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Beau Belga, Rain or Shine determined to force Game 7 vs Magnolia

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Belga admits Magnolia has the edge when it comes to experience playing on the big stage.But Belga added it still shouldn’t be an excuse for the Elasto Painters as they try to get back on track and force a knockout game for a ticket to the finals against defending champion San Miguel Beer.“We already won two games so we know that we can beat them. It’s just up to us how far we want to go. We’re already here at this point and it’s going to be tough if we let go of this opportunity,” he said. “They (Magnolia) are more experienced when it comes to playing in the playoffs and being in this kind of atmosphere.”“Backs against the wall, do-or-die game, we’re going to give everything we have on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Recharged Hotshots go for kill vs Painters in Game 6 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—From knockout playoff games to nerve-wracking Game 7’s, Beau Belga had been there and done that having played for more than a decade and counting in the PBA.Belga has won and lost Game 7’s but no matter the result, the experience of being in such a defining game is something that the Rain or Shine bruiser never forgets.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss And he wants his young teammates to realize its importance and use it as added motivation heading into Friday night’s Game 6 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia.“This is not the time to give up. I told them, if the series reaches Game 7, it will be something you will never forget. You will bring that experience of playing in a Game 7 with you,” Belga said in Filipino after an 82-74 loss in Game 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“And this is the All-Filipino conference. Next conference, you won’t matter as much because there will be imports dominating the games. The All-Filipino is really the conference that everybody is fighting for.”The Elasto Painters fell to the Hotshots for the third time in a row in the series Wednesday night after winning the first two.center_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more


Germany beat Italy for first time in over 20 years

first_imgMario Goetze scored on his international comeback to help Germany beat Italy for the first time in more than 20 years, a 4-1 drubbing in their friendly on Tuesday.Goetze, who had only played 53 minutes for Bayern Munich since a groin injury sustained against Ireland on October 8, headed Germany’s second goal before the break after Toni Kroos opened the scoring.Goetze was also involved in the third before the hour-mark, setting Julian Draxler free to cross for Jonas Hector’s first international goal.”I’m so happy. For me it was simply important to be able to play again after such a long injury, simply to be able to do what’s fun for me. Then to score as well,” Goetze said.Mesut Ozil made it 4-0 in the 75th with a penalty conceded by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.Substitute Stephan El Shaarawy scored Italy’s consolation goal in the 83rd with a strike from distance.It was Germany’s first win over Italy at the eighth attempt since a 2-0 victory on June 21, 1995.”We did it well. All the players fulfilled their duties well, played with a lot of discipline,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.Following the 3-2 defeat to England in Berlin on Saturday – Germany’s second consecutive loss after losing to France in November – Loew opted for a back-three of Mats Hummels, Antonio Ruediger and Shkodran Mustafi, with Hector and Sebastian Rudy supporting on either flank.”We trained with the formation a little bit yesterday,” Kroos said. “We wanted to come out of a more compact defense. This was a game that we wanted to win, in which we perhaps wanted to make up for something.”advertisementThomas Mueller captained the side for the first time on his 70th appearance. Regular captain Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered a partial ligament tear in his knee in training last week and faces a race against time to be fit for the European Championship.Italy rarely threatened reserve goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen though he looked jittery on the rare occasions he was called into action. Ter Stegen was filling in for Manuel Neuer, who had complained of a stomach bug a day after his 30th birthday celebrations on Sunday.Just as he did against England, Kroos broke the deadlock by slotting a precise effort inside the post, his 24th-minute strike giving Buffon little chance.With the fans sending a Mexican wave around the stadium, Mueller crossed for Goetze to direct the ball inside the right post, leaving Buffon rooted to the spot.”It’s always worth supporting Mario Goetze because he can do things that others can’t,” Loew had said in the buildup. Goetze said Loew’s confidence had given him a huge boost.Riccardo Montolivo went close after the break as Italy emerged with new intent but any hopes of a comeback were dashed in the 59th, when Goetze set Draxler free and the Wolfsburg playmaker pulled the ball back for Hector to score on his 12th appearance.Simone Zaza shot over in response but then Buffon brought down Rudy and Ozil ended the contest.”It’s no fun to lose this way. That’s the first thing. But we said we wanted to be better and to measure the gap between us and Germany. Some players paid the price for the physical effort against Spain,” Italy coach Antonio Conte said, referring to last Thursday’s 1-1 draw in Udine, Italy with the European champions.”Germany are world champions. I think they deserved it today, without a doubt,” Conte said. “When they got their chances they used them. We had a few chances but we were inexperienced.”Conte said there was no need for panic or for wholesale changes ahead of Euro 2016.”I can’t accuse the guys of anything. They tried everything, gave everything… I don’t know what I can change six weeks before naming the squad,” said Conte, who is stepping down after the tournament.Leonardo Bonucci was stretchered off after Hector’s goal and Conte said the Juventus defender had a “muscle problem.”Loew names his initial squad for Euro 2016 on May 17.Security was tight ahead of the game with around 800 police officers on duty. Sniffer dogs checked around the stadium for explosives, bags were searched and body-checks were conducted.The defeat to England was Germany’s first since the 2-0 loss to France in Paris on Nov. 13, when attacks outside the stadium and across the city killed 130 people. The game against the Netherlands in Hannover four days later was called off due to the threat of an attack.last_img read more


Stupid to turn my back on IPL, says Royal Challengers Bangalore ace AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers has often complained of the workload in international cricket but South Africa’s Test and ODI skipper is in no mood to take time off from the Indian Premier League, which is played in the peak of summer every year. (Suresh Raina wary of MS Dhoni in IPL 2016 )De Villiers played with Delhi Daredvils for the first three editions of the IPL before the Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him in the 2011 auctions for a staggering USD 1.1 million. He has since formed a potent combination for the team with the likes of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. (Don’t have preference for any particular IPL team: KP )The 31-year-old has refuted rumours that he wanted to retire from Test cricket to ease his workload but he has stayed away from wicketkeeping duties after taking over as skipper in the longest format from Hashim Amla in the middle of the home series against England. But AB will continue to devote time to the IPL, like he has done for the last eight years.”I’m still going to play in the IPL. It would be stupid of me to turn my back on that. It has played a big role in my career. It helped me grow as a player,” De Villiers told a cricket website yesterday. “I see IPL as a really important part of my career. So I’m not going to let that go. But there are some other areas that I’ll look at to rest a little bit.”De Villiers, who holds the record for the fastest fifty, hundred and 150 in ODIs, has had miserable time in Test cricket lately. His poor form has coincided with South Africa’s decline in the traditional format. During the 3-0 defeat in India, de Villiers scored only two fifties from seven innings and then followed that up with three successive ducks at home against England.advertisementSoon after overseeing a consolation victory in the Centurion Test, de Villiers reiterated his desire to play in all formats.”I’m very committed at the moment to be captain in the two formats and to play T20s as well. We’ve got a World Cup coming up and Im just taking it one game at a time.”South Africa have now lost five of their last eight Tests, drawn two and won only one. De Villiers, regarded in many circles as the best batsman in the word, will have his task cut out to help the Proteas salvage some pride as they take on England in a five-match one-day international series from today.last_img read more


