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Film, fact, and fantasy

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study hosted a reunion of sorts last week, with India the connecting thread that wove through longtime friendships, feature films, fact, fiction, and magical fantasy.“I know this is complicated, but it’s so amazing,” said Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen in her opening remarks. “We have in our presence today three remarkable women who are united by a friendship and a shared passion to communicate the complexity of life, particularly for women in south Asia.”On campus to deliver the Rama S. Mehta lecture, the filmmaker Deepa Mehta (no relation), whose work captures life’s beauty and brutality in equal measure, acknowledged another guest in the crowd. The friend was author Bapsi Sidhwa, a former Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute fellow. (The Bunting was precursor to the Radcliffe Institute.) Sidhwa’s celebrated novel “Cracking India” inspired Mehta’s 1998 film “Earth,” which tells of the nation’s violent 1947 partition.Martha Chen, lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kenney School, introduced Mehta. Her book “Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India,” informed Mehta’s film “Water,” which explores the lives of women in India’s homes for widows.When it was her turn at the podium, the director asked Harvard’s Jacqueline Bhabha to raise her hand. The University adviser on human rights education waved a greeting from her seat. Mehta thanked her for having her son, Satya Bhabha, star in Mehta’s forthcoming film “Midnight’s Children,” based on Salman Rushdie’s book of the same name, which uses magical realism to examine historic events like India’s independence from Great Britain.Mehta fleshed out those influential connections in exploring her life as a filmmaker, and offered insights into the often tumultuous, sometimes dangerous work of creating her famous “Elements Trilogy:” the films “Fire,” “Earth,” and “Water.”The Indian-born director perfectly fit the bill for an event established with the goal of bringing to campus a distinguished woman in public affairs, the sciences, or the arts who has a deep understanding of the problems of women in developing countries. With India as a frequent backdrop, her films address complex social themes such as arranged marriage, isolation, racism, homosexuality, and domestic violence.“Fire” took shape at her kitchen table in Canada, she said. As an immigrant to North America, she was inspired by longing, curiosity, and nostalgia to write the film’s script one snowy day as she pondered “the extreme thing two women could do to test the strength of men in [Indian] society.”The film tells the story of a relationship between two women in a country where homosexuality is largely taboo. “We made this film which was about love … and choice,” said Mehta. But many people in India saw it differently. Reaction to the work was swift. Shortly after the film opened, “all hell broke loose,” said the director. Critical response was favorable, but Hindu fundamentalists attacked the theaters that dared to show it. Protests for and against the work erupted in the streets, and the government temporarily shut down the screenings.But though painful, the political backlash taught Mehta a difficult lesson: to accept the word “controversial” whenever her name or her works were discussed. “I began to understand,” said the director, “what it would mean to wear that label.” She also realized the power of the art form. “ ‘Fire,’ ” she said, “touched a nerve.”Her experience with an Indian house for widows compelled her to make the subject the focus of  “Water.” But controversy stirred during filming.“I had never come across anything so appalling,” said Mehta of the homes, scattered across the country, that house women, largely outcast by society, who often fall into prostitution or begging simply to survive. Armed with Chen’s work, she wrote the script and set to work filming. But the project was quickly derailed. Angry crowds called it anti-Hindu, and violent mobs destroyed the sets.“It was as if a whole army had been unleashed on a little independent film crew on the banks of the Ganges” River, said Mehta.The government shut the film down, and work ceased on it  for two years. But Mehta was undaunted. She moved the production to Sri Lanka and completed the film. “Water” was eventually screened in India, where it was well received and had a lasting impact. “It helped and touched a lot of widows … It has empowered them,” said Mehta. “Films do help.”Mehta connected with Rushdie when he attended a screening of “Water.” She asked him to write a quote for the movie’s poster, and the two became close friends. A common sensibility, background, and generational perspective deepened their bond.When Mehta suggested they collaborate on “Midnight’s Children,” Rushdie immediately agreed. Problems with the production included trouble casting female Bollywood stars. Some young women feared that playing one of the main characters, the mother of a teenager, would rob them of their youthful appeal. Then there were issues with dengue fever, and escaped cobras. But nothing could halt the film, said Mehta, who collaborated closely with Rushdie on the script.Rushdie’s work, she said, “gave India a complexity I was always looking for.”Sidhwa, who spoke briefly at the end of the talk, recalled playing the foil to censors assigned to monitor the making of “Earth.” On the set, the author would conveniently ask the watchful government official to go in search of the Indian frozen treat kulfi, she said, whenever a controversial scene was approaching.The author summed up Mehta with four words.“She is so gutsy.”last_img read more

