Final day of ComicCon 2019

first_imgFinal day of Comic-Con 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:36 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will conclude at the San Diego Convention Center today with a variety of panels, workshops, trivia competitions and more.“Supernatural” co-stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Alexander Calvert and the series’ producers will hold a Hall H panel at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the series’ 15th and final season. The event will also feature a video presentation of the show’s highlights.At 1:45 p.m., DC Comics will host a trivia competition in Room 6DE, offering exclusive prizes to winners. At 2 p.m., a Harry Potter trivia competition will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Contestants will compete against authors Adam Christopher, Rob Hart and voice actressJanina Gavankar.Panels will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional events include the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival in Room 9 and a memorial in Room 23ABC for former Comic-Con President John Rogers, who died in November at age 57.Events will also be held at Petco Park, the Theatre Box, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the Balboa Theatre.Throughout the day, the San Diego Blood Bank will conclude its 43rd annual Robert A. Heinlein blood drive at the convention. Donors will receive a limited-edition “Avengers: Endgame” T-shirt and goody bag regardless of whether they have a badge to attend the convention or not.Harbor Drive will be closed to all non-foot traffic from First Avenue to Park Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the convention’s large crowds. Local transit agencies like the Metropolitan Transit System and the North County Transit District as well as Amtrak will offer increased service toand from the convention center to make up for the closures.The annual five-day convention brings in more than $147 million in economic activity to San Diego County. An estimated 130,000 people attended the festival this year. center_img July 21, 2019 Posted: July 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

UN Myanmar expert wants genocide probe

first_imgYanghee LeeThe UN independent investigator on human rights in Myanmar sees growing evidence to suspect genocide has been committed and wants prosecutions for crimes committed against entire ethnic and religious groups, she said in a report published on Friday.Yanghee Lee, in a report submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, said she was “increasingly of the opinion that the events bear the hallmarks of genocide and therefore calls in the strongest terms for accountability.””The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable.”last_img read more

Protesters Pushed Back at NYC Federal Jail Where Power Out

first_imgBy JULIE WALKER, Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Some demonstrators protesting the lack of heat and electricity at a federal detention center in New York City attempted to enter the facility Sunday, and witnesses said guards drove them back with pushes, shoves and pepper spray.A reporter and photographer for The Associated Press were at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn when a woman, whose son is being detained, tried to get into the jail.Cahana Yehudah, foreground, of the Bronx, cries as she hears the response of prisoners held inside the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility with all security levels, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Protesters have gathered outside the facility in recent days following news reports that those housed there have largely been without heat or power for the past week and also haven’t been able to communicate with lawyers or loved ones. Outdoor temperatures have been well below freezing on some recent days, though Sunday was warmer.On Sunday, an inmate was able to call through the window of his cell, which faces out to the street, to his mother below. The woman, Yvonne Murchison, was crying and upset and tried to get into the facility, where visits have been stopped.“I’d trade places with him any day, that’s my child,” she said.She was followed by activists and media into the lobby, where visitors have to pass through metal detectors.Witnesses said officers used significant force to push the people out, with some of those attempting to come in being pushed to the ground. The AP photographer felt some type of spray, and began to have trouble breathing. Those affected were seen washing out their eyes with water or milk.The Bureau of Prisons has acknowledged that the jail “experienced a partial power outage due to a fire in the switch gear room.” The bureau had said a new electrical panel is being installed by an outside contractor and work is expected to be completed by Monday. The agency insisted that inmates had hot water for showers and sinks, and were getting medications as needed.The jail administration did not return an email seeking comment on the clash Sunday.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation of the circumstances of the loss of heat and electricity by the federal Department of Justice, saying the situation was “a violation of human decency and dignity” and also raises “questions of potential violations of law.”The Democrat said he wanted answers, and those responsible held accountable.“Prisoners in New York are human beings,” Cuomo said. “Let’s treat them that way.”last_img read more

Local Boys Candle Business Expanding to Macys

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWhen three of Celena Gill’s sons asked her to buy them a Nerf gun and more than $500 in video games, she told them to get a job or start a business. She was only kidding. But her sons, Collin, 14, Ryan, 11, and Austin, 8, they took her words to heart and launched Frères Branchiaux Candle Co. in October 2017 to make soy and vegetable wax candles, room sprays, diffusers, soaps and bath bombs out of the home they share with their parents in Prince George’s County. Young entrepreneurs Ryan Gill, Collin Gill and Austin Gill with their candles. (Courtesy Photo)Frères Branchiaux means “Gill Brothers” in French — Collin is already fluent in the language while his younger brothers are studying it. “We wanted to do Gill Brothers Candle Company, but there’s Gill Brothers’ Trucking, Gill Brothers Air Support,” Ryan Gill explains.   In the 22 months since they started their company, the boys have sold more than 10,000 units — candles are their top-selling product and range between $18 and $36. “It’s really all word of mouth,” Celena Gill told the AFRO. “Like, I rarely reach out to people.” They’re already selling their products in more than 30 stores and they’re looking to expand.  Starting in November, their products will be sold on The Workshop at Macy’s alumni e-commerce site, confirms Katelyn Yannie, Macy’s manager of Northeast Relations. And the brothers are raising $20,000 on gofundme.com to buy a truck that’ll serve as a mobile store for their business. This will make it easier for them to sell their wares at various events. “It’s easier than a van and we … don’t have to pack the candle stuff in it,” Ryan Gill explained. The truck would also double as a mobile training center where the boys could help coordinate job training for homeless trying to get back on their feet or as a hub for the brothers to pass on their entrepreneurial skills to various youth groups and schools. As it is, they donate 10 percent of their profits to the homeless.The boys settled on making candles not only because their mother loves burning in the house, but also because her research found candles are the most successful kiddie business, Celena Gill said. They started out experimenting with candle making using formulas their mother brought back from a candle class that her friend and soror Danita Nikki Brooks, founder of Zen in a Jar, a home and body care line, ran. Then Celena Gill went to a pro candle maker workshop to learn more techniques that helped her boys learn little tweaks. “Making candles is purely science,” Celena Gill said. “Everything matters, whether your candle cannot burn or (if) it’ll blow up. It’s a very deliberate product because you can burn someone’s house down.”  The boys made candles as a lesson in school — Celena Gill homeschools her younger sons and Collin Gill will soon begin his freshman year at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C.After about two weeks, they were ready to start selling, Celena Gill said. The boys have made more than enough to buy all the things they wanted and then some. They earned six figures for their work last year and are on pace to double that in 2019, their mother says.At the time the boys launched their business, their mother was already selling inspirational T-shirts, mugs, lapel pins and pillows through her website, Celena Gill Design and she did pop-ups as well. Meanwhile, her husband, Patrick Gill sells personal care and beard products for men through his company, Black Oak Grooming. “All of us do something,” she told the AFRO. In those early days, the boys relied on their family members, as well as their parents’ friends, school and business contacts, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters.Looking to the future, the boys plan to focus more on the retail end of their business and training other kids to become entrepreneurs. “If they don’t want to do it, you can’t make them if the effort isn’t there,” Celena Gill said of kids thinking about opening their own business. “Some people love working nine to five and there’s nothing wrong with that.”last_img read more