ESPN Films to beam sports documentary for 1st time in India

first_imgMumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) ESPN Films, which produces and distributes sports films and documentaries, today said it will be telecasting some of its critically acclaimed and award-winning sports documentaries for the first time in India.The series will be shown weekly on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD channels and the documentaries will showcase the individual journeys of legends like Nelson Mandela, Sachin Tendulkar, Muhammad Ali, Diego Maradona, Andres Escobar, O J Simpson, among others, the company said in a statement.”These films go beyond sports and engage viewers with compelling, often unknown or previously unseen, narratives that capture the power, emotion and poignancy of sports in our lives,” Ramesh Kumar, Vice-President, Head of ESPN India and South Asia, said.Sony ESPN has shortlisted 50 films from the international archive available and has scheduled the first 13 over the next quarter.Then, it will review viewer feedback and tweak the slot and theme of movies being scheduled and plan subsequent programming accordingly. PTI DS NRB ARD BASlast_img read more


first_imgThe personal is politicalAt the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale, artist Anita Dube positioned a ladder beneath a hole in the ceiling. It led to an attic containing a sphere, a long red rope and various geometric forms. Climbing up the ladder into the installation, the viewer was suspended in time and,The personal is politicalAt the first Kochi-Muziris Biennale, artist Anita Dube positioned a ladder beneath a hole in the ceiling. It led to an attic containing a sphere, a long red rope and various geometric forms. Climbing up the ladder into the installation, the viewer was suspended in time and space, halfway into an “attic” that was both a place of the abandoned and the fairytale.For Dube, the work was, like all her art, both personal and political. The ladder made the hidden attic of children’s memories accessible to everyone-creating an egalitarian dream space where viewers confronted both the science of Euclidian forms and the mysteries of the imagination. Selected last month to curate the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2018, Dube will likely steer the prestigious artist-led exhibition in a similar direction.A former member of the Radical Painters’ (and Sculptors’) Association-where she began as an art historian and critic-Dube’s work has always been politically conscious. Last year, for instance, her installation, Stone Mountain, featured 365 stones wrapped in velvet and piled onto glass shelves to form the shape of a mountain. It was freighted with associations with Kashmir’s stone pelters and the struggle for azaadi. It had everything to do with the bloodiness of the times, she says.”I am respecting the stone, and the right to defend yourself. We know the feeling of being trapped. These are my concerns,” says Dube. Despite her early commitment to a Marxist interpretation of the relationship between art and politics, she now says there are no easy answers to questions like whether art should be political.advertisementBorn in 1968, Dube grew up in a family of doctors in Lucknow but pursued liberal arts in Delhi and later took up art history as part of her master’s at MS University in Baroda. Eventually, she turned to art due to frustration with the restrictions posed by language.”Visualising is so much more universal than speaking or writing. Visual language doesn’t have vernacular restrictions and it is free,” she says.A poster with ‘silence’ scribbled all over it hangs on the wall in her house, in one of Delhi’s first modernist housing projects. Among the artwork scattered around her living room are the first few wooden sculptures that she made after turning from criticism to making her own art. In this space-cosy, rather than ostentatious-she outlines her vision for next year’s Biennale. One thing is certain: “It will be more inclusive of ideas,” she says.Though she’s known for saying that art is a luxury, as an artist, Dube takes up the cause of beauty, which to her is the affirmation of life against death. In this moment, an artist can choose to be self-absorbed, she says. Artistic positions are many, she says. “I want to live history in my time, to feel alive, to be angry, to be sad. Art is a privileged position because we have the luxury of dreaming. In underdeveloped countries, people spend their lives trying to eat, to think, to make or to not make. We are spoilt. We are part of the privileged but we have a responsibility. I have to give back something through my art,” she says.What form will that giving take in 2018? The only certainty is that Dube will make her own path.-Chinki SinhaHorror’s first familySuffering from a huge setback at the box-office, movie producer F.U. Ramsay took a hard decision to slash costs the next time around. That’s how he landed up in Kashmir in the off-season with his seven sons, and rented a houseboat to conduct classes in film-making for his brood. Over three gruelling months, he taught them everything he knew.He’d left Mumbai with his family; he returned with a highly trained film crew that went on to make India’s first horror film, Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972).Indian films were never quite the same afterwards, journalist Shamya Dasgupta writes in Don’t Disturb the Dead, a forthcoming book about the Ramsays, India’s first family of horror. While Hindi cinema had previously ventured into Gothic suspense with the likes of Kamaal Amrohi’s Mahal, Do Gaz… was something new: a psychological thriller and scream flick about a husband who returns from the dead to haunt his cheating wife and her lover.The Ramsays followed up with Darwaza (1978) and other films which made horror a commercially viable Bollywood genre. The Ramsay style blends classic Hammer references with elements from Indian lore, as well as lowbrow comedy, shower scenes and trendy disco music. It’s a big unholy mix of influences: Baal meets Mahakaal, vampires are warded off with Om signs and tantriks wear the hooded robes of medieval Christian monks.advertisementThe typical Ramsay film is a product of the VCR era, an assemblage in which every scene refers to some film or the other. Veerana (1988) even supplies a meta-narrative with Satish Shah playing a would-be horror filmmaker named Hitchcock who views the world through finger frames.Thematically, the films are fairly consistent. The plots invariably feature the thakur of a feudal mansion, a convoluted family curse and a monster in the cellar which awakens to terrorise a new generation of screamers. The primal fear evoked here is a horror of the past, of dark secrets best left undisturbed.Horror films can reveal society’s deepest fears and anxieties, so the Ramsay films should perhaps be seen as a mirror of their troubled times. Was it mere coincidence that the Ramsays released Tahkhana the same year that the gates of Mir Baqi’s mosque were unlocked in Ayodhya? Or was it a prescient warning about the dangers of poking around in the dingy basements of history? Too late to speculate: the zombie hordes are already upon us with their sharp tridents, hungry for flesh.-Rajesh DevrajPhir Se RamsaySaasha Ramsay, the daughter of horror film specialist Shyam Ramsay, is charged with continuing her family’s legacy. In Phir Se Ramsay, a series of shorts available on the youth-focused YouTube channel 101, she brings the screams, the flickering lights-and some gore too. The result, sadly, is not all that frightening. On the other hand, what the banal works most certainly do showcase is that Saasha has inherited her family’s penchant for camp.”Thoda skin show karna padta hai (one needs to have a little sex appeal),” says Shyam Ramsay in one of the rare watchable introductory shorts, where the co-director of cult horror films like Purana Mandir and Purani Haveli shares his thought process. “Relaxation ke liye hum filmon mein daalte hain (we put in sex appeal because it helps people relax).”For her part, Saasha Ramsay says that the series is her attempt to revive the 1980s era and the genre. Unfortunately, there’s little ingenuity on display here. Instead, viewers are treated to familiar tropes: abandoned villas (havelis are passe) in isolated settings, the dead rising from their graves, skin-show and of course, the seductive chudail (a.k.a. the witch).That said, brushing aside the Ramsay legacy would also be a disservice. The Ramsay films came at a time when Indian moviegoers didn’t have easy access to Hollywood and world cinema. These days, with portals like Netflix and HotStar offering plenty of Hollywood and independent horror films, Ramsay’s five shorts fall short on both thrill and chill. Better viewing would be India’s Scariest Man Rises From The Grave, a short documentary on Aniruddha Agarwal, the actor who played Saamri (and other monsters) in many of Ramsay’s films.