first_img “We asked cancer health professionals and patients to list the books about cancer they considered must-reads,” said Meg McCallum, provincial manager, Education and Patient Navigation at Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Members of Nova Scotia Cancer Patient Education Committee reviewed the books health professionals and patients suggested and quickly agreed on six titles.” Patients and families often have questions and information needs beyond their disease and treatment details. Having books available in libraries throughout the province gives people another option for information. “I’ve been diagnosed with three different cancers and I know how important it is to have good information,” said George Beck, patient advisor, Nova Scotia Cancer Patient Education Committee. “Some patients and families will turn to the Internet for information. Some will reach out to other patients or family and friends, and others may not feel comfortable reaching out to anyone.” The provincial library works with Nova Scotia’s 79 public libraries, providing leadership and support to ensure libraries continue to offer services that enrich lives and communities. “Public libraries have long been navigators of information that helps people get on with their lives, whether through fiction or non-fiction,” said Jennifer Evans, provincial librarian. “This collection well serves people with cancer and their families through a variety of topics that are vital to their well-being.” Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a Department of Health and Wellness program, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. After you Ring the Bell… Ten Key Challenges for the Cancer Survivor Man Cancer Sex The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook The Healing Journey – Overcoming the Crisis of Cancer When a Parent is Sick – Helping Parents Explain Serious Illness to Children Woman Cancer Sex Cancer Care Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library have partnered to make six new books about cancer available at all 79 provincial libraries. The book titles include:last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Canadian drama Mary Kills People is heading to the UK after British broadcaster Channel 4 acquired the thriller from eOne. The deal is a life of series agreement for the show, which originally launched on Global in Canada in 2017.The show, which has been sold to more than 110 territories around the world, follows Dr. Mary Harris, played by Caroline Dhavernas, an overworked single mother and ER doctor, who lives a double life helping terminally ill patients with assisted deaths. She has managed to stay under the radar but her double life gets complicated and when her world starts to unravel, Mary realizes she’s going to have to fight dirty if she’s going to stay in the killing game. Jay Ryan stars as Joel, one of Mary’s terminally ill clients, but a mutual attraction blurs the lines of their doctor-patient relationship and Richard Short plays Des, Mary’s trusted partner in crime. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are warning users of the classifieds section on fsjnow.com after a scammer has been targetting local users.On June 5 and 6, 2019, the RCMP received multiple reports of the fraudulent scam.  Victims of the scam report that someone identifying themselves as “Jennifer Brooks,” contacted multiple people selling items on the website.The scammer would then send a cheque for a significant amount of money over what the seller was asking.  Once the seller received the cheque, the scammer would text them, asking that they return the overpaid amount back to “Brooks” through an electronic transfer. The cheques appear real and have the information from a legitimate painting company in Vancouver. However, the cheques themselves are fraudulent.The Fort St John RCMP want to warn the public that if someone pays you with a cheque that has a larger amount than the agreed upon amount, and asks for the difference to be electronically transferred back, this is likely a fraudulent scam.  Don’t cash the cheque or transfer the funds back to the sender.Click for additional information on online buying and selling scams.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.calast_img read more

Rabat – Moroccan kickboxing star Badr Hari inaugurated the Mohamed Abed Al-Jabri School, located in his hometown Kenitra on Friday. Pictures of the Moroccan champion sharing moments of joy with the pupils of the Abed Al-Jabri school have gone viral on social media in recent days. Hari’s funding for the school expansion is his first philanthropic act in the kingdom:  in 2015, Hari donated 200 sheep to needy families in conjunction with Aid Al Adha. This latest project from the Badr Hari Association covered an expansion of 12 new classrooms and “a playground where students can enjoy sports and fun activities,” according to the association.With over than 450 pupils, the school had only six classrooms prior to Hari’s intervention.The champion’s successes continue to add up in the ring: on March 3, the “Golden Boy” beat Hesday Gerges in a rematch that fans had been anticipating for nearly eight years. After his victory, the “Golden Boy” dedicated his win to Morocco, crying “Morocco I love you.” read more

