India to lift travel advisory on Kashmir

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgSRINAGAR – India will lift a traveladvisory on the disputed region of Kashmir, authorities said, two months afterthe government launched a security crackdown before removing the state’sspecial status. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’sgovernment said scrapping the state’s special status was necessary to integrateit fully into the rest of India and spur development.(Reuters) Thousands of Indian tourists, pilgrimsand workers fled the Muslim-majority state in early August after authoritiesissued a security alert over possible militant attacks by Pakistan-backedgroups, assertions rejected by Islamabad.  The travel advisory issued on Aug. 2will be lifted from Thursday, the government of Jammu and Kashmir said onMonday. center_img Kashmir is divided between India andPakistan, and both claim the territory in full. Over 40,000 people have beenkilled in an insurgency in the Indian part of Kashmir since 1989. A security force officer stands guard in front of closed shops during restrictions following scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir in Srinagar, India on Sept. 10. REUTERS/DANISH ISMAILlast_img read more

‘She only wants attention’

Posted On Sep 25 2020 by

first_imgRobredo on Monday called a pressconference to announce the postponement of her release of her discoveries andrecommendation on the government’s drug war during her short stint as co-chairof the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs due to the earthquake thathit Davao del Sur last Sunday. Panelo dismissed as “pure nonsense”criticism that he lacked concern for victims of the magnitude 6.9 earthquakethat hit Davao del Sur, for trying to “score political points when we’re in themiddle of a tragedy.” “Her (Robredo) decision to call a pressbriefing to announce that there is no press briefing, while flashing her40-page report, reveals that she only wants the spotlight,” Panelo said in apress conference on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo belies allegations that he lacked empathy when he criticized Vice President Leni Robredo for delaying the release of her findings on the narcotics crackdown, claiming that she is only after public attention. ABS-CBN NEWS “If VP Leni has anything to recommendabout improving the current anti-illegal drug war, out with it,” Panelo said./PN Panelo went on with his tirade on theVice President saying that the Duterte administration did not accuse her oflack of sympathy when she was on a foreign trip when typhoon Nina struck herhome region Bicol in 2016. Panelo then chided Robredo that she mayseemed have nothing to report, to which Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrezaccusing Panelo of lacking empathy. MANILA – Presidential SpokespersonSalvador Panelo lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo after the latter’s campaccused him of lacking empathy for criticizing the delayed release of supposeddrug war report. Duterte’s spokesman also said it wasRobredo who announced that she would release her report in the first place,hyping public expectation. “She has deferred her report a number oftimes, looking for a perfect timing and hoping that people would pay attentionto her as she struggles to be relevant…” he added.  “Thisis not the time to vacillate. If she has ‘discoveries’ that she threatened toexpose, bring it on! As the President dares her to do,” Panelo said. “This administration, through thevarious agencies of the government, provides reports to the people regularly.It is not as if when the Vice President speaks, the world will stop and thegovernment will halt its operations to provide assistance in Davao,” he added. “Kunghindi naiintindihan ni Secretary Panelo kungbakit ipinagpaubaya ng ating bise presidente ang pag-release ng report ngayong umaga pagkatapos nunglindol na nangyari kahapon, eh siguro totoong wala s’yang puso at malasakitpara sa ating mga kababayan,” Gutierrez said.last_img read more

Batesville High School Athletic Department’s Freshman Orientation

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgThe Batesville High School Athletic Department is hosting an athletic department “Freshman Orientation” meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in the high school auditorium for parents and incoming freshmen athletes for the 2015-16 school year. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Bryan Helvie via e-mail at

