Taylor fails twice but Thunder are on top

first_imgHOBART, Tasmania (CMC):West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor suffered a rare double failure with the bat, but her Sydney Thunder did enough to win twice in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League here yesterday.In the first game of a doubleheader at the Kingston Twin Ovals, Thunder beat Brisbane Heat by five wickets in the first game and returned to defeat Hobart Hurricanes by eight runs in a night encounter.Both Thunder and Hurricanes sit top of the standings on 14 points with identical 7-2 records, but Thunder hold the edge courtesy of net run rate. Chasing an uncomplicated 95 for victory against Heat, Taylor was dismissed for a first-ball ‘duck’ as the visitors stumbled to 20 for three in the fifth over.However, Naomi Stalenburg stroked 42 and captain Alex Blackwell an unbeaten 32 in a 60-run fourth-wicket partnership which rescued the innings.Heat had earlier fallen for 94 all out off their 20 overs, with 19-year-old left-arm spinner Maisy Gibson taking three for 14.Taylor claimed one wicket for six runs from two overs of off-spin.In the second game at Bellerive Oval, Taylor managed just eight as Thunder reached 135 for seven off their 20 overs after opting to bat first.Stalenburg was again among the runs with a cavalier 37 off 16 deliveries, including five fours and two sixes.In reply, Hurricanes were restricted to 127 for eight off their 20 overs, with Taylor’s West Indies teammate Hayley Matthews scoring 11.Captain Heather Knight top-scored with 26.Taylor produced a crucial spell, picking up two for 27 from four overs, to help cripple the Hurricanes run chase.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny athlete Ivan Toner showed why he is in superb form with an amazing run of 15.46 to win this evening’s Termon GAA’s 5K.Ivan Toner, winner of the Termon 5K.More than 350 walkers and runners took part in the event to raise much needed funds for the local GAA club.Earlier this week Toner won the Manor 5K and he has consistently turned in top three performances in recent months. The following is a list of the runners and their times. Well done to all who took part.Place Number Name Time Category Club1 49 Ivan Toner 00:15:46 SM Letterkenny A C2 114 Pauric Breslin 00:16:24 SM Letterkenny A C 3 73 Barry Meehan 00:16:47 SM Letterkenny A C4 43 Natasha Adams 00:16:50 SW Lifford A C5 81 Kevin Ferry 00:16:51 M40 Letterkenny A C6 104 Gareth Kerrigan 00:17:03 SM Milford AC7 82 Raymond Birch 00:17:08 SM Letterkenny A C 8 52 Noel Diver 00:17:25 SM Rosses A.C.9 83 Liam Murray 00:17:32 SM Individual10 84 Brian Ferry 00:17:33 SM Letterkenny A C11 57 Ciaran O’Donnell 00:17:38 M40 Letterkenny A C 12 1 Peter Murray 00:17:39 JM St Peters AC Lurgan13 69 Aidan McKenna 00:17:44 M40 Letterkenny A C14 181 Hugh Gallagher 00:17:46 Sm 24/7 Triathlon15 44 Darren Price 00:17:46 SM Letterkenny A C16 74 Mark Hunter 00:17:51 SM 24/7 Triathlon17 88 Pádraig Friel 00:18:05 SM Letterkenny A C18 38 Nial Barry 00:18:06 SM Letterkenny A C19 112 Gearoid McGeehan 00:18:14 SM Individual20 172 Dermot McElchar 00:18:15 SM Individual21 243 Barry Coyle 00:18:24 SM Individual22 67 Gerard Devine 00:18:25 SM Individual23 56 Ben George 00:18:28 SM Letterkenny A C24 53 Paddy Fox 00:18:29 SM Cranford A C25 241 Fionntán O’Flynn 00:18:38 SM Individual26 77 PJ Friel 00:18:42 JM Individual27 90 Paul Cosgrove 00:18:42 M40 Letterkenny A C28 76 PJ Hagan 00:18:43 SM Milford AC29 45 Michael Deveney 00:18:43 M40 United Health Group30 163 Michael Gallagher 00:18:46 M40 Finn Valley A C31 91 Paul Gallagher 00:18:49 SM Individual32 51 Paul Russell 00:18:51 SM Individual33 242 Mark O’Donnell 00:18:57 SM Termon34 126 Eoin Kelly 00:19:02 JM Cranford A C35 124 Shaun Boyce 00:19:04 