The United Nations today honoured aid workers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, marking the tenth anniversary of the attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, and the World Humanitarian Day inspired by that tragic event. “We commemorate their sacrifice and reaffirm our commitment to the life-saving work that humanitarians carry out around the world, every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances where others cannot or do not want to go,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the memorial participants ahead of a minute of silence for the 22 people killed in Iraq on 19 August 2003, as well as the 30 other UN colleagues killed in the past 10 months. “Our blue flag may be tattered at times. Already this year, more of our colleagues have been killed than in all of 2012,” Mr. Ban said, adding that the most meaningful tribute to the spirit of those killed is to carry on their work. Earlier in the morning at a wreath laying ceremony in New York, Mr. Ban met with some families and friends of UN colleagues and partners killed in Baghdad in 2003, including relatives of Special Representative Sergio Vieira de Mello. In Mr. de Mello’s home country of Brazil, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos participated in a series of events to mark the senior UN official’s legacy. “Today is a day of mixed emotions for everyone involved in humanitarian work,” Ms. Amos said. “We remember those we lost in Baghdad, and we remember all aid workers who have lost their lives. But in their memory, we also celebrate the humanitarian spirit.”To harness the worldwide expression of goodwill, the World Humanitarian Day campaign this year launched ‘The World Needs More ___’ campaign that seeks to turn people’s words into real support for communities affected by humanitarian crises.‘The World Needs More__’ campaign enables leading international brands to sponsor a word they believe the world could use more of. Between 19 August and 24 September, people can “unlock” money pledged by these brands by sharing the sponsored words through social media, SMS or through the campaign website worldhumanitarianday.org.Every time a sponsored word is shared, $1 will be unlocked and go towards aid efforts in the world’s most underfunded humanitarian crises. The campaign is a collaborative effort between the UN Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and advertising agency Leo Burnett New York.Senior officials and celebrities are taking place in the campaign. Mr. Ban chose the word “teamwork” noting that “in a time of global challenges, people and countries need to work together in common cause for peace, justice, dignity and development.”Ms. Amos said, “It is clear that the world needs more #Humanity.” She added that as humanitarian needs grow, if the UN and its partners are to meet those rising needs, it must keep engaging with new partners and supporters. “This campaign is a chance to do that.”In a video interview launched for the campaign, singer Beyoncé, who last year filmed a World Humanitarian Day video in the General Assembly Hall, elaborated on what the Day means to her. She said the world needs more empowered men and women and so will be championing #TheWorldNeedsMore #Strength.The UN and its partners are holding World Humanitarian Day events in more than 50 cities around the world.In Baghdad, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman participated in a memorial service that included tree planting and a minute of silence in remembrance of “cherished” colleagues and staff members. “Our ongoing work today here in Iraq is the best possible tribute to those who perished ten years ago,” said Mr. Feltman, adding that Iraq is at another crossroads and condemning the daily acts of terrorism and sectarian violence facing the country.Mr. Feltman expressed the UN’s solidarity with the Iraqi people and met with the political leadership of the country as part of his two-day visit to Baghdad. “Iraq’s political leaders have a clear responsibility to leave no space to those who seek to exploit the political stalemate through violence and terror, and undermine a democratic Iraq.” Also, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) honoured today the seven colleagues killed in the past year in Afghanistan, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan. “As we aim for a world free from hunger and poverty, we must support and enable the challenging work of those who spend their lives striving to make this goal a reality,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, in a statement for the Day. “This means recognizing and respecting the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. It means allowing and facilitating safe passage for staff trying to reach the most vulnerable communities.”In Myanmar, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Ashok Nigam called on the people of the country to celebrate the “inspirational spirit” that is humanitarian work while also remembering the aid workers who lost their lives in the line of duty. “Of particular concern to me on this World Humanitarian Day is the arbitrary arrest and detention of four Myanmar humanitarian workers employed by international non-government organizations who have now been in custody for over a year in connection with the inter-communal events in Rakhine State,” said Mr. Nigam. “The freedom of these four humanitarian workers is long overdue.” In South Sudan, which has one of the largest aid operations in the world, Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said the spirit and courage of aid workers in the field is an inspiration to him.