Manitoba RCMP make arrest in 10yearold homicide release woman the next day

first_imgMACGREGOR, Man. – RCMP in Manitoba have released the person they arrested in the homicide of a grandmother nearly 10 years ago.Spokeswoman Tara Seel said a 30-year-old woman taken into custody in MacGregor, Man., on Wednesday was released Thursday without charges.Seel says the investigation into Ward’s death is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the RCMP or Manitoba Crime Stoppers.Charlene Ward, who was 46 and from Portage la Prairie, was killed on Nov. 1, 2007.Ward had worked in a coffee shop, was divorced and had two grown daughters and five grandchildren.One of her daughters found Ward dead in her Portage home three weeks after she had been told by doctors she had beaten cancer.She had been stabbed three times in the neck.“I looked in her room and I (saw) her lying on the floor at the bottom of her bed. And when I looked up, there was blood all along her bed,” Britney Lake said in October 2010 when police made one of several pleas to the public for help.“She was clean and clear. She was just starting to live her life over,” said Cherie Lake, another of Ward’s daughters.Ward’s family believes she put up a fight because they saw bruises on her arms at the funeral home.last_img read more

Bell Media Congratulates Film and Television Production Partners on 203 Nominations for

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2018 – Bell Media congratulates its production partners, internal team members, talent, and all those involved in the creation of its television series and films nominated for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Announced earlier today, Bell Media garnered 203 total nominations, comprising 134 television and digital nominations and 69 nominations for Bell Media-supported films. Bell Media is proud to continue to be the Premium Partner of the Canadian Screen Awards.“It’s a tremendous honour to be recognized by the Academy with 203 nominations,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “These accolades are a testament to the boundless creativity and dedication of Bell Media’s partners and team members and the industry as a whole, and we are proud to play a part in the exceptional television series and films developed right here in Canada.”Bell Media received nominations in a wide variety of genres, including drama, comedy, and reality programming:CTV’s acclaimed Canadian drama series CARDINAL, from JCardinal Productions Inc., received the most nominations for Bell Media with 12, highlighted by a nomination for Best Limited Series or Program, as well as Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series for Billy Campbell, and Best Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited Series for Karine VanasseCraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, garnered nine, including Best Comedy Series and Best Lead Actor, Comedy for Jared KeesoThe final season of Space’s critically acclaimed, award-winning sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK from Temple Street Productions, received six nominations, including for four-time Canadian Screen Award winner Tatiana Maslany for Best Lead Actress, Drama SeriesCTV’s hit drama 19-2, from Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media, received six nominations, including Best Drama SeriesDiscovery’s original scripted series FRONTIER, from Take The Shot Productions and their partners at ASAP Entertainment, received five, including Best Costume Design and Best Photography, DramaCTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, from Insight Productions, received seven nods including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series; CTV’s original mystery series THE DISAPPEARANCE scored four nominations; and MASTERCHEF CANADA, from Proper Television, earned two nominations LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On the strength of its unparalleled roster of championship events and diversity of programming, TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader, received 19 nominations for its live sports coverage and feature programming, more than all other sports broadcasters combined. TSN received five nominations for its exclusive live coverage of the 2016 GREY CUP, watched by 10 million Canadians.CTV News received 17 nominations, including three for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME for Best National Newscast; Best Reportage, National for “East African Hunger Crisis”; and Best News Anchor, National for LaFlamme. CTV News was also recognized with two nominations for Best News Special, for “Prince Harry: Journey to Invictus” and “Vimy Remembered.” W5, the longest-running newsmagazine/documentary program in North America, received eight nominations, including Best News or Information Series; Best News or Information Program for “48 Hours”; and Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series for Jon Woodward. CTV NEWS TORONTO AT SIX has been nominated for four awards, including Best Local Newscast; Best News Anchor, Local for Ken Shaw and Michelle Dubé; and two nominations in the Best Reportage, Local category for Austin Delaney and Tracy Tong.Television productions supported by premium pay TV network The Movie Network received seven nominations, led by acclaimed action series ROGUE, which received nominations for Best Lead Actress, Drama Series for Meaghan Rath and Best Guest Performance, Drama Series for Richard Schiff.Bell Media Studios received eight nominations, including nominations for Best Talk Program or Series for THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW and THE SOCIAL; Best Host in a Program or Series for Marilyn Denis; Best Host in a Live Program or Series for Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham, and Lainey Lui for their work on ETALK AT THE OSCARS; and two nominations for HOWIE MANDEL: A BELL LET’S TALK SPECIAL.Additionally, Bell Media scored multiple nominations for Best Live Entertainment Special for its presentations of the 2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS and THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS, as well as Best Variety or Entertainment Special for WE DAY 2016.Films supported by Bell Media are nominated for 69 Canadian Screen Awards, with Kathleen Hepburn’s Never Steady, Never Still leading the way with eight, including Best Motion Picture as well as Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Shirley Henderson. Support for films comes from The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, as well as pre-buys and acquisitions from premium pay TV networks The Movie Network and Super Écran.The Canadian Screen Awards take place during Canadian Screen Week, which celebrates the best of Canadian film, television, and digital media from March 5-11, 2018.The full list of Bell Media television and film nominations includes:Television and Digital Nominations (134)CTV (47)CTV/Bell Media Studios (9)ETALK (2)Bell Media StudiosETALK AT THE OSCARSBest Host in a Live Program or SeriesBen Mulroney, Danielle Graham, Lainey LuiETALK’S ULTIMATE OSCAR GUIDE 2017Best Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/CompetitionDylan McNivenHOWIE MANDEL: A BELL LET’S TALK SPECIAL (2)Bell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesJohn Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken KatigbakBest Direction, Lifestyle or InformationGillian ParkerTHE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (2)Bell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi, John SimpsonBest Host in a Program or SeriesMarilyn DenisTHE SOCIAL (2)THE SOCIAL (1)Bell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi, Laura ScarfoTHE SOCIAL: CHRISTMAS WITH JANN ARDEN (1)Bell Media StudiosBest Variety or Entertainment SpecialMichelle Crespi, Laura Scarfo, John Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken KatigbakWE DAY 2016 (1)Bell Media StudiosBest Variety or Entertainment SpecialJohn Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken Katigbak, Marc Kielburger, Craig Kielburger, Steve SloanCTV Original Programming (38)CARDINAL (12)JCardinal Productions Inc.Best Limited Series or ProgramJennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny, Jocelyn Hamilton, Armand LeoBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesDaniel GrouBest Original Music, FictionTodor KobakovBest Photography, DramaSteve CosensBest Picture Editing, DramaTeresa De LucaBest Production Design or Art Direction, FictionRob Gray, Dennis Davenport, Ian GreigBest Sound, FictionDavid McCallum, Goro Koyama, Jane Tattersall, Martin Lee, Nelson Ferreira, Paul Germann, Sandra Fox, Stacy CouttsBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesAubrey NealonBest Achievement in CastingJon ComerfordBest Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited SeriesBilly CampbellBest Supporting Actress, DramaAllie MacDonaldBest Actress, Drama Program or Limited SeriesKarine VanasseTHE AMAZING RACE CANADA (7)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Reality/Competition Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenBest Direction, Reality/CompetitionRob BrunnerBest Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“Can I See Your Kuna?” – Ryan ShawBest Picture Editing, Reality/Competition“Finale” – Al Manson, Jonathan Dowler, Clare Elson, John Niedzielski, Jay Prychidny, Jordan Wood, Michael TersigniBest Picture Editing, Reality Competition“Who Wants To Be The Python?” – Michael Tersigni, Jonathan Dowler, Cynthia Flengeris, Clare Elson, David Yenovikan, Wesley FinucanBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“Can I See Your Kuna?” – Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Matthew HansonBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“We Just Saw Johnny Mustard” – Mark Lysakowski, Jennifer Pratt, Rob Brunner19-2 (6)Sphère Média PlusBest Drama SeriesJocelyn Deschenes, Luc Chatelain, Bruce M. Smith, Virginia Rankin, Josée Vallée, Greg Phillips, Saralo MacGregor, Jackie MayBest Achievement in Make-UpErik Gosselin, Edwina VodaBest Photography, Drama“Labour Day” – Ronald PlanteBest Picture Editing, DramaAnnie IlkowBest Supporting Actor, DramaBenz AntoineBest Supporting Actor, DramaDan PetronijevicTHE 2017 JUNO AWARDS  (4)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Live Entertainment SpecialJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Pam De Montmorency, Tracy Galvin, Kristeen Von Hagen, Luciano Casimiri, Mark Vreeken, Howard Baggley, Simon Bowers, Doug McClement, Alex NadonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyDavid RussellBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/CompetitionKim Clarke Champniss, Jean PaulBest Host in a Live Program or SeriesBryan Adams, Russell PetersTHE DISAPPEARANCE (4)Productions Casablanca Inc.Best Limited Series or ProgramJoanne Forgues, Jean-Marc Casanova, Sophie ParizeauBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesPeter StebbingsBest Writing, Drama Program or Limited SeriesGeneviève Simard, Normand DaneauBest Lead Actress, Drama Program or Limited SeriesCamille SullivanMASTERCHEF CANADA (2)Proper Television Inc.Best Reality/Competition Program or SeriesGuy O’Sullivan, Lesia Capone, Cathie James, Marike EmeryBest Picture Editing, Reality/CompetitionDave McMahon, Miles DavrenCANADA IN A DAY (2)Screen Siren PicturesBest Direction, Documentary ProgramTrish DolmanBest Picture Editing, DocumentaryNick HectorSAVING HOPE (1)ICF Films Inc.Best Guest Performance, Drama Series“We Need to Talk About Charlie Harris” – Missy PeregrymTSN (19)2016 GREY CUP (5)Best Live Sports EventPaul Graham and Jon HynesBest Direction, Live Sports EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports AnalystGlen SuitorBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerChris CuthbertBest Sports Opening/TeaseCraig Chambers, Devon Burns, Troy Hacock2016 MLS CUP (3)Best Live Sports EventJim Panousis and Steve AbitranteBest Direction, Live Sports EventRichard WellsBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerLuke Wileman2017 TIM HORTONS BRIER Final (3)Best Live Sports EventPaul Graham and Scott HigginsBest Direction, Live Sports EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerVic Rauter2017 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – Gold Medal Game (2)Best Sports AnalystBob McKenzieBest Sports AnalystRay Ferraro2017 TRADECENTRE (1)Best Sports HostJames DuthieRaptors Basketball on TSN (1)Best Sports AnalystJack ArmstrongJOURNEY TO THE GREY CUP (1)Best Sports Program or SeriesMatt Dorman, Kevin Fallis, Gino Zolezzi, and Gary HawkeLANCE STROLL: GROWING UP FAST (1)Best Sports Program or SeriesJosh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Darren Oliver, Nigel Akam, Michael BananiTHE MISSION (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentJosh Shiaman, Brent Blanchard, Sid Bailey, and Gary HawkeSOUND OF THUNDER (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentMatt Dorman, Brent Blanchard, Devon Burns, and Kevin FallisCTV NEWS (17)CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME (5)Best National NewscastLisa LaFlamme, David Hughes, Rosa Hwang, Allan Myers, Allan BlackBest News Anchor, NationalLisa LaFlammeBest Reportage, NationalMelanie Nagy, Jim HoffmanBest News Special“Prince Harry: Journey to Invictus” – Lisa LaFlamme, Rosa Hwang, Stéphane Brisson, Paul Flynn, Angelo AltomarBest News Special“Vimy Remembered” – Lisa LaFlamme, Rosa Hwang, Allan Myers, Scott Ferguson, Katie DammanW5 (8)Best News or Information SeriesAnton Koschany, Brett MitchellBest News or Information Program“W5: 48 Hours” – Jon Woodward, Brian Mellersh, Emma Jarratt, Paul Flynn, Anton Koschany, Brett MitchellBarbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research“W5: Making a Terrorist” – Madeline McNair, Brennan Lefler, Victor MalarekBest News or Information Segment“W5: After Ebola” – George Reeves, Kayla Hounsell, André LapalmeBest News or Information Segment“W5: Creep Out” – Jerry Vienneau, Steve Bandera, Jon Woodward, Denis LangoisBest News or Information Segment“W5: The Forgotten” – Madeline McNair, Paul Flynn, Brennan Lefler, Kirk Neff, Kevin NewmanBest Photography, News or Information“W5: 48 Hours” – Jim HoffmanBest Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or SeriesJon WoodwardCTV NEWS TORONTO (4)Best Local Newscast“CTV News Toronto at Six” – Ken Shaw, Michelle Dubé, Sophia Skopelitis, Joanne MacDonald, Joel BoweyBest News Anchor, LocalKen Shaw, Michelle DubéBest Reportage, LocalAustin DelaneyBest Reportage, LocalTracy TongSpace (12)ORPHAN BLACK (6)Boat Rocker MediaBest Achievement in Make-Up“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Stephen LynchBest Photography, Drama“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Aaron MortonBest Picture Editing, Drama“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Jay PrychidnyBest Visual Effects“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Geoff D.E. Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher, Eric Doiron, Nathaniel Larouche, Anthony DeChellis, Katarzyna Cieryt, Aaron Wright, Kaiser Thomas, Jason Snea, Lon MolnarBest Writing, Drama Series“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Graeme Manson, Renee St. CyrBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesTatiana MaslanyORPHAN BLACK: The Game (1)Best Cross-Platform Project – FictionDavid Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, Kerry Appleyard, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Bryan Winters, James Woods, Bryce Hunter, Mel Maduro, Anthony Godinho, Mackenzie Eaton, Nicolas Ilareguy, Elliott FienbergWYNONNA EARP (1)SEVEN24 Films Inc.Best Writing, Drama Series“I Hope You Dance” – Emily AndrasWYNONNA EARP Digital (1)Best Cross-Platform Project – FictionDaniel Dales, Jarrett Sherman, Alex Lalonde, Emily Andras, Jordy Randall, Tom CoxKILLJOYS (1)Boat Rocker MediaBest Visual EffectsMichael Gibson, Danny McNair, Anthony Patterson, Lara Osland, Shoban Narayanan, John Coldrick, Tony Cybulski, Pranjal ChoudharyDARK MATTER (2)Prodigy PicturesBest Visual EffectsLawren Bancroft-Wilson, Kerrington Harper, Erica Henderson, Justin Reimer, Armand Vladau, Henrique Reginato, Karina Partington, Paul Furminger, Tristan Patrick, Will WallaceBest Achievement in Make-UpLynda McCormackDiscovery (10)FRONTIER (5)Take the Shot Productions / ASAP EntertainmentBest Achievement in Make-Up“Keetom Takooteeoo Maheekun” – Elizabeth Kuchurean, Norma RichardBest Costume Design“Mutiny” – Michael GroundBest Photography, Drama“Wanted” – Glen KeenanBest Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction“Mutiny” – Gord BarnesBest Sound, Fiction“Cannonball” – Marco Dolle, David Yonson, John Elliot, Clive Turner, Alastair Gray, Orest Sushko, Janice Ierulli, Dave Johnson, Mark ShnuriwskyBUILDING STAR TREK (2)Yap FilmsBest Direction, Documentary ProgramMick GroganBest Writing, DocumentaryMick GroganFORT MAC WILDFIRE: ROGUE EARTH (1)Pixcom ProductionsBest Direction, Documentary or Factual SeriesJoe WiechaHEAVY RESCUE: 401 (1)Great Pacific MediaBest Writing, Factual“Anything Can Happen” – Todd Serotiuk, Catharine ParkeMAYDAY (1)Cineflix (Mayday 16) Inc.Best Factual SeriesAlex Bystram, Kim Bondi, Martin PuppCraveTV (9)LETTERKENNY (9)New Metric Media Inc.Best Comedy SeriesMark Montefiore, Patrick O’Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob TierneyBest Direction, Comedy“The Election” – Jacob TierneyBest Photography, Comedy“Relationships” – Jim WestenbrinkBest Picture Editing, Comedy“The Election” – Christopher MnnsBest Sound, Fiction“Relationships” – Rick Penn, Jamie Sulek, Devin Doucette, Kieran SherryBest Writing, Comedy“Relationships” – Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoBest Achievement in CastingJenny Lewis, Sara KayBest Lead Actor, ComedyJared KeesoBest Supporting or Guest Actor, ComedyK. Trevor WilsonThe Movie Network (7)ROGUE (2)Greenroom EntertainmentBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesMeaghan RathBest Guest Performance, Drama SeriesRichard SchiffRUSH: TIME STAND STILL (1)Fadoo ProductionsBest Biography or Arts Documentary Program or SeriesAllan Weinrib, Pegi Cecconi, Ray Danniels, John Virant, Corey RussellBRACE FOR IMPACT (1)IncendoBest Supporting Actor, DramaEnnis EsmerVERSAILLES (1)IncendoBest Supporting Actress, DramaSuzanne ClémentTHE DEVIL’S HORN (1)Larry Weinstein ProductionsBarbara Sears Award for Best Visual ResearchElspeth Domville, Elizabeth KlinckFANatic (1)IncendoBest Supporting Actress, DramaKaty BreierThe Comedy Network (5)THE BEAVERTON (5)Pier 21 Films Inc.Best Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesLaszlo Barna, Melissa Williamson, Jeff Detsky, Luke Gordon Field, Nicole Butler, Kurt SmeatonBest Direction, Variety or Sketch ComedyShelagh O’Brien, Craig David WallaceBest Writing, Variety or Sketch ComedyJeff Detsky, Luke Gordon Field, Alexander Saxton, Jacob Duarte Spiel, Kurt Smeaton, Pat Dussault, Nile Seguin, Wendy Litner, Winter Tekenos LevyBest Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble)Emma Hunter, Miguel Rivas, Aisha Alfa, Dave Barclay, Marilla WexBest Cross-Platform Project – FictionJonas Diamond, Catherine Tait, Laszlo Barna, Melissa Williamson, Lisa Baylin, Lora Campbell, Luke Gordon FieldBravo (3)THE KENNEDYS: AFTER CAMELOT (3)Muse EntertainmentBest Limited Series or ProgramMichael Prupas, Keri Selig, Jon Cassar, Stan E. Hubbard, Stephen KronishBest Costume DesignDelphine WhiteBest Direction, Drama Program or Limited SeriesJon CassarE! (3)REIGN (3)Take 5 ProductionsBest Achievement in Make-Up“All It Cost Her” – Jenny Arbour, Linda PrestonBest Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction“A Bride. A Box. A Body.” – Aidan Leroux, Joel Richardson, Rob Hepburn, Phillip BarkerBest Costume Design“Pulling Strings” – Meredith Markworth-PollackMuch (1)2017 IHEARTRADIO MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS (1)Bell Media – Agincourt ProductionsBest Live Entertainment SpecialJohn Kampilis, Steve Jarman, Ken KatigbakAnimal Planet (1)WILD BEAR RESCUE (1)Omnifilm Entertainment Ltd.Best Writing, Factual“A Cub with a Kick” – Jenypher FisherNominated films supported by Bell Media’s The Movie Network, Super Écran, and The Harold Greenberg Fund include:Never Steady, Never Still (8)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundBest Motion PictureJames Brown, Tyler HaganPerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleShirley HendersonOriginal ScreenplayKathleen HepburnAchievement in Art DirectionSophie Jarvis, Elizabeth CairnsAchievement in CinematographyNorm LiAchievement in EditingSimone SmithAchievement in Music – Original ScoreBen FoxAchievement in Overall SoundMatt Drake, Nate Evans, Christopher O’BrienHochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (8)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueFrançois SéguinAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesNicolas BolducAchievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumesMario DavignonAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesKathryn CasaultAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originaleTerry Riley, Gyan RileyAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensembleClaude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy StroblAchievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonoreClaude BeaugrandAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsAlain Lachance, Yann Jouannic, Hugo Léveillé, Nadège Bozetti, Antonin Messier-Turcotte, Thibault Deloof, Francis BernardMaudie (7)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkBest Motion PictureBob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan MullenAchievement in Costume DesignTrysha BakkerAchievement in DirectionAisling WalshAchievement in EditingStephen O’ConnellOriginal ScreenplaySherry WhitePerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleEthan HawkePerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleSally HawkinsThe Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches | La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (7)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmMarcel GirouxAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueMarjorie RhéaumeAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesNicolas CanniccioniAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsMarc Hall, Jonathan Cyr, Emmanuel Bazin, Clément Natiez, Emmanuelle GillAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationSimon LavoiePerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôleAntoine L’ÉcuyerPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôleMarine JohnsonIt’s the Heart that Dies Last | C’est le Coeur qui meure en dernier (6)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmRichard LalondeAchievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisationAlexis Durand BraultAchievement in Editing | Meilleur montageLouis-Philippe RathéAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationGabriel SabourinPerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôleGabriel SabourinPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role | Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôleDenise FiliatraultThe Breadwinner (6)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkBest Motion PictureAndrew Rosen, Anthony Leo, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stéphan RoelantsAchievement in EditingDarragh ByrneAchievement in Music – Original ScoreMychael Danna, Jeff DannaAchievement in Music – Original SongQais Essar, Joshua Hill – “The Crown Sleeps”Achievement in Sound EditingNelson Ferreira, John Elliot, J.R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo, Tyler WhithamAdapted ScreenplayAnita DoronCross My Heart | Les rois mongols (6)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergAcquired by Super ÉcranAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueGuillaume CoutureAchievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumesBrigitte DesrochesAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originaleVivianne Audet, Robin-Joël Cool, Alexis MartinAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensemblePierre Bertrand, Stéphane Bergeron, Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher, Maxime PotvinAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationNicole BélangerPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutienClare CoulterThe Ravenous | Les affamés (5)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmStéphanie MorissetteAchievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisationRobin AubertAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesÉrik Gosselin, Marie-France GuyAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originalePierre-Philippe CôtéPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutienBrigitte PoupartRumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World (3)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkTed Rogers Best Feature Length DocumentaryCatherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa Roth, Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Diana Holtzberg, Jan Rofekamp, Ernest WebbBest Cinematography in a Feature Length DocumentaryAlfonso MaioranaBest Editing in a Feature Length DocumentaryBenjamin Duffield, Jeremiah HayesThe Man Who Invented Christmas (3)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Make-UpSonia DolanAchievement in Visual EffectsGreg Behrens, Brendan Taylor, Jasmine Scott, Martin O’BrienAdapted ScreenplaySusan CoyneBon Cop, Bad Cop 2 (2)Supported by The Harold Greenberg Fund – French Language ProgramPre-buy by The Movie NetworkPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesMarlène RouleauAchievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonoreMarie-Claude GagnéIqaluit (1)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting Role | Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutienNatar UngalaqLe Cyclotron (1)Equity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsMarc HallMeditation Park (1)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkPerformance by an Actor in a Leading RoleTzi MaPorcupine Lake (1)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleLucinda Armstrong HallIndian Horse (1)Equity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleSladen PeltierGoon: Last of the Enforcers (1)Pre-buy by The Movie Network and Super ÉcranAchievement in Sound EditingChristian Rivest, Antoine Morin, Thibaud Quinchon, Guy Pelletier, Guy FrancoeurAdventures in Public School (1)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkOriginal ScreenplayJosh Epstein, Kyle RideoutLong Time Running (1)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAcquired by Super ÉcranBest Editing in a Feature Length DocumentaryRoland SchlimmeAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Bridget Harrington

