On movies and culture

first_imgSome were surprised at the reaction of people of African Origin to the Marvel movie “Black Panther”, which elicited such a deep cultural outpouring exhibited in clothes and music. I was not, and it had nothing to do with the US$150 million Disney had spent on the publicity on top of the US$200 million budget. It was because, for the first time, here was a film that African audiences could relate to primally because it appeared to them to be authentically African.It is my hope that now the movie has been commercially successful beyond the producers’ wildest dream (approaching US$1Billion) movies of this kind, affirming the humanity of people of African origin, will continue to be made. I believe it will go very far in improving relations between the two major groups in Guyana and Trinidad – of African and Indian origins.I have written of the proclivity of groups placed in the same social space to compare themselves to each other. In the Caribbean, people of African origin had implicitly, if not explicitly, insisted that the “Creole Culture” – formed out of the White/African encounter when the former had enslaved the latter – was the “national culture” and relegated Indian cultural expressions as retrogressive. In this comparison, to be “Guyanese” or “Trinidadian”, the Indian had to jettison his “Indianness” – encompassed in his culture.Now that the point has been made so powerfully about the adverse consequences of the western impositions on the African psyche in the character of Eric Kilmonger, and of the depth and profundity of African points of views (Wakanda has five different groups working together – a lesson for us?) maybe local people of African origin will appreciate the point I made two decades ago that Creole culture was an “abomination” that must be reevaluated by its adherents.This re-evaluation, I believe, will lead to a greater appreciation of the attempts by Indians in the Caribbean to retain their culture against the quotidian efforts to strip them of it. I still remember Ms Jocelyn Dow (of the WPA and now Chair of the Forestry Commission) exploding that sometimes when she turns on the TV, she doesn’t know whether she’s in India or not. It was an expression of the deep-seated premise that Indian music or film was not really “West Indian”. I believe that to the extent African Guyanese appreciate African culture and interrogate creole culture, they will resent to a lesser degree Indian cultural expressions. And as I said, Black Panther may trigger this movement, presaged by the “Black Power” movement which was somewhat short circuited after the 1970’s.For Indians, starting with the first Indian film shown in 1935 (Bala Johan), Indian culture received a great shot in the arm and it revolutionized both its form and content – less than fifteen years after the abolition of Indian indentureship. Before the introduction of Hindi Films, most of the singing, for instance, was confined to the folk expressions that would have been remembered from their peasant experience. With Indian movies dominated by songs, new forms were introduced into the local repertoire.Hinduism was particularly enriched with the Bhajans from the movies – like Tulsidas’ Mujhe Apni Sharan Me Le Lo, by the immortal Mohamed Rafi – practically replacing the older, peasant songs – later ironically to be reprieved in the eighties in the Chutney compositions. The movies of the pre-and post war era were heavily influenced by the need of the average rural Indian to deal with the challenges of modernization by retaining or adapting time-honoured values. The writer remembers vividly movies, for instance, like “Choti Bahin” that emphasized the individual’s responsibility to family (especially sisters) and Dosti, the need for loyalty to friends. There is not an Indian movie that did not extoll the fundamental importance of family – including those like Baghban in the present.The Indian movie, while refracted through that country’s own commercialized attempts to deal with westernization, yet never lost sight with the essential need for cultural continuity. Nowadays Holi or Phagwa would be incomplete in both India and its diaspora without the song popularized by Amitabh Bachan – Rang Barse –from the movie classic “Silsila”.More power to the people through movies!last_img read more

