first_imgActor Stephan James and model Winnie Harlow may have careers that have led them far away from home, but their connection to Toronto is stronger than ever. In our cover story, shot on the streets of Little Jamaica, we find out what it takes to walk a path of your own creation and go up against the odds and win.WINNIE HARLOWWinnie Harlow is striding down Eglinton West in Toronto’s Little Jamaica like she’s on a runway in Paris. She’s wearing a floor-length houndstooth Chanel coat and not much else. Traffic has come to a halt as our photographer orbits her, and people passing by are scrambling for their phones so they can capture the moment. And this is definitely a moment. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img

President Trump optimistic ahead of trade talks with China

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is voicing optimism before he meets with representatives from China for trade talks Thursday.But Trump says “No final deal” will be made until he sits down again with Chinese President Xi Jinping “in the near future” to discuss “some of the long standing and more difficult points.”U.S. and Chinese negotiators on Wednesday opened two days of high-level talks aimed at settling a trade war that has weakened both economies.Trump tweets the meetings are “going well with good intent and spirit on both sides,” even though the odds seem stacked against any substantive resolution.Trump has set a March deadline for increasing tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.He says: “All of the many problems are being discussed and will be hopefully resolved.”The Associated Press

Venezuelan vice-president visits Moscow to rally support

MOSCOW — Venezuela’s vice-president is visiting Russia, voicing hope for stronger ties with Moscow amid the U.S. pressure.Delcy Rodriguez said after Friday’s talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Venezuela will rely on supplies of food and medicines from Russia as it faces a U.S.-led blockade and hold the door open for more Russian investments.Lavrov reaffirmed strong support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and criticized the U.S. for waging a “cynical campaign aimed at ousting the legitimate government of Venezuela.” He strongly warned Washington against military intervention.Lavrov accused the U.S. and its allies of using economic sanctions and assets freezes to provoke a humanitarian crisis in the country.He said that Russia has delivered a humanitarian aid shipment to Venezuela and will provide more such assistance.The Associated Press

Canada overturns refugee status to Lankan man

The government appealed the decision to the Federal Court and Justice Paul Crampton accepted its objection.“A group of people who have decided to travel to Canada on a particular ship,” is not “fundamental to a person’s basic humanity,” wrote Justice Crampton, and did not qualify as what are called “refugees sur place,” meaning those not refugees when they leave their homeland but become refugees through the circumstance of their case. In both, the men had been accepted as refugees under claims that publicity connecting the ships to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam placed all passengers at risk in their homeland by mere association. The court’s rejection of the claim could impact other cases still pending. The second case involves a 24-year-old Tamil who arrived aboard the MV Ocean Lady, which officials identified as a rebel arms smuggling ship. The claimant’s testimony, that he had previously been questioned by Sri Lankan officials about possible links to the LTTE and released, is evidence that the government knows he is not a hardcore member of the LTTE, the judge said.His case was sent back to the IRB for a fresh hearing.Justice Crampton made his decision Nov. 19 but it only disseminated publicly on Monday. The outcome contrasts with another IRB decision made Oct. 16 but released only last week. In the Sun Sea case, the IRB had accepted the 26-year-old Tamil man as a refugee even though he was not believed to be involved with the LTTE; just being on the ship could lead to persecution, the board said. IRB adjudicator Trudy Shecter accepted him as a refugee on the same grounds that Justice Crampton rejected.“If he were to return to Sri Lanka, he is afraid that the government would know or quickly learn, possibly from the Canadian government, that he travelled on the Ocean Lady and he would be subject to torture, death, and having his body thrown into the river,” her decision says.She found no evidence he was involved with the LTTE. The Federal Court of Canada has overturned the refugee status granted to a passenger aboard a smuggling ship linked to Tamil rebels, just as the refugee board extended protection on the same grounds to a Tamil passenger of a second smuggling ship, highlighting the difficulty in handling the two highly publicized mass arrivals.The overturned decision involves one of 492 Sri Lankan Tamil migrants who arrived aboard the MV Sun Sea in 2010; the newly granted asylum decision involves one of the 76 aboard the MV Ocean Lady in 2009. “I find, however, that the claimant’s profile changed when he chose to board the Ocean Lady, a ship that has been suspected of carrying LTTE members into Canada,” she wrote.The government is reviewing the IRB’s decision, said Alexis Pavlich, spokeswoman for Jason Kenney, Minister for Citizenship and Immigration.The seeming disconnect between the two cases highlights the difficulty in handling the many passengers found aboard the two boatloads of Tamils fleeing the conflict in Sri Lanka when they arrived in Canadian waters.The Sun Sea arrived Aug. 13, 2010, carrying 380 men, 63 adult women and 49 children. As of last week, 50 have been accepted as refugees, 63 have had their claims rejected and 23 claims were withdrawn.Deportation orders have been issued against 25; another 16 had admissibility hearings but were not ordered deported, with three non-deportation cases under appeal by the government.Of the 25 people ordered deported, 14 were members of the ship’s crew and involved in people smuggling, according to the IRB.Eleven were found to be members of a terrorist organization; two of those were also found to have committed war crimes. One man remains in immigration detention.The Ocean Lady carried 76 males, one a minor, when it arrived Oct. 17, 2009. As of last week, 15 had been accepted as refugees and 15 have had their claims rejected. One claim was withdrawn. Three have been issued deportation orders.Some on each ship also face criminal charges in B.C. for human smuggling — four from the Ocean Lady and six from the Sun Sea. (National Post)

