The Twenty20 series against England presents South Africa with an opportunity to make up for the disappointment of failing to advance form the group stage of the Champions Trophy, captain AB de Villiers has said.The Proteas have won only one global one-day title, the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, and the world’s top-ranked team suffered a humiliating eight-wicket loss to India in a straight shootout for a semi-final place on June 11.”It was a tough few days after the Champions Trophy, to go through that phase of reflecting and to hear some of the criticism,” de Villiers told reporters ahead of Wednesday’s three-match series opener in Southampton.”It’s never easy but I have always been the kind of guy to see the positive in that and see opportunity to improve. These three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as a captain for the team.”De Villiers, who came to the Champions Trophy as the world’s top-ranked one-day batsman, scored just 20 runs in three innings in the tournament.The right-handed batsman, renowned for his versatile, free-scoring ability, is not worried with his form, however.”I don’t feel like I need to prove anyone wrong or prove something to someone. I just want to go play,” he said.”I feel like a youngster starting my career again. I am really full of energy and love playing. I just want to score some runs again and captain the team to a few good wins.”I feel like I am playing very well. There’s nothing wrong with my form. The results are not showing.”advertisement
Jamaica banned smoking in public places on Monday, July 15 The Ministry of Health has received some 20 submissions from a wide range of interest groups Persons were encouraged to call the Tobacco Control Task Force and Tobacco Control Command Centre with their comments. The Ministry of Health has received some 20 submissions from a wide range of interest groups, as the public consultations on the tobacco control regulations closed on Tuesday, August 13.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, at the first biennial nursing and midwifery research conference, which began on August 15, at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in Kingston.“Although we say over 20 (submissions received), there are a number of letters and emails that have come to me…commendations, persons recognising that to do this requires bold action,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister said he is pleased at the level of interest shown by the public on the tobacco regulations.Persons were encouraged to call the Tobacco Control Task Force and Tobacco Control Command Centre with their comments.The unit was recently set up by the Health Minister to monitor public sentiment and to allow members of the public to obtain information and clarification on matters concerning the Tobacco Regulations and the effects of tobacco exposure on health.“The Tobacco Control Task Force is in the process of tabulating all the submissions and even as I speak, the review process has already started. Valuable information gleaned will inform our forward thinking,” Dr. Ferguson said.Jamaica banned smoking in public places on Monday, July 15, as the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013 took effect. The Minister executed the Regulations under Sections 14 and 15 of the Public Health Act, and with the approval of Cabinet.Meanwhile, Dr. Ferguson stated that the Government is committed to meeting the health care needs of the population and will ensure that the nursing and midwifery workforce are allowed to carry out their duties, both in education and practice, in an amicable way.“Let me hope for you all the best in this conference and I look forward to receiving the outcomes,” Dr. Ferguson said.The first biennial nursing and midwifery research conference is being held under the theme: ‘Utilizing research for best practices in Nursing and Midwifery’. It is being held from August 15-13, 2013 at the Knutsford Court Hotel and is hosted by the Caribbean School of Nursing, University of Technology, Jamaica.The conference aims to provide a forum for scholars and emerging scholars to disseminate their research findings; develop partnerships among academic and professional groups for enrichment and exposure to global perspectives of nurses and midwives; enable nurses and midwives to translate research evidence into practice; and promote opportunities for nursing, midwifery and other health sciences students to grow and develop as beginning scholars. Story Highlights
D’Oliveira and Virgo both immigrated to Toronto in the ’70s (D’Oliveira from Guyana and Virgo from Jamaica), and they met in 1991 at the CFC’s inaugural Summer Lab. With support and resources from the CFC, they began working together on the award-winning short film “Save My Lost Nigga Soul” (1993) and then on Rude, which debuted at Cannes and helped put their newly-created production company on the map.The context of those early years of collaboration was a period in history (from the ’80s to the early ’90s) that Virgo describes as “a black film renaissance.” Hollywood was making movie stars out of black comedians like Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, the Sankofa Film and Video Collective was spearheading a black film movement across the pond in the U.K. and in 1986 Spike Lee opened the doors for black filmmakers with his feature film debut She’s Gotta Have it. It was an exciting time of possibility, and Virgo and D’Oliveira leveraged that moment to make bold artistic statements and craft a space for themselves in the Canadian film and television industry.These days Virgo serves as executive producer of the OWN series Greenleaf in addition to directing episodes of the show, and Conquering Lion is working on an adaptation of Laurence Hill’s latest novel The Illegal with the CBC.I spoke with Virgo and D’Oliveira last week by telephone and our interview quickly evolved into a rich conversation that covered an astounding array of topics. The two men gave hilarious anecdotes about their first meeting, told me about what it feels like to become pioneers and reflected on why they still hesitate with connecting to a Canadian identity.What were your first impressions of each other and why did you begin collaborating?Clement Virgo: I’m trying to recall the first time I saw Damon. I remember the hair.Damon D’Oliveira: (laughs)CV: It was very late ’80s, early ’90s kind of long, almost wannabe new wave, very feathered and long. But soon after that, I saw someone that was very focused and dedicated and ambitious. I recognized the same kind of ambitions I had. We became fast friends.DO: And I think I proved to him there was a brain under that head of hair. My impression of Clement was he was a fashion plate (laughs). Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts and is the host of Exhibitionists on CBC Television and Marvin’s Room on CBC Radio. In her spare time, she writes plays, watches too many movies and defends Beyonce against all haters. In her past lives she wrote arts based curriculum, attended numerous acting auditions, and dreamed of being interviewed by Oprah. Rude, the first ever feature film written and directed by a black Canadian, was released in 1995. A boldly experimental and stylistic movie, it explores the stories of three individuals who search for redemption over an Easter weekend, while a mysterious radio host sets the tone by waxing poetic on her philosophies of life.I watched Rude in university, and quickly realized that it was the first time I had ever seen a Canadian film that centred on the lives and experiences of black people. Not only that, those experiences informed its cinematic aesthetic. In class we read some of the numerous essays and articles that had been written in response to Rude, and that’s what first sparked my curiosity about the creative minds behind this landmark film: director/writer/producer Clement Virgo and producer Damon D’Oliveira. Twitter The Rude team at Cannes in 1995. (Courtesy of CFC)CV: Well, no. At the time you have to remember it was the beginning of a black film renaissance which kind of started a few years earlier with Spike Lee, and soon after that there were these films that came out of England by these black British filmmakers. It felt like we were kind of a wave of black diasporic films that were being made. We felt like we were part of a movement and we just happened to be one of the first in Canada. But I never saw it as we were making history. I looked at it as participating in a kind of movement.Damon, I know your background is in acting. Did you know that you would also decide to get into producing? How did that happen?DO: Acting can be a bit boring where you’re sitting around waiting for a phone to ring. For me it was always important to make my own work. And of course at that time, there were shit roles for people that looked like me. Nobody was writing culturally specific work at that time. So that’s always been my agenda with the stuff that I choose — to represent characters, stories, ideas that are true to my experience as a migrant to this country in the ’70s.I was watching an old interview with you, Clement, where you were talking about being at Cannes for the first time and you were going through the program and you saw your name and the name of the film and it said “From Canada.” And you stared at it for a long time and said, “Oh. I guess I’m Canadian.” (everyone laughs) Why was this a realization and did it change things for you?CV: The immigrant experience never leaves you. It’s very formative. It affects who you think you are nationally — even now. Every time I cross the border I think, “Are they gonna let me in?” It’s always in the back of my mind that I’m not gonna be let back into the country. It’s kind of irrational in some ways. But maybe not. It’s that sense of belonging. This idea around national identity is always something that I’ve struggled with.DO: The moment for me was when we took The Book of Negroes to Parliament Hill to show all the representatives in the House our work. For me that was like, “Wow. I guess I am Canadian now.” There was something almost metaphysical about that day. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About the Author Director Clement Virgo on the set of The Book of Negroes. Why have you both stayed in Canada? I know there’s work that you do in the U.S., but why do you both always return?CV: In terms of film and television, we can’t really think of Canada as a single market or the industry as a single place. We live in an integrated and global world. I live in Canada and I love living in Canada — I love living in Toronto. I feel at home there. But in terms of my career, I see my career as rooted around the world.. Actors Aunjanue Ellis (left) and Cuba Gooding Jr. appear in a scene from The Book of Negroes. (Joe Alblas/Conquering Lion Pictures/Out of Africa Pictures/CBC)For that to still be a question for two individuals who have helped to build this film industry in important and imperative ways is very fascinating.DO: Yeah, it’s weird. When you leave a country around 12, your memories are still there. I still have dreams of Guyana. But I suppose my identity as a Canadian is growing stronger as we make more work. CV: Yeah, I went to fashion school — I wanted to be a designer and I worked in fashion for about four years. Tom Ford has the exact career that I wanted. I’m thinking maybe as an older filmmaker now I should go back and experiment a little bit with fashion design. I feel like I’m going back to the things that I used to love.DO: I think in your filmmaking there’s a similar journey. Our short film “Save My Lost Nigga Soul” and Rude were really stylistic films that were made with a lot of emphasis on the style and the look of it. And then Clement started getting a little more puritan and sort of stripping away.CV: Yeah, my natural inclination is to be a bit theatrical but somewhere along the line I got it into my head that it shouldn’t be so self-conscious. I remember when we did our first film Rude there was a person that saw that film and dismissed it outright as being pure style. And a month later we were invited to Cannes.DO: Well actually what happened is — we invited a lot of Canadian distributors, a room of white faces, and the entire room dismissed the film on first viewing. And it was the same film that went in front of a Cannes jury and got in. So I feel like with our work we’re always pushing doors open.When you were making Rude, did you realize that what you were doing was pioneering? Advertisement Advertisement On Wednesday, both men and their company Conquering Lion Pictures were awarded in L.A. by the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) with the CFC Award for Creative Excellence. The honour celebrates their body of work in film and television, which includes the critically acclaimed mini-series The Book of Negroes(2015), as well as the films Poor Boy’s Game (2007) and Lie with Me (2005).. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Amanda Parris
