Kate Hudson And Jussie Smollett Honor Students At Childrens Defense Fund Beat

first_imgThe Children’s Defense Fund–California hosted its 27th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 7, 2017, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.Kate Hudson at 27th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremonyThe celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” – Jackie, Ana, Jerry, Mey, and Ja’Nay – in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.The inspiring evening was hosted by Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, Liza & Conan O’Brien, and CDF-CA Executive Director Shimica Gaskins. O’Brien served as the night’s emcee, with co-chair Smollett-Bell pulling double duty as a presenter during the program. She was joined by additional special guests including presenters Kate Hudson, Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, Chiké Okonkwo, and Alfre Woodard, and guests J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Deborah Ayorinde, Kevin Nealon, Timothy Olyphant, Andy Richter, and many more.The evening was filled with poignant moments, each presenter offering insight into the unimaginable obstacles that have faced these young honorees throughout their lives. Despite encountering challenges financially, emotionally, and physically, these students were able to overcome, exceed expectations, and find within themselves a hope for a better future. Presenters and guests alike couldn’t help but be moved by each and every story.Thanks to generous support, each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Growing up I had always dreamed of being an actor – so much so I spent more time day dreaming of winning an Oscar than I did listening to my Professor’s in University.  Having said that,  I never had the guts to chase my dream at that point and instead opted for the safe route in the world of business.  Oddly enough, the idea of acting came back through a business I co-founded, as one of my business partners is a successful SAG actor. One thing led to another and here I am chasing my childhood dream many years later!Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?My parents are definitely an inspiration from the point of view they have shown me that amazing things can happen with the right attitude and by never giving up.  Also, my business partner is a huge inspiration as he’s done it and been successful at it.  He’s been a huge help in teaching me the ropes and instilling the need to keep on working to learn and improve on the craft.  What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry?  What has been your most rewarding experience?The biggest challenge has been the roller coaster ride it can be from one day to the other. In one instance, you can land a gig or get great feedback  to the complete opposite  at your next audition.The most rewarding experience to date has been being cast as a co-lead in my first independent feature film. It was the first role I’ve had where I could take one character through a wide range of emotions as the script progressed.  It also gave me the opportunity to work with some really talented people to improve on the craft and give me more confidence to take on more challenging materialWhat is your favourite type of character to play?I love playing roles in the which you go through a wide range of emotions – from emotional disasters to feeling like they’re on top of the world as their character develops during the story.  Its liberating of sorts to go back to different times in your personal journey and bring them to life on film.What market do you currently work in?  Are there other areas you would like to work?I’ve been mainly working in Toronto of late, but have had a couple of roles in LA and am finalizing the details to shoot a feature film in the Netherlands over the summer.  As far as other areas, I just want to be on a set, doesn’t matter where its located.  If there’s a gig for me, I will find a way to be there.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?My biggest advice is probably to not let the fear of failure stop you from doing something you are passionate about.  Enjoy the process of auditioning and receiving feedback –  learn from everything you hear – the good and more importantly the bad.  There is no guarantees that you will make it, but finding out if you can will be the best adventure you will ever have!Why, What fuels your passion?My kids fuel my passion . I always tell them if you can dream it, its possible and I want my actions to speak louder than words when its comes to teaching them this lesson.  Plus, they get a sparkle in their eyes when they tell their friends and teachers that I’m on tv or in a movie.  Its pretty hard not to be motivated when your kids seem to think you’re cool because of what you do!What is something about you that most people would never guess?I’m a single father to the 2 most beautiful baby girls in the world, and that’s my unbiased opinion!If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same?  Do you have any regrets?  Successes that make you proud?There are times when I think it would have been better to have given acting a shot when I was younger. But I can’t really consider that a regret as the life experience I’ve had with the path I chose is what makes me who I am today – and because of those experiences,  I am the actor I am today.As far as success I’m proud of, I think I’m more just really enjoying the process of chasing this dream, with the end game not really being something I’m thinking of.  I’m learning every day and meeting some really interesting people along the way, all the while being excited about what I’m doing.  So from that point of view I think this has already been a successTo follow Vivek, check out his profiles below:IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm9512866/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivek.jain.395891Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vivek_jain1/Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Vivek is an actor working out of Toronto, Canada. He recently completed work in a supporting role in his first independent feature film that will be released in 2019 and is in talks to co-produce and be the co-lead in 2 feature films shooting summer of 2018 and 2019.We met up with Vivek recently to discuss acting and his career.As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities? 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Yukon camper protesting homelessness gets a home

