Archivist helps families learn fate of missing residential school children

first_imgNellie Hardisty was just a little girl from Moose Factory in Ontario when she disappeared into the morass of Indian residential schools and associated hospitals.She died of turberculosis at the age of 12. None of her family ever saw her again or even knew where the smiling child with the deep dimples had been buried.Decades later, her nephew Logan Jeffries finally held her picture. There they were, those dimples.“I got a little emotional,” he says.“My whole family, my children, my grandchildren, all share those dimples. That’s where it came from. That lady there. My mom always talked about those.”Jeffries spent 12 years looking for his Aunt Nellie. It wasn’t until Aboriginal researchers teamed up with Nancy Hurn, an archivist at the Anglican Church of Canada, that someone placed a file in his hands.“I’ve been an Anglican my entire life,” says Hurn, who has made these posthumous reunions her special task.“The church has lots to account for. I feel my role is living out our apology.”The Truth and Reconciliation Commission says the fate of at least 4,300 children who attended residential schools is unknown.Hurn’s involvement goes back 15 years to when Canada began dealing with the legacy of those institutions. The church’s national archives hold the records of its missionary society, which ran the Anglican schools until they were turned over to the federal government in the 1960s.As churches and the federal government moved toward a settlement and lawsuits mounted, Ottawa needed the names of all students who had attended the schools.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, formed in 2008, asked for complete records as well. Eventually, hundreds of thousands of records from the Anglican archives — including minutes of meetings, parish records, newsletters and notes from women’s auxiliary groups and chapel registers — were transferred.“As we did that, we realized that there were a lot of students who were identified as having died in the schools,” Hurn says.Her job took on a new aspect.“I was getting requests from a few people about students who never came home and they didn’t know what happened to them.”The commission is compiling a database of all missing children. It expects to have it done by next March.“Even then, I can say for sure we won’t be putting out a definitive list of names,” says commission archivist Raymond Frogner. “It’s a monumental task.”The requests to Hurn haven’t stopped.About half a dozen people a year turn to her to find out how their relatives died and where they are buried. Those requests became a personal mission.“This has to be done,” says Hurn. “It’s so important.”She recalls one woman from Sudbury, Ont., asking if she could find out what happened to her brother.“I said, ‘We’re going to find John.’ And then I thought, what am I saying? I have no idea.“Then I found the records and they had a funeral for him and all the kids turned out and they made a wreath. They sang the hymns. The family was so grateful.”That’s been Hurn’s experience — “the people’s graciousness and the understanding and the acceptance.”“There were a few who were angry at the church and they have every right to be, but mostly they’ve been gracious.”Nothing can make up for the past, says Hurn, who is days away from retirement. But she’s glad she was able to do what she could.“At least I could make a contribution to help them feel like they could heal.”It’s important to know what happened, says Jeffries.“I feel good in my heart that I found my aunt.”Jeffries plans to visit her grave. Put up a cross. Place a few flowers.“It’s closure,” he says.— Follow Bob Weber at @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Continue reading

Katy Perry Attends StarStudded Delete Blood Cancer Gala

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer co-founder Katharina Harf co-hosted the Seventh Annual Delete Blood Cancer Gala this week at Cipriani Wall Street, and raised a record-breaking $3.7 million which will register lifesaving donors.Vera Wang and Katy PerryThis year, the Delete Blood Cancer Award was presented to Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, co-founder, artistic director and EVP of OPI Products Inc, for her outstanding commitment. Katy Perry presented an Award jointly to designer Vera Wang, and actress Leighton Meester for their promotion of Delete Blood Cancer’s Share the Love campaign encouraging people to get swabbed and register as bone marrow donors.Hosted by TV personality and celebrity designer Nate Berkus and co-chaired by Coty Inc. CEO Michele Scannavini, the event featured an unforgettable live performance by Grammy Award–winning artist Jill Scott, who performed Home as a special tribute to the Murry Family, who’s four sons are in desperate need of bone marrow transplants. Later, Grammy Award winning artists Lady Antebellum brought the crowd of 800 to their feet when they took the stage to perform four songs including “Need to Know,” and “Downtown.”The signature highlight of the evening came during a miracle moment when 19-year-old Darian Craig from Nashville, Tennessee met, for the first time, the donor who saved her life. The moment brought tears to everyone’s eyes – especially Darian’s mom, Tina – who, referred to him as an angel giving her daughter a chance at life. The overwhelming joy of the meeting turned into the shock of the realization that the donor, Evander Holyfield Jr. was in fact the son of the boxing legend. The proud father, Evander Holyfield, joined everyone on stage and presented a special gift to Darian, also known as the “Fighter”.For co-founder Katharina Harf, the battle against blood cancer is personal. At 14 years old, she lost her mother to blood cancer. Although the family searched valiantly for a matching donor, her mother’s life could not be saved. “Tonight was an incredible evening filled with stories that touched our hearts and the miracle moment of a donor saving a life. We honored some of our greatest advocates and celebrated with amazing performances that gave inspiration to continue the fight to one day delete blood cancer. I know my mother would have been proud, and I am so thankful to everyone who made this possible,” says Harf.Also in attendance at the black-tie gala event were Anastasia Ganias (“True Blood”),Anja Rubik (model), Coco Rocha (“The Face”), Derek Lam (designer), Evander Holyfield (boxing legend), Glenda Bailey (Harper’s Bazaar), Georgia May Jagger (model), Julie Henderson (model), Lindsey Vonn (Olympic skier), Kimberly Chandler,Taylor Kraemer (model), Paula Zahn, Dr. Mary Horowitz and others.last_img read more

Continue reading

GlaxoSmithKline to spend 51B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

first_imgShares of Tesaro soared early Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.Glaxo plans to pay $75 per share for Tesaro, which makes the ovarian cancer treatment Zejula. That represents a premium of more than 60 per cent to the stock’s $46.38 closing price Friday. The total deal price includes Tesaro’s net debt.Glaxo CEO Emma Walmsley said in a statement that the deal will accelerate growth of the British drugmaker’s oncology business.Zejula brought in $166 million in revenue in the first nine months of this year, with third-quarter sales growing more than 60 per cent.Glaxo expects the deal to close in the first quarter.Shares of Waltham, Massachusetts-based Tesaro Inc. jumped nearly 60 per cent to $73.97 in premarket trading.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Continue reading