M40 Individual36 208 Paul McGettigan 00:19:07 SM Milford AC37 39 Anthony McDaid 00:19:10 SM Individual38 2 Eoghan Murray 00:19:19 JM St Peters AC Lurgan39 133 Sean Crossan 00:19:21 M40 Finn Valley A C40 63 Catherine Dooher 00:19:22 SW Finn Valley A C41 65 Martin Anderson 00:19:25 M40 Finn Valley A C42 193 Cathal Morrison 00:19:26 M40 Individual43 166 Olly Duffy 00:19:35 SM Letterkenny A C44 109 Cathal Harvey 00:19:38 SM Individual45 50 Christopher Murray 00:19:39 SM Cranford A C46 220 Kevin McElwaine 00:19:40 SM Termon47 101 Colly O’Donnell 00:19:46 M40 Letterkenny A C48 174 Liam McHugh 00:19:47 M50 Finn Valley A C49 92 Manus Peoples 00:19:49 M50 Individual50 239 Helena Quinn 00:19:52 SW Individual51 40 Mark McFadden 00:19:52 M40 Individual52 68 Andy Scanlon 00:19:57 M40 Finn Valley A C53 34 Barry Gallagher 00:20:04 JM Individual54 209 Jim Toye 00:20:11 M40 Individual55 113 Paul Lee 00:20:12 SM Letterkenny A C56 46 Dermot Gallagher 00:20:14 M40 Individual57 62 Sean O’Leary 00:20:15 M50 Finn Valley A C58 7 Ben Harkin 00:20:17 JM Milford AC59 41 Chris Nee 00:20:19 M40 Individual60 80 Anthony Murray 00:20:20 M60 Individual61 48 Jane McGinley 00:20:21 SW Letterkenny A C62 92 Manus Peoples 00:20:25 M50 Individual63 93 Ciaran Doherty 00:20:30 SM United Health Group64 111 Shauna McGeehan 00:20:30 SW Letterkenny A C65 195 Davin Doherty 00:20:30 SM United Health Group66 61 PJ Friel 00:20:39 M50 Individual67 167 Naoise Enright 00:20:40 SM Letterkenny A C68 86 Martin Kerr 00:20:48 M60 Individual69 150 Cathal Gorman 00:20:49 M40 Individual70 149 Gerard McConnell 00:20:50 SM Individual71 #N/A 00:20:53 #N/A #N/A72 129 Serena McDaid 00:20:54 SW Letterkenny A C73 160 Shane Doherty 00:20:55 JM Individual74 205 Sabrina Mackey 00:21:00 W40 24/7 Triathlon75 108 Deirdre Diver 00:21:03 SW Letterkenny A C76 156 Caolán Gallagher 00:21:04 JM Individual77 155 Ryan McFadden 00:21:05 JM Individual78 240 Caolan Mellet 00:21:06 SM Termon79 64 Mary Hippsley 00:21:07 W40 Finn Valley A C80 59 Michael McNulty 00:21:09 M40 Individual81 200 Collette McElwaine 00:21:10 SW Milford AC82 224 Pat Brady 00:21:13 M50 Individual83 139 Amanda McFadden 00:21:15 SW Individual84 89 Richard Raymond 00:21:17 M50 Letterkenny A C85 72 Laura Lee Penrose 00:21:24 JW Finn Valley A C86 184 Brendan Sheridan 00:21:29 M40 Individual87 71 Bronagh O’Gara 00:21:30 SW 24/7 Triathlon88 119 Owen Coyle 00:21:31 M50 Rosses A.C.89 103 Brian Alcorn 00:21:32 JM Individual90 202 Niamh McEnhill 00:21:33 SW Individual91 165 Brian McBride 00:21:35 M60 Letterkenny A C92 168 Ciaran Liddy 00:21:36 SM Letterkenny A C93 162 Rory Reynolds 00:21:47 SM Individual94 147 Karol McGinley 00:21:49 JM Individual95 79 Noreen Bonner 00:22:01 W50 Finn Valley A C96 3 John Hughes 00:22:04 M50 Individual97 10 Donal McCaul 00:22:07 M40 Individual98 227 Grainne McDaid 00:22:08 SW Individual99 191 Lucy O’Flynn 00:22:09 SW Individual100 221 Jack Alcorn 00:22:13 JM Individual101 85 James McLaughlin 00:22:17 M50 Individual102 117 Chris Shields 00:22:19 JM Individual103 214 Aidan Kelly 00:22:21 SM Individual104 100 Eilís McClafferty 00:22:22 SW Individual105 151 Eugene McGinley 00:22:23 M40 Individual106 106 Paul Sweeney 00:22:25 M40 Individual107 99 Adrian McClafferty 00:22:55 SM Individual108 157 Shaun O’Donnell 00:22:26 M50 Lifford A C109 27 Gavin Gorman 00:22:29 SM Individual110 201 Martin McGettrick 00:22:30 SM Individual111 60 Caroline McNulty 00:22:37 SW Finn Valley A C112 8 Oisin Harkin 00:22:38 JM Milford AC113 4 Eimhear Bradley 00:22:45 SW Individual114 116 Mark Scott 00:22:46 SM Individual115 196 Rory McGrenra 00:22:50 JM Individual116 203 Mark Bonar 00:22:51 SM Individual117 236 Derek Brennan 00:23:05 SM Individual118 287 Cian McMenamin 00:23:16 family Individual119 54 Roisin Lynch 00:23:22 W60 