“Ivan, Get Your Gun” – Billionaire Alleged Fugitive PAOK Owner’s Fans Rejoice

first_imgTHESSALONIKI, Greece — Led by the billionaire Greek-Russian owner of the PAOK soccer team – who has had an arrest warrant issued against him a year earlier for bringing a gun onto the field to protest a referee’s decision – tens of thousands of fans  celebrated the club’s first Greek league title in 34 years.Ivan Savvidis, said to have the ear of Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsiras, is banned from attending his team’s games and there has been no explanation why he still hasn’t been taken into custody while walking around in full view.He stood before his team’s fans in front of the famous White Tower in Greece’s second-largest city and rejoiced in the victory with Greek soccer long under a cloud of having matches fixed and the shipping magnate owner of the dominant Athens team Oympiakos facing a trial on charges of doing that.In wild scenes of celebration, fans packed along the city’s seafront — hundreds holding red flares — to catch a glimpse of the winning team on a double-decker bus after its 5-0 win over Levadiakos sealed its undefeated run to victory, two underdogs.PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis, right, celebrates with players and fans the Greek Super League championship title in front of the White Tower, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, early Monday, April 22, 2019.  (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)Fans don’t care about charges he’s tried to influence government policy or charged onto the field with a gun in his holster last year, drawing penalties that kept his club from having a shot, to so speak, at winning the title then as they chanted: “Ivan, get your gun.”Savvidis controls much of the country’s second-biggest port, transformed the club and bet heavily on the northern Greek economy. Supporters chanted his name as he walked between two rows of flame machines during a celebration ceremony as police made no attempt to apprehend him despite the warrant.The 60-year-old businessman, whose family is partly of Greek ancestry, took over PAOK in 2012 and rescued the club from financial ruin, settling debts and building a 63-million euro ($70 million) roster equal in value to that of the country’s largest club, Olympiakos.Savvidis, who made his fortune in agriculture in southern Russia, tapped into PAOK’s underdog status and broader resentment throughout the city, which believes it has been overlooked by decision-makers in Athens.“We have laid the foundations for what I hope is the start of some great achievements,” he said, speaking through an interpreter as he doesn’t speak Greek, despite his roots. “Let those in Athens think with a clear head: What they did to us made us stronger by the day.”IN THE SHADOWSOver the past decade, Savvidis has invested in northern Greek businesses, some on the brink of failure, as well as television stations and newspapers that are generally supportive of SYRIZA.A bus carrying PAOK players and chairman Ivan Savvidis drives through fans during celebrations for team’s Greek Super League championship title in front of the White Tower, in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, early Monday, April 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)It seems like he’s been able to move easily between competing interests, using his wealth and connections, despite not being fluent in Greek, to show up like a shadowy figure in a spy movie, charming and buying and scheming and, critics said, double-dealing for Russia.That was the essence of a piece in the New York Times tracing his ability to interact with the people at the top of politics and business to get what he wants, having the Greek government support to write off a big fine for a Greek tobacco company he had owned, his roots being in the business in Russia, where he made his money before coming to Greece.Greece’s western allies have noted his close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and he served as a member of Russia’s Parliament before setting up his Greek businesses.His dream of building a major club was almost toppled last season in a league game against AEK Athens, during which he stormed onto the field to challenge the referee’s decision with a handgun holstered in his belt, surrounded by burly bodyguards.PAOK last won titles a generation ago, in 1976 and 1985, and Larissa was the last team outside Athens to claim the championship trophy when it did so in 1988. Olympiakos dominated subsequent decades, winning 19 out of 21 titles before AEK’s victory last season while another Athens club, Panathinaikos, won the other two.PAOK chairman Ivan Savvidis is cheered by fans during celebrations for the Greek Super League title in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)The stranglehold fueled bitterness among PAOK’s owners and fans. Controversy surrounding big-game refereeing decisions, as well as match-fixing prosecutions in the top-flight league, prompted league organizers to use foreign referees at all key matches this season and with frequent violence from fans.PAOK was founded in the mid-1920s by Greek refugees who fled to the city after a catastrophic war with Turkey and owes much of its loyal following to that history. Not only veterans and fans feel that burden.Vieirinha, PAOK’s Portuguese captain, wasn’t born the last time the team won the league. In tears, he received a standing ovation from 25,000 fans at Toumba Stadium, playing the last five minutes despite an injury.“A great team like PAOK does not deserve to wait 34 years to win a championship,” Vieirinha said. “What we lived through this past year is a dream for every PAOK fan. I am one of them. I come from them. For me, PAOK means everything.” (Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare1414 Shareslast_img read more


TI: Ethernet PHYs simplify design and optimize network performance

first_img Continue Reading Previous A smarter memory for IoT devicesNext Mouser and Microchip kick off Ultimate Arduino Challenge at embedded world Texas Instruments introduced two new Ethernet physical layer (PHY) transceivers, expanding connectivity options for designers of both space-constrained applications and time-sensitive networks (TSNs). The DP83825I low-power 10-/100-Mbps Ethernet PHY has a 44 percent smaller package size than competing devices and provides a 150-meter cable reach. The DP83869HM is the industry’s only gigabit Ethernet PHY that supports copper and fiber media, and offers high-temperature operation up to 125°C, which enables engineers to leverage the speed and reliability of gigabit Ethernet connectivity in harsh environments.Featuring a 3×3-mm QFN 24-pin package and a long cable reach, the DP83825I helps designers shrink system designs while increasing the physical span of their networks. The device’s extended cable reach eliminates the need for Ethernet repeaters, further reducing operating costs. The DP83825I reduces thermal loading and power demands for Ethernet connectivity and enables the allocation of power to other critical components within a system by consuming less than 125 mW. The device also includes power-saving features such as energy-efficient Ethernet, wake-on-LAN and media access control isolation.With a temperature rating of -40 to 125°C for gigabit fiber operation and robust ESD immunity that exceeds the 8-kV International Electrotechnical Commission 61000-4-2 standard, the DP83869HM helps improve Ethernet system reliability in high-temperature and static-prone industrial environments such as factory floors. The DP83869HM supports 1000Base-X and 100Base-FX Ethernet protocols and conversion between copper and fiber Ethernet standards, allowing designers to extend their long-distance networks. The device also features TSN support through low latency (<390 ns total) for both 1000Base-T and 100Base-TX standards.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more


