A profile of CFC alumni and company cofounders Damon DOliveira and Clement

first_img(L-R): Sharon Lewis, Clark Johnson, Clement Virgo, Rachel Crawford, Damon D’Oliveira and Karen King at the world premiere of ‘Rude’ at Cannes. On March 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) will present the fourth annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence to Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo and their production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, for creating a compelling body of high-impact work.From the start, Conquering Lion Pictures has been committed to telling stories rich with diverse perspectives and voices. Their films have been selected for international film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, London and Toronto. Past credits include Poor Boy’s Game (2007), starring Danny Glover, Lie With Me (2005) and Rude (1995).In 2015 they adapted The Book of Negroes, a national bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill, into a six-part television miniseries. Co-written by Hill and Virgo, it starred Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lou Gossett Jr., Ben Chaplin, Jane Alexander and Lyriq Bent. In addition to Conquering Lion Pictures, The Book of Negroes was also produced by Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne) and Idlewild Films. Its world premiere was as the Opening Night Selection at MIPCOM 2014, before debuting to record-breaking numbers on CBC in January 2015, followed by its premiere in the U.S. on BET in February 2015. It won 12 Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, the NAACP Award for best mini-series, and was nominated for two TV Critics Choice Awards and a Peabody Award among a multitude of other honours. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Read on to learn more about their history of collaboration and what’s next for this dynamic duo.Formative Years D’Oliveira and Virgo first met at the CFC in the summer of 1991, the inaugural year of the CFC’s Summer Lab initiative. They were invited to participate in the Film Residency Program, with D’Oliveira arriving for the Producers’ Lab and Virgo, the Writers’ Lab. They went on to produce the highly stylized, provocative and award-winning short film, Save My Lost Nigga’ Soul, through the CFC’s Short Film Program. Virgo wrote and directed the film, D’Oliveira produced it, and Save My Lost Nigga’ Soul went on to win Best Short Film prizes at the Toronto, Fespaco and Chicago International Film Festivals, launching them both onto the international film stage.Encouraged by the CFC’s then-executive director Wayne Clarkson, both men joined CFC Features, out of which came their first feature, Rude, in 1995. It premiered at Cannes as an Official Selection in the Un Certain Regard Programme.D’Oliveira recalls that when he and Virgo met at the CFC in 1991, they were part of an “incredible room of people, including Mina Shum, Stephen Williams, Joan Jenkinson, Rob Adetuyi and Beatrice Mosionier.” When he learned Virgo was working on a screenplay of the then-titled Rude Boy, which would eventually become Rude, D’Oliveira adds: “It was one of the best things I had read in my young career, with a voice I had not really seen in Canadian film before.”Both men came to Canada when they were 11 years old; Virgo from Jamaica and D’Oliveira, Guyana. As Virgo reflects, “We both had to leave our parents to come to Canada, so we had a similar background and history as immigrants.” When they started working together on Rude, “the story and the world that it took place in resonated with us both. That’s how we connected.” Conquering Lion Pictures was born when Rude was greenlit. The film also helped shape the company’s name; a majestic lion features prominently throughout the film. Also, because both men came from the Caribbean, where the Conquering Lion of Judah is associated with the Rastafari religious movement, they were drawn to the name “Conquering Lion” because, as Virgo suggests, it gave their fledgling company “good spiritual energy.”CONTINUE READING Twitterlast_img read more

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12K raised to fund doc is missing and no one seems to

