Coronavirus Continues to Slam Huntington Hospital

first_img Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Coronavirus Continues to Slam Huntington Hospital Coronavirus Continues to Slam Huntington Hospital By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 | 4:54 pm More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Top of the News center_img Make a comment In an update to the City Council, Huntington Hospital President/CEO Lori Morgan said on Monday the hospital continues to struggle with resources during the current surge of the COVID-19.When examining the last 30 days up to Jan. 8, Morgan said last summer begins to look like a bit of a walk in the park.Currently, 51-of-71 ventilators are in use and the hospital continues to admit more patients than they are discharging, which has made bed space a concern.“We have grave concerns about the availability of hospital beds,” Morgan said. “We had a discussion about what we can do last week. We will continue to do whatever we can, but staffing continues to be a problem.”Fifteen beds have been placed in the hospital’s auditorium.According to Morgan, more than 200 patients were battling the virus as of Monday morning, including 27 patients in the intensive care unit. Fifteen percent of those patients are Pasadena residents.“Our small but mighty Health Department has been working very hard,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “Here we are in 2021. We know this year is going to end better, but it’s a very difficult time right now.”L.A. County is closing in on 1 million cases of the virus. According to City News Service, county officials reported 12,617 new cases on Monday.In total, 932,698 infections have been reported since the pandemic began.The county also reported an additional 137 COVID deaths on Monday, raising the countywide death toll to 12,387.Hospitals continue to be overrun with COVID patients, with only 650 available beds — including 48 intensive-care unit beds — available as of Monday at the 70 “911-receiving” medical centers. Hospitalization numbers appear to have “stabilized” following dramatic surges in recent weeks, but the overcrowding in hospitals still hasn’t been alleviated.“The healthcare system is being stretched to dangerous extremes,” according to Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, who leads the city’s Health Department.As of Wednesday, all of the residents in the city’s long-term healthcare facilities will have had the chance to take the vaccine.Councilman John Kennedy asked about the city’s effort to reach out to African Americans and Latinos regarding the vaccine. Many people in those demographics have said they would not take the vaccine.Goh said she was open to suggestions on how to conduct outreach to those groups.According to Gordo, some local healthcare providers are frustrated with the lack of response and information with the city’s Health Department regarding the vaccine.“Some local health providers are frustrated and don’t believe we have been responsive. Some of them have gone to L.A. to have their staff vaccinated,” said Mayor Victor Gordo.Goh said the department cannot always immediately reply.Gordo said he would lobby the state with Long Beach and Los Angeles to have some of the red tape removed regarding the vaccine. Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeauty 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Petrofac to support six additional Repsol Sinopec North Sea assets

first_imgPetrofac to provide operations and maintenance support for Repsol Sinopec’s six additional assets Petrofac to increase support to Repsol Sinopec. (Credit: Petrofac Limited) UK-based firm Petrofac has extended the scope of the contract with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK for the latter’s offshore maintenance operations on oil platforms in the UK North Sea.Following enhancement to the existing contract, the oilfield services provider is preparing to extend its provision of operations and maintenance services to Repsol Sinopec.As per the terms of the enhanced agreement, Petrofac will be responsible for providing operations and maintenance support for Repsol Sinopec’s six additional assets in the UK North Sea.About  200 Repsol Sinopec personnel to be transferred to PetrofacAround 200 employees supporting the Repsol Sinopec’s Claymore, Tartan, Clyde, Montrose, Arbroath and Bleo Holm assets are also planned to be transferred to Petrofac, following a period of transition.Petrofac West engineering and production services managing director Nick Shorten said: “Since our initial appointment in 2016, our scope of support for Repsol Sinopec has grown steadily and the inclusion of this additional asset group demonstrates our client’s continued confidence in our delivery.“We are delighted and very much look forward to continuing our support of Repsol Sinopec’s late life strategy, through safe and effective operations.”Under the existing contract with Repsol Sinopec, Petrofac already supports six assets and provides engineering support services for brownfield modifications and projects in the North Sea.Recently, Petrofac announced plans to lay off nearly 20% of its workforce in response to the adverse conditions affecting the oil and gas industry.Additionally, the company plans to reduce its overhead and project support costs by at least $100m in the current year and by up to $200m in 2021.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Focused on Brazil 2019 Ticket

