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TORONTO FILMMAKERS WORK PULLED FROM CHINESE FESTIVAL FOR POLITICAL REASONS

first_imgA Toronto-based filmmaker says she was accepted and then rejected from a major Chinese film festival, with organizers in Beijing blaming “political reasons.”Maja Zdanowski told CBC Toronto the rejection wasn’t because of the film’s content. Her first feature-length film, In God I Trust, focuses on racism, religion and gun violence in the United States and had been accepted to the Beijing International Film Festival.Zdanowski said she went from being excited to devastated in the span of 48 hours.  Maja Zdanowski, an independent filmmaker based in Toronto, said she was “devastated” when her film, In God I Trust, was accepted and then rescinded from the festival within 48 hours. (Submitted by Maja Zdanowski) “It would have been an amazing opportunity for me to showcase the talent that we have here in Canada,” the independent filmmaker said. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

Working with Colliva was great learning Farhan

first_imgMumbai: Actor-singer-songwriter Farhan Akhtar who has released his first solo music album titled ‘Echoes’, produced by Grammy Award-winning Italian producer Tommaso Colliva, says such collaborations are fruitful for creativity. Sharing his experience of working with an international producer who has worked with British band Muse and Mary Chain among others, Farhan said: “Working with Tommaso was really amazing because his approach was quite different. He wanted to know the story behind each song, and what was my frame of mind when I was writing them.” “The atmosphere was so conducive that as a singer-songwriter I felt really excited to work on it. He wanted to do the production and sound following those written words. It really added value to the album. It was a great learning experience.” Asked if he would like to use the experience to contribute to the independent music scenario in India, where Bollywood music mostly overshadows it, Farhan said: “We are doing a lot of stuff through our movies. If you look at the recent example of Gully Boy, we have encouraged musicians from the underground scene. I would love to support and encourage young talent, but look, this is not my full-time job.” Farhan will be seen opposite Priyanka Chopra Jonas in “The Sky Is Pink”, which will release in October.last_img read more

A Moroccan Wedding Fairy Tales Do Come True

By Madeleine HandajiRabat – The first wedding doesn’t really count, I was 10 and performing a play at my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary party. I walked up the aisle dressed in the only white clothes we could get our hands on to marry my 11-year-old sister in a fake moustache while my cousin performed the ceremony. At the time, I couldn’t imagine being married to anyone, let alone for 50 years. My view on romance was very much based on fairy tales – brides wore crowns and sparkling dresses, and grooms rode horses, brandishing swords to come to the rescue of the beautiful, elegant princess.About 15 years later I met my husband. The first time I saw him was outside the police station in a rather grubby part of Casablanca. The owner of a school, he was to be my employer and was waiting to take me to start work. When I began teaching at the school, life in Derb Sultan was far from the fairy tales of my childhood, but there was a handsome prince who swept me off my feet, despite having a motorbike instead of a horse. A year later we had our first wedding in the UK. It was traditional and thoroughly English; the guests arrived in a red London Bus, I wore white, and the father-of-the-bride made a moving speech. The wedding took place in the British stately home turned boarding school, where I had been a pupil from age 9 to 18. My husband’s family came over from Morocco for the event and dubbed it ‘a royal wedding.’ However, my 10-year-old self was still not satisfied and I was thrilled to hear there must be another wedding; this time in Morocco. I knew nothing about Moroccan weddings before my own and was very happy to leave the details to my mother-in-law. However, I did make one demand. I wanted horses. In the weeks before the wedding I visited the Negafa (women responsible for dressing and introducing the bride, as well as providing the accessories and some of the outfits in a traditional Moroccan wedding), chose my dresses, and tried to fend off questions from the British guests planning to attend the wedding – I knew about as much as they did. This said, I continued to make my horse requirements known. Finally, the day came. My sister and I got up early, accompanied by the cousin who had performed my first wedding ceremony circa 1999. My sister had thoroughly researched Moroccan wedding makeup and, guided by youtube tutorials, had become almost professional. Hours of application later, I was hardly recognizable. In fact, my grandmother flatteringly told me “You don’t look like yourself. You look like a beautiful woman.”Used to travelling with Moroccans, I didn’t find the next bit surprising, but my sister was shocked as the three of us piled into my sister-in-law’s five seater car, already occupied by 2 adults and 3 children. With the windows wound down and music blasting, my sister-in-law beeped the horn continuously while her younger sister announced our presence with cries of celebration. All the way to the wedding venue, people on the street waved. We arrived at the venue, where I was immediately led to a bedroom. The two negafas were there waiting for me. Speaking very quickly in Darija, they whisked me onto a chair and before I knew it, I was in my first outfit of the day; the traditional green and gold ensemble with a golden crown, glittering earrings, and a veil of almost opaque gold.A picture wearing the traditional green and gold ensemble with a golden crown, glittering earrings, and a veil of almost opaque gold.So I had been right, weddings, in Morocco at least, are things of fairy tales. Rather confused and a bit overwhelmed by the noise, the colours, and the two negafas, I was ready. Somehow it was indicated to me that I should walk up the stairs and onto the roof terrace where the guests waited, some standing, some seated around elaborate white and glass tables. Walking through the crowd, I don’t really remember seeing any faces and was mostly focused on not tripping over the hem of the intricate green and gold takchita (a Moroccan wedding ensemble made of more than one piece). Standing in front of a resplendent, golden throne with my parents either side of me, I took in the colours and smiles of the guests gathered before me. Next came the henna. I am told that all Moroccan weddings involve a henna ceremony, where the negafa paints beautiful decorations in henna on the hands and feet of the bride, some brides choose to have this on a separate day but most wear green, which is a royal colour and symbolizes fertility.It was a very hot August day, nearly a year ago now, and I remember trying to itch my left eyebrow before remembering that I had wet henna on my fingers. Fortunately, a very swift Negafa wiped off the henna smudge on my forehead before the red tinge became permanent!As my husband and his family processed through the gathered guests, wielding enormous tagine shaped dishes piled with gifts, I realised that the fairy tale weddings I had imagined as a child were not the stuff of legend, but a reality in Morocco. The next stage of the wedding was the Ammariya (another traditional part of a Moroccan wedding, it is a golden sedan chair where the bride sits and is paraded for the guests). Now wearing a purple takchita I had ordered from a French-Moroccan designer, I stepped into the golden cage and tried not to close my eyes as the traiteur’s team lifted it above their heads. Sitting in the golden throne, wearing a crown, and waving down at the wedding guests, it was hard to not feel like a princess. My husband smiling up at me, certainly looked like Prince Charming.A picture sitting in the Ammariya, a golden sedan chair where the bride sits and is paraded for the guests.Over the course of the night I wore five dresses, increasingly elaborate jewellery, and had no end of make-up touches. This was definitely the wedding of a fairytale couple. However, the part of the wedding I enjoyed most, was not sitting serenely in front of the assembled crowd, wearing a tiara and looking like a queen, but wearing a traditional Amazigh dress, riding a horse, and dancing.A picture wearing a traditional Amazigh dress and riding a horse.An Amazigh music group had travelled to Essaouira for our wedding from my husband’s Blad (the countryside region his family come from), and it was they who led the dancing. The atmosphere was of pure joy, Moroccan and British guests together, dancing to the traditional Amazigh beats. My husband’s grandmother flung her hands above her head and danced like a teenager, despite being a great-grandmother, while my own 90-year-old grandma enthusiastically joined the fray. This was the first moment of the whole wedding where I felt free and able to be myself.A picture wearing a traditional Amazigh dressThe music continued and the guests let the beat of the traditional music take over. In the middle of the group, I saw my husband’s smiling face and sparkling eyes, and it was in that moment that I realised true romance is not about a ‘royal wedding’ or a fairytale couple, it is built on the joy of sharing experiences and genuinely connecting with another person who allows you to be completely yourself. read more

