COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 03: A general view of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 3, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)The University of Maryland football program is dealing with the tragic death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair. McNair died Wednesday after being hospitalized following a team workout on May 29.McNair underwent a liver transplant while he was hospitalized and was “fighting for his life” according to a GoFundMe set up by his family. Tragically, he passed away.Maryland held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the circumstances surrounding McNair’s death. The university is conducting a review, and it is still ongoing.According to Maryland Executive AD Damon Evans, McNair participated in a supervised team workout which included a “baseline conditioning activity” that consisted of 10 110s (110-yard sprints). McNair completed the workout, but trainers noticed he was having difficulty recovering, at which point Evans said they began supporting active recovery.McNair was then transferred to the training room for additional care and 911 was dialed.Maryland gives this timeline of May 29: Players have a scheduled supervised workout at 4:15pm, trainers notice that Jordan McNair was having difficulty recovering, call 911, transported to hospital around 6pm.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) June 14, 2018Quick news conference at Maryland is over. School will conduct external review of what happened. They say Jordan McNair didn’t show he was struggling until after the workout that afternoon.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) June 14, 2018Maryland did not reveal the cause of McNair’s death.We will update you with any further details as they emerge.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) has revealed its plans to collect USD 35 million through a private placement of preferred shares.Namely, the company entered into a share and purchase agreement with a maritime institutional investor for a private placement of 3.5 million zero coupon Series G Preferred Shares, at a price of USD 10 per share.The shares will participate on an as-converted basis in any dividends declared and paid on TEN’s common shares and will be convertible at any time on a three and one-third forone basis into TEN common shares, the company explained.Within the first quarter of 2021, any outstanding Series G Preferred Shares will, subject to certain limitations, be mandatorily exchanged for non-convertible perpetual preferred shares with a 7.50% coupon to be issued by a vessel-owning subsidiary of TEN.After deducting estimated fees and expenses, the net proceeds are expected to be around USD 34.1 million. The company would use the funds for general corporate purposes.The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in September 2019.
New Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council’s Suvidha Camps have resolved up to 89 percent of public grievances they have received since its inception in December 2018, a new data released by the Council on Sunday showed. The NDMC also said that it has registered as many as 960 public grievance cases as of the 13th Suvidha Camp, which was conducted at the NDMC Convention Centre here on Saturday.The NDMC had initiated this move last year to establish a system for addressing public grievances of residents living in the New Delhi area, with services pertaining to information, facilitation and redressal of these public grievances. Most of the cases these camps have received relate to personnel, estate, public health, civil engineering and tax departments. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNDMC Secretary Rashmi Singh said that 26 teams from various departments of the Council were present at the Suvidha Camp along with their respective Heads of Department to address grievances of residents. The NDMC Secretary said that the Council had directed all Heads of Departments to be available during the Public Hearing Hours between 12-1 pm every day to address problems of the residents and also asked them to prepare an Action Taken Report with respect to Public Hearing Hours every Friday. This recent camp saw NDMC employees and representatives of Resident Welfare Associations and Market Traders Associations take a pledge to stop plastic usage. Moreover, a Women Help Desk was also set up to facilitate addressing problems faced by women in the community. The NDMC’s Suvidha Camp is organised on the second Saturday of every month with the aim to redress public grievances.
APTN National NewsQuebec’s new $80 billion Plan Nord is on its way.A number of First Nations groups are demanding more information.So the province and the mining industry held an information session in Chibougamau, Que.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there.
