Long wait for power in Odisha after Cyclone Fani snaps transmission lines

first_imgHot and humid weather has compounded the woes of the cyclone-affected people in Odisha, with the government facing a gigantic task of restoring power to houses in Puri and Khurdha districts battered by Fani.Despite massive efforts by the State government, total power restoration is likely to be completed in Bhubaneswar only by May 15. Around that time residents of Puri too may start getting power. The extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ has damaged 75 high power transmission towers while 84,000 km low tension power lines have been found either broken or sagging. Over 11,000 distribution transformers were damaged.Massive damage “The power infrastructure has suffered massive damage. To bring it back to its earlier shape, it will take two months, but we are focusing on emergency restoration system, which will be completed in a fortnight,” State Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma told The Hindu here on Thursday.“The challenge is enormous. Two lakh electric poles have been damaged by the cyclone. Of the two lakh, one lakh will have to be replaced completely while another one lakh are repairable. The State had a stock of 80,000 poles in different districts while 20,000 poles were obtained from ongoing programmes,” said Mr. Sharma.“The Steel Authority of India Limited has made a commitment to provide 60,000 poles in phases while 30,000 poles have to be procured from different manufacturers in the State. There is a shortfall of about 10,000 which are part of lift irrigation points and that can be taken up at a later stage,” said the Energy Secretary.The State government has set up four temporary workshops at Puri to procure raw materials used in electrification. Another difficulty being faced in the restoration exercise is manpower crunch. “Ideally, 1,000 gangs (each consisting of 10 members) should have been deployed for restoring power. We have been able to deploy 500 gangs who have mostly come from outside Odisha,” he said. Contractors warned “There are 644 high tension licensee contractors in Odisha. Of them, only 100 have joined the cyclone restoration. We have issued warning that if they fail to join the force in 10 days, their licence would be cancelled,” he said. Requests were sent to West Bengal, Telangana, Karnataka and Kerala to get a labour force of 2,700.By Thursday, 61,000 power consumers have been provided electricity which is about 32% of the total consumers. The Energy Secretary said the target was to restore power inside Bhubaneswar by May 12.Meanwhile, people are facing a tough time with the daytime temperature crossing 40 degree Celsius at several places.last_img read more

Ronnie And Me

first_imgRonald Reagan left us a decade ago, when he wrote his letter to the American people that announced his entry into Alzheimer’s disease. “I now begin the journey,” he wrote, “that will lead me into the sunset of my life.”When he died last month, I almost forgot that he was still alive.The media reacted with frenzy: They treated Reagan as both a hero and an icon, as someone to admire and someone to worship. He earned a state funeral and funereal commentaries from the pundits. Republicans swarmed around his legacy, as Democrats silenced themselves from criticism. Reagan got a free pass to the by and by.I owe Reagan an enormous debt. He was no ordinary president for me. Reagan made an entire generation of people like me into straight-forward Leftists – we are the generation that fought against his policies in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, South Africa·We organized for sanctions on South Africa when apartheid reigned there: Reagan vetoed every effort, and he made scurrilous remarks about the good faith of the white supremacist leaders. During his speech in opposition to sanctions in 1986, Reagan referred to South Africa continually as South America. South African Bishop Tutu reacted to the speech with this, “Your President is the pits as far as blacks are concerned. I found the speech nauseating.” Reagan financed the illegal war in Nicaragua through arms sales to Iran, and while hearings convulsed Washington they did not touch Reagan. In 1987, he called the Iran-Contra deal a “mistake,” and yet Congress did not move to impeach him for the illegal actions on his watch. Nor did it much affect those around him: Oliver North is now a well-paid media commentator and John Negroponte (famous cover-man for the Honduran death squads) will be the first US Ambassador in “Liberated” Iraq.When the Lebanese fighters humiliated the U.S. marines in Beirut, Reagan scripted a “wag the dog” scenario: to divert attention, he quickly invaded Grenada. The excuse: he had to save some American medical students, but the bursar of the school in Grenada Gary Solin told the press on the day of the invasion, “Our safety was never in danger. We were used by this government as an excuse to invade Grenada.”Reagan made me who I am, an unabashed leftist: for that thanks.But that’s not my only debt. I owe him more.I, like many desis, am grateful to him for his 1986 immigration act that allowed many of us to gain green cards through the amnesty provision.But, his gift came at a costly price. That same legislation had an innocuous section called “employer verification” that allowed the state to prosecute any employer who had an “illegal immigrant” on the payroll. In 1990 the General Accounting Office released a study that showed us what this section had produced.Many Latinos and Asians, including desis, began to have a hard time finding employment in the waged work sector because employers were chary of hiring those without papers. It is not that these Latinos and Asians had no papers, just that run of the mill racism meant that those of us who looked like forever immigrants also looked like illegal ones, so many employers chose not to hire us for fear of being fined or shut-down.In addition, Reagan’s immigrant act was designed cleverly to undercut the labor movement. In the first few months of his presidency, Reagan went after the air traffic controllers’ union, PATCO, the only one incidentally that had supported him during the presidential campaign against Jimmy Carter. The salvo against labor was part of Reagan’s general policy on behalf of the upward distribution of wealth: he worked for the rich, to benefit them and to screw the working people. The immigrant act brought in people who worked in a sector of the economy that was once heavily unionized: construction work, hotel work, small manufacturing work, etc. Now with this enlarged labor pool and with weak rules for unionization, employers who did overcome their racism and hire these new immigrants could forgo the power of unions, pay low wages with few benefits and make enormous profits.Reagan’s policy pitted immigrants against other workers, and created the framework for the massive anti-Asian backlash of the 1980s: the 1987 Dotbusters formed in New Jersey to harass and attack desis are part of a nation-wide anti-immigrant wave. By the way, it is rather sick that the Organization of Chinese Americans decided to commemorate the death of Reagan with a sickly tribute press release – what about Vincent Chin, killed in 1982 as part of the early wave of anti-immigrant hysteria set off by Reagan’s “war” on Japanese products, and the many others who suffered mightily from the anti-immigrant sentiment exacerbated by the 1986 act.My television only plays PBS and Bollywood videos. It refuses to participate in the pabulum that passes for “news.” I’d rather get that from the web, from newspapers and magazines or else from the telephone updates that my mother in Kolkata gives me. I only read about what an old friend called the “sycophantic homage” to Reagan. Even in the Reagan years I found television hard to watch, partly because Reagan’s myth machine had already made “news” unbearable. During the Reagan years, the news media began to slavishly follow the dictates of the White House and write more about the “feeling” of the president than his policies.Reagan’s legacy is not only the toxic world that we live in, or the lefties that he helped produce, but the noxious myth-culture that he has given us. Our current president thrives on it. For Bush, like Reagan, image is everything, and truth is overrated. No wonder the Bush camp wanted to celebrate Reagan so: he allowed them to relive the image and to obscure the truth, which is that these are murderers and plutocrats whose “morning in America” is our mourning for America.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Boxing chief ‘optimistic’ over ending Tokyo Olympics threat

first_imgIf the AIBA’s Olympic suspension is maintained the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport appears in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 International Boxing Federation AIBA interim president, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane poses during an interview with AFP in Lausanne. – (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)Amateur boxing’s governing body the AIBA emerged from talks with the IOC on Monday “optimistic” of retaining the right to organize the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee has frozen boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act after concern over its governance and finances.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today.”He said he was confident the inquiry would produce a positive report with the IOC which is due to meet to decide on its verdict on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMoustahsane, in a statement, added: “We remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and AIBA’s ability to safeguard this great sport.”The Moroccan doctor was joined by AIBA’s American chief executive Tom Virgets in an eight-strong delegation at the hearing with the three-member IOC inquiry led by Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s ruling body. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Megan Rapinoe kicks FIFA, says women’s soccer not treated equally