first_imgAngola’s 1-0 win over Uganda hours later has ensured that the winner of the top-of-the-table duel between Nigeria and Angola this afternoon would have one leg in the semi finals and automatically in the FIFA U17 World Cup slated for Brazil later this year.All four semi finalists at the ongoing championship in Tanzania will represent Africa in Brazil.Two-goal hero against Tanzania, Wisdom Ubani and Man-of-the-Match Akinkunmi Ayobami Amoo will be the cynosure of all eyes in the Eaglets’ attacking line today. Yet, Ibraheem Jabaar, who slammed in the winning goal against the Serengeti Boys minutes after coming on as a substitute, is also capable of making things happen, just as Olakunle Olusegun, Fawaz Abdullahi and Olatomi Olaniyan.Nigeria won the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in 2001 in Seychelles and in 2007 in Togo, and were world champions in 1985 (China), 1993 (Japan), 2007 (Korea Republic), 2013 (UAE) and 2015 (Chile).Current Head Coach, Manu Garba was also at the head of the technical team that won in the United Arab Emirates six years ago.The Eaglets failed to even qualify for the continental finals held in Gabon in 2017, losing to Niger Republic in the final qualifying round. Mali, Ghana, Guinea and Niger Republic flew Africa’s flag at the last edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in India.Mali edged Ghana in an all-African quarter final, only to lose 1-3 to Spain in the semi finals and falter 0-2 to Brazil in the match for third place.The normally strong Malians, who also finished as tournament runners-up to Nigeria in Chile in 2015, are absent from the finals in Tanzania after losing the available WAFU A slots to Senegal and Guinea.In Wednesday’s other match of Group A, hosts Tanzania will tackle Uganda in a match of two teams still hunting for their first points at the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFive-time champions Nigeria will guarantee a return to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals today if the Golden Eaglets overcome their Angolan counterparts in their second match at the ongoing Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.A reproachable slack approach saw the Golden Eaglets slump from 3-1 lead to conceding three goals and falling behind against host nation Tanzania in the tournament opener on Sunday, but they woke from slumber in good time to win with two spectacular goals and pocket three precious points in a 5-4 win.last_img read more

Nationals’ Patrick Corbin wearing No. 45 to honor Tyler Skaggs

During their early years in the league the pair became close, according to Martinez.“We’ll keep an eye on him the whole game,” Martinez said of Corbin, who normally wears No. 46. Related News Corbin and Skaggs were both drafted by the Angels in 2009 and were both sent to the Diamondbacks in 2010 as part of the same trade. They remained together until 2013, when Skaggs was traded back to the Angels.Corbin played with Arizona until after the 2018 season, when he signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Nationals.Skaggs, 27, was found dead Monday afternoon in his hotel room in Texas. A cause of death has not been revealed, though police ruled out foul play. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said pitcher Patrick Corbin will be wearing No. 45 Tuesday night against the Marlins in honor of his former teammate and friend Tyler Skaggs.“They came up together. His best friend. He was emotional earlier. But he wants to pitch. He feels that’s what he needs to do,” Martinez told reporters, via USA Today. Autopsy set for Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs; Rangers-Angels game to be played Tuesday The Angels were scheduled to open up a three-game series against the Rangers Monday night, but the first game was rescheduled. Los Angeles and Texas are slated to play Tuesday and Wednesday night.Despite the emotional game that Corbin will play, he has a stellar record against Miami. In two starts against the Marlins this season, the 29-year-old Corbin has posted a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA.In 99.1 innings pitched this season, Corbin has a 7-5 record with a 3.71 ERA. read more