first_imgAPTN National NewsHelen Hollywood has scored a victory of sorts.She’s the woman who started the protest camp on the lawn of the Yukon legislature last June.Just as the territorial government issued eviction notices to all campers last week, they made Hollywood an offer she couldn’t refuse.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Its another Pickton Police digging up farm in British Columbia

first_imgThe farm police are searching in British Columbia. Google photo.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWord that RCMP are digging up another farm for human remains in British Columbia has sent chills through the ranks of advocates for Canada’s murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.“It’s like the Pickton thing all over again,” said Lorelei Williams, whose aunt went missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. “It’s an awful feeling.”Belinda Williams disappeared 40 years ago, while Lorelei’s young cousin Tanya Holyk is believed to have been murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton, a pig farmer whose Port Coquitlam property yielded DNA of many missing women.News of another potential crime scene – this time in the north Okanagan – is stirring up strong emotions.“There’s a feeling like you want your loved one to be found but then you don’t,” Lorelei said from Vancouver Tuesday.RCMP from the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment have been at the scene south of Salmon Arm in the B.C. Interior since Oct. 19. They released a statement about the human remains on Oct. 21.A number of woman have gone missing in the area in the past 19 months: Caitlin Potts, Deanna Wertz, Nicole Bell, Ashley Simpson and Tracy Genereaux. Two of the five has been publicly identified as Indigenous women.The property is owned by the Sagmoen family and is located at 2290 Salmon River Road and RCMP were seen using a dog team and backhoe there.“I’m just a person and if I can do that anyone can,” Leon said Tuesday of helping the families. “We have done two searches so far. Police can always use more resources.”Potts, 27, disappeared on Feb. 22, 2016; Simpson, 32, disappeared on April 30, 2016; Wertz, 46, disappeared July 19, 2016; Genereaux, 18, vanished May 29, 2017; and Bell, 31, was last seen Sept. 2, 2017.Leon, of the Splatsin First Nation, said an unidentified woman first reported Sagmoen to police, prompting RCMP to release a bulletin on Oct. 13 warning area women in the sex trade to be on their guard, and asking for the public’s help in an investigation.It’s another similarity to the infamous Pickton case, which spawned a lengthy and expensive public inquiry and apology from Vancouver police for ignoring reports of missing women from the Downtown Eastside.Pickton is serving a life sentence.It’s an evil déjà vu for Bernie Williams, an #MMIWG advocate from Vancouver.“Pickton could have been arrested back in the 1990s if they would have listened,” she said. “I’m so angered by this. Why was this not brought out sooner?”Williams was in Winnipeg, Man., last week for the third stop of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Women and Girls. She heard grieving families testify about losing faith in the work of police, specifically the RCMP.“If you are not outraged then you’re not paying attention,” she said of Canada’s list of more than 1,200 victims.Meanwhile, RCMP in Smithers announced they have suspended their one-week search for 53-year-old Frances Brown, who disappeared while out picking mushrooms on Oct. 21.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Canadians link high car insurance premiums to fraud

first_imgIt’s an expense that eats away a considerable chunk of disposable income for car owners.Car insurance premiums can be costly, and a new poll from Aviva Insurance finds most Canadians link the high cost to fraud.Vice President of Fraud Management, Gordon Rasbach said 81 per cent of people have linked higher costs to fraudulent vehicle repairs, vehicle theft, or personal injury claims.In Alberta that number is even higher, at 88 per cent.“Two per cent of Albertans admitted misleading their insurance about content value. One per cent even admitted to misleading their insurer about a physical injury. Sixty-three per cent of Albertans feel that very few cases even warrant the use of a personal injury lawyer,” said Rasbach.Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians who participated in the poll said cracking down on fraud would lower their costs.last_img read more

