Jury of global experts at Pune International Film Festival

first_imgThe 16th edition of the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), to be held from January 11 to January 18, will feature a jury of global cinema experts, including Italian filmmaker Maurizio Nichetti and Polish screenwriter-director Joanna Kos-Krauze.Fourteen films have been shortlisted for the PIFF competition, while nearly 200 films will be screened at the festival. A highlight this year will be the Kapoor family handing over 23 original negatives of films produced under the R.K. Studio banner to the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) on opening day of the festival, NFAI director Prakash Magdum said at a press conference on Thursday evening.“Actor Randhir Kapoor will hand over this rich trove to be deposited in the NFAI vaults. The 23 films include blockbusters like Awaara, Sangam, Bobby and Ram Teri Ganga Maili,” Dr. Magdum said. He said these are the original negatives, the best source and ideal format for long-term preservation of films. “We are thankful to the Kapoor family for entrusting NFAI with this prestigious collection so that it can be preserved for future generations.” The NFAI had been in talks with the Kapoor family for over a month. Randhir Kapoor is said to have visited the NFAI last month to inspect the vaults and storage facilities. Tribute to Raj Kapoorfire in September last year gutted Stage 1 of R.K. Studios in Mumbai, resulting in loss of priceless memorabilia and artefacts. The film negatives, stored in another building, were not damaged.PIFF will also feature a pavilion dedicated to Raj Kapoor, where five of his works — Aag, Mera Naam Joker, Shree 420, Sangam and Bobby — will be screened, said Dr. Magdum. “There will be a discussion on these films with director Subash Ghai, and actor Rishi Kapoor is expected to attend,” he said.Filmmaker Jabbar Patel, who is the festival director, said Bobby was chosen as it went with this edition’s theme of ‘Youth’. Dr. Patel said noted filmmakers and scriptwriters like Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara, scriptwriter Kamlesh Pandey, Mexican director Rodrigo Pla, Canadian director Mathieu Denis and Iranian actress Gelareh Abbasi would be part of the jury along with Mr. Nichetti and Ms. Kos-Krauze. In memoriam“We are also organising homage screenings in memory of actors and filmmakers who passed away recently. These include tributes to director Kundan Shah and actors Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Reema Lagoo and Shyama. There is also a section titled ‘Women’s Empowerment’, which will feature films like Bimal Roy’s Parineeta and Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya,” said Dr. Patel.In addition, seven Marathi films, including four unreleased ones, have been shortlisted for the PIFF competition. Since 2002 the eight-day festival has been organised by the Pune Film Foundation in collaboration with the Maharashtra government.last_img read more

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76ers center Joel Embiid out a week with sore left knee

first_imgMOST READ “Nobody needs to read into anything here,” he said. “This is an NBA athlete that has some soreness in the knee, has had an MRI and we all should move on. We’ll miss him, obviously, playing-wise. But it’s not anything that isn’t completely pointed toward keeping him ready and especially ready when it matters most at the end of the year.”The Sixers are 37-21 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference heading into Thursday’s game against the Miami Heat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee.Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Duke star Zion Williamson injures knee after Nike shoe blows out Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes in last Sunday’s All-Star game.Embiid was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft and missed his first two seasons with multiple foot and knee injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It’s reached the stage where he just felt uncomfortable with it,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “It’s a little bit of tendinitis. It’s stuff I think that’s quite common, actually.”Brown said he did not believe the injury was connected to the All-Star game. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho gets off to winning start as Manchester United manager

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken charge of his first game as Manchester United manager, a 2-0 win over second-tier Wigan in a low-key preseason friendly.New signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly impressed for United, and England left back Luke Shaw made his first appearance in 10 months after a broken leg. Will Keane and Andreas Pereira scored the goals on Saturday.United fans chanted Mourinho’s name seconds into the match and he was given a huge ovation as he waved toward supporters after the final whistle.Mourinho arrived on a three-year deal in May after Louis van Gaal was fired.last_img read more

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Hardik Pandya becomes fourth Indian to win Man of the Match on ODI debut