first_imgBut when it came to time collect,  the money was nowhere to be found, she told CBC Toronto on Friday.“I don’t know if it was stolen by a hacker, or re-directed by mistake,” Showker said, “but we have been trying for four months to get Indiegogo to take action.“There’s costs to finish a film: you have music; you have finishing touches on post production, so we’re in a post production stage … We had over 100 people donate and  we haven’t been able to deliver.”Indiegogo is strongly disputing Showker’s version of events.A company spokesperson said Showker provided an incorrect transit number. So when they delivered the money to the Royal Bank of Canada, as Showker had asked, the money went to the wrong branch.Kelly Showker says she’s been waiting months for the money she raised with a crowd funding campaign to be delivered. In the meantime, production of her documentary about sexual assault survival is on hold. (Martin Trainor/CBC News)“Indiegogo dispersed the funds to the bank account that the campaign owner provided when she set up the campaign. The campaign owner later realized that she had provided an incorrect routing number and she has admitted that this was her mistake,” the company said in a statement to CBC Toronto.“We have been working with her to remedy the situation and have advised her to escalate it at her bank. Traces and recalls can take time, sometimes up to several weeks. Indiegogo will continue assisting the campaign owner as appropriate.”Showker said that while it’s possible a member of her team entered the wrong transit number, she’s not completely convinced that happened.The bank also provided a statement Friday, telling CBC Toronto on Friday that they are looking into the problem and are hoping to resolve it soon.SOURCE:  CBC LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement To raise money for the production, Showker ran a two-month-long Indiegogo campaign earlier this year that ultimately raised over $12,000.Sexual assault victim Mandi Gray poses with her dog CeCe. A documentary based on her ordeal has been held up by a funding snag. (Martin Trainor/CBC News) Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement A Toronto filmmaker is finding out that one small number can produce some very big problems after her effort to crowd-fund her latest documentary went wrong, resulting in the disappearance of thousands of dollars.Kelly Showker is completing a film based on the high-profile sexual assault of York University student Mandi Gray by a fellow student in 2015.The feature length documentary called Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial, plus several shorter versions meant to be screened for high-school aged women, is designed to offer advice and encouragement to victims. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Ottawa plans more police mandatory jail terms in battle against underground tobacco

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The Conservative government said Tuesday it would create a 50 officer RCMP anti-contraband tobacco force and introduce a new bill to impose mandatory minimum jail terms for repeat offenders involved in the trade.In a statement, the federal government said the new RCMP force would target “organized crime groups engaged in the production and distribution of contraband tobacco.” There were no immediate details available on where the force would be based.The statement also said the Conservative government would introduce a bill to amend sections of the Criminal Code and impose jail terms on those involved in the black market tobacco trade. Repeat offenders caught transporting more than 10,000 cigarettes or 10 kilograms of tobacco products would face a minimum of 90 days in jail on a second conviction, 180 days on a third conviction and two years less a day on subsequent convictions.Under the changes, a first conviction could net a maximum 6 month jail term on a summary conviction and a 5 year term if prosecuted on an indictment.“Tobacco trafficking is a serious threat to the public safety of Canadians, our communities and our economy,” said Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, in a statement. “Contraband tobacco fuels the growth of organized criminal networks, contributing to the increased availability of illegal drugs and guns in our communities.”Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who represents Nunavut, also praised the announcement.“There is no place for contraband tobacco in our communities and today is an important step in the fight against illegal tobacco,” said Aglukkaq.Much of the underground tobacco trade flows through Akwesasne, a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S. border.Tobacco was introduced to Europeans through contact with First Nations and many see the tobacco trade as a traditional right.There have been concerns expressed in Mohawk communities that the RCMP focuses too much on trying to seize cigarettes at the expense of other, more dangerous products like cocaine.last_img read more

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Cree Elder documents erosion of land and culture

first_imgAPTN InFocus:Cree Elder Jackson Osborne began taking pictures of the land on the Pimicikimak Cree Nation thirty years ago.He wanted to document changes brought on by fluctuating water levels caused by hydro development.Now students at the University of Manitoba are taking his work a step further.And then another story about why volunteers are searching the banks of Winnipeg’s Red River.last_img