first_imgA champion at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 World Cup, the Seattle Reign midfielder has been the most outspoken American player.FIFA doubled prize money for the women to $30 million this year from the amount four years ago and the amount for the winning team to $4 million. That remains a fraction of the money at last year’s men’s World Cup, where France received $38 million from a $400 million pool. FIFA has raised the men’s pool to $440 million for 2022.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I would like to see a major paradigm shift and sort of a major overhaul,” Rapinoe said. “There’s been such a lack of investment for all of these years and such a lack of care and attention that doubling or tripling or quadrupling investment, care, attention to the women’s game I think would be appropriate.”FIFA pointed to the increase in resources devoted to women since Gianni Infantino became FIFA’s president in 2016, including the hiring of Fatma Samoura as secretary general, the first woman to hold the post; the addition of Sarai Bareman as FIFA’s first chief women’s football officer and the establishment of a FIFA’s women’s division; and using video assistant referees at the Women’s World Cup following the introduction of VAR at last year’s men’s World Cup. FIFA said its staff at the World Cup will include 214 women and 218 men. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Players on the U.S. team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March, charging institutionalized gender discrimination. The USSF countered that pay and benefits for members of the men’s and women’s teams, bargained by separate unions, can’t be compared and said there was no basis for allegations of illegal conduct.“It’s not this divide. It’s very much a cohesive unit,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “It doesn’t enter the locker room. It doesn’t enter the meeting space. We’re working together and making this work and, yeah, I understand. I’m a woman. I have a young daughter. I understand a lot of the bigger social issues out there in terms of that. But I also know right now the job is to get the team focused and they are focused.”Preparing for her third World Cup, Rapinoe is among three American co-captains, joined by two-time FIFA player of the year Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. With short, spikey dyed blond hair, Rapinoe is the most recognizable U.S. women’s player.Before the 2012 Olympics, she came out as gay. She knelt during the national anthem three years ago in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and this year became the first openly gay woman to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue .Rapinoe is not surprised at attacks on LGBTQ rights and abortion rights.“Equality for all requires people who have more of it right now to give up some which I think, obviously, is a good thing for everyone,” she said. “But some people don’t want to give that up, so they’re doing everything they can to keep all of it to themselves. I don’t think it’s surprising. I think those people are probably going to do everything they can to keep all the power that they have for as long as they possibly can.”She maintains inequality for women in sports goes beyond soccer.“I think it’s pretty clear women in sport have not been treated with the same care and financing and all of that that men’s sports has,” she said. “So I don’t think anyone’s really arguing about that anymore.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue In addition to the boost in prize money, FIFA added $11.5 million for teams’ preparations for the Women’s World Cup and $8.5 million for club benefits, raising spending to $50 million. FIFA spent $48 million for teams’ preparations at last year’s men’s World Cup and $209 million for club benefits , so by that metric the disparity is $657 million to $50 million.Rapinoe also criticized FIFA for allowing three major finals to take place on the same day, splitting focus that could otherwise be solely on the women. The women’s final in Lyon, France, will kick off at 11 a.m. EDT and be followed by the Copa America championship match in Rio de Janeiro at 4 p.m. EDT and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago at 9 p.m. EDT.“It’s ridiculous and disappointing, to be honest,” Rapinoe said.FIFA said playing the three finals on the same day would boost attention for all.“The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process, which has involved all key stakeholders and taken into account different aspects of the women’s and men’s international match calendars,” it said in a statement. “It is a rare and exciting occurrence.”ADVERTISEMENT Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women’s national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport’s top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment.“They have essentially unlimited resources. I don’t think that it’s really been a huge change at all,” the 33-year-old Californian said Friday, two days ahead of the Americans’ send-off match against Mexico. “Sort of the incremental change that we’ve seen is just not enough.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 48) (REOPENS DEL 48) The only scare India endured was when Sarita Devi, returning to competitive ring after her one-year ban following the infamous Asian Games meltdown, faced a stiff challenge from another Lankan opponent in M Vidushika Prabadhi. The Incheon bronze-medallist overwhelmed the Lankan in the first two rounds but her opponent came back strongly in the third with some powerful blows leading to Sarita falling twice before the Indian won by a narrow 39-36 margin to be adjudged unanimous winner 3-0. However, Pooja ended the campaign in style when she overwhelmed Nilanthi Andaraweer by a TKO in a bout lasting only one round. The judokas too showed good form, bagging two gold and two silver medals to finish on top at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor sports hall here. Four events were held on the last day of the judo competition and the Indians put up a dominating show once again to finish on a high. Avatar Singh took just 49 seconds from the stipulated five minutes to prevail over his Afghan opponent Mohammad Ismail Kakar en route to the gold medal in the mens under 90kg. Pooja, on the other hand, overcame a strong challenge from Beenish Khan of Pakistan in an evenly-contested duel before the Indian sealed off the issue in 3:03 minutes from the stipulated four in womens U-70kg. Womens U-78kg was tricky as there were only four contestants and Aruna (200 points) was edged out by gold medallist Fouzia Mumtaz (210) of Pakistan in the round-robin league. It was the fifth battle of the day between the two rivals, and Mumtaz clinched the issue in just four minutes. Pitted against Shah Hussain Shah in the mens U-100kg final, Shubham Kumar simply lost against the celebrated Pakistani, who won in just one minute and 29 seconds to clinch the gold. Indian judokas emerged overall winners with nine gold, three silver from 12 disciplines to push Pakistan (2-2-8) and Nepal (1-2-6) to second and third places, respectively. PTI TAP PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2016: Novak Djokovic thumps James Ward in first round

first_imgDefending champion Novak Djokovic got halfway to the second “triple bagel” – 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 – in Wimbledon history before dropping a game, then wasn’t quite as perfect the rest of the way in a first-round victory. (Also read: Venus Williams storms into second round) Playing Monday’s first match on Centre Court, Djokovic beat 177th-ranked British wild-card entry James Ward 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-4.Djokovic has won the past four major tournaments and his titles at the Australian Open in January and French Open this month put him halfway to the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.The only 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 at the All England Club came in 1987, when Stefan Edberg beat Stefan Eriksson in the first round.last_img read more

Eumir Marcial leads PH boxing team in SEA Games

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Mayfield and Chubb combine to carry Browns past Ravens 40-25 “All the teams are allowed to replace any boxer until the official weigh-in, which is a day before the competition starts on December 3.”Heading the coaching staff are elite men head coach Ronald Chavez, elite women’s head coach Nolito Velasco and foreign consultant Don Abnett.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Also in the line up are Carlo Paalam (light flyweight, 49 kg), Rogen Ladon (flyweight, 52 kg), Ian Clark Bautista (bantamweight, 56 kg), Charly Suarez (lightweight, 60 kg), James Palicte (light welterweight, 64 kg), Joel Bacho (welterweight, 69 kg) and John Tupas-Marvin (light heavyweight, 81 kg).In the distaff side will be Josie Gabuco (light flyweight, 48 kg), Irish Magno (flyweight, 48 kg), Aira Villegas (bantamweight, 54 kg), Nesthy Petecio (featherweight, 57 kg) and Risa Pasuit (lightweight, 60 kg).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Even as the roster has been drawn up, Abap secretary-general Ed Picson said the association reserves its right to make last-minute changes.“This list is not cast in stone. We reserve the right to replace any boxer who does not live up to the criteria set by the coaching staff, which includes not only performance in the ring or the gym, but also in terms of punctuality, attitude and overall behavior,” Picson. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments FILE – Phillippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, red, and Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov fight in their men’s middleweight boxing semifinal at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MANILA, Philippines—The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) on Monday announced the composition of the Philippine team which will see action in the 30th Southeast Asian Games here in the country starting November 30.Heading the contingent is World Championship and 2-time SEA Games gold medalist Eumir Felix Marcial (middleweight, 75 kg). The 23 year old airman claimed the second ranking in the world at the Championships held in Ekaterinburg, Russia in mid-September.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

Fightback against club Benfica in last 15 minutes was special, say India U-17 World Cup team players

first_imgIndia U-17 World Cup team is all but pumped up to play their first-ever FIFA tournament and both Shubham Sarangi and Rahul KP feel that “playing int he FIFA World Cup” is no less than a “dream.”India will be playing USA in their opener on October 6, Colombia on October 9 and Ghana on October 11 and Shubham and Rahul say that hard work is what coach Luis Norton de Matos is teaching them and they want to make an impression in the tournament.”Every Coach has a different philosophy. We not only have a good coach but a good human being with us,” Shubham said. “He is teaching us football and is our mentor in life as well.””The coach told me a lot about hard work and I believe in hard work a lot. If you work hard, anything is possible,” Rahul expressed.Shubham was identified as potential for the Indian U-17 World Cup squad through the AIFF scouting network developed by AIFF’s Director of Scouting Abhishek Yadav. Out of almost 5000 budding footballers, Sarangi was one of the few who made it to the National Camp when the scouted talents were zeroed in. Rahul, on the other hand, came through the ranks of the AIFF Academy setup to become a part of the Indian colts.”I told a lot of lies to my parents to play football and the FIFA U-17 World Cup for me is a dream come true and I am really excited and pumped up for the tournament,” striker Shubham Sarangi said.advertisementRahul felt the same emotions as that of his striker and said, “I fought with my family to play football and the love for football for me will never go away.”Shubham shared his childhood memory when India captain Sunil Chhetri had visited his school and inspired him to take up football seriously. The striker considers Chhetri his inspiration.”Every Player has a history. All Indian Players are my inspiration but Sunil Chhetri has inspired me a lot,” Shubham said. “When I was small he came to my school and inspired me a lot to take up football.”Shubham and Rahul said that the exposure trip to Europe was very special to them and particularly their match against Benfica SL, where they came from behind to draw the game 2-2.”The Benfica players were surprised to watch us and after the match we were applauded by them,” Rahul told.”Coming back from two goals down in the last fifteen minutes and making it 2-2 was a wonderful moment. It felt like we could do anything,” Shubham said.last_img read more