Growing Point Agronomy app provides instant help for crop issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This season, Mother Nature is throwing just about everything to farmers around Ohio. Excessive rains, pests and diseases are challenging corn and soybean fields and hindering wheat harvest progress. The Growing Point Agronomy app from DuPont Pioneer can give farmers quick, local answers for any questions that may pop up when scouting fields. Kyle Poling says using the app to get instant answers to issues plaguing crops can help get the ball rolling on mitigating losses as soon as possible.last_img read more

Opposition slams AIR, Doordarshan for ‘Gandhi content’ of its news bulletins

first_imgRural viewers glued to the set: A Gandhi monopolyRule India, rule the air waves. Or so it seemed, judging from the new, all-out propaganda blitz launched by the government-controlled All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan since June, projecting Mrs Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi with a relentless regularity to the electronic,Rural viewers glued to the set: A Gandhi monopolyRule India, rule the air waves. Or so it seemed, judging from the new, all-out propaganda blitz launched by the government-controlled All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan since June, projecting Mrs Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi with a relentless regularity to the electronic media’s 11 crore audience.Compared to the magnitude of the present high-voltage media massage, even “All Indira Radio”, the wry sobriquet of the ’70s, sounded like a polite understatement. Especially hit were the news bulletins, where all professional norms of news selection were cast aside to make room for a brazen personality cult.All conceivable, and inconceivable, ruses were employed to put Rajiv Gandhi’s name on the headlines of nationally transmitted news, though he is just one of the five general secretaries of the party ruling at the Centre.Examples of AIR and Doordarshan favouritism:in June-July this year, of the 930 minutes of air time given to the AIR’s national news broadcasts, more than 200 minutes went to report what Mrs Gandhi had done or said; Rajiv was mentioned nine times in July in the AIR national English broadcasts and four times in the first ten days of August: no other political leader in the country, who is not a member of the Government, has been mentioned as frequently as Rajiv; Doordarshan is now making it a point to “cut in” Rajiv’s still photograph, or to show him on film or video tape recorder (VTR) whenever he is mentioned in news: this rule is not strictly followed even with regard to Mrs Gandhi; since June, each function of Rajiv, ranging from the inauguration of a wrestling contest to a seminar on packaging of fruits, has been covered by AIR and Doordarshan; and AIR’s scheduled late evening programmes have been knocked off with sickening regularity to accommodate unedited broadcasts of Mrs Gandhi’s speeches during the day if she happened to deliver them outside New Delhi.The non-Congress(I) states have never felt as humiliated and wronged by the broadcast media as now. Farooq Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, threatened, last fortnight, to set up a state-owned “Kashmir Radio”.advertisementRajiv inaugurating a sports museum in Delhi: Media blitzJyoti Basu, the Marxist chief minister of West Bengal, publicly remonstrated against the “misuse of official media”. N.T. Rama Rao, the Telugu Desam chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, who was denied the use of AIR broadcasting facility during the recent strike of the non-gazetted staff, was so put off that he refused it when it was offered to him again.Recently, 50 non-Congress(I) MPs gave a memorandum to the speaker of the Lok Sabha alleging that AIR had been even using patently sub judice matters to blacken the opposition parties. And, during the current session of Parliament, it is H.K.L. Bhagat, the minister of state in charge of Information & Broadcasting (I&B), who had to face most of the flak for allowing the official broadcast media to approximate an Indian version of 1984.Frequency: Impervious to these charges, AIR, whose news division is manned by officers of the Central Information Service (CIS), and which is the main source of news for Doordarshan too, only stepped up what an opposition MP deridingly described as the “Gandhi content” of its news bulletins. In the month of June alone, AIR led 18 out of 31 of its 9 p.m. national English news bulletins-relayed from all its 86 centres – with Mrs Gandhi; in June 1982, the corresponding figure was half that figure. In July this year, she made the lead news 17 times; in July last year, the evening bulletins began with her on only eight occasions. From July 1 till August 1, broadcasts of her recorded speeches, relayed from all AIR stations barring those located in the far-flung areas which signal off at around 