Final chapter in Italian stem cell controversy?

first_imgA long-running controversy sparked by the Italian government’s decision to fund a clinical trial of an unapproved stem cell therapy may have reached its final chapter. Last week, a panel of experts appointed by the Italian Ministry of Health concluded that the trial of the so-called Stamina method should not move forward.A similar panel reached the same conclusion in 2013, citing scientific flaws and safety concerns, but that ruling was set aside after a legal challenge. This time, Italy’s minister of health, Beatrice Lorenzin, says the new panel’s 3 October recommendation is final and has vowed to block any trial.Meanwhile, 20 people involved in promoting the therapy, including its leading proponent, are facing allegations of criminal conduct. In April, Italian prosecutors released a report alleging that the group was engaged in fraud by selling the therapy to patients. 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Foundation President Davide Vannoni claims that the therapy, based on bone marrow stem cells, can promote the growth of new neurons and hence cure a vast range of neurodegenerative diseases. In 2013, the Italian Parliament earmarked €3 million for a trial, amid pressure from patients and some media outlets, and despite investigations by health care officials that resulted in decrees to halt the treatments. The decision to fund the trial drew immediate criticism from stem cell researchers and others, prompting officials to order the initial 2013 expert review.Vannoni continues to back the therapy, despite last week’s setback. “The decision has left me amazed,” he tells ScienceInsider. The committee was supposed to only fine-tune the design of the trial, he says, not rule on its feasibility. Vannoni says he will again go to court in an effort to set aside the panel’s conclusions. He won a similar case in 2013, when a judge ruled that some members of the original panel that reviewed the work were not impartial.No patients are currently receiving the Stamina treatment, in part because prosecutors in Turin recently seized vials containing patient cells and tissues from a hospital involved in the therapy. And Luca Pani, director of Italy’s drug regulator, AIFA, says his agency’s investigations show that the treatments should not resume. Investigators found “a number of serious violations which leave no room for interpretation,” he said in a statement issued after the panel issued its recommendation. “In any Western advanced country, a few pages of that decree would have been sufficient to determine the cessation of any activity.”last_img read more

Life is a Soda Bottle…

first_imgWow! Imported shampoo! Imported T-shirt! Imported soaps! Imported chocolates! Wow! Lives abroad! Vacations abroad! Accent, etc., etc. Wow! What’s in the bags? I would rather say, “What’s in a bottle?”How passé these lines sound today. Two decades ago, they were pride points; foreign countries were a fantasy. Products brought from there were enough to make people envious, although nobody cared to look at the labels — Made in India, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh, etc. If you had a distant aunt or cousin living in New York you would feel proud to share their stories with friends. Even if they brought you soaps from hotels they had stayed in, you would show them off in your bathroom. When they paid with a credit card at a posh restaurant where they took you for dinner, you would be in an awe of the shining gold piece of plastic. And yes, when they ordered salads, which, of course, you would never want to eat, you would be all gaga about it. When they asked, “What will you have for dessert?” you would find yourselves on the horns of a dilemma. Oh God, what should I order?They yellow Faber Castell pencils were the pride of your pencil box. The M&Ms, Snickers and Mars were so wow. And hello, how can you forget the Peanut Butter and Kool Aid? The camera that uncle carried around was amazing and it was called a Handi-Cam! The manicure kit my cousin gifted me would accompany me to all the cities I travelled. And, by God, their kids, they could never be wrong. Even if they cried or screamed for absurd reasons, it was okay. The list is endless, but I cannot neglect the little things: they drank Bisleri mineral water, used hand sanitizer and would only sleep with mosquito repellent!I say, “The bottle is full of soda!”I am sure all you desis out there know what I am talking about. The imported shampoo didn’t do much for your hair. You might have discovered that your oversized T-shirt was a give-away at your cousin’s university or some event or bought while on vacation at a flea market. The chocolates… even those who have have visited the M&M and Hershey store in Times Square, know they are no match for 5 Star. What a taste man! I am craving for it right now. Yes, the smooth chocolate and the gooey toffee beneath…. Umm, umm. Today, when you see the label on that little black dress or the linen shirt at Macy’s with a “Made in India” label, you feel proud and wonder, why is this so expensive?Okay! So your aunt, some uncle and a distant cousin who used to visit India once every three years live here. Sooo? What a life! Do you guys have a full time Bai or a Maharaj? Believe me, the dishwasher is a bigger pain! Lavender crèmes? Hello, I still use my Indian Nivea and ya those shell shaped hotel soaps, they just made my skin dry. When I talk to my friends back in India now, I actually sometimes am jealous of their lifestyle — maids, cooks, smaller rents, bigger houses, no parking problems, no tickets, small health insurance premium and ya the doctor gives you the reports by hand. So what have you got? Peanut Butter and Kool Aid? Very unhealthy! Salads? My home made roti and bhindi ki sabzi beats it hands down. And can the rice and French beans stand any chance before daal chawal? As for that dessert you were inquiring about? I don’t think a chocolate mousse or a Tiramisu really works for me. Can you pass over two pieces of gulab jamuns or gajar ka halwa please? What say you? I know half of you will be panting for an Indian restaurant or whipping up an Indian meal this weekend.Handi-cams? Sorry, I don’t have any room for that in my backpack, what with the water bottle, umbrella, and book. My 16 megapixel phone camera does just fine. And Mr. Cousin, his kids. Would you believe it, they are are thinking of shifting back to India?? Ha, ha, ha. Don’t bother taking back the manicure kit you brought for me. Even the nail cutter was hopeless.I am missing the matke ka paani. What on earth got you hooked on Bisleri?Life has a way of coming full circles, bubbles. Heck the fizz is gone from the soda bottle. Related Itemslast_img read more

Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines launched an offensive masterpiece and dismantled Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to open its group stage campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The hosts took the top spot in the three-team Pool A with a 1-0 record and another win for the Filipinos will put them in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Maika Ortiz finished things off for the Philippines with a down-the-line kill in a game that head coach Francis Vicente foresaw as a victory.“Not that I’m bragging but I expected to win today,” said Vicente in Filipino. “But I want to see more from my players. I want to push them so they exceed expectations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Philippines did outscore Hong Kong in spikes, 50-25,  but the hosts also gave away 23 free points due to errors.Vicente added some of his players did experience jitters like Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod, but the head coach was still pleased with how the two helped the team in the bigger picture. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “That’s normal, we can’t do anything about it even if we’re put in that situation we would feel nervous also,” said Vicente. “We’re all humans, but the important thing is that they delivered and all those nerves will disappear in the long run.”Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the Philippines’ two-headed monster as the duo put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo also did some dirty work with seven points to go along her 39 excellent sets.Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with seven.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semislast_img read more

Lionel Messi hits 600 goals with a brace as Barca beats Liverpool 3-0

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “It is not over because we are going to a ground that is very difficult, with lots of history, that presses rivals, but we are happy with today’s game,” Messi said. “This is the critical moment, the best moment, and we have to be more united than ever. At the start of the year we said we would do this together.”Messi’s double also took his overall tally for the season to 48 goals and his Champions League-leading tally to 12 this campaign.It was a bitter loss for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, which is trying to reach consecutive European finals after losing last year’s decider to Real Madrid.Even though striker Roberto Firmino was only fit enough for the final 12 minutes, Liverpool dominated long stretches of the match but failed to finish its chances.“I think that it was the best we have played in the Champions League, including last year,” Klopp said. “We had good chances and caused them real trouble. The problem is that we didn’t score a goal.”ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte That was when Messi settled the match.“We played their game, at their physically demanding pace,” Messi said. “We aren’t used to that. We like having possession of the ball. We were exhausted, but that’s what the match demanded.”Messi’s first goal came with a bit of luck after Suárez kneed a volley against the bar and the ball fell straight to Messi, who chested it down and tapped it into an empty net.The second was spectacular. After he was fouled by Fabinho well outside the area, Messi struck a swerving, left-foot strike past a diving Alisson and into the corner of the net.“We know what Messi can do but he does not stop surprising us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “He has made the difference again and pushed us to victory.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss On Tuesday, Ajax won 1-0 at Tottenham in the other semifinal.Barcelona has already clinched the Spanish league title, leaving it free to fully focus on the second leg while it aims for a rare treble of titles.Liverpool doesn’t have that same luxury, being in a race with Manchester City for the Premier League. It trails City by one point and visits Newcastle on Saturday.The speed of Salah and Sadio Mané caused Barcelona problems throughout and a flurry of jitters in its backline.But Messi was a force at the other end, making Liverpool’s defense bend and almost break on his solo runs until it finally gave way in the final minutes.“He was unstoppable,” Klopp said.When a lull in the action came after a frantic start, Barcelona found a way through to break the deadlock.Defender Jordi Alba sent a perfectly weighted long pass that was reminiscent of the best assists of former Barcelona great Xavi Hernández. The ball skipped past a backtracking Virgil Dan Dijk and met the run of Suárez, who slid and used the tip of his right boot to tuck the ball home.Liverpool pressed Barcelona into its area after halftime and succeeded in the rarest of football feats: taking the ball away from Barcelona.James Milner and Salah drew the saves from Marc -Andre ter Stegen just after the restart. Milner then wasted a golden opportunity when he fired into Teg Stegen’s arms. His double and Luis Suárez’ early goal against his former club gave Barcelona a commanding 3-0 win in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.Messi has won the Champions League four times but his hunger to restore Barcelona as the best club team on the continent was evident against Liverpool, when he had to almost singlehandedly quash a ferocious comeback attempt by the visitors after Suárez’ 26th-minute opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMessi doubled the lead from a rebound with 15 minutes left and followed that up by curling in a perfectly struck free kick in the 82nd.Mohamed Salah nearly scored a valuable away goal for Liverpool to take back to next week’s return leg at Anfield when he hit the post late. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain— Facing its toughest opponent of the season, Barcelona once again turned to Lionel Messi to move the team within one step of reaching its first Champions League final in four seasons.Messi scored his 599th and 600th goals for Barcelona to subdue a Liverpool lineup that had outplayed the hosts for long stretches at Camp Nou on Wednesday but finally succumbed to the Argentine’s mastery.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess More than just Lillard: Team effort helps Trail Blazers level playoff series vs Nuggets View commentslast_img read more