first_imgFormer captain Kapil Dev handing over the India cap to Hardik Pandya proved out to be extremely lucky for the young all-rounder as he produced a terrific spell of bowling to help bundle New Zealand out for 190 in the first ODI at Dharamsala. India chased down the target with 6 wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series on Sunday. (SCORECARD)Coincidentally Kapil had also made his (Test) debut on the same date in 1978 against Pakistan at Faisalabad. He managed just one wicket in that Test as India managed to draw the match. (India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: As It Happened)On the other hand, Pandya had a much better debut as he finished with figures of 3/31, the best stats in the match from India’s side. Pandya’s performance is the fourth best by an Indian bowler on ODI debut. He was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his valuable contribution. Figures Bowler Opposition Venue Year 3/21 Noel David West Indies Port of Spain 1997 3/24 Varun Aaron England Mumbai (Wankhede) 2011 3/30 Subroto Banerjee West Indies Perth 1991 3/31 Hardik Pandya New Zealand Dharamsala 2016 3/32 Dilip Doshi Australia Melbourne 1980 3/33 Tinu Yohannan West Indies Bridgetown 2002 3/34 Bhupinder Singh Sr. UAE Sharjah 1994 3/36 Bhagwat Chandrashekhar New Zealand Auckland 1976 3/37 Piyush Chawla Bangladesh Mirpur 2007In yet another surprising move by captain MS Dhoni, he handed over the new ball to Pandya instead of the more experienced Jasprit Bumrah while Umesh Yadav started off the proceedings for India from the other end after opting to bowl first. Pandya was expected to be the first change bowler but Dhoni tried something different today and the move paid off for Captain Cool.advertisementPandya, after getting smacked for three boundaries by Martin Guptill in his first over in ODI cricket, came back with a bang and managed to get Guptill to edge one to Rohit Sharma at second slip. He then came back for his second spell in the 11th over and removed Corey Anderson (4) and Luke Ronchi (0) as the Black Caps lost half their side for 48 in the 13th over.The pitch at the picturesque HPCA stadium had all the signs of being a brilliant track for batting but the Kiwis completely lost the plot early on and recorded the second worst start by any side against India in India. Start For Venue Year Total Result (for opponent) 5/47 Zimbabwe Mumbai (Wankhede) 1987 135 Lost by 8 wickets 5/48 New Zealand Dharamsala 2016 190 Lost by 6 wickets 5/54 Sri Lanka Mohali 2005 122 Lost by 8 wickets 5/55 Bangladesh Mumbai (Wankhede) 1998 115 Lost by 5 wickets 5/55 England Jaipur 2006 125 Lost by 4 wicketslast_img read more

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Cantona joins Mata’s Common Goal

first_imgManchester United legend Eric Cantona has become the latest star to sign up to Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative, with the Frenchman questioning football’s business model.A man who enjoyed a distinguished playing career, with a spell at Old Trafford being the undoubted highlight, joins a list of more than 60 players who have committed to a charitable cause.The likes of Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa and Giorgio Chiellini have all pledged to donate one per cent of their wages to helping football-based projects around the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Explaining his reasons for wanting to get involved, Cantona told The Players Tribune: “There are many more people in the world who can’t even afford to buy a football than there are people who can afford to pay 200 Euros to attend a Premier League match, or 400 Euros a year to watch it on TV.“Football is one of life’s great teachers. It is one of life’s great inspirations. But the current business model of football ignores so much of the world.“Poor neighbourhoods need football as much as football needs poor neighbourhoods. We need to support a more sustainable, positive and inclusive football, and I will do anything that I can to help.“That is why I am joining the Common Goal movement as their first mentor. Common Goal’s mission is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities, and more than 60 footballers have already pledged 1% of their salaries.“The beautiful thing is that they are players from big clubs, players from small clubs, men and women, from leagues all over the world.“Football should be for the people. This does not have to be a utopian idea. There is no reason why the major actors in the game today cannot come together and support the social aspect of football.“All of us, whether we are rich or poor, whether we are immigrants or 10th-generation citizens, find the same simple joy in the game of football. We speak the same language. We feel the same emotion.”Eric Cantona Manchester UnitedCantona added: “Please, allow me to ask this same simple question to those who run the global game — the footballers, the agents, the sponsors and the committees – what is football if it is not about freedom? What is life if it is not about freedom?“What is the meaning of life? I think we can all agree that we can do more for humanity?”Common Goal co-founder Jurgen Griesback said of Cantona’s desire to join the project: “Welcoming Eric on board and creating the new role of Common Goal mentor is another unique moment for all of us.“We believe that position of mentor not only allows true legends of the game to harness their voices for the good of all, but also gives them the opportunity of creating a lasting legacy far beyond the incredible achievements of their playing career.“We could think of few people better-suited to become the first Common Goal mentor than Eric Cantona.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Country marks Sardar Patels birth anniversary with Run for