Tyreek Hill Leading Team in Receiving, Punt Returns

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Through three games, Tyreek Hill and his West Alabama squad are 3-0, averaging 33 points per game and 198.67 passing yards per game.According to statistics from the UWA athletics website, Tyreek leads the team in receiving yards per game by a large margin, averaging 65.3 yards per game and 2 touchdowns on just 9 receptions. Less surprisingly, he also leads the team in punt return yards with 154 yards on 7 attempts and 1 touchdown.So far this season, Hill has only accumulated 6 rushing attempts for a total of 48 yards. He is the teams fourth leading rusher.At Oklahoma State, Hill had 31 receptions for 281 yards and a touchdown through the air. He also had 102 carries for 534 yards, averaging 5.2 a pop as a junior last year.Never forget.tyreeklast_img read more


Marcelo backs up Ronaldo’s ‘greatest’ claim

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo ‘No-one compares to Ronaldo’ – Marcelo backs up Real Madrid star’s ‘greatest’ claim Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 05:25 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Marcelo Real Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla Primera División The Blancos defender considers his team-mate to be the best player on the planet, describing him as “different” to Barcelona rival Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo has every right to call himself “the best player in history”, with Marcelo saying the Real Madrid star is beyond comparison.The Portuguese is currently celebrating a fifth Ballon d’Or triumph, with that success drawing him level with eternal rival Lionel Messi.Ronaldo is also the current holder of the FIFA Best Award and winner of the Goal 50. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 32-year-old continues to raise the bar when it comes to individual excellence and Real team-mate Marcelo believes he can be considered the finest performer of this or any other generation.“I’m a fan of Ronaldo’s, that’s clear,” the Brazilian left-back told reporters after seeing Ronaldo bag a brace in a 5-0 victory over Sevilla.Marcelo Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid best“Cristiano and Messi are different. Each one has their own history and credit. We’re privileged to live in the same era as these two.“For me, Cristiano is the best player in the world. I didn’t see Maradona or Pele play [live], but what I know is that no-one compares [to Ronaldo].”Ronaldo has looked more like his old self of late, netting six times in his last five appearances.Real need more of the same from him over the coming weeks as they seek to defend their La Liga, Champions League and Club World Cup crowns with a mix of experienced heads and promising youngsters.Marcelo added on the current makeup of Zinedine Zidane’s squad, with the January transfer window fast approaching: “We’re happy with our squad, if someone else comes in, they’ll be welcomed, but I’m delighted with how the youngsters are doing.“To be at Real Madrid, it means that you’re a mature player, even if you’re very young.“Now we’re thinking about the Club World Cup. After that, we’ll think about the Clasico.”Real will take on Al Jazira in the Club World Cup semi-finals next Wednesday before returning to domestic action with a derby date against Barcelona on December 23.last_img read more


Lewandowski: Poland didn’t take risks

first_imgWorld Cup Lewandowski bemoans Poland’s lack of risk-taking in costly Senegal defeat Dejan Kalinic 06:56 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RobertLewandowski - Cropped Getty Images World Cup Poland Robert Lewandowski Poland v Senegal Senegal The Bayern Munich striker expects improvement from the Poles after they opened their World Cup 2018 with a disappointing 2-1 reversal Poland star Robert Lewandowski rued his team’s errors and their unwillingness to take risks during their 2-1 World Cup loss to Senegal on Tuesday.An unfortunate Thiago Cionek own goal and a first international strike from M’Baye Niang helped Senegal upset Poland in their Group H clash in Moscow.While Grzegorz Krychowiak pulled a goal back for Poland in the closing minutes, they were unable to find a second to rescue a point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Lewandowski said errors and a failure to take risks cost his team, but he vowed they would be better in a crucial clash against Colombia on Sunday.”Many things didn’t go as planned. In fact, we let them score two goals. That’s not how we take points,” the Poland captain said, via L’Equipe.”It becomes difficult to play when you have already given one or two goals and you have to chase the game.”I think we didn’t take enough risks. We played too conservatively and then Senegal waited. But above all, we didn’t live up to our potential.”We missed a lot of things. We made too many mistakes and of course when we make stupid mistakes, we become nervous.”Against Colombia it won’t be easy. We will play differently and better than today.”A 10-man Colombia were beaten 2-1 by Japan in their opening game, setting up a crucial clash between the sides in Kazan.last_img read more


Chief Clerk Announces Retirement

first_imgRod MacArthur, chief clerk of the House of Assembly, announced today, Aug 20, that he plans to retire on Oct. 1, after serving in the position since 1986. Speaker Charlie Parker thanked Mr. MacArthur for all his work and recognized him for his long and distinguished career in the public service. “I want to personally thank Mr. MacArthur for all of his hard work over the last 24 years,” said Mr. Parker. “Rod served the House through governments of all parties and through both majority and minority governments and is highly knowledgeable in the proceedings of the House of Assembly.” Neil Ferguson, assistant to the clerk, has been appointed acting chief clerk on an interim basis. Mr. MacArthur starts vacation on Saturday, Aug. 21, so Mr. Ferguson will assume the role immediately.last_img read more