Truck snagged on power lines caused outage for over 500 near Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A semi-truck that snagged power lines caused over 500 residents near Fort St. John to lose electricity on Monday evening.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that officers were called to a report of a collision involving a semi-truck that had snagged onto overhanging power lines on the Rose Prairie Road north of Fort St. John at around 8:50 p.m. Monday. Cpl. Saunderson said that police and BC Hydro crews contained the scene because of live wires that had been brought down by the truck’s impact. No one was injured.Cpl. Saunderson said the cause of the collision is not clear at this point, and wasn’t able to say whether the driver of the semi exceeded the clearance below the lines, or if the lines had sagged below their stated clearance. On November 9th, 2014 a dump truck activated their bucket while driving in Chetwynd, snagging power lines and killing power to over 1,000 customers in that community. Exactly two months later, another transport truck snagged onto the same lines, which had sagged below their stated height after being struck by the dump truck. BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer said that the truck likely snagged onto overhanging phone lines mounted lowest on the poles, but that the force of the impact broke one of the electrical poles holding the lines off the ground. Gammer said that in total, 562 customers south of the Doig Road were without power until 5:20 Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Tunisia votes for gender equality in new charter

first_imgTUNIS- Tunisia’s national assembly voted on Monday to enshrine gender equality “without discrimination” in its draft constitution, a key step towards safeguarding the most liberal laws in the Arab world on women’s rights.“All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination,” states article 20 of the text, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out of the 169 who voted.Tunisia has set itself a tight timetable for adopting the long-delayed new charter of January 14, the third anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the popular revolt that sparked the Arab Spring. Since the 1950s, when it gained independence from France, Tunisia has had the Arab world’s most progressive laws on women’s rights, although men remain privileged notably in the question of inheritance.Some have accused the outgoing Islamist-led government of wanting to roll back those rights.Ennahda, the ruling Islamist party, sparked a storm of controversy in 2012 when it tried to introduce the concept of gender “complementarity” rather than equality into the post-uprising constitution.The new formula was agreed during recent negotiations between Ennahda and the secular opposition aimed at thrashing out a series of compromises and ending the political crisis triggered by the assassination of an opposition politician by suspected Islamist militants last year.Rights groups had expressed reservations about the article on gender equality, arguing that it limits the protection of rights to citizens and not foreigners, and does not specify the prohibited grounds of discrimination.They urged the assembly, in a joint statement last week, to “enshrine the principles of equality and non-discrimination before the law and extend it to anyone subject to the jurisdiction of Tunisian authorities, including both citizens and foreigners”.“Article 20 should specify that discrimination, direct and indirect, is prohibited on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status,” said the NGOs, which included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.Article 45, which would guarantee the protection of women’s rights by the state and the “equality of opportunity for men and women,” has yet to be examined.But women’s rights activists in Tunisia welcomed the provisional approval of article 20.“We wanted to add details that would ban discrimination based on sex or skin colour,” Ahlem Belhaj, former president of the Tunisian Association of Women Democrats, told AFP.“But it is very good news that (gender) equality has been adopted. It was our demand and it’s a victory,” she added.The national assembly looked at the constitution’s “rights and freedoms” chapter on Monday, and earlier approved article 21 stating that “the right to life is sacred” and “nothing can harm it except in certain extreme cases established by the law”.The compromise was criticised for failing to abolish the death penalty, with a proposed amendment to do so rejected, although in practice no execution has been carried out in Tunisia since the 1990s.Different articles on freedom of expression and opinion are also up for scrutiny, which carry weighty significance in a country that only recently emerged from five decades of dictatorship.Examination of the draft constitution has been marked by raucous scenes and interruptions, including for several hours on Sunday, after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an “enemy of Islam”.The death threats claim came a day after the assembly adopted articles making Islam the state religion but guaranteeing freedom of conscience.Tunisia’s politicians have committed to adopting the draft charter – which must be approved by two-thirds of parliament’s 217 members or put to a referendum – by January 14.Under an accord reached by Tunisia’s divided political factions, members of the assembly must also pass an electoral law and set up a commission to oversee elections this year, whereupon Ennahda’s outgoing premier Ali Larayedh has agreed to hand power to a caretaker government of technocrats.The powerful UGTT trade union, which has been mediating in the political crisis, is insisting that Larayedh step down by Thursday at the latest.last_img read more

