The New York Times
ANGLE INLET, Minn. — On the Northwest Angle, a small patch of Minnesota connected to the rest of the United States only by water, it feels like the coronavirus shutdown never ended. But the empty cabins, boatless marinas and out-of-work fishing guides are not the result of some lockdown imposed by Minnesota’s governor. Nor do they indicate an acute fear of the virus. (Many residents are already vaccinated, and pretty much nobody wears a mask.) Instead, in the second walleye season of the pandemic, U.S. businesses on the Angle remain largely cut off from their American customers because of a geographical quirk, a foreign government and a gravel road through Manitoba. “It starts to feel very oppressive,” said Lisa Goulet, who along with her husband, Jason, owns Angle Outpost Resort, where there were no customers early last week. “I don’t know if I want to live like this. I don’t know if it’s really worth it.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Getting to the Angle, which has about 100 full-time residents and an economy consisting of little other than tourism, has always required some extra effort. There is only one road in, and driving there from the Minnesota mainland requires a 41-mile detour through rural Canada. Those wanting to avoid the border crossing have to charter a seaplane or take a boat across the olive-colored waves on the Lake of the Woods, which can be dangerous in a small fishing vessel and cost at least $150 round trip in a professionally piloted one. An ice road that offered a two-month respite from the border headaches has long since melted. Over the decades, the small, family-owned resorts on the Angle cultivated loyal followings of American visitors who tolerated the chore of clearing customs in Canada and then again in the United States so they could enjoy world-class fishing, pine-scented forests and a level of solitude offered by few other places in the Lower 48. But that solitude, more evident than ever, is no longer such an asset. Canada’s continued COVID prohibition on American leisure travelers — even those whose final destination is in the United States — has crippled Angle businesses, upended family traditions and eroded decades of cross-border goodwill in ways that seem likely to reverberate long after the pandemic. As pleas from Minnesota’s congressional delegation for a tourism exemption on the Angle go unheeded, resort owners and fishing guides are seeking part-time jobs, canceling another summer of bookings and, in some cases, rethinking their relationship with a foreign country they can see from their docks. “I didn’t think Canada would ever take this position,” said Paul Colson, whose family has since 1945 owned Jake’s Northwest Angle, where boat slips are empty this spring and cabins unrented. “You know, it’s not defendable. Doesn’t make sense. Doesn’t follow any science.” The Northwest Angle, which owes its existence to treaties negotiated when maps of the region were imprecise, has been the subject of diplomatic tangles before. Canada and Britain tried without success to purchase the area back from the United States in the 1800s. And just a generation ago, a trade dispute known as the “Walleye Wars” broke out over whether guests of U.S. resorts could keep fish caught in Canadian waters, inspiring some talk of secession. But in a place where both U.S. and Canadian flags can be spotted along the roadside and where many people have friends and relatives on both sides of the line, this latest dispute feels different. More personal. More painful. The border, long permeable, has suddenly hardened. The few visitors who still arrive are no longer allowed to fish in Canadian waters, an area many fishermen prefer. And ideas for a compromise — an international travel corridor, perhaps, or a pilot car to escort tourists to the Angle without coming in contact with Canadians — have not yet gained traction. Officials at the U.S. State Department declined to speak specifically about the Angle and would not say whether they had pressed Canada for concessions there. Every passing day costs the business owners more money. In a region where summer weather is fleeting and where snow flurries can appear even in late May, there is little time left to save this tourism season. “This is absolutely urgent. I don’t think that all of them can survive a second summer of no business,” said Rep. Michelle Fischbach, a Republican who represents the Angle in Congress and who sent a letter this month to Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, asking for the restrictions to be loosened. Although Canada relaxed its rules recently to allow full-time Angle residents to travel to mainland Minnesota to shop for groceries and other essentials without producing a negative COVID-19 test, tourists and part-time Angle residents, including those who own cabins but only stay in them during the summer, are still not allowed in. A senior Canadian diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive and fast-moving issue, said officials in that country were sympathetic to the plight of Angle businesses and expressed optimism that restrictions might be loosened for vaccinated travelers later in the summer. Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, said in a statement that she had discussed the Northwest Angle with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., but Hillman gave no timeline on when that border might more fully reopen. “With the Angle, given the small numbers there you’re dealing with, I think there’s some unwillingness to look at making exceptions,” Klobuchar said of the Canadians. “And I really think they have to look at this uniquely.” Now is the time when the Angle usually comes alive. In a typical year, locals say, boat traffic jams would be forming in the marina at Young’s Bay, and visitors would be snapping photos next to the brightly painted sign noting the Angle’s status as the northernmost point in the contiguous 48 states. But there is no wait for a table these days at Jerry’s Bar and Restaurant, the only eatery on the Angle, and no one is lining up to use the phone booths where visitors who cross the border must report their whereabouts to customs agents. Some resorts have not had a customer since ice fishing season. Throughout the Angle, where black bears and deer graze along dusty roads, residents speak of disrupted lives: funerals on the mainland missed, jobs lost, travel plans canceled. There is a growing feeling of helplessness, too, a sense that neither country cares enough about their predicament to do much about it. “We’ve been forgotten; we’ve been abandoned,” said Doug Freitag, a retiree who has been looking after the cabins of neighbors who are not able to visit and whose wife lost her income as a housekeeper at local resorts. “The U.S. isn’t doing enough to give us our rights as citizens for free passage. The Canadians are treating us like we’re a very unique group of people that they don’t quite know how to deal with.” When the United States and Canada decided last year to close down the border to traffic deemed nonessential, many Angle residents said they were sympathetic, even supportive. But as the closure stretched from weeks to months, patience grew thin. “They’re just prolonging the problem, thinking that they’re going to stop COVID,” said Andy Lundbohm, a fishing guide on the Angle for more than 20 years who took on more taxidermy work to make up for lost income. Klobuchar, Fischbach and some other American politicians have also pressed for a broader reopening of the border. But many Canadians remain deeply skeptical about allowing more international travel, and officials there have faced domestic pressure to keep restrictions in place. Some of the tension lies in the two countries’ very different approaches to the pandemic. In the United States, businesses have reopened; domestic tourism has resumed; vaccines are plentiful; and, with case numbers plummeting, fully vaccinated Americans have been advised that they do not need masks in most settings. In other parts of Minnesota, including other portions of the Lake of the Woods, which has more square miles of water across the two countries than Rhode Island has land, fishing resorts are booming. But in Canada, which has far fewer total cases per capita than the United States, the recent virus outlook has been less encouraging, and business restrictions have remained in place across much of the country. Manitoba has been identifying new cases at a faster pace than any other state or province, and the vaccination campaign in Canada has moved much more slowly. Although roughly half of both Americans and Canadians have received an initial dose of a vaccine, only about 5% of people in Canada are fully vaccinated, compared to about 40% of people in the United States. James Cudmore, a spokesperson for Canada’s minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said in a statement that the uptick in vaccinations made an eventual loosening of regulations possible but that “the decision on when and how to reopen the border will be made in Canada, with the best interest of Canadians as our top priority.” At the Angle Outpost Resort, where geese huddled near the choppy water on a recent afternoon as Goulet mowed, it was already shaping up to be another rough summer. Bookings were down, cancellations were still rolling in, and uncertainty over when and if the border might reopen made it difficult to reschedule customers. Goulet was planning another trip to North Dakota, where he has been working in construction to make up some of his lost income from the resort. And at a time when many Americans had returned to a relatively normal routine, the family had grown exhausted with trying to convince Canadian border guards that each trip down to the mainland met that country’s definition of essential. “We’re in a corral,” Goulet said. “Or a prison cell.” This article originally appeared in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company
Stone Ocean Announces English Dub Cast
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has made its big comeback, and fans are ready to meet Jolyne in a whole new light. The anime has put out its first episodes of Stone Ocean, and the series is already being met with rave reviews online. Of course, the fandom has known the show’s Japanese cast for months, but the dub has kept quiet. That is, until now as the cast has been announced.
The update cameits first twelve episodes on Netflix. Fans were given the chance to check out the English dub then, and it was there they learned Kira Buckland is playing Jolyne Cujoh. The star then took to Twitter to celebrate and thank fans for all their support.
“For the past 8 years, I have hoped that this moment would one day come. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but… It is the biggest honor of my life to be the English voice of JOLYNE CUJOH in JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: STONE OCEAN. My dream has finally come true,” Buckland wrote.
The actress is joined by a slew of all-star talent in Stone Ocean. Casey Mangillo commented on his role as the Pokemon voice actor is playing Emporio Alnino. Tiana Camacho has been cast as Ermes Costello, and they are understandably hyped for the gig.