9.30 p.m., filled nearly 200 minutes of air time even though the speeches were hardly of an earth-shaking nature.On July 29, for instance, the scheduled 9.45 p.m. western music programme on the Delhi station of AIR was cancelled to accommodate Mrs Gandhi’s speech at Gangtok in Sikkim, delivered to the jawans. The next day, of went the Hindi programme, Our Guest, to make room for another round of the prime minister’s speeches at Gangtok, without a pause being deleted.On August , it was again the turn of the 10.30 p.m. western classical music programme to be sacrificed for the broadcast of a 30-minute ceremonial speech by Mrs Gandhi at Allahabad, where she inaugurated a new television station.advertisementFrequently, the choice of the lead, or the first item in the 8.45 p.m. (Hindi) or the 9 p.m. (English) news bulletins, relayed from all the 86 stations of AIR, bore no relevance to the significant news events of the day. On July 22, the bulletin began with the prime minister “dedicating” (sic) to the nation the Rs 245-crore Kalpakkam atomic power project near Madras “tomorrow”.Bhagat: Following the policyThus, even an advance information of the prime minister’s Madras visit was found to be worthy of treatment as the lead on the national network. However, it was hardly an uneventful day: the Supreme Court, on that day, had refused a general stay on hanging; Nihangs had on that day clashed with the police in Punjab; the striking non-gazetted employees of Andhra Pradesh had announced their readiness to talk to the state Government unconditionally; and many top bureaucrats of the Union Government were moved up, down and sideways on that day.An endless variety of ruses seem employed to put Rajiv on the screen. Each banal statement made by him was promptly picked up by the radio and TV networks. He said in Lucknow that game hunting should be stopped, and it made news for the AIR regardless of the fact that there is already a ban on game hunting in the country.Similarly, the Doordarshan camera crew followed him to Bhopal where he addressed the local Sikhs and mouthed platitudes; but everything that he uttered was found worthy of mention in the national bulletins. Even his inauguration of a sports museum in Delhi last fortnight was judged as big news: it came right after the lead headlines on Sri Lanka, and was accompanied by VTR shots.Broadcast Policy: The tenor and content of AIR and Doordarshan were increasingly in brazen contradiction to the “news policy of broadcast media” outlined by the Media Advisory Committee, which had been set up by the Centre in 1980. The committee drafted the news policy last year. It stated, in a rather sanctimonious tone, many of the AIR’s laudable aims, such as:”ministerial statements on policy matters, particularly those of the prime minister, are important in as much as they enable the people to understand national policies… the focus should be on information rather than on individuals”; “in reporting on political controversies the broadcast media should be guided by objectivity and fair play”;”political activities should be noticed strictly on the basis of newsworthiness”;”if a political statement has news value, it deserves to be reported: it will have news value only if it contains a point of policy”.While talking to INDIA TODAY, Bhagat repeatedly asserted that the “news policy” was being steadfastly adhered to. He admitted the bias in the AIR and Doordarshan news broadcasts in favour of Mrs Gandhi. “But Mrs Gandhi is quoted so often not because she is the president of a political party but because she is the prime minister.”As a matter of fact, the Media Advisory Committee had examined the point in its recommendation; it said: “Press conferences, addresses and speeches by the prime minister have news value only in as much as they are government policy statements or indicative of new emphases on national issues.”advertisementIn reality, AIR seldom drew a line of distinction between the two identities of Mrs Gandhi as the prime minister and as the Congress(I) president. Thus, on the eve of the current session of Parliament, AIR (and Doordarshan) led the bulletin of July 15 with Mrs Gandhi lashing out at the Opposition at what happened to be a closed door session of the Congress(I) workers in Bangalore.Ostensibly, it was for the benefit of her supporters in Karnataka who had their morale mauled after the party’s electoral defeat in January. Again, on July 21, she visited Garhwal, the constituency of H.N. Bahuguna, where too she mounted a trenchant attack on the Opposition: AIR and Doordarshan faithfully led their bulletins with her lengthy perorations.Fumed Bahuguna: “If I go to Medak (Mrs Gandhi’s constituency) and say that Mrs Gandhi is responsible for delaying a solution to the Punjab crisis, will AIR as much as mention it? Conversely, if Hegde (the Karnataka chief minister) came to Delhi and blamed the Congress(I) in a closed door session of his Janata Party, would