-Suhani SinghLilly LiveredNumbers don’t lie. 11 million subscribers can’t be wrong, can they? Or 1.8 billion video views? In India this month, Canadian YouTube personality Lilly Singh-yes, that’s a legitimate occupation now; ready yourself in case your child wants to become one-did a series of shows to promote her first book, How to Be a Bawse. With the cheapest tickets priced at Rs 1,500 and meet-and-greet tickets selling for Rs 8,500, the shows were packed with teenaged girls sporting their arturo caps back-to-front, unsuspecting parents in tow.advertisementHer YouTube channel, ||Superwoman||, is best known for spoofs of how Indian parents deal with growing children, especially with teen girls of Indian/NRI/Punjabi extraction. Her impressions are particularly popular, and she makes up for her limited comedic material with her talent at voice modulation. Superwoman is now materialising out of her digital avatar. She has moved to Hollywood to break into films and TV. While she works that heroic path, she’s opened a sideline as a self-help guru and a motivational speaker as well.What wisdom does she offer? “Play Nintendo in your life”-when you play Nintendo, you can control only Mario, not any of the other variants. Then there are other quotes like “hustle harder”, “send the GPS deep”, “climb the ladder” and “schedule inspiration”. Until she makes it big-no doubt, many parents are praying her acting career takes off so that she has no time for YouTube-we have her gentle guiding hand for our young people. Capisce?-Sopan JoshiShort Trip to CannesThanks to Payal Kapadia, India’s presence at the Cannes Film Festival won’t be restricted to the usual red carpet appearances by Bollywood celebs. A student at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune, Kapadia will travel with Afternoon Clouds, one of the 16 student short films in contention for the top prize in the Cinefondation category.Shot in 2016, the film follows the relationship between a 60-year-old widow and her domestic help from Nepal. Kapadia’s observations of the equation between her own grandmother and her help from Darjeeling have shaped the film. “While staying with her, I began to notice a few daily rituals and conversations,” she says. “I was interested in the notions of love that two single women have at different ages and points in their life. Women in India cannot speak about these matters very openly. I wanted to explore these emotions with gestures and silences.”Daughter of painter and video artist Nalini Malani, Kapadia was raised on a diet of experimental and independent films at home as well as at her boarding school, Rishi Valley, where the film club introduced her to filmmakers like Ritwik Ghatak and Andrei Tarkovsky. Kapadia was all praise for FTII, whose campus has seen a surge of student protest in the last few years. “FTII has really shaped the way I look at my practice,” she says. “It allowed me to question myself through my work without any kind of pressure. I have been able to continue my experiments in cinematic forms. I am interested in different forms of storytelling that combine reality, myth and memory.”?The Cannes selection isn’t the first feather in Kapadia’s cap. Her earlier film, The Last Mango Before the Monsoon, won the FIPRESCI Prize at the International Short Film Festival of Oberhausen (2015) and also Best Film at the Mumbai International Film Festival (2016). At Cannes, she’s hoping to catch a few in competition titles, particularly entries by one of her favourite filmmakers, Naomi Kawase. “The line-up this year is really very good,” she says.-Suhani SinghInternational Dance DayThe guru-shishya parampara (mentor-student tradition) has long been an integral part of Indian classical dance. But in a globalised world, India’s gurukuls are under threat. With International Dance Day falling on April 29, here’s a look at a few institutions that are not only preserving the performing arts but also reviving traditional dances so that they remain relevant for future generations.Kalka Bindadeen ki DeohriThis 200-year-old house has been converted into a museum. It has been the home of the doyens of the Lucknow school of kathak including Lachhu Maharaj. The Deohri showcases artefacts, clothes, ornaments, ghunghroos, photographs and books belonging to the family-which practised and taught on the premises.KalakshetraPhoto: Jaison GFounded by the legendary Rukmini Devi Arundale, Kalakshetra’s open campus features a massive banyan tree that’s a photographer’s dream. A walkthrough is richly rewarded with a range of sounds and sights-from teachers reciting Carnatic music bols and musicians practising instruments to students clad in dhotis and half saris polishing the symmetry of their Bharatanatyam movements.NrityagramProtima Gauri headed to Hesaraghatta to establish this sylvan abode in 1990. Designed by renowned architect Gerard Da Cunha, it currently houses two of the finest Odissi dancers in the country-Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy. Call two days in advance for a tour and perhaps to catch a glimpse of the duo in action. You can also book a lecture demonstration or a private performance.Artist’s JourneyPhoto: Rajwant RawatForty years ago, Sonal Mansingh established the Centre for Indian Classical Dances (CICD). It began, she says, when a girl named Swati Gupta arrived at her door, asking to be taught to dance. No amount of refusal proved enough to dissuade her-and so, Mansingh says, “on April 30, 1977, in a rented house in Defence Colony, I registered my institution.” Four decades later, the Centre is still going strong. To celebrate its run thus far, the CICD will present a three day festival at Kamani Auditorium from April 30 to May 2, titled ‘Kala Yatra: A Celebration of Indian Art Traditions’.At 73, Mansingh is still energetic. They say that one is formed by what one desires-in her case, it was passion. A passion to dance, to explore performance. “There was this flame burning inside me that pushed me,” she says. She even told her students that they would have to give dancing their all. That she would reserve the right to call them at any hour, for however long-and there should be no questions asked and no complaints made. These were the conditions she laid on her students, and the conditions under which she herself learned. Her discipline and commitment have served her well-Mansingh has been the recipient of both the Padma Vibhushan (2003) and the Padma Bhushan (1992), among other honours. Even so, awards do not drive her. “Never chase anything,” she says. “Live your passion.”The end of the festival will be marked by the launch of her biography, titled Sonal Mansingh: A Life Like No Other, written by Sujata Prasad. “That’s my entire life in there,” says Mansingh.-Chinki SinhaMythical StarPhoto: Mandar DeodharTamannaah, actor, on vanity, her past life, and loo ettiquette.Q: The oddest place you’ve ever been asked ‘Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali’?A: The airport bathroom. I was making my way to the loo, and someone just randomly stopped and asked me. I was like ‘Can I just finish first and then get to you?’Q: The toughest day on the sets of Baahubali?A: We were shooting my first fight scene in Mahabaleshwar. It was pouring. It was physically draining: the costume I was wearing was heavy and I was wet. But nothing can stop Raj sir from shooting.Q: One attribute of Avantika’syou possess/ would like to possess?A: Like her, I don’t appreciate myself fora lot of things I do. A lot of women do this-we only look at the faults and what we could have done better. It’s my parents, friends and family who tell me I’m doing this well and right. Of course, sword-fighting skills would also come in handy.Q: One thing you can’t do without on set?A: I sound so vain-but I do need my mirror.Q: Your all-time favourite movie?A: Dil Toh Pagal Hai in Hindi and The Mummy in English. I have a strong feeling that I was an Egyptian in my last life.-with Suhani SinghWatch Listlast_img read more