first_imgUnityNew Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) The country today marked the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with Run for Unity organised in many states and the Iron Mans contributions in uniting over 500 princely states recognised.Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the run at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi where the event saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.The 1.5 km run in the national capital came to an end near the India Gate C-Hexagon-Shah Jahan Road radial.PresidentRam Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the prime minister, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid floral tributes to Patel on Parliament street where his statue is installed.Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das took part in the run in Ranchi on National Unity Day and said that Patels will-power and vision had resulted in approximately 550 self- governing princely states merging with the country.Dass Bihar counterpart, Nitish Kumar, paid floral tributes to Patel along with Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik at a state function in Patna.Union Minister Mahesh Sharma flagged off the run from the Noida Stadium and said that Patel had brought unity in the country. He also asked BJP workers to follow Patels path and philosophy.In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered Patels contribution to the nation amid controversy over the her government asking state institutes of higher education to ignore the Centres directive of organising events to remember the Iron Man.advertisementJammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at an event said Patel had played the biggest role in ensuring the accession of the state to the country.He flagged off the Run for Unity in Jammu and said that the run was for re-discovering Patels legacy to unite the country.The three-km run witnessed the participation of 15,000 to 20,000 people including school children, elders, sports- persons, artists and politicians.Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off the run and described Patel as a great leader without whom the integration of Indias princely states was not possible.”The merger of over 500 princely states with the Union of India was not easy. It was Sardar Patels firm will power, his political sagacity and farsightedness that helped the country overcome the challenge smoothly without bloodshed,” Paul in Dehradun.The chief minister made a strong pitch for organising programmes in educational institutions on the birthdays of great people such as Patel.The run was flagged off from the Vidhan Sabha and concluded at the police lines.Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi particpated in an Run for Unity event at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. PTI TEAM ANBlast_img read more

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Asuran: Manju Warrier makes her Kollywood debut opposite Dhanush

first_imgDhanush and Vetri Maaran are known for churning out blockbuster films namely Pollathavan, Aadukalam and the recently-released Vada Chennai. At the promo event of Vada Chennai, Dhanush announced that he is teaming up with Vetri Maaran yet again for a film titled Asuran.The latest addition to the cast of Asuran is Malayalam actress Manju Warrier. This film will mark Manju’s debut in Kollywood and she is paired opposite Dhanush. The Odiyan actress is known for pulling off complex roles with aplomb.Welcoming Manju Warrier to Kollywood, Dhanush wrote, “#asuran – update .. the evergreen Manju Warrier will be playing the female lead. Excited to share screen space and learn from this amazing talent. (sic)”#asuran – update .. the evergreen Manju Warrier will be playing the female lead. Excited to share screen space and learn from this amazing talent.Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) January 22, 2019It will be interesting to see the fresh pairing of Dhanush and Manju. The shooting of Asuran will kickstart on January 26, according to Dhanush. The makers are tight-lipped about the film’s genre and cast.On January 21, composer-actor GV Prakash took to Twitter to announce that he has been roped in to score tunes for the movie. He is collaborating with Dhanush and Vetri Maaran for the fourth time.According to sources, Asuran is said to be based on a Tamil novel called ‘Vetkai’. The official first look poster of the film released recently and Dhanush sports a new hairdo and a twirled moustache in it.Asuran is bankrolled by Kalaipuli S Thanu under his banner V Creations. He previous project was Dhanush-starrer Velaiyilla Pattathari 2 aka VIP 2.advertisementALSO READ| Petta: Trisha watches early morning show with Dhanush and Rajinikanth fansALSO WATCH: Cauvery water dispute: Tamil actors join protest demanding management boardlast_img read more

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9 months agoDONE DEAL: Ex-Tottenham defender Steven Caulker joins Alanyaspor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Ex-Tottenham defender Steven Caulker joins Alanyasporby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham defender Steven Caulker has joined Alanyaspor in the Turkish top flight.The 27-year-old has been without a club since leaving Dundee in September 2018.Caulker started his career at Tottenham, joined Cardiff for £8m in 2013 and moved to QPR for the same amount a year later.”He has his own goals. He is only 27 and hopefully he will take his career to a higher level,” said Alanyaspor president Hasan Cavusoglu.”He is big in our expectations,” said club president Hasan Cavusoglu.Caulker had loan spells at Southampton and Liverpool in the 2015-16 season. last_img read more

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Amazon loses contract with FedEx amid competition

first_imgSan Francisco: Amid increasing competition, global courier company FedEx has decided not to renew its air shipping contract with e-commerce giant Amazon. Amazon’s FedEx Express contract is in question, which according to Amazon is used for air transportation of packages and is not used for last-mile and ground deliveries, The Verge reported on Friday. “FedEx has made the strategic decision to not renew the FedEx Express US domestic contract with Amazon.com as we focus on serving the broader e-commerce market,” Carl Quintanilla, CNBC Journalist tweeted a screenshot of FedEx’s statement. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents “The decision does not impact any existing contracts between Amazon and other FedEx business units or relating to international services,” the statement added. Amazon is not FedEx’s largest customer and only 1.3 per cent of the total revenue generated by the global courier company in 2018 was attributed to Amazon.com. However, the decision did not really come as a surprise to Amazon, the report said. The e-commerce company has invested years into building its own delivery infrastructure to cut down on logistics costs. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Currently, Amazon oversees a massive warehouse, air hub, and cargo freight logistics network in addition to its growing network of Flex personal delivery drivers, which are employed using an Uber-like contract model. “We respect FedEx’s decision and thank them for their role serving Amazon customers over the years,” the report quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying. Since FedEx has refused to transport Amazon parcels via air, it remains unclear how Amazon would be able to keep up with its recently-introduced one-day delivery program for Prime members in the US.last_img read more

