Stuart Scott, the ESPN host who is battling a rare form of cancer, posted on Twitter that rumors that he has been placed in hospice are false.His tweet read: “Rumor bout me in hospice. Not True. Airball. Swing & a miss. I continue treatment for C & missed some work but Hospice? No. Fighting? YES!”This summer, Scott—known for coining phrases like “Cool as the other side of the pillow”—gave a heart-wrenching speech at the ESPY Awards when he accepted the Jimmy V Award.Scott, 49, has been battling cancer in his stomach for seven years. He had his appendix removed and endured chemotherapy and radiation, and yet the cancer continues to return.Last month, Scott was greeted to an enormous ovation at the North Carolina Tar Heels’ Midnight Madness to kick off the basketball season. Scott attended UNC.“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer,” Scott said then. “You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”He said he is encouraged to battle against the disease primarily because of his two daughters.During Scott’s acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, he said:“I listened to what Jim Valvano said 21 years ago, the most poignant seven words ever uttered in any speech anywhere: ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.’ Those great people didn’t. Coach Valvano didn’t. So to be honored with this, I now have a responsibility to also not ever give up. I’m not special. I just listened to what the man said.”His strength in the face of the disease has been admirable. He has missed chunks of time from work as he deals with treatment.
Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in Kabir SinghTwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh has made a fantastic collection at the Indian box office on Friday and Saturday. It shattered the lifetime business record of Vijay Devarakonda’s Arjun Reddy in just two days.Arjun Reddy is a small budget movie, produced by Pranay Reddy Vanga under his banner Bhadrakali Pictures. Its global theatrical rights were sold for Rs 6 crore, but the movie did wonders at the worldwide box office, by crossing Rs 50 crore mark in its lifetime. The film earned Rs 25.80 crore its distributors and made 430 per cent recovery of their investments.Arjun Reddy is a romance drama that is about a successful young medical surgeon, who sets out on the path of self-destruction when his lady-love is forced to marry another man. Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s script and direction and Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey’s performances made it a blockbuster at the box office. This Telugu film with a pan India was also liked by many filmgoers in north India.After seeing this response, Sandeep Reddy Vanga decided to remake it Hindi and roped in Shahid Kapoor for the role of Vijay Devarakonda. The huge success of Arjun Reddy had generated many expectations from Kabir Singh and the latter’s promos had also evoked a lot of interest among the viewers.The distributors released it in 2700 screens in India in a bid to cash in on the massive hype and they also kept its ticket prices low to woo more audience to cinema halls. These helped Kabir Singh register massive amount of advance booking for its first day. The movie was successful in striking a chord with viewers in all A, B and C centres and a strong word of mouth boosted its collection on the following day.Kabir Singh has collected Rs 42.92 crore net in the domestic box office in two days and its gross total stands at Rs 51.24 crore. The movie has surpassed the lifetime collection mark of Arjun Reddy in just two days. What surprised many in the film industry is that the flick went on show decent growth despite facing the heat of CWC 19 cricket match between India and Afghanistan on Saturday.Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#KabirSingh is unstoppable and unshakeable… Continues its heroic run on Day 2… Scores big numbers, despite #INDvAFG #CWC19 cricket match… Eyes ₹ 70 cr [+/-] weekend… Fantastic trending PAN India… Fri 20.21 cr, Sat 22.71 cr. Total: ₹ 42.92 cr. India biz.”
