It came after there was a widespread search for the missing teenager earlier today. Despite being warned about the dangers of swimming in the quays many people still flocked to the area as temperatures hit over 30C in the north west.
Police were called at around 4.40pm and recovered the unnamed man’s body from the water around three hours later.
Paramedic vehicles from the North West Ambulance Service arrived just before 8:15pm.
The 19-year-old hasn’t been named and an investigation is underway into the death, with a file being passed to the coroner.
Announcing the sad news, the force tweeted: “Sadly, despite a rescue operation at Salford Quays this evening, a 19-year-old man has lost his life.
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“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.”
Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: “Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.
“Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can’t see below the surface of what could be very cold water.”
Many people claiming to have witnessed the tragic incident voiced their concerns about there being no lifeguards stationed at the quays.
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One person tweeted: “This was horrifying to witness. Please work with the council to have water supervision during this hot weather.
“I am from Belfast and they have the rescue service, lifeguards along the water every year after a big music festival.
“Young people just don’t see the danger.”
Another person tweeted: “This is so sad. But what is even sadder is that after this had happened, there were still lots of people jumping in the canal.
“Salford and Greater Manchester Police were trying to move people on and asked for a bit of privacy and were getting loads of abuse. So sad.”
A third wrote: “This is so sad. I see everyone enjoying themselves in the quays every weekend when the sun is shining.
“Just take care everyone when you are in the water. You never know what’s underneath. RIP my friend.”
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service assisted the police.
It’s not clear what the alternative plans will be for the torch if it is removed from public streets in Tokyo.
TOKYO, Japan — Some stages of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay will be pulled off the roads of the Japanese capital because of fears about spreading the coronavirus, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.
Citing the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Kyodo said the relay would not appear on public streets from July 9-16. Kyodo said organizers would decide on the format for the relay from July 17 until the opening ceremony on July 23.
The relay began in March in northeastern Japan. It has faced numerous detours, scaled back programs, and has been run at times only in public park spaces to avoid spreading the virus.
Tokyo is under a quasi-state of emergency until July 11 with infection cases rising again. Tokyo confirmed 476 new cases on Tuesday, up from 435 last Tuesday. It the 10th straight day that cases were higher than they were seven days previously.
Japan has attributed about 14,500 deaths to COVID-19, better than many countries but not as good as some Asian neighbors.
It’s not clear what the alternative plans will be for the torch if it is removed from public streets in Tokyo.
Initial plans called for 10,000 runners to crisscross Japan for 121 days, winding up at the new National Stadium on July 23.
The relay is heavily sponsored by Coca-Cola and Toyota. Some suggested canceling the relay to save money after the Olympics were postponed 15 months ago, but any such plans were quickly scrapped.
Shocking footage has captured the moment a tornado tore through a residential street in Barking, east London causing widespread chaos and destruction. The rare weather event struck in the area shortly after 8pm on Friday evening causing people to shelter indoors as flying debris damaged cars and homes.
One shocked resident captured the “twister” on camera with the high winds sending trees flying across the road.
Wheelie bins, rubbish and roof tiles can be seen being hurled about by the force of the gale.
Elsewhere the extreme weather caused garden walls to collapse leaving only piles of bricks still standing.
Sky News’ Kiran Bhangal tweeted: “Just experienced a tornado in Barkingeast London.”
Barking and Dagenham Police said in a statement: “Police were called at around 1920hrs to reports of damage caused to roofs, electrical equipment, street furniture and vehicles in Hulse Avenue and some surrounding roads in the Barking area.
“This is a weather-related incident, during which there was a lightning strike.”
It comes as thunderstorms and heavy rains have hit northeast London and Kent.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the area with residents advised to expect some flooding and travel disruption.
Tornadoes considered rare in the UK but can occur yearly, according to the Met Office,
The Met Office website states: “Around 30 tornadoes a year are reported in the UK.
“These are typically small and short-lived.
“But can cause structural damage if they pass over built-up areas.”
Cilla Black once revealed she always wanted to grace the stage with her talents. While she wasn’t born into much money or notoriety, she was born in Liverpool at the same time as The Beatles. Throughout their teenage years the two acts crossed paths, but it wasn’t until John Lennon and co hit the stage when Cilla found her way into stardom.
In her youth, Cilla worked at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool as a cloakroom girl.
This was the famous venue that The Beatles played at regularly during the early 1960s before finding worldwide fame.