first_imgEamon Queeney“Everyone’s ideas are different … Skilled talent is the secret ingredient for Raleigh.”–Bridget Harrington, executive director, Innovate RaleighBridget Harrington has travelled the world, but it’s Raleigh that she’s chosen to call home. She is now the executive director at Innovate Raleigh, a nonprofit encouraging the city’s entrepreneurial spirit through networking and various other events. “Our mission is to make Raleigh one of the top five innovation hubs in the United States,” she says. For now, she’s the one-woman show, tapping into resources from her board members, as well as new partnerships with Wake County Economic Development and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.Among the group’s events are its annual summit of panelists, like chef Cheetie Kumar, with unique breakout sessions about topics from business funding to parking. Future projects are widespread and imaginative, including an in-the-hopper urban prototyping workshop. Harrington says events must keep reinventing, in order to connect the creative community and “bring together on and offline.”Innovate Raleigh will also host start-up weekends, including seminars and even the construction of parklets, tiny urban green spaces. Taking these initiatives from cities like San Francisco, California and Boulder, Colorado, Harrington hopes the myriad plans will bridge many diverse parts of the community, and in the process unearth thinkers throughout the area. “Our goal is to connect you the correct resources within the city,” she says.Harrington first came to North Carolina to attend UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. She then launched and eventually sold her own PR firm in New York City before a stint in San Francisco and, finally, moving to Raleigh to be close to family in the state. Among Innovate Raleigh’s accomplishments are the booming HQ Raleigh start-up coworking space downtown, and negotiating a direct flight from Raleigh to San Francisco; Harrington’s well-rounded background (she’s also a certified public accountant and speaks fluent Japanese) has matched the job so far. Even more so, the setting is right. Harrington says Raleigh is unlike any other city, and she loves the large-city growth with the twist of Southern hospitality. “The enthusiastic community is something that’s uniquely Raleigh.”  –Catherine Currinlast_img read more

Locals Seafood Opens its First Restaurant

first_imgThe chef and his team are constantly experimenting and improvising, both as a way to reduce waste and to keep the menu fresh. “The last time I was there, they had fish bones, fish bellies and fish guts everywhere, and were emulsifying them for the charcuterie plate—I’m not sure that’ll make it to the menu,” laughs Smith. One week Montagne made a patty from striped mullet fat and tuna bloodline (a part that’s usually thrown away) that tasted “just like” an all-beef hamburger; another he created a “fish chop” from an unusual cut. Even the Bottarga Green Goddess dressing that dresses the wedge salad (recipe p. 70) originated as a way to reduce waste: “We use a bunch of fresh herbs and are constantly producing stems, so we modified our ranch recipe to include them,” says Montagne.  North Carolina seafood wholesaler opens a casual seafood restaurant inside Transfer Co. Food Hallby Jason Frye | photography by Taylor McDonald On the wall, a school of mullet swims toward the Carolina coast, the silhouette of barrier islands and the undulating line of mainland stark against the aqua sea. Where I’m standing would be just beyond the western edge of the map, at the newly-opened Locals Oyster Bar in Raleigh’s Transfer Co. Food Hall, which has slowly been rolling out new vendors. And I’m ready for seafood. Standing in line to order, I’m tempted by the classic fare flying out of the kitchen—shrimp po’boys, fish and chips, ceviche—but it’s the constant motion of the shuckers that has me mesmerized: Working in near-silence, they grab shell after shell: In less time than it’ll take to read this sentence, they’ll study one for for the briefest of moments, insert the tip of a shucking knife into the hinge, twist a wrist and drop a perfectly shucked oyster onto a bed of pebbled ice. 500 E. Davie St.; visit for hours and more information. Working with more than two dozen oyster farms, fishmongers and fishermen along the coast, Locals Oyster Bar offers the sort of outstanding seafood that gives Montagne culinary goosebumps. “I grew up in Miami and spent a lot of time fishing in the Keys, and I couldn’t be happier with our selection of fish,” he says. Chef Eric Montagne Locals Oyster Bar is the first foray into restaurants from the lauded fish wholesaler Locals Seafood, which will continue that part of its business as usual, including selling its oysters to some of the area’s finest restaurants and keeping up its fish market locations at farmers markets. The Locals Seafood team partnered with Person Street Bar to launch this new outpost with a full menu of wine, cocktails and local craft beer to go with that mouth-watering slate of seafood, plus a fish counter with whole fish, primal cuts and prepared food. Already, some of their more inventive offerings, including Oyster Poutine (fries smothered in oyster gravy and fried oysters) and Bottarga Fries (topped with shaved salt-cured roe), are finding a welcome home in Transfer Co. Alongside the simpler fare like raw oysters and clams, the near-perfect shrimp roll and specials like a roasted fish, they’ve put together the perfect mix of ocean-born eats to pick over on a date or with a table full of friends. And we’re happy to partake in the bounty.  This new venture turned out to be a natural extension of what they were doing. “When we got involved with the Transfer project, we started with a fish market, then added an oyster bar, then it just got bigger and bigger,” says marketing manager Sarah Grace Smith. As it evolved, the feel of the space coalesced. “We wanted a spot that would channel the authentic, salty coast,” says Smith. “This is meant to be a spot to kick back, relax and hang out.” An adjacent dining room will also be opening with an entirely different look, feel and menu. “It’s a great outpost for Locals Seafood!” says Brian Habeeb, general manager of Locals Oyster Bar. “We hope the fish counter will inspire customers to pick up some fresh fish, go home and make something delicious.”  Habeeb feels that “with seafood this fresh coming through the market and the kitchen, it would be a natural fit.” last_img read more

