Man drowned wife rescued in New Digha

first_imgKolkata: Seikh Manik, a resident of Memari in East Burdwan, who went to the sea along his wife in New Digha, was swept away by a strong current. Manik went missing since Sunday afternoon while his wife, identified as Ashura Bibi, was rescued by local residents.In a separate incident, a 10-year-old boy from Howrah, who had ventured into the sea for bathing, was saved after local residents saw him battling for life. He was rescued following the intervention of the sea divers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe boy has been identified as Sourav Mondal, a resident of Uluberia in Howrah district. According to East Midnapore district administration, there was an alert that sea may remain turbulent. Police stations in the coastal areas conducted campaigns to stop people from venturing into the sea. Police personnel are on surveillance on the sea beaches such as Digha, Mandarmani, Gopalpur. The district administration has issued alert to coastal areas police stations to restrict people from going to the sea as it would remain rough on Sunday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySeikh went to the sea along with his wife Ashura in the afternoon. While taking bath Seikh and his wife suddenly lost balance as a mighty wave hit them. The man was immediately swept by a strong current while the wife shouted for help to draw the attention of the people on the sea shore. Sea divers managed to rescue the woman but her husband was swept away by a strong current. Police are yet to recover the body of Seikh Manik till Sunday evening. The two injured persons were taken to the hospital. Sea divers also rescued Sourav Mondal on Sunday.last_img read more

Kolkata Presidency University students screen Ram ke Naam without permission

first_imgKolkata: Despite failing to obtain permission from the university administration, a section of students at the Presidency University on Friday screened a 1992 documentary on the Babri Masjid demolition, Ram ke Naam, in the badminton court of the campus.The students had initially chosen the portico of the University’s main campus as the venue for the screening after the administration did not approve the event. However, they changed the venue at the last moment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Ram ke Naam was screened at Presidency University’s badminton court today (Friday). Over 200 students and some of the faculty members attended the screening which was shifted as the authorities snapped power line. This prompted the students to hold the screening at the badminton court where there was an alternative power line,” said university student Sayan Chakraborty, a spokesperson of the group of students. “Film personalities like Aparna Sen and Kaushik expressed solidarity with the students on the issue of screening,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Dean of students Arun Maity told reporters that he did not receive any application for the screening at the portico or anywhere else. “The institute had always stood for liberal views and upheld freedom of expression. But at the same time, it is also important to ensure that the sentiment of others are not hurt when an event is organised by some group,” he said. The screening had earlier been scheduled on August 27 but was postponed for want of permission. On August 26, a group of students at Jadavpur had screened the Anand Patwardhan directed film, in solidarity with the arrested students of the University of Hyderabad. On August 20, police had reportedly entered the University of Hyderabad’s sociology department when the administration complained that students were screening Ram Ke Naam without permission. The police detained six students and seized a laptop. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Daylight shooting Man killed by armed assailants in Narela

first_imgNew Delhi: More than half a dozen bullets were sprayed on a car which resulted in the death of a person in Narela area of Outer North district.The incident took place in broad daylight on Sunday. Police said that the deceased was involved in more than a dozen criminal cases. The investigators claimed that they are probing the case from different angles including personal enmity. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma said, “This is not the case of a gang war and we will solve it soon.” According to police, they were alerted about the incident in the morning. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice further said that a team was rushed to the spot which was in Lampur Mod, Main Road in Narela. The deceased in the case was identified as Virender alias Kala. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Adding further, an official said that the deceased was a bad character of one of the police stations in the city. He was involved in 14 criminal cases. The investigation in the case revealed that the deceased was going to his relative’s house in the morning when three to four armed assailants intercepted his SUV car and started incessant firing at his vehicle. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHis driver fled the spot but the Virender was trapped inside the car. “Around seven-eight rounds were fired at deceased. After committing the crime the accused fled the spot,” added the officer. It is suspected that personal conflicts resulted in the death of Virender. After the police team reached the spot it was found that the car was riddled with bullets. The investigators said that several teams have been formed to solve the case. “We are working on various leads. Several people have been questioned in this regard,” police said. The cops are also using technical analysis to solve the case. Raids are going on in various places. Reports were coming that the deceased had contested in municipal polls on a party ticket from Narela area earlier. “Few years ago, he had contested the election and lost,” a police officer said adding that property dispute angle is also being probed. The Delhi Police are also scanning CCTV footages of some places to get further clues in the case. Sources said that the investigators are probing whether the deceased had arguments or conflict with some person in recent past. A case under the appropriate section was registered in the police station.last_img read more