“Aid workers must be allowed to carry out their work for the benefit of communities unhindered and in safety,” he said, adding that his word in the humanitarian campaign is ‘solidarity’. In Bangkok, Thailand, the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and partners are hosting the regional launch of “The World Needs More #______” campaign featuring dance performances, brief statements by local humanitarian workers and humanitarian journalists, and a concert by the Thailand-based rockabilly group, Trix ‘O’ Treat.From Nepal, the athlete Gyanlal Maharjan is riding his bicycle from China to New Zealand as he says “The World Needs More #Peace”. Gyanlal is sponsored by the Nepal Olympic Committee, the Nepal Cyclist Association and National Sports Council.In Kobe, Japan, a new smartphone app developed by the Bikers Emergency Response Team (BERT) to locate disaster survivors on a Google map is being launched. In Bangladesh, OCHA and Islamic Relief are co-hosting WHD sporting events in the districts of Satkhira and Sylhet, while in the Philippines, a series of events will be held in Manila and Mindanao, including an exhibition hosted in the lobby of the RCBC building in Manila. Events (co-)hosted by national authorities will also be held in Australia, Fiji, and Sri Lanka, among others.To hear what some aid workers from around the world think the world needs more of, click here. read more

Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 13:GAME OF THE WEEKNo. 19 Syracuse at Boston College. With the ACC championship game matchup settled, the focus across the conference shifts to positioning for the bowl selection process. The Orange (8-3, 5-2, No. 20 CFP) enter the final weekend of league play having vaulted the Eagles (7-4, 4-3) in the Atlantic Division standings and own sole possession of second place, a game ahead of BC and North Carolina State. The big question for Syracuse is the healthy of QB Eric Dungey, who suffered what coach Dino Babers termed an upper-body injury during last week’s loss to No. 3 Notre Dame .BEST MATCHUPPittsburgh’s rushing offence vs. Miami’s run defence. The 24th-ranked Panthers (7-4, 6-1, No. 24 CFP) claimed their first ACC title game appearance — and reeled off a four-game winning streak — on the strength of their ground game, which ranks third in the league at 247.6 yards per game. The Hurricanes (6-5, 3-4) have the third-best run defence in the conference (132.8 ypg) and have held five of their last six opponents to fewer than 175 yards rushing.INSIDE THE NUMBERSNine ACC teams are bowl eligible and three more could join them over the coming two weeks — Florida State (5-6) and Wake Forest (5-6) need to upset instate rivals Florida and Duke, while Virginia Tech (4-6) must knock off Virginia and then beat Marshall next week in a last-minute replacement game. Only two schools — Louisville and North Carolina — are assured of missing the post-season. The ACC has placed 21 teams in bowls during the past two seasons, 10 last year and 11 in 2016.LONG SHOTKeep an eye on Wake Forest as a 12 1/2-point road underdog against Duke. The Demon Deacons (5-6, 2-5) need a victory to qualify for their third straight bowl. But they’ve had a tough time lately against their instate rivals, with the Blue Devils (7-4, 3-4) winning five of the last six meetings.IMPACT PLAYERIt’s mildly surprising that N.C. State QB Ryan Finley had never thrown four touchdown passes in a game until he did it last week at last-place Louisville . Now, he and the Wolfpack close their conference schedule against the league’s other cellar-dweller — rival North Carolina, which has allowed each of its last two opponents to throw for at least 300 yards.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

Line player of Macedonian champion, HC Metalurg and one of the symbol of Montenegro NT, Mladen Rakcevic (29) broke knee ligaments and will be out of the court for the rest of the season. Rakcevic is injured two minutes before the end of the SEHA League match against Nexe from Nasice 27:29, which was the first defeat of Macedonians in the Regional competition. It is still unknown, when he will be operated, but certainly Rakcevic won’t be ready for Metalurg’s campaign in SEHA League and EHF Champions League, but also for NT in the qualification Round next June. ← Previous Story Daniel Kubes two years in MT Melsungen Next Story → Women’s EHF CL: Larvik and Itxako share points HC MetalurgMladen RakcevicNexe NašiceSEHA league