Canadian and US stock markets push higher in latemorning trading

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit advance in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also moved higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 127.35 points at 16,277.14.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 264.76 points at 26,150.77. The S&P 500 index was up 34.75 points at 2,923.43, while the Nasdaq composite was up 114.14 points at 8,010.13.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.29 cents US compared with an average of 75.27 cents US on Friday.The October crude contract was up 77 cents at US$55.58 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was down 2.3 cents at US$2.18 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$12.30 at US$1,511.30 an ounce and the September copper contract was up 1.05 cents at US$2.61 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)

Nature Conservancy gets 90K boost to help fight phragmites threat

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has received a $90,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help with conservation work being done in Norfolk County.The foundation presented the award at a public celebration on Friday morning in St. Williams.The grant is being used to purchase a boat, which will help NCC continue its work controlling the phragmites found in wetlands in the county.The boat will help them reach locations where the plant is growing that are not accessible by land. It will also be used to transport staff and contractors between lands NCC owns around Long Point.“Phragmites has been identified as Canada’s worst invasive species, and it has had to beat out quite a few nasty plants and animals to deserve that title,” said Kristen Bernard, the NCC program director for southwestern Ontario.The plant has taken over many parts of Norfolk, but the lack of general knowledge regarding phragmites is a large concern.“Those of us here realize this incredible threat from phragmites, it truly is a monster,” said MPP Toby Barrett. “My challenge is to continue to raise awareness at Queen’s Park and to stress the importance of continuing to put resources into this battle.”The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grand River team covers Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk. It is their job to decide who receives the available grant money.Helen Schultz, a member of the OTF grant review committee, said the application was “unanimously received.”The NCC has received a total of $1.3 million in Trillium grants since 2013.“That’s a testament to the great work that they’re doing, not only bringing awareness to the general public about how ecosystems are essential to us all, but also encouraging all of us to be more ecologically sensitive,” said Schultz.Friday’s event at the St. Williams Community Centre included representatives from Bird Studies Canada, Long Point Region Conservation Authority, Long Point Fish and Game Club, Long Point Biosphere Reserve Foundation, Long Point Basin Land Trust, Norfolk Alternative Land Use Services, Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance, St. Williams Community Conservation Reserve

Families key to tackling challenges posed by demographic changes Annan says

The United Nations estimates that between now and 2050, the number of older persons will rise from about 600 million to almost 2 billion. Commenting on the upheaval this transformation will cause, Mr. Annan said older persons are likely to lose traditional family support and social networks. “The shrinking size of the working population means older people are even more at risk of having to make do with inadequate pensions and medical attention,” he noted.Given these challenges, the international community must redouble its resolve to build a society for all ages, the Secretary-General said. “By helping families promote the active participation of their older members in society and development, we can ensure that older persons’ invaluable gifts and experience are put to use, and give them the opportunity to continue learning throughout life,” he said, adding that families can also serve to strengthen the bonds among generations and combat abuse, violence, disrespect and discrimination against older people. Mr. Annan emphasized that the elderly are a source of wisdom and experience. “Older people are intermediaries between the past, the present and the future,” he said. “They enrich the lives of younger generations, and are crucial in binding the family structure together.”

