BEST OF INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILMS SHOWCASED AT THIS YEARS CASCADIA DANCE CINEMA

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The 4th annual Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival features some of the year’s best films about dance. The short films are screening Aug. 25 and 29 at the Vancouver International Film Centre, aka Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St.The films showcase a variety of dance styles. The festival kicks off on Sunday, Aug. 25 with a Welcome to Cascadia and Programmer panel and Dancinema Shorts Showcase. On Aug. 29, the festival closes with another panel, Dance, Entrepreneurship and Media, and the Dancinema Shorts Showcase. This year’s festival also includes workshops, forums, and more. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Still from Rumba in the Jungle—The Return. Rushlake Films – Sun City, South Africa. Advertisementlast_img read more

Province of Québec denies isolated Atikamekw community request for ambulance service after

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsThe Atikamekw Nation community of Manawan says the province of Québec has turned down its request for an ambulance after an eight year old girl drowned.Manawan is about 90 kilometres by gravel road to the nearest health centre.But the community couldn’t convince the province to pay for the service.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

More resignations – including losing top lawyer – hit MMIWG inquiry

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is dealing with more resignations.APTN News has learned two key members of the inquiry’s communications team are the latest to depart, meaning nearly 30 staffers have left the federally-funded probe.Shaylen Smith and Nadine Gros-Louis are the latest to go, confirmed Catherine Kloczkowski, special advisor – project management.Gros-Louis took a provincial job with the Quebec government, Kloczkowski said in an email.And Smith is pursuing “new opportunities.”The inquiry is looking to fill two positions until it hands in its final report in spring 2019 on the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“As you can appreciate,” Kloczkowski added, “with the announcement in June of a six month extension instead of the anticipated two year extension requested, staff are understandably beginning to think about their next steps and career opportunities beyond the National Inquiry.”Smith and Gros-Louis aren’t household names but were go-to personnel for media outlets seeking information and arranging interviews with inquiry commissioners and employees.Jennifer Cox, the commission’s co-lead legal counsel, is also gone, APTN has learned.She followed Breen Ouellette  out the door to become the seventh lawyer to exit the inquiry.Cox was named Project Lead of the Enhanced Child Family Initiative at the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in October that will see the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia assume control over child welfare matters.Some former staff members have spoken out in the past – saying the inquiry is hobbled by poor management and infighting.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has declined to comment publicly on the turnover, citing privacy around personnel issues.And the lawyers sign contracts that forbid them from sharing any inquiry information.They swear in witnesses and handle sensitive testimony that will form the final report.The inquiry has two final hearings remaining – Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.The two-year inquiry was established by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September 2016.His government rejected a request to double the time period – and $50 million in funding – of its mandate.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Jared Marquard Named To Deans List At Coastal Carolina University

first_imgCONWAY, SC — More than 2,000 Coastal Carolina University students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. That’s nearly 20 percent of the student body with a grade point average between 3.5-3.99 for the spring semester.Jared W. Marquard, a Recreation and Sport Management major from Wilmington, made the cut.About Coastal Carolina UniversityCoastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 73 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 25 graduate-level programs are 21 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Coastal Carolina University.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Patrick Dunfey Named To Dean’s List At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Scott Falzano Named To Dean’s List At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: WIlmington’s Dylan Masiello Wins Student Involvement Award At Coastal Carolina UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 7 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SoC launched Top facts

