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Nova Scotia Students Do Well Internationally in Science Math ReadingNova Scotia Students Do Well Internationally in Science Math Reading

first_imgNova Scotia 15-year-olds have performed above the international average in science, mathematics and reading in a respected international student assessment. The 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) measured student achievement in 57 countries, including Canada and each of the provinces. “Our students have again demonstrated that on the world stage we are among the best,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The job ahead is to do even better. We need to do more to help our students excel.” Nova Scotia’s best showing was in science, placing 18th in the world out of the 67 jurisdictions assessed. When taking account of the range of results for each jurisdiction, there was statistically very little difference between Nova Scotia students and students in other parts of the country. Only four countries and three provinces — Alberta, B.C. and Ontario — significantly outperformed Nova Scotia in science. That performance was mirrored in reading and mathematics with Nova Scotia students ranking above average internationally, but below the Canadian average. Thirteen countries and five provinces significantly outperformed Nova Scotia in mathematics, while just five countries and three provinces surpassed Nova Scotia in reading. As a country, Canada placed third in science, behind Finland and Hong Kong. The strongest performing provinces were Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, which scored above the Canadian average. Canadian students were fourth in reading and seventh in mathematics. Among Nova Scotia results, the study found girls significantly outperformed boys in reading, while boys performed significantly better than girls in mathematics. There was no significant difference between boys and girls in science. The study also found Nova Scotia’s French-language schools performed significantly below English-language schools in both reading and science, consistent with other minority-language schools across the country. “This is a concern,” said Ms. Casey. “We will take steps to identify the issues behind these results and take measures to improve performance in these areas.” The PISA results come on the heels of the Programme for International Reading Study (PIRLS) released last week, which scored Grade 4 Nova Scotia students significantly above the world average in reading. The PISA study was administered to 2,441 students at 86 schools in April and May of 2006. The study, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, can be viewed at http://www.pisa.gc.ca/ .last_img read more

Offshore oil worker who tested positive for drug use ordered reinstated courtOffshore oil worker who tested positive for drug use ordered reinstated court

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An offshore oil worker fired for unauthorized drug use is getting his job back after Newfoundland and Labrador’s highest court reviewed his employer’s investigation of a “significant” incident involving helicopter safety.The court was told drug tests were ordered in January 2015 for eight Hibernia platform employees after a series of mistakes were spotted in manifests used to track luggage loaded on the helicopters that carry workers to and from the platform — about 300 kilometres southeast of St. John’s.A helicopter loading officer was fired after he tested positive for benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes tranquilizers like Valium.All parties involved in the case, including the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, agreed the errors constituted a “significant incident,” the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal said in a decision released Friday.However, a panel of three appeal court judges unanimously agreed with an arbitration board’s 2016 decision to reinstate the unionized employee because his employer, the Hibernia Platform Employers’ Organization, ordered the drug and alcohol tests without seeking an explanation for what happened.“There was not sufficient information to establish a possible link between substance use by the (employee) and the cause of the incident,” the board said in its ruling. “It was not appropriate to order the test in the exercise of managerial discretion.”The judges also agreed with the board’s conclusion that there were reasonable explanations for the errors.“The other explanations included the actions of the passenger who misplaced his bag at the top of the emergency stairwell, and the fact that procedures designed to improve loading operations and eliminate manifest discrepancies, such as the new check list, were not operational on January 13, 2015,” the board said.“The board concludes that the alcohol and drug test … was ordered without consideration of the explanation that errors in process had not been corrected, without an explanation from the (employee), and without sufficient reason to link the (employee’s) actions to the incident.”The three judges also agreed with a Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge, who dismissed the employer’s request for a judicial review, saying it would not have caused a significant delay for the employer to question the eight-member heli-deck crew.The employer had argued that the board’s decision was unreasonable because it interfered with management’s right to order drug testing under the collective agreement.An investigation was ordered after it was discovered that a manifest, dated Jan. 13, 2015, included an entry for an 11-kilogram bag that wasn’t placed on the helicopter.Errors in the manifests were detected during a five-week period that started in late 2014. The heli-deck crew handling the baggage included the loading officer, six deck hands and one non-unionized supervisor.The board found the platform services supervisor did not obtain a statement from the employee before the supervisor reported to the offshore installation manager. As well, the manager did not speak to any member of the heli-deck crew before ordering the tests.As well, the board found the offshore installation manager was wrong when he assumed that a new check list procedure was in place.—By Michael MacDonald in Halifaxlast_img read more