N.W. Triathlon120 17 Meábh McDaid 00:23:25 JW Individual121 285 Rionach Giles 00:23:28 family Individual122 178 Amanda McNulty 00:23:30 SW 24/7 Triathlon123 171 Aine McElchar 00:23:31 SW Finn Valley A C124 66 Alison Stoddart 00:23:32 SW Individual125 141 Tara Callaghan 00:23:33 SW Individual126 78 Gloria Donaghey 00:23:34 W50 Finn Valley A C127 246 Liam McGinty 00:23:25 M40 Finn Valley A C128 96 Kieron Boyle 00:23:36 M40 Individual129 143 Paddy Toye 00:23:37 M40 Individual130 158 Noel McBride 00:23:49 M50 Individual131 95 Imelda Gallagher 00:23:50 W40 Individual132 94 Sean McDevitt 00:23:54 M40 Individual133 169 Denise McGahern 00:23:55 SW Finn Valley A C134 192 Mark Gildea 00:23:56 SM Individual135 21 Eoin Sheehy 00:23:57 SM Individual136 232 Tara Carron 00:23:59 SW Individual137 187 Noelle Duffy 00:24:00 SW 24/7 Triathlon138 20 John McBrearty 00:24:07 SM Individual139 175 Marie McColgan 00:24:08 W40 Finn Valley A C140 75 Gary Price 00:24:10 SM Individual141 194 Clare Molloy 00:24:10 SW Individual142 105 Margaret Shields 00:24:11 W40 Letterkenny A C143 125 Joe McDaid 00:24:14 M40 Individual144 219 Noelle Parker 00:24:31 SW 24/7 Triathlon145 199 Jane Murphy 00:24:38 W40 Individual146 286 Oran McMenamin 00:24:39 family Individual147 210 Gretta Toye 00:24:42 W40 Individual148 179 Eamonn O’Regan 00:24:45 M50 United Health Group149 55 Georgie Chan 00:24:48 M40 Individual150 136 Eileen Morning 00:24:49 W40 Individual151 146 Henry Gallagher 00:24:50 SM Individual152 134 Ann Marie Patton 00:24:51 SW Individual153 47 Lee Ponsonby 00:24:52 SM Individual154 131 Damian Patton 00:24:53 SM Individual155 25 Anne Sweeney 00:25:03 SW Individual156 135 Mary Martin 00:25:04 W60 Finn Valley A C157 132 Bernie Crossan 00:25:05 W40 Finn Valley A C158 197 Marcella McGrenra 00:25:06 SW Individual159 198 Martina McGrenra 00:25:10 SW Individual160 28 Brian McDaid 00:25:19 M40 Individual161 176 Diane Gallagher 00:25:30 SW Finn Valley A C162 249 Niall Dugera 00:25:32 SM Individual163 70 Mark Meehan 00:25:33 SM Letterkenny A C164 161 John Burke 00:25:34 M40 Individual165 18 Amanda Quinn 00:25:37 SW Individual166 102 Elieen Toye 00:25:39 SW Individual167 97 Tiernán Boyle 00:25:43 JM Individual168 31 Bridie Duffy 00:25:44 W40 Individual169 204 Angela Doran 00:25:51 W40 Individual170 159 Anne Doherty 00:25:33 W50 Individual171 140 Serena McCormick 00:25:53 SW Individual172 5 Gerry Burke 00:25:57 M50 Individual173 164 Maureen Doherty 00:26:02 W40 Individual174 222 Noeleen Doogan 00:26:08 W40 Individual175 128 Cathy Harvey 00:26:09 W40 Individual176 130 Mary Bonnar 00:26:10 W50 Individual177 37 Paul Gallagher 00:26:11 M40 Individual178 211 Breda Canning 00:26:12 SW Individual179 213 Louise Roddy 00:26:23 SW 24/7 Triathlon180 138 Annette Coyle 00:26:36 W50 Finn Valley A C181 110 Miriam O’Donnell 00:26:48 W40 Finn Valley A C182 142 Denis Sheridan 00:26:49 M50 Milford AC183 269 Fintan Sheehy 00:26:56 family Individual184 270 Cormac Sheehy 00:26:56 family Individual185 121 Sinéad Boyce 00:27:00 SW Finn Valley A C186 152 Shona Maloney 00:27:08 W40 24/7 Triathlon187 127 Stephanie Dunleary 00:27:11 W40 Individual188 107 Sean Douglas 00:27:14 SM Individual189 170 Siobhan Houstan 00:27:17 SW Finn Valley A C190 177 Denise McBride 00:27:18 SW 24/7 Triathlon191 118 Bróna Tinney 00:27:33 JW Termon192 87 Conor Casey 00:27:47 JM Individual193 11 Sadie Toye 00:27:48 W40 Individual194 233 Eoghan McElwaine 00:27:51 JM Individual195 35 Mary Gallagher 00:27:52 W40 Individual196 212 Catherine Doherty 00:28:05 W40 Individual197 153 Andrea Doherty 00:28:05 SW Individual198 115 Anne Doherty 00:28:15 W60 Milford AC199 22 Claire Nelis 00:28:38 SW Individual200 6 Rosaleen Gallagher 00:28:40 W40 Individual201 228 Katriona McDaid 00:28:41 SW Individual202 234 Megan Baxter 