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Liberal Indigenous MPs propose forming crossparty reconciliation caucus

first_img(Robert-Falcon Ouellette. APTN/file photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsLiberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette says Indigenous Liberal MPs want to form an all-party “reconciliation caucus” to discuss Indigenous issues.Ouellette said the Liberal Indigenous caucus, which is made up of Indigenous Liberal MPs, decided after a long discussion to push the proposal of a reconciliation caucus open to Indigenous and non-Indigenous MPs.“There is a need for a larger conversation with the Canadian public. I don’t think this is an Indigenous issue all by itself,” said Ouellette. “There are MPs who represent Indigenous communities, First Nations, whether urban or rural. They are facing these issues and they need a way to get the appropriate information from members who have that experience.”Ouellette said someone told him a prophecy that predicted a solution to fix the historically degraded relationship between Indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada would only surface when the two sides walked hand-in-hand.“A prophecy was told to me…that it wouldn’t be simply the Indigenous person by themselves who will find a solution to the issues they are facing today,” said Ouellette. “Because the time is right, it’s now, it’s when we can do this and it’s the time to move forward.”Ouellette said proposed reconciliation caucus would resemble a cross between a Parliamentary association and a party caucus open only to MPs.“This is an idea that came forth from all of us having a long discussion about what it is we want to do in the long term and how we can go about doing that in the best possible way. How we can build bridges between opposition parties and the government party as well as ministers and really try to work with the ministries, people who work in the civil service and the private sector? How do we take all that energy and push it in the right direction?” said Ouellette. “We have a prime minister who is really interested and wants to see change.”Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash is proposing an all-party Indigenous caucus. APTN/fileThe idea was triggered by an initial proposal from NDP MP Romeo Saganash who sent a letter on Nov. 23 to the nine other Indigenous MPs elected in the last federal election inquiring about their interest in forming an all-party Indigenous caucus.Saganash said the proposal outlined by Ouellette would produce a totally difference concept than the one he initially suggested.“I was proposing an Indigenous caucus, so the people who are Indigenous would be around that table and perhaps use that as an opportunity to discuss any legislative actions that the government is going take, or legislative actions from us, that affect Aboriginal people so we can discuss them and debate them internally before the come out,” said Saganash. “It will be two different caucuses if they go ahead with that and my proposals.”Saganash’s proposal would see the 10 Indigenous MPs, eight from the Liberals and two from the NDP, meet at a “diplomatic level” to discuss upcoming legislation impacting Indigenous rights in an attempt to build a united front.“The caucus could facilitate networking and engagement with Indigenous communities throughout this land as we enter a new and important period in the relationship between the Canadian government and Indigenous peoples,” said Saganash in the letter proposing his Indigenous caucus. “I plan to support you on the many motions, bills and other Parliamentary work you are preparing. We can, when possible, coordinate and discuss legislative initiatives of interest for Indigenous peoples rights and status.”Ouellette said one of the problems with Saganash’s proposals stems from concerns politics could sabotage discussion.“There is party politics, you can’t forget this. We need to find a way where we can spread those ideas,” said Ouellette. “If we say something in our caucus, it should be private.”A meeting is scheduled between Indigenous MPs from the Liberals and NDP to discuss the issue on Jan. 26.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Human rights hearing over nonstatus rights resumes in Ottawa

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsThe battle for equality for First Nations children across the country resumed in Ottawa on Wednesday.According to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, Canada is excluding non-status First Nations children living off reserve from Jordan’s Principle and is refusing to provide coverage.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

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Rogers considering sale of baseballs Blue Jays stake in Cogeco