Robert De Niro To Be Honored At Friars Foundation GalaRobert De Niro To Be Honored At Friars Foundation Gala

first_imgThe Friars Club will present its highest honor – the Entertainment Icon Award – to Robert De Niro, and its Icon Award for Philanthropy to Carlos Slim at the annual Friars Foundation Gala.The Entertainment Icon Award pays tribute to individuals whose accomplishments transcend the entertainment industry by positively redefining the very culture we live in. De Niro will join Hollywood legends Tom Cruise, Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra as the fifth Entertainment Icon Award recipient since the Friars launched in 1904.Slim is the premier recipient of the Icon Award for Philanthropy, which pays tribute to Slim’s philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors and serves to applaud his work to stimulate education, advance health care and strengthen small businesses in Latin American countries and around the world.Expected to attend the event are 50 Cent, Richard Belzer, Tony Bennett, David Blaine, Orlando Bloom, Blythe Danner, Kit Harrington, Kevin Hart, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Harvey Keitel, Larry King, Art Linson, Penny Marshall, Joel McHale, Kathrine Narducci, Edward Norton, Édgar Ramírez, Jane Rosenthal, David O. Russell, Arturo Sandoval, Ben Stiller, Sting, Sharon Stone, Kenan Thompson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Harvey Weinstein, Stevie Wonder and more.WHEN: Tuesday, October 7WHERE: Waldorf Astoria301 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022The Friars Club was founded in 1904 as a meeting place for entertainers and over the years has achieved legendary status. Its membership includes the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Brian Williams, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Cruise, Les Moonves, Whitney Cummings and Samuel L. Jackson. The Friars Club “Monastery” is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan in a classic townhouse and is a haven for entertainers young and old.The Friars Foundation was established in 1977 as the charitable arm of the legendary Friars Club. The mission of the Foundation is to help performing arts groups create superior, innovative and affordable programs for the enrichment, education and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants. The Foundation also helps prepare the next generation of performers and musical artists through scholarship programs for students studying the performing arts. In addition, it has created the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warriors Program, which enables the Foundation to bring laughter and comedy to members of the armed forces injured during service.last_img read more

Need for action behind funding cut to Sisters in Spirit cabinet ministersNeed for action behind funding cut to Sisters in Spirit cabinet ministers

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government justifies its decision to no longer fund the research project responsible for raising hundreds of murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases out of the shadows by saying it is now time for “action,” in a letter signed by two cabinet ministers and released to APTN National News.The government lays out the reasoning for its decision to cut funding to Sisters in Spirit, the landmark research project that detailed hundreds of missing and murdered cases, in the letter which is addressed to Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).NWAC could not be immediately reached for comment.NWAC has criticized the government for cutting its Sisters in Spirit project out of the recently announced $10 million strategy to deal with murdered and missing Aboriginal women cases.NWAC has said the Oct. 29 announcement had little to do specifically with Aboriginal women and gave the bulk of the money to the RCMP to set up a branch to investigate all missing persons cases. NWAC also said it was never consulted on the content of the announcement.The government says that while Sisters in Spirit was successful, it was time to move on to a more concrete focus.“The Sisters in Spirit research and awareness project has accomplished much of what it was intended to do. It is time to move to action, by taking the research and implementing it on the streets,” said the letter, dated Nov. 24 and signed by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose. “We would also like to reassure you that the ability of NWAC to continue to use the Sisters in Spirit name or to conduct further research using other funding sources is not in doubt.”According to sources, NWAC was told it could no longer use the Sisters in Spirit name or continue research on its vaunted database of missing and murdered cases in any project that uses government money.The letter states that NWAC is currently receiving $500,000 for an eight-month project called Evidence to Action.APTN National News has learned that the original name for the project was Sisters in Spirit, Evidence to Action, but Status of Women officials forced NWAC to cut out the name Sisters in Spirit.The letter states that Status of Women Canada is also poised to fund NWAC for a three-year project called Evidence to Action II.The government also expressed “great concern” with NWAC’s criticism of the $10 million strategy and uses Corbiere-Lavell’s words against her.“These criticisms have been more disconcerting as we spoke to you prior to the announcement to explain details…We recall your words at this time being ‘this is a long time coming, but worth the wait,’” said the letter.The letter also expressed concerns about “inaccurate media reports” about the government’s announcement.“The comments are troubling in that the information does not reflect the facts about our new initiatives,” said the letter.The letter said the goal of the strategy is a “multi-tiered approach to provide new tools for law enforcement, improve the justice system, enhance victim’s services, and introduce community programs to help prevent these troubling acts and bring those responsible to justice.”Aside from the $4 million going to the RCMP, which “will clearly not just be specific to women or Aboriginal women,” the government is also funding school and community violence prevention projects, a Western provinces victim’s fund, community safety plans, awareness materials and a compendium of “best practices,” the letter said.As part of its strategy, the government also plans to introduce new amendments to the criminal code to make it easier for police to execute warrantless wiretaps in emergency situations and to obtain multiple warrants on a single application to a judge.Sisters in Spirit recieved a five-year, $5 million funding committment from the Liberal government which ran out the last fiscal year.last_img read more

Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp to create one of worlds biggest goldNewmont Mining to buy Goldcorp to create one of worlds biggest gold

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:G)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. of Vancouver have agreed to combine their gold companies in a deal worth about US$10 billion.The companies announced today that Newmont will exchange 0.328 of a share and two cents for each of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares.The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies but requires regulatory approvals in several countries.The combined company would be called Newmont Goldcorp and be owned 65 per cent by current Newmont shareholders and 35 per cent by Goldcorp shareholders Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg says the company expects to generate up to US$100 million in annualized “synergies” before tax and operate in the Americas, Australia and Ghana.Newmont Goldcorp will also divest between US$1 billion and $1.5 billion of assets over two years to optimize gold production of six to seven million ounces annually.Goldcorp President and CEO David Garofalo says Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers, with a North American regional office in Vancouver that will oversee more than three million ounces of gold production — about half of the combined company’s projected output.last_img read more

Moroccos Head of Government Students Cost MAD 6000 Per YearMoroccos Head of Government Students Cost MAD 6000 Per Year

By Alexandra Krauska,Rabat – Morocco’s head of government, Abdelilah Benkirane, stated in an oral session with the chamber of advisers (upper house of parliament) on Tuesday that each student costs the government MAD 6,000 per year.The purpose of the meeting was for Benkirane to give his perspective on general governmental policies, one section devoted to education and professional development reform. Benkirane acknowledged that there are many problems with Moroccan education, but remains hopeful about education reforms, according to Telquel. He was a part of the 1999 education reform that produced the National Charter for Education and Training.According to Benkirane, the commission was unsuccessful because it “was not placed in suitable circumstances for its conclusions to be implemented and it has only been in practice partially.”“Today, our children and our country are invited to compete at a national level,” continued Benkirane, discussing the challenges that face Moroccan education now. “We will crumble face a crazy competition that no longer cares about the people, nor identities, or anything.”The total education budget is MAD 31 million. MAd 45.4 million was spent between 2008 and 2016.“Each student costs us more than MAD 6,000 per year; sometimes more expensive in certain private schools,” stated Benkirane. “The problem is not a lack of resources. The problem is a lack of governance.” read more

French Police Arrest Michel Platini On Corruption ChargesFrench Police Arrest Michel Platini On Corruption Charges

By Abdessamd El BazRabat –  Michel Platini, former President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), was arrested on Tuesday, June 18 for alleged corruption in connection with the 2022 Qatar World Cup . The ex-captain of the French football team had been serving a 4-year ban from all football-related activities after receiving a $2 million payment from International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). The investigation, which led to Platinis arrest, was opened in 2016. The former UEFA president was investigated on criminal charges relating to  “private corruption,” “criminal conspiracy,” “influence peddling and trading in influence” over 2022 Qatar World Cup, according to the French newspaper Le Monde. Investigators are particularly interested “in the lunch organized on 23 November 2010 at the Elysee, in the presence of Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini, the current Emir of Qatar, Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani, Sheikh Hamad Ben Jassem, then Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Emirate,” reported Le Monde. Sepp Blatter, former FIFA president, said in an interview with TRT World, that Platini’s decision to grant Qatar the 2022 World Cup was influenced by French Politics. Blatter claimed that Platini met with the then President Nicolas Sarkozy and several Qatari officials at a lunch prior to announcing the decision that Qatar would host the World Cup in 2020. Michel Platini previously told Le Monde  “I knew I was going to vote for Qatar before lunch and I went to see Nicolas Sarkozy to tell him. I did not know that the Qataris would be there.”In 2015, Sepp Blatter announced his resignation as FIFA president amid bribery scandals.In the same year, the US Justice Department issued several indictments against multiple individuals and organizations for corruption scandals. The former head of the IRS criminal investigation division, Richard Weber, said: “This really is the World Cup of fraud, and today we are issuing FIFA a red card.” read more