00:28:42 SW Individual203 342 Mattie Trearty 00:28:56 family Individual204 120 Pauline Dowds 00:29:00 SW Finn Valley A C205 24 Edel Druce 00:29:48 W40 Individual206 30 Tara Moore 00:29:49 SW Creeslough207 185 Annette Olson 00:30:04 SW Individual208 186 Donna McGettigan 00:30:05 SW Individual209 145 Anne Marie Gallagher 00:30:30 SW Individual210 317 Megan McGettigan 00:30:44 family Individual211 183 Eva McCloskey 00:30:52 SW Individual212 182 Sharon Kelly 00:30:53 SW Individual213 148 Anne Marie Gallagher 00:30:55 SW Individual214 144 Christina Nelis 00:30:56 SW Individual215 303 Lorcan Doherty 00:31:00 family Individual216 58 Sinéad Devine 00:31:07 SW Individual217 26 Fiona McConnell 00:31:20 W40 Individual218 180 Kathleen McCourt 00:31:50 W40 Individual219 123 Paddy Gallagher 00:31:50 SM Creeslough220 33 Steven Sheridan 00:32:19 M40 Individual221 231 Karen McHugh 00:32:23 W40 Individual222 235 David Baxter 00:32:24 SM Individual223 12 Marian McCaul 00:32:32 W40 Individual224 190 Emily O’Flynn 00:32:36 JW Individual225 #N/A 00:32:37 #N/A #N/A226 254 Eileen Pinder 00:32:39 family Individual227 338 Lorcan Callaghan 00:32:43 family Individual228 335 Niamh Bonnar 00:32:45 family Individual229 291 Martina Kelly 00:32:48 family Individual230 9 Noreen Sheridan 00:32:53 SW Individual231 173 Eleanor McHugh 00:32:56 W40 Individual232 229 Anne Quinn 00:33:06 SW Individual233 299 Gareth Gallagher 00:33:07 family Individual234 42 Pauline Callan 00:33:08 SW Individual235 223 Anne Kelly 00:33:17 W40 Individual236 225 Aine McLaughlin 00:33:18 JW Individual237 98 Barry Ryan 00:33:30 JM Individual238 237 Kai McCafferty 00:33:33 JM Individual239 310 Amy McGettigam 00:33:35 family Individual240 137 Louise Doherty 00:35:15 SW Individual241 217 Maureen O’Donnell 00:35:30 SW Individual242 32 Helen Montgomery 00:35:30 SW Creeslough243 218 Terri McFadden 00:35:33 W40 Individual244 154 Frances McBride 00:36:05 W40 Individual245 245 Brodie O’Toole 00:36:06 JW Individual246 290 Eileen Kelly 00:37:08 family Individual247 244 Maoliosa O’Toole 00:37:26 JW Individual248 326 Caoimhe Thompson 00:38:21 family Individual249 318 Maria Sweeney 00:38:21 family Individual250 292 Conal McGettigan 00:38:31 family Individual251 316 Oran McGettigan 00:38:31 family Individual252 206 Maria O’Donnell 00:38:33 Sw Individual253 207 Rose Canning 00:38:33 W50 Individual254 311 Edel McGettigan 00:38:36 family Individual255 330 Orla Corry 00:38:40 family Individual256 336 Liam Bonnar 00:38:40 family Individual257 334 Cathy Bonnar 00:39:15 family Individual258 339 Chloe Callaghan 00:39:15 family Individual259 341 Michael Trearty 00:39:34 family Individual260 272 Conor McFadden 00:39:49 family Individual261 332 Adam Corry 00:39:50 family Individual262 247 Steven McDaid 00:39:51 JM Individual263 252 Noreen Pinder 00:39:52 family Individual264 251 Frank Pinder 00:39:57 family Individual265 253 Mairead Pinder 00:39:58 family Individual266 255 Frankie Pinder 00:39:59 family Individual267 238 Majella O’Connor 00:40:00 W40 IndividualTONER TURNS IN SUPERB RUN TO WIN TERMON 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share 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With Incognito signing, the Raiders are cornering the market on NFL bad boys — again

first_imgThese still aren’t your father’s Oakland Raiders but with Tuesday’s signing of troubled offensive lineman Richie Incognito they’re definitely inviting some nastiness and mouthiness from yesteryear.Incognito, whose 12-year career has been draped in controversy on and off the field, joins the Raiders’ earlier additions of linebacker Vontaze Burfict and wide receiver Antonio Brown to create what some may call a trio of troublemakers in Oakland.We’ll have to wait and see if any of them approach …last_img read more