first_imgTHE LABOUR RELATIONS Commission has intervened in a dispute between Aer Lingus and staff represented by IMPACT over plans to close a cabin crew base at Shannon Airport, which employs 87 people.Director of Conciliation Services Kevin Foley has requested that both parties meet him this Friday to discuss the dispute and try to come to an agreement. Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Foley said that “both parties have indicated they are prepared to meet with the commission on Friday”.He stressed that the meeting called is specifically to do with the dispute in Shannon and not yesterday’s ballot.Yesterday, trade union IMPACT announced its ballot of cabin crew resulted in a 91 per cent vote in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike. The union said the dispute centres around roster issues and breaches of agreements previously made through negotiations.Staff have also expressed opposition to the closure of the Shannon cabin crew base, the union said yesterday.Niall Shanahan of IMPACT told TheJournal.ie that it is always the union’s position that “negotiation is better than the absence of meaningful engagement.” “This is a place where problems get solved”, Shanahan said.While Foley said that the LRC is “aware” of the separate dispute over rosters and breaches of agreements, he said that for now, the commission is “observing” the situation.Related: Aer Lingus cabin crew vote in favour of industrial action>Read: Aer Lingus to close Shannon cabin crew base that employs 87>last_img read more

first_imgAt high school, he was so good that his personal fitness coach said she was unaware for six months that he ran on prosthetic legs.Off the track, Pistorius has a passion for motorbikes, adrenalin and speed: four years ago he crashed his boat in a river south of Johannesburg, breaking two ribs, an eye socket and his jaw. OSCAR PISTORIUS IS one of the world’s most recognisable sportsmen and an inspirational figure the world over after he became the first double-amputee to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics last year.The 26-year-old was already a household name going into the 2012 Games in London, after he made history by becoming the first amputee to run at the World Championships in 2011, where he took silver with South Africa’s 4x400m sprint team.The Johannesburg-born runner had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old after being born without lower leg bones. But he played sports unhindered while growing up, switching to running after fracturing a knee playing rugby.“You’re not disabled by your disabilities but abled by your abilities,” he told Athlete magazine in a 2011 interview.His 2011 appearance came after a high-profile controversy about whether he was even eligible to compete against able-bodied athletes, with some arguing that his custom-built carbon-fibre running blades gave him an unfair advantage.He successfully appealed against an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ban against him competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the Court of Abitration for Sport, although he ultimately failed to qualify. Defeat in the blue riband 100m followed but Pistorius bounced back to take gold with his South African team-mates in the 4x100m relay and storm to victory in the individual 400m, sending the 80,000 Olympic Stadium crowd wild.However, both Games were a relative failure in terms of performance for Pistorius – he also missed out on the Olympic final and was out of the medals in the relay.The defeats showed the rapid improvement of other Paralympic athletes, which would help raise further the profile of the Games and its popularity, after for so long being seen as just a sideshow after the Olympics, he argued.“I think people are going to look back at this Paralympic Games and for the first time really, truly believe that Paralympic sport is not just inspirational, it’s hardcore sport,” he said as the Games closed in the British capital.“It’s full of triumph, sometimes it has disappointment, but that’s what we look for in sport. We want it to be competitive and that’s what it’s been about.”Such a comment was in keeping with Pistorius’ philosophy in life and his attitude towards his own disability, which has proved no bar to success. It was at the Beijing Paralympics, though, where Pistorius supplanted his compatriot, the swimmer Natalie Du Toit, as the most well-known disabled athlete of all time, after he won all three main sprint events, the 100m, 200m and 400m.He failed to retain all three of his titles in London, though, and was even embroiled, ironically, in a dispute about the length of his rivals’ running blades, after he was beaten into silver by Brazil’s Alan Oliveira in the half-lap race. He also once owned two white tigers but sold them to a zoo in Canada when they became too big.Last December, he ran against — and beat — Arab horse Maserati in a race over 200m in the Qatari capital, Doha, and again saw his victory as a way of challenging perceptions about disabilities around the world.(C) AFP, 2013UPDATE: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius charged with murder>Football needs to step up fight against doping, says WADA boss>last_img read more

first_imgExcited about the iPad 2? Get over it. The iPad 3 is where it’s really at. An anonymous-type Apple staff told Cult of Mac, “For the iPad 2 don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.”Sort of disappointing news ahead of tomorrow’s Apple Special Event in San Francisco, huh? The “problems along the way” part of the comment certainly matches up with the recent rumor that Apple had to drop a number of features, including the SD card slot and hi-res display due to unspecified “engineering issues.”That’s it, I’m taking an extended lunch tomorrow. Oh well, if those other rumors are to be believed, we won’t have to wait that long after all.