Ontario credit union Meridian to acquire Roynat Lease Finance businessOntario credit union Meridian to acquire Roynat Lease Finance business

TORONTO – Ontario credit union Meridian has signed a deal to acquire Roynat Lease Finance in a deal with Scotiabank and Roynat Inc.Financial terms of the agreement announced Tuesday were not immediately available.Under the deal, Roynat Lease Finance will operate through a wholly owned subsidiary of Meridian.Meridian said once the deal closes, Joe LaLeggia, senior vice-president of Roynat Lease Finance, will be appointed president of its lease finance business.Roynat Lease Finance provides commercial equipment leasing.It has 106 full-time employees and offices across Canada in B.C, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.The transaction, which is subject to certain conditions including regulatory approval, is anticipated to close within a few weeks. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2016 6:46 am MDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario credit union Meridian to acquire Roynat Lease Finance business read more

UN News in Brief 2 February 2018UN News in Brief 2 February 2018

Migrant’s bodies wash ashore in LibyaAt least 90 migrants have drowned after their boat capsized off the coastal city of Zuwara in Libya, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) reported on Friday.The bodies of two Libyans and eight Pakistanis washed ashore, while two survivors swam to shore and a third was rescued by a fishing boat.The survivors said that most of those who drowned were from Pakistan, as IOM records show increasing numbers of Pakistanis are attempting the treacherous crossing to Italy.While Pakistani nationals ranked 13th on a list of the number of migrants trying to reach Europe in 2017, so far this year they are already the third highest by nationality, said the IOM.Roughly 240 reached Italy in January this year, up from only nine in January 2017.This latest tragedy comes as the UN Migration Agency reports that 6,624 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 28 January this year, up from 5,983 during a similar period in 2017.Kenyan TV stations remain off air despite State directiveThree Kenyan television stations were shut down on Tuesday, after the government accused them of “complicity” for broadcasting the symbolic swearing-in of opposition leader Raila Odinga.On Friday, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) expressed concern that the TV stations remained suspended for a third day despite an interim order by a Kenyan High Court, and it called on the Government to respect and implement the judicial decision to allow transmissions to resume.Rupert Colville is a spokesperson for the UN human rights office, which is based in Geneva:“We call on the Government to respect and implement the judicial decision. We are also concerned at its attempts to interfere with the rights to freedom of expression by reportedly warning that participation in Mr Odinga’s ceremony would lead to revocation of licences. Media organizations that disregarded this advice were shut down.”The UN Human Rights Office urged the Kenyan government and opposition in “to work towards resolving the current situation through dialogue, with full respect for the rule of law and the rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and political participation.”Maldives urged to respect decision to overturn conviction against former leaderAuthorities in the Maldives are being urged by the UN human rights office to fully respect a Supreme Court decision to overturn the conviction of former president Mohamed Nasheed.The country’s first democratically elected leader is living in exile after being sentenced in 2015 to 13 years imprisonment for terrorism-related charges.The UN human rights office is also calling for a retrial of his case and the release of eight other political prisoners, as well as the reinstatement of 12 suspended opposition Members of Parliament.The office said the situation in the Maldives has been a pressing concern for several years now, and it is “closely watching” developments, according to a statement issued on Friday. read more

BBCs George Alagiah returns to the News at Six for first timeBBCs George Alagiah returns to the News at Six for first time

BBC News anchor George Alagiah returned to the air last night for the first time in more than a year, following a battle with cancer.Sporting a new beard, the 63-year-old fronted the News at Six programme after earlier revealing his illness was now in “a holding pattern”.He was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and has since made intermittent returns to the broadcaster, where he has worked since 1989.Fellow presenter Sophie Raworth confirmed the comeback yesterday morning by posting a picture on Twitter of Alagiah smiling and suited in the newsroom. Her post prompted him to quip in response: “There goes my hope of slipping back into the studio unnoticed!”He added: “Thanks to all for good wishes. We’ve got the cancer in a holding pattern so it’s back to work with colleagues I respect and the viewers who make it worthwhile.” Politicians and BBC personalities were among those to welcome news of Alagiah’s return, including Labour MP David Lammy, who hailed him as “one of the best in the business”.Alagiah was told that his stage four bowel cancer had returned just before Christmas 2017, leading him to take further time away from the screen to seek treatment. @sophieraworth there goes my hopes of slipping back into the studio unnoticed! Thanks to all for good wishes. We’ve got the cancer in a holding pattern so it’s back to work with colleagues I respect and the viewers who make it worthwhile. #BBCNewsSix— George Alagiah (@BBCAlagiah) January 23, 2019 Back with a beard…1st time on air since December 2017. Join @BBCAlagiah on @BBCOne for tonight’s #BBCNewsSix pic.twitter.com/3TmuCdQjqE— sophieraworth (@sophieraworth) January 23, 2019 After the initial diagnosis in 2014, the disease spread to his liver and lymph nodes, but the presenter returned to work a year later after undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy and three major operations, one of which included the removal of most of his liver. 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. read more