Doordarshan have covered it?”Bhagat, however, employed all the sophistry at his command to prove that the opposition leaders too found a mention in the broadcast media. The showpiece example is obviously Chandra Shekhar’s padayatra which was mentioned and shown twice on the national hook-up and seven times in the regional bulletins of the Bombay and Madras centres of AIR and Doordarshan.But then the padayatra was totally divested of its political undertone and was reported, as a Doordarshan official himself admitted, “like a sports event”.AIR reports on opposition leaders can in fact serve as models for news management by governments. Thus, on July 30: “The Congress(I) President, Jagjivan Ram, has expressed concern over the incident in Sri Lanka.In a statement in New Delhi today, he said he was sure that all political parties and the people of India will be solidly with the prime minister in any action the Government takes to protect the Tamilians in that country.” To be sure, all the nine lines given to Ram on that day were put down to the column in a log-book under the heading: “Air time allotted to opposition.”The I&B Ministry often juggled figures to prove that it was indeed more fair-minded than what the Opposition thought of it. Recently, when the Marxist MP’s raised questions about the one-sided coverage of the panchayat elections in West Bengal in May, the Government defended itself with seemingly impeccable statistics.It replied that AIR Calcutta “had included, in all, 56 items consisting of 582 lines in respect of speeches on panchayat elections of the chief minister of West Bengal and Left Front leaders…. correspondingly, 73 items consisting of 733 lines on the speeches of ministers and leaders of the Congress(I) had been included”.Angrily retorted Dipen Ghosh, a Marxist MP: “Which is greater, 56 or 73? 582 or 733? And the whole thing is a jugglery of arithmetic. The 582 lines are mostly official announcements, while the 733 lines are nearly all vituperative attacks on the Left Front.”Blocking News: On one hand, the developments on the non-Congress(I) front were being systematically blocked out of the news bulletins. On the other hand, Mrs Gandhi’s utterances and actions were being reported not “in as much as” they made news but far in excess of it.This was often being done at the expense of hard news. A prime example is the treatment of the news of G.D. Birla’s death on June 11. It was given 13 lines towards the tail-end of the AIR English bulletin at 9 p.m., and even this included three lines of a condolence message from the President of India and another two lines of the message of P.C. Sethi, the home minister. However, the bulletin began with a lengthy report on Mrs Gandhi’s talks with Finnish leaders and her two-hour cruise on an ice-breaker around the Helsinki archipelago.The official media are often so overzealous in playing up Mrs Gandhi that very often the ethics of covering election speeches get a go-by and her campaign oratory gets reverential treatment, as though she were expected to make policy pronouncements in her campaigns.On June 1, AIR led its national evening bulletins with Mrs Gandhi’s speech in Jammu that “India will retaliate with strength if anyone attacks the country” The point is, it was neither a policy statement nor the announcement of some new measure to strengthen the Indian defence. And, it was only expected of a government to “retaliate with strength” if it were attacked from outside.As a matter of fact, it was an election speech by Mrs Gandhi, the Jammu & Kashmir polls having taken place on June 5, delivered before the ex-servicemen-dominated audiences in the Jammu region. The bulletin, however, neither identified it as Mrs Gandhi’s election speech nor balanced it with even a passing mention of the many rallies addressed by the non-Congress(I) leaders in Jammu & Kashmir on that day.Bhagat dismissed out of hand the charge that the Union Government was misusing the broadcast media. “The media is totally free now.” he said, adding pontifically that “it was greatly misused by the Janata government when the AIR reported in great details the proceedings of the Shah Commission even though there was no’ charge-sheet formally lodged against Mrs Gandhi.”But AIR, under the Congress(I) management, pulled out all its stops in reporting legally unsubstantiated charges against elected non-Congress(I) governments. In its broadcasts between July 1 and July 10. virtually every leader of the Congress(I), including Arun Nehru and Rajiv, were extensively quoted alleging massive rigging in the Jammu & Kashmir elections.At one stage, the Srinagar centre of Doordarshan reportedly refused to carry in its regional bulletins everything that the Congress(I) leaders had to say about the ‘rigging’. Albel Singh Garewal, director of the centre, soon paid the price for it. Last fortnight, he was transferred by a telephonic order and was asked to hand over charge within 24 hours. The centre is now