Jihadists claim murder of Egypt investigator of Islamists

first_imgCAIRO- An Al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the assassination of an Egyptian officer involved in a crackdown on Islamists following the military’s overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi.Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said its militants gunned down Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Mabruk on Sunday, vowing to carry out more assassinations of officers it accused of imprisoning female protesters.Mabruk was “one of the major tyrants of the state security apparatus, and the (attack) was a response to this malicious apparatus’s arrest of free women,” said a statement, posted on a militant Islamist Internet forum. The Sinai-based group had previously claimed it bombed the interior minister’s convoy in a failed assassination attempt.It said its attack on Mabruk was the first in a “series of operations (titled) ‘freeing the female captives from the tyrants’ hands.’”Egypt’s prosecutor has referred 15 women and seven girls to trial for allegedly taking part in a pro-Morsi protest that turned violent in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria last month.More than 1,000 people, mostly Morsi supporters, have been killed in clashes with police since the Islamist’s ouster in July, and thousands have been arrested.Mabruk had been due to testify this week against Morsi, who is accused of working with groups such as Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah to escape from prison during the popular 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.Sinai based militant groups such as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis escalated their attacks after his ouster, and have expanded to targeting security forces outside the restive peninsula.In its statement, the group said Mabruk’s assassination was carried out by its “Mutasim Billah Battalion.”That title is apparently a reference to a 9th century Muslim caliph who is said to have fought to avenge the capture of a Muslim woman.The militant group solicited “any information, through our modest electronic means, that helps to track these tyrants,” referring to the interior ministry.The military has sent armour and soldiers to Sinai to uproot the militants, who have continued almost daily attacks that have killed more than 100 policemen and soldiers in the peninsula since July.last_img read more

Continue reading

UNbacked conference aims to close gaping digital divide in AsiaPacific

18 November 2008Overcoming the “digital divide” between the poorest countries and developed economies in Asia and the Pacific is the focus of a two-day meeting organized by the United Nations regional office in Bangkok that kicked off today. Despite significant progress made by the region in utilizing information and communication technology (ICT), such as the rapid growth of mobile phone subscriptions, a significant disparity remains in access to the Internet between high-income and low-income countries.The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has gathered a group of ICT experts from governments, academia, the UN, other international organizations and the private sector – including Microsoft – to discuss measures for breaking down barriers to Internet access in the poorer countries, especially through infrastructure development. An ESCAP study noted that both mobile phone and Internet use in the region had increased substantially in the past five years, with the number of South Asian phone subscribers ballooning by 700 per cent between 2000 and 2007 and 400 per cent in Central Asia.Growth is even faster in the poorest countries of the region. As a group the least developed countries have seen the number of mobile phone subscribers increase by close to 800 per cent. The gap between rich and poor nations in Internet access, however, has widened over the same period of time. The five most web-connected countries in the region – New Zealand, Japan, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Singapore and Malaysia – have between 55 per cent and 80 per cent of their populations connected to the web. By contrast, in the bottom five countries on the scale – Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Cambodia – less than 1 per cent of the population has access to the Internet, and the average for the Asia-Pacific region as a whole is 20 per cent. read more

Continue reading

Ban welcomes proposal for international conference on Afghanistan

In a letter sent to Mr. Ban last week, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom called on the UN and the Afghan Government to co-chair a ministerial-level international conference that will measure the progress made in Afghan reconstruction and map out how the country can try to develop and stabilize further.Speaking to reporters today at his monthly press conference, the Secretary-General described the proposal as “timely and appropriate” and said he fully welcomed it.“I am going to discuss with the leaders of major players in Afghanistan to discuss the exact venue and timing,” he said. “That [the conference] will provide added opportunity and support to the people of Afghanistan.”In response to a question from journalists, Mr. Ban said it was “a source of concern still, that with massive international assistance and cooperation – militarily, politically and economically – the people of Afghanistan have not been able to see stability, politically as well as in their security.“We should appreciate the sacrifices and contribution by many troop-contributing countries who have been sacrificing themselves for the peace and security of Afghanistan and also in the region in general.”He also stressed that whoever is the next Afghan President following last month’s elections, which will have to be seen to be “credible and transparent,” must demonstrate “strong leadership through good governance.”Turning to neighbouring Pakistan, Mr. Ban confirmed he would attend a meeting next week at UN Headquarters in New York of the group known as the Friends of Democratic Pakistan.The Secretary-General stressed the UN’s overall commitment to Pakistan, pointing out in particular the widespread humanitarian support provided by the world body to alleviate the situation of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of fighting in the northwest of the country.“I am encouraged that this summit-level meeting for the Group of [Friends of] Democratic Pakistan will be held on the margins of the General Assembly. Through this meeting, I would sincerely hope that they will find, first of all, political support for President [Asif Ali] Zardari, who has been leading his country under very difficult circumstances.“They have been fighting against terrorism. They have to establish their socio-economic development. They have to also democratize their country. They need our support at this time. The peace and security in Pakistan has regional implications there and also the fighting against terrorism will also have regional implications: peace and security even in Afghanistan and other regional neighbours.” 17 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a joint proposal to hold a United Nations-led international conference on Afghanistan as he expressed concern about the country’s ongoing instability and insecurity despite large-scale assistance since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. read more