Warriors Get Even With Cavs, 103-82

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry shook off Iman Shumpert with a dribble, stepped back behind the line and splashed a 3-pointer that seemed to submerge a mute button on rocking and rolling Quicken Loans Arena.Curry clenched both fists, slapped his chest and yelled, “C’mon!” At last, this was the MVP and these were the Golden State Warriors — so deep, so deadly.Curry and Andre Iguodala scored 22 points apiece and the Warriors, showing why they were the league’s best team all season, squared the NBA Finals at 2-2 on June 11 with a 103-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.Game 5 is June 14 at Oakland’s rambunctious Oracle Arena, where the teams split two overtime games last week. This wasn’t desperation for the Warriors, but it was close as none of the 32 teams which have fallen behind 3-1 in the finals has won a title.“Tonight we came in with the mentality that we had to win this game,” said Curry. So they did. These guys are California cool.“We played desperate out there, man,” Klay Thompson said. “We played real hungry. It was just awesome to come out here and impose our will on both sides of the ball and play our brand of basketball. That’s what’s been winning us games all year.”LeBron James scored 20 points — 21 under his average in the series — with 12 rebounds and eight assists, but Cleveland’s megastar, who needed stitches to close a cut on his head sustained when banged it into a camera in the first half, didn’t score in the fourth quarter and couldn’t do enough for the undermanned Cavaliers.Timofey Mozgov led Cleveland with 28 points and guard Matthew Dellavedova, again battling leg cramps after a hospital stay for dehydration, had 10.The Cavs shot just 2 of 18 from the field and were outscored 27-12 in the fourth quarter. They also got nothing from their bench as J.R. Smith missed all eight 3-point attempts and Cleveland’s reserves combined to score seven points.“Offensively we were terrible,” James said, noting the Cavs were 4 of 27 on 3-pointers. “Sometimes your offense just doesn’t show up.”Missing All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs didn’t have enough firepower and their legs were heavy after playing three games in five days against a team that comes in waves.The Cavs looked tired, and played tired. But they’re not done yet.“We’re in a three-game series for the NBA Finals,” coach David Blatt said. “Six months ago I would have bought that. We’ve got to go back to the drawing board, go back to work, play the best basketball we can and try to win this thing.”Building off a strong fourth quarter in Game 3 that gave them confidence, the Warriors showed a sense of urgency from the outset and took it to the Cavs.Iguodala, who played so well coming off the bench in the first three games, made his first start this season and made coach Steve Kerr’s decision look brilliant.Known for his defense, Iguodala drained four 3-pointers, kept James in check and Curry, who finally found his range in the fourth quarter of Game 3, also dropped four 3s, including a deep dagger in the fourth over Shumpert to end any thought the Cavs had of a comeback.Iguodala said he tried to make things tough on James, who went 7-of-22 from the field and 5-of-10 from the free-throw line.“Make him work as hard as possible,” Iguodala said of his plan on James. “Make him take tough shots. You look at his strengths, you look at his weaknesses, and you try to take him out of his comfort zone. Sounds easier said than done, but we all have a lot of talent and when we go out there we want to make our stamp on the game.”Draymond Green added 17 points and Harrison Barnes had 14 for Golden State, which didn’t lose three straight games all season while racking up 67 wins.Since losing Game 3, the Warriors vowed to use the experience they gained when rallying from a 2-1 deficit against Memphis in the Western Conference semifinals.“It’s just a street fight,” Green said. “Nobody’s doing anything dirty, but they’re battling and we’re battling and that’s why this series is so exciting.”Looking for a spark, Kerr decided to go “small” with his starting lineup, putting Iguodala at forward, moving Green to center and benching struggling big man Andrew Bogut.Kerr initially said he wouldn’t make any changes, but went with a lineup that worked well late in Game 3, when the Warriors scored 36 points and trimmed a 20-point deficit to one.Shortly before tip-off, Kerr told reporters he was sticking with his usual first five. “I lied,” he said. “I don’t think they hand you the trophy based on morality. They give it to you if you win. Sorry about that.”Kerr got the result he wanted, but only after the Warriors withstood an early flurry from the Cavs, who scored the game’s first seven points.“You’ve got to take a chance with the situation we were in tonight,” Curry said.Golden State’s ball movement was better, the shots that didn’t drop in the first three games were on the mark, and the Warriors are headed home feeling much better about things.And looking more like themselves — the team to beat.(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Play fearless cricket in remaining games: Shoaib Akhtar’s advice to Pakistan

first_imgPleased with Pakistan’s convincing win over South Africa in their crucial World Cup fixture, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar is hoping that Sarfaraz Ahmed and the boys play fearless cricket in the remaining games and make it to the semi-finals.”I recommend Pakistan to hold their ground, play pressure-free cricket, play according to the best of their abilities and display their talent,” Akhtar said on Monday in a video posted on his YouTube channel.With five points from six games, Pakistan is now at the seventh spot in the points table. They will next face New Zealand on Wednesday. After that, they play Afghanistan and Bangladesh on Saturday and July 5, respectively. If Pakistan manages to win all their remaining three fixtures and results of matches of other teams go in their favor, the 1992 champions can secure a spot in the last four.”Pakistan has a good chance of making it to the semifinals. They need to play fearless cricket without any pressure. If England loses their three matches against Australia, India and New Zealand, Pakistan can come through,” said Akhtar.On Sunday, Pakistan defeated South Africa by 49 runs at the Lord’s, thus knocking them out of the competition.Opting to bat, Haris Sohail played a brilliant knock of 59-ball 89 — which consisted of nine fours and three sixes — thus helping Pakistan post 308/7 in their 50 overs.In reply, none of the Proteas batters expect skipper Faf du Plessis (63 off 79) could handle the scoreboard pressure and were restricted to 259/9.”South Africa looked disintegrated. After losing the toss, their morale went down. Their batters, especially Quinton de Kock, didn’t look interested in getting South Africa out of hot waters by scoring a hundred. Faf looked a very average captain. The bowlers could not manage to bring out the magic.”advertisementThe Rawalpindi Express was full of praise of Sohail, saying that his inclusion — in place of Shoaib Malik — in the playing XI made the difference.”I was constantly saying that Haris Sohail should be included in the playing XI because he is a very compact player. Against South Africa, he showed how to score runs. In fact, he looked better than Babar Azam. Haris provided the thrust and helped Pakistan get a total in excess of 300,” said Akhtar”Haris Sohail was a great addition and Shoaib Malik was dropped which was a fair call,” he added.The 43-year-old also showered praise on Pakistan’s bowling performance especially Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who picked up five wickets between themselves against South Africa.”Pakistan’s bowling was very good. Amir picked up wickets upfront and that was crucial…Pakistan has raised alarming bells for other teams as their bowlers – Wahab Riaz and Amir – have been able to get the ball reverse swing.”However, he was critical of Pakistan’s poor effort on the field and said they need to work upon their catching and improve in the upcoming matches. Pakistan has dropped as many as 16 catches in the tournament till now. Against South Africa, they dropped around six-seven catches out of which Amir grasped three- off his own bowling, at third man, and at long-off.”Pakistan’s fielding was just not good. They dropped fairly easy catches and that needs to be rectified. Their fielding has to improve,” he said.Also Read | Jofra Archer and Steve Smith put friendship on hold for England-Australia clashAlso Read | We have a plan for Andre Russel: Yuzvendra Chahal warns West IndiesAlso Seelast_img read more