Two more bishops resign in Chile over child sex abuse scandalTwo more bishops resign in Chile over child sex abuse scandal

first_img Share59 Tweet Email POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTED the resignation of two more Chilean bishops following a child sex abuse scandal that has gripped the Latin American nation.The Vatican announced the resignation of the bishop of Rancagua, 78-year-old Alejandro Goic Karmelic and the bishop of Talca, Horacio del Carmen Valenzuela Abarca, 64.Several senior members of Chile’s Catholic Church are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by paedophile priest Fernando Karadima during the 1980s and 1990s.Goic offered his resignation three years ago due to his age, but the Pope did not accept it. His departure comes amid a sexual abuse scandal in his own diocese, where 14 priests have been suspended.Those crimes were allegedly committed by a network called “The Family” over the course of at least a decade, before a member of the parish denounced them last week in a television report. A criminal investigation is underway.Carmen Valenzuela, meanwhile, was a follower of Karadima, who was suspended for life by the Vatican. He was named by Karadima’s victims as a figure who ignored or covered up the abuse.Several victims welcomed the news of their resignations.“Slowly but surely… two less wicked and corrupt bishops”, Juan Carlos Cruz, now a communications executive, wrote on Twitter.The entire Chilean delegation of bishops tendered its resignation to the pope in May after a series of meetings at the Vatican.Earlier this month, Francis accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops, including the controversial Juan Barros who Karadima’s victims accuse of covering up wrongdoing.The pontiff himself became mired in the scandal when, during a trip to Chile in January, he defended Barros. However the pope later apologised to Karadima’s victims and said he had made “grave mistakes”.- © AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4098081 File photos of lay members of the Catholic Church carrying a sign that reads in Spanish “Truth and justice bear peace”. 79 Comments 8,883 Views By AFPcenter_img Jun 28th 2018, 7:49 PM Short URL Image: Fernando Lavoz/AP/Press Association Images Two more bishops resign in Chile over child sex abuse scandal Several senior members of Chile’s Catholic Church are accused by victims of ignoring and covering up child abuse by paedophile priest Fernando Karadima. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 7:49 PM File photos of lay members of the Catholic Church carrying a sign that reads in Spanish “Truth and justice bear peace”. Image: Fernando Lavoz/AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Heat turned up on tax cheatsHeat turned up on tax cheats

first_imgreek Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou’s first meeting upon his return from his holiday break was with the head of the financial crimes squad (SDOE), Yiannis Kapeleris where it was decided to set up five teams that will go after tax cheats.A total of 250 people will make up the teams which will be set up by the end of September.The teams will be based in either Athens or Thessaloniki but will cover the entire country, checking high-income taxpayers, those who have forgotten to declare assets, such as pools and boats, and luxury-home owners.The checks, which will also continue to focus on busy tourist districts, will also cover value-added tax declarations as well as residents who owe money to the tax office but refuse to pay up.The Finance Ministry is out to catch as many tax cheats as possible, as they cost the government some 30 billion euros a year.With budget revenues falling short of targets by 772 million euros in the first seven months of 2010, the shortfall is likely to reach 2 billion euros by the end of the year.Finance Ministry sources said yesterday that the SDOE checks will involve groups of between 20-50 employees tackling one problem area at a time, such as checking luxury yacht owners before moving on to doctors with unusually low income tax declarations.In order to give tax inspectors greater power, SDOE officials will have access to bank account details, files at stock brockers and notary offices among other areas, in order to round up tax cheats.In a bid to boost the efficiency of employees, the ministry also plans to replace the close to 400 existing inspectors with employees from other Finance Ministry positions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Unboxing the First ThinkGeek Capsule BoxUnboxing the First ThinkGeek Capsule Box