Continue reading

In Malawi people with albinism face total extinction– UN rights expert

Albinos. Photo: IRIN/Helen Blakesley A United Nations human rights expert today warned that the atrocities faced by persons with albinism in Malawi render them “an endangered people group facing a risk of systemic extinction over time if nothing is done.” “Persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack,” said Ikponwosa Ero, the UN Independent Expert on the rights of persons with albinism, at the end of her first official visit to Malawi. “Many do not sleep peacefully and have deliberately restricted their movement to the necessary minimum,” she added. “The frequent involvement of close relatives in cases of attacks is highly disturbing, and persons with albinism are unable to trust even those who are supposed to care for and protect them. Consequently, persons with albinism in the current context of attacks are locked in a spiral of fear and poverty.” ‘A crisis disturbing in its proportions’Ms. Ero described the situation as “an emergency, a crisis disturbing in its proportions.” According to the police, 65 cases have been recorded since late 2014, and at least two further critical incidents reportedly occurred during her visit. “Given the relatively small population size of people with albinism in Malawi – reported to be a little less than 10,000 – attacks against a few of them constitutes a danger to all of them,” she stressed. “It is clear that an urgent and coordinated response from the Government, civil society and development partners working in strong partnership with each other is required,” she noted while stressing the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’, which includes the involvement of organizations of persons with albinism at every step, where the process cannot be led directly by them. Government Response Plan welcomed, but resources neededMs. Ero welcomed the launching of the Government’s Response Plan of 2015 and commended its content. However, she noted, “the absence of resources attached to this plan has drastically delayed its implementation and such an emergency situation needs an emergency response.” “Court sentences as handed down to convicted criminals do not always reflect the gravity of the crime,” she said. “As pointed out by various stakeholders during my visit, stealing a cow may attract a higher penalty.”“The early return of suspects to their communities – whether due to the use of bail, fines or low judicial sentences – increases the fear in which persons with albinism live, sends a message of impunity to affected communities and increases the risks of mob killings,” she added. The expert recommended “training for police, prosecutors and magistrates to increase knowledge of the current legislative framework applicable to these cases, cooperation between the police and the Department of Public Prosecutions,” as well as “adequate resources for the newly appointed special prosecutor.” Ms. Ero pointed out that, although the amendment of relevant legislation is required, more immediate measures are also necessary such as a judicial direction that cases be handled only by professional magistrates and through the ongoing revision of the Sentencing Guidelines. She also commended the protection measures adopted by community police and some traditional authorities as well as the support provided by communities to their members with albinism. “The quick intervention of neighbours during attacks has in various cases led to the rescue of persons with albinism and to the arrest of perpetrators,” she said. ‘Indispensable’ need to address root causes“Addressing the root causes of attacks, in particular why they are happening, is indispensable to eradicating them. It is worrying to note that witchcraft beliefs and practices are widespread in Malawi, although often a taboo topic,” Ms. Ero stated. “Malawians have been taken by surprise by the recent increase of attacks against persons with albinism,” she concluded. “Yet, discrimination against persons with albinism has a long history in the country and is well rooted in beliefs as well as harmful traditional and cultural practices, including that persons with albinism do not die but simply disappear, and the practice of infanticide at birth on the pretext that the baby was stillborn.” The Independent Expert will produce a full report and recommendations to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Continue reading

Rooting For Armageddon At The World Chess Championship

Blitz Match 50.373.626.4 Tiebreaker games at the World Chess Championship will begin this afternoon. Over the past 19 days, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the defending champion, fought his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, to a 6-6 tie in their best-of-12 match and the battle for chess’s top prize.And they’re not done yet. According to the FIDE match rules, this is how the tiebreaker will go:First, a mini-match of four rapid games will be played. Each player gets 25 minutes for all of his moves, plus 10 bonus seconds after every move played.If the players remain tied after those four games,1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth a half-point for each player, and losses are worth zero points. they’ll play a mini-match of two blitz games. Each player will get five minutes, plus three seconds after every move. They’ll keep playing those, if the two-game mini-matches are tied, for up to five total mini-matches (10 total blitz games).Finally, if none of that settles it, they’ll play one sudden-death game using a format known as Armageddon. White gets five minutes and black gets four minutes, but a drawn game counts as a win for black.I’m not supposed to root from the press box, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by the possibility that the World Chess Championship will be decided by Armageddon. So what are the chances of that happening?To find out, we need to know the likelihood of draws in individual games in the rapid and blitz matches. In last year’s World Chess Rapid Championship (Carlsen won, Karjakin finished 19th), 29.9 percent of the games in the tournament were draws. So let’s suppose a 30 percent chance of draws in the individual rapid games. In last year’s World Chess Blitz Championship (Carlsen finished 6th, Karjakin 17th), 20.2 percent of the games were draws. So let’s say there’s a 20 percent chance of draws in the individual blitz games.2In the rapid and blitz championships, the time controls are similar to today’s tiebreakers, but slightly different. Players in those tournaments received 15 minutes rather than 25 for rapid, and three minutes rather than five for blitz. I’ll also use the two players’ listed rapid and blitz ratings from the FIDE website throughout my analysis to estimate chances that individual games in the two formats are won by either player. Blitz Match 40.873.526.4 When will the chess end? Blitz Match 120.268.924.3 Rapid Game 3100.028.46.7 Rapid Game 1100.0%0.0%0.0% CUMULATIVE CHANCE OF WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP Blitz Match 26.972.025.7 Rapid Game 464.959.720.1 TIEBREAKER ROUNDCHANCES OF PLAYINGCARLSENKARJAKIN ARMAGEDDON!0.173.626.4 Blitz Match 32.373.126.2 Rapid Game 2100.00.00.0 I simulated tens of thousands of iterations of this afternoon’s tiebreakers using the same basic method I used to forecast the 2016 chess championship before it began. We’re guaranteed to see the first three games of rapid chess, as no player will be able to clinch the match in only two games, but there’s a 35 percent chance that one player will have clinched after those first three games. That would end the mini-match and thus the championship. There’s a 20 percent chance that Carlsen and Karjakin will be tied at the end of the rapid mini-match and that we will move on to the five-minutes-a-side blitz segment. According to my simulations, the two-game blitz mini-matches would each wind up tied about a third of the time.What all that means, sadly, is that there is just a 0.1 percent chance that Armageddon will decide the 2016 World Chess Championship.The tiebreakers begin this afternoon, and a world champion will be crowned. I’ll be covering them here and on Twitter. read more

Continue reading

US Dunkerque sign Predrag Vejin from BM Ademar Leon

← Previous Story GOODBYE PRESOV: Dainis Kristopans moves to Qatari Al Rayyan until end of the season Next Story → Nikola Bilyk to THW Kiel, Gislason: The biggest talent in the world Predrag VejinUS Dunkerque The reigning French champions US Dunkerque signed three years contract with Serbian right back Predrag Vejin. A 23 years-old lefthander from Spanish BM Ademar Leon will leave ASOBAL after two good seasons in which he was vital par of the team.Vejin played in Serbia for ex-Champions Cup winner RK Metaloplastika Šabac and his home town team – RK Apatin. He was a member of youth and junior Serbian national team.US Dunkerque will play at EHF Champions League TOP 16 for the first time. Their rival will be PSG Handball. read more