Radhika Apte cast in Charlie Hunnams Shantaram series at Apple

first_imgLos Angeles: Bollywood star Radhika Apte is set to feature alongside actor Charlie Hunnam in Apple TV’s upcoming series “Shantaram”, based on Gregory David Roberts’ bestselling India-set novel of the same name. According to Deadline, Apte and actor Richard Roxburgh have been cast as series regular in the show, which hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. The story follows Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Apte, 34, who most recently featured in “The Wedding Guest” alongside Dev Patel, will portray Kavita, a driven Indian journalist looking for answers. Roxburgh, 57, best known for starring in films such as “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Moulin Rouge!”, will essay the role of Detective Sergeant Marty Nightingalem, who works for the Australian Federal Police and is part of a small, elite unit trained for the pursuit and capture of escaped convicts. Eric Warren Singer of “American Hustle” fame has penned the series. Justin Kurzel will direct the first two episodes. The duo will also executive produce the show along with Dave Erickson, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey. The project is expected to start production next month in Australia and India.last_img read more

Hearing expected in BC human rights case involving transgender inmate

first_imgVANCOUVER – A lawyer for a transgender woman who was forced to stay in a men’s jail says his client hopes her human rights case against the British Columbia government will change policies for other inmates.Dan Soiseth said his client Jaris Lovado, who calls herself Bianca, was incarcerated at the Surrey Pretrial Centre for five months last year before being moved to a women’s facility after filing multiple complaints.The Justice Ministry tried to have Lovado’s complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal dismissed, but the tribunal ruled the case is worthy of a further hearing.BC Corrections has a policy of housing inmates according to their self-identified gender unless health and safety concerns can’t be resolved.The ministry told the tribunal that during a previous stay at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women, Lovado engaged in inappropriate relationships with female inmates and posed a safety risk to women who may have experienced trauma.It also said Lovado displayed a “male persona.”“We don’t know exactly what that means,” Soiseth said.Soiseth, who represents the Community Legal Assistance Society, said there was no evidence provided of any safety concerns and it’s not unusual for inmates to have relationships.He said the main issue is that Lovado, who was serving time for fraud-related charges and breaching conditions of release, faced discrimination as a transgender person and her needs were not met until she complained.Lovado was moved to the women’s facility in Maple Ridge last September after she agreed to meet behavioural expectations.The tribunal’s written decision stated Alouette Correctional Centre initially declined to accept Lovado as a transfer based on information from BC Corrections that she’d been living in the community as a male.The decision said an April 26, 2016, email from the deputy warden to the assistant warden at Surrey Pretrial said Lovado refused to be skin frisked by a male but that the deputy said Lovado should undergo that procedure because she had “all the equipment of a male.”Lovado requested a “female Alouette Centre diet” while at Surrey Pretrial but was told that wasn’t possible, the ruling said. The tribunal noted BC Corrections branch did provide her with female underwear including bras and make-up from Alouette.Corrections said in its application for dismissal that staff at the Surrey Pretrial Centre ensured Lovado was placed in areas where she could have adequate privacy.“It says it also ensured Ms. Lovado’s physical and mental health-care needs were addressed in a timely manner,” the ruling said.Lovado did not respond to requests for comment, and the Justice Ministry said it could not provide information until the election writ is returned.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Man who pleaded guilty to terror charge sentenced to 4 12 years