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne’s taxi industry took to the steps of Parliament on Sunday to protest its competitor Uber.The demonstration was organised to raise awareness of the current illegal status of the ride-sharing service in Victoria. Spokesperson for Victorian Taxi & Hire Car Families Sandy Spanos told Neos Kosmos she was pleased with the turnout, which saw hundreds of drivers and their supporters rally together.“What was amazing for us, the second generation, was to see so many elderly who attended with their children; all the nationalities fighting together,” she said.At this stage, the app-based enterprise has been legalised in NSW, the ACT and WA, but is outlawed in Tasmania, QLD, SA and Victoria.“They [Uber drivers] pay no GST, no tax, no relevant licences, insurances or registration. These issues have been brought before the courts who deemed Uber illegal; our transport minister states they are illegal, our regulator deems them illegal, but they continue to flout our laws, in effect decimating our industry, which is law abiding,” said Ms Spanos.She added that Uber’s growing popularity has resulted in a loss of income for many taxi drivers, leading to grave consequences for both drivers and their families.“There are tens of thousands of families who are losing a lifetime’s work, when they purchased licences from the government and paid upwards of $500,000. “We were all of the belief that the law must be upheld. We don’t need new legislation – it exists.”Committed to the cause, Ms Spanos says taxi drivers are at their wits’ end and will not hesitate from blockading the city at regular intervals if need be.last_img read more

first_imgThe Brandenburgs’ story of sharing covers a lot of familiar holiday elements.It’s a time for turkey dinners and gift-giving. It’s a time of over-indulgence, as well as life-improvement resolutions.But unlike most stories that reflect a seasonal glow, this one started in drug court.Letha Brandenburg runs the Healthy Weigh weight-loss clinic. Attorney Barry Brandenburg represents defendants in Clark County’s drug court. The couple realized their jobs aren’t so different; they just reflect their clients’ different coping measures.“Depending on our lifestyle or past experiences, we’ve all chosen a different coping skill,” Letha Brandenburg said. “Drugs or alcohol or food or shopping or working.“We have had many conversations about the similarities with what he does with his clients and what I do at Healthy Weigh,” she said. “For years, I joked about a field trip to drug court” for her clients. It happened in November.“I wanted them to see another level of addiction. It was a powerful experience,” Letha Brandenburg said. “They were pretty moved by it.”“We often have groups come through,” said Brad Finegood, therapeutic specialty courts coordinator for Clark County Superior Court.The Healthy Weigh folks saw drug court “as a place to gain some perspective on people dealing with other kinds of addictive issues,” Finegood said.“We’re dealing with an addiction of when and what to eat,” Letha Brandenburg said. “That’s easier than what they’re dealing with” in drug court.last_img read more

first_imgInvestors looking to buy gold at current levels should maintain some caution, as many analysts predict metal prices to head lower by year-end before seeing a recovery next year.”Gold is still extremely vulnerable during 2015 but the 2016 to 2020 period could be supportive for gold,” MarketWatch quoted a report by Jon Bergtheil, analyst at Citi Bank.Prices of gold have been under pressure for the past two years as the ultra-loose monetary policies across major economies failed to push up inflation levels. Investors flock to yellow metal as a hedge against inflation.”Money-printing had almost always resulted in inflation but in today’s excess global production capacity environment and with the oil price having collapsed, that inflation has been deferred,” Bergtheil said.Crude oil prices, which fell by 50% since June last year on oversupply issues, led to a sharp decline in inflation rates across many nations. Besides, oil prices are estimated to remain under pressure in the coming months. As gold prices move in opposite direction to the U.S. dollar rate, continued appreciation of the greenback on the expectations of interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve is likely to put some pressure on the yellow metal prices going forward.Despite some weakness in the economy recently, most of the U.S. central bank committee members are still in favour of raising rates sooner rather than later.Gold prices are expected to extend their decline reaching a five-year low of $1,100 an ounce during this year before seeing a rebound in 2016 underpinned by a demand recovery in Asian countries, thebulliondesk said citing a report by GFMS Thomson Reuters.The report said any prospects for gold prices to climb up would be hindered by a rise in relative health of the U.S. economy.However, from next year onwards, the prices are estimated to find some support due to a demand recovery in India and China, the world’s largest gold consumers.Demand from these countries has been weak so far this year. While Beijing’s anti-corruption moves reduced the appetite for metal in China, bad weather conditions reduced the demand for gold in rural areas of India. Rural population accounts for two-thirds of gold demand in India.last_img read more