first_imgShah Rukhs last film “Dilwale” released alongside SanjayShah Rukhs last film “Dilwale” released alongside Sanjay Leela Bhansalis magnum opus “Bajirao Mastani” – starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.”In case of Dilwale and Bajirao Mastani, both lost money due to the clash. One doesnt want it,” Shah Rukh said, adding, “It has never been a fight of arrogance when it comes to the release of a film. I feel every film should get its due.”Rahul Dholakias “Raees” is set in 1980s of Gujarat. It tells the story of bootlegger Raees Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), whose business is highly challenged and eventually thwarted by a police officer (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).Shah Rukh sports a kohl-eyed, scruffy look in the movie.According to him, it is a realistic and honest film.”I wanted to do an intense criminal role with a golden heart. I loved the idea very much and said yes in 20 minutes. I think it will be an interesting film. We have been able to make it in the real zone, and still give it a twist for the masses by having songs and action,” he said.”Raees transcends the journey of a man who may not be the best person to make a movie about. He is a bad guy you might like,” he said.Shah Rukh had last played a bad guy in the remake of “Don”.”Yes, I am, in a way, playing a bad guy after a long time. This film is more realistic and gritty while Don was stylised and sexy. On the sets, some people did not talk to me as I looked mean. It will turn out well,” he said.advertisementActress Sunny Leone will be seen dancing with Shah Rukh in a new take of the 1980 “Laila O Laila” from “Qurbaani”. The original track featured Feroz Khan and Zeenat Amaan.”We wanted to do the song in the first schedule, that time we did not get it. We did a new song, an original one. It is not an item song. It is a film set in the 80s, so its a bar number, it is related to the story.”We always wanted to do the song with Sunny. We thought Laila… song is apt for her,” he added. PTI KKP GK JCHlast_img read more

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez fires Arseanl to 3-2 win over Crystal Palace