Rebels attack town in eastern DR Congo UN reports

In the latest violence, Mayi Mayi Sheka fighters attacked Pinga, in North Kivu province, but left after a 30-minute gun fight with the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC (MONUSCO) reported.Around 1,000 civilians sought refuge during the confrontation near the UN Mission’s base in Pinga, but only 90 remained there today, the others having returned home.Briefing the Security Council yesterday by video link from Kinshasa, the DRC capital, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, warned that the positive atmosphere that prevailed last month following the defeat of the M23 rebel group has “vanished” and the region is going through a period of renewed turbulence.This has been marked by deadly attacks in eastern DRC by another rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the ongoing crisis in Central African Republic (CAR) and the eruption of fighting in South Sudan.The Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, signed by 11 nations last February, remains “the best chance” to achieve sustainable peace, security, cooperation and development in the Great Lakes Region, she said.In the same briefing Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for DRC Martin Kobler called the Framework a major milestone, along with the creation of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which put all armed groups on notice that “we have the will and the means to take robust action at any time.“In the coming weeks, we will finalize the review of our military deployment across eastern Congo. We will then have a more flexible force. We need it to be more agile, ready to deploy when it is needed and where civilians are threatened, to take on the threat,” he added, also noting that peace in eastern DRC can only be durable if its root causes are addressed. “Restitution of State authority alone is not enough. Only regional cooperation and good governance will provide the peace dividend the population is expecting.” Today he strongly condemned the latest attack and sent his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and the Congolese people, stressing that MONUSCO will continue to work to consolidate the recent military gains.The DRC has been torn apart by civil wars and factional fighting since it became independent from Belgium in 1960, but with the support of a series of UN missions a measure of stability has been restored to much of the vast country over the past decade.But fighting between the Government and a variety of rebel and sectarian groups has continued to devastate the eastern regions, particularly North and South Kivu provinces. In March, the Security Council authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within MONUSCO, based in North Kivu province with a total of 3,069 peacekeepers, to carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without FARDC, against armed groups threatening peace in eastern DRC.