Opposition says government needs to be clearer about options to balance budget

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2016 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Opposition says government needs to be clearer about options to balance budget REGINA – Premier Brad Wall says Saskatchewan’s finance minister was talking about options governments face when they’re short revenue when he used the phrase “draconian cuts.”Finance Minister Kevin Doherty told a Regina radio program that governments have two or three choices when faced with drops in revenue.Doherty said they include raising taxes, making draconian cuts in spending or running a deficit — choices the province is looking at as it tries to balance the budget.Wall says the government will lay out a plan for its finances in coming weeks and none of the options is preferred.It’s been a difficult year for Saskatchewan’s bottom line — a drop in the price of oil has erased about $500 million in revenue.NDP Opposition Leader Cam Broten says the government needs to be clearer about potential cuts and a financial plan before the provincial election April 4. read more

Security Council condemns death of Spanish peacekeeper in Lebanon

According to UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), with whom Mr. Soria Toledo was stationed, on 28 January at around 11:30 a.m., it observed six rockets launch towards Israel from the vicinity of Wazzani north of Maysat in the UNIFIL area of operations. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) returned artillery fire in the same general area. During the course of the developments, Mr. Soria Toledo sustained serious injuries that resulted in his death.In a statement to the press today, the 15-member Council expressed its deepest sympathy to the family of the fallen peacekeeper and to the Government of Spain. The Council said that it looked forward to the immediate completion of UNIFIL’s full and comprehensive investigation to determine the facts and circumstances of the incident. Last week following the incident, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his concern over the serious deterioration of the situation in Southern Lebanon and the violations of the cessation of hostilities agreements, which called for the end to the month-long 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah in Lebanon. read more

On World Press Freedom Day UN says free expression vital for global

In a joint message, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Director-General of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, observed that quality journalism “enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development” while also working “to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power.”“For peace to be lasting and development to be sustainable, human rights must be respected,” the UN officials affirmed in their statement. “Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline.”World Press Freedom Day, which was established by the UN General Assembly and is celebrated annually on 3 May, is designated by UNESCO as an opportunity to celebrate worldwide the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This year’s theme – ‘Let Journalism Thrive!’– is a three-pronged message that advocates for quality journalism, the tackling of gender imbalances in media, and digital safety.Ahead of the 2015 observance of the Day, UNESCO, the United Nations agency mandated to promote and protect press freedom worldwide, named renowned journalist and CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour as its Goodwill Ambassador for Freedom of Expression and Journalist Safety.“We need every voice to speak out and be heard – especially those of women,” the UN officials’ statement continued. “Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, women remain underrepresented throughout the media, at decision-making level but also in the coverage of issues.”“We cannot let this stand,” they added. “Men and women must participate equally in making and sharing the news.”At the same time, Mr. Ban, Ms. Bokova, and Mr. Zeid underscored the troubling scenario of violence and insecurity in which thousands of journalists operate in every day, noting that at least one journalist is killed each week in both conflict and non-conflict zones.“Journalism must be able to thrive, in an enabling environment in which they can work independently and without undue interference and in conditions of safety,” the statement declared. “This is our message today, to let journalism thrive!”In a separate message, Mr. Ban said that around the globe, journalists are attacked every day as they try to carry out their work. In the last year alone, 61 journalists were killed. Many more languish in jails without charges or any sign of due process, the victims of governments and others that prohibit free inquiry and use the power of the state to intimidate the press.“As we mark World Press Freedom Day this year, let us honour the memory of those who lost their lives, and intensify our efforts to uphold the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and press freedom,” said the Secretary-General, adding that this year’s theme emphasizes the importance of ensuring a free and pluralistic media against the backdrop of a fast-paced and ever-changing digital world.Digital technology has been exploited to spread hate speech or incite violence, but it is also a force for good, bringing people together in a global conversation about how to build a better world. In particular, digital technology can have a positive impact as leaders strive this year to formulate an ambitious agenda to advance sustainable development for years to come. However digital journalists and bloggers are also facing retribution and curbs on their freedom to report, he said.“Thriving journalism – whether in digital or more traditional form – must be anchored in quality reporting and information dissemination to all segments of society. Women play a critical, yet far too neglected, role in in today’s media landscape,” said the UN chief, calling on all governments, societies and individuals to uphold the principles put forward by Member States on the need for the free exchange of information and ideas, both within and among nations.“We must commit to ensure that the safety and human rights of journalists are protected, independent of the political, socio-economic or cultural pressures that may threaten, impede or deter their freedom to keep the world informed,” he declared. read more