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Dattatreya to take oath as Himachal Governor on Sep 5

first_imgHyderabad: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya will take oath as the governor of Himachal Pradesh on September 5. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told reporters here on Monday that he will leave for Himachal Pradesh on September 4 and will take oath as Governor the next day. He was speaking after performing ‘puja’ at the famous Ganesh idol at Khariratabad here. The 61-feet idol is the tallest among the idols installed in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ One of the new Governors appointed for five states by the Centre on Sunday, Dattatreya thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for reposing confidence in him. The 72-year-old was elected to Lok Sabha for four terms from Secunderabad constituency here. He served as Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and also in earlier Modi government. Dattatreya, who was dropped from the ministry in 2017, was also denied ticket in the recent elections.last_img read more

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Pierre Tremblay vs Pierre Tremblay two Quebec mayoral candidates have same name

first_imgMONTREAL – The next mayor of Les Eboulements, Que. will definitely be Pierre Tremblay, but voters will have to decide which one.That’s because both the candidates running to be mayor of the municipality 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City have the same name.While the two Tremblays share a moniker, they say their visions for the area are very different.One of the candidates is the incumbent mayor, who says the 1,330-person municipality on the banks of the St-Lawrence could realize its full potential through further development.“I feel there are a lot of possibilities at the touristic level, at the agricultural level,” he said in a phone interview.“We should try to develop the advantages we have here, especially tourism.”The other Tremblay, who is currently a city councillor, thinks the town’s development should proceed more slowly.He’s concerned that people from out of town buying vacation homes are pushing up the value of land, and wants to protect local farmers from the bigger tax bills they could face as a result.“I’ve lived here all my life, I’m a person who communicates a lot with others,” he said in an interview.“The current mayor keeps things to himself, he comes to council and things have to be adopted right away, it’s too fast.”The men, who are both in their 60s, say they’re not related.Tremblay, however, is Quebec’s most popular surname, accounting for over one per cent of the population in 2006.A online search for “Pierre Tremblay” in the province’s phone listings currently yields over 1,500 results.To ensure voters can tell them apart, the two candidates are featuring their street addresses prominently on their campaign material.Since photos aren’t allowed in the voting area, the candidates’ full addresses will appear on the ballots along with their names.The city held a draw to see which candidate will be listed first on the ballot.While such coincidences are rare, they’re not unheard of.Ten of 24 candidates who recently ran for council in Trout River, N.L. all had the same last name — Crocker.And in 2016, three candidates named Vasile Cepoi ran for mayor in a town in Romania, according to The Associated Press.last_img read more

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IDRIS ELBA MARRIES CANADIAN MODEL SABRINA DHOWRE IN A BEAUTIFUL MOROCCAN WEDDING

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Idris Elba has married Sabrina Dhowre. Later, she changed into a V-neck style embroidered dress with pearls and gemstones and finished with couture lace.Guests wore black tie.The celebrations have been spread out over three days.Friends and family attended a “colours of the Souk” themed dinner the night before the wedding at the Amanjena. On April 27, they will attend an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental, which will emulate the atmosphere of a festival.Elba met Dhowre in Canada in 2017 while filming The Mountain Between Us. Speaking about their relationship, the Brit previously told People, “Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special.”This is the third marriage for Idris. He was wed to Hanne ‘Kim’ Norgaard, with whom he shares 17-year-old daughter Isan, from 1999-2003, and to Sonya Nicole Hamlin for a brief period in 2006. He also has a son, Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.By Susan Devaney ~ British Vogue Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre are married. The couple, who got engaged in 2018, exchanged vows on April 26 at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh.Dhowre wore two custom dresses by Vera Wang; while Elba wore a bespoke suit by Ozwald Boateng.For the ceremony, Dhowre wore a classic off-the-shoulder white A-line gown.last_img read more

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Identities of two Mikmaq Warriors on RCMP threat list revealed