Serena Williams crushes Anastasija Sevastova to reach US Open final

first_imgSerena Williams crushed Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets to advance to the final of the US Open on Thursday. Serena walked off Arthur Ashe Stadium court with a wave and twirl to await Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who beat American Madison Keys 6-2 6-4 in the other semi-final. Keys had lost last year’s final to Sloane Stephens.The 17th-seeded Serena, who swept past Sevastova 6-3 6-0 in the semi-final, is looking for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.Just seven months and seven tournaments removed from returning to competition following the birth of her first child, Serena was back at her ruthless best and needed just 66 minutes to beat the 19th-seeded Latvian and reach her 31st Grand Slam final.A win on Saturday would also give the 36-year-old American a seventh U.S. Open title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most in the Open era.All the feels…@serenawilliams will contest her first final in Flushing Meadows since 2014!#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018″It is really incredible, a year ago I was literally fighting for my life at the hospital after having the baby,” said Serena, who missed last year’s US Open due to the birth of her child.”Every day I step out on this court I am so grateful to have an opportunity to play this sport.”So no matter what happens in any match, semis, finals I already feel like I have already won.”It will be the second consecutive Grand Slam final for Williams who came agonisingly close to matching Margaret Court’s record of 24 majors at Wimbledon but was beaten by Angelique Kerber.advertisement.@serenawilliams defeats Sevastova 6-3, 6-0 to reach her 9th singles final in Flushing Meadows!She awaits the winner of Keys/Osaka…#USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018Sevastova arrived at her first Grand Slam semi-final riding a wave of momentum built from a fourth round win over seventh seed Elina Svitolina and a quarter-final demolition of defending champion and third seed Sloane Stephens.That confidence jumped when the 29-year-old broke Serena to open the match then held for a 2-0 lead as an uneasy hush fell over the Arthur Ashe showcourt.When your box has your back…@alexisohanian #USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018But Serena, who had dropped just one set on way to the last four, quickly restored order as she charged the net one moment and pounded winners from the baseline the next that left her opponent stunned as the American won 12 of the next 13 games.”I know how to volley, I usually come in just to shake hands,” said Serena.”But tonight I thought I am playing such a good player I knew if I wanted to have a chance tonight I had to come in.”13 break points saved…How did you do that?”I just really want to play Serena”@Naomi_Osaka_ #USOpen Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018The 20-year-old Osaka, who is the first Japanese woman to reach a singles final of a Grand Slam, had to fight harder than the score suggested to get past 14th seed Keys, who paid the price for a lack of killer instinct.The American carved out 13 break point opportunities, but Osaka saved all of them and was far more clinical herself, converting three of the four chances that came her way.”This is going to sound really bad, but I was just thinking I really want to play Serena,” Osaka said in an on-court interview. “I love you (Serena). I love everybody.”It feels a little bit surreal,” she added to reporters. “Even when I was a little kid, I always dreamed that I would play Serena in a final of a Grand Slam.”At the same time I feel like even though I should enjoy this moment, I should still think of it as another match. I shouldn’t really think of her as my idol. I should just try to play her as an opponent.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more