first_imgTORONTO – An Ontario man who travelled to Syria to support an Islamic militant group will spend another two years behind bars after pleading guilty to a terror charge, his lawyer said Tuesday.Kevin Omar Mohamed was sentenced in a Toronto court to 4 1/2 years in prison, with 2 1/2 years credit for time already served, his lawyer Paul Slansky said.Mohamed, 25, has been in custody since his arrest in March 2016 on weapons-related charges, which were later changed to a terror charge.He pleaded guilty in early June to one count of participating in or contributing to, directly or indirectly, any activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.“Although there was no evidence presented to support this and, accordingly, no finding made to support this, my client did what he did to help the Syrian people to secure the overthrow of the (Bashar al-Assad) regime,” Slansky said in an email.“Obviously, this was not the way to proceed. He now recognizes this and accordingly pleaded guilty.”Details of the case were made public for the first time Monday at Mohamed’s sentencing hearing.An agreed statement of facts read in court laid out how the former University of Waterloo student flew to Turkey in the spring of 2014 and made his way into Syria, where he met with members of Jabhat-Al-Nusra, a listed terrorist group.“His purpose was to enhance the ability of that group to commit terrorist activity,” the statement said.Mohamed returned to Canada roughly a month later after his mother and brother convinced him to come home, it said.Court heard Mohamed also encouraged others to join militants in Syria through social media, which he used under several pseudonyms. On one of his accounts, he described himself as “a supporter of international terrorism,” the statement said.While overseas, he tweeted a public invitation for others to join him, stressing how easy it was to enter through Turkey, court heard. On another occasion, he suggested it was easy to avoid detection from “security agencies” when travelling to Syria.Later tweets urged those who share his beliefs to move to “lands of jihad” or consider carrying out attacks in their own communities, the statement said.Mohamed left his mother’s home in Whitby, Ont., east of Toronto, in February of last year and was put under police surveillance, the document said. But Mohamed caught on, withdrew $3,500 and went offline, managing to evade police for several days, it said.His mother reported him missing to both local police and RCMP later that month.Police tracked Mohamed in March of last year to the University of Waterloo campus, where he was sleeping in empty rooms, the statement said. He was arrested on March 25.Officers found a black computer bag that belonged to him and that contained a large hunting knife, heavy work gloves, a wallet and two sets of keys, court heard.They obtained a warrant to search lockers that matched they keys and found a number of items, including pages of handwritten notes marked with the Arabic word for assassination, the document said.last_img read more

Montreal jazz festival cancels controversial show after criticism

first_imgMONTREAL – The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled the remaining presentations of a show that has been criticized because it features a white woman singing songs composed by black slaves.The festival said Wednesday it was apologizing to anyone who was hurt by the decision to put on the shows.“Since the beginning of SLAV performances, the festival team has been shaken and strongly affected by all comments received,” it said in a statement.“For the Festival international de Jazz de Montreal, inclusion and reconciliation between communities is essential. We made the decision with the artist Betty Bonifassi to cancel all performances of the show at the festival.”Bonifassi, a Montreal-based singer known for her Oscar-nominated work on the soundtrack of “Les Triplettes de Belleville,” was the main performer.The show, which was directed by renowned Quebec playwright Robert Lepage, has been mired in controversy since the get-go.At the premiere last week, about 75 protesters staged a demonstration outside the theatre that was hosting the performance.Police had to form a cordon to block protesters in order to allow people to enter.And on Tuesday, U.S. musician Moses Sumney cancelled a gig at the jazz festival to protest the SLAV shows.Both the jazz festival and Lepage’s public relations firm said there would be no interviews on the matter Wednesday.“We understand the position of the Montreal International Jazz Festival,” Edouard Garneau, a spokesman for the PR firm, said in an email.“Considering the current context, we do not wish to add any other comments for the time being.”In a later statement, the company said Lepage would comment before the end of the week.Black activist Vincent Mousseau, who spoke at the opening night protest, says the festival was forced to cancel SLAV because of pressure from artists who demonstrated against it and because of widespread media attention that included coverage in the New York Times.“The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world and we found it very irresponsible for the festival to put on the show without listening to the voices of those concerned,” he said in an interview Wednesday.“What we saw here were black communities and allies standing up and saying that we’re not OK with the ways in which black culture has been co-opted and put on a pedestal by folks who are not us.”Mousseau added he and Lucas Charlie Rose, a hip-hop artist who organized the protest, had received death threats.“I think our priority right now is ensuring that this violence is not being propagated like this piece of theatre that is extremely ignorant and, unfortunately, is very harmful,” he said.Rose says he’s relieved that SLAV has been cancelled — even though it took the festival a week to halt the shows, which were scheduled to run until July 14.But he wasn’t satisfied with the festival’s brief apology.“I don’t feel like it’s enough personally because they caused a lot of hurt, they caused a lot of harm,” Rose told The Canadian Press. “I’m waiting to see what else they have to say and if they’re actually serious about helping black communities in the future.”The artist pointed out that when people found out he was a transsexual, online comments against him were “really violent, really intense.”This isn’t the first controversy involving white people playing blacks in Quebec.A white actor blacked his face to play former Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban in a sketch that was part of a year-end comedy show by Montreal’s Theatre du Rideau Vert in December 2014.last_img read more