first_img(Suzanne Patles was arrested and charged with mischief on July 9, 2013, after laying tobacco and praying the middle of a highway in New Brunswick during an anti-shale gas exploration demonstration. Photo/Suzanne Patles Faceboook)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAPTN National News has identified two of the individuals on a list of 89 Indigenous rights activists considered “threats” by the RCMP following a review of details contained in a recently released report compiled by the federal police force’s intelligence centre.The RCMP’s National Intelligence Coordination Centre compiled the list of Indigenous rights activists who posed potential “threats” during Indigenous rights demonstrations as part of an operation dubbed Project SITKA which aimed to enhance the federal police force’s intelligence gathering capacity, according to a report obtained under the Access to Information Act by two Ottawa-based researchers.While the names of the individuals on the list of 89 are redacted in the publicly released version of the Project SITKA report, several key details about possible identities managed to survive the censors.Based on these details and previous reporting on the issue, APTN can report on the identity of two of the individuals on the Project SITKA list. They are Suzanne Patles, a mother of three children who lives in Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia, and Coady Stevens, who is originally from Eskasoni but lives in We’koqma’q First Nation, which is on Cape Breton Island also in Nova Scotia. Stevens is also a father but does not want to publicly reveal the number of his children because he has faced death threats in the past. Both are members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society and were arrested and charged during anti-shale gas demonstrations in Elsipogtog in 2013.“I guess you wear it like a badge of pride. You know you are doing your job right if you are on a government watch list,” said Patles, in a telephone interview from Eskasoni. “It is kind of complicated. Yes, you are being monitored, you are being watched. It is amusing, but at the same time it’s kind of scary because everything you do is being monitored.”Stevens said he feels a bit “nervous” knowing the RCMP put him on the list, but it comes as no surprise.“All the work that I have done must be getting somewhere if I am on the watch list,” said Stevens, in a telephone interview from We’koqma’q. “I see a lot of the social conditions in the community and the bad things happening to our people. Most of the things I do is for the children and the next generation. I try to do work to make their lives better than the lives of this generation.”Coady Stevens in a Facebook photo from March 26.The RCMP’s Project SITKA was launched in early 2014 to identify individuals “willing and capable of utilizing unlawful tactics” during Indigenous rights demonstrations,” according to the intelligence report which was  obtained by Andy Crosby, an Ottawa-based researcher, and Jeffery Monaghan, an assistant criminology professor at Carleton University.The National Intelligence Coordination Centre initially created a list of 313 individuals who posed a potential “criminal threat to Aboriginal public order events.” The list was then reduced to 89 individuals, both non-Indigenous and Indigenous, that met the RCMP’s criteria which was based on background, motivation and rhetoric “to have committed or commit criminal activities” in connection with Indigenous rights demonstrations.The intelligence centre’s report breaks down the list of 89 by regions. Thirty-five of the 89 individuals who made the list were from New Brunswick. British Columbia was next with 16 people, followed by Ontario with 15, Manitoba with 11, Nova Scotia with 10, one from Saskatchewan and one from Prince Edward Island.The high number of individuals on the RCMP list from New Brunswick was primarily the result of the months-long demonstrations against shale gas exploration near Elsipogtog First Nation in 2013. The demonstrations saw heavily armed RCMP tactical units raid a camp, clashes between community members and police, burning police cars and highways blocked by flaming tires. The Mi’kmaq-led fight against the exploration, which they feared would lead to hydraulic fracturing and a poisoning of the area’s water, played a role in the eventual toppling of the Tory provincial government by a Liberal opposition that promised a moratorium on shale gas exploration.The Project SITKA report said a core group of members of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society travelled to Elsipogtog from Nova Scotia.The report notes that “two individuals, both from Nova Scotia and who identified as part of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society, participated in a national speaking tour” in 2014. The report identifies those two individuals as being “within the project,” meaning they were on the list of threats. The report notes the speaking tour was organized by the Council of Canadians and another individual from British Columbia who is also on the RCMP’s threat list.Patles and Stevens embarked on a speaking tour about the shale gas demonstrations in 2014 organized by the Council of Canadians and Harsha Walia, a migrant justice activist and author who is affiliated with No One is Illegal. Their tour stops matched the places described in the RCMP report.Suzanne Patles and Coady Stevens during one of their speaking tour stops in B.C. on Jan. 24, 2014. Photo//Facebook Dave GoodswimmerPatles was in the thick of the battle against shale gas exploration throughout most of the summer and fall of 2013 and she became one of the Warrior Society’s more high profile spokespeople. She was arrested three times. Patles was first arrested and charged with mischief on July 9, 2013, after laying tobacco and praying the middle of a highway. Then, on July 28, 2013, she was arrested and charged for obstruction, breaching conditions and mischief after the RCMP alleged she was involved in planning a blockade in the woods where several women chained themselves to machinery. Her last arrest came Oct. 17, 2013, during the RCMP raid on an encampment blocking shale gas exploration vehicles.Patles said she never went to trial on any of the charges. She said her charges were dropped.“It was entirely all worth it and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat, and I think we were successful in our endeavour, we were able to stop hydraulic fracturing in the province,” said Patles. “And we sent off sparks all across the world.”Stevens was one of six high-profile Mi’kmaq Warriors arrested after the Oct. 17 raid. He said he spent five weeks in solitary confinement following his arrest after the raid. He was freed on Dec. 20, 2013, after pleading guilty to five charges, including assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer. He was sentenced to time served.(RCMP tactical officers scope the situation during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)Stevens said he is still struggling with trauma from his time in solitary confinement. He said it damaged his spirituality and still prevents him from being able to enter into a sweat lodge for ceremony because it is a confined space.“When I got arrested and I was put in the hole and with so many repeated strip-searches, I came so disconnected from my spirituality. When I got out, I wasn’t able to recover spiritually,” said Stevens. “One day I tried to go to a sweat and I was virtually in tears, I was so scared. They kind of took it away…. I have been trying to make sense of my life after those traumatic events that unfolded and what happened in Elsipogtog.”Stevens said the ongoing Native American-led demonstrations in North Dakota against an oil pipeline has again ignited a spark.“With the events unfolding in Standing Rock, with all the people rising up, it is a perfect time to get in right now because the fire is lit in the hearts of people,” he said. “More than it’s ever been.”Walia, who helped organize the speaking tour for Patles and Stevens, said Project SITKA fits a known pattern.