first_imgForward Alexis Sanchez roared back to form as he netted a brace to power Arsenal to a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace that leaves the Gunners tied on points with Tottenham Hotspur.Sanchez has long been of interest to league leader Manchester City, and his tenure at Arsenal is set to come under renewed speculation ahead of the impending January transfer window.”Nobody knows what will happen. It’s difficult to speculate,” Arsenal manager Wenger said.”We are focused on short-term, that means the next game with the players committed and ready to fight. It’s not a guarantee of how long you stay somewhere. As long as you are somewhere, you give your best.”They are questioned, always, when people don’t have long contracts. The best way to show they are committed is to give that kind of performance.”Sanchez’s double made it an easy looking evening for Arsenal after Palace’s Andros Townsend initially cancelled out Shkodran Mustafi’s opener.The Gunners remained sixth and one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.Crystal Palace had been undefeated in its last eight games and, though it next hosts City on Sunday, it again demonstrated it can survive by often resisting Arsenal. Palace remained one point off the drop zone.Arsenal was off the mark first when Alexandre Lacazette’s shot forced goalkeeper Julian Speroni into a save that reached only the unmarked Mustafi, who tapped in with ease.The equalizer began on the left wing four minutes into the second half; Wilfried Zaha used his footwork to cross towards Townsend, who under little pressure finished first-time into the bottom left corner beyond the diving Petr Cech.advertisementArsenal required time to recover from the setback, and it was only after a lethargic clearance from Christian Benteke after the hour mark that the Gunners were gifted the chance they needed. When Benteke half-heartedly cleared a corner to Calum Chambers, the defender returned possession to the Palace box and watched as Lacazette and Sanchez combined to create space for the latter to strike into the bottom left corner.Despite leading, Arsenal’s form this season meant only another goal would make victory look likely, and its fans had to wait only four more minutes.With a brilliant chipped-pass from inside his own half, Jack Wilshere – often peripheral this season – sent Sanchez into space in the Palace area and, after he impressively controlled, the Chilean routinely poked beyond Speroni.Crystal Palace’s pressure and obvious ambition produced a goal in the 89th minute when, after a corner, Townsend crossed to James Tomkins who, under too little pressure at the back post, headed in. It made for a nervy finish and Arsenal hung on.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Henry Cavill and Fans Approach Marines Charity Fundraising Goal

first_imgMan of Steel actor Henry Cavill finished running the Gibraltar Rock Run for charity in October, but his fans are still giving.Cavill, whose brother Nik is a Royal Marine, trained for and completed the challenging footrace which climbs 1300ft to the summit of the Rock of Gibraltar, in a field of 350 runners all supporting the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, for which Cavill is an Ambassador.Henry Cavill at the Gibraltar Rock RunCredit/Copyright: Henry Cavill NewsThe actor set up a fundraising page for his fans, writing:“I chose to support this charity, not only because of my obvious familial connection, but because of the deep respect I have for the Royal Marines as men and as a corps.“I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and the RMCTF during the Gibraltar Rock Run, it was a great honour and pleasure to take part in this special occasion.”Video: Henry Cavill Interview At The ‘Gibraltar Rock Run’The Henry Cavill News site announced on Saturday that fans are still donating, and that the fundraising goal of £20,000 ($30,000) has nearly been met.To help Henry meet the fundraising goal, visit his JustGiving page.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

CraveTV Enters into Comprehensive MultiYear Partnership with New Metric Media to Build