Continue reading

Heres what we learned from Chris ODowds Jay Leno interview

first_imgROSCOMMON’S OWN CHRIS O’Dowd was on Jay Leno on Wednesday night to promote his film The Sapphires.  It was out here ages ago but it’s only being released in the US now.We watched it to ensure you didn’t miss anything important.Here’s what we learned.Jay Leno has a unique perspective on LimerickApparently he has a sister-in-law living there, and he called it the ‘Beverly Hills of Ireland’.The Rubber Bandits must be delighted with that.  ( Warning: some NSFW language in the video.)YouTube/rteChris looks like a giant beside Vanessa HudgensHe is tall and she is tiny, the combination is really something. YouTube/tonightshownbcChris used a surprising tactic during his early auditionsChris spoke about the fact that when he first started going on auditions he was told hat his number one priority should be ‘making an impression’.  So, he decided that at every audition he would pretend he had just been bitten by a dog.It all went well until he auditioned for the same people a second time and they called his bluff.We admire his chutzpah.5 Hollywood franchises that could do with Chris O’Dowd>12 Irish things to be properly proud of this Paddy’s Day> NBCChris is not a natural pianistlast_img read more

Continue reading

Cycling gets a raw deal Stephen Roche says its time to move

first_imgSTEPHEN ROCHE SAYS Irish sports should get behind the Giro d’Italia when it visits Ireland next year.Belfast will host the ‘Grand Partenza’ and a second stage before an Armagh-Dublin in May 2014.And Roche, who won the prestigious race in 1987, says cycling — a sport rocked by the recent Lance Armstrong developments — is already well down the road of ‘renewal’.“If the Armstrong thing had come out as negative we’d all have been surprised and shocked,” Roche said yesterday at the Dublin launch of the race.“We were all secretly expecting this to happen but probably where the most shock was was in the attitude of the thing. No one thought the whole thing was so structured and so ‘Mafia-organised’; we’re all shocked by that side of it while on the other side of it everyone thought or knew or thought they knew that Armstrong wasn’t clean.“So that’s was done 10 years ago, we all know about the last five years and the biological passport and all that and cycling has tackled it and there’s already one chapter written in the renewing of cycling.”The last time a Grand Tour wheeled into Ireland, the Tour de France was scandalised by the infamous Festina affair. But Roche insists enough time has elapsed for the Irish sports fan to get behind the Giro. “If we came back in ’99 or 2000 it would have been very hard,” he told reporters. “But now the public have heard it all or feel like they’ve heard it all. So basically I think people are saying the sport is a super sport and the sport has done so much to clean itself up.“So should you keep throwing stones at it and sinking it? Or does it deserve a second chance? And also it’s very easy to find cyclists positive and other sports negative when you don’t have the controls. I’m not trying to divert attention to other sports but cycling has paid the price and its time to move on. And cycling has moved on in the last couple of years.”Making headlinesRoche’s young son Nicolas will be amongst the peloton next summer with his SaxoBank team. And his father reckons the sport and its riders are subject to unfair scrutiny in recent years.“[Cycling] is getting a raw deal,” Roche agreed, “but there’s no point moaning about that. That’s the way it is. It’s just unfortunate that in other sports when there’s a positive test, there’s nothing about it in the papers or very little. And now football are saying, there’s no doping in football and all of a sudden they’re asking them to participate in the biological passport.“Why participate in the biological passport — with all its costs — if there’s no problem in football?”What do you think?At least one half of Wozzilroy enjoyed themselves yesterday…Mario Balotelli backs under-fire Mancinilast_img read more

Continue reading

A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish

first_img Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 12:30 PM Short URL Jun 17th 2017, 12:30 PM ‘A bowl of seasonal goodness using veg from our land and fish from our seas’ This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder, writes Michael Kelly. DirectionsRoast the fish bones in the oven at 180℃ for 15 to 20 minutes. Put the roasted fish bones, the vegetable trimmings, the chopped tomatoes and the toasted seeds in a stock pot. Cover with cold water. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Take the stock pot off the heat. Let infuse for a further 20 minutes. Pass the fish bouillon though a fine sieve. Cut the fish in large chunks.Bring the fish bouillon to the boil in a wide sauce pan. Add the diced fish and the mussels and simmer for 3 minutes, the add the vegetable julienne and simmer for 2 minutes. Take off the heat. Let rest for few minutes and serve with crusty sourdough.Michael Kelly is founder of GIY and GROW HQ. Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. 4 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3445870 Michael Kelly center_img By Michael Kelly Grower MEGRIM IS ONE of the most frequently caught fish species by the Irish fishing fleet but is almost unknown on dinner tables here. Almost 100% of our megrim stock is exported, usually to Spain and France, where it is much valued.It’s a mystery as to why this lovely, year-round, sole-like fish is persona non grata for most Irish people, but then again most things about our attitude to fish in this country are a complete mystery.Perhaps we are afraid of those occasional bones that you find lurking in the flesh or somewhat intimidated by the diversity of species (not quite as simple to get your head around as the pork, beef, chicken and lamb foursome of the meat world). Perhaps it’s the association with the guilt-ridden, Catholic Flagellation Fridays of yore – after all, nothing puts you off a food group quite like being told for decades that you have to eat it.Whatever the cause, it is truly strange that an island nation such as ours has such an uncommitted relationship with fish.We’re unadventurous fish buyersTony Kelly, our fish supplier here at GROW HQ, told me that even regular fish buyers are remarkably unadventurous in their shopping habits. At his Dunmore East fish shop, customers will often ask him lots of questions about which fish is which in his vast and lovely displays of fresh catch, before finally settling on some salmon fillets.Salmon is, of course, our most frequently purchased fish, which is a pity when you consider that most of it is farmed rather than caught in the open sea, and over €64 million worth of it is imported into Ireland each year.More than any other food, our understanding of the seasonality of different fish species is practically non-existent. That means we don’t generally ask questions at the fish counter for fear of looking silly. We are often duped in to buying imported, cheaper, lower quality fish while the in-season quality Irish stuff is exported to where it’s more appreciated. Strangely, though we have a fishing industry worth €1 billion per annum, we still import over €200m worth of fish each year.A full, fresh megrim can be cooked on the bone (just like sole) on day one, and then the bones used to make a stock for a day-two fish/ vegetable broth using whatever veggies are seasonal. Have a look at the recipe below from JB, our Head Chef. It’s a delicious bowl of seasonal, healthy goodness using veg from our land, and fish from our seas. What’s not to love?The Basics – Watering Tomato Plants Source: Shutterstock/cam3957At this stage of their development, it’s vital to make sure your tomato plants are getting enough water. Because they are a deep-rooting plant, it’s not effective to spray water at the soil (or worse, at the plant itself, which would encourage blight). The key is to get water right down to the roots.I find that the best way to do this is by sinking a container in to the soil beside the plant and water in to that. I use upturned 2l milk cartons with the bottoms cut off them and the spout facing down. Watering becomes a job of simply filling the container, confident in the knowledge that the plant is getting 2l of water where it needs it most.Watering “at depth” like this also means the plant is less vulnerable to drying out in very warm polytunnel days, because the water won’t evaporate as easily as it would from the surface of the soil.I water the tomato plants in the tunnel this way every other day – as a rough guide you want to give the plants about 10l of water per week.Recipe of the Week – Seafood NageNager is French for swimming. In this dish from our GROW HQ chef JB, the seafood is poached and served in a light broth with seasonal vegetables. This is a light, vibrant, cheap and healthy alternative to the traditional seafood chowder. Serves 2-3.IngredientsFor the broth250g of white fish bonesvegetable trimmings (such as carrot, fennel, celery, leek, onion, thyme, bay leaves)2 tomatoestoasted cumin and coriander seeds1 large sprig of thyme flower1 bay leafTo garnish the chowder200g local white fish (megrim, cod, pollock, haddock, monkfish etc)julienne of seasonal vegetables (root vegetables for the winter, broad bean, green garlic, kale and fennel for the summer)a few local fresh mussels Share30 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 141 Views last_img read more

