Mayors across Canada urge federal government to lead on overdose deaths crisis

first_imgVANCOUVER – Mayors across Canada are calling for federal leadership on the “national emergency” of overdoses by ensuring provinces provide timely access to addiction treatment and by launching public education campaigns.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who heads a task force of the big city mayors caucus on the opioid crisis, said he and his counterparts in 12 other cities agree the situation is so dire that Ottawa must take a leadership role if jurisdictions are not moving fast enough to save lives.Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said last month she’s frustrated with provinces and territories that have not provided her with information on overdose deaths despite repeated requests.“We are in a national public health crisis in Canada,” Philpott’s press secretary, Andrew MacKendrick, said in a statement Thursday on behalf of the minister, who was unavailable. “Minister Philpott is committed to using every lever at her disposal to combat this crisis, and to working with all levels of government and partners across the country to do so.”Robertson said some provinces are “dragging their feet” on data collection but the federal government must step in with a standardized format to gather the information, which should be reported publicly at least every quarter.“It’s shocking when this epidemic is sweeping across Canada, when facts are being withheld,” Robertson said in an interview, noting Vancouver collects weekly information on the number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses while the provincial coroner’s service publishes monthly updates on its website.The service said there were 347 drug overdose fatalities in British Columbia between January and March, putting the total on track to surpass the record 931 illicit drug deaths last year, many involving the painkiller fentanyl.“It’s a human catastrophe and it’s taking an enormous toll on first responders and we can’t withstand this pace for much longer,” Robertson said, adding a co-ordinated response involving all levels of government is also essential to ensure that federal funds are directed toward removing barriers to treatment.MacKendrick said the Public Health Agency says it has been working with the provinces and territories to develop a common reporting template to be submitted on a quarterly basis.Across Canada, about 2,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has said, adding the number is headed even higher this year.Robertson and his counterparts on the task force, which is part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, say addiction treatment is essential, including medically supervised opioid substitution therapy and prescription heroin for people who haven’t responded to other forms of intervention.The Vancouver Police Department issued its own report Wednesday calling for treatment on demand, saying the opioid crisis is taxing officers who can’t immediately refer people who need help and that reviving them with the overdose-reversing drug naloxone isn’t good enough.“There’s no question this is a national emergency,” Robertson said, adding the mayors debated whether the federal government should invoke the National Emergency Act.“It’s arguable whether that would make a difference. What’s essential here is that provinces immediately support treatment on demand that’s necessary to save lives.”The high number of overdose deaths in B.C. prompted the provincial government to open 23 overdose prevention sites so people could inject illicit drugs while monitored by trained staff.Robertson said giving people a place to use drugs under supervision is one of the first lines of defence to reduce overdose deaths but most provinces aren’t providing that service.The mayors said preventing deaths will require all four pillars of the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy, including harm reduction, treatment, prevention and enforcement, which includes national protocols for the handling of potentially deadly fentanyl and the even more lethal drug carfentanil.Vancouver has been at the forefront of drug policy, first by opening North America’s only supervised-injection clinic in 2003, and later by providing the only injectable heroin program on the continent, though it has a long wait list.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Everybodys baby Police family reflect on disappearance of Tamra Keepness

first_imgREGINA — Retired police corporal Jim Pratt remembers standing on a road on the outskirts of Regina as a team of searchers walked through a yellow canola field.They were looking for a missing Indigenous girl, five-year-old Tamra Keepness. Elders had told police they had visions of the child near rocks, water and trees.Pratt says a car with two older white women pulled up beside him, and one peeped out a window.“Did you find our baby yet?” she asked.No. And fifteen years later, Tamra still hasn’t been found.Pratt gets emotional thinking about that day, that unsolved case and the girl so many worried about.“Race was thrown to the side,” Pratt says. “That little girl became everybody’s baby.”Tamra and her toothy smile were well-known across Canada in 2004, and the search for the missing girl grew to one of the largest in Regina’s history.She was last seen about 10:30 p.m. on July 5 of that year as she was going to bed in her home in Regina’s core, where she lived with her mother, stepfather, twin sister and four other siblings.She was noticed missing the next day about noon.“No matter what we did, no matter how many people we talked to, no matter where we searched, we were no closer at the end of that than we were the day that she was reported missing,” says Marlo Pritchard, a staff sergeant in charge of the major crimes unit at the time.Now chief of police in Weyburn, Sask., Pritchard recalls the force was consumed with an urgency to find the little girl.About 2,000 tips came in and, like a grenade going off with fragments flying everywhere, each one needed to be looked at as a potential lead.It’s frustrating no one was able to find her, he says.“It pulls at your heart. It hurts.”Retired officer Ron Weir, who was called in to set up the search and rescue operation just as he was heading out on holidays, remembers working 20-hour days on the case.Police were “behind the eight-ball,” he says, because several hours had passed between the time Tamra was last seen and when she was reported missing.He brought in volunteers to help.“These people were out there daily with us for months and taking time off their work,” he says.Police and hundreds of volunteers scoured neighbourhoods, combed through yards and garages and, assuming the worst, looked in trash bins and a local landfill. The search also expanded to Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation and Pasqua First Nation based on tips from the public and visions from elders.Regina police did not respond to a request for an update on the case. But this week they released a short video saying investigators continue to search for answers.The old brown-and-white house from where Tamra vanished still stands on Ottawa Street. Some residents say the neighbourhood has its issues: property crime, women working street corners at night and people in dark clothing walking around looking inside vehicles.Posters of a missing Indigenous woman, Jenaya Wapemoose, who hasn’t been seen since March, are taped to lampposts along the block.Tamra’s cousin, Honey Watetch moved in across the street a few months ago. Having Tamra’s old house so close is hard, Watetch says, and she doesn’t like to talk about it.Troy Keepness also visited the neighbourhood this week.Tamra’s father says he feels like crying and harbours guilt over losing custody of his children in the years leading up to Tamra’s disappearance.The last time he saw Tamra — the brave, giggly, energetic girl who looked most like him, Keepness says she told him she wanted to be home with him.He’s numbed the pain over the years with alcohol and drugs, he adds, and has also had interactions with police.“I feel awful about how I’ve been living to deal with issues around my life.”Keepness has 10 other children who are mostly now grown, he says. He’s proud of his kids. One son recently graduated high school. Tamra’s twin is now in university.He knows Tamra would be doing well now too, he says, and hopes to one day find her — or at least find out what happened to her.It’s something he has prayed about.“I prayed whoever has her would keep her safe and not hurt her,” he says. “And if she’s already an angel, then I said ‘hello.’”Pratt still advises police on the case, and says he also thinks about Tamra all the time.“Some day we’ll see her in the spirit world or some day she’ll walk down the street in real life and say, ‘I’m here,” Pratt says. “That’s how I have to look at it.“We’re not going to give up hope.”Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hell Yeah Space Returns to Purgatory for Season 4 of WYNONNA EARP