Sirio Berati is a visual/digital artist whose work is mainly focused on video production and portrait photography.Sirio Berati : I directed and producted a photo and videoshoot for the most talked about event in Canada – Exclusive photographs of luxury cars in Montreal, Canada.He is one of the youngest Albanian visual artists, who is enjoying a significant success in Canada. Initially with the prestigious Vogue Magazine and now, Sirio was offered a collaboration with Lamborghini Montreal in Canada as a photographer and videographer.”As part of ‘Formula 1’ event, I directed a promotional campaign for Lamborghini in collaboration with GOSS Magazine in Montreal. Some of the photos will be published on the front page of the Montreal Times. Below I share with you exclusive shots taken at the event “, said Sirio.How did the proposal from Lamborghini come to be part of it?I’m a Formula 1 videographer and photographer here in Canada. Lamborghini found out I was going to do video and photos for ‘F1’ and offered me a collaboration with GOSS Magazine. Yesterday we had a collaboration again with Lambo and Goss, a more artistic approach to it.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
Jordan Johnson is a senior at the School Without Walls High School in the Northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia and like many seniors; she is looking forward to attending college. Jordan has opted to attend a historically Black college and university (HBCU), and is proud of her decision to do so.Jordan Johnson is a senior at D.C.’s School Without Walls. (Courtesy Photo/DCPS)“People may knock down certain schools, but I’m going to be somewhere where I will be comfortable,” Jordan said. Jordan isn’t alone with her assessment.On Dec. 7, 2016, School Without Walls hosted an HBCU Summit and College Fair for students in all District high schools. Hundreds of students, including Jordan, listened to speakers Keneshia Grant, a Howard University political scientist who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University (FAMU); Keith Perry, a H.D. Woodson High School, Morehouse College, and Howard Law School graduate; and others.The students were able to interact with HBCU alumni and network with admissions officials from Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Jackson State University, Grambling University, Spelman College, and Tuskegee University.DCPS’ School Without Walls hosted an HBCU Summit and College FairPerry, the executive director of the National Bar Association, said if a student wants to go to an HBCU, they should go for it. “I wanted to be able to talk with them and explain to them that there are people who have walked the same path and explain to them that there’s a path to success academically,” he said.The District’s Black residents have long had relationships with HBCUs. The city’s first HBCU was Miner Normal School, founded in 1851 for “colored girls” and through the years, Miner evolved through mergers and consolidations to become the University of the District of Columbia in 1975 by an act of the D.C. Council. Howard University, considered one of the leading HBCUs in the country, was founded in 1867 by Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, head of the Freedmen’s Bureau.A number of District leaders have received their education at HBCUs, with D.C. Council members Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) graduating from Howard and Trayon White (D-Ward 8) and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) receiving their bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University, respectively.Former D.C. Mayors Walter Washington and Sharon Pratt went to Howard University for their bachelor’s degrees and its law school, while Marion S. Barry graduated from LeMoyne College and received his master’s degree from Fisk University.While Perry used his undergraduate experience at Morehouse for success in law school, James McClelland Jr., an internal controls and processes manager at Fannie Mae, told the AFRO his bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T University helped him do well getting his master of science degree in accounting at Michigan State University (MSU).“On the academic front, my undergraduate course load was strong enough to the point where I had already taken some of the classes required for my master’s degree at A&T,” McClelland, a graduate of Dunbar High School, said. “It made matriculating through my master’s program a lot easier when compared to some of my peers from other schools, including the MSU undergrads in the program with me.”McClelland, a CPA, said the confidence he gained at A&T helped him become a leader at MSU and in his professional life. McClelland said, “An HCBU experience is second to none. The family environment helps tremendously; the professors and administrators are personally vested in the success of students and you aren’t considered a number. The quality of education is just as strong if not stronger than non-HBCUs. There are several lifelong connections made and when you walk out of the walls of an HBCU, you will, without a shadow of a doubt, be prepared to take on life’s challenges.”Jordan is considering Norfolk State University, Dillard University, Fayetteville State University, FAMU, and Virginia State University, and is interested in studying business administration and marketing, with an eye on entrepreneurship.Jordan told the AFRO she had to refute erroneous claims that students attending predominantly White institutions have a distinct advantage over those attending HBCUs in the job market.“That is completely inaccurate,” she said. “The school that someone went to plays a part but is not the primary reason someone is hired. Plus, HBCUs and their alumni have connections to industries that will help students to find jobs.”LaToya Grant is the admissions director and internship coordinator at School Without Walls and a graduate of Florida A&M University. She agrees with Jordan and McClelland about the HBCU experience. “Black colleges and universities prepare you for the real world,” she told the AFRO. “HBCU graduates tend to fare better than students who attended [White colleges] in many cases.”
