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Conditional sentence for BC police officer convicted of breach of trust

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A police officer in Abbotsford, B.C., has been sentenced after pleading guilty to a breach of trust charge.The Abbotsford Police Department says in a statement that Const. Christopher Nicholson received a 17-month conditional sentence on Friday, though details of the sentence were not released.Nicholson was charged with multiple counts of breach of trust, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to traffic drugs in May 2013 following an eight-month undercover investigation by Vancouver police.Vancouver’s then-chief of police, Jim Chu, said at the time that the operation was initially based on allegations that an officer was providing false information to his colleagues, who used the information to obtain search warrants.Abbotsford police say Nicholson pled guilty to a single count of breach of trust last September.He is currently suspended from the force with pay.A statement from the department says the case has been a “difficult and lengthy process” and they are pleased it has now concluded.An internal disciplinary process was suspended while the criminal charges went ahead and it is now expected to proceed.last_img read more


India criticises West for trying to subsume SouthSouth aid coop

first_imgUnited Nations: India has cautioned that attempts to “subsume” the South-South cooperation in the international aid architecture are not helpful and do no justice to the future potential of cooperation between developing nations. South South cooperation is about developing countries working together to find solutions to common development challenges, according to the United Nations Office for South South Cooperation. It describes the exchange of resources, technology and knowledge between developing countries. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIndia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said: “More and better South-South cooperation now is on account of the global South enjoying more rapid and sustained economic growth. Yet, South-South cooperation retains its distinct nature and values, as well as diversity of forms and flows. It defies easy categorisation”. The trajectory of global growth and the declining share of ODA during the last decade or so has seen attempts to subsume South-South cooperation in the international aid architecture, he said on Thursday at the second high-level United Nations Conference on South-South cooperation in Buenos Aires. “Such efforts are not helpful. They do no justice to either its historical heritage or its future potential. Let us not venture to strait jacket South-South cooperation into a format that it cannot fit into,” Akbaruddin said. He told the conference that over the last decade, India has extended Lines of Credit of about USD 25 billion to more than 60 countries of the South. All projects follow universally recognised norms and do not create unsustainable debt burdens while ensuring skill and technology transfer to help local communities maintain and sustain assets created, the envoy said. PTIlast_img read more


SecretaryGeneral looks to Europe to help lead way on aid for developing

“Yet, overall, we must acknowledge that there is much more work to do,” he added in a message to the 2010 European Development Days in Brussels which was delivered by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan.“We know where we want to go. We know what needs to be done. Your gathering can harness new ideas and spur novel approaches on how to do it,” he said of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of social ills, including extreme hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, and lack of access to education and health services, all by 2015.Noting that great strides have been made to improve the quality of aid since the 2002 Monterrey Conference in Mexico on financing for development, he stressed that development cooperation is broader than aid alone. “Policies in such areas as trade, agriculture or migration must reinforce development objectives,” he declared. “The European Union has embraced policy coherence for development. It is important to translate this into national policy making.“Development cooperation is also broader than governments alone. It engages a vibrant, diverse and ever growing community. It needs to build on the successes and innovations of non- government actors. All need to work in unison. Likewise, many lessons can be learned from South-South cooperation.”While LDCs continue to confront significant levels of poverty and hunger, they also have abundant natural resources, young populations and huge capacities to create clean energy, he noted. “Next year’s upcoming LDC conference in Istanbul should launch a renewed partnership with LDCs, and I look to the European Union to help show the way,” he said. Last week, Mr. Ban called for cooperation on issues ranging from security to development between the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest regional security organization, which embraces 56 States stretching from the United States across Europe and Central Asia to the borders of China. 6 December 2010The European Union can help lead the way forward in development cooperation and achieve aid targets, especially for least developed countries (LDCs), despite stringent budget cuts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more


