More contact coming from Cavs Thompson, Warriors Green

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “If I see them in the summer and they say hi I’ll say hi. I won’t go out of my way to say hi.”LeBron’s eye feels betterThe Warriors can put themselves halfway to their third title in four seasons with a home win on Sunday in the best-of-seven championship series.Green also poked Cavaliers star LeBron James in the right eye during the game, blurring his vision in the first half of a 51-point performance, the highest scoring NBA Finals effort in a losing cause.Green said the Warriors will attack James harder in game two.“Force. From the beginning of the game. We didn’t start with much force,” said Green. “You have to set the tone you want to set. (Mine is) collision. It’s fine. It’s the best part of the game.”James said his eye has improved with medication and time although it looks worse now than it did on Thursday.“It’s better. It doesn’t look better, but it feels a lot better,” James said. “It’s just going through a stage right now of recovering.“I’m taking my medication that I’ve been given by the doctors. My eye drops and my antibiotics to help me with the recovery as fast as possible.”Green said he wasn’t dancing to taunt Thompson but “shaking pom poms” and added, “people were talking. I talked back.”“Them suspending somebody else don’t make me feel good. I don’t want anybody to get suspended. That does nothing for us or to me.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Unwritten rule China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “We’re trying to win a championship. Emotions should be involved,” Green said. “If your emotions aren’t involved you should go sit down somewhere and ponder what the hell life is for.”Thompson was whistled for a flagrant foul and ejected with 2.6 seconds to play in overtime. When Green taunted him, Thompson shoved the ball in his face on the way to the locker rooms, teammates of both preventing a greater confrontation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league reviewed the incident and fined Thompson $25,000 for not quickly leaving the court but did not suspend him and reduced the level of the foul.“They made a good decision. I’m playing so I’m happy. I’m glad I’m able to play with my teammates and not watching on TV,” Thompson said. “The NBA has got to do what they’ve got to do with fines. I did what I had to do in terms of talking to the NBA. They made the right call by letting me play.”Thompson said he had no regrets about anything he did, adding, “I thought I walked off pretty quickly. I got an early shower.”Thompson said physical play and intense emotions are inevitable from teams playing in a fourth consecutive final, an unprecedented feat in North American sport.“When you’ve been to four straight finals you start out not liking each other. In any playoff series you get irritated. for us it’s in game one,” Thompson said.“It’s competitive. Of course, we’re going to get irritated with each other. But it’s not going off the court, at least not for me.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors exchange words in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on May 31, 2018, in Oakland, California.  AFPOAKLAND, United States — Golden State’s Draymond Green plans more force and emotion in Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals while Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is ready to match him despite nearly getting suspended.The instigators in a last-seconds altercation in Golden State’s 124-114 opening victory promise the fireworks are far from over.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Thinking back to his own one-game ban from the 2016 NBA Finals for multiple playoff flagrant fouls after striking James in the groin, Green said, “I don’t think it’s a double standard.”NBA ‘bruisers’ will bangThompson said he expects if more trouble comes, he and Green will be in the middle of it.“Draymond doesn’t get underneath my skin. It doesn’t bother me at all. It makes him look crazy,” Thompson said. “I know he’s going to try to find ways to provoke me. I’ve got to stay locked in.“It’s the finals. It’s about toughness and playing hard. As the enforcer for my team and Draymond for his, if it had to be two players, it would probably be us. If we’re going to bump heads, it would be the two guys who are the bruisers.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Redknapp backs Barton for managerial role