Womens volleyball Ohio State libero Valeria León record and barrier breaker

Senior libero Valeria Leon goes through her service routine during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Oct. 14. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorNearly 15 years ago, 7-year-old Valeria León and her older sister, Karina, were on their way to volleyball practice in their hometown of Ponce, Puerto Rico. León’s grandfather took them to practice, as he did every day. León started to develop a passion for the sport of volleyball, and she began to sleep with her volleyball at night. She had no idea she’d be holding a place in Ohio State history just a handful of years later.Last week, senior libero León grabbed the title for most career digs in the women’s volleyball program during a match against Michigan State, but her journey to the top hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it’s been her against the world in many cases.León’s love for volleyball continued into high school at Colegio Sagrado Corazón De Jesús, where she was recruited by OSU coach Geoff Carlston. He said she stood out to him for a lot of reasons, but it was her determination that won him over.“She made hard stuff look easy and easy stuff look easy, but really I gravitated to her competitive aura and how she played the game,” he said. Coming to the United States for college wasn’t León’s first choice, but she said her mother wholeheartedly believed in her talent as a player and encouraged her to give it a try. “My mom used to tell me, ‘Just try it and if you don’t like it, I’ll be the first one to buy you a ticket to come back,’” León said. On her official visit to OSU, she immediately committed. She said she was blown away by the campus’ atmosphere.  “I had other options, but I felt like Ohio State – it was the perfect one for me,” she said. At the time, León spoke little English, being a native Spanish speaker back in her Puerto Rican home. Everything was different in this new environment – communicating, learning and even some aspects of the game she had come to love were different. “I was dealing with so many outside things, like the language,” she said. “I had to go to tutoring for like eight hours every day because I couldn’t do the homework by myself.”Her team remembers it well. Being homesick while at college is one thing, but being homesick when your home is in another country is another. “She missed her family a lot. She missed home a lot. We all did, but it was different – she was in a completely new environment,” said senior middle blocker Kylie Randall. The team tried to support León in any way it could. Teammates walked her to classes, ordered food for her and took care of her like a sister, even though she had only been part of the OSU volleyball family for a short time.León could have given up and went back home where things were more familiar and comfortable, but she said when she finally decided to stick with it, she was thinking about more than just herself. “I had people behind me. They were excited and believed in me every single day, so I thought not giving up would make them proud,” she said. “People like my parents and my grandpa – he would go and drive me every single day to practice, and he never asked me for anything in return.”León also had her Buckeye family to rely on. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she, Randall and fellow freshman Maggie Heim spent nearly every weekend with León during that first year, and they were able to bond outside of St. John Arena. Through the constant support of those close to her, León stayed with the program, and with time, she developed into one of the team’s strongest assets and a powerful leader. “She made it a point to make sure her voice was heard, even if she couldn’t say what she wanted to say,” Sandbothe said. Carlston said that, from a coach’s perspective, León is what holds the rest of his team together. “She does the maintenance. (She’s) the glue,” he said. “She does a lot of things for us.” León’s journey soared to a new level on Oct. 22 of this year when she broke the 12-year-standing record for most career digs in OSU women’s volleyball history with 1,586, a record set by National Player of Year Stacey Gordon. She said to see herself come this far is something she would never have dreamed of. “When you sign here and come here, you never think about stuff like that (breaking records),” she said. “Those are maybe goals or dreams someone has, but it won’t actually happen.” Grabbing the title was even more sweet for León because her family in Puerto Rico was able to see her do it. “What really hits me the most is that in that game (against Michigan State), my family was together back home watching. Bringing my family together is something really special for me,” she said. León’s mom and dad are able to come to the U.S. three or four times a year to watch her play. When they can’t, they watch her games online along with the rest of her extended family – which, she said, could be up to 25 people at one time. León isn’t the only Buckeye receiving international support. Freshman outside hitter Bia Franklin hails from Rio de Janeiro. León said she shares a special connection with Franklin because when she looks at her, she is able to see herself three years ago. “I love talking to her and telling her my story because, for me, it’s really important that she stays here and doesn’t give up,” León said. León’s team said that she is an inspiration to everyone she touches, and her journey has transformed her into not only a stronger volleyball player, but a stronger individual. Sandbothe said, “Seeing her accomplish these kinds of things … makes me trust in the journey and trust in the process and know that if you have people in your corner, you really can do anything.”León said she wants to see other players learn from her story. Carlston attributes that quality to her selfless and humble personality.“For me, it’s really important once I leave, I want (the underclassmen) to know how Buckeye volleyball does it,” León said. When her days donning the Buckeyes’ libero jersey are over, León hopes to keep playing the game she loves – but closer to those who inspired her to push through tough times. “One of the reasons why I want to play professional is my other family members who haven’t gotten the opportunity to watch me play,” she said. “They can watch me play (in Ponce), especially like my grandpa, he means the world to me.” There’s one thing Sandbothe said she has taken away from knowing León, and it’s the belief in achieving the seemingly impossible.“Someone who can have so many things against them and just being in really low points where you didn’t know if you could see the light or when it was going to get better, and she never gave up,” she said.

Jakobsen and Rhein Neckar Lowen – together until 2017

Nikolaj JakobsenRhein Neckar Lowe German handball powerhouse Rhein Neckar Lowen showed satisfaction with a work of the Danish coach Nikolaj Jakobsen by extension of contract until 2017 (previous was until 2016). Former coach of Danish Aalborg survived the toughest six months at the start of his Bundesliga career, keeping the chances for big results in two most important competitions – DKB Bundesliga and VELUX EHF Champions League.Successor of Gudmundur Gudmundsson maintained the level of high performance from the last few seasons in situation of making a new roster after era of Icelander in Mannheim.– Nikolaj doing a fantastic job and it looks as if he has always been here. After we determined our team for the future, it was also important for us to provide continuity on the bench, says Rhein-Neckar Löwen-director Lars Lamade to the club’s website.Nikolaj Jacobsen praised situation in RNL:– I feel very comfortable in Löwen, conditions here are impressive. I sense a lot of support for my work through the whole environment in Löwen, so for me it was not a question if I should extend my contract, says Dane. ← Previous Story SEHA statistics: Antl TOP scorer, Mikler best goalkeeper Next Story → Ivano Balic – coordinator for men’s handball in Croatia from June