Deadline nearing for Sustainability Poetry Contest

There’s still time to enter the 2019 Sustainability Poetry Contest, presented by Brock University’s UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability, Liette Vasseur.Poets are encouraged to submit their English and French poems that relate to this year’s theme, International Year of Indigenous Languages, until Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. The contest is open to all residents of Niagara (inclusive of members of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and Six Nations), and will operate in co-operation with Indigenous groups and stakeholders across the region.Poems can be submitted online by visiting the UNESCO Chair’s website or via email to smoore10@brocku.caPrizes such as books and gift cards will be awarded in each of four categories: elementary student; high school student; college/university student; and general public.Winners will be announced at the UNESCO World Poetry Day celebration at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21 at Mahtay Café in downtown St. Catharines.The event is free and open to the public, but registration will be required as space is limited. Register on Eventbrite. read more


Hundreds explore Brock arts venues for Doors Open

The doors were open and the public was happy to take a glimpse inside.Nearly 400 people took the opportunity to explore Brock’s arts facilities during a Doors Open Ontario event Saturday, making their way through the historic Rodman Hall Art Centre and the state-of-the-art Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.Guided tours were offered at both sites at no cost.Doors Open Ontario is an annual initiative that prompts more than 1,000 sites across the province to invite visitors in free of charge.Visitors to the Marilyn I. Walker School had the chance to take photos with Brock’s mascot Boomer, who was dressed in his artistic gear, and listen to the musical stylings of alumna Negin Rezaei Asl on piano.Rodman Hall provided the opportunity for guests to create their own art after exploring the historical Thomas Rodman Merritt House, built in the 1860s, and its adjoining contemporary art gallery. read more


Grady scores 30 to lead Davidson past Northeastern 7869

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Kellan Grady scored 30 points, KiShawn Pritchett grabbed 10 rebounds and Davidson beat Northeastern 78-69 on Saturday.Jon Axel Gudmundsson scored 16, Luka Brajkovic added 12 and both players had five rebounds apiece for Davidson.Tomas Murphy’s jump shot with 8:55 before halftime put Northeastern up 22-18. Grady responded with a jumper and a 3-pointer, Gundmundsson buried a 3 and Davidson (4-1) was in front the rest of the way. Davidson extended its lead to 52-38 in the second half. Jordan Roland’s 3 brought the Huskies within 69-66, but Northeastern missed five of its last six shots from the field, three of its last four three throws and turned it over twice.Roland scored 23 for Northeastern (2-3), Murphy 12, Donnell Gresham Jr. 11 and Bolden Brace 10. The Huskies have dropped three straight surrendering 79 points a game.The Associated Press read more


Leicester fans arrested after clashes with Spanish police ahead of Champions League

first_imgSpanish Police charged a few @LCFC fans in Plaza Mayor— Phil Mackie (@philmackie) April 11, 2017 According to Spain’s EFE news agency, some of the football fans started throwing bottles at the police line and against the properties and businesses around the square.Eight Leicester fans were arrested for their part in the confrontation, while emergency services on the scene in Madrid’s historic old quarter reported that they had treated five people for injuries. Eight people were arrested and five treated for injuries after police in Madrid charged against a group of Leicester fans who had congregated in the Spanish capital on Tuesday evening, 24 hours before their club’s Champions League quarterfinal clash with Atlético Madrid.A group of English fans reportedly numbering around 70 were drinking in the terrace bars of Madrid’s picturesque Plaza Mayor square.At around 9.30pm riot police decided to disperse the crowd after a number of incidents, with some of the Leicester fans resisting the police charge amid scuffles. Security measures are seen outside the stadium during a Leicester City training session and press conference on the eve of their UEFA Championns League quarter final match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon StadiumCredit:Getty Security measures are seen outside the stadium during a Leicester City training session and press conference on the eve of their UEFA Championns League quarter final match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium Three police officers and two Leicester fans sustained cuts and bruises, with none requiring hospital treatment.Around 1,000 police personnel will be conducting a major security operation on Wednesday night around Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón stadium.A video of Tuesday night’s incident showed Leicester fans confronting the Spanish police with the chant “Blue army” audible in the background. 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.last_img read more