Brock grad named Canadian chef de mission for 2015 Parapan American Games

Brock University alumna Elisabeth Walker-Young (BPhEd ’02) has been named Team Canada’s chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.Brock University alumna Elisabeth Walker-Young (BPhEd ’02) has been named Team Canada’s chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.The four-time Paralympian was pegged as a natural to serve as Team Canada’s spokesperson when it competes on home soil.“Elisabeth’s contribution to the London Paralympic Games as assistant chef de mission was spectacular, and I couldn’t be happier to have her leading the largest Parapan Am Canadian team ever in her native Ontario,” Canadian Paralympic Committee president Gaétan Tardif said in a release. “There is great value in Canada hosting international events, and I know Elisabeth will help Team Canada’s athletes and coaches make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of competing at a home Games. Just being around Elisabeth is motivating, and she has a natural rapport-building ability that I know the team will appreciate and benefit greatly from.”Walker-Young swam for Brock before making a splash internationally. The Toronto native won six medals (three gold, one silver, two bronze) at four Paralympic Games, breaking several Canadian and world records during her career. Walker-Young is an educational programs manager for Curl B.C. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband Ian (BSM ’02), who was also a varsity swimmer with the Badgers.“This is the culmination of years of focus and hard work as an athlete, of contributions as a volunteer and experiences working in the sport sector,” Walker-Young said. “It is these experiences, memories and skills from my participation in sport and the values I learned along the way that I hope to share with the athletes and coaches of Team Canada, to help them reach their goals.”The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games run Aug. 7-15, 2015 and will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports. Team Canada is expected to send a team of approximately 200 athletes and has set a goal of finishing in the top three nations in total medal count. read more

Verizon Wireless unveils 4G product line for mid2011

first_imgVerizon Wireless used CES 2011 to announce their upcoming lineup of 4G smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and notebooks. Verizon says it has plans to expand its 4G LTE network to 140 markets by the end of the year.The lineup includes:AdChoices广告SmartphonesHTC ThunderBolt (exclusive to Verizon Wireless) – HTC Sense 2.0, Skype mobile™ with video, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3” WVGA display, Dolby surround sound, 8-megapixel camera and HD video recording, wireless DLNA capability.LG Revolution – HD support for streaming, playing and recording video, large 4.3-inch touch screen, Android™ 2.2, video telephony support with front-facing camera and mobile hotspot capability to share a 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices.DROID Bionic 4G – Android with Adobe® Flash® and HTML5, front-facing VGA camera and See What I See video feature, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch HD quality screen, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM.Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone – Android 2.2, Google Mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™ and Gmail™, YouTube™, brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display, powerful 1GHz application processor, HTML5 Web browser, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera to support video chat capabilities, Samsung Social Hub and Media Hub.TabletsMotorola XOOM – 10.1-inch HD 4G LTE upgradable tablet, Android™ Honeycomb, 1080p HD video, Adobe® Flash® Player, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats and 5-megapixel camera to capture video in 720P HD. Mobile hotspot capability provides connection for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab – 7-inch enhanced TFT display with 1024 x 600 WSVGA resolution, Android 2.2, Adobe® Flash® 10.1, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird application processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder enable video chat capabilities.MiFi and Mobile HotspotNovatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – Small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, share Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE and 3G networks with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – Dual-mode device works as a wireless access point to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE or 3G networks.NotebooksCompaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch diagonal anti-glare widescreen LED display, Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options.HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches, HP CoolSense Technology, HD 1080p, VISION Technology from AMD, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320 GB of storage, full-size, island-style keyboard, multi-format digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation.The devices are expected to be available by the middle of this year with some products being available as early March.In addition to 4G devices, Verizon Wireless also announced updates to two applications which will take advantage of the company’s LTE network. An updated version of Skype mobile utilizes the improved speed and capacity of 4G to allow for Skype-to-Skype video calls from your smartphone. An update to EA’s Rock Band will also allow for multiplayer gaming for the first time over the mobile network.Read more at Verizon Wireless.last_img read more

Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the XMen

first_img The biggest news in the comics world right now is the weekly reimagining of Marvel’s merry mutants in the form of Jonathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of X. Long-time fans are loving the way the big-brained writer is folding in elements from the franchise’s long history while adding new wrinkles.But as I read and enjoy the books, I can’t help asking if what will come after can redeem the X-Men or if history is doomed to repeat itself once more. Let’s go on a deep dive through both X-Men history and Hickman’s body of work to see if the X-Men can truly be saved.The Next GenerationJack Kirby and Stan Lee created the X-Men in 1963, looking to add another super-team to Marvel’s successful portfolio. Not wanting to come up with origin stories for five new characters, Lee took the easy way out and just decided they were all born that way. Thus the concept of mutants was introduced to the Marvel Universe, and nothing would ever be the same again.In the Marvel universe, the onset of puberty can trigger the activation of your “X-gene,” which leads to mental and physical changes and often the revelation of superhuman powers. Unfortunately, the process is completely random. Some mutants can blend in perfectly with normal humans, while others are rendered bizarre-looking or dangerous. It didn’t take long for Lee to seize on the unique storytelling potential of the concept, penning stories about anti-mutant prejudice that drew from the civil rights clashes of the era.The concept was a little too ahead of its time. After Lee and Kirby left the book, sales started to drop and the series ended with issue #66 (with the exception of a few reprints published afterwards).1975 saw writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum charged with rebooting the franchise. Instead of the original quintet of New York teens, the new X-Men consisted of a racially and culturally diverse group of mutants from all over the world, including Canadian killing machine Wolverine, Kenyan weather witch Storm and demonic-looking German teleporter Nightcrawler. Writer Chris Claremont took over soon afterwards and the book would soon become one of Marvel’s top sellers for nearly two decades.Claremont’s multilayered plotting, which teased future conflicts and expanded the world around the heroes, lent well to exploring the essential conflict of man vs. mutant. That metaphor was made most explicit in the 1982 graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, which brought the team into conflict with televangelist William Stryker.Citing creative differences with editorial, Claremont would leave the franchise in 1991. Different creative teams would ride the momentum he created, with varying success. The comic book speculator boom of the 1990s led to massive sales for popular characters like Wolverine, but by the end of the decade frequent crossovers and special events had burned out the readership.Marvel would try to resuscitate the mutant heroes several times in the 21st century, from hiring maverick Scottish writer Grant Morrison for a critically-acclaimed run to rebooting all of the comics with new #1 issues multiple times, most recently with 2017’s ResurrXion event. Returns were diminishing, and with the superhero comics industry in economic freefall the company needed to do something to keep one of their most important intellectual properties relevant.Idea ManJonathan Hickman’s comics career has been a wild one. He got his start at Image with the creator-owned The Nightly News, combining his love of infographics with complex, layered storylines. Successful books like Pax Romana followed, and Marvel would soon take notice.After a few gigs on lower-profile books, Hickman was tapped to write Fantastic Four in 2009. The company’s flagship team had been through some rough times. The book had spots of brilliance in the 2000s, most notably with Mark Waid writing, but sales were poor. A heavily-promoted Mark Millar / Bryan Hitch arc disappointed fans with a bizarre take on Dr. Doom, and a new approach to the 50 year old franchise was required.Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four is widely regarded as one of the best of the modern era. He introduced wild new concepts perfectly in keeping with the series’ best, like an interdimensional council of Reed Richards alternates and a school of young supergeniuses carrying forth Reed’s goal to “solve everything.” Although some criticized his character motivations, there’s no denying that his tenure added a bunch of focus and ideas to the team’s world.The thing is, for all of his hard work, Fantastic Four sputtered out after he left the book and was cancelled a few years later — for the first time in the team’s history. And his most recent Marvel reboot, chronicled in the Secret Wars miniseries of 2017, was equally unrewarding. For all of his big ideas and intricate clockwork plots, does Jonathan Hickman really have what it takes to resuscitate the X-Men?Power HouseFrom here on out, spoilers for House of X and Powers of X so far will be abundant, so read at your own risk.Each of the book revolves around a central conceit. House of X reveals that longtime human X-associate Moira McTaggert, a genius evolutionary biologist, has actually been a mutant this whole time. Her power is to essentially relive her life from birth every time she dies, with full memories of the alternate timelines she experienced. In the second issue of the series, we learn that Moira has attempted to tackle the mutant / human integration problem from multiple angles over the course of nine lifetimes, and in the tenth she opens up to Charles Xavier with the truth about her past lives in hopes that together they can form a new paradigm going forward. That process includes establishing the mutant island of Krakoa as a biological home base with embassies around the universe and opening diplomatic relations with the world.Powers of X, on the other hand, plays a long game into the future. Using “powers” in a mathematical sense, it explores the first year, tenth year, hundredth year and thousandth year of Xavier’s grand attempt. It’s a little harder to get a handle on so far, as skipping through time requires introducing a lot of new concepts. The present day as seen in House is considered the 10th year. In the hundredth, mutants are being bred for specific traits and hunted by Nimrod and an army of Sentinels. In the thousandth, we’ve left Earth behind and are dealing with Celestial-scale superintelligences of every combined mutant. The just-released third issue reveals that the story so far takes place in Moira McTaggert’s third life, and ends with her downloading a massive repository of information before being killed by Wolverine and sent back to do it again.These are absolutely Hickman’s type of big ideas, and the two miniseries are appointment reading so far. Mixing wide-ranging narratives and sharp takes on familiar characters, they’re the best thing to happen to the franchise in at least a decade. But what happens when they end?Death and RebirthThe big concern many people have with Hickman’s X-reboot is whether it will address the core problems that have been dogging the X-Men franchise since Chris Claremont’s run: that the story is impossible for new readers to follow and also has no real emotional stakes?Like it or not, the entire comic book industry was changed in 1980 with Claremont and Byrne’s Dark Phoenix Saga. Jean Grey sacrificing her life to stop the menace of the Phoenix Force from dooming the Earth and everyone she loved was a major moment in Claremont’s narrative. So when Marvel higher-ups reversed course and revealed that Jean was still alive so she could join the new X-Factor book, it opened some floodgates that should have stayed clothes. Even death wasn’t enough to keep the X-Men down.In the years to come, Colossus sacrificed his life to end the threat of the Legacy Virus — and came back. Nightcrawler was killed in a battle with Bastion — and came back. Wolverine had his healing factor stripped away and was suffocated in molten adamantium — and came back. Cyclops has died and been resurrected twice. Professor X has died a half a dozen times. It’s common knowledge that character death is an easy way to raise the stakes in a story, but the X-franchise has been to that well so many times that it’s all but meaningless.When you look at the most memorable X-Men storylines of the past four decades, they all seem somewhat apocalyptic. Morrison’s arc, which starts with the destruction of the mutant island of Genosha and ends with Magneto dead and the Xavier School outed as a mutant academy, would have served as a fine “ending” for the franchise. So would the Fall of the Mutants storyline in 1988 that ended with the team presumed dead to the public. But serialized superhero comics can’t have real endings, and editors simply flipped a switch and the books soldiered on.The AftermathMarvel has announced that the X-franchise will be undergoing yet another line-wide reboot after Hickman’s two series conclude. Six new series will include X-Men, written by Hickman and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, New Mutants written by Hickman and Ed Brisson, and X-Force by Benjamin Percy and Joshua Cassara. Initial solicitations, though, don’t make these books seem much different from what has come before — and New Mutants in particular looks nearly identical to that team’s original 1980s lineup.Even less promising is an interview he gave with Entertainment Weekly where Hickman says “The cardinal rule beyond that is at the end of the day, after you’ve torn up the playroom and scattered all the toys, you put everything all back on the shelf. Don’t be an a-hole and leave a mess.”“Putting everything all back on the shelf” would just get us back to the same old problems. The X-Men have been through that process a half a dozen times at least. But what if those problems are just an inextricable part of the whole X-Men concept? What if there’s no way to salvage the franchise at this point from the sheer weight that 50 years of publication history is placing on it?Marvel will never cut bait on the X-franchise — or anything that still has potential to be exploited for profit. But if hiring one of the industry’s most respected writers to start everything over again doesn’t work, what other options will they have?More on Geek.com:11 ‘X-Men’ Storylines That Would Make Great Movies10 Essential X-Men Comics To Read For The Disney/Fox MergerThe Most Marvelous X-Men Toys SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-MenMarvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Before SDCC 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Police chase in San Diego ends in Escondido on I15