Messi best player of all time – Rakitic

first_imgLionel Messi Messi, not Ronaldo, the best player of all time – Rakitic Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 11:10 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(15) Lionel Messi Barcelona Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Villarreal v Barcelona Villarreal Primera División Ivan Rakitić Cristiano Ronaldo ​Cristiano Ronaldo is unlucky to have played in the same era as “the best player in history,” according to the Barcelona midfielder Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo, but said there was “only one number one” — Lionel Messi.Real Madrid star Ronaldo joined Messi on five Ballons d’Or after claiming the individual honour on Thursday.However, Rakitic has no doubt about who is better, saying it was unfortunate Ronaldo had played in the same era as Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You already know my opinion and I have a lot of respect for Cristiano, who is one of the best in history,” the Croatia international said, via Mundo Deportivo, after a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Sunday.”But he has played with the best player in history, which is Leo Messi. There is only one number one, Messi.”Those who come behind are unlucky enough to have coincided with him.”Final whistle!Villarreal 0-2 FC BarcelonaSuárez and Messi#ForçaBarça #VillarrealBarça pic.twitter.com/PimFrBIoLK — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017 Goals from Luis Suarez and Messi saw Barca past Villarreal as they made it 12 wins in 15 league games this season, retaining a five-point advantage at the top.Rakitic was full of praise for another of his team-mates — goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.”We are not surprised by the good performances of Ter Stegen,” he said.”He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and has been playing at a good level.”last_img read more

Idrissa Gueye: ‘A week before a derby we stop talking. Sadio started it’

first_imgTopics Read more Pinterest The pair are friends, regularly travelling together to play for the national team, though they suspend the chats and banter in the week before a derby. “We like to play a little game, as if we were supporters of Liverpool and Everton,” Gueye explains. “About a week before the derby we stop talking. We don’t send messages to each other and we don’t call. Sadio started it, he said: ‘Don’t call me,’ and I said: ‘OK, no problem.’ We will start talking to each other again once the game is over. If we win I am going to call him up straight away. He scored in the derby once and came to me afterwards saying maybe next time Everton might win. Hopefully the next time it will be my turn to do that.”An Everton win at Anfield has still to happen this millennium. Gueye would have been 10 years old and still living in Dakar when Kevin Campbell’s early strike settled the 1999 event. At least Everton can cross Stanley Park with a little more confidence now that Marco Silva has them playing on the front foot and in the top third of the table.Last season, a very different Everton under Sam Allardyce set themselves up for a draw and gained one, securing a point from just two shots on target and 21% possession. “We more or less lived in their box,” Jürgen Klopp said of the game, before unwisely challenging the press room to agree with him that Everton’s equalising penalty had been wrongly awarded. Even at Anfield a show of hands went against the Liverpool manager. Everton are improved this season, though Allardyce’s unpopular stint did not set the bar particularly high and it is debatable whether they are playing as well as they would like to be after 13 games under Silva. “We are making progress, getting better with each game,” is Gueye’s assessment.“We are a different team now, last season we were a little bit in trouble. This season we are growing in confidence. We showed at Chelsea we can deal with playing the top teams. We didn’t go there just to get a point, we played football and caused them a lot of problems. So we can go to Anfield to try and win, I think, but it is not up to me how we approach the game, it is up to the manager.“The one thing I can say is that we are not worried about our record at Anfield – we can motivate ourselves without that. We just want to concentrate on our good form.“People say this is Everton’s biggest game of the season but we don’t necessarily look at it that way. Every game is important for us, every game is an opportunity to take three points. The derby is always a big game, but it is not the biggest. It is important for the fans and the club and we will do our best to give them what they want.”Scouted for Everton by the man who found N’Golo Kanté for Leicester – Steve Walsh even went so far as to describe the former Lille and Aston Villa midfielder as the new Kanté – Gueye has found himself playing a little deeper this season as a result of the arrival of André Gomes. “He does more of the attacking, I stay back most of the time and concentrate on trying to win the ball to get moves started,” Gueye says. “I think it is a good balance with André, he is more of a forward player and I like to control the game, knowing when to go forward or stay.” Gueye tussles with friend and international teammate Sadio Mané during last season’s Anfield derby. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters Share on Messenger Twitter features Marco Silva: ‘power’ of Merseyside derby win can give Everton confidence boost The Observer Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Emailcenter_img Liverpool Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. While Gueye has yet to taste victory in a Merseyside derby and his manager is about to sample the occasion for the first time, Liverpool can expect a confident Everton to try to exploit the fact that their opponents were in action in Europe in midweek. Liverpool’s three away defeats in the Champions League have dented their hopes of reaching the knockout stage, and in addition to what is now a huge match against Napoli next week they have Manchester United a few days later, so it is possible a fresh and organised Everton side could catch their opponents with their mind elsewhere.If not, the wait for an Anfield win will extend to 20 years, but Gueye is sure his side are ready for the challenge. “All good things start at the training ground and that’s where we work hard,” he says. “Every manager has his own way to play and with Marco it is all about keeping the ball and trying to play football.“We try to enjoy our football. It is not just the players picked for the first team because the players on the bench help us a lot. They train hard every week and don’t give up trying to get into the team and that’s why we are where we are in the league. We all try to help each other and at the moment it is working well.” Everton Share on Twitter Jürgen Klopp defends Liverpool’s midfielders before derby with Everton Share on LinkedIn Read more The Merseyside derby is always a big event for a small corner of north-west England and nowadays it is big in north-west Africa, too. In Senegal, to be precise, a country proud of the fact that national heroes Sadio Mané and Idrissa Gueye will be lining up against each other on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.“Everyone back home will be watching the game,” says Everton’s Gueye. “I know that for a fact because last season I made a bad tackle on Sadio and I got messages straight away telling me to be careful about hurting him.” Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Violence Adding to Burden of Courts – Justice Minister

first_imgWith violence-related cases clogging the courts, the Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, wants more persons to make use of dispute resolution avenues in order to settle disagreements.He says there is a propensity to resolve conflicts with violence, which is adding to the burden of the courts.“People are using violence, threats and brutish stupidity to settle arguments. And as far as I am concerned, we need fewer matters to come to the courts. That is why we are training justices of the peace (JPs) and other stakeholders, so we can mediate instead of litigate and we can engage more in plea bargaining,” Mr. Chuck said.He was addressing a press conference held at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices, on Thursday (October 11).The Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts for the period January-June 2018, show that the three most frequent criminal charges filed in the parish courts were assault occasioning bodily harm, unlawful wounding and threats.The reports noted that 82 per cent of the matters in the courts were committed by males, with the dominant age group of offenders being young men; 26.99 per cent were 20 to 26 years old; and 29.34 per cent were 27 to 36 years of age.The Justice Minister said that through the Restorative Justice Programme, the Ministry is hoping to train at least 3,000 restorative justice facilitators within schools and communities across the island.In addition, more justice centres will be opened, which will enable citizens to access a wide range of services, including mediation, restorative justice, child diversion and victim compensation.Minister Chuck further mentioned the use of child diversion, which is a process of dealing with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the penal law, without resorting to the formal judicial proceedings.The Child Diversion Act was passed in both Houses of Parliament earlier this year.“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is coming on board with us and I know our international partners will help us to ensure that when we roll out child diversion, that we are able to assist our children, not only to resolve their problems, not only to conform with acceptable behaviour but when they do get into trouble to divert them away from the court system,” he stated.Mr. Chuck said under the programme, children 17 years and under who have committed most minor offences will be diverted away from the court system.“For more significant offences, if they go to the courts, the parish court judges will be sensitised. If, in appropriate cases, the offender can be retrained, rehabilitated, redirected, then that offender can be redirected by a child diversion officer to keep them from the formal system,” he noted further.last_img read more

NYK Receives Nikkei Global Environmental Technology …

first_imgzoom Nippon Yusen Kaisha received the highest award at the 2013 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Awards in recognition of the NYK Group’s use of an energy-saving air-lubrication system on the group’s vessels.On November 7, a ceremony hosted by Nikkei Inc. was held at the Nikkei Building in Tokyo and attended by NYK managing corporate officer Yasuo Tanaka; Tatsuaki Hori, acting president of Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.; and Makoto Igarashi, president of MTI , an NYK Group company. The three companies were jointly recognized for this achievement. Mr. Tanaka expressed NYK’s delight for the recognition by saying, “Being selected for the highest award from a crowd of other talented contenders is indeed an honor for us. We are deeply appreciative.” He also provided information about the energy-saving air-lubrication system and talked about future developments: “Overseas shipping companies not part of the NYK Group have also been placing orders with Japanese shipyards for vessels equipped with this system. Ships making use of this system are increasing, but we also feel that further advancements can be made. For further CO2 reduction by vessels, we would like to make a strong effort to develop and operate environment-responsive technologies that complement this system.”NYK will continue its efforts to realize a sustainable society through activities related to conservation of the global environment and the development of environmental technologies. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Print  Close NYK, November 12, 2013last_img read more