Thousands more older people dying from injuries caused by falls new figures

Yesterday, the ONS said that between 2011 and 2017, avoidable deaths caused by injuries in the most deprived areas in England rose by 16 per cent among females and 17 per cent among males. The data showed that, per 100,000 people, 81.7 men and 39.3 women were dying unnecessarily as a result of injury in 2017. Thousands more old people are dying as a result of falls in the space of just a few years, figures reveal.More than 5,000 older people died due to a fall in 2017, marking a 70 per cent increase on the numbers in 2010.Age UK said the number of people over the age of 65 dying as a result of a fall is also rising rapidly. In 2010, 3,003 of this group died as a result of falls.That went up to 4,856 by 2015 and by 2017, it was 5,048, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Elderly care charities said that the ONS data was “shocking” and highlighted the overlooked issue of falls among the older population, and also the impact of living in a deprived area.Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “Falls are the leading cause of hospital admissions for older people and can have a devastating impact on their chance of living independently.  “A serious fall can lead to a broken limb and a hospital admission and rob an older person of their independence but worse still falling is a leading factor in deaths from avoidable causes.“The sad fact is that older people who live in poorer areas often have more complex health needs and poorer access to  health, care and also community services that can help people remain active and help resilience.” 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


Prince Charles criticised after becoming patron of homeopathy group

Gary Smyth, its president, said he looked forward to working with him, and announced his delight.He said: “As the faculty celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, it is an enormous honour for us to receive the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and I am delighted to announce this news today. “This news is also a fitting memorial to our late friend, colleague and former faculty president, Dr Peter Fisher, who was a global champion of homeopathy. “I look forward to working with members, friends and supporters of the faculty, continuing our important work, promoting Homeopathy within both public and professional circles and maintaining awareness of this system of medicine”. “The question is whether this will change anything about the sharp decline homeopathy has taken in this and several other countries, and whether it will alter the verdicts of dozens of independent organisations which recently have certified it to be a pure placebo therapy,” he told The Guardian.Announcing his appointment, the group said that it was an “enormous honour” to have Prince Charles on board. which is celebrating its 175th anniversary. 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. The Prince of Wales has come under fire after he became the patron of a homeopathy group, the Faculty of Homeopathy, which supports registered medical professionals with alternative treatment.Following the announcement on Tuesday, Prince Charles came under criticism from scientists for associating himself with a group that is dedicated to a practice whose worth has come under question and which is banned by the NHS.The Government’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, also once dismissed the practice, telling a parliamentary committee that homeopathy was “rubbish”.Emeritus Professor Edzard Ernst, who had previously labelled Prince Charles a “snake oil salesman” and claimed he had to retire early from University of Exeter after a complaint from the Prince’s private secretary questioned how Prince Charles could make a difference in his post.“In view of Charles’s long love affair with homeopathy, this news is unsurprising.  read more


New IEA report predicts surge in global coal use

first_imgA new report released last week by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that primary world energy demand will grow 45% by 2030 with global demand for coal increasing more than any other fuel source. IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook predicts that coal will be mined to meet more than a third of the predicted increase in global energy demand. The report concludes that China and India will account for more than half of the projected increase in global energy demand. As energy use in these two nations soar, IEA predicts that global emissions of greenhouse gasses will jump 45% by 2030, with China, India and the Middle East accounting for approximately 75% of that projected growth. The report forecasts that 97% of the projected increase in greenhouse gas emissions will be come from developing countries outside the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). To combat the projected increase in greenhouse gas emissions and limit global temperature increases to 3oC, IEA said at least $4.1 trillion in additional investments in new energy technologies is necessary. However, IEA said that figure could balloon to $9.3 trillion if the global temperature increase is to be limited to 2oC.To achieve this target, greenhouse gas concentrations would need to be limited to 450 ppm of carbon dioxide. The report highlighted the development and use of carbon capture and storage technologies as one of the primary options needed to effectively address climate change. To tackle climate change, the report emphasises the need for action by all major emitters of greenhouse gasses. “Our analysis shows that OECD countries alone cannot put the world onto a 450 ppm trajectory, even if they were to reduce their emissions to zero,” said IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka.last_img read more