first_img Updated: 12:02 PM Police chase in San Diego ends in Escondido on I-15 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –A motorist who fled a traffic stop in Encanto Tuesday led officers on a 40-minute pursuit that ended with his arrest near Lake Hodges, authorities reported.The man refused to yield when San Diego police tried to pull him over for a traffic violation in the 6800 block of Akins Avenue shortly after 9 a.m., SDPD public-affairs Officer Michael Stirk said.The motorist drove off to the east toward Spring Valley, then entered state Route 125 and headed north, Stirk said.Reaching Santee, the man entered SR-52 and headed west, then merged onto northbound Interstate 15 when he got to the Miramar area.While passing through northern San Diego with SDPD and California Highway Patrol personnel tailing him and tracking his pursuit aboard a police helicopter, the driver managed to avoid running over several spike strips that CHP officers hurled onto the roadway in his path.After entering Escondido, however, the man finally pulled to a stop on the side of the freeway near Ninth Avenue and was taken into custody without further incident about 9:45 a.m., Stirk said.The arrestee’s name was not immediately available. Mike McKinnon III Posted: March 5, 2019center_img Mike McKinnon III, March 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police on lookout for cyclists without helmets

first_imgVancouver police are delivering an important message: Kids, wear your helmets.Patrols by the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Unit will focus increasingly on making sure all bicyclists are complying with a city ordinance requiring helmets be worn at all times, Kim Kapp, a spokeswoman, said Monday.Parents are held responsible for anyone younger than 18 cited for not wearing a helmet, or having one on but not appropriately fastened, according to the city’s code.Kapp said police are increasingly focused on helmets as weather slowly warms and more people opt for something other than four-wheeled transportation. She said the issue is an important one for members of the traffic unit who have arrived at many crash scenes in which a helmet would have helped prevent serious injuries.The city’s ordinance includes not only bicycles, but also in-line skates, roller skates, scooters, unicycles and skateboards.Violating the ordinance could result in a fine up to $50.last_img read more

Breaking England regain batting flair to put 338run target for India Full

first_imgTwitterReinvigorated by the return of their explosive and prolific opener Jason Roy, England produced the sort of batting display that has been expected of them to put 337/7 on the board in their 50 overs. India now need to create a new record in order to win this game as the Men in Blue have never chased down a score of 300+ in World Cup cricket.The platform was set by Roy and Jonny Bairstow. The former was off and running in the very first over itself by scoring two boundaries. Bairstow struggled early on and also had lucky escapes with outside and inside edges not producing wickets. But eventually he found his groove and started scoring freely.The turning point of the match came when Hardik Pandya bowled a delivery down the leg side which Roy tried to pull but failed to do so. There was an appeal for a catch down the leg side from Dhoni which the umpire turned down and after a long consultation, India decided not to appeal against the decision. The replays showed that there was indeed a bit of glove on that. This narrow escape freed up Roy who charged down the wicket on the next ball and smashed it for six over long-on. Suddenly, England went full blast ahead and both the openers brutalised the celebrated Indian spin-bowling combination of Kuldeep and Chahal. The six-hitting was awe-inspiring and the Indians seemed helpless. Eventually, Roy holed out in the deep after getting to his half-century but England were near 150 by then and the damage had been done. Joe Root came out and played his role of sheet anchor while Bairstow continued his aggressive game to get to his hundred.But then, Shami was brought back into the attack around the 30-over mark when England were past 200 and he got the wickets of Bairstow and Eoin Morgan in quick succession to put England in a spot of bother. But then Root which his calmness and Stokes with his measured aggression prevented further damage. TwitterWhen 11 overs remained in the innings, Stokes launched his assault and pummelled the Indian bowling to ensure his side was on course for 325+ score. Root also attempted some big hits but usually just kept feeding strike to Stokes. Bumrah, the late overs specialist, delivered another masterclass in ODI bowling and prevented Stokes and other batsmen from scoring boundaries against him. Shami returned at the end of the innings to get the wickets of Buttler and Woakes and get a five-for but he proved very expensive as both Stokes and Buttler, who came to the crease in the 45th over after the loss of Root’s wicket also started hitting big.The penultimate over of the innings went for plenty even though Shami got Woakes out on the first ball of the over. But the last over from Bumrah was again excellent as only three runs and the wicket of Stokes came off it. India now have a mountain to climb and judging by the way Shami got wickets with short deliveries and Indian pacers had some balls keeping low, would be a very tough ask.last_img read more