Eskom secures R2.8bn Medupi loan

first_img11 September 2008 “The export credit financing loan is payable over 12 years after the commissioning of the units at Medupi power station,” Eskom said. “Eskom is expected to make draw down from this facility from the beginning of the new calendar year.” Eskom said in a statement this week that the loan would be used to partially finance the six boilers that the Hitachi Power consortium will supply for the construction of the new Medupi coal-fired power station, being built near Lephalale in Limpopo province. Eskom recently began construction on the Kusile coal-fired power station near Witbank in Mpumalanga province, while work on Medupi began in April. The first of Medupi’s six generating units will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015. The first of Kusile’s six generating units is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months. Eskom has also called for statements of qualification from local and international companies interested in investing in South Africa as independent power producers. KfW-IPEX and financial services group HSBC jointly arranged the export finance cover from the German federal government-backed export credit agency Hermes.center_img SAinfo reporter Speaking at the signing ceremony, Nqwababa said that Eskom’s partnership with KfW-IPEX was important in ensuring that Eskom continued to secure and stabilise South Africa’s power systems. The signing of the loan agreement with KfW-IPEX, which took place at Eskom’s headquarters in Johannesburg, was attended by Eskom finance director Bongani Nqwababa and KfW-IPEX first vice-president Peter Purkl. South African state electricity company Eskom has secured a €250-million (about R2.8-billion) export credit financing loan from Germany’s KfW-IPEX to fund part of its capital expenditure activities. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Will AI Prevent You From Having A Heart Attack?

first_imgPreventative medicine is all the rage. It can cut long-term healthcare costs, help patients avoid painful procedures, and overall drives longer, better quality lives. So when does preventative medicine make the move from yearly checkups and traditional tests like mammograms and colonoscopies to something more high tech? We may be standing at that turning point right now.Several new AI tools are currently being introduced that have the potential to detect future heart attack risks or even prioritize and direct emergency calls based on the likelihood the patient is having a cardiac event. Check out these exciting projects that are working to make heart attack deaths a thing of the past.Europe’s AI Decision DriverWe call emergency services because we need immediate care, but not all emergency calls are as urgent as others. That’s why, in an attempt to prioritize call responses, four European countries are rolling out an AI algorithm that can detect cardiac arrest with up to 95% accuracy. In studies by the AI’s developer, human dispatchers could only perform this task with about 74% accuracy.Patients experiencing cardiac arrest need the quickest care if they hope to be resuscitated, which is why it’s important for dispatchers to quickly and accurately assess incoming calls. With AI directing calls, more patients can receive expedited care, preventing brain and organ damage or death.Decision-making AI is one of the main new frontiers in machine-enhanced medicine, and this dispatcher system is just one example. Other AI programs include an Israeli program for detecting intracranial hemorrhages, as well as one designed by Stanford scientists, which can identify cancerous skin markings.Though there will always be an art to diagnosis, especially for rare conditions, AI is improving