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Space on FacebookSpace on TwitterSpace on InstagramAbout 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, original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and the 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; Bravo’s mystery drama CARTER; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; CTV’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as Comedy’s 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 SEVEN24 FilmsSEVEN24 Films is an independent film and television production company whose work has spanned over two decades. Executive Producers Tom Cox and Jordy Randall have produced dramatic series, mini-series, television movies and feature films garnering over one hundred industry awards and nominations. Current projects include the hit family series HEARTLAND, the longest running one-hour series in Canadian history, now in its eleventh season on CBC and UPtv, as well as YOUNG DRUNK PUNK, a half-hour comedy starring KIDS IN THE HALL alumnus, Bruce McCulloch. Other award-winning projects include the Canadian Screen Award winner, BOREALIS, as well as the Gemini Award-winning movie MAYERTHORPE and Gemini Award-winning mini-series BURN UP (with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell). Tom Cox and Jordy Randall were also co-producers on numerous high-profile feature films including the Academy Award nominated Brokeback Mountain, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Resurrecting the Champ and are both recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contribution to the arts.About IDW EntertainmentIDW Entertainment launched in November 2013 to distribute productions globally as well as to develop film and television properties based on IDW’s extensive catalog. The division is currently in development on a slate of properties including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V WARS, by New York Times best-seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (DEXTER, SMALLVILLE); political conspiracy series, COBB, with writer/executive producer Thania St. John (CHICAGO FIRE, COVERT AFFAIRS); quirky supernatural mystery, DOUGLAS ADAMS’ DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (CHRONICLE); supernatural action series, PANTHEON, with co-creator Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD). IDW also has several active theatrical projects in development. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.About SpaceSpace is home to phenomenal programming including imaginative dramas, epic movies, engaging reality series. Named “Channel of the Year” in 2013 by Playback magazine, Space is also home to original series WYNONNA EARP, KILLJOYS, and the exclusive Canadian home for signature series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, DOCTOR WHO, KRYPTON, and THE EXPANSE. Space content is always available on demand at and on Space-branded On Demand channels through several of Canada’s TV Providers, and on Facebook, @SpaceChannel, and other social media platforms. Space is part of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. As described in recent profile in The New York Times, Andras (LOST GIRL) developed the “comedy-infused, character-driven drama” for television and serves as Executive Producer and Showrunner. SEVEN24’s Jordy Randall and Tom Cox serve as Executive Producers along with Ted Adams and David Ozer, as well as Todd Berger and Rick Jacobs. Brian Dennis is producer.Season 2 of WYNONNA EARP corralled an audience increase of 30% for total viewers compared to Season 1, and was up 33% among A25-54, 46% among A18-49, and more than double for females A25-54 and A18-49. WYNONNA EARP Season 2 made Space the most-watched entertainment specialty channel during its Fridays at 10 p.m. ET timeslot among adults A18-34 and A18-49.In the next episode of Season 3, “When You Call My Name” (Friday, July 27 at9 p.m. ET), the demon who cursed the Earp heir reveals himself in a shocking turn of events that will leave the team forever changed.WYNONNA EARP is produced by SEVEN24 Films in association with Space and Bell Media and distributed by IDW Entertainment. Production Executive for Bell Media is Rebecca DiPasquale. Tom Hastings is Director, Original Programming, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter TORONTO (July 23, 2017) – As announced at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, Space has renewed supernatural sci-fi series and fan-driven phenomenon, WYNONNA EARP, for a fourth season. Created by Emily Andras, produced by Calgary-based SEVEN24 Films, and distributed globally by IDW Entertainment, WYNONNA EARP stars Canadian actor Melanie Scrofano as the titular demon hunter. With Season 3 of the western phenomenon currently airing on Space Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, production on Season 4 of the one-hour cult-hit begins in Calgary in 2019.“We couldn’t be more excited that WYNONNA EARP is returning to fire up the Space lineup for a fourth season,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. “This ground-breaking series continues to prove itself to be a wildly imaginative, unconventional program that drives viewership and captures the hearts of critics and devoted fans alike. We’re thrilled to be on board with SEVEN24 Films, and the talented cast and crew for round four.”WYNONNA EARP follows legendary lawman Wyatt Earp’s descendant, Wynonna (Scrofano), who inherits his mystical gun, Peacemaker. With it, Wynonna and her posse of dysfunctional allies must fight against supernatural beings and other paranormal occurrences in a raucous, whisky-soaked struggle to break her family’s demonic curse. Login/Register With: Tim Rozon and Melanie Scrofano in Season 3 of Wynonna Earp. Courtesy, Space.last_img read more

Oka buys disputed land

first_imgAPTN National NewsA dispute between a developer and the Mohawks of Kanesatake appears to finally coming to an end.Norfolk Development sparked outrage in the Mohawk community this past summer with plans to build condominiums in an area claimed by Kanesatake.The Oka municipality says it bought the land for $280,000. The grand chief of Kanesatake says the community is happy with the deal and called on the federal government to stop any new developments on contested land in the area known as the Pines.last_img