BSF picks up another Bangladeshi

first_imgBSFMembers of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked a Bangladeshi national up from Hapania border point in Sapahar upazila of Naogaon early Friday.Commander of Hapania BGB camp, Nayek Subedar Abdur Razzak, said Shahidul Islam, 28, son of Zaher Ali of Prosha upazila went to the bordering area early in the morning.The BSF men from Kedaripara camp caught Shahidul and took away him while he was reportedly trying to cross the border.Meanwhile, a letter has been sent to the BSF for holding a flag meeting in this connection.With this one, five Bangladeshi nationals were taken away by BSF troops over the last three days from Kalmudanga and Hapania border areas in Sapahar upazila of the district, said Commanding officer of Baogaon-14 BGB Lt Col Khijir Khan.last_img

Stomach issues signal future mental problems

first_imgChildren who face adversities – such as parental separation – are more likely to suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms which may lead to mental health issues in later life, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Development and Psychopathology, found that gastrointestinal symptoms in children may have an impact on the brain and behaviour as they grow to maturity. “One common reason children show up at doctors’ offices is intestinal complaints,” said Nim Tottenham, a professor at Columbia University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our findings indicate that gastrointestinal symptoms in young children could be a red flag to primary care physicians for future emotional health problems,” said Tottenham. Scientists have long noted the strong connection between the gut and brain. Previous research has demonstrated that a history of trauma or abuse has been reported in up to half of adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), at a prevalence twice that of patients without IBS. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The role of trauma in increasing vulnerability to both gastrointestinal and mental health symptoms is well established in adults but rarely studied in childhood,” said Bridget Callaghan, a post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia. Animal studies have demonstrated that adversity-induced changes in the gut microbiome influence neurological development, but no human studies have done so. “Our study is among the first to link disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome triggered by early-life adversity with brain activity in regions associated with emotional health.” The researchers focused on development in children who experienced extreme psychosocial deprivation due to institutional care before international adoption. Separation of a child from a parent is known to be a powerful predictor of mental health issues in humans. That experience, when modelled in rodents, induces fear and anxiety, hinders neurodevelopment and alters microbial communities across the lifespan. The researchers drew upon data from 115 children adopted from orphanages or foster care on or before approximately they were two years old, and from 229 children raised by a biological caregiver. The children with past caregiving disruptions showed higher levels of symptoms that included stomach aches, constipation, vomiting and nausea. From that sample of adoptees, the researchers then selected eight participants, ages seven to 13, from the adversity exposed group and another eight who’d been in the group raised by their biological parents. The children with a history of early caregiving disruptions had distinctly different gut microbiomes from those raised with biological caregivers from birth. Brain scans of all the children also showed that brain activity patterns were correlated with certain bacteria. “It is too early to say anything conclusive, but our study indicates that adversity-associated changes in the gut microbiome are related to brain function, including differences in the regions of the brain associated with emotional processing,” said Tottenham.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, April 1. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:50Man arrested after woman sexually assaulted on train in StaffordshirePolice are continuing to ask for witnesses to contact them. More here.17:36Slow traffic on A500Slow traffic on A500 Westbound at A51 Nantwich Bypass (Cheerbrook Roundabout). In the roadworks area.A lane closure is in place, also affecting the A51 Nantwich Bypass.17:36Broken down vehicle caused delays on M6Queueing traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and M6 (Stafford Services). In the roadworks area. All lanes have been re-opened.Lane one (of four) was closed. All restrictions were lifted just prior to 17:00. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14.17:36Congestion in LongportUsual congestion on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.13:15M6 issues further south…There are currently delays of 30 minutes above the usual travel time on the M6 southbound between J7 – J6 due to a collision. Our Traffic Officers are on scenePlease allow extra time for your journey, should you be travelling in the area. 13:04Slow going at WillastonSlow traffic on A500 Westbound at A51 Nantwich Bypass (Cheerbrook Roundabout). In the roadworks area.A lane closure is in place, also affecting the A51 Nantwich Bypass. 12:27Busy on Moorland RoadMoorland Road / Ford Green Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 12:19Missing man found safe and wellWayne Lewis, who was missing from Stoke-on-Trent, has been found safe and well. Thank you for sharing our appeal! pic.twitter.com/IYts6X6sYb— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) April 1, 201912:05Accident in NewcastleDrayton Street partially blocked due to accident at A525 Higherland. Traffic is coping well.Reported around 11:00. 11:09Delays on some buses…Service update: route 11, 21, 23, and 25, are experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes, due to 4 way lights at the bottom of City Road. We thank you for your continued patience.— The Potteries buses (@potteriesbuses) April 1, 201909:11Queues in Caverswall CommonQueuing traffic on A520 Weston Road Southbound from Winterfield Lane (Caverswall Common) to Weston Coyney Road (Weston Coyney). 08:539-minute delays on D RoadQueuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is nine minutes. 08:33Traffic held while officers lay out conesM6 Southbound lane closed on entry slip road, slow traffic due to broken down van at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of two) is closed at the very end of the entry slip – traffic was held here very briefly at around 07:40 to lay out cones. A further breakdown has closed a lane in the queues between J16-15. 08:143-mile queues due to lorry breakdown on M6One lane closed, long delays and queuing traffic for three miles due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound from J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe) to Keele Services. Travel time is 30 minutes.Lane one (of three) is closed in the queues approaching the earlier breakdown on the enry slip road at J15. 07:58Getting busier across the city…- A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).- A52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). – Heavy traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is five minutes. 07:48Slow going at Cobridge lights…Usual congestion on A53 Elder Road around A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights). 07:46Monday morning rush hour…- A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane busy but moving around Moorland Road (Small Thorne Roundabouts). Travel time is four minutes.- Usual congestion on A5272 Chell Street at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes.- Bucknall Road inbound busy but moving from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. – Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). – Queuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 07:32D Road getting busier…Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 07:24Busy in Biddulph RoadA527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:16M6 clearing near StaffordAll lanes are now open on the #M6 Southbound between J13 #StaffordSouth and J12 #Gailey. The broken down vehicle has been cleared.— Highways England (@HighwaysWMIDS) April 1, 201907:16A50 lane closureQueuing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area.Due to lane closure. 07:16Breakdown on the M6M6 Southbound lane closed on entry slip road due to broken down van at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane one (of two) is closed heading down from the motorway bridge.07:15Good morning!Welcome to our daily live blog!last_img read more