Dhoni makes himself unavailable for Windies tour… but rules out immediate retirement

first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Saturday made himself “unavailable” for the coming tour of the West Indies but ruled out immediate retirement a day before the selectors meet in Mumbai to pick the squads for the upcoming away series. Amid mounting speculation around his international retirement after India’s semi-final exit from the recent World Cup, Dhoni has told the BCCI that he will take a two-month sabbatical from the game to serve his paramilitary regiment. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenDhoni is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, “We would like to clarify three things. M S Dhoni is not retiring from cricket right now. He is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier. We have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors M S K Prasad,” said a BCCI official on Saturday. The 38-year-old Dhoni’s refusal to take retirement now leaves the ball in the court of the selectors, who were expected to drop him from the squad for the West Indies. India will play three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and two Tests in the tour starting August 3. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryIt is believed that the selection committee chaired by Prasad wants to move forward with an eye on future but they would also like to get a sense of where the Indian captain stands on this issue. “The selection committee has always been clear on one issue. They have no right to tell anyone irrespective of their stature as to when they should call it quits but when it comes to team selection, it remains their domain,” a senior BCCI official said. With Dhoni pulling out of the tour, Rishabh Pant is expected to be first wicketkeeper in all three formats while Wriddhiman Saha will be Pant’s understudy in the Tests. From now, the focus will be more on T20 cricket keeping the World T20 in mind, which is scheduled to be held in Australia next year. India will be playing a lot of bilateral three-match T20 series in run-up to the global meet and with Dhoni expected to play one more season of IPL with Chennai Super Kings, things are a bit tricky at the moment. There are a few questions that the selectors need to answer. Do they see Dhoni playing till the World T20? If the answer is yes, are they willing to give him 15 to 18 T20s during the phase as a keeper-batsman? If that answer is also yes, it would boil down to whether skipper Virat Kohli sees him as a batsman in T20s where keeping isn’t the primary skill required.last_img read more


Whistler Film Festival To Close with MOMENTUM GENERATION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In addition to the previously announced World Premiere of FUCK YOU ALL, THE UWE BOLL STORY, WFF is proud to announce the following nine titles premiering at Whistler this year. Seven of the films are eligible for the five awards in WFF’s coveted Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature *, which includes the second largest festival prize in the country featuring a $15,000 cash prize presented by the Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia and $15,000 post production prize presented by Encore Vancouver.BELLA CIAO! * (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)Carmen Aguirre and Tony Nardi star in a remarkable story directed by Carolyn Combs of friends, lovers, seekers and thieves. Set at the intersection of the Latin American, First Nations and Italian communities in Vancouver, Bella Ciao! captures the struggle towards solidarity within Canada’s immigrant urban mix. A tribute to the mosaic of diversity and the different generations of distinct cultures that help define Vancouver and by extension, all of Canada today.IN GOD I TRUST * (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)John Cassini, Marc Senior and Melissa Roxburgh star in this multi-character drama from Vancouver based filmmaker Maja Zdanowski. A distressed young black man, a reckless white nationalist, and a pair of traveling vacationers intertwine in three tales of redemption, violence and faith during a random encounter in Northern Idaho.INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT * (2018, Canada (MB), World Premiere)Director Shalegh Carter delivers a powerful story of grief, longing, and one woman’s path to healing through the realisation of her long-buried desire to write. A widow rekindles a past relationship with a writer/professor. Conceived under the sway of both love and art INTO INVISIBLE LIGHT is a story of forgiveness, second chances and the revitalizing power of self-expression.HONEY BEE * (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)2017 WFF Star to Watch Julia Sarah Stone astounds as an underage truck stop hooker under the sway of a manipulative pimp, sent by authorities to a tough love placement location, a working farm run by a no-nonsense character played by Martha Plimpton. Director Rama Rau continues to explore female sexuality, as she did with her previous documentary look at burlesque queens, THE LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS.NEVER BE DONE: THE RICHARD GLEN LETT STORY (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)This raw and immersive documentary tells the story of how controversial Vancouver stand-up comedian Richard Lett sabotaged his own promising career, lost everything and lived to tell the tale. Director Roy Tighe’s commitment to presenting Lett’s highest and lowest moments over the past nine years ultimately presents a message of personal redemption, and shines a poignant light on the intensely private struggle of addiction.NOSE TO TAIL * (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)Aaron Abrams plays a talented but abrasive chef who is struggling to keep his high end restaurant afloat. Over the course of one event-filled day, he must deal with an angry lover, a would-be investor (Ennis Esmer) and unhappy staff, not to mention the realization that his establishment is no longer as trendy as when it first opened. Directed by Jesse Zigelstein, this a character study that will have foodies salivating.NORTH PRESTON’S FINEST (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)Director Jaren Hayman provides us with an intimate glimpse into the country’s largest black community, painted in recent years as one of Canada’s most established human trafficking hubs. With poignant interviews and stories from residents of all kinds, from pimps and their victims to politicians and the citizens they serve, NORTH PRESTON’S FINEST explores one community’s struggle against crime, economic adversity and systemic racism, and their ardent desire to change the narrative.RED ROVER * (2018, Canada (ON), World Premiere)Métis director Shane Belcourt directs a wistful story about a socially awkward geologist who is encouraged to apply for a one-way manned mission to Mars by an extroverted musician he meets in the park. Rising star Cara Gee shines as a muse with her own issues who inspires our unhappy would-be space traveler, who longs for a new beginning.WOODLAND * (2018, Canada (BC), World Premiere)Directed by Vancouver based Jon Silverberg, this is about a man’s personal journey that touches on the land, the mythical and the spiritual. Set in 1989, out-of-work photojournalist Jake (Richard Harmon) who struggles with addiction and a troubled past, takes a job as watchman of a wilderness lodge on the remote Haida Gwaii island in the Pacific Northwest. Under the watchful eye of veteran handyman Sparky, Jake sets up a darkroom to develop the photos he shoots, which reveal strange apparitions that he soon discovers are prophecies of his and Sparky’s disturbing future.Canada’s ‘coolest film fest’ is not just about screening films. From tributes to filmmaking luminaries to live music, parties and industry initiatives, WFF delivers an action packed lineup for film fans and filmmakers alike.Special events confirmed to date include:Opening and Closing Night Screenings (November 28 and December 2 – Opening Night title TBA)WFF’s popular Signature Series including the Tribute, Spotlight, Contender Conversation and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch (November 29 – December 1)ShortWork Showcase features an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting (December 2)WFF peaks with its annual festival party, this year titled Cabin Fever (December 1)Awards Celebration to honour the talent behind WFF18’s finest films (December 2)WFF’s Music Showcase – film meets music at this unique showcase, with up to 10 export-ready British Columbian artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum each performing a live 30-minute set for film fans and key international executives. (November 29 and December 1)Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed both within and beyond our borders, WFF’s curated industry Summit (November 29 to December 2) will feature over 20 interactive business sessions and networking events that address filmmaking and storytelling in the digital age.WFF will also present a slate of 11 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for over 70 Canadian artists. Programs include:Praxis Screenwriters LabProducers LabPower PitchDoc LabIndigenous Filmmaker FellowshipWomen on Top MentorshipStars to WatchMusic ShowcaseWomen in the Director’s Chair Industry ImmersionWomen in Film & Television Film Market Preparation MentorshipMPPIA Short Film Award Pitch (presented by Motion Picture Production Industry Association in partnership with Creative BC and WFF)The Festival’s online box office at is now open for Film, Industry and Patron Passes as well as Ticket Packages. Exclusive rates on air travel, ground transportation and accommodation are available at Individual film tickets go on sale on November 14.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, Encore and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.FESTIVAL DATESNOV. 28TH TO DEC. 2NDTO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE Whistler, B.C. (September 20, 2018) – In conjunction with its annual fundraiser Almost WFF, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has announced their Closing Night film, MOMENTUM GENERATION which will have its Canadian premiere at the fest, along with nine more World Premiere Canadian films. These titles join the five films previously announced that attendees can expect to see at this year’s festival. Ticket packages and passes are on sale now.MOMENTUM GENERATION is the latest documentary from Academy Award-shortlisted and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. The documentary follows the biggest names in surfing, including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb and the late Todd Chesser. Executive produced by Sundance founder Robert Redford with stunning archival footage from the godfather of surf films Taylor Steele, MOMENTUM GENERATION gives audiences an inside look at the lives of these teenagers as they rose to super stardom as the first competitive surfers.WFF’s Director of Programming Paul Gratton had this to say about the current 2018 lineup: “The increasing importance of the Whistler Film Festival as a launchpad for world-calibre Canadian features is evidenced by the significant number of World Premieres that have already been secured for this year’s festival.” Advertisementlast_img read more