“Canada has consistently treated Indigenous resurgence and nationhood as a threat,” said Walia. “Whether it’s ceremony or blockades, criminalization has often been an option of first resort rather than actually transforming policies that continue to sanction theft of Indigenous lands and Indigenous children.”Walia is a public supporter of the Unist’ot’en camp and Defenders of the Land.The Project SITKA report notes that the 16 individuals on the list from B.C. are linked to several groups, including the Unist’ot’en camp, which has dug in along the proposed routes of three pipelines in the province, Defenders of the Land, the American Indian Movement and No One is Illegal, among others.The report’s section on B.C. also notes two individuals on its list travelled from the province to the anti-shale gas demonstrations in Elsipogtog.Steven Kakinoosit travelled from B.C. to Elsipogtog with a group of 10 people after the Oct. 17, 2013, RCMP raid, arriving in New Brunswick in early November. There is nothing in the RCMP document to suggest Kakinoosit is on the list. However, he said it confirms what he’s always believed that Canadian authorities target those who stand up for Indigenous rights.“We are being monitored and harassed because of the fact that we are Indigenous people standing up for our rights,” said Kakinoosit, who lives in Prince George, B.C. “I would even go so far as to say they are doing this because they fear the rise of direct action and front-line workers coming from the inner cities. They realize, just as we do, they are the single most dangerous segment of our population because of the potential they have to rise up.”Elsipogtog First Nation member Brian Milliea, who was involved in the movement against shale gas exploration, said the community had no choice but to fight the prospect of hydraulic fracturing in their territory.“We didn’t choose this fight because we wanted to. We chose this fight because we had to,” said Milliea. “This movement, which the RCMP chose to categorize as violent terrorism and unlawful, was never that. Just like the movement in North Dakota was always peaceful and non-violent. The violence and brutality came when the RCMP brought in members from other districts who wanted to harm unarmed peaceful water protectors.”Milliea was visited in August 2014 by two plain-clothes RCMP officers who said they were from a special task force. The officers wanted to question Milliea about a Facebook post where he called for a protest on New Brunswick Day. The RCMP’s intelligence centre compiled the bulk of its Project SITKA report between April and September of 2014.Project SITKA reportDownload (PDF, Unknown)The Project SITKA intelligence report also focused on several groups linked to the 89 individuals on the list. Some of the main groups identified were the Unist’ot’en camp, Defenders of the Land, Idle No More, the American Indian Movement and the Indigenous Environmental Network.The Unist’ot’en camp is anchored by the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation. The camp has dug in over the past six years in an area along the routes of two proposed liquid natural gas pipelines and a proposed oil pipeline. The camp sits about 66 km south of Houston, B.C., and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver. It has become a pilgrimage destination of sorts for activists because of its steadfast opposition to the pipelines and its off-the-grid sustainability.Dini Ze (Chief) Smogelgem, one of the main spokespeople for the camp, said it comes as no surprise the camp is on an RCMP list.“We’ve been on similar RCMP lists for years,” he said, in an interview with APTN Investigates journalist Rob Smith. “We’ve (seen) many reports, many internal confidential reports leaked to us over the years.”Smogelgem said he’s operated under the assumption the RCMP is keeping tabs on the camp and he expects the pressure to increase in the coming spring.“We’ve known of them spying on us for years…. It is how we live,” he said. “We are expecting a big push from them in the spring to deal with us. As you know, we’re not going anywhere. This is our home.”The intelligence report also names Russ Diabo, a Mohawk policy analyst originally from Kahnawake described in the document as a spokesperson for the Defenders of the Land group. The report does not suggest Diabo is on the list of 89, but he was the only individual whose name escaped the censors.“Spokesperson Russell Diabo has described Canada as being ‘at war with the First Nations people,’” said the report.Diabo, who has tracked the evolution of surveillance by Canadian law, said Project SITKA is just the latest incarnation of the RCMP’s efforts against Indigenous rights movements.“My ideas are a threat because I am challenging state sovereignty,” said Diabo. “I am saying we have pre-existing sovereignty.”Diabo is exploring legal options against the RCMP over his inclusion in the report.The report also claims the American Indian Movement (AIM) is the dominant organization in Manitoba when it comes to Indigenous rights activism.“(AIM) is the most influential organization within the province, with a number of its members organizing or attending events,” said the report. “Several members meet the criteria for this project and are listed as either volatile or disruptive protesters.”Project SITKA included 11 individuals from Manitoba on its list.Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Terry Nelson was involved with opening an official AIM chapter in Winnipeg back in 2013. Nelson said AIM has been active in Manitoba and Saskatchewan since the 1990s.“AIM hasn’t been leading the charge, but it has certainly been working with the young people to get them ready,” said Nelson, a former vice-chair of AIM. “The attitude is different today than it was, and young people can and will take action. Look at what is happening at Standing Rock, they have really powerful support all over the world as a result of their spiritual prayer and peacefulness. Of course, if the Dakota people get killed, it would open up something they are not going to like.”Project SITKA list of groupsDownload (PDF, Unknown)In Ontario, the SITKA report names the Unist’ot’en camp and Idle No More as the two most influential organizations in the province. The intelligence report said pipelines are the main issue among Indigenous rights activist in the province and notes a railway blockade by Mohawks from Tyendinaga in March 2014 launched to call for an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women-which the Liberal government announced soon after taking power in the fall of 2015.Prominent activist Clayton Thomas-Muller lived in Ottawa in 2014-when the SITKA report was compiled-and worked for Idle No More at the time. He has also visited the Unist’ot’en camp three times and was involved in fundraising for it. He has travelled internationally on various campaigns over the years.  APTN revealed in 2014 Thomas-Muller was under RCMP surveillance.The Project SITKA report notes some of the subjects on its threat lists from Ontario have “travelled to other provinces and internationally to attend events.”Thomas-Muller said First Nation peoples are “sovereign within the settler colonial state of Canada” which means there is a jurisdictional gray area when it comes to actions on self-determination when it comes to disputes on natural resource extraction.“Canada’s economy is built on the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their lands and the marginalization of their rights, collective rights that are enshrined in section 35 of the Constitution,” said Thomas-Muller, who is currently a Stop it at the Source campaigner with 350.org. “It is up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to honour their word, lift up the honour of the Crown and honour their legal and fiduciary responsibility.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Spanish Prime Minister: My Visit to Morocco Is ‘Very Important’