Pacheco likely to succeed Mack on police commission

first_imgCompleting his two-year term as Los Angeles Police Commission president, John Mack is expected step down from his post Tuesday. The civil-rights leader likely will be replaced by Commissioner Anthony Pacheco, who prior to his appointment was an adviser on the report regarding the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart scandal. None of the five commissioners would speak on the record about who would be appointed, but commission Vice President Alan Skobin said he didn’t expect any significant changes in style under the new leadership. The City Charter dictates presidents of the mayor-appointed commission can only serve one two-year term. The commissioners themselves nominate and chose the president. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mack, the former president of the Urban League, had been seen as an objective voice on a commission that often has to deal with emotionally charged issues of police use of force. “He has been a terrific leader for us,” said Commissioner Andrea Ordin. “It has been excellent to work together. All four of us have enjoyed his inclusive leadership style.” Pacheco was appointed to the panel in 2005. He is an attorney with the firm of Proskauer Rose, a practice focused on white-collar crime, business, environmental and entertainment law.last_img read more

Former Arsenal forward is tripling his wages with new club, says former boss

first_imgRoma boss Luciano Spalletti has revealed that former Arsenal forward Gervinho has tripled his wages by moving to China.The Ivory Coast international joined Hebei China Fortune earlier this week after they splashed out £12m for his signature.The winger’s move is one of several transfers to China, which has also seen Chelsea midfielder Ramires join Jiangsu Suning for £25m.And now Spalletti has revealed that Gervinho wanted to leave after being offered a huge pay rise.“To clarify, Gervinho wanted to leave at all costs,” said the Serie A giants’ boss.“[Stephan] El Shaarawy wanted to come at all costs, so El Shaarawy serves the team and not Gervinho. Gervinho is going to triple his salary. I told him ‘fine’.” Gervinho 1last_img read more

Dream rides stun drivers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The show’s organizers expect 1 million visitors to stroll through the Los Angeles Convention Center during the 10-day event, with as many as 75,000 arriving Friday. While they wandered around, car fanciers could observe everything from the new Toyota Yaris subcompact to Lamborghinis and Ferraris that have waiting lists years long and price tags comparable to small houses. “It’s a great day for dreamers today,” said Thomas Lucero, a Whittier truck driver who brought his two young children to examine Land Rovers. “They’ve been getting in every car they can. They’ve already informed me what they want to drive, so I’ll get myself something I can enjoy for the next few years until they start driving.” Lucero had a somewhat practical side to his dreaming, pricing cars and comparing features without the pressure of a sales-room environment. After seeing the latest Land Rover Discoveries, he decided he’d try to find a used one to take on camping trips. In the next hall over, where silver-skinned Porsches took up a showroom of their own, Kurt Hammell had far less realistic ideas in mind. The construction estimator drove in from Yorba Linda with no misconceptions that he’d ever be able to take any of the exotic beauties home – and he didn’t seem to mind at all. “I have high-end tastes without the pocketbook to go with it,” he said. “No family-friendly vehicles, not in my garage. The Ferrari F 430 Spyder’s pretty nice, but I’d have to sell the house and live in the car.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the eye of an enthusiast, a new Cadillac’s not just a car, but a four-wheeled vision of a better world. Fernando Meza, an X-ray technician from Moorpark, drove his Ford pickup to the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show on Friday, the first day of public viewing, to check out new models with a pair of young friends. Though he considers himself more of a truck guy, he soon was behind the wheel of a Cadillac XLR convertible, his ponytailed head nearly poking above the top of the windshield. “Everyone’s trying to outdo everyone else,” he said, stepping out of the sleek black droptop to marvel. “It’s totally different in here – no beat-up cars like we have. Everything’s so nice and shiny.” That’s why people come to goggle over the pristine new rides, to run their fingers over wooden gear shift nobs and kick impeccably shiny tires. Whether eyeing a $40,000 Saleen S331 sport truck or a $380,000 Maybach 57 S, car lovers looked at the exotic rides and envisioned themselves behind the wheel. last_img read more