Trudeau poised to shuffle retool cabinet with focus on Liberals team for

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau will shuffle his front benches today to install the roster of ministers that will be entrusted with leading the Liberal team into next year’s election.Sources say the changes will expand the prime minister’s cabinet by adding new posts to showcase up-and-coming MPs and to broaden the profile of a party that has long pinned its fortunes to the Trudeau brand.The shuffle appears designed to ensure deft communicators are well-placed to spell out the government’s positions and defend policies on hot political issues leading up to the 2019 election campaign.Insiders have indicated there’s a possibility Ottawa will appoint a minister dedicated to seniors, a post that once existed in past federal cabinets.The mid-summer shakeup will give ministers a couple of months to get up to speed on their new portfolios before they return to Parliament this fall, and the Liberals will hope they can master their responsibilities ahead of the election.Nearly three years into its four-year mandate, the Liberal government has few remaining opportunities to rejig its cabinet lineup.last_img read more

Shell Canada gives up exploration permits to make way for protected area

first_imgVANCOUVER – Shell Canada Ltd. has given up it offshore exploration rights, clearing the way for the creation of Canada’s first protected marine area under the Canada Wildlife Act.Shell voluntarily released about 50,000 square kilometres of permits in an area off northern Vancouver Island to allow for the creation of the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area.The permits cover an offshore area more than one-and-a-half times the size of Vancouver Island, and while Shell Canada president Michael Crothers says the cost to the company was a few million dollars, he’s hoping for “goodwill” in exchange.The wildlife area was established in June, and conserves a vital marine area for millions of seabirds, fish and mammals on the Pacific coast.Even as Shell continues to explore for oil and gas globally, Crothers says they have no plans to do so off coastal B.C., particularly since the west coast has been under an exploration moratorium since 1972.Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society welcomed the announcement, which comes after nearly 17 years of consultation with federal, provincial and First Nations governments.Companies in this story: (TSX:SHC.)last_img read more

BC Appeal Court gives Ottawa more time to fix solitary confinement law

first_imgVANCOUVER — The British Columbia Court of Appeal has given the federal government more time to fix its solitary confinement law after a lower court declared the law unconstitutional last year.The B.C. Supreme Court ruling last January gave Ottawa a year to enact replacement legislation, and the Appeal Court has now extended the deadline to June 17, with conditions to protect prisoners’ constitutional rights in the meantime.Those conditions include that health-care professionals must complete daily visual observations of inmates in solitary confinement and advise the institutional head within 24 hours if they believe the inmate must be removed from segregation.The B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada launched the legal challenge, and the two groups also oppose a bill introduced in October that the government says would limit solitary confinement to 22 hours or fewer per day.The bill would allow segregated prisoners to spend four hours a day outside their cells, with a minimum of two hours to interact with others, but it does not include hard caps on how many days or months prisoners could be isolated from the general population.The Canadian Civil Liberties Association launched a separate case against solitary confinement in Ontario, and the Court of Appeal in that province has given the federal government until April 30 to enact new legislation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12yearold BC girl 40

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Jurors have begun deliberations in the trial of a man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl in British Columbia over 40 years ago.Nine men and three women will decide the fate of Garry Handlen, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.Jurors will consider Handlen’s alleged confession to an undercover RCMP officer who heard the man say he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978.The alleged hidden-camera confession that jurors watched during the 11-week trial was characterized as false by Handlen’s defence team.Handlen told a supposed crime boss he grabbed Jack from a highway pullout in Merritt and drove up a hill where he killed her, burned her clothes and left her body.In his final instructions to jury members, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Austin Cullen said they would need to use their common sense to decide the reliability of the alleged confession.last_img read more

Zamboni stranded in NS ditch takes off as amusing Canadian snapshot

first_imgWINDSOR, N.S. — The powerful storm that battered Eastern Canada Monday had an unexpected casualty — a Zamboni found in a ditch near Windsor, Nova Scotia, without a rink in sight.A bemused driver snapped a photo of the scene and it quickly spread on social media as a bizarre rural Canadian tableau.Jake Ross, who had bought the Zamboni at auction as a novelty, put it out on his lawn decorated with Christmas lights for the holidays.The strong winds that ripped shingles off his roof apparently also pushed his large lawn decoration off for a spin across the property.“The wind got it rocking and rolling and it just took off in the night,” Ross said on Tuesday. The sight took him by the surprise when he was leaving for work on Monday.“I just kinda glanced at the side and saw it sitting in the ditch and thought, no way. It was a couple hundred feet down the road,” Ross said.He was crunched for time, so he had to leave it and hope it wouldn’t be towed before he got home in the evening. “I was running late Monday morning, and I was like, ‘I don’t got time to deal with this.’ So I had to leave it,” he said.In the meantime the photos spread on Facebook, even catching the attention of comedian Larry the Cable Guy.The American comedian shared the photo with the caption: “You guys in Canada sure know how to party.”Ross said he found the incident and subsequent social media buzz funny, and he managed to tow the vehicle out of the ditch with his truck that evening.The Zamboni is now stored out back with its parking brake on.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Transit officer shot at Vancouverarea SkyTrain station police look for suspect