first_imgFormer QPR boss Harry Redknapp has told Talksport he believes Joey Barton could be a success as a manager when the midfielder’s playing career finishes.Rangers captain Barton, 32, is keen to go to coaching and management when he hangs up his boots.And Redknapp said: “When you sit down and talk to him, he is knowledgeable. He is a student of the game.“I can’t wait for him to get the opportunity manage. He could be very good. He has good ideas, he is enthusiastic, and he knows the game.“Obviously there is another side to him as well, but hopefully when he gets the opportunity he will do a good job for somebody.”Barton insisted on Twitter on Monday that reports he had blamed Redknapp for relegation-threatened QPR’s plight were misleading.See also:Barton denies blaming former boss Redknapp for QPR’s woesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New terminal at OR Tambo Airport

first_img21 April 2010 Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport has officially opened its new central terminal building, positioning it as a world-class facility with a passenger capacity of 28-million. The domestic and international terminals have now been linked to improve passenger experience and orientation at the airport, while a multi-storey parkade for 5 200 vehicles has also been completed, bringing the total number of parking bays in and around OR Tambo International to 17 500. Additional storage tanks capable of holding 60-million litres of fuel are also now in place. South African President Jacob Zuma opened the new central terminal building on Tuesday, a day before the country marks 50 days to go to the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ kick-off. “Our vision of a truly international airport has been realised,” Zuma said, adding that it was a practical example of South Africa’s readiness to host the biggest sporting event in the world. The revamped OR Tambo International is a culmination of a decade of work, following the government’s decision in 2005 to approve R20-billion in funding for the expansion of airport infrastructure across the country. “We are now starting to see the results of that investment,” Zuma said, adding that the economic spin-offs of the World Cup and its impact on job creation have been remarkable. “With the completion of the Gautrain mass rapid transport route from the airport to Sandton, we are confident we will move all our visitors in safety and control once they land.” He said it was not a coincidence that Africa’s biggest and busiest airport has been named after Oliver Tambo, leader of the African National Congress until 1993. “Oliver Tambo was a true international statesman with the highest regard for the values of human dignity and compassion.” With the name change, South Africa sought to celebrate Tambo’s sacrifice for equality and freedom. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cementing peace in the DRC

first_imgA UN Stabilisation Mission in DRC soldier on Goma hill. It remains to be seen whether the force can ensure peace in the eastern DRC after the defeat of M23.(Image: Guy Oliver, Irin Photo)MEDIA CONTACTS• A MaswanganyeMinister-counsellorM ConradieCounsellorSouth African Embassy, Kinshasa, DRC+243 81 556 6586• Stephanie WoltersProgramme managerConflict Prevention and Risk Analysis DivisionInstitute of Security Studies, Pretoria+27 12 346 9500/2RELATED ARTICLES• Stateless Zim residents gain citizenship • Kilimo Salama farmers’ safety• Africa rising• Piracy decline gives Somalis hope • Africa’s turn to save the worldIrin NewsWith the predominantly Tutsi rebel group M23 routed and vowing to disarm, attention is shifting to how to cement and extend peace across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and ease the decades-long suffering and deprivation of millions of civilians.Since 25 October, Congolese troops, backed by a new UN intervention brigade, have driven M23 fighters from their fortified strongholds in North Kivu Province, in a series of surprisingly successful operations.The triumph has raised hopes of better times ahead for one of the world’s most turbulent regions. Civilians in the area reportedly welcomed the M23’s defeat. A jubilant Martin Kobler, head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC, was filmed shaking hands with smiling residents in “liberated” villages.But observers caution that the military triumph is only a first step towards stability in a region long plagued by lawlessness and bad governance, beset by ethnic and political tensions, and awash with weapons.