Raleigh Beer Company Trophy Brewing Flexes its Creativity

first_imgAfter a few years of slinging beers made by others, Lockwood and Powers decided that they wanted to control the production and make their own beer. “We realized we could make the beer exactly what we wanted,” says Powers, “and around 2011 we started looking around, thinking about what our brewery would be like.” In 2013, Powers and Lockwood co-founded Trophy Brewing along with David Meeker, brought on Les Stewart as Chief Brewing Officer and got to work—since inception, Trophy has canned and kegged over 500 different beer varieties. The approach in their brewing method has also been unconventional. Visit any of Trophy’s locations and you’ll likely discover a new beer on tap—but it probably won’t be available for long. Only two beers are constant: Trophy Wife, a light, session IPA, and Cloud Surfer, a modern IPA. Others rotate seasonally (you may see a recurrence of Trophy Husband, a witbier, and Milky Way, a salted caramel stout), but most are one-time brews. “We want to take advantage of all of the awesome produce that we have in North Carolina, follow trends and try new things, but we also want to have a few things that people can count on,” says Powers. Stewart, who learned the ropes of brewing with his extensive at-home operation, says the trio was most excited about the experimentation that comes with craft beer. “We are really able to think outside the box in terms of the ingredients and process involved in beer.” The brewing team is certainly flexing their creativity: they brewed over 80 different beers in 2018 alone. The original brewing facility and restaurant location opened on Morgan Street in 2013. Trophy Brewing + Pizza serves funky pie combinations on a casual patio plus a small interior. Trophy’s planning to take over the rest of the building by 2020 to create more seating inside and out, plus add an event space. The expanded location will also allow for a portion of beer production to move back to where it began, specifically expanding their sour program. Stewart says he loves working with sour beers because “you’re dealing with a science that isn’t fully understood.” The Morgan Street facility will increase Trophy’s sour production from 1 to 8 percent of the overall beer production, most of which will be served at that location. “We have a knowledge base to take that program and expand it exponentially at Morgan Street,” says Stewart. Stewart also says that they’ll continue experimenting at the main brewery on some upcoming brews that they’re cranking out at Maywood, including a specialty lager. “We’re really excited about rolling out a delicate lager that we’ve been working on. We have horizontal fermentation tanks that are specifically designed to produce lagers.” In the last two years, Trophy produced one million cans and the numbers are only going up. “This year we’re on pace to do about 6,000 barrels worth of production,” says Powers. “We started off on Morgan Street with 200 barrels.” And while the scale of barrels is massive, most of this beer is staying local. Trophy only sends beers out of state for special events and will occasionally drop off cases and kegs to their buddies in Charlotte. You can also find them in and around Wilmington for the summer. While they’re intentionally keeping distribution local, Trophy incorporates collaborations with brewers around the country into its production, like an IPA with Hi-Wire in Asheville or a pilsner with Captain Lawrence in New York (Powers and Lockwood say they have always idolized the NY brewers). They see it as a way to support other breweries, learn something new and have a little fun, too. “It’s all about connecting with other brands,” says Powers. “We collaborate with friends outside the market a lot.”  After years of tasting brews in other people’s bars, they decided to open their own. Busy Bee Cafe opened on S. Wilmington Street in 2009, complete with one of downtown’s only rooftops. Part of the mission was to offer the unique beers they thought the community had been missing. “We were seeing other breweries in other states going above 4.9 percent ABV for years,” says Powers. “When we opened our bar we wanted to work with other local breweries and challenge them to make new beers.” Powers and Lockwood provided low-risk brewing opportunities for their friends at local breweries: If they wanted a tequila-aged IPA on tap at Busy Bee, they’d provide the barrel and commit to purchasing all of the beer. “We wanted to see what they could do without the risk,” says Lockwood. And what about the name? Lockwood says that he and Powers fell in love with the bright red building on W. Davie Street that was home to Mort’s Trophies and Awards. The two joke that the shop was never intending to sell, but they always loved the idea of a brewery within the wood paneling, turf carpeting and trophies lining the walls. “When downtown was still quiet and we only had Busy Bee, we would walk around to check out other spots,” says Lockwood. “We always loved that building and thought about how we would love to have a brewery in there.” Although Trophy never opened in the bright red building, the theme stuck, and now every tap handle is an old-school trophy, many of which are donated. In the early days, Powers and Lockwood collected trophies as a way to serve beer. “At our events before opening, we would say: ‘come taste our beer—bring us a trophy and we’ll give you a sample for free.’ People would show up with boxes of them.” Powers says that the community was thrilled to put their dusty trophies to use. With four locations and hundreds of flavors in its repertoire, Raleigh-based Trophy Brewing has earned its ardent fanscenter_img The former Busy Bee Cafe was transformed into Trophy Tap + Table in 2016, to celebrate their own beer in a taproom setting alongside elevated pub fare, while the main brewing facility and tasting room on Maywood Avenue (Trophy Brewing + Taproom) rotates in local food trucks. Trophy is unique in its rapid expansion across Raleigh, and the neighborhoods they’ve rooted in have grown and prospered. Powers jokes that Trophy locations have always opened in whatever space they could afford. “South Wilmington Street was totally different when we got here in 2009,” he says. “And we didn’t go into Morgan Street thinking we would expand to a production facility, we thought we’d have plenty of beer for a while.” Beyond collaborating geographically, Trophy has also joined forces with locals like Dix Park, Arrow Haircuts and Oak City Cycling to develop specialty and celebratory beers. These collaborations often include a charitable component, something that Powers and Lockwood say they feel strongly about supporting. “It’s something we’re passionate about, and we want to give back as much as possible,” says Powers. The brewery has teamed up with all kinds of organizations, from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC to the ACLU, with a portion of the proceeds from these beers donated to the nonprofit. Powers notes that when you support an organization openly on a beer can, it’s instant marketing for a cause. The duo says they hope to continue partnerships with organizations that they believe in. “At the beginning, we were a little conservative: you’re scared to put your voice out there,” says Lockwood. “More recently we’ve gotten more comfortable in our own skin, and standing up for what we believe in.” Fast-forward a few years, and Trophy’s domain is vast, touching most points of downtown Raleigh, beginning on Morgan Street and rounding out on Maywood Avenue. Each of the four locations across downtown are distinctly their own, with a loyal following and a unique take on cuisine. The pair say that incorporating food into the beer-tasting experience was something they were sure on from the beginning. “Beer and food should be celebrated together just like food and wine,” says Powers. “People sometimes forget that beer can be paired.” State of Beer, for instance, the brewery’s bottle shop on Hillsborough Street, is as much beloved for its beer selection as it is for the to-die-for sandwiches with ghost pepper salami or housemade pimento cheese. That location opened in 2015 to offer cans and bottles from all over the U.S., not just their own brews, to be enjoyed on community tables facing the bustle of Hillsborough Street. Powers and Lockwood describe State of Beer as Trophy’s ‘neutral ground.’ “We have so many relationships with other brands, we didn’t want it to be just the Trophy shop,” says Powers. “It’s fun for us because it has all of the beer that we want to drink. It’s not the biggest selection, but it’s the best.” Chris Powers and Woody Lockwood met bartending and serving on Glenwood South. “In the early 2000s, we worked at what was then Bogart’s American Grill, and stayed in touch as we continued to different restaurants and bars around town,” says Powers. At the time, in their opinion, Raleigh’s beer selection was lacking overall—most restaurants carried the same handful of beers, in part due to the cap on alcohol by volume (ABV) in North Carolina, which led to a lack of variety in styles and flavors. “When the alcohol cap was lifted, the floodgates opened. People hadn’t tried many of these unique beers before,” says Lockwood, referring to the 2005 “Pop the Cap” movement that permitted beers above 4.9 percent ABV to be sold in North Carolina. The duo began to try any beer they could get their hands on, getting excited about unique styles coming in from reps around the country. by Catherine Currin | photography by Bob Karplast_img read more

Meet Kenny Krause Celebrity Pumpkin Carver

first_imgKenny Krause can’t draw. Put a canvas in front of him, and he couldn’t paint a masterpiece. He has no musical talent, nor any skills in woodworking or clay.But every Halloween, 56-year-old Krause intricately carves a pumpkin so spectacular that he’s become a bit of a celebrity around Raleigh’s University Park neighborhood.“He has one medium, and it’s pumpkin,” his wife, Leigh, laughs.Each year, Krause picks a celebrity who died in the past 12 months and carves his or her portrait onto a pumpkin, painstakingly cutting and shaving the fruit’s skin to replicate facial features and hair. He has captured Eilzabeth Taylor’s piercing eyes and Andy Griffith’s pleasant smile, Robin Williams’ humor and angst—all in gourd form.It started when Johnny Cash died in 2003. Krause had used patterns to carve simple Halloween designs into pumpkins with his daughters, now 18 and 20. So when he stumbled upon a pumpkin-carving pattern of the famous singer online, he gave it a shot.“I put the light in and I’ll be darned, it looked Johnny Cash,” Krause recalls.There was no turning back for Krause, who says he “sells paper bags for a living” as sales director for an international packaging company. He used patterns he found online for the next few years to carve the likes of Ray Charles and Johnny Carson. In 2007, he couldn’t find a pattern of a celebrity who died, so he used computer software to generate his own design of Luciano Pavarotti to work from.So who will grace Krause’s pumpkin this year? It’s a secret, as always.But as he does every year, he will create a pattern and go to the farmers’ market to pick out a large pumpkin with a flat-ish surface for his art. The morning of Halloween, he will set up shop in his sunroom, carving away for hours. Then, once it gets dark, he will unveil his work—the only art he ever makes.  —Sarah Nagemlast_img read more