HHI Linked to IRISL’s Boxship Order

first_imgzoom Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is said to be on the brink of winning a potential order for three 14,500 TEU container ships from Iranian shipping company IRISL.IRISL, which is reportedly in talks with the HHI and some other yards in both Korea and China, is expected to pay USD 125 million per ship, according to Korean media.HHI is undoubtedly keen on securing the order as it aims to spur order intake which proved to be very difficult as the year started to unfold, resuming the ordering slump from 2015.Namely, the first quarter of the year saw HHI’s affiliate shipbuilders bag only 6 new orders, out of the total of nine Korean builders managed to clinch since the year started.In particular, the move is likely to seek to revive the contracts IRISL had with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard dating back from 2008. However, the deals were suspended following the imposing of sanctions against Iran, which had around 40 ships on order abroad at the time.IRISL had 27 vessels on order at South Korean yards Hyundai Mipo and SPP Shipbuilding, according to Clarksons. At Hyundai Mipo, IRISL has a total of 17 vessels on order, including ten 37,500 dwt chemical and oil tankers, three 56,000 dwt bulk carriers and four 37,000 dwt bulk carriers.At SPP Shipbuilding, IRISL has a total of ten 35,000 dwt handysize bulkers on order, priced at USD 40m each.Due to the sanctions, both Korean and Chinese shipyards decided to sell the units they had finished to different owners as the original owner was facing problems with payment.Now that the sanctions are lifted again, the country’s shipping companies are expected to start ordering new capacity to modernize their aging fleets.As World Maritime News reported earlier, Iran is seeking an investment worth USD 2.5 billion just to upgrade its oil tanker fleet as it gears up to restore pre-sanction shipping links.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Amendments to Optometry and Dispensing Opticians Acts Introduced

first_imgDispensing opticians and optometrists will have improved support for their industries thanks to new legislation introduced today, Oct. 17, by acting Health Minister Rodney MacDonald. A new Dispensing Opticians Act will improve the complaints and discipline process for dispensing opticians, and create a College of Dispensing Opticians responsible for governing the industry. Unlike the current regulatory board, whose members are appointed by government, the majority of the college’s board will be elected. A second piece of legislation, the Optometry Act, clarifies how legislation defines the optometrists’ scope of practice. It also creates a professional college for that profession that will now have responsibility for regulating that industry. “The government is pleased to support these two professional bodies which want to update their acts,” said Mr. MacDonald. “The Department of Health is able to introduce needed legislation respecting the two acts due to the collaborative effort and hard work of optometrists and opticians.” John Butler, chair of the Nova Scotia Board of Dispensing Opticians, said the most important provision for opticians is a more modern complaints and discipline process that allows them to deal with concerns from the public more efficiently and effectively.”These updates will ensure our profession is current and in line with other self-regulating health professions,” he said. Dr. Jeff Sangster, president, Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists, welcomed updates to his group’s scope of practice. “Nova Scotians will also benefit from improved accountability as the regulatory process is moved from the association to a professional college.” About 180 opticians are licensed under the Dispensing Opticians Act and about 80 optometrists are licensed under the Optometry Act. Both professions have been working with the Department of Health to amend their acts since 2001. Optometrists and dispensing opticians are the latest in a series of self-regulating health professions that have updated their acts in recent years. Other groups that have updated their legislation include psychologists, dentists, chiropractors and licensed practical nurses.last_img read more

Cong may pick Rahuls successor next month

first_imgNew Delhi: If all goes as per the plan, the ‘headless’ Congress may get its new president in the next month. According to a senior party leader, Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet in the coming days soon after the outgoing party chief Rahul Gandhi returns to India.While talking to reporters, senior Congress leader PL Punia said that the CWC is scheduled to meet in the coming week to decide on a new party chief and the name of the party’s new president would be decided by the party’s top decision-making body. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On the issue, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and general secretary Harish Rawat said that the CWC would be called in August to discuss the new party chief. “Currently the discussions over the new party are taking place at every level of the party. And I think that Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders will respect the feelings of the party workers,” he said, adding that Rahul’s resignation has not been accepted by the CWC yet. Rahul Gandhi had resigned as the Congress president soon after the party suffered a rout in the Lok Sabha elections. As per the senior leaders, the party is also reportedly mulling the idea of a presidium system and of having several working presidents.last_img read more