The inheritors protest

first_imgGreta Ernman Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish school girl who is rocking the world with her protest against inaction on Climate Change. In August 2018, as Sweden was gearing up for its national elections, she decided not to go to school but instead sit outside to raise the flag on the need to do more, much more, to combat the deadly Climate Change. At first, it is said, she was alone but as she persisted and persisted, her voice got louder and louder. Now she sits in protest every Friday outside her school urging the world to act. And with her, at the last count, Friday of mid-March some 1,650 strikes were on in over 100 countries. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhat Greta and her fellow youth are asking is simple and straight, “If Climate Change happens, as predicted and now more or less certain, then what is our future?” This is a fact. The inheritors are asking, what are you leaving for us? What are you doing? I don’t know how far Greta’s organic movement will go — will it get exhausted, irrelevant or just disappear as the youngsters get older and the reality of livelihood takes over. But I hope it will not go away. I hope it will continue to rage and rant and spread across our world. I hope it will capture the imagination of the young; gather their desperation and all this will make its way into their parents’ company boardrooms and ministerial offices. I hope it will not shush down. I hope it will not become like the old — like us. Also Read – Insider threat managementBecause there is one more chance for us to make this work. The fact is if we reconfigure our measurement of progress so that it is built on measuring the wellbeing of our children, then the Planet may just survive. We know today that children are not just the inheritors of the future warmer world. We also know that environmental destruction and toxification has the worst impact on their lives. So, make them the centre of the universe of development. Measure growth through their well-being. We know that the lack of access to safe sanitation impinges on children’s lives, not just wellbeing, and leads to malnutrition, stunting and high disease burden, including death. We make this our way to understand if sanitation is improving or not, not just counting toilets. Then we know that the availability of the toilet is not enough, human excreta has to be taken back and made safe for reuse. If not, it will pollute water and spread diseases, including vector-borne. So, let’s start measuring pollution through data on the growth of malaria or diarrhoea. Similarly, the lack of clean energy in homes is another wicked problem; women cooking on biomass fuel suffer from killer respiratory disorders. Lower respiratory tract infections remain the top causes of children and adolescent mortality in the world. Even as the world needs to re-invent its energy system to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions that cause Climate Change, it also needs to do much more to provide energy to the poorest in the world. Then there is the challenge of toxification because of air in cities, which is showing up in the increased disease burden, particularly of children. So, let us measure progress to clean energy or clean air through the health of our children. There is also no doubt that education — ideally good and meaningful — changes lives. There is also enough evidence that educating the girl child is the beginning of the change in the fertility and population trajectory of a country. Their empowerment is real power as an educated young woman is the first to take charge of her mind and her body. It’s also clear that education will build more informed consumers — the inheritors cannot take on the same lifestyle and expect to save the planet. It is also clear that livelihoods are critical — the insecurity of the young comes from their lack of jobs in this increasingly automated world. What will they do? What are the skills that will build the new world, which will not add to the crisis of Climate Change? Have we built jobs that are in the green economy? This is the question that will work, not just to build futures but also correct the present. In this way, we will measure the health of the planet through the health and wellbeing of our young. We will build hope that we are working towards a new future—the one Greta Thunberg and millions like her are calling us to ensure. Today, not tomorrow. (The author is the editor of Down To Earth Magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Moroccans Express Solidarity With Victim of Road Accident Amidst Silence of

Rabat – Although the silence of authorities is deafening in the wake of the Friday tragedy that claimed the lives of 31 people, including 20 promising young athletes between the age of 10 and 14, many Moroccans took to social media platforms in order to express full solidarity to the families of the victims and to call for accountability.On Friday, April 10th, a bus carrying nearly 50 people and a tanker truck collided near the city of Tantan, southern Morocco.Many people onboard the bus were killed after the two vehicles burst into  flames immediately after the fatal crash. Among the victims are twenty children who had just finished their participation at a national school games competition held in the cities of Rabat, Temara and Benslimane earlier this week. ?? #?????? ??? ???? ??? ????? ??????? ???? ????? ??? ???? ????? ? ????? ? ?????? ??????? #?????? #Twittoma #TanTan #AccidentTanTan— ???? ???????? ?NSR? (@HananeFadili) April 10, 2015Prayers and thoughts go out to all those who lost their lives today in the tragic bus accident in #tantan – #Morocco— Boutaïna Azzabi (@Boutaina) April 10, 2015Nine were injured, two of them are in serious condition. They were taken to the Hassan II Hospital in nearby Tantan for medical attention. Others with severe injuries will be transported by Helicopter to hospitals in Casablanca and other cities. Also among the victims are also local officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as Moroccan champion Lahcen Isengar, a former long distance runner who defended the colors of Morocco in international arenas during the 1980s/90s.Moroccan social media users have also criticized what they described as the government’s lack of compassion over the victims’ deaths and their failure to respond and communicate actively with the public opinion in the aftermath of the ordeal. They called for wrongdoers to be held accountable, especially as early reports indicate that the head-on collision was caused by a tanker truck that was filled with smuggled hydrocarbons.“Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Transportation and equipment, must resign,” said Mr. Sami Elmoudni, a Moroccan journalist.According to media reports, the victims’ families are holding protests in the city of Alyoun demanding the truth and answers about the faith of their loved ones. read more

Sierra Leone UN Peacebuilding Commission ends maiden field trip with new insights

“We left with a greater understanding and also with a great commitment from the Government on the next steps forward,” Ambassador Frank Majoor, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York, noting that justice and security reform are among the key priorities. “The country needs capacity building in almost every area.”Mr. Majoor headed the 12-member delegation in his capacity as chair of the Commission’s Country Specific Meetings on Sierra Leone, which after 11 years of civil war has now entered a peace consolidation phase.The mission met with met with the small West African country’s Government officials, political parties, international organizations and civil society representatives “to obtain this first-hand information… to discuss with the Government and other stakeholders the remaining gaps within the priority areas for peace-building and the development of an integrated framework,” Mr. Majoor said.The delegation communicated the main principles and purposes of the Peacebuilding Commission to stakeholders. “That was also still necessary since we’re the new kid on the block… We still have to explain what the Peacebuilding Commission is all about,” he noted, detailing its relationship UN agencies and other organizations already on the ground. “We’re an advisory body that is supposed to intensify dialogue with the Government and all stakeholders which are represented in the Peacebuilding Commission and also galvanize support with an emphasis on the priority areas which we find important for peacebuilding,” he added.“So it is in that intensive dialogue with the Government, the United Nations, the international financial institutions, the bilateral donors, some of them very big donors, and civil society that we’re trying to develop our common approach.”Sierra Leone and another formerly war-torn African country, Burundi, are the first nations to be referred to the Commission. Although they have made much progress in emerging from their devastating civil conflicts, they continue to face great political and economic challenges, the Commission said. Earlier this month, Sierra Leone received $35 million from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, established from voluntary contributions to aid countries which have recently emerged from war from slipping back into conflict. 28 March 2007The first-ever field mission from the new United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, set up to prevent countries emerging from civil war and other conflicts from slipping back into bloodshed, has returned from Sierra Leone with a clearer idea of the challenges now facing the once strife-torn state, the delegation leader said today. read more