Continue reading

Letter from Gibraltar Brexit Backstops Declan Rice and Barton Fink

first_img Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Friday 22 Mar 2019, 3:45 PM https://the42.ie/4556073 The Victoria Stadium, set against the Rock of Gibraltar. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 16,496 Views Mar 22nd 2019, 3:45 PM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO A British couple decided to use their wedding to re-enact it, with Paul and Merilyn Drummond saying that “Sadly war isn’t over and there’s no peace in the UK, so we came to Gibraltar for some peace and love.”Unlike Mr and Mrs Drummond, Mick McCarthy isn’t in Gibraltar for either. He’ll take three points and, ideally, a few goals, but he may find the conditions as challenging as the opposition tomorrow night.While much has been made of the artificial pitch – none of it, it must be said, by the manager – it is ferociously windy, with the 2,300-capacity Victoria Stadium sitting by the airport runway and at the base of the Rock.While there are stands running alongside the length of the pitch, there is no seating behind either goal.Instead, there’s an ‘Airport End’ and a ‘Rock End’, the latter a pretty spectacular sight.McCarthy’s team should eventually make light of all of this, though, and by Saturday night the football teams should be comfortably separated.Ireland and Gibraltar, however, are two places united by anxiety as to what happens next.Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Short URLcenter_img Gavin Cooney reports from Gibraltar“YOU CAN UNDERSTAND why they fight over it”, said the Irish fan sitting beside The42 as our plane dipped to bring the Rock of Gibraltar into view.Britain may only now be coming to terms with the loss of their empire, but they are at least invading most conversations these days.The squabble over Gibraltar is between Britain and Spain, and we doubt that Ireland would have much interest in its massive limestone protuberance anyway.Such an ostentatious display of sedimentary rock is a poor metaphor for our relationship with our own history; whereas Gibraltar is happy to show off this millenia-spanning collection of past events, our history is an altogether more reserved affair, lurking in strange and quiet places.Like, as it turns out, Declan Rice’s Instagram.    Declan Rice has found controversy yet again. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThe42 landed to a statement made by Rice, meaning we had to reverse-engineer the apology to discover he had posted “Up the Ra! Wait ‘til we draw England” back in 2015.Rice said his comments were “naive”, while Gareth Southgate called the surfacing of the comments prior to Rice’s England debut “uncanny”.This was a Freudian slip in a very real way from Gareth, given it was ol’ Sigmund who defined the uncanny as “strangely familiar”, which he derived from his belief in the “double”.The idea is a good fit for Rice, who has by the age of 20 lived the full-throated patriotism of fully two different national identities.The realities of Gibraltar’s identity is evident as soon as you leave the airport. Spain is literally within walking distance; otherwise, turn left for Gibraltar, and walk down Winston Churchill Way.It runs perpendicular to the airport’s runway, meaning the airstrip is the first The42 has seen that simultaneously works as a level-crossing.Handily our AirBnb was only a 20-minute walk from the airport, the only slight downside being the fact we had to stay in it.The hallways were straight out of Barton Fink: narrow, dimly-lit and laid with a grimy red carpet on which each stain told a story that nobody really needs to hear.Meanwhile, the television’s only channels were all four ITVs, making it a long way to come to watch some Tipping Point.Still, the fact a guy can amble down Winston Churchill Way and then watch seven-straight hours of Miss Marple is a sign of how classical British emblems festoon the place.It’s different overhead: gaze upward and away from the rock and the place looks like a typical Spanish seaside resort.The skyline is a bar chart of high-rise apartment blocks with barred verandas and shabby shutters, looking down on a scattering of red and apricot terracotta roofs.On the ground, however, it’s been made distinctly British. Red phone boxes are dotted around the streets, while there are numerous memorials to fallen British soldiers engirdling Grand Casemates Square. Said square is yet to be invaded by Irish fans, with many choosing to linger longer in Malaga before arriving for the game. Just as in Ireland, Brexit is dominating the news cycle here, with Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo yesterday calling on the British government to revoke Article 50 and “take back control” of Brexit.96% of Gibraltar voted in favour of Remain, but they are in a uniquely complex situation as they also want to remain tied to the UK. A referendum in 2002 to thrust Gibraltar into shared sovereignty between the UK and Spain was defeated by 98.97%.So while Picardo wants the UK to remain in the EU, he has also had to assert Gibraltar’s right to stay with the UK. He responded to the prospect of an EU-backed Spain renewing its claim on Gibraltar by saying that for all their  “sticks and stones”, it won’t change Gibraltar’s relationship with the UK.The fact Gibraltar shares a border with the EU means that locals understand the talk of backstops, with a local journalist telling The42 that “we were expecting to be the backstop, rather than Ireland.“We thought we would be the ones who would be causing the most problems.”Amid all the uncertainty, this remoaning column has shown solidarity with the 96% and published this using the EU’s friendly roaming charges rather than the AirBnb WiFi.There is another union in the news, with The42 touching down on what was the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s wedding on the peninsula. 20 Comments By Gavin Cooney Share10 Tweet Email Letter from Gibraltar: Brexit, Backstops, Declan Rice and Barton Fink Politics is dominating the news cycle as Irish fans begin to arrive for tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier. The Victoria Stadium, set against the Rock of Gibraltar. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Continue reading