Antonio Conte linked with AC Milan job after admitting he ‘misses’ Italy

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte would be AC Milan’s ‘dream’ appointment next summer, according to reports in Italy.The San Siro club have made a slow start to the season under Vincenzo Montella and they currently sit 7th in Serie A.Axed Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a return to the helm, but there has also been talk of Conte joining next summer.And, according to Corriere dello Sport, hiring the Chelsea boss next June is AC Milan’s dream appointment.Conte has been linked with a return to Italy in the future and he recently confessed his misses his homeland.“I miss it, that’s beyond doubt,” Conte told Radio Anch’io Sport.“Italy is my homeland, so once I have had some good experiences, formative experiences, important and life-changing experiences, I’ll be back.“I don’t know when but that’s the aim.”Milan are waiting to see if Montella can turn things around, but if not they are ready to offer Conte the chance to come back to Italy next summer. Antonio Conte 1last_img read more

Football gossip and latest transfer rumours – Thursday, November 9

first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…Real Madrid have made Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane their first choice to replace France forward Karim Benzema. (Diario Gol)Neymar is doing his best to convince Liverpool playmaker, Brazil team-mate and close friend Philippe Coutinho to join him at Paris Saint-Germain. (Le 10 Sport)Meanwhile, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes team-mate and fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano could return to Liverpool. (Diario Gol)Manchester City are set to lose Sergio Aguero when his contract runs out in 2019. The club’s record goal scorer wants to move back to his homeland and return to boyhood club Independiente in two years’ time. (Daily Mirror)City star Gabriel Jesus will be rewarded for impressive form with a new £100,000-a-week contract, less than a year after joining the club. (Daily Mail)Manchester United executives fear boss Jose Mourinho may leave the club in the summer, rather than risk being left behind by rivals City. The manager would most likely move to Paris Saint-Germain, with the 54-year-old’s representatives rumoured to have already held talks with the French giants. (The Sun)Meanwhile, Mourinho is keen to add to his squad in January and is targeting Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti. (Daily Mirror)Man United are considering a January move for Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo. The 21-year-old currently plays at Gremio and a good run of form saw him make Brazil’s squad last month, but United may face competition with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona also reportedly interested. (Daily Mail)Arsenal have put a £30million price tag on Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker’s contract at ends in the summer and he has been linked with a move to Man United. (Daily Star) Chelsea are looking at their options for the January transfer window, with Juventus’ Alex Sandro and Everton’s Ross Barkley tipped to be the main targets. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are said to have made a bid to sign 17-year-old Hamburg striker Jann-Fiete Arp, but the Blues could face a battle with Arsenal and Tottenham. (The Metro)Lyon star Nabil Fekir has expressed an interest in playing in the Premier League, following speculation of a move to Arsenal. The Gunners could soon be looking for a replacement for Alexis Sanchez and Fekir has said Spain and England offer the “most attractive” leagues. (The Metro)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:‘Everton need a manager with bottle… but they can forget about Diego Simeone’, talkSPORT toldFormer England captain Ray Wilkins has told talkSPORT he is baffled that six of England’s top players have withdrawn from the squad to face Germany and Brazil Former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez has risked the wrath of Reds fans by saying Philippe Coutinho would ‘bring a lot’ to Barcelona if he moved to the Nou Camp Napoli have stepped up their pursuit of Manchester City and Arsenal target Sime Vrsaljko Manchester United have received a significant boost in their pursuit of long-time target Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in Spain Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi RB Leipzig have ruled out the prospect of Naby Keita linking up with Liverpool in Januarylast_img read more