222 Loans Valued at $135.41 Million Provided Under Housing Microfinance Programme

first_img The Government’s Housing Microfinance Loan Programme (HMLP) has facilitated 222 loans valued at $135.41 million since its establishment in August 2017. The HMLP involves partnership between the National Housing Trust (NHT) and credit unions, of which there are currently eight signatories. The Government’s Housing Microfinance Loan Programme (HMLP) has facilitated 222 loans valued at $135.41 million since its establishment in August 2017.The HMLP involves partnership between the National Housing Trust (NHT) and credit unions, of which there are currently eight signatories.It aims to expand the NHT’s reach to low-income contributors by improving their access to funds for housing financing.Prime Minister, the Most Hon, Andrew Holness, who has Portfolio responsibility for the NHT, says 57 per cent of the loans disbursed to date were used for housing deposits.He said that security guards, teachers and ancillary workers acquired more than 65 per cent of the $135.41 million disbursed, adding that “the applicable income ceiling was recently increased from $30,000 to $40,000 per week”.The Prime Minister was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 19).Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that the NHT has approached over 30 employers and professional organisations for engagement in its Employer-Assisted Housing Programme (EAHP).Under the initiative, which was introduced in the third quarter of the 2018/19 fiscal year, the NHT is seeking to partner with employers desirous of providing resources to construct houses for their staff.Mr. Holness said among those already approached are a major employer of security guards; one of Jamaica’s largest manufacturing companies; churches, and other civil society and public-sector stakeholders “who have expressed an interest and are to confirm meeting dates”. Story Highlights It aims to expand the NHT’s reach to low-income contributors by improving their access to funds for housing financing.last_img read more

Police identify two people found dead in burnedout car seeking vehicles owner

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary police have identified two of three people found dead in a burned-out car at a suburban construction site and are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the vehicle’s owner.Police say the bodies of Glynnis Fox, who was 36, and 25-year-old Cody Pfeiffer were discovered after firefighters extinguished an early-morning blaze on the northwestern edge of the city Monday.A third victim — a woman believed to be in her 30s — has been tentatively identified. Police were earlier trying to figure out where a photo she posted on social media early Monday was taken, but have since concluded it was about a year old.Acting Insp. Paul Wozney with the service’s major crimes section confirmed police are investigating the deaths as a triple homicide.He could not provide any details Tuesday about how or where they died.“It’s very, very early on in a very complex investigation,” he said.Investigators are also looking for information about the whereabouts of 26-year-old Hanock Afowerk, the registered owner of the black 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that was engulfed in flames.“We are concerned for his safety. We don’t know his role in this matter. We have been trying to track him down with no luck so far,” said Wozney, adding Afowerk’s family is aware police are looking for him.“We’re trying to piece together the hours leading up to this event so that we can determine who played what role in it and really, in Mr. Afowerk’s case, where he’s at and if he’s safe.”Wozney said Afowerk had a history with Calgary police, but declined to elaborate. No records about Afowerk came up in a search of court documents.Court records show Pfeiffer, one of the victims, had court dates coming up this month on charges of trespassing, failing to comply with probation, failing to appear in court, mischief damage under $5,000, breaching recognizance conditions and possession of a controlled substance.In recent years, he also pleaded guilty to and was sentenced to jail time for offences including assault, mischief, possession of stolen property and trafficking a controlled substance.Someone called 911 early Monday to report a fire next to the wooden frame of a townhome under construction in a new subdivision in the Sage Hill neighbourhood.People in nearby homes said they awoke to bangs and sirens early Monday. Firefighters did not know anyone was inside the car until the flames were extinguished.The blaze left a big black scorch mark on the outer wall of the unfinished structure.last_img read more