Tunnel contract for Cavico at Vietnam coal mine

first_imgCavico Corp, a major infrastructure construction, infrastructure investment and natural resources conglomerate based in Vietnam, has announced that its subsidiary, Cavico Bridge and Tunnel, has signed a construction contract to excavate a transport tunnel for Ha Long Coal, a Vinacomin subsidiary, at its Bac Coc Sau coal mine project in Quang Ninh Province.The cost-adjustable contract is valued at approximately US$2 million. Under its terms, Cavico will excavate a transport tunnel at 328 ft below sea level and a cross tunnel with a total length of 0.55 miles. Cavico will also excavate dirt and rock at different geographic ground elevation levels around the tunnel area. The company expects to complete the contract in 13 months.“We are very pleased to be awarded this contract at the Bac Coc Sau coal mine, our first contract of 2011,” commented Mr. Hai Thanh Tran, vice president of Cavico. “Cavico has a longstanding, close working relationship with Vinacomin through our construction contract at the Nui Beo coal mine, also in Quang Ninh. Vinacomin’s desire to engage us for additional projects reflects our track record of delivering high-quality work in a timely manner and puts us in a strong position to secure additional revenues at this mine and other mines owned by Vinacomin.”last_img read more


Pablo Simonet five months out

French Ivryhandballhandball injuryivry handballPablo Simonet THe youngest of brother Simonet, Pablo (21) will miss the most of the season after serious harmstring injury, which will keep him five months out from the court. French Ivry HAndball playmaker got injured during match of the domestic Championship against Paris Saint Germain. His injury will cause a lot of problem to his team, but also Argentinian team in the next period… ← Previous Story EHF CL ROUND 4 OPEN: Aalborg celebrate in Slovenia! Next Story → (VIDEO) DEFINITION OF HANDBALL “FAIR-PLAY” BY YOUNG SLOVENIAN PLAYER


400000 cases of childhood cancer across the world every year but only

first_img 400,000 cases of childhood cancer across the world every year – but only half might be diagnosed More than half of the total are based thought to be based in Africa, South Central Asia and the Pacific Islands. 7,083 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock/PORTRAIT IMAGES ASIA BY NONWARIT Share2 Tweet Email By Garreth MacNamee 3 Comments Image: Shutterstock/PORTRAIT IMAGES ASIA BY NONWARIT Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 6:10 AM A NEW STUDY in The Lancet Oncology journal estimates that there are almost 400,000 new cases of childhood cancer annually, while current records count only around 200,000. The new model makes predictions for 200 countries and estimates that undiagnosed cases could account for more than half of the total in Africa, South Central Asia and the Pacific Islands.In North America and Europe, only 3% of cases remain undiagnosed. If no improvements are made, the study authors estimate that nearly three million further cases will be missed between 2015 and 2030. “Our model suggests that nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated,” says study author Zachary Ward from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, USA.“Accurate estimates of childhood cancer incidence are critical for policy makers to help them set healthcare priorities and to plan for effective diagnosis and treatment of all children with cancer. While under-diagnosis has been acknowledged as a problem, this model provides specific estimates that have been lacking.”Previous estimates for the total incidence of global childhood cancer have been based on data from cancer registries, which identify cases in defined populations. But 60% of countries worldwide do not have this sort of registry and those that do only cover a small fraction of the overall population.The Lancet study says that many patients are not diagnosed and are therefore not recorded. This can occur due to lack of access to primary care, with patients dying undiagnosed at home, or due to misdiagnosis.The new model developed for this study, the Global Childhood Cancer model, incorporates data from cancer registries in countries where they exist, combining it with data from the World Health Organisation’s Global Health Observatory, demographic health surveys and household surveys developed by Unicef.In most regions of the world, the number of new childhood cancer cases is declining or stable. However, the authors estimate that 92% of all new cases occur in low and middle-income countries, a higher proportion than previously thought. The most common childhood cancer in most regions of the world in 2015 was found to be acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa.There were around 75,000 new cases globally, including nearly 700 in North Europe, over 1,500 in West Africa, over 3,500 in East Africa and nearly 30,000 in South Central Asia.In East and West Africa, Burkitt’s lymphoma was more common, with over 4,000 cases in East Africa and over 10,000 in West Africa. For example, there were around 1,000 cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia, while only around 20 in the UK. Feb 27th 2019, 6:11 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Pontian genocide commemorative events on this weekend