Mohammedia – Speaking over the weekend at the 26th Ibero-American summit in Guatemala, Sanchez announced his intent to visit Morocco, months after his first planned visit to Rabat was reported.Weeks after his election as prime minister in June, Sanchez requested a meeting with Moroccan counterpart El Othmani and a “special audience” with King Mohammed VI. But the Moroccan King was on a trip abroad at the time.Of today’s visit, Sanchez told journalists the date was also his request, signaling the importance Madrid accords to the “historical ties” and the “strategic bilateral relations” it enjoys with its North African neighbor. At the Guatemala summit, Sanchez spoke of his Moroccan visit as an important step towards rekindling the two nations’ partnership on “common challenges.” Asked why he had made the first step, Sanchez replied: “I made the request, full stop. That’s all I can say for now.”Later on Sunday, however, a statement from the prime minister’s office gave more details about the visit.“Head of government Pedro Sanchez will thank his Moroccan counterpart Saaddedine El Othmani and King Mohammed VI for their country’s efforts in fighting against irregular migration,” Spanish newspaper EFE quoted the Spanish government’s statement.Also important to Sanchez’s trip to Morocco is the Spanish leader’s desire to “personally reiterate his country’s unwavering commitment” to the partnership with Morocco, EFE reported.Spain Morocco’s ‘foremost EU’ AllyWhile signifying his attachment to the strategic partnership with Rabat and his acknowledgement of the “great job” Morocco has performed to limit the success of irregular migrants’ attempts to cross to Spain, EFE explained, “Sanchez will also guarantee Morocco that Spain will remain its foremost ally in the EU.”Since his election on June 2, Sanchez has established himself as perhaps the most vocal pro-Moroccan voice in the European club.When many in the EU reportedly had doubts and mixed feelings about the EU-Morocco cooperation on migration, Sanchez lobbied for more EU funds to “technically and logistically” assist Rabat’s “enormous efforts” in securing Europe’s external borders.Similarly, as the Morocco-EU fisheries agreement seemed on the verge of collapse over apparently irreconcilable differences between Rabat and Brussels (with Brussels declining to increase Rabat’s financial benefits off the deal), Madrid made it its calling to explain to other EU member states how critical it is for the European body to maintain and nurture alliance with Rabat.“Morocco is a crucial Spanish ally on many issues, including security, immigration, and economic cooperation,” Sanchez has said of his insistence on travelling to Morocco. His visit to Rabat, he added, will be “very important.”Read Also: Spanish Prime Minister: My Visit to Morocco Is ‘Very Important’Read Also: Migration: EU Agrees to Fund Morocco Border Control, Puts Nothing on Paper read more