Aboriginal woman desperate to turn things around after life of crime

first_imgPelletier said she is hoping to get into a live-in treatment center where she can address her inner demons and past trauma.“Trying to change my life is really hard. But for the first time in the past month I’ve been dressing like a lady, wearing dresses and wearing makeup. Before it was straight track suits and hats, tattoos and putting on a disguise,” said Pelletier. “Now when I look in the mirror it doesn’t even look like me anymore because I’ve changed and I’ve grown. When I look in the mirror I see a beautiful person, a survivor.”But she said as each day passes, it’s getting harder and harder to cope. She sleeps on the floor of her room because the beds are too soft compared to the cold, hard slabs of concrete she’s used to sleeping on in jail.“I need help. How to learn how to unlock my mind from being an angry person. From being locked up all the time and fighting. I want to be in control of my mind, feelings, my heart and my body,” she said. “I want to be a mom, I want to give my son something to look at and be proud of.”Marion Lerat is an elder who works with Pelletier. She said she believes a lot of Aboriginal women in the prison system aren’t receiving enough supports and are often misunderstood in the mainstream justice system.Pelletier (left) and Elder Marion Lerat. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“They put them in there, lock the door and throw the key away,” said Lerat. “They don’t work with them.”She said the answers to the problem are complex but it comes down to finding out who they are.“They need to believe in the Creator and He’ll move obstacles out of the way. Josie feels trapped and I don’t blame her. There’s no respect in jail, you just have to survive,” said Lerat.However, Pelletier said she is determined to keep holding on to the hope that she can make it and one day lead a near normal life.“I honestly believe that Creator is working in my life in every way. I’m feeling all my emotions that I’ve never, ever felt and I’m getting through it and surviving through it,” she Brandi MorinAPTN National NewsCALGARY — Josie Pelletier sits crossed legged on the front lawn of the Calgary half-way house where she is staying, nervously lights a cigarette, and begins to tell her story.“I did what I had to do to survive,” Pelletier said drawing on her cigarette. “I didn’t have the family support or have anybody who believed in me. I didn’t even believe in myself. So, I gave up on life.”Pelletier, 30, has been in and out of jail or prison since she was 13. In total she has had just over two years, on and off, on the “outside.”Her background includes time in a residential school, poverty, family violence, family and personal drug abuse (she became an intravenous drug user at 13), experience in the foster care system, involvement in gangs and an extensive criminal record.Pelletier was released from prison just a few weeks ago after serving time for armed robbery.Pelletier has been labelled a long-term offender meaning for the next seven years, she must check in with authorities on a regular basis.Even on the inside, Pelletier took the hard road.She spent more than a year in solitary confinement or what she called “the red card” where she was “locked down” 23-hours a day.Pelletier said she was so violent, she would spend her one-hour outside of her cell shackled and chained from top to bottom with a spit mask placed over her head.Pelletier said it was during this time she drew inward and reached out to her higher power.“To not go crazy I turned to the Creator,” Pelletier said. “And that’s when I started praying and asking for forgiveness. I was desperate to see my son again.”One day on the “inside” Pelletier said her 15-year-old son paid her a visit.She said she made him a promise to change and do whatever it took to come home and be a mother to him.It hasn’t happened fast enough. Pelletier said her son is following in her footsteps. He’s been in and out of foster care, is involved with gangs and is currently in jail.“I’m so desperate for help right now. I want to change my life, I don’t want my son to grow up to be like me,” she said.Living in the half-way house provides minimal support.Although Pelletier has an elder she can access, she said she needs more support to make it on the outside world.She said she is “institutionalized” and doesn’t know any other way of living, except running to the streets or surviving behind bars.“I can’t even go out alone without getting lost or getting anxiety. I told a psychiatrist I needed help,” she said. “Sometimes I contemplated suicide because I don’t know if I can make it out here,”last_img read more