New Delhi: Holi, the festival of colours, is fun as we paint the town in hues of the rainbow. But, at the same time, your hair, skin and eyes have to brave the chemicals those pretty colours contain. Experts suggest that a pre-and post-Holi regime can be a boon and save you from allergies if followed properly. To start with pre-care, you cannot afford to ignore your ear lobes and nails. Preeti Seth, cosmetologist at Pachouli Wellness Clinic, and dermatologist Aparna Santhanam suggest applying oil in and around your ear lobes and placing a small ball of cotton into your ears before you go out to play so that your inner ear is well protected. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSeth said: “Always clip your nails because there is no way that you can protect your nails if they are long; and apply a dark nail paint to protect your nails. Colours will come off easily when you remove nail polish.” To prevent colours from clogging the pores, Seth says it’s best to avoid shaving 2-3 days before.Jyotsana Makkar, in-house ayurvedic doctor for Kama Ayurveda, suggests application of almond oil on your face and other exposed parts of body and hair – and braid your hair if possible. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Besides being a nourishment agent with high levels of vitamin E, almond oil also forms a protective layer on your skin and hair and saves you from the damage of chemical colour,” says Makkar. Amit Karkhanis, medical cosmetologist at Dr. Tvacha Clinic, says using coconut oil on your entire body before you step out to play Holi will act as a moisturiser and an anti-inflammatory, and prevent sun damage. A common suggestion by all the experts is that a good sunscreen, with an SPF factor of at least 40, is a must-do, just half an hour before leaving the house. “Expecting mothers can opt for a pomegranate or jojoba oil as these natural oils are safe to use on the face and protect pores,” says Shubhika Jain from RAS Luxury Oils. Do not neglect your hair on the occasion, which somehow many forget about and then repent. One must do deep champi (massage) in the days preceding Holi to prepare the hair and scalp for the festival,” added Jain. Dermatologist Rashmi Shetty suggests different tips for different kinds of hair textures.”For straight hair, apply a new age coconut oil that has ingredients like jasmine as it known to strengthen the hair and make it less prone to breakage even after too much exposure to colours,” she said. Curly hair needs extra care, so Shetty suggests taking a generous amount of coconut-based oil and applying it to your scalp and the length of your hair before you go out to play.Post-Holi, it is not exactly a cake walk to get rid of the tough colours and its imperative to swipe off the several coatings of oils and sunscreen that were layered onto your hair and skin. Makkar suggests an ubtan soap-free body cleanser which is made up of natural ingredients like turmeric, fenugreek, sandalwood, neem, oatmeal and more.”You will need to shampoo a couple of times to remove all traces of colour. Wash your hair with a very mild shampoo daily to get rid of residual colour and dirt. Follow this with an application of warm oil. This will help restore and rejuvenate your hair, nourishing it back to health,” said Shetty. Seth suggests that if the colour is too harsh, apply lemon wedges to that area as the stains will lighten. Lastly, it may have not occurred to you but your eyes are the most vulnerable when it comes to the effects of Holi. Sameer Kaushal, Senior Consultant Opthalmologist at Tattvan eclinics, says it is crucial to always cover your eyes while playing with colours as they contain toxic substances which may cause irritation, pain, watering in eyes and may even cause blurriness for many days.”
Removing displays of tobacco products from shops may have reduced the proportion of children buying cigarettes by 17 per cent, claimed a new research.The findings, based on the analysis of the impact of the 2015 tobacco display ban in England, revealed that the percentage of children who smoked regularly fell to 40 per cent by 2016, from 57 per cent before. “The research shows that removing displays made tobacco less visible to children, and that fewer of them bought cigarettes there. This research provides evidence that the introduction of display bans will be an effective measure against children smoking – and could help save them from starting a deadly habit,” said Anthony Laverty, lead author of the research from the School of Public Health at Imperial. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study published in the journal Tobacco Control, assessed survey responses from 18,000 11-15 year olds from across England between 2010 and 2016.Among the children who smoked, the most common source of cigarettes was from friends, followed by shops. This remain unchanged between 2010-2016. Interestingly, there was no increase in children reporting they had purchased cigarettes from illegal sources. The proportion of children who said they had bought cigarettes from street markets remained steady at under 10 per cent between 2010 and 2016. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOther reasons that may have helped reduce smoking rates, could be such as the ban on cigarette vending machines and higher taxes, Laverty said. However, the researchers found that more than two in three child smokers had not been refused cigarettes when they last attempted to buy them – a figure that remained unchanged between 2010-2016.Furthermore, the majority of child smokers said it was easy to buy cigarettes in shops. This rose slightly from 61 per cent in 2010 to 65 per cent in 2016. While the results are encouraging, more work is needed to ensure effective tobacco control, the researchers said adding that it is still too easy for children to purchase cigarettes in shops. Besides enforcement, government cuts as well as a licensing system for tobacco retailers – similar to that seen for alcohol – needs to be introduced, the researchers suggested.