Fiji UNESCO chief voices concern over restrictions on press freedom

According to new regulations in the South Pacific archipelago nation, editors are not allowed to publish or broadcast any material that shows the military in an unfavourable light, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a press release. UNESCO said that sensitive stories must also be approved by Government officials, and publication and media organizations ignoring these directives may be shut down.“I am gravely concerned about press freedom in Fiji,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, echoing earlier remarks made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.Urging the authorities to allow open debate to find lasting solutions to the country’s difficulties, Mr. Matsuura stressed that the basic right to “freedom of expression, which underpins press freedom, is essential for democracy, good governance and rule of law.”He warned that “depriving people of news and information about events that affect them only breeds fear and suspicions. Such measures will not promote a solution to the nation’s social and political problems.” A state of emergency was issued by President Ratu Josefa Iloilovatu Uluivuda on 10 April. As a result, all judges and magistrates were removed, along with others who had been appointed under the Constitution. The move came on the heels of the 9 April Court of Appeals ruling that the appointment of the Interim Government by the President following the 2006 coup was illegal. In its decision, the Court also advised Mr. Iloilovatu Uluivuda to appoint a neutral caretaker as Prime Minister to aid in holding parliamentary elections. 17 April 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced grave concern over the crackdown on the media in Fiji after the country’s leadership scrapped its Constitution and declared a state of emergency last week. read more

At UN debate Spain and Portugal affirm importance of dialogue between cultures

In separate addresses on the third day of the annual debate, Portugal’s Prime Minister José Sócrates and Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos each stressed that all sides have a responsibility to replace fear and mistrust with respect for difference.Mr. Moratinos said the Alliance of Civilizations, an initiative set up by Secretary-General Kofi Annan last year and co-sponsored by Spain and Turkey, is designed to deal with these very challenges.He added that the row at the start of this year over the publications of Danish cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and the violence in parts of the Islamic world over the past week following a speech in Germany by Pope Benedict XVI demonstrate the need for the Alliance.Mr. Sócrates said the ongoing instability and discord in the Middle East highlighted the need for solutions that favour the political and the diplomatic over the military.But he also said that a dialogue between civilizations, whether over issues in the Middle East or elsewhere, will not succeed unless there is a willingness to not accept “mere declarations, but to take firm and concrete steps towards greater interaction between peoples and cultures.”Rejecting the idea of a “clash of civilizations,” Andorra’s President of the Government, Albert Pintat, said the true divide was between the forces of extremism – in both the East and the West – and tolerant peoples of the world.Mr. Pintat said he was disturbed that some people regard the UN as peripheral to tackling global problems “at this moment when the need for civilized discussion between people is greater than ever.”He described the world body as “the forum in which we should try to understand and correctly interpret the crossroads at which we find ourselves. The UN signifies the world’s moral conscience, the principle of equality, our solidarity, the protection of human rights, the protection of human dignity, as does it mark the path to development.” read more