first_imgThe Coordinating Committee of Pontian Associations in Melbourne (SEPSM) is organising various commemorative events, expressing the community’s commitment to continue the struggle for the international recognition of the Pontian genocide. On Monday 11 May 2015, the Willoughby City Council in the North of Sydney passed a motion recognising the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian genocides. The motion was introduced by Councillor John Hooper and passed unanimously. The first point of the motion reads as follows: “Willoughby City Council recognises the genocide of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian peoples by the then Ottoman government between 1915 and 1922 and condemns these and all other acts of genocide and crimes against humanity as the ultimate act of intolerance. Willoughby City Council endorses the resolution of the NSW parliament on 17 April 1997 that it:– recognises and condemns the genocide of the Armenians by the then Ottoman government between 1915 and 1922, and designated 24 April of every year thereafter as a day of remembrance of the 1.5 million Armenians who fell victim to the first genocide of the twentieth century;– recognises that Assyrians and Greeks were subjected to qualitatively similar genocides by the then Ottoman government between 1915 and 1922;– reaffirms its condemnation of the genocide of the Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks, and all other acts of genocide as the ultimate act of intolerance;– recognises the importance of remembering and learning from such dark chapters in human history to ensure that such crimes against humanity are not allowed to be repeated; – acknowledges and pays tribute to the contribution of the Anzac servicemen who aided the survivors of the genocide; and – acknowledges the significant humanitarian relief contribution made by the people of New South Wales to the victims and survivors of the genocide.”On Saturday 16 May at 11.00 am, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation, followed by a lecture held by Professor Nikolaos Lygeros (3.00 pm), an acclaimed Greek mathematician, writer, poet, painter and director, who has presented works on archaeology, socioeconomic and geopolitical evolution as well as several studies on the Asia Minor, Pontian, Assyrian and Armenian genocides, published in the US, Canada, Europe and Sydney. On Sunday 17 May (10.00 am), a memorial service will be held at the Axion Esti Greek Orthodox Monastery (7 Hartington St, Northcote). Another commemorative liturgy at the St Efstathios church (221 Dorcas St, South Melbourne) will also be performed (10.00 am).The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne in conjunction with the Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria and the Coordinating Committee of Pontian Associations Melbourne for the Commemoration of the Genocide of the Greeks of Pontus, the Greek Australian Cultural League of Melbourne and Victoria are organising a commemorative event, presided by Cathy Alexopoulos at the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne headquarters on Monday 6.00 pm.On Tuesday 19 May (4.00 pm), Professor Nikolaos Lygeros will be the MC and host of a second lecture on the Pontian history and genocide at the Pontian Assassination’s ‘Panagia Soumela’ event hall.Moreover, Dean Kalymniou will host a lecture at the Greek Cultural Centre (Mezzanine level, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne), titled ‘The Pontian International Empire of Trapezounta’, on the same day (7.00 pm), in conjunction the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria. The Sts Anargiri Greek Language Centre in Oakleigh (88-81 Willesdoen Rd) will screen the historical documentary Ta Hnaria ton Argonafton at its Multipurpose Hall on Friday 22 May (doors open 6.45 pm). For more information contact Kostas Pataridis (0433188992 and RSVP before Saturday 16 May.Finally, on Sunday 31 May the commemorative events will culminate with the community’s student and school awards. The ceremony will take place at the Pontian Community of Melbourne offices (345 Victoria Street, Brunswick) at 2.30 pm. * In 1994, May 19 was sanctioned by the Greek parliament as the day to commemorate the Pontian Greek genocide by the Turks. The Pontian Greeks had been struggling for three millennia to survive in the area, while preserving one of Greece’s more ancient and vibrant cultures. Turkey has yet to recognise one of the darkest moments in the history of mankind, which cost the lives of 350,000 Pontian Greeks who were slaughtered and persecuted from their homeland in Pontus. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Metroids Soundtrack Gets the Synth Remake it Deserves