outcomes for patients across the globe by helping doctors make better treatment decisions. Despite all the hype, the role of AI is in reducing doctor errors; it doesn’t replace doctors.Predicting Future DiseaseIt’s obviously important to maximize emergency dispatcher response to cardiac arrests, but what if we could treat heart problems before they became emergent? This is the primary goal of preventative cardiology programs – addressing cardiac risk factors such as high blood pressure, family history, obesity, and metabolic syndromes before they become critical. Recently, though, Google released a new algorithm that looks at an entirely different criterion to assess cardiac risk: the eyes.What can the eyes tell us about future cardiac health? The back wall of the eye, known as the fundus, is rich in blood vessels. By scanning these vessels, the Google algorithm can detect factors including age, whether or not the individual smokes, blood pressure levels, and more. Right now the algorithm can correctly predict cardiac risk 70% of the time, a rate just slightly lower than the medical standard, the SCORE test, which is about 72% accurate.The main difference between something like Google’s algorithm and the SCORE test is that the SCORE test is unlikely to become much more accurate, but with greater exposure and testing, Google’s algorithm will become more sensitive to small details. Machine learning makes most algorithms open ended and constantly in development. The more they “see” and the more feedback they get, the better they perform.Making Details MatterMost medical knowledge is highly generalized. Doctors will tell patients they have an X percent likelihood of having a particular condition, for example, but that number might be based on the entire population – and the population numbers are often based on studies consisting largely of white men. Though we see differing levels of drug effectiveness and disease risk in minority populations in practice, studies and statistics rarely reflect these differences.In partnership with Microsoft’s AI Network for Healthcare, Apollo Hospitals in India have developed a cardiac assessment AI based on the Indian population. Even in India, home to nearly one-seventh of the world’s population, most of the technologies and assessment tools currently in use were developed based on western populations. This led to errors in diagnosis and poor disease prevention efforts. The Apollo Hospital’s AI is the first of its kind to rethink who is centered in diagnostic technology.Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally, and it’s on the rise in low- and middle-income countries as western dietary habits are exported and increasing wealth leads to greater meat consumption and a more sedentary lifestyle. This risk profile makes better disease detection and preventative efforts more important than ever before – and the AI tools are ready to change the game. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img Frank Landman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

Assam NRC final list: Rights group terms it largest incident of making people ‘stateless’ in decades

first_imgA New Delhi-based rights group has termed the exclusion of 19,06,657 people from the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) as the largest incident of making people “stateless” in decades.Sri Lanka’s 1948 declaration of about 9,75,000 descendants of Indian-origin Tamils as ‘non-nationals is the next largest purging move’, the Rights and Risk Analysis Group said on Saturday.Myanmar’s decree under the 1982 citizenship law, making some 8,00,00 Rohingya stateless, the declaration of 4,00,000 Bihari Muslims as non-citizens in Bangladesh in 1971, and the expulsion of 3,90,000 Indian-origin people by Myanmar – then Burma – in 1964 are the other major cases of making people stateless in South Asia, the group said.