Game of Thrones Will Fight Spoilers with Multiple Endings

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… It’s no secret that Game of Thrones had a few problems with leaks and spoilers this past season. Hackers acquired terabytes of HBO data and released an episode script before it had aired. If that wasn’t bad enough, they had to deal with overseas affiliates leaking episodes days early. Twice. Not that it had any noticeable affect on the number of people tuning in. Even with the leaks, this season was Game of Thrones’ most watched ever.Even so, they want to make doubly sure nobody gets spoiled on the final season. And they’ve come up with a pretty ingenious (and fun) way to do it. Game of Thrones will film multiple fake endings alongside the real one, The Morning Call reports. Even if photos and videos leak from the set, there will be no way to tell if they’re genuine or not. It sounds like HBO realizes there’s nothing they can do to stop these leaks. Fans camp out near set hoping to snap photos that reveal big plot details. It’s exactly that kind of thing that led to photos of Kit Harrington on set when we were all meant to think his character had been killed. Now, any leak that does happen is potentially useless.Kit Harrington in Jon Snow’s “death” (Photo via HBO)Speaking at Moravian College, HBO President of Original Programming Casey Bloys said, “I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really knows what happens. You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”Now, no matter what happens, the ending will remain in doubt. But hey, why not take this one step further? Go the route of Clue: The Movie. Most people watch Game of Thrones on HBO Now at this point, right? Use that technology to pick an ending at random for each IP address. Broadcast a different ending to each time zone. Make this thing impossible to talk about the next day.OK, they probably won’t go that far. Fans have been demanding to know how this story ends for years. A move that leaves things as ambiguous as that might actually start a riot. Just once, I’d like to see a show try something like this, though. What they’ll probably do is put all the “fake” endings into a special feature on the Blu-ray. That’d be fine. I’d buy it just to see all the different endings they come up with. Especially if there’s a troll ending where Cersei kills everyone and rules all of Westeros. Or better yet, Hot Pie.last_img read more

Continue reading

Geek Pick Analogue Mega Sg Is An Upgraded Sega Genesis

first_imgStay on target Geek Pick: Alienware Area-51m Is An Interstellar Gaming LaptopGeek Pick: GoPro Hero7 Black Is a Radical Streaming CameraGeek Pick: Razer Blade Stealth Is an Ultraportable Dream Gaming PC The Analogue Mega Sg is basically a Sega Genesis console freshly made for 2019. And it’s a great one at that, not like some other knock-off consoles Sega has licensed the name to. Unlike the new classic consoles of today though the Mega Sg doesn’t play games stored on the system memory. The SD card slot is just for firmware updates. Instead, you play games by plugging in the same Genesis cartridges you played back in the day.Along with being way more legal, playing cartridges also allows the Mega Sg to play any Genesis game you can get your hands on. You aren’t limited to what ROMs the company was able to license. Keep in mind though that you’ll not only need to supply your own games but also your own Genesis controller. Plus by being more of a pure console recreation you can’t do things like save your state.These 16-bit games do receive some modern benefits however. The console upscales to 1080p through the HDMI connection. The hardware is one of the best and most accurate reproductions of Genesis tech to make sure games remain faithful. And there’s even a new game included, the previously unfinished Ultracore.For more on the Analogue Mega Sg check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. And for more on the Sega Genesis keep your eyes open for Sega’s own official retro Genesis mini console coming later this year, and watch us talk about Sonic the Hedgehog 2, a Sega Genesis game to play before you die.More on Geek.com: One of the biggest ongoing failures of the video game industry is its inability to preserve classic games, to make its history accessible to new players. Consoles abandon backwards compatibility on a whim. Old games get pulled from digital storefronts because someone forgot to renew a copyright. Past hits are relegated as perks for subscription services. And not everything is famous enough for a lavish re-release.For many, the solution here is to just pirate and emulate games. But we can’t go around suggesting you break the law. Fortunately, some emulator boxes are for playing old games you legally own, emulator boxes like the Analogue Mega Sg. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Continue reading

Small plane lands on Alligator Alley in West Broward no injuries

first_imgFAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #BSFR is on the scene of a single engine Cessna which suffered mechanical problems and landed in the eastbound lanes of Alligator Alley MM30. 2 Souls on board, no injuries, roadway is open. pic.twitter.com/WtIPrSnEfC— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) August 18, 2018 First responders were met by the two occupants of the aircraft. They were on what was supposed to be a one-hour training flight from Punta Gorda, on Florida’s West coast, to the Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport, when they were suddenly forced to make a new plan — fast.Thankfully, officials said, there were no vehicles on the eastbound lanes at the time of the landing.“They went through their emergency procedures, found a good spot to land, saw there was no traffic,” said Luy. “You know, considering we’re surrounded by lots of Everglades, they picked a clear piece of asphalt to land on.”The aircraft was parked on the right shoulder of the highway, just west of the eastern toll plaza.No one was hurt, and the aircraft did not appear to have suffered any structural damage.As crews worked until late Saturday night disassembling the plane for easy transport, highway workers said this is something you don’t see every day.“You normally see alligators out here, not planes,” said a worker. center_img WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – A short training flight above South Florida came to an abrupt and unexpected end after a mechanical issue forced the pilot of a small plane to make an emergency landing on Alligator Alley in West Broward.Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the eastbound lanes near Mile Marker 32, Saturday, just after 5:30 p.m.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Cessna 172 landed at around 5:15 p.m.Eddie Luy with the Wayman Aviation Academy said the aircraft suffered mechanical problems, forcing the instructor and student pilot on board to touch down on the highway.“They had some roughness in the engine, so they had a precautionary safety landing,” he said. “At this time of year, with the wetness and the moisture in the air, we see often what’s called carburetor icing. It restricts fuel flow.”last_img read more