first_img The original Metroid was released in the 80’s when synth music reigned supreme. Unfortunately, the game’s music wasn’t able to authentically convey the synth sounds that were so popular during the era because of the limited technology of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Fortunately for us, one individual has taken it upon himself to recreate the Metroid soundtrack as it was always meant to be.A YouTuber by the name of Luminist began this project a few months ago. “I wanted to find out what the original NES Metroid soundtrack would be like if it was remade with REAL synths, 80s style,” said Luminist. “All sounds were generated with a Korg MS20 Mini, then processed with some juicy studio effects to make things more atmospheric.”As you can see… er… hear from the video below, the result is quite amazing.When it comes to the music of the Metroid series, the conversation usually begins and ends with Super Metroid. This is understandable considering how that SNES classic has a soundtrack that has stood the test of time. The original game had great music as well, but as mentioned above, it was hampered because of the limited technology of the NES.This remixed soundtrack gives the Metroid soundtrack the appropriate depth it deserves. Not only does the music fit the game perfectly, but it really does sound like something straight out of the 80’s. Even if you’ve never played or heard of Metroid, it would be easy for you to believe that these tracks were taken directly from an 80’s science fiction or horror film.Below are some select pieces from this project. To hear the rest, make sure to head on over to Luminist’s YouTube channel and bask in synth-y goodness. Sealed Copy of NES Cult Classic ‘Kid Icarus’ Earns $9K at AuctionMike Tyson Is Still Pissed Over Nintendo’s ‘Punch-Out!!’ Stay on targetlast_img read more


Sculpting Masterpieces An Interview With Israel Skelton

first_img Every geek wants that bit of merchandise from their favorite series to call their own. Whether for cosplay, personal or just to hang out at your desk (smiles at my own little Kylo Ren), Skelton Crew Studios creates pieces that give comic fans their own limited edition favorite item or character from your beloved comic book series.Skelton Crew Studios, headed by Israel Skelton with his wife Kathryn, is the home for officially licensed replicas with collectible items from Hellboy/B.R.P.D, Chew, Killogy, Templesmith, Head Lopper and much more.Recently, Skelton Crew Studios has opened their vault to pre-release their highly anticipated Em Cypress bust. Em is designed by Mike Norton and Israel Skelton, sculpted by Arlen Pelletier, from the Tim Seeley & Mike Norton comic Revival (Image Comics).Geek had the opportunity to chat with Israel and get the lowdown on the Em bust, his favorite pieces in the collection, how it all got started and what’s next. Skelton Crew Studio is such a quiet little company doing some big things! How did Skelton Crew Studio begin? What motivated you to start the business?Ha! Well, I guess the challenge is not to be too quiet — we’ve been working with more and more creators and building a name for ourselves over the last decade, and we’re hoping more people keep discovering us. I’ve been making things for myself since I was a kid – think Captain America’s Shield out of a saucer sled or Wolverine’s claws out of blueberry rakes – and keep that up into my 20s.A decade ago, at BangPop! Comic-Con up in Bangor, Maine, my buddy who organized the con asked me to bring my pieces up to take up table space. There, I was introduced through a friend to Joe Hil, whose first trade of “Locke & Key” was about to come out. As the con was winding down, Joe asked if I could build a real Ghost Key. Everything started from there.I worked in distribution for about 15 years before going full-time with the studio, so I knew how to get things from one place to another. I’ve always loved building replicas, and I thought it would be amazing if I could do that for a living.Em bust_ 1_1_SCSEm bust_ 1_1_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios Em bust 1_3_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios Em bust 1_4_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios Em bust 1_2_SCSvia Skelton Crew Studios via Skelton Crew Studios Revival is such an underground hit in comics, and Em Cypress is such an everchanging and lovingly complex character. What made you want to partner with Tim Seeley and Mike Norton to bring Em to life? What was it about Revival as a comic and Em as a character that caught your eye?I just loved the book — Mike’s art and Tim’s writing is amazing. I love a dark book, I love a mystery, and this has everything. There’s also something to be said for along epic story. Em was a bit of an obvious choice. She’s such a badass, and, in my head, having the creep clung to the back of her dirty hoodie was something I just couldn’t shake.You guys make beautifully limited edition busts, keys, hats, etc. from some very well known comic series like Chew, Hellboy, Locke and Key, Mouse Guard, and Head Looper. Totally not playing favorites, but what are some of your favorite pieces from the collection?Thanks for the kind words! I’ve always been real partial to the Shadow Key — it was a fun build, and I built it in the time before we were digitally sculpting. I approached the key as if I were building a piece of jewelry.I also love the Roosh’s Nail from B.P.R.D. I love the lines on it, I love how simple it is, and I love how the lines really capture Mike’s art. When you work in this business, it’s not about your interpretation. It’s about having to hit different artist’s lines and make it look like this piece fell out of the pages if you shook the book upside down.via Skelton Crew StudiosWhat’s your dream series to make merchandise for? What in that series would you to make a collectible of?My own! I’ve got a few ideas that I’ve had kicking around for a long time, and it’s time to maybe have those bear fruit. That’s a goal for 2018. As for an existing series, that’s tough. I’m already working with a good chunk of my favorites. We’ve just released our new Huck statue with Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque, and it’s been pretty amazing to work with both of them. I’m a huge fan of Mike Mignola, and it’s been a huge honor to bring some of his pieces to life. John Layman and Rob Guillory from “CHEW” are awesome, great people, and the same for everyone on “Locke & Key.” I feel pretty lucky.Thank you so much for talking with Geek! What’s next for Skelton Crew Studios? Do you have some projects in the works that you can disclose?So many irons in the fire that I can’t talk about. I can generally say that we’ve contributed to the “Locke & Key” pilot filed last fall, can’t wait to see that. We have plush, metal, statues and vinyl pieces in different stages of pre-production, five of them are creator or creative team that we’re working with for the first time, which feels awesome – part of getting that word out about the studio.Our next release will likely be Baba Yaga’s Acorn in the B.P.R.D. Artifact Archive Collection with Mike next month, there’s a vinyl that could pop anytime, and he’s, well, eye-catching, I’ll say that.You can now pre-order the Em Cypress bust now on their website. Don’t forget to check out rest of their collection in their Shop, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Les Ferdinand says FA job might be for his future