Dortmund director Sancho is going nowhere

first_imgSporting director Michael Zorc is adamant that Jadon Sancho will be at Borussia Dortmund next year, despite the growing interest from rival clubsThe 18-year-old winger’s stunning rise to stardom since completing an £8m transfer from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 has earned him plenty of suitors.Sancho is a regular member of the BVB squad leading the Bundesliga this season and his exploits in Germany saw him being handed a call-up to the England national team.But Dortmund, who have an unfortunate history for selling their star players to rivals, have no intention of letting Sancho go right now.“Jadon knew it would be an unusual step to move here but it has been totally the right one. Courageous, too,” Zorc told ESPN.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s an outstanding talent and a big part of our future. We are convinced that we are the best option for him to keep developing.“He’s not finished yet. Not by a long stretch. And he will certainly play with us next year, come what may.”Sancho has managed seven goals and 10 assists in 24 appearances across all competitions this season for Dortmund.The teenage star is contracted at Signal Iduna Park until June 2022.last_img

HipHops Huge Year In Streaming How Rap Reigned Supreme In 2018

first_img Report: Hip-hop Highest-Streamed Genre In U.S. hip-hops-huge-year-streaming-how-rap-reigned-supreme-2018 Hip-Hop’s Huge Year In Streaming: How Rap Reigned Supreme In 2018 Twitter Email News Facebook A new study shows consumers of on-demand streaming services leaned hard toward hip-hop and rap in 2018, with the genre accounting for over a quarter of all playsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 3, 2019 – 4:34 pm The rising popularity of hip-hop among consumers is nothing new, but the latest data from BuzzAngle shows the genre’s dominance in a new light. According to their year-end report, hip-hop and rap tracks accounted for more than a quarter of all on-demand plays on music streaming services in the U.S. in 2018. Mic drop.While the data also reveals rock and pop maintain strongholds in digital album sales and physical album sales respectively, streaming is king in 2018 and rap reigns with 25.4 percent of on-demand streams, eclipsing even pop at 18.5 percent.Rock’s top spot in album sales comes with a caveat, as album sales fell by 18.2 percent from the previous year, although rock ruled vinyl sales at 41.7 percent in a format that is up 11.9 percent overall.Hip-hop also holds court with the most audio streams and video streams of any genre, according to the study. But at least in one of those areas, video streams, rap has a hot contender. Latin music saw a surge in video streams up from 20.1 percent in 2017 to 21.8 percent in 2018, placing it just behind rap in the No. 2 position. Urban Latin music artists dominated many of the year-end lists from the likes of YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music.One impossible-to-ignore artist, album and song likely had much to do with rap’s dominance of streaming in 2018. Drake’s double-album Scorpion and its single “God’s Plan” topped BuzzAngle’s biggest overall album for the year and biggest track across all three relevant formats (downloads, audio streams, video streams) lists. This comes as little surprise considering some of the streaming and chart records Drake broke in 2018.Will Latin music’s stock continue to rise in 2019? Will hip-hop widen the gap ahead of the pack? Will physical album sales hemorrhage as rapidly? Only time will tell. Happy listening!Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed | 2019 GRAMMY AwardsRead morelast_img

Chandina road crash kills 2 women

first_imgTwo women were killed as a pick-up van hit an auto-rickshaw at Chandina upazila of Dhaka-Chattagram highway on Thursday morning, reports UNB.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Witnesses said the auto-rickshaw suddenly came in front of the pick-up van as it was trying to escape from the patrolling police in the area.Additional policemen were patrolling on the road as road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was scheduled to visit Cumilla today.The accident left one dead on the spot and another seriously injured.The injured woman succumbed to her injuries after being rushed to Chandina Upazila Health Complex.After the incident, agitated locals blocked the road near Palki Cinema Hall of Chandina of the Dhaka- Chattogram highway for an hour around 12 noon.Superintendent of police (SP) of Cumilla, Shah Md Abid Hossain confirmed the matter and said, “The three-wheeler was completely forbidden on the highway.”He also said action will be taken against those who blocked the highways.last_img