During this time Cilla crossed paths with the band – and many others – all the time, but they did not yet know the talent she possessed.
Between sets, the young star would pester bands to let her up on stage with them to sing alongside their instruments.
The support from Cilla’s friends was so strong that they would start chanting her name through the performances of other bands.
Recalling the first time she had performed on stage in her autobiography, Cilla said: “Egged on by my friend Pauline, the audience were yelling my name and it was John Lennon who got fed up with it first.
“Pretending he hadn’t heard my name right, he said wearily: ‘OK, Cyril, what song d’you wanna do?’”
Cilla wrote that she “didn’t need asking twice”.
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Cilla said: “It was at the Majestic in Birkenhead, with The Beatles backing me.”
The young starlet decided to perform Summertime once again, hoping it would be enough to impress Brian.
It was, and the Beatles’ manager went on to sign her onto his label, beginning the rest of her career.
The star had always wanted to be a singer from a young age.
Cilla wrote in her autobiography: “It took me all of 20 seconds to discover the echo [in the bathroom].
“With a toothbrush for a mic, I’d sing at the top of my voice. Why Do Fools Fall In Love was a favourite. By this time, I was convinced I had a talent that one day would be recognised.
“And I was in a helluva hurry for it. I wanted to make a fortune, have the big car, the grand house, the fabulous jewellery. I wanted everyone to adore me.”
Canelo Alvarez moved a step closer to becoming the undisputed king of the super-middleweight division after Billy Joe Saunders was forced to retire on his stool with a suspected broken orbital bone. There were shades of Kell Brook’s serious eye injuries from his wars with Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence Jr when Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs waved off the fight in the corner after the right round.
Saunders had played his part in a closely-contested chess match up until the turning point and was arguably ahead on the scorecards when Canelo really turned on the style and pushed hard for the knockout that his team and the people of Mexico so desperately craved.
It was a thunderous uppercut that changed the complexion of the bout as Saunders staggered around the ring preparing for an onslaught that never followed as the matador Canelo taunted his rival, waving around his arms and revelling in the suffering of his opponent.
Despite the savagely persistent work to the body from Canelo, it was that one very punch that sucked all life out of Saunders as he struggled to regain momentum and throw any punches of his own as he bobbed and weaved to buy some precious time.
And the damage to Saunders’ eye was evident as soon as the camera panned to his corner when it soon became clear that this fight would not be going the distance.
Seconds later, the contest was waved off as Canelo climbed onto his trainer Eddy Reynoso’s shoulders to celebrate yet another victory on Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of a sell-out crowd at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Now the pound-for-pound king, who successfully navigated the mind games and tremendous skill of Saunders, will have all eyes on Caleb Plant as he looks to collect the final IBF strap and become the first-ever undisputed champion at 168lbs.
For Saunders, this was a fight that proved he belongs at the highest level yet as always, there will be questions asked of his champion spirit after he was pulled out of the fight, particularly after he previously claimed he would not quit as Daniel Dubois did following a similar eye injury against Joe Joyce last November.
Saunders took the fight to Canelo from the sound of the first bell as he looked to claim the centre of the ring, flicking his jab while moving his feet.
The Mexican was clear he would not be bullied, cracking in several thunderous body shots as he backed Saunders up onto ropes. Saunders hastily manoeuvred himself out of the firing line.
Canelo really started to assert himself in the second round and a series of thumping right hands were met by a thunderous roar from the 73,000 spectators inside the AT&T Stadium. The Mexican crowd wanted blood.
A pattern was quickly emerging in this fight and there appeared to be a stark contrast in punch power, something that was laid bare in the third round when a right hook from Canelo – that would have knocked most off their feet – found the target. Saunders shook his head and smiled.
After his gum shield was nearly blown out by an uppercut in the fourth, Saunders began to find his rhythm as he let his hands go.
The confidence was oozing from the fluid Saunders in the fifth, as he began to up the tempo, landing a double jab and overhand left on the break, in his best round of the fight so far.
Saunders now felt in control as he revved up the crowd at the start of round six before waving on Canelo and dangling his tongue at his opponent, who was looking to claw back momentum amid the power shift.
The 31-year-old was continuing to replicate the movement and elements of Erislandy Lara’s game plan in one of Canelo’s closest fights to date, as Saunders continued to use his jab and move around the 22ft ring that he’d campaigned so desperately for.
Canelo, who predicted a knockout in round eight or nine was now going for the throat as the crowd demanded punishment.