first_img Facebook TORONTO  (October 23, 2017) – CraveTV and LETTERKENNY producers New Metric Media announced today they are joining forces to build the small-town, smash hit comedy beyond the series itself into a worldwide entertainment brand. The initiative is a comprehensive multi-year partnership that includes an unprecedented production commitment, investment in the support of any existing and new ancillary brand extensions, and a partnership on the international sales and distribution of the series, alongside DHX Media. The deal was negotiated by Bell Media’s Justin Stockman and Carlyn Klebuc, as well as Mark Montefiore of New Metric Media, and Jayme Alter, Denton’s Canada LLP.In the comprehensive agreement, CraveTV and New Metric Media will partner on the production of more than 40 new episodes. With seasons 1-3 currently streaming, the agreement commits to a total of at least 73 episodes of the award-winning original comedy.CraveTV’s commitment to brand support includes the continued cross-platform marketing campaigns for the series, as well its brand extensions including sought-after LETTERKENNY merchandise and the highly successful Puppers Premium Lager, in partnership with Stack Brewery in Sudbury. Twitter Advertisement Social Media links Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About New Metric MediaNew Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding content for domestic and international markets. New Metric Media’s past and present projects include the CraveTV hit original comedy LETTERKENNY as well as the half-hour CraveTV comedy WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the six episode, one hour CityTV/FX Canada limited series BAD BLOOD. For more information visit DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM) is a leading children’s content and brands company, recognized globally for such high-profile properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. One of the world’s foremost producers of children’s shows, DHX Media owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at 13,000 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has 20 offices worldwide. Visit us at CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Cogeco, Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit . As well, the partnership includes cross-promotional support for the just-announced, 26-city LETTERKENNY LIVE! tour, a 90-minute comedy experience starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan) and Mark Forward (Coach), kicking off in Halifax on February 28th, with plans to extend into the U.S.Finally, CraveTV and New Metric Media’s multi-year commitment includes partnering on the sale and distribution of the series and its format, alongside DHX Media, to the international market. The series and format was officially rolled out to International buyers this week at MIPCOM in Cannes, France.“With its devoted audience on CraveTV and buzzworthy appeal, LETTERKENNY is carving out a permanent place in Canadian pop culture,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Pay and OTT Services, Bell Media. “Alongside our partners at New Metric Media, we’re committed to sharing LETTERKENNY with the world by bolstering all facets of the LETTERKENNYbrand, both in Canada and internationally.”“Working with the CraveTV team has been solid from the get-go so, we’re excited to crack open even more six-packs of LETTERKENNY with them,” said Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media. “It’s truly a pleasure to present this comedy to the international industry with a dedicated partner who really ‘gets it’.”Based on the internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, the half-hour comedy – and now bona fide cultural phenomenon – is currently a top performer and marquee program for the streaming service since it made it memorable launch on Super Bowl Sunday 2015.As previously announced, a special Halloween episode of LETTERKENNY, “The Haunting of MoDean’s II”, began streaming last week exclusively on CraveTV. Another six-pack of new episodes is set to launch later this year.Shot on location in and around Sudbury, ON, LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne (Jared Keeso) and his buds get into with their small-town rivals. The Hicks, The Skids, and The Hockey Players get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked. Season 1 of LETTERKENNY took home three 2017 Canadian Screen Awards: Best Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series. As well, series creator Jared Keeso and co-writer and director Jacob Tierney took home a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for TV Comedy. Seasons 1 – 3 are currently streaming on CraveTV and Season 1 is also available on iTunes and Google Play.LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media and Playfun Games in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and distributed by DHX Media. Jared Keeso is executive producer, co-writer, star, and creator, Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan are executive producers for New Metric Media. Steven DeNure is  Co-Founder, President and COO of DHX Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Programming, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. 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Winnipeg Commodity Exchanges last trading function moving to New York

first_imgWINNIPEG – The American company that bought the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange in 2007 says it is shutting down its last commodity trading function.Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) says it will move trading of canola contracts from Winnipeg to New York by July 29.The change will effectively end trading at the WCE, which has been operating in the city since 1887.ICE says the move to New York, which requires regulatory approvals, will provide customers with deeper liquidity, reduced administrative costs and a more diversified risk management pool while retaining the same contract specifications.It says two of its 14 local staff will continue to work in Winnipeg to maintain ties with grain companies based there.The WCE has been handling futures contract trading since 1904 and was the first North American commodity exchange to shift to all-electronic trading when it shut down its “open outcry” system in 2004.last_img read more

Emergency system testing at Brock this week

Brock officials will be co-ordinating an upgrade and test of the University’s emergency notification system this week.The work will take place over two days (Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25) and could impact emergency communications systems in various areas around campus.“Occupants on campus during the upgrade will experience activation of the emergency notification system at various points during the day on Thursday and Friday,” says Rick Fraser, manager of emergency management and life safety.“We’re going to attempt to keep the interruptions to a minimum,” says Fraser. “This work will improve our ability to effectively communicate across the entire campus as well as to specific buildings.”Thursday will consist mainly of behind-the-scenes work with little impact to the broader public. However, Friday’s tests could get loud.Testing will include activating University-wide messaging systems as well as building-specific systems such as digital signs, PA systems, voice mail, and email and text messages.The warning notice “Test, test,” will preface all audio and video messages related to this planned test exercise. Messages that do not include the “Test, test” warning should be treated as a real emergency and appropriate action should be taken.Any test messages received via voice mail, text or email can be deleted.Representatives from Campus Security, Information Technology Services and Residence Life Staff (in residence only) will be on hand during testing to respond to questions. Campus Security may also be contacted at any time during the testing at x3200. read more