UNICEF chief urges African leaders to use child wellbeing as gauge of

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on African leaders to embrace child-centred standards as the primary indicator of progress across their continent.“We all agree that in order to sustain human progress, a government must invest in its children,” Executive Director Carol Bellamy told leaders attending the Africa Economic Summit in Durban, South Africa. “Doing so is both a moral and an economic imperative. Thus, the well-being of your children should become the most important standard for measuring your individual achievement as leaders.” The summit, attended by over 600 high-level political, business and civil society participants from more than 40 countries, is a platform for effective dialogue and networking to marshal private sector inputs in implementing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative.The Summit aims to build on last year’s emphatic endorsement by the business community of NEPAD, the World Economic Forum said. It will also develop the innovative partnerships and joint action plans needed to engage business in its effective implementation.Arguing that no single measure of development predicts the future as reliably as the well-being of a nation’s youngest citizens, Ms. Bellamy urged African nations to focus their limited resources on investments in health, education, equality and protection for children. She told them not to be shy about comparing their progress against other nations of similar economic strength.Africa accounts for only 12 per cent of the world’s population yet is the home of 43 per cent of the world’s child deaths, 50 per cent of maternal deaths, 70 per cent of people living with HIV/AIDS, and a staggering 90 percent of the children orphaned by AIDS.“No continent with such unfavourable indicators of child well-being can achieve real development or stability,” Ms. Bellamy stressed. “Only by improving the immediate prospects of children can we break out of poverty toward true progress for Africa.”Ms. Bellamy’s proposal was presented to Summit attendees in the form of a 50-page white paper entitled, “The Young Face of NEPAD.” Founded last year by African leaders, NEPAD seeks to assert local accountability for the continent’s destiny.Members include the African Union as well as the Africa Economic Summit, which is part of the World Economic Forum. read more

Afghanistan UN official urges longterm support for vulnerable communities

In the wake of last week’s massive landslide in north-eastern Afghanistan, a senior United Nations relief official today voiced deep concern about the impact of conflict and natural disasters in the country, and urged the world to step up support to vulnerable communities.As the country undergoes a major security, political and economic transition, any significant reduction in international aid could have a devastating impact on people’s lives, warned Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator.“It is important that the transition is centred on the Afghan people and what needs to be done to tangibly improve their lives,” she said as she wrapped up her three-day visit to the country. “Solutions to tackle major issues such as access to essential services, including healthcare, and timely assistance to displacement are paramount for Afghanistan’s overall transition and development,” she added. “It is very clear that insecurity remains a major concern – both endangering the lives of civilians and constraining humanitarian access,” stressed Ms. Kang, warning that the conflict has prevented people from accessing to medical care severely. “Last year there was a 60 per cent increase in the number of people treated for conflict-related injuries,” she said.The deputy relief chief also emphasized the needs of those displaced by natural disasters in the long run, following her visit to Badakhshan in the country’s northeast, where hundreds of people were killed by a massive landslide late last week. During a meeting with Afghan officials, Ms. Kang expressed her condolences to the victims and survivors of the landslide. Moreover, she promised the continuous support from the UN system for the country.Of equal importance, she said, is disaster risk reduction, given that natural disasters have the tendency to recur in many areas of Afghanistan. “Investing in disaster risk reduction to improve preparedness, and reduce and better mitigate underlying risks and vulnerabilities must remain a key priority,” added Ms. Kang. “We need to continue helping to strengthen the Government’s ability to prepare for and respond to disasters which have such a devastating impact on the lives of so many Afghans.”Meanwhile, “UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) is focusing on installing sanitary systems for those displaced, primarily women and children (some 150 families) in Badakhshan,” Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF spokesperson told reporters in Geneva.Another priority for UNICEF is to provide psycho-social support for children, whose family members had lost lives and were traumatised. Mr. Boulierac also reported that specialized UNICEF teams were helping children re-establish their new lives as soon as possible, including ensuring that affected children continued to attend school. Some 32,000 families had been provided assistance in terms of drinking water thus far. read more

Thad Matta ties Ohio State coaching record as big second half from

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) is pressured by Penn State players during a game on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerPlaying on the road has not been a strong suit for the Ohio State men’s basketball team this season.But not only did the Buckeyes win their third straight game Wednesday night, they also earned a place in the record books for their coach.Thad Matta earned his 297th OSU win as the Buckeyes (22-8, 11-6) topped the Penn State Nittany Lions (15-15, 3-14) for just their fourth road victory of the season, 77-67, in State College, Pa.After the win, Matta is tied for the most all-time wins as an OSU men’s basketball coach, along with Fred Taylor, who coached the Buckeyes from 1959-76.The game started out looking as though the Buckeyes would coast as they jumped out to a 15-8 lead, led by eight early points from freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate.However, the Nittany Lions, who were celebrating senior day, went on a 21-5 run to open a nine-point lead on the Buckeyes.OSU fought back, ending the first half on a 9-1 run to head to the locker room down, 30-29.The game of runs continued after the break as Penn State come out of the second half gate swinging, going on an 8-0 run to extend its lead to nine.Once again, the Buckeyes answered. An 11-0 run gave OSU a 40-38 lead with 14:34 to play, capped by a deep 3-pointer from freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.After four straight points by Penn State, Russell buried two more 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to push the Buckeye lead to 46-42.A three-point play by Russell with 11:11 to play capped a 21-4 run in just over six minutes for the Buckeyes, with 12 of those points coming from Russell.Russell finished with a game-high 28 points on the night.Tate, who got off to a quick start for OSU, finished with 13 points to go along with five rebounds.Senior guard Shannon Scott led the Buckeyes in assists with seven while adding another seven boards to complement his 13 points.Penn State senior guard D.J. Newbill and senior forward Ross Travis combined for 21 of the Nittany Lions’ first 30 points.The win is Matta’s 399th triumph overall as he spent time as a head coach at his alma mater, Butler University, and Xavier University before joining the Buckeyes.Matta is in his 11th year as the head man in Columbus and has won at least 20 games every season since taking over.The Buckeyes are set to conclude their regular season at home on senior day Sunday against No. 6 Wisconsin. Tip is set for 4:30. read more