first_imgTORONTO – Talk of Rogers Communications Inc. possibly selling the Toronto Blue Jays, while keeping a connection to Canada’s only major league baseball team, makes a lot of sense to Norman Levine — and he has an unusual perspective.Levine is not only a proud, long-time Jays fan but also managing director of Portfolio Management Corp., which invests money on behalf of individuals and families with at least $1 million of investable assets.As a fan, Levine would be happy to see the team sold to an enthusiastic owner or group. As a chartered financial analyst, he thinks that Rogers doesn’t need to own a professional sports team and should sell it for the best possible deal.“If Rogers puts the Blue Jays up for sale, it should come with not only a nice price tag but also with an agreement that Rogers will be the exclusive TV, radio, internet — whatever you can think of — broadcaster for that team for (as many) years as they can get away with in their contract.”“That’s where the money is for Rogers. It’s not for owning the Blue Jays for any other reason,” Levine said Wednesday.He was commenting a day after a senior Rogers executive said the Toronto-based company — one of Canada’s biggest wireless, cable and media firms — is considering a sale of the team and its stake in a smaller cable and media company to free up capital for its main communications businesses.Rogers chief financial officer Tony Staffieri didn’t discuss who might buy the team, or if a deal would include the Rogers Centre, or what they would be worth. In fact, he didn’t say a sale is necessarily going to happen.The company issued an emailed statement Wednesday that said its sports assets including the Toronto Blue Jays “have performed really well for us.”“As we have said, we would like to surface value and get credit for these assets in our overall company valuation,” the statement continued.Levine said that, from a shareholder’s point of view, Rogers would have a responsibility to get the best combination of a good price for the team, a good price for the Rogers Centre and a good price for the broadcasting rights.From a fan’s point of view, Levine hopes the team isn’t sold to another publicly traded company or a pension plan because they have a responsibility to make the most profit — and that will hurt the Jays performance on the field.“That would be a worst-case scenario, from a fan point of view,” Levine said. “Whereas if it’s owned by a crazy individual with lots of money (who wants to win), that’s great if you’re a fan.”“There are lots of these guys out there. Lots of them you don’t even hear about until they show up. They don’t have to be CEOs of public companies. There are a gazillion private companies out there that are huge that you don’t hear about. And the guys that own them have tonnes of money.”Aravinda Galappatthige, an analyst who covers Rogers for Canaccord Genuity, estimates that the Blue Jays would be worth about $3.20 per share of Rogers, based on an estimated value of $1.65 billion for the team. He estimates the Rogers Centre is worth about $200 million to $400 million.“However, we highlight that while asset sales are being considered at a high level, we do not believe there any imminent deals in place at this time,” Galappatthige wrote in a note to clients.Galappatthige also noted that Rogers has other non-core assets including a 37.5 per cent interest in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team and Toronto Raptors basketball team.In total, he estimates Rogers has non-core assets that could be worth close to $5 billion or $9.70 per Rogers share.As for the company’s investment in Montreal-based Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CGO) and Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA), Galappatthige said Rogers’ share in the two Cogecos would be worth about $1.53 billion.Rogers stock closed Wednesday at $65.97, up 55 cents.last_img read more

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CREA reports June home sales down 107 from year ago but up

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian housing activity appears to be climbing out of its slump, but is still far from a rebound.The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Monday sales in June were up 4.1 per cent compared with May, marking what the board described as the first “substantiative” month-over-month increase this year.However, the June sales were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago, a five-year low for the month.“The national increase in June home sales suggests activity may indeed be starting to turn the corner,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, in an email. “Even so, the number of homes trading hands has a long way to go before it returns to levels posted in recent years.”More than 60 per cent of all local housing markets in the country reported increased sales activity in June compared with May, but activity was below year-ago levels in about two thirds of Canadian regions, said CREA.Those below year-ago levels were led by British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region, where sales showed signs of tempering and new listings were in decline.The number of newly listed properties for sale fell by 1.8 per cent across the country to 70,187 in June. Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal were the most prominent markets to see listings take a hit.CREA president Barb Sukkau suggested the muted numbers stemmed from the stricter regulations introduced on Jan. 1 for uninsured mortgages.She said the regulations were “weighing on” buyers and sales, but that the extent to which it was affecting those searching for homes was varying based on market and prices.The national average price for a home sold in June was just under $496,000, down 1.3 per cent from a year ago.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the average price was just over $389,000 — a 0.9 per cent year-over-year decrease.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said in a note to investors that Vancouver, and broadly B.C., are “the clear weak spots” because they’ve seen a 1.3 per cent slump in sales in the wake of the recent foreign buyers tax and speculation fees on vacant homes.He also categorized the Prairies as weak because Calgary, Edmonton and Regina all saw sales and prices below year-ago levels in June, but said higher oil prices could soon bring more confidence to buyers.He had much more optimism for Toronto, which he said is stabilizing with sales jumping nearly 17 per cent in June, the strongest seasonally-adjusted monthly increase in more than 14 years.“Keep in mind, however, that activity is coming off low levels not seen since the last recession,” he said. “At any rate, that surge in demand has tightened up the market, even if overall conditions are still relatively soggy.”Montreal and Ottawa, he said, remain the strongest markets in the country, bolstered by strong economies and few provincial measures aimed at cooling real estate.last_img read more