Sherman R. Foley

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgSherman R. Foley, 89, of Moores Hill passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Hightpoint Health in Lawrenceburg.  Sherman was born Tuesday, March 18, 1930 in Moores Hill, the son of Luther and Mattie (Dean) Foley.  He was a graduate of Moores Hill High School. He married Janet (Althaus) Gratz August 12, 2000 and she survives.  He was formally a tool & die supervisor for General Motors, retiring after 34 years.  He was an active member of Sparta Baptist Church, Moores Hill and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Sun City Center, Florida.  He was church deacon and enjoyed singing in both church choirs.  He was a past member of the F & AM Lodge of Moores Hill; enjoyed tinkering in his garage, an avid sports fan and spending winters in Florida.Sherman is survived by his wife Janet of Moores Hill; sons: Steve (Sandy) Foley of Avon, Indiana, Greg (Cindy) Foley of Lawrenceburg and Randy (Linda) Foley of Moores Hill; daughter Melinda (Jeff) Zeigler of Sugar Hill, Georgia; step-daughters: Karla Grills of Morristown, Tennessee, Tana (Brent) Fortney of Huntington, Indiana and Rhonda (Brad) Pigeon of Lexington, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and cousin Julia Cook of  Nashville, Tennessee.  He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Elaine Foley and daughter Shirley Bafford.A service celebrating his life will be held 12:00 PM Monday, August 5 at Sparta Baptist Church, 12177 Sparta Pike, Moores Hill, IN 47032 with Pastor Rick Burcham officiating.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 10 AM – 12 PM also at the church.  Memorials may be given in honor of Sherman to Sparta Baptist Church or Carnegie Hall.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

‘La Llorona’ director discusses film themes, reimagining Latinx American legend

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img“They were all from different organizations; they are sons and granddaughters and grandsons who are looking for the missing people from the war in Guatemala and still fighting for the rights of the people who lost their families,” Matheu said.  Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante first amazed critics in 2015 with his debut film “Ixcanul” (Volcano), which was selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. His portrayal of a young Indigenous woman — a subject hardly touched upon in cinema — marks his longtime commitment to representing marginalized groups in Guatemala.  “La Llorona” was deeply personal for not only Bustamante and Matheu but for the extras, who played as the protesters, as well.  Inspired by the elegant portrayal of Dracula, Bustamante reframed La Llorona as a Mayan woman who underwent unimaginable horrors under Guatemala’s ethnic cleansing. With this unique spin on La Llorona, the movie thus stands in stark opposition to the U.S. film “The Curse of La Llorona,” which not only relied on cheap jump scares and the naiveté of its characters but also whitewashed the legend.   “Guatemala is a very complicated country if you want to talk about human rights or social rights or independent rights,” Bustamante said. “We don’t have any more dictators, but we continue to have that dictatorial system because we never really cut that, and there are a lot of people defending that [system].”  What’s particularly impressive about the film is how Bustamante reimagines a figure deeply rooted in Latinx folklore by placing it within the context of the massacres of Indigenous tribes in Guatemala. Bustamante noted how the original folk tale is rather misogynistic.  Determined to impart the film’s messages to a wider audience, Bustamante and Matheu thus decided to make it a horror film because they knew the genre pulled the biggest box office grosses in Guatemala.  Gorgeously shot and written, “La Llorona” stands out among other horror films because of its elegance. Many horror films, especially ones made in the United States, rely on cheap thrills like jump scares and gore rather than an emotionally impactful storyline. “La Llorona,” on the other hand, is a slow rumination on how a family attempts to deny the blatant atrocities their patriarch has committed as well as their complicity in the oppression that Indigenous peoples face.  Matheu said one of the most emotional scenes for the extras to shoot was one in which the protesters clamor around Enrique, demanding justice for their people. The extras felt that Diaz embodied the real dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, whom the character of Enrique was based on.  center_img Continuing this tradition is Bustamante’s third feature “La Llorona,” a horror drama that highlights the struggle of Indigenous peoples in Guatemala. On Wednesday, he and producer Gustavo Matheu led an online screening and live Q&A at the School of Cinematic Arts.   “As Latin Americans, we have something very natural with magical realism because it’s part of our culture, and La Llorona is also part of our culture,” Matheu said. “And then when they see the movie, they will find out there’s some message behind it; that it’s more deep and more dark and more horrifying than the horror [of the film] itself.”  “La Llorona,” which premiered on Shudder Aug. 6, centers around Enrique Monteverde (Julio Diaz), a retired general responsible for the genocide of thousands of native lxil Mayan people during the early 1980s. As angry and grief-stricken protesters congregate outside of his home, Monteverde’s wife Carmen (Margarita Kenéfic), daughter Natalia (Sabrina De La Hoz) and granddaughter Sara (Ayla-Elea Hurtado) struggle between their familial devotion and their burgeoning realization of the crimes he’s committed. Their only other companion is their loyal housekeeper Valeriana (María Telón) until a mysterious Indigenous maid, Alma (María Mercedes Coroy), arrives. School of Cinematic Arts hosts virtual screening of “La Llorona” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “I never understood why La Llorona is so important … it’s a very misogynistic legend, because it’s always a woman crying because some man quit her, and because that man quit her, she’s able to kill her kids,” Bustamante said. “We decided to change that and take La Llorona and transform it.”  “They didn’t have the opportunity to tell the dictator a lot of things, but in that moment when they were playing the [characters] and they were screaming at him … there was something going on inside them that was very strong,” Matheu said. “People that didn’t have the opportunity to have [closure] were having at that moment.”  What’s powerful about this film is how the audience comes to realize that the real horror of this film is not the titular “La Llorona” but rather the centuries of oppression and pain the Indigenous tribes have endured in Guatemala. The past never remains in the past but instead lingers constantly, Bustamante argues, until we find the courage to fully confront our bloody histories.last_img read more

