimed they made major advances in the Anbar Province, claimed t