first_imgStay on target The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat Another big geek collectible company has jumped on the subscription box bandwagon first driven forward by Loot Crate, and frankly, I’m amazed they’ve taken so long. ThinkGeek, the venerable purveyor of both in-house-designed and third-party geek collectibles, clothes, and gadgets, has launched its own subscription box: the ThinkGeek Capsule. ThinkGeek sent us the first ThinkGeek Capsule, and we’re impressed by what it has to offer.The ThinkGeek Capsule is a bit more expensive than the standard Loot Crate at $29.99 including shipping compared to $21.99. However, if the first ThinkGeek Capsule’s contents are any indication, it offers more items and is comparable to Loot Crate’s bigger, gaming-focused Loot Gaming crate, which is $31.95 monthly including shipping. ThinkGeek says every Capsule has a value of at least $50 while Loot Crate and Loot Gaming have respective values of $45 and $60. Of course, whether or not what’s in the crate is actually worth that much is in the eye of the beholder, considering how much licensed items can get marked up or price slashed for clearance at any given time.Here’s what came in the first ThinkGeek Capsule, which is already sold out (Capsule #2 is already coming, and available if you subscribe now).center_img Let’s start with not one, but two wearable items: a The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild t-shirt and a pair of Harry Potter socks. The t-shirt is soft and tagless, with a picture of Link on the front. The art of Link is actually identical to a t-shirt included in the WILD Loot Gaming crate from February, but a white paintbrush-like background was added, and the shirt is a darker gray. The Harry Potter socks are gray and burgundy, marking you as a Hogwarts alumnus with a surprisingly low-key design.Fallout is pretty great even if buying Fallout 4 at full price again just for VR seems horrible, and the biggest item in the ThinkGeek Capsule is Fallout-themed. It’s a power armor helmet coin bank, about the size of a cube-shaped tissue box and made of plastic. There aren’t any fancy gimmicks to it, but it looks nice and comes in a great box.This aluminum cup isn’t specifically branded with anything. It’s just a neat unicorn design and comes in seven different colors, in a blind box. We got a red one.The Capsule also comes with not one but two enameled pins. One is ThinkGeek mascot Timmy the Monkey, while the other is a blind pick of fantasy-themed pins. We got a potion in vaporwave colors of pink and purple. It’s not clear if the Timmy pin is the first of a line of monthly pins like Loot Crate’s pins, or is unique to the first Capsule.If all that isn’t enough, here’s a deck of Goonies playing cards. I don’t have anything to add because I ‘ve never actually watched The Goonies all the way through, so feel free to yell at me in the comments.This last item is downright intriguing. It’s a blind value gift card for ThinkGeek, worth $5 to $100 (ours was worth $5). You scratch off the metallic strip on the back, enter the code on ThinkGeek’s site, and it tells you how much store credit it’s worth. It’s a pretty neat idea that makes sense considering ThinkGeek was an online store long before they launched the ThinkGeek Capsule, though it isn’t clear if this will be a monthly item in the box or is only for the first one.That’s the first ThinkGeek Capsule, and it’s pretty solid. The items are easily worth the $30 price tag, even if only half of them personally hit for you. This is a promising new box that, considering ThinkGeek’s creativity and clout, could go head-to-head with Loot Crate in a way other subscription boxes haven’t managed. We’ll see how future Capsules measure up.last_img read more

White Graphic Novel Brings Back Black Superhero WorldWhite Graphic Novel Brings Back Black Superhero World

first_imgStay on target Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… In White the full-on backlash to the newly revealed superpowered Black people is on. In this “fantasy” world America has elected a gross racist president named Theodore Mann, “whose family exploited empowered blacks for centuries.” We once again follow Kareem “X” Jenkins using his status as a wanted terrorist to distract the Mann Administration from the real resistance happening within The Project. And there should be plenty of cyborg soldier action in-between the social commentary.White’s Kickstarter model is a little different this time. Backers will get all six issues at once as well as variant covers before they go out to retailers. And the more backers the project gets the more covers get added, including a potential cover from legendary Milestone co-founder (and Static co-creator) Denys Cowan. The original team is also still intact. Along with writer Osajyefo, there’s designer Tim Smith 3, editor Sarah Litt, illustrator Jamal Igle, and cover artist Khary Randolph.The White Kickstarter is looking for $40,000 and it’s already over halfway there with three weeks left in the campaign. So if a world of superpowered Black people fighting back against the Mann sounds good to you (and it should) check it out for yourself. Expect issues to start arriving about a year from now. And in the meantime, check out all of our other geek culture Black history coverage.Buy Black Vol. 1center_img The graphic novel Black had a premise as hard-hitting as its title. What if the only people in the world who had superpowers were Black people? That’s a concept rich enough to support an entire world, a universe even, a different stories exploring how society would react. What would be different, what wouldn’t be.Fortunately for us, writer Kwanza Osajyefo, along with collaborating artists and their publishing partners at Black Mask Studios, have been steadily building out the Black universe for years. In addition to the original Black there have been numerous Black AF spin-off books focusing on different characters and their unique struggles. Last year’s Black AF: America’s Sweetheart put a fascinating Black conservative spin-off on the Superman story and took the Black superpowers conceit to terrifying potential logical conclusions.But now it’s time to return to the main Black trilogy with volume two, White, a new graphic novel now on Kickstarter.last_img read more