Disgraced anti‑MMR vaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield gets invitation to university in London

first_img“Wakefield is a long-debunked fear merchant whose attempt to paint himself as a Galileo-like figure is at once completely narcissistic and utterly dishonest,” he said.”Whether by oversight or intention, giving Mr Wakefield a platform on vaccines is a grievous mistake, given that we’re still reeling from the damage his falsehoods inflicted on public health.”Not only are his claims devoid of evidence, they are vividly disproven by the overwhelming scientific data to date.”When the evidence points in only one direction there is no debate, yet by hosting someone so notorious [the university] gives the perception his assertions might have merit. They do not.”During a question-and-answer session Mr Wakefield was asked about Fiona Pettit O’Leary, an Irish woman with Asperger’s syndrome who founded the organisation Autistic Rights Together and has criticised Vaxxed.”I’ve heard her name,” he replied. “I really know nothing about her. I’ve heard that she herself may be on the autism spectrum, is self-reported, and if that is the case my heart goes out to her. I’m certainly not going to go on the attack. It’s unfortunate. It’s extremely unfortunate.”Mrs O’Leary told The Times that she had been belittled and patronised by the remarks. She also castigated Regent’s University for not carrying out due diligence on the event.”I was humiliated last night,” she said. “I am on the autistic spectrum and I couldn’t believe it. I’ve seen the anti-vaccine movement pull some stunts, but this is on a new level.”A university spokesman said that it had not been told about the nature of the event and had severed links with the CHE.”[Our] commercial business arm leases space to a range of clients and does not endorse the views of the film that hired our venue last night,” he said.”The name and content of last night’s film were not disclosed to us. As a result we are re-vetting all clients and acting accordingly.”The reported content of the film is against all of Regent’s University London’s values and we have taken the decision to immediately terminate our relationship with the organisation which screened the film.” I am on the autistic spectrum and I couldn’t believe it. I’ve seen the anti-vaccine movement pull some stunts, but this is on a new levelFiona Pettit O’Leary However, critics say the film is based on pseudo-science and it has already been pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival, the Curzon cinema in Soho and the European parliament.Wakefield set off a public health time bomb in 1998 with a paper published in The Lancet that claimed the joint MMR vaccine might be the cause of rising numbers of autism cases.He offered no causal mechanism but called for use of the triple vaccine to be suspended until further research could be done.However, other scientists were never able to replicate the results. Subsequent investigations found a string of failings, which led the General Medical Council to conclude that Wakefield had acted “dishonestly and irresponsibly”.That was not enough to prevent thousands of parents avoiding the MMR vaccine, sparking a rise in case of measles and mumps.David Robert Grimes, a University of Oxford scientist who has long opposed Mr Wakefield, said that he was no more deserving of public attention than a far-right idealogue. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Supporters of Andrew Wakefield in 2008 Supporters of Andrew Wakefield in 2008Credit:JANE MINGAY A private university has been criticised after Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced doctor who sparked one of the biggest public health controversies in British medical history, was invited to speak, it emerged on Thursday.Wakefield, who now lives in Texas, received an award as a guest of the Centre for Homeopathic Education at an event held at Regent’s University London this week, The Times reports.The talk was to promote his new documentary, Vaxxed, which claims a whistleblower in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention exposed the omission and manipulation of data in a study of autism among African-American boys.last_img read more

Kenmares KMAD wins socioeconomic award for Titanium Minerals mine Mozambique

first_imgKenmare Resources’ development association, KMAD, has won the Nedbank Socio-Economic Award for its activities aimed at social and economic enhancement of the communities surrounding its Titanium Minerals mine in northern Mozambique. This was presented at the Nedbank Capital Green Mining Awards ceremony held in Johannesburg and was decided by a panel of independent and expert adjudicators following an interview and three day site visit to examine the work of KMAD and meet with project beneficiaries.The awards attracted a record number of entries this year, with many of them quality, resulting in stiff competition. Nedbank, one of the largest banking groups in South Africa, particularly praised the fact that KMAD’s development work began before mining commenced, that it has an overall strategic vision and a ‘bottom up’ approach, as well as close partnerships with international and local non-governmental organisations (NGO) and government bodies.Just four weeks ago, the company won the President’s Award for the best International CSR Programme from the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, in association with the Irish Government Department of Community Affairs, at a ceremony in Dublin. KMAD works alongside the community, business, NGOs and government to run and support projects in education, income generation, health, savings and credit, sports and food security.Charles Carvill, Chairman said, “We are delighted that the work of KMAD has been recognised with this highly respected award. It recognises the commitment of Kenmare and the staff of KMAD, together with partner organisations, in implementing projects that create sustainable economic opportunities independent of the mine. I would also like to acknowledge the funding support received from private donations as well a number of organisations such as Dutch development bank, FMO.”last_img read more