Following a series of successful right hands, it was Canelo’s electric uppercut that buzzed Saunders, leaving him with a suspected fractured orbital bone.
His legs remained strong but Saunders was evidently hurt as he looked to clear his head and refind his mojo but it was clear the Mexican was not going to let him off the hook as he looked to close the show in devastating fashion.
But, the swelling was so significant that Saunders’ corner felt there was no other option but to pull him out of the fight to prevent further and potentially life-changing damage.
Saunders was visibly distraught a short while after as he was captured with a towel over his head as he waited to climb into the back of an ambulance to a local hospital, as his team pushed away the cameras. This was sadly not his night despite moments of huge promise.
Fixed issue with pre-order suits occasionally blocking item collection and door opening.
Fixed incorrect healing behaviour when resting in Helios.
Configuration changes to increase the number of scout corpses available in all biomes.
Fixed issues with certain custom controller mappings.
Numerous minor fixes and improvements.
However, since posting these patch notes, the development team has confirmed that they have been forced to pull the latest Returnal update.
This is due to gamers being affected by a corrupted save error, which highlights the problems through a CE-100028-1 error code.
Since this problem was highlighted by fans, the latest PS5 Returnal patch has been removed and will be replaced by another in the coming hours.
A message from Housemarque explains the current situation, telling gamers that those who have been affected by today’s problems will have to re-download Returnal.
“Patch 1.3.3 has been pulled and we are reverting back to 1.3.1 until it’s fixed. We are fixing the issue now and a new patch will be published in a few hours,” Housemarque told gamers on Twitter today.
“All users affected by the 1.3.3 need to re-download the game. Our sincerest apologies.
“Q: How do we know we are affected? A: You’ll get the CE-100028-1 error popup. Just wait for the next patch coming soon if you’re not sure. So to be safe, don’t start the game before the upcoming patch is available and downloaded.”
It’s unclear when the new Rertunal update will be made available to download but it appears gamers will have access to it on Thursday, May 6.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced he would not throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Texas Rangers’ home opening game and would boycott any other Major League Baseball events, citing the league’s decision to pull its All-Star Game from Georgia in response to new voting restrictions there.
In a letter to a top Texas Rangers executive, Abbott said he had been “looking forward to” tossing out the first pitch “— until [MLB] adopted what has turned out to be a false narrative about the election law reforms in Georgia.”
“It is shameful that America’s pastime is not only being influenced by partisan political politics, but also perpetuating false political narratives,” Abbott said, adding that he “will not participate in an event held by MLB, and the state will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other MLB special events.”
The MLB announced Friday it was moving the All-Star Game out of suburban Atlanta, saying the league “fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last month signed a new law that shrinks the window for voters to request absentee ballots, imposes new voter ID requirements and bans the handing out of water and food to people waiting in line to vote.
The national uproar over the Georgia law is coming as legislation advances in the Texas Legislature to further crack down on voting in Texas. Abbott and other state GOP leaders have championed those proposals, which last week prompted public opposition from corporate giants including American Airlines and Dell Technologies.
The movement against the Texas bills is not slowing down. On Monday afternoon, top Houston-area elected officials, including city Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, are set to hold a news conference to blast the election bills. They are expected to be joined by local business leaders as well.
The Rangers’ home opener was already drawing national attention before Abbott announced Monday he was shunning the first pitch. The Rangers’ Globe Life Field in Arlington is the only MLB stadium opening at full capacity on opening day, a move made possible by Abbott’s decision last month to lift most statewide coronavirus restrictions. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called it a “mistake” for the Rangers to open the stadium at 100% capacity.
In his letter to Neil Leibman, the Rangers’ president of business operations and chief operating officer, Abbott said his decision to skip the first pitch “does not diminish the deep respect I have for the Texas Rangers baseball organization.”
“I wish the team great success this season,” Abbott said.
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Is it even worth doing a spoiler warning for an article that literally has the word “twist” in the title? I will anyway, just in case: This article will contain spoilers for both Game of Thrones and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, as well as probably some of the other Ace Attorney games, but none of the ones that were released in the past few years because I don’t remember their plots quite as well.
Alright, now it’s just us, let’s get down to spoilers business. If you’ve read any of my “What Are You Playing” entries, you may know that my partner is currently playing through the Ace Attorney trilogy, and I – an avid and extremely irritating fan of the series – am watching along. He’s at the end of the second game, Justice For All, already, so he’s already proved Maya innocent, proved Edgeworth innocent, and proved himself innocent, because Ace Attorney loves a good bit of drama.