“If the Foreigners Act of 1946 is to be followed, the excluded people await immediate arrest and imprisonment after they are declared as foreigners by the Foreigners’ Tribunals unless the orders of these tribunals are stayed or overturned by the Gauhati High Court or the Supreme Court,” group director Suhas Chakma said.The narrative of the indigenous people being overrun by illegal immigrants was based on the migration from 1901 to 1971 when the State’s average decadal population growth rate of 23.95% was almost double the country’s 12.90%. “But those who came to India before March 24, 1971 have already been accepted as citizens of India as per the Assam Accord of 1985,” he said. 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50  Watch | Assam’s NRC Final List is outcenter_img Punished for lacking papersThe NRC was not about the identification of foreigners but a process to punish those who did not have documents of their own or of their forefathers to establish themselves as residents of Assam prior to March 24, 1971, he said.“Assam had 66% illiterates as per the 1971 Census. This means these 66% did not possess an educational certificate that can be used as a birth certificate,” he said, adding that the poor, illiterate and landless people of 1971 or their descendants found it the toughest to prove their legacy.last_img read more

Canadian film TV leaders to meet about industrys prevalent sexual harassment

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian film and TV leaders are acknowledging that sexual harassment has also been a “prevalent” part of the entertainment industry north of the border and have planned a meeting to discuss how to tackle it.In the wake of the flood of allegations against fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, writer-director James Toback and others, the union representing Canadian actors, ACTRA, has had preliminary meetings with industry groups and is preparing for a broader meeting of stakeholders on Nov. 23 in Toronto.On the agenda: how they can work together to implement practical, concrete measures to tackle sexual misconduct in a way that also leads to cultural change.“Yes, it’s prevalent in our industry for both men and women, but it’s cultural as well,” said Theresa Tova, ACTRA national treasurer and ACTRA Toronto president, in a recent interview.“This is something that’s been going on forever and we need to change the culture. And I’m 150 per cent in support of making sure that the responsibility, the pressure, the weight of this abuse doesn’t land on the victims, (that) there are some processes industry-wide where we can all work together.”Tova said ACTRA doesn’t have numbers on how many cases of sexual harassment and assault have been reported in the Canadian film and TV industry. But in a statement on its website, the Directors Guild of Canada says: “the rot of harassment in film and television runs far deeper than one man and extends every bit as much into our country as any other.”ACTRA says the industry as a whole needs to figure out how to prevent, report and track cases of sexual misconduct, from pre-production to post-production. It also needs to create a safe space for victims to speak out without fear of retribution or harassment.Other groups that will be a part of the meeting include the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, which has “a zero-tolerance policy against abuse and sexual harassment” — but currently that’s only for its employees and board members.