Confident Brathwaite aiming to become match-winner

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has his eyes fixed on being a match-winner for West Indies in the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week, and believes his skill set could be valuable in the team’s success. The 27-year-old has emerged as a strong attacking lower-order batsman and tidy seamer, and proved a revelation on the recent Test tour of Australia with a couple of half-centuries. Brathwaite said while his batting was currently ahead of his bowling, he was working hard to produce in both areas, to earn West Indies positive results in the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India. “In T20, fortunately, I have the option of both [batting and bowling], but some days you go well with the ball … and some days it’s not so good with the ball, but then you have a chance to make up with the bat, so being an all-rounder is a plus,” Brathwaite said yesterday. “I’m striking the ball really nicely at the moment. My batting is probably just ahead of my bowling for the time being but hopefully, at least for one or two games in the World Cup, both of them come together nicely to win a game for West Indies.” TEST DEBUT On Test debut last December in Melbourne, Brathwaite struck an impressive 59 in the second Test batting at number eight, and then followed up with a whirlwind 69 off 66 balls in the final Test at Sydney. On the tour of Sri Lanka last October, the right-hander blasted 113 off 58 balls against the Sri Lanka President’s XI in a 50-over game. Brathwaite, a late call-up to the Windies T20 World Cup squad because of injury to Kieron Pollard, said he always backed his ability regardless of the result. “I’m pretty confident in my skills. I know once I go out there and execute the plans that I’ve set for myself and the targets that I’ve set, I’ll be successful,” he pointed out. While Brathwaite’s batting has been coming along well, he also remains a threat with the ball and picked up three wickets in the second unofficial warm-up T20 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah last Monday. He said one of his aims on the current tour was to lift his bowling. “I’m trying a few things in the nets. I’m trying to bowl a bit quicker. It’s been working thus far and long may it continue,” he explained. “The situation of the [Zimbabwe] game was more suited to my style of bowling – more containment rather than attacking – and I was just fortunate and lucky to get the three wickets which I was happy about.”last_img read more

Russell Simmons Invites New Yorkers Of All Backgrounds To Stand In Solidarity

first_imgNew Yorkers of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds are being asked to gather on Sunday, February 19th, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm in New York’s Times Square, (at the corner of 48th Street & Broadway, Manhattan) and join hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and prominent religious leaders to declare their solidarity with American Muslims who have recently been impacted by discriminatory rhetoric and a travel ban by the Trump Administration.The rally is being sponsored by leading pioneers in the field of Muslim-interfaith relations. Simmons will be joined by Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), and Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center, who served as Grand Marshall of New York City’s Muslim Day Parade last fall.According to Simmons, who serves as Chairman of the FFEU, “Currently African Americans, women, Latinos, Asians and basically everyone who is not a straight white privileged male is at risk. And of course there is no freedom in that status as well because the spirit of the oppressor is oppressed as well. We are living in a time when unity will make America great. This is a special moment for Americans to band together to promote for each other the kind of compassion and equality we want for ourselves.”According to Rabbi Schneier, who organized the first ‘Today, I Am A Muslim Too’ rally which drew more than 5,000 New Yorkers to Times Square in March, 2010, “We are heartened that in recent days people across the country have been coming out to protest the recent unconstitutional travel ban and the growing anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia in our country. What is needed now is a mass rally in the heart of Times Square, in which thousands of Americans comprised of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds, come together again at the most famous crossroads in the world to make a collective statement that ‘Whenever my Muslim brothers and sisters are demonized and vilified, discriminated against or victimized by hate crimes and violence, ’Today, I Am A Muslim Too.’”Imam Shamsi Ali, an immigrant from Indonesia and co-author with Rabbi Schneier of Sons of Abraham: a Candid Conversation About the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims, commented, “The Muslim community of New York City is deeply grateful to people of all backgrounds, who will be coming to Times Square on Sunday, February 19, to say they will stand with –and even register as — Muslims, if this discriminatory pattern continues. Polls have shown that the vast majority of American Muslims are loyal and productive citizens who should not be tarred with guilt by association with a handful of extremists whose hateful ideology violates the basic tenets of Islam. Leaders and grassroots members of mosques and mainstream American Muslim organizations should be engaged in the fight against extremism, violence, and terrorism, instead of being treated as if they are somehow complicit in it.”For further contact information please contact Chris Sacarabany: 917.492.2538 or email at chris@ffeu.orglast_img read more

Whistler Film Festival Launches 5th Annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship

first_img Twitter Recent Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship success stories include: Allan Hopkins’ Indian Road Trip which grew from a short script into a feature and is currently in production; Mary Galloway’s Unintentional Mother completed in 2016 with the assistance of the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Award of which Mary was the first Canadian recipient; and Daniel Foreman’s Raven and the Sea Wolf, which is part of an animated series of short stories now in production called Legendary Myths: Raven Adventures.Over four days the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship will focus on individual and project-specific feedback through a series of one-on-one sessions with mentors, as well as group sessions in order to strengthen their projects. Feedback will include everything from where to take your script, to changes the project may require in order to move it to the next level, as well as finding the project’s audience once it’s made. The facilitator will provide high level strategic advice and counsel to the filmmakers over the course of the Fellowship, and help them to receive feedback from Industry mentors. Participation includes access to WFF’s Industry Summit where the fellows will gain firsthand insight into the world of narrative short form storytelling through panel discussions, pitches, networking, and screenings with filmmakers and industry experts, including the MPPIA Short Film Pitch and WFF’s ShortWork Showcase screening and reception. Participants will also have access to Festival screenings and WFF’s Industry Summit from November 30th to December 3rd.Short scripts in all genres can be submitted for consideration. Writers must be Canadian citizens and of Aboriginal descent. All rights remain with the filmmaker. WFF has no proprietary interest in any of the projects. The application deadline is August 30th, and the finalists and mentors will be announced by October 3rd. Application details and information are available at whistlerfilmfestival.com.Whistler Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and commitment to the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship sponsored by Canada Media Fund, Creative BC and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and supported by the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.From November 29th to December 3rd, the Whistler Film Festival + Summit (WFF) will celebrate its 17th edition with fresh films, special guests, unique industry initiatives, epic events, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination..The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is a cultural charitable organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, the industry and audiences in Whistler. WFFS produces one of Canada’s leading film festivals and plays a leadership role in offering project development programs for Canadian talent. Find out more at whistlerfilmfestival.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Whistler, B.C. (June 21, 2017) – To mark National Aboriginal Day and to support the voices of Aboriginal Canadians, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has opened the call for applications for its 5th annual Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship. The four-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from November 29th to December 3rd during the Whistler Film Festival and Summit is open nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short films, webisode projects or television pilots to attend.The program is designed to advance Canadian Aboriginal talent, by focusing on strengthening and advancing short script projects by facilitating feedback from group of mentor filmmakers who are successful, well-respected members of the Canadian film community.“WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is designed to nurture Aboriginal content creators from across Canada who are looking to advance their short form content from script to screen,” says Angie Nolan, WFF’s Director of Industry Programming. “We are proud that a number of participants have utilized the knowledge and contacts provided during the lab experience to further their projects past the development stage and into completion, and that it has been a platform for their success.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

We have to move forward student says at reconciliation garden of hearts

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter the closing ceremony of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission inside Ridea Hall, the Governor General’s home, dignitaries were led into the gardens by elementary students from the Ottawa Gatineau area.APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports.last_img