without a director.L.K. Advani, general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former I&B minister, said bitterly: “The downgrading of the I&B portfolio after the removal of Vasant Sathe was the first step ensuring that the official media policy was directed straight from 1 Safdarjuna Road. This is precisely what happened during the Emergency. I hold that radio and TV have become one of the major irritants in the Centre-state relations too.”Faux Pas: Advani was hinting at the recent imbroglio over N.T. Rama Rao’s speech (INDIA TODAY, August 15). After refusing Rama Rao the right to use AIR for addressing the striking non-gazetted officers, AIR officials spent two days shifting responsibility for the faux pas.Finally it was revealed that S.S. Verma, the director-general of AIR, had himself ordered the Hyderabad centre not to let the chief minister use its broadcasting facility. The ensuring parliamentary debate also revealed two important facts: Arjun Singh, the Congress(I) chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, used AIR broadcasting facility most frequently-eight times in the first seven months of 1983; and Nripen Chakravarty, the Marxist chief minister of Tripura, used it the least-never.If, according to Advani, the removal, of Sathe was a landmark in the history of AIR and Doordarshan’s subjugation, the other landmark was the appointment of Verma as AIR’s director-general in February this year.The rule of director-general’s appointment states that he may be selected from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) provided he has 18 years experience “in a supervisory capacity in some educational, cultural or publicity” organisation and has “knowledge of India’s cultural heritage and of different forms of literary, cultural and artistic expressions in the country”.Verma is an IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre who had served in the small industries directorate before being catapulted into the sensitive post of AIR’s chief. On assumption of office, one of the first notes he had circulated among his staff was that public sector undertakings and their achievements should be given more prominence in AIR programmes.Said M.S. Bedi, president of the 1,200-strong AIR programme staff association: “With AIR headed by career bureaucrats, and the news service led by officials of the Central Information Service, who think hand-outs make news, professional broadcasting has nearly ended in this country.” Besides Verma, who has no broadcasting background, there are two other deputy director-generals in AIR recruited from the Indian Police Service (IPS), who look after security and administration.Hardware Expansion: It is on this ramshackle foundation of software that Doordarshan is launching a Rs 68-crore hardware expansion programme, “to be completed by the end of 1984”. thus shrewdly synchronising it with the 1985 elections. Of this, Rs 28 crore came from the non-lapsable funds of the AIR, earned largely from its advertisement revenue.The entire pian was formulated, and even orders were placed for transmission towers, in a record time of five months. At its completion, 70 per cent of the country will be brought under television transmission as against 25 per cent now. Bhagat said reverentially: “It is Mrs Gandhi who. as I&B minister, introduced regular television to this country. It is again under her that most of the country will be covered by television.”The question is, what will Doordarshan show? As Iqbal Malik, columnist in the Indian Express and a keen watcher of the broadcast media, pointed out: “The majority of the transmitters will be low-power, thus allowing for district-level programming. But the Centre has no plans for generating programmes at that level. It will therefore merrily go on imposing on the states, and districts, canned stuff imported from abroad, interspersed with publicity of the ruling party.”Even the chairman of the Government’s own committee on broadcasting software. P.C. Joshi, expressed virtually the same fear when he wrote in Mainstream (July 9, 1983): “India seems to have entered the era of modern communication technology without a full awareness of its far-reaching implications for Indian society.”So, chances are that a new generation of television watchers at Ranchi, or Jabalpur, or Vijayawada, will be exposed to hours and hours of Here’s Lucy (Columbia Broadcasting System 1951 programme), Star Trek (1969) or Transtel’s Telematch.If they cannot fully perceive the Anglo-Saxon humour of Yes Minister (BBC-1979), they can still be regaled by miles of “entertainment” from the Bombay film industry, including third-rate soap operas whose producers don’t mind putting their stuff out on TV because there is no return value left. And, like a sliver of meat wedged between two pieces of sandwich bread, there will be unabashed publicity for the ruling party and its leaders. The choice is between pulp and propaganda.last_img read more