first_imgMain: 12MP (with 1.12µm pixel size, F2.2 aperture) + 2MP depth sensorFront: 8MP selfie snapper Redmi Note 6 Pro launch 6.26-inch HD+ (1520x720p) with 2.5D curved glass shield, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protectionAspect ratio: 19:9Brightness: 84% NTSC Colour Gamut 2GB + 16GB3GB + 32GB4GB + 64GB-expandable up to 512GB via microSD card 2GB + 16GB: ¥699 (around $104/€92/Rs 7, 143)3GB + 32GB: ¥799 (around $119/€105/Rs 8,164)4GB + 64GB: ¥999 (around $149/€131/Rs 10,209) 4,000mAh Dual 4G-LTE with VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) Processor After weeks of teasing, Xiaomi finally unveiled the new generation budget phone Redmi 7 in Beijing along with China-region specific Redmi Note 7 Pro, which was first announced recently in India.The new Redmi 7 comes with a decent upgrade over the predecessor both in terms of visual appeal and internal hardware. The first noticeable change is the dot-notch design, which makes the display wider and with HD+ resolution, people will have a good time watching videos with less obstruction. It also features 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 series shield, which not only adds value to the aesthetics of the exterior outlook but also protects the screen from damage during the accidental drop.On the back, Xiaomi Redmi 7 features a glossy shell with a fingerprint sensor in the middle and dual camera 12MP+2MP sensors on the back. Xiaomi Redmi 7 is slated to go on sale in China next week. Xiaomi ENMIUI blogUnder-the-hood, Redmi 6 successor comes packed with 14nm class 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core processor, Android Pie-based MIUI 10, 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB storage (expandable up to 512GB storage via microSD card), an 8MP selfie shooter and a 4,000mAh battery, which is enough to keep the phone running for more than a day under mixed usage.Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi 7 will be offered three configurations—2GB + 16GB, 3GB + 32GB: ¥799 and 4GB + 64GB— for ¥699 (around $104/€92/Rs 7, 143), (around $119/€105/Rs 8,164) and ¥999 (around $149/€131/Rs 10,209), respectively. It is slated to go on sale March 26 and come in three colour options—Black, Blue and Red. RAM + Storage ModelOSXiaomi Redmi 7Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10ModelProcessorXiaomi Redmi 714nm class 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core with Adreno 506 GPUModelRAM + StorageXiaomi Redmi 7 Three dedicated slots ( SIM-1 + SIM-2 + microSD card), fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/GLONASS Battery 14nm class 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core with Adreno 506 GPU Black/Blue/Red 2GB + 16GB: ¥699 (around $104/€92/Rs 7, 143)3GB + 32GB: ¥799 (around $119/€105/Rs 8,164)4GB + 64GB: ¥999 (around $149/€131/Rs 10,209) Xiaomi Redmi 7 Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10center_img 158.65 x 7.43 x 8.47 mm Display Model Network Close Colours Price Dimensions 2GB + 16GB3GB + 32GB4GB + 64GB-expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardModelCameraXiaomi Redmi 7Main: 12MP (with 1.12µm pixel size, F2.2 aperture) + 2MP depth sensorFront: 8MP selfie snapperModelBatteryXiaomi Redmi 74,000mAhModelNetworkXiaomi Redmi 7Dual 4G-LTE with VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE)ModelAdd-onsXiaomi Redmi 7Three dedicated slots ( SIM-1 + SIM-2 + microSD card), fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/GLONASSModelDimensionsXiaomi Redmi 7158.65 x 7.43 x 8.47 mmModelWeightXiaomi Redmi 7180gModelColoursXiaomi Redmi 7Black/Blue/RedModelPriceXiaomi Redmi 7 Weight OS Add-ons Xiaomi Redmi 6 is one of the best value for money phone in the budget category.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaAs of now, there is no word on when the Redmi 7 will make its way to India, but Xiaomi is unlikely to waste not more than a month, as the Indian market, lately is getting very competitive and rivals such as Tecno, Realme and even former leader Samsung are aggressively launching multiple phones with cost-effective prices.Key specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 7:ModelModelXiaomi Redmi 7Xiaomi Redmi 7ModelDisplayXiaomi Redmi 76.26-inch HD+ (1520x720p) with 2.5D curved glass shield, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protectionAspect ratio: 19:9Brightness: 84% NTSC Colour Gamut Camera 180g Relatedlast_img read more

What did Sushma Swaraj and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani discuss about cricketer

first_imgREUTERS/Darren OrnitzFormer Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. During her tenure as a minister, she was very much active on social media and was always offering help. But, she shares an interesting connection with Afghanistani spinner Rashid Khan. During the 2018 season of IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad faced the Kolkata Knight Riders in a much-awaited clash at the Eden Gardens in the second qualifier of the tournament. The match had a nail-biting finish and Rashid Khan delivered a stand-out performance. The 20-year-old cricketer scored 34 runs off 10 balls and also finished with impressive figures of three wickets for just 19 runs in his quota of four overs.The Afghan all-rounder became the biggest topic of discussion on Twitter that day and there were demands for him to be given Indian citizenship. Then foreign minister Sushma Swaraj took to twitter and made a witty comment.  Rashid Khan.IANS”I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt with by Ministry of Home affairs,” her tweet read.In response to that Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani stated that they were not going to let Rashid go and also appreciated India for giving the Afghani players a platform to perform and prove themselves.”Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills. Rashid reminds us what’s best about Afghanistan. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away,” his tweet read.This was not the first time that Swaraj spoke about Afghanistan’s success in international cricket. Earlier in an interview with the PTI, she praised their efforts.”The fact that Afghanistan attained the status of a Test-playing cricket nation is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the people of Afghanistan to not let the forces of death and destruction prevail,” she told PTI.last_img read more