“The M23 is only one of many armed groups operating in the eastern DRC,” said Stephanie Wolters, an analyst at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria. “There are many others that have long rendered the lives of the population in these parts a living nightmare, and that still need to be tackled politically and militarily.”Military muscleExperts say the reorganised FARDC, as DRC’s national army is known, and the newly offensive UN force must continue to work in tandem if the cycle of violence in eastern DRC is to be broken.M23 is just the latest in a series of ethnic-Tutsi led militias that have operated in the hills close to the borders with Rwanda and Uganda. As many as 45 other rebel groups are currently operating across the region, where the DRC government has little control.Militant groups have been accused of gross human rights violations, including executions, using rape as a weapon of war and conscripting children. Government forces have also been blamed for atrocities. The violence and instability have hampered efforts to extend basic services, including health care, and to alleviate poverty.DRC President Joseph Kabila shook up the command of the army after security forces put up no meaningful resistance as M23 gunmen seized Goma, the capital of North Kivu, in November last year. Having humiliated the government and the UN, whose peacekeepers proved equally powerless, the rebels withdrew a few weeks later.Military analyst Darren Olivier said the new FARDC commander in North Kivu has cracked down on ill-discipline, raised morale and turned his troops into a capable force. The troops were well prepared and supplied for their assault on the M23, he said.“This has interesting implications for the potential of FARDC to eventually be able to maintain a monopoly of force in the eastern DRC,” Olivier wrote in the African Defense Review.“In just four days, M23 has been dislodged from every one of the strongholds it once held,” Olivier said. “This surprisingly rapid reversal of fortunes for the group was unprecedented only weeks ago when most experts predicted that it would take significant effort to remove M23 from towns like Kibumba, Rumangabo and Rutshuru.“Despite M23′s claims that its withdrawals were intentional, the group relinquished heavily-fortified positions all over North Kivu that it had only recently reinforced after the fighting in August. While M23 is not yet fully defeated, there is little doubt that it has suffered a crushing military loss.”South African troopsCreating such a monopoly should prove easier with the support of the UN Force Intervention Brigade, the 3 000-strong unit deployed earlier this year in a demonstration of the international community’s determination to break the cycle of violence in eastern DRC. Unusually for UN missions, the brigade is mandated to carry out targeted offensive operations to help government forces eliminate armed groups.According to Olivier, the UN force played a crucial role in the battle against the M23 by allowing government troops to fight simultaneously on three fronts, dividing and weakening the rebels as they tried to defend their fortified redoubts north of Goma.Wolters of the ISS said the M23 defeat and the impact of the UN brigade (made up of troops from South Africa, Tanzania and Malawi) sends a strong message to other armed groups.“It may prompt them to consider the advantages of a negotiated solution over a drawn-out military campaign. If it really wants peace, Kinshasa will then have to react quickly to capitalize on this and to engage in robust negotiations that can bring a real end to the violence,” Wolters said.Negotiations and reformsHow Kinshasa deals with the M23 may indicate how willing it is to make concessions to other rebel groups in the name of a national reconciliation programme.Under a multilateral framework agreement signed under UN and African Union auspices in March, the DRC is committed to a far-reaching reform programme designed to tackle the root causes of instability and rebellion.“The M23 is only one of many armed groups operating in the eastern DRC. There are many others that have long rendered the lives of the population in these parts a living nightmare, and that still need to be tackled politically and militarily.”As well as pledges on reconciliation and democratization, the government promised action to overhaul its security forces, consolidate state authority in the east and prevent armed groups from destabilizing neighbouring countries. The plan includes detailed benchmarks at national, regional and international levels to measure progress.However, peace talks with the M23 in the Ugandan capital Kampala had dragged on for months and were already stalled when the military push changed the facts on the ground.Russ Feingold, the US special envoy to the region, said on 6 November that a still unsigned agreement between the government and the M23 contains detailed provisions for disarming and demobilising the rebels and for protecting them from other armed groups.French permanent representative to the UN Gerard Araud said DRC negotiators were reluctant to sign “a sort of agreement between equals” after the rebellion had been crushed.The DRC parliament also has yet to pass a national amnesty programme. Western diplomats are pushing strongly for those accused of war crimes or crimes against humanity, including several M23 commanders, to be excluded from the amnesty and held accountable.Feingold contrasted this approach with the failed peace agreement of 23 March 2009, from which the M23 movement took its