Despite early game slump, Syracuse offense shoots itself to win

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Entering the game against the Blackbirds, SU was shooting just 25.5 percent from beyond the arc. But Monday night, with its leading scorer Alexander playing just four minutes in the first half, five different players knocked down 3s as the Orange put on a shooting show. Long Island called a timeout after Morrow’s second three to try to cool off SU’s shooters, but it was to no avail. Senior guard Tasha Harris eventually got into the mix, hitting two back-to-back 3’s of her own late in the half to extend the Orange lead. By halftime, Syracuse turned a 1-for-10 performance into a 45-18 laugher. But head coach Quentin Hillsman said that even in a stretch like that, Syracuse simply has to keep shooting. Published on November 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm ‘(Assistant) coach (Rick) Moody always tells me to keep shooting,’ said Tyson-Thomas, who matched Morrow’s team-leading 16 points. ‘Just shoot out of it. That’s the best thing you can do as a shooter is shoot out of the slump.’ ‘They were going underneath every screen,’ Hillsman said. ‘So she was really able to come off and get her feet together and shoot the ball. They went under every screen that we set so she got some pretty good looks at the basket.’ ‘We shoot every single play every day so we know there’s going to be different stretches where we might not make any baskets,’ said senior guard Erica Morrow, who led the team with 16 points. ‘We stuck to our scheme, and we just got through it.’ After Iasia Hemingway scored the first bucket of the game on a fastbreak lay-up, the Orange missed nine-straight shots. Seven minutes in, SU managed just six points. Comments Morrow said the back-to-back 3’s for Tyson-Thomas got the team going and she extended the run shortly after. After a Troya Berry steal, Morrow hit a transition three from the right corner. The next possession, she knocked down a shot from behind the arc with Blackbird guard Krystal Wells in her face, giving the Orange a 20-9 lead.center_img But instead of relying on second-chances, SU started capitalizing on its first opportunities. Tyson-Thomas, who missed her first four shots, hit a quick three after a Blackbird turnover to put SU up 9-7 with 12:16 left in the first half. On the next Orange possession, Morrow dished the ball to the sophomore in the corner where she drained her second three in a row. While the Orange stifled Long Island on the defensive end, its offense could not muster up any scoring. Leading scorer Kayla Alexander picked up two early fouls and was relegated to the bench. With her out, Syracuse struggled to find rebounds for second-chance points, something it has thrived on through its first two games. The Orange (3-0) did exactly what its coach said, shooting its way out of the slump and into a 90-36 romp over the Blackbirds (2-1). Sparked by Carmen Tyson-Thomas’ back-to-back 3’s eight minutes into the game that ended the scoring drought, SU went on to shoot 63 percent from the field for the rest of the half. It hit eight 3-pointers in the first and finished shooting 45.6 percent from beyond the arc in the game. The Syracuse women’s basketball team opened its game against Long Island in a slump. ‘They have to,’ he said. ‘They can’t pass up shots. They’ve got to take open shots. We can’t get to a point where we’re gun-shy, and we stop shooting.’ ‘We just focus on taking good (shots),’ Hillsman said. ‘I thought they took good ones. As long as we have the right people taking good shots, then I think we have a good shot at making them.’ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dual-threat Golson to provide Syracuse defense with toughest test yet