Grassroots survivors have resentments about settlement agreement outcome

first_imgPaul BarnsleyAPTN InvestigatesRay Mason was there in the earliest days of the fight to hold Canada and the churches accountable for the abuses of the residential school system.The former leader of survivor group Spirit Wind Manitoba and former president of the National Indian Residential School Survivor Society attended the Birtle Residential School in Portage la Prairie, Man., and the Mackay Residential School in Dauphin, Man., for almost 12 years.As groups of residential school survivors started to get organized in many corners of the country in the mid-1980s, Mason and a small group of former classmates came to occupy a central role in the movement in Manitoba.See a complete list of stories in the APTN Investigates series on the IRSSA: Truth? Or Reconciliation?As things got moving, Mason was also in touch with survivors involved with the various class-action lawsuits across the country that were brought against Canada and the churches.“When we first started, we knew there was a group of people here, a group of people there, some people. And I said, OK, why don’t we unite as one? And let’s do this under one roof,” he said.Mason called APTN Investigates last year to remind us of the various tactics used by the government and the churches as they tried to contain the movement of survivors demanding justice. He said it’s easy to forget just how hard and how cutthroat the fight was in the days before the settlement agreement.“When I came out of the residential school, I came out of there frustrated. I came out of there confused, angry at the world,” he recalled. “We used to meet and we used to reminisce and talk about our time in the schools and all that we went through. And then one day, I just mentioned, I said, well, don’t you think that’s wrong? Because if I stayed with my mom, I think things would have been a lot better. And that’s where it all started.”As they looked back at their time at the schools, Mason came to a decision.“At that point I thought, well, I’m going to sue Canada. And then it hit home, and I began to realize, wow, if I’m suing our government, I better get more people to help me and support me,” he said.The idea caught on with survivors. Mason said his group was involved in settlement talks with the government and found themselves competing with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The government was prepared to settle out of court to avoid dealing with the handful of class-action lawsuits. They were prepared to make a common experience payment to all who attended a residential school plus provide additional compensation to those who experienced sexual and serious physical abuse.The discussion was about how much to compensate for the first year in school and how much for each additional year. Mason says the AFN settled for less than his group was seeking, agreeing to $10,000 for the first year and $3,000 for each additional year.“And we were negotiating, and we were talking, $25,000 and $10,000. I asked Phil Fontaine, our national chief of the day, how did he come up with his formula,” Mason said.He said Fontaine told him they followed the model established when Japanese Canadians interned by the government during the Second World War were compensated by the Brian Mulroney government in 1988.We asked the former three-term national chief to comment on this but he declined to be interviewed. In previous interviews, Fontaine has said repeatedly that it was a negotiation and his negotiators did the best they could, adding that the advanced age of survivors put pressure on the AFN to not get involved in a long, drawn out process. And the threat of breaking off negotiations and going to court could have meant that survivors received nothing.Despite that, many survivors still second-guess the AFN and Fontaine.When I came out of the residential school, I came out of there frustrated. I came out of there confused, angry at the world” Ray MasonThe question of how the AFN became involved in negotiations in the first place is another item of contention for many survivors.“Well, that’s the area that we made a slip-up. We lost control. And that should have never happened. Because what you know of what we’ve done as a grassroots organization, all the hard work, all the highs and lows of that, and the disappointments. It was very traumatic even to lobby and fight for that, because Canada was so dead-set against us,” Mason said.He also had problems with how the settlement agreement was administered by the government.“Some people got nothing. And then some people got maybe $10,000,” he said.And despite Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler’s strong admonition to the Crown – when he ratified the settlement agreement – to be aware of its unique position as both defendant and administrator and, that “there must be an express recognition by the defendant proposed as administrator, that the settlement is being implemented and administered in a court-supervised process, and not subject to the direction of the defendant either directly or indirectly” many survivors told APTN Investigates they believe they saw the heavy hand of the Crown in many facets of the day-to-day operations of the settlement agreement’s administration.The bureaucratic and complex legalistic processes in the agreement were not ideal for most survivors, Mason and others say.“When you make an appeal, the other bad thing about it was that you could not speak to your appeal. Because the whole process that went on when somebody had made an appeal, all it did was, they took the transcript and everything of your hearing, and gave it to another adjudicator in the same house. Now, is that adjudicator going to show up their colleague, and say, oh, you made a terrible mistake, I think you should give this person a large amount of money?”Survivors were often forced to prove they attended a school, even though the government was supposed to keep records and monitors status Indians from cradle to grave.“I always said that we should never have to prove that we were put in those institutions. But yet to turn around and ask us, oh, what did the guy look like, what did the perpetrator look like? Or, do you remember the colour of that building, what’s the name of the place that you’re…They expected us to know something about records. And we had never had the records to start off with. We never knew about records. I guess, what you would call it, a travesty of justice?” he said.The government disqualified many schools based on technicalities.“It doesn’t matter where you stuck us. You are responsible,” he said. “I tried to talk to the lawyers to bring that up, because Canada is also lucky they never got charged for child abduction on top of this whole fiasco.”The government and the churches tried every legal tactic possible to derail the pending class-action lawsuits, he said.“They tried to hit us with a statute of limitations. And that would have virtually wiped us all out.”“And then they tried to hit us with the taxation issue,” he added, saying that taxing residential schools compensation would be essentially clawing it all back.“They make you go through the hoops. And another sad thing about it, and they know us Native people, we are a poor people. So they create more hardship, put them through the court system. It’s costly. Time consuming,” he said. “They hope that we’ll all die off and give up. And I thank God for the lawyers that do stand up and believe in us, and are willing to work on a contingency basis for us to help us get justice. Otherwise, like the government’s attitude, they’re poor, they don’t have no money. They would never have enough money to fight us in the courts.”Mason is writing a book about his experiences.“It’s called Spirit of the Grassroots People. And I’m just a messenger,” he said. “I’m a first-time author. And I’m writing about all my personal activities that I feel that I contributed and helped bring about the Indian Residential School [Settlement] Agreement. Now, the way the agreement turned out is not the way I wanted it to. But it’ll show in my book why I say that.”Writing has not been easy but he wants people to remember the survivors he worked with and pay tribute to all those who helped survivors, including those he disagreed with from time to time.“It has to come out. It’s like digging up old bones, really. When you dig up old bones, all the hurt comes out, and memories come out. But then again, it helps me get stronger in a way too. Can you imagine my book, when I wrote my book it took me four months to get through the first two chapters, I’d go in there, type, come out of there bawling like a baby. Because I just couldn’t type,” he said. “I talk about all the little things that people don’t think it was important, that was important. And I hope that someday, my little committee and my people, will get justice as well. And I speak from the heart when I talk. I’m not out to get revenge. I’m not out to defame anybody, or hurt anybody. In fact, I still acknowledge the great AFN grand chief that consummated everything. I have to give credit where it’s due.”pbarnsley@aptn.calast_img read more

Eurozone inflation eases largely due to cheaper energy

BRUSSELS — Inflation in the 19-country eurozone eased in September, largely due to cheaper energy prices.Statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that the annual inflation rate eased to 0.9% in September from 1.0% in August.Low inflation can be a sign of economic weakness and has been a concern for officials at the European Central Bank, whose goal is to have inflation of just under 2% and in September launched a new round of monetary stimulus.The drop in inflation in September, however, is largely due to volatile items like energy and a smaller annual increase in the price of food, alcohol and tobacco. Excluding those items, annual inflation edged up to 1.0% from 0.9%.The Associated Press

Milk bags scrap material needed for volunteer event

Laura MacLean is collecting milk bags and scraps of red and white material.Milk bags and red and white scraps of material are needed for two upcoming Student Life and Community Experience (SLCE) projects.SLCE and interested students will make quilts for the YWCA and milk bag mats for people in Haiti at the upcoming Volunteer Fest on Sept. 16. It needs spare red and white fabric for the quilts. It needs old milk bags – the coloured outer bags that hold three smaller milk bags, not the bags that contain the actual milk – to make sleeping mats.“We’ll work on these projects throughout Volunteer Fest, and at the end of the day, we’ll see what we’ve accomplished,” said Laura MacLean, SLCE’s co-ordinator of volunteer and event management and a fourth-year Psychology student.The Niagara Heritage Quilters’ Guild will help with the quilting project. As for the mats, SLCE wanted an international project to work on that day too, MacLean said.It takes 300 to 500 milk bags to make one adult mat.Students can drop in to the Volunteer Zone at Volunteer Fest, an annual event where community organizations set up displays to recruit volunteers. The event is open to students, staff and faculty.Milk bags and fabric can be sent via interoffice mail to Laura MacLean in DEC R209B.Volunteer Fest is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Jubilee Court. read more