name. While the 2009 deal “did give that kind of amnesty to people who committed major crimes… there’s no impunity in this, this time,” Feingold said. “The goal here is to make sure this can’t happen again.”He said a successful conclusion to the Kampala talks could open the way for substantive talks between countries in the region. “Without that, this is not likely to be a successful effort to get at the root causes.”The violence in eastern DRC has left over one million people displacedYet there is concern that success against the M23 could leave Kinshasa feeling less compelled to meet its obligations under the framework agreement and deliver on its reform pledges, which include the establishment of the special courts.With the M23 defeated, Kabila could “shake off some of the pressure on him to carry out national reforms and would be buoyed by the popularity such a victory would certainly bring,” said Jason Stearns, a former UN expert on DRC.Concerned neighboursWhile the enhanced capabilities of FARDC and UN were important in defeating the M23, some analysts argue that the rout also reflects a Rwandan decision to withdraw support for the rebels in the face of intense pressure from the international community.There is speculation that Rwanda has secured assurances that the next target of military action in DRC will be the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which includes ethnic Hutus who fled Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.“They should have done this some years ago. I hope that this time they will tackle the FDLR. They have to,” said Rwanda’s UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana.If Kigali feels short-changed, analysts warn that it could reactivate the M23 or arm another ethnic Tutsi-led proxy force in DRC in order to protect its security and economic interests.France’s UN representative Araud said on 7 November that FDLR was “on the front line” of the rebel movements to be tackled next. Diplomats have named the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamist group opposed to the Ugandan government, as an additional priority.Rwanda has accused DRC forces of collaborating with the FDLR, something that Kinshasa denies. UN experts have in turn accused Rwanda of supporting the M23, a charge rejected by the government in Kigali.On the groundSome observers warn that the ethnic Tutsi communities in Kivu will remain fertile ground for future rebellions unless they are given more social and political representation, and unless long-standing land and citizenship issues are addressed.A strong DDR – disarmament, demobilization and reintegration – programme for armed groups, including repatriation for foreign fighters, is vital in Kivu and elsewhere, DRC scholar Christoph Vogel said.Last week, Oxfam expressed concern that the space left by defeated M23 forces could simply be seized by other rebels.In the short term, the government and UN are keen to restore civilian control in the areas previously held by M23. In a gesture of goodwill, the provincial authorities reportedly vowed not to collect any taxes until next year.“It is up to the government to take responsibility and bring development to the economy as well as to the administration,” Kohler said while touring former rebel strongholds.Source: Irin humanitarian news and analysis, a service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations.last_img read more

NY Approves Clean-Energy Loan Program for Adoption by Cities Statewide

first_imgLast month GBA presented an overview of the Recovery Through Retrofit Report, an analysis prepared by the White House that identified three barriers to the formation of a national retrofit market and three ways those barriers could be overcome.On Monday, the New York State legislature, with the support of Governor David Peterson, took aim directly at one of those barriers – inadequate access to retrofit financing – with the passage of a bill authorizing municipalities to establish programs that will finance energy efficiency improvements, including the installation of renewable-energy systems, across the state.The financing mechanism, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), is supported by federally funded programs, including the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. PACE has already been adopted for use by dozens of municipalities, including some in New York, and also has been authorized for full deployment by 14 other states.Advancing green financingFinancing for PACE programs is raised through bond issues. Homeowners tend to favor PACE loans because the application process is fairly simple, transaction costs are relatively low, and the loan payments, which are added to the property tax bill of the house being upgraded, are spread out over relatively long period of time – usually 15 to 20 years.New York lawmakers hope the new bill will not only reduce the state’s carbon footprint, but encourage the creation of jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields. And if energy efficiency advocates have their way, the bill will be just a first step toward eroding barriers to retrofit financing.“PACE is a powerful tool for advancing energy efficiency retrofits, creating badly needed jobs and reducing global warming pollution,” Ashok Gupta, director of energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “New York has taken an important first step on PACE and we look forward to working with the legislature and the governor to quickly expand the scope of this bill beyond PACE programs relying on federal assistance.”last_img read more