TEWKSBURY, MA — On Monday, Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien announced her endorsement of Selectman Mark Kratman in the 19th Middlesex State Representative race to succeed the late Rep. Jim Miceli.“I’ve known Mark for years and we have fought side by side to deliver on Tewksbury’s priorities. There is nobody better when it comes to advocating for his community,” said L’Italien. “Mark’s heart is this district – you never see him miss an event or an opportunity to bring people together for the betterment of the area. He will be an outstanding representative for Tewksbury and Wilmington and is the best candidate in this race.”“I am honored to receive this support from our state senator,” said Kratman. “Barbara has done a great job bringing taxpayer dollars to this district, for road repairs, to protect beds and jobs at Tewksbury State Hospital, for the Fire Department, and more. I look forward to following in Senator L’Italien and Rep Miceli’s footsteps in the legislature being this district’s voice in the state legislature. Miceli served with distinction for a long time and while he will be missed, I am ready to hit the ground running on day one.”State Sen. Barbara L’Italien & Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman(NOTE: The above announcement is from State Senator Barbara L’Italien’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman Holds Successful Campaign Rally, Ready To Fight For Wilmington & Tewksbury At State HouseIn “Government”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 8, 2019:#1) Small Business Month CelebrationThe Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, Wilmington Rotary Club, and Wilmington’s BNI are holding an After Hours Mixer for Wilmington and Tewksbury business owners from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Rocco’s Restaurant (193 Main Street).Since 1963, the United States has recognized small businesses and their impact on American culture and our economy. The month of May aims to honor the close to 30 million small businesses and the amazing people who run them.Come celebrate together with a fun evening of food, drinks, and conversation. Complimentary food. Cash bar. Free to attend, but kindly RSVP for food count HERE.#2) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#3) Wilmington Yardwaste Center OpenThe Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open from 8am to 2pm during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.#4) Wilmington School Committee MeetingThe Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Group Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Wilmington Board of Appeals MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, September 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
BEML, the state-run public sector undertaking under the ministry of defence, informed stock exchanges on Friday that the government has decided to offload 26 percent stake in the company, bringing the shareholding down to 28 percent.Read: Govt to divest stake in BEML, Pawan Hans, Hindustan Newsprint, other PSUsThe Indian government currently holds 54.03 percent in the Bengaluru-based company that makes metro coaches, mining and construction equipment and defence products (Tatra vehicles used by Indian Army).”We hereby inform that the government of India, ministry of defence, has communicated ‘in-principle’ of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the government of India for strategic disinvestment of 26 percent equity shares in BEML Limited…,” the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Friday.The BEML stock closed at Rs 993 on Friday on the BSE, down 0.62 percent from its previous close. The stake sale is expected to realise about Rs 1,000 crore for the government. The BSE Sensex closed 119 points lower at 26,759.For the financial year 2015-16, the company’s sales stood at Rs 3,426 crore while the order book position as of November 30 2016 was Rs 7,261 crore.Mutual Funds hold 18.64 percent while retail shareholding is about 10 percent in BEML.The disinvestment proceeds for the current fiscal stood at Rs 23,528 crore as against the target of Rs 56,500 crore comprising strategic stake sale of Rs 20,500 crore and Rs 36,000 crore disinvestment in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs).”During the current financial year 2016-17, the Government has so far realized Rs.23528.73 crore, which include Rs.21,432.38 crore through minority stake sale in 14 CPSEs and Rs. 2096.35 crore through strategic disinvestment. The total realization of Rs. 21,432.38 crore, by end-November 2016 through CPSEs’ disinvestment receipts, constitutes around 59.53 per cent of the Budgeted Target of Rs. 36,000 crore (CPSEs’ disinvestment),” the finance ministry said in an update on Tuesday (January 3 2017).
Logo of BNPA high-profile BNP delegation is going to meet home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday afternoon to discuss party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s health condition and her treatment, reports UNB.BNP standing committee members, led by its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will meet the minister at 2:30pm at his secretariat office as per the schedule given by him, Khaleda’s personal secretary ABM Sattar told UNB on Monday.He said the home minister has given his nod for talks with the BNP delegation as Fakhrul contacted him over phone Monday.Sattar said most of the standing committee members will accompany Fakhrul during the meeting.He said the BNP delegation will discuss various issues relating to Khaleda Zia’s treatment and her illness.BNP leaders have long been alleging for the last few days that their chairperson’s health condition has deteriorated sharply and she needs to receive better treatment.Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said Khaleda Zia herself told the makeshift court on Sunday that her physical condition is not god. “Like the country’s people, we’re very worried about her gradually falling health condition.”The BNP leader called upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina to shun ‘brutal and vindictive’ attitude towards her arch rival and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.”Release our leader instead of creating any obstacle towards granting her bail. Even, such inhuman attitude was not shown to the political prisoners in the colonial era. Don’t sacrifice civilisation, justice and humanity only to cling to power illegally. Eschew inhumanity and allow our leader to receive proper treatment through releasing her from jail,” he said.He also announced that their party will form a human chain in front of the Nation Press Club from 11am to 12pm on Wednesday demanding the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia and proper treatment of her.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last year. BNP termed the case politically motivated.