The best player on loan from each Premier League club

first_imgThe former New York City winger is unlikely to ever play for Manchester City, but could be a Premier League player with Leeds next season.Manchester United – Dean Henderson, on loan at Sheffield UnitedHenderson was rewarded with a new two-year deal at Manchester United in June following his impressive performances for League One club Shrewsbury.He has played every minute of Sheffield United’s Championship campaign as they trail Leeds by four points. Dwight Gayle has been on fire this season 21 At the start of the season Premier League clubs packed off a number of their young talents on loan.Some, though, are performing better than others with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham scoring for fun at Aston Villa, while Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson is making a name for himself in Germany at Hoffenheim. 21 21 He can’t play for another club this season after featuring for the Eagles in the Carabao Cup in August. The 23-year-old faces a fight on his hands to regain a starting spot.Everton – Nikola Vlasic, on loan at CSKA MoscowSomeone must have seen something in Vlasic for Everton to sign him for £10million in 2017.He failed to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League and was shipped out on loan to Russia by Marco Silva. 21 Christian Walton is loving life at Wigan 21 21 The pair have received rave reviews for their performances as Celtic are top of the Scottish Premiership on goal difference.Liverpool – Harry Wilson, on loan at Derby CountyWilson has gained a reputation of scoring wonder goals for Frank Lampard’s promotion-chasing Derby.His 10 goals include a stunning free-kick which came in the Rams’ Carabao Cup win over Manchester United in September. Mark Harris during Cardiff’s pre-season game 21 21 He has even been linked with a £15million move to Wolves this month.Crystal Palace – Ryan Inniss, on loan at DundeePalace’s loanees have not fared too well since leaving last summer.But their best player has been Inniss, who did well for Scottish Premiership side Dundee before Jim McIntyre took over in October. The striker has been rotated with former Chelsea frontman Loic Remy.Huddersfield – Jack Payne, on loan at BradfordPayne has been a shining light in Bradford’s dreadful season. The Bantams, who would have had high hopes for the campaign last summer, are battling relegation from League One.But Payne has scored eight goals in their bid to avoid the drop – they are just one point from safety. 21 Dean Henderson has been a revelation at Bramall Lane Rui Fonte (left) battles for possession 21 But the 21-year-old has ignited his career at Birmingham, appearing 19 times in the Blues’ surprising promotion push. Garry Monk’s men are just four points off the top six.Arsenal – Reiss Nelson, on loan at HoffenheimAfter making just three Premier League appearances last season, Nelson needed a move away from the Emirates.The attacking midfielder, 19, is thriving in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim, scoring six goals to help them climb to seventh in the table. He impressed Addicks fans with his assured displays in midfield before dislocating his shoulder in November. The defensive midfielder is set to return to their matchday squad this weekend, which will give Lee Bowyer’s side a massive boost.Wolves – Danny Batth, on loan at MiddlesbroughWolves’ club captain has only made 12 appearances for Middlesbrough, but his experience will be vital for the promotion hopefuls.The defender has won League One and Championship titles with his parent club. 21 Connor Mahoney is trusted by Blues boss Garry Monk 21 Josh Cullen captains the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s team 21 He could be pushing the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for a first-time place next season.Manchester City – Jack Harrison, on loan at Leeds UnitedHarrison has featured prominently for Leeds, who are flying under Marcelo Bielsa. He scored in their 2-0 win against promotion rivals Derby last Friday to maintain their lead at the top of the table. 