Jacksonville Humiliated Pittsburgh The Last Time They Met Can The Jags Do

Trying to get the offense into rhythm, the Steelers unwittingly played into the Jaguars’ hands. Haley called a host of wide-receiver screens and dump-off passes to tailback Le’Veon Bell, but the lateral speed of the Jaguars defenders allowed them to bottle up the Steelers’ short passing game: The Steelers averaged 5.6 yards after catch on the season,2They finished fifth in the league with 2,146 yards after catch. but they averaged just 3.5 against Jacksonville.This pattern repeated itself throughout the game. Jacksonville’s corners frequently played Brown tightly, with safety help over the top, while keeping Smith-Schuster in front of them with plenty of cushion. Whether or not the Jaguars showed blitz, Roethlisberger kept throwing to his first read, frequently forcing throws to Brown.Here’s Roethlisberger’s passing chart for the game, via ESPN Stats & Info: Meanwhile, Brown is coming off a calf injury that may or may not hamper him against Ramsey and Jacksonville. If Brown is unavailable or ineffective, and the running game isn’t working, Roethlisberger will have to do a much better job of reading the defense and finding the open receiver — or there will be more picks where the first five came from.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Roethlisberger targeted Brown 19 times on the day, completing just 10 passes. Take out that opening bomb, and Brown gained just 108 yards on the 18 other passes thrown his way. That’s an average of just 6.0 yards per target, down from his season-long average of 9.4. And three of Roethlisberger’s five interceptions came while targeting Brown, including both pick-sixes.What could Haley and the Steelers have done instead? They could have taken a page from the other team on the field.While Fournette was racking up 181 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, Bell was given just six second-half carries, despite reeling off his game-high 15-yard carry on the first drive of the second half. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger dropped back to throw 39 times in the second half.Former Steelers tailback DeAngelo Williams saw the solution, too; he told Steve Gorman of Fox Sports Radio that if “Haley doesn’t run the damn ball like he should have the first time, they should fire his ass.”Bell only averaged 3.1 yards per carry in Week 5,3Down from his season average of 4.0. so maybe it won’t be quite as simple as handing him the ball more often. But with Roethlisberger pressing downfield leading to two defensive scores and three flipped fields, restoring run-pass balance to the offense can’t possibly hurt. The Steelers might also benefit from the ball bouncing their way more often; one of Roethlisberger’s picks came on a deflection, and another when Schuster fell down. The last time the Jacksonville Jaguars came into Heinz Field, the 7.5-point underdogs embarrassed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers so badly, Roethlisberger wondered aloud if he didn’t “have it anymore.”Roethlisberger threw 55 passes in that Week 5 matchup, netting just 5.67 yards per attempt with no touchdowns and a whopping five interceptions. The Steelers managed just three field goals on 12 offensive possessions. The Jaguars didn’t throw the ball well either, but they didn’t need to: Tailback Leonard Fournette rumbled for 181 yards and two touchdowns, while two Jaguars defenders returned interceptions for touchdowns.On Sunday, the Jaguars will return to the scene of their triumph. Yet they opened as 6.5-point underdogs, with Vegas bookmakers not believing they can do what they did to the Steelers a second time.So just what did they do to the Steelers?On the Jaguars’ first defensive play of the game, at least, they didn’t do much. With second-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey lined up tight on All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger tested Ramsey by going long — and completing a 49-yard bomb.But if Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley had faith in Roethlisberger and his wide receivers, Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash had faith in his athletic secondary.Early in the game, Jacksonville showed a lot of tight man and off-man looks, with a single high safety. They also flashed different blitzes, but according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, they only blitzed once. After the snap, the Jaguars frequently dropped back into middle-of-the-field zones while the corners clamped down on the outside receivers.By rushing four and dropping seven, the Jaguars allowed a lot of short completions, but they limited post-catch damage. The strategy also limited downfield options, giving the Jaguars’ second-ranked pass rush plenty of time to create pressure and force Roethlisberger to make mistakes.Just before the end of the first half, the Steelers were facing a 3rd-and-6 at their own 19-yard line. Down 7-3 with 1:20 still on the clock, they still had plenty of time to score before heading into the locker room. Here’s how Jacksonville lined up:At the top of the screen, Ramsey is giving Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster almost 10 yards of cushion. This seems like a mistake, given that Pittsburgh only needs 6 yards to convert. Pittsburgh is lined up in the shotgun with 1-1 personnel,1One running back, one tight end, three wide receivers. and Jacksonville has its nickel package in.Both linebackers are up at the line of scrimmage, along with safety Barry Church, indicating a blitz is coming. But at the snap, only the four down linemen actually rush; the Jaguars drop back seven players into coverage. Roethlisberger, presumably expecting a blitz, locks onto Smith-Schuster and throws early, anticipating Smith-Schuster getting open on his comeback route.Instead, Ramsey uses his closing speed and makes a great play on the ball: read more

Vendor reportedly shot in confrontation with another

Police are investigating an alleged shooting incident which ensued between a 43-year-old vendor and another man following an argument in the vicinity of Conrad’s Inn Compound on Thursday afternoon.The injured man has been identified as a Shawn Joseph, a vendor of Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Based on information received, the incident occurred at about 17;00hrs.This publication was informed that on the date and time in question, the victim and a friend had just finished eating in Breda Street when they decided to go to a shop in Leopold Street.While heading to the shop via Conrad’s Inn compound, Joseph was approached by the suspect- identified only as “Struggle”.The duo reportedly began to argue over a previous misunderstanding, after which Struggle allegedly broke a beer bottle and attacked the vendor, who in turn whipped out a knife to defend himself.Joseph said shortly after, he heard what sounded like a gunshot, followed by a burning sensation on in his upper left back.He claimed that he fell unconscious at this point and when he regained consciousness, he was in an ambulance being transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Joseph is said to be in a stable condition, while the perpetrator remains at large. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAunt of vendor killed by Constab Officer, others protest City HallJanuary 25, 2018In “latest news”3 recaptured prison escapees jailed for 1 year each, while man mistaken for escapee succumbsJuly 27, 2017In “Crime”Fatal stabbing: Kitty vendor died from ‘perforation of the heart’- PMEJune 6, 2018In “Crime” read more