Eldorado connects the Triangle and Sigma dots at Lamaque gold mine

first_imgEldorado Gold says it has achieved commercial production at its wholly-owned Lamaque mine in Quebec, Canada.Lamaque produces ore from the Triangle deposit, which is then processed at the refurbished Sigma mill.With an initial mine life of around seven years, Lamaque is planning to mine and process over 500,000 t of ore at an average grade of 7 g/t Au this year, with production expected to amount to 100,000-110,000 oz of gold (including pre-commercial production) at cash operating costs of $550-600/oz of gold sold. Output is then expected to increase to 125,000-135,000 oz of gold in 2020 and 2021.In 2018, inferred resources at Lamaque were increased by over 50%, and further drilling is currently ongoing to increase both the reserves and resources, Eldorado said. With over 37,000 m of exploration drilling budgeted for 2019 and excess capacity at the Sigma mill, the company said it is well positioned and focused on optimising the potential of the Lamaque mine.Eldorado’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Skayman, said: “We are proud to announce the achievement of this important milestone just over 18 months after acquiring this asset. It is a testament to all of the hard work that has gone into the exploration, prefeasibility study, engineering and construction that we have safely delivered commercial production ahead of schedule.”Lamaque consists of the newly-discovered Triangle gold deposit, only 2.5km south of the historical Lamaque and Sigma mines, which are also on the property and produced over 10 Moz of gold.last_img read more

Accambray sent Spain home – France plays for the Final

What a day in London! After epic win of Hungary against Iceland, William Accambray scored a “winning goal” for France in the last second of fantastic clash agains Spain 23:22 (9:12). France had problems in the first-half, had -5 – 6:1 after 16 minutes, but things has changed with fantastic role of William Accambray, who scored 7 goals in second half and was the “key player” of Claude Onesta’s team.Now, France are waiting winner of match between Croatia and Tunisia for the Final. ← Previous Story Hungary in the semifinals!! Nagy and Fazekas with heroic game!! Next Story → Sweden wins “Scandi derby” – Denmark goes home! Claude OnestafrancehandballlondonSpain handballWilliam Accambray

Wozniak Tablets for Regular People Not Geeks

first_imgSteve Wozniak has a theory about tablets: they’re PCs for normal people. You know, non-geeks. The Apple co-founder discussed the matter during a keynote at Storage Network World in Santa Clara. He told the crowd, “The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room. It’s for the normal people in the world.”The Woz added that the iPad is really the culmination of a dream that his co-founder Steve Jobs had when launching Apple back in the late-70s. “I think Steve Jobs had that intention from the day we started Apple, but it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do … normal consumer appliance things.”As for Android tablets? Woz apparently isn’t a fan. “On the subject of tablets, I read today that Android tablets are expected to surpass iPads, and I hope that never happens,” he told the crowd.last_img read more

Former Vancouver Fred Meyer worker sentenced for voyeurism

first_imgA former Fred Meyer employee was sentenced Tuesday to nine months in jail for taking an upskirt photo of a woman at the Vancouver store and having several similar images on his cellphone.Kirk Addison Williams, 22, of Vancouver pleaded guilty March 26 in Clark County Superior Court to two counts of first-degree voyeurism and 10 counts of second-degree voyeurism. At one point, Williams faced more than three dozen voyeurism charges before reaching a plea deal with the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.In May 2018, a woman told police she was in the cosmetic aisle of Fred Meyer, 2500 Columbia House Blvd., when she felt something tap the back of her knee, according to an affidavit of probable cause. She turned around to find a man in his early 20s wearing a Fred Meyer shirt, later identified by other employees as Williams, the affidavit said.The man was holding a red phone and appeared nervous, according to the affidavit. She then reported the incident to the customer service department.Later, a police officer reviewed store surveillance footage, which showed a man holding a device under the woman’s skirt as she looked at some merchandise, according to the affidavit. Williams admitted to officers that he took a photo up the woman’s skirt for the purpose of sexual gratification, according to court records.last_img read more

WISHH Strategic Partner in Uganda Succeeds with Trade and Food Innovation

first_imgWISHH strategic partner, SESACO, brings the nutritional power of U.S. soy protein to East African breads, beverages, school meals and even a new frozen soy dessert. Photo credit: SESACOApril is Soyfoods month and a perfect time for WISHH to salute an innovative strategic partner– SESACO foods and beverages company in Uganda. Watch the video and read the full success story to see how SESACO brings the nutritional power of U.S. soy protein to breads, beverages, school meals and more.This month, the continuously innovating entrepreneur, Charles Nsubuga, and company of approximately 100 employees introduced frozen soy dessert, a first for Uganda and quite possibly the entire East African region. Partnerships, trade and jobs for women are three key ingredients in SESACO’s recipe for economic growth and improved nutrition for the region. SESACO manufactures unique products, such as the coffee-inspired Soyacup beverage, soy millet porridges, and soy yoghurt, as well as operates a retail store and conducts street kitchen promotions. The company also supplies Ugandan bakers with U.S. soy flour and trains them on how it can boost their profits–and at the same time–increase the nutrition and shelf life of their breads.WISHH’s ongoing cooperation with SESACO has leveraged USDA Foreign Agricultural Service programs, such as the Foreign Market Development Program, along with funding from Qualified State Soybean Boards. Thanks to USDA’s Cochran Fellowship Program, WISHH was able to bring Nsubuga to the United States in 2018 to participate in school meals training, including WISHH’s Affordable Protein Supply: Solving the Institutional Meals Puzzle workshop at Purdue University. WISHH also aided Charles in connecting with U.S. suppliers, resulting in SESACO’s 2018 agreement to buy soy flour from ZFS Creston and textured soy protein from Kansas Protein Foods. “We can’t produce these products at home so we better import them from the USA so we can address two main challenges: one nutrition and the other economic,” Nsubuga says.last_img read more