Episode #56: Flash Meets Persistent Memory – Live from FMS 2016

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini) The Flash Memory Summit is an annual gathering of “People Making Flash Products Happen”.   The conference was held in Santa Clara August 9-11, 2016.  EMC was a premium sponsor of the event, showcasing the latest in AL-FLASH product design and direction.   In addition, EMC was invited to participate in the General Keynote Sessions.EMC Fellow, Vice President of Emerging Media and friend of EMC The Source Podcast, Dan Cobb (@dcobbweb), hosted the Keynote – “Flash Storage Meets Persistent Memory – The Modern Data Center Changes Forever!”I was able to catch up with Dan as he headed into his keynote address.  That interview and the full content of the Keynote Session are this week’s EMC The Source Podcast.Don’t miss “EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #56: Flash Meets Persistent Memory Danny Cobb, Live from Flash Memory Summit 2016last_img read more

How banking comparison sites impact consumer search and your website

first_img continue reading » Comparison websites’ role in the marketing of bank, credit union and other financial service continues to evolve. These websites, which frequently enjoy better traction with Google and other search engines than banking sites themselves, already straddle an unusual range of roles from advisory and rankings for consumers to editorial to paid-promotion for brands. Their increasingly central nature to digital sales of banking products is now being augmented by the beginning of another role: direct sales partnership with financial institutions.Comparison websites for financial services are a growing subset of the trend of comparison websites in general. Among the better-known ones in the U.S. are NerdWallet, Credit Karma,, WalletHub, The Points Guy, The Ascent (a banking-oriented site operated by The Motley Fool), The Balance,, and ValuePenguin, DepositAccounts, MagnifyMoney and CompareCards (all four of which are owned by LendingTree, itself a leading online marketplace lender). There are others, such as FindABetterBank, operated by Novantas, the banking data and consulting firm, and Wise Bread.All of the foregoing sites are national in scope. There are also sites operated by nonprofit organizations, such as Consumers’ Checkbook, a family of sites that compare banks and many other types of local businesses in seven metropolitan areas, including Washington, D.C., as well as a national edition. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tioga Central’s reopening plan gives parents the option for virtual or in-person learning

first_imgStudents will be leaving classrooms at different times, so not to crowd hallways. They will also be sitting far apart from each other in classes and events. Tioga Central has focused on giving parents the option to use virtual or in-person learning, but has also made it so there shouldn’t be any concerns regarding safety for inside the school. Dr. Hamilton says he encourages in-person learning more than virtual simply because it’s a better way to learn, especially for the younger students who need more one-on-one teachings. For more information on the school’s plan and more, you can visit its website here. TIOGA CENTER (WBNG) — Schools across the Southern Tier have released their plans, including Tioga Central School District, which is aiming to cover every step for the parents, teachers, and students.center_img He says if you want this option, but struggle with internet or cellular service, they have more than one way of making it work. One of the ways is using Google Classroom for the video lessons. You’ll be able to download the videos from a device if you sit in the school’s parking lot and utilize the WiFi there or anywhere else. Then, once you go home, you won’t need internet connection to complete the lessons. “We’re shooting for four days a week, 100-percent of students for in-person instruction,” said Superintendent Dr. David Hamilton. “We’re doing that because we’ve established classroom spaces where the students can sit behind clear barriers and then take their masks off.” However, if you do opt to go virtual, Dr. Hamilton says it shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. The school says the virtual lessons and the in-person lessons will be as similar as possible, so students are all on the same page.last_img read more