UK Government To Double Donations To Soccer Aid

first_imgThe UK government has announced it is matching public donations to Soccer Aid for UNICEF, meaning double the difference for children’s lives.Donations made up to and including 23rd July 2019 will be matched by the UK government, helping make sure Unicef can continue its vital work supporting children around the world.Soccer Aid for Unicef co-founder Robbie Williams said: “It’s great that the UK Government will be doubling public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef this year. Everyone is always so generous in supporting this brilliant cause, and knowing that the money raised will go even further to help even more kids around the world couldn’t be better. Whatever you’re able to afford, the work made possible by your donation could be truly life changing for children. So dig deep, and donate!”Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt said: “Since 2012, our partnership with Soccer Aid for Unicef has saved lives across the world’s poorest countries by reducing child mortality and helping transform maternal and new born care for more than 4.5 million people.“By teaming up again this year, we will be helping even more children to play, live healthy lives and reach their full potential.“UK aid will double every pound the British public donates to Soccer Aid for Unicef, meaning their generosity will go twice as far.”Soccer Aid for Unicef is defending play for every child. This year, extra funding made possible through the UK Government doubling public donations will support Unicef partners in training midwives to help mothers deliver babies safely and breastfeed for the first six months. It will also help parents and communities understand the best nutrition for their children; support the treatment of malnutrition, helping critically ill children recover with special milk and peanut paste; and train pre-school teachers to help build early learning centres, so children can learn and thrive in the critical early years.When a child is healthy, happy and able to enjoy their right to play, they get ready to take on the world. Helping children to play – whether that’s by ensuring they are born safely, receive the right nutrition, or have the safe places and the equipment they need to play – really is just the beginning.This will be the fifth time the UK Government has matched public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef. Thanks to the UK government doubling public donations since 2012, Soccer Aid for Unicef has:• Improved the health and nutrition of over 2 million children in some of the poorest countries in the world• Supported 195,000 pregnant women with antenatal and nutritional care in Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Liberia• Helped 822,000 children in Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Liberia get the nutrition they need for the best start in life• Improved the health and nutrition of 300,000 children under 5 in Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mauritania and Niger• Improved the health and nutrition of 1.25 million pregnant women and children in Zimbabwe, Myanmar and EthiopiaTo find out more about Soccer Aid for Unicef, visit read more

Drugmakers will have to reveal prices in TV ads

WASHINGTON — Drugmakers will be required to reveal the prices of their prescription medicines in those ever present TV ads, the Trump administration is set to announce on Wednesday, even as some insured patients can pay thousands of dollars for critical medications.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told The Associated Press the administration is finalizing regulations that will require drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply.“What I say to the companies is if you think the cost of your drug will scare people from buying your drugs, then lower your prices,” Azar said. “Transparency for American patients is here.”The pricing details are expected to appear in text toward the end of commercials, when potential side effects are being disclosed. TV viewers should notice the change later this year, perhaps as early as the summer.The government’s move is part of a multilevel blueprint President Donald Trump announced last year to try to lower prescription drug costs .Other elements include regulations affecting Medicare and legislative proposals pending in Congress. With the cost of medicines a top concern for voters, Trump and lawmakers of both major political parties want accomplishments they can point to before the 2020 elections. Democrats say measures like price disclosure won’t force drugmakers to lower what they charge, and they want to authorize Medicare to negotiate.The drug industry opposes the price reveal, saying companies would rather provide the information on their websites. But Johnson & Johnson, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, announced this year that it would start disclosing the cost of its blood thinner Xarelto in TV advertising. That drug is used to treat and prevent blood clots that can cause strokes.Among drug industry complaints is that the government would be infringing on First Amendment free speech rights by forcing companies to disclose prices. Azar points out that the government has for decades required carmakers to post their sticker prices on vehicles.“Prices of automobiles are vastly less important to your health and affordability than drugs,” he said.According to the government, the 10 most commonly advertised drugs have prices ranging from $535 to $11,000 per month or for a usual course of therapy.The disclosure requirement will not apply to print or radio ads for the foreseeable future.“Over $4 billion of pharma spend is in TV ads … that is their most impactful form of advertising,” Azar said. “That is where the patient has the most need of being informed.”The disclosure requirement applies to all brand name drugs covered by Medicare and Medicaid, which is nearly all medications.The government is hoping that patients armed with price information will start discussing affordability with their doctors, and gradually that will put pressure on drugmakers to keep costs in check.Most people rely on lower cost generic drugs to manage their health problems, but the advent of revolutionary medications for once-fatal or intractable diseases has put consumers on edge. Genetic and cellular-based treatments can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which has put a strain on the budgets of insurers and government programs.A recent poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation found that 1 in 3 Americans said they haven’t taken medications as prescribed because of costs. People who take four or more medications, those who spend $100 a month or more on meds, patients in fair to poor health and middle-aged adults are more likely to report affordability problems.Although most patients do not pay the full list prices that will be included in ads, experts say those prices are still important. They’re the starting point for negotiations between drugmakers and insurers. Also, copays that patients face are often based on list prices. And many people who have high-deductible insurance plans pay list prices for medications because their insurance doesn’t start covering until patients have spent several thousand dollars of their own money.In other economically advanced countries, governments negotiate drug prices to keep medications more affordable for patients. But except for some government programs like the Veterans Affairs health system, the U.S. has held back from government-set prices.Democrats argue it’s time to abandon that practice and let Medicare take a direct role in negotiating prices. There’s no support for that route among congressional Republicans, and the Trump administration’s more activist role for government stops short.Azar, who is leading the effort for Trump, is a former drug company executive. He held senior posts with Indianapolis-based insulin maker Eli Lilly and Co. after an earlier stint in government service during the George W. Bush administration.The regulations will take effect 60 days after they’re published in the Federal Register.Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press read more

Senior officers of the Sri Lanka triforces awarded honorary medals

The award is a special award that is given to the Lieutenant Generals and officers of higher ranks in the Navy and Air Force who completed 25 years of service and who held an excellent service record.Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe and Air Vice Marshal Kapila Jayampathy were among those presented with the awards by the President. Senior officers of the Sri Lanka tri-forces were awarded honorary medals by President Maithripala Sirisena today (Saturday).The President awarded the medals to 50 senior officers of the Sri Lanka tri-forces. read more

Video Innovations Keep Coming

explosion_774.png Poly used Infocomm to introduce its newest room system, the G7500 (see No Jitter slideshow). Its Group series portfolio was needing an update. The G7500 offers an ultra-high-def 4K camera, provides all-in-one packaging options, and addresses how cloud services are changing meeting room requirements. Customers want the flexibility to use different services, so unlike prior Group systems, the G7500 is cloud-ready. Customers can use it as a full-fledged RealPresence device or as a USB peripheral to a laptop with a meeting link. As a platform, the G7500 also will enable many new services from Poly. It’s exactly what Poly needed. Speaking of Dolby, Blue Jeans Network announced a mobile client experience that leverages the company’s audio technology. This experience addresses the reality that many people attend meetings remotely, and often from noisy locations. BlueJeans integrated the Dolby Voice solution into its mobile apps in order to support HD audio, noise reduction, and spatial audio. Separately, BlueJeans announced an improved events and livestreaming service that can support up to 15,000 participants across browsers, apps, and room systems. These features are exactly what BlueJeans needed. And, that’s a good thing. Never before has video communications been so important and pervasive in the way we collaborate (see my related No Jitter post, “The Future of UCaaS Can Be ‘Seen’”). It’s now unusual to participate in an audio-only conference. It also feels more common to talk to family and friends over video. Virtual meetings seem to be more popular than in-person meetings, and even primarily in-person meetings commonly have at least one remote participant. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Previously, these bursts have usually been associated with a tech cycle such as the shift from H.323 to SIP or rise of high-definition cameras and displays. But the innovation I saw at Infocomm didn’t fall into a simple category or two. Each announcement seemed as unique as a snowflake. This burst of innovation is more Cambrian. I’m referring to the Cambrian Explosion, an unknown event that accelerated the emergence of animals from single-celled organisms about 540 million years ago. The video industry is rapidly evolving with a diversity of innovation. Video is central, even critical, to modern enterprise collaboration. Meetings were in fact the common theme among every vendor keynote presentation at Enterprise Connect 2019 in March. Video use is familiar and frequent, the technology itself is more intuitive, teams are more distributed, and the cost has become negligible or zero. In mature industries, vendors and providers seek growth in diverse ways. The innovations are unique to each vendor’s needs and opportunities. LogMeIn announced a partnership with Dolby Laboratories that combines its GoToRoom conferencing solution with Dolby room system hardware. GoTo is the newly launched brand of UCaaS and conferencing services from LogMeIn, and GoTo Room is a new room hardware-as-a-service option. Dolby started in voice and expanded to video, and I suspect LogMeIn will expand this partnership in the opposite order. A compelling and differentiated experience is exactly what LogMeIn needed for its GoTo brand. Cisco also made a series of announcements at Infocomm (and at the Cisco Live event that took place the same week), including integrated calling and transcription for meetings. I covered this in more detail in this No Jitter post. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. Log in or register to post comments The video industry has conquered the mechanics of audio and video and is now focusing on engagement. Moves aimed at making collaboration more effective and productive, and expanding beyond meetings into workflows and use cases, will continue for several more years. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. The Infocomm 2019 A/V conference held earlier this month provided more validation that video communications is undergoing a new wave of innovation. This isn’t exactly a new concept; in fact, visual communications has already experienced several waves of innovation. For example, Logitech announced a management platform called Sync (see No Jitter post). In the past, Logitech deferred the advanced software applications to partners such as Microsoft and Zoom. That’s been slowly changing as innovation moves to the edge. For example, AI capabilities such as auto-framing are typically edge-based solutions. Sync, a cloud-delivered service, facilitates room-based device management and allows IT administrators to manage, upgrade, and analyze Logitech room systems centrally. It’s exactly what Logitech needed. Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. Dave Michels is a contributing editor and analyst at TalkingPointz.Tags:News & ViewsLogitechPolyLogMeInDolbyBlueJeansCiscoVideo Collaboration & A/VAnalyst InsightNews & ViewsProduct NewsTechnology TrendsVCaaSWorkSpace Connect Articles You Might Like read more