first_imgCandidates can also check their score by typing ICSE or ISC followed by their 7-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883.ReutersDealing with nervousness or excitement? Put your anxiety aside as the results of ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 examinations were announced on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE), New Delhi. The CISCE, which conducts the exams, declared your results via CAREERS portal, the website of the council. Students can check their results through official websites — www.cisce.org and www.results.cisce.org.Candidates can also check their score through text messages. Type ICSE or ISC followed by their seven-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883.CISEC Chief Executive and Secretary Gerry Arathoon stated: “The council will announce the results at 3 pm on May 7. The results will be made available through CAREERS portal, the website of the council and through SMS.”Here is an example:Let us assume you are in Class 10 and your roll number is – 1125368.For Class 10 student with roll number 1125368, just type ICSE 1125368 to the number provided (09248082883).WAIT…Follow the steps to download ICSE/ISC results through CAREERS portal:Log on to the official website of CISCE – www.cisce.org and www.results.cisce.orgA link – Results 2019 – opensEnter your unique ID, index number and captcha shown on the screenOMG! Your result is on the screenThe ICSE Class 10 board examinations were conducted from February 22, while the ISC Class 12 examinations started from February 4.last_img read more

first_img Share Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/APThe cast of “Moonlight” celebrates as “Moonlight” wins the best picture award at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.1. AT ACADEMY AWARDS, AN EPIC ERRORIn an apparently unprecedented mistake, the wrong winner is announced for best picture. Things are soon sorted out — and “Moonlight,” not “La La Land,” wins the Oscar.2. TERROR ‘WAGED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD’Former congregants say they were subjected to years of emotional and physical abuse inside an evangelical church in western North Carolina, an AP investigation reveals.3. WHERE US FORCES COULD BE HEADEDA new military strategy to meet Trump’s demand to “obliterate” the Islamic State group is likely to deepen American military involvement in Syria.4. IRANIANS CHEER CHOICE FOR BEST FOREIGN FILMHis countrymen are also lauding the decision by Asghar Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” to boycott the Academy Awards because of the Trump administration’s travel ban.5. POLAND A POPULIST FRONT-RUNNERMonths before Britain voted to leave the EU Union or the U.S. elected Trump, Poles booted out their own political establishment.6. LITTLE CONSEQUENCE FOR DRUG MISDEEDSStaff at VA hospitals were fired or reprimanded in a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data provided to the AP.7. GUILTY PLEA EXPECTED IN AIR BAG SCANDALJapanese auto parts maker Takata is also expected in U.S. federal court to agree to a $1 billion penalty for concealing the deadly air bag inflator problem.8. WHO’S NOT LOWERING GUARD ON POTThe American Academy of Pediatrics is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use.9. KURT BUSCH USES LAST-LAP PASS FOR DAYTONA WINIt’s a victory of redemption for the driver, who was suspended by NASCAR two days before the 2015 Daytona 500 for off-track behavior.10. WHAT’S NEXT MOVE FOR BILL COSBYThe actor is set to return to a Pennsylvania courtroom to ask a judge to bring in outside jurors in his criminal sex assault case.last_img read more

first_imgThe order cutoff for IDW’s G.I. Joe spinoff series Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 has now passed. We don’t know what that number is just yet, but we do know it doesn’t matter. Scarlett’s Strike Force was already cancelled almost two weeks ago. So how did we get here?It’s a bit of a long and winding road, really. Back in February of 2016, writer Aubrey Sitterson and artist Emilio Laiso premiered their Street Fighter X G.I. Joe six issue mini with IDW. The series started strong with sales of 18,339 for issue one and ended at 6,751 with issue six, which is a pretty typical drop-off. The series was successful enough that Aubrey was on a G.I. Joe #1 before the end of 2016. At the time, there was no push back on Aubrey’s interpretation of G.I. Joe.Coming onto a #1 of just about any comic series on the heels of a successful series usually offers the creators some more creative freedom. That coupled with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero being a continuation of classic Joe helped to allow Aubrey Sitterson to move the series in a fresh, new direction. He, along with artist Giannis Milonogiannis, put the gears in motion to make G.I. Joe an international organization with reimagined versions of some of the characters and new additions to the team like Skywarp, a former Decepticon and a personal favorite of mine.While the art was stunning and added momentum and energy to this fresh take on this decades-old franchise, there were segments of the comics community that were vocally against this move. Some because it wasn’t the G.I. Joe, they grew up with, some because of the writing and/or the art just isn’t their thing, and some because of what they viewed as SJW content that was present in the book. As the book progressed, more people spoke out, and after a public gaffe on Twitter back in September, it seemed that this