Nepal must improve conditions of former indentured labourers UN says

6 September 2011The United Nations and local partners in Nepal today called for immediate steps to better the lives of over 100,000 bonded labourers and family members, who have seen scant improvement in their often deplorable conditions since the Government abolished the system in 2008. “Three years after signing of the agreement, freed Haliyas have yet to receive promised relief and rehabilitation, and have yet to be issued with identity cards,” the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal said in a joint statement with their partners, using the Nepalese term for the labourers.“Consequently, the freed Haliyas continue to face difficulty in accessing basic needs including food, shelter and health services, thus forcing them to live in often deplorable conditions. This has a particular impact on the families of the Haliyas, including women and children. The lack of access to alternative livelihoods, as promised in the agreement, has also compelled many Haliyas to continue as bonded labourers with their former landlords.”The Haliya system was practiced in the hill districts of Nepal’s mid- and far western regions, affecting more than 100,000 persons, including children. Most of them are Dalits, often considered ‘untouchables’ at the bottom of the Hindu caste system, as well as indigenous peoples who have long been targets of all forms of discrimination. Most Haliyas are landless and worked for landowners to pay off the principal and interest of loans taken by their ancestors. As they did not earn cash, they were unable to pay the debts, which were then passed on to the next generation.The agencies noted that the draft Haliya Prohibition Bill had not been passed, and the Government had yet to form the high-level Haliya Emancipation and Rehabilitation Commission as agreed, stressing that tangible outcomes have yet to be achieved since the liberation of Haliyas was formally declared in the agreement of 7 September 2008.They called for the immediate, effective and timely implementation of the 2008 agreement, including enactment of the Haliya Act in line with international standards and Haliya rehabilitation in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.The Nepalese partners of the two UN agencies are the National Human Rights Commission, the National Dalit Commission and the National Women Commission. read more


UN official outlines priorities ahead of sustainable development summit

9 February 2012A senior United Nations official today outlined a set of priorities that Member States should tackle ahead of the Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) in June so that there is a clear framework of action during the event. “Rio+20 should lead to better coherence, integration and implementation in our development efforts,” Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the conference, told participants at a panel discussing the role of development cooperation to enhance sustainable development.The panel was held at UN Headquarters in New York as part of the Development Cooperation Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).ECOSOC President Milos Koterec, who also participated at the forum, said the shift towards sustainable development “will have an impact on the future of development cooperation and the way aid is allocated, delivered and used. We need to gain greater clarity on how these two strands can be brought together.”Mr. Zukang outlined seven priority areas that have been agreed by Member States and stakeholders that will help guide the creation of a framework to advance green economies. They include poverty eradication and green jobs, energy, water, food security, urbanization, disasters, oceans and seas, as well as climate change and biodiversity.Mr. Zukang, who is also the UN’s Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, emphasized that during informal discussions on the initial draft of the Rio+20 outcome document, there had been a strong call to strengthen south-south cooperation so countries can share the lessons they’ve learned in the seven key aspects.He also stressed that development cooperation programmes should be driven by recipient countries taking into account their priorities and specific national circumstances.“Rio+20 is an opportunity for reinvigorating development cooperation,” Mr. Zukang said. “Now is the time for an in-depth discussion on how it can better support green growth and sustainable development,” he added. read more


GTF says no talks with the government

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil Diaspora organization, says it is not in talks with the Sri Lankan government on the national issue.GTF spokesman Suren Surendiren said that if the Mahinda Rajapaksa government is keen to address the Tamil issue it should first negotiate with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). He noted that nearly 4 years have passed since the end of the war but no genuine efforts have been made by the government to resolve the Tamil issue. He also said that the Diaspora will not compromise on the demand for justice through an independent international investigation into the allegations of crimes committed at the end of the war.“We will not barter the justice process to any political negotiations. Over 40,000 of our people were killed, we want to know the truth of what happened and how they perished,” he said. “As far as we know there is no credible Diaspora organisation that is currently in any talks with the Government of Sri Lanka. If (President) Rajapaksa wanted to resolve the Tamil National Question he could have easily done so by talking with the elected members of the Tamil people the TNA,” Surendiren said. On reports that former LTTE chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP) is working with the government to help the Tamils in the north and east, GTF says it has no issue with that.“If someone is doing some good to our people on the ground, what does it matter who does it, we welcome any help. However we certainly are not working with KP. KP is a captured man imprisoned by the Rajapaksa regime,” the GTF spokesman said. read more


First carbon capture project in oilsands passes one million tonne milestone

First carbon capture project in oilsands passes one million tonne milestone Quest carbon capture and storage facility in Fort Saskatchewan Alta, on Friday November 6, 2015. Shell Canada says the first carbon capture project in the oilsands has successfully stored one million tonnes of carbon dioxide deep underground after a year of operation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 6:02 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Shell Canada says the first carbon capture project in the oilsands has successfully stored one million tonnes of carbon dioxide deep underground after a year of operation.The company, which developed the $1.35-billion Quest project with the help of $745 million from the Alberta government and $120 million from Ottawa, says the project is operating ahead of schedule and under budget.“There isn’t a metric that hasn’t finished very strongly in green,” said Zoe Yujnovich, executive vice-president for heavy oil at Shell.“I don’t think we can say that about many projects.”The Quest project is designed to capture about a third of the emissions from Shell’s Scotford Upgrader near Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., turn that into a near-liquid, and then pump it over two kilometres underground into porous rock formations.The development, and carbon capture operations in general, have been significantly criticized as high-cost, stop-gap measures that rely heavily on government funding.But Yujnovich says the technology provides an important bridge as part of a long-term transition towards renewable energy.“The question for all of us is to say in the meantime, with the demand that still exists for oil products, ‘How do we go about being as efficient as possible at extracting the oil from the ground?’” she said.“I think the use of something like carbon sequestration, and the ongoing operational improvements that we’re constantly committed to, are a part of us navigating across that bridge.”As for building carbon capture projects without government support, she says that would be largely reliant on higher carbon prices and more options to sell the carbon captured.Tim Wiwchar, who managed development of the Quest project, says that thanks to operational and cost improvements, carbon capture projects can be self-sustaining with a carbon price of less than $100 a tonne of carbon.He said if the Quest project were to be built again today, he expects it would cost 20 to 30 per cent less to construct and operate.As part of the government funding requirements, Shell and its partners have made the designs and lessons learned from the project publicly available, which it estimates could save $100 million on engineering.Shell is also working to improve the environmental process of the sequestration itself, which Wiwchar said emitted somewhere between 120,000 and 150,000 tonnes of CO2 while capturing the million tonnes.Improving the metrics of carbon capturing is important because government appetite to fund the projects is waning. The Alberta NDP says it will honour funding commitments on Quest and the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, the other major carbon capture project in the province, but has no plans to fund any future ones.Saskatchewan’s government has also faced criticism for the provincial utility’s $1.5-billion Boundary Dam carbon capture project at a coal-fired power plant. Reliability concerns arose after it had captured far less CO2 than planned in early operations, helping drive increases in power prices.The U.K. also cut funding to a billion pound carbon capture bidding process last year, though a government-appointed advisory group recently recommended that the government revisit carbon capture to save consumers billions in future costs associated with meeting climate change targets.If the economics of the projects can be improved, Wiwchar says there’s no lack of space to sequester the carbon in Western Canada thanks to the size of the porous rock formation beneath the Prairies.He said Shell only expects to fill about five to seven per cent of its allotted 3,600 square kilometres over 25 years of operations.“You could do another 20 Quests for the next 25 years just to fill up that zone, and this Basal Cambrian Sands goes all the way from northwest Alberta into Saskatchewan and even touching Manitoba,” Wiwchar said.Follow @ibickis on Twitter. read more