Beadell Resources orders SAG mill before the decision to mine is made

first_imgBeadell Resources has signed a contract with Outotec to supply a 7.3 m x 7.95 m SAG mill. This 7 MW mill has been designed to treat in excess of 3 Mt/y with an approximate ore feed blend of 80% oxide and 20% sulphide, during the initial three years of operations. This configuration with a grind size of P80 75 micron will yield gold recoveries of ~94%. From year 4 onwards, it is planned to maintain these throughput rates by increasing the grinding capacity of the circuit as the percentage of sulphides increase, with similar gold recoveries expected.Whilst the ‘decision to mine’ is still dependant on the outcome of the Definitive Feasibility Study, the Board of Directors concluded that it was strategically advantageous to place an order for the longest lead item to overcome potential delays as the global demand for primary mills gathers considerable pace, again.Managing Director Peter Bowler said “We are particularly pleased to execute this contract now as its confirms the robustness and scale of our Tucano gold project and sets out a definitive timeline through to production with the longest lead time item and most important component now locked in. Outotec is a leading Mill supplier worldwide and the short lead time until delivery is very beneficial. The 3 Mt/y plus processing capacity of this project will put Beadell on a very sound footing with the potential for substantial long term gold production at industry competitive costs.Tucano is located in Amapá State in northern Brazil, covering approximately 2,500 km 2 of mostly contiguous exploration licences and a mining concession. The nearest major populated centre to the Tucano site is Macapá, situated on the northern bank of the Amazon River.Road access to the site is via 100 km of paved road from Macapá to Porto Grande followed by 116 km of unpaved road. The site is just north of the equator, with annual rainfall averaging 2,370 mm. The mine site is currently powered by a 13.8 KVa substation sourced from the Caoraci Nunes hydroelectric power station in Porto Grande.last_img read more