East Timor UN mission chief calls for funds in final stretch before

“This budget is neither lavish, nor imprudent,” Sergio Vieira de Mello said of the requested $65 million for the coming fiscal year. “This is a budget born of compromise between the arguments of fiscal sustainability, economic good governance and aid dependency on the one hand; and the desperate needs of East Timor and its people on the other.”Warning that UNTAET anticipated a deficit of $20 million this year “just to keep the basic operations of government running,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said support to bridge that deficit was what he was asking of the donor community for 2001-02. “Budget support is not unusual in the early days of independence,” he added. “East Timor should be no exception.” The UNTAET chief said four priorities lay ahead for the UN administration: to consolidate the secure and stable environment that presently existed; to steer East Timor through the creation of democratic institutions and successful, peaceful elections; to put in place the building blocks for the management of public finances and policy making; and to establish the framework for a sustainable and effective government administration. In other news, UNTAET reported that a UN patrol had engaged in an exchange of fire today with a small, armed group of suspected ex-militia it had encountered “well inside East Timor,” 11 kilometres south of the village of Batugade. The UN peacekeepers from Australia were conducting a routine security patrol when they came upon the suspected militia, who fired up the patrol after being instructed to stop and put down their weapons. After the UN troops returned fire, the group withdrew. No peacekeepers or East Timorese civilians were injured. The Australian contingent has deployed troops into blocking positions around the incident location and is currently tracking the group in an attempt to apprehend and disarm its members, UNTAET said, noting that its peacekeepers would respond “swiftly and robustly to any threat to security in East Timor.” read more

DR Congo UN and aid agencies appeal for 19 million to combat

“Mines are cheap and easy to deploy, but remain in the ground for decades after a conflict. They hit indiscriminately on innocent people, leaving many maimed for life,” said Harouna Ouedrogo, the head of the UN’s Mine Action Coordination Centre in the DRC at a press conference yesterday to launch the appeal.“Even the mere perception of a mine in certain areas will mean that fields and whole areas throughout the DRC remain out of bounds for economic activity,” he added. The appeal for the extra funds was made on the anniversary of the worldwide treaty to ban anti-personnel mines, universally known as the Ottawa treaty, which was started in 1997. DRC has “quite a significant landmine problem,” with the provinces of Equateur, Orientale, Katanga and both North and South Kivu the worst affected, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said in a press release. However, $19 million in funding still remains to be found for the 2007 strategy for tackling unexploded ordnance, which includes mine clearing, sensitisation and victim assistance, and which was formulated by the UN ‘Fight Against Landmines’ service, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The fight against landmines worldwide encompasses five main elements: marking and clearing of dangerous mine areas; mine awareness education; victim assistance; destruction of mine stocks; and advocating the adoption of international legislation on mines and explosive ordnance. The DRC, as a signatory to the Ottawa treaty in 2001, has an obligation to fulfil all five elements and Ronda Kaswenge, a mine expert for the Government, said that there was a “real will” among the authorities to tackle this nationwide menace. “The DRC ratified this treaty in November 2002, and even during the political transition a lot has been accomplished, with the destruction of mine stocks… We have drawn up a plan of action, but we need financing, and the DRC cannot tackle this problem on its own,” she concluded.Earlier this year, the massive but impoverished African nation held landmark elections as it moves to rebuild after a disastrous six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II. Factional clashes have remained a problem since the end of the war, especially in the east.Separately, MONUC also reported that the last three remaining militia groups in the eastern province of Ituri have agreed to join the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process, which will affect some 8,000 ex-combatants. Following the example of the militia groups Cobra Matata and the Mouvement Révolutionnaire Congolais, the Front des Nationalistes Intégrationistes yesterday signed a general agreement with the Congolese army, UNDP and MONUC.Negotiations between Congolese authorities and the militia groups were facilitated and witnessed by MONUC, and an agreement is now in its implementation phase, the Mission said. read more

Ban inaugurates accessibility centre at UN Headquarters

“Yesterday was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Today we prove that we care about this issue all year ‘round,” Mr. Ban told a special event launching the Accessibility Centre, which will provide cutting edge tools for persons with visual, mobility and hearing impairments, enabling them to access documents and fully participate in meetings. “We are moving forward with 21st century solutions that make the most of technological innovation,” he said, explaining that people can stop by, borrow state-of-the-art equipment, and then leave to join their colleagues at different UN meetings.Developed by the UN Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, the Centre was made possible by the generous support of the Republic of Korea, which the UN chief thanked for “its generous contribution that turned our vision for the Centre into a reality.” Also at the event was John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly, Jenny Nilsson, President of the Youth Section of the World Federation of the Deaf, and Kang Seong Ju, Director-General of the Convergence Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information moderated the proceedings. ‹ › Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other participants at the opening of the Accessibility Centre. UN Photo/Mark Garten Highlighting some of the features of the Centre, the Secretary-General said the overall approach is not centralized. Some may wish to recharge their wheelchairs at the Centre, “or type with a Palm On Keyboard, or take advantage of different services. But the result for all users is to integrate with the whole UN community,” said Mr. Ban. In fact, equipment from the Centre is not all located at the Centre. Palm On keyboards can be found at other IT kiosks around the building. There will also be a Satellite Accessibility Centre in the North Lawn Building. Other available services include: braille and other assistive keyboards, hearing aids, bone conduction headsets and screen readers.“We are privileged to share this equipment to all who need it free of charge. All we ask in return is your involvement, your ideas and your initiative,” the UN chief said, adding that persons with disabilities make enormous contributions to the Organization’s global work – on human rights and much more, including peacefully settling disputes, advancing sustainable development and establishing the rule of law.“You can count on us to do everything possible to support your valuable work. And we count on you to keep pressing for progress on issues across the international agenda,” he said, expressing hope that the human rights of all will be brought front and centre as the Organization sees increased engagement and participation of persons with disabilities at UN meetings.In his remarks to the event, UN General Assembly President Ashe said global efforts to make the world more accessible to persons with disabilities must begin – and, as the Accessibility Centre demonstrates, are beginning – “right here in our own hallways.” Both the General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council have asked the Secretary-General to implement standards and guidelines for the accessibility of facilities and services throughout the UN system, Mr. Ashe said. “For if we are to build a more inclusive world, it is essential that persons with disabilities are able to fully participate in and contribute to our deliberations,” he stressed.To do so, they not only need to be able to access our meeting rooms, they also need to access information through documents and websites that are designed to be accessible to all, Mr. Ashe continued. Furthermore, they need assistive technologies such as screen readers, pointing devices or hearing aids. “By providing these tools and services, the Accessibility Centre will be instrumental in building an inclusive United Nations,” he declared. “As President of the General Assembly, I am committed to supporting the full participation of persons with disabilities in our intergovernmental processes,” he said, explaining in that regard that he has begun to explore with the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) the possibility of producing the body’s verbatim records in a digital format accessible to the visually impaired.“This will allow us to share the fruits of our deliberations with all, including those who cannot attend meetings,” pledging his commitment to ensuring that, as the international community begins the task of crafting the post-2015 development agenda, the voices of people with disabilities will be heard everywhere, in countries as well as within the UN conference rooms. read more

Opinion Houston Ohio State present similar styles to Sooners

Buckeye football players waiting to run out of the tunnel and onto the field before the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorWhen Ohio State and Oklahoma storm the field at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium, it will mark the first time the two programs played in 33 years. However, the Sooners had a similar look at the Buckeyes in Week 1.Oklahoma took on former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his Houston Cougars to open the season. Herman runs nearly the same offensive scheme as he did with OSU, so the Sooners should be very familiar with the offensive attack of the Buckeyes.Houston’s 33-23 victory and offensive success might appear to foreshadow success for OSU’s offense, but it also means that the Oklahoma defense will be better prepared for what the Buckeyes may throw at them. The style of Cougars’ quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett draw similarities in the areas that had Oklahoma’s defense discombobulated.While it might seem like Oklahoma has the best insight prior to the game due to its game against Houston, it would be foolish to forget about the masterful preparation skills of coach Urban Meyer. On Sunday, Meyer called his former colleague Herman.“Yeah. We did talk to Tom. Just got their thoughts on personnel,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “It was more about personnel because they have a couple of new players as well in the back end of their defense, and what’s their thoughts on the defensive line.”The Buckeyes and the Sooners do not have an extensive history, but these are two of the most storied programs in college football history. In early August, the Associated Press released its top 25 college football teams of all time, with OSU and Oklahoma ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively on that list.The offense of Houston has had more success statistically than OSU, racking up 1,427 yards as compared to OSU’s 1,193. So far, the Cougars have leaned on their run game to put points on the board, while OSU has enjoyed a balanced scoring attack from the air and on the ground.While both teams have dynamic coach-quarterback duos, each team is playing for a different reason. Oklahoma needs to win to regain momentum for the postseason, while the Buckeyes are looking to remain seated in the top four.As the game draws near, there is potential for the matchup to be an instant classic read more