Software Finds and Separates Benign From Malignant DCIS and Breast Cancer

first_img News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more A California software company, www.YourScan.org, has put out a call to women who have had to face the difficult diagnosis of breast cancer: Donate your mammogram images to a crowdsourcing campaign and help confirm that a new visual recognition software presents a breakthrough in early detection and distinguishing benign from malignant precursors (DCIS) and lesions through the use of “Lesion Tissue Profiling (LTP).”In a pilot test conducted over the last three years, the company has shown that its Lesion Tissue Profiling technology is capable of accurately detecting the shapes of malignant DCIS and tumors (lesions) otherwise not visible to the human eye. The study further indicated that these lesions have a limited number of basic shapes that can be rendered as distinct tissue profiles common to all malignancy. The implication is that these profiles may be used as a tool in routine screening of all mammography. This could present an important breakthrough — the first automated digital search of the more than 30 million mammograms done in the US each year, a search that would offer valuable diagnostic insight.The company, YourScan.org, has built a proprietary database specifically designed to store mammographic images in a format allowing for rapid and precise comparison of billions of tissue profiles. The data is highlighted using a visual-based color illustrator and the technology catalogues each shape – assembling a “tissue profile” that can be matched with other tissue profiles.  Searching “healthy” mammograms using those tissue profiles has revealed that the technology can detect “precursor” (DCIS) tissue profiles in digital mammograms, both two-dimensional and newer 3-D images produced by tomosynthesis technology. The Company is asking women diagnosed with breast cancer to provide their entire series of mammograms to compare earlier mammograms to the later one that resulted in a definitive diagnosis; identifying and cataloging precursor and lesion tissue profiles found in their mammograms. These newly identified tissue profiles will be added to the tissue profile library, and used to search other mammograms for breast cancer precursors and lesions.For more information: www.YourScan.org. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 25, 2015 Software Finds and Separates Benign From Malignant DCIS and Breast Cancer read morelast_img read more