Health officials confirm first flu death of this years flu seasonHealth officials confirm first flu death of this years flu season

first_imgHealth officials confirm first flu death of this year’s flu season August 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 21, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Health officials today confirmed the first influenza- related death of the 2019/2020 flu season in San Diego County.The county’s Health and Human Services Agency reported that a 74-year-old Chula Vista man died Aug. 15 due to complications from Influenza B. The man, whose name was withheld, also had additional medical issues, according to county health officials.The county tracks flu activity year-round during each flu season, which corresponds with the county’s fiscal year from July 1 to June 30. Health officials didn’t confirm the first flu death in each of the last two flu seasons until October.“Influenza deaths can occur at any time since influenza circulates throughout the year,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s interim deputy public health officer. “The elderly, pregnant women and those with underlyingmedical conditions are at higher risk of developing complications from influenza.”Since July 1, health officials have confirmed 106 flu cases throughout the county. At this time in the last two flu seasons, officials had confirmed just 26 cases in 2018 and 114 in 2017. The 2017/2018 flu season resulted in 342 flu-related deaths, the most since the county began tracking flu data nearly 20 years ago.The season’s flu vaccine will not be widely available around the county until September, according to local officials. Certain local pharmacies and health clinics may have the vaccine before then, however. Residents can check if the vaccine is available near them by searching their ZIP code at cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially in demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications.Residents can take precaution against contracting the virus by frequently washing their hands, cleaning commonly touched surfaces and avoiding contact with sick people.“It’s important to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if you are sick to avoid infecting others,” Sidelinger said. “People should cover their mouth when causing and sneezing to prevent the spread of germs.” KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

JEGI Elevates Geffs PetersJEGI Elevates Geffs Peters

first_imgMedia investment bankers the Jordan, Edmiston Group Thursday announced that managing directors Tolman Geffs and Scott Peters were named co-presidents. The announcement was made by chairman and CEO Wilma Jordan.Peters [pictured right, top] joined JEGI in 1997 and was appointed managing director in 1999. He has managed more than 80 transactions in consumer and business information, marketing services and online media. Recently, he completed e5 Global Media’s acquisition of Nielsen Business Media’s media/entertainment properties.Geffs [pictured right, bottom] joined JEGI in 2004 and has managed several transactions in online media, interactive marketing services, and technology. Prior to joining JEGI, Geffs held a number of senior executive positions in magazine publishing and served as CEO of Internet Broadcasting Systems, a national network of 70 local television Web sites.last_img read more

Magazine Execs Batten Down the Digital Hatches at AMMCMagazine Execs Batten Down the Digital Hatches at AMMC