segment of the comics community might be seeing Aubrey’s tenure on G.I. Joe coming to an end. Scarlett’s Strike Force being cancelled confirmed that.Part of how this could have happened could indeed be the sales. We don’t know what the numbers are yet on Scarlett’s Strike Force #1. The sales overall on the First Strike event that sets up Scarlett’s Strike Force were not a big seller. However, since September, there was no more press regarding Aubrey’s G.I. Joe books. According to Aubrey speaking to another publication, he was no longer allowed to do podcasts, interviews or anything else on his end to promote the book. Another factor is the politics. The G.I. Joe readership skews more conservative. As a result, if the content doesn’t appeal to the core readership and liberals are avoiding the book entirely no matter what, it could have depressed sales. And although IDW has made a statement regarding this, it’s still speculated that Aubrey’s gaffe back in September was a factor.It’s hard to say if this has an impact on comics in general or in licensed properties. We don’t really know if this was more IDW’s decision or more Hasbro’s. It’s too soon to say if this will have any impact on the comics community beyond this one instance. If Aubrey’s gaffe from September was the tipping point then there is reason to be concerned that personal politics of creators could be used to drive them off books or even out of comics.Social media allows us instant access to comics creators and quick reactions to what they say and do. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, myself included, and react more harshly than a situation may warrant. Personal politics should not be a big factor when it comes to the fate of comics creators. Aubrey Sitterson being a self-proclaimed Socialist and discussing his political beliefs on social media should not be a factor. That said, this needs to apply to conservative comics creators as well. While I’m a liberal, I feel Mitch Breitweiser was unfairly targeted for declaring his support of Trump. Mitch Breitweiser is an incredible artist. I even proudly own a page from his work on Journey Into Mystery that I purchased directly through his website a few years ago. His political views don’t affect the quality of his work or my ability to support it. Ethan Van Sciver is another conservative artist who is targeted by the left. It’s easy to get sucked into Twitter drama, so sometimes we need to put things in perspective. A few weeks ago I was at the New Jersey Comic Expo waiting in line for Jerry Ordway. Suddenly I see a kid run up to his mother whose standing in front of me and he couldn’t be more excited. “Ethan Van Sciver’s back at his table!” the kid shouts. He asks his mom for the comics he had her holding on to for him to get signed and runs back off to Ethan’s table. Yes, I don’t agree with Ethan’s politics. But at moments like that seeing how happy this little kid is to meet Ethan, get his signature and not even consider Ethan or anyone else’s politics in comics should make anyone want to take a step back and think about how they conduct themselves and treat others in comics. While people’s safety and ethical concerns in this and any industry are always worth discussing, when it comes to personal politics of creators we should consider taking a step back. I had the pleasure of reading Aubrey Sitterson’s G.I. Joe and love his take on the characters. I wish IDW/Hasbro the best in moving forward and next steps with the G.I. Joe franchise. And though I’m sad to see Aubrey leave the series prematurely, I’m wishing him the best of luck and looking forward to reading his next project, whatever it may be.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgIt was an opportunity for theatre enthusiasts to learn and gain hands-on experience from the masters of theatre when the 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s “Master Class” witnessed the presence of legendary theatre personality Joy Michael on Friday in the national Capital. The session was moderated by Sumit Tandon.The famous director has been associated with theatre for decades and holds a big contribution in establishment of one of the oldest theatre group “Yatrik” in 1964.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The session also held the association of Yatrik’s very first members: Sushma Seth, Salima Raza and Kusum Haider. Struggling with the ailing health, Joy Michael spoke few, but very valuable words of wisdom to audience. “It is a great pleasure to be here. I love working with young people. It is always a pleasure to watch them succeed and come back to share with us.” Sharing their memories regarding the conception of their reparatory group, veteran actor Sushma Seth mentioned: “We were a group of passionate young people who just wanted to perform theatre. We did not have any resources but Joy always kept her home open for rehearsals.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“To make children learn something, theatre is the best medium. It is the most apt medium of understanding something,” she added. Providing a vote of thanks to the eminent guests and Joy Michael on behalf of National School of Drama, Director Prof Waman Kendre said: “It is impossible to thank Joy Michael for her work in theatre. I think that National School of Drama would prefer to be at her loan forever.”last_img read more