Kolkata: The Minister of State (MoS) Fire with independent charge Sujit Bose on Wednesday visited the Bagri Market and reportedly assured the shopkeepers that Fire department would extend all cooperation to reopen the market shortly.He said some safety guidelines need to be followed by the market authorities and if the traders follows the Fire department suggestions they would shortly get the clearance to reopen their shops. According to sources, shop owners and members of Bagri Market Central Kolkata Traders’ Welfare Association had earlier requested the fire department to provide necessary clearance to reopen the shops in the market as the businessmen were facing huge losses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBose had asked the traders’ welfare association to submit an undertaking to the Fire department that the 11 points, which the department had suggested earlier will be followed accordingly. On Wednesday, Bose along with other fire officials went the Bagri Market to check its present situation. After inspecting the market premises, Bose asked the shop owners and traders’ welfare association authorities to implement those 11 points suggested by the department. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayInstallation of an underground reservoir with capacity of 50,000 litres, installation of smoke detectors-sprinklers, conversion of manual pumps to automatic, demolition of illegal part of the market and changing of diesel run transformer to dry transformer were some of the suggestions made by Sujit Bose during his visit to the market on Wednesday. Bose told the shop owners that if the association follows the Fire department guidelines then they would get the clearance within a week of submission of the undertaking. He provided seven days to the traders’ welfare association to submit the undertaking. A massive fire had broken out at the Bagri market a few months ago. About, 30 fire tenders were pressed into service. Ashutosh Singh, president of Bagri Market Central Kolkata Traders’ Welfare Association, said: “Businesspersons are happy with the suggestions made by Bose and his department as it is ray of hope for them. Singh said out of 11 points, four points have been taken care of and the problems have been sorted. He assured that the remaining seven points will be looked into soon and the orders from the Fire department will be followed accordingly. “We are grateful to the minister as responded positively to our demands. The suggestions made by him will definitely help us. The rectification process is on. We are doing it step-by-step. We have been granted seven days to submit the undertaking. Bose said after the submission of the undertaking, clearance will be given within seven days,” said Singh.
Mumbai: Abhishek Agarwal and Sanya Vats won the Men’s and the Women’s titles respectively of the Otters Club Vedanta Squash Open held here. Meanwhile, Veer Chotrani defeated Saksham Choudhary to take the U-19 Trophy. Abhishek, who had an easy victory over Sandeep Jangra on his way to the finals, faced his toughest competition in unseeded Tushar Shahani. Tushar started the game on a high scoring back-to-back winners to race to a 6-1 lead in the first game, but Abhishek who had a little trouble picking up the drop shots did not let the game slip away and came back strongly to level the scores at 8-8. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Tushar managed to hold off Abhishek by blocking him just enough to avoid a replay and restricting his moment to take the first game 11-9. The second game was in complete control of Abhishek, who made Tushar work all corners of the court before taking it 11-4. Tushar made unforced errors at crucial moments, which helped Abhishek take the third and fourth games by 11-6, 11-6 and the championship by 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6. Third seed Sanya Vats secured an upset win over top seed Urwashi Joshi to take the women’s trophy home. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the Boys U-19 finals, Veer Chotrani dominated Saksham Choudhary winning the game 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4. Meanwhile, Aishwarya Khubchandani, who lost out on an opportunity for a double title after losing to Sanya Vats in the semis, fought hard to claim her U-19 title defeating a higher ranked Amira Singh in a game that went down the wire. It was a very tough game with nothing separating the two in the first 4 games with Amira winning the 1st and 3rd game while Aishwarya bouncing back to win the 2nd & 4th games all by an identical 11-9 margin. The fifth game was anti-climactic with Aishwarya stepping up and dominating Amira to take the fifth game 11-2 and win the championship. Results: Men’s finals: Abhishek Agarwal [3/4] bt Tushar Shahani 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-6 Women’s finals: Sanya Vats [3/4] bt Urwashi Joshi  11-8 8-11 11-8 11-6 Boys U-19 Finals Aishwarya Khubchandani [5/8] bt Amira Singh [3/4]9-11 11-9 9-11 11-9 11-2 Girls U-19 Finals Veer Chotrani  bt Saksham Choudhary [3/4] 11-6 9-11 11-3 11-4.
The names of several LTTE members who had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war in 2009 were revealed at an event held in Geneva on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council meeting.Relatives of LTTE leaders, including Nadesan and Pulitheven, explained the circumstances that led to their surrender and their subsequent disappearance at the meeting in Geneva. Nadesan’s son told the gathering at the meeting that the last words of his father was that he was going to surrender to the army but was later found shot dead.Pulitheven’s wife said that several family members of the LTTE leaders had also surrendered and even they are still missing. (Colombo Gazette) The wife of Malavaran, an LTTE member who was among several who had reportedly surrendered to the army, said that soldiers who could speak in Tamil had mentioned the names of those who had surrendered in May 2009. She mentioned some of the names and the rank they held in the LTTE, adding that since then they have not been heard of.