It robs you of your very being Life with the invisible illness

first_img Share Tweet Email30 Monday 17 Apr 2017, 10:00 PM BUT YOU DON’T look sick.This phrase is something Jo Allen hears a lot, as do many people with fibromyalgia. People with the condition often look completely healthy, but are in near-constant pain.Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that has a broad spectrum of related symptoms including fatigue, cognitive dysfunction and reduced physical function. Its nickname is ‘the invisible illness’. Source: Nicky Ryan/ Short URL Subscribe for more videos Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 17th 2017, 10:00 PM By Órla Ryan 46 Comments The number of people who suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known but more than 10 million people in Europe have been diagnosed with it. The HSE notes that about one in 20 people are affected by the condition globally. It’s more common among women than men.As fibromyalgia has symptoms that could be put down to other issues, it is often misdiagnosed. Its exact cause is unknown and treatment for it can include various types of medication, including painkillers and antidepressants.“There are actually so many symptoms that fall under fibromyalgia, I feel like you kind of go into your own shell a bit because you feel like you’re always complaining.“People do doubt you because people think, ‘Well, that can’t possibly all be true, you can’t possibly have all that wrong with you’ and you start to doubt yourself, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, am I actually making it up?’,” Jo says.She developed the condition while pregnant with her son Sam, who turned three in January. The condition worsened over time and forced her to give up her job as a nurse last year.“I had a horrible pregnancy, I had a thing called symphysis pubis dysfunction so I had a massive amount of pain around my pelvis and my hip joints … My pregnancy was full of pain, I ended up in a wheelchair.” Jo’s partner Brian and son Sam Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieJo (42) says she was on “numerous” medications by the end of her pregnancy, something she felt “huge” guilt over.Jo and her partner Brian Phelan (44), who live in Blessington in Co Wicklow, had dealt with two miscarriages and were delighted when their healthy baby boy arrived. (You might remember them from the ‘comment baby’ story in 2014.)Unfortunately, this also marked a turning point for the worse for Jo’s health.Having to give up work“I went crashing into postnatal depression, luckily Sam ended up with no ill effects,” she recalls.“I went back to work very quickly, [after] three months, because I’d used up my maternity benefit, I was an agency nurse.”Jo says working 12-hour days took its toll, adding: “I put the fatigue down to being a new mum and the long days and then it reached a point where I was like, ‘No, I should actually be starting to feel a bit better now’.”Her GP referred her to a rheumatology consultant, who Jo says diagnosed her with fibromyalgia straight away.“I paid to see him privately … Then I started to get worse and I couldn’t afford to go and see him anymore so at that point I kind of started to fall through the cracks.“I had to go back to my GP and get referred to a public rheumatology pain specialist … and of course you’re looking at a year’s wait, and during this time I just got worse and worse and worse.” Jo Allen Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieJo had to start reducing her work hours before giving up her job altogether last year.“I had to do my last shift, it was actually last Easter Monday … so it’s more or less a year now.I had to stop nursing at that point because of pains in my wrists and I wasn’t able to do CPR anymore … I couldn’t do a 12-hour shift. I was having to stay in bed all day the day before and then in bed all day the day after just to do one day in work and it was destroying me.As well as suffering from chronic pain, fatigue and cognitive issues, such as memory loss and struggling to find words, Jo also suffers from allodynia, meaning things that shouldn’t cause pain actually hurt her such as being hugged or wearing certain clothes.My skin is extremely painful, sore to touch. It’s like a full-body sunburn, so I can’t even get a cuddle from Brian or Sam without pain.Jo was bedbound from October to December 2016 and spent three weeks at Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, where she received hydrotherapy and other treatments.Hardship grant A specialist has recommended she try nabilone and low dose naltrexone (LDN).Nabilone is a synthetic form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an ingredient found in cannabis, used for pain relief.The HSE previously paid for the drug but stopped when the cost trebled from €400 a month to €1,200. Both drugs have helped people with chronic pain, as well as some cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, but more research in this area is needed.Jo cannot afford the medications so applied to get them under the hardship scheme, which enables people who are prescribed items not covered by the medical card or Drugs Payment Scheme to apply for funding, but was unsuccessful. Brian, Sam and Jo Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieIn 2016, it was announced that fibromyalgia would be recognised as a long-term condition by health professionals in Northern Ireland.A spokesperson for the Department of Health told there are “no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the [long-term illness] scheme” here. Fibromyaglia campaigners have been calling for this to happen for years.Brian is now a full-time carer for Jo. The couple is receiving disability benefits but Brian has been unable to get carer’s allowance. He also suffers from chronic pain and was forced to give up work after injuring his neck while training with the fire service a few years ago.“We’re a right pair,” Jo notes.Struggling to look after Sam“It’s hard for [Brian] because he’s in a lot of pain but he sees me struggling, and the fact that he can walk and he can do certain stuff and I can’t, he’s the one that has to then pick up the slack as it were.“He does everything, he gets up to Sam in the morning because I literally cannot move first thing in the morning. I wake up at six o’clock just to take medications so that I can get out of bed to go to the bathroom.I try not to let it upset me because if I think too much about it, it actually is heartbreaking that I can’t do that, I can’t look after him. I can just about mind him for an hour or two and that will leave me in so much pain that it takes me to bed.“I had to mind him [at the weekend] – it sounds awful having to say that, he’s my child – but I have to say it like ‘I had to mind him’ because it is such a big deal for me to look after my own son for a day.”CBD oilJo has got some pain relief in recent months from CBD oil, which comes from a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis.She puts drops of the oil under her tongue three times a day and also uses a vape pen, saying it’s “the only thing that I found that works for my pain, especially my hip pain”. Source: Nicky Ryan/“I can take that and within about 20 minutes I’ll know whether I’ve got to reach for the morphine-based drug or not and a lot of the time I actually don’t have to go for that which is huge to me.”To look after my own son for a day means that I am completely out of action for at least a day. In bed, in agony, having to take all of the CBD I have, all of the morphine derivative medications that I have, anything that I can get my hands on, just to get through a day after looking after my son.Jo’s parents buy her CBD oil.“I’d be lost without them because it’s not cheap … I’d be lost without that because, like I say, opiates and other medications have a massive effect on your system and I know that as a nurse.“I tried so long and so hard to not go on to opiates because I knew that as soon as you get on to them that you end up just needing more and more and more. It’s something you see all the time in work and I didn’t want that for myself.“You know, I’m only in my early 40s, I didn’t want to be someone needing more and more morphine-based drugs so I tried and I tried and I tried, but Brian will tell you I was just in agony. I was crying in agony, I couldn’t walk.”WheelchairJo often has to use a wheelchair or rollator to get from A to B as walking can be very difficult. Jo’s rollator Source: Nicky Ryan/“I actually hate using [the rollator] but it means I don’t have to get into the wheelchair, but it’s really embarrassing – the amount of looks that you get because you don’t look sick … People are used to seeing little old ladies with the rollator, but with it I don’t have to necessarily get into the wheelchair, I can sit down every few steps to take a break.“If I want to go anything further than the playground that you saw around the corner, then it’s the wheelchair. I can’t even go to the shops [without it]. I can’t remember last time I went to my local Aldi because I can’t walk around the shops, it’s too painful.”Chronic pain A Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) report recommended in February that medicinal cannabis be made available to people with certain medical conditions, namely:spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis (MS)nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapysevere, treatment-resistant epilepsyChronic pain was not included on the list, something that upset Jo as she believes thousands of people with chronic pain conditions in Ireland could benefit from medicinal marijuana.“I’m very passionate about CBD … It’s something that the world needs access to, which is why I got so upset with chronic pain being missed off the bill there recently because there’s so many of us that don’t want to use opiates, we want to have a natural alternative to that.“I’m actually convinced that part of my cognitive decline is actually as a result of one of the tablets I’ve been taking so I’m desperate to get off that because I struggle to find my words. I’m actually doing quite well [today], I’m quite impressed with myself.” Jo’s vape pen Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieSpeaking about the HPRA report in the Dáil recently, Health Minister Simon Harris said: “Patients accessing cannabis through the programme will be under the care of a medical consultant.“The HPRA report did not recommend the inclusion of chronic pain and spasticity from cerebral palsy conditions for cannabis-based treatments in the access programme.“However, this position will be kept under review, and if better clinical evidence becomes available in future, the inclusion of these conditions can be reconsidered.”‘Swallowing your pride’Jo says she initially struggled with applying for disability benefits.“Part of the struggle to get it was within my head too because I didn’t want to admit defeat and had to kind of get over this mental hurdle of admitting disability, but in the end I reached a point I was like, ‘Okay Jo, you’ve got to face facts here, you know you need to do what’s best for this family’.“So I sent in all of my proof and that and got my disability [allowance] without having to appeal or anything, which is quite huge apparently.“But of course Brian sent in for carer’s allowance and got refused because I’m not sick enough, which is farcical because I can’t look after myself, I can’t look after our child. He can’t go to work because it’s just not a safe environment. You’ve seen how active [Sam] is, I can’t handle that for a couple of hours let alone a working day.”Brian says the family had a “system” in place before Jo had to give up her job, recalling: “When she came home from work we’d get out of the house and let her sleep for a couple of hours and get some rest. We were functioning as a team.Then it went downhill so quickly, very quickly. Once a few things kicked in – when you started complaining about the lights in the hospital, then the car journey was terrible for you, then you couldn’t turn the steering wheel, then you had to stop working altogether.“I was out of the house to let Jo sleep as much as possible and rest, to keep the noise level down, plus keep Sam as active of possible and let him grow up as a child.”Brian has arranged a number of events to raise awareness of and money for fibromyalgia.“I’ve found that a lot – and I suffer with chronic pain myself – that you’re isolated, you’re absolutely totally isolated and no one wants to know you if you’re talking negative things and that you’re in pain and stuff like that.If you talk positively, and yeah okay you’re wearing a mask, but it does lift you slightly and it lifts others a lot more … you’re trying to move forward rather than slip back.Jo says the couple can’t afford childcare and often struggle to make ends meet. Jo’s CBD oil Source: Nicky Ryan/“Week to week we run out of money so that’s why I wouldn’t be able to afford the [CBD oil] if it wasn’t for my family.“We can barely afford food so we’re lucky that we’ve had people raise money for us.”Jo says the family is also very grateful to St Vincent de Paul, noting: “They’ve been amazing, we’ve got gifts at Christmas and they come around and give us food and stuff like that … You have to put your pride away that’s for sure.”Losing confidenceFibromyalgia has changed Jo’s life in many ways. Aside from the physical impact, the condition has also taken its toll on her mental health.I used to be confident … it robs you of your very being really, beyond the pain and the cognitive impairment and all of that, it takes away who you are.Jo says her stay at the hospice helped her become more comfortable with talking about her condition as part of her treatment involved advice for dealing with stress.“Before I went in there I wouldn’t have been able to have this conversation with you without being in tears so I’ve actually come a long way to realise that this is not my fault, this is just the way it is and there’s nothing I can do about it and I’ve nothing to feel guilty for. This is just life now.“We’re trying to get awareness out there because I know I’m not the only person who is affected by this illness and others like it.“It’s not just about me, it’s about so many other people who perhaps don’t have a voice and aren’t getting in touch with people and trying to spread the word, really that’s why I’ve been trying to be a bit more vocal about it, just because I can.”Jo has been writing about her experience on the Invisibility Hurts blog, she is raising money here. More information about fibromyalgia can be found on ‘There’s never a minute in the day I don’t feel pain’Read: Ireland moves one step closer to allowing doctors prescribe medicinal cannabisRead: ‘It’s like someone beating you up’: The invisible illness no one’s talking about ‘It robs you of your very being’: Life with the invisible illness Jo Allen has a chronic pain condition and has been getting some relief from cannabis-derived medicine. 41,787 Views last_img read more