Continue reading

Arms factories restructuring for profits employment Rajnath

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has decided to go ahead with corporatisation of ordnance factories in order to reduce the import dependency of defence equipment, enhance combat efficiency of the Armed Forces and increase the profitability of the entities for greater employment generation. The Defence Ministry on Wednesday said the decision to convert state-administered arms factories, which function directly under the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) headquartered in Kolkata, into public sector enterprises has been taken after considering recommendations of at least three committees formed in the past to examine their functioning. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us The 41 ordnance factories employ around 82,000 people. On Wednesday, the factory workers’ 30-day strike against corporatisation entered its second day. The factories are ‘captive centres’ manufacturing products, including tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery guns, small arms and ammunition apart from uniforms, tents and boots. Most have been in existence for more than 200 years and supply equipment only to the Army and different Paramilitary Forces under the Home Ministry. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us Though sources claimed that the strike has the support of senior OFB officials, Bharat Pratiraksha Mazdoor Sangh (BPMS), one of the employees federations that has led the strike, informed that over 98 per cent of Group A officers in the OFB were not participating in it. “Only about 5,000 deployed industrial workers from a total work force of over 76,000 were present on duty on Wednesday. The strike will continue till the government gives into our demand against corporatisation,” BPMS General Secretary Mukesh Singh told IANS. Advertise With Us According to the government, the ordnance factories do not function in a competitive environment and have over the years been marred by issues pertaining to quality of products, high costs, lack of innovation and low productivity. “The present structure of the board is inconsistent with the requirements of a production centre, which needs a lot of flexibility at the managerial and functional levels. Decisions like modernisation of plant and machinery, entering into joint ventures or transfer-of-technology agreements are subject to government regulations. The board has no incentive to make profits. It cannot compete with private industries that have all managerial and technical flexibilities required for production and marketing activities,” said a Ministry official. With a structure not conducive to sustain itself in the market, sources said the government foresees the state-owned factories turning into white elephants in the near future unless emphasis is laid on private sector defence production under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. Three different committees — the T.K.S. Nair Committee in 2000, the Vijay Kelkar Committee in 2004, the Raman Puri Committee in 2015 — have recommended overhauling the OFB in order to make the factories more competitive and market-oriented. The committees suggested measures like giving Navaratna status to the OFB or splitting up the family of 41 factories to form three separate PSUs. The present dispensation is banking on the reports of these committees to go ahead with the corporatisation of the OFB. The employees federations, however, cite the cases of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to buttress their argument that corporatisation alone cannot lead to increase in competitiveness, revenues and employment generation. But the government insists that corporatisation will lead to greater penetration for India in the defence export market and innovation for self-reliance in defence. It also argues that corporatisation will result in timely delivery of products, better utilisation of under-utilised capacities and greater flexibility in technology acquisition through overseas assets. It also argues that corporatised factories may not require government funding for modernisation and research, thereby helping the entities become financially self-sufficient. The government plans to form strategic alliances of the factories with Indian and overseas companies and provide the board Chairman with a fixed tenure for effective leadership and bold decision-making.last_img read more

Continue reading

Turner to Neighborhoods Still Recovering from Harvey You Are Not Forgotten

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner.Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Harvey’s landfall in Texas and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Wednesday he’ll spend that day touring Kashmere Gardens, Meyerland, and other neighborhoods that are still recovering from the storm.Turner said there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people still living in flood damaged homes. Many of those are senior citizens, people with disabilities, or middle income families who have exhausted their funds. “So that’s why I want to take the time this week, and specifically like on Saturday…to walk in these communities, to go and visit some of these individuals, just to say to them, if nothing else, ‘You are not forgotten. We’re still focusing on your situation, and we’re not going to leave you where you’ve been over the past year,’” the Mayor noted.Turner said he’s frustrated with the slow pace of federal aid. The city is still waiting on more than $1 billion in community development block grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Turner expects that money to arrive in November.The Mayor urged residents to vote in Harris County’s bond election this Saturday, August 25. The county seeks to raise $2.5 billion for flood control and mitigation projects, including voluntary buyouts of homes too deep in flood plains to protect. Fewer than 6 percent of the county’s registered voters had cast ballots as of the end of early voting on Tuesday. 00:00 /00:50 X Listenlast_img read more

Continue reading

Mosby Rolls to ReElection But Faces Challenges Ahead

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comBaltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby withstood the aggressive charge of two opponents in a highly contentious battle to win re-election by more than 20 points over her nearest rival.With nearly all precincts reporting (287 of 296 at press time), Mosby cruised to victory registering 49.2 % of the vote, to 28 % for defense attorney Ivan Bates and 22.8% for Thiru Vignarajah, former deputy attorney general of Maryland.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, flanked by her husband, Del. Nick Mosby (who also won in the 40thDistrict) and former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, addresses the capacity crowd at her victory party, after cruisingto a decisive victory over two challengers, Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah. (Twitter Photo)Moments after delivering her victory speech just after midnight in front of a raucous capacity crowd at Melba’s nightclub in East Baltimore, Mosby hit some of the same notes she hit on the campaign trail in reference to the city’s priorities, fiscal and otherwise as we go forward.“It’s time for us to be smart on crime…the investment that we put into public safety, we also need to mirror in terms of investment in public education,” Mosby said. “When we talk about the root causes of why crime takes place…that’s why I’m taking a holistic approach. When you look at my Aim to Bmore program (an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders)…young people who were facing 20 years incarceration, some of whom have gone from being homeless to now being enrolled in community college.”The State’s Attorney’s race between Mosby, Bates and Vignarajah was bitter to the very end, with Bates threatening to sue both his opponents on the day of the primary election June 26, for what he claims were “lies” about his prosecutorial record when he worked in the State’s Attorney’s office from 1999 to 2002.Mosby said she received a gracious concession call from Vignarajah who pledged his support moving forward, before she delivered her victory speech, but the State’s Attorney said she had not received any call or message from Bates as of press time. “I haven’t heard from him, but I wish him well,” said Mosby of Bates. Mosby said the large margin of victory is validation of her work so far.“I’m grateful…I’m grateful that the people of Baltimore have spoken and we won big and I’m going to live up to that,” Mosby said.Still, there are immediate challenges for Mosby; there have been 134 homicides in Baltimore as of June 27 (which is actually down from last year’s record pace) and the case of Keith Davis, whose third murder trial recently ended in a second mistrial. Mosby’s office says it is “reassessing” the case.“I think this has been a tough race for everyone…and it should have been a tough race, we’re talking about some real serious issues that impact everybody…especially in the heart of West Baltimore,” Mosby said.Ultimately, Mosby, who was thrust on to the national stage in the days following the uprising in April 2015, when she charged the six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray, is still focused on a broken criminal justice system.“It’s time for criminal justice reform in the City of Baltimore,” she said. “Baltimore has a unique opportunity to be a model for the rest of the country and I’m ready to take it to the next level.”last_img read more