Heres the Full 2018 Lineup for Torontos LGBT Film Festival Inside Out

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Now in its 28th year, Toronto’s long-running LGBT film festival Inside Out continues to put forth some seriously impressive programming. The lineup for the 2018 edition is finally here, and it’s a major mix of fascinating films.The festival will run from May 24 to June 3 and will offer a great deal of films from across all genres. There are 49 feature films, which you can dig into below, as well as a robust shorts program.“Our programming team has raised the bar again this year in delivering a lineup that truly represents the broad diversity of our LGBTQ communities and histories” said Andria Wilson, executive director of Inside Out. “With new offerings including our Bell Media Festival Lounge, and the expansion of our LGBTQ film financing forum, this year’s festival will offer more opportunities than ever for connection, conversation, and celebration.” Tickets for Inside Out are available here.GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONSCLOSING NIGHTHEARTS BEAT LOUD, directed by Brett Haley. (USA) – International Premiere. Frank and Sam are the coolest of father/daughter duos. Frank owns a record store in Brooklyn, Sam is months away from heading off to UCLA pre-med, and every week the two get together for family jam sessions. The only problem? Frank’s store is failing and he finds himself in need of a new career path. When he and Sam write a particularly catchy song during their weekly session, Frank has an idea. They should start a band! As Sam struggles to balance her studies, her budding romance with Rose and her father’s sudden intense interest in creating music together, their relationship begins to crack. And when that catchy song goes viral, they are forced tomake some major life decisions. With Kiersey Clemons, Sasha Lane, Nick Offerman, Ted Danson, Toni ColletteCENTERPIECECANARY (KANARIE), directed by Christaan Olwagen. (South Africa) – World Premiere. Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion and war, Canary is a charming musical drama that chronicles one teen’s struggle to find his voice.OPENING NIGHTA KID LIKE JAKE, directed by Silas Howard. (USA) – International Premiere. While preparing applications to private schools for four year-old Jake, Alex and Greg are told to focus on what makes their child unique, which, according to their preschool advisor, Judy, is Jake’s gender-expansive play. When Jake begins acting out in preschool, Alex and Greg must come together to lend support and not lose each other in the process. With Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Amy Landecker, Ann Dowd, and Priyanka Chopra.WOMEN’S GALAHALF THE PICTURE, directed by Amy Adrion. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. The documentary goes further than merely offering up disappointing statistics. The story told in Amy Adrion’s vital debut feature is one that manages to paint a clear picture of the severity of the damage while instilling hope for the future. Featuring compelling interviews with some of our most prolific female directors, this film takes an inspired look behind the camera and into the careers of your favourite filmmaking women. With Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Lena Dunham, Jamie Babbitt, Miranda July, Nisha Ganatra, Kimberly Pierce.SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS1985, directed by Yan Tan. (USA) – International Premiere. It’s been three years since Adrian returned from New York City to spend Christmas with his Bible Belt family in Fort Worth, Texas. Hiding behind the guise of a successful life in the Big Apple, he struggles to divulge the truth about his sexuality and his health, before it’s too late. But being honest is proving to be more difficult than he expected. With Jamie Chung, Virginia Madsen, Cory Michael Smith, Michael Chiklis.THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Cameron Post is your average teenage girl. But after a prom night mishap in which she is caught in the act with another young woman, Cameron is sent to a facility that seeks to eliminate same-sex attractions. Despite being subjected to discipline and “de-gaying” methods, she finds herself in a new and exciting community. For the first time, Cameron connects with others like her, and finally has a chance to see herself reflected in the world. With Chloe Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck.PREMIERESL’ANIMALE, directed by Katharina Mueckstein. (Austria) – Canadian Premiere. Mati works part time at her mother’s veterinary clinic, learning the ropes so that she can follow in her footsteps. Outside of work, however, Mati’s mother understands so little about her daughter, forcing graduation dresses on her and questioning Mati’s desire to spend all her free time on her motocross bike with the local boys. When Mati develops feelings for a young woman from town and her mother uncovers a secret that her father has been keeping, the family must decide which is more important: living honestly or doing what is expected of them. With Sophie Stockinger, Kathrin Resetarits, Dominik Warta.FREELANCERS ANONYMOUS, directed by Sonia Sebastian. (USA) – International Premiere. In a moment of drug-induced clarity, Billie quits her job. While searching for a new one she stumbles across a misfit group of unemployed women in a church basement who call themselves “Freelancers Anonymous.” Like Billie, this band of socially awkward ladies want to work but are hopeless at finding jobs– until Billie persuades them to launch an app to reach potential clients. If she could only convince the wedding-obsessed Gayle to support her risky career move, Billie would be all set. With Lisa Cordileone, Alexandra Billings, and Natasha Negovanlis.HARD PAINT (TINTA BRUTA), directed by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon. (Brazil) – Canadian Premiere. After noticing a decline in his chatroom income, and following an untimely court appearance, Pedro decides to track down another online performer, Boy25, and accuses him of stealing his act. But Boy25 turns out to be more than a rival, acquainting Pedro with the exuberant, artsy underground of their hometown of Porto Alegre. With Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto.HURLEY, directed by Derek Dodge. (USA) – World Premiere. In the world of 1970s car racing, Hurley Haywood was cool, calm and collected. A five-time 24 Hours of Daytona winner, three-time Le Mans winner and TransAm champion, Haywood was a Hollywood archetype: a strikingly handsome man brought up by a good Midwestern family. Yet Haywood was often overshadowed by racing partner and volatile mentor, Peter Gregg–the Batman to his Robin–whose abrupt suicide in 1980 shook the sport to its core. And yet Haywood had secrets of his own. Despite multiple encounters with women, some that included public appearances alongside Penthouse models, he remained elusive about his personal life.MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER, directed by Anucha Boonyawatana. (Thailand) – North American Premiere. When Shane learns that his former lover, Pitch, has been diagnosed with cancer, Shane returns to his old village to be with him. As Pitch devotes his time to Bai Sri, attempting to heal his body and spirit, the two men seek comfort in one another’s arms and remember their trauma in the difficult years apart. In a desperate effort to save Pitch, Shane embarks on a spiritual journey that will cause him to question everything in his life. With Sukollawat Kanarot, Sumret Muengput, Anuchit Sapanpong.NIGHT COMES ON, directed by Jordana Spiro. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Angel is released from juvenile detention after serving time for unlawful possession of a weapon. She’s thrown back onto the streets with nothing but a few dollars in her pocket, a broken relationship with her girlfriend, and a focused determination to seek revenge on her father for murdering her mother. With Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall.POSTCARDS FROM LONDON, directed by Steve McLean. (United Kingdom) – Canadian Premiere. New to the city, teenage Joe dreams of adventure but is short on cash. He is soon taken under the wings of the Raconteurs, a group of sex workers who believe that knowing the history of gay art is key to their success. Joe learns the ropes but discovers he has an unusual affliction–every time he sees an art masterpiece he is transported inside the work. Could Joe’s condition be a gift, or his downfall? With Harris Dickerson, Leonardo Salerni, Shaun Aylward, Kiera Bell.RETABLO, directed by Alvaro Delgado Aparicio. (Peru) – Canadian Premiere. Newcomer Junior Bejar shines in his portrayal of Seguno Paucar, a young boy learning the craft of artisanal Peruvian story boxes (retablos) under the watchful eye of his father Noé. Although the background of their life is full of beauty–spectacular mountain views, vibrant towns and colourful festivals–the local culture can be extraordinarily unforgiving. Segundo reveres his father but struggles with wanting to follow in his footsteps. With Junior Bejar and Amiel Cayo.SKATE KITCHEN, directed by Crystal Moselle. (USA) – International Premiere. Camille lives on Long Island and spends most of her days skateboarding alone. After a serious injury, Camille’s single mother finds her daughter’s hobby too dangerous and forces her to quit. But the pull is too strong. After discovering the young women of “The Skate Kitchen” on Instagram, Camille heads to New York City, board in hand. She is quickly adopted by the group and, before she knows it, she is living her dream skating and partying with her very own crew. But Camille comes to understand the complexities of the group dynamic when she befriends a boy from a rival group of skaters. With Kabrina Adams, Tom Bruno, Thaddeus Daniels, Jaden Smith.WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, directed by Colin Minihan. (Canada) – Canadian Premiere. On the eve of their one-year wedding anniversary, Jules and Jackie become embroiled in a merciless battle when they find themselves pitted against the most unexpected of adversaries: each other. As violence rains down upon their idyllic forest getaway, the women engage in vicious psychological warfare that will test the limits of their instinct to survive. With Brittany Allen and Hannah Emily Anderson.ICONSANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX, FASHION, & DISCO, directed by James Crump. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. With collaborator Juan Eugene Ramos, Antonio Lopez created ultra-chic fashion illustrations and helped launch the careers of now-iconic women, Grace Jones and Jerry Hall included. Moving through the decadent world of music and fashion, the film immerses us in stunning archival footage and interviews with Lopez’s closest friends and muses. With Jessica Lange, Pat Cleveland, and Karl Lagerfeld.BIXA TRAVESTY, directed by Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla. (Brazil) – Canadian Premiere.Emerging from the favelas of São Paolo, Quebrada is a startlingly original voice who, along with her friend and collaborator, Jup do Bairro, smash gender assumptions and racism with their electrifying live performances. In a series of frank interviews, Quebrada speaks candidly about her experiences as a black trans woman and about her steadfast commitment to self-love. But Quebrada’s vulnerable side is also revealed through intimate archival footage, including home movies that document her recovery from cancer.EVERY ACT OF LIFE, directed by Jeff Kaufman. (USA) – International Premiere. Every Act of Life profiles world-renowned playwright Terrence McNally’s groundbreaking career in theatre and film. McNally’s resumé includes Kiss of the Spider Woman, Master Class and The Full Monty, to name a few, and Every Act of Life chronicles these career triumphs along with professional and personal lows. Whether winning Tony awards, battling addiction, falling in love, or fighting for LGBTQ rights, McNally’s life story shows us the powerful effect that the arts, and artists like him, can have on the world.With Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, F. Murray Abraham, Larry Kramer, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, Billy Porter, Christine Baranski and more.LARGER THAN LIFE: THE KEVYN AUCOIN STORY, directed by Tiffany Bartok. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Born in a small Louisiana town, Kevyn Aucoin dreamed big and found his way to New York City. A pioneering makeup artist, Aucoin was renowned in the fashion world for his innovative and trendsetting ideas. Throughout his career, he worked with some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment, but his rise to the top came at a cost. With Cher, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and more.SILVANA, directed by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, and Christina Tsiobanelis. (Sweden) – Canadian Premiere. Silvana opens at the beginning of self-proclaimed lesbian, feminist, anti-racist, punk rapper Silvana’s career and reveals an artist who has the whole world ahead of her. As the film charts her rise to fame, it also follows her romance with popstar Beatrice Eli from swoon-worthy beginnings to what would become music world domination, one feminist lesbian anthem at a time. As Silvana draws more and more attention, the pressure mounts, and she must work to keep her career and relationship afloat. With Silvana Imam.TO A MORE PERFECT UNION: U.S. V WINDSOR, directed by Donna Zaccaro. (USA) –  Canadian Premiere. The great love story of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer first captivated audiences in the documentary Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a recounting of the couple’s long journey toward their 2007 wedding right here in Toronto. Their story, however, was far from over. When Thea passed away in 2009, Edie was faced with a monstrous estate tax bill, the federal government firmly denying benefits to same-sex couples. And so began the fight.SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA – Supported by CBCTHE FRUIT MACHINE, directed by Sarah Fodey. (Canada) – World Premiere. After the Second World War, Canada, and much of the Western world, became preoccupied with national security. Against the backdrop of Cold War paranoia, Canada began investigating federal employees who might be susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality, along with drunkenness and adultery, was considered a “character weakness” and became grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the directive of the newly established Security Panel. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined.LOVE, SCOTT, directed by Laura Marie Wayne. (Canada). Love, Scott follows the life of Wayne’s friend, openly gay musician Scott Jones, three years after he was the victim of an attack outside of a club in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Now paralyzed from the waist down, Jones’s curiosity, charm and sense of humour remain intact, as do the family and community that surround him. While this documentary addresses small-town homophobia and the failings of the justice system (the assailant was never charged with a hate crime), Jones’s incredible resilience is very much the heart of the film.M/M, directed by Drew Lint. (Canada/Germany) – Canadian Premiere.  Matthew is a young Montrealer who has recently moved to Berlin. He longs to make a fresh start but living in a strange new city leaves him feeling isolated and withdrawn. Things begin to change, however, when he meets Matthias. Charismatic, striking and sexy, Matthias is everything Matthew wants to be, and soon Matthew’s interest escalates from infatuation to obsession. He shaves his head, buys look-alike clothes and stalks Matthias through the streets of Berlin. After a motorbike accident lands Matthias in intensive care, Matthew seizes the opportunity to assume Matthias’ identity. In a bid for dominance, their shared power struggle careens between brutal passion and violence. With Nicolas Maxim Endlicher, Antoine Lahaie.OCTAVIO IS DEAD, directed and screenplay written by Soon-Yin Lee. (Canada) – World Premiere. Tyler is unemployed and unsettled after learning that her father, a man she’s never met, has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life. Her mother Joan, played by the legendary Rosanna Arquette, doesn’t even want to talk about it. Impulsively deciding to explore her father’s stomping grounds before the apartment is sold, Tyler’s curiosity about her father slowly evolves into a sensual exploration of her own identity and desires. With Sarah Gadon and Dimitris Kitsos.INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Tämä hetki kaislikossa), directed by Mikko Makela. (Finland) – Canadian Premiere. Leevi revisits his hometown in Finland to help renovate the family’s lake house. He is accompanied by Tareq, a lonesome Syrian refugee who is employed by Leevi’s father. By way of handy labour and broken language, Leevi and Tareq’s affections begin to grow. When Leevi’s father is called away on business, the young men’s connection deepens and they discover a shared need to distance themselves from their families in order to live openly. With Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, and Mika Melender.ALASKA IS A DRAG, directed by Shaz Bennett. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. After being discovered and recruited by a boxing coach, outsider Leo sees an opportunity to break free from the small-town burden of fish canning and getting beaten up by bullies –not to mention the potential of impressing the cute new boy in town, Declan. With the help of his resilient sister Tristen, Leo sets out to pack a good punch, keeping sight of his real dream: drag superstardom.With Martin L. Washington Jr., Matt Dallas, and Maya Washington.ANCHOR AND HOPE, directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet. (Spain / UK) – Canadian Premiere. Eva and Kat live a humble, carefree life aboard their London canal houseboat, just as Kat had always envisioned. But after the death of their beloved pet cat, Eva realizes she wants more: she wants to start a family. Kat is apprehensive about such a huge change, but when her best friend, Roger, drops in from Barcelona to party with the ladies, the trio drunkenly toys around with the idea of making a baby together. Forced into a corner, Kat succumbs to the plan and, before she knows it, she’s on a path to full-blown adulthood. As Eva enjoys her pregnancy and Roger fantasizes about his new role, Kat begins to feel further and further away from both Eva and Roger and the life that she wanted. Can her relationship with Kat survive their feuding to become a realized dream? With Oona Chaplin and Natalia Tena.CALL HER GANDA, directed by PJ Raval. (USA). In 2014, Jennifer Laude was murdered by an American marine. This senseless crime revealed the day-today dangers that trans women face in the Philippines, compounded by American imperialism. The Visiting Forces Agreement made prosecution of her killer difficult. Three women–trans activist and journalist Meredith Talusan, lawyer Virgie Suarez, and Jennifer’s mother Julita–search for answers while fighting and seeking justice for Jennifer.DADDY ISSUES, directed by Amara Cash. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Maya spends her days escaping into her drawings and social media, where she cyberstalks the enigmatic Jasmine. Jasmine is an aspiring designer in an emotionally charged, co-dependent relationship with neurotic sugar daddy, Simon. When Maya and Jasmine’s paths finally cross, the two embark on a romantic relationship that provides Maya her dream of first love and Jasmine the inspiration she needs to jump start her career. A bizarre love triangle soon emerges, however, and we learn that Maya and Simon have more in common than merely their love for Jasmine.  With Madison Lawlor, Montana Manning, and Andrew Pifko.THE DEVIL’S MAGNIFICENT (EL DIABLO ES MAGNIFICO), directed by Nicolas Videla.. (Chile / France) – Canadian Premiere. Piloting the occasionally hostile Parisian streets, dancing through traffic, or ruminating on the necessity of mascara or the travails of sex, Manu is a genuine eccentric. Dressed in a fur coat and sunglasses, and with a whole lot of sass, she navigates former and potential lovers with grace and wisdom beyond her years. With Manu Guevera, Daniel Larrieu, and Vicktor Philip.EVENING SHADOWS (SURMAEE SHAAM), directed by Sridhar Rangayan. (India) – Canadian Premiere. Kartik is a photographer living a contented life with his boyfriend in Mumbai, far from the prying eyes of his religious family. Upon returning to his conservative hometown in South India, he is shocked to discover that his overbearing father has arranged to marry him off to a childhood friend, Neela. Feeling tremendous pressure from his family, Kartik impulsively comes out to his mother, the only person who has ever really attempted to understand him. His decision presents serious ramifications that could not only destroy his relationship with his parents, but also threaten his safety and well-being. With Mona Ambegaonkar, Faredoon Dodo Bhujwala, and Arpit Chaudhary.FISH BONES, directed Joanne Mony Park. (USA) – Canadian Premiere.  Hana is stuck between two worlds. She tends to her ailing mother and helps her brother at the family restaurant, but she also wants to focus on her modelling career. Her priorities are challenged even further when she meets and falls for Nico. Straddling emotions, family, and career expectations, Hana must decide what is truly best for her future.With Joony Kim and Cris Gris.GENDERBENDE, directed by Sophia Dros. (Netherlands) – Canadian Premiere.  The film profiles five young people in the Netherlands who identify as non-binary or genderqueer. They discuss important issues in their lives such as which bathroom to use, whether to take hormones, and how to accurately reflect their identity on dating apps where male or female are the only gender options. We witness their daily struggles as these young people are constantly besieged by curious strangers.GRIMSEY, directed and screenplay written by Richard Garcia and Raul Portero. (Spain) –  North American Premiere. After his breakup with Bruno, Norberto decides to leave everything behind and disappear to Iceland. Bruno, however, won’t give up on their relationship and he travels to Reykjavik on a mission to find his ex. Following his arrival, Bruno meets Arnau, a fellow Spaniard who is working as a tour guide. The pair set off on a journey that will take them around the country and ultimately to the remote island of Grimsey. With Richard Garcia, Fanny Gautier, and Helga Thury Ingvarsdottir.HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, directed by John Cameron Mitchell. (USA) – Toronto Premiere.  Set in the London suburb of Croydon during the Silver Jubilee year of 1977, fanzine editor Enn meets Zan, a mesmerizing member of an alien cult who has taken human form to complete a mission on planet Earth. It’s love at first stare, and soon Enn and Zan are embarking on a misadventure to learn the basics of punk and how to succeed in anarchy without really trying. With Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, and Ruth WilsonLEZ BOMB, directed by Jenna Laurenzo. (USA) – International Premiere. Lauren decides to take the plunge and come out to her family at Thanksgiving dinner. But when her roommate Austin shows up, the family assumes he is her boyfriend and what follows is a downward spiral into madness. As more and more family members arrive it seems less and less likely that Lauren will find her voice. Will she ever be able to come out to her parents? Will her brother stop hitting on her girlfriend? Will her uncle burn down the house with his secret pot smoking? When it comes to a family gathering, anything is possible. With Jenna Laurenzo, Brandon Michael Hall, Cloris Leachman, Bruce Dern, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Pollack, and Elaine Hendrix.MAN MADE, directed by T. Cooper. (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Man Made follows four men who are training for Trans Fit Con, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition in the world. The strength on display, however, transcends the physical: Rese is a young father struggling with periods of homelessness; Dominic seeks out his family of origin; Kennie admits to himself and to his loved ones who he is for the first time, and Mason, a loving husband who struggles with mental illness, works continuously to be the man he’s always wanted to be, inside and out.MARIO, directed by Marcel Gisler. (Switzerland) – Canadian Premiere.  For every Gus Kenworthy coming out story, far more closeted athletes struggle between living an authentic life or remaining closeted for the sake of succeeding in professional sport. Enter Mario, star player and captain of his football team. Mario’s sights are set on being promoted to the main squad, but his game is thrown off course when handsome new striker Leon joins the team. With what initially feels like a budding coming-of-age locker room romance, Mario comes out of left field in this poignant, timely story that focuses instead on the claustrophobic panic felt among LGBTQ players who are pressured to hide their sexuality. With Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras, and Jessy Moravec.MONTANA, directed and screenplay written by Limor Shmila. (Israel) Following the death of her grandfather, Efi returns to her hometown for the first time in years. The visit results in a chance meeting with Karen, a married friend of the family, that soon blossoms into romance. With the good comes the bad, as being home also forces Efi to confront the childhood secrets she once ran from. When she discovers that these secrets also affect Karen’s family, Efi must be willing to put her own happiness aside and do what is right. With Noa Biron, Avi Malka, and Hai Maor.MR. GAY SYRIA, directed by Ayse Toprak (Turkey/France/Germany) – Canadian Premiere. Mr. Gay Syria follows two Syrian refugees trying to rebuild their lives and create the largest platform possible to shed light on the refugee crisis and how it effects the LGBTQ community. With roadblocks at every corner, we witness the struggle for one gay Syrian vying for the title of Mr. Gay World in order to live freely.MY LIFE WITH JAMES DEAN (MA VIE AVEC JAMES DEAN), directed by Dominique Choisy (France) – Canadian Premiere. When soft-spoken film director Géraud Champreux (Johnny Rasse) arrives on France’s picturesque Normandy coast for screenings of his latest arthouse movie, there’s nobody there to greet him. But he somehow manages to attract a motley crew of locals who bring their own drama along on his little tour.PATERNAL RITES, directed by Jules Rosskam (USA) – Canadian Premiere. Some actions can never be forgiven, while other inactions are equally unforgivable. Paternal Rites, a searing, personal experimental film by filmmaker Jules Rosskam, sensitively examines how histories of abuse can haunt a family long after the perpetrator has died. Paternal Rites is a thoughtful, nuanced examination of the aftermath of abuse.THE REST I MAKE UP (Sneak Preview), directed by Michelle Memran (USA) – World Premiere. A chance encounter between two creative women results in a fruitful collaboration. The Rest I Make Up is a fascinating film about a unique playwright and the disease that threatens to silence her. The Rest I Make Up is a loving portrait of a creative woman who remains vibrant, funny, and alive in the face of disappearing memories.THEY, directed by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh (USA/Qatar) – Toronto Premiere. Sometimes the decisions we make when we are young are meaningless and will have no effect on our lives as adults. But sometimes these decisions mean everything. They is a groundbreaking film that takes a penetrating look at one teenager who is at a very significant fork in the road. Executive-produced by Jane Campion, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s feature debut is a beautiful and intimate examination of one young person’s path to living authentically.TODAY MATCH AT 3 (HOY PARTIDO A LAS 3), directed by Clarisa Navas (Argentina/Paraguay) – Canadian Premiere. We celebrate any film that features one or two strong and nuanced queer female characters, and Today Match at 3 features a whole team’s worth. Today Match at 3 is especially appealing for anyone who has ever participated in organized sports. But what makes this film shine is its naturalistic, fully developed portrayal of a diverse collection of energetic queer women.WHITE RABBIT, directed by Daryl Wein (USA) – Canadian Premiere. White Rabbit stands out as intersectional feminist gold in a time where we are encouraged to identify and point out social inequalities. Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards, Lola Versus) invites us to experience what moved him so deeply upon first discovering Bang and her performance art: we are confronted with the harshness of institutional racism and our gut responses to such injustice.YOURS IN SISTERHOOD, directed by Irene Lusztig (USA). Between 1972 and 1980, at the height of its popularity, Ms. Magazine was being read by women from all walks of life, thousands having written letters to the publication expressing both gratitude and annoyance at the magazine’s take on feminist issues. Director Lusztig calls Yours in Sisterhood as much a study in “unfinished business” in the work of feminism as it is a cinematic love letter to the powerful resolve of women whose voices are finally being heard.By Josiah Hugheslast_img read more