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Zimbabwean powersharing deal sparks praise from Ban

11 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s agreement between the Zimbabwean Government and the country’s opposition on the formation of a government of national unity. “He hopes that this agreement will pave the way for a durable peace and recovery in the country and contribute to rapid improvement in the welfare and human rights of the people of Zimbabwe, who have suffered for long,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.Mr. Ban congratulated the parties for reaching the accord in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, and commended the mediator, South African President Thabo Mbeki, “for his tireless efforts to help them reach it.“The United Nations has been supporting the mediation process through the role of the Secretary-General’s envoy, Haile Menkerios, in the Reference Group,” the statement added.The power-sharing accord is designed to end the political crisis and resulting violence, unrest and humanitarian suffering that have engulfed Zimbabwe since the first round of national elections were held in March. In a subsequent presidential run-off round, incumbent Robert Mugabe was declared the winner after opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) dropped out. read more

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HBC reveals Saks Lord Taylor data leak lasted nine months

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. says a previously announced security breach at its Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th and Lord & Taylor stores began as early as July 1 last year, but has been contained since March 31.The Toronto-based retailer announced the breach on April 1 but provided few details at the time.These 3 Saks stores in Canada were exposed to the data breach that hit Hudson’s Bay Co.It now says the breach was caused by malware, a type of software inserted into its system to collect customer payment card information, including the cardholder name, card number and expiration date.The details released today confirmed some of the information published weeks ago by Gemini Advisory LLC, a cybersecurity firm that detected the breach after it noticed an influx of stolen credit and debit card information for sale.The firm found that three Canadian Saks locations were exposed to the breach: Sherway Gardens in Toronto, Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, Ont. and Pickering Town Centre in Pickering, Ont.HBC says it believes the breach no longer poses a risk to customers shopping at the affected stores.It also says there’s no indication that its e-commerce platforms, Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters stores in Canada or HBC Europe were affected. read more

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Noah Spences Ohio State career ends ruled ineligible for Big Ten play

Then-sophomore defensive lineman Noah Spence (8) tackles Penn State then-freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 26. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Lantern file photoNoah Spence’s career as an Ohio State Buckeye has officially ended.After multiple failed drug tests stemming from the end of the 2013 season to September, former OSU defensive end Spence has been ruled permanently ineligible for athletic competition by the Big Ten Conference, OSU vice president and athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement Tuesday night.Smith said that Spence appealed his permanent ineligibility, but was ultimately denied.“The Ohio State University Department of Athletics had assisted Noah and his family leading up to an appeals process that took place today,” Smith said.“While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are pleased that Noah has come a long way and we are very proud of the progress he has made with regard to his health,” Smith said. “The Department of Athletics will continue to assist Noah through his pursuits and provide the academic resources necessary to help him complete his degree program.”Noah Spence walks out of OSU’s fall camp hotel Aug. 7.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the minutes following the news, Spence tweeted from his Twitter account, @nspence94:Not what I wanted but now it’s time to get ready for the next level, I’ve learnt so much in the last couple months that it’s all worth it..— Noah Spence (@nspence94) November 26, 2014 Spence, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., was originally suspended following a failed drug test for ecstasy prior to OSU’s matchup with Clemson in the 2013 Orange Bowl. That failed drug test resulted in a three-game suspension for Spence, but prior to his scheduled return to the Buckeyes in September, Spence failed a second drug test, this one resulting in an indefinite suspension.Spence did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Tuesday evening. Smith declined further comment on the suspension.The Buckeyes are set to close the 2014 regular season against Michigan this Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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New player in proximity detection for mining machines

first_imgStrata Products Worldwide has formed Strata Proximity Systems and acquired Frederick Mining Controls (FMC). FMC is a leading developer and manufacturer of proximity detection and collision avoidance systems. Proximity detection and collision avoidance systems are designed to increase personnel safety awareness while working with and around mining machinery. Areas deemed potentially dangerous are ‘marked’ by the system and, when breached, the system automatically emits warning alarms and/or disables the machinery completely. HazardAvert® is the proximity detection system developed by FMC and has become one of the most well-known and reliable systems available.“The formation of Strata Proximity Systems and the acquisition of Frederick Mining Controls is a significant step forward for both Strata Worldwide and the HazardAvert system,” said Strata Chief Operating Officer Mike Berube.  “This alliance grants Strata worldwide distribution rights for the HazardAvert system, management of other HazardAvert distributors and management of all distribution and marketing aspects of Strata Proximity Systems. The companies can now meet the growing market demand for these systems and provide the support required. Together, we have the resources to enhance the technology as well as increase production capabilities.”With the upcoming changes in US coal mining regulations concerning proximity detection, Strata Proximity Systems will be investing considerable time and resources into the development and manufacture of these MSHA-approved systems. HazardAvert has been installed underground in three major US coal mines to date. Multiple HazardAvert systems are underground and operational in coal mines in South Africa, and over 400 systems are on order.HazardAvert is available through Strata Products Worldwide through its operations in the US, South Africa, Australia, Europe and China.last_img read more

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