Personal Travel Managers Cruising into 2019

first_imgPTMs were treated to a three-course onboard lunch and ship inspection as part of their training dayPersonal Travel Managers Cruising into 2019When the Majestic Princess, the newest vessel of the Princess fleet, sailed into Sydney Harbour in early December, she provided a stunning venue for the third of a series of Cruise Masterclass days attended by personal travel managers (PTMs) in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.A total of 111 PTMs attended the training days, which were organised by TravelManagers’ National Partnership Office (NPO) and scheduled to coincide with the company’s final round of state meetings for the year – a convenient concurrence that was welcomed by the PTMs during a busy time of year.“As a regional personal travel manager, travelling to Sydney to attend product training sessions is not always possible,” explains Debra Deane, who is representative for Port Macquarie, NSW. “TravelManagers are amazing at bringing product training to PTMs wherever are based, but in this instance, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a cruise master class on board the stunning Majestic Princess and expand my cruise knowledge in the process.”Princess Cruises’ Grand-Class ship, the Golden Princess, provided the venue for TravelManagers’ Melbourne cruise master classPrincess Cruises also provided the venue for the Melbourne cruise master-class, which was held aboard the Golden Princess, while PTMs in Brisbane spent the day on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ (NCL) Norwegian Jewel. Attendees at all three master classes received updates on the ten different cruise lines and 100 cruise ships fall under the World’s Leading Cruise Lines (WLCL) consortium, of which Princess Cruises and NCL are both members.PTM Sue Wright travelled to Brisbane from Shoal Point, QLD, to attend both the cruise master class and the state meeting.“The master class provided a wonderful opportunity to see the Norwegian Jewel first-hand and having just undergone a multi-million-dollar refurbishment she is looking very impressive!” says Wright, who describes herself as a big fan of cruise holidays. “Spending time on board the ship has reminded me what a terrific holiday experience cruising can be and I am so looking forward to sharing the latest developments in cruising with my clients.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says many PTMs travelled considerable distances to attend the cruise master classes, and were appreciative of the opportunity to combine two very enjoyable and rewarding days.“We are very fortunate to have wonderful support from partner suppliers such as Princess and NCL, who provided us with the best possible venues in which to hold our cruise master classes,” Gazal explains. “With the opportunity to experience these ships first-hand and enjoy a three-course lunch while on board, it’s no wonder that PTMs came from as far away as Wagga Wagga and Parkes to participate.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599. About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.8 billion for 2018. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 550 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases. Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 31-9. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “It’s been really difficult and really frustrating,” Fitzgerald said of the home record. “This is a place that we’ve played well in historically and to not play well here all season, it’s disturbing.”And with the questions looming whether or not Fitz has played in his last game at State Farm Stadium, the fans let the wideout hear it, ringing out “Larry” chants throughout the game.“I play a team sport,” Fitzgerald said when asked if he heard the crowd. “I’m not Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods or those guys who do individual things. Everything I do in my life is in context of a team setting, so it’s a little uncomfortable being singled out.“There are 11 other guys with me and I can’t do my job without every single guy doing it. It’s cool but you never get used to it.” – / 29 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The wide receiver got off to a fast start doing what he does best in a 31-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, catching five of his six targets for 41 yards.He also added a touchdown, but not the way you would normally think.Looking at 1st-and-10 at the Rams’ 32-yard line, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen dropped back to pass, finding Fitzgerald in the backfield. But instead of turning upfield, Fitzgerald let it fly, connecting with a wide open running back David Johnson for Arizona’s first — and only — touchdown of the game.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald throws first career touchdown passRapid Reactions: Arizona Cardinals blown out by Rams in home finaleAfter loss to Rams, Cardinals’ Wilks remains focused on job at hand“That’s like a layup in basketball, you can’t miss it,” Fitzgerald said of his touchdown. “I just wanted to put a little air on it. It came out a little wobbly. Looked like Kurt Warner’s ball right there.“As Kurt Warner’s was, it was effective.”But just as it seemed Fitzgerald might be turning in one of his trademark big games, he, and the Cardinals offense, fell silent in the second half, while the Rams continued to move the ball. He made just one more catch for 12 yards.With the loss, Arizona falls to 1-7 at home this season. At home this season, Fitzgerald recorded 31 receptions for 333 yards and four touchdowns.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — First career touchdown pass.Potentially his last home game as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.While the moments of Sunday’s game will be remembered from those on the sidelines and in the stands, don’t bet on Larry Fitzgerald reliving the feeling.“It’s hard to soak in something like this,” Fitzgerald said when asked about if he was taking in what might be his home finale. “Not a good day across the board.”last_img read more

Kesto McCready host town hall on human trafficking in Michigan

first_img Categories: Kesto News,McCready News,News 17Oct Kesto, McCready host town hall on human trafficking in Michigan Lawmakers work to protect families from exploitationState Reps. Klint Kesto and Mike McCready will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 focusing on how to prevent human trafficking in Michigan.Both Kesto, R-Commerce Township, and McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, will meet with residents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, to address the issue of human trafficking.“Human trafficking is one of the most costly criminal activities in the world. Unfortunately, as a border state, Michigan is a prime target for trapping people in forced labor and sexual exploitation in the United States,” said Kesto.  “It is our duty as Michigan lawmakers to meet with members of our communities and discuss the issues and concerns surrounding this subject so we can protect families.”McCready said human trafficking is widespread throughout Michigan, and the Legislature is working hard to crack down on what is often referred to as modern-day slavery.“Whether it is in small towns, suburbs or big cities, there is rarely a spot in Michigan that has not been touched by human trafficking,” McCready said. “The Legislature is taking active steps to identify and eliminate this heinous crime.”Joining Kesto and McCready will be guest speaker Kathy Maitland of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is made up of more than 90 agencies in Michigan working toward the prevention and punishment of human trafficking.No advance registration is needed. For more information, contact Kesto at 517-373-1799 or via email at KlintKesto@house.mi.gov.#####last_img read more

Rep Glenn welcomes Dow placekicker to governors speech in Capitol

first_img Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, on Tuesday evening welcomed H.H. Dow High School senior Ashton Brooks and her mother, April, both of Midland, as his guests to the Michigan House of Representatives to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2017 State of the State address.Ashton was the Dow varsity football team’s league-leading placekicker this past season and the target of a racially derogatory Facebook post in October that drew international attention and condemnation in mainstream and social media.“It was my pleasure and privilege to have Ashton and her mother as my guests for the governor’s State of the State address,” Rep. Glenn said. “As a football fan, I was impressed and proud of Ashton’s athletic ability and performance, but as her state representative and a father, even more so by the maturity, grace and discipline with which she responded to suddenly being thrust at a young age into a national spotlight. Her example is worthy of recognition, and I hope her being here is an encouragement that sends a strong message that the Midland community and the entire state of Michigan value, respect, and support her and all our young people ‘not by the color of their skin,’ as Dr. King said, ‘but by the content of their character.’”Ashton and her mother attended a private reception in Gov. Rick Snyder’s office prior to his address to a joint session of the state House and Senate. Each state representative is allowed to invite one guest to the House floor each January as the governor outlines his legislative agenda for the coming year.Ashton last year was the first female to play for a high school football team in Midland. Also a member of the Dow soccer team, she scored more extra points than any other kicker in the Saginaw Valley League Blue Division, was named 2nd team All-Conference, as well as the Dow High football team’s Most Valuable Player and Special Teams Player of the Year. She plans to attend Northwood University in Midland on academic and soccer scholarships. 19Jan Rep. Glenn welcomes Dow placekicker to governor’s speech in Capitol Categories: Glenn News,Glenn Photoslast_img read more