first_imgThe Queens Park Rangers director of football was given the position of technical director in the English FAQueens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand has turned down the chance to become the English Football Association’s technical director.“The FA wanted to speak to me so I asked them to speak to the club,” he told Sky Sports News.“I spoke to the owners here and they said ‘we 100 percent don’t want you to leave the football club but it’s the national team, we think you should talk’.Ferdinand writes off Spurs chances of winning the title Obinna Echi – February 5, 2019 Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Les Ferdinand does not fancy the chances of his former team to mount a strong title challenge despite closing the point…“I went and I did an interview for the position – I’m glad I went for the interview and went through the process – but at this moment in time they didn’t think I was the right person for the role,” he added.“Somewhere along the way, it has been misconstrued that I didn’t interview, that I turned the interview down. No, I spoke to Dan Ashworth and Martin Glenn and we had a conversation but they deemed I probably wasn’t the right person for the role at this moment in time.”“Having spoken to them [the FA] I felt now was probably not the right time for me, but I didn’t make that decision, they made that decision,” he concluded.last_img read more


James Garner witty star of Maverick and Rockford Files dies at 86

first_imgJames Garner, a master of light comedy who shot to fame in the 1950s as the charming and dry-witted gambler on the TV western “Maverick” and later won an Emmy as the unconventional Los Angeles. private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died. He was 86.Garner died Saturday at his home, his publicist Jennifer Allen said. Garner, who lived in Los Angeles, underwent quintuple bypass heart surgery in 1988 and suffered a stroke in 2008. He had been in poor health for some time but the cause of his death was not immediately known.Once described by Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales as having “embodied the crusty, sardonic and self-effacing strain of American masculinity” in his iconic roles as Maverick and Rockford, the Oklahoma-born Garner amassed more than 80 movie and TV-movie credits during his career of more than 50 years.An off-screen Hollywood maverick who successfully battled two studios in court, Garner easily moved between small screen and big screen in roles ranging from light comedy to drama.“I have long thought that Jim Garner was one of the best actors around,” filmmaker Robert Altman, who directed him in the 1980 comedy “Health,” told Esquire magazine in 1979.last_img read more