“That culture of neglect and denial exists everywhere,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said at the weekend launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women. “I think we need to face this,” he added, stressing that sexual and gender-based violence against women is a global problem. Citing a report he had read earlier this year showing that a high percentage of girls in Geneva high schools suffered sexually motivated violence, he said that if the problem was bad in an advanced country like Switzerland, it would be much worse in societies with huge social problems and difficulties.“Refugee populations are in the front line of those difficulties,” he told staff in Geneva in launching UNHCR’s participation in the 16 Days, in which several UN agencies are teaming up with rights organizations worldwide to bring greater attention to this pervasive and deeply entrenched human rights violation. “The key question, at the level of the UN system, at the level of an organization, at the level of the refugee camp, is the empowerment of women, and that must be one of the central objectives of a modern, democratic system and a tolerant society,” Mr. Guterres said, calling for more equality between men and women. UNHCR offices around the world are participating in the 16 Days with activities and awareness-raising programmes. In Liberia, where violence against women is a major problem, UNHCR is joining in nationwide campaigns and workshops to inform women about their rights and to encourage men to change their ways. The agency is also involved in television campaigns to publicize the campaign in places like Croatia and Argentina. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has cited a whole raft of issues to be faced in gender-based violence, from bride burning and sexual violence as a weapon of war, to genital mutilation and breast ironing, to date rape and child marriage, and has proposed a range of steps from greater overall publicity and an end to silence over spousal abuse, to pushing for legislative reform and providing safe havens for girls escaping coerced marriages.
The time is near for Brock Badgers fans to pack the stands and paint the Meridian red.The men’s and women’s basketball teams will host the Ryerson Rams in a key mid-season doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 27.Brock Sports is hoping for record-setting attendance, topping the November 2015 home opener against Lakehead University, which drew 2,887 fans.General admission tickets and courtside options for the Paint the Meridian Red games are available through Ticketmaster online. Prices are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $35 for courtside. For staff and faculty, use the promo code (GoBadgers) for a reduced general admission ticket price of $8!For anyone interested in watching the game in added style, suites are available to the Brock community for $125 for up to eight people plus the cost of tickets.Food and drinks are available at an additional cost. To book a suite, please contact Amanda Laprise (email@example.com).Free Brock student tickets for the doubleheader will be made available beginning Monday, Jan. 23. Tickets can be picked up beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Walker Complex welcome desk.The Jan. 27 doubleheader will begin with the Badgers women tipping off at 6 p.m. Ryerson currently sits seventh in the country with a 9-2 record while the Badgers have a 4-6 record.The men’s game will follow at 8 p.m. when the Badgers, ranked eighth in Canada with a 6-4 record, play the Rams, ranked fourth with a perfect 11-0 record.Special half-time performances are planned for the games and will be announced next week.
Artemis Resources advises that drilling has commenced on ASD-1, the planned +3,300 m super-deep hole, designed to drill and test the many rock sequences in the Pilbara Basin from surface and deep into the basement’s geology. The planned depth of ASD-1 would make it the deepest diamond drill hole in Australia.Artemis plans to update the market regularly on the progress and results of this hole and intends to make a public release at approximately 11 am (AEST) every Monday morning whilst drilling is in progress. Artemis will be working with the CSIRO on ASD-1. The CSIRO will focus on characterising the drill core obtained from the deep hole through the Pilbara stratigraphy. They propose to use up-to-date geochemical and geophysical methods to provide stratigraphic and petrophysical constraints on the Neoarchean and Mesoarchean sequences and study important target horizons for Artemis. This will be one of the first major projects to take advantage of CSIRO’s Drill Core Lab facility in Perth. The proposed research will examine the stratigraphy of the drill core using XRF-based chemistry and include focused studies of ASD-1’s key target horizons.The total cost of drilling the hole has been estimated at approximately A$1.4 million. This estimate is based on a 3,300 m drill hole but may vary depending on ground conditions encountered and the ultimate depth drilled. Artemis has requested the drill contractor to make provision for a deeper hole should this be required.To assist with the costs of drilling this well, co-funding of $200,000 has been approved by the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), provided by the West Australian Government, and Artemis have also been advised that $50,000 will also be made available by Australian Federal Government directly to the CSIRO for support under their Innovation Connections Facilitation Scheme, through the Federal Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.ASD-1 is located on E47/3707 (co-ordinates 480100mE, 7637370mN, 330m RL, Azi: 180, Dip: -85 degrees, Estimated Depth: 3,300 m), some 43 km south of Artemis’ Radio Hill Mine in the West Pilbara, of Western Australia.