21 The French defender scored in back-to-back games against Rayo Vallecano and Real Betis in October.West Ham United – Josh Cullen, on loan at CharltonSome West Ham fans believed this would be Cullen’s breakthrough season at the London Stadium, however, Manuel Pellegrini loaned him to Charlton on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window. Nikola Vlasic celebrates his goal And Gayle’s form will play a huge role in their attempt to return to the top-flight at the first time of asking.Southampton – Harrison Reed, on loan at Blackburn RoversThe midfielder’s versatility has been key to Tony Mowbray’s side, who are sitting comfortably in mid-table on their return to the Championship.center_img Tammy Abraham is vital to Aston Villa’s promotion hopes Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the Premier League’s best loanees from each club so far this season.AFC Bournemouth – Connor Mahoney, on loan at BirminghamHighly-rated by Blackburn chiefs, Mahoney let his contract run down to join Bournemouth in 2017. He’s only made two appearances for the south-coast club and endured a frustrating loan spell with Barnsley last season. Filip Benkovic is starring in Scotland Dimitri Foulquier wins a tackle He’ll need to stay fully fit for the second half of the season to push Wednesday up the table.Watford – Dimitri Foulquier, on loan at GetafeFoulquier is yet to make his Watford debut since joining from Granada in 2017. He signed a season-long loan deal with Getafe last summer where he has gone on to make 15 appearances so far. Harry Wilson is one of the Championship’s young stars 21 21 Tammy Abraham is in superb form This week, the Yorkshire club managed to retain the playmaker for the rest of the season after agreeing to cover a much larger percentage of his wages.Leicester City – Filip Benkovic, on loan at CelticHarvey Barnes would have been on this list if Leicester hadn’t cut short his loan spell with West Brom last week.But Benkovic, who joined the Foxes for a reported £13million from Dinamo Zagreb before being loaned to Celtic, has formed a formidable defensive partnership with Dedryck Boyata. Wells’ six goals and three assists in 20 league starts have helped QPR distance themselves from the relegation zone after a poor start.Cardiff City – Mark Harris, on loan at Newport CountyCardiff have not loaned out too many players – they need as many bodies as possible to avoid relegation. 21 21 Batth’s playing time has been restricted by the superb form of Daniel Ayala and Aden Flint with Boro boasting the meanest defence in the Championship, conceding just 19 goals. Jack Harrison is trying to help leads back to the Premier League Nahki Wells is a regular starter under Steve McClaren 21 Harrison Reed has cemented his place in Rovers’ XI Reed has starred for Rovers, playing in the middle of the park or on the right wing.Tottenham Hotspur – Josh Onomah, on loan at Sheffield WednesdayOnomah’s loan spell has been disrupted by injuries, he has been crocked since Boxing Day. But when he has played, he’s shown his quality, with three assists in eight league starts. Danny Batth applauds Middlesbrough’s fans Ryan Inniss had a loan spell with Southend The midfielder has found the net seven times for CSKA Moscow and scored the winning goal in their shock Champions League win over Real Madrid in October.Is he proving his doubters wrong?Fulham – Rui Fonte, on loan at LilleFonte has been in and out of Lille’s side, who are enjoying a successful season. They are in second place but trail league leaders Paris Saint-Germain by 13 points. But young midfielder Harris, 20, has made 20 appearances for League Two club Newport County, scoring three goals.He will look to play a part in their bid to break into the play-off places in the second half of the season.Chelsea – Tammy Abraham, on loan at Aston VillaAbraham, who is still only 21, struggled for form in the Premier League last year as his loan club Swansea suffered relegation.But he has found his feet in the Championship with Aston Villa. Despite not playing until mid-September, he is the division’s joint-top scorer with 16 goals. His performances have reportedly caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate, who could hand him a first senior call-up if his form continues.Brighton & Hove Albion – Christian Walton, on loan at WiganWigan re-signed the goalkeeper on loan after his 19 clean sheets helped the club win promotion from League One last season. Josh Onomah’s form has been affected by injuries The 21-year-old registered an assist after setting up Billy Sharp in the Blades’ 3-2 win over Preston in SeptemberNewcastle United – Dwight Gayle, on loan at West BromGayle has always been prolific in the Championship – and this season has been no different.The ex-Palace talisman has 13 goals in 20 league games with West Brom aiming for automatic promotion. He has started in all but one of their 27 Championship games as they sit 19th in the table.Walton could even sign for the Latics on a permanent deal if he keeps up his solid form.Burnley – Nahki Wells, on loan at Queens Park RangersWells failed to start a game for Burnley following his £5million move from Huddersfield last season.His summer departure was always likely, and a lucky Championship club were getting a goalscorer. He joined QPR in August and has become a key player for Steve McClaren’s side. Reiss Nelson has been a hit in Germany Jack Payne is one of Bradford’s best players 21 21last_img read more