Lawmakers Face Pending Deadline to Fund the Government

first_imgCongress returns to Washington today facing a 24-day scramble to avoid a government shutdown on Oct. 1.While neither party wants to be blamed for a shutdown — especially with fall elections looming — the path to a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running in fiscal 2017 is expected to be particularly difficult as the GOP remains split over spending policy, including how long a stopgap should last.“That is going to be the big fight,” Paul Winfree, an economic policy analyst at the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation, told CQ Roll Call.Conservatives favor a six-month CR that would extend current funding levels through the first half of FY 2017 and avoid a year-end bargaining session during a lame-duck session of Congress. Such a long-term measure would put off any FY 2017 spending decisions until a new president and new Congress take office.Republican appropriators, defense advocates and Democrats, though, are aiming to enact an omnibus that would wrap up FY 2017 spending for the entire government before Christmas. Forcing agencies to operate under a six-month CR, they say, leaves them in financial limbo. DOD, for example, would be unable to start new weapons programs.Postponing action on year-end spending until next year would saddle a new president and Congress with decisions on FY 2017 spending at the same time they need to start tackling the FY 2018 budget and face an increase in the debt limit.“I think that’s just a recipe for disaster,” Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told CQ. “This is something they can and should be able to resolve by the end of this calendar year.”The GOP also is divided on topline spending for FY 2017, despite the bipartisan agreement reached last year covering FY 2016 and 2017. Conservatives want to trim spending by $30 billion to demonstrate their commitment to fiscal constraint. Such a move is opposed by Democrats and moderate Republicans, who want to preserve the relief last year’s deal provided to the domestic and defense budget caps.Still, analysts believe the parties will reach an agreement on a CR, if only because of the political ramifications of a government shutdown. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Demoralization in opposition ranks BJP has field day

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) Amid continuing demoralization in its main rival Congress, the BJP has managed to break opposition unity in the Rajya Sabha, mustering enough numbers in its favour as and when needed in the just-ended Budget session of Parliament. In addition, some opposition members dumped their parties in the middle of the crucial session and announced they were joining the BJP, which has returned to power with a thumping majority in the Lok Sabha. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us The pattern of joining the BJP became so frequent that Congress leader Jairam Ramesh remarked that the ruling party had resorted to hostile takeover after creeping acquisition. Finding huge popular support outside Parliament, the BJP has been moving with confidence. Last week, it carried out its long-cherished agenda of revoking Article 370 of the Constitution which provided Jammu and Kashmir special status, knowing fully well that the move may have serious repercussions. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Given the overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha and that too quite fresh, the saffron party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah seized the opportunity and went a step further. Besides masterminding the abrogation of Article 370, it turned Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. The game plan has worked well so far. The issue being emotive, even members of the Congress were divided. The party’s Rajya Sabha chief whip, Bhubaneshwar Kalita, resigned to support of the government move. Advertise With Us The Modi government also passed the Triple Talaq legislation. “As a result of these two moves, the popular support has risen significantly in favour of the BJP. So one can oppose the government only at one’s own peril,” said a political analyst. On August 5, the day the resolution to revoke Article 370 came for adoption and also the bill for reorganizing Jammu and Kashmir, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu announced resignation of three opposition members — Surendra Singh Nagar and Sanjay Seth of Samajwadi Party and Kalita of the Congress. Days earlier, Neeraj Shekhar of the SP and Sanjay Sinh of the Congress had quit from the Rajya Sabha and joined the BJP. This clearly showed that the BJP has its strategy in place and well-timed. Generally, the compulsion of coalition starts in the third and fourth year of a government’s five-year term, so major decisions have been pushed into the very first year — in fact within 100 days after the Lok Sabha mandate. Each time a contentious bill came to the Rajya Sabha, the BJP passed the test with good score. The Triple Talaq bill was cleared with 99 votes in favour and 84 against. The BJP, which has 78 members along with three Shiv Sena and three Akali Dal members, managed to pull 15 extra votes. The party floor managers ensured that some opposition members remained absent to secure a smooth sailing of the legislation. About 30 MPs were absent in the Rajya Sabha when voting on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Bill, 2019 took place. Even as two NDA allies — JD (U) and AIADMK — opposing the bill, the ruling alliance managed to win. In politics, the tide may turn any time but the BJP for now has what it takes to rule in a democracy — popular support.last_img read more