Lack of planning threatens to reduce Afro-Asian Games to a costly PR exercise for IOA

first_imgIndian athletes arriving for the first-ever Afro-Asian Games (AAG) in November will be in for a surprise: they won’t have to live in rat-infested rooms in Nehru Stadium fighting flies rather than the competition but will travel to the capital by air, live in five-star hotels and travel in air-conditioned,Indian athletes arriving for the first-ever Afro-Asian Games (AAG) in November will be in for a surprise: they won’t have to live in rat-infested rooms in Nehru Stadium fighting flies rather than the competition but will travel to the capital by air, live in five-star hotels and travel in air-conditioned buses.But not because the country has decided to give its athletes the respect and comforts they deserve. These luxuries will be extended only during the Games and will be swiftly taken away once they end. Then the waste of the entire exercise – costing more than Rs 100 crore – will probably hit the athlete and the taxpayer the hardest.STATE OF THE STADIA: The IOA’s decision to organise the Games at short notice means that the Nehru (top), Talkatora and National stadiums are only now being readiedThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA), organisers of the Afro-Asian Games, is treating them as a huge public-relations exercise for “promotion” of sports in Africa and Asia. “The Games will increase Afro-Asian solidarity,” says Suresh Kalmadi, working chairman of the AAG Organising Committee and president of the IOA.Kalmadi says the AAG are “an attempt to break the monopoly of Americans and Europeans. They (Europe and the US) get to host meets because they support each other’s candidature but there is no cooperation between Asia and Africa.”The AAG may in fact turn out to be a very expensive face-saving and public-relations exercise for Kalmadi and the IOA, whose track record, even in the Asian and African fraternity, is not good. India made a bid for the 2006 Asian Games and was supported only by one country – Bhutan – out of 44 Asian nations. Kalmadi’s explanation is that the IOA’s bid budget wasn’t big enough.advertisement”Other countries spend millions of dollars in bids but India spent only Rs 75 lakh. The result is for all to see.” However, none of the 100-plus members of the IOA contingent sent to the Sydney Olympics to lobby had stadia passes. An IOA official claims that lack of access to stadia and hotels prevented them from giving the Indian effort the edge. Unfazed, the IOA now wants to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games.Talkatora stadiumIt is difficult to understand why India, which lacks resources to bid for events, wants to spend Rs 100 crore on the AAG. In a departure from common practice, the Games organisers will offer free air tickets and five-star accommodation to players and officials. The only country to have offered free air travel was South Korea during the Seoul Olympics.But after being swamped by official requests, Seoul only paid for the athletes’ tickets. An IOAofficial claims that the money being showered on the event like confetti should have been spent on improvement of facilities and equipment for Indians. Kalmadi believes otherwise. “A spinoff of the Games would be updated sports stadia,” he says.Now the situation has reached such a pass that in a transparent attempt to please as many people in the IOA and the Government as possible, a gaggle of committees and subcommittees – with a total of 500 members – has been formed comprising a host of Sangh Parivar luminaries, apparently on Union Sports Minister Uma Bharati’s recommendation.National stadiumThese include editors of RSS mouthpieces – Sheshadri Chari of Organiser (vice-chairman, Ceremonies Committee) and Tarun Vijay of Panchajanya (vice-chairman, Media Committee) – about two dozen BJP youth wing leaders and MPs. Strangely enough, mountaineers Bachendri Pal and Santosh Yadav have been named on the Stadia Committee. BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is chairman of the Hospitality Sub-committee. To compound matters, a number of members have already resigned since their consent was never procured before they were “appointed” on the various committees.Says BJP Rajya Sabha member Balbir Punj who resigned as chairman of the Marketing Committee: “My interest in sports was never more than watching a few matches on TV. I was not consulted before being given the task.”There are 27 committees, of which about five meet every day. Members who live outside Delhi are entitled to free airfare and a daily travel allowance of Rs 1,000. According to an Organising Committee circular, every committee member from outside Delhi is allowed to claim three days of travel allowance for a one-day meeting.”The Games will end US and European monopoly.”Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, AAGThe cost of hosting the Games has been revised three times: from an estimate of Rs 40 crore last year to Rs 56 crore after the addition of hockey and weightlifting to the disciplines.advertisementBy the time the Government clearance came in April this year, the cost was once again revised to Rs 110 crore.The Government will pitch in with Rs 37 crore for improvement of infrastructure and an additional Rs 20 crore for the conduct of the Games, leaving the organising committee to raise the remaining amount through sponsorship and sale of telecast and broadcast rights.An indication that the Games were poorly and sloppily planned came when it was discovered that they would coincide with major international tennis and hockey tournaments and club soccer leagues. Now the IOA is in an unholy haste to get the dates of the events of the hockey and tennis tournaments changed.At the moment there is no weightlifting federation in the country to select players for the AAG after a Kolkata court disbanded the ad-hoc federation in existence. If there ever was a shambles waiting to happen, the Afro-Asian Games would be its advertisement.last_img read more

Spotted Coral Medusa Emerges from Repair

first_imgThe gas carrier Coral Medusa, owned and operated by the Anthony Veder Group, has completed her intermediate survey at Damen Shiprepair Harlingen in the Netherlands.The 2007-built Coral Medusa docked at Harlingen on July 19, 2016.The intermediate survey was scheduled and carried out while the ship was under gas vapours from its last cargo.In addition to the survey, repairs were undertaken on the Van der Velden Marine Systems – a subsidiary of the Damen group – rudder, hub, and propeller shaft. The liners of the tail shaft were also replaced and, while in dock, the vessel had its corporate livery repainted. The work was undertaken within two weeks.The Coral Medusa is a 4,000 m³ semi-pressurized / fully refrigerated gas carrier. Featuring a length of 95.5 meters and a width of 15.5 meters, the vessel carries Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and operates in the waters of north-west Europe.Image Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more

Brie Larson Channing Dungey and More Honored at Women In Film 2018

first_imgOn Wednesday, June 13th, Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF) celebrated outstanding women in the entertainment industry with the 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by sponsors Max Mara, Lancôme and Lexus.Ellen Pompeo Speaks OnstageCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for Women In FilmThe evening, themed “Ignited,” raised funds and awareness for Women In Film, LA and its many educational and philanthropic programs, and its advocacy for gender parity for women throughout the industry.The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Award honorees included the following: Brie Larson with The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film presented to her by actress and friend Jessie Ennis; Channing Dungey with The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television presented to her by actress Ellen Pompeo; Alexandra Shipp with the Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award presented to her by actress Regina Hall and Max Mara Vice President US Retail and Global Brand Ambassador Maria Giulia Maramotti; songwriting and production team NOVA Wav (Denisia “Blu June” Andrews And Brittany “Chi” Coney) with the Women In Film Artistic Excellence Award presented to them by duo Chloe x Halle; and the Women of Black Panther in front of and behind the camera were honored with The Lexus Beacon Award, which was accepted by Marvel Studios EVP of Physical Production Victoria Alonso on behalf of the group, and presented to her by Black Panther actor Isaach de Bankolé.The evening also celebrated Women In Film, Los Angeles’ 45th Anniversary and recognized the leaders of the gender parity movement in Hollywood with the powerful “45 Years of Advocacy Celebration” segment presented by Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand. Dr. Stacy L. Smith (Founder and