“We don’t have a code of conduct or similar for our membership and that is something that could be a part of how we respond to this,” said Beth Janson, the academy’s CEO, who will be at the meeting.Since the Weinstein scandal broke in early October, several stories of sexual harassment or assault have emerged from Canada’s entertainment scene, including allegations against Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon and Quebec media personality Eric Salvail.Meanwhile, Canadian actresses including Erika Rosenbaum, Mia Kirshner and Sarah Polley have publicly shared stories about alleged encounters with Weinstein, while Rachel McAdams and Chantal Cousineau spoke out with allegations about Toback.Montreal-based TV and film writer/producer Leila Basen says she has experienced sexual harassment on the job since the very start of her career in the late 1970s.“When I began my career, it was just a pervasive, daily part of your work life,” said Basen, a co-writer of “Bon Cop Bad Cop,” a creative producer and writer for “Heartland,” and co-executive producer and writer for “Strange Empire.”“Nobody called it sexual harassment. Nobody had a framework to put it in. If you were young, ambitious with big dreams, you wiggled out of difficult situations. Tried not to repeat them. Compartmentalized the bad stuff, put your head down and kept going.”It was during her first job out of film school, as a production assistant in a newsroom, that “daily harassment had crossed the line into assault.”“I was standing on a table fixing a monitor and a sportscaster sticks his hand under my skirt. I was so shocked, I fell off the table and hurt myself,” Basen recalled.“I told my boss what happened. The sportscaster got a slap on the wrist. But for me, in the misogynistic culture of the newsroom, things got worse.”Then there was the startling first day she had working for a film company in the ’80s. She was sitting in a room with the executive producers when the secretary walked in.“She’s wearing a dress with the big zipper down the front and one of the producers takes his finger and pulled the zipper right down and the whole dress falls open,” said Basen.“She quit right then and there. What could she have done? Reported her boss? Her boss was the dude with his finger in the zipper, the one who thought it was all just a big joke. “Basen is encouraged by the #metoo movement, in which women are sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault on social media.But Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere feels the conversations that are happening now are the same ones that took place around the 2016 sexual assault trial of former CBC star Jian Ghomeshi.“This isn’t new. It’s incredibly frustrating,” said DeCoutere, who was among the women who accused Ghomeshi of sexual assault. A judge acquitted him on all four charges of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.“The whole thing just is a reminder that women are assaulted by men and that men have nothing really tangible to say about how to fix it.“They keep saying this is a watershed moment but they said that about the Ghomeshi situation, which unfolded in the exact same way.”Polley, who detailed her experiences with sexual harassment in a widely read New York Times op-ed, is similarly fearful that the current wave of momentum may not lead to change.She spoke last week at an event for her TV series “Alias Grace” at the University of Toronto’s Innis College and said it’s “an astonishing moment as a woman in this industry to realize that we’re going to take women seriously about this.”But she added: “Moving forward as we enter into different police forces looking at charges, that’s when I start to wonder — are we all powerful enough to rally around these people, these people who have come forward, when we’re faced with a judicial system that hasn’t changed at all?”last_img read more