Saskatchewan farmer testifies gun just went off in fatal shooting of Colten

first_imgThe Canadian Press BATTLEFORD, Sask. – A Saskatchewan farmer on trial for the shooting of an Indigenous man says he was filled with terror in the moments before his gun “just went off.”Gerald Stanley told the jury in his second-degree murder trial Monday that he and his son heard an SUV with a flat tire drive into his farmyard near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016. He told court the two of them heard one of their all-terrain vehicles start and thought it was being stolen.Stanley told court he and his son ran toward the SUV, kicked the tail light and hit the windshield with a hammer. He said he grabbed a handgun, normally used to scare off wildlife, when the SUV didn’t leave the yard, and fired two or three shots into the air.“I thought I’m going to make some noise and hopefully they’re going to run out of the yard,” he told court. “I just raised the gun in the air and fired straight up.”Stanley said he popped out the cartridge “to make sure it was disarmed.”“As far as I was concerned, it was empty and I had fired my last shot.”He testified he went up to the SUV because he thought it had run over his wife and he tried to reach for the keys in the ignition.“I was reaching in and across the steering wheel to turn the key off and – boom – this thing just went off,” Stanley testified.“Was your finger on the trigger?” his lawyer, Scott Spencer, asked.“No,” Stanley answered.“Did you intend to hurt anyone?” Spencer asked.“No. I just wanted them to leave,” Stanley said. “I couldn’t believe what just happened and everything seemed to just go silent. I just backed away.”Colten Boushie, who was 22, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head.Court has heard an SUV carrying five people, including Boushie, had a flat tire and drove onto the Stanley farm. The driver testified the group had been drinking during the day and tried to break into a truck on a neighbouring farm, but went to the Stanley property in search of help with the tire.Spencer told the jury in his opening statement earlier Monday that Boushie was the victim of “a freak accident that occurred in the course of an unimaginably scary situation.” He told jurors Boushie’s death wasn’t justified, but they must put themselves in Stanley’s shoes.“Is it unreasonable to fire warning shots when the intruders have tried to steal, taken a run at you with their vehicle, crashed into your vehicle – from Gerry’s perspective intentionally – almost run over your wife?” Spencer asked.“Is it reasonable to fire warning shots to get them to just leave? That’s what it comes down to in many ways.”Stanley was faced with intruders and didn’t have the luxury to wait for police, Spencer said.“This was not a justified death. This death is not justified legally or morally. It is never, never right to take somebody’s life with a gun. But that’s not what this case is about,” he argued.“This is really not a murder case at all. This is a case about what can go terribly wrong when you create a situation which is really of the nature of a home invasion. For farm people, your yard is your castle and that’s part of the story here.”Spencer said the young people who drove onto the Stanley farm aren’t on trial, but he also said they created a panic situation.“If they would have just stopped – stopped drinking, stopped drinking and driving, stopped breaking into people’s places, stop vandalizing stuff, stop crashing into things. Just walk away.”last_img read more

Morocco Has All It Needs to Become a Major Aquaculture Player

Rabat – Morocco needs to take advantage of its 3,500 kilometers of marine coast to create a real aquaculture industry, says Mbarka Bouaida, Secretary of state for Fisheries.For Bouaida, although the aquaculture industry is a new domain for Morocco, the country will succeed in this plan by exploiting the assets it already has, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Bouaida said in a speech read in her name by Majida Maarouf, the director of the National Agency for the Development of Aquaculture (ANDA), at the 15th Europe-North Africa Convention in Bordeaux, France, that Morocco’s vision for this field is “to make it an indisputable growth engine that can forge a true blue economy.” Benaida believes that Morocco not only has the natural resource requirements to make this plan successful, but also multiple competitive advantages, including the quality of its human capital, its geography as a hub between, Africa and Europe, and its logistical infrastructure.Morocco is the 17th largest producer of fish in the world, with a fish production of approximately 1.5 million tons, worth more than USD 1 billion.The country gained this ranking owing to its two maritime facades on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, a coast that extends over 3,500 kilometers, and its 1.2 million square kilometers of coastal areas that are notably rich in fish.The fishing industry accounts for 58 percent of Morocco’s agro-food exports and 7 percent of its total exports. In 2015, the sector generated USD 1.59 billion in exports, according to the National Fisheries Office. And with a total catch exceeding 1 Million T, the fisheries sector accounts for 2-3 percent of Morocco’s GDP and generates 700,000 direct and indirect jobs.This industry can turn Morocco into a state rich in ecological diversity and can make a model of harmonious growth and a responsible and integrated economy, according to Bouaida’s note.The official also endorsed the privileged and intense partnership with France in several areas, especially in the field of agriculture and fisheries, which for her needs to be more reinforced in order to face the new challenges of globalization.The 15th Europe-North Africa Convention was attended by more than 120 companies and economic entrepreneurships, including Mauritania, Tunisia, and Algeria. The convention aims to find solutions for economic projects in France and the Maghreb and to create business platforms based on professionalism and knowledge exchange. read more