Mahindra Suzuki Bajaj Auto Increase in March Sales

first_imgThe two-wheeler makers Mahindra, Suzuki and Bajaj Auto recorded growth in sales for the month of March, even as the car market in India continues to register decline in sales.For the month of March, the popular Indian two wheeler maker Bajaj Auto sold 3,04,330 as against the 3,01,231 in corresponding month last year, registering an increase of one percent. The companies like Yamaha Motors and Suzuki posted 29 and 19 percent growth in their sales respectively. Yamaha’s March sales zoomed to 46,052 units from 35,782 units last year March and Suzuki sold 30,594 units in March 2014 as against the 25,717 units in March 2013.Other two wheeler maker who recorded growth in sales for the month of March is Mahindra. The company registered 152 percent growth in March, selling 19,591 units. “We have received a good response from the market for all our products. The growing customer satisfaction has led to positive word-of-mouth in the market. Building on the existing goodwill in the market, we expect that the 4 products launched at the Auto Expo – Gixxer, Let’s, V Strom and Inazuma will also show good performance in the upcoming fiscal. We will continue to give the best to our customers,” Motoroids quoted Atul Gupta, Executive Vice President, SMIL.Meanwhile, for the fiscal 2014 (Fy 14), the auto market in the country ended on low note. The car makers in India posted a decline of 4.4 percent for 2013-14.The car manufacturers like Ford, Honda and Nissan are the few players in the domestic who witnessed growth in sales in the last month. While Honda posted highest ever monthly sales in March 2014, recording 83.4 percent increase in its domestic sales at 18,426 units. Japanese car maker Nissan recorded over three fold increase in its sales (Edited by Anu James)last_img read more

Myanmar seeks time and space to solve Rohingya crisis

first_imgUN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee (centre R-in blue jacket), being escorted during a visit to the Rakhine ethnic Sein Pan Myaing village, near the town of Maungdaw in strife-torn Rakhine State near the Bangladesh border on 20 January. AFP file photoMyanmar’s deputy defence chief on Monday urged the world to give his government “time and space” to solve a crisis involving the Rohingya Muslim minority amid concerns jihadists could exploit the situation.Rear Admiral Myint Nwe told a security forum in Singapore his government is “fully aware of the growing concern about the widespread reports on (the) situation in Rakhine state” where the Rohingya live, and was committed to address the issue and punish wrongdoers.Since October Myanmar’s army has carried out “clearance operations” in the north of the western state to root out insurgents accused of deadly raids on police border posts.At least 66,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, alleging rape, murder and torture at the hands of security forces.Myanmar has long faced international criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya. Most people in the majority Buddhist community consider them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.“The government does not condone rights abuses against innocent civilians. Legal action will be taken in response to any substantiated claim,” Myint Nwe said.The admiral was responding to a keynote address by Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein at th Fullerton Forum organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.Hishammuddin warned that the situation in Rakhine-if not addressed properly-could be exploited by the Islamic State group as it seeks a base in Southeast Asia.“This horrific possibility has the potential to cause death and destruction well beyond the borders of ASEAN,” he added, referring to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.Answering a delegate’s question, Hishammuddin said the Rohingya issue “is going to test ASEAN solidarity… It needs to be resolved, we cannot sweep it under the carpet, it affects a lot of Muslims and it’s very emotional”.Myint Nwe said both Yangon and the international community should focus on finding a “lasting solution” to the problem.“Allowing time and space is essential for the government’s efforts to bear fruit in finding a sustainable solution of this complex issue.”Hishammuddin said ASEAN-the regional bloc to which both Malaysia and Myanmar belong-should play a key role in working out a solution with Myanmar’s leaders.last_img read more

Ershads second namazejanaza held

first_imgHM Ershad.AFP file photoThe second namaz-e-janaza of Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday morning, according to UNB.The janaza took place around 10:55am.His body will be taken to the party’s central office at Kakrail to allow Jatiya Party leaders and activists to pay their last tributes. After Asr prayers, the third janaza will be held at the Baitu lMukarram National Mosque.President Abdul Hamid, ministers, members of parliament, senior political leaders from different political parties attended the janaza.The first janaza took place at the Army Central Mosque around 1:45pm on Sunday.Meanwhile, condolence books will be opened at the Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office and the party’s Kakrail central office till 18 July between 11:00am and 4:00pm, said party chairman’s press and political secretary Sunil Shuvo Roy.Ershad, a former military strongman and five-time MP, breathed his last at 7:45am on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at the age of 89.His body will be kept at the CMH mortuary. It will be flown to his home district Rangpur on Tuesday where his fourth janaza will be held after Zohr prayers at the Zila School grounds. He will be laid to rest at the Military Graveyard in Banani the same day.Ershad’s Qulkhwani will be held on Wednesday at Gulshan’s Azad mosque.last_img read more