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A holiday miracle Stores try to cut down on long lines

first_imgNEW YORK — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they’ll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines.Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check out customers with mobile devices. And at Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones.Retailers hope the changes will make in-store shopping less of a hassle. Long lines can irritate shoppers, who may leave the store empty handed and spend their money elsewhere, or go online.“I’m all about quick and convenient,” says Carolyn Sarpy, who paid for a toy basketball hoop on a mobile device issued to a worker at a Walmart store in Houston. Sarpy says she “will turn around and walk out” of a store if she sees long lines.Walmart says workers will stand in the busiest sections of stores, ready to swipe customer credit cards when they are ready to pay. To make them easier to find, workers wear yellow sashes that say, “Check out with me.”The world’s largest retailer first tested the service in the spring at more than 350 stores in its lawn and garden centres. It fared well, Walmart says, and expanded the program for the holiday season.Retailers are trying to catch up to technology giants. Apple, for example, has let those buying iPhones, laptops and other gadgets in its stores to pay on mobile devices issued to workers. And Amazon has been rolling out cashier-less convenience stores in San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.Barbara Kahn, a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, says shoppers know the technology is out there for faster shopping. “That makes them even more impatient,” she says.The true test of their success will be whether retailers can handle the big crowds who are expected to turn out for Black Friday weekend. The day after Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest shopping day this year, according to retail analytics company ShopperTrak. The Saturday after Thanksgiving also ranks in the top 10.“The biggest pain point on Black Friday is standing in line,” says Jason Goldberg, senior vice-president of commerce and content practice at consulting group SapientRazorfish.J.C. Penney, which has been offering mobile checkout for years, says it sent an additional 6,000 mobile devices to stores this year so workers can check shoppers out quicker, like when lines get long on Black Friday. Other stores are testing it for the first time: Kohl’s says iPad-wielding workers will roam 160 of its more than 1,100 stores.Macy’s, which announced its program in May, says customers need to use its mobile app to scan price tags and pay. After that, they have to go to a mobile checkout express line and show the app to a worker, who then removes security tags from clothing.Target’s mobile checkout program, which is being rolled out to all its 1,800 stores, is similar to Walmart’s. Target says that at its electronics area, where there are usually two cash registers, four workers will be sent with handheld devices to help ring up customers buying TVs, video games and other devices.“This is about servicing the guest however they want and as quickly as they want,” says John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer.Joseph Pisani And Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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PRRD to open Potable Water Stations in Electoral Area B

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will be opening up new Potable Water Stations for Electoral Area B.According to Regional District Communications Coordinator, Kristen Danczak, the District has set up five new stations for the communities of Buick, Feye Spring, Prespatou, Boundary Lake, and Rose Prairie.Danczak says, once registered for a Flowpoint account with the District, users will be able to access the Stations using their individual access codes and pin number. “The Peace River Regional District will have five potable water stations opening in Electoral Area B located in Buick, Feye Spring, Prespatou, Boundary Lake, and Rose Prairie. Each potable water station includes truck and bottle fills that users will be able to access using their individual access codes and pin number that they get after registering for a Flowpoint account.”Users can register for a Flowpoint account at prrdwater.com.The Regional District says the Buick, Prespatou, and Feye Spring Stations are now open while construction is still underway at the Boundary and Rose Prairie stations.The purpose of the Stations is to protect water sources for the future and provide potable water closer to home for many residents.Residents strongly supported the provision and protection of our water through the referendum in 2017.For more information, you can visit the Regional District’s website.last_img read more