Gordon knee injury could force Celtic to shop for keeper

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers may be forced into searching for another goalkeeper after Craig Gordon suffered a knee injury during the 1-0 Scottish Premiership win over Hibs.The Northern Irishman said he will “look at his goalkeeping situation” before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night after the club sent youngster Conor Hazard on loan to Falkirk.Gordon, who lost two years of his career due to an injury to his left knee before signing for Celtic in 2014, was flattened in an aerial duel with former Parkhead defender Efe Ambrose.It is understood the injury, which forced him off at half time, has affected the same knee but is different in nature. “I think Efe’s weight maybe twisted his MCL (medial collateral ligament) so we will see how that is.“If it is a calf strain for Leigh then I wouldn’t have thought so,” he added when asked if he is likely to return in time for the Zenit clash.Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths shows his frustration after suffering an injury. SNS“It has been an ongoing issue and it is frustrating for us and frustrating for him because as I said last week, he was ready to start against Brechin and he had a problem with his ankle.“He comes back, he does really well against Partick Thistle, gets the winner and starts today and obviously gets the winner. It is unfortunate.”Asked about reports linking Celtic with a loan move for Chelsea’s 21-year-old attacker Charly Musonda and a bid to buy Dundee defender Jack Hendry, Rodgers said: “There are no further updates really. They are both talented players but both still at their respective clubs.“We will see over the next couple of days and hopefully we can conform one or two signings which will be a great lift for the squad.” And to add to Rodger’s woes striker Leigh Griffiths, who scored in the 27th minute, had to come off four minutes later with a recurrence of a calf problem.Celtic play Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on February 15 before the return in Russia a week later and Rodgers does not expect to have either available.“Both are struggling,” he said when asked about Gordon and Griffiths. “It looks like Leigh’s calf and he has had issues with them.“Craig looks a bit more serious in terms of his knee, we need to have a look at that in the scan so it looks like he could be out for a period of time.last_img read more

Men flee on bikes from Chatham-Kent police

first_imgA Chatham-Kent officer’s instincts proved correct when attempting to stop two suspicious men riding bicycles in a Wallaceburg neighbourhood early Wednesday morning.Police said the officer, who was on general patrol, saw the two men, who had their faces covered and were carrying a heavy backpack, in the area of Bridal Path and Reaume Avenue around 8 a.m.Both men fled on their bicycles as the officer tried to stop them.The officer was able stop one of the men at the corner of Queen and Murray streets. While being placed under arrest, police said the resisted and threw a small baggie in a nearby bush.The accused was taken into custody and the baggie, allegedly containing crystal methamphetamine, was recovered by the officer, police said.A 53-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with drug possession, resisting arrest and failing to comply with his released conditions by being in possession of unlawful drugs.He was placed in custody pending a bail hearing.Suspicious men arrested on Oxley DriveTwo men were arrested after being stopped just before 2 a.m. Thursday when an officer on general patrol spotted them riding bicycles with no lights on while on Oxley Drive in Chatham.Through investigation, police said it was learned one of the men, 33, of no fixed address, was wanted by OPP.The man was arrested on the outstanding warrant and, during a search, was allegedly found to be in possession of a black ski mask, knife and flashlight. Police said the officer also searched the man’s backpack, which reportedly contained night-vision binoculars, a balaclava, various tools, gloves and a syringe containing methamphetamine.The accused was charged with being in possession of break-in tools and drug possession. He received a June 26 court date and was turned over to OPP for court purposes.The other man, 36, also of no fixed address, was arrested for breaching his curfew. He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Altercations lead to chargesChatham-Kent police were called to deal with some separate altercations on Wednesday that resulted in chargesA 35-year-old Wallaceburg woman is facing an assault charge after police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Wallaceburg residence Wednesday morning.Police said the accused was released with conditions and a May 31 court date.Police were called to a neighbour dispute in Dresden Wednesday night.Through investigation, police learned a 30-year-old Dresden man threatened his neighbour.The accused was arrested and charged with uttering threats and later released with a June 12 court date, police said.Tools stolenChatham-Kent police are investigating the theft of tools after a storage bin was broken into on Colborne Street in Chatham some time between 7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday.The tools stolen include a Bosch Hammer drill set, a Stihl gas-powered chop saw and a 16-inch Stihl chainsaw, with an estimated total value of $2,400.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Jason Williams at jasonw@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87224.Anonymous calls can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).last_img read more