Director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative) accepted the honor on behalf of the 22 leaders from the past and present that attended. The group included Allison Anders (Filmmaker), Barbara Boyle (Film Producer), Madeline Di Nonno (The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media CEO), Jane Fleming (WIF Board President Emeritus), Melissa Goodman (Director of the LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California), Iris Grossman (WIF Board President Emeritus), Catherine Hardwicke (Filmmaker), Christy Haubegger (CAA Agent), Rosilyn Heller (Film Producer), Gale Anne Hurd (Film Producer), Lynne Littman (Filmmaker), Katie McGrath (Bad Robot Co-Chief Executive Officer), Rachel Morrison (Cinematographer), Marcia Nasatir (Film Producer), Susan Bay Nimoy (Filmmaker), Euzhan Palcy (Filmmaker), Kimberly Peirce (Filmmaker), Keri Putnam (Sundance Institute Executive Director), Angela Robinson (Filmmaker), Cathy Schulman (WIF Board President) and Jamie Tarses (TV Producer/Executive).Additional attendees included Rosanna Arquette (Actress), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Actress), Amy Baer (WIF, LA Incoming Board President), Lake Bell (Actress / WIF, LA Board Member), Alison Brie (Actress, GLOW), Shari Belafonte (Actress), Alice Eve (Actress, Replicas), Kate Flannery (Actress), Katherine Langford (Actress, 13 Reasons Why, Love, Simon), Jane Lynch (Actress), Kathryn Prescott (Actress, Dude), Mishel Prada (Actress, Vida), Francia Raisa (Actress, Grown-ish), Kirsten Schaffer (WIF, LA Executive Director), Diane Warren (Songwriter), Michaela Watkins (Actress, Casual), and more.Event highlights: Oscar Award-winning actress Frances McDormand took the stage to present the “45 Years of Advocacy Celebration” segment. During her remarks, McDormand restated a call-to-action for the Inclusion Rider showing off bumper stickers in support of the initiative. The Inclusion Rider, developed by Dr. Stacy L. Smith (Founder and Director, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative), is an addendum to an actor/content creator’s contract that stipulates that inclusion — both on camera and behind the scenes for crew members — be reflected in films. Black Panther actor Isaach de Bankolé presented the Lexus Beacon Award to Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of Physical Production, who accepted the award on behalf of the Women of Black Panther in front of and behind the camera. Alonso was joined by some of the women in leadership behind the camera including Rachel Morrison (Director of Photography), Debbie Berman (Editor), Ruth E. Carter (Costume Designer), Sarah Finn (Casting Director) and Helen Pollak (Unit Production Manager). Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo presented The Lucy Award to ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey. During Channing Dungey’s remarks she shared “it has been an honor to showcase strong and independent women on television like Meredith Grey, Rainbow Johnson, Annalise Keating, Beverly Goldberg, Jessica Wong, and the long but never forgotten Oliva Pope.” In her moving speech, she also shared, “we can’t be afraid to standup, to speak up, to rise up. When we see things around us that counter our values and beliefs, our actions must match our words. It’s not always easy to do.” Actress Jessie Ennis surprised Brie Larson when she appeared on-stage to present Larson with The Crystal Award. Ennis shared, “She is leaving a mark on and off screen that is empowering to all of us. She doesn’t do what she’s expected to do. Brie Larson does what she knows is right. She’s a listener and a leader, and I’m really lucky to call her my best friend because she is the most compassionate and inspiring person I’ve ever known.” Brie Larson dedicated her acceptance speech to draw attention to the USC Annenberg Inclusive Initiative’s recent findings that “67% of the top critics reviewing the 100 highest-grossing movies in 2017 were white males. Less than a quarter were white women and less than 10% were underrepresented men, Only 2.5% of those top critics were women of color.” Larson called for more diversity among reporters and photographers at press events and announced that the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival have committed to allocating 20 percent of press credentials to underrepresented critics. Kirsten Schaffer (WIF, LA Executive Director) opened the ceremony and discussed WIF’s programs including the launch of the Sexual Harassment Help Line last fall. Since early October, the world’s attention has been focused on the unfolding story of countless allegations of sexual harassment perpetrated by many powerful men in the entertainment industry. In response, Women In Film launched a Sexual Harassment Help Line — an integrated program to refer survivors of harassment to attorneys, designated mental health counselors, and law enforcement professionals. Anyone, regardless of gender, can access the Sexual Harassment Help Line at 323.545.0333. During Cathy Schulman’s (WIF, LA Board President) remarks, she talked about ReFrame, a collaboration (partnership) between WIF, Sundance Institute and more than 50 Hollywood leaders to create a formal action plan to further gender equity in the media industry. Recently, ReFrame announced the first class of ReFrame Stamp feature film recipients based on an extensive analysis of IMDbPro data on the top 100 domestic-grossing films of 2017. The recipients include Warner Bros.’ Everything, Everything, and Wonder Woman, Universal’s Girls Trip, A24’s Lady Bird, and Twentieth Century Fox’s The Post. A film with the ReFrame Stamp serves as a mark of distinction for projects that have demonstrated success in gender-balanced film and TV productions based on criteria developed by ReFrame in consultation with ReFrame Ambassadors, producers and other industry experts. For more information visit, ReFrameProject.org. Sister duo Chloe x Halle presented the WIF Artistic Excellence Award to music producers NOVA Wav (Denisia “Blu June” Andrews And Brittany “Chi” Coney) and performed “Warrior” from the soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time. Jason Derulo, DJ Khaled, Lukas Graham and Ryan Press sent in congratulatory video messages for NOVA Wav that were featured during the ceremony Alexandra Shipp (WIF Max Mara Face of the Future Award Honoree), Alison Brie (Actress), Alice Eve (Actress), Amy Baer (WIF, LA Incoming Board President), Cathy Schulman (WIF Board President), Channing Dungey (The Crystal Award Honoree), Jane Fleming (WIF Board President Emeritus), Katherine Langford (Actress), Kirsten Schaffer (WIF, LA Executive Director), Lake Bell (Actress / WIF, LA Board Member), Maria Giulia Maramotti (Vice President US Retail and Global Brand Ambassador), Michaela Watkins (Actress), NOVA Wav (WIF Artistic Excellence Award Honorees), Regina Hall (Actress), and Rosanna Arquette (Actress) arrived dressed in Max Mara. Each of the honorees and presenters took home a gift bag with an assortment of Lancôme skincare products and cosmetics. Lexus showcased the 2018 LS 500 sedan inside the ballroom and a floral photo booth for guests to enjoy.The 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards was designed and produced by Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman and Tony Schubert of Event Eleven.last_img read more

KIMS CONVENIENCE ACTOR ANDREW PHUNG ACCUSES TORONTO POLICE OFFICER OF RACIST COMMENT

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook A comedian and actor said a racist incident he saw on the streets of Toronto on Saturday was not representative of the Canada he wants to live in.Andrew Phung had dropped his family off at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, parked his car nearby and was walking to the stadium when he says he saw a police officer tell a driver to “go back to your country.”​Phung, who stars in the CBC sitcom Kim’s Convenience, described the alleged incident in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon and a phone interview Saturday evening. Toronto police said they’re investigating.I literally just witnessed a @TorontoPolice officer shout “go back to your country” because they were confused at the crosswalk. To which two white dudes then shouted “amen, go back to where you fucking came from.” THIS IS NOT MY CANADA!— Andrew Phung (@andrewphung) July 7, 2018 Login/Register With: He said he was waiting to cross the downtown street with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated to pull through the intersection.Phung said an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back toward the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the cop say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”Phung said he responded by shouting, “That’s not cool.”“Two men beside me then said, ‘Nope, totally cool. If you can’t drive, go back to you f—-ing country.’ The comedian in me then burst out and then I proceeded to ask them why they thought driving ability equated citizenship in this country.”Phung says he heard a police officer telling a driver, ‘If you can’t drive, go back to your country.’ (CBC)Phung said he thinks the driver hesitated because the intersection had two sets of lights that were close together, and the other set of lights was red.“I think as a whole we can all agree that we’ve all been confused before in Toronto traffic,” Phung said.“It was just so disappointing to see this coming from a police officer,” said Phung. “They’re the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism.”“We have spent the evening gathering information so we can investigate what happened,” said Mark Pugash, spokesperson for Toronto police, on Saturday.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more