Buy This Comic Captain America 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target “IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?”CAPTAIN AMERICA #1(W): Ta-Nehisi Coates (A): Leinil Francis Yu (I): Gerry Alanguilan (CA): Sunny Gho (L): Joe CaramagnaAfter the events of Secret Empire, fans were unclear where Captain America was going to go from there. It could be for better or for worse. Or, it could be something else entirely that we could haven’t have imagined. With Captain America #1, it brings us out of the darkness and into the light. It brings us into a new age and continued struggles of Captain America that I’m excited to see after the dark storm of Secret Empire.via Marvel ComicsTa-Nehisi Coates is the perfect person to carry this comic. He doesn’t disconnect from the past, but Captain America forward. He asks what can we learn from it, is this all that will be and what can we learn by going through it. Even with these questions looming, he provides a brilliant narrative with a new threat that emerges along the way. Captain America #1 feels like such a straightforward punch in the gut for Steve and readers can feel it as well.This first issue felt like the consequence of actions being taken from what happened before. Hydra used Captain America’s face, and now he suffers the effects of a world not trusting him as they used to. He’s experiencing the consequences of a world gone mad. Yet he still has hope in his country and tries to put the pieces back together. It’s a sobering and sad way t look at Steve Rogers. However, it’s probably the best thing that he needs to go through right now.via Marvel ComicsOne thing that Coates does so eloquently is provide Steve with a philosophical and thought-provoking voice. This, in turn, genuinely makes you feel something mighty powerful. This is some of the best voice-over work I’ve read in a very long time for Captain America. It brings you into his internal instead of looking at the surface. After that situation, he has to deal with a person that looked like him almost destroy everything he worked hard for. He has to face the people it affected, like Sharon Carter, Bucky and some of those he trusted the most or at least had respect for him. Coates has lent something special to Captain America that will continue through these new issues. It’s guaranteed to bring back fans that were scared off from Secret Empire its absolutely peak Captain America.Leinil Francis Yu’s pencils in Captain America #1 make you say, “Wow. Just, wow.” Yu is an extraordinarily talented artist that spare no expense on the level of precise detail he can bring into comics. It’s so very rare that you see art like his in any comic. For Captain America #1, there’s something about his pencils that create this emotional and raw portrait of America in the wake of that fallout. The one thing I immediately found fascinating about Yu’s art is that it carries a snapshot in every panel. This is only enhanced by Gerry Alanguilan’s inks that provide such a finished and rough look to the pencils. Each of the panels is a continuation but resembles, to me, such quality cinematic snapshots. If they ever made another Captain America movie, I’d love some shots from this comic to be seen on screen.via Marvel ComicsWith Yu’s art and Alanguilan’s inks, Sunny Gho takes over with the colors to bring this comic a look of destruction, uncertainty, lost, tragedy and more. Gho’s palette play with the colors based on the emotional toll of the comic. If you read more into it, you can totally see what I’m talking about, especially with panels that’s just Steve. Gho provides a chilly winter greenish blue to his first couple of panels. Following that up with warm orange and brown desert colors then over to these soft, thoughtful mixes of the two in panels after.The team coming together in those moments with Joe Caramagna on letters as well, bring that heartbreak that you feel for Steve or Cap in those moments. That’s when everything comes together beautifully. The long-suffering yet thoughtful writing of Coates. The skilled and perfectly placed letters of Caramagna. The emotional art, colors, and inks by Yu, Alanguilan, and Gho. It’s incredible how well put together, and full of heart this comic turned out to be.via Marvel ComicsCaptain America #1 is an outstanding new series that will show you the ugly side of patriotism and how much a good man can take. It brings us fascinating characters we haven’t seen in awhile and new ones that we’re already enthralled with. Captain America #1 is something special that is just the beginning journey for our favorite hero. Also, it has some good shots of Bucky and that’s what we all came to see. Am I right? Captain America #1 is now available on Comixology and at your local comic shop.7/4/2018 Releases – In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA # 1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Rogue & Gambit: Ring of Fire Vol. 1  by Kelly Thompson (W), Pere Perez (A), Kris Anka (CA) Marvel ComicsCatwoman #1 by Joelle Jones (W, A), Laura Allred (C) DC ComicsDeath or Glory #3 by Rick Remender (W), Bengal (A) Image ComicsUnnatural #1 by Mirka Andolfo (W, A) Image ComicsJim Henson’s Beneath the Dark Crystal #1 by Adam Smith (W), Alexandria Huntington (A), Benjamin Dewey (CA) BOOM! – ArchaiaMarvel Rising: Squirrel Girl/Ms. Marvel #1 by Devin Grayson, Ryan North, G. Willow Wilson (W), Ramon F. Bachs, Irene Strychalski (A) Gurihiru (CA) Marvel ComicsLowlifes #1 by Brian Buccellato (W), Alexis Sentenac (A) IDWLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sheriffs deputies looking for missing 18yearold

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to keep a look out for a missing 18-year-old who hasn’t been seen heard from since early November.The sheriff’s office said county resident Britney Goodwin last contacted family in late October, and had been in touch with friends up until early this month, but no one has heard from her since.The sheriff’s office said it is trying to locate Goodwin and confirm whether she’s safe.Goodwin is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds, has dark hair and wears glasses.The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information on Goodwin’s whereabouts to contact Detective Lindsay Schultz at lindsay.schultz@clark.wa.gov, or leave a message on the sheriff’s office’s tip line at 360-397-2120.last_img read more