Trump Defends Pences NFL Protest Amid Claims It Was A Publicity Stunt

first_imgWe were proud to stand – with all our @Colts – for our soldiers, our flag, and our National Anthem ??— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017 Updated Monday 8:20 a.m. ETPresident Trump on Monday defended Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to walk out of Sunday’s NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers in Indianapolis.Trump tweeted, “The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!”The president’s response comes amid suggestions by some media outlets and on social media that Pence’s protest was a publicity stunt engineered by Trump.The trip by @VP Pence was long planned. He is receiving great praise for leaving game after the players showed such disrespect for country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2017 The original story continues belowVice President Pence was so offended by kneeling professional football players that he left a game Sunday between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2017“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence, a former governor of Indiana, said in a statement.“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” the statement opposing the protest continued. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”But first, the moment was commemorated with a photo of himself and second lady Karen Pence while they stood, hand over hearts, for the anthem.It appears the choice to leave did not belong to Pence or his wife alone. According to Trump, it was his idea.“I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country,” Trump tweeted, adding that he was proud of the couple.Standing for Anthem wasn’t something that I spoke to Colin about sat. I relayed what had been reported about him standing in the future…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 8, 2017Only members of the 49ers knelt for the rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” — a symbol of protest not against the flag or the song but against institutional social injustice and the violence perpetrated by police against black men. Colts players stood, linked arm in arm.The controversial practice of kneeling during the anthem was started by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has yet to be signed to a new team after his contract with the 49ers expired last year.In an on-camera report on Sunday, CBS reporter Jason La Canfora said Kaepernick would stand for the anthem if he was signed to an NFL team.1) Just got a message from @Kaepernick7, who says he has not discussed with anyone his plans in the event he is signed by an NFL team.— Full Dissident (@hbryant42) October 8, 2017“He’s not planning on kneeling … and he’s planning on standing for the anthem,” La Canfora said.But after the story began making headlines, La Canfora backtracked tweeting, “Standing for Anthem wasn’t something that I spoke to Colin about.” He was merely relaying what had already been reported about Kaepernick in other outlets, La Canfora wrote, adding, “what he would do during the Anthem I do not know.”Kaepernick has not denied La Canfora’s claim outright, but he has been retweeting others who have responded to the CBS sports reporter. Among them is the quarterback’s own girlfriend, Nessa Diab, who wrote, “The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone.”Howard Bryant, an ESPN Magazine columnist, also weighed in on Twitter with what he said was confirmation from Kaepernick.“Just got a message from @Kaepernick7 who says he has not discussed with anyone his plans in the event he is signed by an NFL team,” Bryant wrote.The president has been railing against the NFL over the league’s tolerance of the sustained demonstration. Trump has repeatedly called on team owners to fire all players who kneel during the national anthem.At a campaign rally in Alabama last month, Trump shouted, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now’?” he said to roaring applause.The statement by the president, and the subsequent Twitter storm he unleashed, renewed a national debate over players’ First Amendment rights and also pitted NFL owners and players against the president, inspiring many of them to kneel or link arms in the game that followed.By walking out over the kneeling, Pence hasn’t just stirred the stoked the flames of the controversy, it has also kicked up a new dust storm: criticism over the cost of the vice president’s protest of the protest.Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz was the first to raise the issue.“Wait,” Schatz wrote on Twitter. “This was orchestrated to make a point? That’s not an inexpensive thing to do.”center_img Sharelast_img read more

Private publishing houses to be under govt scanner post Milkha Singh goofup

first_imgKolkata: The state government will now keep an eye on the private book publishing houses and will take action, particularly in case of misinformation or wrong portrayal of famous personalities in books.The decision was taken in a meeting with a number of publishers in the city, that was chaired by state Education minister Partha Chatterjee. The meeting was held in the wake of actor Farhan Akhtar pointing out a blooper in a Bengali book that had depicted him as legendary athlete Milkha Singh. The actor had tweeted on Sunday, urging state Education minister Partha Chatterjee to request the publisher to recall and replace the book.It may be mentioned that the state Education department has already identified the publisher as Anomy Publication, situated at 57/1A, College Street. The owner of the publishing house has claimed that it was a big mistake on their part and said that they have already started withdrawing the copies of the books that have been circulated.last_img read more

Elon Musks Las Vegas Tunnel Plans Are Worrying Monorail Officials

first_img 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadget August 2, 2019 Planning documents, obtained by TechCrunch, are revealing much about how Elon Musk’s proposed Las Vegas loop would work. The Boring Company is charged with building three tunnels: one for pedestrians and two for passenger “sleds,” stretching across the Las Vegas Convention Center Campus. The two vehicle tunnels will be filled with a fleet of autonomous Tesla-based EVs that can carry up to 16 people at a time.There are concerns, however, that the tunneling work required to build Musk’s loop is running too close to the adjacent Las Vegas Monorail. As TechCrunch reports, Monorail officials have lobbied for more oversight and raised objections over tunnels running close to the Monorail’s support pillars. Given the tight tolerances involved, it’s likely that a small amount of disruption could shut the elevated railway down.The Las Vegas Convention Center is a sprawling complex with around 3.2 million square feet of exhibit space across its numerous halls. In short order, a new building, with an additional 1.4 million square feet of space will be added, with construction underway on Elvis Presley Boulevard. That expansion — dubbed “Phase Two,” is expected to open in 2023, followed by an expensive renovation of the existing buildings.If you wanted to talk from the front door of the South Hall to the new building, you’ll be traveling almost a full mile. That half-hour walk each way is hardly ideal for trade show visitors trying to cover so much ground in a short space of time. And so the organization began looking for people movers that could shrink that distance, with Musk’s loop standing out as an early contender.The plans suggest a route that runs from the Phase Two building, through the central parking lot of the LVCC, ending at the back of the South Hall. At ground level, small subway-like entrances would filter down to a mezzanine, below which you’d find the two platforms. What isn’t clear, right now, is how the pods would get out of each other’s way when they reach the terminus at each end with no turning space.At this point, the suggestion is that the self-driving passenger sleds will be based on Tesla’s electric vehicles. But according to comments made Boring Company official Jane Labanowski, these vehicles will have a human driver, or at least an operative. That’s likely to increase the price and cost of riding, at least if things don’t change between now and the proposed project deadline of January 2021.These preliminary documents are clearly not exhaustive architectural plans, and so we can’t draw too many conclusions from them. But, if the system is as simple as a manned Tesla vehicle running through a tunnel, then the finished project could be quite underwhelming. And expensive, compared to the cost of, say, simply marking one of the nearby roads exclusively for shuttle buses that go back and forth between the halls. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more