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Darnell Chakita (right) won his first amateur MMA fight in Lethbridge April 16. He will be fighting at the same event in November.
Darnell Chakita (right) won his first amateur MMA fight in Lethbridge April 16. He will be fighting at the same event in November. Wendy Sloboda/Kaptive 8 Photography

Moosomin First Nation fighter looks for professional life in the cage

By Craig Beauchemin
May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm

Darnell Chakita wants to be a professional MMA fighter by 2020 and, if his first career amateur fight is any indication, he’s off to a successful start.

In a new video purportedly released Tuesday by Islamic State affiliate Abu Sayyaf, Canadian hostage John Ridsdel is beheaded.
In a new video purportedly released Tuesday by Islamic State affiliate Abu Sayyaf, Canadian hostage John Ridsdel is beheaded. YouTube

Hostages plead for life in new video released by Philippine terror group

By CKOM News Staff
May 3, 2016 - 10:30am

The militant group in the Philippines responsible for the murder of Yorkton's John Ridsdel have released video of three hostages, including Canadian Robert Hall.

Ridsdel, 68, was killed last week, and captors threaten the same fate if an $8-million ransom for each hostage is not paid.

Jane Zielke de Montbrun of the Canadian Mental Health Association (right) helps raise a flag at North Battleford City Hall.
Jane Zielke de Montbrun of the Canadian Mental Health Association (right) helps raise a flag at North Battleford City Hall. Geoff Smith/battlefordsNOW staff

Local mental health advocates still working to overcome stigma

By paNOW Staff
May 2, 2016 - 12:29pm

Progress continues to be made to increase awareness of mental health issues, but organizers of a week of events planned for the Battlefords said there is still work left to be done.

Noreen Wensley, 57, was a music teacher and piano player in Saskatoon.
Noreen Wensley, 57, was a music teacher and piano player in Saskatoon. Noreen Wensley/Facebook

Saskatoon woman dies during triathlon in Kelowna, B.C.

By CKOM News
May 2, 2016 - 10:35am

Friends and family are mourning after a Saskatoon woman, 57, died during a triathlon over the weekend.   

Noreen Wensley, a local music teacher and piano player, was taking part in the swimming portion of the Cherry Blossom Triathlon in Kelowna, B.C. when she went into cardiac arrest.

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