India Pakistan schools close as smog envelopes

first_imgIndian activists wear facemasks to protect them from pollution during a mask distribution drive at the roadside in New Delhi on Thursday. AFPSchools closed across large swathes of north India on Thursday as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, with growing calls for urgent government action to tackle what doctors are calling a public health emergency.Punjab’s government said it was closing all 25,000 schools in the state for the rest of the week due to the acrid air blanketing north India and parts of neighbouring Pakistan.The decision came a day after Delhi authorities ordered all 6,000 schools in the capital to shut until Sunday.Low winds and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in Punjab and neighbouring areas have caused the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air to spike to many times the levels considered safe.Air quality typically worsens before the onset of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground and prevents them from dispersing into the atmosphere, a phenomenon known as inversion.Figures on the US embassy website showed levels of PM2.5 — the smallest particulates that cause most damage to health — spiked at over 1,000 on Wednesday afternoon in Delhi, though by Thursday they had fallen to 590.The World Health Organization’s guidelines say 25 is the maximum level of PM2.5 anyone can safely be exposed to over a 24-hour period.Doctors say the microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.”Delhi once again has become a veritable gas chamber with denizens finding it difficult to breathe,” The Times of India said Thursday, joining growing calls for government action to curb the chronic pollution, which the Indian Medical Association this week termed a public health emergency.”Air pollution during winter months has become a catastrophe for large parts of north India,” the country’s most read English-language newspaper said in an editorial blaming “political apathy”.”It’s high time the question is asked: why can’t authorities enjoying jurisdiction over the national capital of an aspiring great power… come up with concrete measures to tackle the world’s worst air pollution.”As pressure mounted on the government, authorities in Delhi ordered a ban on all construction work and barred lorries from entering the city.Around 50,000 mostly diesel-fuelled lorries pass through India’s capital every night and they are a major contributor to the pollution plaguing the city.- Struggling to respond -It is the second year running that Delhi — now the world’s most polluted capital with air quality worse than Beijing — has faced such high levels of PM2.5.Media reports said the thick smog had also led to a series of road accidents in north India.Eight students were killed late Wednesday when a truck ploughed into them as they waited for a bus on a roadside in Punjab.Since 2014, when WHO figures showed the extent of the crisis, authorities in Delhi have closed power plants temporarily and experimented with taking some cars off the road.But the temporary measures have had little effect.Under pressure to respond, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday sought to blame stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states.”We we will continue facing this every year until the neighbouring state governments resolve the issue of crop burning,” he told reporters in Delhi.The practice of burning crop stubble remains commonplace in north India despite an official ban.Kejriwal said his government would decide in the next day or two whether to reintroduce restrictions on driving cars in the city.last_img read more

Bill placed in US Congress against JamaateIslami Shibir

first_imgBill placed in US Congress against Jamaat-e-Islami, Shibir. Photo: CollectedA bill has been placed in the US Congress, calling on the Bangladesh government to stop radical organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, who pose threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy, reports BSS.Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana State introduced the bill titled ‘Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and the democratic process by theocratic groups operating in Bangladesh’ in the House of Representatives on 20 November, according to the US Congress official website.The House Resolution 1156 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as per the website.The bill called on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups affiliated radical organisation including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.Quoting a report of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, it said religious minorities were targeted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Islami Chhatra Shibir, during previous elections, as a result of which 495 Hindu homes were damaged, 585 shops were attacked or looted, and 169 temples were vandalised between November 2013 and January 2014.It also referred that Jamaat-e-Islami activists have been involved in recent attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh.Mentioning that national elections are expected to take place in Bangladesh on 30 December 2018, the bill called on the Bangladesh government to heed the Bangladesh election commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The bill acknowledged the victims of the 1971 War of Independence and the spirit of secular democracy on which Bangladesh was founded.The nation of Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 and established a secular democratic state, the bill mentioned and also noted this freedom was won at the cost of approximately 3 million deaths, more than 10 million displaced, and 200,000 women raped, many at the hands of Islamist militants led by Jamaat-e-Islami.The bill said repeated attacks on religious minorities, expanding religious intolerance, and growing destabilisation caused by radical groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, undermine United States economic and strategic interests in Bangladesh.In a statement, Philadelphia-based think tank, the Middle East Forum (MEF) has welcomed the bill saying “Jamaat-e-Islami is an influential and dangerous Islamist group with a long history of violence.In October last, Bangladesh Election Commission revoked the registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a major ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, as a political party in compliance with a High Court order.In August 2013, the High Court declared Jamaat’s registration illegal following a writ petition filed in 2009 by Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary general Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others.In the petition, they said Jamaat was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Fire guts 100 shanties in Chattogram