Yuki to play first singles as team gears up to face World No.2 Serbia

first_imgIndias Yuki Bhambri trains in Bangalore on Thursday, a day before the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia.On the eve of its World Group play-off tie against Serbia, the Indian team looked a happy bunch. Playing against Serbia, who are ranked second in the world and finished runners-up last year, not many would have given India a chance to make their way into the top-16.But with Serbia without their three most experienced and prominent players, the Indian team is relishing an opportunity to go through to the next stage.For that to happen, a lot will depend on the two singles matches that will be played on Friday. Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman will have to punch above their weight if India are to cause an upset.Yuki has been drawn against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, who has been playing well, while Somdev, ranked 144th, will be up against young Filip Krajinovic.On Saturday, India’s formidable doubles pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna will take on Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.On Sunday, Somdev is scheduled to play the first reverse singles against Lajovic, while Yuki will play Krajinovic. The teams can, however, change the players for the fourth and fifth rubber until one hour before the matches.India’s non-playing captain, Anand Amritraj, sounded pleased with the fact that Yuki will open the campaign as both his singles players wanted to play first on the opening day. “Both Somdev and Yuki wanted to play first, so we are happy, whoever is playing the first match,” said Amritraj, who will be seen in a jacket that he wore when India reached the final of the 1987 Davis Cup.advertisementIndia had decent success in the Davis Cup, reaching the finals three times – in 1966, 1974 and 1987. But since then, India haven’t been able to repeat their historic feats.Doubles has always been India’s strong point but singles is where they have faltered, which is why their success rate has been affected. India come into the tie on the back of some good wins against Chinese Taipei and Korea, whom they beat 3-1 in an away tie.Serbia are in this position after losing to Switzerland in the World Group first round, in which they were also without the services of World No.1 Novak Djokovic. Somdev understands his responsibilities being the top-ranked singles player in the Indian team. “It is not about who plays first. Every single point in the match or the tie, for that matter, will be important. Filip has had the best season of his career. I am doing pretty well so I will put my best foot forward tomorrow,” said Somdev.The bounce because of the high altitude here will also be a factor as it will be difficult to control the shots. The ball is likely to fly past quicker through air and that is where Yuki, who is the more aggressive of the two Indians, may have to pay more attention.The tie will be played in the evening under lights here, although Indian captain Amritraj said both teams would have preferred morning starts.”Personally, I would have opted to play in the morning, and in Davis Cup, normally, matches are played in the mornings. However, both the teams agreed to the wishes of the organisers here and we are ready for it,” said Amritraj.Yuki is scheduled to play his reverse singles match against Krajinovic and the two know each other quite well. They haven’t played against each other in many years but they used to train together at the Nick Bollettieri academy.last_img read more

