Quebec drugmaker Valeant doubled price of drug used for assisted death


A Quebec drug company is facing criticism for doubling the price of a drug used in doctor-assisted death in the United States.

Source: Quebec drugmaker Valeant doubled price of drug used for assisted death

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Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books


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The Kingston Book Festival is about to spring into action, for the fifth year.

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The first public (free) event will be on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Love Affair With Literature 5 at the N1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus. Beloved Jamaican author Olive Senior will be reading (and perhaps giving us a taste of her new book, The Pain Tree, which she will be launching here on Thursday March 8). Writer-in-Residence at UWI Vladimir Lucien, whose début poetry collection Sounding Ground won the 2015 OCM Bocas Caribbean Prize for Literature, will also be reading. I interviewed Lucien recently and you can read it here: https://globalvoices.org/2016/02/15/an-unapologetic-independent-thinker-a-conversation-with-st-lucian-poet-vladimir-lucien/ They will be joined by Jamaican writer and winner of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature A-dZiko Simba Gegele and poet Mel Cooke – both published by the local…

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Lessons from the agents 3: Acceptance and beyond


Some more information about publishing…

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  • An agent’s role is to sell a novel to a publisher.
  • Expect to be edited by both the agent and the publisher.
  • The first payment is an advance, followed by royalties if the advance is earned out.
  • If it does well in the UK, a novel will be sold again to overseas publishers.

Photo1 (Alexandre Duret-Lutz [CC / Flickr]) This is a continuation from previous discussions of how to and how not to submit a novel to a literary agent. It’s what I learned when I put thirty eager debut novelists in a room with two long suffering literary agents, Hellie Ogden and Jessie Botterill of Janklow & Nesbit.

If you’ve done everything not only right but also really well, the agent will offer to represent you. There was some confusion about what that means. The agent won’t buy the novel, but they will undertake to sell it to a…

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How U.S. athletes are informed about WADA banned substances list


“When you find out those things, you immediately go to your medicine cabinet.”

Source: How U.S. athletes are informed about WADA banned substances list

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Season’s Greetings from FRESH MILK: 2015 in Review


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U.S. ends lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men


The United States’ three-decade-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men was formally lifted Monday.

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Kingston, Jamaica Designated a Creative Music City


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Call for interviews: Share your stories about Hurricane Janet


I like this…a great idea for gathering the information required for any project…

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Fresh Milk‘s latest international residents, Saada Branker and Powys Dewhurst, share the project they will be working on while on the platform, commemorating and documenting the upcoming 60th anniversary of Hurricane Janet’s landfall in Barbados on September 22, 2015. You can read about their connection to Barbados here, and see below for more information on how to get involved and share your stories about the hurricane:

Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr

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Saada describes it this way: “We are in beautiful Barbados to record, gather and preserve a collective remembering of Hurricane Janet for generations to come.”

She and Powys believe the hurricane’s Category 3-landfall on September 22, 1955, and the subsequent rebuilding throughout Barbados, are worth telling and…

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Creative Skills for the Creative Economy


Something to learn from…

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As we come to the end of the 2010 Coalition government, it is striking is how much the concept of the creative industries has endured in public policy. When the-then Culture Secretary Chris Smith launched the Creative Industries Mapping Document in 1998, few would have predicted that 17 years later a Conservative Chancellor in his last budget of the Parliament would be describing the sector as a ‘powerhouse’ and ‘huge contributor to the UK economy’, as he announced another round of fiscal incentives to promote its growth.

Perhaps even more surprising is how, as part of this, education and skills for the sector have become so firmly embedded in creative industries policy. On its establishment by the Coalition government, the Creative Industries Council immediately identified skills as an initial priority, and established a working group to produce a report, outlining recommendations for ‘industry led approaches and proposals…

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Publishers Open To Submissions


Good news for writers…

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I’ve been committed to professional independent publishing since I sat round a table with the three other founder members of Electrik Inc and we agreed we would not only write our own books, we would edit, line edit, proofread and publish them independently, to a professional standard. I’m still committed to the creative freedom that independent publishing offers. But I know there are other writers out there who would love to submit their work directly to a traditional publisher if only they could, but those pesky agents get in the way, like sand flies at a beach party.

Well, here’s a bit of good news for those writers who feel agents don’t ‘get’ them and won’t take them on or submit their novels to publishers. Guardian Books has mentioned that  HarperCollins, Jonathan Cape, Little Brown and Tinder Press have decided to take the initiative and are offering…

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