first_imgOver 100 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at three slums in Rail gate area of Chattogram on Saturday night, reports UNB.Three firefighting units from Chandanpur, Agrabad and Bayzid station doused the fire at 12:30am after several hours of frantic efforts, said Jashim Uddin, deputy assistant director of Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defense.The fire originated from an electric short circuit at Jashim’s colony around 9:45pm and soon spread to two adjacent slums in the area, he said.  The fire burned down 47 shanties at Jashim’s colony, 40 shanties at Ali Akbar Colony while 27 others at Rahim Colony.The loss incurred by the fire was estimated at around TK 250,000, fire service sources said.last_img read more

Congos Ebola Outbreak Might be Declared Global Emergency

first_imgBy JAMEY KEATEN and MARIA CHENG Associated PressGENEVA (AP) — A top Red Cross official said Friday he’s “more concerned than I have ever been” about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus in Congo after a new spike in cases.Emanuele Capobianco spoke ahead of a key World Health Organization meeting taking place Friday about whether to declare the Ebola outbreak in northeastern Congo an international health emergency.In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, eastern Congo. Top Red Cross official Emanuele Capobianco said Friday April 12, 2019, that he’s “more concerned than I have ever been” about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus in Congo after a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)To be designated a public health emergency of international concern, a situation must be “serious, unusual or unexpected,” threaten to infect other countries and require “immediate international action.”The Ebola outbreak in Congo announced on Aug. 1 has become the second-deadliest in history, behind the West African one from 2014-16 that killed more than 11,300 people.Congo’s health ministry on Thursday reported 1,206 confirmed and probable cases, including 764 deaths.Capobianco, head of health and care at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, cited Congolese health ministry statistics on Thursday showing 40 new cases over two days this week.He called that rate unprecedented in this outbreak.Ebola cases have spiked in recent weeks and officials are increasingly losing track of where the virus is spreading. Many new Ebola cases aren’t linked to previously identified patients, and numerous people are dying in the community rather than in health centers where they might be isolated to prevent further infection.“The numbers are increasing. And so I’m more concerned than I have ever been of a potential regional spread,” Capobianco said, while cautioning it was a “personal” assessment.He cited lack of trust about Ebola treatment in the community, which had never faced an Ebola outbreak before, and insecurity caused by rebel groups that has hurt aid efforts.Previous global emergencies have been declared for the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the emergence of Zika virus in the Americas and the international attempt to eradicate polio. WHO was criticized for not declaring the 2014 Ebola outbreak an international emergency until nearly 1,000 people had died and the disease had spilled across borders.Emergency declarations almost always boost global attention and donor funding. In recent weeks, WHO has noted it is woefully short of the $148 million it says is needed to fight Ebola for the next six months. It had received only $74 million as of mid-March.WHO reported Thursday in a weekly Ebola bulletin that 57 health zones in Congo had reported new cases over the last three weeks.The outbreak is occurring close to the borders of Uganda and Rwanda, with South Sudan not far away.Tariq Riebl, who is based in a current Ebola hotspot, Butembo, for the International Rescue Committee, said a major obstacle to stopping the outbreak is that officials are simply unaware of how many Ebola cases there are.“We’re discovering people when it’s way too late,” he said, noting numerous cases were buried in secret and never reported to authorities. “Given the average number of cases we’re seeing now, this is not going to be over for at least another six months or more.”___Cheng reported from London.___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africalast_img read more