I wasnt scared says woman who faced down EDL leader as he

first_imgThe account appearing to belong to Ian Crossland wrote on Facebook: “The dirty unwashed left-wing scrubber was grinning because she managed to disrupt a demo…she’s lucky she got any teeth left”.Members of the EDL alleged the woman was disrupting the protest. However, she and others present claimed she was coming to the defence of a woman wearing a hijab. Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson confirmed it was true, tweeting: “Ok, just had it confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers. Defiant Saffiyah Khan, who stared down the leader of the English Defence League when they came to demonstrate in her hometown, Birmingham, has said she wasn’t scared in the slightest.An account which appears to be that of Ian Crossland, the leader of the far-right group, posted on Facebook after the march, writing the smiling woman was “lucky she had any teeth left”.Despite this, the young woman said she wasn’t fazed during the tense confrontation. “The police should in future also do better by keeping more space between our right to demonstrate and the anti-democratic and disruptive forces aligned against us.”Jess Phillips MP expressed her pride for the young woman, writing: “Who looks like they have power here, the real Brummy on the left or the EDL who migrated for the day to our city and failed to assimilate?” So much love for this. Second photo of Saffiyah Khan staring down the EDL with a smile is even better. Solidarity, sister 👊👊👊👊✊✊✊✊— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 9, 2017 “I couldn’t understand what was being said though to be honest, it was all very mumbled. “But I wasn’t scared in the slightest. I stay pretty calm in these situations.”I knew they were trying to provoke me, but I wasn’t going to be provoked. “I didn’t realise how many people would be so supportive, so it was worth it.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “& I don’t care how many people don’t like me saying that , the truth is the truth. & the picture is embarrassing.”center_img **PHOTO OF THE WEEK**Enraged EDL racist stared down by amused, contemptuous Asian woman. #Birmingham (via @AlexisTrust)— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 8, 2017 A spokesperson for the EDL commented on behalf of the group and Ian Crossland. They said: “Well, she is lucky, considering what she did…Bearing in mind that nothing happened to her and no physical attack occurred indicates a commendable degree of control by the EDL which our enemies will no doubt try to exploit in future demonstrations. Ok, just had In confirmed by a friend who was at edl demo, this lady was defending a woman in a navy hijab as she said to the papers— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) April 10, 2017 This is how EDL leader Ian Crossland reacted to the photograph of him in Birmingham yesterday. #sadlittleman— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) April 9, 2017 The picture of Khan appearing to smile at Crossland, taken by Press Association photographer Joe Giddens, went viral after it was shared across social media. It attracted praise from Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, while Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan described it as “photo of the week”.She said: “(The EDL supporter) was poking his finger in my face, but I just stood there. I didn’t do anything, I wasn’t interested, that wasn’t my intention. last_img read more