European, Asian companies lower outlook post-Brexit – Fidelity

first_imgIn addition, Fidelity reported that almost half (49%) of European analysts said their companies were “less willing” to invest in the UK over the next two years while the Brexit negotiations took place.One-quarter of Asian analysts agreed.The analysts cited a lack of clarity over UK/EU relations, risks to the financial sector in London, risks to the property market and a possible loss of talent as companies choose to relocate.UK prime minister Theresa May yesterday stated that the country would be giving up access to the EU’s single market when it leaves the union.Fidelity’s research also covered analysts’ views of Donald Trump, who will be inaugurated as US president on Friday, as well as the wave of national elections across Europe in 2017.Almost three-quarters (72%) of Fidelity’s analysts said their companies were positive on the two-year outlook under Trump’s presidency.The Republican party’s dominance of Congress, as well as the president-elect’s stance on areas such as corporate tax, income tax, infrastructure spending, fossil fuels and deregulation, all point to an encouraging future, the analysts said.European analysts were less bullish, with 39% saying their companies had a positive US outlook.However, only 12% said the outlook was negative.Nearly two-thirds (64%) of analysts covering emerging Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America said the impact of Trump was “moderately negative”.Despite the mixed views of companies, Michael Sayers, director of research at Fidelity, said the research had also shown that “none of these political risks are seen as strong enough to offset upbeat cyclical forces that are evident in all regions and sectors”.Fidelity claimed their research suggests “concerns over political risk are not enough to disrupt the upbeat cyclical forces evident across all sectors and regions”.The annual survey questioned 146 of the asset manager’s equity and bond analysts. A significant proportion of analysts across Europe and Asia are expecting a negative impact from Brexit on the companies they cover, according to Fidelity International.Almost 60% of the asset manager’s European investment analysts said the UK’s departure from the European Union would have a “moderately negative” impact on their companies.More than one-third (40%) of Japanese analysts said the same.Of particular concern are firms in the industrial, energy, discretionary consumer goods, financial and IT sectors.last_img read more

Margaret Mary Health, Hoxworth announce blood drive

first_imgBatesville, In. — Margaret Mary Health, in conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive on Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in a donor bus outside the hospital.All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. A photo ID is required the day of donation, and donors are strongly encouraged to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water or juice before donating.To schedule your appointment, call (800)830-1091 or go online here.last_img

Eldora Speedway officials forced to cancel season opener

first_imgRossburg, Oh. — After consultation with authorities in Darke and Mercer County as well as border counties in the neighboring state of Indiana, Eldora Speedway officials had to cancel the 66th Season Opener over the weekend.“Sometimes you gotta know when to fold’em,” said Roger Slack, General Manager. “The facility and track surface are ready to go but the race teams and fans have to be able to get here – and do so in a safe and timely fashion.”The local area remains under a flood warning with Grand Lake St. Mary at flood stage and nine roads closed in the immediate area of the speedway in Darke County and another 27 closures in Mercer County.The OHGO app reports closures in Ohio include US and State Routes 127, 118, 29, 30, 47, 49 and 66 while INDOT’s live map shows US and State Routes 1, 26 and 27 closed for flooding.The next event on Eldora’s 2019 schedule is the #LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader Weekend featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Friday and Saturday, May 10th and 11th.Racing in all classes will be held May 4 at the Lawrenceburg Speedway.last_img read more

Aussie Open: Federer, Djokovic ease into third round

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both eased into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Djokovic is never at his most comfortable in windy conditions but he made a flying start against Japan’s Tatsuma Ito and dropped just seven games in a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory. The second set was tight but, once the defending champion took that, any semblance of danger passed. Djokovic said with a smile: “I was like, ‘Yes, it’s going to be a windy day. I love the wind.’ I’m being sarcastic now, of course. “I don’t think players enjoy these kind of conditions. You have to accept them and embrace the fact that I guess you’re going to be challenged on different levels, not just by your opponent, but also the conditions. “That’s okay. I accepted it. I came into the match and played extremely well at the beginning. Got a 5-0 lead up after 15 minutes. I’m just overall pleased with the performance.” Djokovic, who next plays another Japanese in Yoshihito Nishioka, hit 16 aces and won 43 of 46 points when he landed his first serve. “My serve was working extremely well in the first round and second round,” he said. “That’s something I worked on in the off-season. That’s one of the priorities I guess of the training sessions, trying to get that advantage of winning a lot of easy points on the first serve. It has been paying off so far I think in ATP Cup and here.” Federer went one better than Djokovic in a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory over Serbian Filip Krajinovic. The third seed admitted he felt a little sorry for his opponent, who played a five-set first-round encounter on Tuesday having been rained off on Monday while Federer played indoors. The third seed said he had low expectations coming into the tournament having not played a competitive match since November but he has been very sharp so far and maintained his record of always having reached at least the third round on each of his 21 visits to Melbourne Park. In the third round, the Swiss will take on popular Australian John Millman, who he lost to in very hot and humid conditions at the US Open in 2018. Federer remembers it as the worst he has felt physically after a match, saying: “I don’t know anything remotely close. I was just happy it was over. I never had that. “I think the next match is really going to be a test for me because John is going to be there. He’s fit like a fiddle. He’s from this country, so naturally also it’s going to be different intensity.”Tags: Australian OpenNovak DjokovNovak DjokovicRoger Federerlast_img read more