2 siblings missing as boat sinks in Buriganga

first_imgTwo siblings went missing as a boat capsized in the Buriganga river at Sadarghat on Friday evening, reports UNB.The victims are Sumi, 18, daughter of Sumit Gazi of Char Kaliganj and her brother Rabiul Gazi, 8.The victims’ father said that his wife along with three of their children was going to Sadarghat to board a Barishal-bound launch in the evening, but their boat capsized in the mid-river.Although his wife and elder son managed to swim ashore, his daughter and another son could not, he added.The boat capsized due to strong current in the river as well as waves created by MV Sharuk-1, said Abdur Rajjak, officer-in-charge of Sadarghat naval police station.On information, members of Fire Service and Civil Defence rushed there, he said, adding that divers were searching for the bodies.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday January 12

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: Dr. Ben Carson is vying to be confirmed to be Donald Trump’s secretary of HUD, a massive federal agency his detractors believe he is woefully unqualified to lead. We’ll discuss the substance of Carson’s Senate hearing with Rev. Alvin Hathaway, who has worked with HUD secretaries from the Carter administration to the Obama administration, and Charles Robinson of MPT’s, State Circle.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Buy This Comic The Ballad Of Sang 1

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “Kidnapped off the streets of the Philippines as an infant and trained as a child assassin, Sang has never had a childhood. All he’s ever known is killing, and the kindness of his master, Chen, the closest thing Sang has to a father. When Sang’s enthusiasm botches a job, it brings the wrath of Don Minchella down on the pair and Chen is brutally murdered. Barely escaping with his own life—and with Minchella’s severed arm in tow—Sang swears revenge, while every gang in the city mobilizes to return him to Minchella, dead or alive.”THE BALLAD OF SANG #1 (W): Ed Brisson (A): Alessandro Micelli (C): Shari Chankhamma (L): CRANK!One of my favorite genres is the seedy underground flicks of Asian Cinema. No joke. If you haven’t found one of this movies and it’s not in your top 100 favorite movies, you have to venture out and find one. My personal favorite is Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War (1973). Which, very much brings us to our Buy This Comic for this week. I’ve never seen a comic capture so much in the themes of those films than The Ballad of Sang. The Ballad of Sang #1 introduces readers into the seedy parts of an unground world, guarded by shadows. A world filled with mobsters, blood, and characters that engross as much as they terrify.via Oni PressEd Brisson crafts such an incredibly progressive narrative of survival and lost childhood. The first issue of The Ballad of Sang is quick, entertaining, heartbreaking and uncompromising. Brisson masters the art of getting information to the reader, but never leaving them in the dark. He shows every speech and movement in his script. However, there’s also no slowing down. This very much helps this story keep its pace active while gripping readers to find out what happens next.As Brisson reaves up the narrative, he also brings to us characters that are both despicable, but also very sly and familiar. This is what makes The Ballad of Sang shine so brightly AND leave you wanting more. Each character is a notable kind of seedy. One of the last pages of The Ballad of Sang reminds me so much of Warriors. Gangs everywhere are called together. They assemble to take down this one boy at the mercy of one mobster. Speaking of, Brisson also breeds a different type of underdog in Sang; a mute boy raised on the streets as an assassin. Sang reminds me so much of an intense figure that deserves so much more. He’s different, brilliant in their execution and executions, with highly fierce and bloody skills to show. However, he’s just a kid, a tragic figure that you just want to be okay.via Oni PressMicelli has a unique style onto himself. Micelli’s art goes hand in hand with Brisson’s script. He never slows down, forever fluid, with fast-paced and gritty visuals that makes this comic exceptional. It’s expressive, rough, raw and dirty. Micelli’s art reminds you of what genuinely hidden underneath the surface and in the shadows. He gives you a glimpse of this world before everything disappears again.Shari Chankhamma enhances and stunningly compliments Micelli’s art with her colors. The air of the comic becomes even more deadly. Chankhamma splatters this comic in bloody reds, domestic beiges, and shocking action-packed yellows. She not only intensifies the setting but creates a killer and wickedly gritty mood that further amps the atmosphere of the underground mob life.via Oni PressWhen lettering, a comic filled with action and art can’t be covered. It’s key that the placement and pace of the lettering are just right. CRANK! is above and beyond the person to do it. They know where to place to compliment the art and heighten the storytelling for this comic. Lately, I’ve noticed letterers who are just perfect for a project, ones that bring the team and the comic together and CRANK! is that for this team.The Ballad of Sang is just getting started, and I’m hyped to see how deep Brisson’s story will travel. There’s no doubt that he’ll bring us something special in the upcoming issues. There’s nowhere to hide for Sang, so his journey will be something that we hope he makes out alive. The Ballad of Sang #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.3/7/18 Releases – In addition to The Ballad of Sang #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Dodge City #1 by Josh Trujillo (W/C), Cara McGee (I), Brittany Peer w/ Cara McGee (C), Aubrey Aiese (L) BOOM! StudiosGideon Falls #1 by Jeff Lemire (W), Andrea Sorrentino (A), Dave Stewart (C), Steve Wanda (L) Image ComicsShade, The Changing Woman #1 by Cecil Castellucci (W), Marley Zarcone, Jamie Coe (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jamie Coe (C), Becky Cloonan (CA) Young Animals/DC ComicsFirebug TP by Johnnie Christmas (W/A), Tamra Bonvillain (C), Ariana Maher (L) Image ComicsRogue & Gambit #3 by Kelly Thompson (W), Pere Pérez (A), Frank D’Armata (C), VC’s Joe Caramagna (L), Kris Anka (CA) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