In the nine years Valve’s Steam digital download service has been online it has offered nothing but games. Expansion has happened to include other platforms including Mac, and Linux support should arrive before the end of 2012. But again, it has always been about games. That looks likely to change, though.Recently Valve decided to license the Source engine for an animated movie and launched Source Filmmaker into beta to support the creation of cutscenes or even whole movies using its tools. It seems likely such work will be supported and sold through Steam.Movies aren’t the only new category being considered if the Steam app for Android is to be believed. If you look at the categories listed in the app it goes well beyond gaming. Accounting, photo editing, utilities, and audio production are just a few of the currently empty categories listed. Could it be Steam is set to branch out and become a fully-fledged app store in its own right?With over 40 million users, there’s certainly going to be more than enough developers willing to list their apps on Steam. Combined with Steam Greenlight, it also means only the apps users want to purchase make it as far as the storefront.If Valve does decide to open up to apps beyond games, then the company would be in a very strong position from the offset. If you consider Windows, Mac, and soon Linux platforms are already supported for games, Steam could take on Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Store, the Mac App Store, and offer Linux users a new destination for software. There’s nothing to stop Valve targeting Android, too.via The Verge
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson suffered a seizure in connection with two Los Angeles-area traffic crashes that led to a felony hit-and-run citation over the weekend, officials said Monday.Bryson, 68, was treated at a hospital following the crashes around 5 p.m. PDT Saturday, authorities said.The Commerce Department said Bryson was on personal time and did not have any security detail at the time of the accidents. He was driving his own vehicle and was given medication to treat the seizure.The secretary was driving alone in a Lexus on a major street in San Gabriel when he struck the rear end of a vehicle that had been stopped for a passing train, authorities said.Bryson spoke briefly with the occupants and then hit their car again as he departed, the officials said. The three occupants followed Bryson while calling police.Bryson was cited for the hit-and-run, although he has not been formally charged.Bryson then caused a second collision minutes later in the nearby city of Rosemead, striking a car occupied by a man and a woman, authorities said. Bryson was found alone and unconscious in his car.
FOREST GROVE, Ore — Fire officials say a new wildfire in a rural area west of Portland has quickly burned across an estimated 150 acres, prompting the evacuation of more than 30 homes.At least 70 firefighters have responded. No injuries have been reported.A Forest Grove Fire spokesman says two helicopters and an air tanker were dropping water on the fire.The Oregonian reports that state Forestry Department spokesman Nick Hennemann says the fire reported Friday afternoon grew from about 4 acres to more than 100 acres in an hour.Other nearby residents have been told to be ready to leave their homes if necessary.The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.It’s burning about 25 miles west of Portland.
Brecon Carreg, Majestic Wine and TSB (pictured) have committed to paying staff the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary living wage rate.Employees who work for these organisations receive at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.25 an hour, and £9.40 in London.Majestic Wine has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation, and Wales-based bottled water supplier Brecon Carreg has committed to paying a minimum of £8.25 an hour to all staff.TSB is due to become an accredited living wage employer on 1 August 2016. The organisation has been working to not only ensure employees are paid above the living wage but also that suppliers and contractors associated with the organisation are also paid the living wage or above.The living wage is an independently calculated hourly rate that is based on the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers opt to pay the living wage on a voluntary basis. It is distinct from the government’s national living wage, which requires employers to pay staff over the age of 25 a minimum of £7.20 an hour.Rachel Lock, HR director at TSB, said: “At TSB we’ve built a partnership culture and it’s vital to us that everyone working for us feels valued and supported. We’ve always been committed to paying our staff above the living wage level and I’m delighted that we have now been able to extend this commitment to everyone working on our behalf through our third party contractors.”Louise Ellis, people director at Majestic Wine, said: “At Majestic we value our fantastic employees who inspire and delight our customers every day with a great range of wines and services. I’m very proud that Majestic is now an accredited employer of the Living Wage Foundation and I hope other retailers follow.”Jenna Bissell, marketing manager at Brecon Carreg, added: “We take the responsibility of being an ethical employer very seriously. Not only do we want our staff to be paid fairly but we have also obtained the Ethical Company Accreditation and the CO2-Neutral label for our production site.”