Annan says microcredit schemes are key to reaching global antipoverty goals

In a message to a meeting in New York convened five years after an international summit on microcredit, the Secretary-General noted that since then, nations of the world have set the target of cutting in half, by the year 2015, the number of people living on less than $1 a day. “We must look even more seriously at the pivotal role that sustainable microfinance can play, and is playing, in reaching this Millennium Development Goal,” he said.The Secretary-General pointed out that the global push launched in 1997 to highlight the wide-ranging benefits of microcredit has seen much progress. Grassroots community organizations and the financial services sector are working more and more closely together, “creating partnerships that provide the financial services the very poor require to work their way out of poverty and move towards self-reliance, while ensuring that successes and failures are quantified,” he said.”The phenomenal growth in the number of microcredit beneficiaries represents the combined achievements of thousands of innovative institutions around the world, and tens of thousands of their dedicated staff,” Mr. Annan said in the message, which message was delivered by Anwarul K. Chowdhury, his High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. read more

Tickets available for Brock night at the IceDogs game

It’s Brock University night at the Meridian Centre Thursday, Nov. 3 as the Niagara IceDogs host the Hamilton Bulldogs.Teams from various Brock departments will be at the game handing out swag and promoting the Nov. 6 Fall Preview Day.A block of discounted tickets are available for a Brock section at the 7 p.m. home game through an online box office using the code BROCKU. The limited tickets are $13 on a first-come, first-serve basis and Brock staff, faculty, students and their friends and families are welcome to attend.Anyone attending the game is encouraged to wear Brock red at the game. read more

iGo Headphones Lots of Sound for 60

first_imgAdChoices广告 I gave the above headphones a test drive (once the lady pictured was done with them, naturally), and I’ve got to say, I was a bit surprised when the iGo representative told me that the things are only $60. The over-the-ear headphones offer a lot of sound for a pretty nice price.The featuring swiveling ear cups, a soft adjustable headband, and as mentioned above, sound pretty good for a $60 pair of headphones. The company collaborated with ARIEL7 on the design, and I’m told that, if you’re willing to plunk down a couple of extra bucks (okay, $20 or so) you can get a fancy Hello Kitty design. Can you really put a price on that? last_img read more

Inside Marvel Universe of SuperHeroes at Seattles MoPOP

first_imgStay on target If you find yourself in Seattle, you have to go to the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP). Sure, there’s the Space Needle and Pike Place Market and legal dispensaries, but the MoPOP is an amazing place. Rob Marvin visited last year and sang its praises, and last week I checked it out, myself. More importantly, I saw what might be the most comprehensive publicly viewable Marvel Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe collection in the MoPOP’s Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes exhibit.Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes is a walk through the history of Marvel Comics, from the first appearances of Namor and the original android Human Torch in Timely Comics’ Marvel Comics #1 in 1939 to screen-worn costumes and props from Black Panther. It’s a special exhibit at the museum and requires an extra $8 ticket on top of the $26 price to get into the MoPOP. It’s also well worth it, and you should visit before it closes in January.The exhibit is a two-floor walking tour of Marvel’s biggest names, with sections dedicated to Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and other big names from Marvel’s history (with a good amount of weight towards MCU names). It’s an even split between comics history and the MCU, and is genuinely a treasure trove of items from both.For comics fans, the exhibit features first issues and art from the beginning of Marvel up to the modern age. I mentioned Marvel Comics #1, but also Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Fantasy #1 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), and more (all under glass, because they’re all unimaginably rare and expensive). If that isn’t enough, the walls are covered in framed pencils, inks, and page layouts from comics, from Steve Ditko’s original Spider-Man art to Frank Miller’s Wolverine covers. It even has the original pencil sketches of the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #129, the first appearance of the Punisher.If you like the movies more than the comics, the exhibit has you covered. There are props and costumes from across the MCU, starting with Iron Man and leading into Black Panther (no Avengers: Infinity War props, but it’s still a really impressive collection). Actually, it starts before that, with the Green Goblin’s mask from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and even Reb Brown’s costume from 1979’s Captain America TV movie. Seriously, freaking Reb Brown’s Captain America costume.Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the exhibit, which will be at Seattle’s Museum of Popular Culture through January 6.For more Marvel madness, check out 10 comic book characters who were ahead of their time, our look at the late Spider-Man creator Steve Ditko, and AdamTots’ treatise on the importance of patriotism.View as: One Page Slides1. Marvel Comics #1The first Marvel Comics comic, before the publishing company was called Marvel Comics. Marvel Comics #1 was published by Timely Comics in 1938, and features the Sub-Mariner and the original android Human Torch.2. Fantastic Four #1Marvel’s First Family debuted in Fantastic Four #1, signaling the start of the silver age of comics.3. Black PantherA life-sized statue of the Black Panther in the techno-jungle of Wakanda.4. Black Panther CostumesScreen-worn costumes from Black Panther5. Amazing Fantasy #15The first appearance of Spider-Man, in Amazing Fantasy #15. He went on to modest popularity.6. Spider-Man Animation CelsProduction cels of the 1960s-era Spider-Man cartoon. This is where memes come from.7. The Spider ZoneA Spider-man statue and various pieces of Spider-Man art.8. Hall of IronThree life-size suits of Iron Man armor, from the MCU.9. Captain America and Winter Soldier artInked pages and production art from Captain America, including Winter Soldier.10. Captain America and Winter Soldier CostumesScreen-worn costumes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They say, if you listen very closely, you can still hear my editor squeeing.11. Black Widow costume.One of the Black Widow’s screen-worn MCU costumes.12. Avengers ArtInked covers from Avengers comics, including the first appearance of The Vision.13. Guardians of the Galaxy PropsThe Infinity Stone, Star-Lord’s walkman, and Drax’s knives from Guardians of the Galaxy.14. GrootHe is Groot.15. Wolverine ArtInked cover art from Frank Miller’s Wolverine comics.16. Daredevil ArtDaredevil once fought a villain called the Matador.17. Spider-Man #129 ArtA pencil sketch of the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #129, the first appearance of the Punisher.18. Foom!Fan collectibles from Marvel’s House of Ideas, including the self-published Foom fan magazine.19. The Original Movie Captain AmericaReb Brown’s Captain America costume from the 1979 Captain America TV movie.20. Back to Formula?The Green Goblin’s helmet from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie.21. Asgardian SiblingsThor and Hel’s costumes from Thor: Ragnarok.22. Doctor Strange’s CostumeDoctor Strange’s robes from the MCU movie.23. NewsstandA Marvel Comics newsstand at the entrance to the exhibit.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