Indulge in king of cheeses this weekend

first_imgSorrento at Shangri La’s – Eros Hotel, presets an exclusive tribute to parmigiano reggiano till September 26. Parmesan cheese is a hard, granular cheese and Parmigiano is the Italian adjective for Parma and Reggiano is for Reggio Emilia province. It has also been called the ‘King of Cheeses’.The festival is a tribute to the legendary cheese that originates from the Parma region of Italy featuring 12, 24 and 36 months aged Parmesan showcased in a menu specially crafted by Italian maestro Chef Luigi Ferraro and Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi. ‘Parmigiano Reggiano’ offers an exclusive a la carte menu of Italian specialties during lunch and dinner with special emphasis on Parmesan as the core ingredient paired with a selection of Italian wines.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGuests will be able to savour various Italian flavors such as Culatello from Zibello with aged parmesan cheese served with chili jam and mustard from Cremona city, Risotto from Sibari with stewed duck leg, breast confit, alba truffle pate and gelato of Parmesan stravecchio- 36 months to a homemade fettuccine with forest wild mushrooms and 12 months aged Parmesan cheese sauce. The menu also offers Sous vide and wood fired oven cooked free range chicken, spinach, 24 month aged Parmesan with sauce Saracena Moscato and Sfoglia of vegetables with 12 months aged Parmesan, toy box tomatoes and basil pesto.One may choose to end one’s meal on a sweet note at Sorrento, with a Parmesan cheese cake and Parmesan gelato and spicy chocolate sauce or a Pizzo calabro tartufo.last_img

Google It Anatomy of a Tech Giant Infographic

first_img Register Now » 1 min read Google has become so ingrained in our lives that it’s changed the lexicon of our daily communications. Can you remember a time that you didn’t think to yourself “I’ll just Google it”? As the tech behemoth marks its 16th anniversary, we take a look back at some of its milestones and accomplishments.From the launch of Google Adwords in 2000 to the introduction of Gmail in 2006, and the first Android phone in 2008, this infographic from Wishpond, a maker of social-media marketing applications, maps the progress of the tech company.For more stats on Google, check out the infographic below.Click to Enlarge+ Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 15, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img