first_imgNEW YORK — Magic 8 balls dotted the ballroom tabletops, but clairvoyance about the future of the magazine industry was in short supply at the 2018 edition of the American Magazine Media Conference, in which executives from across the magazine world gathered in downtown Manhattan to discuss the resilience of their brands and the adaptiveness of their businesses in the face of an uncertain path forward.Alan Murray, now billed as chief content officer, Time Inc. Titles, Meredith Corp., joined WPP founder Martin Sorrell for an opening discussion about the underlying business challenges, in advertising and otherwise, faced by media companies—a conversation that in 2018, like in previous years, centered around Google, Facebook, and to a lesser extent, Amazon.Opining that Google and Facebook are indeed media companies, not technology ones as they self-identify, Sorrell agreed with his friend Rupert Murdoch’s recent assertion that media brands ought to charge the platforms carriage fees to distribute their content—a goal Sorrell says is worth overcoming the inherent difficulties involved with getting hyper-competitive publishers to work together.If there’s anything that unites the industry’s top brass, after all, it is a shared fear of Silicon Valley’s impending takeover of not just the digital advertising market, but society as we know it. In 2018, that paranoia has progressed so far as to draw straight-faced comparisons to the tobacco industry of the mid-20th century. At last year’s conference, then-Meredith Corp. CEO Steve Lacy concluded the late-afternoon C-suite panel by referring to Google and Facebook as “our true enemy.” This year, Hearst Magazines president David Carey went a tad further.Citing issues such as distracted driving and the damaging physical and psychological effects that smartphone ubiquity has on children and teenagers, Carey implied that the current state of social media is reminiscent of big tobacco’s historical apathy toward the damage its products were causing to society.“For advertisers,” Carey continued, “the next piece of that discussion will be, ‘What are we supporting here?’”To rewind, MPA president Linda Thomas Brooks appropriately kicked off the discussion by remarking, “What a difference a year makes.”Indeed, the annual state-of-the-industry panel’s composition was a reflection of the recent wave of consolidation that’s reduced last year’s five-largest publishers to three. Carey and Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg were the only two panelists to return from last year. Tom Harty, tapped last week to succeed Lacy as CEO of Meredith Corp. following that company’s acquisition of Time Inc., New York media CEO Pam Wasserstein, Bonnier Corp. CEO Eric Zinczenko, and Active Interest Media CEO Andy Clurman helped fill the chairs left empty by former Time Inc. CEO Rich Battista and Rodale chairman Maria Rodale.The focus was decidedly forward-looking. The word “print” was hardly mentioned until the very end of the discussion (by comparison, terms like “revenue diversification” and “legacy” were used liberally).One of the few who did explicitly reference his company’s magazines was Clurman, who argued that there appears to be something of a disconnect among marketers between their metaphysical passion and feelings for print magazines and the empirical data that pulls them toward digital ad buys (this, in some ways, echoed an earlier point made by Time Inc./Meredith Corp. senior director of lifestyle titles, Julie Alvin, that data should complement natural instinct, not supplant it).Sauerberg extolled the success that Condé Nast has experienced with The New Yorker—by the way, the undisputed star of this year’s AMMC, garnering four of the ten “Cover of the Year” finalist nods and headlining a fantastic midday discussion between one of its contributors, Ronan Farrow, and Gayle King—adding, “If you get the content right, there’s a huge payday on all platforms.”Wasserstein said New York Media’s path forward will mean taking the magazine’s unique sensibilities and applying it to new environments based on its audience’s strongest passions, a strategy that has already manifested itself in a trio of digital offshoot brands: Vulture, The Cut, and The Strategist.Citing advertisers’ concerns about transparency and brand safety, Wasserstein added, “Magazines aren’t only brand-safe, they’re brand-enhancing.”At Bonnier, Zinczenko said that he plans to achieve a revenue balance of 33-percent print, 33-percent digital, and 33-percent “ancillary activities” by 2020.Harty remained mostly tightlipped about the future for the newly merged Meredith and Time Inc., but he did concede that rumors of the Koch brothers wielding influence over the conglomerate’s titles are “completely untrue.”Highlights of the aforementioned Gayle King interview with Ronan Farrow—who vaulted to journalistic fame with his reporting on Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault and intimidation—included Farrow’s admission that Weinstein had indeed threatened him in an attempt to derail the story, the assertion that the reporting and its resonance was proof that “magazines are not dead,” and the thinly veiled swipe at NBC News that “outlets who have credible evidence of ongoing crimes but do not report on them should take a hard look at their practices and principles.”On a lighter note, Gayle King just discovered HQ Trivia—and she loves it.Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” introduced an earlier panel touted as the “next generation” of magazine talent: Time Inc./Meredith Corp.’s Julie Alvin, AMI’s Eli Lippman, and M. Shanken Communications’ Jessica Shanken Reid—moderated by New York magazine editor Adam Moss.Asked about the future of print, the panel mostly agreed that the magazines to survive on ink and paper will be those that focus on brand affinity, the trust of their readers, and niche interests. Nobody really wanted to answer Moss’s follow up about which types of magazines won’t survive, although Lippman conceded, “I’d be nervous about launching a print magazine right now,” citing the advantageous position of long-lasting titles with strong foundational legacies.Despite the lingering uncertainty over the future—which, for the second year in a row, the C-suite panel seemed to openly embrace in the spirit of flexibility and diversifying the bottom line—the underlying message of the day was that brands—in print, digital, events, or otherwise—remain magazine media’s most valuable asset, and moving forward the industry has no choice but to continue to lean into those brand identities and the loyal audiences that follow them.For more of what you may have missed at this year’s AMMC, click here.last_img read more

Get The Sims 4 freeGet The Sims 4 free

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