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The RCMP say a transit police officer has been shot and they were searching for what they believe to be an armed suspect near a Skytrain station in Surrey, B.C.Cpl. Elenore Sturko says officers were called to the area of the Scott Road SkyTrain at about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.The RCMP established a containment zone, including the airspace, and was asking members of the public to stay away from the area.Sturko says trains were not being allowed into the station.The officer has been taken to hospital with unknown injuries.last_img

Alberta mans body pulled from Yukon lake

first_imgWHITEHORSE (660 NEWS) — After disappearing a week ago in a snowmobiling accident in the Yukon, the body of a 36-year-old man was pulled out of Drury Lake. Jason Donald Keith of Morinville, Alberta went missing after a snowmobile he was travelling on plunged into Drury Lake on January 28. At the time, he was travelling with two other men and working for a local outfitting company when the men rode into open water.READ MORE: RCMP investigate presumed drowning of Alberta man near FaroKeith’s family recalled him being very passionate about hunting and guiding who preferred spending his time ‘on the land’.BC RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team worked with Yukon Search and Rescue to recover Keith’s body on Feb. 3. His death is being investigated by Yukon’s Coroner’s Service, Faro RCMP, and Yukon Worker’s Compensation Health and Safety Board. The red point shows where Drury Lake in Yukon is located on a map. (Google Maps)last_img read more

SeatoSky Gondola in British Columbia likely out of commission until 2020

first_imgSQUAMISH, B.C. — The operators of the Sea-to-Sky Gondola say the popular tourist attraction near Squamish, B.C., likely won’t reopen until early next spring.In a message on the company’s Facebook page, they say the cleanup has started and it’s hoped the gondola can reopen in early 2020, but that depends on the delivery of a replacement cable and new cabins from Europe.When the attraction does restart, the post says it will feature a brand new haul rope and a completely new line of 30 cabins.No one was hurt last Saturday when the RCMP say someone deliberately cut the gondola’s main cable, sending all of the cars crashing to the ground.The company has said the damage will reach into the millions of dollars.The Sea to Sky Gondola officially opened in 2014 and carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people who visit the gondola every day during the summer season, with each cabin holding up to eight people. When in operation, it takes around 10 minutes to reach an elevation of 885 metres above Howe Sound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mounties lay secretslaw charges against one of their own

first_imgOTTAWA — The RCMP has charged one of its own with several offences under Canada’s official-secrets law.The national police force says Cameron Ortis was charged under three sections of the Security of Information Act, and with two Criminal Code offences.It says the charges stem from activities alleged to have occurred during his tenure as an RCMP employee, and it was not immediately clear whether he was still employed by the force. As the investigation is ongoing, the RCMP declined to make further comment.The Security of Information Act is law to safeguard sensitive government information.Naval officer Jeffrey Paul Delisle, who gave classified information to Russian military intelligence, pleaded guilty to offences under the act in 2012.The Canadian Presslast_img

Police seeking multiple suspects in shooting that left 1 dead and 5

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. — A teenage boy is dead and five other people are in hospital after gunfire erupted Saturday evening in a residential area of Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto.Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord said that according to eyewitness accounts multiple suspects unleashed a barrage of gunfire from semi-automatic weapons near a parkette behind an apartment building at around 6:20 p.m.He said a 17-year-old old boy died at the scene and that five others — a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s — were wounded.  McCord said one of the wounded was in serious condition and that the other four suffered non life-threatening injuries.The chief also noted that “a lot” of shell casings were found scattered over a wide area and that several vehicles had been hit by the gunfire, though police had yet to determine whether any of those vehicles belonged to the shooters.Speaking at a news conference late Saturday night, McCord said it was very early in the investigation and that many questions about the incident remained unanswered, including the motive, whether the victims were targeted and whether the shooting was gang related.No suspect information was immediately released as officers continued to canvass the area for surveillance camera video that might help answer at least some of those questions.Police were also asking anyone with information that could aid their investigation to contact them.McCord said investigators were talking to a number of people who ran from the scene as shots rang out, but the chief was quick to add that there was nothing to indicate, at this stage of the investigation, that any were possible suspects. “At present, with the police presence in the area tonight, there is no individual still in this area that should cause the residents cause for concern for their own personal safety,” he said.A music video was being filmed near the scene of the shooting, however, McCord said he didn’t know if it was in any way linked to the case. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Film Submissions for SXSW 2017