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4 dead in multiple homicide at North Dakota business

first_imgMandan (US): Four people were found dead Monday in what police called a “multiple homicide” at a North Dakota property-management business. The bodies of three men and a woman were discovered inside RJR Maintenance and Management in Mandan, a city of about 22,000 just across the Missouri River west of Bismarck, Police Chief Jason Ziegler said. The victims weren’t immediately identified and police didn’t say how they died. “It’s quite a large crime scene, so it’s not something that’s going to be easy for us to get in and do quickly,” Ziegler said of the pace of the investigation. Officers were combing through the building, which includes an office area in the front and a large warehouse area in the back, and planned to be there “as long as it takes us to get everything that we need,” the chief said. Ziegler said someone other than the four people who were found dead is responsible for the killings. However, police have not yet identified a suspect and have no motive. “The crime scene is contained to where it’s at, and there is no evidence based upon what we see that the public at large is in any danger from what happened there,” Ziegler said. “It looks like an isolated incident.” He said he was not aware of officers responding to any other recent incidents at the business that might have been connected to the killings. The building has many surveillance cameras, Ziegler said. He asked other businesses in the area that might have video footage they consider relevant to come forward. Police announced in a brief statement Monday morning that they had found “several” bodies while responding to a “medical call” to RJR.last_img read more

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Activists 5 killed in protests against Sudans president

first_imgCairo: Organizers behind anti-government demonstrations in Sudan say security forces have killed at least five protesters in the last twenty-four hours. Saturday witnessed one of the largest turnouts in more than three months of protests calling on President Omar al-Bashir to resign. Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, told The Associated Press on Sunday that four people were killed in the capital city of Khartoum when security forces tried to disperse crowds approaching the military’s headquarters. Abdel-Jaleel says another protester was killed in the neighbouring city of Omdurman. The state-run SUNA news agency has quoted police spokesman General Hashim Abdel-Rahim as saying that one person was killed “during disturbances in Omdurman.”last_img read more

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SC seeks status report on 2017 SSC paper leak case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exam paper leak matter and sought status report on it. The exam took place in 2017 and thousands of students who appeared for it continues to remain in limbo. The court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to bring on record its latest status report regarding the ongoing probe into the leak.last_img

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Startup sets up 5year deadline to fund 3 lakh erickshaws in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: RevFin, a digital lending start-up firm that started from March 2018, has set up a target of financing three lakh e-rickshaws in Bengal in the next five years.The company is ready to pump in Rs 3,000 crore in the state. An e-rickshaw is priced around Rs 1.5 lakh and the firm will provide Rs 1 lakh for a single e-rickshaw, which is 75 percent of the total price. “We started lending in October 23 last year and so far we have financed over 150 e-rickshaws across the country. We started financing in Bengal from February 16. We have offered a loan to 30 such vehicles in the state,” said RevFin founder and CEO Sameer Agaarwal. Apart from Bengal, the company provides funds to people who aspire to buy e-rickshaws in Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The company has tied up with seven manufacturers of e-vehicles across the country through which it is getting in touch with the customers. In Bengal, it has tied up with one such manufacturer based in North 24-Parganas and is exploring two similar partnerships in Kolkata. Revfin has recently started financing for e-two-wheelers as well. The Union government has come up with a policy called FAME II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) and has set a target of electrifying all public transport and public commercial vehicle by 2030. “However, availability of financing organisations is very limited in India. The public sector banks are financing for e-rickshaws in a very limited manner and the presence of private banks are confined mainly to tier III and tier IV towns. Moreover, the time frame for financing by a public sector bank takes around two months. Our app-based process takes only two days for processing a loan.” RevFin recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kharagpur for the development of a psychometric assessment in the loan underwriting process. The purpose of the project is to provide the fintech industry with the contemporary method of underwriting a loan application by using holistic human behavior as it will complement the traditional way of looking at credit history. The innovation will calculate the borrower’s intention to repay a loan by measuring their mental capabilities and behavioral style through psychometrics.last_img read more