Continue reading

Drishyam is for todays audience

first_imgDrishyam released this Friday. How do you feel?(Cuts in with a smile) This is not my first film! But I’m curious to know how the audience will receive it. The audience has changed and their tastes are no longer what they were. They are looking for a change and are eager to watch content driven films. Drishyam is the kind of film that today’s audience is looking for.A change in the audience is a good sign for the industry, isn’t it?Yes. But that happens once in three or four years. I have been around for so many years and I’ve seen our audience evolving. And not just the audience but us filmmakers too. We’ve been trying to outdo ourselves with each movie that we make. What used to work with the audience doesn’t work now. We also need to respect the evolving audience and serve them what they want. That’s Drishyam! Also Read – A fresh blend of fameYou’re doing a film like this after a very long time, where your fans will not see you bashing up a villain.Yes, I agree but they won’t be disappointed. I may not use my fists in the film but, eventually, it is my character that defeats everyone. I use my intelligence to play a cat-and-mouse with everyone in the film. The movie keeps you on your toes because of the character I play.Don’t you think your audience will miss watching their hero?Absolutely NOT! What’s the definition of ‘hero’? A hero saves his lady love, his family, his friends and people, and that’s what I am doing in Drishyam. I play a regular guy who emerges as a hero in the end. His only aim in the film is to safeguard his family. My character is a very simple guy who adores his family. His universe comprises his work and his family, and when his family is in trouble, he takes charge and eventually saves them. Now that’s what a hero does, either on screen on in real life. And that’s the USP of the film. So, from the kids to the young generation to older people, everyone will relate to my character in the film. That’s where the triumph of the screenplay lies. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnThe leading man in Drishyam is not weak; he is fighting the common man’s fight. The audience doesn’t accept Ajay Devgn playing a weak character. I have a certain image and it is very difficult to break that mould. But his style of fighting is very interesting. And everyone will fall in love with the character once he decides to fight for his family.Coming back to your previous question… Yes, I am doing cinema like this after a long time. It’s not that I didn’t want to do content-driven movies; it’s just that I wasn’t getting the right script. I would like to add that I was the one who acted in hardcore commercial movies but also worked in hard-hitting, content-driven movies like The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Naajayaz, Zakham or Company, and I even backed Dil Kya Kare. But everyone expects you to deliver a Rs 100-crore movie with every successive release.I know, whether we accept it or not, as stars, we are always under pressure to deliver. And this pressure is created by us and the media hype when we deliver a Rs 100-crore movie. Earlier, we used to celebrate silver and golden jubilees; now it’s the Rs 100-crore club. While such films don’t always open well, they pick up with word-of-mouth. I am not at all worried about the fate of Drishyam. I just want to ensure that the audience watch it. Every film has its own merits and limitations. We need to judge a film by its investment. Drishyam may not take a gigantic opening but neither will collections nosedive once the initial craze subsides. When a film like Drishyam comes along, you just know it has to be a part of your life!People often ask me why I don’t act in films like Zakhm any more or The Legend of Bhagat Singh. Now they are asking me ‘Why Drishyam?’ When I was doing successful commercial movies and also accepted films like Zakhm and The Legend of Bhagat Singh, they asked me the same question: ‘Why are you doing these movies?’ They received their answer when the movie released. The same thing happened on Friday. Everyone realised why I decided to do Drishyam. (Laughs)Why are the promotions of the film almost low key?Hype and publicity may work temporarily but content pays in the long run. When I decided to do Drishyam, I knew the kind of opening it would take. You see, when you get a script like Drishyam, all those box-office insecurities melt away because you know it will not get a great opening as it does not have masala, songs and the typical commercial elements that potboilers have. It’s a word-of-mouth film like Piku, which picked up after the third show. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Drishyam will do well from the first show. So there’s no need to go all out to promote the film.Also, since the film is an edge-of-the seat movie, we didn’t want to give out too many details. We want the audience to come to cinemas and enjoy the movie. Our promotions don’t reveal much but, at the same time, they are generating curiosity and reminding them that this movie will release on July 31. The whole idea was to tell the audience that after a hiatus, Ajay Devgn is doing a content-driven film like he has always been doing. I think we have managed to convey that.What kind of response are you receiving?You are from the trade… why don’t you tell me what the buzz around the film is like. As soon as the trailer released, everyone began looking forward to the film. And there’s a lot of curiosity among the audience since you’re doing this kind of cinema after a long time. Correct! Now that’s the response I too am getting. If I keep doing cinema like this, people won’t wait for my next. I need to serve up different movies to the audience. And since I’m doing a movie like this after a gap, there’s a hunger among the audience. I am told by the Viacom people that the response at their focus trial was great. There were people from all age groups and all of them loved the film. There was one screening in Delhi and one in Mumbai, and both received a tremendous response. I am sure the film will be appreciated and the audiences will love Drishyam but I want them to go in from the first day. After a long time, there is no anxiety arising out of the Friday pressure because we know that Drishyam may not take a great opening. But I am trying my best to make even that happen. If a film likeDrishyam takes a big opening, it could change the face of cinema because people will attempt better films on these lines.Since the film has already been made in the South, don’t you think there will be comparisons?We compare a film when it is not at par with the original. I wouldn’t say that Drishyam is much better than the original but it is definitely at par with the original. And whoever has seen the Malayalam version, will be more than entertained watching our movie. Those who have watched the film will like to watch our version for their sheer love of the original. And people who have not watched the original would watch it to experience this beautiful cinema called Drishyam.In a recent interview, Tabu said that her first successful film was with you, and now she’s working with you after a long time.(Laughs) I know she said that. She is an old friend. The film is a cat-and-mouse game between Tabu and me. I don’t know who thought of casting Tabu but it was a masterstroke. After watching the film I can say that no actor other than Tabu could have had carried this role the way she has. She’s fantastic in the film. Her performance is one of the key reasons the film is as entertaining as it is.last_img read more

Continue reading