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Submission format: Secure URL linkCompetitive: YesEntry fees: YesOfficial deadline : September 22, 2016Late deadline : October 20, 2016EligibilityFilms will be screened in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Experimental Short and Music Video.Competition is open to works completed in 2015, 2016 and early 2017;Works in competition must not have been shown previously in Austin (Texas);The maximum running time for short films presented is 40 minutes;SXSW Film does not accept trailers or works in progress. Rough-cuts are accepted but works must be finished at least two weeks before the festival begins.For more information please consult the film submission FAQs. Facebook Twittercenter_img Calls for entry(All film genres) The SXSW 2017 Film Festival is currently accepting entries.Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Since 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) has produced the internationally recognized Music and Media Conference & Festival. As the entertainment business adjusted to issues of future growth and development, in 1994, SXSW added conferences and festivals for the film industry (SXSW Film) as well as for the blossoming interactive media (SXSW Interactive Festival). Now three industry events converge in Austin during 10 days, mirroring the ever-increasing convergence of entertainment/media outlets.The SXSW Film Conference portion of SXSW Film has been described as a five-day crash course on guerrilla filmmaking and marketing for every level of filmmaker from novice to veteran. Panels, workshops and interviews are always peopled with knowledgeable experts and entertaining speakers offering unique access to the industry. Specialized sessions such as hands on workshops, mini-meetings and one-on-one meetings in the Mentor Program distinguish the SXSW experience.SXSW is a qualifying festival for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film competition. The Best Animated Short Film, Best Narrative Short Film and Best Documentary Short Film winners become eligible for the Academy Awards. Telefilm Canada recognizes selection in the South by Southwest Film Festival as part of its Success Index and provides assistance through the International Festival Participation Program Industry Promotion Telefilm Canada, Montréal514 283-6363last_img read more

Historical drama Frontier tells story of invasion of northern Ontario

first_img Twitter So, consultants from the coast have been on the film set to advise on Cree language and culture.“Because it was so important for us, as much as humanly possible to not hit any false notes,” said Rob Blackie.Rob Blackie said it’s fair to say that Frontier aims to take a different perspective on Canadian history and shows the fur trade more as an “invasion” of first nations territory by the companies vying for a piece of the lucrative pelt business.He said they are aiming to tell a story that has some truths in it, while being sexy and exciting. The James Bay lowlands are the setting for a new TV drama that aims to tell Canada’s history from a first nations perspective.Frontier, which airs on the Discovery Channel Sunday nights and on Netflix next year, focuses on the fur trade in northern Ontario in the 1780s.Creators Rob and Peter Blackie said that even though Frontier is historical fiction, they wanted to make sure it was as accurate as possible, particularly in how the James Bay Cree are presented. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Shania Twain Reveals The Title Cover Art Track List For Upcoming Album

first_imgAdvertisement SOURCE:  THE IDOLATOR Twitter Advertisement It’s happening! After years of rumors and (broken) promises, Shania Twain’s comeback begins this week. The Canadian country legend is a new single called “Life’s About To Get Good” will be released on Friday (June 16). She is already booked to perform the uplifting anthem on The Today Show on the same day and has a major sync with the Winter Olympics. In fact, you can hear a snippet of the song in a commercial. “Life’s about joy, life’s about pain, it’s all about the giving and the will to walk away,” the enduring diva sings. “I’m ready to be loved and loved the way I should. Life’s about to get, life’s about to get good.”If that’s not exciting enough, the 51-year-old also revealed the cover and release date of her comeback LP. Let’s start with the black-and-white artwork. Shania Now pays tribute — in my mind, at least — to her iconic “That Don’t Impress Me Much” video with leopard-skin print gloves and a supermodel-worthy smize. The opus drops on September 29, 15 years after 2002’s mega-selling Up!. The music industry is a completely different beast these days (for starters, albums don’t sell), so it will be interesting to see if she can carve out a new niche.UK ??Tune into @achrisevans on @BBCRadio2 tomorrow morning for the first play of my new single #LifesAboutToGetGood— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 14, 2017 Shania NOW September 29th 2017 #ShaniaNOW— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 14, 2017center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more