Elon Musks Neuralink Hopes to Put Sensors in Human Brains Next Year

first_imgJuly 17, 2019 While we waited for Neuralink to present the progress it’s made over the last couple of years in brain-computer interface technology, the New York Times and Bloomberg published information from an early briefing and it’s stuff that’s straight out of science fiction. The Elon Musk-backed company claims its “sewing machine-like” robot will be able to implant threads deep into a human brain.The results so far come from testing on lab rats implanted with as many as 1,500 electrodes, which, everyone should be warned, may or may not transfer smoothly to work on humans. If it does work, Neuralink says its intention for the technology at first is to do things like help amputees, or restore the ability to see, talk and listen. Of course, as Elon has said previously, he believes that connecting our brains to computers will eventually be the only way to keep up with the progression of artificial intelligence, so while things may start here the plan is for something much more powerful.One big reveal is that it “hopes” to begin working on human subjects as soon as the second quarter of next year. In the picture above, that was shown during the presentation, that small protrusion at the bottom right with the arrow pointing to it, is the size of the thread that it actually hopes to implant.According to the article, its bundles of flexible threads are about one quarter the diameter of a human hair, implanted using needles to avoid blood vessels on the brain’s surface. Then the embedded sensors capture information and send it to a receiver (the chip above) on the surface of the skull. From there it transmits wirelessly — Elon Musk said it could Bluetooth the information to your skull. Right now implantation requires drilling holes, but researchers hope in the future they can use lasers to avoid “unpleasant” vibration.The pod itself is worn behind the ear, with the wireless, battery and other hardware in there.Whether or not this can work in humans is, again, still unproven, and also whether or not the wires can hold up over time. Whenever tonight’s event at the California Academy of Sciences actually begins, hopefully we’ll find out a few more answers. You can watch the livestream embedded below.According to Musk, its current v1 4x4mm chip is capable of 10,000 electrodes with “read and write” capability, which he says is more than 1,000 times the number of the best deep brain interface currently available for Parkinson’s treatment.Neuralink president Max Hodak went on to explain why it’s embedding sensors directly into the brain, near but not in neurons. Simply, it’s the only way to send and receive the information necessary, from “spikes” of activity. A neurosurgeon is also part of the presentation, showing off some videos of the implantation technology, and how its robot can install thousands of wires directly into the brain while avoiding tissue damage and bleeding. Eventually, they’d like to do it without shaving the patient’s head, although he acknowledged that the first operations will be more like current deep brain implants.Further presentations explained even more about how all the technology works, and a paper will be released shortly with more data on what they’ve achieved so far. One note Musk revealed during a Q&A session is that “a monkey has been able to control the computer with its brain,” in response to a query about animal testing and the results so far. Less surprising is his assertion that two people with the implants could use them to communicate “telepathically” — once the technology is working two-ways in the brain that’s about what we’d expect. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Register Now » This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img

Recap M6 closed due to trailer detaching from lorry

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes UPDATE: Highways England have confirmed all lanes have reopened (as of 00.24am on Monday December 3). The M6 motorway is closed due to a lorry’s load becoming unsecured in North Staffordshire tonight (Sunday December 2). The main carriageway is closed due to a broken down lorry on the M6 Northbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads and the Hanchurch roundabout. A lorry’s trailer has become unsecured and lifting equipment is required to re-secure it, according to traffic data company Inrix. The issue was first reported shortly after 9.30pm – with Traffic England and Inrix confirming the closure remained in place as of 11pm. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group say the carriageway will reopen by 1.30am on Monday morning (December 3). A spokesman said: “All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 01.30am. “Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition.” Delays of 30 minutes are currently reported – with Highways England there are queues almost two miles long. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 is closed northbound within J15 Stoke-on-Trent due to broken down HGV requiring specialist recovery. Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads at J15. Read MoreEmergency services called to incident on rail line between Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield “Delays building on the approach to the closure point. Please allow for extra journey time. “Approximately 1¾ miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. ” We will bring you updates as we get them. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. For the latest news and breaking news visit Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .00:23Carriageway reopensThe carriageway has now reopened,“A Highways England spokesman said: “#Staffordshire On the #M6 northbound, approaching J15 near #Stoke, our recovery and clean-up crews have worked hard to resolve the problems with the stranded HGV. Junction has now re-opened. Thanks for your patience!”23:34What we know as of 11.30pmThe M6 Northbound is blocked at junction 15 due to a lorry’s load becoming unsafeTraffic is being diverted using the slip roads – with almost miles of congestion reportedSpecialist recovery equipment is being used to recover the loadPolice say the driver has been reported for having a dangerous loadThe motorway is expected to reopen by 1.30am23:23Another photo from the sceneCMPG have posted this photo from the scene (Image: CMPG)23:20Police say the road will reopen by 1.30amA Central Motorway Police Group spokesman said: All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 0130 hrs. Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition. “22:58Almost two miles of queues on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Approximately 1¾ miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. “22:57Another photo from the sceneAnother photo Highways England have released of the recovery operation tonight (Image: Highways England)22:56Highways England photo from the sceneHighways England have released this photo from the scene (Image: Highways England)22:37Delays of 40 minutes now reportedDelays of 40 minutes are now reporting on the M6 northbound at junction 1522:31Another lane closed due to a broken down vehicle on the southbound carriagewayOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey).Lane one (of two). (Image: Inrix)22:30Location of the trailerThe closure is near junction 15 itself on the northbound carriageway.Location of the closure (Image: Inrix)last_img