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DU admissions may not begin from May first week

first_imgNew Delhi: Refuting the reports claim of Delhi University admission starts from the first week of May, the official at the admission coordinator said that “the date of admission will be announced when our preparations will be complete. It is not possible to start the admissions in the first week of May.”Moreover, the official also said that there is no major change in the DU admission process this year, “There are many misleading reporting are being circulated. The sports and ECA quotas are not going to be removed. We will soon have an official meet where all the rules and regulation will be annouced and such confusion will b debunked,” he added. Talking to earlier, he had said that the ECA and sports admissions will be “delinked from admission cut-off lists”. He further added that, “These seats are supernumerary in nature. Their admissions have no relation with the cut-off list so why should we unnecessarily wait for the cut-off lists for these admissions? They are dependent on trials so we will start those early, along with the registration process.” The varsity has also decided to give extra benefits to students hailing from villages. “We are planning to give some advantage to students from government schools and those who have done their schooling in villages. This is in addition to the benefit we are already giving to girls,” a committee member had said. The committee has also advised that an online calculator be devised, which can calculate students’ best-of-four percentage according to the course. “Students tend to hop from one course to another, and one college to another, which unnecessarily delays the admission process. To discourage this, we have decided that the number of cancellations allowed will be one less than the number of cut-offs that come out,” he added. Meanwhile, “the academic council of the University of Delhi (DU) has given its nod to 30 new courses to be introduced across colleges in the varsity. The courses include both undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes which will be imparted in a choice-based credit system from the coming academic year 2019-20 onwards.last_img read more

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Ggn groundwater levels drop to 10 meter in 4 yrs

first_imgGurugram: In four years that is from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater levels in Gurugram has dropped to 10 metres.The average levels at which the groundwater can now be tapped in Gurugram is at 36 metres. In 1974, the groundwater reserves could be tapped at just six metres. According to data obtained by the agriculture department in groundwater cell district overdrew on its groundwater reserves by 226%. Gurugram city alone overdrew its supply by 308%. In 2013, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) had categorised the district as ‘over-exploited’. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe challenge towards the renewal of falling groundwater reserves in the city can be gauged from the fact that over 180 out of 300 water harvesting pits under the Gurugram civic body is defunct. The figures came from the survey that was sanctioned by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). The Non-productive use of such pits further increases as water harvesting units in various private colonies and HUDA sectors have also not been effectively utilised. There are over 500 water harvesting pits that are expected to be there in the city. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarExpressing concern over the depleting groundwater reserves the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in an order dated April 9, directed the district authorities to file a fresh status report on the matter within four weeks. The court gave the directive with reference to a 2008 public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sunil Singh against the Ministry of Environment and Forests and others on illegal extraction of groundwater through bore-wells. “Allegations are that on account of illegally dug bore-wells and use of underground water, groundwater level has gone dangerously low. The day is not far when there would no water available. After hearing the learned counsel for the petitioner and also going through records, we feel a fresh status report is required from every stakeholder,” stated the court in its order.last_img read more

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21st Tetouan International Festival for Mediterranean Cinema Opens

Tétouan- The 21st Tetouan International Festival for Mediterranean Cinema (FICMT) opened, Saturday in Tétouan, with the participation of an array of filmmakers and movie actors from the Mediterranean region.The opening ceremony of the fest, slated March 28-April 4, was marked by a tribute paid to one of the leading Moroccan theater figures, Touria Jabrane.During this ceremony, attended mainly by Wali of Tangiers-Tétouan region, governor of Tangiers-Asilah prefecture Mohamed El Yaacoubi and director general of the Moroccan cinema center (CCM) Sarim Fassi-Fihri, a posthumous homage was paid to Arab and Egyptian movie star Fatine Hamama, Moroccan actor Mohamed Bastaoui, Egyptian Khalid Saleh and Italian Francesco Rosi. The event was also marked by the presentation of the jury of short and feature films, documentaries and pedagogical movies. read more

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