How do you survive as an indie filmmaker We heard it from

first_img Facebook At NYFF 2016, a panel of accomplished independent filmmakers came together to share both personal challenges and keys to survival. It was a great mix: director Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated), cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), director Ira Sachs (Little Men), and actor-turned-director Rose McGowan (Dawn). Each one of these artists is fiercely independent; each one of them has had to fight hard to survive. All value their own original voice far more than money or fame.So how do they survive in the indie world? A mix of difficulties overcome—part harrowing, part exhilarating—and wisdom gained. By the end of the panel, one thing was clear: none of these artists would trade creative freedom for the studio system, and all of them had advice for aspiring filmmakers. Below are the high points of their advice.Roger Ross Williams: “Be passionate”When asked what keeps him moving forward, Roger Ross Williams was insistent: “For me, it has to be a story that is so deeply personal, and so painful to make, that you have to do it. That’s what will carry you through the long journey as a filmmaker..” Advertisement Advertisement Take it from a man whose passion has gotten him far. Williams was not only the first African-American to win an Academy Award for a documentary short (Music by Prudence, 2010), but also the first African-American director to win for producing a film, short, or feature. He has since directed two independent feature-length documentaries, God Loves Uganda (2013) and Life, Animated (2016), both of which were nominated for and won numerous awards on the festival circuit.Williams started off in mainstream media as a journalist and producer for TV Nation, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, PBS, Comedy Central, and the Sundance Channel. He was miserable. “I like to say I’m a recovering journalist because I hated it,” he said. “I was frustrated working for the man.”He recalled covering the Sundance Film Festival in the late ‘90s and interviewing all the filmmakers in competition: Neil LaBute for In The Company of Men (1997) and Darren Aronofsky for Pi (1998), among others. This was a turning point. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

RCMP apologizes for Idle No More bacteria comparison

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe RCMP is apologizing for a comparison likening the Idle No More movement to “bacteria” which was made by an Aboriginal liaison officer in an internal report.RCMP spokesperson Staff-Sgt. Julie Gagnon said the comparison “is not reflective of the views and opinions of the organization.”The bacteria comparison was made in internal site report by RCMP Cpl. Wayne Russett, Aboriginal liaison for the national capital region.The report was part of a series of updates by Russett of the goings-on inside Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s camp on Victoria Island which was set up during her liquids-only fast during the height of the Idle No More movement.The RCMP issued a statement distancing the federal police force from the comparison.“It is unfortunate that one of our employees has referred in an internal email to the Idle No More movement in such a manner,” said Gagnon, in the statement, sent to APTN National News. “The RCMP apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by this unfortunate choice of words to describe the Idle No More movement.”While Russett’s site report primarily provided close to real-time details of the evolving situation inside Spence’s camp, it also included a discussion of the Idle No More movement.“This Idle No More movement is like bacteria, it has grown a life of its own all across this nation,” wrote Russett, in the Dec.24, 2012, document. “It may be advisable for all to have contingency plans in place, as this is one issue that is not going to go away.”The report also struck an ominous tone.“There is a high probability that we could see flash mobs, round dances and blockades become much less compliant to laws in an attempt to get their point across,” said the site report. “The escalation of violence is ever near.”The document was titled, “Chief Spense’s Hunger Strike and the Idle No More Movement (sic)” and classified “for law enforcement only.”NDP’s Aboriginal affairs critic Niki Ashton demanded during question period Friday that Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney apologize for the bacteria comparison.Ashton’s question was fielded by Conservative MP Roxanne James, the parliamentary secretary for Public Safety. James said she found Ashton’s question “abhorrent” and refused to issue any apology.APTN obtained the site report under the Access to Information Act.APTN filed the request under the Act in April 2013 and only recently received the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Province to increase number of MRI scans completed in Northern BC

first_imgThe Province says it will reach this target by running existing machines longer, establishing a central intake at the regional level to reduce duplicate referrals and appointments, adding already planned MRI machines and by adding additional capacity to the public system.In 2017-2018, Northern Health did 7,632 MRI scans, and under the new plan, the Province says Northern Health will complete 13,000 from 2018-2019.The new MRI at the Fort St. John Hospital became operational in late September of 2017. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province says it will increase the number of MRI scans completed in Northern B.C. from 7,600 to over 13,000 by 2019.Minister of Health Adrian Dix has announced that the Province will do 37,000 more MRI exams by the end of March 2019 compared to the previous year.  To meet this number, the Province has made $11 million available to the public health-care system to add resources and capacity.“Wait times are simply too long in B.C., in part due to volumes that are 35% to 40% less than other provinces,” said Dix. “Increasing MRI exams by 37,000 exams in B.C. this year, with further increases planned for 2019-20, will reduce the uncertainty and pain caused by long waits. We plan to maximize resources and employ best practices in the public system to reduce wait times and improve care.”last_img read more