The strategy is to draw high-end brands into the in-flight magazine category, says Simon Leslie, Ink’s co-founder. “We’ve spent a long time improving Hemispheres, but there’s been a need to target more of the premium brands,” he says. “A lot of the luxury brands have shied off of in-flight magazines, there’s a perception that in-flight is not as premium as it should be.”Leslie convinced United that there was an appetite with marketers for a luxury in-flight title and the first issue will hit in November.Each issue will be “roughly” 100 pages, ranging between 25 and 35 ad pages. Ink handles all of the editorial, production and sales. Hemispheres editor-in-chief Jordan Heller will also oversee Rhapsody.Leslie notes that in-flight magazines have a distinct advantage over other magazines, with their ability to avoid distribution headaches. “We’re right there in front of [travelers’] knees,” he says. “There’s the moment when they switch off the technology and they’ve got some me-time. Time on the plane is time that no one else can get a hold of them. Marketers are desperate for ROI and this works. And obviously, some of the flights are seven or eight hours long.” United Airlines has partnered with travel media and marketing agency Ink to publish a new luxury lifestyle magazine called Rhapsody, which will be available to first- and business-class travelers.Ink already produces Hemispheres for United, which all travelers get to read, but Rhapsody is aimed at a more affluent audience—those who sit at the front of the plane. The monthly magazine will have a 100,000-copy distribution, placed in seatbacks in first and business classes and will be available in 50 club lounges in 38 airports.
applications Mortgages Refinances 2017-05-03 Seth Welborn Application Volume Decreases Following Strong Week May 3, 2017 627 Views Mortgage applications decreased slightly from a week earlier, according to this week’s Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Applications Survey. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage application volume, showed that applications dropped by 0.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, and rose one percent on an adjusted basis.This is a substantial difference compared to last week, when applications rose 2.7 percent. Refinances had increased 7 percent that week, as well. But this week, refinances fell 5 percent from the previous week.The Purchase index increased four percent week-over-week on a seasonally adjusted basis, and on an unadjusted basis, the Purchase Index increased five percent. This is an increase over the previous week’s numbers, which saw a decrease in the Purchase Index of 1 percent.The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 41.6 percent of total applications from 44.0 percent the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 8.4 percent of total applications.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances increased to 4.23 percent from 4.20 percent, with points decreasing to 0.32 from 0.37 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio (LTV) loans. Last week, the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances decreased, from 4.22 percent to 4.20 percent, the lowest rate since November 2016.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balances increased to 4.18 percent from 4.15 percent, with points decreasing to 0.23 from 0.27 for 80 percent LTV loans. Last week, the rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with jumbo loan balance did not change, staying at 4.15 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination Share
Luxury hotel barge company, European Waterways, is preparing for a great European summer by offering discounts on cabins on most itineraries booked by 30 May 2017.For those contemplating an escape from the Southern Hemisphere winter, European Waterways has ensured that guests have a range of itineraries and departure dates during the busy summer months to choose from.Hotel barge, L’Impressionniste, cruises the Southern Burgundy canals and has 10% off cabins on 9 & 23 July departures. The journey introduces a blend of Burgundian countryside, history and viticulture. Home to historic and world‐renowned vineyards, guests will have the opportunity to visit ‘vigne de l’enfant Jesus’, a famous vineyard owned by the Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils.There is also a visit to Château de Bussy‐Rabutin to see the portrait gallery created by the disgraced courtier of King Louis XIV, before strolling through the gardens and enjoying views of the château surrounded by its moat.On popular hotel barge, Anjodi, guests will meander the 330‐year-old Canal du Midi. The colourful market of Narbonne, a Roman Mediterranean capital, shows off this bustling town where guests can soak up the vibrant atmosphere where Visigoth monarchs once lived. History lovers will enjoy a tour of Carcassonne – the most complete medieval fortified city in existence – and food lovers will enjoy feasting at L’Ambassade, a Michelin‐rated gastronomic restaurant in Beziers. Cabins for 2, 9, 23 and 30 July departures are offered 10% off.If the Italian sun is calling, La Bella Vita’s cruise in Venice and the River Po is available 10% off cabins on the 9 July departure. Clients can immerse themselves in Italian Renaissance culture as they cruise the Venetian lagoon and the calm waters of the Po Valley en route to the elegant city of Mantua. Venturing on land and water, this itinerary covers all things that encompass Italy: exceptional food, rich history and breathtaking scenery. Discover the lesser-known Castello District or cycle along the 18th-century Istrian sea wall. The hotel barge joins the Bianco Canal and cruises to Adria, an ancient Etruscan town, to visit its Archaelogical Museum before driving to the Bagnoli Estate to enjoy a private tasting of its renowned estate‐grown vintages.Every hotel barge carries its guests in luxury, pampered by a crew of four; a master chef, a hostess, an English‐speaking tour guide and a professional, personable captain. For all European Waterways’ 6‐night cruises, gourmet meals, drinks, transportation and tours of local attractions are included.