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chuck Bullough laughed off the question about the Syracuse defense’s priority.“The quarterback,” the SU defensive coordinator said.Villanova’s dual-threat signal-caller John Robertson torched SU for 115 yards rushing and 199 more in the air. C.J. Brown of Maryland dominated with 280 yards passing and 25 on the ground.“We’re always facing (dual-threat) quarterbacks. The Maryland guy could run. The Villanova guy could really run,” Bullough said. “That’s just college football now. As you’re watching the games on TV, everyone’s struggling with those guys.”On Saturday at 8 p.m., Syracuse (2-1) will face its toughest opponent at quarterback of the season so far, when it plays No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) and dual-threat Everett Golson at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The senior has scored 11 of the 13 Fighting Irish touchdowns this season — seven passing and four rushing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2012, he led Notre Dame to the national championship game in his first season as a starter. After being suspended last season due to “poor academic judgement,” he’s set to give Syracuse a headache.“You’ve got everybody covered, you’ve got everything good and all of a sudden he gets out and he can move,” Bullough said. “You can’t chase him down, you can spot him, you can do all that stuff, but guys can’t run him down.”During practice, the Orange has used third-string freshman quarterback AJ Long to replicate Golson’s prowess as a speedy quarterback with passing ability, but senior linebacker Cameron Lynch said he’s taken some sacks.Lynch said it’s been difficult to replicate his speed and execution, but also that having a similar quarterback of Golson’s prototype has been an asset in practice.“He’s done a very good job getting us that look,” Lynch said. “That’s just his type of playing style, running around playing backyard football.”Golson has passed for 780 yards this season and his 126 rushing yards gained leads the team as well. He’s filled the void on a team that lacked a star player all last season.Two years ago, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said that he didn’t need Golson to be as much of a playmaker. He said his defense held down the fort and didn’t put his quarterback in difficult offensive situations. This year, he said, he needs Golson to be more of a playmaker.“I think it’s been at the journey that he’s on and that journey started when he was a freshman,” Kelly said. “Obviously, when he got his opportunity to come back here, he wanted to take control of his destiny on offense.”Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson didn’t play with Golson during his freshman year, but said the receivers know all they have to do is run their route, and Golson will get them the ball.He specifically noted a Golson 53-yard throw to C.J. Proise to end the first half of Notre Dame’s game against Rice on Aug. 30 as a moment that left him in awe.“At any given moment the play looks dead and he’ll pop out of swarm right there,” Robinson said. “And you have to make sure you’re open. “It makes it a lot of fun. Anything can happen.”Both SU head coach Scott Shafer and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough agree that, despite SU’s stout defense, he’s a player that can take control of the game.Bullough said he hopes to “plaster” Golson if he breaks the pocket. Shafer said he’s seen first-hand his ability to complete a 60-yard pass while getting hit, an ability that doesn’t put the Orange defense in a particularly good position. “You want to be a game manager early on in your career, learn how to manage the game, not get your team beat,” Shafer said of Golson. “When you take it to the next level, you continue to do those things well, but you also give your team an opportunity to be a big play-maker.“That’s definitely what Everett has become there. He’s a hell of a football player.” Comments Published on September 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

UW women’s hockey to welcome Lindenwood to LaBahn

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is beginning their regular season this weekend as they welcome non-conference foe Lindenwood to LaBahn arena.While the Badgers might already have a game under their belt this season, after they welcomed the South Korean Olympic team to Madison for an exhibition match, but now the Badgers will begin to make waves in their regular season. After making it to the Frozen Four final last year, Wisconsin enters this season ranked No.2 in the WCHA coaches poll earlier this month.Women’s hockey: Badgers bring home WCHA title for third year in a rowFor the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is WCHA postseason champion. The Badgers (31-2-4-0, Read…Skeptics are assuming that since Wisconsin lost its top goaltender, and will be without four of their top scorers this year, the team will most likely suffer. The same poll stated that coaches in the WCHA expect Minnesota to win the WCHA title this year, which has been held by Wisconsin for the past three years.Of course, this criticism is founded, and many in Wisconsin are wondering how the Badgers will get along this year without seniors Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark. They still have sophomore Abby Roque, who was fifth overall in scoring last year for the Badgers, to lead them through this season.Wisconsin also showed strength during their exhibition game against South Korea, in which the Badgers managed to defeat their opponents in a spectacular fashion 8-0. Six different players managed to score for Wisconsin that night, showing that the UW has a plethora of talent on their bench that is capable of getting the Badgers on the board when need be.Wisconsin hockey demolished the South Korean Olympic team this weekendThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed the South Korean Olympic team to LaBahn Arena this weekend for a Read…Wisconsin also has one of the greatest assets in the WCHA in head coach Mark Johnson, who has always managed to produce a solid team even during tough Olympic years. During the 2013-2014 season, Johnson still managed to coach a team that finished with a 29-8-2 record overall and would wind up making it to the Frozen Four tournament that same year.Fans should not be worried as the Badgers are in more than capable hands with Johnson at the helm. Johnson was thinking years in advance when he was recruiting the last two years and has managed to pull in excellent goaltenders like Nikki Cece and Kristen Campbell along with fantastic players like Abby Roque, Presley Norby and MeKenzie Steffen.While Wisconsin might be a young team, they are more than capable of doing great things this season, and that all begins with Lindenwood this weekend. The weekend begins on Friday at 7 p.m, with play between the two teams concluding Saturday at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Guyana General Election Announced for March 2, 2020