Former bus driver serves jail sentence apologizes to district

first_imgFormer Mount Pleasant School District bus driver Cheryl Randall apologized Wednesday to residents of the tiny Washougal community for stealing money from the district.Randall served one day in Skamania County Jail, as part of her sentencing Aug. 2 in Camas-Washougal Municipal Court. She still has four days of community service remaining.Randall, 59, pleaded guilty to using a district credit card to steal $500 in gas for her personal vehicle. A state auditor’s report later uncovered thousands of dollars more in questionable expenses that the district did not document.Randall must reimburse the school district $6,993.67, including gas purchases, the cost of the auditor’s report and court costs, Judge Darvin Zimmerman ruled last week. Randall disagreed with the dollar amount she was asked to pay back, she said Wednesday, but was eager to move on.“I’m sorry to the community of Mount Pleasant,” Randall said. “I want to just go on with my life.”last_img read more

Bangladesh slips 9 steps in Global Peace Index

first_img.Bangladesh has moved nine steps down in the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2019, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, reports UNB.This is the thirteenth edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI), which ranks 163 independent states and territories according to their level of peacefulness.Bangladesh has ranked 101st out of 163 countries with a global score of 2.128 while in last year its position was 93 with the score of 2.084, according to the report.Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria while in South Asia, Bhutan topped the index with 15th rank, followed by Sri Lanka 72.Bhutan has recorded the largest improvement of any country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the last 12 years.Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Austria, Portugal, and Denmark.The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on peace, its economic value, trends, and how to develop peaceful societies.The GPI covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace using three thematic domains: the level of Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and the degree of Militarisation.Perceptions of peacefulness have increased in some areas but decreased in others. More people across the world now feel that they have more freedom in life, are more satisfied with life, and are treated with more respect than in 2008.Many more people also feel that their countries are better places to live for ethnic and religious minorities. However, the daily feelings of sadness, worry, and stress have also increased over the same time period, said the report.last_img read more