first_imgBy Mustapha JallowHon. Buba Ayi Sanneh, the National Assembly Member (NAM) for Kombo Central, is held at the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) headquarters in Banjul since Wednesday, 31 August, 2016, a family source told Foroyaa.Alagi Senkereh, a nephew of Hon. Sanneh, told this reporter that while he was at his home on Tuesday, 30 August, he received a phone call from one of their relatives who informed him that some men are at the Kombo Central NAM’s home asking for him. He said when he rushed there, he found 4 men in civilian clothes and one uniformed Police officer.“I then enquired from the men and one of them told me that they were sent by their boss to go and pick up Hon. Sanneh and take him to the NIA for questioning,” he said.He told them that the NAM was indisposed but will be informed that he was wanted at the NIA.Senkereh said in the following morning on Wednesday, he went with Hon. Sanneh to Banjul for him to report to the NIA.“When we arrived at the NIA headquarters, an agent asked us to sit down and wait for him to go and inform his boss that we are around. The same agent came and told us that the MP should follow him and that I should wait. After waiting for about 30 minutes, the same agent came back and told me to go outside and wait for Hon. Sanneh outside as people are not allowed to sit there,” said the NAM’s nephew.Senkereh said he went outside and waited for hours with no sight of his uncle. He said when he returned to ask the agent about the fate of his uncle, he was told by the man to go home as they are having a panel discussion with him.Asked whether he knows the reason (s) why the Kombo Central NAM was detained, he said the agents did not tell him anything other than the information that they were asked to come and arrest him.Senkereh said they are appealing for the release of Hon. Sanneh to reunite with his family.However, while this reporter was at the home of the detained NAM, he saw relatives and friends coming in and out of the compound.last_img read more

Fate of Cuban migrants who scaled Keys lighthouse still uncertain

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The fate of 19 Cuban migrants who climbed onto a lighthouse off the Florida Keys after the U.S. Coast Guard spotted them remains unclear, even as a key figure in South Florida’s Cuban exile community prepares to take measures to prevent their repatriation.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a Good Samaritan spotted the migrants at sea, Friday, at around 8:30 a.m. When the Coast Guard showed up, the migrants jumped off their homemade vessel and swam toward the American Shoal Lighthouse, located seven miles off Sugarloaf Key, just north of Key West.Alberto Concepcion told 7News that he found out his cousin Liban was one of those migrants by watching Friday’s 7Skyforce video. He even put part of the footage on his smartphone. “I see yesterday, in television, my family,” he said.Friday afternoon, Coast Guard officials then began transferring the migrants onto a boat one by one. Two other migrants who were not among the ones who climbed onto the lighthouse swam to a Coast Guard boat. “I think they are on American land. It is part if the United States,” said Concepcion through a translator.Activist Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Cuba Democracy Movement in Little Havana, is gathering the names of those who scaled the iron tower, should he have to go to court. He plans to argue the lighthouse is U.S. soil, and the Cubans shouldn’t be sent back to the communist island. “We are desperately trying to get all the names, trying to talk to the relatives to see if we can expedite a motion in court,” he said, “an injunction or some sort of legal process so we can stop the repatriation.”Friday’s incident comes 10 years after a group of Cubans landed on the old Seven Mile Bridge, which was also not connected to land. A judge, however, ruled it was still U.S. soil.Attorney Wilfredo Allen worked on the 2006 case. “Judge Moreno, who, I thought, in his decision, obviously, I thought it was brilliant because it came our way, he said that the bridge was part of the United States, as apple pie with vanilla ice cream,” he said.The migrants’ families see the Seven Mile Bridge case as a precedent for the new case involving the lighthouse that has put the 19 Cubans in limbo. “I need to see my cousin,” he said.Saturday night, all 21 migrants are being kept on a Coast Guard cutter at sea. Officials said they will make a determination about their status by early next week.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. …The migrants, who came down from the light voluntarily and on their own will, were evaluated by USCG EMTs and had no medical concerns.— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 21, 2016The incident brings into question the Wet Foot, Dry Foot policy that allows Cubans to stay in the United States if they reach U.S. soil. It is unclear whether or not the 109-foot lighthouse, which sits in the sea by itself, would be considered land under the policy. last_img read more