TATRAN Presov gave their farewell to the EHF CL 1617 with a

← Previous Story Dragana Cvijic to ZRK Vardar! Next Story → EHF CL: THW Kiel overtake third place in Schaffhausen EHF Champions LeagueTatran Presov handball In the 10th round of Group C in the Champions League TATRAN Presov beat Spanish vice champions Naturhouse La Rioja 30:27 in TATRAN Handball Arena, Presov, Slovakia.After the 10th round of the group phase of the Champions League TATRAN Presov are the 3rd in the incomplete table of Group C with 9 points for 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses. The final standing of the Slovakian champions will be decided on Sunday 12 February after two last group games. French winners of Group C Montpellier HB host Norwegian Elverum Handball and Macedonian Metalurg Skopje play Russian Chekhovskie Medvedi.Post-match statementsRastislav Trtik, coach of TATRAN:“I would like to congratulate La Rioja on qualifying into the next stages of the Champions League. We knew they were professionals and sportsmen, so they would not give us anything in the game. Both teams delivered excellent performances and it was really good and exciting match for the spectators. The coach of La Rioja did not say they missed Garabaya and Fernandez Perez. They did not give us a single ball for free. That is why I appreciate this victory even more. We used the abilities of fast Dominik Krok who eliminated the playmaker Victor Vigo in defence and we managed to score important goals on counter attacks.” Dominik Krok, left back of TATRAN:“It was a very attractive game for the fans in TATRAN Handball Arena. We played very well especially in defence. Everyone of us wanted to give his best performance. We fought hard until the end of the match. The first half finished with the same result as it was in La Rioja earlier this season. We said to each other we could not lose our lead. We wanted to extend it in the second half. We managed it because we played a lot of fast breaks and were able to convert our chances into easy goals. We wanted to give winning farewell to our fans with the Champions League. Congratulations to La Rioja on their qualifying into the next phase of the Champions League.”Oliver Rabek, left back of TATRAN:“It was a very tough game. We put a lot of effort into the match. It was demanding to keep up with such rivals as La Rioja were. I am glad we managed to win this encounter. This season we gave our maximum in the Champions League, even though there were some mistakes. It was a big pity we lost to Elverum at home. If we had beaten them, we would have played for the qualifying place. Tomorrow we will know our final position in Group C and learn how we are seeded in the Champions Laegue draw next season. This season we gained a lot of new experience. It is a big prestige for TATRAN Presov and entire Slovakian handball to play in the best competition in the world.”   Jakub Hrstka, left wing of TATRAN:“We needed to win this game, which we managed to do. We wanted to delight our fans and give a winning farewell to the Champions League. The basis of our success in the encounter was the fact we played as a team in defence and attack. We played with good concentration for 60 minutes. We succeeded in fast breaks. This was the most decisive factor, which decided on our victory. I would like to thank to the fantastic spectators who supported us during the entire game, even though we were down. If someone told us before the start of the Champions League season we would gain 9 points, we would take them. Although we are happy we have 9 points, we have to regret our home loss to Elverum and another lost point in Norway. It could even have been better. Despite that we can be satisfied.”Jesus Javier Gonzales Fernandez, coach of Naturhouse:“After our loss in the game we will remain the second in the table of Group C. Today we could see really good performance by TATRAN Presov. They had very good defence and attack. Our team made too many big mistakes in the match. At the moments we played well, we were not able to take this advantage.  When our goalkeepers saved the shots, all rebounds went for TATRAN. Congratulations to TATRAN Presov on their excellent performance and deserved victory.”Inaki Pecina Tome, line player of Naturhouse:“Congratulations to TATRAN Presov on their win. They were better team for the bigger part of the game.  They punished our mistakes in the attack on their fast breaks. We wanted to equalize the score but it was impossible for us today, because our defence was not as good as defence of TATRAN.”Champions League 2016/2017 – Group C – 10th Round – 11 February 2017TATRAN Presov (SVK) – Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP) 30:27 (18:16)TATRAN: Chupryna 1, Brazhnyk – Rabek 9, M. Sarpataky, Hrstka 2, D. Krok 6, Sadovyi, L. Sarpataky, L. Urban 2, Pekar, Cip 2, Peskov, Vucko 4, Jankovic 4, Pales, Tsarapkin. Coach: R. Trtik.Naturhouse: Kappelin, Aguinagalde Aquizu – Jimenez Reina 3, Inoue Langaro 1, Molina Cosano 2, Munoz Cabezon 5, Rocas Comas, Vigo Gerpe 2, Sanchez Migallon 5, Garciandia Alustiza 2, Hisham Sanad 1, Montoro Cabello 1, Pecina Tome 1, Garcia Rubio 4. Coach: J. J. Gonzales Fernandez.Referees: Nabokau, Kulik (BLR), 7m given/goals: 2/2 – 1/1, 2´ penalties: 2 – 3, Spect. 2500Group C:Montpellier HB 9 7 0 2 271:228 14Naturhouse La Rioja 10 5 1 4 294:286 11 TATRAN Presov 10 4 1 5 259:271 9Elverum Handball 9 3 2 4 233:243 8HC Metalurg Skopje 9 4 0 5 209:227 8Chekhovskie Medvedi 9 2 2 5 249:260 6Author: Richard FechPhoto: TATRAN Presov read more

13 Leaving Cert memories that you can never leave behind

first_imgEARLIER TODAY, WE asked you for your Leaving Cert memories on Twitter.The response was so big, we’ve basically spent the rest of the day curled in the foetal position muttering about dropping down to Ordinary Level.These are the memories that will never not be etched on your brain:1.comedy_nose/Twitter2.leavingcertdiaries.wordpress.com3.Flickr/Alex France4.Flickr/yasorsomething5.Pretty/Ugly Design6. Flickr/orangeacid7.Flickr/benklaasen8.Flickr/Michael_Spencer9.Flickr/Amanda Govaert10.Flickr/comedy_nose11.Flickr/ColorfulFoxes12.ilamont.com13.theebaylifeblog.com9 stages everyone goes through before their Leaving Cert>6 poets to stir up some secondary school memories>last_img