Hospital appointments cancelled 10 times in a row amid NHS chaos

The findings, from Freedom of Information disclosures, come amid growing delays for NHS treatment, with 4.4 million people on waiting lists.Medics say the situation is being fuelled by a dispute over pensions, with senior doctors increasingly refusing to work overtime, or opting for early retirement, to avoid high tax rates. Boris Johnson has pledged to fix the pensions crisis, and bring an end to long waits for healthcare. But experts said the problems are being exacerbated by the NHS’ poor administrative systems, which were wasting much-needed resources. Patients told how they had been left to wait months for appointments because staff were unable to read illegible referrals. Others who were subjected to repeated cancellations said hospital trusts had used taxis to send letters, in order to advise them that the next day’s consultation had been postponed. In total, 79 NHS hospital trusts – around half of those in England – were able to provide data about cancellations. It follows an investigation by this newspaper which found that the total number of cancellations has tripled in a decade, with nine million slots postponed in 2017/18. But just 41 trusts were able to provide detailed information showing how many patients suffered repeated cancellations of the same appointment.  But less than one in three trusts was able to provide such data, meaning the figures could represent “the tip of the iceberg,” experts said.   Hospital patients are having vital appointments cancelled more than 10 times in a row, amid growing chaos across the NHS. A Daily Telegraph investigation reveals soaring numbers of patients – many elderly – are suffering repeated cancellations, with notice only given in some cases the night before via letters dispatched by taxi. In other cases, patients have been left waiting years to see a hospital doctor after their NHS slot was axed again and again. Five patients who experienced more than 10 cancellations in a row had been left waiting for care since at least 2014, the figures show. The disclosures reveal that across the country, the number of people who suffered at least five cancellations in a row has more than tripled in three years. The figures cover patients sent by their GP to see a hospital specialist, as well as those due to have follow-up checks, or those referred on to other hospital departments for further investigations or treatment.  Thinktanks said the dramatic trends were “worrying,” while patients groups said the failings undermined public confidence in the NHS, with those subjected to repeated “bungles” left with nowhere to turn.Last year, 13,540 patients suffered such a plight, compared with 3,961 cases in 2016, the records show.  They included 185 patients who had seen the same appointment cancelled at least 10 times – almost three times more than in 2016, when 67 cases were recorded.   Cancelled four times – despite a suspected stroke Andrew Marsden, 50, a stroke survivor, was due to see his hospital consultant last October – but the appointment was cancelled four times.In one case, he received his cancellation letter at 7.30pm the night before the appointment, after administrators dispatched it by taxi.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Some trusts included in the national data said their statistics may have included patients who were offered an earlier appointment, or those given a “block booking” of several appointments which were cancelled en masse. Other trusts said they had no way to establish if the same appointment had been repeatedly cancelled. Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the chaos undermined public confidence in the NHS, with most patients unable to choose to go elsewhere.  “For some patients, the most difficult and aggravating aspect of their experience is not the care they receive but the failures and bungles of NHS administration. Cancelled appointments for treatment, or delays in getting appointments at all, can add massively to the distress of being unwell. “Patients are not customers – they cannot take their ‘custom’ elsewhere. But at times the NHS offers a level of service that would prompt customers of banks, internet service providers or many other businesses to switch their provider. These experiences can undermine patients’ confidence in the NHS as an efficient, well-run system.”Lillie Wenzel, Fellow at The King’s Fund, said too many NHS patients were forced to battle with NHS system over cancelled appointments, lost test results and other failings in administrative processes. “The dramatic rise in the number of cancelled appointments is worrying. Waiting for a diagnosis or treatment is stressful enough without the added anxiety caused by repeatedly cancelled appointments,” she said.The think tank is about to launch a research project, to examine the impact of “bad admin” on patient care. “The NHS is under significant pressure and there are numerous reasons why an appointment might be cancelled. Managing this requires effective administrative processes and clear communication with patients, but in reality, and despite the efforts of many NHS staff, patients’ experience of care is often hampered by poor administration.  When she complained to the Patient Advice and Liason Service at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, she was told that the delays were caused by poor handwriting. “My call was referred to the imaging department. Here I was told that the request had been rejected because the submitted form was illegible. It was now clear that the rejection was due illegible handwriting,” said Mrs Chilvers, 63, from Newcastle. “It makes you wonder how widespread this issue is,” she added. “This delay was not due to funding, over-demand or equipment availability – it was due to handwriting.”Mrs Chilvers, who has arthritis in her knees and hips, was finally given a date in July – some four months after her referral.Attempts to persuade the NHS to see her sooner failed, and the only date she was offered was during a holiday she had advised them about. “It appears the NHS is unable to compensate for its own systems’ failings,” she said. A trust spokesman said: “We regret that Ms Chilvers has experienced a delay in receiving an acceptable appointment and continue to work to resolve this as soon as possible.”We are looking to implement an electronic referral pathway which will help to improve the process.” “We hope to establish whether the negative experience some people have, and the anecdotal evidence many of us hear from friends and family, is just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.Trusts said they provided care as quickly as possible and apologised for the inconvenience when patients suffered repeated cancellations.They said they were coping with growing demand and attempted to prioritise the most clinically urgent cases.An NHS spokesperson said: “Patient satisfaction with outpatient services is the highest ever recorded, but while the proportion of appointments which are cancelled by hospitals remains low, we recognise it can be inconvenient if it happens to you or a loved one.“That’s why the NHS Long Term Plan sets out how – through a combination of more services being provided closer to home and better use of technology – we will deliver an increasing amount of routine care in a way that’s more convenient for patients, and reduces pressure on hospital teams.” Even when he went to see his GP, after suffering a suspected repeat attack, the hospital continued to postpone his consultations – causing a delay of four months before he saw a specialist. Mr Marsden, from Oldham, who ran a plumbing and building business until he suffered a stroke in 2017, said: “I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. I was really frustrated.”“I had been recovering from my stroke gradually over the two years, I’d had some problems with my foot dropping, and not being able to remember words, when I suddenly had an incident in the supermarket which was much more severe.”He made an appointment with his GP, who thought it may have been a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke. As Mr Marsden was due to have his hospital appointment – which had already been postponed once – the following week, no further action were taken.  But in fact, the new appointment was cancelled three more times. Despite Mr Marsden’s pleas, administrators at Pennine Acute Hospitals trust said there was nothing they could do.It wasn’t until February of this year that he finally saw a junior doctor, who was running late, and apologised for eating a MacDonalds during the consultation, Mr Marsden said.  And it took until April – a full six months after the appointment was due – that he finally saw the consultant.“She was half an hour late, didn’t have my notes, and didn’t know anything about the recent incident – she thought I was there because of the first stroke, back in 2017,” he said. The grandfather of two, who has closed down his building firm since the stroke, but continues run his plumbing services, said that in many of his encounters with the NHS, he was struck by how “disorganised” and “unprofessional” its administration was. “It seemed absolutely bizarre to cancel by taxi – they’ve surely got email or phones like everyone else?” he said. “The costs must really mount up if they are cancelling patients so regularly,” he added. Pennine Acute Hospitals trust did not respond to requests for comment. Poor handwriting caused a four-month wait for a scan Arthritis sufferer Hilary Chilvers was left waiting almost four months for a vital MRI scan – because staff could not read an NHS employee’s “illegible” handwriting.Mrs Chilvers was promised a scan within six weeks of her appointment at Haywood Hospital, in Stoke-on trent, in March. But almost two months later, she received a letter from the NHS saying the request had been rejected, and that the process would start again.  Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation trust reported that 62 patients experienced at least their 10th postponement in a row, with no such cases in 2016. St George’s University Hospitals Foundation trust, in London, saw 19 patients suffer at least 10 cancellations, up from 4 cases in 2016. Four of the patients were first due to have their consultation in 2014, with one case dating back to 2013, the disclosures show. Northampton General Hospital trust and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation trust each saw 14 patients suffer at least their 10th cancellation in a row last year, the figures show. At Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust, 12 patients had at least 10 consecutive postponements, with 10 such cases at United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust.Overall, the number of appointments cancelled by the 79 trusts has risen by 14 per cent in three years, the figures show.  read more


Nintendo returning to CES after 16 years to show off the 3DS

first_imgNintendo hasn’t made an appearance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in well over a decade,but after a sixteen years hiatus, that’s going to change in 2011. Of course, it’s not for nothing that Nintendo’s shaking up its habits. Nintendo will be launching their upcoming 3DS console in March, a couple of months before the gaming industry’s biggest show, E3. By going to CES this year, Nintendo’s going to be able to show off the many advances its made in handheld consoles directly to the American press while still leaving an ample two month window for 3DS buzz to be generated before the official launch.Nintendo’s not the only game makers coming to CES this year, which is fronting an entire Gaming Showcase in 2011, complete with exhibits from at least two of Nintendo’s biggest competitors: Sony and Microsoft.This year, more than any other year in recent memory, CES ought to be a hell of a show for gamers everywhere.last_img read more