Millen stunned by Pulis blow

first_img Pulis left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on Friday after reportedly falling out with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfers this summer. Palace had collected just four points from 11 games when Pulis was appointed manager in November but the former Stoke boss instigated a remarkable turnaround. The team finished 11th and 12 points clear of the drop – an achievement that saw Pulis named Premier League manager of the season three months ago. “We’ve lost a great leader of a football club and of men,” said Millen, who has been put in temporary charge for the team’s Barclays Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday. “He likes to control the club and what goes on in the club but he also controls the players. “He’s close to the players, he works them hard, he’s very structured and organised, he’s very single-minded. “He knows what he wants and the players understood that.” Pulis took training with the first-team on Thursday afternoon as normal before meeting Parish in the evening. It was decided there that the pair’s relationship was not sustainable and Millen was informed at 9pm he would take charge of the first team on Saturday. “You can see both sides of the argument,” Millen said. Crystal Palace caretaker boss Keith Millen believes the Eagles have lost a “great leader of men” after Tony Pulis’ shock departure from the club. “When you look at the structure of the club overall, there’s been a lot of work done at Selhurst Park and at the training ground. “We’re trying to build a club that can sustain staying in the Premier League. “It’s the balance of spending money on the stadium and trying to strengthen the squad. “Whether that’s been the source of the clash I don’t know but it’s about getting that balance of trying to do both.” The club’s technical coach David Kemp addressed the players on behalf of Pulis on Friday morning, expressing his gratitude for their hard work last season. Millen also took temporary charge of the first team in October after Ian Holloway left and the team picked up four points from four matches while he was at the helm. “When Ian left last time there was a sense that it might happen because the results hadn’t been going well,” Millen said. “There was disappointment when Ian left but also maybe a bit of relief as well because we’d been struggling so much. “This time, on the back of the season we had, it’s shocked the players in a different way. “They want questions answered as well on where we’re going as a club now.” Former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has been installed as the early favourite to replace Pulis while Tim Sherwood, Neil Lennon and David Moyes are also available. Millen insists he is undecided on whether he would like to be considered but believes the appointment will be made quickly this time around. “The beauty of when Ian left and I took over was the chairman wanted to see what was out there and he was happy with what we were doing in the meantime,” Millen said. “I don’t see it taking so long this time. The timing of it means the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. “We are looking to do more business and it’s important the new manager picks those players.” He added: “I would have thought there won’t be any more players coming in until someone new is appointed. “Ever since I’ve been here the manager has had a big say in the players brought in and we want to get off to a good start so I think the chairman will be very proactive.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Long Dog’s day as Willie Mullins looks to the Future at Leopardstown

first_img Press Association Long Dog led from start to finish to claim the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown. Gordon Elliott’s Tombstone and another Mullins inmate in Petit Mouchoir emerged as the biggest threats on the run to the final flight, but 9-4 favourite Long Dog dug deep to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Tombstone was the same distance in front of Petit Mouchoir at the line. Winning owner Rich Ricci said: “He’s very brave and he clearly wants further – Ruby (Walsh) said he was flat out the whole way. The ground was a bit too heavy for him, but he won that very well. “He’ll definitely go up in trip, but I’m not sure whether he’ll run between now and Cheltenham – he seems to take his races very well. I’d be happy to go straight to Cheltenham, but it’s Willie’s call. “He’s a grinder.” Mullins said: “His experience was a big help, and he’d no trouble staying or jumping. He could come back for the Deloitte, but he’s had a busy time so we’ll have to see. He’s learning all the time and the only reason we ran him in the summer was because he missed last season.” Walsh said: “He’s very tough. I never felt like I was travelling that well and it felt like I as going as fast as I wanted to be going, but he stuck at it really well. “He took one or two chances, as I was having to throw him at a few hurdles just to hold my position. When I caught hold of him at the second-last he seemed to find another gear and from there home he stuck at it really, really well. “He’s won his last six – he started in Sligo and he’s ended up in Leopardstown at Christmas, so that’s brilliant. He’s won over two-five, so he can go up in trip.” center_img The Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old was bidding for his sixth straight victory and his second at Grade One level, having seen off stablemate Bachasson in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse last month. The two stablemates locked horns once more, with Long Dog narrowly leading Bachasson for much of the two-mile journey, before the latter began to falter from the home turn. last_img read more