Geek deals 699 Dell XPS 8700 with Haswell i7 79 120GB SSD

first_imgOur other top deals:Lenovo IdeaPad S300 13.3-inch Ultraportable laptop for $399 plus free shipping (reg. $579)Samsung 840 Series 120GB 7mm SSD for $79.99 plus free shipping (reg. $139.99)Barnes and Noble Nook HD+ 16GB full HD Android tablet for $149.99 plus free shipping (reg. $269.99) It’s getting harder and harder to argue for custom-built PCs these days. Of course, we enthusiasts will always get enough benefit from a DIY machine, whether it’s picking custom components or adding unique features not found in mainstream PCs, but even a demanding power-user can do better getting a good deal on a pre-built PC.Deals like today’s Dell XPS 8700 offer a lot of tech and features with full warranty coverage at a price that is just too tough to beat. This deal lets you snag a quad-core Core i7 model with 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive for just $699.99. It has a slew of useful standard features like wireless-n, Bluetooth, media card reader, six USB 3.0 ports, Radeon HD 7570 graphics, and others. What really helps it stand out even more is the one-year warranty that includes on-site service and 24/7 tech support at no extra cost, something we don’t see from any other manufacturers.Despite having launched with the Haswell announcement from Intel just a couple months ago, we’re now seeing this machine marked down to levels that match some of the best offers we saw on its 2012 predecessor, the XPS 8500. Scroll down to get the details on this and today’s other top deals.Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell quad-core desktop for $699.99 plus free shipping (reg. $874.99)last_img read more

Six injured in Peloponnese wildfire

first_imgOfficials in southern Greece say six people have been hospitalized – two local residents with burns and four firefighters with breathing problems – as a wildfire swept through forest land outside the city of Megalopolis in the Peloponnese.The fire and state health officials said three villages were evacuated in the area, 230 kilometers (145 miles) southwest of Athens, while at least one home and several farm buildings were damaged.Six planes and a helicopter were helping scores of firefighters battle the blaze, which was 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) wide. Source: AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

La Center woman accused in vehicledragging

first_imgA La Center woman who allegedly shoved her sister from her car and then dragged her down the road after she became entangled in the seat belt, appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court.Clara F. Christensen, 55, appeared on suspicion of vehicular assault and second-degree domestic violence assault stemming from the Sept. 10 incident, which occurred in front of La Center High School.The victim, Donna Rankins, 56, called 911 at about 11:25 p.m. to report that her sister possibly broke her nose and pushed her out of her vehicle. Clark County sheriff’s deputies located Rankins in the 700 block of East Fourth Street, where she was being treated by medical personnel, according to a probable cause affidavit.Deputies said Rankins’ clothing on the left side of her body was torn, and a large section of her left thigh was scraped up and bloody. Her face was also bleeding, and she had a cut on her elbow, the affidavit states.Rankins told deputies that Christensen was driving her to their mother’s house when they began to argue over whether Rankins was drunk. Christensen repeatedly elbowed and punched her in the face, she said, before stopping the vehicle and shoving her out, court records said.last_img read more

Fortis updates bolsters restoration team by 120 workers

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, FORTIStci Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 28, 2017 – Providenciales – FortisTCI yesterday announced that 120 more workers will be added to its team to complete the work of restoring electricity to islanders who lost power during Hurricane Irma.   Sixty engineers from the Cayman Islands and Canada returned to Provo on Saturday, 60 will be hired locally and Fortis says damage was minimal due to Hurricane Maria, which hit the country on Thursday and Friday of last week.#FortisTCI CEO, Eddinton Powell said the goal, following Maria, was to resume restoration very quickly and he admitted in that media statement that full recovery will take some time.    Powell said, ‘it is important that we repair and rebuild the system fast, and it is equally important that we repair and rebuild the system to be strong and resilient.”Dozens of new poles were erected along Millennium Highway and on front road in Blue Hills and Wheeland in recent days, the area was one of those hardest hit by Hurricane Irma in early September.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEOlast_img read more

Stan Lee gets starstudded tribute He made us proud to be misfits

first_imgMark Hamill, Seth Green and others celebrated Stan Lee in Hollywood on Wednesday night.  Legion M Late great Marvel legend Stan Lee got the illustrious sendup he deserved Wednesday night in Hollywood, where stars of film, TV, music and comics came together with cosplaying fans to celebrate Lee’s extraordinary life. To kick off the evening, cheering fans gathered outside the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre to hear filmmaker Kevin Smith and many others share their most cherished memories of Lee with hundreds of fans.”Stan wrote simple stories about extraordinary people running toward danger,” said Smith, a longtime friend of Lee’s who hosted the event. “Stan always wanted to write the greatest American novel, but without realizing it he did over and over again,” Smith said. “We didn’t need another In Cold Blood. What we needed was Spider-Man, Hulk and the Avengers.”Lee died in November at 95. But as fans dressed as X-Men, the Avengers, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and other Lee creations posed with excited celebrities and Marvel execs, the feeling in the air was less of sadness than happiness and camaraderie.The event at the TCL Chinese Theatre was aptly titled “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” and as actors, producers and writers came on stage to share their favorite memories of working with Lee, their tributes painted a picture of an amazing, fantastic life indeed. As expected there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  The evening also included discussions with stars from the comics world, including Tom DeSanto (X-Men producer), Michael Uslan (Batman producer) and Marv Wolfman (Blade creator).”X-Men were a group of superheroes who protected the very people who hated them, and that taught me what humanity can be,” DeSanto said. “Stan made you always feel like you were capable of anything.”captainamericaA Captain America cosplayer salutes at the tribute to Stan Lee in Hollywood.  Bonnie Burton/CNET Throughout the evening fans laughed, cried and cheered as they were entertained with special presentations from celebrity fans. The American Legion honored Lee for his service in WWII with military musicians playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Fishburne recited Lee’s favorite poem, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Musician RZA read a quote from Lee about the importance of standing up to tyranny.  Actor Seth Green told a moving story about how he met his wife Clare when they bonded over their mutual love for Lee’s comics. “Stan made us all proud to be misfits and made us feel less alone,” Green said. There were also multiple video tributes from William Shatner, The Rock, George Takei, Doug Jones and others shown on the big screen. A video montage of Lee’s cameos in every Marvel film from Iron Man to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was also shown. Tags More Stan Lee 1:07 TV and Movies Stan Lee dies at 95: A look back at his most iconic characters on screen Post a comment Stan Lee gets star-studded tribute in Hollywood Stan Lee Mark Hamill Marvel Spiderman The Hulk The Avengers Praise pours in for Marvel’s biggest icon Watch for these Stan Lee cameos in upcoming movies The best Stan Lee characters Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Many of the celebs talking about Lee’s legacy also took a few well-placed jabs at comedian Bill Maher, who mocked Lee’s fans on his talk show last week for still reading comic books as adults. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave an emotional speech about his love of comics — including his rare Wolverine comics collection — when he presented a key to the city to Lee posthumously.  18 Photos Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp actor Laurence Fishburne chimed in with heartwarming stories about growing up reading his favorite comics full of Lee’s creations. He revealed that Lee helped him understand through his superhero stories that “you can be more than just what your surroundings say you’re supposed to be.”But it wasn’t just Lee’s superheroes and villains who taught fans to strive to be better people, Lee also served as an example of how to treat fans.”Stan really connected on a deeper level with everyone he met and spoke with,” actor Felicia Day said on stage. “Stan was great at showing me how we should all treat the people who love what we do.” 0 Watching @ThatKevinSmith, @HamillHimself, Laurence Fishburne, @clarkgregg, @feliciaday & Tom DeSanto share their favorite stories about working with @TheRealStanLee. “Stan loved his fans as much as we loved him.” – Hamill said. #StanLeeTribute @cnet @LegionMOfficial— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) January 31, 2019 “Stan would have had a great career in politics,” Garcetti added. “Politics is all about making connections with people, and really listening to them. And Stan did that.”Fans in attendance also had the chance to see a special art exhibit celebrating Lee’s work that included Marvel movie costumes and props of his comic book character creations. All net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales raised money for the nonprofit charity The Hero Initiative, which supports comic book creators, artists and writers in need.  “Stan loved his fans as much as we loved him,” Star Wars star Mark Hamill said. Hamill and Lee recently joined forces on Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest animated series last year, where Hamill voiced the Hydra scientist Arnim Zola. One of the amazing comic book art pieces of Stan Lee in the lobby of @ChineseTheatres in Hollywood for tonight’s #StanLeeTribute. Cc @CNET @LegionMOfficial @TheRealStanLee 😍— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) January 31, 2019 Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.How to watch every MCU property in the perfect order: From Marvel films to the shows on Netflix, here’s the best order to experience the MCU. Oh look! #XMen cosplayers at #StanLeeTribute 😍 – Stan would have loved this! ❤️ @TheRealStanLee @cnet @LegionMOfficial— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) January 31, 2019last_img read more