Now, a small disclaimer before I continue: my first Ace Attorney game was Justice For All, which was not by choice – I just picked it up without realising it was a sequel. But, accidentally, I had stumbled into a plot point: by the second game, Mia Fey, Phoenix’s mentor, is dead.
But not dead dead. Just mostly dead. In fact, you spend just as much time with her ghost as you ever did with flesh-and-bones Mia, thanks to the Fey family’s patented Spirit Channeling Technique. Never mind that it’s extremely weird to see the rather well-endowed body of your deceased adult mentor physically inhabiting the eight-year-old body of her young cousin – at least Mia still gets to help you, since Phoenix is a pretty awful lawyer in his first few court cases.
Unfortunately, playing the second game first meant that when I played the first game second, it wasn’t as much of a blow to find Mia murdered in only the second case. Sorry, that was a really confusing sentence, wasn’t it? Anyway, I had barely even gotten my head around how to be an attorney before the only other person I knew was bonked over the head to death. Watching my partner play through the game let me vicariously experience that moment as it was meant to be experienced, and what a twist it was.
Mia’s sudden and unexpected death is the very beginning of the series-long lesson that Ace Attorney is trying to teach its players: never take anything for granted.
As a pretty incredible illustration of my point, when my partner was playing the Matt Engarde case – one of my favourites – I asked him who he thought was the murderer early on. “Well,” he said, “I know it’s not Matt Engarde, because he’s my client, so he has to be innocent.” I had to stifle an evil chuckle, because that case is one of my favourites precisely because of the way it throws your expectations in the bin.
At the point of the Matt Engarde case, Ace Attorney knows you’ve become complacent, and it knows that you’re beginning to think you’re clever for seeing the metagame – the framework of the design, the way the game works. It’s lulled you into a false sense of security, and it’s only when you break Engarde’s Psyche-Locks that the real villain is revealed, under his façade of himbo-like innocence.
The moment when a character “breaks” – usually on the witness stand, where you tie them in so many knots that they finally, finally give up – is so pivotal to the Ace Attorney series that each one has a totally unique, memorable animation. And while some cases are straightforward – especially the first case of each game, which are usually as gentle as murder trials can be – many of Ace Attorney’s plots involve undermining at least one of the things you think you know.
People come back from the dead. Lawyers are secretly murderers. The mild-mannered chap that you’d never suspect turns out to be the one who dunnit. And characters you thought you’d never see again return with alarming frequency, often to reveal that they’re someone’s mum (seriously, that happens a lot).
Of course, it makes sense for a murder mystery game to be more packed with twists than a bag of fusilli, but still – the point of a twist is that you never see it coming. Game of Thrones was praised for that bit where they killed Ned, and set up the next few seasons perfectly in the process: killing the guy who seemed like the main character is such a very cool way to show the audience that absolutely nothing is sacred. Don’t go getting attached to anyone!
I do want to address the elephant in the room – well, it’s quite a small elephant, since some of you probably weren’t thinking this, so it’s more of a… llama in the room. Mia’s death does fall into the trope of “fridging”, a reference to “Women In Refrigerators”, a term coined by writer Gail Simone in 1999. The trope is a general name for the often-seen practice of women being killed (or kidnapped, or abused, etc. etc. etc.) to further the story or abilities of the male protagonist, reducing a female character to little more than a plot device.
Fridging isn’t great representation for women in media, and it’s so prevalent in video games that it has its own page on TVTropes – but Mia doesn’t stay in the fridge, making her a little different. Again, it’s really creepy that the artists drew her ample bosom in the outfit/body of an actual child, but she stays as strong, powerful, and utterly unfazed by her own murder as she ever was. She’s a better lawyer than Phoenix by far, which is made evident by the way he looks to her for help in almost every case in the trilogy. She gets her revenge on everyone who’s ever hurt her, or her family. She’s an absolute boss.
Mia’s death was the start of Phoenix Wright’s journey, and it’s a shame they killed her off so quickly, but her triumphant (and speedy) return as Ghost Advisor makes it clear that she was just too good to let go. If only Game of Thrones had brought back Ned Stark as a ghost… well, none of the plot would have happened, but still, it would have been pretty cool.
I look forward to every new Ace Attorney game (though it’s been a while since the last one) because I know it’s going to set me up and then knock me over. I absolutely love it. No objections here.