Encouraging signs from Athens shelters

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The first people to make use of the recently launched homeless shelter run by the City of Athens in central Nikiforou Street arrived at the facility in early June and are currently part of a social rehabilitation program launched by the municipal authority in May. The program is aiming to change the philosophy behind social welfare policies as well as improving the image of the Greek capital.The issue of Athens’s growing homeless problem came back to the forefront last week when New Democracy MP Fotini Pipili addressed a question to Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis regarding the presence of numerous homeless people sleeping at the entrance of the Monastiraki metro station, in one of the city’s busiest tourist spots. Georgiadis told Parliament that the ministry is in the process of drafting a map of the city’s homeless population. Residents of the capital have become accustomed to the sight of homeless people huddled on flattened cardboard boxes and wrapped up in blankets in the entrances and in the arcades of buildings all around the city center. But for the 25 social workers and health and safety inspectors employed nearly two months ago by the City of Athens in order to address the problem, homelessness in Athens is a much more complex issue.“It is not just about homelessness,” explains Dimitra Nousi of the City of Athens’s Social Services Department. “This is probably the smallest part of the problem. We are talking about drug addicts, people without rudimentary means of communication, people with psychiatric problems, professional beggars and so on.”Since May, a team of five specialists have been making two daily rounds – morning and evening – in parts of the city that are most frequented by homeless people, providing basic healthcare to those who need it and explaining the benefits of the Municipality’s welfare programs. “What a lot of us fail to understand is that these people do not have a very high opinion of the state and are often uncooperative. We try to earn their trust and to convince them to do something good for themselves,” says Nousi. “Even if it means just sleeping in a bed for a night and taking a shower.”The first five homeless people to be convinced have already moved into the Nikiforou Street shelter and are currently receiving help so that they can gradually re-enter mainstream society. According to the shelter’s social workers, many categories of people living in the streets become isolated and invisible to society, even though they are constantly in view. Until recently, the first state representatives that homeless people would come into contact with would be the police, normally telling them to move on following complaints from residents. Now that the City of Athens is beginning to get a clearer picture of who the city’s street people are, why they are in their current predicament and where they sleep, it is also trying to build a relationship of trust and provide shelter. “We already have 100 beds at the Nikiforou Street shelter, but we have just opened up two additional floors and will be adding another 40 beds,” says Nikolaos Kokkinos, the deputy mayor in charge of the City of Athens welfare programs. “Now we are trying to start working with other services, and especially the drug rehabilitation centres OKANA and KETHEA, as drug abuse is a big part of the problem in Athens,” Kokkinos adds.Authorities at the City of Athens claim that there are 600 homeless people in the center of the Greek capital. “The people who are living in the streets have given up. Our aim is to convince them that they can rise above the defeatism and to mobilize the state services that can help them,” says Kokkinos.Source: kathimerini.grlast_img read more

Dry Weather Continues To Challenge Firefighters As New Management Team Takes Over

first_imgHomer Electric Association joined firefighters Monday to inspect the transmission line corridor north of the highway, planning further fire risk mitigation this week before the line is turned back on. Crews have remained busy with mop-up and suppression repair along 18 miles of firebreak north of the Sterling Highway and along the East Fork Moose River, where they kept mopping-up hot spots and burning out green pockets of black spruce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 5th, 2019 at 06:33 amThe Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and is currently at 14% containment, according to Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team there was no fly over measurement taken on Tuesday. Firelines east of the Sterling community have remained strong as hot, dry weather tested firefighters’ work. Hot, dry weather combined with dry black spruce stands will challenge firefighters all week. The Alaska Black Team is approaching the end of their assignment.  Type 2 Incident Management Team Northwest 13 shadowed the Alaska Team on Tuesday in preparation of assuming command of the fire Wednesday morning. Ashford: “There’s a lot that goes into that, but one that will remain in place is there has been a lot of communication over the last couple days. We have been discussing what has been happening, and what the goals are. The Refuge and other agencies involved have been a part of those discussions.”  Ashford: “You won’t see as much work along the highway while crews continue to work on that southwest corner as we try to complete containment line that heads up towards the East Fork Moose River.” Smoke and haze conditions on the Kenai Peninsula were moderate Monday.  Smoke remains a concern.  For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area partially re-opened Monday to public use at Lower and Upper Ohmer Lakes, Lower Ohmer Campground, Upper and Lower Skilak Lake Campgrounds, and Upper Ohmer Lake Cabin. Skilak Lake Road, along with Jim’s, Upper and Lower Skilak landings remain open.  Contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820last_img read more

November Issue is Biggest Revenue Generator in The Atlantics 153Year History

first_imgAtlantic Media may be pursuing an aggressive “digital-first” strategy but the print product has hit a historic highmark. While many magazines reporting ad page gains in 2010 are only comparing that to the nightmare of 2009, The Atlantic says its November 2010 issue is the single highest-revenue issue in the magazine’s 153-year history. The November issue-which features The Atlantic’s “Brave Thinkers” profiles-saw a 60 percent jump in ad pages and a 95 percent gain in ad revenue over November 2009 (also a “Brave Thinkers” issue). The current issue features customized and unconventional ad units, such as a multiple cover execution sponsored by Dow and a Buick gatefold opening the Brave Thinkers editorial package. The Atlantic isn’t the only publisher with a strong digital presence that has seen print perform. Financial Times predicted that content revenues would overtake print advertising in 2010, but has now moved that prediction to 2011, thanks to a jump in print advertising this year.last_img read more

National Journal Enhances Membership with Digital Document Library

first_imgNational Journal rolled out a new database for its members featuring thousands of policy-related primary documents. Similar to an academic database, the Document Library aggregates a collection of research reports, whitepapers, press releases and a host of other information that’s aimed at helping members do their jobs better.President of National Journal, Bruce Gottlieb, says there was a clear need to develop the product for the brand’s audience. “A big part of their [members and subscribers] job is staying on top of information,” he says. “In many cases the source material is just as useful as a write up. What this allows us to do is give people one place to access a direct source in order to stay on top of fast moving, complicated information.”Gottlieb says that the historical success of similar material was a considerable factor when the company decided to develop the library. However, he says that it ultimately came down to maintaining a product-driven approach.And that approach is essential for National Journal because Gottlieb says better products “allow people to use their time effectively,” adding, “We see ourselves in the time management business.” Members and subscribers have full access to the library, and nonmembers will be given limited access. And the documents are relevant to individuals in both the public and private sector. The library is monetized through display advertising, which is one of the company’s main pillars of revenue (in addition to events and sponsored newsletters). Gottleib discloses that the company will be testing more ways to generate revenue through the new platform-specifically with native advertising. “If a company has a whitepaper and wants to include it and we think it’s relevant we can build that in,” he says.Nevertheless, he stresses that the true value proposition is gaining the ability to further segment the audience while also connecting each of its communities, because National Journal’s long-term goal is to create a two-way communication vertical between the reader and the publisher. More on this topic IEEE Computer Society Launches Personalized Aggregation Tool Folio Top Women: Poppy MacDonald Retail Environment Aims to Triple Circ In 3 Months EE Times Group Buys Electronic Design Conference Frank Cutitta The JournalJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more