BuzzFeed Set to Lay Off 15 of Its Employees

first_imgBuzzFeed is slashing its workforce by 15% in a move to boost the internet-media company’s profitability and “focus on content that is working,” according to a memo from CEO Jonah Peretti sent to staffers Wednesday.The cuts will be made next week, according to Peretti’s memo. BuzzFeed has about 1,450 employees worldwide, so around 218 will be getting laid off.BuzzFeed, along with other digital-media players, has struggled to make ends meet as it tries to expand its business. The company relies on advertising for most of its revenue, and even though BuzzFeed boosted 2018 sales by “double digits,” according to Peretti, it hasn’t been able to swing into the black to a level of profitability expected by its shareholders.“Over the past few months, we’ve done extensive work examining the trends in our business and the evolving economics of the digital platforms. We’ve developed a good understanding of where we can consolidate our teams, focus in on the content that is working, and achieve the right cost structure to support our multi-revenue model,” Peretti wrote in the memo. “We are confident the changes we are making will put us on a firm foundation and allow us to invest and grow sustainably for years to come.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 BuzzFeed previously pink-slipped 100 staffers in November 2017, with layoffs cutting across ad sales and business operations. Among other restructuring actions in recent years the company shut down its in-house podcast team last fall.BuzzFeed’s layoffs come after its BuzzFeed News division attracted headlines with an explosive report last week that Michael Cohen was instructed by Donald Trump to lie to Congress about negotiating with the Russian government about building a Trump Tower in Moscow. In a rare comment, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s spokesman said that certain elements of BuzzFeed’s story weren’t accurate (but didn’t specify what the office was disputing).NBCUniversal is among BuzzFeed’s backers, having invested $400 million in the company. According to Peretti, the planned 15% staff cuts next week will let it “control our own destiny, without ever needing to raise funding again.”In an interview last fall with the New York Times, Peretti said he was open to merging with other digital-media companies, on the theory that a bigger entity would be able to get better economic terms for advertising from the likes of Facebook and Google. “If BuzzFeed and five of the other biggest companies were combined into a bigger digital media company, you would probably be able to get paid more money,” he said, citing Vice Media, Vox Media, Group Nine Media and Refinery29.Read Peretti’s full memo sent to staffers:Hello BuzzFeeders,I’m writing with sad news: we are doing layoffs at BuzzFeed next week. We will be making a 15% overall reduction in headcount across the company. I’m sending this tonight because I wanted you to hear it from me directly instead of from the press.Over the past few months, we’ve done extensive work examining the trends in our business and the evolving economics of the digital platforms. We’ve developed a good understanding of where we can consolidate our teams, focus in on the content that is working, and achieve the right cost structure to support our multi-revenue model. We are confident the changes we are making will put us on a firm foundation and allow us to invest and grow sustainably for years to come. I’m so proud of what our team accomplished over the last year, including diversifying our revenue, and growing our business double digits. Unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn’t enough to be successful in the long run. The restructuring we are undertaking will reduce our costs and improve our operating model so we can thrive and control our own destiny, without ever needing to raise funding again. These changes will allow us to be the clear winner in the market as the economics of digital media continue to improve.I’ll share more about our future structure in a few days, but today I want to focus on what will be a difficult week, especially for the people who are leaving the company. These are talented people, friends, and valued colleagues, who’ve made huge contributions to our success, and who’ve done nothing wrong. Even though I’m confident this is the right business decision, it is upsetting and disappointing.On a personal note, I’ve never thought about my job as “just business.” I care about the people at BuzzFeed more than anything other than my family. This will be a tough week for all of us and I realize it will be much worse for the people losing their jobs. To them, I want to say thank you, I’m sorry our work together is ending this way, and I hope we get to work together again in the future. Our loss will be to the benefit of other organizations where I know you will go on to make formidable contributions.We will be back to you with specifics on the process by Monday at the latest. Thank you all in advance for your compassion and kindness as we go through this process.Jonahlast_img read more