Diablo III and Other MRated Nintendo Crossovers

first_imgStay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Nintendo isn’t so family-friendly that they ban M-rated games all together. You could play all sorts of Call of Duty games on the Wii. But Diablo III on Switch also adds armor based on similarly demonic Legend of Zelda-villain Ganondorf. That’s a case of Nintendo letting one of its own biggest best #brands become associated with a game intended for mature adult audiences only because of “blood and gore, partial nudity, and violence.” The sunny Nintendo trailer voices have to say the H-word. This is a much rarer phenomenon I wanted to investigate. So here are some other examples of M-rated Nintendo crossovers.BayonettaBayonetta is a game where you play as a sadistic sailor-mouthed witch who becomes naked summoning demons from her own hair clothing to beat angels into a bloody pulp. And when Nintendo scooped up the franchise they let her dress up as sweet, pure, and innocent Princess Peach along with other family friendly Nintendo characters like Fox, Link, and Samus. She could even summon Bowser’s limbs for the divine torture. Just because you’ve played as Bayonetta in Smash Bros. doesn’t mean you’re ready for the real thing.Metal Gear Solid: The Twin SnakesMetal Gear Solid grapples with themes of nuclear proliferation and the changing roles of soldiers. It’s weird and sexual and violent with Snake getting tortured or being hit on by a hypnotized Meryl. All of Kojima’s hang ups are on display, and there’s no way he’s expecting kids to pay attention to flow charts on the war economy. And yet when they remade the first Metal Gear Solid for Nintendo GameCube you could snag little toys of Mario’s friendly steed Yoshi.Fatal FrameThe best horror games find clever, terrifying ways to make the player feel powerless. And Fatal Frame does this by tasking teenage girls to take on extremely J-horror vengeful ghosts with nothing but an old camera and vague knowledge of spirit photography. We’re still getting over how bizarre it is that Nintendo now controls this franchise. The Wii U version, Maiden of the Black Water, took place in a suicide forest. And it even let you dress up as much more powerful Nintendo heroines Samus Aran and Princess Zelda.GeistGeist is an M-rated original IP from Nintendo. That’s something that just doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, given its low quality, Geist probably shouldn’t have existed. The concept of a first-person shooter where you play as a body-hopping ghost sounds dope. But it really wasn’t. And all the Samus Easter egg did was remind you of the much better first-party Nintendo GameCube FPS Metroid Prime.SkyrimBeing able to play a game as mature and absolutely massive as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on a portable machine was part of the initial pitch for the Nintendo Switch. Granted, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stole a lot of that thunder. However, Skyrim got some of it back by including the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Link’s Breath of the Wild outfit in the Switch version of Skyrim.Dark SoulsAlthough it took them a while to enter the space, Nintendo’s amiibo figures have really cleaned up. Recent reports say they have sold over 50 million of the toys-to-life NFC figures, and it makes sense since Nintendo characters like Mario, Pikachu, and Link are so recognizable. Kids love them. Kids probably don’t love Dark Souls though with its bleak scary world and absolutely brutal difficulty. That makes it even weirder that the Switch version of Dark Souls got its own amiibo of the praise the sun meme-dude Solaire of Astora.Assassin’s Creed 2This doesn’t really count but Assassin’s Creed 2 is a game about stabbing necks and beating up the Pope in Renaissance-era Italy. So of course there’s a character who cheerfully says in full non-copyright infringing glory “It’s-a me, Mario!”center_img Now that I can finally take a break from the wonderful cowboy Hell of Red Dead Redemption 2, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the wonderful actual Hell of Diablo III. Specifically, I’ve been playing the spooky Halloween release of Diablo III on Nintendo Switch. And it’s pretty great!Not to say that fact should be a surprise. Although it took some cleanup after the 2012 launch, Diablo III’s reputation as a worthy successor to Blizzard’s legendary action RPG series has been (mostly) solid. In concept, crawling through endless grind-heavy loot-filled dungeons just made sense on the Switch considering how good the device is for both fast constant play sessions anywhere and incredibly easy co-op. Use red bloody sideways Joy-Con to roll out of the way and melee strike as the Crusader or launch jars of spiders as the Witch Doctor. And in practice, our last hands-on let us know the game would look and perform just fine on Switch, which continues to be the case in the final game.In short, if you haven’t played Diablo III or are looking for a way to play Diablo III even more often in your life, Diablo III on Switch is a great version to go with. Just get one of those Switch subscriptions if you want online benefits. But Diablo III on Switch is also fascinating to me not just because this is Diablo on a portable machine but Diablo on a Nintendo machine.last_img read more

New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives.center_img Only 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.”last_img read more