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – In a nationwide radio and television broadcast on Wednesday night Guyana’s President David Granger announced “the earliest possible date for the holding of general and regional election will be on Monday, March 2, 2020”.  He said he had selected the date “after discussions with the chairman of the Elections Commission and with my Cabinet”.The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is Guyana’s highest court, said last July that the vote of no confidence passed last in December 2018 against Granger’s coalition administration was valid and urged all parties to adhere to the provisions of the country’s constitution.Under the Guyana Constitution, the elections should take place 90 days after the no-confidence vote. The Constitution also makes provision for an extension of the period based only on a two-thirds majority vote in the Parliament.  The CCJ made no ruling as to a date when the polls should be held.The chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired justice Claudette Singh said the polls could be held in February next year.In his broadcast, Granger said that since the passage of the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly on December, 21 last year, his administration has respected the decisions of the Courts and upheld the Constitution.“We challenged the validity of the no-confidence motion and defended the challenge to the constitutionality of the appointment of the Chairman of the Elections Commission,” Granger said.He said his administration sought to clarify and interpret the Constitution and to ensure the elections would be conducted on the basis of a credible electoral list.“I have complied with the rulings of the Courts, upheld the Constitution of Guyana and respected the National Assembly at all times. I engaged the Elections Commission from February 2019 repeatedly. I insisted that credible elections be held at the earliest possible time. Credible elections are essential to representative democracy.”“Guyanese can now look to the Elections Commission to conduct credible elections within the time frame prescribed. Guyanese, we are on the right path to preserve our precious parliamentary democracy,” Granger said.last_img read more

YGAM & Betknowmore form education first partnership

Posted On Aug 30 2020 by

first_img GVC – YGAM’s Parent Hub is a vital tool for honest and open conversations August 4, 2020 Related Articles YGAM calls for diverse perspectives on regulatory change August 3, 2020 UK problem gambling support and education organisations the Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Betknowmore have formed a strategic partnership announced at this year’s CasinoBeats Summit as part of the inaugural Safer Gambling Forum.Both organisations will collaborate in the development of new training programmes, which seek to improve standards for relevant industry and social stakeholders tackling problem gambling harms.Key stakeholders targeted by YGAM and Betknowmore will include industry professionals, leadership, universities, students and healthcare workers.In the past year, YGAM details that it has trebled the number of young and vulnerable people it has delivered its education programme to in over 1,700 schools and youth organisations, reaching more than 180,000 individuals.Moving forward, YGAM and Betknowmore seek to increase the increase access to safer gambling education directives to three times the amount of UK students.Lee Willows, CEO and founder of YGAM, explained: “I am so excited at the prospect of working even closer with Frankie Graham, a good friend and mentor. Our organisations have been generating purposeful impact for over five-years and we are both working with some incredible businesses in the gambling space.“We are looking forward to working with our friends and colleagues in the gambling sector specifically to compliment the current direction of travel by operators to put social responsibility and safer gambling at the heart of their businesses.”The new formal relationship consolidates five years of shared growth and networking with companies and individuals drawn from across the UK and international gambling spectrum.Frankie Graham, CEO of Betknowmore UK, added: “Lee and I have been friends, critical friends, champions and motivators to each other and the organisations we have developed.“We have always asked how we might combine our skills, experience and insight in this space to drive greater social impact. We believe we have found that special sweet spot and it lies in providing the gambling sector with authentic, accredited training.“What makes our training totally unique is 100 per cent of the profits are donated to Betknowmore UK and YGAM to enable our organisations to deliver our social purpose, which we both seek to build upon in 2020.” Share StumbleUpon Submit Share YGAM achieves City & Guilds status for second year August 25, 2020last_img read more