“I have been given the official okay to announce that I voice Ermes Costello in the English dub of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. Playing her has been the biggest challenge and honor of my career so far. I love her endlessly, and I hope you do too,” they wrote.
Of course, a slew of other stars have joined the impressive cast of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. Brittany Lauda is voicing F.F. while Clifford Chapin oversees Romeo Jisso. And if you were curious about Father Enrico Pucci, the character is being played by Yong Yea. As the show moves forward, you can expect even more dub legends to join the cast, and JoJo lovers are curious to see how these gigs play out.
What do you make of Stone Ocean‘s big debut? Will you be watching the series subbed or dubbed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter @.
Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date, battle pass, latest news
The Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date is nearly here, which means you’ll be seeing plenty of new content in the paid Vanguard game and the freebie that is CoD Warzone.
Indeed, there’s not long to wait before it’s all going to change in Call of Duty, with players about to see Warzone undergo quite the transformation to match up with the recently released Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Among the many changes on the way are a brand new Call of Duty Warzone map, but that will be just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect when this huge update goes live.
While there will no doubt be many surprises that Activision has up its sleeve when Call of Duty Vanguard season 1 launches, we are getting more and more information as the days go by.
So, for all that we know about Call of Duty Vanguard season 1, including when we get to play it, here is all we know so far.
Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date
The Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 release date is set for Thursday 9th December 2021, and so we only have a matter of days to go before the update lands and we can explore everything for ourselves.
Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 launch time
What time will Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 be released? Good question and we have what looks to be the answer. The new map is said to be available at 5pm GMT on 9th December so it stands to reason that will also be the start time for Vanguard season 1.
If that is the case, here are the other regional unlock times to look out for:
- UK: 5pm GMT
- Europe: 6pm CEST
- East Coast US: 9am EST
- West Coast US: 12pm PST
Is there a Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 roadmap?
There is! The above image shows you what the plans are for the start of Vanguard Season 1 and, as you can see, Activision is not taking things slowly when it starts and we will have a ton to do when we get to play it.
The roadmap tells us that the launch of CoD Vanguard Season 1 will bring new maps, modes, weapons and gear to Call of Duty: Vanguard as well as new zombies updates.
Also during Season 1, Vanguard-themed content in Warzone will include the new Caldera map, a new Rebirth Island map and some new combat vehicles, so there will be plenty of stuff to enjoy whether you’re a paying Vanguard customer or just a fan of the freebies on Warzone.
What new weapons will be in Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1?
While there will be new operatives and many other fresh things, all we have an idea about at the moment is a selection of the new weapons that are hotly rumoured to be added to the game thanks to.
- M1944 Hyde: SMG
- Well Gun: SMG
- PTRS-41: Sniper Rifle
- Nun-Chucks: Melee
- Barong Escrima: Melee
As for everything else coming, including what’s next for zombies, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.
What do we know about the Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass?
While there is still plenty to be revealed, we do know a few exciting details about the Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass.
Activision stated on the: “When Season One launches on December 8, all Warzone players can gain access to everything that Vanguard brought to the arsenal and barracks.”
This includes 40 weapons, comprised of the “core 38 weapons from Vanguard’s launch, plus two free functional weapons in the Season One Battle Pass”.
Activision confirmed that “these can be personalized with unlocked camouflage, and every ballistics-based weapon can be further customized with up to 10 attachments through the Gunsmith”.
Activision also promised “more than a dozen operators”, teasing them like so: “Each of the Operators from S.O.T.F. 002–005 are ready to drop in alongside Special Operations Task Force 006 arriving this season…”
Does Vanguard Season 1 have cross-progression with Warzone?
Yes, Vanguard Season 1 will have cross-progression with Warzone. As Activision promised in its aforementioned blog post: “At the start of the season, cross-progression between Vanguard and Warzone will be enabled, allowing you to rank up through Seasonal Prestige and unlock new content through the Battle Pass and Challenges.”
The blog post added: “Also, expect the Store in both games to contain new Bundles featuring Vanguard content.”
There will also be calling cards, emblems and more ways to “show off your progress in Vanguard since launch to everyone in Warzone.”
Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 trailer
If you want a Call of Duty Vanguard Season 1 trailer then you are in luck as one was just released. Here it is below and it should give you an idea of what to expect when you first set foot on Caldera.
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