African fashion on display at early ‘Black Panther’ shows by John Carucci And Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press Posted Feb 16, 2018 12:46 am PDT Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Joyce Robinson poses for a portrait before seeing Black Panther in Silver Spring, Md., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz) The vibrant African fashion of “Black Panther” was on display at multiplexes around the country Thursday as moviegoers flocked to the first showings of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster in traditional African shirts, dresses, head wraps and more.Some opted to make their own clothes to celebrate the arrival of a superhero many black moviegoers said provided opportunity for them to celebrate their heritage in a way they haven’t been able to before.“We’re excited because we get representation in a film that’s not about slavery, that’s not about trials and tribulations, but about a powerful African empire, which is where we come from in the first place,” said tattoo artist Elisheba Mrozik, who attended one of the first showings of the film in Nashville.She wore a flowing shoulderless black gown that was broken up by patterns of purple and yellow designs that she said was made in Nigeria and that she bought for the film’s release and Black History Month.“Somebody that looks like me is a superhero and nobody is whitewashing it. And it’s beautiful,” she said.In the nearly 10 years since Marvel’s “Iron Man” sparked sprawling film superhero universes, there have been plenty of chances for fans to wear clothes that pay homage to favourites such as Spider-Man, Batman, the Hulk and more.But “Black Panther” has sparked something different — an opportunity for black moviegoers to watch a superhero who not only looks like them, but also introduces a different view of Africa than has traditionally been seen at theatres. Set in the fictional nation of Wakanda, a technologically advanced oasis that has never been colonized, the film has been praised for its vision of Afrofuturism, strong and smart female characters and a story that shatters stereotypes about the continent and its people.At a showing in New York’s Times Square, Miquain Gainey wore a Basotho blanket used by the Bantu tribe in South Africa. “It’s featured very prominently in the film, and it’s cultural heritage,” he said. Gainey said he wanted something fashionable that fit the film, but he also wanted to stay warm.Kiara Citron, who is a huge Marvel Comics fan and had a Deadpool-themed wedding, was at the same theatre and wore a bright blue satin gown she spent a week sewing, using some leftover fabric for a matching head wrap.“I just made something for the occasion because I’ve never had an opportunity for this before,” she said. “I’ve never gone to a theatre to see a film like this before, so I just really needed to go all out.”In Nashville, Latarsher White and her family wore custom-made African gowns and suits to a Nashville theatre because it made them feel connected to their heritage.“It’s just an opportunity to explore those regal roots and to know that some of us do come from royalty,” she said. “It’s bigger than what we see every day and what’s represented. It’s just connecting to your heritage and that royal lineage to a degree. And so it’s always good to play dress- up.”Kermit El-Amin, 25, wore his African tribal prints to work before watching the film in Nashville.“I wanted to make sure that people knew that I really felt comfortable,” El-Amin said. “Feel comfortable in the skin that I am in and feel comfortable doing things like this.”Ronald Simmons, founder of the website YouDontReadComics.com, sported a Black Panther T-shirt to a Times Square show Thursday night. He said he expected “Black Panther” to be life-changing for many fans, especially children.“If I was a kid, and I saw ‘Black Panther’ that would have been great,” he said. “I grew up in a lot of heroes and none of them look like me at all. And I still love those heroes, but I can imagine being a kid and seeing, you know, a character that looked like me, I would be pretty hyped.”___John Carucci reported in New York and Kristin M. Hall reported in Nashville.__This story corrects the spelling of Elisheba Mrozik’s last name.
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